MLB Mock Draft roundup: 23 gamers prone to be first-round picks in 2021
Entrance places of work throughout baseball are hoping the gamers they decide within the first spherical of the 2021 MLB Draft will in the future wind up enjoying within the annual All-Star occasions, just like the Futures Recreation or the Residence Run Derby or the precise All-Star Recreation.
For this yr’s draft picks, no less than they’ll get their professional careers kickstarted on the All-Star gala. For the primary time, MLB has moved its draft from early June to mid-July, and will probably be held a couple of blocks away from the place all of the on-field motion is going on in Denver.
Chances are high, you may not know loads of the names of the gamers who can be picked — until you comply with Pitching Ninja on Twitter; he exhibits loads of Vanderbilt pitchers Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker — so our purpose at this time is that will help you get to know a bit about these gamers.
Utilizing 4 totally different revered mock drafts — MLB.com (June 30; Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo), Baseball America (June 25; Carlos Collazo and others), FanGraphs (July 6; Eric Longenhagen and Kevin Goldstein), Sporting Information (July 9; Edward Sutelan) and The Athletic (July 9; Keith Legislation) — right here’s an inventory of 20-plus gamers prone to be picked within the first spherical, together with a word telling you the place every participant is in every mock draft.
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Marcelo Mayer, SS, Eastlake Excessive (Chula Vista, Calif.)
Mock spots: MLB: 1, BA: 1, TA: 1, FG: 1, SN: 1
Have to know: A whole lot of the speak up to now few months has been about how there actually isn’t a clear-cut No. 1 decide on this draft, however all 4 of our mocks have Mayer within the prime spot. Each Jim Callis of MLB.com and The Athletic’s Keith Legislation point out the Pirates are solely taking a look at place gamers proper now, which appears to take Vanderbilt’s Jack Leiter out of the equation. He’s a shortstop who bats lefty, with excellent hit and glove instruments (clearly, which is why he’s right here).
Jordan Lawlar, SS, Jesuit Prep (Dallas)
Mock spots: MLB: 6, BA: 2, TA: 6, FG: 6, SN: 7
Have to know: Lawlar is definitely tops on Baseball America’s draft prospect rankings. Right here’s what they are saying: “As a result of he’s popping out of Texas two years after Bobby Witt Jr. (and like Witt he’s almost 19 on draft day), Lawlar attracts comprehensible comparisons. Witt had louder instruments nearly throughout the board except the hit instrument, however Lawlar has loads of plus instruments himself, with future 60 velocity (he’ll flip in 70 instances proper now) to go together with 60 hit, a 60 glove and an above-average arm and future energy.” He’s a Vanderbilt commit, which is price noting.
Jack Leiter, RHP, Vanderbilt
Mock spots: MLB: 2, BA: 4, TA: 3, FG: 2, SN: 2
Have to know: As soon as upon a time, Jack Leiter was largely often called the son of former large league pitcher — and present MLB Community analyst — Al Leiter. Then, he earned a popularity as one of many prime prep pitching prospects forward of the 2019 MLB Draft. His dedication to Vandy and bonus calls for scared groups away, and he wasn’t picked till the Yankees took a flier on him within the twentieth spherical. He didn’t signal, clearly. Then with Vandy he rapidly earned the popularity as one of many highest pitchers in school baseball; he had a 1.72 ERA in 15 2/3 innings as a freshman earlier than the game shut down due to the pandemic. In 2021, Leiter completed with a 2.08 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 104 innings.
Jackson Jobe, RHP, Heritage Corridor Excessive (Oklahoma Metropolis)
Mock spots: MLB: 3, BA: 3, TA: 11, FG: 9, SN: 3
Have to know: Jobe has dynamic stuff, however there’s extra of a threat taking a prep pitcher with an excellent arm than a university pitcher with an excellent arm. That’s a part of the explanation you see him at No. 3 on two mock drafts, and round 10 on the others. From FanGraphs: “Jobe arguably has one of the best single pitch within the draft with a slider that has earned some 80 grades, however comes with the entire regular dangers hooked up to highschool arms. He has one of many greater ranges of outcomes right now, nevertheless it’s onerous to see him falling out of the highest 10.”
Henry Davis, C, Louisville
Mock spots: MLB: 4, BA: 6, TA: 4, FG: 4, SN: 6
Have to know: The draft specialists are break up on the place Davis may land, however there’s one factor they agree on: Davis would be the first school bat taken within the draft. The truth that he’s a catcher? That’s a combo that can definitely maintain him within the prime 10 picks.
