The MLB Draft is just a couple weeks away, and that means it's Mock Draft season once again. While the new rules in the CBA make this year's draft as challenging to handicap as ever, there is never a shortage of rumors to work with when it comes to constructing a mock draft. With that said, here is Scout.com's latest look at who may be going where in this year's first round.
ANALYSIS: All signs point to the Astros taking a somewhat affordable route with this pick. As it happens, the best talent in the country may also be able to give them the best deal. Appel is a Houston native as well as an Astros' fan. Gausman is also a strong possibility, and Buxton has an outside shot.
ANALYSIS: Buxton and Carlos Correa seem to be the hottest names for this spot. It would not be a shock to see them consider Appel if he were still around, however. And, it needs to be noted that they have scouted Kyle Zimmer heavily all spring.
ANALYSIS: The Mariners aren't afraid to surprise everyone. There's some buzz that Seattle would take Fried over the remaining college arms as well as Mike Zunino. But, they are still very much on Correa and Buxton.
ANALYSIS: Every scout I've talked to has advised me that the run on the top college arms is going to be swift. With the attention the Royals have given to the college arms, I expect them to go that direction unless they have a shot at Byron Buxton.
ANALYSIS: Some rumors are both persistent and logical. This is one of them. Albert Almora gets linked to the Cubs in every conversation I've had about Chicago. They have taken a good look at Correa and the college arms as well.
ANALYSIS: A lot of industry sources still think they like Deven Marrero in this slot, but just as many seem to think Marrero's stock is in somewhat of a tailspin. With Zunino sliding every so slightly, he won't slide past Pittsburgh if he gets here.
ANALYSIS: It's hard to imagine Oakland letting Shaffer slip beyond them. They've been linked to a number of prep players, but a lot of the guys they've been linked to are off the board in this scenario.
ANALYSIS: The Reds are not going to spend big, and I'd look for them to pursue one of the college arms. They are known to be high on Stratton. I wouldn't rule out a left-handed bat like Joey Gallo in this spot either.
ANALYSIS: There's been a lot of high school names mentioned with the Indians, including David Dahl. But, I think that's only the plan if all the top pitchers are gone. In this scenario, Heaney is still available.
ANALYSIS: This is one of the more off the wall early rumors flying around out there. Jarmon is an extremely polarizing player, but Milwaukee has apparently been all over him this spring and is considering him at an affordable price with one of their picks.
ANALYSIS: Don't expect the Yankees to spend freely this year. The expectation is that most of the high school bats and college pitchers they like will be gone, but Nay is one they do like and he'll very likely still be around. New York is also high on a number of prep pitchers, including Weickel and Eflin. If they don't go with Nay, I'd look for a high school arm here.