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2024 MLB Draft: March's Mock Draft

By Draft HQ Staff

Prep Baseball’s Draft HQ last published a mock draft in December, following MLB’s second annual draft lottery. Fast-forward to today, and there’s been quite a bit of shifting in this predictive snapshot of the first round.

Unlike the 2023 MLB Draft, the very top of this year’s board is much cloudier, with room for players and teams to cut deals to save bonus money for later, etc. With that said, there’s still some familiarity at the top of the first between this mock draft and December’s. We have the Cleveland Guardians taking someone new with the first overall pick, but we still foresee the talented two-way player from Florida, Jac Caglianone, vying for one of the first few picks. Otherwise, the top-10 doesn’t retain all that many similarities, underscoring the status of this class, as it’s without the kind of impact at the very top that would crash MLB top-100 lists right away – at least not as hastily as the Skenes-Crews-Langford trio has.

Expect the top-10 – even the top-5 – to fluctuate greatly this spring, though what this class might lack in punch it makes up for in its depth.

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The movement on this updated mock reflects some of college baseball’s hottest starts, like Georgia’s Charlie Condon, who connected on home run No. 13 already on Tuesday against Iowa; Hagen Smith, who stumbled in his first start for Arkansas only to punch out 28 batters in his 16 innings pitched since; and Chase Burns, who steals the internet’s spotlight each time he takes the ball for Wake Forest.

On the prep side, we’ve long been enamored with the ceiling Bryce Rainer (Harvard-Westlake HS, CA; Texas commit) possesses, and we have him as the first high school product selected in July – and he too warrants mentioning as one of the prospects on this list who’s gathered buzz halfway through March.

We’ll share some more prospect insight in tomorrow’s Draft HQ Top-200 update, which will help highlight the quality of talent beginning to accumulate in the back of the first round that should trickle down further into rounds two, three, and beyond.

For now, here’s how we foresee the 2024 Draft shaking it, were the Guardians on the clock today.

2024 MLB DRAFT: Spring Cleaning

School (Previous HS or Commitment)
(1) Cleveland Guardians Travis Bazzana 2B Oregon State (Turramurra HS, Australia, 2021)
(2) Cincinnati Reds Jac Caglianone 1B/LHP Florida (Plant HS, FL, 2021)
(3) Colorado Rockies Charlie Condon OF Georgia (The Walker School HS, GA, 2021)
(4) Oakland Athletics Hagen Smith LHP Arkansas (Bullard HS, Texas, 2021)
(5) Chicago White Sox Chase Burns RHP Wake Forest (Beech HS, TN, 2021)
(6) Kansas City Royals JJ Wetherholt SS West Virginia (Mars Area HS, PA, 2021)
(7) St. Louis Cardinals Bryce Rainer SS Harvard-Westlake HS, CA (Texas commit)
(8) Los Angeles Angels Jonathan Santucci LHP Duke (Phillips Academy HS, MA, 2021)
(9) Pittsburgh Pirates Nick Kurtz 1B Wake Forest (The Baylor School HS, TN, 2021)
(10) Washington Nationals Braden Montgomery  OF Texas A&M (Madison Central HS, MS, 2021)
(11) Detroit Tigers Konnor Griffin OF Jackson Prep HS, MS (LSU commit)
(12) Boston Red Sox Vance Honeycutt OF North Carolina (Salisbury HS, NC, 2021)
(13) San Francisco Giants Brody Brecht RHP Iowa (Ankeny HS, IA, 2021)
(14) Chicago Cubs Caleb Lomavita C Cal (St. Louis HS, HI, 2021)
(15) Seattle Mariners Trey Yesavage RHP East Carolina (Boyertown HS, PA, 2021)
(16) Miami Marlins Cameron Caminiti LHP Saguaro HS, AZ (LSU commit)
(17) Milwaukee Brewers Billy Amick 3B Tennessee (P27 Academy HS, SC, 2021)
(18) Tampa Bay Rays William Schmidt RHP Catholic B.R. HS, LA (LSU commit)
(19) New York Mets Theo Gillen SS Austin Westlake HS, TX (Texas commit)
(20) Toronto Blue Jays Jacob Cozart C NC State (Wesleyan Christian HS, NC, 2021) 
(21) Minnesota Twins Tommy White 3B LSU (IMG Academy HS, FL, 2021)
(22) Baltimore Orioles Wyatt Sanford SS Independence HS, TX (Texas A&M commit)
(23) Los Angeles Dodgers Ben Hess RHP Alabama (Charleston HS, IL, 2021)
(24) San Diego Padres Johnny King LHP Naples HS, FL (Miami commit)
(25) New York Yankees Kale Fountain 3B Norris HS, NE (LSU commit)
(26) Atlanta Braves Seaver King OF Wake Forest (Athens Christian, GA, 2021)
(27) Philadelphia Phillies PJ Morlando OF Summerville HS, SC (South Carolina commit)
(28) Houston Astros Malcolm Moore* C Stanford (CK McClatchy HS, CA, 2022)
(29) Arizona
Dakota Jordan* OF Mississippi State (Jackson Academy HS, MS, 2022) 
(30) Texas Rangers Josh Hartle LHP Wake Forest (Reagan HS, NC, 2021) 
 *Notes draft-eligible college sophomore