2024 MLB Draft: BPJ Staff Draft 1.0

The 2024 MLB draft is three months 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.

The two Baseball Prospect Journal writers have conducted a staff draft for the first time this draft cycle. As you read the staff draft, you will notice it is college-heavy early in the first round. 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 draft. 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.

Here is a look at our first staff draft for the 2024 MLB draft cycle:

1.GuardiansDZCharlie CondonOFGeorgia
2.RedsLQTravis Bazzana2BOregon State
3.RockiesDZChase BurnsRHPWake Forest
4.AthleticsLQJac Caglianone1B/LHPFlorida
5.White SoxDZBraden MontgomeryOFTexas A&M
6.RoyalsLQKonnor GriffinOFJackson Prep (Miss.)
7.CardinalsDZHagen SmithLHPArkansas
8.AngelsLQNick Kurtz1BWake Forest
9.PiratesDZJJ Wetherholt2BWest Virginia
10.NationalsLQSeaver KingINF/OFWake Forest
11.TigersDZVance HoneycuttOFNorth Carolina
12.Red SoxLQCam CaminitiLHPSaguaro (Ariz.) HS
13.GiantsDZPJ MorlandoOFSummerville (SC) HS
14.CubsLQCaleb LomavitaCCalifornia
15.MarinersDZBrody BrechtRHPIowa
16.MarlinsLQTheodore GillenSSWestlake (TX) HS
17.BrewersDZJonathan SantucciLHPDuke
18.RaysLQSlade CaldwellOFValley View (Ark.) HS
19.MetsDZTrey YesavageRHPECU
20.Blue JaysLQKaelen CulpepperSSKansas State
21.TwinsDZJacob CozartCNC State
22.OriolesLQCarson BengeOFOklahoma State
23.DodgersDZBryce RainerSS/RHPHarvard-Westlake (Calif.) HS
24.BravesLQWilliam SchmidtRHPCatholic (La.) HS
25.PadresDZCaleb BonemerSSOkemos (Mich.) HS
26.YankeesLQJames TibbsOFFlorida State
27.PhilliesDZCam Smith3BFlorida State
28.AstrosLQWyatt SanfordSSIndependence (TX) HS
29.D-backsDZLuke HolmanRHPLSU
30.RangersLQBilly Amick3BTennessee

Read more in-depth stories on top 2024 MLB draft prospects at Baseball Prospect Journal.

Dan Zielinski III has covered the MLB draft for nine years. He has interviewed 518 of the top draft prospects in that period, including four No. 1 overall picks. Multiple publications, including Baseball America, USA Today, MLB.com, The Arizona Republic and The Dallas Morning News, have quoted his work, while he has appeared on radio stations as a “MLB draft expert.” Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.

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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