ESPN / Kiley McDaniel Mock Draft 1.0
5. Baltimore Orioles
Henry Davis, C, Louisville
Davis may be the best hit/power/performance combination in the draft, and he has a real shot, in baseball's automatic strike-calling future, to do it at the most valuable position on the field. He's not a very good receiver, but can catch the ball well enough to stay at the position. Offensively, Davis has plus-plus raw power, with an effective, strength-based swing that has crushed the ACC this year. GM Mike Elias has been in to see House a few times, and the O's are rumored to be high on Mayer as well, with almost no chance they take a pitcher at this pick. Seriously, look at their last two drafts.
If you're wondering if Adley Rutschman means the O's won't take Davis, I don't think it does. Davis has played a little bit of third base in the past (and done so capably), and even rotating the two of them between DH, first base and maybe left field should work to get both bats in the lineup. In the batter's box alone, I think Davis is better than Heston Kjerstad -- who Baltimore took with the No. 2 overall pick last year as a right fielder.
I don't agree with McDaniel that the Orioles will not take a pitcher.
Yes, I think Elias and Co are biased towards bats over pitchers... but as Elias pointed out the other day on MASN, he inherited a system that had gone heavy on pitching in recent drafts, and that gave him further ammunition to go after additional bats in his first two drafts with the Orioles.