Yorke doesn't appear to have the power required to stand out at either second or third base, so his defensive home could determine if he's more than a bench type. Should he prove successful, he ought to be a quick-to-rise mid-rotation starter. A creative team could maximize his value by having him split time between the infield and the outfield, a la Whit Merrifield and Scott Kingery, among others. Detmers, whose delivery and high three-quarters release will remind some of Drew Smyly or Tarik Skubal, pairs a low-90s fastball with a slow, knee-buckling curveball. Though he homered just 14 times, his exit velocities suggest there's plus power potential under the surface, something he could achieve thanks to his offensive aptitude and a swing that already features loft. The first-year-player draft is a time for bats, but I’m so excited for these arms that they keep jumping out at me. You'd think Torkelson was a Joe Hill creation given the fear he invokes in opposing pitchers. Few, if any pitchers in this class have improved their stock as much as Shuster has over the past year. Ranking the top 175 players for your first-year player drafts. If so, Kjerstad could be the first collegiate outfielder off the board. Hancock is the top-rated player on Baseball America's early 2020 draft board, and he has the size (6-foot-4) and velocity that could make him the No. He's more than adequate at the defensive tasks that matter most -- receiving and throwing -- and he has ample game-calling experience. We bring sports news that matters to your inbox, to help you stay informed and get a winning edge. (He played right in 2019 out of deference to former first-round pick Matt McLain, who moved to shortstop this season.) The first pitcher taken in the 2020 MLB draft, Max Meyer is one of the few first-round pitchers that doesn’t toe the rubber at 6’3 or above. Nonetheless, the wide berth granted by his secondary skills should permit Howard to go early in the draft to a team looking for a potential starting shortstop. His exit velocities were more pedestrian than one might suspect, leading some evaluators to believe his power potential (and the validity of comparisons to Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Keston Hiura) is overstated. Braves: Jesse Franklin, OF, Michigan98. Indians: Petey Halpin, OF, Mira Costa (HS) 96. In conjunction with the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the draft will take place in Atlanta. Nationals: Brady Lindsly, C, Oklahoma124. His delivery features some recoil, yet he walked just over seven percent of the batters he faced in three years against top-end SEC competition. But there were plenty of surprises in the early going. This Tucker has a broad base of skills, and he has enough arm strength and speed to stick at short. If Crow-Armstrong's name sounds familiar, that's because his parents are both actors (Ashley Crow and Matthew Armstrong) and he's the same outfielder who made a terrific grab during the Under-18 Baseball World Cup. Rays: Alika Williams, SS, Arizona State, 38. 6-keys: media/spln/mlb/reg/free/stories_live-blog, at As with Torkelson, it's hard to justify taking a right-handed first baseman early on. He has combined to score 112 runs, draw 90 walks and steal 50 bases in 135 games throughout his collegiate career. The biggest knock on him is that he's only a right-handed first baseman, and those seldom make for satisfying early selections -- it's basically a sample of the ballad of Andrew Vaughn, the third pick in last year's draft. Veen has the tall, lean, broad-shouldered frame that bodes well for him adding muscle over the coming years (and for drawing comparisons to Jayson Werth). That didn't happen this year, but Bailey came off the board early thanks to his high floor and the evergreen demand for catchers. Call Meyer the Murder Hornet because he's small but fierce. Giants: R.J. Dabovich, P, Arizona State115. He might have the higher floor, however, thanks to a well-rounded arsenal and a better feel for throwing strikes. He missed this spring with a right knee injury, but in his sophomore season a year ago he batted .296 (59-for-199) with 43 runs, 12 doubles, six home runs, 46 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 50 games. The 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft will be held on Wednesday, aired at 7 PM ET on MLB Network and ESPN/ESPN2, and live streamed on MLB.com. Giants: Jimmy Glowenke, SS, Dallas Baptist69. section: | slug: 2020-mlb-draft-full-results-tracker-list-of-all-160-picks-from-five-round-process | sport: baseball | route: article_single.us | (He struck out three times in 69 plate appearances this season.) Royals: Nick Loftin, SS, Baylor 33. Over the last three seasons, six left-handed starters have averaged 150 innings and more than a strikeout per inning: Chris Sale, Robbie Ray, Patrick Corbin, Eduardo Rodriguez, Clayton Kershaw, and Matthew Boyd. Hancock has three pitches that could be classified as above-average: his low-to-mid-90s fastball, his changeup, and his slider. (He also had a strong showing in the Cape Cod League, batting .308/.389/.526, albeit with a higher K rate.) Pirates: Nick Garcia, P, Chapman80. Predictably, one of his top selling points is his power potential. In addition, compensation picks were distributed for players who did not sign from the 2019 MLB draft and for teams who lost qualifying free agents. He does have a chance to become the first one in his family to reach the majors, however. Mets: Matthew Dyer, C, Arizona121. Hendrick scorched good competition last summer, posting absurd exit velocities along the way, and that performance ought to protect him against the typical cold-weather state bias. It’s been an incredible process. Reds: Christian Roa, P, Texas A&M49. 1 overall pick. Sabato's game may not feature another average or better tool outside of his bat, so he'll have to hit, hit, and then hit some more in order to justify his selection and punch his ticket to the Show. MLB shortened the 2020 draft from 40 rounds to five rounds this year in a cost-cutting move amid the coronavirus pandemic. Nationals: Cole Henry, P, LSU56. Hendrick could usurp Patterson if he someday lands the role of cleanup hitter. He might have the higher floor, however, thanks to a well-rounded arsenal and a better feel for throwing strikes. The first-year player draft is the primary mechanism of Major League Baseball (MLB) for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs to its teams. Tigers: Daniel Cabrera, OF, LSU63. Phillies: Carson Ragsdale, P, South Florida 117. Tigers: Gage Workman, 3B, Arizona State103. Twins: Alerick Soularie, OF, Tennessee60. Orioles: Jordan Westburg, SS, Mississippi State 31. Howard isn't just the best bet among prep players in this class to remain at shortstop, he's arguably the purest shortstop to come along in years. Diamondbacks: A.J. With the organization’s final pick in the 2020 First-Year Player Draft, shortstop Hayden Cantrelle was selected 151st overall in the fifth round out of the University of Louisiana. Marlins: Kyle Nicolas, P, Ball State62. His uptempo delivery is a little awkward, and he has a history of walking more than four batters per nine. Braves: Bryce Elder, P, Texas157. The other elements of his game are less certain. Giants: Kyle Harrison, P, De La Salle (HS)86. 30. Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Harvard-Westlake (HS). You can find the full list of every selection below, and we here at CBS Sports provided analysis of each of the 29 first-round picks that were made Wednesday night. Based on their past observations, Abel has a chance to be a high-quality big-league starter. (It doesn't help his stock that he's from Illinois, a cold-weather state, either.) His delivery features some recoil, yet he walked just over seven percent of the batters he faced in three years against top-end SEC competition. Astros: Ty Brown, P, Vanderbilt, 102. A total of 160 selections were made over two nights in the abbreviated selection process. Marlins: Dax Fulton, P, Mustang (HS) 41. Given his athleticism and pair of top-end pitches, he has a better chance than most at defying the stigma against short righties. Diamondbacks: Liam Norris, P, Green Hope (HS) 91. christopher jonot Send an email June 10, 2020. Mitchell is one of the fastest runners in the class, and he should have no problem remaining in center for the long haul. The draft order was set based on the reverse order of the 2019 MLB season standings. The top of this class is loaded with good college arms, so Abel might slip outside of the top five. 2020’s will be a supremely weird draft, but I’m geeked for it. Cantrelle’s sophomore campaign included a three-homer game on March 16 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a cycle in a perfect 4-for-4 effort on March 19 vs. Northwestern State University. Reds: Bryce Bonnin, P, Texas Tech 85. Brewers: Joey Wiemer, OF, Cincinnati 122. Some team that believes in his ability to stick in a rotation could take him earlier. A data-driven team might find it hard to justify popping Gonzales so early, lest they end up with a singles-hitting second baseman who isn't a threat to run or win a Gold