Diamondbacks selected Notre Dame outfielder A.J. Pollock with the 17th pick in the draft.
It was thought the Diamondbacks would probably take a hitter and a pitcher with their back-to-back picks, but they've gone offense on both. Pollock, a converted shortstop, shows potential in center field. His power will be primarly in the form of doubles. Arizona probably could have done better here, but saving money to sign all of the team's early picks likely was a factor.
Marlins selected high school LHP Chad James with the 18th pick in the draft.
James has plenty of upside with his low-90s fastball and hard curve. He has a ways to go from a command standpoint, but he was a nice choice at No. 18. On potential alone, he ranked as the top high school lefty in the draft.
Cardinals selected high school RHP Shelby Miller with the 19th pick in the draft.
Miller has one of the fastballs in the draft, as he's been known to top out at 97-98 mph. He needs to tighten up his curve, come up with a change and improve his command, but that's what the minor leagues are for.
Blue Jays selected Kennesaw State RHP Chad Jenkins with the 20th pick.
Jenkins has a sinking low-90s fastball and a plus slider. He's also displayed some potential with his changeup. He probably doesn't have more than third-starter upside and he may be more of a No. 4, but he has the build and arsenal of a 200- or 220-inning guy.
Astros selected high school shortstop Jiovanni Mier with the 21st pick in the draft.
Mier is questionable to last at shortstop, and he probably won't possess the bat to be a major asset anywhere else. He's probably not more than a future 12-homer guy at best, and plate discipline is an issue. He shouldn't have gone in the first round.
Twins picked Missouri RHP Kyle Gibson 22nd overall.
A big surprise. Gibson was thought of as a top-10 pick before being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his forearm. If it's a one-time injury, the Twins could have themselves a steal here. Gibson has No. 2 starter potential with his low-90s fastball, slider and changeup.
White Sox selected LSU outfielder Jared Mitchell with the 23rd pick in the draft.
Mitchell might have 20- or 25-homer ability, but his long swing could lead to low averages. Also, he's no sure thing to last in center field. He has the raw speed, but he's not a great defender right now and his arm is below average. If he moves to left, he may not have the bat to make it.
Angels selected high school outfielder Randal Grichuk with the 24th pick in the draft.
No one was expecting Grichuk to go in the first round. He has ample power potential and could potentially be a 30-homer guy, but he may not make a lot of contact and he's limited defensively. The Angels will likely stick him in left field.