MLB Draft Report: Mock 3.0

The conference tournaments will be entering semifinal stages, and we’ve seen some impressive performances.

  • Pittsburgh upset Georgia Tech and North Carolina to reach the ACC semifinals.
  • Josh Stowers was tremendous for Louisville hitting a three-run homer and a three-run triple.
  • Clemson put up 17 runs in the fourth inning against Notre Dame.

As far as notable draft performances it’s been hit or miss. Joey Bart for Georgia Tech was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against Pittsburgh, and Alec Bohm was 2-for-5 with a two-RBI double against South Florida. Shane McClanahan started that game but still battled with wild control walking five and allowing five hits in five innings.

Jonathan India was 2-for-4 with an RBI against LSU, but it was his defense that saved the game for Florida.


The fun part of watching these games is the camera panning over to the area where MLB scouts and executives are sitting. I have yet to see Nick Hostetler or any other White Sox personal on camera. I’d be looking for Rick Hahn, but we know he’s in Chicago cleaning up the roster mess from Wednesday’s game.

Before we release our Mock Draft 3.0, there has been an updated with the Draft Average Rankings Database. These rankings are taking major publication top draft lists and averaging out the rankings for each player. These are not our specific player rankings. It helps us get an understanding of what the general thinking are the top prospects from multiple sources.

For those that help support Sox Machine on Patreon, you can see the breakdown of 140+ players and where the major publications rank them. Below is the Top 50 Draft Prospects by average rank.

Rank Player School Position
1 Casey Mize Auburn RHP
2 Nick Madrigal Oregon State 2B
3 Matthew Liberatore Mountain Ridge HS LHP
4 Carter Stewart Eau Gallie HS RHP
5 Alec Bohm Wichita State 3B
6 Travis Swaggerty South Alabama OF
7 Jarred Kelenic Waukesha West HS OF
8 Shane McClanahan South Florida LHP
9 Brady Singer Florida RHP
10 Cole Winn Orange Luthern HS RHP
11 Joey Bart Georgia Tech C
12 Nolan Gorman Sandra Day O’Connor HS 3B
13 Ryan Weathers Loretto HS LHP
14 Logan Gilbert Stetson RHP
15 Jackson Kowar Florida RHP
16 Jonathan India Florida 3B
17 Ryan Rolison Ole Miss LHP
18 Kumar Rocker North Oconee HS RHP
19 Brice Turang Santiago HS SS
20 Ethan Hankins Forsyth Central HS RHP
21 Connor Scott Plant HS OF
22 Grayson Rodriquez Central Heights HS RHP
23 Cole Wilcox Heritage HS RHP
24 Trevor Larnach Oregon State OF
25 Mason Denaburg Merritt Island HS RHP
26 Triston Casas American Heritage HS 1B
27 Jeremy Eierman Missouri State SS
28 Xavier Edwards N. Broward HS SS
29 Jake McCarthy Virginia OF
30 Mike Vasil Boston College HS RHP
31 Alek Thomas Mount Carmel HS OF
32 Anthony Seigler Cartersville HS C
33 Jordan Groshans Magnolia HS 3B
34 Will Banfield Brookwood HS C
35 Steele Walker Oklahoma OF
36 Mike Siani William Penn HS OF
37 J.T. Ginn Brandon HS RHP
38 Greyson Jenista Wichita State OF
39 Griffin Conine Duke OF
40 Noah Naylor Joan of Arc HS C
41 Kris Bubic Stanford LHP
42 Tristan Beck Stanford RHP
43 Lineras Torres Jr. Beacon HS RHP
44 Sean Hjelle Kentucky RHP
45 Jordyn Adams Green Hope HS OF
46 Adam Kloffenstein Magnolia HS RHP
47 Nico Hoerner Stanford SS
48 Konnor Pilkington Mississippi State LHP
49 Jameson Hannah Dallas Baptist OF
50 Jeremiah Jackson St Luke’s HS SS

Leading up to this mock draft, the biggest question out there is will Detroit take Casey Mize? If not, then how far will Mize fall? Very few people have a good handle on what San Francisco is looking for with the second pick. They have been in large numbers watching Joey Bart and Matthew Liberatore. Philadelphia seems set on Alec Bohm, and we know the White Sox were in attendance when Mize faced Brady Singer and the Florida Gators. In addition, Rick Hahn flew out to Los Angeles to see Nick Madrigal play against USC, and asking around most still assume that the White Sox want the best college bat available at the fourth pick. That means if Mize doesn’t go number one overall, he could drop to Cincinnati at pick five. Crazy to think that Mize was a slam dunk to the Tigers a couple of weeks ago, but again we saw this last year with Kyle Wright.

Without further ado, here is our Mock Draft 3.0 along with picks made by James Osborn (lil jimmy), and our Patreon supporters and Twitter followers.

