MLB Mock Drafts are not quite as big as NFL Mock Drafts (Which are done year round and at least a year in advance) – but there are already a ton of MLB mock drafts out there that will give us at least an idea of who is currently projected to be available at the Cardinals selections. Let’s take a look at the 4 guys mocked to the Cardinals at 19th overall.
Round 1 – Pick 19:
Marcus Stroman, RHP, Duke (MLB Draft Countdown)
Via Keith Law: “Duke right-hander Marcus Stroman would go in the top five picks this year if he were only about five or six inches taller, but at 5-foot-9 or 5-foot-8, he’s facing an uphill battle to convince scouts that he can be more than a reliever in the majors. Yet if we ignore his lack of height for the moment, he has essential ingredients for a starter — an above-average fastball, an out pitch among his secondary offerings, a weapon to use against lefties, and an extremely aggressive approach along with self-confidence that practically drenches the mound when he pitches.” He pitches at 93-95 MPH. He’s a draft eligible junior.
Gavin Cecchini, SS, Barbe HS (LA) (My MLB Draft)
Via ESPN’s High School Blog: “Cecchini is a gamer with plus makeup and good athleticism and has a chance to stick at shortstop as a result. His arm is good enough and he’s accurate, and there’s some pop in the bat thanks to sound mechanics and a solid hit tool. “He’s an Ole Miss signee.
Albert Almora, OF, Mater Academy (FL) (MLB Draft Insider) (MLB Dirt)
Via the ESPN High School Blog: “Almora may be the best prep center fielder in the class and projects to hit for average with a chance to add 10 to 15 home runs. He’s a 55 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale and has tremendous instincts in the field and on the bases. Almora performs well in showcases and big games, which could get him selected in the top 20.”
And again: “Almora brings plenty of upside to the table, including plus speed and a plus throwing arm. His strong, quick wrists and a consistent swing may be too much to pass up on draft day. He runs good routes in the outfield and may be able to handle center in the big leagues.”
Almora has a frame that is begging for bulking up, but he’s got a high leg kick and a solid swing already. Plus, check out his video, he’s already wearing the Birds on the Bat. He is a signee to “The U” University of Miami.
Addison Russell, SS, Pace HS (GA) (Through the Fence Baseball)
Via ESPN’s High School Blog: Russell looks more like a third baseman than a shortstop, and his power follows suit. But he moves his feet well and has terrific hands, so there’s a chance for him to stick at short in pro ball as long as he remains in top condition. He’s an Auburn signee.