MLB Mock Draft
UPDATE: We've updated as of 5:30 p.m. ET to account for late buzz and movement we're hearing ahead of the start of the first round.
By Carlos Collazo
As we enter draft day, there seems to be a prevailing sentiment of uncertainty among clubs in how the 2021 draft will shape up.
This is due to many factors: the lack of a consensus top talent perhaps being a primary reason, but the later draft date itself has led to a feeling of less communication throughout the industry. Typically teams have draft meetings around the time conference tournaments are taking place and plenty of rumor-mongering occurs after the fact when scouts are still watching members of the current draft class.
The fact that many teams have had to shift the focus of their scouting departments to get a jump start on the 2022 class has perhaps led to less draft chatter than usual. Another factor is that teams have had a larger window to hold individual player workouts and gather information themselves that is less easily passed around the industry.
With that said, here’s our seventh edition of the 2021 Mock Draft, which features information gathered over the last 24-48 hours. We’ll update if anything starts to solidify or we hear anything significant over the next few hours leading up to the first pick.
We’re uncertain who the top player is for the Rockies, but they’re in a position where they could scoop up one of the top eight players (Lawlar, Mayer, Leiter, Davis, Rocker, Watson, House, Jobe) if they wanted to. Most recently we have heard Pennsylvania prep outfielder Benny Montgomery’s name, and this might be the high water mark for him.More Less
We’ve heard Benny Montgomery’s name linked to the Phillies as much as anyone, but with him going in the top 10 picks in this mock, we have them taking Florida prep righthander Andrew Painter, who has also been linked here. Another name to watch late is UC Santa Barbara RHP Michael McGreevy.More Less
- 14Kansas State LHPNotes:
This could be the floor for Benny Montgomery if he makes it to 13 and the Phillies also decide to pass on him. We’ve heard the top college lefthander in the class, Jordan Wicks, linked to San Francisco recently, and other college arms like Madden, Bednar and Bachman or college bats like Cowser or McLain could make sense if they are available. Don’t sleep on two-way Georgia prep Bubba Chandler here either.More Less
Montgomery is heavily associated with the White Sox and would make sense here if he’s available. We’ve also started to hear more college arms to the White Sox lately, so perhaps they were happy with the Garrett Crochet selection a year ago. Previously we’d heard them tied to plenty of prep bats, which still should be in consideration—names like Peyton Stovall, James Wood, Wes Kath or Izaac Pacheco could still make sense for this pick or later ones.More Less
- 23Haughton (La.) HS 2B/SSNotes:
Stovall fits what the Indians have valued recently, an advanced hitter with strong bat-to-ball skills and a good offensive track record. The Indians have underslotted players in this range previously and that could be an option as well, but like every team in this range those decisions probably will depend on who’s available. We think they’d be in on Hoglund or other college arms like Gavin Williams, Michael McGreevy, if he’s available, or Ryan Cusick. High school bats like Joe Mack, Colson Montgomery or Jay Allen could make sense. Florida outfielder Jud Fabian and Miami catcher Adrian Del Castillo seem like unlikely fits here.More Less