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2023 MLB Draft: Day One Recap

2023 MLB Draft: Day One Recap


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Beneath is a team-by-team evaluation of final evening’s draft exercise. Keep in mind that yow will discover extra detailed scouting reviews and power grades for the gamers drafted over on The Board.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
12 7 50 Tommy Troy 3B 21.5 Stanford Pace, Energy
48 HM 45 Gino Groover 3B 21.3 North Carolina State Bat Pace, Athleticism
64 HM 40 Caden Grice SP 21.1 Clemson Slider, Body, Projection

Arizona drafted a mixture of ground and upside on Day One, including a comparatively secure, High 100 prospect to their combine in Troy earlier than taking two faculty dev tasks in Grice and Groover. Groover is without doubt one of the most enjoyable gamers within the draft as a result of his bat velocity is ridiculous, although he wants refinement in lots of areas, particularly protection. Lefties with a breaking ball pretty much as good as Grice’s are inclined to pan out, if solely as relievers, however Grice may get away if he focuses solely on pitching.

Atlanta Braves

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
24 6 50 Hurston Waldrep SP 21.4 Florida Velo, Splitter
59 HM 35+ Drue Hackenberg SIRP 21.3 Virginia Tech Slider High quality & Command
70 61 40+ Cade Kuehler SIRP 21.1 Campbell Velo

It was an enormous coup for the Braves to get Waldrep within the again third of the primary spherical. I think about him the second-best pitcher in all the draft and a High 100 prospect. The remainder of the Braves’ first day doesn’t look nice. They took two guys I’ve projected as relievers in Hackenberg (who had an almost 6.00 ERA this 12 months) and Kuehler (who struggled late within the 12 months). Hackenberg has a key Braves prospect attribute, although: breaking ball command. Atlanta has had success augmenting prospects for the higher, particularly once they have this ability already on board once they’re acquired.

Baltimore Orioles

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
17 17 45 Enrique Bradfield Jr. CF 21.6 Vanderbilt Pace, Protection
53 HM 40 Mac Horvath 3B 21.5 North Carolina Bat Pace, Efficiency
63 HM 35+ Jackson Baumeister SP 21.0 Florida State Body, Curveball Depth

Bradfield was drafted precisely the place I had him ranked. Horvath continues the Orioles’ development of drafting pull-heavy faculty performers. Much like Hackenberg, Baumeister didn’t carry out nicely sufficient in faculty to be a slam dunk second rounder, however the Orioles prefer to take pitchers with good pure breaking balls and he has that. They’ll attempt to sync up his supply and develop the remainder.

Boston Crimson Sox

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
14 11 45+ Kyle Teel C 21.4 Virginia Really feel to Hit, Arm
50 31 45 Nazzan Zanetello SS 18.1 Christian Brothers HS (MO) Arm, Athleticism, Energy

It was an excellent first day for the BoSox. Teel fell into their lap at 14 after which Zanetello, who I had ranked thirty first, was ready there in the midst of the second spherical. Whereas eavesdropping on people within the media space, I overheard dialogue about Teel being slot, which might be stunning. Zanetello is perhaps over, although, so Boston might have to avoid wasting pool house on Day Two to suit him in.

Chicago Cubs

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
13 18 45 Matt Shaw 2B 21.7 Maryland Bat Pace
68 HM 40 Jaxon Wiggins SIRP 21.8 Arkansas Body, Velo

I had Shaw ranked 18th, however I don’t assume he was a attain or something like that. He ought to have gone within the center third of the primary spherical and he did, one other chalky element in a chalky draft. I’m rather less enamored with the Wiggins decide as a result of (assuming his rehab goes as anticipated) he already does the factor the Cubs appear to have the ability to coax out of their pitching prospects: he throws arduous. He’s a pure reduction prospect who wants assist in each different space if he’s going to be a starter in professional ball, and the Cubs monitor report of enhancing that ability of their pitching prospects isn’t nice.

Chicago White Sox

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
15 37 45 Jacob Gonzalez SS 21.1 Ole Miss SEC Performer, Protection
51 HM 40 Grant Taylor SP 21.2 LSU Velo, Curveball

I’m not on an island in pondering that the Gonzalez decide was a attain, however I’m within the minority — he had sensible houses round decide 10 or so. I fear he’s going to Bleday, as like JJ Bleday, he swings inside so many fastballs driving up and away from him. The Taylor decide marks the second consecutive 12 months the Sox have taken a man coming off of TJ, and a vertical fastball/curveball sort at that.

