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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16. New York Yankees

Pavin Smith. 16. player. 43. The Yankees are certainly targeting more high school talent over collegiate talent, but the opportunity to get Smith’s bat into the system and develop him defensively in the outfield or at first base would certainly intrigue New York. Smith may have the best eye in the entire draft at the plate, and his power would play well in Yankee Stadium, even with his all fields approach at the plate.. 1B. University of Virginia

17. Seattle Mariners

62. A guy who has jumped up a lot of draft boards this spring, White is the rare college first base type that could slip into center field and be a quality defender at the position. He’s an elite defender at first, which is why he was left there by Kentucky in college, but his future home defensively as a pro is up for debate because he is a premium athlete. White is certainly a hit over power guy, with excellent contact skills, but some question whether his power even grades out to an average level, but he does spray line drives around the field at present, leading to some thought that there could be future 15-20 home run power at peak.. 1B. University of Kentucky. Evan White. 17. player

18. Detroit Tigers

18. player. 63. Considered by some as the best lefty arm in the HS class, even over Gore, Hall had an impressive summer on the showcase circuit, flashing velocity that can reach in the 96-97 range, an impressive change, and arguably the best lefty curve in the entire draft. Hall struggled with inconsistency this spring, which took him from a possible top 10 pick down the board this far, but his skills are simply too loud to drop any further.. LHP. Valdosta HS (GA). DL Hall

19. San Francisco Giants

RHP. University of Missouri. Tanner Houck. 19. player. 31. Houck was one of the top starters in the SEC since he walked onto campus, featuring a sinker/slider combo that has many making reference to pitchers like <strong><a rel=

20. New York Mets

3. Carlson might be my biggest personal cheese ball in this draft, and as someone who cheers for a divisional rival, I would be sad to see him end up on the Mets, but at the same time, he’s the type of pitcher that their development program would absolutely turn into an ace, with an electric fastball and breaking ball already along with tremendous feel for his change. Carlson, to me, is the guy I’d put money on being a future ace among the high school righties if I were forced to pick one name.. RHP. Burnsville HS (MN). Sam Carlson. 20. player

21. Baltimore Orioles

Warmoth has really charged up draft boards in a weak college middle infield class this season. Warmoth has always worked well defensively up the middle, but he’s taken another step this season in that respect to a true plus defender at the position in projection. Warmoth has also shown the ability to be a saber-darling at the plate, with good contact skills and working counts well while getting good contact on seemingly everything he hits.. SS. University of North Carolina. Logan Warmoth. 21. player. 11

22. Toronto Blue Jays

23. Los Angeles Dodgers

Heliot Ramos. 23. player. 71. The Dodgers will certainly be looking for athleticism, and they’ve been tied with a few different guys in this spot, but Ramos is the guy I’d want in their shoes as he’s the type of raw bat that seems to absolutely thrive in the Dodgers’ development system. Ramos flashed double-plus power this past summer as he drove balls out of the park in showcases, but he struggled to replicate that production outside of the cage. Physically gifted, Ramos is really not too different from an international signee. He’s not going to be 18 until December, and his tools are very raw, but the right organization could end up with a future star here.. OF. Leadership Christian Academy HS (PR)

24. Boston Red Sox

25. Washington Nationals

University of California at Los Angeles. Griffin Canning. 25. player. 90. Canning was projecting much higher this spring, but some word on a possible injury has come around, but I’ve had good conversation with some scouts who say any “new” injury report is bunk and simply relates to teams going through the medicals on his previous stress fracture in his back. Canning has fully recovered from this and done well this season, pitching as UCLA’s ace. The Nationals, looking hard for impact arms, wouldn’t get an ace upside type here, but Canning is a guy who should slot in quickly in the majors as a #3 pitcher.. RHP