Kyle Wright is an early favorite to leave under the first peak of the Draft Major League Baseball of 2017. (Getty Images)
Let's start our coverage of the upcoming draft of MLB 2017, which will be held from 12 to 14 June, with an attempt to find out which of the prospects suits one or another team, and also with brief acquaintance of our readers with the talented young performers themselves
This year's draft is not too rich in top talent, because only 8-10 people can be called players with high potential. Its distinctive feature can also be considered the depth of pitching, outfielder schoolchildren, as well as prospectuses for the first base. In general, if you want to strengthen your farm by pitching – this draft is the most suitable for this task. Well, now let's get to the moku itself.
1. Minnesota Twins – Kyle Wright, right-handed starter, Vanderbilt.
Kyle Wright is not the most talented player of this draft, conceding in this respect to Hunter Green, but he is currently the main contender for leaving under the first number. Many sources say that Twins do not want to choose the schoolboy their first choice, so it's unlikely that we should expect Hunter Green's choice. At the same time, Minnesota is experiencing an acute shortage of pitching at the Major League Baseball and wants to get help from the main team as quickly as possible, which leads us to the conclusion that the most ready for the Major League Baseball reliever from the college will be selected.
Kyle Wright is a reliever with experience playing in the World Series of Colleges. (Getty Images)
Kyle Wright perfectly suits all these criteria, because he is right-handed with a very classy and deep arsenal that includes fastball at 92-94 mph (97 miles max), slider, core and changjap. His slider in places resembles a cutter and is a pitch that generates strikeouts against righties and weak contact against lefties. Another plus of this choice for Twins may be the smaller Wright's requested subscription bonus compared to Green, which may allow them to select more talented players under other peaks.
2. Cincinnati Reds – Hunter Green, right-handed starter, Notre Dame school.
The Reds are the main beneficiaries of the decision of the Minnesota Front Office not to take the most talented player of the draft in an attempt to speed up their entry into the playoffs. Hunter Green is both a right-handed starter and a shortstop, and he can be almost equally good in any role.
Major League Baseball teams almost never allow their best prospects to play simultaneously on the pitcher's hill and in the field, and therefore we will dwell more on the characteristics of Green as a pitcher, where his phenomenal fastball and athleticism lay the foundation of the player with the highest potential.
His fastball reaches a speed of 101 mph with a light throw mechanics that does not create a heavy load on the hand and speaks of a good probability of developing a strong changjap. The excellent athleticism of Green speaks about the high probability of good control over the arsenal, as well as a strong game of defense. The disadvantages of this player are the schoolchild's inadequate development of other pitches, the best of which at the moment is the slider.
3. San Diego Padres – Royce Lewis, shortstop / OF, Catholic School JSerra.
The Padres will be happy to choose Hunter Green under the third peak, if Cincinnati for some reason passes him. If not, San Diego will choose the best player, in their opinion, what makes the prediction of this peak a difficult task.
Royce Lewis is considered the best prospectus-better and combines athleticism, one of the best abilities of hitting and phenomenal speed. And, which is very important, unlike many other high-speed players, he does not lack power in the bit. Left-hander McKenzie Horus is an alternative to Lewis at this peak.
4. Tampa Bay Race – Brandan McKay, left-handed starter / first base, Louisville.
In the middle of the NCAA season it was Brandan McKay who was considered the main prospect of this draft, but the indistinct ending of the season and questions about his best role in Major League Baseball reduced the quotes of this player. Tampa loves players who are able to play both in the pitcher's position and in the field, and so McKay will be a logical choice.
Scouts are not at all determined who McKay will be as a professional: the first baseman or pitcher. In the pitcher's hill, his talent is not limited to the most impressive fastball, but he has a decent core and control, which nevertheless makes him a very strong prospect-pitcher.
No less interesting is McKay as the first baseman, where he is called the best bat of this draft. But unfortunately for him, he can hardly play on a different position, which creates additional pressure on the quality of his performances as a hitman, because the standards of the game at the first base in Major League Baseball are extremely high. Tampa is good at developing pitchers of this format, and also needs a long-term solution on the first base, which makes McKay an ideal choice.
5. Atlanta Braves – McKenzie Gore, left-handed starter, Whiteville School.
Atlanta is very fond of pitchers with the highest potential and McKenzie Gore fits perfectly into their trends. His fastball in the spring scored an additional 3 mph compared to last year, which made Gore one of the hottest avenues of this draft.
Gore may well go under the first choice of this draft, but in our scenario Atlanta gets a player with a fastball reaching 97 mph, plus a strong slider and a potentially positive changjap, and he combines this stunning arsenal with good control. The dimensions of the player allow you to expect that his fastball can gain a little more speed, which makes it a terrific prospect, which may well not reach the Braves on a real draft.
