Pittsburgh drafts Henry Davis at 1 because they are cheap. They pass on the top two pitchers on Vanderbilt and the top batter in the draft. It's official Bob Nutting is cheaper than homeless Pittsburgh Pirates fans and I hate to do this to the Pirates because they said they were fans of Draft Utopia. The die hard Pirates fans in Pittsburgh deserve better. I gave the Pirates a Cheese Chester grade because I have more faith in the pierogies than I do in Bob Nutting. After Detroit reached for Jackson Jobe at 3, I changed this pick from a Cheese Chester grade to a B grade.
The 6-2 210 lb Henry Davis gives the Pittsburgh Pirates a batter who can take over games. Henry Davis has five-tool ability. He can hit home runs, line drives, grounders, or bunts. Henry Davis also has the speed to steal bases, a quick arm, and a strong fielding percentage.
Henry Davis had a .370 batting average, 68 hits, 15 home runs, 48 RBI's 10 stolen bases, 9 doubles, and a .995 fielding percentage in 2021. Henry Davis has a vastly superior fielding percentage compared to either one of the High School shortstops in Jordan Lawlar and Marcelo Mayer.
Henry Davis is also versatile enough to play catcher, third baseman, or left fielder with his versatility. This gives the Pittsburgh Pirates another player who could be an solid batter down the road.
Pittsburgh saved money by getting Henry Davis. They also got Anthony Solometo who I mocked to the New York Yankees at 20 to start the second round at 37.
The Pirates also got the top pitcher on the board. The 6-5 220 lb Anthony Solometo is dominating his senior season at Bishop Eutice High School. Anthony Solometo has 32 innings pitched, 64 strikeouts, and a 0.11 ERA through 6 starts. Three of his six starts were complete games where he pitched 7 innings which is the maximum for a High School Pitcher.
Anthony Solometo has a 94-mile per hour fastball, a 90-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, ad a slider. He does need to develop more pitches in the minor leagues after he gets drafted. His kick reminds MLB scouts of MacKenzie Gore ewith his arm delivery reminding scouts of Madison Bumgarner. His velocity, command, throwing power, and pitching accuracy is excellent.
Anthony Solometo recorded a 15 strikeout game in a High School game where the Trenton Thunder play. The Trenton Thunder used to be the New York Yankees AA team. He sounded great in an interview that I listened to leading up to the 2021 MLB Draft. Quinn Priester as your number one starter, Anthony Solometo at 2, Carmen Mlodzinski at 3, Jared Jones at, and Nick Garcia their 2020 third round pick to round out the starting rotation.
Pittsburgh took Bubba Chandler the top player on my board to start the third round. If they can sign Chandler, they will have three top 20 prospects in their farm system. Pittsburgh also got Jackson Glenn the Dallas Baptist third baseman who hit 21 home runs in the fifth round. Glenn is versatile enough to play anywhere in the infield at third base, shortstop, second base, or first base. Sean Sullivan the California Golden Bears pitcher is a nice gem for the Pirates in the eighth round too. Louisville outfielder Luke Brown who led the Cardinals in stolen bases joins Henry Davis in the ninth round. The Pirates team draft has been so amazing that they now have a team grade of A+ for the second year in a row under GM Ben Cherrington.
There are five full games of Louisville College Baseball on Youtube where Louisville faces Bellarmine, Western Illinois, Boston College, Notre Dame, and Duke. Henry Davis didn't hit a home run in any of those full games on film despite his impressive season at Louisville.
I posted a film cut of Louisville catcher Henry Davis VS Notre Dame. Notre Dame was the toughest ranked opponent that Davis faced.
The Texas Rangers have narrowed their pick down to Vanderbilt pitcher Jack Leiter and High School shortstop Jordan Lawlar. After Vanderbilt's run during the 2021 College World Series, something tells me they take Leiter second overall.
Jack Leiter has a 96-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 95-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, a 82-mile per hour slider, a 74-mile per hour curveball, and a 89-mile per hour changeup that has more velocity than any changeup in this draft class. Jack Leiter has the command and pitching accuracy that you want. His throwing power and velocity also checks out on tape.
