MLB Draft Preview

Draft Order:

1. Tigers

2. Orioles

3. Marlins

4. Royals

5. Blue Jays

6. Mariners

7. Pirates

8. Padres

9. Rockies

10. Angels

11. White Sox

12. Reds

13. Giants

14. Rangers

15. Phillies

16. Cubs

17. Red Sox

18. Diamondbacks

19. Mets

20. Brewers

21. Cardinals

22. Nationals

23. Indians

24. Rays

25. Braves

26. A's

27. Twins

28. Yankees

29. Dodgers

30. NONE

Competitive Balance Round A

30. Orioles

31. Pirates

32. Royals

33. Diamondbacks

34. Padres

35. Rockies

36. Indians

37. Rays

Second Round

38. Tigers

39. Orioles

40. Marlins

41. Royals

42. Blue Jays

43. Mariners

44. Pirates

45. Padres

46. Rockies

47. White Sox

48. Reds

49. Giants

50. Rangers

51. Cubs

52. Mets

53. Brewers

54. Cardinals

55. Nationals

56. Indians

57. Rays

58. A's

59. Twins

60. Dodgers


Note: The 30th pick in the first two rounds will be blank. The Astros lost their first 2 picks of the 2020 and 2021 Draft as part of their punishment for sign stealing.

Competitive Balance Round B

61. Marlins

62. Tigers

63. Cardinals

64. Mariners

65. Reds

66. Dodgers

Compensation Picks

67. Giants

68. Giants

69. Mets

70. Cardinals

71. Nationals

72. Astros

Round 3

73. Tigers

74. Orioles

75. Marlins

76. Royals

77. Blue Jays

78. Mariners

79. Pirates

80. Padres

81. Rockies

82. Angels

83. White Sox

84. Reds

85. Giants

86. Rangers

87. Phillies

88. Cubs

89. Red Sox

90. Diamondbacks

91. Mets

92. Brewers

93. Cardinals

94. Nationals

95. Indians

96. Rays

97. Braves

98. A's

99. NONE (Twins lose pick for signing Josh Donaldson)

100. Yankees

101. Dodgers

102. Astros

Round 4

103. Tigers

104. Orioles

105. Marlins

106. Royals

107. Blue Jays

108. Mariners

109. Pirates

110. Padres

111. Rockies

112. Angels

113. White Sox

114. Reds

115. Giants

116. Rangers

117. Phillies

118. Cubs

119. Red Sox

120. Diamondbacks

121. Mets

122. Brewers

123. Cardinals

124. Nationals

125. Indians

126. Rays

127. Braves

128. A's

129. Twins

130. Yankees

131. Dodgers

132. Astros

Round 5

133. Tigers

134. Orioles

135. Marlins

136. Royals

137. Blue Jays

138. Mariners

139. Pirates

140. Padres

141. Rockies

142. Angels

143. White Sox

144. Reds

145. Giants

146. Rangers

147. Phillies

148. Cubs

149. Red Sox

150. Diamondbacks

151. Mets

152. Brewers

153. Cardinals

154. Nationals

155. Indians

156. Rays

157. Braves

158. A's

159. Twins

160. NONE (Yankees lose pick for signing Gerrit Cole)

161. Dodgers

162. Astros


Top High School Prospects:

1. Zac Veen OF B. 12/12/2001 Bats: L Throws: R HT/WT: 6'4"/190

Hit: 60

Power: 55

Run: 50

Arm: 55

Field: 55

Overall: 55

Veen has the kind of stuff to be an above average MLB player. He has elite bat speed, and scouts think that he could add strength to his 6'4" frame. Although Veen could wind up anywhere in the OF, he might be best in RF. His arm and power potential would fit very well in RF. He has average athleticism, but there's still time to develop that. He's one of the top draft prospects in the draft, and he's young enough to develop all of his skills to become a good MLB player.


