Draft Order MLB: 2020 MLB Draft Order Round 1: 1. Detroit Tigers: 47-114, 2. Baltimore Orioles: 54-108, 3. Miami Marlins: 57-105, 4. Kansas City Royals: 59-103, 5. Toronto Blue Jays: 67-95, 6. Seattle Mariners: 68-94, 7. Pittsburgh Pirates: 69-93, 8. San Diego Padres: 70-92, 9. Colorado Rockies: 71-91, 10. Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim: 72-90, 11. Chicago White Sox: 72-89, 12. Cincinnati Reds: 75-87, 13. San Francisco Giants: 77-85, 14. Texas Rangers: 78-84, 15. Philadelphia Phillies: 81-81, 16. Chicago Cubs: 84-78, 17. Boston Red Sox: 84-78, 18. Arizona Diamondbacks: 85-77, 19. New York Mets: 86-76, 20. Milwaukee Brewers: 89-73, 21. St. Louis Cardinals: 91-71, 22. Washington Nationals: 93-69, 23. Cleveland Indians: 93-69, 24. Tampa Bay Rays: 96-76, 25. Atlanta Braves: 97-65, 26. Oakland Athletics: 97-65, 27. Minnesota Twins: 101-61, 28. New York Yankees: 103-59, 29. Los Angeles Dodgers: 106-56, 30. Baltimore Orioles: (Compensation Pick), 31. Pittsburgh Pirates: (Compensation Pick), 32. Kansas City Royals: (Compensation Pick), 33. Arizona Diamondbacks: (Compensation Pick), 34. San Diego Padres: (Compensation Pick), 35. Colorado Rockies: (Compensation Pick), 36. Cleveland Indians: (Compensation Pick), 37. Tampa Bay Rays: (Compensation Pick from St. Louis Cardinals)

2020 MLB Mock Draft: Final Mock 2 Rounds

Round 1 Picks 1-29

Spencer Torkelson is the best prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft. He seems bound for Detroit.

Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: June 10, 2020.

  1. Detroit Tigers: Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Arizona State

    I mocked Casey Mize to Detroit in my 2018 MLB Mock Draft and Riley Greene to Detroit in my 2019 MLB Mock Draft. Back in February, when I had some free time to preview some College Baseball players prior to COVID 19 cancelling College Baseball season, many MLB Draft sites had the Tigers taking Emerson Hancock at 1. I was under the notion that Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson would supplant Hancock to be the first pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. Now every mock draft site has Spencer Torkelson going first overall and one of my friends Justin David Kish reported that Torkelson to the Tigers is a done deal.

    Detroit has Casey Mize, Alex Faedo, Beau Borrows, Matt Manning, and Franklin Perez in their farm system on their AA team the Erie Wolves pushing each other for roster spots. Once these guys get called up and once Ron Gardenhire gets fired, this is another team that will have a chance to contend for the AL Central.

    Detroit used the 2018 MLB Draft and 2019 MLB Draft to get future bats as well. Center fielder Parker Meadows, right fielder Riley Greene, and shortstop Nick Quintana are all future pieces to this batting lineup. A blue chip guy and a leader to this team will be needed at 1 and the Tigers have two enticing options with Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson and Vanderbilt third baseman Austin Martin.

    You can make an argument that Austin Martin is the better overall player. However, I believe Spencer Torkelson will be the player Detroit ends up selecting first overall because of his consistency as a home run hitter along with his leadership and discpline. Torkelson also has slightly more upside as both College Batters are blue chip batters you can build an MLB team around.

    The Tigers get the best player in this years class to rebuild their team. The 6-1 220 lb Spencer Torkelson is the top player in this draft. He broke the school record for home runs set by a freshman which was previously held by Barry Bonds with 11 home runs in 1983 by blasting 25 home runs as a freshman. He had 23 home runs as a sophomore and improved his batting average from .320 as a freshman in 2018 to .351 as a sophomore in 2019.

    The Tigers get the best player in this years class to rebuild their team. The 6-1 220 lb Spencer Torkelson is the top player in this draft. He broke the school record for home runs set by a freshman which was previously held by Barry Bonds with 11 home runs in 1983 by blasting 25 home runs as a freshman. He had 23 home runs as a sophomore and improved his batting average from .320 as a freshman in 2018 to .351 as a sophomore in 2019.

