Here’s a set of last-minute mock drafts:
|MLB.com Mayo||MLB.com Callis||Baseball America||CBS Sports Heyman||Sports Illustrated||Sporting News||USA Today|
|White Sox||Tyler Kolek||Kolek||Kolek||Kolek||Kolek||Kolek||Rodon|
|Cubs||Kyle Schwarber||Michael Conforto||Conforto||Schwarber||Kyle Freeland||Jackson||Nola|
|Mariners||Alex Jackson||Jackson||Jackson||Jackson||Gordon||Aaron Nola||Gordon|
- Many folks will look foolish if it does not go Aiken-Rodon-Kolek. Which pretty much ensures that it won’t.
- It’s been clear for awhile that the Cubs are the wild card. The buzz is that they will take whichever player agrees to a haircut on the signing bonus. Schwarber and Conforto are both college stars who have not been tagged as top-5 draft talents, so the assumption is they won’t get top-5 money anyway and will take the reduced bonus. The Cubs have also been linked to Kennesaw State catcher Max Pentecost, so don’t be shocked to see him pop up there.
- “Everyone” is viewing high school shortstop Gordon as the Twins choice at No. 5, but SI and USA Today didn’t get the memo.
- If “everyone” is right about 1-2-3, and the Cubs taking a money-saver, and then Twins liking Gordon over Jackson, then, indeed, Jackson falls to Seattle.
I think that would be an excellent result at No. 6.
Of course, this will all be moot in a couple of hours, so I’d better post it already.