It is 2021 MLB draft day on the Bellco Theatre in Denver.
The Pittsburgh Pirates began the night time by deciding on Louisville catcher Henry Davis with the No. 1 total decide, adopted by the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, with the primary 36 picks of this 12 months’s occasion scheduled to be made on Sunday. Rounds 2-10 will happen beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Monday, and the draft concludes with Rounds 11-20 starting at midday Tuesday.
Which of this 12 months’s extremely regarded foursome of prep shortstops will come off the board first? The place will Vanderbilt co-aces Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker be chosen? And which groups will make the picks that shock everybody?
See under for evaluation of all of the picks within the first spherical from ESPN MLB consultants David Schoenfield and Dan Mullen, together with full choices for each staff in each spherical.
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Who’s Davis? An arm-strength catcher popping out of highschool, Davis hit .280 with three house runs as a freshman at Louisville in 2019, was hitting properly earlier than COVID-19 struck in 2020, after which exploded offensively this 12 months, hitting .370/.482/.663 with 15 house runs and extra walks than strikeouts in 50 video games. Whereas McDaniel grades his arm energy at 80, the remainder of his protection wants work. He may comply with an analogous path to the final Louisville catcher taken within the first spherical, Will Smith of the Dodgers, as an offensive-minded backstop.
Why the Pirates took him right here: In a 12 months and not using a clear No. 1 total prospect, the Pirates stunned some by choosing the catcher over one among this draft’s 4 prep shortstops. However take a look at these numbers and it is not exhausting to see why Davis was the decide right here as a slugging backstop from a significant convention who ought to get to the majors faster than any of the excessive schoolers round him on this class. — Dan Mullen
Take a look at the highlights that make Jack Leiter a high prospect on this 12 months’s MLB draft.
2. Texas Rangers: Jack Leiter, RHP, Vanderbilt
Who’s Leiter? The son of Al Leiter, who received 162 video games within the majors, Jack grew to become one of the well-known faculty gamers in recent times, regardless that he performed only one full season at Vanderbilt. A draft-eligible sophomore after turning down the Yankees within the 2019 draft, Leiter went 11-4 with a 2.18 ERA for the Faculty World Collection runners-up, hanging out 179 in 110 innings. He does not have the peak scouts want in a right-handed pitcher — he is listed at 6-foot-1 — however he has a robust decrease half and a deep arsenal of pitches.
Why the Rangers took him right here: If there’s going to be a real ace on this draft, it is going to be Jack Leiter. Leiter, together with Vanderbilt teammate Kumar Rocker, was the speak of school baseball this 12 months and he has the stuff to match the hype for a franchise in want of high-end expertise in its minor league system. — Mullen
3. Detroit Tigers: Jackson Jobe, RHP, Heritage Corridor HS (OK)
Who’s Jobe? Jackson is the son of Brandt Jobe, who received two PGA Tour titles and nonetheless competes on the Champions Tour. No highschool pitcher had gone increased than fifteenth previously two drafts, however groups fell in love with Jobe’s fastball, high-spin wipeout slider, versatility (he performed shortstop when not pitching and led his staff to the Oklahoma 4A state championship) and comparatively recent arm (he additionally performed quarterback).
Why the Tigers took him right here: For the entire Jack Leiter buzz, Jackson Jobe’s upside may be even larger — however there’s additionally extra danger right here. The hard-throwing excessive schooler joins an already spectacular secure of younger pitchers Detroit has taken with excessive draft picks in recent times, and you do not have to squint too exhausting to think about Jobe becoming a member of Casey Mize and Co. in an excellent rotation down the highway. — Mullen
4. Boston Red Sox: Marcelo Mayer, SS, Eastlake HS (CA)
Who’s Mayer? Whereas Jordan Lawlar may be the highest prep participant on this draft proper now, Mayer has extra upside as a 6-foot-3 left-handed-hitting shortstop. From the identical San Diego-area highschool program that produced former No. 1 total decide Adrian Gonzalez, Mayer’s solely below-average device is his velocity, however he nonetheless initiatives as an above-average defender at shortstop due to his footwork, arm energy and palms.
