2020

2020 MLB Draft Preview

160 baseball players around the country are now a day away from achieving the dream they had playing catch in the backyard as kids. As the Tigers get closer to being put on-the-clock for the first pick, let’s preview the top 10 picks in this years draft.

Detroit Tigers: Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Arizona State

Last year’s draft had a unanimous first overall selection in Adley Rutschman, and this years draft has another undisputed number one pick at the top of the board. Torkelson has some of the best power we’ve seen in recent years and for a farm system as pitching-dominant as the Tigers, a massive impact bat like Torkelson’s is a good fit for the system. If Detroit takes the Torkelson Wednesday night, he’ll be the first college first baseman ever taken with the first overall pick.

Spencer Torkelson

Career College Stats

498
AB
.337
AVG
130
RBI
54
HR

Baltimore Orioles: Austin Martin, IF, Vanderbilt

Baltimore will be picking between two remaining elite prospects in Austin Martin and Asa Lacy. Martin is a super-utility infielder who many had at the top of their draft boards throughout the season. If the Orioles go with Martin on draft night, Baltimore fans will be a few years away from watching Adley Rutschman whip 1.8 second pop times down to Martin for a Baez-like tag at second.

Austin Martin

Career College Stats

543
AB
.368
AVG
76
RBI
14
HR

Miami Marlins: Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M

Miami will have an easy selection this year, as they’ll just take the remaining elite prospect that hasn’t been taken by Detroit or Baltimore. Reports state the Marlins have been zeroing in on Lacy in recent weeks. Even if Martin or Torkelson are still on the board, a Lacy-to-Miami situation is more than likely.

Asa Lacy

Career College Stats

8-1
W/L
1.54
ERA
116
SO
70.1
IP

Kansas City Royals: Nick Gonzales, 2B, New Mexico State

Gonzales is one of the best pure hitters in this years draft and the Royals have long been reported to be after a bat with the fourth overall pick. Gonzales has the stats to back up the hype, hitting an incredible .432 last year and winning a mantles-worth of awards. If the Royals choose to move on from Gonzales, Zac Veen and Heston Kjerstad are both options for this pick.

Nick Gonzales

Career College Stats

413
AB
.392
AVG
116
RBI
25
HR

Toronto Blue Jays: Emerson Hancock, RHP, Georgia

With perhaps the greatest name in the history of the draft, Emerson Hancock comes off the board at number five. Once considered to be the top pick in this years draft, Toronto would be lucky to have him slip this far. Pairing this power righty with the already potent young core of Vlad Jr., Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio would make for a potentially dynastic championship run in Toronto.

Emerson Hancock

Career College Stats

16-7
W/L
3.47
ERA
206
SO
192
IP

Seattle Mariners: Max Meyer, RHP, Minnesota

In recent days the Mariners have been rumored to be pursuing both Meyer and Nick Gonzales should he drop this far. Picking Meyer with this selection would fit in perfectly with Seattle’s farm system plans. Meyer is considered to be the most likely to join a Major League roster by next year, which fits in with Seattle’s projected ETA’s for top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez.

Max Meyer

Career College Stats

10-7
W/L
2.07
ERA
187
SO
148
IP

Pittsburgh Pirates: Zac Veen, OF, Spruce Creek High School

Veen would be the first high schooler off the board. Pittsburgh has been connected to college bats in recent weeks, and it’s not out of the question for them to take Heston Kjerstad with this pick. However, it’s hard to imagine Veen slipping this far in the draft, and if the Royals pass on him with the fourth pick, Pittsburgh would likely pounce on him here with the seventh pick.

San Diego Padres: Robert Hassell, OF, Independence High School

If Pittsburgh passes on Veen with the seventh pick, it’s likely he’ll be selected here. However, San Diego is very high on Hassell, a high school outfielder from Tennessee, and have been connected to him for months. Plenty of surprises can happen from now until draft day, but Hassell to San Diego is a fairly safe bet.

Colorado Rockies: Heston Kjerstad, OF, Arkansas

With Veen and Hassell off the board Kjerstad becomes the top outfield bat available. Although Colorado notoriously needs pitching support, they’ve been reported to not like many of the arms available this year. They’ve been linked to the two high school outfielders, but with them gone, Kjerstad is the obvious pick.

Heston Kjerstad

Career College Stats

574
AB
.345
AVG
124
RBI
35
HR

10

Los Angeles Angels: Reid Detmers, LHP, Louisville

The pitching-starved Angels would love to have Max Meyer drop to their pick, but since that is unlikely to happen, they’ll likely pivot to the next best quick riser option in Reid Detmers. If Los Angeles takes Detmers with the tenth pick, there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing him toeing the rubber in Anaheim as early as next year as the Angels look to convert the primes of both Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon into a championship window.

Reid Detmers

Career College Stats

20-6
W/L
3.20
ERA
284
SO
191
IP

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