MLB Draft grades: Live order and first-round results

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MLB Draft

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 10: Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, MLB Draft (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

The MLB Draft is set to take place on Sunday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. ET. But which team will fare the best? That much is left to the experts.

The Draft is a chance for teams around baseball to add to their farm system in a big way, but unlike in basketball or football, those prospects are unlikely to contribute to the big-league product right away.

No, recently-drafted players often go through a rigorous minor-league process, and depending on their age upon getting selected, may not see MLB action for 3-5 years. Some prospects, taken right out of high school, are so raw that their talent must be perfect in Low-A level on a measured schedule.

MLB Draft: Best prospects available

Here are the top-10 prospects available per MLB Pipeline:

1. Druw Jones, OF, Wesleyan HS (Ga.)
2. Elijah Green, OF, IMG Academy (Fla.)
3. Jackson Holliday, SS, Stillwater HS (Okla.)
4. Termarr Johnson, 2B, Mays HS (Ga.)
5. Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly
6. Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech
7. Jacob Berry, 3B/OF, Louisiana State
8. Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech
9. Gavin Cross, OF, Virginia Tech
10. Brock Porter, RHP, St. Mary’s Prep (Mich.)

Jones and Holliday are second-generation MLB talents, as Jones is the son of fringe Hall-of-Fame candidate Andruw Jones, while Holliday is the son of former Rockies and Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday.

MLB Draft order

The MLB Draft order was determined by record this year, but that’s all set to change next season, when Rob Manfred imposes a lottery system to combat tanking.

Here is the MLB Draft order:

  1. Baltimore Orioles
  2. Arizona Diamondbacks
  3. Texas Rangers
  4. Pittsburgh Pirates
  5. Washington Nationals
  6. Miami Marlins
  7. Chicago Cubs
  8. Minnesota Twins
  9. Kansas City Royals
  10. Colorado Rockies
  11. New York Mets (compensation for failing to sign 2021 No. 10 overall pick Kumar Rocker)
  12. Detroit Tigers
  13. Los Angeles Angels
  14. New York Mets
  15. San Diego Padres
  16. Cleveland Guardians
  17. Philadelphia Phillies
  18. Cincinnati Reds
  19. Oakland Athletics
  20. Atlanta Braves
  21. Seattle Mariners
  22. St. Louis Cardinals
  23. Toronto Blue Jays
  24. Boston Red Sox
  25. New York Yankees
  26. Chicago White Sox
  27. Milwaukee Brewers
  28. Houston Astros
  29. Tampa Bay Rays
  30. San Francisco Giants
  31. Colorado Rockies (for losing Trevor Story)
  32. Cincinnati Reds (for losing Nick Castellanos)

MLB Draft grades: 1-5

1

Jackson Holliday

SS

Baltimore Orioles draft grade: A-

Jackson Holliday was the presumed No. 1 overall pick here, so the O’s get an A. Baltimore isn’t shying away from the slot value he will presumably bring. Holliday’s signing bonus could keep him from a potential Oklahoma State return. Shortstop is such a premium position, and Holliday has 20-25 home run power at his best.

It turns out that kind of power runs in the family.

2

Druw Jones

OF

Arizona Diamondbacks draft grade: A+

Jones is ranked the top player in this draft class by several databases, and for good reason. The son of Andruw Jones was the easy choice in terms of best player available, and the Diamondbacks went that route. Jones had the highest ceiling of any player available at this point.

3

Kumar Rocker

SP

Texas Rangers draft grade: B-

Pairing former college teammates Rocker and Jack Leiter is a bold, yet potentially successful move. Rocker was a borderline first-round pick, but the Rangers surprised us all by overlooking his injury history and selecting him at No. 3. Rocker was taken by the Mets in last year’s draft, but failed to sign a contract.

4

Pittsburgh Pirates draft grade:

5

Washington Nationals draft grade:

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