ANALYSIS: The Pirates reportedly have settled on the hard-throwing UCLA righty. I’m not prepared to rule out Danny Hultzen in this spot but we do have the beginnings of some clarity at number one.
ANALYSIS: Francisco Lindor reportedly impressed in a private workout, but Rendon still looks like the overwhelming frontrunner in this spot. Danny Hultzen could surprise here but it appears Seattle wants bats.
ANALYSIS: It’s a true three-horse race at number three, but sources indicate that ultimately Arizona wants a college arm and it will take either Trevor Bauer or Hultzen over Dylan Bundy. Neither of these three names would be a surprise here but Hultzen has led the pack since the beginning.
ANALYSIS: It’s been no secret how much the O’s covet Dylan Bundy. Anthony Rendon has a shot to still be available here, however, and it will be interesting to see if that influences their decision. Ultimately they view the high-schooler Bundy, like many teams do, as being on par with a college pitcher and don't see him as much of a gamble.
ANALYSIS: Kansas City had been laying in the weeds for Anthony Rendon or Gerrit Cole and would jump at the chance to take either one. Rendon still has a chance to slide but it looks like Kansas City will either take a college arm like Bauer or perhaps Bubba Starling. The information out there about KC ruling out Bauer because of his throwing program is not true. They would gladly take him here.
ANALYSIS: Bubba Starling is Washington’s guy. If he’s still here, seemingly regardless of the scenario, this looks like the direction they’re headed in, particularly given their working history with Scott Boras.
ANALYSIS: The industry has had a tough time getting a handle on what Arizona has in mind for this pick. Logic says they’ll be leaning towards someone signable. Matt Barnes leads their wish list but their dream scenario is getting another crack at Trevor Bauer. Javier Baez, Francisco Lindor, Sonny Gray, and even Archie Bradley are in play here.
ANALYSIS: Plenty of rumors have been out there about Cleveland, but ultimately I bank on them sticking to the game plan and taking a college arm. Sonny Gray and Jed Bradley have topped their list for awhile now.
ANALYSIS: The Cubs may not even be settled on their top choice yet. Archie Bradley rumors persist, and with their top pick, Bradley may be their man. They wanted a bat, but Bradley would be difficult to resist.
ANALYSIS: Chicago might pass on Springer, but late word on Saturday night was that the Padres wouldn’t. While they love Cory Spangenberg, they might like Springer just a little more in this spot. Sonny Gray, Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez, and, of course, Spangenberg are all possibilities here.
ANALYSIS: Rumors swirled on Saturday about Houston considering Stanford lefty Chris Reed in this spot. Word is they are locked into taking a college lefty so if they took Reed it would probably be because Bradley is off the board. Again, they may not take him but it is a fact that Reed is under consideration at the very least. It’s also too soon to rule out Taylor Jungmann here either, or Sonny Gray if he’s still around. Archie Bradley rumors persist and he could be an option as well.
ANALYSIS: Milwaukee has been linked to a boatload of names, and Baez sits near the top. They’ll wait on taking an arm most likely with their next pick. Taylor Jungmann is also high on their list, as is Francisco Lindor.
ANALYSIS: The Mets would love a crack at Sonny Gray, but that seems unrealistic. Otherwise, it’s as close as it gets to a lock that the Mets will take take either Jungmann or Jed Bradley, whoever is still available. And it seems very likely that at least one of them will be. If both are available, Jungmann is their preference. No team is on the Texas righty more than New York.
ANALYSIS: With the Mets clearly leaning toward college pitching, the Marlins could go after the LSU outfielder. Levi Michael and Cory Spangenberg are also options, but it appears the Marlins prefer Mahtook at this point.
ANALYSIS: This seems like a possible floor for Guerrieri. If he slides further, it won’t take long for someone to pop him. I expect them to stick with the prep side on this pick unless Mikie Mahtook or someone like Taylor Jungmann somehow remain on the board.
ANALYSIS: Stephenson is projectable and has outstanding present stuff. And, best of all for Los Angeles, he’s going to be affordable. This connection continues to grow stronger as the draft approaches.
