Connor Muldowney The Detroit News
Published 12:26 p.m. UTC Jun 5, 2018
Blue Jays select 3B Jordan Groshans at No. 12
The Blue Jays selected third baseman Jordan Groshans from Magnolia (Texas) High School with the 12th pick.
He played shortstop at the high school level, but the Kansas commit will likely make the move to the hot corner once he reaches the big leagues. He has plus power potential and has no major weaknesses.
Baltimore chooses RHP Texas A&M commit
With the No. 11 pick, the Orioles chose right-hander Grayson Rodriguez from Central Heights High School in Texas. Although he’s committed to Texas A&M, it’s unlikely he follows through on that as the 6-5, 220-pounder has broken out this spring with a mid-90s fastball and solid off-speed pitches.
Pirates select South Alabama OF Travis Swaggerty
Pittsburgh chose an outfielder in Travis Swaggerty from South Alabama No. 10 overall. He hit .298 with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs with South Alabama in 2018. He could be a future leadoff hitter, but strikes out a bit much. He has sneaky power and athleticism, making him a strong all-around player.
Athletics pick Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray No. 9
Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield’s replacement at Oklahoma for football, was selected No. 9 overall by the Oakland Athletics. He’s reportedly coming back to Oklahoma for his junior season with the Sooners, but he may be leaning toward a future in baseball.
The Sooners’ centerfielder has plenty of speed and athleticism and could be a star in the outfield for years to come. He’s easily the most intriguing pick in this year’s draft.
Braves choose Carter Stewart No. 8 overall
Mississippi State commit Carter Stewart, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound right-hander, was selected No. 8 overall by the Braves. He has one of the top breaking balls in the class and the Eau Gallie (Fla.) High prospect has an absolute power arm.
Padres select LHP Ryan Weathers with No. 7 pick
San Diego selected the first pitcher since the Tigers chose Casey Mize No. 1 overall in left-hander Ryan Weathers from Loretto (Tenn.) High School. Standing 6-1 and weighing in at 200 pounds, Weathers comes from a baseball family as his father pitched 19 years in the big leagues.
Mets choose OF Jarred Kelenic
The New York Mets broke the mold, selecting the first high school player and outfielder in the draft in Waukesha West (Wisc.) High School senior Jarred Kelenic.
Committed to Louisville, the athletic 6-1, 190-pound outfielder has plenty of potential, but could be an eye-opening defender. He’s a raw player who could develop more power on top of his contact as he matures.
Reds pick Florida 3B Jonathan India No. 5 overall
Infielders have been flying off the board and that remained true with the Reds selecting third baseman Jonathan India from Florida. The Gators’ infielder broke out during his junior season, hitting .364 with 18 home runs and 45 RBIs. He’s a do-it-all athlete who can hit for average and power and steal the occasional base.
White Sox pick Oregon State’s Nick Madrigal
Nick Madrigal came off the board with the No. 4 overall pick by the Chicago White Sox. Although he’s slight of frame at 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, he’s a solid defender with speed and is one of the draft’s top contact hitters. No, he’s not a big power threat, but he can get on base via the walk or his ability to put the bat on the ball.
Philadelphia selects Wichita State 3B
The Phillies selected a position player in third baseman Alex Bohm from Wichita State, making that two straight after the Tigers took Casey Mize No. 1. He may be one of the biggest bats in this year’s draft, showcasing his power with 16 home runs in 2018 with the Shockers. The 6-5, 240-pounder also hit .339 as a junior.
Giants go with Georgia Tech’s Joey Bart
Although the Giants have one of the best catchers in the game in Buster Posey, they decided to go with Georgia Tech’s Joey Bart.
The junior has top-tier power and has improved his play behind the plate to eliminate concerns over him staying at the position.
Tigers select RHP Casey Mize No. 1 overall
Detroit kicked off the draft with the No. 1 overall pick, selecting right-handed pitcher Casey Mize from Auburn. He stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in at 220 pounds.
Mize was widely considered the top prospect, so this pick isn’t much of a surprise. He’s a junior with Auburn, posting a 2.81 ERA in 45 career starts at the collegiate level.
Tigers on the clock with No. 1 pick
The Tigers have the first overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft and the most likely selection is right-handed starter Casey Mize from Auburn. He’s currently a junior for the Tigers with 45 career starts, 20-12 record and a 2.81 ERA.
The Detroit Tigers will make the first pick in the Major League Baseball draft when the party gets started on Monday night at 7 p.m. Follow the draft here with live updates by Connor Muldowney of The Detroit News.
Where: Secaucus, N.J.
Format: Rounds 1-2 Monday, rounds 3-10 Tuesday, rounds 11-40 Wednesday
Coverage: MLB Network Monday; MLB.com all three days
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