    Torkelson had a .340 batting average in a shortened 2020 season before COVID-19 cancelled the 2020 College Baseball Season and the College World Series. Torkelson also has that 5-tool ability to hit any type of pitch whether its a home run, line drive, grounder, or bunt as well as the ability to run fast, throw quick outs, or field effectively as Torkelson had a .981 fielding percentage as a freshman before improving that to .992 in 2019 and maintaining that exact field percentage in 2020.

    Spencer Torkelson would be the third first baseman to be taken first overall and the first right handed first baseman in MLB history. The last first baseman to be picked first overall was Adrian Gonzalez in 2000.

    My player comp for Spencer Torkelson would be Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman as both are right handed first baseman on defense throwing with the right hand with the only difference being that Freeman bats left handed while Torkelson bats right handed. I try to gauge a players potential and avoid doing player comparisions, but Freddie Freeman is already a 4-time All Star by Age 30. Torkelson could end up being a 4-time All Star once he joins the Tigers in the majors which is why I compared him to Freeman.

  2. Baltimore Orioles: Austin Martin, 3B, Vanderbilt

    The Orioles got some good bats in 2019 on a team that needed help everywhere. Batters like Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, High School shortstop Gunnar Henderson, Stanford left fielder Kyle Stowers, and LSU center fielder Zach Watson, you have to feel confident about the Baltimore Orioles future batters assuming they hit on the four batters they took in the first three rounds of the 2019 MLB Draft. Now the Orioles get another batter here as the best player on the board can play anywhere in the infield or the outfield.

    The 6-0 170 lb Austin Martin can play third baseman, shortstop, second baseman, first baseman, left fielder, center fielder, or right fielder with his versatility. His main position at Vanderbilt was third baseman on a team that won the 2019 College World Series.

    Martin can hit home runs, line drives, grounders, and bunts. Martin led Vanderbilt with a .388 on-base percentage as a true freshman in 2018. He also led Vanderbilt with 22 stolen bases during his freshman season while batting .308. He began his first career at bat at Vanderbilt with a home run blast against Duke. He ended his 2018 campaign on a ten game hitting streak before opening up the 2019 campaign with a ten game hitting streak and .512 batting average in his first ten games as a sophomore.

    Martin had a .392 batting average, 10 home runs, 87 runs, 46 RBI's, a .604 slugging percentage, and a .943 fielding percentage in 2019 while leading Vanderbilt to a College World Series Championship. Martin had a .377 batting average, 3 home runs, 11 RBI's .660 slugging percentage, and a .897 fielding percentage in 2020 before the College Baseball season got cancelled.

    Drafting Austin Martin here gives the Baltimore Orioles 5 future batters that they can build their team around. Adley Rutschman helped Oregon State win the 2018 College World Series so adding Martin who helped Vanderbilt win the 2019 College World Series gives the Orioles two College World Series Champions that they can build their batting lineup around once both players make it to the MLB.

  3. Miami Marlins: Asa Lacy, P, Texas A&M

    The Miami Marlins draft the top pitcher in the 2020 MLB Draft at 3 here. A few years ago Miami only had one good prospect in Braxton Garrett. With the emergence of Sixto Sanchez and Edward Cabrera dominating with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, those two pitchers will push Garrett for the number one starter role on Jacksonville, and I expect this competition among AA prospects to continue once all three pitchers reach the MLB. Now the Marlins get a fourth pitcher to add to their future starting rotation by selecting the top pitcher in this draft.

    The 6-4 215 lb Asa Lacy is the top pitcher in the 2020 MLB Draft. Asa Lacy has a 94-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 92-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, a fastball that goes up to 98-miles per hour if you use him in the bullpen, an MLB ready slider, a curveball, and a changeup, both are plus pitches. Some scouts like his changeup and curveball more than his slider which can max out at 90-miles per hour giving Lacy exceptional velocity.

    Asa Lacy pitched out of the bullpen as a freshman. He only had one save, but was able to pitch 4.2 scoreless innings. He is capable of pitching as a long reliever, middle reliever, set-up pitcher, and closer in addition to being a starting pitcher in 2018.

    Asa Lacy went 8-4 as a starter with a 2.13 ERA, .162 opponents batting average against him, and 130 strikeouts in 2019. He went 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA in four starts before the 2020 Season got cancelled. Lacy is an exceptional pitching prospect that would probably be the first pick in any other draft year that did not wield two exceptional batters like Spencer Torkelson and Austin Martin or if he was eligible for 2019 he would have been picked behind Adley Rutschman and Bobby Witt Jr.

