The MLB draft is a whole different beast from its NFL and NBA brethren. Whereas in the NFL and NBA drafts, it's all about maximizing talent and value, at this year's MLB draft, many teams are trying to ensure that they save money for later draft allotments by passing over talented but potentially expensive prospects earlier in the draft.
That has left some really talented players on the board below their slots, and a few teams have really benefited.
Below, we'll take a look at the three teams that have really nailed the first two days of the draft, along with offering a grade for each team.
For the full results, be sure to check out MLB.com's draft tracker.
|MLB Draft Grades Days 1 and 2|
|Boston Red Sox||B+|
|Chicago White Sox||B-|
|Tampa Bay Rays||B-|
|New York Yankees||B|
|San Francisco Giants||B|
|Kansas City Royals||B-|
|St. Louis Cardinals||B|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||A-|
|Los Angeles Angels||B-|
|San Diego Padres||B-|
|New York Mets||B+|
|Toronto Blue Jays||B|
The Astros had to receive a high grade, simply because they were able to nab four really talented players within the first 46 selections.
Alex Bregman is a stud coming out of LSU; Alex Tucker has more upside than his brother, Preston, who is currently an outfielder for the Astros; Daz Cameron is one of the top high school position prospects in this draft and comes from good stock (his dad is longtime MLB player Mike Cameron); and Thomas Eshelman is a polished college pitcher who shouldn't need much time in the minors.
Most teams wouldn't have been able to afford the first three selections by the Astros, but Houston should have the money to swing it, meaning the team just restocked its farm system with some major talent.
Nobody was more excited about the Alex Tucker pick than his brother Preston, however, per Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle:
Once I heard it, I watched that little clip they had on him. I was still in shock. As soon as I could, I walked out. I knew he was busy. I tried to make a couple of calls to him and wasn’t getting through.
I waited a couple minutes and then I finally got to call him and congratulate him. I think I was probably more excited than he was. I think he’s ready to see what the Astros have in store for him and I think he’s real excited.
Add in a slew of veteran college arms in the second day of the draft, led by Riley Ferrell, and the Astros had another excellent draft.
Well, you have to respect a team that has a plan and executes it.
The Rangers clearly had a plan, nabbing six college pitchers with their first 10 picks, including Dillon Tate with their first pick, Michael Matuella with their third and Jake Lemoine with their fourth.
Matuella is the intriguing selection here. A player many folks thought would compete for the top overall selection coming into the season, Matuella needed Tommy John surgery just six starts into the season and saw his draft stock take a plunge.
Nonetheless, he's an incredibly talented pitcher out of Duke and could be one of the gems of this draft class. MLB Network Radio offered the following scouting report on the pitcher:
Add in high school outfielder Eric Jenkins in the second round, and the Rangers have to be excited with how this draft has played out thus far.
Brendan "Don't Call Me Liverpool's Manager" Rodgers is arguably the best prep shortstop to hit the draft since Carlos Correa. Mike Nikorak is a player who continued to see his draft stock rise heading into the draft and a young pitcher with a huge upside. Tyler Nevin has great stock—his dad is former MLB player Phil Nevin—and is one of the most polished prep hitters in this class.
And then the Rockies turned to pitching, drafting an assortment of prep and college pitchers, righty and lefty, with their next five picks and seven of their next eight, highlighted by Peter Lambert. The Rockies have had an excellent two days thus far and have to be thrilled with their selections.