2020 Major League Baseball draft

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2020 Major League Baseball draft
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General information
Date(s)June 10–11, 2020
LocationVirtual
Omaha, Nebraska (original planned location)
Network(s)MLB Network
ESPN/ESPN2
ESPN Deportes
Overview
160 total selections in 5 rounds
First selectionSpencer Torkelson
Detroit Tigers
First round selections37
← 2019

The 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft took place on June 10–11, 2020. The draft assigned amateur baseball players to Major League Baseball (MLB) teams. The draft order was set based on the reverse order of the 2019 MLB season standings. In addition, compensation picks were distributed for players who did not sign from the 2019 MLB draft and for teams who lost qualifying free agents.[1] On March 26, 2020, MLB and the MLBPA reached a deal that included the option to shorten the draft to five rounds, and also shorten the 2021 draft to 20 rounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] MLB ultimately opted to shorten the 2020 draft to five rounds, in a plan to allow teams to sign an unlimited amount of undrafted players for $20,000 each.[3] The draft was originally planned to be hosted live for the first time in Omaha, Nebraska, to accompany the since-cancelled 2020 College World Series. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the draft was instead held remotely from MLB Network's studios in Secaucus, New Jersey.[4][5][6] With sponsorship from T-Mobile, the event was officially the 2020 MLB Draft Presented by T-Mobile,[7] with ESPN providing live coverage for the first time since 2008, alongside MLB Network.[8]

The Detroit Tigers, who had the worst record of the 2019 MLB season, selected Spencer Torkelson with the first overall pick in the draft.[9] As punishment for their role in the sign stealing scandal, the Houston Astros forfeited their first- and second-round picks in the draft.[10] The Boston Red Sox also forfeited their second-round pick in the draft as punishment for their own sign-stealing violations.[11] There were 41 players selected who had played for the United States national baseball team[12] and 5 players were selected who had played for the Canada national baseball team.[13]

Draft selections[edit]

Key
* Player did not sign

First round[edit]

Pick Player Team Position School
1 Spencer Torkelson Detroit Tigers Third baseman Arizona State
2 Heston Kjerstad Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Arkansas
3 Max Meyer Miami Marlins Pitcher Minnesota
4 Asa Lacy Kansas City Royals Pitcher Texas A&M
5 Austin Martin Toronto Blue Jays Shortstop Vanderbilt
6 Emerson Hancock Seattle Mariners Pitcher Georgia
7 Nick Gonzales Pittsburgh Pirates Shortstop New Mexico State
8 Robert Hassell San Diego Padres Outfielder Independence High School (TN)
9 Zac Veen Colorado Rockies Outfielder Spruce Creek High School (FL)
10 Reid Detmers Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Louisville
11 Garrett Crochet Chicago White Sox Pitcher Tennessee
12 Austin Hendrick Cincinnati Reds Outfielder West Allegheny Senior High School (PA)
13 Patrick Bailey San Francisco Giants Catcher NC State
14 Justin Foscue Texas Rangers Second baseman Mississippi State
15 Mick Abel Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Jesuit High School (OR)
16 Ed Howard Chicago Cubs Shortstop Mount Carmel High School (IL)
17 Nick Yorke Boston Red Sox Second baseman Archbishop Mitty High School (CA)
18 Bryce Jarvis Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher Duke
19 Pete Crow-Armstrong New York Mets Outfielder Harvard-Westlake School (CA)
20 Garrett Mitchell Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder UCLA
21 Jordan Walker St. Louis Cardinals Third baseman Decatur High School (GA)
22 Cade Cavalli Washington Nationals Pitcher Oklahoma
23 Carson Tucker Cleveland Indians Shortstop Mountain Pointe High School (AZ)
24 Nick Bitsko Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Central Bucks High School East (PA)
25 Jared Shuster Atlanta Braves Pitcher Wake Forest
26 Tyler Soderstrom Oakland Athletics Catcher Turlock High School (CA)
27 Aaron Sabato Minnesota Twins First baseman North Carolina
28 Austin Wells New York Yankees Catcher Arizona
29 Bobby Miller Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Louisville

Competitive Balance Round A[edit]

Pick Player Team Position School
30 Jordan Westburg Baltimore Orioles Shortstop Mississippi State
31 Carmen Mlodzinski Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher South Carolina
32 Nick Loftin Kansas City Royals Shortstop Baylor
33 Slade Cecconi Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher Miami
34 Justin Lange San Diego Padres Pitcher Llano High School (TX)
35 Drew Romo Colorado Rockies Catcher The Woodlands High School (TX)
36 Tanner Burns Cleveland Indians Pitcher Auburn
37 Alika Williams Tampa Bay Rays[Trades 1] Shortstop Arizona State

