As draft morning dawned, one thing was certain: The Pirates will take UCLA righthander Gerrit Cole with the No. 1 overall selection. After that, teams were still scrambling to line up their picks.
The consensus in the industry is the Mariners will choose Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon with the No. 2 pick, but there's no confirmation from Seattle. The Diamondbacks previously had appeared locked in on Virginia lefthander Danny Hultzen at No. 3 and the Orioles had zeroed in on Oklahoma high school righthander Dylan Bundy, though now those teams seem headed in different directions.
It no longer looks like the consensus six players in the draft (the four mentioned above, plus UCLA righthander Trevor Bauer and Kansas high school outfielder Bubba Starling) will go in the top six. For scouting reports on the players in our latest first-round projection below, please see our Top 200 Prospect list.
The following is the list of our projected first-round picks. BA subscribers can get the picks as well as full analysis by clicking here.
1. PIRATES: Gerrit Cole, rhp, UCLA.
2. MARINERS: Anthony Rendon, 3b, Rice.
3. DIAMONDBACKS: Trevor Bauer, rhp, UCLA.
4. ORIOLES: Archie Bradley, rhp, Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS.
5. ROYALS: Dylan Bundy, rhp, Owasso (Okla.) HS.
6. NATIONALS: Danny Hultzen, lhp, Virginia.
7. DIAMONDBACKS: Matt Barnes, rhp, Connecticut.
8. INDIANS: Jed Bradley, lhp, Georgia Tech.
9. CUBS: Bubba Starling, of, Gardner-Edgerton HS, Gardner, Kan.
10. PADRES: Taylor Jungmann, rhp, Texas.
11. ASTROS: Francisco Lindor, ss, Montverde (Fla.) Academy.
12. BREWERS: Javier Baez, ss, Arlington Country Day School, Jacksonville, Fla.
13. METS: Mikie Mahtook, of, Louisiana State.
14. MARLINS: Cory Spangenberg, of, Indian River (Fla.) JC.
15. BREWERS: Taylor Guerrieri, rhp, Spring Valley HS, Columbia, S.C.
16. DODGERS: Tyler Anderson, lhp, Oregon.
17. ANGELS: Jose Fernandez, rhp, Alonso HS, Tampa.
18. ATHLETICS: George Springer, of, Connecticut.
19. RED SOX: Sonny Gray, rhp, Vanderbilt.
20. ROCKIES: C.J. Cron, 1b, Utah.
21. BLUE JAYS: Levi Michael, ss, North Carolina.
22. CARDINALS: Kolten Wong, 2b, Hawaii.
23. NATIONALS: Alex Meyer, rhp, Kentucky.
24. RAYS: Chris Reed, lhp, Stanford.
25. PADRES: Joe Ross, rhp, Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland.
26. RED SOX: Austin Hedges, c, JSerra HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
27. REDS: Robert Stephenson, rhp, Alhambra HS, Martinez, Calif.
28. BRAVES: Trevor Story, ss, Irving (Texas) HS.
29. GIANTS: Daniel Norris, lhp, Science Hill HS, Johnson City, Tenn.
30. TWINS: Sean Gilmartin, lhp, Florida State.
31. RAYS: Henry Owens, lhp, Edison HS, Huntington Beach, Calif.
32. RAYS: Blake Swihart, c, Cleveland HS, Rio Rancho, N.M.
33. RANGERS: Brandon Nimmo, of, East HS, Cheyenne, Wyo.
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