Why the Crimson Sox took him right here: Jack Leiter and Henry Davis have been the 2 gamers most frequently related to the Crimson Sox going into draft night time, however as an alternative they find yourself with a participant many thought would go No. 1 total. If Mayer grows into his instruments, he has the potential to be a Corey Seager-esque performer who has the glove to stay at a premium place. — Mullen
Take a look at the highlights that make Colton Cowser a high prospect on this 12 months’s MLB draft.
5. Baltimore Orioles: Colton Cowser, CF, Sam Houston State
Who’s Cowser? A highschool teammate of College of Texas pitcher and sure first-rounder Ty Madden, Cowser emerged as one of many high faculty bats regardless of enjoying for mid-major Sam Houston State. He surpasses former massive leaguer Glenn Wilson (18th total in 1980) because the highest-drafted participant at school historical past. The lefty hitter hit .374 with 16 house runs, strolling greater than he struck out, and has above-average velocity that might permit him to stay in middle discipline if he improves his routes.
Why the Orioles took him right here: Cowser is among the high faculty bats out there, however he is No. 12 on Kiley’s draft board and could possibly be a little bit of an under-slot choice — one thing Orioles GM Mike Elias did again when he was operating the Astros’ draft and chosen Carlos Correa first total, leaving them extra money to signal Lance McCullers Jr. with a later first-round decide. Nonetheless, Cowser’s instruments all ticked up this 12 months. It is also the third straight 12 months the Orioles have taken a university hitter with a top-five decide, following Adley Rutschman and Heston Kjerstad. — Schoenfield
Who’s Lawlar? The No. 1 participant on Kiley McDaniel’s draft board, Lawlar has been thought-about the highest prep participant on this class because the summer time of 2020. A Dallas highschool product, he has above-average instruments throughout the board and has drawn comparisons to Carlos Correa and even Derek Jeter for his means to hit to the other discipline.
Why the Diamondbacks took him right here: Anytime you will get a participant ranked No. 1 on draft boards with the No. 6 total decide, it’s a must to be excited. Lawlar has above-average instruments throughout the board, the perfect glove of this 12 months’s 4 extremely touted prep shortstops and the potential to develop into an All-Star-level participant on the place. — Mullen
7. Kansas City Royals: Frank Mozzicato, LHP, East Catholic HS (CT)
Who’s Mozzicato? First-round picks from New England are uncommon, and prep pitchers even rarer — in truth, Mozzicato is the primary highschool pitcher from Connecticut taken within the first 5 rounds since 2014. Kiley referred to as him one of many wildest late-rising prospects in current reminiscence. The southpaw dominated low-level Connecticut highschool competitors, hanging out 17 within the Class M state title sport. He has a low-90s fastball, nevertheless it’s his high-spin curveball and athletic supply that set him aside.
Why the Royals took him right here? This definitely qualifies as probably the most stunning decide up to now, because the Royals cross on Kumar Rocker to take the highschool lefty from Connecticut. Few pitchers have seen their inventory rise extra this spring than Mozzicato, however Jeff Passan did report that the Royals will signal Mozzicato to an under-slot bonus to unlock additional cash afterward. The seventh decide holds a slot worth of $5.432 million, so search for Mozzicato (No. 21 on Kiley’s draft board) to return in under that. — Schoenfield
Take a look at the highlights that make Benny Montgomery a high prospect on this 12 months’s MLB draft.
8. Colorado Rockies: Benny Montgomery, CF, Crimson Land HS (PA)
Who’s Montgomery? For the second straight 12 months, a Pennsylvania highschool outfielder goes within the first spherical, as Montgomery follows Austin Hendrick, who went twelfth total final 12 months to the Reds. Whereas Hendrick was a pure energy wager as a nook outfielder, Montgomery initiatives as a middle fielder, with 70- or 80-grade velocity and above-average uncooked energy from his 6-foot-4 body. He has a hand hitch of types in his swing, so his hit device is the massive query mark.
