Sports Info Solutions 2019 MLB Mock Draft

The Sports Info Solutions video scouts recently conducted a two-round mock draft in conjunction with SIS’ college draft prospects series, which featured scouting reports on each of the top 50 draft-eligible Division I players. Below is the first round of picks, along with a brief explanation on why each pick makes sense for that team. While expected draft position is taken into account, picks are more so based on each team’s recent draft strategy, farm system composition and overall competitive outlook over the next few years.

Full coverage:
Catchers
Corner Infield (Part 1)
Corner Infield (Part 2) 
Middle Infield (Part 1)
Middle Infield (Part 2)
Outfield (Part 1)
Outfield (Part 2)
Left-Handed Pitching (Part 1)
Left-Handed Pitching (Part 2)
Right-Handed Pitching (Part 1)
Right-Handed Pitching (Part 2)


Round 1

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
1Orioles$8,415,300 Adley RutschmanCOregon State

The Orioles are currently undergoing a long and complicated rebuild, and Rutschman is the best overall player. He is an extremely rare plus-hitting, plus-fielding catcher.

Selected by Joe Hirsch

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
2Royals$7,789,900Andrew Vaughn1BCalifornia

A safe pick for a franchise that is trying to expedite their rebuild. Vaughn should move quickly through the minors and complement the college pitchers the Royals took in the first five rounds last year.

Selected by Dominic Asta

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
3White Sox$7,221,200Bobby Witt JrSSColleyville Heritage HS

Bobby Witt Jr. is widely considered to have the highest upside of any prospect in this draft. He is projected to be a five-tool player, making him the ideal choice for a White Sox team looking for the future face of their franchise.

Selected by Thomas Maguire

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
4Marlins$6,664,000JJ BledayOFVanderbilt

Bleday is coming off a fantastic season in which he led Division I with 25 regular season home runs . He is arguably the best hitter available at this point in the draft, and makes sense for a rebuilding Marlins team.

Selected by Kory Reinsfelder

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
5Tigers$6,180,700Josh Jung3BTexas Tech

The Tigers are in dire need of an offensive presence in the system, so they jump on the most proven college bat on the board. Jung could even be an under-slot candidate.

Selected by Shawn Larner

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
6Padres$5,742,900Hunter BishopOFArizona State

With JJ Bleday gone, the Padres should go with the other elite left-handed-hitting college bat in Hunter Bishop. He is a high-upside player who could move fast and complement San Diego’s plethora of right-handed bats.

Selected by Quinn Ireland

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
7Reds$5,432,400Nick LodoloLHPTCU

Lodolo is arguably the most major league-ready arm in the draft, and he projects to be a top-of-the-rotation starter. The Reds also lack left-handed pitching depth within their farm system.

Selected by Brandon Phillips

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
8Rangers$5,176,900CJ AbramsSSBlessed Trinity HS

The super-athletic shortstop gives Texas a future building block and eventual replacement for Elvis Andrus. Texas has taken prep players with their last four first-round picks.

Selected by Grant VanLiew

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
9Braves$4,949,100Jackson RutledgeRHPSan Jacinto JC

If neither Bleday nor Bishop fall, the Braves should look to add to their pitching depth. With some of the best all-around stuff in the draft, Rutledge has front-of-the-rotation upside.

Selected by Brandon Tew

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
10Giants$4,739,900Bryson StottSSUNLV

With Brandon Crawford in his age-32 season, the Giants should be looking for his replacement. Stott’s advanced approach at the plate should allow him to rocket through the Giants’ system.

Selected by Bryan Guo

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
11Blue Jays$4,547,500Riley GreeneOFHagerty HS

The Blue Jays have been connected to several college arms, but can’t pass on Greene’s upside if he falls to 11. He has arguably the most advanced bat in this year’s high school crop.

Selected by Sam Danes

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
12Mets$4,366,400Alek ManoahRHPWest Virginia

By trading away last year’s first-round pick for big league veterans, Brodie Van Wagenen proved that he is going with a win-now approach. Manoah has a bright future as either a mid-rotation starter or a late-inning reliever.

Selected by Harris Yudin

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
13Twins$4,197,300Zack ThompsonLHPKentucky

Even with an elbow injury in his past, Thompson’s command and polished repertoire should be appealing to a Twins team that lacks talented left-handed pitching in both the majors and minors.

Selected by Oscar Kwon

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
14Phillies$4,036,800Corbin CarrollOFLakeside HS

Carroll is one of the top-rated players left on the board. The Phillies could give him time to develop while they are pretty set at the big league level for the next few years.

Selected by Matt Noskow

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
15Angels$3,885,800Brett Baty3BLake Travis HS

Billy Eppler has chosen a promising, young bat with his first pick in each year he’s been with the Angels, and that trend could continue this year if Baty, who has an advanced bat for his age, is available at 15.

Selected by David Mandelberg

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
16Diamondbacks$3,745,500Will WilsonSSNC State

Offensive-minded college shortstop provides an immediate boost to a struggling farm system. The Diamondbacks have the largest bonus pool in the draft, and this allows them to go over slot on their next pick at No. 26.

