Here is Baseball America’s analysis of Competitive Balance Round A, the second round and Competitive Balance Round B. If you want even more draft analysis, this post will get you prepared for the two days of action, and we’ll have you covered here at BaseballAmerica.com from the first round through the 40th.
Competitive Balance Round A
No. 35 Colorado Rockies: Forrest Wall, 2b, Orangewood Christian, Winter Park, Fla.
The Rockies drafted Wall, one of the best pure hitters in the high school class, although there were rumors late in the process that he could have gone much higher. He has a chance to be a plus hitter with at least average power and is a plus runner.
No. 36 Miami Marlins: Blake Anderson, c, West Lauderdale HS, Collinsville, Miss.
The Marlins’ selection of Anderson was the most surprising up to this point in the draft. He was not ranked this high on consensus, as some teams viewed him more on the mound and others valued him after the fifth round. But he has a plus arm and athleticism behind the plate and his skill set showed very well for teams in late workouts. There were rumors late in the process that a few other teams were targeting Anderson in the competitive balance to second round range.
No. 37 Houston Astros: Derek Fisher, of, Virginia
Fisher could have gone higher had he been healthy but a broken hamate kept him out of action during the middle of the season. The Astros got one of the better college hitters in the draft at a value spot.
No. 38 Cleveland Indians: Mike Papi, 1b/of, Virginia
Papi went one spot lower than teammate Fisher. The Indians, who value track record in college players, got one of the more robust ones in Papi, who controls the zone well and draws walks at a high clip (19 percent) with natural hitting ability.
No. 39 Pittsburgh Pirates: Conor Joe, of, San Diego
Joe, a first baseman his first two seasons, has seen time behind the plate this season, but was announced as an outfielder. Joe is a righthanded hitter who has a chance to hit, making a ton of contact and controlling the zone.
No. 40 Kansas City Royals: Chase Vallot, St. Thomas More HS, Lafayette, La.
After drafting lefthanders with their first two selections, the Royals got a bat-first prep catcher who has plus power potential and is one of the younger players in the high school class. He is their highest-drafted catcher since Cam Gallagher (second round) in 2011.
No. 41 Milwaukee Brewers: Jacob Gatewood, ss, Clovis (Calif.) HS
Rumors swirled late in the process that Gatewood was in play for the Brewers’ first selection (No. 12) after impressing in workouts and they got him with their second pick. Gatewood offers upside with some of the best power in the draft and the potential to be an above-average defender at third base. He has a chance to get much stronger, potentially moving to right field.
No. 42 Houston Astros: A.J. Reed, 1b, Kentucky
A team that values performance in college players, Houston grabbed Reed with its third pick. Reed has shown as much power as any hitter in college baseball this season with an NCAA-leading 23 home runs and .399 isolated slugging while walking at a 17 percent clip.
No. 43 Miami Marlins: Justin Twine, ss, Falls City (Texas) HS
Twine had late helium as one of the best athletes in the high school ranks. The Marlins are buying his athleticism and tools, as Twine posts plus-plus speed at his best, from a strong, physical frame that produces above-average bat speed.
No. 44 White Sox: Spencer Adams, rhp, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga.
The White Sox grabbed a pitcher rumored to be in play in the back half of the first round. He offers tremendous upside with athleticism, a projectable body and strike-throwing ability to go with a plus slider and fastball that was 92-94, touching 96 down the stretch.
No. 45 Chicago Cubs: Jake Stinnett, rhp, Maryland
The Cubs grabbed the first senior of the draft in Stinnett, who offers a great body and power arm that throws strikes with plus fastball life.
No. 46 Minnesota Twins: Nick Burdi, rhp, Louisville
The Twins diverted from their typical mold of pitching prospect, as Burdi has the most velocity of any college arm, touching 100 with a slider that is a plus-plus offering.
No. 47 Philadelphia Phillies: Matt Imhof, lhp, Cal Poly
No draft prospect from the college ranks has struck out hitters at a higher rate than Imhof. Philadelphia drafted college players with their first two selections for the first time since 1998 (Pat Burrell and Eric Valent).
No. 48 Colorado Rockies: Ryan Castellani, rhp, Brophy Prep, Phoenix
Castellani offers a combination of polish, pitchability, a projectable body and solid stuff. His fastball has been 88-92 while touching 95 early in the spring, offering a changeup that has a chance to be plus and breaking ball that flashes above-average.
No. 49 Toronto Blue Jays: Sean Reid-Foley, rhp, Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville
Reid-Foley figured to be in play much higher, starting in the mid-to-late first round. He didn’t have a great showing at Sebring, Fla., but has shown consistent stuff this entire spring and offers competitiveness, a fastball that sits 91-93 while touching 96 and a plus slider. He provides value and could receive an over-slot bonus.
No. 50 Milwaukee Brewers: Monte Harrison, of, Lee’s Summit West (Mo.) HS
Milwaukee drafted its third consecutive high school player and arguably the best athlete in the class in Monte Harrison. This group—Harrison, Gatewood and Medeiros—offers considerable upside while also offering the risk associated with high-ceiling high school players. Few teams have accumulated this much pure talent at this point in the draft as the Brewers.
No. 51 San Diego Padres: Michael Gettys, of, Gainesville (Ga.) HS
A premium athlete, Gettys has been a polarizing player because of his supreme tools—offering four plus tools—but faces questions about his hitting ability. The Padres have drafted two of the best athletes in the draft with Trea Turner and Gettys.
No. 52 San Francisco Giants: Aramis Garcia, c, Florida International
Garcia was the third college catcher drafted and has performed well, offering a chance to hit while controlling the strike zone.
No. 53 Los Angeles Angels: Joseph Gatto, rhp, St. Augustine Prep, Hammonton, N.J.
