Prep Baseball Report released a mid-season mock draft on Thursday. The top six spots in their mock draft also happen to be the same six players we have profiled in our weekly Draft Prospect series.
The top spot in this mock draft from PBR belongs to Dylan Crews, the LSU outfielder, who has been tearing the cover off of the ball all season. Going into Friday night’s action, he has a .495/.638/.844 slash line in 33 games, with 11 doubles, nine homers and 35 walks.
Crews has been the top prospect in this draft for almost everyone from the start. So it’s no surprise that he has kept the top spot with that insane slash line that he’s putting up.
The second spot in this mock draft goes to right-handed pitcher Paul Skenes, who is a teammate of Crews. Skenes has been the best pitcher all season in college, though he last two starts have not been on par with his first seven outings.
PBR goes with the top two high school outfielders in the next spots. Max Clark and Walker Jenkins both have potential to go #1 overall, but they both seem to be running into the same hurdle. They are drawing a ton of walks this season, so scouts might not be getting great looks at them, even if they see them numerous times.
Wyatt Langford and Chase Dollander are in the 5/6 spots in this mock draft. Dollander has not been putting up dominating stats as the Friday night starter for Tennessee, so he stock has dropped down a tick. Langford missed some time with injury, but the Florida outfielder comps well with Crews according to many sources, so he still likely has a chance to go #1 overall.
The link at the top for PBR has the rest of their top 39 picks. The other link added has information on all of these players.
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When your offense is 29th in the majors, you focus on hitting.
What is Dylan Crews Stats with a wooden bat? And what are his stats against breaking balls? Now I will know if he is worth a high pick. Again this year, Pitchers break down, always need more than you have. Draft the best pitcher 1/1. Get that dominating guy.
This is what scouts are paid to dig into
Take Crews at #1 then grab a stack of arms with the next several picks.
Then that is just what you will get, a stack of arms and NOT a Dominant pitcher, a true number 1. Bucs need that dominant #1 pitcher. Pick with first draft pick to get best chance at success.
how many 1/1 pitchers have become #1s in the majors? Out of how many?
no they don’t. three 2s and two 3’s would make them unbeatable in the playoffs. A true #1 has a bad start and you are screwed