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The 2017 Major League Baseball draft begins on June 12, leaving all 30 teams with just four weeks left to prepare their big boards.

As part of the home stretch, ESPN’s Keith Law released his first mock projection for the 27 teams with a first-round selection hoping to add the next great prospect to their minor league system.

Keith Law 2017 MLB Mock Draft
1 Minnesota Twins Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville
2 Cincinnati Reds Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, Notre Dame HS (California)
3 San Diego Padres Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra High School (California)
4 Tampa Bay Rays Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
5 Atlanta Braves MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (North Carolina)
6 Oakland Athletics J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
7 Arizona Diamondbacks Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
8 Philadelphia Phillies Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
9 Milwaukee Brewers Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (North Carolina)
10 Los Angeles Angels Jordon Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)
11 Chicago White Sox Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
12 Pittsburgh Pirates Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (New Mexico)
13 Miami Marlins Heliot Ramos, OF, Alfonso Casta Martinez HS (Puerto Rico)
14 Kansas City Royals DL Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Georgia)
15 Houston Astros David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
16 New York Yankees Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (California)
17 Seattle Mariners Griffin Canning, RHP, UCLA
18 Detroit Tigers Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
19 San Francisco Giants Luis Campusano-Bracero, C, Cross Creek HS (Georgia)
20 New York Mets Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
21 Baltimore Orioles Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
22 Toronto Blue Jays Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
23 Los Angeles Dodgers Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen HS (Alabama)
24 Boston Red Sox Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
25 Washington Nationals Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
26 Texas Rangers Ryan Vilade, SS, Stillwater HS (Oklahoma)
27 Chicago Cubs Nick Allen, SS, Francis Parker HS (California)


Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville

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What better place to start with notable picks from the mock draft than at the very top?

Brendan McKay is a fascinating prospect because he’s a two-way college player. There will typically be two-way players in the high school ranks, but by the time they go through three years of college, their future position will be narrowed down.

However, as’s scouting report notes, there’s a divide among teams on where McKay’s best future is going to be:

“McKay usually opens games on the mound by working with a 90-94 mph fastball that loses a couple ticks of velocity by the middle innings. He could add more velo and maintain it better if he focused on pitching full-time, and his fastball command is so good that his heater is effective in the upper 80s. McKay’s curveball is a consistent plus pitch and he’s working on refining a changeup that he hasn’t needed much to this point in his career.

“McKay’s smooth left-handed swing and mature all-fields approach helped him lead the U.S. college national team in hitting (.326) and on-base percentage (.434) last summer. Some evaluators consider him the best college bat in the Draft and he’s hitting for more power this year, showing the upside of a .300 hitter with 20 homers per season. His lack of speed limits him to first base, where he could become a solid defender with more work.”

It will be interesting to see what direction McKay’s future team decides to go with him. Considering he throws left-handed and already has a fastball that can work in the low-to-mid 90s with a good curveball, starting him on the mound makes the most sense.

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