Kahlil Watson, SS, Wake Forest (N.C.) Excessive
Mock spots: MLB: 5, BA: 5, TA: 5, FG: 8, SN: 4
Have to know: Have you ever seen a standard thread to date? Watson is the third prep shortstop we’ve talked about already, and we’re not accomplished with that place but. Nice instruments, however at 5-9, he doesn’t have the dimensions of Mayer (6-3) or Lawlar (6-2).
Kumar Rocker, RHP, Vanderbilt
Mock spots: MLB: 7, BA: 7, TA: 2, FG: 7, SN: 9
Have to know: Rocker got here into this season within the dialog for the 1-1 draft spot, largely as a result of he was a “identified” prospect together with his success at Vanderbilt, and there was a lot unknown about potential draft picks with a lot of the 2020 season misplaced to the pandemic. Rocker has been superb once more in 2021, however he’s dropped a couple of spots and isn’t typically thought-about as a attainable choice within the prime three or 4 picks.
Brady Home, SS, Winder-Barrow (Ga.) Excessive
Mock spots: MLB: 8, BA: 8, TA: 7, FG: 3, SN: 8
Have to know: Yep, right here’s the fourth prep shortstop prone to go within the first 10 picks. FanGraphs has him highest, so let’s see what they are saying: “This one looks like the primary wild card, however Home gives a highschool bat who some scouts have put the uncommon combo of plus bat/plus energy on. Davis is within the combine right here as nicely, as can be Mayer or Lawlar if one remains to be on the board.”
Ty Madden, RHP, Texas
Mock spots: MLB: 9, BA: 11, TA: 13, FG: 14, SN: 11
Have to know: Madden is seen as one of the best school arm outdoors of the Vandy duo; together with guys like Sam Bachman of Miami (Ohio) and Will Bednar of Mississippi State. Madden struck out 137 in 113 2/3 innings for the Longhorns this yr, holding opposing batters to a .188 common and serving to Texas get inside one win of the School World Sequence title matchup.
Matt McLain, SS, UCLA
Mock spots: MLB: 12, BA: 12, TA: 10, FG: 10, SN: 12
Have to know: McClain missed time with a damaged thumb this season, however nonetheless managed to impress scouts together with his productive bat. He may not have the upside of the prep shortstops, however he’s nonetheless a stable potential decide proper across the 10 vary.
Sal Frelick, OF, Boston School
Mock spots: MLB: 10, BA: 10, TA: 14, FG: 12, SN: 16
Colton Cowser, OF, Sam Houston
Mock spots: MLB: 15, BA: 15, TA: 12, FG: 5, SN: 14
Sam Bachman, RHP, Miami (Ohio)
Mock spots: MLB: 17, BA: 20, TA: 10, FG: 11, SN: 17
Benny Montgomery, OF, Crimson Land Excessive (Lewisberry, Pa.)
Mock spots: MLB: 21, BA: 13, TA: 8, FG: 17, SN: 13
Jordan Wicks, LHP, Kansas State
Mock spots: MLB: 16, BA: 16, TA: 28, FG: 15, SN: n/a
Harry Ford, C, North Cobb Excessive (Kennesaw, Ga.)
Mock spots: MLB: 23, BA: 14, TA: 15, FG: 18, SN: 5
Bubba Chandler, RHP/SS, North Oconee Excessive (Bogart, Ga.)
Mock spots: MLB: 18, BA: 17, TA: 16, FG: n/a, SN: n/a
Gunnar Hoglund, RHP, Mississippi
Mock spots: MLB: 20, BA: n/a, TA: n/a, FG: 13, SN: 18
Anthony Solometo, LHP, Bishop Eustace Prep (Pennsauken Township, N.J.)
Mock spots: MLB: 19, BA: 27, TA: 23, FG: 21, SN: 19
Andrew Painter, RHP, Calvary Christian (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Mock spots: MLB: 13, BA: 19, TA: 29, FG: 16, SN: n/a
Will Taylor, Dutch Fork Excessive (Irmo, S.C.)
Mock spots: MLB: 27, BA: 9, TA: 9, FG: 25, SN: 24
Will Bednar, RHP, Mississippi State
Mock spots: MLB: 11, BA: 18, TA: 26, FG: 20, SN: 15
Joe Mack, C, Williamsville (N.Y.) East Excessive
Mock spots: MLB: 27, BA: 21, TA: 17, FG: 26, SN: 21