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The annual MLB draft was scheduled June 10-12 in Omaha, Nebraska the site of the College Baseball World Series. The date, time, and number of rounds is to be determined as of this writing. The MLBPA and MLB owners have agreed to no less than 5 rounds with the draft taking place no later than July 20th.

This draft class is widely considered strong with five college players likely to go in the first 5 picks. The depth and quality of the college pitching in this class are outstanding with the possibility of up to 10 or more college pitchers off the draft board in the first round. 

The signability of some players will likely be affected if the draft is reduced to just 5 rounds. In some cases, teams may choose to play it safe and lean heavily toward college players who have a longer track record and less leverage. 

Scouts all around the country find themselves in a unique situation with many of the northern prep players never taking the field this Spring. The lack of views and inability of players to display their developing talents will likely send some talented prep players to college campuses around the country. Scouts have been forced to focusing more on consuming video content and collaborating with one another.

These projections and player notes have been influenced by numerous sources such as; Baseball America, Perfect Game, ProspectsLive.com, MLB.com, Fangraphs, YouTube videos, and other baseball-related sources.

Spencer Torkelson- 1b 

School: Arizona St. – Age: 20.8 – Height: 6’1 – Weight: 220 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right

Notes: “Tork” is a middle of the order type right-hand hitting bat. His hit tool projects as above average (plus would not surprise) when he is fully developed. The slugging first baseman displays plus to plus-plus raw power. In layman’s terms, that is a quality .270-280 hitter with 30 or more home runs per season as a major leaguer. Torkelson is below to fringe-average runner with an average throwing arm. He could see some time in left field where his bat should carry him. The advanced slugger should move quickly through the minors and impact a lineup sooner than later.
Projection: Round 1, pick 1-2.

Austin Martin- INF/OF

School: Vanderbilt – Age: 21.2 – Height: 6’0 – Weight: 185 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right

Notes: Martin has drawn comps to Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson for his positional versatility. While Martin’s future position remains in the air he should be a quality major leaguer wherever he ends up. Offensively, the talented Vanderbilt product displays a plus hit tool with average power. Defensively, Martin is a quality above-average defender with an average arm. Displaying above-average speed for CF, he seems more likely to end up in LF or at 2b. Martin should produce a quality batting line of .280-.290 with 15-20 homers at the big league level. 
Projection: Round 1, pick 1-3.

Asa Lacy- LHSP

School: Texas A&M – Age: 21 – Height: 6’4 – Weight: 215 – Bats: Left – Throws: Left

Notes: Lacy worked his way into the top pitching prospect in the draft on many boards. His hard slider improved, now grading as a plus pitch and hitting 87-90. The lefty features a four-pitch mix with a plus fastball that touches 98 along with an above-average curve and above-average change with the potential for a plus outcome. Lacy displays average control with the potential for above-average control as he continues to improve. The lefty often works himself deep into counts causing his walk rate to not adequately reflect his control. Lacy can get outs with any of his four pitches making him likely to be one of the first arms to be drafted. The talented lefty has number 2 upside with the potential to compile a lot of strikeouts. His walk rates will need to continue to improve to reach his lofty prospect status.
Projection: Round 1, pick 1-5.

Emerson Hancock- RHSP

School: Georgia – Age: 21 – Height: 6’4 – Weight: 215 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right

Notes: Once considered the top overall prospect for the 2020 draft the righty started off the abbreviated collegiate season slowly resulting in a slight slip in rankings. Hancock is an advanced righty with above-average control. The 6’4 right-hander features a plus fastball, change, and slider with an above-average curve. Hancock displays a clean, athletic ¾ delivery and works efficiently on the mound. Hancock’s mid-to-upper 90’s fastball doesn’t generate the K’s could leading to some speculation he’ll need to make a few mechanical adjustments to reach his number 2 upside. The Georgia Bulldog should develop quickly and could be one of the first arms to reach the majors from the draft class off of pure present stuff and advanced control.
Projection: Round 1, pick 1-5.

Nick Gonzales- 2b/SS

School: New Mexico St. – Age: 21 – Height: 5’10 – Weight: 190 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right

Notes: The hard-working Gonzales posted video game-like numbers before the college baseball season ended abruptly. Gonzales played both shortstop and second base in college but seems more likely to end up as a premium offensive-oriented second baseman. Defensively, his average arm strength, short track record at shortstop (he had been a 2b prior to 2020), and lack of footwork at shortstop probably leads to a move back across the keystone. Gonzales has fringe-average power with plus bat-to-ball skills allowing his pop to play up. The right-handed hitting middle infielder displays above-average speed on the bases and is a disciplined hitter at the plate, which should allow him to get on base regularly.
Projection: Round 1, pick 1-5.
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  1. Good to see some draft news/info. Thanks Preacher! Any idea when the message boards will be up and running?

    • Dealing with technical issues, but discussion boards are coming.

      Btw, there will be plenty of draft content coming. Keep an eye out and checkout the mock draft streaming at YouTube via Prospects Live and on their periscope Friday, May 1st at 8:30. It’s a unique and realistic, rapid pace mock. It should be an enjoyable experience to get some sort of baseball for 1 night.

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