MLB Draft: Where are Some of the Top Picks at Right Now?
The MLB Draft was over a month ago and the signing deadline has already passed. Where are some of the top players in the MLB Draft right now?
The first overall pick was catcher Adley Rutschman by the Baltimore Orioles. Rutschman is 21 years old and he played with Oregon State in college. He was assigned to start with the GCL Orioles. Adley Rutschman has yet to play a game in the Baltimore system, but he will probably just need a few games in the GCL league before he gets promoted to another league. Rutschman will most likely progress through the minors in a hurry because of his leadership, talent, and defense.
Bobby Witt Jr.
The second overall pick was shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. out of high school by the Kansas City Royals. He was the Gatorade Male High School Player of the Year. Witt Jr. is only 19 years old. Kansas City may not feel the need to rush him because he came out of high school, but Bobby Witt Jr’s skill is so natural that he will be up with the Royals for a couple of years. His father also played in the MLB. Bobby Witt Jr. is currently playing with the AZL Royals. In seven games, his batting average is .194 with two RBI’s, along with three stolen bases. Witt Jr.’s on-base percentage is .242.
The third overall pick was first baseman Andrew Vaughn from the University of California by the Chicago White Sox. Chicago has a stacked farm system and Vaughn is already turning heads in the minor leagues. He is 21 years old. Andrew Vaughn only played in three games with the AZL White Sox and he tore it up so much that Vaughn was promoted to Single-A with the Kannapolis Intimidators. In 11 games in the minor league system, his batting average is .355 with one home run and eight RBI’s. Andrew Vaughn’s on-base percentage is .447. He will most likely finish the season with Single-A but Vaughn will most likely start next season in High-A.
The fourth overall pick was outfielder J.J. Bleday by the Miami Marlins. He was just signed a couple of days ago and Bleady hasn’t been assigned to a team yet. He is 21 years old and played for Vanderbilt University. Bleday has some pop in his swing and Miami has developed a very underrated minor league system.
The fifth overall pick was outfielder Riley Greene by the Detroit Tigers. He is only 18 years old. Greene played in nine games with the GCL Tigers before he was promoted to the Connecticut Tigers (Shortened Season-A). In 14 games in the minors, his batting average is .368 with two home runs and nine RBI’s. Riley Greene’s on-base percentage is .455. He could be paired with another outfield prospect, Isaac Parades in a few years from now.
The sixth overall pick was shortstop C.J. Abrams by the San Diego Padres. He is only 18 years old. Abrams has played in 18 games with the AZL Padres. His batting average is .443 with two home runs and 11 RBI’s. C.J. Abrams’s on-base percentage is .468. I am surprised he is still down in the AZL league. Abrams has to be very close to being promoted to a different league. San Diego has a stacked farm system. Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is currently the starting shortstop and it appears as if he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Abrams could be trade bait down the line or he could be playing another position with his talent.
The seventh overall pick was left-handed pitcher Nick Lodolo by the Cincinnati Reds out of TCU. Lodolo is someone that Cincinnati desperately needed within the farm system. They didn’t have enough lefty arms in the rotation. He has very good pitches, including his fastball. Nick Lodolo is currently playing for the Billings Mustangs. His record is 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA. In 8.2 innings pitched, he has given up nine hits and four runs. Lodolo hasn’t walked a batter and has struck out 16.
The eighth overall pick was third baseman Josh Jung from Texas Tech. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers. Jung is playing for the AZL Rangers and he just started to play for them. In two games, his batting average is .500 with one home run and three RBI’s. Josh Jung’s on-base percentage is .556. He is 21 years old.
The ninth overall pick was catcher Shea Langeliers from Baylor. He was immediately promoted to Single-A with the Rome Braves. Langeliers is 21 years old and he is expected to be the starting catcher in a couple of years from now because Atlanta has older veterans in the majors at that position. He is 21 years old. His batting average so far this season is .180 with one home run and 10 RBI’s. Shea Langeliers’ on-base percentage is .282. He is also solid defensively behind the plate.
The 10th overall pick in the MLB Draft was outfielder Hunter Bishop out of Arizona State. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants. Bishop has an excellent eye at the plate but he is going to need to develop some power into his swing. San Francisco is currently going through a rebuilding phase. Hunter Bishop is currently playing for the AZL Giants Orange. In four games so far this season, he has a .273 batting average. His on-base percentage is .467. Hunter Bishop is 21 years old.
The 11th overall pick in the MLB Draft was right-handed pitcher Alek Manoah by the Toronto Blue Jays. He played his college baseball at West Virginia. Manoah has not pitched in the minors yet this season. It will be interesting to see where he gets assigned to. He has the tools to be a quality starter in the major leagues. Alek Manoah is 21 years old.
WIth the 12th overall pick in the MLB Draft, the New York Mets selected third baseman, Brett Baty. He is only 19 years old. Baty only played in seven games with the GCL Mets. He was then promoted to the Kingsport Mets (Rookie-Ball). In 12 minor league games so far this season, his batting average is .239 with three home runs and 12 RBI’s. Brett Baty’s on-base percentage is .364. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him with the Brooklyn Cyclones before the end of the season. Baty will most likely be the third baseman of the future, but Mark Vientos is also a very good third baseman prospect within the system. New York will most likely trade Todd Frazier at the trade deadline.
The 13th overall pick in the MLB Draft was shortstop Keoni Cavaco by the Minnesota Twins. He is only 18 years old. Minnesota will not rush his development and it seems as if this franchise has turned the corner when it comes to developing prospects. With that being said, I will find it hard to believe they won’t trade him or move him to another position because of shortstop prospect Royce Lewis. Cavaco is has played in eight games with the GCL Twins. His batting average is .214 with one RBI, along with one stolen base. Cavaco’s on-base percentage is .241.
Shortstop Bryson Stott was the 14th overall pick in the MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He is 21 years old and Stott played his college baseball at UNLV. In fact, he has the potential to be a very good player and Bryson Stott has some very good pop in his bat. He just started in the minor leagues with the GCL Phillies, but Stott could be promoted very soon. His batting average in three games is .625 with one home run and three RBI’s. Bryson Stott’s on-base percentage is .700. Jean Segura is the current shortstop for Philadelphia and he probably won’t be there in a couple of years from now.
The 15th overall pick was shortstop Will Wilson by the Los Angeles Angels. He is 20 years old and Wilson is probably already one of the best prospects in the Angels farm system because it has not been good over the years. He is currently playing for the Orem Owls. In 15 games, his batting average is .254 with three home runs and eight RBI’s. Will Wilson’s on-base percentage is .323.
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