Guardians 20 round mock draft

Under 2 weeks left to the draft, time for a mock draft, my top 2 targets haven't changed, Schanuel will probably be gone by 23 now. Sanders is a mix of G. Williams and C. Morris, huge chance to steal a 1st rd arm after a down draft season.

Guardians 20 round Mock Draft:

23 1B/OF Nolan Schanuel (Florida Atlantic)

Versatile, powerful, and productive are the best ways to describe Nolan Schanuel after a stellar freshman season at FAU. The big lefty made a big impact, hitting for both power and average while manning both corner spots in the infield and a cameo here and there in the outfield. Schanuel is actually a fringe-average runner, so the straight-line speed can handle a corner outfield role at the next level. The bat is going to be strong enough to play no matter where he settles on the defensive spectrum.

58 RHP Will Sanders (South Carolina)

Sanders has the massive size and stuff to headline a rotation at any level. He's got the mid-90s velocity and consistency with the fastball that scouts like to see, though to this point, he's had a hard-time missing bats with the pitch. That'll need to change at the next level if he's to start and get through a lineup more than once. Sanders' go-to out pitch has been a solid slider with good shape and great consistency. He's also got some of the best feel for a changeup at the top of this class. Developing a more-effective fastball is the most important move for Sanders in his immediate future.

62 SS/3B Antonio Anderson (HS GA)

It's tough to find a switch-hitter in the 2023 class with more polish than Anderson. Hit/Power combo stands out with an impressive feel for the barrel from both sides, with notable bat speed and innate ability to create loft. It's a visually appealing swing with a firm front side and steady balance throughout. Anderson has plus arm strength paired with a very projectable frame suggesting hs should stick on the left side of the infield long term though the jury is out on whether that'll be at third base or shortstop.

93 RHP Tanner Hall (Southern Miss)

Despite his absolutely overwhelming numbers, Hall doesn't have prototypical overwhelming stuff. The fastball is heavy and it can get up to 92, but usually sits 89-91 with ease and a fluid delivery. It's a bowling ball heater that he commands brilliantly, some calling his feel for the pitch comfortably double-plus. He does, however, possess a slider that is a legitimate weapon. It's a low-80s sweeper that misses an immense amount of bats. His changeup doesn't have a ton of separation, but it does tumble hard at the plate and tunnels well off the fastball. Mix in Hall's natural deception and it's easy to see why teams like him. Hall might not have huge stuff or an ultra-physical frame, but his exceptional feel for the strikezone, starter traits and above average breaking ball should get him drafted nice and early.

125 2B Justin Riemer (Wright State)

Riemer is a scrappy middle infielder with elite bat-to-ball skills. A switch-hitter, Riemer uses the whole field from both sides of the plate and makes things happen by putting the ball in play. It's an elite approach, staying in the zone and working long counts. It can't be overstated, Riemer possesses one of the most impressive hit tools in the entire class. He could be a future .300 hitter if provided the opportunity. In terms of tools, he's an above average runner with a quick first step. Riemer has a solid glove, but an underwhelming throwing arm will force him to second base. He's got a shot to become a solid utility player; something like Sam Haggerty with a significantly better hit tool. All that said, Riemer did miss a giant portion of the 2023 season with a knee injury and that will dampen his shine, but scouts may have seen enough to pull the trigger quite early in July anyways.

161 CF Tommy Hawke (Wake Forest)

Hawke is a dynamic, unassuming table-setter with a patient, slasher mindset and the ability to do some damage once on-base. He doesn't have much power, but that's not his game either. He's a singles hitter who can play a solid average center- or left field. He's got a shot to go on day two if a team buys into the seemingly top-of-the-scale bat-to-ball skills.

188 RHP Jason Savacool (Maryland)

Savacool is a bulldog on the mound, punching tickets with an imposing demeanor and the ability to really mix it up. He can run it up to 92 with a heavy, darting fastball of which he can control to both sides of the plate. The slider and curveball combo are what gets his whiffs and they tunnel the twitchy fastball nicely keeping hitters out in front. Most grade out the slider and curveball just average as they have a tendency to hump out of his eccentric delivery. But Savacool has shown the ability to really spin it and rush up the velocity on both pitches to suggest they could become above average offerings as he develops. Most scouts see a reliever at the next level, possibly a back-end starter due to some effort in the delivery and lack of a bat-missing fastball.

218 RHP Matt Duffy (Canisius)

Duffy is a metric-darling with a three-pitch mix including a fastball, a slider and a changeup. The fastball catches the headlines, up to 95 with considerable ride through the zone, missing a ton of bats in 2023. Duffy's three-quarter slot is said to create deception for hitters, and he'll manipulate the shape of his slider to either tunnel his fastball or sweep away from righties. The changeup lags behind his two primary weapons, but does fade off his fastball tunnel as has been considerably effective against lefty bats. Duffy is loose and explosive, though he lacks much projection and a team that buys him in the draft will by buying his *now* stuff.

248 LHP Connor O'Halloran (Michigan)

O'Halloran is a better arm than his numbers would suggest. The lefty lives 88-91, up to 92 from a deceptive slot where he hides the ball well. He's got a low-80s slider and a low-80s changeup, the latter being the toughest pitch for hitters to square. O'Halloran gives up a good amount of hits, but limits walks and does have the ability to punch good hitters out. He'll need one of his pitches to take the next step as a weapon moving forward to reach his back of the rotation ceiling.

