We finally had something positive that was related to baseball! This was the 2020 MLB draft. The MLB draft which is usually not that popular of an event, was a very big event this year for baseball fans that are currently bored and stuck with watching throwbacks due to Covid-19. Here is a recap of the first 10 picks in the 2020 MLB Draft.
1. Tigers- Spencer Torkelson, 1B/3B, Arizona St.
Spencer Torkelson, who has been compared to first baseman Pete Alonso, is easily the best hitter in this draft. On the Sun Devil's (Arizona St.), Spencer belted 54 home runs in the 127 career games at Arizona St. This was only 2 home runs shy of the Sun Devil's school record, which is held by Bob Horner. Torkelson should make his way to the majors quick, and help a Tigers offense that is in much need.
We know that Torkelson played first base his whole career at Arizona St. We also know that the Tigers are not in need of a first baseman in this year's draft with Miguel Cabrera. So why did the Tigers draft Torkelson?
When the Tigers drafted Torkelson, they announced him as a third baseman. This makes complete sense, utilizing him as a third baseman instead of a first baseman. This way the Tigers can call up Torkelson, without having to wait for Miguel Cabrera to step down as the Tigers first baseman. This makes Spencer the first third baseman to be drafted 1st overall since Pat Burrell in 1998.
2. Orioles- Heston Kjerstad, RF, Arkansas
The Orioles who had the 1st pick in last year's draft, surprisingly passed on Austin Martin. The Orioles instead drafted Heston Kjerstad with the 2nd pick in the MLB draft. Kjerstad played for Team USA and led the team with .395 average last year. Kjerstad is strictly a corner outfielder and has a big leg kick in his swing. There is nothing wrong with that because he has the best raw power in the draft class. Kjerstad's concern is strikeouts. Kjerstad had a poor 65/21 strikeout-to-walk ratio as a sophomore. Besides this, he had a great start in nonconference play in 2020. He hit .448/.513/.791 with six home runs in 16 games.
3. Marlins- Max Meyer, RHP, Minnesota
Max Meyer who hits triple digits on a radar gun, was not projected to be drafted by the Marlins. Instead, it was Asa Lacy. The reasons for this were because Meyer is a bit undersized and plays in the Big10 rather than the SEC. Despite the mock drafts and rumors, the Marlins drafted Meyer 3rd overall. Max Meyer shined brightly on Team USA and started off his career as a relief pitcher on Minnesota. Max Meyer is compared to Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler and can be used as a late innings shut down guy, if he doesn't start.
4. Royals- Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M
Asa Lacy who was expected to be drafted by the Marlins, just fell back one pick and fell to the Royals. Lacy is a hard throwing lefty and is a traditional power pitcher with a mid-to-high-90s fastball and upper-80s slider as his two best pitches. Control will be the biggest question as he advances through the minors, but Lacy has the pure stuff to get away with being a little wild. Lacy was one name that didn't seem likely to get to the Royals, but I doubt anyone in Kansas City is complaining considering that Lacy has arguably the best stuff in this draft. I still think that Lacy is the best pitcher in the draft, even thought he was the 2nd pitcher drafted.
5. Blue Jays- Austin Martin, 3B/SS/OF, Vanderbilt
The Blue Jays are one of the luckiest teams in the draft! No one expected Austin Martin to fall this far in the draft and this is why the Blue Jays smartly snapped him up. Martin is a utility player and is best known for his contact skills and plate discipline. Austin Martin is headed to a great lineup that already includes Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at third base, Bo Bichette at short and Cavan Biggio at second base. Martin will likely be used as a center fielder to cover the hole in the outfield with his speed.
6. Mariners- Emerson Hancock, RHP, Georgia
Hancock was in the discussion to be the No. 1 overall pick going into the college season but wasn't quite as dominant in his four 2020 outings for the Bulldogs after a stellar 2019 that ended early because of injury. The 6-foot-4 right-hander's best pitch is a high-90s fastball, and he projects as a true frontline starter. This is the third straight draft that the Mariners took a pitcher in the first round.
7. Pirates- Nick Gonzales, 2B, New Mexico State.
Nick Gonzales was a beast in the Cape Cop League winning MVP and won the Cape Cod League Championship. At New Mexico State, Gonzales put up video game numbers posting a .399/.502/.747 career slash line, including a mind-boggling .448 average, .610 OBP and 1.115 slugging percentage. Pittsburgh is getting a guy who does it all at the plate- he can hit for average, he has a plus approach, he hits for power, and he hits to all fields.
8. Padres- Robert Hassell, CF, Independence HS (Tennessee)
Robert Hassell was the first high school player drafted in the 2020 MLB Draft. Hassell is a 6-foot-2 lefty swinger with a lean frame, above-average arm and a chance to stick in center field. Hassell starred last summer for the 18U national team, and Kiley McDaniel compares him to current Braves prospect Drew Waters. The big question is how much power will he grow into? This is the latest the first high school player has ever gone in the MLB draft.
9. Rockies- Zac Veen, CF, Spruce Creek HS (Florida)
Zac Veen is the top high school bat in this draft, the Florida commit has been compared to Christian Yelich and Cody Bellinger for his smooth swing and effortless power. He's 6-foot-4 and an above-average runner who fits in center field now but could have to move to a corner as he fills out.
10. Angels- Reid Detmers, LHP, Louisville
The Angels obviously needed a pitcher, and smartly ended up going with one! Demters is probably the safest pitcher in this draft. Demters is a polished lefty who pounds the strike zone, works off a low-90s fastball but has a plus curveball, a plus changeup and excellent feel for the art of pitching. Detmers also is advanced enough that with the expanded rosters we expect to see this season in the majors, he could make an immediate impact for the Angels. This will be crucial to the Angels in order to make them playoff contenders. The Angels have a stacked lineup with Trout and Rendon, so the Angels just need star pitchers!
Isaac Edelman covers the South Florida sports teams and the Mets as well as other breaking news stories and opinions on Major League Baseball, the NBA, NFL, and the NHL on his SportsCastr live streaming channel.