2019 MLB Draft Picks: Live Team-by-Team Day 1 Grades and Analysis

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    Julio Cortez/Associated Press

    The 2019 MLB draft is upon us as the next wave of high school and college talent gets ready to join the professional ranks.

    The three-day event kicks off Monday night with the first two rounds and 78 total selections.

    All 78 of those picks are laid out team-by-team in the following article, with pick analysis and draft grades provided for each selection.

    Note: Portions of the following prospect profiles originally appeared in earlier mock drafts.

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    Adley Rutschman

    Adley RutschmanChris Pietsch/Associated Press

    First Round (No. 1 Overall): Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

    A switch-hitter with a 60-grade hit tool and 60-grade power, Rutschman is arguably the most polished batter in this year’s class. The fact that he is also a strong defensive catcher with a plus throwing arm makes him a rare talent and the consensus No. 1 guy. Standout collegiate catchers Buster Posey and Mike Zunino—selected in 2008 and 2012, respectively—made their MLB debuts the year after they were drafted. Rutschman will be on a similarly fast track.

    Grade: A+

    This was a no-brainer. The Orioles now have the centerpiece for their ongoing rebuilding efforts and a potential franchise cornerstone.

    Second Round (No. 42 Overall):

    XX

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    Balance Round B (No. 71 Overall):

    XX

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    First Round (No. 2 Overall): Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleyville Heritage HS (Texas)

    Shortstops with five-tool potential don’t come along very often, so it’s no surprise that Witt has been listed among the elite 2019 prospects for years. He has the size, strength and instincts to be a 20-20 hitter while also providing Gold Glove-caliber defense at shortstop. An inconsistent summer on the showcase circuit raised some questions about his hit tool, but he provides enough value elsewhere that he could bat .250 in the majors and still be a star.

    Grade: A

    The Royals did an excellent job stocking up on college pitching to fill out a thin farm system last year. Now they get a high-ceiling prep standout with five-tool potential to add some balance. Great pick.

    Second Round (No. 44 Overall):

    XX

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    Balance Round B (No. 70 Overall):

    XX

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    First Round (No. 3 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 45 Overall)

    XX

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    Rob Foldy/Miami Marlins/Getty Images

    First Round (No. 4 Overall): 

    XX

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    Balance Round A (No. 35 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 46 Overall):

    XX

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    First Round (No. 5 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 47 Overall):

    XX

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    Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

    First Round (No. 6 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 48 Overall):

    XX

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    Balance Round B (No. 73 Overall):

    XX

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    First Round (No. 7 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 49 Overall):

    XX

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    Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

    First Round (No. 8 Overall):

    XX

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    Balance Round A (No. 41 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 50 Overall):

    XX

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    First Round (No. 9 Overall):

    XX

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    First Round (No. 21 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 60 Overall):

    XX

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    First Round (No. 10 overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 51 Overall):

    XX

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    First Round (No. 11 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 52 Overall)

    XX

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    First Round (No. 12 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 53 Overall):

    XX

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    First Round (No. 13 Overall):

    XX

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    Balance Round A (No. 39 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 54 Overall):

    XX

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    Rich Schultz/Getty Images

    First Round (No. 14 Overall):

    XX

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    Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

    First Round (No. 15 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 55 Overall):

    XX

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    First Round (No. 16 Overall):

    XX

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    First Round (No. 26 Overall):

    XX

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    FA Comp Pick (No. 33 Overall):

    XX

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    FA Comp Pick (No. 34 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 56 Overall):

    XX

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    Balance Round B (No. 74 Overall):

    XX

    Grade:

    Balance Round B (No. 75 Overall):

    XX

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    First Round (No. 17 Overall):

    XX

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    Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

    First Round (No. 18 Overall):

    XX

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    Balance Round A (No. 37 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 57 Overall):

    XX

    Grade: 

    Balance Round B (No. 72 Overall):

    XX

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    Dylan Buell/Getty Images

    First Round (No. 19 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 58 Overall):

    XX

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    Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

    First Round (No. 20 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 59 Overall):

    XX

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    Balance Round B (No. 76 Overall):

    XX

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    Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

    First Round (No. 22 Overall):

    XX

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    Balance Round A (No. 36 Overall):

    XX

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    Balance Round A (No. 40 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 61 Overall):

    XX

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    First Round (No. 23 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 62 Overall):

    XX

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    Balance Round B (No. 77 Overall):

    XX

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    First Round (No. 24 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 63 Overall):

    XX

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    Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

    First Round (No. 25 Overall):

    XX

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    First Round (No. 31 Overall):

    XX

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    FA Comp Pick (No. 78 Overall):

    XX

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    Dylan Buell/Getty Images

    First Round (No. 27 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 64 Overall):

    XX

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    Dylan Buell/Getty Images

    First Round (No. 28 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 65 Overall):

    XX

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    Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

    First Round (No. 29 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 66 Overall):

    XX

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    Rob Carr/Getty Images

    First Round (No. 30 Overall):

    XX

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    Balance Round A (No. 38 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 67 Overall):

    XX

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    Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

    First Round (No. 32 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 68 Overall):

    XX

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    Hunter Martin/Getty Images

    Second Round (No. 43 Overall):

    XX

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    Second Round (No. 69 Overall):

    XX

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