Welcome to draft day, where mock drafts typically get both better and weirder. Keith Law’s latest definitely gets weirder- and Braves fans should hope this is another mock where the accuracy improves as it’s closer to the draft due to more info leaking out.
When I call the Law mock weird I’m not just referring to the picks- some of the rumors are out there as well. All it takes is to read the first pick writeup and see some talk linking the Tigers to Nick Madrigal with the top pick. While he doesn’t give the Tigers Madrigal with the pick, he does pass on Casey Mize to make Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart the first overall selection.
The second pick is a well known rumor, with Bart off the board the Giants take California prep pitcher Cole Winn.
The Phillies hit the jackpot and get Auburn star pitcher Casey Mize at three. The Phillies are said to covet him.
At four the White Sox are taking Brady Singer, as they take the Florida pitcher over a bunch of college bats. Madrigal comes off the board fifth to the Reds. These are different than expected but nothing major.
That puts the Braves up and instead of taking Jon India or Matthew Liberatore, Law strengthens the link between the Braves and Carter Stewart.
”This was a late shift, although they could still take Nolan Gorman or Singer if he falls here.”
I’ve talked about Stewart a bit and love this pick. He’s going to rank #4 overall on my own Top 100 prospects coming later today.
Other players tied to the Braves taken include Matthew Liberatore going 9th, Nolan Gorman 10th, Ryan Weathers 11th, Travis Swaggerty 14th, and neither Ethan Hankins or Kumar Rocker are included in the 30 selections.
Local prep catcher Anthony Seigler went 24th and pitcher Cole Wilcox 28th overall.