2024 Draft set as Bats make waves and..

Big college bats make waves at the top of the mock draft

Two months remain until the 2024 Draft, and there isn’t much concrete information about who will go where in the first round. As high school and college athletes begin to wrap up their seasons in the coming weeks, and teams interview players and gather medical information at the Draft Combine, that picture will become more apparent.

To further complicate matters, the pool of talent isn’t as deep as it usually is, especially when it comes to high school position players and college pitchers.

Second baseman Travis Bazzana of Oregon State and outfielder Charlie Condon of Georgia are the best in their respective classes for most teams. The next tier consists of seven players that can appear in nearly any order: Wake Forest first baseman Nick, and Florida first baseman/left-hander Jac Caglianone

Though it’s unlikely that the Draft will proceed exactly as predicted by the chalk, I’ll forecast those nine players to go in the first nine picks for the time being. Bryce Rainer of Harvard-Westlake HS (Studio City, Calif.) and Trey Yesavage of East Carolina, a right-hander, might slide into that mix. There’s not much agreement on how the remaining matches in the first round should and will proceed after that.

All of the players listed below have comprehensive reports, scouting grades, and video available through MLB Pipeline’s Draft Top 150 list.

Taking whoever is left between Condon and Bazzana could be the easiest decision to make. With 34 home runs, the BBCOR-era record, and the strongest mix of power, contact, and plate discipline available, Condon is widely regarded as the top prospect. Leading D-I in hitting, slugging, OPS, home runs, extra-base hits (53), and total bases (210), he is slashing.454/.567/1.082.

Despite a 39 percent chase rate that concerns some clubs, Caglianone is hitting.418/.529/.862 with 28 home runs (second only to Condon) and an astounding 7 percent strikeout rate. A lefty pitcher with strength to spare, he is fascinating as a raw pop competitor who will be picked as a slugger. Burns or Smith could be the Rockies’ closer if Condon and Caglianone go 1-2.

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