This is the second round-up of the best mock drafts the internet has to offer. Our first round up is here.
Baseball America - LHP Sean Newcomb (Hartford)
In our first two projections we had the Mets selecting Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto, who is generally regarded as the best college hitter in the class, but now it looks like they’ll choose between Turner or Newcomb if they are available.The Turner here is NC State SS Trea Turner, who BA projects Toronto will take at No. 9.
Some other notes from BA's latest mock:
- The Astros take LHP Brady Aiken over LHP Carlos Rodon first overall.
- The Cubs took Kennesaw State's C Max Pentecost, a late riser, who might sign for under slot.
- Conforto doesn't slide far, landing with the Padres at No. 13.
MLB.com - OF Michael Conforto (Oregon State)
Jim Callis's comment:
New York is another team looking at the same college names mentioned from Nos. 6-9, and also would consider San Francisco outfielder Bradley Zimmer.At Nos. 6-9, Callis has the Mariners at No. 6 selecting Newcomb, the Phillies at No. 7 drafting LSU RHP Aaron Nola, the Rockies at No. 8 going after Evansviille LHP Kyle Freeland and the Jays at No. 9 drafting Treat Turner.
ESPN.com - Newcomb
Keith Law's comment:
I've heard them connected mostly with college players, including Michael Conforto and Trea Turner.For what it's worth, Law has the Cubs selecting Conforto at #4.
Sports Illustrated - SS Nick Gordon (Olympia HS, FL)
This draft was compiled by a man named Dave Perkin, whose stuff I've never read before. Under most other published scenarios, Gordon gets selected before No. 10.
At ESPN, Chris Crawford looks at how teams have drafted historically, and what their system's biggest needs are to suggest possible fits. He likes HS C/OF Alex Jackson, Newcomb and USF OF Bradley Zimmer for the Mets. His line about Jackson seems on point:
As the best prep bat in the class, it's tough to imagine he'd make it to the Mets with pick No. 10, and it's tough to imagine he'd fall any further than this, too.I don't get the hype around Conforto. He's limited to leftfield (or maybe first base defensively) and he can hit, but I don't see the power in the swing to think that he can hit for the kind of power that would make him an impact bat in the big leagues. MLB.com has a little video. His swing plan is flat, and generates line drives and ground balls, but in the video that I've seen, he has not driven the ball with loft that would get him to 25+ homers annually in the big leagues. He triggers with a poorly defined load, his hand drift back in the hitting position, which could leave his timing subject to getting caught in-between against both velocity and professional caliber off-speed stuff.
Conforto is a very Mets pick as he's shown outstanding strike zone control (50 walks against 35 strikeouts) in 54 games. Overall, he has hit .364/.518/.578 for the No. 1 seed Oregon State Beavers with 15 doubles, two triples and seven home runs.