Cincinnati Reds

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
7 9 45+ Rhett Lowder SP 21.4 Wake Forest Scondaries, Command, Hair
38 46 40+ Ty Floyd SP 21.9 LSU Fastball Life, Changeup Projection
43 59 40+ Samuel Stafura SS 18.7 Panas HS (NY) Contact, Protection

This was as near a “draft for want” haul as there was on Day One. Lowder and Floyd ought to rapidly assist the Reds pitching employees on the massive league degree whereas their younger core hitters blossom. Stafura provides a superb hit instrument to the system and signifies a departure from the Hinds/Hendrick/Allen varieties who do the whole lot however hit. I used to be a tad decrease on every of those guys in comparison with the place they have been picked, however I nonetheless like all three and know folks round baseball assume this was an enormous first-day haul.

Cleveland Guardians

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
23 44 40+ Ralphy Velazquez C 18.1 Huntington Seashore HS (CA) Lefty Energy
58 62 40+ Alex Clemmey SIRP 18.0 Bishop Hendricken (RI) Fastball Velo, Body
62 HM 40 Andrew Walters SIRP 22.6 Miami Velo, Fastball Form

I had Ralphy within the early second spherical, in order that was a little bit of a attain for me, however there have been different groups on him in that vary and I feel Cleveland might have picked San Diego’s pocket. Walters’ capability to throw strikes together with his fashion of fastball may be very thrilling now that he’s on this system. He has a shot to be one other James Karinchak sort of reliever. If Walters (who keep in mind was drafted final 12 months and didn’t signal, giving him rather less leverage now as an older prospect) is under-slot, then that bonus pool house is perhaps allotted to Clemmey. The Guardians don’t shrink back from highschool pitching within the draft, to combined outcomes.

Colorado Rockies

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
9 8 45+ Chase Dollander SP 21.7 Tennessee Slider, Body, Velo
46 HM 40 Sean Sullivan MIRP 21.0 Wake Forest Fastball Motion
65 HM 40 Cole Carrigg C/SS/CF 21.2 San Diego State Versatility, Arm

I can’t think about the tradition shock Chase Dollander is about to expertise going from the frat home of Tennessee’s faculty baseball program to a buttoned-up org just like the Rockies. I feel it’s honest to anticipate he’ll be pushed rapidly in the identical means Gabe Hughes has been to date. The Rockies have taken their justifiable share of faculty relievers up to now (Tommy Doyle, Ben Bowden) and scooped up one other one very excessive within the draft in Sullivan, who I appreciated, simply not within the second spherical. Carrigg is without doubt one of the extra enjoyable gamers within the draft and he blew up the Mix, particularly the throwing drills. He’s going to be a cool multi-positional utilityman.

Detroit Tigers

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
3 4 50 Max Clark CF 18.6 Franklin HS (IN) Contact High quality, Pace
37 19 45 Kevin McGonigle SS 18.9 Monsignor Bonner HS (PA) Contact, Protection
45 HM 40 Max Anderson 2B 21.4 Nebraska Bat Pace, Efficiency

Detroit bought two top-20 skills and two of the higher-floored highschool prospects within the draft in Clark and McGonigle. I’m a bit skeptical Anderson goes to maintain hitting like he did this 12 months. Extra on that in his scouting blurb.

Houston Astros

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
28 39 40+ Brice Matthews SS 21.3 Nebraska Twitch, Energy, Athleticism
61 HM 40 Alonzo Tredwell SP 21.2 UCLA Body, Fastball Journey

It feels like a number of groups within the Comp spherical have been dying for Matthews to fall to them. His report reads lots like George Springer’s did when he got here out of UConn: big bat velocity, plus runner, really feel to hit wants polish. The vertical break on Treadwell’s fastball is correct in step with what Houston tends to focus on within the draft.

Kansas Metropolis Royals

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
8 20 45 Blake Mitchell C 19.0 Sinton HS (TX) Arm, Energy
44 47 40+ Blake Wolters SP 18.7 Mahomet-Seymour HS (IL) Curveball, Projection
66 HM 35 Carson Roccaforte CF 21.3 Louisiana-Lafayette Low-ball Energy, Pace

Mitchell (probably below slot) and Wolters (perhaps over) present a a lot wanted injection of upside into the Royals system, which is arguably the worst within the sport. Mitchell has loads of work to do on protection, however he has uncommon energy for a catcher. Wolters is the most recent in a latest run of extremely priced highschool arms in Kansas Metropolis. The Royals might have saved on Roccaforte to make their bonus pool math work.

Los Angeles Angels

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
11 33 45 Nolan Schanuel 1B 21.4 Florida Atlantic Contact, Energy, BB:Ok

Once more, chalk. Groups have been placing the Angels on near-ready hitters who they may rush as much as the large leagues as quickly as potential, and Schanuel is arguably essentially the most polished hitter within the draft.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
36 HM 40 Kendall George CF 18.7 Atascocita HS (TX) Elite Pace
60 HM 40 Jake Gelof 3B 21.4 Virginia Energy, Persistence

The Dodgers had their pocket picked by Miami (Thomas White) and diverted to elite speedster Kendall George, who I anticipate will signal for lower than slot. That ought to give Los Angeles the flexibleness go over sooner or later throughout Day Two. Gelof completed his faculty profession with two consecutive years of .700 slugging percentages and at the least 20 house runs.

