2023 MLB Draft: BPJ Staff Draft 2.0

The 2023 MLB draft is less than one month away. MLB teams are actively scouting players in preparation for the draft. At Baseball Prospect Journal, Dan Zielinski and Logan Quinton have actively covered the draft prospects in this year’s class.

This is our second staff draft of the year, as we conducted our first one on May 12. As you read the staff draft, you will notice it is college-heavy. That mostly has to do with the track record of these prospects, the strengths in this year’s class and our draft preference.

A staff draft is different than a traditional mock. The results tend to be a personal preference over what actually might happen. We are making the picks based on our evaluations of each prospect and what we would do if we were selecting for that specific team.

1.PiratesDZDylan CrewsOFLSU
2.NationalsLQPaul SkenesRHPLSU
3.TigersDZWyatt LangfordOFFlorida
4.RangersLQWalker JenkinsOFSouth Brunswick (N.C.)
5.TwinsDZMax ClarkOFFranklin Community (Ind.)
6.AthleticsLQ Chase DollanderRHPTennessee
7.RedsDZJacob WilsonSSGrand Canyon
8.RoyalsLQJacob GonzalezSSOle Miss
9.RockiesDZKyle TeelCVirginia
10.MarlinsLQArjun NimmalaSSStrawberry Crest (Fla.)
11.AngelsDZRhett LowderRHPWake Forest
12.DiamondbacksLQBlake MitchellCStinton (Texas)
13.CubsDZMatt ShawSSMaryland
14.Red SoxLQTommy TroySSStanford
15.White SoxDZNolan Schanuel1B/OFFlorida Atlantic
16.GiantsLQEnrique BradfieldOFVanderbilt
17.OriolesDZHurston WaldrepRHPFlorida
18.BrewersLQBryce EldridgeRHPJames Madison (Va.)
19.RaysDZColin HouckSSParkview (Ga.)
20.Blue JaysLQYohandy Morales3BMiami
21.CardinalsDZNoble MeyerRHPJesuit (Ore.)
22.MarinersLQGeorge Lombard Jr.SSGulliver Prep (Fla.)
23.GuardiansDZColt EmersonSSGlenn (Ohio)
24.BravesLQChase DavisOFArizona
25.PadresDZThomas WhiteLHPPhillips Academy (Mass.)
26.YankeesLQBrock Wilken3BWake Forest
27.PhilliesDZBrayden Taylor3BTCU
28.AstrosLQColton LedbetterOFMississippi State
29.MarinersDZDillon HeadOFHomewood-Flossmoor (Ill.)

Notable Picks

  • The first wild card to me is Kyle Teel. He is the best catcher in the draft, and he has a long line of success in the ACC. The Virginia Cavalier has garnered some buzz, and we think it’s not out of the question that Teel could break into the top five picks. -LQ
  • Speaking of catchers, Blake Mitchell has raised some eyebrows. Like Teel, he is in a class of his own, albeit the prep ranks. If Arizona doesn’t go Waldrep, Mitchell has to be the play if you go with a high school selection. Considering Lowder is taken here by the Angels, things shape up for Mitchell being the best selection for the Diamondbacks. -LQ
  • I think Arjun Nimmala is the first of many prep shortstop to go. Miami is the perfect fit for the Florida native. It’s revamped front office could really feel validated with this selection. Nimmala’s raw power gives him the edge over a handful of comparable options. His frame has plenty of room to fill out as well. There will be a theme with high school shortstops in this year’s draft. -LQ
  • Nolan Schanuel has improved his draft stock over the last few months. He was one of the top hitters in college baseball during the regular season and has an exciting profile. He mostly played first base at FAU out of necessity, but he can handle a corner outfield spot in pro ball. There’s a bunch of teams in on him. -DZ
  • Hurston Waldrep didn’t perform up to expectations due to various reasons this season. But he has electric stuff and top-of-the-rotation potential. He should thrive in a pro player development system. How far will he fall in the teens? Time will tell, but one team could be getting a potential steal. -DZ

Read more in-depth stories on top 2023 MLB draft prospects at Baseball Prospect Journal.

Wanting to read more draft content? Check out our 2023 MLB Draft: Mock Draft 2.0.

Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski IIIhttp://BaseballProspectJournal.com
Dan Zielinski III is the creator of the Baseball Prospect Journal and has covered the MLB draft since 2015. His draft work originally appeared on The3rdManIn.com, a sports website he started in December 2011. He also covered the Milwaukee Brewers as a member of the credentialed media for four years. Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.

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