2024 MLB Draft: Mock Draft 1.0

The 2024 MLB draft is nearly three months away. The college baseball season is in full swing, while high school baseball is starting to get going around the country. 

The 2024 MLB draft class features a ton of parity. It’s not as strong as last year’s loaded class but has plenty of quality, impactful talent. There is still a ton of time until July’s draft, and a lot will change between now and then.

Here is a look at my first mock draft for the 2024 MLB draft: 

1. Guardians: Charlie Condon, OF, Georgia

Condon has had a unique journey throughout college. He started as a walk-on at Georgia, redshirting his first season, and then had a phenomenal first season. Condon has taken another step forward in his development this spring, showing tremendous ability to hit for average and power. He also has had exceptional plate discipline. Condon has gone from a likely first-round pick to the early favorite to go first overall in the 2024 MLB draft.

Read a detailed feature story on Condon and his skill set here.

2. Reds: Chase Burns, RHP, Wake Forest

Burns is an elite arm talent with ace potential. His fastball and slider combination is elite. His fastball sits in the high 90s and consistently hits triple digits. After transferring from Tennessee in the offseason, he has excelled in Wake Forest’s development system.

Read a detailed feature story on Burns and his skill set here.

3. Rockies: Travis Bazzana, 2B, Oregon State

Bazzana is a left-handed hitter who’s quick to the ball and consistently squares it up to drive it into the gaps. He also shows an ability to hit for quality power. Bazzana is a really good hitter, and that will be his calling card moving forward. He also is a respectable defender at second base. 

4. Athletics: Jac Caglianone, 1B/LHP, Florida

Caglianone is one of the most exciting players in college baseball and the 2024 MLB draft class. He is a legitimate prospect on the mound and as a first baseman. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound left-handed hitter has elite power but needs to refine his hit tool and cut down on some swing-and-miss. On the mound, the lefty has a 99 mph and quality slider. He needs to throw more strikes, though, allowing 6.4 walks per nine innings the last two seasons.

5. White Sox: Hagen Smith, LHP, Arkansas

Smith is right there with Burns as the top pitcher in the 2024 MLB draft class. He has an exceptional fastball and slider combination and has displayed a cleaner delivery this spring. His fastball touches the high 90s, and his slider is a true strikeout pitch. He has a 1.24 ERA with 62 strikeouts and 10 walks allowed in 29 innings this spring.

6. Royals: Braden Montgomery, OF, Texas A&M

Montgomery is a 6-foot-2, 217-pound switch-hitting outfielder known for his five-tool potential. He consistently barrels up pitches and displays above-average power from both sides of the plate. Montgomery is also extremely athletic. Due to his elite arm strength, quality throwing accuracy, and ability to cover plenty of ground, he profiles as a right fielder in pro ball.

Read a detailed feature story on Montgomery and his skill set here.

7. Cardinals: Konnor Griffin, OF, Jackson Prep (Miss.)

Scouts rave about Griffin’s toolset and potential. He is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound outfielder known for his five-tool potential. His size and intangibles are notable, especially since he was a younger player in his class after reclassifying.

Read a detailed feature story on Griffin and his skill set here.

8. Angels: JJ Wetherholt, 2B, West Virginia

Wetherholt has played in four games this season after suffering a hamstring injury. When healthy, Wetherholt is an extremely productive player and arguably the best prospect in this year’s class. He has a well-rounded skill set, tremendous feel at the plate and potential. 

Read a detailed feature story on Wetherholt and his skill set here.

9. Pirates: Nick Kurtz, 1B, Wake Forest

Kurtz is arguably the best power hitter in college baseball, possessing well above-average raw power. His offensive toolset is a scout’s dream due to his ability to hit for average and power.

Read a detailed feature story on Kurtz and his skill set here.

10. Nationals: Brody Brecht, RHP, Iowa

Brecht is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound right-hander with an elite fastball that hits triple digits. His hellacious slider is an elite breaking pitch that hits in the low 90s with plenty of depth. He can land his slider consistently for strikes, and it serves as a nasty strikeout pitch. He boasts ace potential if he can continue to reduce his walks.

Read a detailed feature story on Brecht and his skill set here.

11. Tigers: Vance Honeycutt, OF, North Carolina

Honeycutt will be an interesting prospect to follow between now and July. He boasts tons of potential. He hits for above-average raw power and plays exceptional defense in center field. He’s athletic and makes an impact on the bases, too. The biggest question remains his contact rate. Teams want to see an improvement from Honeycutt in that area, which could prevent him from going in the first 10 picks of the draft.

Read a detailed feature story on Honeycutt and his skill set here.

12. Red Sox: PJ Morlando, OF, Summerville (S.C.) HS

Morlando is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound left-handed hitting first baseman/outfielder known for his exceptional contact skills and raw power. Scouts project Morlando as a middle-of-the-order hitter in the pro ranks due to his excellent plate discipline, contact skills and power potential. He is a complete hitter who only continues to improve as he matures.

Read a detailed feature story on Morlando and his skill set here.

13. Giants: Seaver King, OF/SS, Wake Forest

King played at NCAA Division II Wingate (N.C.) for two years before transferring to Wake Forest. He makes a ton of contact and uses all parts of the field. He is more of a contact hitter but has improved his power-hitting ability over the last year. Defensively, scouts envision him in center field in the future. 

