Prospects1500 #2EarlyMiLBMock Draft – Episode II

Episode II: Rounds 10-19

The middle rounds of the #2EarlyMiLBMock draft have been punctuated with future Top 100’s, hidden treasures, and high upside across the board. These picks have been instrumental in defining the rosters of the 12 managers, as they are filling the following positions in a startup dynasty style: 2 C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 5 OF, 2 UTIL, 10 P and 5 bench players. Make sure to check out the writeup of Episode I: Rounds 1-9 by Scott Greene (@Scotty_Ballgame) here, and follow along with the draft on the Google draft spreadsheet. Let’s jump into the middle round picks.


10th Round:

Round Team Player Position Pick Overall
Jake (@berrys_baseball)
Bryse Wilson, ATL P 1 109
Michael (@parnellmichael)
Dakota Hudson, STL P 2 110
Tony (@tonybps1)
Kyle Lewis, SEA OF 3 111
Tim (@Swipethedirt)
Sandy Alcantara, MIA P 4 112
Scott (@Scotty_Ballgame)
Ronaldo Hernandez, TB C 5 113
Ben (@TBDubbs11)
Luis Patino, SD P 6 114
Andy (@andypattonSEA)
Pavin Smith, ARI 1B 7 115
Brent (@brent_fspaddict)
Nick Pratto, KCR 1B 8 116
Stoffer (@stoffer81)
Brandon Marsh, LAA OF 9 117
J.B. Bukauskas, HOU P 10 118
Brandon (@LandonBrute)
Adam Haseley, PHI OF 11 119
Ryan (@RyanJames5)
Jon Duplantier, ARI P 12 120

Scott on his selection of Ronaldo Hernandez, C, TBR: I’m really happy with some of the value I’ve gotten in these middle rounds. In a 2 catcher draft landing Ronaldo Hernandez (10th rd) and MJ Melendez (12th rd) has to be considered good quality, especially with the talent level of those two.

Ben on his selection of Luis Patino, RHP, SDP: I waited until Round 8 and Pick 90 to grab Justus Sheffield, and almost grabbed Patino at that spot. I really like all of the arms in this round, and think Patino has a future as a number 2 starter with a dynamite, advanced arm and feel for pitching. He’s a good second arm to build around in this format.

Matt on his selection of  J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, HOU: These are the rounds that really make or break drafts. I really try to get upside guys here, but i got upside and proximity to majors with 10th rounder JB Bukauskas. JB has sick stuff and might see time with the Astros in ’19. Houston is the organization I trust with pitching prospects.

11th Round: 

Round Team Player Position Pick Overall
11 Ryan Corey Ray, MIL OF 1 121
11 Brandon Tony Santillan, CIN RHP 2 122
11 Matt Isaac Paredes, DET SS/2B 3 123
11 Stoffer Kevin Maitan, LAA SS/3B 4 124
11 Brent DJ Peters, LAD OF 5 125
11 Andy Luiz Gohara, ATL LHP 6 126
11 Ben Xavier Edwards, SD SS/2B 7 127
11 Scott Luis Rengifo, LAA SS/2B 8 128
11 Tim Grant Lavigne, COL 1B 9 129
11 Tony Rowdy Tellez, TOR 1B 10 130
11 Michael Lucius Fox, TB SS 11 131
11 Jake Greyson Jenista, ATL OF 12 132
Matt on his selection of Isaac Paredes, SS, DET: I nabbed Isaac Paredes in the 11th. He crushed his stint in AA as a 19 year old. He’s a bat first player, with great contact, and good power.
Ben on his selection of Xavier Edwards, SS/2B, SDP: If Edwards maxes out, he’s a dynasty roster cornerstone. Edwards is ascending to Top 2 FYPD ranks across the industry, and you should be equally excited about the talented speedster. I got him at 127 overall, but there’s an argument for a top 50 overall dynasty ranking at this point. He has boundless talent, so draft with confidence.
Jake on his selection of Greyson Jenista, OF, ATL: I like my outfielders like I like my pitchers; big, athletic, and projectable. Greyson Jenista certainly checks off those three boxes. An advanced college bat, the Wichita State product has proven barrel to ball skills as he makes consistent hard contact. As a result, there isn’t much strikeout to his game. When you couple the hit tool with solid plate discipline and a frame that projects for even more power down the road, I believe Jenista was a great value at pick 132.

