It’s (supposed to be) baseball season! Although we may not see MLB games played until late June or early July, it’s never too early for a mock draft. It is too early to know which teams are looking at which players, but using organizational needs and past draft tendencies, we can get close enough.
1. Detroit Tigers – Austin Martin, 2B/OF, Vanderbilt
Martin feels like the clear top player in the draft, even with his positional uncertainty. His attempt to move to CF was cut short by the surprise end to the season, but he has the athleticism to pull off the position change. His short, sweet, compact swing is gonna produce a lot of gap shots, and should treat him well after making the jump to the minors.
2. Baltimore Orioles – Spencer Torkleson, 1B, Arizona State
Torkleson’s big bat makes him a very attractive pick for the Orioles. He and last year’s #1 overall pick Adley Rustchman will hopefully become a great 3/4 tandem in the Orioles lineup for years to come. He dominated in his 3 years at Arizona State, and should reach the big leagues quickly.
3. Miami Marlins – Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M
The Texas A&M ace looks like the best pitcher in the draft right now. Lacy is 6’4, 215lbs with a very strong frame. His upper 90s fastball and sharp offspeed stuff look very good coming from the left side, and could be a great addition to the Marlins short list of top end pitching prospects.
4. Kansas City Royals – Austin Hendricks, CF, West Allegheny HS (Pa.)
Hendricks may be a bit of a reach at this point in the draft, but another highschool bat to pair with Witt Jr. makes a lot of sense for the Royals. Hendricks had some struggles with hitting consistently throughout his highschool career, but he has some of the best raw power in the draft. His speed and arm strength play well in the outfield, and he has a very bright future in baseball.
5. Toronto Blue Jays – Nick Gonzales, 2B, New Mexico State
Gonzales has been talked about as the best hitter in the draft, and rightfully so looking at his stats. Gonzales has a lot of bat speed and barrel control, which lets him hit for contact and power. The Blue Jays could really use another prospect bat, as even with Bichette, Vlad, and Biggio, their farm system has been pitching dominated over the past couple years. He should be the final piece to a very good Blue Jays infield.
6. Seattle Mariners – Emerson Hancock, RHP, Georgia
The Georgia right hander is exactly what the Mariners need. In a farm system full of middle of the rotation pitchers, Hancock has true ace potential. He has great command of 4 pitches, but his slider is his go-to strikeout pitch, and looks like it could be used as a deadly weapon in pro-ball.
7. Pittsburgh Pirates – Mick Abel, RHP, Jesuit HS (Ore.)
The Pirates need a star, and Abel could be one. The 6’5 righty has one of the highest ceilings in the draft, but he has a lot of work and some growing to do to reach it. He has a very clean delivery, and potentially 3 well above average pitches.
8. San Diego Padres – Jared Kelley, RHP, Refugio HS (Tx.)
Jared Kelley has the chance to be the first highschooler in this draft to reach the big leagues. He’s already filled out, and already has big league velocity. He aggressively pounds the strike zone with his fastball and a changeup he’s very confident in. Effortless delivery, has the potential to toss plenty of innings.
9. Colorado Rockies – Garrett Mitchell, OF, UCLA
The Rockies love their college bats, and they get a good one here in Mitchell. He’s developed into a really well rounded player, hitting for both power and average, along with playing solid defense at a premier position. He should be able to steal plenty of bases too, as he’s a well above average runner. He’s arguably the best athlete in the draft, and has some power potential yet to be uncovered.
10. Los Angeles Angels – Reid Detmers, LHP, Louisville
The Angels desperately need pitching help on their big league squad, so a college pitcher makes a lot of sense here. Detmers is an emotionally mature 20 year old with some of the best control, pitchability, and mound presence in the draft. He pitches like a 10 year veteran already, which lets him compete with the other pitchers in the top of this class, despite his stuff not comparing well.
11. Chicago White Sox – Ed Howard, SS, Mount Carmel Hs (Ill.)
Howard is a very well rounded player, much like Mitchell. He has a short, simple swing from the right side, and with some added size and strength could develop above average power. Very smooth fielder with the ability to stay there throughout his professional career. Speed that helps him cover ground in the infield and steal some bases, along with quick hands and a good arm makes him a prototypical SS. His high baseball IQ and potential 5 tool future makes him a really good draft selection.
12. Cincinnati Reds – Robert Hassell, OF, Independence HS (Tn.)
Hassell looks like the best prep bat in the class, with his ability to spray line drives all over the field. He has a lot of question marks, like whether or not he can stick around in CF or if he will have to move to a corner, and if he will develop some more pop as he fills out or if he will stay lean. Nonetheless, he is a great hitter and feels comfortable at the plate.
