MLB Draft Grades: 6-10
Miami Marlins draft grade: B-
Berry, a multi-positional threat out of LSU, has received Andrew Vaughn comparison. Vaughn, who currently plays for the White Sox, gets mixed reviews on the south side of Chicago. Nonetheless, Berry has an explosive bat, but needs to work on hammering down a primary position. He spent most of last year as a DH.
Chicago Cubs draft grade: C+
Horton was the second pitcher taken in the MLB Draft, but he’s also the fastest riser up boards. With several position players available, Chicago took the best current collegiate pitcher available. Before the season, Horton wasn’t ranked in the top-200 available prospects. Nonetheless, the Cubs are taking a chance here, and his grade reflects that. This is not a pitcher’s draft.
Minnesota Twins draft grade: A
How in the world did Lee fall to the Twins? At No. 8, Minnesota made the right choice, even with Carlos Correa already on the roster. Lee is as polished as they come as a hitter, and he’s a capable defender as well. Some analysts believe he’ll come off of SS and switch over the third base, in similar fashion to an Alex Bregman type.
Kansas City Royals draft grade: B
The Virginia Tech outfielder is as MLB-ready as they come. At 21 years old, Cross started his collegiate career as a two-way player. Ironically enough, Cross grew up a Tennessee Vols and Braves fans, and identifies with Freddie Freeman of all players. Cross gets Sean Casey comparisons, yet far more athletic. He can hit with plenty of power though does need to cut down on his strikeouts.
Colorado Rockies draft grade: C
Hughes is an unusual pick at this juncture, as he was expected to go a bit later. Not to mention, he has to (hopefully) pitch at Coors Field. Analysts believe Hughes to be a rare college arm that still hasn’t reached his ceiling. So, despite the draft not being very pitcher-heavy, several came off the board early.