2018 NFL Mock Draft No. 5

2018 NFL Mock Draft No. 5
It is draft week. Josh Norris updates his mock draft with two teams outside of the top 10 moving up for quarterbacks.
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Padres SS prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Monday for Double-A San Antonio.

It's very early, but Tatis's first month has been ugly. Not only is he hitting just .183 with a .192 on-base percentage, he's struck out in 24 of his 71 plate appearances. It doesn't matter how much power you have, it's very tough to add value when you're not putting the ball in play in more than a third of your at-bats. Tatis Jr. is still among the very best prospects in baseball, but we sure hope we see more contact soon.
Apr 24 - 2:36 PM

Diamondbacks LHP prospect Alex Young hurled six one-hit innings on Monday for Double-A Jackson.

Young, 24, didn't allow a run, and he struck out eight while walking just one. The second-round pick in 2015 struggled last year, but he's off to a solid start in 2018, and showing four usable pitches that he can throw for strikes. There's some value here in NL-only dynasty leagues, and if he can continue to command his arsenal, that value could increase to all formats.
Apr 24 - 2:31 PM

Rockies signed LHP Brett Oberholtzer to a minor league contract.

Oberholtzer was set to pitch for the independent Somerset Patriots, but he'll report to the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque instead. The 28-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2016 and put up a 4.12 ERA over 24 starts at the Triple-A level last year. He's strictly organizational depth at this point of his career.
Apr 24 - 2:28 PM

Athletics OF prospect Dustin Fowler went 3-for-5 with a stolen base on Monday for Triple-A Nashville.

Fowler now has five steals on the season. The -left-handed hitting outfielder has a .275 batting average, but his on-base percentage of .311 and slugging percentage of .304 leave a lot to be desired. There's obvious talent in the former New York Yankees prospect, but the approach needs to get better -- and there has to be a semblance of power -- before he's getting called up to Oakland.
Apr 24 - 2:23 PM

Marlins RHP prospect Sandy Alcantara allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings in his start on Monday for Triple-A New Orleans.

Alcantara allowed five hits, and he walked two and struck out six. The former St. Louis prospect has pitched reasonably well to begin his 2018 season, but his command hasn't been where it needs to be, as seen in his 13 walks in 21 innings. Miami would likely like to see those walks come down before calling him up, but the stuff is big-league ready.
Apr 24 - 2:13 PM

Twins OF prospect LaMonte Wade went 3-for-6 with a homer on Monday for Double-A Chattanooga.

Wade also reached via walk, and now owns a .387 on-base percentage to begin his 2018 season. The 24-year-old outfielder is best known for his hit tool, and he can make hard contact to all parts of the field with minimal swing-and-miss. There's also some power in his left-handed bat, but asking for more than 15 homers in a season is asking too much. Wade is probably a fourth outfielder, but there might be just enough offensive upside to be a regular someday.
Apr 24 - 2:07 PM

Orioles transferred RHP Gabriel Ynoa from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Jace Peterson on the 40-man roster. Ynoa was diagnosed with shoulder inflammation earlier this month and apparently isn't anywhere close to returning.
Apr 24 - 2:02 PM

Cardinals LHP prospect Austin Gomber struck out 16 hitters over eight scoreless innings for Triple-A Memphis on Monday.

Gomber allowed just six hits, and he didn't walk anyone. A fourth-round pick in 2014, Gomber was added to the 40-man roster this winter, and the left-hander has a chance to make his MLB debut in 2018. His curve is an out pitch, and he complements it with a solid fastball and a change that flashes above-average. He also throws strikes with all three pitches, which makes him a high-floor starter. This is certainly a name to keep an eye on going forward.
Apr 24 - 2:02 PM
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