13. San Francisco Giants – Nick Bitsko, RHP, Central Bucks East HS (Pa.)
The Giants only have 1 pitcher under 21 in their top 30 prospects, so they could really use another as they head towards a rebuild. Bitsko, one of the youngest players in the draft, fits really well here. He’s a big right hander with a big time fastball and a really good breaking ball. The 17 year old righty is a really good athlete and seems durable; he should have a long career as a professional.
14. Texas Rangers – Patrick Bailey, C, North Carolina State
Bailey is a switch hitting catcher with serious power from both sides of the plate. He may end up as more of a three true outcomes type rather than a complete hitter, but should provide plenty of offense at the catcher position. He’s a slightly above average defender, and looks like a very safe pick. The NCS catcher looks like an almost finished product.
15. Philadelphia Phillies – Heston Kjerstad, OF, Arkansas
The Arkansas outfielder has some of the best power in this draft, lots of extra base hits in his future. Kjerstad has an unconventional swing, but he’s had a lot of success with it. His home to 1st time is slow, but he won’t clog the basepaths. His big bat and cannon of an arm make him a prototypical RF prospect.
16. Chicago Cubs – Cade Cavalli. RHP, Oklahoma
The big right hander is capable of running it up to triple digits, and offers some really good offspeed stuff. He throws a lot of strikes, even if that leads to him leaving some pitches over the middle. He has No.1 or No.2 starter potential if he stays healthy and stops leaving balls over the plate.
17. Boston Red Sox – Garrett Crochet, LHP, Tennessee
Crochet found a couple extra MPH last summer, running it up to 100 with some frequency. His front half stays connected throughout his delivery. Great arm action coming from the left side, and at 6’6 the big spinning breaking ball is a tough read for hitters. When he can consistently throw strikes, he becomes very dominant, and almost unhittable for amateur competition.
18. Arizona Diamondbacks – Jordan Westburg, SS, Mississippi State
The Diamondbacks could really use an infielder with this pick, their farm system is loaded with outfielders and arms. Westburg is a big 6’3 shortstop with a quick swing, and has a good chance to stick at SS in the minors. He has solid speed and range with quick hands and well above average arm strength. If he adds some strength, he could develop high end power.
19. New York Mets – Zac Veen, OF, Spruce Creek HS (Fla.)
Veen has tremendous upside, but a lot of question marks. It’s not clear whether or not he’s going to continue to hit consistently, whether or not his big power is gonna show up in games, and whether or not he can play CF. All of that being unclear might lead to him falling in the draft a bit, but he is still a legit prospect with one of the highest ceilings in the class.
20. Milwaukee Brewers – Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Harvard-Westlake HS (Cal.)
The Vanderbilt signee has had a lot of success on big stages in his highschool career, specifically as an underclassmen on a gold medal winning USA 18 and under team. He’s a fantastic athlete, which lets him play some really good outfield defense, and beat out a couple of infield hits. He’s got a lot of room to add muscle which could be huge, because he already has a lot of pop in his bat. He’s got true 5 tool potential.
21. St Louis Cardinals – Max Meyer, RHP, Minnesota
Meyer is a lean, surprisingly explosive athlete. He can run his fastball up to 98 regularly and touches 100 occasionally. There are health concerns with his skinny frame and high velocity, but he’s a good athlete with a very repeatable delivery. The Minnesota right hander has a high work ethic and is an intense competitor, which should suit him well as he progresses throughout his baseball career.
22. Washington Nationals – Cole Wilcox, RHP, Georgia
The 2nd Georgia right hander to come off the board, Wilcox made a name for himself at his time there despite being overshadowed by Hancock. He’s got 3 significantly above average pitches that he has recently learned to command very well. With some work on his delivery and hiding the ball longer, he could be one of the better pitching prospects in the league .
23. Cleveland Indians – Carmen Mlodzinski, RHP, South Carolina
Another college righty, Mlodzinski dominated in the Cape after struggling in his first 2 college seasons. He’s turned his delivery into a very repeatable one, and has some really good stuff to go with it. He could have potentially 3 or 4 plus pitches, depending on if he can differentiate his slider and cutter.
24. Tampa Bay Rays – Jordan Walker, 3B, Decatur HS (Ga.)
Walker is a big kid with a big bat. At 6’5, 212lbs, he has a lot of pop in his bat. The 17 year old 3B is athletic for his size and might have the best power potential of anyone not named Spencer Torkleson in this class. Walker is a super interesting prospect and should be fun to watch develop.
25. Atlanta Braves – Carson Tucker, SS, Mountain Pointe HS (Arz.)
Tucker is a new age, big, physical SS with a good mix of speed and power. He has a very high ceiling, and has become a very enticing prospect now that he has begun to fill out. He’s one of the biggest risers on draft boards over the past 18 months, and would become the Braves’ best infield prospect.
