Connor Muldowney The Detroit News
Published 2:28 p.m. UTC Jun 5, 2018
Kansas City drafts Florida RHP Jackson Kowar
The third compensation pick from the first round went to the Kansas City Royals who chose Florida Gators right-hander Jackson Kowar.
The 6-foot-5, 180-pounder has a 3.21 ERA with 91 strikeouts and a 9-4 record in 2018.
Rays select CF Nick Schnell at No. 32
The Rays finished its back-to-back compensation picks with the selection of Roncalli (Ind.) High School centerfielder Nick Schnell. He doesn’t have elite power, but he will develop that as he gets older as a potential star for Louisville.
Rays pick South Florida LHP Shane McClanahan
Tampa kicked off the compensation picks with the selection of South Florida left-hander Shane McClanahan. He was selected by the Mets in the 25th round back in 2015, but chose South Florida. He has a 3.42 ERA and 4-6 record in 14 starts in 2018.
Dodgers select RHP J.T. Ginn at No. 30
The Los Angeles Dodgers selected one of the more unique players in this class in Brandon (Miss.) native J.T. Ginn at No. 30 overall. He’s committed to Mississippi State, and could very well choose the college route first.
Although he’s an strong power hitter, he is coveted because of his strong arm.
Indians pick Noah Naylor 29th overall
Another Texas A&M commit was selected at No. 29 overall in Canadian catcher Noah Naylor. The 5-9, 200-pound catcher is the younger brother of Padres prospect Josh Naylor but he may be a more polished prospect with a power bat and power arm.
Houston Astros select Clemson OF Seth Beer
Clemson outfielder Seth Beer was the next off the board at No. 28 as the Houston Astros selected him to join their usually-elite farm system.
There was a point in time when he was considered a potential No. 1 pick candidate, but there are questions surrounding Beer’s position at the professional level. He sure can hit, though, posting a .301 average with 22 home runs and 54 RBIs as a junior.
Nationals choose RHP at No. 27
The Washington Nationals picked Merritt Island (Fla.) High School right-hander Mason Denaburg at No. 27.
Denaburg is a lanky 6-foot-4, 195-pounder with potential to play in the field as well as on the mound. He’s committed to Florida and could remain a Gator, but the option to move his way up the ladder with the Nationals has to be intriguing.
Boston picks 1B Triston Casas at No. 26
The Red Sox picked the first first baseman in the draft in American Heritage (Fla.) High’s Triston Casas. He’s a monster of a prospect, standing 6-4 and weighing 240 pounds which gives him his power.
Casas needs to be more consistent with his contact, but he has plus power which makes him a pitcher’s nightmare.
Diamondbacks select 2B Matt McLain
Beckman (Calif.) High School second baseman Matt McLain was the selection of the Arizona Diamondbacks at No. 25. Like a few of his fellow high school prospects, he’s not the biggest guy, standing just 5-foot-10 and weighing in at 175 pounds.
McLain can hit for average and power and has been climbing up draft boards this spring. He doesn’t have a set position, but looks like a middle infielder.
Cubs select Stanford shortstop Nico Hoerner
At No. 24, the Chicago Cubs selected Stanford shortstop Nico Hoerner, a 6-1, 200-pound junior. He doesn’t have a ton of power, but he gets the bat on the ball, hitting .345 with two homers and 40 RBIs in 2018. He also has 15 stolen bases.
Yankees go catcher at No. 23
The Yankees have plenty of catcher talent, but decided to go with Cartersville (Ga.) High prospect Anthony Seigler at No. 23.
This may be a bit of a stretch as MLB.com ranks him the No. 46 overall prospect in the draft class, but he is one of the best all-around backstops in this cycle. He’s a switch-hitter as well as switch-thrower with a strong arm who impresses at the plate and behind it.
Rockies choose Ole Miss LHP at No. 22
Colorado chose Ole Miss lefty Ryan Rolison at No. 22 overall. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Rebel ace doesn’t have the best numbers this season, but he is a polished starter. He was selected by San Diego in the 37th round in 2016, but that was more so because teams knew he wanted to play college ball.