1) Detroit Tigers

Josh’s Pick: Joey Bart, C, Georgia Tech – I think the change of heart for Detroit is wanting to add more impact bats into their pipeline as they were in attendance for Georgia Tech vs. Pittsburgh on Tuesday. In the last month, Bart has demonstrated to be a plus defender that will stick as a catcher and has a real sense of what it takes to handle a pitching staff. Yes, strikeouts will be an issue, but there is 20+ home run power in his profile. He could be a future All-Star, and grow up with the Tigers top pitching prospects Franklin Perez, Matt Manning, Alex Faedo, and Beau Burrows.

Jimmy’s Pick: Jarred Kelenic, OF, Waukesha West HS – Detroit is very antsy about Mize at #1, and another player connected to them is prep OF Jarred Kelenic. They’ll find agreement between $6 and $7 million.

Fan’s Pick: Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn

2) San Francisco Giants

Josh’s Pick: Matthew Liberatore, LHP, Mountain Ridge HS – The dream for San Francisco is having Joey Bart fall to them at number two overall. With Bart going to Detroit, I think San Francisco will take Matthew Liberatore who many feel is the best prep pitcher in this class. Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs said on Fangraphs Audio with Carson Cistulli that Giants have been heavily scouting Liberatore earlier this season before following Bart a great deal. This is the toughest pick in trying to figure out what the team is going to do, and could have a great deal of impact on the White Sox do with the fourth pick.

Jimmy’s Pick: Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn – San Francisco leaps to the podium with visions of Casey Mize pitching in their spacious confines.

Fan’s Pick: Joey Bart, C, Georgia Tech

3) Philadelphia Phillies

Josh’s Pick: Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State – Phillies have been hot for Bohm all college season long. If Bohm can hit in the minors, there might be an opportunity to rush him as a replacement for Carlos Santana when his contract ends.

Jimmy’s Pick: Nick Madrigal, 2B, Oregon State – The Phillies throw a wrench in the White Sox works. Nick Madrigal will be the first player in this draft to reach the big’s with an ETA of May 2020. Scott Kingery settles in at third. What a nice infield.

Fan’s Pick: Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State

4) Chicago White Sox

Josh’s Pick: Nick Madrigal, 2B, Oregon State – No change from my second mock draft but this scenario is a bit more interesting. Instead of just deciding between Nick Madrigal and Brady Singer, this time the Sox will have to choose between Madrigal, Singer, and Casey Mize. I still think the White Sox would prefer to take the college bat and hence I still have Madrigal mocked to them. Jonathan India could be a dark horse for this spot, too. If somehow both Madrigal and Bohm are off the board by this pick, I think the White Sox will take either Singer or Mize.

Jimmy’s Pick: Nolan Gorman, 3B, Sandra Day O’Connor HS – The White Sox take the kid from just down the street from their Spring Training facility. The most powerful bat in the draft, Nolan Gorman won multiple home run derby’s last summer.

Fan’s Pick: Nick Madrigal, 2B, Oregon State

5) Cincinnati Reds

Josh’s Pick: Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn – Mize’s slide ends here. If by any chance the White Sox pass on Madrigal, the Reds have a great interest in him.

Jimmy’s Pick: Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State – The Reds are going college and Bohm is the best on the board right here.

Fan’s Pick: Brady Singer, RHP, Florida

6) New York Mets

Josh’s Pick: Jonathan India, 3B, Florida – The Mets take this season’s SEC Player of the Year, Jonathan India. I think he can move around the infield which should enhance his value. Also for consideration at this spot would be India’s teammate, Brady Singer, if the Mets want to add a pitcher.

Jimmy’s Pick: Joey Bart, C, Georgia Tech – Joey Bart falls into the Mets’ lap here at six. His walk-up music is Sinatra’s “One for my Baby.”

Fan’s Pick: Jonathan India, 3B, Florida

7) San Diego Padres

Josh’s Pick: Carter Stewart, RHP, Eau Gallie HS – San Diego is always tough to peg because they are unpredictable. I’m guessing AJ Preller takes the second best prep arm in the draft with Carter Stewart, but I could also see him trying to cut a deal to save cash for later picks by drafting prep LHP Ryan Weathers.

Jimmy’s Pick: Carter Stewart, RHP, Eau Gallie HS – The Padres love to collect top-grade talent. Putting together a good team… not so much. Carter Stewart is an outstanding pitcher and a perfect fit here.

Fan’s Pick: Matthew Liberatore, LHP, Mountain Ridge HS

8) Atlanta Braves

Josh’s Pick: Nolan Gorman, 3B, Sandra Day O’Connor HS – Just like San Diego, Atlanta has been a bit unpredictable with their first-round selections in recent years. Then again, I don’t think anyone was expecting Kyle Wright to drop to them last year. For 2018, I think the Braves go with a bat and select Nolan Gorman. They’ve had previous luck with prep third baseman, and it would be something if they help Gorman tap into the power potential in games, rather than home run derbies.

