Nearly every mock draft has a consensus top 6, just in various orders. Adley Rutschman has been #1 in virtually every mock draft. It would take an act of congress to get Baltimore to change their direction. Heck, he may be playing in Camden Yards next year at this rate.
In no particular order, here are the 5 other consensus top picks in the draft.
Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleyville Heritage HS (Texas)
CJ Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity HS (Georgia)
Andrew Vaughn, 1B, California
Riley Greene, OF, Hagerty HS (Florida)
JJ Bleday, OF, Vanderbilt
What is most interesting about this 247 sports mock draft is it has the Padres going after another arm. I’m not sure I agree, unless it’s one of the High School shortstops that falls to them. Riley Greene or JJ Bleday would seem to be a more appropriate fit, but you never know what AJ Preller will do next.
Could another 1st round pitcher be in our future?
“6 San Diego Padres Jackson Rutledge, RHP, San Jacinto JC
Sleeper Matthew Allan, RHP, Seminole HS (FL)
The Padres have been linked to hitters, just as they have been several times over the years. The issue is, of course, that they have been extremely consistent when it comes to the first round and in talent stockpiling in general. They cannot have enough arms. They want all of the arms all of them. Rutledge is one of the hottest names in the draft and looks like a top ten lock. He is one of the few pitchers in this class with legitimate front of the rotation potential and has been viewed as a player a team could get under slot in order to spread their bonus pool around. Grabbing Rutledge here and then coming back in round two with any of the litany of prep middle infielders seems like a very San Diego move to me. If they wanted to go with the top prep arm on the board like they did the last two years, which would be Allan. The problem being Allan has all the risk of a prep player, at a higher cost to sign and a ceiling that is not quite as high. Unless of course the Padres are like me and have concerns when it comes to any pitcher over 6’6”.”