Projections of the National League’s first round draft picks have been released and it’s time to get those predictions in.
Project 100 has a number of interesting trends, and I’ll go through them in a separate article.
The projected top two overall picks in the 2017 MLB draft have been determined, with Boston leading the way with a number seven pick, followed by the Yankees with their second selection, and the Cubs with their third.
The Cubs are leading the team in projected wins, while the Yankees are leading in projected runs, and that could impact the projection for the next three rounds, where the Yankees’ top two picks could be a tiebreaker for the No. 1 overall pick.
There is a lot of potential for this draft to turn into one of the most important and polarizing drafts of the offseason.
There are some intriguing storylines surrounding some of the teams that are projected to go first overall and beyond.
The Cubs’ projection for their top two draft picks, and for the Yankees, could determine whether they make the playoffs.
The projection for all other teams was released last night, and we’re starting to get a better sense of where each team stands heading into the season.
The Brewers, projected to finish third in the NL Central, have a chance to become a surprise team.
They’ve improved from last year’s second place finish and now have a top-of-the-rotation hitter in Gorkys Hernandez, and a young, developing starting pitching arm in Trevor Bauer.
It could be that the Brewers are able to keep that young pitching arm while retaining their top prospect in righty Brandon Finnegan.
They might not have the top of the rotation, but they have the best pitching prospect in the game in Michael Fulmer.
The Reds are projected as a top contender, but the question is whether their offense will hold up to the pressure of a World Series appearance.
They have a strong farm system and are currently projected as one of three NL Central teams to make the postseason.
The Red Sox and Cardinals are projected first, but it’s hard to see the two teams coming back to the postseason, so the projections are likely to shift toward the Reds in the playoffs as well.
The Dodgers are projected fourth overall, but their pitching is among the best in baseball.
They’re projected to be one of two teams to reach the World Series.
The Dodgers’ rotation is projected to have the most promising talent in baseball, with Justin Turner and Lance Lynn as top prospects.
The pitching staff has also received high praise from the projections, with the potential of a strong bullpen and a top prospect with high upside.
The rotation could be one to watch, especially in the postseason as the Dodgers have a good chance to win their division and make the World Cup.
The Padres, projected as the sixth-worst team in baseball with a 5-10 record, have three potential impact players in Josh Fields, Tyler Glasnow and Alexi Casilla, but could also have to rely on two top prospects in right-hander Andrew Cashner and outfielder Jhoulys Chacin.
The team could also lose shortstop Carlos Ruiz, who has not played a full season since 2011.
The Padres could also be the team to watch as they could be the first team to draft a catcher, which could benefit them as they’re currently in a bidding war with the Yankees for a prospect.
The Rangers have two interesting players in first baseman Hunter Pence and right fielder Nelson Cruz.
The Rangers’ top prospect, Josh Bell, is a switch hitter, while second baseman Nelson Cruz has played in left field, but he’s an outfielder.
The third baseman could be used as a DH if needed, and they have two solid pitching prospects in Kyle Lohse and Sean Manaea.
They could also look to add a lefty if they’re interested in trading up.
The Nationals, projected at No. 8 overall, have two players that could be valuable: shortstop Andrelton Simmons and second baseman Ian Desmond.
Simmons is a pure hitter, but Desmond is a shortstop that can hit and hit hard.
Desmond, who is currently ranked in the top-10 of the draft, is an average defensive shortstop who will have to improve his hitting if he’s to have a consistent position in the lineup.
The Astros are projected at ninth overall, and their projection could change if their starting pitching and bullpen are solid.
The Astros’ rotation has some promising prospects, including Alex Bregman, Tyler White, Garrett Richards and Lance McCullers.
They also have a solid bullpen with lefty Brett Oberholtzer, and righty Chris Devenski.
The starting pitching is projected as having the best rotation in baseball and could help the Astros improve on their 5-11 record.
The Twins are projected eighth overall, with second baseman Jose Berrios and shortstop Jose Altuve among the team’s top prospects, and outfielder Carlos Santana among the top prospects at his position. Santana is