The MLB Draft is one week away. There will be a slew of draft coverage (not just from us, but nationally), so be on the lookout for that. Here’s my updated Big Board.
Things are starting to shape up with the draft week away.
Big Board v 4.0
- RHP Jared Kelley, Refugio HS (Texas) [Profile]
- SS Ed Howard, Mount Carmel HS (Ill.) [Profile]
- RHP Clayton Beeter, Texas Tech [Profile]
- RHP Bobby Miller, Louisville [Profile]
- C/3B/OF Tyler Soderstrom, Turlock HS (Calif.) [Profile]
- RHP Slade Cecconi, Miami (FL) [Profile]
- RHP Bryce Jarvis, Duke
- RHP Chris McMahon, Miami (FL)
- C Dillon Dingler, Ohio State
- RHP Cade Cavalli, Oklahoma
- C/1B/LF Austin Wells, Arizona
- SS Jordan Westburg, Mississippi State [Profile]
- RHP Carmen Mlodzinski, South Carolina
- RHP Cole Wilcox, Georgia
- OF Daniel Cabrera, LSU [Profile]
- 2B Justin Foscue, Mississippi State
- SS Freddy Zamora, Miami (FL)
- RHP Justin Lange, Llano HS (Texas)
- SS Nick Loftin, Baylor
- RHP J.T. Ginn, Mississippi State
A week out, Kelley is still atop my board. And the chance of him making it to No. 29 increase by the day because of the prep RHP risk and the fact Nick Bitsko‘s ascent could push Kelley down the board. Speaking of Bitsko, I’ve removed him from the board because he’s going to be a Top 20 pick, thanks to reclassifying (i.e., he’s one of the younger prep players available) and his Rapsodo numbers have analytically based teams excited for his potential.
Howard and Beeter make big jumps in my rankings. Howard is the type of shortstop the Dodgers look for in the first round. I might be higher on Beeter than most, but he fits the Dodgers’ profile to a T.
Jarvis makes a big jump as well. He improved his outlook after an offseason trip to Driveline Baseball and a great showing before the NCAA season was canceled.
McMahon has also caught my eye. He’s super athletic and has one of the best changeups in the draft. The fact that he’s more of a 2-seam fastball guy could make him available at 29, and we know the Dodgers aren’t totally opposed to guys who throw 2-seamers (hi, Dustin May).
I’m fully expecting Dingler and Cavalli to be gone by the time the Dodgers pick, but either would be great value picks at the end of the first round. The same could be said about Mlodzinski and Wilcox.
Zamora makes his first appearance. If not for a torn ACL, he probably would have been a lock for the first round. The Dodgers could go for him at 29 and use any potential monetary savings on an over-slot guy with one of their 2nd-round picks.
Lange is an intriguing prep pitcher who probably won’t make it to No. 60 or 66, so if the Dodgers want him (and Keith Law mocked him to them in his last projection), they’ll have to get him at 29.
I’ll do one more Big Board on draft day, as well as some other last-minute features.