Why the Rockies took him right here: For the second straight 12 months, the Rockies go prep outfielder with their first decide after taking Zac Veen at No. 9 total final 12 months. If Montgomery can alter the hand hitch in his swing and develop into his uncooked energy, the Rockies simply added a middle fielder with 25-30 house run potential — however there’s loads of danger in a toolsy prep participant with an unorthodox swing. — Mullen
Who’s Bachman? Proprietor of probably the greatest fastballs within the draft, Bachman sat 95-97 and hit 101 for Miami. He missed a while early within the spring with a drained arm and pitched simply 59.2 innings, ending with a 1.81 ERA and 93 Okay’s with only one house run allowed. There may be some reliever potential right here with considerations about his sturdiness and measurement (6-foot-1) and the way the fastball/slider combo may play up popping out of the bullpen.
Why the Angels took him right here: After taking two high-floor, low-ceiling faculty gamers of their previous two drafts in infielder Will Wilson (already traded to the Giants) and pitcher Reid Detmers, the Angels’ new front-office regime goes with one other faculty participant, however this time a high-ceiling flamethrower in Bachman. Certain, the scale and drained arm earlier within the spring are points, however Bachman may transfer rapidly (and will pitch within the majors now as a reliever). — Schoenfield
Kumar Rocker says he is excited and blessed to be picked tenth total by the Mets.
10. New York Mets: Kumar Rocker, RHP, Vanderbilt
Who’s Rocker? After main Vanderbilt to the Faculty World Collection title as a freshman in 2019, Rocker teamed with Jack Leiter to kind a dominant 1-2 punch in 2021, though Rocker had a poor outing within the decisive Sport 3 loss to Mississippi State. That begin was symbolic of his up-and-down junior season, when he arguably entered the 12 months as the favourite to go No. 1. His velocity was inconsistent, though he nonetheless struck out 179 in 122 innings.
Why the Mets took him right here: As a freshman in 2019, Rocker appeared like a surefire No. 1 total decide within the making, however his inventory has dropped a bit after some struggles with velocity and command all through 2021. If he can get swings and misses with the fastball, his breaking ball is among the greatest on this draft, and the Mets have to like having him fall to them right here — even when they will probably need to pay over-slot cash for a pitcher who’s extra No. 3 starter than ace in the long term. — Mullen
Take a look at the highlights that make Brady Home a high prospect on this 12 months’s MLB draft.
11. Washington Nationals: Brady Home, SS, Winder Barrow HS (GA)
Who’s Home? The Georgia prepster entered final summer time because the top-rated highschool participant, then struggled in opposition to good competitors on the showcase circuit, however has climbed again up draft boards this spring and ranks as McDaniel’s No. 5 prospect. He has a grade 80 arm that hit 95 when he pitched, plus 30-homer potential and the talents to play shortstop, though some scouts assume he ultimately finally ends up at third base or proper discipline. The largest query is the contact means in attending to his energy.
Why the Nationals took him right here: With Washington’s highest decide since taking Anthony Rendon sixth in 2011, Mike Rizzo adjustments his normal course and goes for a place participant after seven of the Nationals’ eight first-round picks since Rendon had been pitchers. However Home follows Rizzo’s desire for high-upside expertise, and McDaniel has described Home because the prep participant with probably the most upside within the draft. His energy is as spectacular as any participant’s within the draft if he could make sufficient contact to get to it. — Schoenfield
12. Seattle Mariners: Harry Ford, C, North Cobb HS (GA)
Who’s Ford? Highschool catchers are notoriously a dangerous demographic, however Ford’s across-the-board abilities all grade as common or higher — together with his plus operating velocity. Which means he may transfer to a different place if crucial, however scouts like his probabilities to stay behind the plate and he is a powerfully constructed 5-foot-10, 200 kilos with plus uncooked energy.