The 6-1 205 lb Jack Leiter went 11-4 in 2021 with a 2.13 ERA, 110 innings pitched, 179 strikeouts, 2 complete games, 1 complete game shutout and only 45 walks in 18 starts. Leiter has an amazing floor, probably the best floor of any pitcher in this draft, but some scouts believe that Leiter's lack of size will limit his ceiling. Jack Leiter is a guy that can be the ace pitcher that the Texas Rangers can build their starting rotation around.
Jack Leiter rebounded against Ole Miss after getting pulled hours before a Saturday Start. Some feel Leiter should go first overall, but I see a pitcher with the highest floor in this years MLB Draft. Texas will have Jack Leiter and Cole Winn starting in todays Future's Game to give the Rangers a nice 1/2 punch.
One of Jack Leiter's worst games was against the Florida Gators. I posted that game in a film cut featuring Vanderbilt pitcher Jack Leiter VS Florida. This was the only full game of Jack Leiter that I could find.
Detroit has only one prospect left in their farm system despite having three good starters and Alex Faedo on injured reserve as Faedo will have the number four spot next season.
The 6-3 200 lb Jackson Jobe is the ace pitcher on Heritage Hall High School. Heritage Hall High School won the State Championship for High School Baseball in the state of Oklahoma. Jackson Jobe is the best High School pitcher from the state of Oklahoma since Dylan Bundy who went fourth overall to the Baltimore Orioles back in the 2011 MLB Draft.
He has five plus pitches including a 96-mile per hour 4-seam fastball 93-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, a slider with over 3,000 rpm, a changeup, and a curveball with exceptional arch. Jackson Jobe went 9-0 with a 0.13 ERA, and 122 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings pitched. Only downside is that he only has one start where he pitched six or more innings. Detroit got Texas Longhorns pitcher Ty Madden at 32 so since the Tigers got 2 top 10 players in the first round, this pick gets bumped up from a C grade to an A grade. Detroit got Izaac Pacheco a third base/shortstop in the second round who ranked at thirty one on my big board at 39. Austin Schultz an infielder turned outfielder at Kentucky had 22 stolen bases and has been a superb find in the tenth round.
The 6-3 195 lb Marcelo Mayer is the closest thing to a five-tool batter along Jordan Lawlar. His bat in terms of pure power is superior to Lawlar. He's not as fast as Lawlar, but his bat makes him one of the top prospects in this class. Mayer had a .392 batting average, 14 home runs, 39 runs, a 1.059 slugging percentage, and 16 stolen bases in 2021. Marcelo Mayer is also described as the best defensive shorstop by MLB scouts despite his .885 fielding percentage in 2021. Mayer drops to the Boston Red Sox after his agent told the Pirates he'd go to USC if they did not pay him $8-million on his rookie deal.
I wasn't impressed with Mayer in his first highlight. Marcelo wowed me in the second highlight I watched. I saw a player checking off all the boxes. I watched a third highlight of Mayer on Twitter and he hit the ball with more power. Mayer tees a baseball like he's a professional PGA Golfer.
Boston followed up the Marcelo Mayer pick with Florida Gators center fielder Jud Fabian in the second round at pick 40. Then the Red Sox got Tyler McDonhough the North Carolina State second baseman in the third round. After that the Red Sox took the top pitcher from Puerto Rico in the fourth round. Boston got Fabian's teammate catcher Nathan Hickey from Jacksonville in the fifth round. Outstanding job by Boston making up for their terrible 2020 MLB Draft with this awesome 2021 MLB Draft getting premium value picks in the first five rounds.
Baltimore raches for a batter who struggled against Big 12 teams. There were six players ahead of Cowser on my board. I had him at 11 on my big board, but he was a consensus top 10 grade.
The 6-3 195 lb Colton Cowser has dominated for Sam Houston State this season to the point where I considered putting him in my top 10. Colton Cowser has a .375 batting average, 72 hits, 15 home runs, 50 RBI's, 16 stolen bases, 9 doubles, and a .971 fielding percentage in 2021. He did struggle against Big 12 schools like Texas Tech, Texas, and TCU so the Orioles decide to be cheap so they can spend more money on talent in the second and third rounds.
