2021 Motor City Bengals Mock MLB Draft 1.0
Jon Says: Miami gets a lefty bat who could project to be in the middle of the order one day with good power and plate discipline.
Joe Says: After landing Leiter in the first, the Tigers continue rebuilding their pitching depth. Solometo is 6’3’’ and creates a ton of deception with his low-3/4 arm angle. The stuff is already good, with a fastball sitting in the low-90s and a slider which flashes above average as well. Given his long, wiry frame there is hope for more stuff down the line as he matures.
Kellen Says: Lile is a sweet swinging prep lefty who has at least an outside shot to stick in center field. Even if he’s relegated to left field due to his weak arm, the Brewers remain confident he can develop enough in-game power to pair with his strong barrel control and quiet hands to make this selection well worth their efforts.
Chris Says: A former catcher, Hurd is all about projection. His fastball is mostly in the 89-92 range right now, but he’s got a quick arm, tons of room to fill out, and precocious feel for 4 different offerings.
Rogelio Says: He has quick hands, room to grow, and can square up the ball nicely and can play any outfield spot.
Jon Says: The Minnesota Twins with the 36th pick select Shortstop Alex Mooney of Orchard Lake-St. Mary’s HS in Michigan. This alleviates the pressure on MCB to put him with the Tigers at #39. Mooney has a good skill set in a broad range of areas while perhaps not being elite in any of them. Sounds like a Gardenhire Era type of Twin.
Joe Says: Williams has some helium as the draft approaches. A solid set of tools headlined by a plus to double plus arm which should allow him to stay at short. His combination of hitting ability, bat speed, and loft give him a chance to hit for fringe average to average power down the line.
Kellen Says: Montgomery is one of the top athletes in the class, which will be crucial if he’s going to stay at SS long-term due to his tall and long build. There’s some real upside in the bat with the potential for above average hit and power as he develops.
Chris Says: Detroit isn’t getting any deals on Leiter and Solometo, but they have the 2nd largest bonus pool and they can swing another prep player here. Pacheco has some of the most raw pop in the entire draft class, and he’s a deceptively good athlete with a strong arm. There are some swing-and-miss concerns here, but the power potential is too big to pass up.
Rogelio Says: Mace has increased his strike throwing, and with the state of the Boston Red Sox farm system, his four-pitch mix and his time at Driveline makes him an ideal choice for a front office that loves using data.