278 LHP Connelly Early (Virginia)

Early is a pitchability lefty with a low-90s heater that does possesses some hop late through the zone, though his command of the pitch has been inconsistent. Still, considering his deception and feel for secondary offerings, one might characterize his arsenal as effectively wild. The slider is a low-80s sweeper and the curveball is a fringier upper-70s breaker that melts off the slider a bit. He mixes in a changeup that might be his best offering, a pitch that's induced plenty of bad swings. For now, he's not an overpowering arm, but his feel for pitching and keeping runners off the bases makes him an intriguing profile to follow.

308 OF Treyson Hughes (Mercer)

Hughes was a big-time performer for Mercer in 2023 posting career highs in just about every category. He's a lanky, wiry outfielder with budding athleticism and raw power that is coming along. He's still got 15-20 pounds coming in his immediate future. Hughes got extremely high marks this year for staying inside the strikezone and refusing to expand on pitches out of reach. He's a reasonably polished hitter, though the pure bat-to-ball skills are mostly average. Hughes posts exit velocity numbers that are above average, and could eventually grow into plus power. He's a true sophomore, draft-eligible after just two years in college.

Day 3...

338 CF Jonah Advincula (Washington State)

Advincula can really, really run. He can go get it in centerfield and the glove and wheels are definitely his best tools. Offensively, he's been dynamic as all hell during his first three collegiate years at Redlands College, as well as this past summer in the West Coast League. It's below average power, but the bat-to-ball is impressive and he can certainly snag a bag when he gets on. He projects a day three guy presently.

368 RHP Grant Rogers (McNeese State)

Rogers showed up and showed out in 2023 posting an absurd strikeout-to-walk ratio and working extremely deep into his outings. He was never tested against upper-tier competition, but given his 6-foot-7 frame and strike-throwing ability, there's a good chance he hears his name os day two. Rogers has been up to 92 with fringier breaking stuff.

398 C Jandaniel Gonzalez (HS PR)

Gonzalez receives high-level marks on his defensive prowess and his ability to hold runners in place. He projects one of the better defensive catchers in the 2023 draft. Models will also fall in love with Gonzalez as he'll be just 17 years old on draft day. Mix in his commitment to Indiana State and he may be one of the higher ceiling, signable catchers available. Gonzalez has a complicated swing with varying triggers depending on the pitch and the count. The next step in his development will be finding a consistent operation and approach at the plate. His defensive tools are obvious. Now he'll need to find a way to hit enough to reach his big league ceiling.

428 LHR Justin Storm (Southern Miss)

Southern Miss has turned into a quiet little pitching factory in recent years and Storm is a great example of why. He didn't throw hard when he arrived on campus, but now sits 90-92, grabbing 94 on occasion with huge carry through the zone. He likes to mix in a mid-80s sweeper that comes out of a high slot and gives righties a hard time, commanding the pitch well into their backfoot. He's a two-pitch guy right now and projects into the bullpen at the next level, but as he matures and continues to add strength he could feature two above average weapons.

458 2B Jackson Van De Brake (North Carolina)

Hailing from the great Tacoma Community College, Van De Brake transferred into UNC after a couple big years on the JUCO scene, as well as some loud performances in the West Coast League. He's a utility infielder who can play any of the three spots on the dirt. He's a solid athlete with an average arm and average range, so most believe in a full-time role he best fits at second base, but the bat has been more than loud enough to warrant consideration as a full-time third baseman in the future. Van De Brake possesses a solid eye at the plate and a sound approach. He's an ambush hitters who's made his mark in the ACC this season pounding mistakes both in fastball form and cookie benders. He's got a good shot at going on day two this July.

488 LHP Lucas Gordon (Texas)

Gordon is mostly a two-pitch guy right now, but he flashes a plus changeup that tumbles to the plate with solid separation off his low-90s fastball. Gordon can get up to 94, but more comfortably rests 90-91 on most occasions. His breaking ball is usually below average, showing average at its best.

518 CF Brett Bateman (Minnesota)

Huge sleeper. No power, but all hit/speed/defense. Currently crushing Cape Summer League. He's not on any deep list, but probably climbing up boards.

548 1B Aidan Longwell (Kent State)

Longwell doesn't fit the prototypical first base profile, but he's shown glimpses of a very real hit tool and the ability to cover the entire zone. He's an especially good low ball hitter, and his loop zone and swing plane certainly supports that notion. He hasn't gotten a ton of opportunities to see high-end stuff this season at Kent State, but he's performed admirabily against the velocity he has seen. Longwell was a legitimate conference player of the year candidate this season and his baseball card backs that up. He'll likely never be a player who hits for massive amounts of power, but it is a hit tool that should find success in professional baseball. He is an average defender around the pillow.

578 C Grayson Tarlow (CS Northridge)

Not listed anywhere, no clue about his defense, but very solid hitting numbers and peripherals. Guardians usually scout the Big West Conference heavily.

608 RHP Matt Jachec (Indiana State)

While Jachec doesn't have overpowering stuff or much projection left in his frame, he's one of the elite strike-throwers in college baseball since 2022. In the last two seasons, Jachec has punched out 177 batters and issued just 23 free passes over roughly 193 innings. The fastball will creep up to 92, but more often sits 87-89 with command to both sides of the plate. He'll throw a low-80s sweeper that is his go-to out pitch. Jachec has some deceptive qualities about his delivery, including a lower arm-slot and wide angles. He's a day three arm.

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