With the First-Year Amateur Draft fast approaching, one thing that everyone and their mother likes to do is complete a mock draft in order to try and guess where players will fall in the first round. Usually, the first few picks are all but a guarantee weeks prior to day 1 of the draft, but after that, it's anyone's guess. The Cleveland Indians will have the No. 14 overall pick in the draft this Thursday. Who will they take?
MLB: Zack Collins, C
Collins is a left-handed bat out of the University of Miami. Throughout his college career (2014-2016), he has a career slash line of .315/.465/.582, which includes 38 home runs. He has a terrific eye at the plate and carries a career K/BB of 0.96 (166 walks to 159 strikeouts).
Baseball America: Ian Anderson, RHP
A high school pitcher at Shenendehowa HS out of Rexford, NY, Anderson is bound for Vanderbilt if no team can pry him away with a great offer. His fastball sits in the 91-94 MPH range, while his curveball and changeup are already looking fairly advanced for his age.
FanGraphs: Buddy Reed, OF
Coming from the University of Florida, Reed was actually drafted in 2013 by the Texas Rangers in the 35th round, but he opted to go to college instead. During his time with the Gators, Reed has a career slash line of .273/.351/.385, and scouts have raved about his speed and his arm.
Scouting Baseball: Nolan Jones, 3B
From Holy Ghost HS in Pennsylvania, Jones is a big, powerful corner infielder (6'5", slightly above 200 lbs) who has the build to generate a lot of power through the zone. Nolan has the tools to be a plus defender and, depending on his position, an above average bat. If he doesn't stick at the hot corner, Jones also has experience as SS and could make a very valuable utility player down the road at the very least.
Purple Row (Colorado Rockies SB Nation): Josh Lowe, 3B
Our friends over at Purple Row have recently conducted a mock draft, and they have the Tribe taking 3B Josh Lowe from Pope HS in Georgia. Lowe has been scouted as both a pitcher and a hitter, but most scouts believe that his future will be on the field as opposed to on the mound, citing his plus power as a valuable asset. Lowe is committed to Florida State, so it may take a little extra to get him to sign.
MLB Daily Dish & Draft Site: Forrest Whitley, RHP
At 6'7" and 225 lbs, the RHP from Alamo Heights HS in San Antonio, Texas looks to be a power pitcher for whoever drafts him. He has a fastball that sits in the mid-90s (sometimes touching 96-97), and he complements it with a plus slider and a power curve that could develop into a devastating major league weapon. Much like Josh Lowe, Whitley is currently committed to Florida State.
Minor League Ball: Matt Manning, RHP
Out of Sheldon HS in Sacramento, CA, Matt Manning (son of former NBA player Rich Manning) is a tall pitcher who currently carries a good fastball and curveball in his arsenal. His fastball can touch 97 MPH, though it typically sits in the low to mid-90s range. Depending on where he's drafted, Manning may opt to go instead to Loyola Marymount college, where he has committed for both baseball and basketball.