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MLB Mock Draft 2021: Jack Leiter lands with Rangers; 7 high schoolers projected for first 10 picks
July 11, 2021
The 2021 MLB Draft is simply days away with the highest newbie abilities within the recreation set to be chosen within the first spherical on Sunday.
With the School World Sequence and the draft mix wrapped up, all that’s left now between these gamers and the start of their skilled careers is the wait to listen to which groups will name them.
It’s at all times a virtually unimaginable train to guess precisely which groups can be taking which gamers on draft day, however we’re taking our remaining shot at predicting the place these gamers will land within the first spherical of the draft.
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There’s no slam dunk No. 1 total selection like there have been prior to now with gamers like Adley Rutschman and Spencer Torkelson, however the common consensus appears to be that Mayer goes to be the Pirates decide right here as he’s usually pulled forward of the remainder of the highschool shortstop class. He’s acquired among the finest hit instruments amongst prep gamers within the class, mixed with plus energy and the flexibility to stay at shortstop.
2. Rangers — Jack Leiter, RHP, Vanderbilt
Leiter has been talked about for some time as one of many prime prospects within the draft class, and can command a excessive price ticket, however the Rangers will make it work to seize the very best faculty arm within the draft. Leiter dominated within the School World Sequence in his remaining Vanderbilt outings to again up any issues groups might need, and his mixture of stuff and polish means he might be a fast riser within the minors.
There’s an opportunity the Tigers go prep bat right here and take Brady Home, however we’ve acquired them going with the pitcher with maybe the very best upside of any arm within the class. Jobe’s slider is commonly thought to be the very best pitch within the draft and he already can whip a fastball within the mid-upper-90s. Detroit would have to be affected person and he doesn’t align with their prime hitting prospects in Torkelson, Riley Greene and Dillon Dingler, however this can be a expertise value ready on.
Boston has been linked with a variety of gamers right here, notably Leiter and Louisville catcher Henry Davis, however we’ve acquired them taking the speedy Watson at No. 4. He’s surged up draft boards this yr with a standout spring and has been talked about as even being a candidate to go 1-1. The Pink Sox can be getting a possible five-tool shortstop ought to they nab him at No. 4.
5. Orioles — Harry Ford, C, North Cobb Excessive (Kennesaw, Ga.)
School outfielders Sal Frelick and Colton Cowser get introduced up right here usually as low cost picks for the Orioles, however Baltimore might take the strategy of going the highschool path to search for a excessive upside bat to take with this decide. Ford shouldn’t be the prototypical catcher, providing sufficient velocity to probably play at second and even within the outfield, although he has the fielding chops to stay behind the plate as an athletic backstop. He brings upside with the bat to make groups enthusiastic about him wherever his defensive residence finally ends up.
6. Diamondbacks — Henry Davis, C, Louisville
This appears to be the ground for Davis, who’s been talked up as the highest catcher within the draft — even when he’s not the primary to go off the board on this mock. Davis’ bat will play anyplace as he has a promising hit instrument and energy, and it might need to as there are some who query if he can keep at catcher. He has a cannon for an arm although and with some refining, might be a risk to would-be base-stealers behind the plate.
7. Royals — Jordan Lawlar, SS, Jesuit Prep (Dallas)
The Royals haven’t been linked to Lawlar as a lot at No. 7 simply because it has appeared inconceivable that he might fall that low, however right here, he lands of their lap they usually take the prospect to draft him. He’s a five-tool shortstop with energy and velocity and the fielding potential to remain up the center. A candidate to go first total, he’s definitely unlikely to fall decrease than this within the draft.
Think about the highschool participant with essentially the most uncooked energy swinging in Coors Subject? That’s what the Rockies could be hoping for with this decide. Colorado desires a hitter at No. 8, and right here they land Home, who MLB Pipeline described as a “extra athletic model of Joey Gallo.” The best-handed shortstop might need to maneuver to 3rd, however his protection would play properly there.
9. Angels — Kumar Rocker, RHP, Vanderbilt
It wasn’t way back that Rocker was talked about as a potential No. 1 total man, however some issues together with his efficiency late within the 2021 season have moved him down the listing. The upside is there, nonetheless, for the Angels to steal some of the electrical faculty arms to return by means of Vanderbilt in a while and provides them a real ace that might be within the majors faster than most on this draft to assist Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout.
