It’s the Friday before the Major League Baseball Draft. That means tons of mock drafts coming out before the weekend crushes traffic. Before jumping into that, though, if you missed my personal Top 10 Draft Board from earlier today, you need to start there first.
There are, however, three new mock drafts that came out earlier today. We will start with the Baseball America 4.0 Mock Draft. John Manuel has the Reds selecting Notre Dame High School (CA) pitcher Hunter Greene.
No one expects Greene to slip past three, and his Minnesota workout lends some hope to his desire to be the first prep righty picked No. 1 overall. If he doesn’t go first, he’s most likely to go second.
Unlike the other two mock drafts shown below, Baseball America also is projecting the compensation round, which includes the #32 pick overall for the Cincinnati Reds. Be sure to click the link above to check out who they have them selecting there.
Jim Callis with MLB.com is on board with that pick to the Cincinnati Reds as well. He released his latest mock draft this morning and also has the team selecting the high school right hander.
Greene is No. 1 on Cincinnati’s list and should be available. If he’s not, the Reds would pop McKay as a pitcher.
This afternoon, however, he’s already changed things up and is now hearing that the Twins are learning towards McKay at the top. He still believes that the Reds take Hunter Greene in that scenario.
Callis isn’t the only one touting Hunter Greene as being on top of the Reds draft board, and it’s not surprising that he’s there. The team loves hard throwing pitchers. The team loves great athletes on the mound. Greene fits both of those categories about as good as one can.
Mike Axisa of CBS Sports also released his mock draft. Like the other two, he believes the Reds will take Hunter Greene. But, he’s got some additional information that I’ve yet to see anywhere else.
For what it’s worth, Greene says he wants to stay at shortstop going forward, though most agree he has more upside on the mound. Either way, it’s a no-lose situation for the Reds. Greene has super high upside on the mound and at the plate, and he has all the characteristics you look for in a franchise player.
Maybe I’ve simply missed it, but this is the first time I’ve seen it written anywhere that Hunter Greene would prefer to play in the field instead of pitch. That could be an interesting wrinkle for the team that does draft him.