Prep Baseball Report

2020 Mock Draft

PBR Staff

We're officially less than a month out from the 2020 MLB Draft and the only thing that's certain right now is that it's going to be quite different than what we're used to. With just five rounds, there will only be 160 picks—a drastic decrease from the usual 1,200 or so. We know many high school prospects will end up at college simply because there are fewer rounds and the undrafted free agent bonus is limited to $20,000, but with deferments to the bonus payments and many not being able to play this spring, we may see a big shift toward college selections.

In 2012, there were 188 picks in the top five rounds. Since then, it has ranged from 164-167 picks. The number of picks from four-year programs has mostly been on the rise in that time frame—making up 47 percent of the top five rounds in 2012 to nearly 69 percent in 2019. The only year that number regressed was in 2017 when it was down to about 54 percent from a hair under 60 in 2016.

But a quarantine and extremely short draft won't stop us from trying to forecast the first round. Our resident experts—Nathan Rode, David Seifert and Shooter Hunt—made their own predictions in our first mock draft for 2020. They agreed on the top pick, but it's still early to really match players up with teams and there wasn't a unanimous selection after that.

1 Tigers Spencer Torkelson Spencer Torkelson Spencer Torkelson
2 Orioles Austin Martin Austin Martin Asa Lacy
3 Marlins Asa Lacy Asa Lacy Austin Martin
4 Royals Nick Gonzales Nick Gonzales Emerson Hancock
5 Blue Jays Emerson Hancock Zac Veen Max Meyer
6 Mariners Garrett Crochet Emerson Hancock Zac Veen
7 Pirates Zac Veen Mick Abel Nick Gonzales
8 Padres Ed Howard Max Meyer Reid Detmers
9 Rockies Max Meyer Garrett Crochet Garrett Mitchell
10 Angels Garrett Mitchell Reid Detmers Garrett Crochet
11 White Sox Reid Detmers Heston Kjerstad Ed Howard
12 Reds Robert Hassell Garrett Mitchell Heston Kjerstad
13 Giants Patrick Bailey Ed Howard Robert Hassell
14 Rangers Jared Kelley Austin Hendrick Cade Cavalli
15 Phillies Heston Kjerstad Patrick Bailey Slade Cecconi
16 Cubs Cade Cavalli Cade Cavalli Cole Wilcox
17 Red Sox Tyler Soderstrom Robert Hassell Patrick Bailey
18 Diamondbacks Austin Wells Pete Crow-Armstrong Pete Crow-Armstrong
19 Mets Cole Wilcox Cole Wilcox Jared Kelley
20 Brewers Slade Cecconi Tyler Soderstrom Austin Hendrick
21 Cardinals Pete Crow-Armstrong Jared Kelley Austin Wells
22 Nationals Mick Abel Slade Cecconi Tanner Burns
23 Indians Bryce Jarvis Dillon Dingler Bryce Jarvis
24 Rays Tanner Burns Tanner Burns Mick Abel
25 Braves Aaron Sabato Carmen Mlodzinski Jordan Walker
26 Athletics Justin Foscue Austin Wells Justin Foscue
27 Twins Nick Loftin Chris McMahon Tyler Soderstrom
28 Yankees Chris McMahon Nick Loftin Alex Santos
29 Dodgers Alex Santos J.T. Ginn Chris McMahon

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