A number of faculty bats have additionally been named as candidates for the Mets to take at No. 10, however they’re opting to go along with the thrilling bat of Montgomery right here and signal him at a reduction to economize for later picks. The sweet-swinging lefty third baseman already has loads of pop and will develop extra as he provides energy to his 6-foot-4 body.
11. Nationals — Ty Madden, RHP, Texas
The highest faculty pitcher left on the board, Madden goes to Washington, who has been reported to be fascinated with a number of faculty hurlers. Madden is the highest arm on the board at this level, drawing approval for his balanced arsenal and talent to command his pitchers within the zone. Final yr, Washington took one other Large 12 faculty arm, who has risen as much as be its No. 1 prospect in Cade Cavalli. The Nats are betting on an identical rise from Madden.
12. Mariners — Matt McLain, SS, UCLA
Just like the Nationals, who’ve been linked to varsity arms, the Mariners have been stated to be all around the faculty bats. The one one off the board on this state of affairs is Davis, so Seattle goes with the highest shortstop in McLain, whose full recreation makes him an attractive gamble. The Bruins shortstop has a plus hit instrument, good velocity and has the defensive prowess wanted to remain up the center as a professional.
This seems like one of many extra pure matches within the draft. Montgomery grew up a Phillies fan, is Pennsylvania’s prime prospect and is the participant they’ve proven curiosity in with a younger, toolsy outfielder. Montgomery is a real five-tool expertise, who is likely to be the quickest participant within the draft and who received the Excellent Sport All-American Traditional House Run Derby final summer season. The hit instrument is the most important query in the meanwhile, however some evaluators consider he’s fastened a few of his contact points.
14. Giants — Colton Cowser, OF, Sam Houston
San Francisco has a latest monitor file of taking faculty bats with their first picks with gamers like Bryan Reynolds, Joey Bart, Hunter Bishop and Patrick Bailey all being the crew’s first decide off the board in 4 of the previous 5 drafts. Cowser matches that mould as a sophisticated faculty bat, who might transfer rapidly within the minors. He’s a hit-over-power outfielder, who additionally provides plus velocity with the flexibility to remain in heart.
15. Brewers — Will Bednar, RHP, Mississippi State
Bednar did his draft inventory loads of good by serving to propel the Bulldogs to a School World Sequence win. The Brewers have been linked to different faculty abilities like Cowser, Frelick, Kansas State lefty Jordan Wicks and Miami (Ohio) right-hander Sam Bachman, however right here they’re grabbing the fast-rising Bednar, who provides them a sophisticated right-hander with an explosive repertoire with three plus or higher pitches.
16. Marlins — Sal Frelick, OF, Boston School
This could be a perfect spot for Miami, who has had latest success taking faculty performers early like JJ Bleday and Max Meyer. Frelick seems in a variety of spots on this draft class, and if he falls this far, Miami might be simply the crew to seize him. A prototypical leadoff hitter mould, Frelick is without doubt one of the quickest faculty gamers and brings in a plus hit instrument that would assist him advance rapidly by means of the minors.
17. Reds — Sam Bachman, RHP, Miami (Ohio)
Cincinnati has been tied to a variety of highschool, excessive upside hurlers right here like Andrew Painter and Bubba Chandler, however the hard-throwing Miami right-hander sounds too good for them to go up. Bachman harnessed his arsenal higher his junior season to drastically elevate his draft inventory, and with a fastball that hits triple-digits, a tough biting slider and a nasty changeup, he provides loads of upside to enrich a farm system already teeming with it in pitchers Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo.
18. Cardinals — Gunnar Hoglund, RHP, Mississippi
Tommy John Surgical procedure in Could possible value Hoglund fairly a bit in a signing bonus, however he’s not going to fall too far on this mock draft. The Cardinals will go along with the Ole Miss right-hander who had exhibited a number of the draft’s greatest management earlier than present process surgical procedure, a promising trait that helps to stability out a number of the threat of taking an injured pitcher. His various repertoire additionally matches into the system properly and offers him a transparent beginning pitcher profile.
19. Blue Jays — Anthony Solomento, LHP, Bishop Eustace Excessive (Pennsauken Township, N.J.)
The towering 6-5 left-hander has been generally tied to Toronto by means of this course of, and right here they resolve to take him over prep outfielder Jay Allen. Solomento is a significant upside play with a mid-90s fastball already and a plus slider with an opportunity to enhance each as he continues to construct up muscle. He already controls his arsenal properly, giving him a better flooring than different conventional prep arms.