Rolison has a 3.70 ERA and 120 strikeouts with a 10-4 record in 2018.
Brewers pick Santiago (Calif.) HS SS Brice Turang
Milwaukee selected the draft’s first shortstop in Santiago (Calif.) High prospect Brice Turang. He’s committed to LSU and is a strong contact hitter and many believe the power will come when he adds muscle to his 6-1, 165-pound frame.
Twins select Oregon State RF Trevor Larnach
The second Oregon State player came off the board at No. 20 with the Twins’ selection of outfielder Trevor Larnach. He plays right field for the Beavers and is hitting .330 with 17 home runs and 64 RBIs as a junior.
St. Louis chooses 3B Nolan Gorman
With the 19th pick in the first round, the Cardinals chose third baseman Nolan Gorman from Sandra Day O’Connor (Ariz.) High.The 6-foot-1, 210-pound prospect may have the most power of anyone in the class, but with that home run potential comes plenty of swings and misses. He’s your typical power threat.
Kansas City picks RHP Brady Singer at No. 18
The Royals got one of the steals of the class in Florida Gators right-hander Brady Singer with the 18th overall pick.
In fact, MLB.com ranked him as the second-best prospect in the class. He once looked like the No. 1 overall pick as Florida’s ace but the 6-5, 210-pounder had a slow start to his junior year. He quickly made up for it and holds an 11-1 record and 2.27 ERA in 14 starts.
Angels select OF Jordyn Adams with 17th pick
Sticking with the theme of high school prospects going in round one, the Los Angeles Angels selected Green Hope (N.C.) High School outfielder Jordyn Adams. He’s a speedy outfielder who is committed to North Carolina for both football and baseball and some believe he may stick with the former at the next level.
Tampa goes with LHP Matthew Liberatore at No. 16
The Rays, holding the 16th pick, selected MLB.com’s No. 4 prospect, left-handed pitcher Matthew Liberatore from Mountain Ridge High School in Arizona. The high school senior was considered a top-10 pick, but slid down the board to Tampa at No. 16. He could be the steal of the draft with strong command of all his pitches.
Rangers draft Cole Winn No. 15 overall
Cole Winn, ranked the No. 9 prospect by MLB.com, was picked No. 15 overall by the Texas Rangers.
The 6-2, 190-pound prospect from Orange Lutheran (Calif.) High was once the Colorado State High School Pitcher of the Year before transferring to Southern California as a senior. The 18-year-old is committed to TCU, but the fact that he has three plus pitches makes him a lean to sign a minor league deal.
Mariners pick Stetson RHP at No. 14
Seattle chose Stetson University right-hander Logan Gilbert with the No. 14 pick. The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder started 15 games in 2018, posting an 11-1 record, 2.52 ERA and 157 strikeouts in 107 innings.
Marlins pick OF Connor Scott No. 13
The Marlins held the No. 13 overall pick, selecting H.B. Plant (Fla.) High School outfielder Connor Scott. The left-hander stands 6-4 and weighs just 180 pounds, but his speed makes him a top-tier talent. He could be a five-tool player, but he’s still maturing.
Blue Jays select 3B Jordan Groshans at No. 12
The Blue Jays selected third baseman Jordan Groshans from Magnolia (Texas) High School with the 12th pick.
He played shortstop at the high school level, but the Kansas commit will likely make the move to the hot corner once he reaches the big leagues. He has plus power potential and has no major weaknesses.
Baltimore chooses RHP Texas A&M commit
With the No. 11 pick, the Orioles chose right-hander Grayson Rodriguez from Central Heights High School in Texas. Although he’s committed to Texas A&M, it’s unlikely he follows through on that as the 6-5, 220-pounder has broken out this spring with a mid-90s fastball and solid off-speed pitches.
