RHP Lucas Sims // Courtesy of maxpreps.com
26. Arizona Diamondbacks: Hunter Virant, LHP, Camarillo HS (Calif.)
He’s slipped down most teams' draft boards, but that’s mainly because he isn’t overly projectable and has signability issues. However, if the Diamondbacks feel they can sign him, they could add Virant to a system that’s absolutely loaded with top-notch pitching prospects.
Previous Mock Draft: Hunter Virant
27. Milwaukee Brewers: Victor Roache, OF, Georgia Southern
After selecting Taylor Jungmann and Jed Bradley in the first round last year, the Brewers will be after the projectable bats—especially to fill the void left by Prince Fielder. After Joey Gallo, Roache is the next likely candidate that they will target.
Previous Mock Draft: Joey Gallo
28. Milwaukee Brewers: Addison Russell, SS/3B, Pace HS (Fl.)
As much as they need a legitimate power bat, the Brewers’ system also lacks a genuine shortstop prospect. They could ultimately kill two birds with one stone and select Russell, though his signability is slightly concerning.
Previous Mock Draft: Walker Weickel
29. Texas Rangers: Ty Hensley, RHP, Santa Fe HS (Okla.)
A power pitcher with electric stuff, the Rangers will gladly draft Hensley if he slides this far.
Previous Mock Draft: Lance McCullers, Jr.
30. New York Yankees: Lucas Sims, RHP, Brookwood HS (Ga.)
After going heavy on bats in recent years, the Yankees will need to go after a pitcher who possesses both a high-ceiling and overall pitchability. Sims is a sleeper in this draft class—mostly a product of the other arms on the board—and could flourish in the Yankees’ system.
Previous Mock Draft: Lucas Sims
31. Boston Red Sox: Corey Seager, 3B, Northwest Cabarrus HS (N.C.)
If the Red Sox stick to their aggressive draft strategy, as I discussed with their previous selection, it would make sense for them to target one of the best prep bats in Seager.
Previous Mock Draft: Pat Light