6. Oakland Athletics – Austin Beck, outfielder, North Davidson School.
Auckland does not look for easy ways in any aspect of making baseball decisions, and therefore the choice of Austin Beck, whose quotes have fallen very much this spring, fits perfectly into their logic (or sometimes its absence), especially since this player recently came to the Private training in Auckland.
Back has one of the best combinations of physics and skills in this draft, but the huge question is his ability to beat off qualitative pitching, which is why he does not get even in the top 30 prospects of some teams. Athletic believes that he will be able to make the necessary changes in his technique of mach, which will make him a true star of Major League Baseball, able to beat more than 25 home runs and steal more than 25 bases.
7. Arizona Diamondbacks – Adam Hayesley, outfielder, Virginia.
Any player selected by Arizona on this draft will automatically become her best prospectus, and therefore the team must approach this choice with the utmost care, especially since this will be the first peak in the career of the new general manager of D-Bax Mike Hazen.
Jay Pollock's contract expires in a year and a half and not the fact that Arizona will be able to meet the financial demands of the player, who will also pass through the 30-year mark. Adam Hayzli can quickly reach the main league, replacing Pollock in the center of Arizona, being a player very similar to him with not impressive but strong basic baseball skills and athleticism.
8. Philadelphia Phillies – Pavin Smith, first base, Virginia.
Pavin Smith is one of the best bits of this draft, combining the power and excellent assessment of the strike zone. In 59 games this season for the University of Virginia, he knocked out 13 home runs, while receiving just 12 strikeouts. In addition, the Phillies can save on his bonus, which will allow them to select more powerful players later.
9. Milwaukee Brewers – Joe Adell, outfielder, Ballard School.
Milwaukee General Manager David Stearns loves two kinds of players: athletic outfielder and starting pitchers. To his happiness, both his passions are available at this peak and he faces a difficult choice. Black, athletic, outfielder, with a powerful bat is 4 out of 4 on the Starnes scoring scale, which makes Adella our choice for Milwaukee.
10. Los Angeles Angels – JB Bukauskas, right-handed starter, North Caroline.
First, JB Bukauskas is a player with one of my favorite names on this draft. Secondly, he's just simply too damn talented a pitcher, so that lovers of university avenues from Angels passed him, even in the face of controversial spring speeches.
11. Chicago White Sox – Geren Kendall, outfielder, Vanderbilt
Since the start of the perestroika, the White Sox have bet on the maximum potential of the players received, and none of the remaining prospects can beat Kendall in this plan. He is one of the fastest and athletic outfielder, with excellent defense and hand strength, but questions about his bit game and high requests for a subscription bonus have lowered his quotes.
12. Pittsburgh Pirates – Shane Baz, right-handed starter, Lutheran Concordia School.
Shane Baz is a reliever with one of the most impressive turning points in his innings, which is one of the main things that franchise lovers who love sabermetrics pay attention to, which are Pirates. Fastball at nearly 98 mph and a cool set of breaking bolts made Base one of the most "hot" prospects before the draft, and Pittsburgh will be very lucky if he survives to choose them.
13. Miami Marlins – DL Hall, left-handed starter, Valdosta school.
The Marlins love schoolboys, and Dee El Hall is a very similar player to their choice in the first round of last year – Braxton Garrett, who is already showing great health in the teams of Miami. The plus fastball, the core and the sane control are the hall's strengths.
14. Kansas City Royals – Trevor Rogers, left-handed starter, Carlsbad School.
Another "hot" prospectus goes to Kansas City Royals, which goes to the state of perestroika, and therefore wants to take just the best of the remaining players. Rogers may well leave in the top 10 draft, and because the Royals will not be able to pass by the player with an amazing combination of fastball-breaking ball.
15. Houston Astros – David Peterson, left-handed starter, Oregon.
The Astros become some of the main contenders in Major League Baseball, and that's why Peterson comes in excellent, which struck everyone in his last games and personal trainings. The left-hander, regularly throwing over 100 mph, Peterson can take off even higher on the wave of the HYIP in the last days before the draft. Houston can use it as a reverb from bullpeng already in the next season, or patiently develop his secondary pitches as a starter.
16. New York Yankees – Alex Fayedo, right-handed starter, Florida.
At the beginning of the year, Fayedo was one of the two best prospects for this draft, but the inexpressive spring significantly reduced his quotes, which allows the Yankees to steal an extremely talented starter in the middle of the first round. Fayedo started poorly in the spring, showing the speed of the fastball about 90 mph, but towards the end he accelerated to the usual 93-94 mph.
If you combine this with a delightful slider, in the worst case, a dominant rever can grow from the Faedo, but if he can develop a changjap, then a team from New York will make one of the best choices in this draft.