12th Round:

Round Team Player Position Pick Overall
12 Jake Dustin May, LAD P 1 133
12 Michael Shane McClanahan, TB P 2 134
12 Tony Tyler O’Neill, STL OF 3 135
12 Tim Esteury Ruiz, SD 2B 4 136
12 Scott MJ Melendez, KC C 5 137
12 Ben Elehuris Montero, STL 3B 6 138
12 Andy Brice Turang, MIL SS 7 139
12 Brent Andrew Knizner, STL C 8 140
12 Stoffer Travis Swaggerty, PIT OF 9 141
12 Matt Bubba Thompson, TEX OF 10 142
12 Brandon Shane Baz, TB RHP 11 143
12 Ryan Oneil Cruz, PIT SS 12 144

Ryan on his selection of Oneil Cruz, SS, PIT: Rounds 11 through 20 brought me much higher ceilings than floors. One of those high ceilings that I have fallen for is Oneil Cruz.  I became a Cruz fan the first time I read about him, because I mean, who doesn’t love a 6’6” shortstop. I then got even more excited when he was traded to Pittsburgh last year. I just hoped he continued to improve and make it to double A so I would have a shot to see him play. After 2018 he left no doubt that I’d have that opportunity and likely much more.  With the 5 above average tools and huge power potential, Cruz put it all together, slashing .286/.343/.488 with double digit homers and steals.  Allowing Cruz to stand out for more reasons than his height.

Ben on his selection of Elehuris Montero, 3B, STL: I also considered Hudson Potts (who went in Round 13, Pick 150), and Jordan Groshans (who I picked in Round 16, Pick 186) for my 3B position, but I like Montero the best of the bunch. Montero has been tagged as the “best Cardinals prospect since Albert Pujols/Oscar Taveras,” and that makes me pay attention. He slashed a blistering .315/.371/.504 en route to the Midwest League MVP award.

Matt on his selection of Bubba Thompson, OF, TEX: [Thompson] spent the year in Low A turning his athleticism into baseball skills. He had 32 steals and hit the ball over the fence 8 times as well in 332 AB. Hope he can keep improving, could be special if he improves contact skills.

13th Round:

Round Team Player Position Pick Overall
13 Ryan Sheldon Neuse, OAK 3B 1 145
13 Brandon Matt Thaiss, LAA 1B 2 146
13 Matt Jeter Downs, CIN SS 3 147
13 Stoffer Wander Javier, MIN SS 4 148
13 Brent Nico Hoerner, CHC SS 5 149
13 Andy Hudson Potts, SD 3B 6 150
13 Ben Justin Dunn, NYM P 7 151
13 Scott D’Shawn Knowles, LAA OF 8 152
13 Tim Luis Garcia, PHI SS 9 153
13 Tony Lazaro Armenteros, OAK OF 10 154
13 Michael Buddy Reed, SD OF 11 155
13 Jake Julio Pablo Martinez, TEX OF 12 156

Matt on his selection of Jeter Downs, SS, CIN: Looking back at my round 13 might have some pangs of regret. Took Jeter Downs, while I like his speed, there are some questions about his arm, and hit tool. If i had a mulligan I think I’d take Hudson Potts or Philly SS Luis Garcia taken shortly afterwards.

14th Round:

Round Team Player Position Pick Overall
14 Jake Adonis Medina, PHI P 1 157
14 Michael Adbert Alzolay, CHC P 2 158
14 Tony Jhailyn Ortiz, PHI OF 3 159
14 Tim Roansy Contreras, NYY P 4 160
14 Scott Miguel Vargas, LAD 3B 5 161
14 Ben Julio Rodriguez, SEA OF 6 162
14 Andy Willians Astudillo, MIN C 7 163
14 Brent Corbin Martin, HOU P 8 164
14 Stoffer Brady Singer, KC P 9 165
14 Matt Ethan Hankins, CLE P 10 166
14 Brandon Eric Pardinho, TOR P 11 167
14 Ryan Griffin Canning, LAA P 12 168

Tony on his selection of Jhailyn Ortiz, OF, PHI: As the draft went on and I loaded up on pitching early, I know I needed to grab more power and I didn’t have to think too long when I saw Jhailyn Ortiz was still available at pick 159 in round 14.  He struggled a little bit with injuries this past year but turned it on as the season went by.  Has massive power potential and could be part of a solid lineup when he hits the majors.  He joined Alec Bohm as part of my future Phillies foundation.

