Jonathan Mayo has released his latest mock draft, this time previewing the first 20 picks in the draft. Last time he had Deven Marrero going to the Pirates. This time he’s got prep left hander Max Fried.
This is the first mock draft from Mayo, Keith Law, or Baseball America that has had someone other than Marrero. Mayo mentions that the talk of Marrero going to the Pirates hasn’t gone away, but adds that his hitting issues this season, plus the Pirates’ tendency to go for high upside arms, could justify this pick.
The top seven in order were Mark Appel, Byron Buxton, Mike Zunino, Kevin Gausman, Kyle Zimmer, Albert Almora, and Carlos Correa. If that was the top seven in the actual draft, I’d probably prefer Fried over Marrero, although I don’t think Marrero would be as big of a reach as he would over Almora, and I’d definitely take Correa if he fell to eighth.