2. Jared Kelley RHP B. 10/03/2001 Bats: R Throws: R HT/WT: 6'3"/215

Fastball: 65

Changeup: 60

Slider: 55

Control: 55

Overall: 55

Kelley might be the most major league ready of any high school draft pick. He regularly pitches 93-96 MPH, sometimes hitting 98 MPH on his fastball. His changeup has good movement, and it projects to be a very good pitch. He throws the changeup with frequency, although he throws the fastball more often. His final pitch is a slider in the 80-84 MPH range. It also can develop into an above average pitch that will show a lot of movement. A fourth pitch could benefit him, although at the moment it doesn't look like he needs one. He will be a good starter for a long time.


3. Mick Abel RHP B. 08/18/2001 Bats: R Throws: R HT/WT: 6'5"/190

Fastball: 60

Slider: 55

Changeup: 55

Curveball: 50

Control: 55

Overall: 55

Abel brings a solid 4 pitch mix that projects to have 3 plus pitches. He throws his fastball in the 93-95 MPH range, and a slider in the 82-86 MPH range. His curveball projects to be an average pitch. His changeup will be a plus pitch in the future, and he sells it very well with his arm speed. He will grow to be a strong pitcher given enough time, and he might be able to reach 97 MPH as a major leaguer. He will be an above average pitcher in the major leagues.


4. Austin Hendrick OF B. 06/15/2001 Bats: L Throws: L HT/WT" 6'0"/195

Hit: 50

Power: 60

Run: 55

Arm: 55

Field: 50

Overall: 55

Hendrick is one of the more interesting prospects in the 2020 draft. Hendrick is a big swing hitter, and he has some of the best raw power in the draft. His bat speed is elite and he has quick hands to generate some pop. He isn't afraid to strikeout, and that might be a problem as he strikes out a ton. He has a very high ceiling, but he is a very high risk prospect which might drop him to the 2nd round.


5. Nico Bitsko RHP B. 06/16/2002 Bats: R Throws: R HT/WT: 6'4"/225

Fastball: 60

Curveball: 60

Changeup: 50

Control: 55

Overall: 55

Barely eligible for the 2020 draft doesn't seem to matter for this kid, as he's big, strong, and throws a mean fastball. Clocking in at 92-92 MPH and sometimes reaching 97 MPH, Bitsko has the room to develop into a fireballer. His curveball shows his comeback potential pitch, as it's an above average pitch that will help in the long run. It regularly clocks in at 78-82 MPH. He doesn't throw his changeup much, but it has the potential to be an average to plus pitch. He might not sign, but if he does then teams are going to get really lucky with this kid.


6. Ed Howard SS B. 08/06/2001 Bats: R Throws: R HT/WT: 6'2"/185

Hit: 50

Power: 50

Run: 55

Arm: 55

Field: 60

Overall: 55

Howard's mentality is to be cool, calm, and collected at the plate, and that allows him to make hard contact very frequently. His strength continues to develop, so that could be a factor for him in his future. He can be an average to above average hitter. When it comes to fielding, that's where Howard really shines. He will be an above average SS with his quick, strong hands. He has a high baseball IQ, and is capable of making plays that most other SS can't. He will be an above average major leaguer.


7. Robert Hassell OF B. 08/15/2001 Bats: L Throws: L HT/WT: 6'2"/195

Hit: 60

Power: 50

Run: 55

Arm: 55

Field: 50

Overall: 55

While he's currently in CF, some scouts think that he's going to have to relocate to a corner. Different scouts think of him in very different ways, and some believe that he could have plus power while others believe that he'll only hit 10 HR a year. He also pitches a little bit too, clocking in at 93 MPH. No matter what you think of him, he slashed .514/.548/.886 at the under 18 World Cup. He could have one of the highest ceilings of any prospect in the draft, but he can just as easily be a bust.


8. Tyler Soderstrom C B. 11/24/2001 Bats: L Throws: R HT/WT: 6'2"/200

Hit: 60

Power: 50

Run: 50

Arm: 60

Field: 40

Overall: 50

It's not often that you see an offensive minded catcher, but Soderstrom is a very offensive minded catcher. He has the speed and athleticism to play 3B or maybe OF if he doesn't stick at catcher, but he could also be a 1B/DH player. He makes solid contact and brings slightly above average power. He has above average speed for a catcher, and slightly above average speed for all positions. He's an intriguing prospect that will be interesting to watch. He will be an average player in the majors.