Why the Mariners took him right here: McDaniel describes Ford as being constructed like an influence lifter who can be a yoga teacher. Defensively, that interprets to a catcher who may additionally deal with different locations on the diamond, together with middle discipline, and offensively that is a participant whose bat has big-time energy potential. However, highschool catchers are one of many riskiest place teams to draft early, so this can be a basic risk-reward decide. — Mullen
Take a look at the highlights that make Andrew Painter a high prospect on this 12 months’s MLB draft.
13. Philadelphia Phillies: Andrew Painter, RHP, Calvary Christian HS (FL)
Who’s Painter? The Gatorade state participant of the 12 months in Florida, Painter started the season as the highest prep arm, and whereas Jackson Jobe handed him in that regard, Painter brings measurement (6-foot-6), velocity (sits 93-95), a easy supply, a slider that may already grade out as plus at occasions and really feel for a changeup. The same old caveats about prep pitchers apply, however he is seen as a sophisticated highschool arm.
Why the Phillies took him right here: Hey, it is exhausting to cross on a excessive schooler this massive who throws exhausting and most impressively already has a easy supply, usually a difficulty for highschool gamers his measurement. Jackson Jobe handed him as the highest prep pitching prospect, however Painter has a giant upside as properly, and Kyle Peterson notes that Painter may add velocity. With 2020 first-rounder Mick Abel, the Phillies have now added back-to-back high-ceiling prep arms to their group. — Schoenfield
Who’s Bednar? The Faculty World Collection hero as Mississippi State received its first nationwide title, Bednar was named Most Excellent Participant after permitting three runs in 18.1 innings in three CWS begins — together with six hitless on brief relaxation in Sport 3. As a draft-eligible sophomore, McDaniel estimates Bednar improved his draft inventory 10 spots along with his robust postseason run. His fastball sits 91-95, touches 97, and he has a plus slider and common changeup. He completed 2021 with 135 Okay’s and simply 23 walks in 86.1 innings.
Why the Giants took him right here: Bednar’s efficiency in Omaha, Nebraska, was among the many most spectacular in current Faculty World Collection historical past, and he heads to a franchise that is aware of a factor or two about postseason pitching success. His fastball velocity may be barely much less spectacular than a number of the different high pitching prospects on this draft, however the motion on it’s a nightmare for opposing hitters.
Take a look at the highlights that make Sal Frelick a high prospect on this 12 months’s MLB draft.
Who’s Frelick? Simply the sixth first-round decide in Boston Faculty historical past, Frelick turns into the second-highest-drafted participant at school historical past, after catcher Tony Sanchez, who went fourth to the Pirates in 2009. Undrafted out of highschool, Frelick is undersized at 5-foot-9, 175 kilos, however his athleticism (he additionally performed soccer and hockey in highschool), velocity and make contact with means made him a favourite of scouts. He hit .359/.443/.559 with six house runs, 17 doubles and 13 steals in 48 video games and a projection of common uncooked energy.
Why the Brewers took him right here: The Brewers really feel they obtained a steal final 12 months with the twentieth decide in UCLA outfielder Garrett Mitchell, who’s tearing it up in high-A ball, and so they would possibly really feel the identical in getting one other toolsy faculty outfielder in Frelick with the fifteenth decide. He is eleventh on McDaniel’s draft board and whereas the stats at B.C. have been spectacular, needless to say he did not play baseball full time till faculty. — Schoenfield
16. Miami Marlins: Kahlil Watson, SS, Wake Forest HS (NC)
Who’s Watson? He does not have the bodily stature of Lawler, Mayer and Brady Home, the opposite three extremely regarded prep shortstops, however Watson has plus instruments throughout the board and swings from the left facet — all the time a bonus. His energy has appeared extra in BP than video games, however a three-homer sport earlier this spring boosted his inventory. He has the athleticism and instruments to stay at shortstop, however his plus velocity means middle discipline is a viable various.
