Every Year more prospects from around the United States are hyped up weeks before the MLB draft takes place. In 2009, it was Stephan Strasburg and in 2019 it was Adley Ruschtman. Of course, there have been more players but 2020 is no different. his is the first time I’m doing something like this. However, here’s what my 2020 mock draft looks like ahead of the draft on June 10th-12th.
- Tigers- 1B Spencer Torkelson (ASU)
He is arguably the best hitter in this draft with his power and on-base abilities. A standout at ASU, who is a game changing talent even with him playing at first base.
Comparison: Miguel Cabrera
- Baltimore- CF Austin Martin (Vanderbilt)
The purest bat in the draft; all he does is hit. With his speed and plate discipline, he has the potential to be a top of the order versatility player while playing centerfield, third base and second base.
Comparison: Bo Bichette
- Marlins- LHP Asa Lacy (Texas A&M)
He is a dominant lefty with frontline starter potential. While he isn’t the best starter available, his great start to 2020 mixed with his high 90’s fastball and great secondary pitches are the reasons for him being taken #3 overall.
Comparison: Chris Sale
- Royals- OF Zac Veen (Spruce Creek)
There’s been speculation about Veen not being the first prep-bat taken in this draft. However, the Royals should have plenty of interest in Veen with his combination of power and contact. He shot up the draft charts during his high school season and for good reason. Veen could become a staple in the outfield for the Royals going forward.
Comparison: Dylan Carlson
- Blue Jays- RHP Max Meyer (Minnesota)
Meyer is another high velocity pitcher, maxing out at 100 MPH. He has a wipeout slider that makes him a very attractive choice come the draft. While he might have troubles with starting at the highest level, his stuff makes it hard to pass him up.
Comparison: Jack Flaherty
- Mariners- 2B Nick Gonzales (New Mexico)
While Emerson Hancock could be the pick here, Gonzales’s power and hitting ability should intrigue the Mariners. Plus, the Mariners get another top hitting prospect with this pick.
Comparison: Keston Hiura
- Pirates- RHP Emerson Hancock (Georgia)
The best pitcher in this draft, period. A future top of the rotation pitcher with a good 4-pitch mix and a strong ability to miss bats. He’s also an innings eater and can pitch late into games often.
Comparison: Cal Quantrill
- Padres- OF Robert Hassell III (Independence)
Here we have a prep-bat with loads of upside. Hassell has incredible raw tools and might even be the first prep-bat off the board. The Padres are a perfect spot for Hassell, as they’re one of the better teams at developing talent.
Comparison: David Dahl
- Rockies- OF Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas)
While Kjerstad is a top 10 player in this draft, signability issues might cause him to drop. His mix of power and contact should entice teams to take him within the first 20 picks.
Comparison: Colby Rasmus
- Angels- LHP Reid Detmers (Louisville)
Detmers is a left-hander that relies more on deception than velocity. While he can still get his fastball to 94 MPH, his breaking ball is his best pitch. It might even take the reign for the best in this class.
Comparison: Patrick Corbin
- White Sox- C Patrick Bailey (NC State)
He is the top catching prospect in this year’s draft. Bailey is a switch-hitter that has a good amount of raw power and mixes that with good on-base abilities. He has one of the better arms from behind the plate, and I believe he will rise quickly through the minors.
Comparison: Yasmani Grandal.
- Reds- OF Garrett Mitchell (UCLA)
Mitchell is one of the better college hitters this draft, even with the emergence of some prep-talent (Zac Veen and Robert Hassell). This drops Mitchell in this draft. However he still has that combination of speed and power that’ll improve any team’s farm system.
Comparison: Charlie Blackmon
- Giants- RHP Cade Cavalli (Oklahoma)
Cavalli has a fastball that touches 98 MPH as well as&nbsp; three off-speed pitches that could be average or better going forward. While he could drop due to health concerns, Cavalli should be in play here with San Francisco.&nbsp;
Comparison: Michael Lorenzen
- Rangers- C Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock High School)
This is one of the more interesting picks in this draft. Solderstrom is an athletic specimen and is an extremely versatile player. While he isn’t the best catcher on the board, his bat and ability to play the outfield and third base remain some of his better positives.
Comparison: Jason Castro
- Phillies- OF Austin Hendrick (West Allengheny)
Hendrick has the most natural power out of the prep-class. Hendrick must make strides with plate discipline, but the upside with the bat and his strong arm are what make Hendrick one of the top prep-players available.
Comparison: Joc Pederson
- Cubs- RHP Mick Abel (Jesuit High School)
Abel is possibly the best prep-pitcher in this draft. He has a mid-90’s fastball, a curveball and slider; all plus pitches that have good life on them. He has a nice downward plane and consistently keeps the ball down in the zone. If Abel is still available when the Cubs pick, it’s hard seeing them not take Abel.
