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BSB: Singer, India, Kowar projected as first round picks in latest MLB mock draft

MLB.com writer Jonathan Mayo released his initial MLB first round mock draft on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, Florida is well represented.

Mayo has Gators pitcher Brady Singer as the second overall pick to San Francisco. Singer entered the season as the top prospect, but Auburn ace Casey Mize has supplanted Singer atop the draft board (although Mayo points out that this is all a guessing game and even notes that the Eustis, FL native out duelled Mize just last week).

Singer has a 9-1 record to go along with a 2.63 ERA. Singer often faces the opposition’s ace, which puts a lot of value in that record. Singer has struck out 81 hitters while only walking 17 in 72 innings of work.

The pick value at #2 is $7,494,600.

Per Mayo:

2. Giants: Brady Singer, RHP, Florida

While Singer’s stuff was a bit flatter than it had been previously at the start of this season, it’s bounced back of late, including when he beat Mize in a marquee matchup last week. In addition, no one has the kind of resume Singer has, with three years of outstanding pitching for one of the top college programs in the country.

Mayo suggests that the Gator who has helped himself the most in this draft class is third baseman Jonathan India. India is projected to Seattle with the fourteenth overall selection.

India is hitting an SEC-leading .401 with 14 homers and 35 RBI. India also carries a .546 on-base percentage and a .810 slugging percentage. Moneyball enthusiasts would salivate over numbers like that. India also had a 24 game hitting streak that ended just two weeks ago.

The pick value at #14 is $3,883,300.

Per Mayo:

14. Mariners: Jonathan India, 3B, Florida

No one has played his way up boards more than India, who went from a solid college guy to perhaps the best-performing college hitter in the country. The Mariners have taken a college bat with each of their last five first-round picks.

Florida righty Jackson Kowar is projected to be taken with the nineteenth pick by St. Louis according to Mayo.

The 6’6 junior is 7-2 in 11 starts in 2018 and maintains a 2.91 ERA. In 68 innings, Kowar has retired 63 via strikeout and allowed only 28 walks.

The pick value at #19 is $3,231,700.

Per Mayo:

19. Cardinals: Jackson Kowar, RHP, Florida

The Cardinals are not a slam-dunk college team, but they have taken advanced arms with their top picks in 2017 (second round), with one of their first-round selections in 2016, as well as in 2014 and 2013.

Singer and India were both named to the Golden Spikes Midseason Watch List last month.

The MLB Draft will be held June 4-6 and can be watched on the MLB Network.

Florida will resume it’s schedule on Friday with a three game series at Texas A&M. Florida is the number one ranked program in most of the national polls and sit with a 36-10 overall record and a 16-5 SEC mark.

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