In a new 2018 MLB Draft mock draft over on MLB.com, Jim Callis goes 35 deep with his selections. The draft is dominated by college players early, but has the Braves selecting Arizona prep third baseman Nolan Gorman.
No surprise with the top pick as the Tigers take Auburn star pitcher Casey Mize, and then Georgia Tech’s powerful catcher Joey Bart is the second player off the board to the Giants. Wichita State third baseman Alec Bohm goes third to the Phillies, followed by the White Sox taking Oregon State middle infielder Nick Madrigal. Those four seem to have pushed themselves ahead of the crowd this year- but that’s hardly set in stone.
Next a pair of Florida Gators go back to back as Brady Singer goes fifth to the Reds and Jonathan India sixth to the Mets. The Padres pick seventh and select the first high school player, Arizona right hander Matthew Liberatore.
That puts the Braves up, and they select another Arizona prep player, third baseman Nolan Gorman.
“Atlanta would love a shot at local product Bart, but will have to settle for choosing from among Gorman, who has as much power as any high schooler, Kelenic, Stewart and Swaggerty.”
Gorman would be a very solid pick. He’s got huge raw power and has shown capable of stepping up in big situations with strong play when he’s been watched in big situations. He’s got some body concerns to him(as in will he eventually need to move to first base?). Then there is some question about his hit tool after he didn’t hit as expected early in the year. Still he’s got raw power and has shown better with the hit tool in the past- and don’t forget that last year’s top pick Royce Lewis also had some similar concerns early in his senior year before he got things going.
As for other guys tied to the Braves, Travis Swaggerty went ninth, Jarred Kelenic 10th, Shane McClanahan 12th, and Carter Stewart dropped to 15th. The two big Georgia prep arms both dropped a bit, as Ethan Hankins went 18th, while Kumar Rocker slid all the way to 24th.
Other local products taken include Cole Wilcox 27th and Anthony Seigler 33rd. Parker Meadows was not a part of this mock draft, which would make him a potentially nice candidate for the Braves in the second round.