Russell, Travieso Among First-Round Surprises

We had shortstop Addison Russell going 16th overall back in late March, but no one could have expected him to go 11th overall to the Athletics. Not only was Russell the second shortstop selected, he went before more highly regarded players at the position, including Deven Marrero and Gavin Cecchini.

Joining him in the “surprise department” was Florida right-hander Nick Travieso, who was selected 14th overall by the Reds. A true power-pitcher, Travieso found his way into our two most recent mock drafts, but not in ours or anyone elses for that matter, did he go as high as 14th.

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