Prospects Live today put out their second Mock Draft of the mock drafting season, in the lead up to MLB’s July draft. And, as we’ve seen with other recent 2.0 mocks, the order at the top has been shaken up considerably.
Indeed, in this one, the Big Three amateur bats we usually see at the top are, well, three different bats! You still have Druw Jones and Termarr Johnson at the top, but in the three spot, it’s Jackson Holliday, not Elijah Green:
The Rangers seem reasonably honed in on up-the-middle talent and Holliday deserves to be in the same conversation as the “Big 3” preps in this class at this point. It seems any of Jones, Johnson and Holliday all fit the mold of what Texas has tried to accomplish in drafts of late, while Green’s streaky hit tool might preclude him from the other three from this chair. Holliday has a shot to be an average defensive shortstop with a strong arm, though the bat is what scouts rave over. Holliday has the potential to be an above average hitter with above average power at a position that now demands offensive production. Holliday has a pedigree in the game (son of Matt Holliday), a characteristic trait that has gained steam of late with the continued success of so many second and third-generation big leaguers.
If Holliday, a mid-first to other services, has worked his way into that top tier conversation, that can only be good news for the Cubs, picking at seven.
And that actually manifests in the Prospects Live mock, because the Cubs get a guy who is otherwise expected to be off the board long before pick seven:
7. Chicago Cubs
Brooks Lee, Shortstop, Cal Poly
The Cubs are an impossibly difficult club to predict. On one hand, Carter Hawkins helped build a long competitive run in Cleveland through the prep ranks. He jumped for Daniel Espino back in 2019, and Dylan Lesko could be Chicago’s first crown jewel in that same bucket. On the other, with Lee on the board, it’s a tough ceiling/floor combo to pass up. Lee is probably the best pure hitter in the college class. He lacks some of the punch of some of the other college bats on the board, but his bat-to-ball is elite. Lee should be a very quick-mover through the Cubs system with a chance to break camp with Chicago in 2024. He can handle shortstop or third base immediately and fits in the front-half of any lineup.
That might sound like a mere “high-floor” guy, but I don’t think that’s exactly what PL means, and that’s not really how Lee is viewed. For example, in BA’s latest mock, Lee goes second overall, and he might be considered the best overall hitter in the class.
If Lee is on the board at seven, that’d be kinda crazy for the Cubs, and I would think they might just have to go for him (especially with pitcher Dylan Lesko reportedly missing a start (or more?) because of arm troubles).