Second round[edit]

Pick Player Team Position School
38 Dillon Dingler Detroit Tigers Catcher Ohio State
39 Hudson Haskin Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Tulane
40 Daxton Fulton Miami Marlins Pitcher Mustang High School (OK)
41 Ben Hernandez Kansas City Royals Pitcher De La Salle Institute (IL)
42 CJ Van Eyk Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher Florida State
43 Zach DeLoach Seattle Mariners Outfielder Texas A&M
44 Jared Jones Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher La Mirada High School (CA)
45 Owen Caissie San Diego Padres Outfielder Notre Dame Secondary School (ON)
46 Chris McMahon Colorado Rockies Pitcher Miami
47 Jared Kelley Chicago White Sox Pitcher Refugio High School (TX)
48 Christian Roa Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Texas A&M
49 Casey Schmitt San Francisco Giants Third baseman San Diego State
50 Evan Carter Texas Rangers Outfielder Elizabethton High School (TN)
51 Burl Carraway Chicago Cubs Pitcher Dallas Baptist
52 J. T. Ginn New York Mets Pitcher Mississippi State
53 Freddy Zamora Milwaukee Brewers Shortstop Miami
54 Masyn Winn St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop/Pitcher Kingwood High School (TX)
55 Cole Henry Washington Nationals Pitcher LSU
56 Logan Allen Cleveland Indians Pitcher Florida International
57 Ian Seymour Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Virginia Tech
58 Jeff Criswell Oakland Athletics Pitcher Michigan
59 Alerick Soularie Minnesota Twins Outfielder Tennessee
60 Landon Knack Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher East Tennessee State

Competitive Balance Round B[edit]

Pick Player Team Position School
61 Kyle Nicolas Miami Marlins Pitcher Ball State
62 Daniel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Outfielder LSU
63 Tink Hence St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Watson Chapel High School (AR)
64 Connor Phillips Seattle Mariners[Trades 2] Pitcher McLennan Community College
65 Jackson Miller Cincinnati Reds Catcher J. W. Mitchell High School (FL)
66 Clayton Beeter Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Texas Tech

Compensatory round[edit]

Pick Player Team Position School
67 Nick Swiney San Francisco Giants[Compensation 1] Pitcher NC State
68 Jimmy Glowenke San Francisco Giants[Compensation 2] Shortstop Dallas Baptist
69 Isaiah Greene New York Mets[Compensation 3] Outfielder Corona High School (CA)
70 Alec Burleson St. Louis Cardinals[Compensation 4] Outfielder East Carolina
71 Sammy Infante Washington Nationals[Compensation 5] Shortstop Monsignor Edward Pace High School (FL)
72 Alex Santos II Houston Astros[Compensation 6] Pitcher Mount Saint Michael Academy (NY)

Third round[edit]

Pick Player Team Position School
73 Trei Cruz Detroit Tigers Shortstop Rice
74 Anthony Servideo Baltimore Orioles Shortstop Ole Miss
75 Zach McCambley Miami Marlins Pitcher Coastal Carolina
76 Tyler Gentry Kansas City Royals Outfielder Alabama
77 Trent Palmer Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher Jacksonville
78 Kaden Polcovich Seattle Mariners Second baseman Oklahoma State
79 Nick Garcia Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Chapman
80 Cole Wilcox San Diego Padres Pitcher Georgia
81 Sam Weatherly Colorado Rockies Pitcher Clemson
82 David Calabrese Los Angeles Angels Outfielder St. Elizabeth Catholic High School (ON)
83 Adisyn Coffey Chicago White Sox Pitcher Wabash Valley
84 Bryce Bonnin Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Texas Tech
85 Kyle Harrison San Francisco Giants Pitcher De La Salle High School (CA)
86 Tekoah Roby Texas Rangers Pitcher Pine Forest High School (FL)
87 Casey Martin Philadelphia Phillies Shortstop Arkansas
88 Jordan Nwogu Chicago Cubs Outfielder Michigan
89 Blaze Jordan Boston Red Sox Third baseman DeSoto Central High School (MS)
90 Liam Norris Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher Green Hope High School (NC)
91 Anthony Walters New York Mets Shortstop San Diego State
92 Zavier Warren Milwaukee Brewers Catcher Central Michigan
93 Levi Prater St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Oklahoma
94 Holden Powell Washington Nationals Pitcher UCLA
95 Petey Halpin Cleveland Indians Outfielder Mira Costa High School (CA)
96 Hunter Barnhart Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher St. Joseph High School (CA)
97 Jesse Franklin V Atlanta Braves Outfielder Michigan
98 Michael Guldberg Oakland Athletics Outfielder Georgia Tech
99 Trevor Hauver New York Yankees Second baseman Arizona State
100 Jake Vogel Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder Huntington Beach High School (CA)
101 Ty Brown Houston Astros Pitcher Vanderbilt