Jimmy’s Pick: Matthew Liberatore, LHP, Mountain Ridge HS – Matthew Liberatore is such a Braves pick. They love to stockpile prep pitching and no way they pass him up if available.

Fan’s Pick: Travis Swaggerty, OF, South Alabama

9) Oakland Athletics

Josh’s Pick: Travis Swaggerty, OF, South Alabama – Oakland will go with the best college bat available in this slot which would be Travis Swaggerty. A dark horse selection here would be Oregon State’s Trevor Larnach.

Jimmy’s Pick: Brady Singer, RHP, Florida – Second best college arm, Brady Singer could do quite well in the vast Oakland arena.

Fan’s Pick: Jarred Kelenic, OF, Waukesha West HS

10) Pittsburgh Pirates

Josh’s Pick: Jarred Kelenic, OF, Waukesha West HS – I think this is a good fit for both Jarred Kelenic and Pittsburgh. A player with all of the tools which could use more seasoning paired with an organization that will be patient with him. History is not on Kelenic’s side as seven players from Wisconsin have been drafted in the first round. Five of them never reached the majors, one is Gavin Lux who was picked in 2016, and the one that did reach the majors was Bill Burbach in 1965, who had a career -1.1 bWAR.

Jimmy’s Pick: Brice Turang, SS, Santiago HS – Best shortstop in the draft. They don’t grow on trees. The kid will look good in Pirates garb.

Fan’s Pick: Carter Stewart, RHP, Eau Gallie HS

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We’ll be covering the MLB Draft’s first day on Monday, June 4th with our coverage starting at 6 pm CT. I’ll be joined by FutureSox’s Brian Bilek and Jimmy to break down the White Sox first round pick.

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PauliePaulie

Kids born in the 2000’s will be getting drafted in 2 weeks.

lil jimmy

Osiris Johnson October 18th 2000…. Gad Zooks!

Trooper Galactus

Kelenic at #1 would be very surprising. Nolan Gorman to the White Sox equally so.

PauliePaulie

Callis just posted a new mock. Joins a growing chorus believing the Sox will take Singer over Madrigal.

If the Sox plan would be to play Madrigal out of position, they may as well just take the Pitcher.

Trooper Galactus

If they shocked the world and went with Nolan Gorman, how would you feel about that?

PauliePaulie

I wish they would abandon the low ceiling college bats and college relievers in rounds 2-10 strategy they’ve had under Hostetler.

This draft is full of high ceiling High School arms and Bats to choose from at #46.
Hostetler drafts like Renteria manages. Scared.

lil jimmy

I agree and Jeremiah might be the perfect choice. could, should still be there and won’t last much longer.

Trooper Galactus

If De Sedas is there at 46 and the Sox passed on him for another college first baseman (or shitty third baseman), I will be pissed.

lil jimmy

MLB just went 200 players deep. De Sedas now at #56.

PauliePaulie

That’s one spot ahead of Sox 2nd round pick, Luken Baker. And, you know Jimmy, it will be Montes De Oca in the 3rd.

Trooper Galactus

Didn’t they pick De Oca in the last draft? Name sounds familiar.

PauliePaulie

2014

Trooper Galactus

Last year, four years ago…same difference.

lil jimmy

That 3rd pick is so important. They have all night and then pick 3rd. Do they take the player at the top of their board when the night ended, or do they look at the total board and take the best player?

AaronSapoznik

Yes. Ironically though, the White Sox took a Louisville closer high up for a second consecutive Draft last June in Lincoln Henzman (4th round) and converted him to a starter this season where he has put up Dane Dunning type numbers at Kannapolis. Of course, the White Sox acquired Dunning from the Nationals who was their 2016 first round pick after being a swingman on a strong Florida staff. Perhaps a pitcher’s role in college is less important than how he is perceived and ultimately developed as a professional.

lil jimmy

High School project
My boy Levi Usher
Perfect Game ranks top five players, college/ High school
They have Levi #4 in speed and #3 in the “Athlete” category.
He’s going the JC route and plans on being drafted.

AaronSapoznik

If the White Sox are fortunate to select Madrigal they are more likely to play him at 2B where he profiles best defensively and move incumbent Yoan Moncada to 3B where his bat should play nicely.

Moncada made his MLB debut at 3B with the Red Sox because of a need there but ultimately it might be his best defensive position anyway. He’s already built like an NFL linebacker and doesn’t figure to get any smaller or quicker as he matures at the MLB level.

Tim Anderson is the only one of the three who profiles at SS with his athleticism, range and arm. As such, he stays at the position unless the unthinkable occurs and the White Sox really do go all out for Manny Machado in the offseason. Few among us would be willing to wager on that happening.