Gatto is one of the most talented prep arms the Angels have brought into their system in years after drafting Sean Newcomb with their first pick, drafting two of the top pitchers in a talented group of Northeast arms.
No. 54 Arizona Diamondbacks: Cody Reed, lhp, Ardmore (Ala.) HS
After drafting a prep righthander in Touki Toussaint in the first round, Arizona grabbed a prep lefty in the second. He has been strong down the stretch, sitting 92-95, touching 96 with a slider and changeup that offering at least above-average potential.
No. 55 New York Yankees: Jacob Lindgren, lhp, Mississippi State
The Yankees selected Lindgren, who has had considerable helium late in the process, with their first selection of the draft. He has a nasty two-pitch mix and offers groundball tendencies.
No. 56 Kansas City Royals: Scott Blewett, rhp, Baker HS, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
With their fourth and final selection in the top two rounds, Kansas City drafted Blewett, who could have gone much higher had he not missed time with an injury. He was the third pitcher selected they selected.
No. 57 Washington Nationals: Andrew Suarez, lhp, Miami
Suarez has shown a fastball up to 96 in the last month with his four-pitch mix and has one of the lowest walk rates of any college starter. Washington went back to the college pitcher well after drafting Erick Fedde in the first round.
No. 58 Cincinnati Reds: Taylor Sparks, 3b, UC Irvine
The Reds drafted their third straight college pitcher with Sparks at 58. He has the potential to be an above-average defender at third base with a plus arm and power potential.
No. 59 Texas Rangers: Ti’Quan Forbes, ss, Columbia (Miss.) HS
Forbes fits the Rangers’ mold of a high-ceiling athlete who scouts can dream on. He is one of the youngest high school players in the draft and has a body that has a chance to get much stronger, offering plus bat speed.
No. 60 Tampa Bay Rays: Cameron Varga, rhp, Cincinnati (Ohio) Hills Christian Academy
Varga has posted video game numbers against small-school Ohio competition and offers a fastball that has been 91-93, touching 95 at his best with a curveball that shows plus potential.
No. 61 Cleveland Indians: Grant Hockin, rhp, Damien HS, La Verne, Calif.
A UCLA commit, Hockin is a polished righthander who throws strikes and shows a plus breaking ball.
No. 62 Los Angeles Dodgers: Alex Verdugo, of, Sahuaro HS, Tucson, Ariz.
One of the top two-way players in the country, Verdugo was announced as an outfielder, which is his positional preference. He is a natural hitter with power potential and the arm for right field.
No. 63 Detroit Tigers: Spencer Turnbull, rhp, Alabama
After drafting their first position player in the first round since Cameron Maybin (2005) with athletic outfielder Derek Hill in the first round, the Tigers drafted a hard-throwing SEC pitcher in Turnbull, who can touch 98 with plus life.
No. 64 Pittsburgh Pirates: Mitch Keller, rhp, Xavier HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Keller, who has had as much late helium as any prep pitcher, fits the mold of what scouts look for in a prep righthander, offering a projectable build, athleticism and a fastball that can sit in the low 90s at his best and touch 95 with a curveball that shows plus potential.
No. 65 Oakland Athletics: Daniel Gossett, rhp, Clemson
Oakland drafted a college pitcher who has a strong track record of throwing strikes and competing in a power conference. He has a very quick arm and two offspeed pitches that can flash plus potential.
No. 66 Atlanta Braves: Garrett Fulencheck, rhp, Howe (Texas) HS
Fulencheck has come on strong this spring. He has a strong, durable build and can sit 89-93, touching 95 with plus life and groundball potential.
No. 67 Boston Red Sox: Sam Travis, 1b, Indiana
After drafting two prep players with their first selections, Boston grabs one of the better hitters from the college ranks in Travis, who makes a lot of contact and has power.
No. 68 St. Louis Cardinals: Ronnie Williams, rhp, American Senior, Hialeah, Fla.
Williams had been rumored going to the Cardinals and had a strong showing at Sebring. The athletic Williams has a very quick arm and had been up to 97 at his best.
Competitive Balance Round B
No. 69 Arizona Diamondbacks: Marcus Wilson, of, Serra HS, Gardena, Calif.
Wilson was getting some late buzz in the top 30 picks and offers tremendous upside as a plus runner. He has a long, lean build with room to get stronger, offering plus bat speed. Scouts can dream on Wilson.
No. 70 Arizona Diamondbacks: Isan Diaz, ss, Springfield (Mass.) Central HS
Diaz was the fourth straight high school player Arizona drafted. He has a natural feel to hit and is a smooth defender, drawing Jose Vidro comps from scouts.
No. 71 St. Louis Cardinals: Andrew Morales, rhp, UC Irvine
Morales was the second senior selected and figures to go for under slot. He has a strong track record in college, throws strikes and offers a slider with plus potential.
No. 72 Tampa Bay Rays: Brett Honeywell, rhp, Walters State (Tenn.) CC
Honeywell became the first junior college player to get drafted. He is a natural strike-thrower with a fastball that sits 89-93, touching 95. Although scouts say his breaking ball has a ways to come to reach average, his screwball is an above-average offering.
No. 73 Pittsburgh Pirates: Trey Supak, rhp, La Grange (Texas) HS
Supak has improved considerably this spring and offers a projectable body and feel for pitching. He has a loose arm and has been up to 94 with his fastball and his curveball flashes at least above-average.
No. 74 Seattle Mariners: Gareth Morgan, of, Blyth Academy, Toronto, Ont.
Seattle has drafted the top Canadian in consecutive drafts one year after drafting outfielder Tyler O’Neill. Morgan has some of the best raw power in the class and has made strides towards getting to that power more in games this spring. His pro body, arm and power fit a right field profile.