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Aiden Miller is tearing up the HS summer circuit and Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) tore it up for team USA.  Dylan Crews (LSU) is the best college hitter and Tanner Witt (Texas) is the best college pitcher but not sure when he will come back from TJ.  It looks like it will be a strong draft class.  

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First mock let's go! (Way too early BA mock.)

Will omit the last 5 blurbs from this 10 pick mock.

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1. Nationals — Dylan Crews, OF, Louisiana State

Crews had first-round talent out of high school in 2020 but withdrew from the draft just before it kicked off. He has only cemented himself as a first-round talent in his first two years at Louisiana State, showing an exceptional blend of power, hitting ability and athleticism in the outfield. He is a strong righthanded hitter with plenty of bat speed who shows easy plus power in batting practice and has homered 40 times already in just 125 games. Crews will be the focal point of an LSU team that should be one of the most talented in the country and he matches the sort of now-physicality and tools that the Nationals have coveted—and recently acquired in the case of 2022 and 2021 first-round picks Elijah Green and Brady House. Whoever is picking first in the 2023 draft might have to think long and hard before passing up Crews’ righthanded bat.

2. Athletics — Max Clark, OF, Franklin (Ind.) Community HS

The top-ranked player on our recently updated 2023 draft list, Clark heads a group of strong outfielders that includes the previously mentioned Crews and fellow high school product Walker Jenkins. Clark might be one of the toolsiest all-around players in the 2023 class on top of being one of the best pure hitters. He has a center field profile and has turned in 70-grade run times from home-to-first consistently and has earned Jacoby Ellsbury comparisons from scouts—though his arm strength is quite a bit better than that already.

3. Reds — Chase Dollander, RHP, Tennessee

The 2022 draft should show how much teams crave college pitching at the top of the first round, even in a down year for the demographic. Dollander currently stands as the top overall pitcher in the 2023 class and has exceptional now stuff to go along with advanced pitching ability. His fastball is routinely around 95 mph and is likely to touch triple digits soon. He complements that heater with a solid trio of secondary offerings.

4. Cubs — Walker Jenkins, OF, South Brunswick HS, Southport, N.C.

Some scouts prefer Jenkins as the top high school hitter in the class, and he showed why during USA Baseball’s PDP League a few weeks ago. Jenkins has a gorgeous righthanded swing with easy bat speed, plenty of strength and showed excellent timing and the ability to drive the ball deep to all parts of the park.

5. Royals — Jacob Gonzalez, SS, Mississippi

Gonzalez made it to campus at Mississippi despite being a highly-ranked high school prospect (who was also a standout quarterback) and immediately led the team in most major offensive categories. While his 2022 season wasn’t quite as loud in the batting average category, he continued to show impressive power and patience at the plate as a lefthanded hitter while also handling the team’s everyday shortstop responsibilities. As one of the more productive SEC hitters, Gonzalez would generate plenty of interest, but add on the fact that he’s a lefty-hitting shortstop and he figures to go among the first few picks in the draft with continued performance.

6. Tigers — Rhett Lowder, RHP, Wake Forest

7. Pirates — Enrique Bradfield, OF, Vanderbilt

8. Angels — Wyatt Langford, OF, Florida

9. D-backs — Kevin McGonigle, SS, Monsignor Bonner HS, Drexel Hill, Pa.

10. Rangers — Will Sanders, RHP, South Carolina

 

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13 hours ago, KrankinSox said:

Sox picking 30th overall. Who do we like at 30?

I noticed from this year's draft that the order is based entirely on record and not on playoff advancement so there's zero chance the Sox pick 30th.

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45 minutes ago, CentralChamps21 said:

I noticed from this year's draft that the order is based entirely on record and not on playoff advancement so there's zero chance the Sox pick 30th.

116-46 ain't good enough for 30th?

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2 hours ago, Harold's Leg Lift said:

The Sox could go back to back IL HS pitchers.  They drafted Randy Johnson this year and the could get Jered Weaver next year.

 

Not crazy about that slot

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