Miami Marlins

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
10 12 45+ Noble Meyer SP 18.5 Jesuit HS (OR) Three Pitches, Projection
35 27 45 Thomas White SP 18.8 Phillips Academy (MA) Curveball, Projection
47 HM 40 Kemp Alderman OF 20.9 Ole Miss Elite Energy

It takes guts to make use of a high 10 decide on a highschool pitcher, not to mention to make use of two first spherical picks on highschool arms in the identical draft. I feel you might argue the Marlins bought the 2 finest prep pitchers in the entire draft and that it is smart to lean into the org’s core competency, which is growing arms.

Milwaukee Brewers

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
18 32 45 Brock Wilken 3B 21.1 Wake Forest Elite energy
33 26 45 Josh Knoth SP 17.9 Patchogue-Medford HS (NY) Athleticism, Curveball
54 HM 40 Mike Boeve 3B 21.2 Nebraska – Omaha Contact

The Wilken decide is probably a little bit of a departure for Milwaukee. Sure, they’ve picked the Wes Clarkes of the world late in earlier drafts, however they have a tendency to make use of excessive picks on Eric Brown Jr. varieties, up-the-middle contact bats. Knoth is in Milwaukee’s wheelhouse, one other energy pitcher starter package with a vertical fastball/curveball combo. Boeve continues Milwaukee’s development of drafting smaller program guys.

Minnesota Twins

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
5 5 50 Walker Jenkins LF 18.4 South Brunswick HS (NC) Hit/Energy Combo
34 HM 40 Charlee Soto SP 17.9 Reborn Christian HS (FL) Velo
49 HM 40 Luke Keaschall SS 20.9 Arizona State Athleticism, Bat Pace

Minnesota took the ultimate participant of the consensus high 5 obtainable in Jenkins. The remainder of their draft was mildly stunning. Soto throws arduous, however I didn’t anticipate his sink-oriented heater to enchantment to a extra progressive group’s sensibilities. Keaschall checks loads of data-related packing containers and undoubtedly has plus athleticism to the attention, however I’m unsure his really feel to hit was really examined by the Pac-12.

New York Mets

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
32 23 45 Colin Houck SS 18.8 Parkview HS (GA) Athleticism, Projection, Bat Pace
56 43 40+ Brandon Sproat SIRP 22.8 Florida Sinker Velo, Changeup

Houck will in all probability value the Mets loads of additional pool house, which is why they drafted (together with his permission) Sproat, who’s an older faculty prospect and subsequently probably signable for a below-slot worth.

New York Yankees

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
26 22 45 George Lombard Jr. SS 18.1 Gulliver Prep (FL) Really feel to Hit, Pure Loft, Age

I don’t have a lot to say in regards to the Lombard decide. He went proper close to the place I ranked him and I mocked him to the Yankees in my first mock. Will probably be attention-grabbing to see how they match Lombard into their crowded complex-level infield.

Oakland Athletics

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
6 10 45+ Jacob Wilson SS 21.3 Grand Canyon Elite Contact
39 HM 37 Myles Naylor 3B 18.3 St. Joan of Arc HS (ON) Arm, Bat Pace
41 HM 40+ Ryan Lasko CF 21.1 Rutgers Pace, Uncooked Energy

Wilson is rumored to be signing a below-slot deal so, ultimately, the A’s will in all probability pay him on par with about the place I’ve him ranked on The Board. I hope they do extra with the financial savings than simply signal Naylor, who I think about extra of a bat velocity flier than a multi-million greenback prospect. I simply don’t assume he’s going to hit. With Henry Bolte in final 12 months’s class, that marks two straight years the A’s have taken a man with a questionable hit instrument close to the highest of their class.

Philadelphia Phillies

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
27 15 45 Aidan Miller 3B 19.1 JW Mitchell HS (FL) Energy, Body Projection

Good worth once more this 12 months for the Phillies, who find yourself with one of many extra promising excessive schoolers within the draft, a participant who many anticipated would go previous to this. Miller may already be their finest hitting prospect.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
1 3 55 Paul Skenes SP 21.1 LSU Velo, Slider
42 HM 40 Mitch Jebb 2B 21.2 Michigan State Contact, Pace
67 66 40+ Zander Mueth SIRP 18.1 Belleville East HS (IL) Low Launch, Fastball Mvmt, Slider

It is a horny group. Skenes was a gentle shock at 1.1, however he’s prepared to assist an enormous league group and the time is nigh for the Pirates to really contend. Jebb is sort of a Ji Hwan Bae clone, and if he got here in below slot to assist facilitate the Mueth decide, his choice appears even higher.

