Why the Twins took him here: With the big league team thriving in first place and top-rated prospects like Alex Kirilloff and Royce Lewis on the way, the Twins have a good foundation to remain successful in the short term and the long term. Cavaco is a roll of the dice, of sorts, as the Twins project his breakout performance as a sign that he is just beginning his upward trajectory.
Who is Stott? A shortstop who is likely to actually stay at shortstop, despite his size, the UNLV product is listed at 6-foot-3 and pounds and is most often compared to Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. Why the Phillies took him here: Stott will have to prove that his numbers aren't just the product of his hitter-friendly environment in Las Vegas and the Mountain West Conference, but Philadelphia is getting a potential contributor on both sides of the ball at shortstop with enough size that a move to third base also is a possibility.
Who is Wilson? Wilson is a college shortstop who profiles more as a second baseman in pro ball. Why the Angels took him here: Wilson has demonstrated power that should play at second base during his time at NC State, belting a combined 31 home runs over the past two seasons. Who is Carroll? The No.
As Law wrote, if he were 6-foot-3, Carroll might have been a candidate to go first overall. Why the Diamondbacks took him here: With seven of the first 75 picks, the Diamondbacks have the biggest draft pool of the 30 teams, and they might have received a gift here with their first selection. Given the success of all the undersized players across the majors right now, Carroll's size isn't the big negative it might have been viewed as a generation ago. Who is Rutledge? If you thought Alek Manoah was big, wait until you see the 6-foot-8, pound Rutledge on the mound.
Rutledge landed at San Jacinto after transferring from Arkansas and dominated with a fastball that regularly touched 98 mph this spring. Why the Nationals took him here: With Rutledge's high 90s fastball, a cutter and an improving breaking ball, it's not hard to understand why Washington would jump on a chance to draft a pitcher with that upside. But it remains to see what he'll do against elite competition after taking the junior college route to the draft.
Who is Priester? A 6-foot-3 right-hander from a northern state, Priester is a strike thrower with a repeatable delivery and a swing-and-miss curveball. Why the Pirates took him here: Just before the draft started, Keith Law said he was hearing Pittsburgh was likely to go with a high school arm here.
Given that Will Wilson and Shea Langeliers two players Law had going to the Pirates in mock drafts already were off the board, it seems the Bucs' decision was made easier by those selecting before them. Who is Thompson? The Kentucky product is a southpaw who has proved he can compete against high-level competition in the SEC this season.
He struck out batters in 90 innings and posted a 2. Why the Cardinals took him here: According to Keith Law, Thompson could have been a top pick if not for a elbow issue and some late elbow pronation in his delivery. The Cardinals have a history of success drafting starting pitchers from major conferences, and Thompson could be next in line. Who is Kirby? A 6-foot-3 right-hander who is not from a power conference, Kirby gets his fastball up to 95 mph, and his curveball and changeup both rate as above-average.
Why the Mariners took him here: Well, for the third time in four years, general manager Jerry Dipoto took a smaller-college guy in the first round, following outfielder Kyle Lewis Mercer in and pitcher Logan Gilbert Stetson last season. Like Gilbert, Kirby is viewed as a high-floor guy more so than having a high ceiling, and given the state of the Mariners' pitching staff, betting on a higher degree of certainty is understandable.
Who is Shewmake? A contact hitter in the power-strikeout era, Shewmake hit over. At 6-foot-4, he is a tall shortstop who could end up at second or third or moving around the diamond. Why the Braves took him here: Have we mentioned that college hitters are the strength of this draft?
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Shewmake proved himself in the tough SEC, and he is a safe bet to produce with his hit tool. There isn't a lot of power here, but Atlanta added a second high-floor player after landing Shea Langeliers at No. Who is Jones? A draft-eligible sophomore, the switch-hitter is an 80 runner, and then some, making him the fastest player in the draft. That makes him one of the most exciting players in the draft.
And while he has a strong arm, Keith Law thinks he will move to center field and has concerns about Jones' hit tool he did hit. Why the Rays took him here: Speed never slumps! The Rays have one of the top two farm systems, allowing them to gamble here on a player with game-changing speed. The one thing Tampa Bay's farm system does lack is an obvious center-field replacement for Kevin Kiermaier -- who has been injury-prone in recent seasons -- so if Jones moves to center, he has the speed to give the Rays another great glove in the outfield.
Who is Toglia? He is the No. Why the Rockies took him here: Law mentioned going into the draft that Colorado was one of the toughest teams to get a read on, so it's likely the Rockies saw something in Toglia that others didn't. While the glove is the calling card for Toglia, he has posted a 1. Who is Espino? A prospect Keith Law calls a smaller 6-foot right-hander with effort, Espino has first-round stuff despite his stature. He is a Panamanian-born pitcher who managed to overcome the stigma smaller starting pitchers face in the first round of the draft. Why the Indians took him: Cleveland is one team that isn't afraid to keep a smaller pitcher in the rotation think Trevor Bauer , and the Indians are getting a pitcher with as much pure stuff as anyone who has been picked.
