2032 MLB Mock Draft 1) New York Yankees - SP Jeff Sanders, Pacific Sanders was a bit of a late riser this year, but his tireless work ethic and competitiveness have left scouts bullish on his future. He possesses 3+ pitches, including a filthy fastball that tops 100 MPH. Considered as close to a sure thing as there is in this draft, Sanders will be MLB ready in less than 2 years. Despite posting a ridiculous .99 WHIP at Pacific, it remains to be seen how slowly the Yankees want to take it with him. With Kevin Geer and David Taylor in pinstripes, the AL East could be in for a devastating 1-2-3 punch atop the Yankee rotation. 2) Cincinnati Reds – SP Kyle Tracy, Duquesne Tracy has some question marks for a top 2 pick, having come from a mediocre division 1 program like Duquesne. To truly understand Tracy, however, you have to look beyond the numbers, and see a kid that turned down several SEC scholarships to stay home and help build a Duquesne program he grew up rooting for. Indeed, Tracy is a fiercely loyal home-grown Pittsburgh product that will step up and lead a staff for 10 years in the big leagues. Tracy has filthy stuff and 3 + pitches, and has shown that his game will translate even better against wood bats, as he dominated the Cape Cod League for two straight summers. Though Tracy will be happy to be just four hours away from Pittsburgh, one can’t help but think he wouldn’t be all that upset if he some slips to pick six. 3) Los Angeles Dodgers – SP Ronald Gibbons, Texas Gibbons doesn't carry any of the question marks of the previously drafted Tracy. He played his college ball at Texas, facing a high level of competition. He doesn't mind traveling to wherever to play, as evidenced by him growing up in Michigan and going all the way down to Texas for college. He'll be in another warm weather environment in Los Angeles, and will pair with top prospect Edwin McCoy in what looks like a future monster rotation. Gibbons has 3 plus pitches, highlighted by a plus-plus changeup, along with a show me curveball just to keep hitters honest at times. He projects to have outstanding stuff, along with good movement and control. His only downside is the nickname “Hard Hittin” which doesn't seem to bode well for a pitcher. 4) Chicago White Sox – CF Stan Burt, Richwoods H.S. (Peoria, Illinois) The long, lean, and speedy CF dominated the Perfect Game National Showcase, putting on a show in batting practice and clocking at 6.4 60 yard dash. Burt is a very advanced defensive player for his age, and projects to be a .290/25 HR kind of hitter in the big leagues. The Illinois native has made it clear he’s willing to forgo his NLI to play at N.C. State if he gets a signing bonus in the 8 million dollar range. Given the bevy of arms in Chicago’s system, they will look to continue to deepen their system with a bat in an arm-heavy draft. 5) Atlanta Braves – SP Billy Akers, Georgia Tech Atlanta is severely lacking in pitching prospects right now, and is in a perfect position to grab one in a draft loaded in high end pitchers, in comparison to batters. Akers has some of the best stuff we've seen in college, racking up a 15.4 K/9 last season in the powerhouse ACC. Akers one weakness is only having average movement on his pitches, but the Atlanta coaching staff will make that a priority to work on with him. His outstanding cutter should help him neutralize left handed bats while his slider looks to be his out pitch. There is a little worry due to his smaller stature, but he hasn't shown injury problems in the past. View attachment 33105 6) Pittsburgh Pirates – SP Clyde Hoffman, UCLA Hoffman posted a 10-2 record and captained the Bruins to Omaha. He has a projectable frame, electric stuff, and arguably the best fastball in the draft. Despite posting a .6 HR/9 his senior season, a lot of scouts worry about his 55 movement potential and 100 mph fastball. The upside is immense for Hoffman, but it remains to be seen if he can limit the home runs, and I’m not sure PNC Bank is the ideal destination for such a player. View attachment 33106 7) San Diego Padres – SP Chris Torres, Georgetown The Padres have a plethora of hitting talent, so they take another of the pitching prospects in the draft. San Diego had their eye on Hoffman, who would be a perfect fit in spacious Petco, but with him off the board they grab the pitcher who they think is the best player left on the board. Torres has great stuff and solid movement to go along with a little over average control. He's a little less developed than a team would prefer, and almost had the team take Daniel Montgomery instead, but the projection of more strikeouts and being a lefty overpowered the doubts. Torres is another pitcher with 3 great pitches and a 4th pitch that can be used to keep hitters off balance. View attachment 33107 8) Kansas City Royals – SP Daniel Montgomery, Clemson The Royals will take the BPA at 8 – in this case, it’s Montgomery. The Clemson product is a 6’3 junior with a filthy change-up and excellent stuff. At only 20 years old, Montgomery is pretty advanced, posting a 9-2 record with 12.9 K/9 in the always difficult Atlantic Coast Conference. Kansas City will be looking find a Robin for their Batman Buck Davis, and Montgomery is more than capable of filling that role. He is a team player and will provide excellent leadership in the clubhouse. View attachment 33108 9) Colorado Rockies – SP Dave Willits, North Central IL Major control concerns are the reason that Willits has lasted so far, but the Rockies look to make an impact and grab the most talented player left on the board. Willits can strike out batters with all but the best of them, and has a lot of movement on his pitches, which will help out tremendously in Coors Field. Willits features 3 plus pitches, most notable of them being his cutter. The control concerns did scare off a few teams picking earlier, and his lack of college competition didn't help him out either. But we've seen plenty of players come out of small schools and be dominant, and the Rockies are hoping Willits will be one as well. View attachment 33109 10) Tampa Bay Rays – SP Nathan Williams, Sandia High School (Albuquerque, NM) Tampa is in full-rebuild after shipping off David Taylor, Rafael Cruz, and Gabriel Carrion. While there is no indication as to how far away their front office sees them, my guess is the Rays’ brass is in no rush. Williams is a prep arm with the most upside of anyone at this point in the draft. “Pock” has four potential plus pitches, solid stuff, and a groundball tendency. He’s incredibly smart, having signed with Stanford, but has made it clear he’s willing to go pro and continue his education in the offseason.