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2023 MLB Draft: Midseason Mock Draft

Shooter Hunt & David Seifert

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The Pittsburgh Pirates could go in one of several different directions with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s MLB Draft, as each of the top five players in Prep Baseball Report’s new Midseason Draft Board Update is a strong candidate to go 1-1.

OF Dylan Crews’ combination of performance and potential make him far too valuable to be considered a money-saving option at No. 1. The Nationals will have plenty of names to consider with the No. 2 pick, including prep outfielders Max Clark and Walker Jenkins. However, it will be difficult for the club to pass over the idea of potentially ushering in the next Stephen Strasburg by selecting RHP Paul Skenes.

The Rangers selecting Jenkins with the No. 4 pick seems like a fit, even with pair of SEC standouts (OF Wyatt Langford and RHP Chase Dollander) still on the board. But with the Tigers’ recent success in developing 2019 first-rounder Riley Greene, the idea of similarly developing Jenkins could inspire Detroit to take him at No. 3 overall.

More items of note for the first and supplemental rounds:

  • Seattle selects three times (Nos. 22, 29 & 30) inside the first 30 picks.
  • OF/RHP Bryce Eldridge (James Madison HS, VA) is uber-intriguing for his dual potential, but the left-handed bat is why we have him going to Colorado at No. 9, given their recent successes with similar prospects.
  • SS Colin Houck (Parkview HS, GA), a former Power 5 quarterback prospect, continues to rise, and we may be too low with him making it to No. 15.
  • RHP Tanner Witt (Texas) is the biggest wild card in the Draft. Uninjured, he likely would have been featured in the top 10. So, expect his value to rise as the back half of the first round (and potentially beyond) comes around.
  • Both the Mets (No. 32) and Dodgers (No. 36) do not pick until the supplemental round. However, both have drafted exceptionally well in the past and might use these late selections on the highest-upside prospects without considering risk.

2023 MLB Draft: Midseason Mock Draft

School / Commitment
1 Pirates Dylan Crews OF LSU
2 Nationals Paul Skenes RHP LSU
3 Tigers Walker Jenkins OF South Brunswick (NC) / North Carolina
4 Rangers Max Clark OF Franklin (IN) / Vanderbilt
5 Twins Wyatt Langford OF Florida
6 Athletics Chase Dollander RHP Tennessee
7 Reds Noble Meyer RHP Jesuit (OR) / Oregon
8 Royals Jacob Wilson SS Grand Canyon
9 Rockies Bryce Eldridge OF/RHP James Madison (VA) / Alabama
10 Marlins Jacob Gonzalez SS Ole Miss
11 Angels Rhett Lowder RHP Wake Forest
12 Dbacks Kyle Teel C Virginia
13 Cubs Tommy Troy INF Stanford
14 Red Sox Blake Mitchell C Sinton (TX) / LSU
15 White Sox Colin Houck SS Parkview (GA) / Mississippi St.
16 Giants Cameron Johnson LHP IMG Academy (FL) / LSU
17 Orioles Arjun Nimmala SS Strawberry Crest (FL) / Florida St.
18 Brewers Hunter Owen LHP Vanderbilt
19 Rays Thomas White LHP Phillips Andover (MA) / Vanderbilt
20 Blue Jays Aidan Miller SS JW Mitchell (FL) / Florida
21 Cardinals Enrique Bradfield Jr. OF Vanderbilt
22 Mariners Juaron Watts-Brown RHP Oklahoma St.
23 Guardians Tanner Witt RHP Texas
24 Braves Cooper Pratt SS Magnolia Heights (MS) / Ole Miss
25 Padres Kevin McGonigle SS Monsignor Bonner (PA) / Auburn
26 Yankees Brock Wilken 3B Wake Forest
27 Phillies Ethan McElvain LHP Nolensville (TN) / Vanderbilt
28 Astros Hurston Waldrep RHP Florida
29 Mariners Charlee Soto RHP Reborn Christian Academy (FL) /
30 Mariners Matt Shaw SS/2B Maryland
31 Rays Ralph Velazquez C Huntington Beach (CA) / Arizona St.
32 Mets Brayden Taylor 3B TCU
33 Brewers Dylan Head OF Homewood Flossmoor (IL) / Clemson
34 Twins Travis Sykora RHP Round Rock (TX) / Texas
35 Marlins Yohandy Morales 3B Miami
36 Dodgers Blake Wolters RHP Mahomet Seymore (IL) / Arizona
37 Tigers Brandon Sproat RHP Florida
38 Reds Jack Hurley OF Virginia Tech
39 Athletics Will Gasparino OF Harvard-Westlake (CA) / Texas


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