Espino has flashed 99 mph on his fastball and shown a hard slider to go with it, meaning the payoff for Cleveland could be high if this pick works out. Who is Hoese? The Royals took Hoese in the 35th round last year as a draft-eligible sophomore, but he returned to Tulane and improved from.
He will turn 22 in July, making him the oldest hitter in Keith Law's top , and Hoese eventually could end up at first base. Why the Dodgers took him here: Did you see those offensive numbers? Back in , the Dodgers struck gold with the 24th pick when Walker Buehler fell because of some arm issues. Hoese fell in part because of his age, and you wonder if the Dodgers will once again take advantage with a stealth late-first-round pick.
Who is Walston? Keith Law points to Walston as one of the few pop-up arms of the spring in this draft, but the projectable North Carolina prep prospect is considered a tough sign as an NC State commit. He also was a record-setting quarterback in high school. Why the Diamondbacks took him here: The Diamondbacks have seven Day 1 picks, so this somewhat surprising selection could have some strategy around it.
Arizona took a high school outfielder earlier in the night when it grabbed Corbin Carroll, and it added an athletic pitcher with upside -- if Walston does in fact sign with Arizona here. Who is Jensen? Why the Cubs took him here: Drafting and developing pitchers hasn't exactly been a strength for the Cubs during the Theo Epstein era. In Jensen, Chicago is betting on the heat of an undersized right-hander who has started in college but could end up in a major league bullpen.
Who is Small? A redshirt junior who missed the season with Tommy John surgery, Small doesn't have big-time velocity at 86 to 92 mph, but he dominated the SEC with a 1. Batters hit just. Why the Brewers took him here: Teams don't really use the draft for need, since you don't know what your needs will be in the future.
But the Brewers certainly need rotation help -- not just at the major league level, but also in the minors, as the farm system has produced Brandon Woodruff , Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta over the past two seasons. Small had big numbers in the best conference in college baseball. Who is Davidson? Davidson is a shortstop with some pop -- but also some swing-and-miss -- in his bat.
He posted double-digit home runs and steals in all three of his seasons at Clemson, and he has a good chance to stick in the middle of the diamond as a pro. Why the Athletics took him here: The A's are betting Davidson can develop into the player his tools suggest, despite his struggles in the wood-bat Cape Cod League -- where he hit just.
Who is Volpe? A high school teammate of the more heralded Jack Leiter a potential first-rounder himself, but likely headed to Vanderbilt , Volpe ranks just 90th on Keith Law's board. His hit tool projects as his most likely tool to be above-average, and Law likes his feel and instincts but believes Volpe will move to second or third in the pros. Why the Yankees took him here: Maybe they'll take Leiter -- son of Al -- later on and try to buy him out of that Vanderbilt commitment, using Volpe as a recruiting tool.
Or maybe the Yankees just really like that hit tool. Who is Busch? Keith Law had Busch at No. He has played first base during his time at North Carolina, but he was announced as a second baseman when L. Why the Dodgers took him here: Busch has power -- 16 home runs this spring -- and has walked 20 more times than he has struck out this season. Six picks after grabbing Kody Hoese from Tulane, the Dodgers added another strong bat late in the first round for an organization that has nailed its offensive picks in recent drafts -- Mullen.
Who is Lee? When Andrew Vaughn became the first player from Cal selected in Monday's first round, everyone saw it coming.
"If Mark Twain were alive, he'd be happy about this contest, because he'd win it."
When Lee's name came off the board 29 picks later, none of us saw it coming. Lee is the first player ranked outside of Keith Law's top to be selected. Why the Astros took him here: Lee's slash line is certainly attention-grabbing, as he went off to the tune of. HS No. School No.
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Ayala Calif. Kansas City, Michael Massey, 2b, Illinois. San Diego, Matt Brash, rhp, Niagara. San Francisco, Tyler Fitzgerald, ss, Louisville. Toronto, Will Robertson, of, Creighton. Mets, Jake Mangum, cf, Mississippi State. Minnesota, Seth Gray, 3b, Wright State. Philadelphia, Erik Miller, lhp, Stanford. Arizona, Glenallen Hill Jr.
Washington, Matt Cronin, lhp, Arkansas. Pittsburgh, C. Flowers, rhp, Florida State. Seattle, Tim Elliott, rhp, Georgia. Tampa Bay, Graeme Stinson, lhp, Duke. Colorado, Brenton Doyle, rf, Shepherd. Milwaukee, Nick Kahle, c, Washington. Yankees, Jake Agnos, lhp, East Carolina. Boston, Noah Song, rhp, Navy. Baltimore, Darell Hernaiz, ss. Detroit, Bryant Packard, 1b, East Carolina.