Ben on his selection of Julio Rodriguez, OF, SEA: Time may be dwindling on acquiring shares of Rodriguez, the talented outfielder in the Mariners system. It won’t be long before Rodriguez gets the helium he deserves for his all-around outstanding play on the field.
Matt on his selection of Ethan Hankins, RHP, CLE: I love my 14th round, 166th overall pick Ethan Hankins. This is a kid who was talked about going #1 overall in 2018 FYPD very early in the process. Some medical questions dropped him down, but I’ll gamble on a player with a 70 grade fastball and in a Cleveland organization that can develop starters.
15th Round:
Round Team Player Position Pick Overall
15 Ryan Kyler Murray, OAK OF 1 169
15 Brandon Michael Gigliotti, KC OF 2 170
15 Matt William Contreras, ATL C 3 171
15 Stoffer Monte Harrison, MIA OF 4 172
15 Brent Akil Baddoo, MIN OF 5 173
15 Andy Franklin Perez, DET RHP 6 174
15 Ben Will Smith, LAD C/3B 7 175
15 Scott Jordyn Adams, LAA OF 8 176
15 Tim Moises Gomez, TB OF 9 177
15 Tony Jorge Mateo, OAK SS 10 178
15 Michael Skye Bolt, OAK OF 11 179
15 Jake Nick Gordon, MIN SS 12 180

Matt on his selection of William Contreras, C, ATL: [Contreras] broke out in 2018, and I think I got one of the last of the good catching prospects in the mock.

Stoffer on his selection of Monte Harrison, OF, MIA: Monte Harrison is someone I targeted at the beginning of the draft.  I felt that as he does have a tendency to strike out a lot which adversely effects his OBP his other tools are  incredibly impressive.  I estimate at the highest level it would be reasonable to expect him to be a 20/20 guy.  Couple of my other Of targets went earlier such as Gigliotti and Ortiz making it clear at round 15 I had to act and couldn’t be happier to add Harrison to Marsh and Swaggerty.

Andy on his selection of Franklin Perez, RHP, DET: Heading into the 2018 season, Tigers right-hander Franklin Perez was a consensus top 50 prospect in all of baseball. He has command of a solid four-pitch mix, with most scouts projecting at least two plus offerings in his curveball and his changeup. However, multiple injuries made 2018 a lost season for Perez, and I was happy to snatch him up at pick No. 174 (15.7) in the mock draft. Losing a season to an arm injury is nothing to ignore, but Perez is going to be just 21 for all of next season, and he’s already made several appearances at Double-A. I’m more than happy to get a player whose floor is described as a No. 3 starter in the 15th round.

Scott on his selection of Jordyn Adams, OF, LAA: I’m probably most excited about Angels’ 2018 1st round draftee Jordyn Adams, whom I snagged fairly late in the 15th round, 176th overall. In comparison, Eddy Almaguer recently picked Adams 66th overall in the #ProspectMock480. Adams is an amazing talent who could’ve chosen pretty much any sport to play professionally. Committed to UNC for football, he signed with Angels and has decided on baseball for his career – at least for now. He’s impressed in his short time in Angels rookie ball and will hopefully be ready for 2019 as he’s coming off a broken jaw that ended his debut stint in mid-August.


16th Round:

Round Team Player Position Pick Overall
16 Jake Hans Crouse, TEX P 1 181
16 Michael Peter Lambert, COL P 2 182
16 Tony Jake Burger, CWS 3B 3 183
16 Tim Jonathan Hernandez, TEX P 4 184
16 Scott Dean Kremer, BAL P 5 185
16 Ben Jordan Groshans, TOR 3B/SS 6 186
16 Andy Tyler Nevin, COL 3B 7 187
16 Brent Bobby Bradley, CLE 1B 8 188
16 Stoffer Triston Casas, BOS 1B/3B 9 189
16 Matt Ryan Noda, TOR 1B 10 190
16 Brandon Aramis Garcia, SFG C 11 191
16 Ryan Kolby Allard, ATL P 12 192

Michael on his selection of Peter Lambert, RHP, COL: Peter Lambert, 6-feet, 2-inch, 185-pound right-handed starting pitcher in the Colorado Rockies system, was my 16.2 (182nd overall) pick in the Prospects1500 minor league prospects draft. Lambert was 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA at AA Hartford in 2018, earning a quick promotion to AAA Albuquerque, where he was less successful (2-5, 5.04 ERA, 31 strikeouts in 55.1 innings) in a hitter-friendly league. He has four solid pitches and, at age 21, the 2015 second-round pick by the Rockies figures to fit into the big-league rotation in 2020.

Ben on his selection of Jordan Groshans, 3B/SS, TOR: Groshans probably got the most buzz from followers on Twitter of all of my picks so far. Groshans was a steal for me at this point. The development will take some time, but Groshans was easily one of the best bats from this year’s draft. Expect him to go in the middle of the first round of FYPD’s right after the top names are off the board.

