MLB Draft : A Mock with Complete Analysis of Every Team
#1: Philadelphia Phillies:
Nick: Select: Corey Ray, Outfielder, Louisville University
The Phillies seem to have a lot young pitching that is already making an impact. The Phillies top pitching prospect Aaron Nola is pitching like a future ace and recently acquired Vincent Velasquez looks to make a great number two. During their World Series pushes the Phillies had a strong rotation, but they also had key hitters in their lineup. With two strong rotation candidates, a possible future one in Mark Appel, the Phillies will look to get their future number three hitter in Ray.
David: A.J Puk, Left-Handed Pitcher, University of Florida
The Florida Gators Saturday starter has the make ups of being a frontline starter in the Major Leagues. Puk stands at 6’7” and throws gas from the left side. His numbers are not as good as the Gators Friday night starter in Logan Shore, very reminiscent of Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer. Puk with his fastball and slider combo from the left side work to his advantage, as he is the closer to being big league ready than high school pitching prospect.
#2: Cincinnati Reds
Nick: Nick Senzel, Thirdbase, University of Tennessee
The Reds are a bad team, with a bad farm system, and needs to acquire talent. The Reds have a lot of holes in their farm system and they just need to acquire the best talent available. Senzel is the best infield bat in the draft. The Reds got rid of their middle-of-the-lineup bat in Todd Frazier. Senzel is a great all-around player and the Reds will be happy to get a really solid all around player that will develop into a future all-star.
David: Corey Ray, Outfielder Louisville
Baseball America ranks 12th in Baseball America’s preseason organizational system rankings.The Reds top positional players are Jesse Winker and Jose Pereza. But with Billy Hamilton not being to reach, Jay Bruce a likely trade chip, and the Reds trying to turn their ship around, Corey Ray slides right in. Ray has the bat to play and the speed to play center, and with his talents should likely allow him to progress through the system quickly and join Winker soon.
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