If the draft hadn’t moved to July 11-13, it would have ended Wednesday with rounds 11-20. Instead of knowing which teams have selected which players, there is still a lot of uncertainty about what will happen in between. month.
Teams have not yet held meetings to set up their draft boards, and there are at most 15-20 first-round consensus talents for 29 first-round picks. Signability has yet to impact where players will land, albeit in the coming weeks. The clubs behind the Pirates believe that Pittsburgh could go in multiple directions with the No. 1, which means that subsequent selections could unfold in many different ways.
Below is our latest pick for the first round, which includes all teams except the Astros, who lost their top two picks in both 2020 and 2021 as punishment for signage theft. Detailed exploration reports and ratings are available for all players mentioned in MLB Pipeline’s Top 200 Draft list. Nevada prep winger Tyler Whitaker, Eastern Illinois shortstop Trey Sweeney, Boston College shortstop Cody Morissette, Florida State catcher Matheu Nelson and southpaw Saint Mary Ky Bush were not included in the 29 following selections, but they are increasing the buzz of the first round as recently.
1. Pirates: Marcelo Mayer, SS, Eastlake HS (Chula Vista, California)
Other clubs believe the Pirates narrowed their field to four position players (shortstop Mayer, Jordan Lawlar and Kahlil Watson plus Louisville catcher Henry Davis) but they don’t have much separation between them and will eventually catch anyone who lets them shave off. plus on the assigned withdrawal value of $ 8,415,300. Sure, Pittsburgh might have a clear preference too, but making everyone believe they’re uncertain could help negotiate.
2. Ranger: Jack Leiter, RHP, Vanderbilt
Rangers have opted for college artists from power conferences with their last two first-round picks and Leiter would fit that mold. They’ve been tracking Watson for weeks, and it’s possible they’ll be able to follow the high school shortstop route and take him in place of Mayer and local product Lawlar.
3. Tigers: Jackson Jobe, RHP, Heritage Hall HS (Oklahoma City)
It’s no secret that Tigers love Mayer and may be less receptive to a discount at No. 1 because it will not drop below no. 3. This is the roof for Jobe, who some clubs have rated as the best pitcher in the Draft over the more famous Vanderbilt duo of Leiter and Kumar Rocker. If Detroit wants a position player, shortstops Lawlar and Brady House would be alternatives to Mayer.
4. Red Sox: Henry Davis, C, Louisville
The best case for the Red Sox is that they have the choice of either Leiter or Davis, and the latter comes in at number 4 if the Pirates pass it. Boston is the first club to appear to consider Rocker, although it is unclear if they would take him for high school shortstop.
5. Orioles: Sal Frelick, OF, Boston College
A year ago, the Orioles saved $ 2.6 million over the value of the pick by taking Heston Kjerstad to No. 2 and most clubs expect them to pursue a similar strategy with another college club. We’re going to buy that scenario here with Frelick, even though Baltimore hasn’t made any final decisions and could go many other paths. They are believed to aspire to Leiter, have heavily explored prep shorts, and may be targeting Georgia high school catcher Harry Ford as another discount option.
6. D-back: Kumar Rocker, RHP, Vanderbilt
The Diamondbacks may have their pick of most talented high school shortstop, but most clubs expect them to go with a college junior instead. There is a small chance that Davis might slip to No. 6, but more likely they will decide between paying full price for Rocker or serving a college club like Frelick, UCLA shortstop Matt McLain (who they took in the first round of 2018) or Sam Houston winger Colton Cowser.
7. Royals: Jordan Lawlar, SS, Jesuit Prep (Dallas)
The Royals could very well get the best prospect of college entering the year (Rocker) or the best prospect of preparation in early 2021 (Lawlar) at No. 7, although they would probably have to pay well over the slot ($ 5,432,400) to do so. They also showed a lot of interest in Watson.
8. Rocky Mountains: Kahlil Watson, SS, Wake Forest (NC) HS
There is probably a better chance that Watson will go to No. 1 or 2 rather than falling into the Rocky Mountains at 8. They could take the best high school shortstop available, and if one of the top four doesn’t make it here, they have an interest in Jobe and Texas right-hander Ty Madden. Jobe could be a tough call considering the right-hander of preparation Riley Pint, who Colorado took fourth overall in 2016, has just retired.
9. Angels: Brady House, SS, Winder-Barrow HS (Winder, Ga.)
One or more prep shorts will last longer than it deserves, and House could go all the way up to No. 9 if it is crushed at n. From 3 to 6. If at least one team in the top eight makes a discount, the Angels are guaranteed that a high-level talent will fall into their knees, most likely Rocker, Jobe or House. If that doesn’t happen, they might think of college right-handers (Madden’s right, Miami of Ohio, Sam Bachman) and Georgia’s high school bats (two-way talent Bubba Chandler, catcher Harry Ford).
10. Food: Ty Madden, RHP, Texas
Unless a top-tier player drops to 10 – the dream is Leiter, but the more realistic possibility is Jobe – the Mets will likely look Madden and Frelick ahead of Bachman and Cowser. There is a lot of talk that Colson Montgomery, Indiana High School’s fast-rising third baseman, might be in this mix.
11. Internationals: Sam Bachman, RHP, Miami (Ohio)
The Nationals seem to be focusing on guns, hoping Jobe gets to them and having other clubs wondering if Rocker could. If that doesn’t happen, they’ll pick another pitcher with a high-octane fastball and slider in Bachman.
