Everybody loves a mock draft, and with the real thing—Major League Baseball’s amateur draft—less than four weeks away, the experts attuned to analyzing hundreds of potential picks from the high school and college ranks have put forth theirs in recent weeks. They’ll continue to do so right up until June 12, when commissioner Rob Manfred steps to the microphone and announces who the Twins, owners of the overall number one pick, will tab.
The smart folks at Baseball America, ESPN, Hero Sports, MLB Pipeline and Perfect Game have released some useful mock drafts based on years of knowledge in the field and myriad discussions with scouts and front office executives about the talent at hand as well as organizational philosophies. This mock draft, on the other hand, is merely an attempt to summarize the consensus from those sources. As draft day draws closer, I’ll circle back with another mock, hopefully without making a mockery of the process.