The MLB Draft is just a few hours away, and while everyone expects Bryce Harper to go No. 1 to the Nationals, it could get wild and crazy immediately after that.
Below is my final MLB Mock Draft of the year. To stay up with the latest on all things draft, join me in my live chat this afternoon, check the latest buzz and, later this evening, follow along with our MLB Draft Tracker.
- 1. Nationals | Bryce Harper (C) | College of Southern Nevada
Nothing has changed here. Harper is all but a lock in this spot. Washington GM Mike Rizzo told reporters Sunday night he knows who he'll take with this pick.
- 2. Pirates | Jameson Taillon (RHP) | The Woodlands (Texas) H.S.
This one has been a mystery for awhile, but it looks like the Pirates are beginning to lean heavily towards taking Taillon later this evening. I'm still not ready to rule out Machado, but it probably took this long to get some indication of what Pittsburgh would do because of lingering questions about both players' demands.
- 3. Orioles | Manny Machado (SS) | Brito H.S. (Miami, Fla.)
The Orioles really wanted Jameson Taillon, and they wanted him badly. But in this scenario they would gladly take Manny Machado as a very nice consolation prize. They've looked at a couple college arms, but this is where they'll go with Taillon off the board.
- 4. Royals | Yasmani Grandal (C) | Miami
The deal they originally appeared to agree upon may have fallen apart at least a little Sunday, as Grandal's adviser received a stronger offer from Cleveland, according to sources. But all odds still point to Grandal going in this spot, with the two sides eventually agreeing on a number.
- 5. Indians | Chris Sale (LHP) | Florida Gulf Coast
It's long been believed in the industry that Drew Pomeranz would not get beyond the first five picks, but Cleveland genuinely seems to prefer Chris Sale at this late stage. They may also prefer Michael Choice in this spot, but I see them taking the arm if Kansas City does not pass on Grandal.
- 6. Diamondbacks | Drew Pomeranz (LHP) | Ole Miss
It would take a real shocker in the first six picks to get Pomeranz to slide any further than this. Arizona would be thrilled to have him still be available here. Deck McGuire and Matt Harvey remain on their radar, and I especially wouldn't rule out Harvey in this spot if Pomeranz is gone. Look for Sale, Harvey, or Pomeranz here when it comes down to it.
- 7. Mets | Justin O'Conner (SS/C) | Cowan H.S. (Muncie, Ind.)
The Mets have done their due diligence this spring, and they have to be given credit for that. They really like Zack Cox, and Matt Harvey and Christian Colon will be in play here as well. But, sources tell me that unless Sale or Pomeranz slips to them, this will be the pick. O'Conner will save them some money and he has tremendous upside.
- 8. Astros | Josh Sale (OF) | Bishop Blanchet H.S. (Seattle, Wash.)
The Astros appear to be pretty comfortable with taking Sale. They see him as one of the top couple bats in the class and likely will not take the chance of waiting for him at 19th overall. Someone would surely take him somewhere in between.
- 9. Padres | Michael Choice (OF) | Texas-Arlington
There are a number of possible landing places for Choice in the first 11 picks, and he is among the group of four or five players the Padres are considering here. I've backed off Karsten Whitson in this spot, but it's still very much a possibility. San Diego would prefer to get a college player, a pitcher if possible, but again, in this class there are not a lot of college arms that warrant a selection this high. They are not big believers in Chris Sale even if he were to slide this far. Kolbrin Vitek and Deck McGuire are also on their short list.
- 10. Athletics | Christian Colon (SS) | Cal State Fullerton
The Oakland A's like Zack Cox in this spot but are not enthused about his bonus demands. They've moved off Dylan Covey, and their other target, Justin O'Conner, is gone in this scenario. They've liked Colon from the start, he's their kind of player and he figures to be available.
- 11. Blue Jays | Deck McGuire (RHP) | Georgia Tech
Toronto is absolutely going to be a wild card. Austin Wilson still is getting a lot of attention in this spot, but the Jays did not expect to get a crack at McGuire, so expect them to go with the Georgia Tech right-hander here.
- 12. Reds | Alex Wimmers (RHP) | Ohio State
After the success of Mike Leake last year, Wimmers is a logical pick here. Scouts love his secondary offerings and command. He's not Leake, but he is very, very good. Cincinnati has been high on him all spring and is looking to sign a player for slot. He fits that bill, as would Yasmani Grandal, who they have also shown heavy interest in if he somehow slides. Deck McGuire fits here as well.
- 13. White Sox | Bryce Brentz (OF) | Middle Tennessee State
The White Sox have been linked to a number of young bats and some college arms, but they may have their sights set on Brentz. Mike Kvasnicka is also on their short list as is just about every college arm out there. It's difficult to see where they are leaning, but Brentz is a good fit here. Asher Wojciechowski has gotten heavy attention from them as well.
- 14. Brewers | Jesse Biddle (LHP) | Germantown (Pa.) Friends H.S.
Sources say that the Brewers are considering three players. That list includes Biddle, Luke Jackson, and a college player -- whom many believe is Matt Harvey. In the end. I think Harvey will price himself out, and Biddle will be their guy following his impressive workout.
- 15. Rangers | Kolbrin Vitek (2B) | Ball State
The Rangers have done an outstanding job of keeping their lips sealed this spring, but I think they will simply wait for the best bat to fall to this spot. Brentz is a fit here, as well as high school hitters like Kellin Deglan or Matt Lipka.