    Miami had the MLB's worst record when the 2019 MLB Draft took place. They did enough to have the leagues third worst record and still lucked out by getting the top pitcher in the 2020 MLB Draft like I said they would in 2019 because I felt like last years pitching draft class was extremely weak and not worth it for teams that can use a top 5 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft to reload at pitcher.

  4. Kansas City Royals: Nick Gonzales, 2B, New Mexico State

    The Royals appear to have outstanding pitching for the future. You got one good starter in Danny Duffy locked up to an extension plus all four of the pitchers they drafted in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft including Brady Singer, Jackson Kowar, Daniel Lynch, and Kris Bubic have done well in the minor leagues so far. Drew Parrish was the Friday Night Starter at Florida State where he did well before the Royals took him in the eighth round of the 2019 MLB Draft so this team has Duffy and five other prospects that may be starting pitchers at some point with one having to move to the bullpen if they hit on all five players. Kansas City takes New Mexico State second baseman Nick Gonzales here.

    The 5-10 190 lb Nick Gonzales led New Mexico State with a .347 batting average, 17 doubles, 9 home runs, 36 RBI, and a .596 slugging percentage as a freshman in 2018. Gonzalez had a .432 batting average, 16 home runs, 80 RBI's, 19 doubles, and 4 triples in 2019. Nick Gonzales led the NCAA with 12 home runs in 2020 before the season was suspended due to COVID-19. Most scouts don't consider Nick Gonzales a power hitter even though he appears to be a complete 5-tool batter when you look at his stats. He did well enough in 2020 to cement his status as a top 5 prospect.

    Nick Gonzales is pretty complete offensively. The downside played in a stadium with high alttitude, and take into consideration that New Mexico State has one of the smallest fences in the FBS for baseball which is why Gonzales still finished third on his team in home runs in 2019. He corrected this in 2020 with 12 home runs which is why the Royals are looking at Nick Gonzales, Zac Veen, and Emerson Hancock at 4. I feel like the Royals will take Gonzales or Veen at 4 when you consider how many pitchers they already have. I'm leaning slightly towards Gonzales at this point for the Royals.

    Nick Gonzales lacks the arm to play shortstop even though he's listed as a second baseman/shortstop. Scouts say he's limited defensively even though he had a .953 fielding percentage in 2018 and a .963 fielding percentage in 2019. He also has average speed and some think his batting skills will not translate.

    With Bobby Witt Jr. at shortstop and Nick Gonzales at second base, you can move shortstop Adalberto Mondesi to third base to push Makiel Franco for the right to replace Mike Moustakas. You will also have Nick Pratto, a 2017 first round pick, replacing Hosmer. Salvador Perez will remain catcher until 2022 and then their 2011 second round pick Cameron Gallagher will take over as his contract runs through 2025. You also got Alex Gordon at left fielder, Bubba Starling their 2011 first round pick at center fielder, and Hunter Dozier at right fielder their 2013 first round pick.

    Kansas City has five future starting pitchers and a very lethal 1-9 batting lineup that could rival a team like the New York Yankees down the road once all their prospects get called up. That's why mocking a player at 4 here is very difficult, but I expect them to go for value over need by taking the best player on their board at 4.

    If all these players on the Royals end up panning out which is a big if, I can honestly see the Royals playing for another World Series or two in the 2020 decade at some point between 2022-2028 before 2030 arrives after losing the 2014 World Series to the San Francisco Giants in 7 games before coming back hungrier to win the 2015 World Series.

    Previous Pick: Emerson Hancock, P, Georgia

  5. Toronto Blue Jays: Zac Veen, RF, Spruce Creek HS (FL)

    Toronto is in a similar position as the Kansas City Royals meaning they are closer to contending than people realize despite their awful record in 2019. They got two good pitchers in Free Agency with Hyu-Jin Ryu and Tanner Roark along with pitchers like T.J. Zeuch and Alek Manoah that they can develop for the future.

    Toronto is looking at High School battter Zac Veen, Georgia pitcher Emerson Hancock, and Minnesota pitcher Max Meyer at 5. I think Toronto is leaning Zac Veen because they can draft him to be an upgrade at right field over Derek Fisher who had a .185 batting average and 7 home runs in 2019.

    The 6-5 205 lb Zac Veen had a .500 batting average, 15 runs scored, 10 RBI's, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 17 stolen bases, a .627 on base percentage, and a .969 slugging percentage in 11 games before the 2020 season got cancelled. He won Gatorade Player Of The Year in the State of Florida. He did well in 2019 as well which is why I am warming up to the idea of Toronto taking Zac Veen at 5.

