With just over a month to go until the Major League Baseball draft in Seattle, things are starting to pick up on most draft boards. Scouts and talent evaluators have completed their spring evaluation period. We’re starting to see some movement on draft boards and we will continue to see said movement take place over the next five weeks as showcases and the Draft League get underway as well as guys rising up during the College World Series.
In both my five round mock draft, and my seven mound mark draft, I stuck with Brock Wilken of Wake Forest. I’m still finding it hard to move off of him. In about another week, I will be publishing my 10 round mock draft and Greg Zumach will do a 10 round mock +2 other guys. You will get plenty of names to peruse today and next weekend.
Let’s take a look at some few movers and shakers who are making towards the top half of the first round
The one name I keep seeing rising over and over and over again is prep shortstop Collin Houck who had committed to Mississippi State to play baseball. I know people love the make up and they love the fact that the 6-foot-2 right hander still has some room to add some weight. He is already considered to have plus bat speed and plus power at this early stage. However, he’s been a two sport star and has not really committed 100% to just baseball which makes some believe that he can be more than what he’s been.
The second name that’s moving up boards is Kyle Teel, a catcher from the University of Virginia. In fact, some boards and mocks have him going in the top 10 picks in the draft. But as we know, money changes everything and the five picks before the Cubs contain some noted cheapskates. So, Teel could logically be at the top of the Cubs selection process, and he could fall to them fairly easily. The junior from Charlottesville gets high marks for his makeup and add in the facts that he hits left-handed and then he can also play outfield, he is looking like he could be the guy. MLB Pipeline said that he could play at second base as well. However, scouts rave about his baseball IQ and it would be hard to pass on him. The game just comes naturally to him.
Aidan Miller is 6-foot-2 and 205 lb. commit to Arkansas from Richey, Florida. He is by trade a 3B but he also plays some outfield. He has crazy bat speed and a wealth of experience playing USA Baseball. Here is what Baseball America said of him.
He’s shown the ability to square up high-end velocity, and projects for plus power with a 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame that has a bit more room for added strength and muscle mass at physical maturity. A third baseman and outfielder, Miller would profile best at third base, where his plus arm strength would be an asset.
There are a few prep players who could move up quickly the next month as they faced, more advanced competition, especially in the showcases. I’m still hanging on to Cameron Johnson from IMG Academy as a 6-foot-5 lefty to keep in mind. Johnson already throws in the mid 90s and is considered to be very athletic at the position.
Right now, though, it’s very hard for me to move off Brock Wilken from Wake Forest. Here is what Prospects Live’s said about the third baseman from the Demon Deacons.
His raw power is prodigious, and his batting practice displays frequently contain balls hit hard in a way that no one else on the field can replicate.
I don’t know about you, but I like that in a hitter…still.
As play unfolds over the next month, there will be other names. Some we may know from the college ranks, some moving up like a comet from the 50s into the teens due to playing in a showcase against elite competition.
This process is far from over.