Well, last night sure was fun, wasn’t it? Starting at pick #2, every single mock draft had already failed. The Cincinnati Reds seemed to land one of the guys that they wanted when they selected outfielder Austin Hendrick. He’s been on their radar for quite a while, and was mocked to Cincinnati more than a few times over the last two months. If you want to catch up on everything Austin Hendrick, including quotes from Dick Williams, Nick Krall, and scouting director Brad Meador – this is the link for you.
Day two is now upon us, and unlike past drafts, it’s the final day. With the draft only being five rounds, there’s no need to spread things out beyond two days. Honestly, they could have done the entire thing yesterday, but since it’s “made for TV”, they have to drag things out.
The draft will begin at 5pm ET this afternoon and will be available on MLB.com, MLB Network, and ESPN2. The Reds will have five picks today, drafting 48th overall (2nd round), 65th (2nd round, Competitive Balance), 84th overall (3rd round), 113th (4th round), and 143rd (5th round).
Draft Day Resources
MLB Pipeline has their Top 200 Draft prospects list available here, and it’s free to read and has scouting reports for the players.
Fangraphs has up their Top 255 Draft prospects list available here, and it has at least some scouting information on most guys.
Baseball America’s top prospect list for the draft runs 500 players deep. It’s going to require a subscription for you to check out, though. That said, they are the gold standard in the industry for a reason.
Who are the top prospects remaining?
Jared Kelley (scouting report here), who rated as the #10 prospect on my Top 30, the #11 prospect by Baseball America, the #12 prospect by MLB Pipeline, and the #17 prospect on the Fangraphs list is still out there. The right-handed pitcher was arguably the top high school pitcher in the country
Chris McMahon (scouting report here), another right-handed pitcher, is still available. He rated as the #22 prospect on my Top 30, #29 on the MLB Pipeline list, #30 on the Baseball America list, and #47 on the Fangraphs list. The Miami Hurricanes starter was dominant early on in 2020 before the shutdown of the college baseball season.
Cole Wilcox (scouting report here) – also a right-handed pitcher – was rated as my #24 prospect in the Top 30, #16 by Fangraphs, #23 by MLB Pipeline, and #24 by Baseball America and he’s still sitting out there for the taking. The Georgia righty has walked 2 batters with 32 strikeouts in 23.0 innings this year before the season shut down.
MLB Pipeline has up their list, which features 17 players remaining in the Top 50 on their list that are still available.
What’s coming later today
With each pick tonight, I will be posting a full report on each player. Unlike guys taken in the first round, it’ll probably take me a little more time to get a post up – probably about 10 minutes after the pick is announced for general information – but all five draft picks will be getting their own article with as much information as can be had.