MLB Draft Day 1 Recap (and a Look Forward)

Ace (@acemilb) listed his top 150 draft-eligible prospects yesterday. Based on that, we are taking a look at:

  1. Biggest steals of Day 1(disregarding signability and impact on money available for signing later picks)
  2. Biggest reaches of Day 1 (including 2 players not even on Ace’s top 150)
  3. Best players still available

Biggest Steals of Day 1

The “biggest steals” are solely depending on Ace’s ranks which considers his opinion on the players’ talents. It does not include signability, slot bonus, or other concerns. So, “biggest steals” could in fact turn out to be an unfortunate pick if team’s are unable to sign the player. Or, it may create a scenario where they have to intentionally draft a number of players they know will sign for underslot money.

Sam Carlson – RHP (selected by Mariners): Ace had Carlson as as his 15th highest ranked player (also ranked 15th by MLB.com), and the Mariners were able to scoop him up with the 55th pick.

Griffin Canning – RHP (selected by Angels) Ace had Canning as his 23rd highest ranked player (ranked 17th by MLB.com), and the Angels were able to select him with the 47th pick.

Biggest Reaches of Day 1

Cory Abbott – RHP (selected by Cubs): Cory was not on Ace’s top 150 list. In fact, he was not in MLB.com’s top 150 either (appearing at #187). Exactly where Abbott would be drafted has been difficult to peg; he has appeared in a wide array of slots, depending on whose mock draft you view. John Sickels listed Abbott as a college pitcher who go earlier than people would expect.

Tommy Doyle – RHP (selected by Rockies): Doyle, like Abbott, was not on the top  150 list. And, also like Abbott, he did not appear in MLB.com’s top 150 either (appearing at little ahead at #168).

Drew Rasmussen – RHP (selected by Rays): Rasmussen has the distinction of being the the lowest ranked player on the top 150 (ranked #105) that was drafted in the 1st round (at pick #31). Ace’s rank was not too far off from MLB (#98). Quite possible Rays (like Cubs and Rockies with their “reaches”) hope to sign Rasmussen underslot.

You can also check out @Shauncore breakdown of draft selections vs. publicly available mocks.

 

Best Players Still Available for Day 2

Ranking is based on Ace’s ranks.

30. Nick Allen – SS
37. Blayne Enlow – RHP
38. Tanner Burnes – RHP
40. Tristan Beck – RHP
48. Jacob Heatherly – LHP
49. Evan Skoug – C
50. Garrett Mitchell – OF
56. Alex Scherff – RHP
59. Jacob Pearson – OF
60. Blaine Knight – RHP
62. James Marinan – RHP
63. Jake Eder – LHP
65. Daniel Cabrera – OF
66. KJ Harrison – 1B
71. Bryce Bonnin – RHP
72. Jake Thompson – RHP
73. Matt Tabot – RHP
74. Riley Adams – C
75. Kevin Smith – SS
76. Brady McConnell – SS
78. Bryce Montes De Oca – RHP
83. Kyle Hurt – RHP
84. Shane Drohan – LHP
85. Will Gaddis – RHP
86. Greg Jones – SS
87. Daniel Tillo – LHP
88. Mason House – OF
89. Taylor Walls – SS
90. Peter Solomon – RHP
92. Zach Pop – RHP
93. Jeremiah Estrada – RHP
94. Glenn Otto – RHP
95. Jake Magnum – OF
97. Michael Gigliotti – OF
98. Chris McMahon – RHP
100. Trevor Stephan – RHP
101. Luis Gonzalez – OF
102. Zach Rutherford – SS
103. Garrett Cave – RHP
104. Tyler Johnson – RHP
107. Matt Whatley – C
109. Seth Corry – LHP
110. Riley Ottesen – RHP
111. Michael Baumann – RHP
112. Kyle Jacobsen – OF
113. Tony Dibrell – RHP
114. Ernie Clement – SS
115. Connor Wong – C
116. Sam McMillian – C
117. Jackson Rutledge – RHP
118. Gavin Williams – RHP
119. C.J. Van Eyk – RHP
120. Carmen Mlodzinski – RHP
121. Jordan Anderson – OF
125. Colton Hock – RHP
126. Asa Lacy – LHP
127. Cade Cavalli – RHP
128. Jared Oliva – OF
129. Devin Hairston – SS
130. Daniel Ritcheson – RHP
131. Jake Holmes – SS
132. Adam Oviedo – SS
133. Donovan Casey – OF
134. Zach Jackson – C
135. Keegan Thompson – RHP
136. Joey Morgan – C
137. Kyle Johnston – RHP
138. Joe Lancellotti – RHP
140. Andrew Bechtold – 3B
141. Chris Williams – C
142. Jordan Spicer – RHP
143. Dalton Guthrie – SS
144. Seth Lonsway – LHP
145. Charlie Barnes – LHP
147. David Parkinson – LHP
149. Keith Rogalla – RHP
150. Hugh Fisher – LHP

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