12. Sailors: Matt McLain, SS, UCLA
The Mariners could take a college right-hander in the first round for the fourth straight draft if they get a shot at Madden or Bachman. If they’re off the scoreboard, Seattle could turn to second-tier college bats (Frelick, McLain, Cowser) or Kansas State southpaw Jordan Wicks.
13. Phillies: Benny Montgomery, OF, Red Land HS (Lewisberry, Pa.)
This could be the roof for Montgomery and Wake Forest Ryan Cusick’s right-hander, with Montgomery having more suitors in this area and Cusick better suited to last through the 1920s. Cowser and Wicks are other possibilities, as are Madden, McLain, and Frelick if they’re still around.
14. Giants: Colton Cowser, OF, Sam Houston
The Giants have an interest in Benny Montgomery as well as the second tier of college hitters (Frelick, McLain, Cowser) and college pitchers (Bachman, Madden, Wicks), so it’s a matter of deciding between the two or three options that will still be available.
15. Brewers: Jordan Wicks, LHP, Kansas State
The exact same paragraph on the Giants also applies to the Brewers, with Ford a back-burner option.
16. Marlin: Harry Ford, C, North Cobb HS (Kennesaw, Georgia)
Many of the top high school athletes (Benny Montgomery, Ford, Chandler, winger Will Taylor) are considered to be for the Marlins, as are the collegiate boys mentioned directly before them.
17. Rossi: Bubba Chandler, RHP / SS, North Oconee HS (Bogart, Ga.)
Like many teen teams, the Reds are looking at the second tier of college clubs and arms. If they are caught clean, Chandler (who Cincinnati might prefer as a shortstop), high school right-hander Andrew Painter and Fordham southpaw Matt Mikulski could join the fray.
18. Cardinals: Gunnar Hoglund, RHP, Mississippi
Hoglund had a chance to be the second selected college pitcher until he blew his elbow in May, but he won’t slide too far as his profile and situation resemble those of Walker Buehler, who went 24th overall. with an elbow in the ass in 2015 and it turned out to be a steal. The Cardinals have grabbed the best two-way perspective she turned pro in the 2020 Draft (Masyn Winn) and may be tempted by Chandler or Spencer Schwellenbach (Nebraska).
19. Blue Jays: Anthony Solometo, LHP, Bishop Eustace Prep (Pennsauken Township, NJ)
The Blue Jays would be Benny Montgomery’s plan and otherwise seem to be aimed at a pitcher, be it a prepster (Chandler, Solometo) or a collegiate (UC Santa Barbara’s right-hand man Michael McGreevy, Cusick).
20. Yankees: Andrew Painter, RHP, Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
If the top 19 picks unfolded this way, the Yankees could opt for one of the best high school right-handers left (Painter, Chase Petty) or a college steed (McGreevy, Cusick). It could also be the ceiling for bats like Sweeney or to prepare outfielder James Wood.
21. Puppies: Will Taylor, OF, Dutch Fork HS (Irmo, SC)
The Cubs are considering every demographic: high school bats (Taylor, Colson Montgomery) and arms (Solometo), college hitters (Florida fielder Jud Fabian) and pitchers (McGreevy).
22. White Sox: Colson Montgomery, 3B, Southridge HS (Huntingburg, Ind.)
The White Sox are associated with several players of preparation position. It’s no secret that they are in Montgomery, and he also likes catcher Joe Mack and second baseman Peyton Stovall.
23. Indians: Peyton Stovall, 2B, Haughton (La.) HS
Indians might target some of the top high school hitters (Ford, Stovall, Mack) but they might also opt for a pitcher like Petty or McGreevy.
24. Brave: Michael McGreevy, RHP, UC Santa Barbara
It’s mainly pitchers who are connected with the Braves – Chandler, McGreevy, Mississippi State right-footed Will Bednar, Schwellenbach, Bush – although Chandler and Schwellenbach are two-way guys Atlanta could field as shortstop.
25. Athletics: Izaac Pacheco, 3B, Friendswood (Texas) HS
Like the White Sox, they are mostly high school position players mentioned with A’s: Colson Montgomery, Pacheco, winger Tyler Whitaker, third baseman Wes Kath, shortstop Alex Mooney. Hoglund, Fabian and Boston College shortstop Cody Morissette are university adaptations possible.
26. Gemini: Will Bednar, RHP, State of Mississippi
The twins are exploring every demographic (Bednar among college guns, South Alabama outfielder Ethan Wilson among college bats, Solometo among high school pitchers, Taylor and Mooney among high school hitters) and several receivers (Adrian del Castillo of Miami and prepsters Ford and Mack).
27. Padres: Joshua Baez, OF, Dexter Southfield HS (Brookline, Mass.)
There is a lot of guesswork involved at this point in the Draft, but the Padres may be more inclined to hitters than pitchers with options like Taylor, Baez, Mack, Stovall, and Schwellenbach. Solometo might be the best bet for a pitcher if he’s available, and Cusick might be fine here too.
28. Spokes: Ryan Cusick, RHP, Wake Forest
Tough Cusick might be the best arm in college at this point, and the Rays development staff excels at bringing the best out of pitchers. Tampa Bay has shown an affinity for athletic training outsiders and while Taylor is likely to leave, Baez, James Wood, Jay Allen and Lonnie White may all be available.
29. Dodgers: Joe Mack, C, Williamsville East HS (East Amherst, NY)
Stovall or Mack could be good high school values at number 29. The Dodgers could also be a landing spot for other receivers such as del Castillo and Nelson, as well as two other college bats in Morissette and Sweeney.