26. Oakland Athletics – Blaze Jordan, 1B, DeSoto Central HS (Miss.)
The legend of Blaze Jordan continues. The 17 year old 1B re-classed to become one of the youngest players available in the 2020 class. He hits the ball as hard as anyone else in this class, and has been in the national spotlight for a long time. He won a national home run derby at age 11. 2 years later showcased his insane power again at another home run derby at age 13 by launching not 1, but 2 500 ft home runs. The kid does damage.
27. Minnesota Twins – Tyler Soderstrom, C, Turlock HS (Cal.)
Soderstrom this late may be a fantastic value pick. He has his concerns about whether he will stick behind the plate, and where else he would play, but he has huge potential. A great hitter with a sweet left handed swing, he could be a great offensive minded catcher. He very well could go higher, but he has a lot of question marks.
28. New York Yankees – Daniel Cabrera, OF, LSU
Cabrera is a very well rounded hitter, and should get on base a lot, as well as hit for some serious power. He’s made some advancements in his defensive ability, but probably will still end up in a corner outfield spot as a professional. He has a solid arm, so probably right field.
29. Los Angeles Dodgers – Tanner Burns, RHP, Auburn
Burns’ main weapon is his fastball, a high spin rate, mid to upper 90s 4 seam. We saw a lot of college hitters swing and miss at it, and he pairs it with a nice slider with some solid drop to it too. The Auburn righty is a strong, athletic 6 footer who looks like a pretty promising prospect.
30. Baltimore Orioles – Daxton Fulton, LHP, Mustang HS (Ok.)
The Orioles will likely be looking for a high upside arm here, and Fulton fits the bill. A fantastic 2019 summer season including some impressive showings against top competition seems to have propelled him into the 1st round. He throws 92-94 with some serious movement, and is a very tough pitcher to read. His deceptive motion and ability to hide the ball, make him tough to hit as he’s still a power pitcher.
31. Pittsburgh Pirates – Aaron Sabato, 1B, North Carolina
With a pretty well rounded farm system, the Pirates will likely be taking the best available prospect with this pick. While there is no clear best player at this point in the draft, Sabato is a good bet. Shoulder surgery likely ruined his chances of playing anywhere but 1B as a professional, but that won’t matter. Sabato can mash. Short swing with a lot of pop, and doesn’t strike out a lot. The Pirates will hope he can regain his arm strength, but will still be happy with getting one of the best hitters in the draft, regardless of where he plays.
32. Kansas City Royals – Austin Wells, C, Arizona
Wells is a similar prospect to Soderstrom. Offensive minded catcher with questions about his defense, but his bat provides enough promise to still make him exciting. He is a solid athlete and may be able to move to left, if he can’t figure it out behind the plate. Either way, his bat is both proven and has room to grow. He has a future as a solidly above average big leaguer.
33. Arizona Diamondbacks – Dylan Crews, OF, Lake Mary HS (Fl.)
Crews is a great well rounded prospect. While he doesn’t excel at anything, he does seem to be above average at everything. He has made some legitimate defensive improvements and his outfield skills are now on par with the rest of his tools. The best part of his game is his discipline at the plate, he’s not afraid to take a walk and will wait for a pitch he can do damage with.
34. San Diego Padres – Masyn Winn, RHP/SS, Kingwood HS (Tx.)
One of 2 potential two-way 1st rounders, Winn has serious talent in all parts of the game. A great defender at shortstop with good bat speed with some great bat to ball skills, Winn looks like a really good infielder. On the mound, he can run it up to 98 with multiple promising offspeed pitches that look like they can be above average options for catchers to have Winn go to. Winn could likely be a top 150 prospect at either SS or RHP.
35. Colorado Rockies – J.T Ginn, RHP, Mississippi State
One of my personal favorite players in this class, Ginn was a 1st rounder in 2018 as well. The Dodgers picked him 30th, but couldn’t meet his demand. J.T has some really good movement on all of his pitches, and commands all of them really well. A mid 90s fastball with some good life, a wipeout slider that can almost act as 2 different pitches, and a changeup with some serious vertical drop, his 3 good pitches make him a force to be reckoned with on the mound.
36. Cleveland Indians – Cade Horton, RHP/SS, Norman HS (Ok.)
This is the other potential two-way 1st rounder we talked about earlier. Horton is bigger and stronger than Winn, but has less of a chance to contribute on the mound and at the plate. He’s also a good fielder with a strong arm, but has a more power first approach compared to Winn’s contact first approach. The Indians will likely want him as just a pitcher, but he has the potential to play SS in the future as well.
37. Tampa Bay Rays – Alex Santos, RHP, Mount St. Michael Academy (Ny.)
Santos is a raw prospect with a high ceiling. He’s tall and lean with a chance to add more strength which could lead to some added velo. He has 3 good pitches and has pitched very well the last 2 summers. Santos fits very well as a Tampa Bay Ray.
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