The MLB Draft is Upon Us

Major League’s Baseball’s draft is in early June and will affect baseball’s future for years to come. Baseball’s drafts are so much more challenging to rate because of age and experience differences and the process it takes to get from the draft to playing in the Major Leagues.

Joe Nuxhall, who ended up pitching more games for the Cincinnati Reds than any other left-hander, got his start in the majors at an astounding 15 years of age. The days of teens playing in the Major Leagues before they can get a driver’s license are over. Young players however, still get drafted so teams can own the rights to them.

While there may be no Bryce Harpers in the 2018 MLB draft there are plenty of talented players who may blossom into superstars in the coming few years. Here are a few names to keep an eye on.

  • Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn. The Tigers have the first pick in the draft in 2018 and it seems like they may be leaning to Casey Mize who has been compared talent-wise to Justin Verlander. He has struck out 133 of the batters he faced in the 95 innings he pitched.
  • Jarred Kelenic, OF, Waukesha West High School in Wisconsin. Jarred is the type of kid that makes the draft so intriguing while also making it so hard to predict and so long to determine value. The 16-year-old outfielder has a great arm, a terrific swing, great power and should pay dividends…someday.
  • Joey Bart, C, Georgia Tech. Catchers are always valued in the MLB and Bart is one who has improved drastically at the plate. He will likely go high in the draft for his solid catching skills and improving offensive abilities.
  • Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State. Here we have maybe the best pure hitter available in the draft, with a .314 career average in college and who hit .333 this season. No, there are no “can’t miss” prospects in the draft but the team looking for offensive help at the hot corner will find this guy hard to pass up.

What helps make the draft special in sports is knowing more about the available players. While players drafted from other sports may make more of an immediate impact in their teams, there’s something to be said for watching a player go through “the system”. Watch it unfold June 4th through the 6th, 2018.

Major League’s Baseball’s draft is in early June and will affect baseball’s future for years to come. Baseball’s drafts are so much more challenging to rate because of age and experience differences and the process it takes to get from the draft to playing in the Major Leagues.

Joe Nuxhall, who ended up pitching more games for the Cincinnati Reds than any other left-hander, got his start in the majors at an astounding 15 years of age. The days of teens playing in the Major Leagues before they can get a driver’s license are over. Young players however, still get drafted so teams can own the rights to them.

While there may be no Bryce Harpers in the 2018 MLB draft there are plenty of talented players who may blossom into superstars in the coming few years. Here are a few names to keep an eye on.

  • Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn. The Tigers have the first pick in the draft in 2018 and it seems like they may be leaning to Casey Mize who has been compared talent-wise to Justin Verlander. He has struck out 133 of the batters he faced in the 95 innings he pitched.
  • Jarred Kelenic, OF, Waukesha West High School in Wisconsin. Jarred is the type of kid that makes the draft so intriguing while also making it so hard to predict and so long to determine value. The 16-year-old outfielder has a great arm, a terrific swing, great power and should pay dividends…someday.
  • Joey Bart, C, Georgia Tech. Catchers are always valued in the MLB and Bart is one who has improved drastically at the plate. He will likely go high in the draft for his solid catching skills and improving offensive abilities.
  • Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State. Here we have maybe the best pure hitter available in the draft, with a .314 career average in college and who hit .333 this season. No, there are no “can’t miss” prospects in the draft but the team looking for offensive help at the hot corner will find this guy hard to pass up.

What helps make the draft special in sports is knowing more about the available players. While players drafted from other sports may make more of an immediate impact in their teams, there’s something to be said for watching a player go through “the system”. Watch it unfold June 4th through the 6th, 2018.

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