Sam Houston State went 1/5 against Stephen F. Austin. Colton Cowser did score a run when he had his only hit of the game. He also made contact with the ball on each at bat, and avoided strikeouts or errors. He's a safe bet to be a top 15 pick and could sneak into the top ten.
Arizona got a shortstop six years after drafting Dansby Swanson first overall. Instea of taking a College shortstop they take a High School one. They just need to avoid trading Jordan Lawlar like they did with Swanson.
The 6-2 195 lb Jordan Lawlar can hit home runs, line drives, grounders, and bunts. He's quick throws the ball effectively and defends well. Jordan Lawlar had a .412 batting average, 40 hits, a team best 6 home runs, a team best 37 RBI's, a team best 32/32 stolen bases on thirty two stolen base attempts, and a .947 fielding percentage in 2021.
Jordan Lawlar is the most complete batter in the 2021 MLB Draft. I've seen him swing and make contact on more at bats on film than any prospect in this draft. He's the big reason why Jesuit Dallas High School went 31-5 this past season.
One thing that works against Lawlar is that his season is effectively over where as the other top five picks have High School playoffs as well as the Conference Tournaments, Super Regionals, and College World Series as opportunities to boost their stock with strong games. Lawlar can relax or use this time to interview with MLB teams in the top 5. He fell to the Arizona Dimaondbacks at 6. Arizona also got Adrian Del Castillo my top college batter left on the board at 70 as the Miami Hurricanes catcher joins Lawlar in Arizona.
I posted a film cut of Jesuit Dallas HS shortstop Jordan Lawlar VS Nolan High School. This was the only full game of Jordan Lawlar that I could find.
Frank Mozzicato is outside my top 50. He was also outside MLB.com's top 30. This would normally be an F grade based on value, but since he threw four consecutive no hitters it averages to a C-. The Royals also got a top 50 player in the second round another High School pitcher in Ben Kdrna from Blue Valley Southwest High School in Kansas in the second round before taking Alabama second baseman Peyton Wilson the younger brother of former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson with their compensation pick in the second round. Kansas City's picks after the second round didn't stand out, but one player they got in round 3-10 who may make an impact is ninth round pick Parker Bates who led Louisiana Tech in RBI's in all four seasons at Louisiana Tech. Kansas City landing Luca Tresh in the seventeenth round bumps their team grade up to a B-.
Colorado with another reach. Benny Montgomery is good. I don't think he's as good as Austin Hendrick from West Allegheny that the Reds took last year. He did win the Pennsylvania Gatorade player of the year.
The 6-4 200 lb Benny Montgomery is versatile enough to play left fielder, center fielder, or right fielder with his versatility. He's got a great quick arm along with a tremendous work ethic. He also won the Perfect Game All-American Classic Home Run Derby.
Benny Montgomery has a rigid swing. His swing lacks fluidity. If he can fix that in the minor leagues this kid could be a big time star in the MLB.
Colorado got Jaden Hill the LSU pitcher that was once projected to go in the top 10 in the second round. After that Colorado took Joe Rock the Ohio Bobcats ace pitcher from Aliquippa PA who went 8-3 with a 2.33 ERA.
Colorado got Robby Martin Jr. one of Florida State's best batters in the eighth round. That was Colorado's best value pick outside of their picks in the first two rounds.
The 6-1 236 lb Sam Bachman has a chance to be Miami Ohio's highest draft selection since Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was drafted eleventh overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. Well, now he is Miami Ohio's highest draft pick.
Sam Bachman has a 94-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 97-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, a 101-mile per hour sinker, an 83-mile per hour slider with a pretty nasty bit, and a changeup to compliment his faster pitches.
Sam Bachman went 7-1 as a freshman. He didn't play much in 2020. He's 4-3 in 2021 with a 2.04 ERA. His ERA was under 2.00 until he gave up 5 runs to West Virginia in Miami Ohio's toughest game of the year. He does come with some risk as a relief pitcher though due to his size and small arm for a pitcher, but the Angles can gamble on Bachman with so many prospects in their farm system.