9. Pete Crow-Armstrong OF B. 03/25/2002 Bats: L Throws: L HT/WT: 6'1"/180

Hit: 55

Power: 40

Run: 60

Arm: 55

Field: 60

Overall: 50

Even though his level of power right now isn't too good, he can develop to have average power with his pop. His strength being above average will also help. He will likely end up as a CF with his speed and athleticism. He is already good at defense, and will only get better when developed. He will likely bat leadoff in his ceiling, but he could also fall down to a below average hitter. We'll have to wait and see.


10. Jordan Walker 3B B. 05/22/2002 Bats: R Throws: R HT/WT: 6'5"/220

Hit: 45

Power: 60

Run: 45

Arm: 55

Field: 45

Overall: 50

Walker's talent has some saying that he's the best Duke recruit ever. He has the plus power to be a threat for the home run consistently, but he swings and misses on breaking pitches a lot. His ability to make adjustments is why he would be drafted in the first round, though he seems more of a second round guy. His bat speed is above average, and his frame will allow him to develop even more power. He will be really fun to watch.


Top College Prospects:

1. Spencer Torkelson 1B B. 08/26/1999 Bats: R Throws: R HT/WT: 6'1"/220

Hit: 60

Power: 65

Run: 40

Arm: 50

Field: 50

Overall: 60

The top prospect in the draft, Torkelson can hit. He can hit really, really well. He has an amazing eye, he can pull or hit the ball to the opposite field, and he has tremendous power. He's an average fielder at 1B, and he can also play a bit of 3B and LF as well. He's not known for being fast, but he doesn't hurt his team. In his best, he can be a big swing and miss guy without the miss. He will be hitting machine and will most likely be drafted number one in the draft.


2. Austin Martin OF/3B B. 03/23/1999 Bats: R Throws: R HT/WT: 6'0"/185

Hit: 65

Power: 50

Run: 55

Arm: 50

Field: 55

Overall: 60

Martin has the second best hitting tools of anyone in the draft, and that's for a reason. He makes consistent hard contact that could make him a consistent .300 hitter. He can also hit for a bit of power as well, as some think that he can hit 25-30 HR a year. He shows no weakness at the plate. His instincts carry him on the base paths where he has average raw speed. His instincts will allow him to swipe 5-10 bases a year. He will likely end up at 2B or 3B if his arm improves. He's in contention for the #1 pick.


3. Emerson Hancock RHP B. 05/31/1999 Bats: R Throws: R HT/WT: 6'4"/213

Fastball: 65

Curveball: 55

Slider: 60

Changeup: 60

Control: 55

Overall: 60

His fastball is in the 94-97 MPH range and it can even get up to 99 MPH. He has a lot of control over his slider, making it his number 1 breaking ball. His changeup is solid, but he doesn't use it very much. His curveball breaks very fast with a lot of spin on it. His only problem is injuries. His command is above average, he can go long into games, but it just doesn't matter if he can't stay healthy.


4. Asa Lacy LHP B. 06/02/1999 Bats: L Throws: L HT/WT: 6'4"/215

Fastball: 60

Curveball: 55

Slider: 60

Changeup: 60

Control: 50

Overall: 60

His fastball has improved from his high school days from 87-91 MPH to 92-97 MPH. He has developed his slider into a plus pitch, with his curveball being above average. His changeup has good movement on it, but he doesn't throw it that often. His control could potentially be a problem, and he's made that a point to work on. It will be vital to his success that his control will have to improve. Other than that, he is a solid prospect with the potential to be an all-star.


5. Max Meyer RHP B. 03/12/1999 Bats: L Throws: R HT/WT: 6'0"/185

Fastball: 70

Slider: 70

Changeup: 55

Control: 55

Overall: 55

He started out as a closer, but he soon moved to a starter. His fastball is way above average, usually hitting between 93-97 MPH. However, it can get up to 98, and on super rare occasions 100 MPH. His slider is 87-91 MPH and it projects to be the best in the whole 2020 draft class. While he doesn't use his changeup too often, it is still an above average pitch. He's a really great prospect and will look to be even better.


