Over at MinorLeagueBall.com, John Sickels has hosted a community mock draft for the past several years. I've taken part in some of them, including this year's festivities. Let's take a look at how it all went down.
First Round Pick - Hunter Harvey, RHP
Not a surprise. Harvey is a personal favorite of mine and a guy I think the Dodgers could be looking at. I was considering J.P. Crawford here as well, but he went two picks ahead of me to the Phillies, which seems like a plausible scenario in tomorrow's draft as well.
Also considered: Phil Bickford, who went with the next pick; Nick Ciuffo, who went to the Rays at 21; Ian Clarkin, who went to the Orioles at 22.
Second Round Pick - Cavan Biggio, 2B
This was a bit of a surprise for me. I thought Biggio would go to the Astros at pick 40, but they opted for a college lefty, Tom Windle.
Cavan, as you may have guessed, is the son of Craig Biggio. He's bigger than his father and shares a natural feel for the game. I love his sweet, left-handed stroke and he projects to hit for average and some power. His main drawback is his lack of his dad's athleticism, as he figures to be just passable at second base. His speed and arm are both below average.
Also considered: Jake Brentz, who went to the Rangers at pick 62; Ryan McMahon, who went to the Padres with the first pick of the second competitive balance round at 69.
Third Round Pick - Andrew Knapp, C
To be honest, I was really hoping McMahon or Brentz would fall here. They didn't even make it to the round. Luckily, I was bailed out by Knapp falling further than he may on draft day.
Andrew Knapp is the son of a former major leaguer. Sound familiar? It's a trend in this mock. Knapp is new to catching, much like last year's draft pick Eric Smith. He's a good athlete with a similar build but switch-hits, although he's a natural righty with much smoother mechanics from that side.
A lot of Andrew's value relies on him sticking behind the plate and he should be able to with professional coaching. He has good actions, receives the ball well and has a strong arm.
Others considered: Brett Morales, who went off the board five picks later to the Rays at 97; Rob Zastryzny, who went to the Braves at 102.
Fourth Round Pick - Cal Quantrill, RHP
What's that? Another son of a former major leaguer? That's right! It's our old buddy Paul's kid! And he's Canadian!
Quantrill is very similar to Hunter Harvey, another projectable righty who shows arm strength and should add velocity as he fills out. Cal throws four pitches, with his changeup being his best secondary weapon. His mechanics are solid, though there is some effort to his delivery.
Others considered: Sephen Gonsalves, who went to the Tigers two picks later at 126; Edwin Diaz, another son of a former major leaguer, who wasn't drafted in the four round mock.
Overall, I think I got a good amount of talent with these four picks. Two projectable arms and two bats with some upside. The main question for this group would be signability. Harvey's bonus would dictate how much room I'd have to sign Biggio and Quantrill away from strong college commitments. I believe it wouldn't take much more than the 900 grand allotted to sign Biggio, but Quantrill's slot value in the 4th round is just four hundred thousand dollars. Without the ability to gauge signability, it's a risky proposition.
Ideally, I would have liked Brentz or McMahon in the third. However, I doubt Biggio lasts til 56 and one of them will be available for the Dodgers' second round selection. Brentz, a raw but high ceiling lefty, only started pitching in his senior year of high school. He's already touched 97 but needs refinement in all aspects of his game. McMahon has a sweet lefty swing and projects to play a solid third base. He has a build that could add strength and should be a power threat later in his career.
There are too many unknowns to say how accurate I was. Beyond the first round, it's a crapshoot this year. Even the first round is considered unusually up in the air. Late-breaking rumors of surprise top 10 picks could cause ripples through the rest of the first round. Regardless, it'll be fun to watch.
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