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MLB Mock Draft

Mock8.0

By Carlos Collazo

Happy draft day!

The culmination of more than a year’s work for players and for teams is close to fruition—for 160 players at least.

Here's mock draft Version 8.0, our last full update prior to the start of the draft Wednesday night, although we may slide one more minor update in before the buzzer sounds at 7 p.m. ET. Find our latest news below.

You can also see every version of our mock draft here.

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    Spencer Torkelson

    Arizona State 1B
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    For those who have been following along throughout our mocks, it’s the same story you’ve been hearing at the first pick. For those who haven’t, all signs have pointed to the Tigers taking the No. 1 overall player in the class in Torkelson. The Arizona State slugger is as safe a prospect as he is an impactful one, and he would become the first ever college first baseman to be selected with the No. 1 overall pick. That fact speaks to just how special Torkelson’s hit and power production is regarded as, and he’s the best collegiate power hitter since Kris Bryant—who had more strikeout concerns at the time than Torkelson. Texas A&M lefthander Asa Lacy is regarded as the backup. It would be a surprise if the Tigers chose anyone other Tork.

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    Austin Martin

    Vanderbilt OF
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    In traditional Mike Elias fashion, the Orioles are keeping things close to the vest as we get closer to the draft. We have good reason to believe the rumors about the team checking into underslot deals at this spot are legit. Players like Zac Veen and Nick Gonzales are the most frequently mentioned names in those scenarios. Still, this might be nothing more than due diligence for Baltimore, and we do expect them to take the best available player on the board in Austin Martin, who is the best pure hitter in the class.

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    Asa Lacy

    Texas A&M LHP
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    Lacy going 1-2-3 would have the top three players on the BA 500 going in their ranked order, and plenty of people believe Miami wants an arm here. They are set up to get the best pitcher in the class with Lacy, who made strides with his control and his slider this spring. Scouting director DJ Svihlik has ties to Vanderbilt and because of that Austin Martin, so if the Orioles were to pass on him his name certainly comes into play here. There are plenty of late rumors that the Marlins may actually go away from Lacy, likely to pick Minnesota RHP Max Meyer instead or to take Austin Martin if he doesn't go to the Orioles at No. 2 (still a possibility). We're not sold on the rumors enough to change our pick, and a couple of hours before the draft is the perfect time for posturing, but we heard the same rumor from multiple officials with multiple teams.

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    Zac Veen

    Spruce Creek HS, Port Orange, Fla. OF
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    Previously we expected this to be a decision between hitters Zac Veen and Nick Gonzales. However, Minnesota righthander Max Meyer has gotten considerable heat and is being linked fairly significantly to the Royals as well. A bat seems to make more sense for the Royals at this spot though, and we do believe they are enamored enough with Veen’s upside enough to make him the first high school player selected, similar to last year when they took Bobby Witt Jr. No. 2. Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad has been mentioned here as well, but we don’t believe he’s the primary option.

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    Max Meyer

    Minnesota RHP
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    Similar to the Royals, Veen and Meyer are linked heavily at this spot. We believe the Blue Jays would pounce on Veen if he were to make it to this spot, but if not it sounds like they would be more than happy to take Meyer. The 6-foot righthander gained plenty of steam for a number of factors, but the biggest one is simply that plenty of decision-makers saw him dominate early this season in Arizona and during the Big 10/ACC challenge. Pair that with two disgusting pitches, standout athleticism and an exceptional collegiate track record, and it’s less surprising why he’s getting so much attention among the first several picks. Nick Gonzales and Emerson Hancock are both options at this pick as well.

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    The Mariners are tied heavily with the best college players available on the board, and at this point that’s likely to be Emerson Hancock and Nick Gonzales. Most of our intel has tied the Mariners with college arms, though they have gone to that well with some frequency in recent years (RHPs George Kirby and Logan Gilbert were their first round picks in 2018 and 2019). Some evaluators believe Gonzales checks plenty of the boxes that the Mariners typically covet, and considering his collegiate production it’s hard to count him out at this spot. They might prefer Meyer over both if he’s available, but he’s not, and we have them grabbing another arm in this scenario.

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    Nick Gonzales

    New Mexico State 2B
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    The Pirates could go in plenty of directions here, but with Gonzales falling into their lap it is difficult to see them passing him up. With a new regime in charge in Pittsburgh, rival clubs don’t have a great feel for their preferences or how they’ll attack the draft, but it might be as simple as taking the best talent to fall to them at this spot—hence the Gonzales pick. This could be the floor for the New Mexico State infielder. Emerson Hancock would certainly be an option for the team if the Blue Jays and Mariners both pass him up, as would Veen, who is much less likely to make it here. This also appears to be the high-water mark for prep righthander Mick Abel, and Heston Kjerstad gets mentioned, but we’re less sure of that specific connection.