Why the Marlins took him right here: The larger query is why did not another person take him sooner? The slide lastly ends for the final of the 4 highschool shortstops, because the Marlins jumped on the alternative so as to add a participant with as a lot upside as any offensive prospect on this draft. Watson’s explosiveness on the plate is his standout device, however there’s additionally a good bit of concern he’ll be capable of stick at shortstop. — Mullen
Take a look at the highlights which have helped make Matt McLain a high prospect on this 12 months’s MLB draft.
Who’s McLain? The twenty fifth total decide in 2018 out of a California highschool, McLain spurned the Diamondbacks to as an alternative attend UCLA. After struggling as a freshman in 2019 (.203), he hit properly final 12 months within the abbreviated season after which .333/.434/.579 this 12 months, exhibiting rising energy from his undersized 5-foot-10 body. Scouts just like the hit device and exhausting contact, and he has improved defensively at shortstop though he won’t be a lock to stay there.
Why the Reds took him right here: his seems like a fairly protected decide as McLain goes about the place he was projected (No. 15 on Kiley’s board). ESPN analyst Chris Burke is not positive McLain can stick at shortstop — definitely a necessity for the Reds on the massive league degree — however McLain follows the identical mannequin as Frelick as a shorter, high-contact hitter. The Reds even have the thirtieth and thirty fifth decide, so will probably be fascinating to see the place they go together with these picks as a result of they’ve the fourth-most pool cash within the draft. — Schoenfield
18. St. Louis Cardinals: Michael McGreevy, RHP, UC Santa Barbara
Who’s McGreevy? After pitching in reduction as a freshman, McGreevy lastly obtained a full season as a starter, going 9-2 with a 2.92 ERA and strolling simply 11 batters in 101.2 innings — plus-plus command that earns him the inevitable comparisons to former UC Santa Barbara star Shane Bieber (who went within the fourth spherical in 2016). A shortstop in highschool, McGreevy is an athletic 6-foot-4 with sinking motion on a 93 mph fastball that hit 96 at occasions. His low-80s curveball, slider and changeup are all projectable pitches as properly.
Why the Cardinals took him right here: A school beginning pitcher with robust management and stable flooring is a kind that St. Louis has had success drafting late within the first spherical over time. McGreevy went to the identical college as Shane Bieber, so there’s some hope he can take the identical type of leap as a prospect too. — Mullen
Take a look at the highlights that make Gunnar Hoglund a high prospect on this 12 months’s MLB draft.
Who’s Hoglund? A supplemental first-round decide by the Pirates out of highschool (thirty sixth total), Hoglund ended up at Mississippi attributable to considerations about his post-draft bodily. He appeared like a possible top-five total decide early this season, earlier than injuring his elbow and present process Tommy John surgical procedure. Earlier than the damage, his velocity had ticked up from his first two years in faculty, sitting 93-96, and all 4 of his pitches graded out as 55s or increased. If he bounces again, he could possibly be a steal — consider the Dodgers taking Walker Buehler twenty fourth total in 2015.
Why the Blue Jays took him right here: his is an efficient roll of the cube by the Blue Jays, as Hoglund would have gone increased if he had been wholesome. Earlier than happening, Hoglund had fanned 96 in 62 2/3 innings, so there’s a potential high-ceiling strikeout pitcher right here if he bounces again. — Schoenfield
20. New York Yankees: Trey Sweeney, SS, Japanese Illinois
Who’s Sweeney? The best-drafted participant out of Japanese Illinois since Stan Royer went sixteenth total to the A’s in 1988 (he had a quick main league profession), Sweeney crushed the Ohio Valley Convention, hitting .382/.522/.712 with 14 house runs and practically twice as many walks (46) as whiffs (24). The lefty hitter produces exhausting contact to all fields regardless of a excessive leg kick and he clearly controls the zone properly. With below-average velocity, he may need to maneuver off shortstop as a professional, though he has good arm energy.
