More 2018 MLB draft picks!
31. Rays (compensation for losing Alex Cobb): Shane McClanahan, LHP, University of South Florida: A nice home-area pick and a potential bargain, McClanahan posted a 3.42 ERA with a 120/48 K/BB in 76 innings; hits upper-90s and flashes a plus slider and change-up; command needs sharpening but he was a top ten candidate at one point and a great value here. Full profile here.
32. Rays (comp for failing to sign 2017 pick Drew Rasmussen): Nick Schnell, OF, Indianapolis, Indiana Fast-rising toolsy outfielder with University of Louisville commitment, pure hitter with a strong throwing arm; regarded as a significant sleeper prospect who was moving up boards late.
33. Royals (comp for losing Lorenzo Cain): Jackson Kowar, RHP, University of Florida: Brady Singer’s rotation-mate; posted 3.21 ERA in 93 innings, 91/37 K/BB; not as polished as Singer but a higher physical ceiling; full profile here;
34. Royals (comp for losing Eric Hosmer): Daniel Lynch, LHP, University of Virginia 3.96 ERA in 89 innings, 105/24 K/BB; fastball around 90, average slider and curve, can be effective on days when his command is sharp, fourth starter projection.
35. Indians (comp for losing Carlos Santana) Ethan Hankins, RHP, Georgia HS. Full profile here. A bargain in this spot of the draft if he’s healthy.
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36. Pirates Gunnar Hoglund, RHP, Hudson, Florida Exceptional command for a high school pitcher, Mississippi commit; low-90s fastball that may get faster, heat is low-effort; secondary pitches need some polish but may play up since he locates so well.
37. Orioles Cadyn Grenier, SS, Oregon State University: Excellent defensive shortstop, hit .335/.420/.477; will get to majors for defense alone, anything he contributes with the bat is a plus.
38. Padres Xavier Edwards, SS, Coconut Creek, Florida: Full profile here.
39. Diamondbacks Jake McCarthy, OF, University of Virginia: Smooth line drive hitter, limited to 20 games by wrist injury, hit .329/.414/.415 when he played; stole nine bases without being caught, had a shot at the first round until he got hurt.
40. Royals: Kris Bubic, LHP, Stanford University Royals continue their run of college pitching with advanced polished lefty, posted 2.73 ERA in 79 innings with 91/30 K/BB; excellent change-up, fastball a bit over 90 usually but sometimes higher; could move quickly, another possible fourth starter.
41. Indians Lenny Torres, Jr, RHP, Beacon, New York. Favorite around here at Minor League Ball; full profile here.
42. Rockies Grant Lavigne, 1B, Bedford, New Hampshire big power. huge power. 70-power. Wake Forest commit; some scouts very high on him despite cold-weather background and defensive questions and he was being rumored in the first round.
43. Cardinals Griffin Roberts, RHP, Wake Forest Speaking of Wake Forest; mid-90s with a nasty slider, great Cardinals pick, posted 3.82 ERA in 97 innings, 130/38 K/BB; strikeout rate is not lying about the quality of his stuff.