2021 Motor City Bengals Mock MLB Draft 1.0
Jon Says: The Nationals get a lefty stick coming off a truly fine season at Boston College in Frelick. Sam Bachman’s 102 mph heater was appealing, but Frelick is the more reliable choice for the thin Nats system.
Joe Says: Bachman has shown elite fastball velocity this spring, a wipeout slider, and a usable changeup. He will get every chance to start, but could also move quickly as a devastating weapon out of the bullpen.
Kellen Says: Benny is a pure upside play. The young prep outfielder is as tooled up as they come in the outfield, boasting double plus speed, a strong arm, and big raw power. The Phillies considered a few college options that could help them sooner, but ultimately couldn’t pass on the big upside of Montgomery.
Chris Says: Matt McLain doesn’t wow with his tools, but the Giants think he’s going to stick at shortstop and hit more than enough to be a regular, and they’re pleased he was still available to them at 14.
Rogelio Says: While his lack of power production is a cause for concern, Del Castillo can hit and field his position well. The Brewers just selected Xavier Warren in 2020, but you can never have too many catching prospects.
Jon Says: Cowser is a small school guy, but he’ll stick in CF, he’s a lefty stick with some power, and he walks more than he strikes out. That plays all day at pick #16.
Joe Says: Painter is a tall, athletic starter with an advanced arsenal for his age. He could have above average command of four solid or better offerings at his peak.
Kellen Says: The Cardinals go the prep bat route for the third time in four years. Baez has show-stopping power potential, and though he profiles as a pure right fielder, the Cardinals believe they can develop his hit tool enough to unlock his 30 homer upside.
Chris Says: Hoglund just went down with a torn UCL, but the Blue Jays had him as a top-10 talent in the draft. When healthy he shows plus command of three above-average pitches, and Toronto is ecstatic to get that kind of talent this late in the draft.
Rogelio Says: Ford is an athletic guy who is fast enough to also play the outfield, and he has a smooth stroke. He seems to be rising up boards lately.