Why the Yankees took him right here: Sweeney’s .382/.522/.712 slash line is ridiculous … however he did put up these numbers at Japanese Illinois, so that they definitely include some questions. Sweeney is the kind of participant who’s so exhausting to scout coming off of a 12 months with out the Cape Cod League as a spot for small-school prospects to point out what they’ll do in opposition to main convention stars. Nonetheless, the Yankees clearly believed within the manufacturing sufficient to take him right here. — Mullen
21. Chicago Cubs: Jordan Wicks, LHP, Kansas State
Who’s Wicks? The highest faculty left-hander, Wicks turns into the highest-drafted KSU pitcher ever after setting a faculty file with 118 strikeouts in 92.1 innings. His fastball sits within the low 90s however has the excessive spin that groups covet, and his changeup is thought to be probably the greatest within the draft. Combine in stable choices in his slider and curveball and he is seen as a high-floor lefty.
Why the Cubs took him right here: A cultured faculty lefty with plus command, pitchability, standout make-up and a high-spin fastball? Test, test, test and test. That is the type of pitcher who ought to transfer rapidly by way of the minors, and it is fairly clear the Cubs want rotation assist. Do not be stunned if he is pushing for a rotation slot someday in 2022. — Schoenfield
Take a look at the highlights that make Colson Montgomery a high prospect on this 12 months’s MLB draft.
22. Chicago White Sox: Colson Montgomery, SS, Southridge HS (IN)
Who’s Montgomery? A basketball star in highschool — he is the main scorer in his college’s historical past — Montgomery has a pleasant left-handed swing that initiatives to above-average energy. Whereas he is athletic, he is 6-foot-4 with below-average velocity, so he may wind up at third base as a professional. One unfavorable: He turned 19 in February, which is a giant unfavorable in most of the draft fashions that groups use.
Why the White Sox took him right here: The White Sox went with the hometown prospect right here with an Indiana participant in Montgomery, who may have performed Division I hoops as properly. Being a 19-year-old from a cold-weather state attracts instant questions from some groups, however Montgomery’s bat and body each stand out — particularly if he can stick at shortstop. — Mullen
23. Cleveland Indians: Gavin Williams, RHP, East Carolina
Who’s Williams? A finger damage restricted Williams to simply three innings in 2020, so he returned to East Carolina for his senior season and the rate he has showcased since he was in highschool lastly was outcomes as he went 10-1 with a 1.88 ERA and 130 Okay’s in 81.1 innings, whereas strolling simply 21. He is an enormous righty at 6-foot-6, 255 kilos, sits within the mid-90s and has hit 101. His curveball was his greatest secondary providing and he additionally combined in a slider and changeup, giving him four-pitch potential.
Why the Indians took him right here: This can be a little bit of a twist as a result of eight of Cleveland’s previous 9 first-round picks have been excessive schoolers, however as Peterson alluded to through the broadcast, Williams went toe-to-toe with Rocker through the NCAA regional and arguably appeared extra spectacular. Put him in Cleveland’s developmental system and it’s a must to like how this choice would possibly work out. — Schoenfield
Take a look at the highlights that make Ryan Cusick a high prospect on this 12 months’s MLB draft.
24. Atlanta Braves: Ryan Cusick, RHP, Wake Forest
Who’s Cusick? From Massachusetts, Cusick attended the identical prep college in Connecticut as George Springer (Avon Outdated Farms), earlier than matriculating at Wake Forest, the place he posted a 6.44 ERA as a freshman in 2019. The massive right-hander (6-6, 235 kilos) improved this 12 months and has the fastball you would possibly anticipate from any individual that measurement, sitting 95 and hitting 102. He led the ACC with 13.9 Okay’s per 9, though he must get extra consistency from each his breaking ball (a slurvy slider) and changeup.
