The rest of the AL East in draft order:
1. Orioles: Druw Jones, OF, Wesleyan HS, Ga. (No. 1)
Jones is the choice if they go with the best player, and it feels like Termarr Johnson is the best option in terms of getting a really good player and saving the most money. Jackson Holliday might be the compromise between those two, with Brooks Lee the “get there faster” college option.
23. Blue Jays: Chase DeLauter, OF, James Madison University (No. 18)
DeLauter is definitely in the mix here, and if he goes ahead of this spot (and his name seems to be gaining some steam), Gilbert would come into play if the Cards don’t take him, as would Thompson. Prep bat Tucker Toman is in the mix as well.
And...25. Yankees: Cole Young, SS, North Allegheny HS, Pa. (No. 20)
If the Yankees wanted to go the pitching route, they might look at someone like Tennessee's Blade Tidwell. The same group of college hitters are in the mix here, but they definitely would be interested if Young didn’t go above them.
EDIT: Why is the format like this?29. Rays: Kumar Rocker, RHP, Tri-City (No. 38)
The Rays could get pretty creative because they have four picks on Day 1 (65, 70, 71). Rocker is still the Draft's biggest wild card because of his injury history, but I could see a team hoping to contend this year (Padres, Phillies, Giants, other possibilities) rolling the dice on the 22-year-old and getting him up to the big leagues in September or October as a multiple-inning leverage type of reliever.
I do think they’re seriously considering Rocker if he gets here. Jordan Beck, Brock Jones, Cooper Hjerpe, even one of the hurt pitchers like Connor Prielipp would also fit.
View: https://twitter.com/mlb_pr/status/1548815272160530432?s=21&t=Hn2-GIC8WKV1ZUIyBM2TBgIs this the first time ever the first two picks were the sons of MLBers?
In 1966, the KC Athletics, drafting no 2, picked a guy named Reggie Jackson. The Mets, with their no 1 pick chose a player who never made it to the majors. On the other hand, there have been future Hall of Famers who were picked way down. With football and basketball prospects, you can pretty much project what you've got, but with baseball, it is indeed a crapshoot. How do you know that hard thrower will develop better control and decent breaking stuff? How do you know that "natural" hitter will do against major league breaking stuff when they've never had a chance to go up against it.The MLB draft is crapshoot-y to begin with, so might as well take a big swing, you know?
EDIT: I guess this logic led the Red Sox to Trey Ball.