New York drafts a the best player on the board at 10. Kumar Rocker was my number one player in the entire 2021 MLB Draft. New York has four good starters when healthy with Jacob DeGrom, Marcus Stroman, Carlos Carrasco, Taijuan Walker, and Kumar Rocker. This gives the Mets a starting rotation that can lead the New York Mets to a World Series.
The 6-5 245 lb Kumar Rocker entered the season as the number one pitcher on the Vanderbilt Commodores. He was also the favorite to go first overall in the 2021 MLB Draft after pitching a no hitter during the 2019 College World Series. The New York Mets got a steal at 10. Rocker only threw 91-miles-per-hour on his fastball in some of his 2021 starts which is why he's dropping on boards.
Kumar Rocker went 14-4 with a 2.73 ERA, 122 innings pitched, and 179 strikeouts in 2021 dominating every game of the College World Series except game 3 of the Championship against Mississippi State. Rocker had a 98-mile per hour 4-seam fastball coming out of North Oconee High School, but the rest of his pitches were a project.
Since enrolling at Vanderbilt Rocker developed a 96-mile per hour cutter fastball, a 85-mile per hour slider which has been his secondary pitch since his freshman season, and an 82-mile per hour curveball to compliment his other three pitches. His fifth pitch is his changeup with his sixth pitch being a sinker. He has four MLB pitches compared to the one he had coming out of High School three years ago, but still has two pitches with his changeup and sinker that will need additional development in the minor leagues before he makes the jump to the MLB.
Rocker is still a project, but I'd argue that he's got the highest ceiling of any pitcher in this draft including Leiter because he's a guy who could have up to seven different pitches if he develops a changeup, a 2-seam fastball, plus a sinker to compliment his 4-seam fastball, cutter fastball, slider, and curveball. His pitches have great command and pinpoint accuracy even though the velocity on some of his throws needs to be refined.
Kumar Rocker's best game was a 7 inning scoreless contest against the SEC East Champion Tennessee Volunteers. I posted a film cut of that game on our Youtube Channel. Check it out and subscribe to Draft Utopia.
I mocked Brady House to Detroit at 3. He may move to third base, but this is a clear steal for the Washington Nationals and even if he moves to third base he becomes a viable replacement for Anthony Rendon.
The 6-3 210 lb Brady House is raw, but was once considered a top 5 prospect so Detroit gets House here. He has huge upside, is the youngest shortstop in the 2021 MLB Draft, and has the upside to develop into a guy that will have a .260 batting average, 35 home runs, 16 doubles, and 14 stolen bases. Brady House finished the year with a .543 batting average and 8 home runs making him the best High School batter not named Marcelo Mayer. Washington got a steal here since they needed a viable replacement to Anthony Rendon at third base if that's where he ends up moving.
I posted a film cut of Winder-Barrow HS shortstop Brady House VS Nolan High School. This was the only full game of Brady House that I could find.
Seattle takes a catcher here. The 5-11 200 lb Harry Ford has great speed and athleticism for a catcher. His swing at the plate is similar to Khris Davis. Great addition for the Seattle Mariners as they get the top catcher on the board hoping he can replace Mike Zunino.
Philadelphia gets a pitcher who could be on their future starting rotation with Aaron Nola and Zach Wheeler with Jake Arrieta back on the Cubs. You are getting a guy who entered the year as the top High School pitcher before Jackson Jobe surpassed him. Philadelphia got Mick Abel another High School pitcher last year. So if Abel and Painter can become starters next to Nola down the road, Philadelphia could compete at some point in the future.
The 6-7 225 lb Andrew Painter is the top pitcher on the board as well as one of the most consistent High School pitchers in the 2021 MLB Draft. Andrew Painter went 5-0 with a 0.30 ERA in 4 starts and 9 appearances as a freshman in 2018. Painter went 7-2 with a 1.43 ERA as a sophomore leading Calvary Christian Academy HS to the State Championship game as a true sophomore. Painter had a 0.58 in the shortened 2020 season due to Covid-19 as a junior before earning an invite as one of two juniors to play in the Under Armor All American Game. Andrew Painter is currently 6-1 with a 0.31 ERA as a senior in 12 games so far this season. Painter also has a career high 91 strikeouts heading into his draft year.
