2020 MLB Mock Draft 4.0

by Mason McRae (@mason

The MLB Draft is getting closer by the day, and with the first 38 picks of the MLB Draft being revealed. I present to you, my third mock draft. My top 3 is similar to most publishers, but the rest is a dose of change and differing opinions, enjoy! 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to message me on twitter (@mason_mcrae).

 

1 Tigers 1B Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) A right-handed hitting 1B at  a mere 6’1/205 might be bold at 1-1, but he’s the best college hitter since Kris Bryant and will be the toughest out in whomever’s lineup he leads.
2 Orioles RHP Emerson Hancock (Georgia) Hancock is the projected first overall pick by the majority of the scouting industry because of his elite pitchability and command of his four-pitch mix that features four pitches with a 50 or higher grade and a FB with a 70 grade. He’s a steal at 1-2.
3 Marlins 2B Austin Martin (Vanderbilt) After selecting his teammate (J.J Bleday) last year, the Fish of Miami get his partner-in-crime. Martin has the best hit tool in the class and is a copy-and-pasted version of 2015 first overall pick – Dansby Swanson.
4 Royals OF Austin Hendrick (West Allegheny HS) Bobby Witt Jr & Austin Hendrick is an exciting duo for the KC Faithful. Hendrick possesses raw plus-plus now power with an easy swing. He struggled to hit offspeed this summer and adjust to advanced velo but has loud tools and a 60 arm that’ll put him in RF..
5 Blue Jays LHP Asa Lacey (Texas A&M) My heart wants Dylan Crews here, but the Jays get the best college arm on the board and a much-needed Power LHP with heavy deception and a track record of success against tough competition.
6 Mariners SS Ed Howard (Mount Carmel HS) Howard possesses a 55 bat, 55 glove and 60 speed. A true ‘do-it-all” player with great instincts and a massive 6’2/185 frame.
7 Pirates C Drew Romo (The Woodlands HS) The best catcher and defender in the class (regardless of position) goes 7th overall. He’s a switch-hitter who projects as a middle-of-the-order thumper with elite catching actions.
8 Padres RHP Jared Kelley (Refugio HS) Although he’s my no. 24 player in the class, some team will fall in love with the mid-to-upper 90’s fastball and 60 changeup he features. I think he projects as a reliever because of his well below average command, but you can’t ignore his power arm.
9 Rockies OF Dylan Crews (Lake Mary HS) In 2015, the Rockies selected fellow Lake Mary standout – Brendan Rodgers and Crews bolds similarly at the plate with loud-contact and one of the better swings I’ve ever seen. He might have the best bat speed in the class aswell.
10 Angels OF Pete Crow-Armstrong (Harvard-Westlake HS) Pete is a true-CF with a 65 glove and plus-plus speed. For Team USA this summer he regularly made a highlight-reel catch including two robbed home-runs in a single game. His swing has lots of zone time, but struggled late this summer in some big time events.
11 White Sox RHP Mick Abel (Jesuit HS) The second HS arm off the board, Mick has long-limbs with a plus-CB and some life on his mid-90s fastball. He projects much better then Jared Kelley as a starter, but lacks the massive upside.
12 Reds RHP Alejandro Rosario (Miami Christian HS) The best player left on the board is the player with the best FB in the class, Rosario has a 70 grade fastball and a SL with a deadly high spin/high velo combo, his CH is only a 40 grade. But he has the best command in the class from the HS side. He was the USA 18u team’s best arm this summer and was impressive against tough competition.
13 Giants 2B Nick Gonzales (New Mexico State) The leader in Batting Average last year in college baseball, Nick’s numbers had an asterisk next to them while playing at a hitter’s friendly park. He then went into the Summer’s premier league and lead the league in virtually every stat imaginable to remove any doubt in his swing. He doesn’t add value defensively but his bat is truly special.
14 Rangers C Patrick Bailey (North Carolina State) Bailey looks to be following in the footsteps of fellow Wolfpack, and Cardinals catcher – Andrew Knizer. He’s a catcher at the next level and has a track record of hitting the ball well above average and playing elite defense at the college level.
15 Phillies OF Zac Veen (Spruce Creek HS) Three years ago, Mickey Moniak was the Phillies first overall selection and he holds similar to my no. 12 player in the class – Zac Veen. Zac is a ‘do-it-all’ CF with a 50 (or higher) grade at every tool, and a 60 hit tool. He looks to be a CF and has enough athleticism to stay there.
16 Cubs C Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock HS) The best hitting-catcher in the class, Tyler was lights out this summer and reminds me of D.J LeMahieu with a similar lean frame and ability to play second, third, or left. The Cubs could be the perfect place for Tyler, and might be the one team that can develop him into an everyday catcher.
17 Red Sox 3B Jordan Walker (Decatur HS) The Red Sox get the high schooler with more juice then anybody, Walker projects as a RF with a monstrous build but he’s been solid at third. Walker’s hit tool still has room-to-grow that comes with swing-and-miss red flags – but those come with raw-power.
