UNLV Baseball: 2019 MLB Mock Draft Projections For Bryson Stott
The Rebels’ super shortstop is slated to be a first-round selection in the MLB Draft, but how high could he be selected?
How much value will Stott have?
The UNLV Rebels haven’t had a first-round pick in the annual Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft since 2014, when Erick Fedde was selected by the Washington Nationals, but that seems likely to change thanks to Bryson Stott.
After being named a Freshman All-American in 2017 and a third-team All-American in 2018, the Vegas native has surged yet again this spring by hitting .369/.498/.636 with ten home runs and 15 stolen bases. He’s been named a Golden Spikes semifinalist and is generally considered to be the top collegiate shortstop in this year’s prospect class.
What does this all mean for when Stott might hear his name called? If you haven’t paid attention in years past, the MLB Draft is slightly different in that teams have a finite budget with which to make their selections and the team with the first overall pick, the Baltimore Orioles, doesn’t even have the most money to spend in this draft.
This has affected decision making before, the most recent famous example happening in 2012, when the Houston Astros selected Carlos Correa with the number one pick and signed him to a deal under the value of the slot, which enabled the team to later select starting pitcher Lance McCullers with more available money.
Developments that happen at the very top of the MLB Draft can affect everything that follows, so what does this mean for how prognosticators are projecting Stott?