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    Robert Hassell

    Independence HS, Thompson's Station, Tenn. OF
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    We’ve mentioned before that San Diego might really covet Veen and Meyer, but it’s difficult to see a reasonable scenario where either of those players make it here. The Padres do have more pool money than the Blue Jays, so they might be able to find a way to get one of the college arms in front of this pick to slide. That would make sense for their current major league window. However we continue to hear plenty of heat with Robert Hassell at this spot and believe they like him better than Kjerstad, who they do seem to like. There’s been conflicting information on whether they would be in or out on Abel at this spot, but Abel’s profile makes sense with what San Diego has targeted in recent years.

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    Tyler Soderstrom

    Turlock (Calif.) HS C
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    We’re hearing the Rockies tied to a hitter at No. 9. Their ideal bat might be Veen, but there’s no way to see him falling to this spot. One interesting rumor that has gotten a good amount of heat in recent days is Northern California catcher Tyler Soderstrom. Several different sources believe the Rockies are in heavily on him and many scouts are praising his lefthanded hitting ability. Clubs love his swing and believe he could be an impact bat; whether or not he sticks behind the plate is of secondary concern. Kjerstad is another player they have interest in. Colorado seems to be one of the teams out on UCLA outfielder Garrett Mitchell, and perhaps the elevation concerns when paired with his Type I Diabetes is the reason for that.

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    Certainly there’s a chance Kjerstad doesn’t make it here. His collegiate track record is exceptional and that should go a long way in this year’s evaluation. Hassell might be the pick if he’s available here, as scouting director Matt Swanson watched plenty of USA Baseball’s 18U team in person last summer, where he again looked like the best hitter in the prep class. For that same reason, Pete Crow-Armstrong could also be an option, and this could be near the higher end for the Southern California outfielder. Cade Cavalli’s name gets mentioned in this range as well. Some believe Detmers could be a fit, though other sources have countered that, saying the Detmers/Angels connection doesn’t make as much sense. At this point, it does seem like Detmers could slip a bit more than expected a few weeks ago. Ed Howard’s name has been mentioned, but this range seems high for the top high school shortstop this year.

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    Mick Abel

    Jesuit HS, Portland, Ore. RHP
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    This pick is tricky. Chicago has been connected to Tennessee LHP Garrett Crochet, Detmers and North Carolina State catcher Patrick Bailey—the typical collegiate suspects for the White Sox. However the noise with Mick Abel has been significant enough that we think it’s legit and with a new scouting director in Chicago there’s no guarantee the team continues to heavily target college players. Still, it’s worth noting that Mike Shirley has been with the club in a high-level role going back to 2010.

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    Reid Detmers

    Louisville LHP
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    We believe the Reds might pounce on Detmers if he were to make it to this pick, and as we’ve mentioned earlier, there are some whispers that he could be slipping outside of the top 10—though not far. Pennsylvania outfielder Austin Hendrick is another real possibility if Detmers isn’t here, as is Cavalli. The Reds would jump on Kjerstad or Hassell if either is available at this spot as well, but do think they could be one of the clubs who isn’t interested in Mitchell at this spot.

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    There could be a wider range of opinions with Cavalli than many other college arms. His upside is significant and he has one of the better bodies in the class, but some teams are skeptical of his history of throwing strikes—particularly prior to this spring, when he showed improvement in that category. If Soderstrom is available here, we find it hard to believe the Giants would let him get past them. It sounds like the Giants might like Arizona catcher Austin Wells, but not enough to take him over some of the players still available at 13.

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    Aaron Sabato

    North Carolina 1B
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    We pegged Sabato to the Rangers in our previous mock draft, and we don’t see any reason to come off that selection here. Bailey makes sense in this range as well and could be a fit for Texas, and some sources believe Cavalli could be a fit as well if he’s still on the board. We believe the Rangers could be another team to pass over Mitchell. Southern California speedster Jake Vogel is getting some interest in the second round, the Rangers could be interested in him for their next pick after nabbing a college player here. (The Rockies, Brewers, Red Sox and Yankees could also be interested in Vogel.) If Vogel has to be an overpay in that range, Sabato could simultaneously save the Rangers some money and give them plenty of impact.