PauliePaulie

Singer out for the SEC tourney with a hamstring issue.

ndsoxfan

Which prospect has the best batting eye with some power and will likely end up first?  That’s your pick…..so I guess Bohm

AaronSapoznik

I’d be shocked if the White Sox chose a high school player with their first pick. Rick Hostetler has his short list and it’s sure to include college players. He’s already stated that current organizational depth at the MLB and MiLB level does not matter, that the White Sox will take the best available player when their turn comes at #4.

Logic might suggest that the top 3 college players on his list would be RHP’s Casey Mize and Brady Singer, along with 2B/SS Nick Madrigal since those are the prospects that we know Rick Hahn has seen in person and likely due to Hostetler’s recommendation. Based on most mock drafts, the odds are that at least one of those three will be available to the White Sox at #4. Many of those drafts have Mize off the board with both Madrigal and Singer still available when the White Sox pick. With this in mind, the organization will then select whoever is rated the highest on their list between the two. I’m hoping it will be Madrigal because of hit and run tools that suggest he will be a prolific MLB leadoff hitter. If he’s gone, I could certainly live with Singer as yet another top of the rotation candidate as well.

The good news is that as highly advanced college talents, any of Mize, Singer or Madrigal should see their MLB debuts no later than early 2020 barring major health issues or unexpectedly poor production, just in time for the White Sox transition from rebuilding to relevancy in the AL Central.

lil jimmy

I’m not sure those pitchers move that fast. Both should pitch deep this summer. Unable to sign till around the Fourth of July. Then with innings already thrown, maybe throw 30 more. Moving all the way to Chicago in little more than a season of work, while jumping over those already here is asking a lot.

AaronSapoznik

The White Sox have a history of fast tracking their first round college arms.

Chris Sale was in the White Sox bullpen within two months of being their first round selection in 2010. Carlos Rodon was in Chicago’s bullpen within 9 months of signing his July 2014 deadline deal with Scott Boras as his advisor. He was in the White Sox rotation less than 3 weeks later. Carson Fulmer debuted in the White Sox bullpen one year after signing his 2015 bonus despite being the ace of a Vanderbilt staff that went to the college World Series finals the previous summer. The White Sox selected Louisville closer Zack Burdi in 2016 and he was already in AAA Charlotte by August. If he didn’t injure his elbow the following season you best believe he would have been in the White Sox bullpen before the 2017 season was complete.

Why would anyone think the White Sox will deviate from this trend with either Casey Mize or Brady Singer should either be available at #4 on June 4th? Mize has three plus pitches and exceptional control which could potentially have him in an MLB rotation this season if he slipped past the Tigers to a contender like the Giants or Phillies. I’d bet that he would at least be in either clubs bullpen if they remained in contention down the stretch.

As the White Sox continue year two of their rebuild they won’t have a need to rush either Mize or Singer to the South Side in 2018. But I would still expect both to be in AA Birmingham by season’s end provided they have not burned all their innings through the NCAA tournament. I also don’t see a problem with either jumping over any other pitching prospect not named Michael Kopech who figures to make his MLB debut later this summer. Alec Hansen would have begun the season in AA but still hasn’t thrown a pitch yet this season due to right forearm soreness. The White Sox have taken their time with Dane Dunning who was finally promoted to Birmingham last month but he was a swingman in college at Florida and not a regular starter. Dylan Cease was drafted out of high school by the Cubs and is on a slower track to the majors. Does anybody here truly believe that Mize or Singer can’t displace Fulmer or Lucas Giolito in the White Sox rotation by 2020? The way the latter two are pitching they might already be out well before then.

If the White Sox believe that they will be relevant in the AL Central as soon as 2020 they will have little reason not to fast track either Mize or Singer who are both advanced college starting pitchers from major programs with 3 plus pitches, great size, solid enough mechanics and pretty good control.

The White Sox usually take more time developing their college bats but Nick Madrigal figures to be an exception with his advanced hit tool and baseball instincts. He seems to be a player who will take advantage of his small strike zone and draw plenty of walks in addition to making solid contact with few strike outs. I easily envision him as the White Sox leadoff hitter the moment he debuts on the South Side which would not only move Yoan Moncada down to #2 but also allow Luis Robert to hit somewhere in the middle of the future White Sox batting order alondide Eloy Jimenez and hopefully Jose Abreu as well. The White Sox just need to mix in a lefty power bat or two down the road, hopefully somebody already in their system such as Zack Collins, Blake Rutherford or Gavin Sheets. Maybe even Moncada drops down to the heart of the batting order if Luis Gonzalez continues to excel atop the lineup as he climbs the ladder toward Chicago. If not, the White Sox should have an ample surplus of arms to acquire a lefty power bat or perhaps get a big free agent allowance from 82-year old Jerry Reinsdorf before he sells the team sometime in the next 5-10 years.