14. Cubs: Caleb Lomavita, C, California

Scouts rave about Lomavita’s ability at the plate and believe he has plenty of potential, especially as his plate discipline and pitch recognition continue to improve. After bouncing around the diamond in high school, Lomavita has caught at Cal and has improved his skill set behind the plate.

Read a detailed feature story on Lomavita and his skill set here.

15. Mariners: Bryce Rainer, SS/RHP, Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) HS

Rainer is the best prep shortstop prospect in this year’s draft class. He is an improving hitter with quality raw power potential. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound shortstop is a quality defender, possessing athleticism, fluid actions and above-average arm strength. Besides his ability as a shortstop, scouts are extremely intrigued with him on the mound, where he has reached 97 mph with his fastball.

16. Marlins: Kaelen Culpepper, SS, Kansas State

Culpepper is a 6-foot, 194-pound right-handed hitting shortstop with an intriguing toolset. Culpepper consistently barrels up the baseball and hits line drives. He shows improving power, especially to his pull side. He also boasts an exciting combination of athleticism and speed. 

Read a detailed feature story on Culpepper and his skill set here.

17. Brewers: Jonathan Santucci, LHP, Duke

The Brewers have done an exceptional job of developing pitchers. In recent years, they have focused on drafting hitters. Santucci gives them a left-handed pitcher with ace potential. Scouts rave about his competitiveness, pitch mix and untapped potential on the mound. 

Read a detailed feature story on Santucci and his skill set here.

18. Rays: Caleb Bonemer, SS, Okemos (Mich.) HS

Bonemer is quick to the baseball and consistently squares up to drive the ball with authority to all parts of the field. He boasts plenty of in-game power. Defensively, Bonemer has the potential to remain at shortstop due to his athleticism, solid defensive actions and respectable arm strength.

19. Mets: Slade Caldwell, OF, Valley View (Ark.) HS

Caldwell is a 5-foot-9, 185-pound left-handed hitting outfielder known for his advanced hitting ability and excellent athleticism. He is a top-of-the-order hitter with a quick swing and a mature approach who drives the ball into the gaps and displays improving power potential.

Read a detailed feature story on Caldwell and his skill set here.

20. Blue Jays: William Schmidt, RHP, Catholic (La.) HS

Schmidt is a rising prospect due to his potential and fastball, which touches the high 90s with late life. His curveball is also a really good pitch that he uses to generate tons of swings and misses.

Read a detailed feature story on Schmidt and his skill set here.

21. Twins: Malcolm Moore, C, Stanford

Moore is a 6-foot-2, 216-pound left-handed hitting catcher who hits for plenty of raw power. He also has respectable plate discipline. Defensively, he displays athleticism, quality arm strength and a quick release behind the plate. Scouts rave about his potential and makeup.

Read a detailed feature story on Moore and his skill set here.

22. Orioles: Trey Yesavage, RHP, East Carolina

Yesavage has four quality pitches, headlined by a mid-90s fastball and quality slider, and a high floor that scouts seek. The righty profiles more as a middle-of-the-rotation arm who will move through a system quickly and pitch a lot of innings. 

23. Dodgers: Cam Caminiti, LHP, Saguaro (Ariz.) HS

Caminiti is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound lefty who reclassified from the 2025 draft. He can potentially have four quality pitches and currently leans on a mid-90s fastball. He projects as a potential top-of-the-rotation pitcher.

24. Braves: Tommy White, 3B, LSU

White is off to a slow start this season compared to his prolific numbers in his first two years. He is a bat-first player and might profile best at first base, hurting his draft stock. The Braves have focused on pitching in the first round in recent years, and White provides them with a high-upside middle-of-the-order hitter if he can reach his full potential.

Read a detailed feature story on White and his skill set here.

25. Padres: Kellon Lindsey, SS/OF, Hardee (Fla.) HS

Lindsey is a huge riser this spring, and scouts are raving about his elite speed and potential. He is more of a contact-oriented hitter who uses his speed to impact the game. He doesn’t have the track record of some of the other top prep players in this year’s draft, but he has as much potential as any of them.

26. Yankees: Mike Sirota, OF, Northeastern

Sirota is a right-handed hitting center fielder known for his five-tool potential. He uses a quality approach to drive the ball to all parts of the field and shows above-average raw power. He is off to a slow start offensively this season.

Read a detailed feature story on Sirota and his skill set here.

27. Phillies: Billy Amick, 3B, Tennessee

Amick has moved up draft boards this spring. He shows an impressive ability to hit for average and power. He also has notable plate discipline. He’s a player to watch during the rest of SEC play.

28. Astros: Jacob Cozart, C, North Carolina State

Cozart is a quality catcher with a well-rounded toolset. He makes consistent contact and can hit for power. He also is a respectable defender with above-average arm strength.

29. Diamondbacks: Drew Beam, RHP, Tennessee

Beam is one of the safer pitchers in this year’s draft class. Beam has the size, pitch mix and potential to be at least a No. 2 starter in pro ball. He has a solid pitch mix and quality work ethic and is motivated to succeed.

Read a detailed feature story on Beam and his skill set here.

30. Rangers: Cam Smith, 3B, Florida State

Smith was a top draft prospect out of high school in 2022. He elected to go to Florida State, and the decision paid off. He was productive his freshman season and is destroying baseball this spring. Smith has above-average raw power and is a respectable defender at third base.

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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