Andrew Painter has a 97-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 96-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, a 95-mile per hour cutter fastball, a 82-mile per hour slider, a 80-mile per hour changeup, a 77-mile per hour power curveball, a 76-mile per hour 12-6 curveball, and a 75-mile per hour curveball. Andrew Painter has a variety of pitches that will allow him to have success once he reaches the MLB. His curveball is not a swing and miss pitch where he can use a signature pitch to get an automatic strike. You have to rely on his fastball which has pinpoint accuracy in all four corners of the strike zone if you want to strike the opposing batter out.
Andrew Painter could be used as a starter or a reliever. Philadelphia is probably better off grooming him to be a starting pitcher in their rotation at some point down the road. He's got enough upside to be a number one or number two starter on a team in their starting rotation.
Philadelphia got Ethan Wilson an outfielder from South Alabama that I had a first round grade on in the second round. Then the Phillies got Troy Trojans center fielder Logan Cerny in the tenth round. Cerny the only top 200 player to get picked in the tenth round. Great job by the Phillies in this draft.
Will Bednar went 9-1 in 16 starts with a 3.12 ERA, 92.1 innings pitched, and 139 strikeouts. He also made 3 relief appearances. His dominant play in the 2021 College World Series helped Mississippi State capture their first championship in any sport in school history. Will Bednar defeated Ty Madden in a heads up duel in the College World Series. San Francisco takes the 2021 College World Series MVP with this pick.
San Francisco took Fordham pitcher Matt Mikulski who ranked at 40 on my big board in ths second round. That bumps this grade up from an A- to an A grade.
dd>The 5-9 175 lb Sal Frelick was a three sport athlete in High School playing football, hockey, and baseball before enrolling at Boston College on a Baseball Scholarship.
Sal Frelick is versatile enough to play left fielder, center fielder, right fielder, or shortstop. He also has experience at all four positions.
Sal Frelick had a .367 batting average and 4 home runs as a freshman. His worst season came during the shortened Covid-19 season in 2020. Sal Frelick had a .359 batting average and a career high 6 home runs in 2021 as a junior. Sal Frelick is fast which is why he gets on base so frequently. He's also had a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 in all three seasons at Boston College which is why he's a top 15 pick despite having some games on film where he went 0/4 against schools like Northeastern.
His film in full games as a batter felt inconsistent and did not impress me when swinging at the plate, but Frelick just checks off too many boxes even though you want to see Frelick develop more power on his swing while maintaining his speed and fielding percentage. He's also going to have to strikeout less in the minor leagues.
The 5-9 178 lb Kahlil Watson has the ceiling to develop into a batter that hits 25 home runs and record 25 stolen bases per year in the MLB. Watson's 2021 season started late, but he had 6 RBI's in one game earlier this season before ending the year with a .513 batting average and 6 home runs. He's got the ceiling to be a five-tool player down the road. People said the same thing with Brendan Rodgers the third overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft who was my top prospect that year. The Marlins got a steal with this top 10 prospect at 16.
Matt McLain passed on being the twenty fifth overall pick out of High School. He got drafted higher and only one player was ranked ahead of McLain on my board.
The 5-11 180 lb Matt McLain had a .397 batting average in a shortened 2020 season that had some thinking he could be a top 5 pick heading into the spring. Matt McLain went 1/5 in UCLA's season opener against San Francisco. He's rebounded since displaying a .333 batting average, 61 hits, 36 RBI's, 9 home runs, 9 stolen bases going 9/10 on stolen base attempts, and a .965 fielding percentage in 2021. UCLA destroyed Arizona State 21-9 in McLain's first game back from his broken thumb injury.
Michael McGreevy was a top 50 player on my big board. He went to the same alma matter as Shane Beiber. Great pick by the St. Louis Cardinals at 18. The Cardinals followed that up with Joshua Baez who I mocked to the Tampa Bay Rays at 28 in the second round which is why the Cardinals grade got bumped up from a B to a B+ grade.
