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June 10, 2020 at 10:24 PM

2020 MLB First Year Player Draft picks No. 1-37


The first round and Competitive Balance Round A for the 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft have been completed. This year has a significantly shorter format than a typical draft, with five rounds over two days instead of the standard 40-round, three-day affair. Scouts had less opportunity to make final judgments on players and as a result, many of the top selections were college players who had a month of regular season play, whereas many high school seasons had barely gotten started when they were halted due to COVID-19. Overall, 18 of the 29 first-round picks were from the college ranks, including each of the first seven selections. Teams also preferred to take hitters over pitchers, with another 18 of those selections being hitters.

There were only 29 selections made in the first round, as the Houston Astros forfeited their pick as a result of its sign-stealing scandal. The Red Sox selected 2B Nick Yorke out of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California with the No. 17 overall pick.

Here is who each team selected with the first 37 picks in the draft.

First Round

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

Competitive Balance Round A

30. Baltimore Orioles - Jordan Westburg, SS, Mississippi State
31. Pittsburgh Pirates - Carmen Mlodzinski, RHP, South Carolina
32. Kansas City Royals - Nick Loftin, SS, Baylor
33. Arizona Diamondbacks - Slade Cecconi, RHP, Miami (FL)
34. San Diego Padres - Justin Lange, RHP, Llano HS (TX)
35. Colorado Rockies - Drew Romo, C, The Woodlands HS (TX)
36. Cleveland Indians - Tanner Burns, RHP, Auburn
37. Tampa Bay Rays - Alika Williams, SS, Arizona State

 
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