    Zac Veen has a power bat that can blast it deep. His mechanics as a power hitter are phenomenal for someone his age. Average speed and lacking the range to play center fielder causes him to move to right fielder in the MLB. Luckily for Toronto, Veen is a long-term upgrade at right fielder over Derek Fisher.

    Previous Pick: Nick Gonzales, 2B, New Mexico State

  6. Seattle Mariners: Emerson Hancock, P, Georgia

    Seattle got Logan Stenberg and Will Kirby in the last two MLB Drafts really loading up with College arms at pitcher. Seattle takes another College Pitcher that may be an upgrade over both Logan Stenberg and Will Kirby by taking Georgia Bulldogs pitcher Emerson Hancock sixth overall.

    The 6-4 213 lb Emerson Hancock is the best player on the board and he provides competition for the prospects that the Mariners drafted. Emerson Hancock has a 96-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 94-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, an 82-mile per hour slider, an 81-mile per hour curveball, and a changeup. Hancock entered the season as the projected top pick in some mocks so for Seattle to get him at 6 is fantastic value as Hancock may provide the Mariners with an ace pitcher here.

    Hancock had a rough freshman year in 2018 going 6-4 in 15 starts with a 5.10 ERA. Hancock had an 8-3 record with a 1.99 ERA as a sophomore with 97 strikeouts in 90.1 innings pitched in 2019. Hancock went 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA and 34 strikeouts in four starts during his junior season which were all wins for Georgia before the College Baseball season got cancelled.

    Previous Pick: Garrett Mitchell, CF, UCLA

  7. Pittsburgh Pirates: Heston Kjerstad, RF, Arkansas

    Pittsburgh needs a true ace which is why I would take Max Meyer here at 7. However, numerous reports from ESPN, MLB.com, and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette imply they will take a College Batter here at 7. The Pirates already drafted Travis Swaggerty the South Alabama center fielder who played at Stanky Field to be their future center fielder back in 2018. So the Pirates would probably take Arkansas right fielder Heston Kjerstad seventh overall which is where the Red Sox drafted Andrew Benintendi back in 2015.

    Pittsburgh has right fielder Gregory Polanco under contract until 2024. That's why taking a right fielder here like Heston Kjerstad makes a lot of sense.

    The 6-3 205 lb Heston Kjerstad can hit home runs, line drives, grounders, and bunts. He's a College Batter in this draft class that displays 5-tool ability which is why many have him mocked in the top 10 overall. He throws quick outs for a right fielder. Had a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 in both 2019 and 2020.

    Heston Kjerstad started all 69 games in 2018 with .332 batting average, 87 hits, 30 hits for extra bases, 16 doubles, 14 home runs, 58 RBI's and 145 total bases as a true freshman in 2018. Heston Kjerstad had a .327 batting average, 87 hits, 13 doubles, 17 home runs, and 51 RBI's in 2019.

    Heston Kjerstad dominated in a shortened 2020 season by leading Arkansas in 7 different offensive categories. Heston Kjerstad had a team best .448 batting average, .791 slugging percentage, .513 on base percentage, 30 hits, 6 home runs, 20 RBI's and 53 total bases. He led the SEC in hits and total bases in the shortened season too.

    Previous Pick: Max Meyer, P, Minnesota

  8. San Diego Padres: Max Meyer, P, Minnesota

    The Padres have a ton of quality batters with second base being the only position they need to improve. San Diego may be able to move last years second round pick C.J. Abrams there.

    Mackenzie Gore, Luis Patino, Adrian Morejon, Michel Baez, and Ryan Weathers will make good pitchers. Mackenzie Gore gives you a number one starter and the rest of these guys could be complimentary starters or end up moving to the bullpen which needs work too. The Padres get the final pitcher that projects to be a future number one starter here at 8 so they can use Max Meyer as a starter or a reliever with this young core of Padres pitching prospects.

    The 6-0 185 lb Max Meyer gives San Diego a future starter after going from closer to the teams Friday Night Starter with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Max Meyer has a 98-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 97-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, both of his fastballs go up to 100-miles per hour if you warm him up out of the bullpen, he can take a fastball up to 95-miles-per hour late into games, and he also has the best slider of any pitcher in the 2020 MLB Draft.

