The Detroit Tigers have made Casey Mize, a right-handed pitcher out of Auburn, the first overall pick. The Giants followed up with the first position player of the draft, Joey Bart a catcher out of Georgia Tech. Through four picks, it’s been nothing but college players as Alec Bohm and Nick Madrigal have followed in the third and fourth picks respectively.
The college run continued through the fifth overall pick with Jonathan India going to the Reds. The Mets finally broke the run, picking Jarred Kelenic a high-school outfielder from Wisconsin. The Padres and Braves followed suit picking high school players as well with Ryan Weathers and Carter Stewart.
While the under-slot pick of Weathers by the Padres might have been a slight surprise, the Oakland A’s selection of Kyler Murray at ninth overall was the biggest surprise in the first ten picks. The Pirates closed out the top ten picking Travis Swaggerty who has tried to pattern his game after the Rockies’ own Charlie Blackmon.
Through the first fifteen picks, the biggest surprises are who hasn’t been drafted at this point. Matthew Liberatore and Brady Singer were seen as two of the top pitchers in the draft and neither has had their name called. Liberatore was finally picked by the Rays at the sixteenth overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays, who had the necessary slot money to get him signed. Singer went just two picks later to the Royals who also had multiple early picks giving them the necessary slot money.
With the 22nd overall pick, the Rockies selected Ryan Rolison, a left-handed pitcher out of Ole Miss. For more on Rolison, check out our full write up of the Rockies pick.
The first round is over with the Dodgers selecting a high school reliever with the 30th overall pick. The first set of compensation picks and competitive balance round A is up next.
The Rockies second selection at pick 42 overall was Grant Lavigne a high-school first baseman from New Hampshire. He has tremendous power and a solid hit tool, but will probably be limited to first base defensively. For more on Lavigne, check out our full write up.
The Rockies final pick for the night came at pick 76. With their compensation pick for Greg Holland, the Rockies picked right-handed pitcher Mitchell Kilkenny from Texas A&M.
2018 MLB Draft order: Round 1, Compensation and Competitive Balance Rounds A
|1. Tigers||Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn|
|2. Giants||Joey Bart, C, GA Tech|
|3. Phillies||Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita St|
|4. White Sox||Nick Madrigal, SS, Oregon St.|
|5. Reds||Jonathan India, 3B, Florida|
|6. Mets||Jarred Kelenic, Waukesha West HS (WI)|
|7. Padres||Ryan Weathers, Loretto HS (TN)|
|8. Braves||Carter Stewart, RHP, Eau Gallie HS (FL|
|9. Athletics||Kyler Murray, OF, Oklahoma|
|10. Pirates||Travis Swaggerty, OF, South Alabama|
|11. Orioles||Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, Central Heights HS (TX)|
|12. Blue Jays||Jordan Groshans, SS, Magnolia HS (TX)|
|13. Marlins||Connor Scott, OF, H.B. Plant HS (FL)|
|14. Mariners||Logan Gilbert, RHP, Stetson|
|15. Rangers||Cole Winn, RHP, Orange Lutheran HS (CA)|
|16. Rays||Matthew Liberatore, LHP, Mountain Ridge HS (AZ)|
|17. Angels||Jordyn Adams, OF, Green Hope HS (NC)|
|18. Royals||Brady Singer, RHP, Florida|
|19. Cardinals||Nolan Gorman, 3B, Sandra Day O'Connor HS (AZ)|
|20. Twins||Trevor Larnach, OF, Oregon St.|
|21. Brewers||Brice Turang, SS, Santiago HS (CA)|
|22. Rockies||Ryan Rolison, LHP, Mississippi|
|23. Yankees||Anthony Seigler, C, Cartersville HS (GA)|
|24. Cubs||Nico Hoerner, SS, Stanford|
|25. Diamondbacks||Matt McLain, SS, Beckman HS (CA|
|26. Red Sox||Triston Casas, 3B, American Heritage HS (FL)|
|27. Nationals||Mason Denaburg, RHP, Merritt Island HS (FL)|
|28. Astros||Seth Beer, 1B, Clemson|
|29. Indians||Noah Naylor, C, St. Joan of Arc Catholic HS (ON)|
|30. Dodgers||J.T. Ginn, RHP, Brandon HS (MS)|
|Compensation Picks Round A|
|31. Rays||Shane McClanahan, LHP, USF|
|32. Rays||Nick Schnell, OF, Roncalli HS (IN)|
|33. Royals||Jackson Kowar, RHP Florida|
|34. Royals||Daniel Lynch LHP, Virginia|
|35. Indians||Ethan Hankins, RHP, Forsyth Central HS, (GA)|
|Competitive Balance Round A|
|36. Pirates||Gunnar Hogland, RHP, Fivey HS (FL)|
|37. Orioles||Cadyn Grenier, SS Oregon St.|
|38. Padres||Xavier Edwards, SS, North Broward Prep HS (FL)|
|39. Diamondbacks||Jake McCarthy, OF Virginia|
|40. Royals||Kris Bubic, LHP, Stanford|
|41. Indians||Lenny Torres Jr. RHP, Beacon HS (NY)|
|42. Rockies||Grant Lavigne, Bedford HS (NH)|
|43. Cardinals||Griffin Roberts, RHP, Wake Forest|
The 2018 MLB Draft is about to kick off. At a little after 5 p.m. MT, the Detroit Tigers are expected to make Casey Mize from Auburn the first selection of the 2018 draft. The picks will be flying in fast and furious after that, and we’ll be updating our draft tracker after each pick as well as discussing the pick in our live blog as well as in the comments, so be sure to join us.
Thanks to their playoff run last season, the Rockies won’t make their first round selection till pick 22. Trying to predict who will be available at pick 22, much less who the Rockies would pick then is a pretty difficult exercise, though the biggest connection at this point seems to be with Anthony Seigler, a switch-hitting catcher and switch-throwing pitcher.
How can I watch?
You can watch on MLBNetwork if you have it available on your cable/satellite package or you’ll also be able to live stream the draft on MLB.com
How many rounds are tonight?
The first two rounds are tonight as well as the compensation rounds and competitive balancec rounds following them. The Rockies will pick a total of three times tonight at spots 22, 42 and 76.
I want to know more about Rockies Draft History
Check out this article which even has fun spoonerisms
What does Sage say about who the Rockies might pick?
Rockies have been tied most closely to Seigler, and he’ll be the top player to watch when we begin to enter the late teens. If he’s available, he’s my pick to be the most likely selection (but a lot of weirdness can and always does happen!)
Other names to watch include:
The aforementioned infielder Xavier Edwards, who I think the Rockies are hoping falls to their Comp pick at 42, but that might be a long shot.
HS righty Ethan Hankins, who has perhaps the best fastball in the draft, is one of the hardest picks to pin down at the moment. He’s been personally scouted by Bridich this Spring.
Several other HS pitchers have been more loosely connected to Colorado, including righties Kumar Rocker, Cole Wilcox, and Grayson Rodriguez.
While most of the connections I’ve followed myself are to HS players, Fangraphs and others have suggested that the Rockies may be hoping for a college arm they like to be available. One name to watch here is Virginia LHP Daniel Lynch, who may have the highest late-draft day helium of the day. I connected the Rockies to him at pick 42 in the past, and now he’s looking like teams won’t hesitate to take him in Round 1.