MD/DE 2021 MLB Draft Recap


Kyle Campbell
Maryland Scouting Director

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For players with ties to high schools across the Old Line State, the 2021 MLB draft will go down as one of the best in history. The change to just 20 rounds this year has made that much harder to hear ones named called and in looking back through history; since 1987 when the "Rule 4" or MLB Amateur Draft was consolidated into just one draft/phase, this year marks just the fourth time at least eight players were selected in the top 20 rounds. Eight players with ties to Maryland high schools were also selected inside the the top 20 rounds in 1987 and 2005 while the record for the most players drafted inside the top 20 rounds with roots to high schools across the state was set in 1994 when 11 players were selected. 

Furthermore historically speaking, Jackson Merrill became the 44th player from the state of Maryland selected in the first round and first taken in the first round since 2007 when Brett Cecil was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays out of the University of Maryland with the 38th pick overall in the Supplemental First Round. He is also the highest selected player from the state of Maryland coming out of high school since 2021 when Mount St. Joseph's Gavin Floyd was selected in the first round with the fourth overall pick by the Philadelphia Phillies. 

Note: We have also included players selected from Delaware as well as any free-agent signings to this list. Each highlighted player's name is linked to their MILB player profile so you can follow how they are doing currently and in the future. Those not linked do not have MILB player profiles yet so we will continue to update this page. 

Round
(Pick)

Name High School Position Grad Year

College
(Commitment)

MLB Team
1 (27) Jackson Merrill Severna Park SS 2021 (Kentucky) San Diego Padres
2 (60) Zach Gelof Cape Henlopen (DE) 3B 2018 Virginia Oakland Athletics
3 (89) Jose Torres Calvert Hall SS 2019 NC State Cincinnati Reds
3 (101) Peter Heubeck Gilman RHP 2021 (Wake Forest) Los Angeles Dodgers
12 (351) Mason Albright Catoctin /
IMG Academy (FL)
LHP 2021 (Virginia Tech) Los Angeles Angels
12 (354) Corey Rosier Riverdale Baptist OF 2018 Chipola JC /
UNC Greensboro
Seattle Mariners
13 (385) Jared Carr Saint James OF 2017 Shepherd Philadephia Phillies
13 (398) Aaron Holiday Caravel Academy (DE) RHP 2018 Old Dominion Oakland Athletics
17 (503) Brendan Collins  Sherwood  RHP 2017 Radford /
UNC Greensboro
Washington Nationals
20 (587) Trendon Craig Riverdale Baptist OF 2019 Louisburg JC Baltimore Orioles
FA Sign Randy Bednar Landon OF 2017 Maryland Seattle Mariners
FA Sign Jordan Carr Archbishop Spalding LHP 2015 UNC Asheville /
College of Charleston
Minnesota Twins