Fourth round[edit]

Pick Player Team Position School
102 Gage Workman Detroit Tigers Third baseman Arizona State
103 Coby Mayo Baltimore Orioles Third baseman Stoneman Douglas High School (FL)
104 Jake Eder Miami Marlins Pitcher Vanderbilt
105 Christian Chamberlain Kansas City Royals Pitcher Oregon State
106 Nick Frasso Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher Loyola Marymount
107 Tyler Keenan Seattle Mariners Third baseman Ole Miss
108 Jack Hartman Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Appalachian State
109 Thomas Levi San Diego Padres Pitcher Troy
110 Case Williams Colorado Rockies Pitcher Douglas County High School (CO)
111 Werner Blakely Los Angeles Angels Shortstop Detroit Edison High School (MI)
112 Kade Mechals Chicago White Sox Pitcher Grand Canyon
113 Mac Wainwright Cincinnati Reds Outfielder St. Edward High School (OH)
114 R. J. Dabovich San Francisco Giants Pitcher Arizona State
115 Dylan MacLean Texas Rangers Pitcher Central Catholic High School (OR)
116 Carson Ragsdale Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher South Florida
117 Luke Little Chicago Cubs Pitcher San Jacinto College North
118 Jeremy Wu-Yelland Boston Red Sox Pitcher Hawaii
119 A. J. Vukovich Arizona Diamondbacks Third baseman East Troy High School (WI)
120 Matthew Dyer New York Mets Catcher Arizona
121 Joey Wiemer Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder Cincinnati
122 Ian Bedell St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Missouri
123 Brady Linsly Washington Nationals Catcher Oklahoma
124 Milan Tolentino Cleveland Indians Shortstop Santa Margarita High School (CA)
125 Tanner Murray Tampa Bay Rays Shortstop UC Davis
126 Spencer Strider Atlanta Braves Pitcher Clemson
127 Dane Acker Oakland Athletics Pitcher Oklahoma
128 Marco Raya Minnesota Twins Pitcher United South High School (TX)
129 Beck Way New York Yankees Pitcher Northwest Florida State
130 Carson Taylor Los Angeles Dodgers Catcher Virginia Tech
131 Zach Daniels Houston Astros Outfielder Tennessee

Fifth round[edit]

Pick Player Team Position School
132 Colt Keith Detroit Tigers Third baseman Biloxi High School (MS)
133 Carter Baumler Baltimore Orioles Pitcher Dowling Catholic High School (IA)
134 Kyle Hurt Miami Marlins Pitcher USC
135 Will Klein Kansas City Royals Pitcher Eastern Illinois
136 Zach Britton Toronto Blue Jays Outfielder Louisville
137 Taylor Dollard Seattle Mariners Pitcher Cal Poly
138 Logan Hofmann Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Northwestern State
139 Jagger Haynes San Diego Padres Pitcher West Columbus High School (NC)
140 Jack Blomgren Colorado Rockies Shortstop Michigan
141 Adam Seminaris Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Long Beach State
142 Bailey Horn Chicago White Sox Pitcher Auburn
143 Joe Boyle Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Notre Dame
144 Ryan Murphy San Francisco Giants Pitcher Le Moyne
145 Thomas Saggese Texas Rangers Shortstop Carlsbad High School (CA)
146 Baron Radcliff Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder Georgia Tech
147 Koen Moreno Chicago Cubs Pitcher Panther Creek High School (NC)
148 Shane Rohan Boston Red Sox Pitcher Florida State
149 Brandon Pfaadt Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher Bellarmine
150 Eric Orze New York Mets Pitcher New Orleans
151 Hayden Cantrelle Milwaukee Brewers Shortstop Louisiana
152 LJ Jones IV St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Long Beach State
153 Mitchell Parker Washington Nationals Pitcher San Jacinto College North
154 Mason Hickman Cleveland Indians Pitcher Vanderbilt
155 Jeff Hakanson Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Central Florida
156 Bryce Elder Atlanta Braves Pitcher Texas
157 Stevie Emanuels Oakland Athletics Pitcher Washington
158 Kala'i Rosario Minnesota Twins Outfielder Waiakea High School (HI)
159 Gavin Stone Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Central Arkansas
160 Shay Whitcomb Houston Astros Shortstop UC San Diego