- 16. Cubs | Karsten Whitson (RHP) | Chipley (Fla.) H.S.
Vitek may be gone by the time the Cubs pick, either to the Padres or possibly the Rangers, but he is a guy they'd love to have fall into their laps. They are reportedly in the hunt for a position player, if it's the right guy, but Whitson would be awfully tempting in this spot.
- 17. Rays | Delino DeShields Jr. (OF) | Norcross (Ga.) H.S.
The Rays are another club in wait-and-see mode, and ideally they'd love to see Josh Sale get to this spot. In this case, DeShields would be the next best guy on their board. They love their athletes, and they would get a fine one in DeShields.
- 18. Angels | Stetson Allie (RHP) | St. Edward H.S. (Lakewood, Ohio)
The Angels have not been shy about scouting high school arms this spring. Allie may have jumped ahead of guys like Dylan Covey on their board after a strong season. I just can't see the Angels passing up this type of arm in this spot.
- 19. Astros | Michael Kvasnicka (C/OF) | Minnesota
The Astros like Kvasnicka as much as any club out there and have even considered him for the eighth overall pick. That likely won't happen, but they'd be thrilled to see him still in the mix the next time around. DeShields and Reggie Golden are possibilities also.
- 20. Red Sox | Anthony Ranaudo (RHP) | LSU
This is just one of those perfect fits. Boston likes to pick big arms like Ranaudo and would pay the price to get him. Ranaudo has been linked to a number of teams, even high in the first round, but somewhere in the early 20s seems most likely.
- 21. Twins | Brandon Workman (RHP) | Texas
The Twins' dream scenario is getting a crack at Alex Wimmers, but they do not expect to get that chance. They aren't afraid to take a high school player though, and A.J. Cole's arm would be tough to pass up. They also had Reggie Golden in for a workout this week. I don't see them being able to pass up a strong college arm like Workman's though.
- 22. Rangers | Zack Cox (3B) | Arkansas
There has been heavy industry buzz that Zack Cox could take a serious tumble down the board given his asking price. The belief is that Cox has a home somewhere in the 20s with a team that is willing to consider his price tag. Despite doubts about their financial situation, many in the industry believe that team could be the Rangers.
- 23. Marlins | Barrett Loux (RHP) | Texas A&M
I expect Florida to go after a college arm from everything that I've been hearing. Loux has been getting a lot of buzz lately, and the Texas A&M right-hander seems like a logical match in this slot.
- 24. Giants | Yordy Cabrera (SS) | Lakeland (Fla.) H.S.
All signs point to the Giants being heavily in favor of taking Cabrera in this spot. San Francisco likes his bat even more than most, and that should be enough to get it to take the plunge.
- 25. Cardinals | Matt Harvey (RHP) | North Carolina
This is probably the floor for Matt Harvey. He's a guy that could go almost anywhere in the first round, but probably not much further than this. The Cardinals love his arm, and the other options for them may not be all that enticing. Sammy Solis, Ranaudo, and other college arms have been mentioned here quite a bit.
- 26. Rockies | Asher Wojciechowski (RHP) | The Citadel
Some other names to think about here are Solis, Kevin Gausman, and Brett Eibner -- those are a few that are high on Colorado's list -- but the reality right now is that they don't know what's going to be available to them and are really in a wait-and-see mode. If Wojciechowski is still on the board, he'd be difficult to pass up.
- 27. Phillies | Austin Wilson (OF) | Harvard-Westlake H.S. (Studio City, Calif.)
This could be the floor for Austin Wilson in terms of how far signability questions will cause him to slide, unless his demands are even bigger than we think. Wilson is a clear top-15 talent, but he has no adviser and a strong commitment to Stanford, making it tough for teams to get a clear idea of how signable he is. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. recently visited with Wilson and his family, and given their history with athletic prep players, this just seems like a perfect fit.
- 28. Dodgers | Aaron Sanchez (RHP) | Barstow (Calif.) H.S.
The Dodgers have checked into a number of high school arms, including Sanchez and A.J. Cole. However their board stacks up, I expect they will probably take the best arm available. That may very well be Sanchez or perhaps Tyrell Jenkins.
- 29. Angels | Dylan Covey (RHP) | Maranatha H.S. (Pasadena, Calif.)
The Angels are looking at a number of prep players with their multiple first-round picks, and Covey is high on their list if he is still on the board. Sanchez, Peter Tago, and pretty much every top prep arm has been mentioned with the Angels.
- 30. Angels | Cam Bedrosian (RHP) | East Coweta (Ga.) H.S.
The Angels have been all over Bedrosian, so if there ever was a later first-round pick that looked pretty solid, it is this one. If he's around for one of their three picks, there's a real good shot they'll grab him.
- 31. Rays | Jedd Gyorko (SS) | West Virginia
The Rays have been looking at a lot of college options, and this one would give them an affordable bat and some depth. Gary Brown will draw a lot of interest if he is available, as will Wojciechowski if he is still on the board.
- 32. Yankees | Drew Vettleson (OF) | Central Kitsap H.S. (Silverdale, Wash.)
We all know how the Yankees like to operate. If they believe Ranaudo is the most talented guy on the board, they will take him if he's available. The same goes for Harvey. But the word is they expect those guys to be gone, and are focusing on a high school bat here. Vettleson tops their list. Matt Lipka could also be an option here. If Tyrell Jenkins is still around, that could tempt them as well.