Cincinnati, Evan Kravetz, lhp, Rice. Lutheran HS. Toronto, Tanner Morris, ss, Virginia. Mets, Nathan Jones, rhp, Northwestern State. Minnesota, Will Holland, ss, Auburn. Angels, Garrett Stallings, rhp, Tennessee. Arizona, Conor Grammes, rhp, Xavier. Washington, Tyler Dyson, rhp, Florida. Pittsburgh, Grant Ford, rhp, Nevada.
Louis, Thomas Connor, lhp, Georgia Tech. Atlanta, Stephen Paolini, cf, St. Joseph HS, Trumbull, Conn. Colorado, Will Ethridge, rhp, Mississippi. Cleveland, Hunter Gaddis, rhp, Georgia State. Dodgers, Jack Little, rhp, Stanford. Chicago Cubs, Josh Burgmann, rhp, Washington.
Milwaukee, Thomas Dillard, c, Mississippi. Oakland, Jalen Greer, ss, St. Rita HS, Chicago. Yankees, Ken Waldichuk, lhp, St. Mary's CA. Boston, Jaxx Groshans, c, Kansas. Baltimore, Maverick Handley, c, Stanford. Detroit, Cooper Johnson, c, Mississippi. San Diego, Drake Fellows, rhp, Vanderbilt.
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Colorado, Gavin Hollowell, rhp, St. Dodgers, Aaron Ochsenbein, rhp, Eastern Kentucky. Christian School. Milwaukee, Nick Bennett, lhp, Louisville. Oakland, Seth Shuman, rhp, Georgia Southern. Houston, Matthew Barefoot, cf, Campbell.
Boston, Chris Murphy, lhp, San Diego. Kansas City, Noah Murdock, rhp, Virginia. Miami, Bryan Hoeing, rhp, Louisville. San Diego, Connor Lehmann, rhp, St. Texas, Brandon Sproat, rhp, Pace Fla. Toronto, LJ Talley, 2b, Georgia.
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Cleveland, Xzavion Curry, rhp, Georgia Tech. Dodgers, Nick Robertson, rhp, James Madison. Milwaukee, Gabe Holt, 2b, Texas Tech. Oakland, Drew Millas, c, Missouri State. Yankees, Nick Paciorek, rhp, Northwestern. Houston, Blair Henley, rhp, Texas. Detroit, Jack Kenley, ss, Arkansas. Cincinnati, Quin Cotton, cf, Grand Canyon. Texas, John Matthews, rhp, Kent State. Toronto, Angel Camacho, 3b, Jacksonville. Mets, Connor Wollersheim, lhp, Kent State. Minnesota, Casey Legumina, rhp, Gonzaga.
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Boston, Wil Dalton, cf, Florida. Miami, Evan Brabrand, rhp, Liberty. Detroit, Austin Bergner, rhp, North Carolina. San Diego, Jason Blanchard, lhp, Lamar. San Francisco, Simon Whiteman, ss, Yale. Toronto, Philip Clarke, c, Vanderbilt. Mets, Joe Genord, 1b, South Florida. Minnesota, Brent Headrick, lhp, Illinois State.
Philadelphia, Rudy Rott, 1b, Ohio. Angels, Zach Linginfelter, rhp, Tennessee. Arizona, Bobby Ay, rhp, Cal Poly. Pittsburgh, Ethan Paul, ss, Vanderbilt. Louis, Todd Lott, of, Louisiana-Lafayette. Seattle, Mike Salvatore, ss, Florida State. Colorado, Isaac Collins, 2b, Creighton.
Flossmoor HS. Milwaukee, Darrien Miller, c, Clovis Calif. Oakland, Colin Peluse, rhp, Wake Forest. Yankees, Spencer Henson, 1b, Oral Roberts. Houston, Peyton Battenfield, rhp, Oklahoma State. Boston, Cody Scroggins, rhp, Arkansas. Miami, J. Orr, cf, Wright State. Detroit, Jake Holton, 1b, Creighton. Cincinnati, Jake Stevenson, rhp, Minnesota. Minnesota, Ben Gross, rhp, Duke.
Washington, Andrew Pratt, c, Lubbock Christian. Pittsburgh, Cameron Junker, rhp, Notre Dame. Louis, Jake Sommers, lhp, Milwaukee. Seattle, Kyle Hill, rhp, Baylor. Tampa Bay, Jonathan Embry, c, Liberty. Colorado, Jack Yalowitz, rf, Illinois. Cleveland, Zach Hart, rhp, Franklin Pierce. Milwaukee, Taylor Floyd, rhp, Texas Tech. Oakland, Patrick McColl, 1b, Harvard. Houston, C. Stubbs, rhp, Southern Cal. Boston, Stephen Scott, of, Vanderbilt. Baltimore, Andrew Daschbach, 1b, Stanford.
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In the very act of describing sex as an incidental, you create an excruciating sex scene. James's sex scenes are not incidental, they are the meat of the plot, the crux of the conflict, the key to at least one of and possibly both the central characters. It is a sex book. It is not a book with sex in it.
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