    Max Meyer had 16 saves as a true freshman. He also struck out Adley Rutschman in 2018, but can be used as a long reliever, middle reliever, set-up pitcher, or closer. Max Meyer transitioned into the starting rotation in 2019 going 5-3 with a 2.11 ERA striking out 87 batters in 76 1/3 innings pitched in his sophomore season. Max Meyer became the Friday Night Starter in 2020 leading Minnesota with a 1.95 ERA. His 46 strikeouts were fifth in the Nation in a shortened season and he led the Big 10 in strikeouts in 2020 while throwing his first complete game victory against North Carolina where he pitched 14 strikeouts in one game giving up only one run.

    Previous Pick: Mick Abel, P, Jesuit HS (OR)

  9. Colorado Rockies: Reid Detmers, P, Louisville

    The 6-2 210 lb Reid Detmers has a 92-mile per hour 4-seam fastball and a 89-mile per hour 2-seam fastball. His 75-mile per hour 12-6 curveball and his 72-mile per hour curveball are his two best pitches rather than his fastballs.

    Reid Detmers managed to win the Friday Night Starter job becoming Louisville's starting pitcher and ace on the mound as early as his sophomore season. Reid Detmers went 13-4 with a 2.78 ERA, 167 strikeouts, and pitched 113.1 innings in 2019. Reid Detmers went 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 2020 in a shortened season.

    He is someone who may be potentially an upgrade over everyone in this Colorado Rockies starting rotaiton at some point down the road which is what the Rockies need more than anything else. Jon Gray has had more than enough time to assert himself as a number one starter and still hasn't gotten the job done.

  10. Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim: Robert Hassell, RF, Independence HS (TN)

    The Angels get the best player on the board here. Los Angeles gets a right fielder to play next to center fielder Mike Trout. The 6-2 195 lb Robert Hassell is a right fielder/first baseman/pitcher and he's the best player on the board for the Angels at 10.

    Robert Hassell had a .410 batting average with 12 home runs, 31 runs scored and 33 RBI into the postseason. With 43 walks, he had a .583 on-base percentage, and a .890 slugging percentage. Hassell dominated in 2019 and that's why he won the Gatorade State Player Of the Year in the state of Tennessee.

    Previous Pick: Austin Hendrick, RF, West Allegheny HS (PA)

  11. Chicago White Sox: Garrett Mitchell, CF, UCLA

    Chicago's strength is their infield. They took Nick Madrigal in 2018 and Andrew Vaughn going with two College Batters in the first round of the MLB Draft to strengthen their infield so if they lose an infielder to Free Agency they can just reload and bring someone else up.

    Chicago usually goes for College players over High School players. UCLA center fielder Garrett Mitchell and North Carolina State catcher Patrick Bailey are really the only two players that make any sense. Yasmani Grandall and James McCann are two good catchers and this team drafted Zach Collins out of Miami FL back in 2016 so I'm leaning towards Garrett Mitchell at 11 for this reason.

    The 6-3 215 lb junior can hit line drives, grounders, and bunts. He needs to improve his ability to hit with power, but if he does this correctly he can develop into a 30 to 35 home run hitter and be the third or fourth 5-tool player in this draft.

    Garrett Mitchell started 41 games as a freshman. His sophomore season in 2019 is when he really broke out having a .349 batting average, 12 triples, 14 doubles, 6 home runs, 57 runs scored, and 41 RBI's in 2019. Mitchell had a .355 batting average in 2020. He doesn't hit the ball with enough power, but everything else checks out on tape which is why I believe Mitchell will be the pick here since the other center fielders in this draft lack the range and arm to be MLB center fielders and project in corner outfield spots at left fielder or right fielder.

    Previous Pick: Heston Kjerstad, RF, Arkansas

  12. Cincinnati Reds: Austin Hendrick, RF, West Allegheny HS (PA)

    The Cincinnati Reds have batters that can help them win now at every position. Unfortunately you cannot say the same with their pitching even though they have seven good pitching prospects in their farm system including Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, Tony Santillan, Lyon Richardson, Packy Naughton, Vladimir Gutierrez, and Jacob Heatherly. They can put five of those guys in their starting rotation and move two to the bullpen if all seven manage to make it to the big leagues at some point down the road. The Reds just need five of those pitchers to make it while keeping their core of batters in tact with future batters like Tyler Stevenson and Jonathan India as well.

    Cincinatti's takes the best player on the board here. Back in 2018, Austin Hendrick was listed as the number one pick in preliminary 2020 MLB Mock Drafts. The Reds are getting a huge steal as well as my top ranked High School Batter in this entire draft at 12.

