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SB Nation MLB Mock Draft: Royals select Brady House

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The Royals could get another prep infielder.

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The MLB draft is set to take place this weekend, so we thought we’d have a mock draft of our own with SB Nation writers. We took 30 writers from various SB Nation baseball sites and gave them each a team to work with. To be clear, this is not who we think will get drafted, just who we would draft.

Clint Scoles drafted for the Royals, and with the seventh pick, he selected Georgia prep shortstop Brady House.

Clint Scoles: I didn’t expect the board to layout like it did, to be honest, with it going pretty chalk at the top. Once it did, I couldn’t stay off of Brady House with his athleticism and power. At 215 lbs and just turned 18 years old, he’s not going to be able to stick at the position when he likely adds 20 or more pounds, but no matter with his hands, arm, and power. He should be able to handle third base or rightfield easily in the early years before moving to first or designated hitter. None of the shortstops in this class could move Bobby Witt, Jr. off the position anyway and it’s fools gold to think one could. I think outside of Marcelo Mayer, House is the best prep bat in this class as he doesn’t need to ramp up like Watson to get to the power. He has a long track record in front of scouts similar to Pratto and Witt in the past, and he’s shown he can make tweaks in his swing already, which is something all players have to do at some point in their development.

The only other possible pick for me here with what was on the board was Colton Cowser. I like Cowser quite a bit and believe he will be a longtime major league corner outfielder that will hit 10-20 HR while carrying a good OBP. Still, House has a huge upside and drips Troy Glaus 30 to 40 home run potential, which next to Bobby Witt could make the best-left side infield in the game for a few years. There are rumors House could take a shorter deal in the top five, so I don’t suspect that the Royals would have to go much over slot with this selection, leaving them with a decent bonus amount to take a player with their second selection.

Full draft results:

SB Nation Mock Draft

Round 1 Pick School
Round 1 Pick School
1 Pirates SS Jordan Lawlar Jesuit HS (TX)
2 Rangers SS Marcelo Mayer Eastlake HS (CA)
3 Tigers RHP Jack Leiter Vanderbilt University
4 Red Sox C Henry Davis University of Louisville
5 Orioles SS Kahlil Watson Wake Forest HS (NC)
6 Diamondbacks RHP Kumar Rocker Vanderbilt University
7 Royals SS Brady House Winder-Barrow HS (GA)
8 Rockies OF Sal Frelick Boston College
9 Angels RHP Jackson Jobe Heritage Hall HS (OK)
10 Mets RHP Ty Madden University of Texas
11 Nationals OF Colton Cowser Sam Houston State
12 Mariners LHP Jordan Wicks Kansas State University
13 Phillies RHP Gunnar Hoglund University of Mississippi
14 Giants CF Benny Montgomery Red Land HS (PA)
15 Brewers SS Matt McLain UCLA
16 Marlins C Harry Ford North Cobb HS (GA)
17 Reds RHP Andrew Painter Calvary Christian HS (FL)
18 Cardinals RHP Sam Bachman Miami University (OH)
19 Blue Jays RHP Gavin Williams East Carolina University
20 Yankees RHP Will Bednar Mississippi State University
21 Cubs RHP Michael McGreevy UC-Santa Barbara
22 White Sox SS Colson Montgomery Southridge HS (IN)
23 Indians RHP Bubba Chandler North Oconee HS (GA)
24 Braves SS Trey Sweeney Eastern Illinois Univeresity
25 Athletics OF Will Taylor Dutch Fork HS (SC)
26 Twins CF Jud Fabian University of Florida
27 Padres 3B Izaac Pacheco Friendswood HS (TX)
28 Rays RHP Ryan Cusick Wake Forest University
29 Dodgers (Comp pick) C Joe Mack Williamsville East HS (NY)
30 Reds (Competitive Balance A pick) OF Joshua Baez Dexter Southfield HS (MA)