Jonathan Mayo’s latest mock draft was released today, and for the second time in a row he has prep left hander Max Fried going to the Pittsburgh Pirates. In his first mock draft, Mayo had Deven Marrero going to Pittsburgh. The last two have had Fried going with the eighth pick, with Mayo noting that the Pirates favoring good young arms in the past.
Mayo notes that Deven Marrero and Chris Stratton could both draw some consideration. He mentions that Stratton would get consideration if Mark Appel, Kevin Gausman, and Kyle Zimmer are off the board.
The first seven picks in this mock draft were Mark Appel, Byron Buxton, Mike Zunino, Kevin Gausman, Kyle Zimmer, Albert Almora, and Carlos Correa. If the draft actually goes in that order, then I’d go with either Fried, Marrero, or a healthy Lucas Giolito (who wasn’t included in this mock draft).