1. Washington Nationals: Steven Strasburg, RHP, San Diego State
Pretty much a consensus here. The pressure is now on Strasburg to become the next big thing, and not the next big Mark Prior.
2. Seattle Mariners: Dustin Ackley, 1B/OF, North Carolina
Rumor is Ackley isn’t a sure thing here because of his signability issues, but it would be hard for the Mariners to pass on him here.
3. San Diego Padres: Donovan Tate, CF, Cartersville H.S. (Ga.)
Tate is the sure thing in terms of signing, but RHP Aaron Crow is a potential option here, with signability again being a factor.
4. Pittsburgh Pirates: Aaron Crow, RHP, Fort Worth Cats (Mo.)
Crow was the ninth overall pick in the Rule Four Draft for the Nationals last year, but decided not to sign. If he asks for more than he did last year, he will be very hard to sign but is worth it if a deal can get done.
5. Baltimore Orioles: Zach Wheeler, RHP, East Paulding H.S. (Ga.)
The Orioles have been high on Wheeler for a while now and will most likely be the pick here. He has a few pitches above average and probably has the best “stuff” of all high school pitchers.
6. San Francisco Giants: Tyler Matzak, LHP, Capistrano Valley H.S. (Calif.)
Matzak is probably my favorite pitcher in the draft and has a chance to be very good in the pros. He already has a four-pitch repertoire, and has all the mechanics that big-league ball clubs are looking for.
7. Atlanta Braves: Alex White, RHP, North Carolina
White has been linked to the Braves on multiple occasions and is a safe bet to go here. White relies on his off-speed pitch too often, and will have to have more confidence in his fastball as he progresses.
8. Cincinnati Reds: Tanner Scheppers, RHP, Fresno State
Sheppers is the biggest red flag in the draft, as injury concerns linger with the 6′4″ righty. However, if the Reds take him and he avoids injury, he could be the steal of the draft.
9. Detroit Tigers: Jacob Turner, RHP, Westminster Christian Academy
Like White to the Braves, Turner has been linked with the Tigers for a while. They are also looking at Sheppers, but he is gone in this mock draft. Turner probably has the best fastball in the draft.
10. Washington Nationals: Mike Minor, LHP, Vanderbilt
Minor is the next-most major-league ready pitcher after Strasburg, and the Nats have to be happy to leave the top 10 with two pitchers that can be ready to go in probably a year.
11. Colorado Rockies: Matt Hobgood, RHP, Norco H.S. (Calif.)
This might be a little early for Hobgood, but Colorado is looking at pitching and likes Hobgood here. He is one of the biggest pitchers in the draft and has overpowering stuff for a high school kid.
12. Kansas City Royals: Tony Sanchez, C, Boston College
The Royals are looking at a bunch of names, so this pick is really up in the air. But Sanchez is the best catcher this year and is a position that they need to upgrade.
13. Oakland Athletics: Grant Green, SS, Southern California
Some think that Green will move to third base. This would make sense for the Athletics as he could be the future there. Even so, he is a great bat anywhere that he plays, and makes sense for the Athletics here.
14. Texas Rangers: Mike Leake, RHP, Arizona State
Leake is a value pick here for the Rangers, who are looking at a bunch of players. It has been reported that if Crow or Sheppers fall due to the concerns, Texas could be a landing spot for either of the two.
15. Cleveland Indians: Eric Arnett, RHP, Indiana
Arnett is a long pitcher that used to be a basketball player for the Hoosiers. His name has been linked in Cleveland, and he isn't too far away from the majors. Cleveland will definitely look at a pitcher here.
16. Arizona Diamondbacks: Bobby Borchering, 3B/OF, Bishop Verot H.S. (Fla.)
Borchering has been linked to the D-Backs for a while and gives them a good bat at the hot corner. With back-to-back picks in the first round here, they can get a couple of quality players.
17. Arizona Diamondbacks: Tyler Skaggs, RHP, Santa Monica H.S. (Calif.)
Skaggs is an interesting that has a lot of upside for the D-Backs if they choose to take him here. They are also looking at a lot of other players with this pick, so it is a mystery who will be taken.
