The 2018 MLB Draft begins tomorrow with the Diamondbacks choosing 25th. Given the unpredictability of the MLB Draft, there hasn’t been as a lot draft protection as there was final yr after they had the seventh choose or three years in the past after they had the primary choose. The Diamondbacks have gone school bat with their high choose previously three drafts with Dansby Swanson, Anfernee Grier, and Pavin Smith. If I had been a playing man, I might anticipate a university bat from the outfield because the choose.
Going with the newest mock drafts, that is who the pundits undertaking will go to Arizona with the 25th choose.
CBS Sports (Mike Axisa) Jake McCarthy, OF Virginia: “Given the accessible gamers at this level, a university bat appears most certainly for the Diamondbacks, and McCarthy is without doubt one of the higher school hitters within the draft class. He has an amazing monitor report at a high program and in addition confirmed properly in opposition to elite competitors in wood-bat summer season leagues. McCarthy or the same school bat right here might give the D-Backs some draft pool financial savings to make use of later.”
Fangraphs (Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel) Steele Walker, OF, Oklahoma: “The D-Backs had their GM and VP at the Big 12 tourney to see Walker, who was scratched late with a reported injury. They’re also on Denaburg and Thomas and probably one of the Stanford prospects. Our guess is Hoerner.”
MLB Pipeline (Jonathan Mayo) Jordan Groshans, 3B, Magnolia HS (TX): “While there a lot of college hitters mentioned in this spot, the D-backs do like Groshans, one of the better all-around high school hitters in the class. Oklahoma’s Steele Walker remains a solid college performer option.”
MLB Pipeline (Jim Callis) Steele Walker, OF, Oklahoma: “A year after taking an accomplished college bat in Pavin Smith at No. 7, Arizona could go the same route with Walker. Other college position player options include Clemson first baseman Seth Beer, Duke outfielder Griffin Conine, Missouri State shortstop Jeremy Eierman, Larnach and Virginia outfielder Jake McCarthy. It’s no secret that the D-backs love prep shortstop Matt McLain, but No. 25 is rich for him.”
Minor League Ball Community Mock Ryan Rolison, LHP, Ole Miss: It was a group effort with SB Nation person Penny Parker representing the Diamondbacks on this mock. No rationalization given, however you possibly can verify the remark thread out on the web page.
AZCentral (Richard Morin) Steele Walker, OF, Oklahoma: “The Diamondbacks would give Turang a look if he got here, and they are interested in Texas prep infielder Jordan Groshans, but college players are most often cited with this pick. The Diamondbacks have been out to see Walker and will do their due diligence with him here.”
ESPN (Keith Law) Matt McLain, SS, Beckman HS (CA): I’ve talked about a couple of occasions that different groups imagine they’re the highest membership on McLain, however Arizona might attempt to float him to their choose at 39 and take a unique prep bat right here, and even attempt to lower a cope with McCarthy.” (additionally thanks r/MLBDraft for posting the picks)
Baseball America Jake McCarthy, OF, Virginia: “McCarthy was seen by many teams at the ACC Tournament last week and has hit .355 in his first seven games back from an injury that kept him out for most of his junior season. These late looks are critical for McCarthy, though he has an extremely impressive track record in the ACC and wood bat leagues to fall back on.” *No hyperlink as a result of mock draft being caught behind a paywall. makattack71 was variety sufficient to share the data behind mentioned paywall for our profit.
So of the names from the large web sites, Steele Walker comes up probably the most with the choose. Jake McCarthy, Matt McLain, and Jordan Groshans is also in play with the 25th choose. Last yr, the staff took three school bats (1B Pavin Smith, 3B Drew Ellis, C Daulton Varsho) and signed every of them for the complete slot worth for his or her respective picks. Walker and McCarthy match the theme of gamers who the staff has chosen with their high choose since Deric Ladnier took over the scouting director position in 2015. The two first spherical picks he’s had, the primary signed for $2M beneath the $eight.5M slot worth, though the very best bonus for the draft at $6.5M and also you’d need to be a generational expertise to command full slot at #1, and the opposite at full slot worth of $5M with the #7 choose. My intestine feeling says it’ll both be McCarthy + McLain in the event that they wish to go beneath slot at 25 and attempt to choose up a 1st spherical expertise at 39 that slipped as a consequence of issues about signing or they take Walker at 25 for full slot worth of $2,636,400.
The 2018 MLB Draft begins 7 PM EST/four PM AZ time.