2018 Amateur Draft

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The 2018 First Year Player Draft was the fifty-fourth Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. It began on June 4, 2018. Contrary to previous years, there was a consensus "best player in the draft", identified early on, in Auburn University pitcher Casey Mize. While the Detroit Tigers, who held the first overall pick said they looked at other players as well, they settled on Mize on draft day. Also in contrast to the 2017 draft, when the first three picks were high schoolers, college players dominated the top of the first round, with the first five picks coming from the collegiate ranks.

Draft Order[edit]

First Round[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 Detroit Tigers Casey Mize P Auburn University (Col.) Springville, AL
2 San Francisco Giants Joey Bart C Georgia Tech (Col.) Buford, GA
3 Philadelphia Phillies Alec Bohm 3B Wichita State University (Col.) Omaha, NE
4 Chicago White Sox Nick Madrigal IF Oregon State University (Col.) Elk Grove, CA
5 Cincinnati Reds Jonathan India 3B University of Florida (Col.) Coral Springs, FL
6 New York Mets Jarred Kelenic OF Waukesha West High School (H.S.) Waukesha, WI
7 San Diego Padres Ryan Weathers P Loretto High School (H.S.) Loretto, TN
8 Atlanta Braves Carter Stewart P Eau Gallie High School (H.S.) Melbourne, FL Did not sign
9 Oakland Athletics Kyler Murray OF University of Oklahoma (Col.) Allen, TX
10 Pittsburgh Pirates Travis Swaggerty OF University of South Alabama (Col.) Mandeville, LA
11 Baltimore Orioles Grayson Rodriguez P Central Heights High School (H.S.) Nacogdoches, TX
12 Toronto Blue Jays Jordan Groshans SS Magnolia (TX) High School (H.S.) Magnolia, TX
13 Miami Marlins Connor Scott OF Henry B. Plant High School (H.S.) Tampa, FL
14 Seattle Mariners Logan Gilbert P Stetson University (Col.) Apopka, FL
15 Texas Rangers Cole Winn P Orange Lutheran High School (H.S.) Longmont, CO
16 Tampa Bay Rays Matthew Liberatore P Mountain Ridge High School (H.S.) Glendale, AZ
17 Los Angeles Angels Jordyn Adams OF Green Hope High School (H.S.) Blythewood, SC
18 Kansas City Royals Brady Singer P University of Florida (Col.) Eustis, FL
19 St. Louis Cardinals Nolan Gorman 3B Sandra Day O'Connor High School (Phoenix) (H.S.) Phoenix, AZ
20 Minnesota Twins Trevor Larnach OF Oregon State University (Col.) Pleasant Hill, CA
21 Milwaukee Brewers Brice Turang SS Santiago High School (Corona) (H.S.) Corona, CA
22 Colorado Rockies Ryan Rolison P University of Mississippi (Col.) Jackson, TN
23 New York Yankees Anthony Seigler C Cartersville High School (H.S.) Cartersville, GA
24 Chicago Cubs Nico Hoerner SS Stanford University (Col.) Oakland, CA
25 Arizona Diamondbacks Matt McLain 2B Beckman High School (H.S.) Irvine, CA Did not sign
26 Boston Red Sox Triston Casas 1B American Heritage School (Plantation) (H.S.) Plantation, FL
27 Washington Nationals Mason Denaburg P Merritt Island High School (H.S.) Merritt Island, FL
28 Houston Astros Seth Beer OF Clemson University (Col.) Suwanee, GA
29 Cleveland Indians Noah Naylor C-SS-3B St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School (H.S.) Mississauga, ON
30 Los Angeles Dodgers J.T. Ginn P Brandon (MS) High School Brandon, MS Did not sign

Compensation Picks[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
31 Tampa Bay Rays Shane McClanahan P University of South Florida (Coll.) Cape Coral, FL Compensation for the Baltimore Orioles signing Alex Cobb
32 Tampa Bay Rays Nick Schnell OF Roncalli High School (Indianapolis) (H.S.) Indianapolis, IN Compensation for failure to sign Drew Rasmussen
33 Kansas City Royals Jackson Kowar P University of Florida (Coll.) Charlotte, NC Compensation for the Milwaukee Brewers signing Lorenzo Cain
34 Kansas City Royals Daniel Lynch P University of Virginia (Col.) Henrico, VA Compensation for the San Diego Padres signing Eric Hosmer
35 Cleveland Indians Ethan Hankins P Forsyth Central High School (H.S.) Cumming, GA Compensation for the Philadelphia Phillies signing Carlos Santana

Competitive Balance Round A[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
36 Pittsburgh Pirates Gunnar Hoglund P Fivay High School (H.S.) Hudson, FL Did not sign
37 Baltimore Orioles Cadyn Grenier SS Oregon State University (Coll.) Henderson, NV
38 San Diego Padres Xavier Edwards SS North Broward Prep (H.S.) Coconut Creek, FL
39 Arizona Diamondbacks Jake McCarthy OF University of Virginia (Coll.) Scranton, PA
40 Kansas City Royals Kris Bubic P Stanford University (Coll.) San Jose, CA
41 Cleveland Indians Lenny Torres P The Beacon School (New York) (H.S.) New York, NY
42 Colorado Rockies Grant Lavigne 1B Bedford (NH) High School (H.S.) Bedford, NH
43 St. Louis Cardinals Griffin Roberts P Wake Forest University (Col.) Midlothian, VA


Nico Hoerner was the first player from the draft to make his major league debut, doing so on September 9, 2019.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Jim Callis: "2018 Mock Draft: Picks 1-10; Callis and Mayo make early predictions", mlb.com, December 5, 2017. [1]
  • Jim Callis: "These are the candidates to go No. 1 in the Draft", mlb.com, April 29, 2018. [2]
  • Jim Callis: "Mock Draft: College players leading the way", mlb.com, May 11, 2018. [3]
  • Jim Callis: "Draft: Pick-by-pick, first-round analysis", mlb.com, June 5, 2018. [4]
  • Anthony Fenech: "It's official! Detroit Tigers take Casey Mize 1st overall in 2018 MLB draft", The Detroit Free Press, June 4, 2018. [5]
  • Daniel Kramer: "Draft begins June 4 on MLBN, MLB.com: Tigers hold No. 1 overall pick for first time since 1997", mlb.com, May 15, 2018. [6]
  • Jonathan Mayo: "Competitive Balance rounds set for 2018 Draft", mlb.com, November 16, 2017. [7]
  • Jonathan Mayo: "Who's No. 1? The Top 100 Draft prospects are in", mlb.com, April 27, 2018. [8]
  • Jonathan Mayo: "Pipeline Inbox: All-Ceiling Draft Prospects Team", mlb.com, May 3, 2018. [9]
  • Jonathan Mayo: "By the numbers: Breaking down the '18 Draft", mlb.com, June 6, 2018. [10]
  • Nick Schnider (DraftSite.com): "Auburn pitcher leads top 30 prospects for Major League Baseball draft", USA Today Sports, May 31, 2018. [11]

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