Summary[edit]

Selections by school and conference or state[edit]

Conference Round 1 CB Round A Round 2 CB Round B Comp Round Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
High school baseball states
Arkansas 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Arizona 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
California 3 0 1 0 1 4 1 1 11
Colorado 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Florida 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 5
Georgia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Hawaii 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Illinois 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Iowa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Michigan 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Mississippi 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
North Carolina 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3
Ohio 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Oklahoma 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Ontario 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
Oregon 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Pennsylvania 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Tennessee 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Texas 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 5
Wisconsin 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
NCAA Division I baseball conferences
American 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 5
ACC 6 1 4 0 1 2 2 4 16
ASUN 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Big 12 1 1 0 1 0 3 2 1 9
Big Ten 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 6
Big West 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 5
C-USA 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
MAC 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2
MW 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
OVC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Pac-12 3 1 0 0 0 2 4 2 12
SEC 6 3 5 1 0 5 4 2 26
SoCon 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Southland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Sun Belt 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 4
WCC 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
WAC 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 5
NCAA Division II baseball conferences
CCAA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
GLVC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
NE10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
NCAA Division III baseball conferences
SCIAC 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
NJCAA baseball conferences
GRAC 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
NTJCAC 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Panhandle 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
SJCC 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2

Selections by position[edit]

Position Round 1 CB Round A Round 2 CB Round B Comp Round Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Pitcher 11 4 15 4 2 14 17 20 87
Catcher 3 1 1 1 0 1 3 0 10
First base 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Second base 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4
Third base 2 0 1 0 0 1 4 1 9
Shortstop 4 3 2 0 2 4 3 4 22
Outfield 6 0 5 1 2 7 3 4 28

Schools with multiple draft selections[edit]

Selections Colleges
5 Arizona State
4 Michigan, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt
3 Louisville, U. of Miami, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Texas A&M
2 Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Dallas Baptist, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Long Beach State, LSU, NC State, Ole Miss, San Diego State, San Jacinto College North, Texas Tech, UCLA, Virginia Tech

Notes[edit]

Compensation picks
  1. ^ Compensation pick for the Arizona Diamondbacks signing Madison Bumgarner
  2. ^ Compensation pick for the Atlanta Braves signing Will Smith
  3. ^ Compensation pick for the Philadelphia Phillies signing Zack Wheeler
  4. ^ Compensation pick for the Atlanta Braves signing Marcell Ozuna
  5. ^ Compensation pick for the Los Angeles Angels signing Anthony Rendon
  6. ^ Compensation pick for the New York Yankees signing Gerrit Cole
Trades
  1. ^ Rays acquired José Martínez, Randy Arozarena, and the 37th pick from the St. Louis Cardinals for Matthew Liberatore, Edgardo Rodriguez, and the 63rd pick.[14]
  2. ^ Mariners acquired Adam Hill and the 64th pick from the Milwaukee Brewers for Omar Narváez.[15]

Further reading[edit]

  • "2020 MLB draft tracker: Analysis, highlights and every pick from Rounds 1 through 5". ESPN. June 2020. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  • Callis, Jim; Mayo, Jonathan; Rosenbaum, Mike (June 12, 2020). "Experts' favorite Draft pick for all 30 teams". MLB.com. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  • Callis, Jim (June 10, 2020). "Draft Day 1: Pick-by-pick rundown, analysis". MLB.com. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
  • Rosenbaum, Mike (June 13, 2020). "Draft Day 2: Pick-by-pick rundown, analysis". MLB.com. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  • Zielinski, Dan III (June 5, 2019). "2020 MLB Draft: Top Prospects". baseballprospectjournal.com. Retrieved June 7, 2019.

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships" (Press release). Indianapolis, Indiana: National Collegiate Athletic Association. March 12, 2020.
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  9. ^ Beck, Jason (June 11, 2020). "No. 1 pick Torkelson's got the power, will to win". MLB.com. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  10. ^ Davis, Bradford William (January 13, 2020). "Manager A.J. Hinch, GM Jeff Luhnow get one-year suspensions for Astros' sign-stealing; Carlos Beltran not punished". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
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