Comparison: Chris Paddack
- Red Sox- RHP Jared Kelley (Refugio High School)
A prep-pitcher with tons of velocity touching 98 MPH and already has a good feel for his changeup that’s his best secondary offering. He’s 18-years-old and already one of the top pitchers in the class with the stuff he possesses.
Comparison: Zach Wheeler
- Diamondbacks- OF Pete-Crow Armstrong (Harvard-Westlake High School)
Armstrong is among the top prep-outfielders available with his mix of speed and contact. It remains to be seen how strong his commitment is to Vanderbilt and how much money he’ll be commanding. This in turn might affect his draft position.
Comparison: Gerrardo Parra
- Mets- RHP Nick Bitsko (Central Bucks East High School)
Bitsko has a fastball that gets up to 97, a curveball that’s one of the better in the draft and a changeup that’ll turn into a plus pitch going forward. Much like other prep-players, Bitsko will command a hefty price to sign. That’s why I believe he drops in this draft.
Comparison: Walker Buehler
- Brewers- C Dillion Dingler (Ohio State)
Dingler is the top catching prospect that has a mix of raw power and above average arm strength. Before the college season ended, Dingler was on a tear already surpassing his career high home run total in only 13 games played. While he’s behind Patrick Bailey and Tyler Solderstrom, he could be a surprise pick in this draft.
Comparison: Sean Murphy
- Cardinals- RHP Cole Wilcox (Georgia)
Forming one of the better duos this draft with Emerson Hancock at Georgia, Wilcox has crazy amounts of control and has a fastball that is consistently 95 MPH and even hits 100, His two offspeed pitches are both above average with his changeup being just a bit better. His main tool is control and that’ll sure make for lots of interest from teams.
Comparison: Brandon Woodruff
- Nationals- LHP Garrett Crochet (Tennessee)
Crochet is another big time left-handed pitcher in this draft. Crochet uses a lot of deception in his delivery, He has a high 90’s fastball that touches 100, and his best pitch, his changeup. Crochet has all the makings of a top of the rotation arm. However, there are some injury concerns with Crochet, and that’s why I believe he drops in this draft.
Comparison: Julio Urias
- Indians- RHP Bryce Jarvis (Duke)
Jarvis operates 93-95 with his fastball, a curveball in the low 70’s and a slider in the mid 80’s. His best pitch is that changeup that he commands well and throws with a consistent arm speed. In the end, he’d be a solid choice this late in the first round.
Comparison: Marcus Stroman
- Rays- RHP Chris Mcmahon (Miami)
Mcmahon has a fastball that touches 98, and he has three off-speed pitches that all can become plus pitches with more consistency. He’s shown an increased ability to spot his fastball and throw his changeup low in the zone consistently, with his good downhill plane. Expect him to be taken within the first 30 picks.
Comparison: Jose Urena
- Braves- RHP Slade Cecconi (Miami)
While Cecconi has a funky delivery to the plate, he still gets his fastball up to 96. He also has one of the better sliders in the draft. There are some reliever concerns with Cecconi but as of right now he’s a top college arm available.
Comparison: Chris Bassitt
- Athletics- RHP Bobby Miller (Louisville)
Miller throws from a three-quarter arm slot and has hit 99 with his fastball. He also has a slider and a changeup that are both in the mid-to-high 80’s. Miller going forward will continue to create plenty of deception with his arm angle. Whether he remains in the rotation or the pen will be interesting in the future.
Comparison: German Marquez
- Twins- 2B Justin Foscue (Mississippi State)
While the Twins have been known to go with prep-talent in earlier rounds, Foscue would be a safe pick here. He has good gap to gap power and could provide 15-20 home runs from the second base position. He is an aggressive hitter at the plate, but I believe he will get better with age. Keep an eye out for him in the first round.
Comparison: Brian Dozier
- Yankees- SS Nick Loftin (Baylor)
A defensive first versatile player that has above average arm strength and accuracy. He’s mainly a contact first player but could develop some pop in the future. Loftin’s all around game reminds me of Dansby Swanson.&nbsp; Loftin could be a steal if his power develops at a good pace.
Comparison: Dansby Swanson
- Dodgers- RHP JT Ginn (Mississippi State)
Ginn is an interesting prospect. He was drafted by the Dodgers in 2018, but has had Tommy John surgery and is still a top pitcher in this class. Ginn has plus command on his pitches and has a fastball that gets up to 97 with two other off speed pitches that make for a good repertoire. He’s dropping thanks to the injury history but the Dodgers have drafted him once, why not do it again?
Comparison: Tajuan Walker
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