18 Diamondbacks RHP Cole Wilcox (Georgia) One of the better college arms falls into the Diamondbacks’ lap with the 18th pick. He’s a power RHP with heavy run on his FB and a 45 CB.
19 Mets OF Robert Hassell III (Independence HS) One of many talented HS outfielders tumbles to the Mets, he was the best hitter for USA’s 18u team this summer and carries a 60 hit tool with the speed to play Centre or right field with a 55 arm..
20 Brewers RHP J.T Ginn (Mississippi State) Last year Ginn would’ve been a top-10 pick. But in such a deep class, he falls to pick 20. He’s sophomore eligible and will be hard to sign. He was already drafted once out of HS in the first round, so the talent has always been there. Ginn has one of the cleanest arms in the draft and has movement on every one of pitches.
21 Cardinals RHP Carmen Mlodzinksi (South Carolina) Carmen wasn’t even on my board two months ago, but after having one of the better summers – and showing massive growth in his ability to command his nasty FB/CB combo alongside a 50 CH, he looks like a middle-of-the-rotation arm.
22 Nationals OF Garrett Mitchell (UCLA) A 70 defender in CF and a 65 runner, Mitchell has all the physical tools and some remarkable hitting abilities. The upside isn’t there but he’s a tough out whenever he’s in the box.
23 Indians RHP Tanner Burns (Auburn) A similar pitcher to Indian Pitcher – Corey Kluber. He’s a pitchability righty with a bulldog mentality, and a Marcus Stroman level of competitiveness. He works off his low-90s fastball and avg CB that he commands.
24 Rays LHP Garrett Crochet (Tennessee) The most overpowering arm – maybe in the entire draft. Crochet was 96-98 this fall and topped out at 100 in short stints and was 95-96 in his starts. He has high spin rates on his FB and CB. He’s struggled to give Tennessee productive outings thus far but is poised for a breakout campaign.
25 Braves RHP Jared Jones (La Miranda HS) After a disappointing finish to the summer, Jones dropped all the way to no. 39 in the class and might be a reach here for the Indians. What he lacks in his command, he makes up with his mid-90s fastball and tight slider w/ high velo and spin. He projects as a reliever, but if he can glove strike his pitches more often there’s some serious potential in a powerful arm.
26 Athletics RHP C.J Van Eyk (Florida State) The A’s go BPA with the no. 20 prospect in the class still available. C.J has produced for the ‘Noles in the ACC and has some quickness in his delivery. He works off his 12-6 CB that compliments is FB with heavy run..
27 Twins RHP Max Meyer (Minnesota) Minnesota goes with a familiar name, the Golden Gophers own – Max Meyer. A productive arm for USA this summer and has two 60 grade pitches and has a high intent arm.
28 Yankees OF Daniel Cabrera (LSU) In a true Yankee Fashion, the Bronx Bombers get one of the SEC’s best power-hitters. Cabrera launched 13 HR’s last year en route to an impressive season. Cabrera falling to pick 28 is a testament to the depths of this class.
29 Dodgers 2B Justin Fsocue (Mississippi State) A middle-infielder with plus-power is a raw-commodity in college baseball nowadays but Foscue has it, and he showed it off with 14 HR’s last season. He’s the BPA for the Dodgers and has a high floor.
30 Astros SS Casey Martin (Arkansas) A utility man with plus-plus speed and plus-power, Martin is a physical specimen. He struggled at short last season, and could become a CF at the next level. If he cleans up the swing-and-misses, Casey will follow in the footsteps of fellow Razorback and home run hitter, Andrew Benintendi.
31 Orioles RHP Cole Henry (LSU) After getting the best pitcher since Casey Mize in 2018, the Orioles follow it up with freshman-standout and sophomore eligible Tiger – Cole Henry. His actions are precious, and his arm is clean.
32 Pirates RHP Ben Hernandez (De La Salle HS) Earlier, the Pirates took Hernandez’s catcher for team USA this summer. Ben is a pitchability righty with a 65 changeup and one of the better ones in the class.
33 Royals C Austin Wells (Arizona) The clock is ticking for Salvador Perez’s time in KC and Austin Wells is a great candidate to replace him. Austin is an all-around catcher with some juice in his swing.
34 Diamondbacks OF Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas) Heston is MLB Pipeline’s no. 12 player, and my no. 67. He has plus-plus power from the left side and an arm fit for RF, but his swing is timing-based and I don’t know if he can hit good enough to be an everyday guy in the MLB.
35 Padres LHP Ryan Bruno (American Heritage HS) An underrated southpaw with a sharp breaker and a CH that works, his mechanics are repeatable and his arm is whippy.
36 Rockies 1B Blaze Jordan (DeSoto Central HS) The Rockies follow-up a slam dunk pick in Dylan Crews with internet sensation Blaze Jordan. A 1B with plus-plus power and loose actions, he struggled to make contact this summer and took a slide down draft boards, but the talent is clear-as-day.
37 Indians LHP Reid Detmars (Louisville) A mid-90s lefty with a slurvy breaker and run on his FB. He has a good-mix, and enough command of them to be a starter for the Indians.
38 Cardinals OF Jace Bohrofen (Westmoore HS) With the final pick of the first, the Cardinals get an athletic CF with a quick left handed swing and sneaky power.

 

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