With the 2017 season officially in the books, the draft order is set for the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft and Baseball America put out their first Mock Draft on Monday with high school catcher Will Banfield projected to go to the Brewers at pick number 21.
Banfield, 17, is a senior at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia and has an offer to play collegiately at Vanderbilt, but is all but certain to sign if chosen in the first round.
An advanced hitter from the right side of the plate with the potential to generate plus power as he develops, Banfield is a hard worker with a good reputation among scouts.
Also a terrific athlete who is a natural behind the plate, Banfield has a rocket for an arm and profiles as the best catching prospect available in 2018, though as BA notes, high school catchers are some of the riskiest picks when it comes to the draft.
The mock draft, which was put together by John Manuel, has University of Florida right-handed hurler Brady Singer going number one to the Detroit Tigers, followed by high school right-hander Ethan Hankins going number two to the San Francisco Giants and high school shortstop Brice Turang going number three overall to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jarred Kelenic, an outfielder from Waukesha West High School appears at number 13 overall to the Miami Marlins in the mock draft.
The 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft is scheduled to run from Monday, June 4th through Wednesday, June 6th with the first-round once again to be broadcast on MLB Network.