Last night at 7PM, to little fanfare, the FanSided network participated in a first round mock draft.
Every team excepting the Houston Astros were represented, with the Miami Marlins going third overall.
To little surprise, Motor City Bengals chose first baseman Spencer Torkelson out of Arizona State for the Detroit Tigers. The Baltimore Orioles followed by taking left-handed hitting power pitcher Asa Lacy out of Texas A&M. Most draft boards have the Orioles taking Austin Martin, with Lacy falling to the Marlins. Since Call to the Pen took Lacy sooner than expected, Marlin Maniac pulled the trigger on Martin, a do-it-all from Vanderbilt who played everywhere on the diamond excepting pitcher and catcher.
Although I’ll admit I’ve had my sights set on Lacy, and all indications point to that eventuality, I can’t say that I’d be disappointed to wind up with Martin. In a 16-game look this season before the COVID virus wiped out the rest of it, Martin was 20-for-53 with six doubles, three homers, 11 RBI, and 10 walks versus only two strikeouts. That doesn’t really seem to be an outlier, either. As a sophomore in 2019, he slashed .410/.503/.619 in 59 contests, with 38 walks and 31 K’s. Reuniting Martin with fellow Vandy alum J.J. Bleday could be serendipitous in the long run.
Kings of Kauffman, representing the Kanas City Royals, took second baseman Nick Gonzales out of New Mexico State. Paired with Bobby Witt Jr. at shortstop, the Royals could have an all-star double play combo the likes of which haven’t been seen since Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell held court with the Detroit Tigers.
The Toronto Blue Jays, represented by Jay’s Journal, took Florida high school outfielder Zac Veen. It may be a gamble as Veen hasn’t been subjected to as in-depth scouting as other high-first round picks have in years past. Still, the Jays could do worse.
Right-Handed pitcher Emerson Hancock fell to the Seattle Mariners, as picked by SoDo Mojo. I’ve got Hancock as number four on my board (as do a lot of other people), so you’d have to think the Mariners would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to snap him up at number six.
At number seven, the Pittsburgh Pirates (represented by CTTP) chose RHP Max Meyer out of Minnesota. The owner of a 2.10 career ERA over 42 appearances for the Golden Gophers, Meyer is 7-6 with 18 saves and 11 starts to his credit.
Friars on Base chose high-school outfielder Robert Hassell on behalf of the San Diego Padres. Ranked as the 16th overall prospect, Hassell’s a bit of a reach this early, but the Padres could benefit in the long run with a bigger-than-expected signing bonus offer to Hassell.
Reid Detmers, lefty pitcher out of Louisville, went at number nine to the Colorado Rockies by way of Rox Pile. The Rockies have a void of top pitchers in their feeder system, with only number two Ryan Rolison, a lefty, and fellow lefty Ben Bowden at number 10. Detmers goes a long way to addressing that shortcoming.
Patrick Bailey out of NC State goes to the Los Angeles Angels. The top catcher and number seven draft prospect, the Angels would be ecstatic to pick up the switch-hitting backstop. Bailey hit .322/.429/.602 in 84 games at the Division one level before his junior season was wiped out after 17 games.
The rest of the first round went like this:
11. Chicago White Sox (CTTP): OF Garrett Mitchell, UCLA
12. Cincinnati Reds (Blog Red Machine): OF Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas
13. San Francisco Giants (Around the Foghorn): RHP Mick Abel, Jesuit HS
14. Texas Rangers (Nolan Writin’): LHP Garrett Crochet, Tennessee
15. Philadelphia Phillies (CTTP): RHP Cade Cavalli, Oklahoma
16. Chicago Cubs (CTTP): RHP Nick Bitsko, Central Bucks East HS
17. Boston Red Sox (CTTP): OF Austin Hendrick, West Alleghany HS
18. Arizona Diamondbacks (CTTP): SS Ed Howard, Mt. Carmel HS
19. New York Mets (CTTP): C Dillon Dingler, Ohio State
20. Milwaukee Brewers (Reviewing the Brew): OF Pete Crow-Armstrong, Harvard-Westlake HS
21. St. Louis Cardinal (Redbird Rants): RHP Cole Wilcox, Georgia
22. Washington Nationals (District on Deck): C Tyler Soderstrom, Turlock HS
23. Cleveland Indians (CTTP): RHP Jared Kelly, Refugio HS
24. Tampa Bay Rays (CTTP): C/OF Austin Wells, Arizona
25. Atlanta Braves (CTTP): SS Nick Loftin, Baylor
26. Oakland Athletics (White Cleat Beat): RHP Bobby Miller, Louisville
27. Minnesota Twins (Puckett Pond): RHP Carmen Mlodzinski, South Carolina
28. New York Yankees (Yanks Go Yard): RHP Bryce Jarvis, Duke
29. Los Angeles Dodgers (Dodgers Way): SS Carson Tucker, Mountain Pointe HS
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Stats courtesy of The Baseball Cube, and drafting order courtesy of Puckett Pond, who paid more attention than I did while the draft was panning out. Granted, that’s because I was done about five minutes after the draft started, and he had to wait until it was almost over, but I’d do the same for him, after all.
The draft still has to get cracking in real life, here in about six hours or so as I write this. Could it end up looking anything like this? It could happen, but again, I’m doubling down that not only will Asa Lacy last until the third pick, but the Marlins will spend that pick on him. Thanks for reading.