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Tuesday, July 17th, 2018



Erik from Future Redbirds was kind enough to allow me to participate in an MLB mock draft, with bloggers and other luminaries acting as GMs. I was asked to “channel my inner Kenny Williams” and represent the White Sox. So once the draft was underway, I basically sat around with a scowl on my face and waited for my turn.

When the White Sox got on the clock, I was faced with a tough decision. I already knew I was going to select a position player, as the Sox have traded away most of their prospects. I was looking at 2 potential picks. Eric Hosmer and Brett Wallace. I chose Wallace. He has absolutely dominated at ASU and was the 2007 PAC-10 Player of the Year. His numbers are staggering. Hosmer is represented by none other than Scott Boras and he is right out of high school. Here is the 1st round…

  1. Tampa Bay Rays- Buster Posey, C, Florida State (Keith Law)
  2. Pittsburgh Pirates- Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Vanderbilt (Bucco Blog)
  3. Kansas City Royals- Tim Beckham, SS, Griffin GA HS (Royals Authority)
  4. Baltimore Orioles-Brian Matusz, LHP, San Diego
  5. San Francisco Giants – Justin Smoak, 1B, South Carolina (El Lefty Malo)
  6. Florida Marlins-Kyle Skipworth, C, Patriot HS, Calif. (Future Fish)
  7. Cincinnati Reds- Gordon Beckham, SS, Georgia (Reds Minor Leagues)
  8. Chicago White Sox- Brett Wallace, 3B/1B, ASU (Zoner Sports)
  9. Washington Nationals – Yonder Alonso, 1B, Miami (Nationals Farm Authority)
  10. Houston Astros – Aaron Crow, RHP, Missouri (Kiley of Saber-Scouting)
  11. Texas Rangers – Eric Hosmer, 1b, American Heritage HS, Fla. (Rangers Farm Authority)
  12. Oakland Athletics – Ethan Martin, 3B/RHP, Stephens County HS, Ga. (Taj of Athletics Nation)
  13. St. Louis Cardinals – Christian Friedrich, LHP, Eastern Kentucky (Erik of Future Redbirds)
  14. Minnesota Twins – Jemile Weeks, 2B, Miami (SethSpeaks)
  15. Los Angeles Dodgers – Tim Melville, RHP, Holt HS, Wentzville, MO
  16. Milwaukee Brewers – Brett Lawrie, 3B/C, Brookwood SS, Langley, B.C. (Patrick Ebert of Brewerfan.net)
  17. Toronto Blue Jays – Shooter Hunt, P, Tulane (Pistol of Batters Box)
  18. New York Mets – Jason Castro, C, Stanford (Andrew of Hot Foot)
  19. Chicago Cubs – Casey Kelly, SS, Sarsota Florida (HS) (Joe from View from the Bleachers)
  20. Seattle Mariners – Aaron Hicks, RHP/OF, Wilson HS, Long Beach, CA (David Cameron from USS Mariner)
  21. Detroit Tigers–Joshua Fields, RHP, Georgia (Erik of Future Redbirds)
  22. New York Mets- Ike Davis, 1B/OF, Arizona State (Hot Foot)
  23. San Diego Padres- Andrew Cashner, RHP, TCU (Geoff Young of Ducksnorts)
  24. Philadelphia Phillies- Tanner Scheppers, RHP, Fresno St. (Phuture Phillies)
  25. Colorado Rockies- Zach Collier, OF, Chino Hills HS, Chino Hills, Calif. (Tom of Up in the Rockies)
  26. Arizona Diamondbacks-Allan Dykstra, 1B, Wake Forest (From RJ of Beyond the Boxscore)
  27. Minnesota Twins-Conor Gillaspie, 3B, Wichita St. (SethSpeaks)
  28. New York Yankees-Gerrit Cole, RHP, Lutheran HS, Calif. (River Ave. Blues)
  29. Cleveland Indians-Tyson Ross, RHP, California (Bryan Smith, Baseball Prospectus)
  30. Boston Red Sox-Reese Havens, SS, South Carolina (The College Baseball Blog
  • dhaab

    My Cards had a very interesting draft, IMO. We nabbed Wallace pretty late (for him) and then got a nice mix of HS and college talent. I’m most intrigued by Vasquez (18 year old SS) and Gorgen (shorter P with very good mound presence). I’ll say this about the Cards. They’ve definitely turned their organization around pretty quickly these past few years and put much more emphasis on developing and keeping young talent.

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