The 2018 MLB Draft has come and gone. The league’s franchises have made their selections, some of whom will hopefully develop into players for the team in the big leagues at some point down the line. While there is always a plethora of talent on show throughout the many rounds of the draft, we’ll be focussing on those selected with the most coveted picks.
This year, the Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants, and Philadelphia Phillies selected first, second, and third, respectively, having the pick of all of the pool. This year, the teams at the top of the order didn’t fail to impress, with each of them selecting a decent prospect who looks set to develop into a Major League player.
Detroit Tigers take Casey Mize at number one
Coming into the 2018 MLB Draft, Casey Mize was the consensus number one talent available among experts and the MLB. The right-handed pitcher entered into the 2015 MLB Draft coming out of high school but was left undrafted. Since then, he’s joined up with the Auburn Tigers to hone his skills and become the best prospect of this class.
Mize is expected to build his way up to the big leagues and become an impact arm for the Detroit Tigers, becoming a staple in the team while doing so. As he’s been able to separate himself from the rest of his draft class by quite some margin, there are a lot of expectations on him developing into a top-end pitcher.
As the consensus top player, the Detroit Tigers simply couldn’t pass on this opportunity and ended up with a potential future star on the mound.
San Francisco Giants take Joey Bart at number two
The last minute top ten draft prospects board contained the name Joey Bart at ninth. The talented college catcher was rated ninth overall by MLB scouting, but the Giants saw something special that made selecting him second a viable choice. For a start, the Georgia Tech star stands at 6’3’’ and 225 lbs. He has a powerful arm and a powerful bat which could prove to be invaluable to the Giants in the future.
The biggest draw was that San Francisco went from being quite shallow at the catcher position – behind superstar Buster Posey, of course – to suddenly being very deep with the top prospect Joey Bart. Posey is one of the stars currently leading the Giants in a heated NL West, for which the Giants are +310 to the Dodgers’ +180 to win in the MLB odds on bet365.
Now, it appears as though the Giants have the 31-year-old Posey’s successor all lined up. Rated as the best all-around position player of this draft class, he’s expected to fill the Posey-shaped void when the time comes.
Philadelphia Phillies take Alec Bohm at number three
According to many analysts, the Phillies didn’t make the best selection available at number three, but selecting Alec Bohm was still a very good pick nonetheless. As a junior at Wichita State University, Bohm notched a .339 batting average – which is the kind of offensive stat line that the Phillies could build their team around in the future.
Now 21 years old, the third baseman has improved at a superb rate through freshman, sophomore, and junior, with his numbers rising in batting average, on-base percentage, power, and walks-to-strikeouts totals. Everything suggests that he’s a rising star and one that the Phillies can be excited about in the future.
Casey Mize, Joey Bart, and Alec Bohm make for a great ensemble of top talents to headline the 2018 MLB Draft. Hopefully, they each fulfil the potential that earned them their loft selections, and we get to see them in action in the MLB down the line.