Get ready for Thursday night's MLB first-year player draft with SI.com's full first-round mock, with predicted picks for every team.
If there’s one word that best describes this year’s MLB draft class, it would be “frustrating.” On paper, this was one of the best classes we’ve seen in years, often being compared favorably with the 2011 group that has already produced stars like Pirates ace Gerrit Cole, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and Astros outfielder George Springer. Unfortunately, this draft class doesn’t look like it will match that sort of stature, as players that looked liked potential top 10 selections have seen their stock slip due to injuries, poor performance or both.
That being said, there’s a reason so many people were so high on these guys coming into the season. There are a plethora of talented prep hurlers this year, and for the first time in many years, one of the strengths of the class is college bats, something that will thrill several teams picking early that need offense in a hurry. Sadly, it’s also one of the worst college pitching classes in years, and it might be the worst “up-the-middle” class we’ve seen in this decade.
We’ll see tonight how things officially play out, when the first two of the draft’s 50 rounds are held in Secaucus, N.J. (and televised on MLB Network starting at 7 p.m. ET). With all that said, here is SI.com’s 2016 MLB Mock Draft.
NOTE: This mock draft covers the first round through the compensation picks. There are 23 first-round picks. Four teams—the Royals, Diamondbacks, Cubs and Giants—forfeited their first-round picks after signing free agents who received qualifying offers from their previous teams. Picks 24–34 are compensation picks for losing a free agent who received a qualifying offer. Teams choose in reverse order of wins from last season.