20. Yankees — Gavin Williams, RHP, East Carolina
One of many hardest throwers amongst faculty arms, Williams has been clocked hitting triple digits whereas constantly sitting within the upper-90s. He pairs that with a number of plus offspeed choices in his curve and changeup, and has proven regular enchancment in throwing all his pitches for strikes. The Yankees’ system is loaded with hard-throwers like Luis Gil and Luis Medina, they usually look so as to add one other one with their first decide within the draft right here.
21. Cubs — Joe Mack, C, Williamsville East Excessive (East Amherst, N.Y.)
The second of two standout prep catchers on this yr’s class, Mack has improved his inventory by ending his highschool season robust and flashing that promising hit instrument that has drawn scouts out to see him in upstate New York. There’s some energy potential left to unlock as he might be an thrilling bat-first catcher, who can obtain properly sufficient to remain again there. Chicago has been a variety of highschool bats, and Mack might be an thrilling expertise to fall to them at No. 21.
One other Chicago crew, one other hit-first prep expertise. The White Sox have been linked closely with Colson Montgomery, however with him going off the board at No. 10, they’ll look elsewhere for a prep bat. Right here, they’re touchdown Kath, who has proven the flexibility to make constant, arduous contact from the left aspect. A transfer to 3rd appears possible, however the bat ought to carry him even in a nook infield spot, particularly if he continues so as to add some energy.
23. Indians — Michael McGreevy, RHP, UC Santa Barbara
The final time the Indians drafted a Gaucho right-handed pitcher thought to be having a excessive flooring attributable to pinpoint command, it became a Cy Younger winner in Shane Bieber. Cleveland’s going that route once more right here with McGreevy nonetheless on the board at 23. In 101.2 innings final yr, he walked solely 11 batters whereas fanning 115, and he provides an above-average fastball and slider that ought to assist him preserve getting outs on the professional stage.
Atlanta opts to go along with one of many extra athletic gamers within the draft at this spot, taking Clemson baseball and soccer commit Taylor with its first-round decide. The Braves decide the excessive upside outfielder, who’s simply of their yard, as he has the potential to be one of many quickest gamers to return out of this draft and who might develop some pop in his 6-foot body. He’s anticipated to obtain a big bonus to maintain him from becoming a member of the Tigers.
25. Athletics — Max Muncy, SS, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) Excessive
To not be confused with the Dodgers All-Star of the identical identify, Muncy seems the a part of an entire bundle, with spectacular energy and a strong hit instrument that has drawn the eye of scouts. He runs properly and fields properly, although it’s potential he winds up transferring off shortstop finally. Oakland has been linked to a number of excessive schoolers, however right here, the crew drives down I-5 South to get the California native.
26. Twins — Ethan Wilson, OF, South Alabama
One other sweet-swinging, left-handed faculty bat, Wilson will get picked up by the Twins on this mock draft. Wilson is a hit-over-power outfielder who is likely to be restricted to a nook spot, however there’s room for that bat to enhance and for him to play as much as the place. Minnesota is commonly tied to varsity hitters — having taken guys like Trevor Larnach and Aaron Sabato with latest first-round picks — and it goes that path once more in 2021.
27. Padres — Frank Mozzicato, LHP, East Catholic Excessive (Manchester, Conn.)
Mozzicato has shot up prospect boards with a dominant spring up in Connecticut, with many viewing the southpaw as a strong first spherical decide now. He’s acquired an electrical fastball/curveball mixture that has made him stand out amongst prep lefties on this draft class. The Padres have accomplished properly growing excessive upside arms, and a decide of Mozzicato might give them yet one more prime pitching prospect of their system.
28. Rays — Tyler Black, 2B, Wright State
Tampa Bay has a variety of instructions it may go in with this decide, however we’ve acquired them going with Black and his plus hit instrument. Black carried out at a excessive stage in 2021, strolling 39 instances to 25 strikeouts and posting a .383/.496/.683 slash line to assist jettison him up scouts’ lists. The Rays could be making a secure wager on a man with a excessive flooring that will match the mould of bats they’ve had come by means of their system over time.
Stovall has among the finest hit instruments amongst highschool bats on this class as, from a younger age, he’s proven the flexibility to constantly put barrel on baseball. There’s upside within the bat too, with the potential for him to hit for extra residence run energy than simply the hole energy the place he’s at proper now. The Dodgers have wager on that sort of upside prior to now and have been stated to be fascinated with a number of hit-first gamers on this class.