The 2021 MLB Draft is simply days away with the highest newbie abilities within the sport set to be chosen within the first spherical on Sunday.
With the School World Collection 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 an almost unattainable train to guess precisely which groups will probably be taking which gamers on draft day, however we’re taking our closing shot at predicting the place these gamers will land within the first spherical of the draft.
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MLB Mock Draft 2021
1. Pirates — Marcelo Mayer, SS, Eastlake Excessive (Chula Vista, Calif.)
There’s no slam dunk No. 1 general alternative like there have been up to now with gamers like Adley Rutschman and Spencer Torkelson, however the basic consensus appears to be that Mayer goes to be the Pirates choose right here as he’s typically pulled forward of the remainder of the highschool shortstop class. He’s bought the most effective hit instruments amongst prep gamers within the class, mixed with plus energy and the power to stay at shortstop.
2. Rangers — Jack Leiter, RHP, Vanderbilt
Leiter has been talked about for some time as one of many high prospects within the draft class, and can command a excessive price ticket, however the Rangers will make it work to seize one of the best school arm within the draft. Leiter dominated within the School World Collection in his closing 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.
3. Tigers — Jackson Jobe, RHP, Heritage Corridor Excessive (Oklahoma Metropolis)
There’s an opportunity the Tigers go prep bat right here and take Brady Home, however we’ve bought them going with the pitcher with maybe the very best upside of any arm within the class. Jobe’s slider is usually considered one of the best pitch within the draft and he already can whip a fastball within the mid-upper-90s. Detroit would should be affected person and he doesn’t align with their high hitting prospects in Torkelson, Riley Greene and Dillon Dingler, however it is a expertise value ready on.
4. Purple Sox — Kahlil Watson, SS, Wake Forest (N.C.) Excessive
Boston has been linked with numerous gamers right here, significantly Leiter and Louisville catcher Henry Davis, however we’ve bought 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 Purple Sox will probably 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 may take the method of going the highschool path to search for a excessive upside bat to take with this choose. Ford isn’t the prototypical catcher, providing sufficient velocity to doubtlessly 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 dwelling 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 device 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 unbelievable that he may fall that low, however right here, he lands of their lap and so they take the prospect to draft him. He’s a five-tool shortstop with energy and velocity and the fielding capacity to remain up the center. A candidate to go first general, he’s actually unlikely to fall decrease than this within the draft.
8. Rockies — Brady Home, SS, Winder-Barrow (Ga.) Excessive
Think about the highschool participant with essentially the most uncooked energy swinging in Coors Area? That’s what the Rockies can be hoping for with this choose. Colorado desires a hitter at No. 8, and right here they land Home, who MLB Pipeline described as a “more athletic version of Joey Gallo.” The precise-handed shortstop might need to maneuver to 3rd, however his protection would play effectively there.
9. Angels — Kumar Rocker, RHP, Vanderbilt
It wasn’t way back that Rocker was talked about as a attainable No. 1 general man, however some issues along with his efficiency late within the 2021 season have moved him down the checklist. The upside is there, nonetheless, for the Angels to steal one of the vital electrical school 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.
10. Mets — Colson Montgomery, 3B, Southridge Excessive (Huntingburg, Ind.)
A number of school 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 save cash for later picks. The sweet-swinging lefty third baseman already has loads of pop and will develop extra as he provides power to his 6-foot-4 body.
11. Nationals — Ty Madden, RHP, Texas
The highest school pitcher left on the board, Madden goes to Washington, who has been reported to be excited by a number of school hurlers. Madden is the highest arm on the board at this level, drawing popularity of his balanced arsenal and skill to command his pitchers within the zone. Final yr, Washington took one other Massive 12 school 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 related to school arms, the Mariners have been mentioned to be everywhere in the school 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 sport makes him an attractive gamble. The Bruins shortstop has a plus hit device, good velocity and has the defensive prowess wanted to remain up the center as a professional.