Matt on his selection of Ryan Noda, 1B, TOR: Ryan Noda was the pick in the 16th round. Maybe a reach to some, a 22 year old in Low A last year isn’t normally the type of player I go for. But, I like him. He can rake, he can take a walk and has huge HR potential.

17th Round:

Round Team Player Position Pick Overall
17 Ryan Tyler Stephenson, CIN C 1 193
17 Brandon Matt Beaty, LAD 1B/3B 2 194
17 Matt Cal Mitchell, PIT OF 3 195
17 Stoffer Diego Cartaya, LAD C 4 196
17 Brent Ryan Vilade, COL SS 5 197
17 Andy Willi Castro, DET SS 6 198
17 Ben Tirso Ornelas, SD OF 7 199
17 Scott Everson Pereira, NYY OF 8 200
17 Tim Luis Oviedo, CLE P 9 201
17 Tony Sherten Apostel, TEX 3B 10 202
17 Michael Nick Neidert, MIA P 11 203
17 Jake Alex Faedo, DET P 12 204

Matt on his selection of Cal Mitchell, OF, PIT: Round 17 brought me Calvin Mitchell. He was an advanced bat coming out of the draft, and has been as advertised so far. I don’t like player comps but they’re sooo fun and I want to sneak in a reference…I see Garret Anderson like BA and power.

18th Round:

Round Team Player Position Pick Overall
18 Jake Taylor Hearn, TEX P 1 205
18 Michael Yu Chang, CLE SS/3B 2 206
18 Tony Anderson Espinoza, SD P 3 207
18 Tim Ronny Mauricio, NYM SS 4 208
18 Scott David Parkinson, PHI P 5 209
18 Ben Cole Winn, TEX P 6 210
18 Andy Luis Alexander Basabe, CWS OF 7 211
18 Brent Conner Capel, STL OF 8 212
18 Stoffer Ryan Weathers, SD P 9 213
18 Matt Grayson Rodriguez, BAL P 10 214
18 Brandon Kyle Muller, ATL P 11 215
18 Ryan Stephen Gonsalves, MIN P 12 216

Matt on his selection of Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, BAL: In the 18th round I got my 5th SP Grayson Rodriguez. I’m not a guy who even likes drafting pitching prospects they are so risky, but getting the 11th overall player taken in the 2018 FYPD is a huge value. He’s a huge kid, with a great fastball and potential for great secondary pitches.

19th Round:

Round Team Player Position Pick Overall
19 Ryan Cole Tucker, PIT SS 1 217
19 Brandon Freudis Nova, HOU SS 2 218
19 Matt Antonio Cabello, NYY OF 3 219
19 Stoffer Jose De Leon, TB P 4 220
19 Brent Tony Gonsolin, LAD P 5 221
19 Andy Logan Gilbert, SEA P 6 222
19 Ben Spencer Howard, PHI P 7 223
19 Scott Ibandel Isabel, CIN 1B/OF 8 224
19 Tim Dennis Santana, LAD P 9 225
19 Tony Sean Reid-Foley, TOR P 10 226
19 Michael Oscar Mercado, CLE OF 11 227
19 Jake Noah Naylor, CLE C 12 228

Matt on his selection of Antonio Cabello, OF, NYY: He had great success in the GCL as a 17 year old. I love taking international free agents who’s teams bring them stateside as 17 year olds. Shows the team value them as assets, and trust to challenge them with aggressive assignments. I like my draft so far, looking forward to get some deep gems in the final 10 rounds!

Ben on his selection of Spencer Howard, RHP, PHI: Howard has always been an intriguing arm for me. A college reliever, converted to a starter in professional ball, Howard found success this season pitching in full season A ball. Howard has big K stuff and took steps forward with the development of his secondaries, as he struck out 147 in 112 IP. He capped off his season with a postseason no hitter, and should be a sure riser heading into 2019.
Make sure to keep following along with the last rounds of the draft, and follow every pick with the hashtag #2EarlyMiLBMock. The Google draft spreadsheet of every pick, and every manager’s roster, is posted here. Thanks for following along.


Featured Image of Corey Ray – via Brewers on Twitter

Ben is an Assistant Editor and also covers the Red Sox and Dynasty/Fantasy baseball content for Prospects1500. He also runs the #2EarlyMiLBMock, an annual prospect-only mock draft, for the Prospects1500 website. Ben is an experienced fantasy baseball player and is a deep league dynasty specialist. He has also contributed at FantraxHQ, RotoFanatic, and retired blogs Real McCoy Minors and Notes from the Sally. Follow Ben on Twitter @TBDubbs11.

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