6. Nick Gonzales SS/2B B. 05/27/1999 Bats: R Throws: R HT/WT: 5'10"/190

Hit: 60

Power: 45

Run: 55

Arm: 50

Field: 50

Overall: 55

He's a hit first 2B that will likely develop into a leadoff role. His bat speed is exceptional, and he controls his bat well when he swings. His speed is above average, but his bat is where he shines. His power is below average, but he could develop that. His frame might limit his ability to hit for average power, but he could still get up there to at least a tick below average. His defensive shortcomings limit him to 2B, but he could still develop as a SS. He reminds some scouts of Keston Hiura, and he has the ability to be an above average player.


7. Garrett Mitchell OF B. 09/04/1998 Bats: L Throws: R HT/WT: 6'3"/204

Hit: 60

Power: 50

Run: 70

Arm: 60

Field: 50

Overall: 55

A long term CF with a lot of speed, Mitchell has the ability to be a plus-plus runner that can swipe 30 bags in a season. He will likely develop into a leadoff man a little like Trea Turner or Whit Merrifield. His only concern is his Type 1 Diabetes, but he's shown that he can be a great athlete. He will likely be taken in the first round and developed into an above average CF with speed.


8. Reid Detmers LHP B. 07/08/1999 Bats: L Throws: L HT/WT: 6'2"/210

Fastball: 55

Curveball: 55

Changeup: 50

Control: 55

Overall: 55

Although Detmers's fastball is 90-94 MPH, he commands it so well that at times it can be downright unfair. His curveball can develop into a strong pitch, a fall 20 MPH slower than his Fastball. His changeup has good movement and projects to be slightly above average. His control allows him to pound the strike zone while not making it easy for hitters to hit. While his raw tools aren't exceptional, he will be developed into a good pitcher.


9. Heston Kjerstad OF B. 02/12/1999 Bats: L Throws: R HT/WT: 6'3"/205

Hit: 45

Power: 60

Run: 45

Arm: 55

Field: 50

Overall: 55

Kjerstad's elite raw power is caused by his strength and bat speed. He can hit to all parts of the field, and he's very aggressive when doing so causing a high number of strikeouts. H ewill end up in RF, and he has average speed when he gets on the base paths. His power is an overwhelming reason that he's ranked this high in the draft class, and he should go somewhere in the first round.


10. Patrick Bailey C B. 05/29/1999 Bats: S Throws: R HT/WT: 6'2"/192

Hit: 45

Power: 50

Run: 40

Arm: 55

Field: 55

Overall: 50 A solid defensive catcher, Bailey brings above average defense that will help him even though his hitting isn't too good. He brings average raw power from both sides of the plate, and he draws a good amount of walks. He's athletic and will at least serve as a backup in his big league role. He might be the best catcher in the whole 2020 MLB Draft! He will be drafted likely in the first round.


11. Garrett Crochet LHP B. 06/21/1999 Bats: L Throws: L HT/WT: 6'6"/218

Fastball: 65

Slider: 55

Changeup: 60

Control: 50

Overall: 50

Crochet throws very fast, as his fastball usually falls in the range of 96-100 MPH. His fastball also shows above average spin, and so does his slider which is 82-85 MPH. His changeup is very well thrown, as he throws with the same arm speed as he would a fastball. His changeup is usually 90 MPH. His command is where he struggles the most, but he will still be drafted in the first round.


12. Carmen Mlodzinski RHP B. 02/19/1999 Bats: R Throws: R HT/WT: 6'2"/232

Fastball: 60

Slider: 55

Changeup: 55

Control: 50

Overall: 50

Mlodzinski's Fastball usually is around 92-96 MPH, but in fall practice it got up to 99 MPH. He abandoned his curveball, even though it was a plus pitch. He replaced it with a low 80's MPH slider that sometimes looks like a cutter. His changeup shows a lot of movement and projects to be above average. He will likely add in another pitch, possibly the curveball or cutter, as he moves up to the major leagues. He will likely develop good control, putting him in the first round.


13. Cade Cavalli RHP B. 08/14/1998 Bats: R Throws: R HT/WT: 6'4"/226

Fastball: 60

Curveball: 60

Slider: 55

Changeup: 50

Control: 45

Overall: 50

Cavalli is an interesting prospect. If he stays healthy, he's an amazing pitcher. If not, he's a bust immediately. His fastball is usually in the range of 92-96 MPH, and it sometimes gets up to 98 MPH. His curveball makes hitters look silly, and he throws it in the low 80s. His slider projects to be above average, clocking in at 86-89 MPH, and his changeup looks like an average pitch. His other issue is his control. It's below average, and he needs to improve it to become a major league player.