San Diego Padres

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
25 14 45 Dillon Head CF 18.8 Homewood Flossmoor (IL) Really feel to Hit, Pace

People in rival struggle rooms thought San Diego was on Ralphy Velazquez at decide 25. The Guardians took him simply two spots earlier and, as is usually the case when the participant you needed goes proper in entrance of you, the Padres scrambled to search out somebody with whom they may lower a deal. Head provides the Padres one more high-upside athlete close to the underside of their farm.

San Francisco Giants

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
16 35 45 Bryce Eldridge 1B 18.7 James Madison HS (VA) Energy Projection
52 41 40+ Walker Martin SS 19.4 Eaton HS (CO) Beautiful Swing, Arm
69 21 45 Joe Whitman SP 21.8 Kent State Slider Command, Late-Bloomer

Despite the fact that I’m apprehensive about each of their excessive schoolers, I actually just like the Giants’ draft to date as a result of I feel Whitman was unimaginable worth at decide 69. The Bryce Eldridge two-way experiment ought to ultimately lead him to a full-time hitting position, however the Giants have some expertise working with two-way guys. The Walker Martin second spherical deal was a pervasive pre-draft rumor coming from the crew who scouts the 4 corners.

Seattle Mariners

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
22 38 45 Colt Emerson SS 18.0 John Glenn HS (OH) Hitting Fingers, Protection
29 HM 40 Jonny Farmelo CF 18.9 Westfield HS (VA) Elite Pace
30 29 45 Tai Peete 3B 17.9 Trinity Christian HS (GA) Energy, Projection, Athleticism
57 HM 35 Ben Williamson 3B 22.7 William & Mary Motor, Contact

The Mariners’ complex-level group goes to be loaded after the draft now that they’ve added three high-upside excessive schoolers to their farm. Even amongst that group, there’s a well-rounded assortment of ground (Farmelo’s protection), upside threat (Peete’s energy and projection), and hit instrument stability (Emerson). With these three within the fold, the Williamson decide is more likely to be means below slot. Williamson is a excessive effort R/R third baseman with a bizarre bat wrap and a slice-and-spray method.

St. Louis Cardinals

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
21 16 45 Chase Davis LF 21.6 Arizona Candy Swing, Energy

I don’t have a lot to say right here, as Davis was mocked to St. Louis earlier than the draft. The latest historical past of Pac-12 hitters in professional ball will not be good and the Cardinals are acquainted with that (Ryan Holgate), however they went again to the nicely in Tucson to pick out Davis.

Tampa Bay Rays

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
19 24 45 Brayden Taylor 3B 21.2 TCU Protection, NCAA efficiency
31 HM 40 Adrian Santana SS 18.0 Doral HS (FL) Athleticism, Swap hit
55 45 40+ Colton Ledbetter LF 21.7 Mississippi State Contact, SEC efficiency

I assumed the Rays’ three Day One picks would allow them to get inventive, and perhaps attempt to transfer somebody very proficient again to their third or fourth decide. As an alternative they caught a falling Taylor, who was nice worth the place they bought him, took one other faculty performer in Ledbetter, and a “Rays Particular” in Santana. Santana is a compact, switch-hitting shortstop, proper up Tampa Bay’s alley.

Texas Rangers

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
4 2 55 Wyatt Langford LF 21.7 Florida Energy, Pace

The Rangers have been considered as Langford’s ground on draft day they usually ended up getting their man. Langford runs nicely sufficient to play middle subject, however his really feel for the outfield is terrible. He may in all probability transfer rapidly as a DH if the Rangers need him in Arlington ASAP.

Toronto Blue Jays

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
20 28 45 Arjun Nimmala 3B 17.8 Strawberry Crest HS (FL) Age, Energy, Projection

Nimmala struck out lots throughout the spring, which is why he fell. Is he a righty Nolan Gorman, who Ok’d a ton as a senior however panned out anyway, or is he Keoni Cavaco? It appeared probably {that a} group that cares lots about draft day age could be the one to catch him, and that’s why I mocked Nimmala to Toronto in my first go.

Washington Nationals

Decide Rank FV Identify Place Age Faculty Strengths
2 1 60 Dylan Crews CF 21.4 LSU Every little thing
40 13 45+ Yohandy Morales 3B 21.8 Miami Measurement, Energy, Arm

The Nationals now have two star-level outfielders of their farm system in Crews and James Wooden. Morales had a mid-first spherical grade from me and was unimaginable worth within the second spherical.



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