Glove. Very dark timeline stuff all over in 2020, including the post-bonanza, post-postponement note from MLB for teams to be miserly with any scholarships connected to the ultra cheap sweepstakes. Following the 2019 MLB Draft in early June, I gathered sixteen prospect writers from across the industry for a six-round first year player draft. Zamora earned Freshman All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball and was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) All-Freshman team in 2018. From the Orioles breaking Twitter at 2nd overall, to the Rangers’ head-scratching second round pick, to several notable omissions at the conclusion of the draft, the industry has plenty to unpack in the coming days. He has a substandard arm, and he doesn't grade as a good receiver. The most notable baseball alum from West Allegheny High School is Scott Patterson, who played Luke on Gilmore Girls. If asked, he could probably pitch out of a big-league bullpen this season. Indians: Logan Allen, P, Florida International57. He isn't expected to be a zero at the plate, either, thanks to a contact-tailored swing that could make him a leadoff type. In Martin's case, it could turn out to be a positive. Reds: Jackson Miller, C, J.W. Athletics: Michael Guldberg, OF, Georgia Tech 99. Foscue isn't going to win many footraces. As it is, his bat is doing the heavy lifting. He followed up that start with a pair of dominating performances against Purdue and Florida State that brought his seasonal totals to 27 innings, 11 hits, two walks, two earned runs, and 40 strikeouts. Rangers: Evan Carter, OF, Elizabethton (HS)51. In his junior season this spring, the 21-year-old batted .264 (14-for-53) with 16 runs, 14 walks, four doubles, one home run, 12 RBI and a .435 on-base percentage in 15 games. He was primarily a third baseman before this season, when he slid to center field to better leverage his wheels. 10:51 pm ET, 2020 MLB Draft: Biggest Surprise Pick From Round One, Team-by-team draft grades can be found here. 4, 2017). He has a strong arm, but he's a work-in-progress in other ways. Hassell, another well-regarded Vanderbilt commitment, is a legit prospect as a pitcher and outfielder. With due respect to the fine people at the University of Florida, there's little chance Veen will be crossing paths with the Tom Petty tree anytime soon. The Detroit Tigers picked Arizona State … Carson Tucker is the younger brother of Cole, an infielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Heston won't be the first Kjerstad to play pro ball: his brother Dexter spent a number of seasons as part of the Kansas City Royals and Miami Marlins organizations. After drafting infielder Aaron Sabato with the 27th overall pick last night, the Twins today selected outfielder Alerick Soularie , right-handed pitcher Marco Raya, and outfielder Kala’i Rosario. Brewers: Hayden Cantrelle, SS, Louisiana Lafayette152. Should he fail in the rotation, he'd probably make a mighty fine setup man. Louisville has produced a pair of top-five picks in recent years, in outfielder Corey Ray (No. He has some backers in the industry who think he could become the best hitter in the class. MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers tonight made four selections to complete the 2020 First-Year Player Draft, finishing this year’s class with five college position players – the first time the organization has selected position players with its first five picks since 2003. Giants: Ryan Murphy, P, Le Moyne College 145. Mets: Eric Orze, P, University of New Orleans 151. Mitchell enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign the year prior, batting .349 (90-for-258) with 57 runs, 14 doubles, 12 triples, six home runs, 41 RBI and a .984 OPS to go along with a perfect fielding percentage. The announcements were made by Vice President –. Written by: Ray Butler Follow us on Twitter! @Prospects365 Read the first edition of my 2021 FYPD list---including extensive player reports---by clicking here. 1 minute read. The 2020 MLB Draft -- officially known as the First-Year Player Draft or the Rule 4 Draft -- finished up Thursday night. It’s not easy to separate the fast movers from the slow on the pitching side, but that’s a good way to make a profit, and these two college-ace, first-round picks just scream fast-track to me. No pitcher ranked this highly on this list has less on file than Bitsko does. In the fourth round, the Brewers selected outfielder Joey Wiemer out of the University of Cincinnati with the 121st overall pick. 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