Jungmann is rising, Barnes is falling
We're just over a month from the draft, so let's take care of some housekeeping before we get to this week's Stock Watch. The order of the first 60 picks, which is the entire first round and the 27 compensation selections that follow, can be found here. Each of these picks will take place on Day 1. There will be five minutes between each first-round pick and one minute between picks thereafter. This doesn't give clubs a lot of time to think about their compensation choices, meaning draft meetings -- which starts with tons of data from all areas and ends with a final draft board -- are among the most critical aspects of an organizations operations between now and June 6.
The biggest question the past two years has been about which player would go No. 2 since the Washington Nationals were widely expected to select Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper with the top overall pick. This time around, there is some question at the top of the first round.
Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon and UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole remain the top two prospects but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll go 1-1 and 1-2.
Other names in the conversation include Virginia southpaw Danny Hultzen, Cole's teammate and fellow right-hander Trevor Bauer, and perhaps Gardner-Edgerton star centerfielder Bubba Starling. But this is a draft class full of potential impact talent, so we won't fixate on the top few picks in this week's look at the stock market.
To see why Taylor Jungmann might be a top-10 pick, and why Matt Barnes likely won't, become an ESPN Insider today.