Selected by Glen Mueller

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
17Nationals$3,609,700George KirbyRHPElon

The Nationals have mostly gone college in the first round this decade. Washington’s top three starters will all be older than 30 by this August, and the front office should look to shore up that rotation with a potentially quick-mover like Kirby.

Selected by Corey Eiferman

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
18Pirates$3,481,300Shea LangeliersCBaylor

An elite defensive catcher, Langeliers is a low-risk selection with the 18th pick. With Francisco Cervelli nearing free agency and Elias Diaz proven to be a shaky defender, the Baylor backstop is a great fit for the Pirates.

Selected by Logan Boling

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
19Cardinals$3,359,000Kameron MisnerOFMissouri

Local kid with immense potential and tools. Cardinals have the player development staff to help Misner reach his potential.

Selected by Justin Stine

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
20Mariners$3,242,900Jack LeiterRHPDelbarton HS

One of the best prep arms in the draft, Leiter is a very high-risk, high-reward pick. He could be tough to sign away from Vanderbilt, but he would bolster a farm system that lacks starting pitching depth.

Selected by Kerby Callison

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
21Braves$3,132,300Quinn PriesterRHPCary-Grove HS

Priester is a cold-weather arm with lots of potential and upside. The TCU commit has fewer signability concerns than some of the other high school arms in this draft.

Selected by Brandon Tew

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
22Rays$3,027,000Brennan MaloneRHPIMG Academy

High-upside pitcher who fits the mold of what the Rays like to develop. IMG is close to Tampa, so they are definitely very familiar with him. They also have enough bonus money to sign him away from his commitment to North Carolina.

Selected by Noah Gatsik

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
23Rockies$2,926,800Matt WallnerOFSouthern Miss

Rockies need to find replacements at the corner outfield positions in the next couple of years. Wallner is a big, powerful college bat who would thrive at Coors Field.

Selected by Chris Glahn

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
24Indians$2,831,300Gunnar HendersonSSMorgan Academy HS

The Indians have shown a recent tendency to draft high school players early. Cleveland has a great track record developing infielders, and Henderson has the arm and athleticism to move all around the infield.

Selected by Max Glasser

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
25Dodgers$2,740,300Kody Hoese3BTulane

Dodgers take their third college bat in the first round in the last four years. Hoese adds an impact power bat to a farm system devoid of bats at the upper levels.

Selected by James McIntyre

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
26Diamondbacks$2,653,400Matthew AllanRHPSeminole HS

While the Diamondbacks have not taken a prep pitcher in the first round since 2014, it is hard to pass on a pitcher of Allan’s caliber this late in the 1st round.

Selected by Daniel Sarna

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
27Cubs$2,570,100Braden ShewmakeSSTexas A&M

Cubs continue their trend with a college bat. Shewmake may not stick at short, but he has the versatility and hit tool that the Cubs love.

Selected by Mitch Glessner

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
28Brewers$2,493,900Seth JohnsonRHPCampbell

Johnson adds a much needed arm to a farm system that has been depleted of starters in recent years. He is new to pitching and has a surprising amount of upside for a college arm.

Selected by Kyle Saathoff

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
29Athletics$2,424,600Greg JonesSSUNC Wilmington

A’s take another college shortstop early in the draft. Jones has some of the best speed in the draft and should start at SS long-term.

Selected by David Salway

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
30Yankees$2,365,600Michael BuschOF/1BNorth Carolina

The Yankees seem to be using the best available approach over the past few years. Busch is reliable, consistent and versatile, and his power would play up in the small confines of Yankee Stadium.

Selected by Stephen Marciello

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
31Dodgers$2,312,000Josh WolfRHPSt. Thomas HS

A strong spring has pushed Wolf into round 1 consideration. Tough sign for the Dodgers, but an over-slot deal is certainly possible here.

Selected by James McIntyre

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
32Astros$2,257,300Daniel EspinoRHPGeorgia Premier Academy

Power arm with a plus breaking ball and potential average-above average changeup, all of which can all benefit greatly from from Houston’s proven ability to develop pitchers.

Selected by Sales Pinckney

COMPENSATION ROUND

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
33Diamondbacks$2,202,200J.J. GossRHPCypress Ranch HS

Selected by Glen Mueller

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
34Diamondbacks$2,148,100Rece Hinds3BIMG Academy

Selected by Daniel Sarna

COMPETITIVE BALANCE ROUND A

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
35Marlins$2,095,800Jimmy LewisRHPLake Travis HS

Selected by Kory Reinsfelder

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
36Rays$2,045,400Keoni Cavaco3BEastlake HS

Selected by Noah Gatsik

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
37Pirates$1,999,300Graeme StinsonLHPDuke

Selected by Mark Lyman

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
38Yankees$1,952,300Logan DavidsonSSClemson

Selected by Stephen Marciello

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
39Twins$1,906,800Ethan SmallLHPMississippi State

Selected by Oscar Kwon

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
40Rays$1,856,700Chase Strumpf2BUCLA

Selected by Noah Gatsik

PickTeamSlot ValuePlayerPositionSchool
41Rangers$1,813,500Evan FittererRHPAliso Niguel HS

Selected by Grant VanLiew

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