Toronto reached here, but he's got a fastball, slider, and changeup that are very deadly on tape according to Vanderbilt baseball head coach Tim Corbin. Gunnar Hoglund had more strikeouts on tape than Kumar Rocker at one point earlier in the season before having Tommy John's Surgery. Toronto has a strong starting rotation so they can gamble on Gunnar Hoglund and his massive upside. Toronto may eventually get back to the ALCS if they hit on Hoglund after hitting on Alek Manoah.
He's not in my top 50, but he had a good season and he's gaining a lot of momentum. The 6-4 200 lb Trey Sweeney had .382 batting average and 14 home runs. He got two hits against Kansas State pitcher Jordan Wicks who has 10 different pitches.
The 6-3 220 lb Jordan Wicks is the best left-handed pitcher in the 2021 MLB Draft. He's also the Friday Night Starter and ace pitcher on the Kansas State Wildcats who won Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2019. Had a 0.35 ERA in a shortened 2020 season before Covid-19. He began 2021 with a bang recording 10 strikeouts against an Oregon State team that won the 2018 College World Series. He's 6-3 in 14 starts throwing over 100 pitches in 11 of those starts. Wicks also has 86.2 innings pitched, 109 strikeouts, and a 3.32 ERA in 2021.
Jordan Wicks has a 93-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 90-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, a 90-mile per hour sinker, a 95-mile per hour cutter fastball, an 86-mile per hour slider, a 77-mile per hour power curveball with a spin rate of 2,500 rpm, a 76-mile per hour 12-6 curveball, a 75-mile per hour curveball, a 81-mile per hour changeup, and an 80-mile per hour circle changeup. Jordan Wicks has 10 different pitches he can throw in his pitch count which is why the Atlanta Braves take him at 24. He's a pitcher that I mocked to Seattle last time, but he finished the year on a poor note so he gets picked by the Chicago Cubs at 21. The Chicago Cubs also got Christian Franklin the Arkansas center fielder in my top 50 with their fourth round selection before taking Tennessee shortstop Liam Spence in the fifth round.
Kansas State pitcher Jordan Wicks faced off with Texas pitcher Ty Madden. Here is film on the Wildcats ace Jordan Wicks. I posted a film cut of that game on our Youtube Channel. Check it out and subscribe to Draft Utopia.
Colson Montgomery was a top 50 player on my big board as well as a three sport athlete who played football, basketball, and baseball. Nice pick for the White Sox since he may be someone that is groomed for the future once Tim Anderson's contract is up.
The 6-6 238 lb Gavin Williams went 10-1 with a 1.88 ERA at East Carolina with 130 strikeouts for the East Carolina Pirates. He led the American Athletic Conference in ERA, hits allowed per nine innings, strikeouts per nine innings, strikeouts, wins, and WHIP. He made my top 50, but I had him going in the second round. His ERA is better than Ty Madden who is my top player on the board. His player comparison is Brandon Woodruff so I'm giving the Indians and the team that takes Ty Madden the final A+ grades in the first round.
Cleveland has Ethan Hankins my top High School pitcher in the 2018 MLB Draft, Daniel Espino my top High School pitcher in the 2019 MLB Draft, and Tanner Burns the ace from the Auburn Tigers in 2019 and 2020 in their farm system. Now you add Gavin Williams to that core as Cleveland's 2021 first round pick. Cleveland also got Ole Miss pitcher Doug Nikhazy who broke Drew Pomeranz record for strikeouts by a freshman at Ole Miss before taking Florida Gators ace pitcher Tommy Mace who I had a first round grade on with their compensation pick in the second round. Cleveland got three good pitchers with their first three picks in the 2021 MLB Draft in the first two rounds. Then Cleveland added Ryan Webb, a second round prospect who fell to the fourth round due to Tommy John's Surgery after having 13 strikeouts in a no decision against Vanderbilt pitcher Jack Leiter.
