Post-Fielder Mock Draft

Here's another mock draft, this time after the Fielder signing. This time I tried to make it a "the best player available" draft. May be posting a sandwich round mock soon.

1) Houston Astros- Lucas Giolito, RHP- Giolito is the best HS arm in the draft and has a tremendous ceiling. A mid-to-upper 90s fastball with a hammer curve with a changeup that isn’t far behind. Would only improve their farm system which does not have many top-notch prospects.

2) Minnesota Twins- Mark Appel, RHP- The Twins digress from their usual draft tactics in terms of pitching, as instead of drafting a soft-tossing finesse pitcher, they draft a power pitcher armed with an upper-90s fastball and a plus slider who can be a top of the rotation starter for the them in a few years.

3) Seattle Mariners- Byron Buxton, OF- The Mariners go with a potential 5-tool outfielder with a tremendous ceiling despite being very raw. After seeing how the entire lineup struggled for the Mariners, Buxton would be a step in the right direction to improving it.

4) Baltimore Orioles- Kevin Gausman, RHP- The O’s take the power arm from LSU with a solid pitching repertoire who can turn out to be a top-of-the-rotation workhorse for them in the long run.

5) Kansas City Royals- Michael Zuzino, C- Zuzino is a top-notch catcher in the draft with a good bat with above-average defensive skills behind the plate.

6) Chicago Cubs- Walker Weickel, RHP- The Cubs get a polished HS arm with loads of potential and could be a staff anchor for them in the long run.

7) San Diego Padres- Carlos Correa, SS- One of the most hyped HS shortstop so far, Correa provides solid defense with a great bat to go with. Great SS don’t grow on trees and a talent like Correa’s doesn’t either.

8) Pittsburgh Pirates- Devin Marrero, SS- With this pick the Pirates get a SS with an above average bat and excellent defense who will actually stick at the position. Considering many SS draftees don’t stick at the position in the long run, this is a valuable pick for the Pirates.

9) Miami Marlins- Max Fried, LHP- The Marlins seem to like HS pitchers and Fried is the best HS LHP in the draft. Armed with a fastball that sits in the low-90s with an excellent curveball, along with tons of room to grow, the sky is the limit for Fried.

10) Colorado Rockies- Victor Roache, OF- The Rockies would be drafting a player with an outstanding bat with uber-power. While most college players struggled with the new bat, Roache didn’t just succeed, he excelled, hitting 30 home runs. In a hitter friendly park such as Coors Field, Roache would put up 30+ home runs on a season basis.

11) Oakland A’s- Lance McCullers, RHP- The A’s seem to have a thing for short power arms, taking Sonny Gray in the previous draft and then trading for Jarrod Parker. Lance McCullers is also short, but packs plenty of stuff, boasting an upper-90s fastball with a hammer curve. There are some doubts to whether he can stick as a starter long term, but even if he does not end up as a top of the rotation starter as his stuff indicates, the A’s also can also benefit from having a power reliever.

12) New York Mets- Trey Williams, 3B- Great power, great defense, and outstanding all-around tools, the Mets get a steal here with a premier 3B of the draft.

13) Chicago White Sox- Mattew Smoral-LHP- I’m not gonna sugar-coat it, the White Sox’s farm system is flat-out awful. Why not rebuild it starting with a tall lefty with tons of room to grow who can turn out to be something special?

14) Cincinnati Reds- Duane Underwood, RHP- the Reds would be getting a power arm that can reach the upper 90s with the fastball easily. Would complement Robert Stephenson very nicely.

15) Cleveland Indians- Stryker Trahan, C- what wouldn’t you like about a potential 5-tool catcher? He can hit, he can run, he has power, he has the glove, he has the arm. The Indians would be getting a very special talent here with Trahan.

16) Washington Nationals- Courtney Hawkins, OF- Hawkins has solid tools across the board and may become a nice 5-tool CFer. Maybe he can be the solution to the Nats’ CF problems.

17) Toronto Blue Jays- Joey Gallo, 1B- Gallo has tremendous power and has the potential to slug out 40 home runs per season. Of course he’s gonna have his fair share of strikeouts with that bat, but his power will fit in nicely along with Bautista’s.

18) LA Dodgers- Hunter Virant, LHP- Although Virant’s new to pitching, he has tons of potential, armed with a low-90s fastball and offspeed offerings that show promise.

19) St. Louis Cardinals- David Dahl, CF- Dahl has solid tools across the board with a chance to be a solid CFer for the Cardinals for years to come.

20) San Francisco Giants- Rio Ruiz, 3B- Ruiz comes with great glove, decent range, and a good bat. He could add some pop into the Giants’ lineup and would provide great fielding as well.

21) Atlanta Braves- Lewis Brinson, OF- Brinson is very raw, but also brings the potential to be a 5-tool player. I don’t think the Braves will be disappointed with this pick.

22) Toronto Blue Jays- Mitchell Traver, RHP- Traver is a very tall righty with power stuff who has the potential to be a nice #2 starter. Could add to the stockpile of quality arms the Jays already have.

23) St. Louis Cardinals- Gavin Cecchini, SS- Cecchini can actually stick at the position with great glove and range and the Cards get great value out of the 23rd pick.

24) Boston Red Sox- Ty Hensley, RHP- The Red Sox pitching in the minors haven’t been very good lately, but with Hensley, who is armed with a low-90s fastball with an excellent curveball, the Sox get a nice arm to complement Barnes and Owens to improve their pitching in the farm system.

25) Tampa Bay Rays- Kenny Diekroger, SS- Even though I’m writing this mock I’m surprised at how Diekroger seems to be falling. I doubt he should fall any more than this, as he bring good defensive skills and a decent bat as well.

26) Arizona Diamondbacks- Albert Almora, OF- Although he doesn’t have eye-popping tools, he still has solid all-around tools that makes him a good pick at this point in the draft.

27) Milwaukee Brewers- Nick Williams, OF- Considering his raw tools, he can go way higher in the draft, but he still has lots of work to do despite the raw stuff. Even though he is a high-risk, high reward pick, the Brewers’ farm system is in desperate need of high-ceiling talent and Williams can be just that.

28) Milwaukee Brewers- Lucas Sims, RHP- The Brewers also need work on the pitching end, as most of their pitchers in the minors are mid or bottom rotation pitchers. With a fastball that reaches the 97 and with a potential plus curve, Sims can be a nice #2 starter for them in the long run.

29) Texas Rangers- C.J Hinojosa, SS- The best player left on the board so far, Hinojosa would be drafted earlier if it wasn’t for signability concerns. He does bring above-average tools for a SS and may be able to make a transition to 3rd as the Rangers already have Jurickson Profar in the minors already.

30) New York Yankees- Taylore Cherry, RHP- Cherry is one HUGE guy, a pitcher checking in at 6 foot 9 inches. Already armed with a low-90s fastball and potential above-average offspeed offerings, Cherry already seems like a future #2 starter. If he can increase the fastball velo, then he can really be something special.

31) Boston Red Sox- Michael Wacha, RHP- with a strong frame and solid pitches, the Red Sox would be getting a mid-rotation workhorse in Wacha.

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