2017 MLB Mock Draft – Final Version

January 14, 2017; Tempe, AZ, USA; High school pitcher Hunter Greene during the USA Baseball sponsored Dream Series at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
January 14, 2017; Tempe, AZ, USA; High school pitcher Hunter Greene during the USA Baseball sponsored Dream Series at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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6. Oakland Athletics

1B/LHP. University of Louisville. Brendan McKay. 6. player. 96. McKay is a guy that really confuses me. I’m not sold on him as an elite talent off the mound as I truly think a guy like Peterson or Canning has equal or better stuff as a pitcher, and as a hitter, I think he’s behind a number of guys, but somehow being a top 5 type of guy in both ways has him much higher on other boards. His depth of pitches fits recent focus at the MLB level for the Oakland club, but I think his bat would actually be more appealing in the A’s system as a legit <strong><a rel=

7. Arizona Diamondbacks

University of California at Irvine. Keston Hiura. 7. player. 8. The Diamondbacks system is one of the two to three worst in all of baseball, so getting an impact player should be the absolute stress here. Many mocks have the Diamondbacks grabbing a high-ceiling hitter or high-ceiling arm, typically a high school guy. To me, Hiura would be the ideal fit here as he’s a guy that I see as being a high impact hitter as a professional. He will hit for a high average with solid power.. IF/OF

8. Philadelphia Phillies

6. Bukauskas is likely going to be a good example of the recency bias in the draft. He struggled in his last two starts, and I’ve seen him dipping up to a dozen spots in mock drafts since those starts, which is ridiculous. Within the Phillies system, there are a lot of guys who are high-ceiling pitchers but also have pretty low floors. Bukauskas would be the type of guy who would offer the high ceiling with a high floor as an absolutely dominant reliever.. RHP. University of North Carolina. J.B. Bukauskas. 8. player

9. Milwaukee Brewers

After missing most of the summer showcase season last summer after a knee injury his junior year, Beck has been a guy who has been highly variable. However, the amount of talent is undeniable. The Brewers will be looking for the best player available at each slot, and at this spot, Beck would make an extremely athletic pick, capable of turning into an elite player down the road if all develops well.. OF. North Davidson HS (NC). Austin Beck. 9. player. 76

10. Los Angeles Angels

player. 102. Originally known for his arm at Virginia, Haseley has been impressive his entire collegiate career. This spring, he’s made a huge leap forward with his bat. He’s had a good reputation as a defender all three seasons, but this year he’s shown above-average tools across the board offensively. Haseley’s a guy with very good eye at the plate, and the combination could allow him to access what is really more of an average power tool better to play up for above average power.. OF. University of Virginia. Adam Haseley. 10

11. Chicago White Sox

12. Pittsburgh Pirates

In a system known for handling excellent fastball guys and really getting the most out of them, taking Baz in Pittsburgh would seem an odd fit. Baz has 5 legit pitches and shows good feel on all 5, but there is where the Pirates organization could come into play, working with Baz to refine his repertoire to either drop a pitch or focus more on 3 pitches while 1-2 become more “show me” type of pitches.. RHP. Concordia Lutheran HS (TX). Shane Baz. 12. player. 4

13. Miami Marlins

player. 82. I honestly would not be surprised if Pearson comes off the board this early or even earlier on Monday. One of my favorite arms in the draft, Pearson has not just the blazing fastball that can bump triple digits and has a ton of life, but he also shows very good feel on his change and throws an average curve and slider. I really like the slider to have projection left to be a plus pitch. The Marlins right now could simply use legit prospects, and Pearson staying in state would give them a certain legit arm.. RHP. Central Florida Junior College. Nate Pearson. 13

14. Kansas City Royals

Facing the prospect of losing significant pieces in either a big tear down this summer or in free agency over the offseason, I would be looking for players who could impact fairly quick out of this season’s draft in the Royals’ shoes. Faedo should do exactly that. He’s taken some time to get rolling this spring after some minor knee work in the fall, but once he truly got going, he’s been an ace and throwing extremely well. His fastball/slider combination could move him quickly, whether as a starter with his improved change, or as a power reliever, providing quick impact for the Royals.. RHP. University of Florida. Alex Faedo. 14. player. 7

15. Houston Astros

135. Houston is a team with plenty of depth at the major league level and upper minors, so taking a guy, even a college guy, who may be a project works for them. Kendall is not the typical college hitting prospect in that he has plenty of work left to do in his profile to become a viable pro at the plate, but the Astros could be patient with him and reap the rewards of his incredibly loud tools when they do come together.. OF. Vanderbilt University. Jeren Kendall. 15. player