14. Cole Wilcox RHP B. 07/14/1999 Bats: R Throws: R HT/WT: 6'5"/232

Fastball: 65

Slider: 55

Changeup: 55

Control: 45

Overall: 50

Wilcox is a lot like Cade Cavalli (above). His Fastball is usually in the 92-97 MPH range, and it can reach 100 MPH. His slider is 83-87 MPH, along with his changeup. Both pitches have solid movement, and project to be above average pitches. Scouts don't know if he will have to move to the bullpen. He can struggle to control the ball, and that will hurt him in the long run. He should be an interesting prospect to watch.


15. Dillon Dingler C B. 09/17/1998 Bats: R Throws: R HT/WT: 6'3"/210

Hit: 50

Power: 50

Run: 55

Arm: 65

Field: 55

Overall: 50

Dingler controls the strike zone well when he's batting, and he brings potential above average raw power to the plate. His fielding is where he really shines though, as he has a plus arm as a catcher. His athleticism is surprisingly above average, and he ran a sub 6.6 second 60 yard dash. Don't expect him to maintain that though, as he will likely remain a solid catcher in the long run.


16. Bryce Jarvis RHP B. 12/26/1997 Bats: L Throws: R HT/WT: 6'2"/195

Fastball: 60

Curveball: 55

Slider: 55

Changeup: 60

Control: 55

Overall: 50

Jarvis threw a perfect game in college, and his frame is surprisingly muscular. His fastball is between 92-96 MPH, and his curveball is in the upper 70s. His slider is effective in the 83-87 MPH range, and his changeup is a well above average pitch. He has improved his control over the ball, but his frame limits his possible success as a starter.


17. Bobby Miller RHP B. 04/05/1999 Bats: L Throws: R HT/WT: 6'5"/220

Fastball: 65

Slider: 55

Changeup: 50

Control: 45

Overall: 50

Miller throws a mean fastball which hits 97-99 MPH. His slider is in the 85-87 MPH range, and it also shows good movement. His changeup comes in two forms, his splitter-change and his normal changeup. His splitter-change shows more movement and is faster, while the classic changeup is just unfair after he throws a fastball. He could develop a cutter or a normal splitter while he moves up in the minors, but he already has his success mapped out by these 3 pitches. His only problem is his control, which is below average.


18. Austin Wells C B. 07/12/1999 Bats: L Throws: R HT/WT: 6'2"/220

Hit: 55

Power: 55

Run: 40

Arm: 40

Field: 45

Overall: 50

Wells is an offensive minded catcher who can hit. He can really hit. He shows above average power and contact, and his strength and bat speed are also a plus. He strikes out a good amount, but he makes up for it in his walks. Some scouts project that he will end up a LF in the long run, but he could also end up a catcher along the lines of Kyle Schwarber's catching days. He could also make the majors as a 1B/DH guy.


19. Tanner Burns RHP B. 12/28/1998 Bats: R Throws: R HT/WT: 6'0"/205

Fastball: 60

Slider: 55

Changeup: 50

Control: 50

Overall: 50

At his best, Burns throws a 92-97 MPH heater and is not afraid to throw it inside. His slider can be confused with a curveball as they're really similar pitches. He could develop a curveball for a 4 pitch mix employed by players such as Lucas Giolito. His changeup can be an average pitch. While he hasn't always remained healthy, he's good when he is. He's a solid first round talent.


20. Chris McMahon RHP B. 02/04/1999 Bats: R Throws: R HT/WT: 6'2"/205

Fastball: 60

Curveball: 50

Changeup: 55

Control: 50

Overall: 50

McMahon throws his heater in the 95-96 MPH range, but it can get up to 98 MPH. His curveball sometimes looks like a slider, which would make it really easy to develop a slider for his 4th pitch. His changeup is really good at inducing groundballs and strikeouts. He's a good prospect that will be taken in early round 2 or late round 1.


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