Cleveland got Cal State Fullerton pitcher Tanner Bibee in the fifth round. Bibee never had 100 strikeouts in his four years at Cal State Fullerton as a starting pitcher who had 0 saves so he was a starter all four years at Cal State Fullerton. You're probably looking at a minor league starter or a relief pitcher in the bullpen if he makes it to the MLB.
Cleveland also got Aaron Davenport, the Hawaii Warriors Friday Night starter in the sixth round. Cleveland took Florida pitcher Jack Leftwich as a relief pitcher in the seventh round. Cleveland got Rodney Boone from UC Santa Barbara Shane Bieber's alma matter in the eighth round. Boone had 128 strikeouts in 2021. Will Dion from McNessee State had 121 strikeouts in 2021, but he's got experience as both a starter and a relief pitcher so he is someone that would be a bullpen guy in Cleveland with Boone being the ninth pitcher the Cleveland Indians have drafted. Cleveland got Franco Aleman the third Florida Gators pitcher the Tribe drafted today in the tenth round and the tenth pitcher that the Cleveland Indians got in the 2021 MLB Draft along with their three first round picks from 2018-2020 giving Cleveland a grand total of 13 pitching prospects.
Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac, and Aaron Civale is a good trio. Cleveland needs a couple of back-end starters and one long reliever to compliment this effective bullpen. If they can hit on three of their four pitching prospects while keeping their core in tact, than that will allow the Cleveland Indians to continue to reload while having one of the MLB's best pitching staffs.
Ryan Cusick is the final player in my top 50. He's had an ERA of over 4.00 in two out of three seasons at Wake Forest. Atlanta drafted a player out of Wake Forest last year in Jared Schuster. Atlanta got Nebraska's top prospect in the second round which is why the Atlanta Braves now have a C grade for this draft.
Minnesota got the guy I mocked to Cleveland at 26. The 6-2 190 lb Chase Petty has a 99-mile per hour 4-seam fastball and a 97-mile per hour 2-seam fastball. His fastball can get up to 102-miles per hour if you warm him up in the bullpen. He also has a deadly slider and an effective curveball which really caught my attention when Petty pitched on film in both of the starts he lost earlier this season.
Chase Petty has 4 complete games in 6 starts for a Mainland Regional High School Baseball team that is 17-3 on the year. Mainlang Regional is 4-0 when Petty pitches a complete game and 0-2 when Petty does not pitch a complete game. Chase Petty needs to get better command and less velocity on his 90-mile per hour changeup. If he can fix that he should be able to contribute as either a starter or a relief pitcher in the MLB once he develops.
The Padres take a thrid round prospect in the first round even though they got Fernando Tatis Jr. a 22-year-old shortstop who received a 14-year contract extension prior to the 2021 MLB Season. Why take a shorstop when you got the one player who leads the National League in home runs for fourteen more years. Also, Merrill likes his own tweets. That's why the Padres got my first F grade of the first round as well as the only F grade in the entire first round of this mock draft. Padres got James Wood a player I had a first round grade on in the second round. Loved the Wood pick, but taking Merrill at 27 is enough to warrant the F grade after Tatis Jr. got that huge extension. Now Gage Jump is a player the Padres got in the eighteenth round. If Jump signs I'll bump this grade up to a D.
Carson Williams was in my top 50. Not only does he have a batting average of above .300 he is a consistent home run hitter. Great pick for the Tampa Bay Rays regardless of whether he ends up at shortstop or moves to third base.
The 6-2 215 lb Maddux Bruns was a great find by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He may not have been in my top 50, but his play speaks for itself.
Maddux Bruns was named after former Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux. He has a fastball, slider, curveball, and changeup as plus pitches.
In ten starts, he went 7-0 with a 0.86 ERA while recording 102 strikeouts. He only gave up 13 hits all season in those ten starts before winning Alabama's Gatorade High School player of the year. He was also named to Perfect Game Preseason All-American Teams three years in a row in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Los Angles Dodgers director of scouting Billy Gasparino believed Maddux Bruns was the best high school pitcher on the board. That's the biggest reason why the Dodgers took Bruns at 29.