6 Top Draft Picks Who Will Make MLB the Quickest

With the 2018 MLB Draft about a week in the past, it's time to look toward the future regarding the young men who were just initiated into the professional ranks. 


While it will take some of the recently drafted players many years to reach the majors (and rightfully so!), others may be ready to help their teams sooner than you'd think.


This list highlights six prospects who appear to be on the fast track to The Show.

6. Durbin Feltman, Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox selected Durbin Feltman with the 100th overall pick, and the TCU star reliever may be up in Beantown in no time. 


Many scouts believe that Feltman's craft is so polished that he could even make his MLB debut this summer. With a blazing fastball, Feltman definitely has the skills necessary to be a dependable high-leverage reliever.

5. Shane McClanahan, Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays got an absolute steal when starting pitcher Shane McClanahan fell to them with the 31st overall pick. 


The USF lefty has a loose and athletic frame, which has earned him some comparisons to Chris Sale. Sale made it to the Major Leagues the same year he was drafted back in 2010, so McClanahan may follow suit.

4. Brady Singer, Kansas City Royals

Brady Singer surprisingly slid all the way down to the Kansas City Royals, who selected him 18th overall. The UF right-handed starting pitcher was deemed one of the top players in the entire draft, so the Royals should consider themselves lucky to have been able to draft him.


Singer shouldn't have to toil long in the minors. He has tremendous command and two great pitches, and can help the Royals in short order.

3. Ryley Gilliam, New York Mets

The New York Mets made Clemson closer Ryley Gilliam their fifth selection in the draft, and Gilliam may be ready to help New York's beleaguered bullpen in a few months. 


Gilliam's fastball and curveball both grade out as 60s on an 80 scale, so he works with two plus pitches. Coupled with adequate control and an up-tempo delivery, Gilliam could be a fast riser.

2. Joey Gerber, Seattle Mariners

The third college reliever on this list, Joey Gerber serves as another potential player on the fast track to the majors. The Seattle Mariners selected the Illinois closer in the eighth round of the draft, and the 21-year-old may provide some quick return on investment. 


Gerber already boasts a fastball in the 92-96 mph range and a sharp slider, so he may be ready to help get the ball to Seattle closer Edwin Diaz soon. 


That's how playoff teams operate.

1. Casey Mize, Detroit Tigers

How could this list be complete without mentioning No. 1 overall pick Casey Mize? Mize had the best combination of control and stuff in the draft, so it was an easy choice for the Detroit Tigers to use their first pick on him.


Mize has three plus pitches, including a nearly unhittable splitter that grades out as a 70. While he has already thrown over 100 innings this season, he could wind up in the Majors in 2019.