The 2021 Major League Baseball participant draft will start on Sunday in Colorado, the location of this yr’s All-Star Game, and will proceed for 20 rounds over three days.
Shortstop | East Lake High School (Calif.)
An 18-year-old who’s 6 toes 3 inches tall, Mayer is popping out of the highschool that produced the five-time All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. He is a left-handed hitter thought of an all-around expertise able to fielding, operating and hitting for energy. The Pittsburgh Pirates desire faculty gamers however Mayer is probably going too tempting for them to move up.
If You Can’t Have Mayer …
Shortstop | Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas (Texas)
The distinction between Mayer and Lawlar is seemingly a flip of the coin. An 18-year-old right-handed hitter who’s presently dedicated to Vanderbilt, Lawlar was Texas’ highschool participant of the yr in 2021 and is taken into account to be above common in all 5 major instruments. He is in rivalry for the No. 1 choose, and as soon as his energy develops he may very well be scary.
Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker
Right-handed starters | Vanderbilt
Anyone who follows the Pitching Ninja account on Twitter is nicely conscious of Leiter and Rocker, who have been a dominant 1-2 punch for the Commodores this yr. Leiter, the son of the previous main leaguer Al Leiter, had 179 strikeouts in 110 innings and a 2.13 E.R.A. in 2021. Rocker, the son of the previous N.F.L. participant Tracy Rocker, has 179 strikeouts in 122 innings and a 2.73 E.R.A. They are each extremely doubtless to be top-10 picks.
Top College Position Player
Catcher | Louisville
Davis follows within the footsteps of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith, who was a first-rounder out of Louisville in 2016, and he has a giant arm and massive swing (that depends a bit an excessive amount of on pulling the ball). His protection and his persistence on the plate ought to assist him get to the majors, and his right-handed energy ought to maintain him there.
Second base | University of California, Berkeley
While not one of many prime 250 prospects, according to MLB.com, followers will undoubtedly maintain tabs on Baker, who grew to become one thing of a sensation when, as a 3-year-old, he ran onto the sector within the 2002 World Series, the place his father Dusty was managing the Giants, solely to be rescued by J.T. Snow from being run over at home plate. Since then, Baker has grown up, and in 4 years at Cal he hit .303 with a .363 on-base share. He was drafted out of highschool in 2017, however was handed up final yr. It is unclear if he’ll be picked in a truncated 20-round draft.