For the last two days, we finally had some Major League Baseball! Well, sort of. Despite not having the usual 40 rounds in the MLB Draft, the dream came true for 160 hopeful players to hear their names called to be drafted by a major league organization.
In this year’s draft, we have seen some players names that were expected like Arizona State’s Spencer Torkelson being drafted to Detroit and some players that we did not expect like Nick Yorke being selected by the Boston Red Sox.
Below I have tabulated the grades for each team’s draft class. Each grade is based on position needs and 2020 prospect ranks. A couple of teams had a great draft like the Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins while other teams like the Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros did not do so well.
Arizona Diamondbacks: B
I don’t think the Diamondbacks necessarily need pitchers at the big level, but the managed to help their farm system with two of the best pitchers in this year’s draft, including Duke’s Bryce Jarvis. Jarvis did not do much for the Blue Devils during the regular season, but his ability to shine in big games like the postseason makes him a great first-round pick.
1. Bryce Jarvis – RHP/Duke
2. Slade Cecconi – RHP/Miami
3. Liam Norris – LHP/Green Hope HS (NC)
4. AJ Vukovich – 3B/East Troy HS (WI)
5. Brandon Pfaadt – RHP/Bellarmine
Atlanta Braves: A-
The Braves have an act for drafting NCAA Division I prospects from powerhouse programs like Michigan and Wake Forest. They delivered that this year when drafting Wake Forest’s pitcher Jared Shuster and Michigan outfielder Jesse Franklin.
I do see Shuster staying at Wake Forest for one more season as he has a lot of room for improvement. As for Franklin, despite missing 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and injury before the season started, it will be interesting to see if he decides to play for Atlanta or stay with the Wolverines.
1. Jared Shuster – LHP/Wake Forest
2. Jesse Franklin V – CF/Michigan
3. Spencer Strider – RHP/Clemson
4. Bryce Elder – RHP/Texas
Baltimore Orioles: C-
The Orioles got some good talent for the outfield in Heston Kierstad and Hudson Haskin, but that’s not what they needed. I expected the O’s to draft more pitchers.
They pulled through with their last pick in Carter Baumler from Dowling Catholic High School in Iowa, but the Orioles should have gone for some college pitchers.
1. Heston Kjerstad – RF/Arkansas
2. Jordan Westburg – SS/Mississippi State
3. Hudson Haskin – CF/Tulane
4. Anthony Servideo – SS/Ole Miss
5. Coby Mayo – 3B/Stoneman Douglas HS (FL)
6. Carter Baumler – RHP/3B/Dowling Catholic HS (IA)
Boston Red Sox: C
The Red Sox shocked the world by drafting Nick Yorke, a high school kid that nobody has ever heard of in the baseball world, in the first round. However, they regrouped in a big way by drafting third baseman Blaze Jordan fro DeSoto Central High School in Mississippi.
Jordan has unbelievable power and fielding ability at third base. Perhaps Boston just found their Aaron Judge. It’s going to be an interesting campaign for those two players.
1. Nick Yorke – 2B/Archbishop Mitty HS (CA)
2. Blaze Jordan – 3B/DeSoto Central HS (MS)
3. Jeremy Wu-Yelland – LHP/Hawaii
4. Shane Drohan – LHP/Florida State
Chicago Cubs: B-
The Cubs got a steal in the fourth-round drafting Luke Little from San Jacinto Junior College. This guy needs work on his control, but he has the best velocity we will ever see in an MLB pitcher. In a training session before the draft, he threw a 105-mph fastball. We could be looking at the next Aroldis Chapman. He just to needs to get better control before he kills somebody with that heater!
The Cubs also made a kid’s dream come true when drafting Chicago Native Ed Howard from Mount Carmel High School. Hopefully, he will get to play in his hometown as the first-round pick if he does well in the minor leagues.
1. Ed Howard – SS/Mount Carmel HS (IL)
2. Burl Carraway – LHP/Dallas Baptist
3. Jordan Nwogu – LF/Michigan
4. Luke Little – LHP/San Jacinto College North
5. Koen Moreno – RHP/Panther Creek HS (NC)
Contributor for TheBullpen. 2016 graduate from Lock Haven University with Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a focus in journalism. Sports enthusiast waiting for sports to come back after COVID-19 pandemic.