17. Seattle Mariners – Griffin Canning, right-handed starter, UCLA.
Mariners, suffering from traumatic starter, need quick results and a potential replacement for the aging Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. Seattle will find this all in one of the most reliable prospect pits – Griffin Canning, who is a real master of control and changjap.
18. Detroit Tigers – Nick Pratto, first base, Huntington Beach School.
Nick Pratto can become a replacement for the aging Miguel Cabrera, whom Detroit can even exchange in the coming years. Pratto is one of the best contact hitters of this draft, and the power of the bat should only grow along with the physical maturation and muscle building of this 18-year-old player.
19. San Francisco Giants – Jake Burger, third base, Missouri State.
After the departure of Pablo Sandoval and the exchange of Matt Duffy to Tampa, the Giants have a hole at third base that Jake Burger may well close in a couple of years. He perfectly fits into the type that the Jayants love: a college player with power and good protection.
20. New York Mets – Nate Pearson, right-handed starter, JC Central Florida.
The Mets Scouts visited Pearson's private training, where he hit them with his arsenal. A very raw, but extremely talented player with a fiery fastball – the coaches of the lower leagues of the Mets will have a lot of work, but Pearson's potential is undeniable.
21. Baltimore Orioles – Alex Lange, right-handed starter, LSU.
Usually, Baltimore likes to choose pitchers from schools, but insiders say that this time they are very serious about taking a starter from the university, and Alex Lange is the best of the remaining players. His fastball has made progress this season, and some scouts are rated as a plus-plus pitch by the Lange Cairn.
22. Toronto Blue Jays – Logan Varmot, shortstop, North Caroline.
Surprisingly, the first real shortstop on this draft will go only in the region of the 20th peak – the current class of players in this position is so weak. Toronto is the first team to select twice in this draft, so they can save a few resources for the next peak on this choice. Shortstop can become a problematic position for Toronto in the very near future, and therefore possessing a good contact skill and Varmot speed is a logical choice.
23. Los Angeles Dodgers – Sam Carlson, right-handed starter, Burnsville School.
The Dodgers have the best depth of the main line-up and one of the best line-ups of the main Major League Baseball team in general, so they do not need to take this player from the college, or they can take a more talented schoolboy. Sam Carlson, possessing dimensions, a deep arsenal and powerful potential – a good choice at this peak.
24. Boston Red Sox – Keston Hiura, OF / 2b, UC Irvine.
Hiure may need an operation from Tommy John, and his defense game looks extremely weak, but this player can beat and is one of the best, if not the best contact, hitter draft.
25. Washington Nationals – Seth Romero, left-handed starter, Houston.
Expelled from his college team for an unnamed violation of discipline, and also having trouble with breaking the regime at school, Seth Romero is one of the most talented pitchers of this draft, which may not have been selected until the fifth round due to problems outside the field. But Washington in recent seasons distributed almost all of its young pitchers that leaves this team with a deplorable depth, and the choice of extremely talented and not so distant from Major League Baseball Romero is worth the risk.
26. Texas Rangers – Bubba Thompson, outfielder, McGill-Tulen school.
Texas is a team that can develop raw, but talented outfielder, and Bubba Thompson fits them perfectly. Thompson has one of the best sets of physical characteristics among the players of this draft and can become a real star if he reaches his potential.
27. Chicago Cubs – Tanner Hawke, right-handed starter, Missouri.
Tanner Hawke may well fall to the Chicago Cubs, and the current champions should take advantage of this gift to take the talented but young 20-year-old pitcher of the University of Missouri. The Cubs have a lot of talent on the bat, but the pitchers are either too far from Major League Baseball, or not impressive, and Hawke's fiery fastball will fit perfectly into Chicago's farm system.
28. Toronto Blue Jays (compensation for Edwin Encarnacsion) – Matt Sauer, right-handed starter, Righetti school.
Toronto will not pass again by the talented, but raw Sauer. Excellent size and plus strength of the hand make it possible to dream about a power strike strike pitcher, which is the benchmark of the current Major League Baseball.
29. Texas Rangers (compensation for Ian Desmond) – Evan White, first base, Kentucky.
Texas has a hole in the first base, which was temporarily closed by Mike Napoli. Ивэн Уайт является лучшим защитником драфта на этой позиции, а также превосходную способность отбивать. Его проблемой является возможный недостаток мощи биты, но он вполне может стать стабильным, хотя и не сводящим с ума, первым бейсмэном МЛБ.
30. Чикаго Кабс (компенсация за Декстера Фаулера) – Ник Аллен, шортстоп, школа Паркер.
Чикаго имеет на так много глубины на позиции шортстопа в низших лигах, и Ник Аллен является надежным, как для школьника, вариантом. Его отличает сильная игра в защите и хиттинг, но отсутствие мощи в бите не дает ему стать одним из лучших проспектов драфта, что отлично подходит Кабс, которые наверняка захотят выбрать его в конце первого раунда.