18. Florida Marlins: Chad James, LHP, Yukon H.S. (Okla.)
James has been linked to the Marlins, but there is a rumor that he will demand a large signing bonus that could scare off teams. There are a couple of lefties still available that the Marlins could take a look at if James isn’t their guy.
19. St. Louis Cardinals: Rex Brothers, LHP, Lipscomb
It is well known that the Cards are looking for a lefty pitcher in the draft, and Brothers has as much upside as any pitcher. He throws a mid-90s fastball with a very good slider that he can get over the plate.
20. Toronto Blue Jays: Kyle Heckathorn, RHP, Kennesaw State
Toronto will more than likely go for a value pick here, and I think Heckathorn is the best pitcher left in the draft. He needs to work on command and control, but has the body to be a workhorse, and already throws two good pitches.
21. Houston Astros: Chad Jenkins, RHP, Kennesaw State
Teammates go off the board back-to-back here, as the Astros go with Jenkins. He has been taken earlier in other mocks but I think right here fits him well. The ‘Stros have not been linked to any players and might go with a position player if a value pitcher is not there.
22. Minnesota Twins: Kyle Gibson, RHP, Missouri
If Gibson’s medicals clear, Gibson will be a steal here for the the Twins. They have selected a high school outfielder two years running, so look for them to go with a pitcher this year in the first round.
23. Chicago White Sox: Everett Williams, CF, McCallum H.S. (Texas)
Williams is small but has a lot of upside to him that the Sox will take a good hard look at. They might go with a college arm, but the better bet is that they take the potential pick with Williams.
24. Los Angeles Angels: Drew Storen, RHP, Stanford
Storen might be able to become a starter despite being a reliever for the Cardinal, and with back-to-back picks in the first round, the Angels likely will take a pitcher.
25. Los Angeles Angels: Reymond Fuentes, OF, Fernando Callego H.S. (Puerto Rico)
Fuentes is going to be a boom or bust pick, but has all the upside in the world. Despite his small frame, the nephew of Carlos Beltran has a chance to be something special if he gets a little bigger and hits for some power.
26. Milwaukee Brewers: Mike Trout, CF, Millville H.S. (N.J.)
The Brewers would really like to get some pitching here, but there is a bit of a drop-off at this point in the draft. Trout is very good value here for the Brewers who will look to build their farm system. He excels at the plate and is good enough for now in the field.
27. Seattle Mariners: A.J. Pollock, CF, Notre Dame
Just like the Brew Crew, the Mariners are looking for a college pitcher ready to go, but there are no good fits here. Pollock is a good pick here that gives good value and a polished position player as the second first-round pick for them.
28. Boston Red Sox: Max Stassi, C, Yuba City H.S. (Calif.)
The Red Sox ultimately would like to get some help in the outfield, but the crop of college talent will more than likely be gone at this point, leaving the Bo Sox to take the next best option, which is Stassi.
29. New York Yankees: Slade Heathcott, CF, Texas H.S. (Texas)
Heathcott has been scouted by the Yankees very hard and is a likely bet to come off the board here. He has great tools, but off-the-field concerns might scare some teams away.
30. Tampa Bay Rays: Jiovanni Miller, SS, Bonita H.S. (Calif.)
Like the Red Sox, they hope an outfielder is available but will go with the next-best option as well. Miller could go earlier in the draft but if he makes it to the Rays, there is a shot they swipe him up.
31. Chicago Cubs: Brett Jackson, OF, California
Of the players the Cubs are interested in, Jackson is only possibility to be left when the Cubs pick at 31. Jackson has shown flashes of potential, and with some coaching could be a good pick here for the Cubbies.
32. Colorado Rockies: Randal Grichuk, OF, Lamar Consolidation H.S. (TX)
After taking a pitcher with their first selection, the Rockies go ahead and take a position player with some good upside in Grichuk. He has been having good workouts for teams, and could find his name slip into the first round if he is lucky.