    The 6-1 205 lb Austin Hendrick was a four year starter at center fielder at West Allegheny High School in PA. Hendrick can hit home runs, line drives, grounders, and bunt. He practiced with former Pine Richland standout Neil Walker, who was the last WPIAL standout to enter the MLB Draft.

    He does not have the arm to play center fielder in the MLB and going to a team where he can move to a corner outfielder role is what's best for him since most MLB center fielders have the arm to throw far.

    Previous Pick: Zac Veen, RF, Spruce Creek HS (FL)

  13. San Francisco Giants: Tyler Soderstrom, C, Turlock HS (CA)

    The 6-2 190 lb Tyler Soderstrom is the son of Steve Soderstrom the sixth overall pick in the 1993 MLB Draft. The Giants drafted Steve so they may get his son here at 13 despite drafting Joey Bart out of Georgia Tech two years ago to succeed Buster Posey. He has the ability to hit with power. He also has the speed and athleticism to hit home runs, line drives, grounders, and bunts.

    Tyler Soderstrom has the offensive talent of a 5-tool batter. How consistent he is as far as throwing the ball for quick outs and his fielding are the areas of his game that he needs to improve since Soderstrom was the backup catcher on his High School Baseball team and yet still has a first round grade despite this because he's so gifted as a batter when he steps up to the plate. He will need to fix his defense and fielding in the minor leagues, but Soderstrom could be a good backup catcher to Joey Bart and play for the same team as his father if San Francisco likes Tyler as much as they liked Steve.

    Previous Pick: Jared Kelley, P, Refugio HS (TX)

  14. Texas Rangers: Garrett Crochet, P, Tennessee

    Texas drafts a pitcher to groom for the future. I mocked Garrett Crochet to the Phillies in my last mock, but the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers are both looking at Crochet so he may go earlier than where I initially mocked him.

    Garrett Crochet has a 97-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 95-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, a 85-mile per hour slider, 89-mile per hour changeup that has more velocity than any changeup in this draft class, and a 80-mile per hour curveball. Not only does Crochet have the velocity and throwing power, but also posseses the command and pitching accuracy to control his pitches effectively.

    The 6-6 218 lb Garrett Crochet had an ERA of 0.00 in one start in 2020 before COVID-19 suspended Tennessee's season. He only pitched 3 1/3 innings against Wright State with an ERA of 0.00 causing 6 strikeouts.

    Previous Pick: Nick Bitsko, P, Bucks County HS (PA)

  15. Philadelphia Phillies: Nick Bitsko, P, Bucks County HS (PA)

    Philadelphia has Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta. More arms to compliment these two pitchers are needed since the Phillies have an abundance of batters both in the MLB and their farm system. Even though Mick Abel and Jared Kelley are pitchers that I would take over Nick Bitsko, the Phillies apparently love Bitsko to the point where they may actually take him over both Abel and Kelley which you cannot fault them for. Nick Bitkso plays in the state of Pennsylvania so if the Pirates or Phillies have more confidence in Bitsko then someone like Abel or Kelley you can't question their scouting department for thinking this way.

    The 6-4 225 lb Nick Bitsko was originally supposed to graduate from High School in 2021 and challenge Kumar Rocker to be the top pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. He chose to graduate early this year in 2020 after being a sophomore last year so he could be draft eligible in the 2020 MLB Draft.

    Nick Bitsko had a 1.50 ERA as a freshman at Central Bucks East High School in 2018. Bitsko cut that ERA down to 1.18 as a sophomore at Central Bucks East High School. Nick Bitsko played his Summer ball at Bucks County HS for the Bucks County Generals so the fact that Bitsko graduated early along with the fact that his workload with HS Baseball and Summer Ball is bigger than any HS Pitcher prospect pretty much means he will be a first round pick.

    Previous Pick: Garrett Crochet, P, Tennessee

  16. Chicago Cubs: Mick Abel, P, Jesuit HS (OR)

    First baseman Anthony Rizzo, shortstop Javier Baez, third baseman Kris Bryant, and outfielder Kyle Schwarber all have expiring deals in 2022. Nico Hoener, Chicago's 2018 first round pick out of Stanford is going to start at second base even though he was originally a shortstop at Stanford before taking a second baseman in the second round of the 2019 MLB Draft. Chicago ignored all of these positions in the first round by going with a pitcher after giving up on their 2016 and 2017 first round picks. Now I am giving Chicago another pitcher prospect so this team can continue to have quality arms even after the next pitcher leaves the Cubs.

