Jim Callis

3 best values, 3 surprises on Day 1 of Draft

3 best values, 3 surprises on Day 1 of Draft

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The consensus five best prospects in the Draft went in the first five picks Monday night: Royce Lewis to the Twins, Hunter Greene to the Reds, MacKenzie Gore to the Padres, Brendan McKay to the Rays and Kyle Wright to the Braves.

The Draft doesn't often play out that way. But after obvious moves at the top, there were some surprising rises and drops during the 75 selections made on the first day.

The Draft continues on Tuesday with Rounds 3-10. The preview show begins at 12:30 p.m. ET, with exclusive coverage beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

Three best values

1. Sam Carlson, RHP, Burnsville (Minn.) HS (Mariners, No. 55)
His talent should have made him a mid-first-round choice, but the industry's worries about the injury rates with high school righties dropped him to the middle of the second. Minnesota's best prep prospect since Joe Mauer went No. 1 overall in 2001, Carlson can reach 97 mph with a lively fastball and has a pair of quality secondary pitches in his slider and changeup.

2. Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt (Dodgers, No. 23)
Though his 25 percent strikeout rate depressed his stock, he still had the best all-around tools in the college class and performed well for three years at one of college baseball's top programs. Even if Kendall doesn't hit for a high average, he still can be a 15-homer, 30-steal guy who chases down everything in center field.

3. Matt Sauer, RHP, Righetti HS, Santa Maria, Calif. (Yankees, No. 54)
Another high school righty who easily could have fit in the first round, he can run his fastball up to 97 mph and his slider up to 87. Sauer needs some polish, but he has a ceiling of a No. 3 starter or a closer.

Three biggest surprises

1. Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina (No. 16, Yankees)
Schmidt projected as a late first-rounder before blowing out his elbow in April. He moved up despite having Tommy John surgery because New York wanted to save some money to go after Sauer in the second round. When healthy, Schmidt has a hard sinker that touched 96 and flashed a plus slider and curveball.

Yankees draft RHP Schmidt No. 16

2. Cory Abbott, RHP, Loyola Marymount (No. 67, Cubs)
He was the lowest-ranked member (No. 187) of's Top 200 Draft Prospects list to get picked. The West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, Abbott thrives more with deception than stuff and figured to go on the second day.

Cubs draft RHP Abbott No. 67

3. Joe Dunand, 3B, North Carolina State (No. 51, Marlins)
Alex Rodriguez's nephew led the Cape Cod League in slugging last summer, but he generates mixed reviews because his hittability and athleticism are questionable. Dunand went a couple of rounds higher than most teams would have picked him.

Jim Callis is a reporter for Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.