MLB Draft: Mock Draft 5.3

The Minnesota Twins, who own the No. 1 pick, are now slotted for up to $7.78 million in bonus money for this year's draft while the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres, who have the No. 2 and No. 3 picks, are slotted at $7.19 million and $6.69 million.

Unlike football and basketball, baseball prospects are much tougher to evaluate and usually take several years to reach the big leagues.

The question is not if Thompson will get drafted, but rather how high.

The Atlanta Braves will draft fifth, with MLB.com mock drafts expecting the team to take UC Irvine outfielder-second baseman Keston Hiura, with Vanderbilt pitcher Kyle Wright a possibility, as well.

"He's got that "it" factor that a No. 1 pick needs to survive and move forward and have success at the end of the journey", said Mike Radcliff, the Twins' vice president for player personnel. It was the third time the Twins led off the draft, and first since they took hometown high school catcher Joe Mauer in 2001. However, it was recently revealed by the Oregonian that the now 21-year-old Heimlich was a registered sex offender as a result of pleading guilty to repeatedly sexually molesting his six-year-old cousin when he was 15 years old.

"If someone figures that out, maybe we'll have an opportunity, but it's a challenge".

Hit.562 with 25 home runs, 61 RBIs, 53 runs scored, .667 on-base percentage and 1.437 slugging percentage in just 35 games as senior. He's also 10-3 with a 2.34 ERA on the mound. Expect him to sign barring an unforeseen slip in the draft.

After North Carolina high school outfielder Austin Beck went sixth to Oakland, a pair of University of Virginia teammates were picked with the next two selections: first baseman Pavin Smith to Arizona and outfielder Adam Haseley to Philadelphia. Is it time for the return of the two-way player in Major League baseball.

It is unknown whether Oregon State was aware of Heimlich's guilty plea when he entered the school's baseball program.

"The talents of the players and how things play out, you try to be as open-minded as you can", said Rays GM Erik Neander, whose team picks fourth overall.

As the name suggests, here are some names that I have not ranked as high as consensus due to some concerns I have with their profile. "But it's quite an accomplishment to do it at the collegiate level".

The Draft, which is comprised of 40 rounds, will continue on Tuesday at noon (CT) for Rounds 3-10 and then again on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. CT for rounds 11-40. In this final edition, contributor Benjamin Chase covers two rounds of selections as if he were in the GM chair for each organization, based on what he has heard on each prospect over the course of the spring. Adell has everything one could hope for with a player available at the 18th pick.

The No. 1 pick in Major League Baseball's draft belongs to the Minnesota Twins - who don't exactly look like a rebuilding project these days.

Also an option at number one was California high schooler Hunter Greene, who boasts a 102-mph fastball and played shortstop for Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks. He's the kind of guy who can be the best player on the team, the best in college baseball perhaps - and certainly the best two-way player, which he has been the past three seasons - without engendering jealousy from his teammates.

  • Julie Sanders