    I mocked Mick Abel to the Cubs at sixteen after previously mocking my top ranked High School pitcher to the Padres at eight since I think he has more upside than Reid Detmers who remained on the Rockies in my MLB Mock Draft. Abel has upside to be a number one guy for the Chicago Cubs down the road so this is a huge land for the Cubbies at 16.

    Mick Abel has a 97-mile per hour 4-seam fastball and a 94-mile per hour 2-seam fastball. He delivers both pitches with a 3/4 arm slot and has similar pitching mechanics to Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg. Additional pitches include a 94-mile per hour sinker and an 87-mile per hour slider. He can also throw a curveball and changeup so he has four pitches he can throw effectively now and two he could develop with his curveball and changeup.

    The 6-5 198 lb Mick Abel went 9-0 with a 1.34 ERA, and 90 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings pitched. Mick Abel was also the Gatorade State Player of the Year in Oregon in 2019.

    Previous Pick: Ed Howard, SS, Mount Carmel HS (IL)

  17. Boston Red Sox: Jared Kelley, P, Refugio HS (TX)

    Boston gets a pitcher at 17. The 6-3 215 lb Jared Kelley is the best player on the board and that's who the Boston Red Sox get here.

    Jared Kelley has a 4-seam fastball that goes up to 99-miles per hour and a changeup. Those are his two signature pitches that are good enough for the MLB level. He needs to develop his 2-seam fastball, curveball, slider, slurveball, and sinker. He has 7 pitches he can use compared to Mick Abel's 6 pitches. Abel has four of those six pitches perfected while Kelley only has two of his seven pitches perfected.

    Even though I mocked Mick Abel at 16 some will argue that Kelley has greater upside and that arguement does merit some consideration. That's because Jared Kelley had a 11-0 record, 0.22 ERA, and 144 strikeouts in 65 innings in 2019. Kelley pitched 14 strikeouts in 5 innings on March 10, 2020 with an ERA of 0.00 before the Corona Virus suspended his senior season of High School.

    Previous Pick: Robert Hassell, RF, Independence HS (TN)

  18. Arizona Diamondbacks: Patrick Bailey, C, North Carolina State

    Arizona drafts for upside by taking the best player available here. The 6-2 207 lb Patrick Bailey may not hit consistently, but he does hit home runs consistently despite never having a batting average of .300 or higher. Bailey hit 13 home runs in 2018 and 10 in 2019 before leading North Carolina State with 6 home runs in 2020.

  19. New York Mets: Ed Howard, SS, Mount Carmel HS (IL)

    New York drafts a the best player on the board at 19. The 6-2 185 lb Ed Howard is the top shortstop in this draft, and he was also the starting shortstop on the Great Lakes team that made it to the 2014 Little League World Series finals.

    Ed Howard has a high baseball IQ which will help him learn things he's unfamiliar with. He plays High School Baseball in the state of Illinois.

    Previous Pick: Tyler Soderstrom, C, Turlock HS (CA)

  20. Milwaukee Brewers: Carmen Mlodzinski, P, South Carolina

    The Brewers no longer have their number one starter Jimmy Nelson. Nelson suffered from injuries with the Brewers the last two years before the Los Angeles Dodgers got Nelson as a pitcher. Milwaukee's strategy should be reloading with pitchers in the draft until you acquire a number one starter who has the same impact as Jimmy Nelson had before injuries affected him.

    The 6-2 231 lb Carmen Mlodzinski is the top pitcher on the board. Carmen Mlodzinski has a 96-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 92-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, and a 82-mile per hour slider that appear to be MLB pitches. He also has familiarity using a curveball, cutter fastball, sinker, and changeup. Mlodsinzski has 3 pitches that are MLB ready, but if he spends four years in the minors working on mastering pitches like his curveball, cutter fastball, sinker, and changeup, he could have seven different pitches by the time he's done developing.

    He has experience as a starting pitcher since he earned the Friday Night Stater job before his season ending injury in 2019 at South Carolina. He also has experience out of the bullpen and can be used as a long reliever, middle reliever, set-up pitcher, or closer.

  21. St. Louis Cardinals: Cole Wilcox, P, Georgia

    St. Louis takes another pitcher here. Cole Wilcox was the Saturday Night Starter on Georgia and their number two starter behind Emerson Hancock. They already have an established number one starter in Dakota Hudson so getting Wilcox and grooming him for the future after he went 6-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 2019 is a sound strategy.