13. Phillies — Benny Montgomery, OF, Purple Land Excessive (Lewisberry, Pa.)
This appears like one of many extra pure suits within the draft. Montgomery grew up a Phillies fan, is Pennsylvania’s high prospect and is the participant they’ve proven curiosity in with a younger, toolsy outfielder. Montgomery is a real five-tool expertise, who is perhaps the quickest participant within the draft and who received the Good Recreation All-American Traditional House Run Derby final summer time. The hit device is the most important query in the intervening time, however some evaluators consider he’s fastened a few of his contact points.
14. Giants — Colton Cowser, OF, Sam Houston
San Francisco has a current observe file of taking school bats with their first picks with gamers like Bryan Reynolds, Joey Bart, Hunter Bishop and Patrick Bailey all being the crew’s first choose off the board in 4 of the previous 5 drafts. Cowser suits that mildew as a refined school bat, who may transfer shortly within the minors. He’s a hit-over-power outfielder, who additionally affords plus velocity with the power 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 Collection win. The Brewers have been linked to different school 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 affords them a refined right-hander with an explosive repertoire with three plus or higher pitches.
16. Marlins — Sal Frelick, OF, Boston School
This could be a super spot for Miami, who has had current success taking school 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 mildew, Frelick is likely one of the quickest school gamers and brings in a plus hit device that would assist him advance shortly by means of the minors.
17. Reds — Sam Bachman, RHP, Miami (Ohio)
Cincinnati has been tied to numerous 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 move up. Bachman harnessed his arsenal higher his junior season to drastically increase his draft inventory, and with a fastball that hits triple-digits, a tough biting slider and a nasty changeup, he affords 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 price 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 among the draft’s greatest management earlier than present process surgical procedure, a promising trait that helps to steadiness out among the threat of taking an injured pitcher. His various repertoire additionally suits into the system effectively 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 determine to take him over prep outfielder Jay Allen. Solomento is a serious 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 effectively, giving him a better ground than different conventional prep arms.
20. Yankees — Gavin Williams, RHP, East Carolina
One of many hardest throwers amongst school 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, and so they look so as to add one other one with their first choose 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 device 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 effectively sufficient to remain again there. Chicago has been numerous highschool bats, and Mack might be an thrilling expertise to fall to them at No. 21.
22. White Sox — Wes Kath, SS, Desert Mountain Excessive (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
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 power to make constant, exhausting contact from the left facet. 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 considered having a excessive ground as a consequence of 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 affords an above-average fastball and slider that ought to assist him hold getting outs on the professional degree.
24. Braves — Will Taylor, OF, Dutch Fork Excessive (Irmo, S.C.)
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 choose. The Braves choose 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 may 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 title, Muncy appears the a part of a whole bundle, with spectacular energy and a stable hit device that has drawn the eye of scouts. He runs effectively and fields effectively, although it’s attainable he winds up shifting 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 school bat, Wilson will get picked up by the Twins on this mock draft. Wilson is a hit-over-power outfielder who is perhaps 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 usually tied to school hitters — having taken guys like Trevor Larnach and Aaron Sabato with current 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 stable first spherical choose now. He’s bought an electrical fastball/curveball mixture that has made him stand out amongst prep lefties on this draft class. The Padres have achieved effectively growing excessive upside arms, and a choose of Mozzicato may give them yet one more high pitching prospect of their system.
28. Rays — Tyler Black, 2B, Wright State
Tampa Bay has numerous instructions it might go in with this choose, however we’ve bought them going with Black and his plus hit device. Black carried out at a excessive degree in 2021, strolling 39 occasions to 25 strikeouts and posting a .383/.496/.683 slash line to assist jettison him up scouts’ lists. The Rays can be making a secure wager on a man with a excessive ground that will match the mildew of bats they’ve had come by means of their system over time.
29. Dodgers — Peyton Stovall, SS, Haughton (La.) Excessive
Stovall has the most effective hit instruments amongst highschool bats on this class as, from a younger age, he’s proven the power to constantly put barrel on baseball. There’s upside within the bat too, with the potential for him to hit for extra dwelling run energy than simply the hole energy the place he’s at proper now. The Dodgers have wager on that sort of upside up to now and have been mentioned to be excited by a number of hit-first gamers on this class.