Why the Braves took him right here: The rate is the calling card for Cusick, however he wants to seek out one other pitch or two to go together with it or the bullpen may very properly be in his future. Atlanta is among the greatest franchises in baseball in relation to creating pitchers, and there is a lot to work with contemplating Cusick’s mixture of measurement and fastball velocity. — Mullen
25. Oakland Athletics: Max Muncy, SS, Thousand Oaks HS (CA)
Who’s Muncy? Sure, there could possibly be one other Max Muncy coming to the majors, though this Max isn’t any relation to the Dodgers All-Star. Taking part in for former main league shortstop Jack Wilson at Thousand Oaks Excessive Faculty, Muncy is 6-1 with a elegant strategy and energy potential. After a sluggish begin he ended his senior season as one of many high prep hitters in California, hitting .452 with 9 house runs in opposition to good competitors. He isn’t a lock to stay at shortstop however has the arm energy to maneuver to 3rd base.
Why the A’s took him right here: Sure, the Max Muncy who will not be associated to that Max Muncy (however shares a birthday with him) simply went to the identical franchise that drafted the present Dodgers star in 2012. Past the title, that is the kind of participant Oakland has had loads of success with in previous drafts — a hitter who goes to the plate with a plan, can drive the ball with authority and hits to all fields. — Mullen
26. Minnesota Twins: Chase Petty, RHP, Mainland HS (NJ)
Who’s Chase Petty? The primary right-handed prep pitcher drafted within the first spherical from New Jersey since Rick Porcello in 2007, Petty is pure velocity man who sits within the higher 90s and touches 100. He dominated New Jersey prep hitters and was named the Gatorade state participant of the 12 months.
Why the Twins took him right here: He throws REALLY exhausting. The Twins was once often known as a corporation that beloved finesse guys who throw strikes, however that has modified in recent times and now they chase velocity identical to each different group. As McDaniel warned through the broadcast, nevertheless, prep pitchers who throw 100 mph are massive, massive damage dangers. — Schoenfield
27. San Diego Padres: Jackson Merrill, SS, Severna Park HS (MD)
Who’s Jackson Merrill? One other late riser much like seventh total decide Frank Mozzicato, Merrill ranks No. 42 on McDaniel’s board. He is a left-handed hitting shortstop with energy potential and a dedication to Kentucky, however McDaniel notes comes with much more danger than different first-round picks since many scouts hadn’t even seen him till two months in the past.
Why the Padres took him right here: That is usually what the Padres do, zig when everyone thinks they’ll zag. However in addition they love high-upside expertise and clearly are shopping for into Merrill’s energy. He is additionally coming from a state that not often will get a highschool participant drafted anyplace this excessive — in truth, he is the best drafted Maryland highschool place participant this century. — Schoenfield
28. Tampa Bay Rays: Carson Williams, SS, Torrey Pines HS (CA)
Who’s Williams? A two-way prospect getting into the season, Williams added 10-15 kilos and began exhibiting way more energy and shifting up draft boards as a place participant. With a number of light-tower blasts this spring, he is extra energy over hit at this level, and a few scouts are skeptical that his grooved swing will play at higher ranges. Together with his arm energy, he would possibly ultimately transfer to 3rd base, and his robust dedication to Cal would possibly imply an above-slot bonus is required to get him to signal.
Why the Rays took him right here: One other highschool shortstop in a primary spherical filled with them, Williams appears destined for a position-player future whether or not that is at shortstop or after a transfer to 3rd base in professional ball. Given the variety of middle-diamond prospects within the Rays’ stacked future, that should not be a lot of a priority so long as the facility Williams confirmed this spring continues to tick up.
Why the Rays took him right here: One other highschool shortstop in a first-round filled with them, Williams appears destined for a position-player future however whether or not that is at shortstop or after a transfer to 3rd base in professional ball. Given the variety of middle-diamond prospects within the Rays’ stacked future, that should not be a lot of a priority so long as the facility Williams confirmed this spring continues to tick up.— Mullen
29. Los Angeles Dodgers: Maddux Bruns, LHP, UMS-Wright HS (AL)
Who’s Maddux Bruns? With a reputation like “Maddux” he higher be a pitcher — though he is a lefty who throws exhausting and never all the time with pinpoint command. He has two potential plus breaking balls in a slider and curveball, however his means to harness his fastball and throw strikes would be the key to his improvement.
