2018 MLB Draft: Day One AnalysisProspects
Some observations from the college perspective on Day One of the MLB Draft. For further coverage including high school prospects, please visit our partners at Prep Baseball Report Draft HQ.
Heading into the season, the Southeastern Conference was considered the top conference in terms of having the top teams and the top prospects. It lived up to its billing with five of the top 33 overall picks and the Florida Gators accounting for three of those five: 1st round-1st pick overall Casey Mize (Auburn), 1-5 Jonathan India (Florida), 1-18 Brady Singer (Florida), 1-22 Ryan Rolison (Ole Miss), 1C-33 Jackson Kowar (Florida). Additionally, the SEC had two second rounders, 45th overall Sean Hjelle (Kentucky) and 76th overall Mitchell Kilkenny (Texas A&M), tying the Atlantic Coast Conference with seven selections on Day One.
ACC selections included 1-2 Joey Bart (Georgia Tech), 1-28 Seth Beer (Clemson), 1C-34 Daniel Lynch (Virginia), CBA-39 Jake McCarthy (Virginia), CBA-43 Griffin Roberts (Wake Forest), 2-52 Griffin Conine (Duke), 2-54 Josh Stowers (Louisville).
The Pacific-12 Conference was next with six of the top 71 picks: 1-4 Nick Madrigal (Oregon State), 1-20 Trevor Larnach (Oregon State), 1-24 Nico Hoerner (Stanford), 1-37 Cadyn Grenier (Oregon State), CBA-40 Kris Bubic (Stanford), CBB-71 Tanner Dodson (California).
The American Athletic Conference accounted for five of the top 65 selections: 1-3 Alec Bohm (Wichita State), 1C-31 Shane McClanahan (South Florida), 2-49 Greyson Jenista (Wichita State), 2-58 Jonathan Bowlan (Memphis), 2-65 Tim Cate (Connecticut).