Wyatt Langford, Florida baseball star, moves up in final 2023 MLB mock draft
Wyatt Langford appears to be making a late case to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft.
According to MLB Pipeline experts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, Langford is now projected to be the No. 1 pick over LSU’s Dylan Crews and Paul Skenes.
Crews and Skenes have been viewed as the frontrunners for most of the pre-draft process, but signability concerns with Crews reportedly have made the Pirates review their options.
Here some analysis from Callis on Pittsburgh’s decision:
It looks like one of the three Southeastern Conference superstars for the Pirates, and probably one of the hitters. Money aside, most teams would take Louisiana State outfielder Dylan Crews, but clubs can’t just put money aside in the bonus pool era, and he’s going to command more than Langford. How much more? Probably $500,000 and maybe closer to $1 million. Personally, I’d take Louisiana State right-hander Paul Skenes because of the rarity of his talent, and it wouldn’t shock me if Pittsburgh opted for him.
Langford certainly had a strong enough junior season to warrant consideration for the No. 1 pick. He hit .373 with 21 home runs and had more walks (56) than strikeouts (44) on the year.
Both Callis and Mayo project Skenes to go No. 2 to the Washington Nationals and for Crews to fall to No. 3 to the Detroit Tigers.
If Langford does go No. 1 overall, he would make history. No Florida player has ever gone No. 1 overall in the MLB Draft. The highest-drafted player in program history is Mike Zunino, who was selected with the No. 3 pick in 2012.
The 2023 MLB Draft will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET on Sunday evening.