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    Patrick Bailey

    North Carolina State C
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    It’s been difficult to get a feel for the Phillies’ preferences, but Bailey makes a whole lot of sense in this range based on talent. Cavalli is also mentioned, and this could be the start of a range where teams are seriously considering pulling the trigger on Mitchell. They could covet Soderstrom, but we don’t expect him to make it to this spot.

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    Austin Hendrick

    West Allegheny HS, Imperial, Pa. OF
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    This could be close to the floor for Austin Hendrick, who gets mentioned throughout the teens and has plenty of ties at the Reds at 12. If he doesn’t make it, we could see the Cubs being interested in Crochet’s upside. We’ve also heard they might be digging on Wells, and if they could get him for an underslot deal here, that would make a lot of sense considering their history and success with lefthanded bats. We think they could be interested in Mitchell if none of these other names are on the board. Watch out for East Carolina first baseman Alec Burleson with the Cubs in a later-round selection.

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    Boston’s been a bit of a wild card, but they’re in a range where most teams could be accurately described as that. Despite the loss of a second round pick, there have been rumors of the Red Sox going for upside. Mitchell could be the ideal fit for that strategy, as he has some of the biggest pure upside in the draft and also comes with a solid floor thanks to his defense and speed. Crow-Armstrong or a prep pitcher like Abel could make some sense here as well.

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    Pete Crow-Armstrong

    Harvard-Westlake HS OF
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    Crow-Armstrong has a few potential landing spots before this range, but many evaluators think he’ll be the last of the Veen/Hassell/Hendrick/Kjerstad outfield group to come off the board. Some believe he could slip into the early 20s, but he did well enough this spring to prevent that. Arizona has targeted performing prep players in Southern California in the past and they covet solid hit tools. We’ve heard they also like Austin Wells, so he could be a fit here, or perhaps they risk it and try and get him with their comp round pick. This might be the higher range for Ohio State catcher Dillon Dingler as well.

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    This is a bit of a risky pick, because there’s a chance Crochet is off the board as high as 11 to the White Sox, and maybe the only way he gets past the Cubs at 16 is in our specific iteration. However, there are some indicators which could point to Crochet slipping a bit, thanks to his lack of game-time this spring and questions about his effectiveness as a starter in college. There’s plenty of risk associated with Crochet, and he might be the most negatively impacted college player from the coronavirus situation. The Mets have coveted college lefthanders in the past and we believe they are specifically excited about Crochet, who could turn out to be a steal here. Justin Foscue and Bobby Miller are other interesting names here, as is Wells.

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    Dillon Dingler

    Ohio State C
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    The Brewers are tricky to peg, though we think they could like Dingler and his year-over-year improvement with Ohio State. This is also the range that a lot of college pitchers should start coming off the board, but players with solid strike throwing acumen might make more sense with Milwaukee than players with spotty control history.

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    Many sources believe this is too much of a ‘Cardinals pick’ for it not to happen. If it does, it might not be long before the Cardinals Devil Magic turns Loftin into an all-star. They could be liked to other college performers like Justin Foscue, Tanner Burns or Chris McMahon as well. One non-college possibility is Georgia third baseman Jordan Walker—we think there could be some interest with the Cardinals on him specifically with their first pick.

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    Wilcox’ asking price seems pretty high, but he checks plenty of boxes for Washington as a big, physical, power-stuff sort of guy. Plenty of clubs believe the Nationals could like Wilcox more than the teams around this range.

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    Jared Kelley

    Refugio (Texas) HS RHP
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    The Indians can go in a lot of directions here. Dingler would be an interesting name, but he’s off the board. They’re another team we believe could be interested in Wells and may have done a lot of work on him, and a name like Miami righthander Slade Cecconi wouldn’t be a surprise either. But Cleveland has consistently shown they are willing to snag up the upside prep arms that other teams are a bit more hesitant with, and Jared Kelley fits that to a tee. See: Espino, Daniel; and Hankins, Ethan.

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    Justin Foscue

    Mississippi State 2B/3B
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    If Sabato is available here we think the Rays could be interested. They could also be in on Loftin or potentially Ed Howard here, though we continue to hear that Howard is slipping in the first round. Foscue could make some sense for the Rays, as could many of the arms who are starting to go off the board here.

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    The Braves remain difficult to figure out. We’ve heard the rumors of high school arms, but there’s not one on the board that makes enough sense to get here (Nick Bitsko could get more money further down the board, but we think the Braves could be a candidate to pop him). We’ve gotten some reasonable feedback with Jarvis, and he fits on talent in this range.

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