The time has come. The First-Year Player Draft is upon us, and the one thing making it difficult to project the first round is that there doesn't appear to be certainty regarding the top picks. As of early Thursday morning, the Houston Astros had not decided on who they will take No. 1 overall, casting a shadow of question marks throughout the round. Still, one must soldier on. And, somewhat surprising, there are no changes here in the top dozen picks, though there are certainly things that can -- and likely will -- happen to change that. Stay tuned for last-minute updates as that first pick approaches. That will happen soon after 7 p.m. ET, an hour after the Draft preview show begins on MLB.com and MLB Network. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 covers the top 73 picks, streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. Rounds 3-10 will be streamed live on MLB.com on Friday, beginning with a preview show at 12:30 p.m., and Rounds 11-40 will be streamed live on MLB.com on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. You can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And you can get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft. Notably missing in this mock compared to the last one are Sean Manaea, whose injury questions make him very difficult to place; Phil Bickford, a high school right-hander who's had some talk of a high price tag attached to his name; and Stanford outfielder Austin Wilson. But all could still go in the first round. Here's the almost-final look at how picks 1-33 could look tonight, with the player's placement in the last mock as well. Players in the same spot appear as is. 1. Astros: Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma It's still the same cast of characters, but a strong feeling that it will be either Gray or Colin Moran doesn't want to go away. 2. Cubs: Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford They're contemplating Kris Bryant, but there's no reason to switch this pick. 3. Colorado Rockies: Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego Same as above. 4. Twins: Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X HS (Texas) Reese McGuire remains the backup plan, but Stewart's the guy unless Gray or Appel are still available. 5. Cleveland Indians: Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina Braden Shipley or one of the Georgia high school outfielders, Austin Meadows or Clint Frazier, could come into play, but Moran gets the nod for now. 6. Marlins: Braden Shipley, RHP, Nevada The Georgia kids are possibilities, but if the board looks like this, Shipley is the odds-on favorite. 7. Red Sox: Clint Frazier, OF, Loganville HS (Ga.) There's been some debate which Georgian the Red Sox like better, but we're sticking with Frazier. 8. Royals: Trey Ball, LHP/OF, New Castle HS (Ind.) With the top college pitchers gone, Kansas City could take the high school route. Bickford was getting a lot of buzz. 9. Pirates: Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS (Wash.) It definitely looks like a bat, with McGuire and Meadows and a college hitter like D.J. Peterson perhaps in the mix. 10. Blue Jays: Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS (Ga.) With Ball and McGuire off the board, it could be Meadows' turn to follow his neighbor Frazier.
Gray still looking like Astros' No. 1 pick
MLB.com | Jun 6