The MLB Draft is just a few days away, and that means mock drafts are beginning to get more serious. While the task of constructing a mock draft is as challenging as ever, there has been no shortage of rumors to work with when it comes to putting the first 31 picks together. With that said, here is Scout.com's latest look at who may be going where in this year's first round.
ANALYSIS: Houston has given no indication that it has narrowed its list, but all signs still point to Appel. He's from the area, he's polished, and he still has the most industry buzz to be the top pick.
ANALYSIS: There's a new contender in town for this pick and that's Carlos Correa. Of course, Minnesota has shown interest all along, but he's been gaining steam of late. Buxton still appears to be the man in this spot, but it's less certain now.
ANALYSIS: Word is that Baltimore prefers Zimmer in this spot as long as he's healthy. Pitcher Kevin Gausman or one of the two high school position players, if they slip, are possibilities here as well.
ANALYSIS: The industry consensus is that they will take the best college arm available here and in this scenario that's Gausman. Zunino slipping here would present them with an intriguing option, however.
ANALYSIS: I have my doubts as to whether Chicago would indeed take Almora over Carlos Correa, and it could very well be that the Almora rumor is so strong because perhaps Chicago expects Correa will be gone.
ANALYSIS: There's an off-the-wall rumor out there that Miami catcher Peter O'Brien has a taker in the top 20 picks, and that that team may be Cleveland. I'll believe it when it when I see it, but it's something to keep in mind. Otherwise I think Stratton or Heaney fit neatly here.
ANALYSIS: There's a lot of buzz that Piscotty is going to be their guy in this spot. Word is they are zoning in on college bats, and there are not a whole lot of options aside from Piscotty or Tyler Naquin here.
ANALYSIS: Two teams have shown intense interest in Cecchini in the first round, and they are Toronto and St. Louis. One of those clubs may even take him with their first pick. It's unlikely he gets past this point.
ANALYSIS: There are a couple prep names floating around for this spot, mainly position players. Brinson may be an option if he's still on the board. They've also been linked heavily to college arms and Johnson may be the best one remaining.
ANALYSIS: As I said a week ago, it seems probable that most of the prep bats the Yankees like will be gone. Lewis Brinson is a favorite in this spot if he gets that far. Otherwise, I think the Yankees go with the hard-throwing Berrios or another prep arm.
ANALYSIS: At this position in the round it is wait-and-see mode for Boston. No one in the early part of the round seems to have Stroman as their top option. If he gets this far, he will fall no further.