ANALYSIS: The Angels are banking on one of the top prep players falling into their lap. And it’s pretty safe to say one of them will. Lindor may go much higher than this, but it’s also as far as he’ll fall. The Angels would not pass him up.
ANALYSIS: Spangenberg still gets mentioned all over the first round. He still may go as high as 10 to the Padres. Oakland appears poised to take the best bat available and he would appear to be that in this spot.
ANALYSIS: I’d be shocked to see Swihart’s signability questions knock him out of the first round. He’s one of the elite talents in the class, and Boston is a club potentially willing to pay him what he wants.
ANALYSIS: The rumors have been that Colorado prefers bats and that seems accurate according to most sources. In this scenario, Wong and Levi Michael are the best collegiate bats on the board.
ANALYSIS: The Blue Jays are considering all options. They may consider a prep arm like Norris, or one of the signability question marks. Ultimately I expect them to go with a bat. That bat could even be Josh Bell.
ANALYSIS: St. Louis has been all over Henry Owens. They’ve given looks to Larry Greene and a surprising number of prep arms. They love Owens’ projection, but of late they are starting to believe Norris will still be available. If he’s here it seems they prefer Norris to Owens.
ANALYSIS: There’s been consistent buzz about Meyer and the Nats. Taking him sixth is a bit risky and picking him here would be much more logical.
ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay is very likely to grab a prep arm with this pick and they could have a number of options besides Ross, including Taylor Guerrieri, Jose Fernandez, and others. They are ruling nothing out with all of their picks.
ANALYSIS: San Diego is not likely to get their second crack at Javier Baez. They still look to be leaning towards a college player with this pick and Susac is someone they covet, in spite of his injury this spring. Henry Owens is one of the prep arms that San Diego really likes as well.
ANALYSIS: Recently sources have had the Red Sox all over Nimmo. Surprisingly he is finding a number of takers for his supposed high price tag, with Boston leading that charge. Josh Bell, as well as a number of other high-price tag players, will be in play in this spot.
ANALYSIS: Cincinnati’s scouting department had a large presence at the ACC tournament, and primarily were checking out Gilmartin and Levi Michael. In this scenario, Michael will be off the board. That scenario is looking much more likely as the UNC standout has a number of takers from the Mets and Marlins on down through the teens and 20s. They like signable and they like college arms. Gilmartin was solid in the ACC tournament and may have put himself atop their list.
ANALYSIS: Word is that Atlanta would prefer to take the best high school arm that falls into their lap. In this case, that arm is Owens. Joe Ross, Michael Kelly, Robert Stephenson, Jose Fernandez could all be in play here. When we’re talking about the Braves, we also can’t rule out Georgia natives Dwight Smith Jr., Julius Gaines, or Larry Greene. Prep lefty Kevin Matthews has gotten interest from the Braves as well, but that’s a big stretch for the first round.
ANALYSIS: This one makes a ton of sense on a lot of levels. Osich is a power lefty, and the Giants had high-ranking scouts in attendance for his no-hitter at UCLA. They will let things play out and likely take the best arm available here.
ANALYSIS: The Twins are open to just about anything in this spot, but aren’t likely to go over slot. There is plenty available for a reasonable price, and they’ve been high on Anderson throughout the spring.
ANALYSIS: Tampa is going to do their best to get a diverse crop from this huge haul of picks. Goodwin fits their profile well, as he’s a good athlete with a big upside. Just about every prep name out there has been associated with the Rays as well.
ANALYSIS: Somewhere amongst all these Rays’ picks they are going to cut some deals. This could happen with Daniel Vogelbach, a burly, powerful left-handed high school hitter. The Rays love the bat, despite his bad body, and according to sources would grab him in the right scenario at this spot.
ANALYSIS: Harrison fits everything the Rangers’ scouting department is about. He’s big, strong and athletic. And of late he’s been on the rise on many boards. Texas doesn’t have a short list here because, quite frankly, there’s no way to predict what will be available.