Why the Dodgers took him right here: It is exhausting to call a staff that has accomplished a greater job in creating pitchers previously half-decade than the Dodgers, so that they’ll gamble on the facility arm and hand him over to their minor league instructors. Given the state of the massive league rotation and high quality arms within the system akin to Josiah Grey and Ryan Pepiot, they’ve a lot time to let him develop. — Schoenfield
30. Cincinnati Reds: Jay Allen, OF, John Carroll Catholic HS (FL)
Aggressive stability spherical A
31. Miami Marlins: Joe Mack, C, Williamsville East HS (NY)
32. Detroit Tigers: Ty Madden, RHP, Texas
33. Milwaukee Brewers: Tyler Black, 2B, Wright State
34. Tampa Bay Rays: Cooper Kinney, 2B, Baylor HS, TN
35. Cincinnati Reds: Matheu Nelson, C, Florida State
36. Minnesota Twins: Noah Miller, SS, Ozaukee HS, WI
37. Pittsburgh Pirates: Anthony Solometo, LHP, Bishop Eustace Prep Faculty (NJ)
38. Texas Rangers: Aaron Zavala, OF, Oregon
39. Detroit Tigers: Izaac Pacheco, SS, Friendswood HS (TX)
40. Boston Crimson Sox: Jud Fabian, OF, Florida
41. Baltimore Orioles: Connor Norby, 2B, East Carolina
42. Arizona Diamondbacks: Ryan Bliss, SS, Auburn
43. Kansas Metropolis Royals: Ben Kudrna, RHP, Blue Valley Southwest HS (KS)
44. Colorado Rockies: Jaden Hill, RHP, LSU
45. Los Angeles Angels: Ky Bush, LHP, St. Mary’s Faculty (CA)
46. New York Mets: Calvin Ziegler, RHP, St. Mary’s Catholic SS (ON)
47. Washington Nationals: Daylen Lile, OF, Trinity HS (KY)
48. Seattle Mariners: Edwin Arroyo, SS, Central Pointe Christian Academy (FL)
49. Philadelphia Phillies: Ethan Wilson, OF, College of South Alabama
50. San Francisco Giants: Matt Mikulski, LHP, Fordham
51. Milwaukee Brewers: Russell Smith, LHP, TCU
52. Miami Marlins: Cody Morissette, SS, Boston Faculty
53. Cincinnati Reds: Andrew Abbott, LHP, Virginia
54. St. Louis Cardinals: Joshua Baez, OF, Dexter Faculty (MA)
55. New York Yankees: Brendan Beck, RHP, Stanford
56. Chicago Cubs: James Triantos, 3B, James Madison HS (VA)
57. Chicago White Sox: Wes Kath, Deer Mountain HS (AZ)
58. Cleveland Indians: Doug Nikhazy, LHP, Ole Miss
59. Atlanta Braves: Spencer Schwellenbach, P, Nebraska
60. Oakland Athletics: Zack Gelof, 3B, Virginia
61. Minnesota Twins: Steven Hajjar, LHP, Michigan
62. San Diego Padres: James Wooden, OF, IMG Academy (FL)
63. Tampa Bay Rays: Kyle Manzardo, 1B, Washington State
Aggressive stability spherical B
64. Pittsburgh Pirates: Lonnie White Jr., OF, Malvern Prep Faculty (PA)
65. Baltimore Orioles: Reed Trimble, OF, Southern Miss
66. Kansas Metropolis Royals: Peyton Wilson, 2B, Alabama
67. Arizona Diamondbacks: Adrian Del Castillo, C, Miami
68. Colorado Rockies: Joe Rock, LHP, Ohio
69. Cleveland Indians: Tommy Mace, RHP, Florida
70. St. Louis Cardinals: Ryan Holgate, OF, Arizona
71. San Diego Padres: Robert Gasser, LHP, Houston