The 2023 MLB Draft: Top Prospects Await Their Fate

The  2023 MLB Draft is just around the corner, set to kick off this Sunday, July 9. In a strategic move aimed at increasing its marketability, Major League Baseball shifted the draft from its traditional June date to coincide with the All-Star break two years ago. Despite some reservations from executives, the new timing has remained in place.

This year, the Pittsburgh Pirates secured the coveted No. 1 pick in the draft after winning the draft lottery in December. It marks the sixth time the Pirates have held the top selection, a record among all MLB teams. Their previous No. 1 picks include notable names such as Jeff King, Kris Benson, Bryan Bullington, Gerrit Cole, and most recently, Henry Davis, who was called up to the majors in 2021.

While recent mock drafts have generated much speculation, there is no consensus on who the Pirates will choose between LSU pitcher Paul Skenes, LSU outfielder Dylan Crews, and Florida outfielder Wyatt Langford. As those are the top contenders and are expected to be chosen with the top three picks, but the specific order remains unknown.

This year’s first round will consist of 28 picks, as the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers exceeded the $270 million third competitive balance tax threshold last season. Consequently, their first selections in this year’s draft have been pushed back 10 spots. The Mets now pick at No. 32 instead of No. 22, and the Dodgers at No. 36 instead of No. 26, effectively placing them outside of the first round.

List of final mock drafts 2023 based on the latest chatter, rumors, and speculation.

1. Pittsburgh – Dylan Crews, OF, LSU

2. Washington – Paul Skenes, RHP, LSU

3. Detroit – Wyatt Langford, OF, Detroit

4. Texas – Max Clark, OF, Franklin HS (IN)

5. Minnesota – Jacob Gonzalez, SS, Mississippi

6. Oakland – Brayden Taylor, 3B, TCU

7. Cincinnati – Kyle Teel, C, Virginia

8. Kansas City – Walker Jenkins, OF, South Brunswick HS (NC)

9. Colorado – Rhett Lowder, RHP, Wake Forest

10. Miami – Noble Meyer, Jesuit HS (OR)

11. Los Angeles Angels – Jacob Wilson, SS, Grand Canyon

12. Arizona – Chase Dollander, RHP, Tennessee

13. Chicago Cubs – Arjun Nimmala, SS, Strawberry Crest HS (FL)

14. Boston – Matt Shaw, SS, Maryland

15. Chicago White Sox – Enrique Bradfield Jr., OF, Vanderbilt

16. San Francisco – Ty Floyd, RHP, LSU

17. Baltimore – Hurston Waldrep, RHP, Florida

18. Milwaukee – Tommy Troy, SS, Stanford

19. Tampa Bay – Colin Houck, SS, Parkview HS (GA)

20. Toronto – Aidan Miller, 3B, Mitchell HS (FL)

21. St. Louis – Nolan Schanuel, 1B, Florida Atlantic

22. Seattle – Brock Wilken, 3B, Wake Forest

23. Cleveland: Colt Emerson, SS, Glenn HS (OH)

24. Atlanta – Bryce Eldridge, 1B/RHP, Madison HS (VA)

25. San Diego – Yohandy Morales, 3B, Miami

26. New York Yankees – Sammy Stafura, SS, Panas HS (NY)

27. Philadelphia – Chase Davis, OF, Arizona

28. Houston – Brandon Sproat, RHP, Florida

We can’t wait to witness the next generation of baseball stars take the stage and begin their professional careers. Stay tuned as the 2023 MLB Draft unfolds, shaping the future of the sport.

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