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2. Twins (Jonathan): Lucas Giolito (RHP – California HS) It would be very hard to pass on Lucas Giolito. He is a big right-hander that can hit triple-digits. The Twins like to take safer picks and Florida catcher Mike Zunino is a possibility but when your highest ceiling arm might be Hudson Boyd you cannot pass on an arm this talented even with a minor UCL injury.
3. Mariners (M): Mike Zunino (C- University of Florida) I think the Mariners have to go with a bat here and Zunino is the guy. He is showing great power for a catcher this year and he is the complete package as a catcher. He also is not far from the bigs and will fit in nicely with the core of young bats and pitchers that the M’s have.
4. Orioles (J): Byron Buxton (OF – Georgia HS) He has the best tools in the draft with 5-tool potential at a star position and the Orioles are rebuilding so a college player is not necessary when a player with Buxton’s potential is on the board. He is not quite as polished as Bubba Starling was but he is good enough that he could be taken ahead of this pick when the actual draft happens.
5. Royals (M): Kevin Gausman (RHP – Louisiana State) He is a great pick here for the Royals and one could argue that he is the better of the collegiate pitchers compared to Appel. Gausman is very lengthy at 6’4″ projecting room to grow. He has one of the best fastballs in the draft, sitting in the mid 90s and capable of touching the high 90s. He has promising secondary pitches to go with as well. 6. Cubs (J): Carlos Correa (SS – Puerto Rico HS) He may be a little too similar to last year’s top pick, Javier Baez, but the bat and potential to stay at SS are so good that he could be popped here at
. 12. Mets (J): David Dahl (OF – Alabama HS) He has loads of tools and the athleticism to stay, and be very good in center field. The Mets system is close to void of position prospects and it needs upside players like Dahl and Nimmo from last year’s draft.