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Jeremy Nygaard

My Mock Draft

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This is version 1.0 (and most likely the only one).

My mock draft:
1. Astros P Mark Appel, Stanford. It comes down to him or Buxton.
2. Twins OF Byron Buxton, Georgia HS. Correa gaining.
3. Mariners SS Carlos Correa, Puerto Rico. The Mariners are unpredictable. I think it comes down to Correa or Buxton
4. Orioles P Kevin Gausman, LSU. Bundy and Gausman could form a lethal combination.
5. Royals P Kyle Zimmer, San Francisco. Will they pass on Zunino? Will they gamble on Giolito?
6. Cubs OF Albert Almora, Florida HS. Correa dropping could make this pick interesting.
7. Padres P Max Fried, California HS. Zunino is a possibility.
8. Pirates C Mike Zunino, Florida. Zunino could go anywhere, staring at #3. Marrero is a possibility.
9. Marlins P Andrew Heaney, Oklahoma State. Almora was the ideal choice.
10. Rockies OF Courtney Hawkins, Texas HS.
11. Athletics P Lance McCullers, Florida HS. Could Billy Beane figure out a way to afford Giolito?
12. Mets 3B Corey Seager, NC HS. Wright heir-apparent? I like Seager more than most.
13. White Sox P Marcus Stroman, Duke. In the race, how about a Chris Sale redux.
14. Reds P Michael Wacha, Texas A&M.
15. Indians P Chris Stratton, Mississippi State.
16. Nationals OF David Dahl, Alabama HS.
17. Blue Jays P Brian Johnson, Florida. I think the Blue Jays are going to save here to spend later.
18. Dodgers P Ty Hensley, Oklahoma HS.
19. Cardinals SS Deven Marrero, Arizona State.
20. Giants P Shane Watson, California HS.
21. Braves 3B Richie Shaffer, Clemson.
22. Blue Jays P Lucas Giolito, California HS.
23. Cardinals P Matt Smoral, Ohio HS.
24. Red Sox SS Gavin Cecchini, Louisiana HS.
25. Rays OF D.J. Davis, Mississippi HS.
26. Arizona 3B Stephen Piscotty, Stanford.
27. Brewers C Clint Coultier, Washington HS.
28. Brewers SS Addison Russell, Florida HS.
29. Rangers C/OF Stryker Trahan, Louisiana HS.
30. Yankees P Mitchell Gueller, Washington HS.
31. Red Sox OF Tyler Naquin, Texas A&M.
PLUS ONE
32. Twins P Mitch Brown, Minnesota HS.

Players to be considered at #42: P Lucas Sims, Georgia HS; P Zach Eflin, Florida HS; P J.O. Berrios, Puerto Rico; P Hunter Virant, California HS; P Alec Rash, Iowa HS.
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  1. twinsfanstreif's Avatar
    I feel like there is going to be a high college arm that will drop to #32, there always seems to be one, possibly Stroman or Watcha. I'm hoping for that and then Brown at 42, wishful thinking I guess.
  2. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
    Stroman has been falling on many mocks I've seen. I would love for the Twins to take him at #32. I just think there are too many teams in the teens and twenties that might see a guy that could help in this year's pennant race. I always thought he'd be a perfect fit for the Nationals at #16, now I'm seeing him in the twenties. He's too good for that.

    I don't think Wacha will drop out of the teens.

    I'd rather take a risk on a high-school arm falling than taking a low-ceiling college guy, but that's just me. If one of the top college guys fall ala Kyle Gibson, absolutely go for it.

    I believe I read that Ryan or Rantz is hoping that 6 of the first 8 picks are pitchers.
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