  22. Washington Nationals: Jordan Walker, 3B, Decatur HS (GA)

    Washington drafts a third baseman here. Now that Anthony Rendon is gone getting Jordan Walker who got into Duke, but had two parents go to MIT is paramount because the 6-5 212 lb Jordan Walker is the top third baseman in this draft. Jordan Walker has a great power bat, but the rest of his game needs to develop.

  23. Cleveland Indians: Justin Foscue, 2B, Mississippi State

    The Chief Wahoo logo will be up until the Indians win a World Series regardless of how much it offends Rob Manfred. I'm expecting to keep this logo up until I stop breathing if we do not win a World Series before Lindor leaves.

    Mississippi State has two infielders that warrant first round grades. The one I'm mocking to Cleveland has the better floor of the two. The 6-0 203 lb Justin Foscue had a .331 batting average and 14 home runs in 2019. Foscue batted .321 in a limited 2020 season. Cleveland has Jose Ramirez, but he moved from second base to third base. Getting a second baseman to compliment Ramirez is the one thing that Cleveland lacks in spades so the Indians get the top second baseman in this draft.

  24. Tampa Bay Rays: Bryce Jarvis, P, Duke

    The Tampa Bay Rays traded Matthew Liberatore to the St. Louis Cardinals. They go with Duke's Friday Night Starter in 2020 by taking a flyer on Bryce Jarvis. Jarvis was part of one of the ACC's best pitching rotations at Duke and will be tested in Tampa Bay's farm system. His 94 strikeouts and 0.60 ERA in 2019 were a team best and what allowed Jarvis to earn the number one starter role in 2020.

  25. Atlanta Braves: Pete Crow-Armstrong, CF, Harvard-Westlake HS (CA)

    Atlanta gets the top bat on the board at 25. Pete Crow-Armstrong is the final High School batter that I have graded in my top 30 and some have him going as early as twenty to the Milwaukee Brewers so the Braves are getting fantastic value here for a team that has the luxury of taking the best player on their board.

  26. Oakland Athletics: Dillon Dingler, C, Ohio State

    The Athletics get the best player on their board at 26. The 6-3 207 lb Dillon Dingler was the team captain at Ohio State. I loved Sean Murphy coming out of Wright State. Murphy is finally in the MLB and getting someone else in the first round will only motivate Murphy to play better since Dingler is the best player on the board. Also a lot of MLB teams use two catchers and that's due to each team wanting a left-handed and right-handed catcher along with depth at catcher.

  27. Minnesota Twins: Jordan Westburg, SS, Mississippi State

    The Twins get the other Mississippi State infielder. I know the Twins are loaded at shortstop. The 6-3 203 lb Jordan Westburg has a higher ceiling than Justin Foscue even though his floor is lower than his teammates. Minnesota is loaded with shortstops so if they feel Jordan Westburg is the best player on the board expect them to take him.

  28. New York Yankees: Tanner Burns, P, Auburn

    The Yankees get the top starter on the board. The 6-0 215 lb Tanner Burns showed flashes of promise as a true freshman back in 2018 when Casey Mize was on the Auburn Tigers. Burns also became only the second pitcher to strikeout 100 batters since 2000 along with Mize to accomplish this feat.

    Tanner Burns has two years of experience as the Friday Night Starter at Auburn. There is talk that the Chicago Cubs are looking at him as early as pick sixteen while everyone else has Burns falling to pick 28 in the late first round. The Yankees pick at 28 so they should be thrilled to draft Tanner Burns here.

    Tanner Burns has excellent command and pitching accuracy on his throws. He has a fastball, changeup, curveball, and slider that are all MLB ready. He is someone who could work through the minor leagues very quickly. The downside with Burns is he does not have velocity and throwing power that translates with a 92-mile per hour 4-seam fastball and a 91-mile per hour 2-seam fastball. Burns maxes out at 92, but could probably get up to 95 if you use him out of the bullpen.

    Some scouts believe that Burns lack of velocity limits him to a bullpen role. The New York Yankees have the luxury of taking Burns and developing him as a successor to Gerritt Cole if they want to patiently wait for him to blossom in the minor leagues. The other option is to bring him up through the minor leagues quickly and use him out of the bullpen.

  29. Los Angeles Dodgers: Nick Loftin, SS, Baylor

    The Dodgers have the luxury to ignore need and take the best player on the board. The 6-1 180 lb Nick Loftin can play third base, shorstop, second base, first base, left fielder, or right fielder with his versatility. He will never have the range to play center fielder, but he's a heck of a utility player as he can play anywhere in the infield outside of catcher along with a corner outfielder role.

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