Pirates select South Alabama OF Travis Swaggerty
Pittsburgh chose an outfielder in Travis Swaggerty from South Alabama No. 10 overall. He hit .298 with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs with South Alabama in 2018. He could be a future leadoff hitter, but strikes out a bit much. He has sneaky power and athleticism, making him a strong all-around player.
Athletics pick Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray No. 9
Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield’s replacement at Oklahoma for football, was selected No. 9 overall by the Oakland Athletics. He’s reportedly coming back to Oklahoma for his junior season with the Sooners, but he may be leaning toward a future in baseball.
The Sooners’ centerfielder has plenty of speed and athleticism and could be a star in the outfield for years to come. He’s easily the most intriguing pick in this year’s draft.
Braves choose Carter Stewart No. 8 overall
Mississippi State commit Carter Stewart, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound right-hander, was selected No. 8 overall by the Braves. He has one of the top breaking balls in the class and the Eau Gallie (Fla.) High prospect has an absolute power arm.
Padres select LHP Ryan Weathers with No. 7 pick
San Diego selected the first pitcher since the Tigers chose Casey Mize No. 1 overall in left-hander Ryan Weathers from Loretto (Tenn.) High School. Standing 6-1 and weighing in at 200 pounds, Weathers comes from a baseball family as his father pitched 19 years in the big leagues.
Mets choose OF Jarred Kelenic
The New York Mets broke the mold, selecting the first high school player and outfielder in the draft in Waukesha West (Wisc.) High School senior Jarred Kelenic.
Committed to Louisville, the athletic 6-1, 190-pound outfielder has plenty of potential, but could be an eye-opening defender. He’s a raw player who could develop more power on top of his contact as he matures.
Reds pick Florida 3B Jonathan India No. 5 overall
Infielders have been flying off the board and that remained true with the Reds selecting third baseman Jonathan India from Florida. The Gators’ infielder broke out during his junior season, hitting .364 with 18 home runs and 45 RBIs. He’s a do-it-all athlete who can hit for average and power and steal the occasional base.
White Sox pick Oregon State’s Nick Madrigal
Nick Madrigal came off the board with the No. 4 overall pick by the Chicago White Sox. Although he’s slight of frame at 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, he’s a solid defender with speed and is one of the draft’s top contact hitters. No, he’s not a big power threat, but he can get on base via the walk or his ability to put the bat on the ball.
Philadelphia selects Wichita State 3B
The Phillies selected a position player in third baseman Alex Bohm from Wichita State, making that two straight after the Tigers took Casey Mize No. 1. He may be one of the biggest bats in this year’s draft, showcasing his power with 16 home runs in 2018 with the Shockers. The 6-5, 240-pounder also hit .339 as a junior.
Giants go with Georgia Tech’s Joey Bart
Although the Giants have one of the best catchers in the game in Buster Posey, they decided to go with Georgia Tech’s Joey Bart.
The junior has top-tier power and has improved his play behind the plate to eliminate concerns over him staying at the position.
Tigers select RHP Casey Mize No. 1 overall
Detroit kicked off the draft with the No. 1 overall pick, selecting right-handed pitcher Casey Mize from Auburn. He stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in at 220 pounds.
Mize was widely considered the top prospect, so this pick isn’t much of a surprise. He’s a junior with Auburn, posting a 2.81 ERA in 45 career starts at the collegiate level.
Tigers on the clock with No. 1 pick
The Tigers have the first overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft and the most likely selection is right-handed starter Casey Mize from Auburn. He’s currently a junior for the Tigers with 45 career starts, 20-12 record and a 2.81 ERA.
The Detroit Tigers will make the first pick in the Major League Baseball draft when the party gets started on Monday night at 7 p.m. Follow the draft here with live updates by Connor Muldowney of The Detroit News.
Where: Secaucus, N.J.
Format: Rounds 1-2 Monday, rounds 3-10 Tuesday, rounds 11-40 Wednesday
Coverage: MLB Network Monday; MLB.com all three days
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