Day 1 of the 2020 MLB Draft is in the books, and today is the second and final day. Several first-round caliber talents dropped out of the first round, and we will now go over which players are at the top of the board to start Day 2.
2020 MLB Draft: Best Players Left
1. C Dillon Dingler – Ohio State University
It a bit surprising, and at the same time, unsurprising that Dingler is still available after Day 1. The junior catcher from Ohio State has the tools to be an impact player at the MLB level, but the track record was not as good as some of the catchers that were taken before him. Dingler did have a monstrous but brief 2020 season, batting .340 while smacking five home runs in 13 games and recording an OPS of 1.164. However, his sophomore season was not as loud (.294 BA, 14 XBH, .816 OPS in 49 G), and his track record behind home plate is also short.
On top of all that, the fact that Dingler plays in the Big 10, which is traditionally not a college baseball powerhouse, may also be a factor that is affecting his current draft stock. Still, it’s hard to think Dingler will be on the board for very long tonight. Armed with good bat speed, strength, and agility behind the plate, Dingler should be taken early tonight.
2. RHP Jared Kelley – Refugio HS (TX)
In v1.0 of our 2020 MLB Mock Draft, we had Texas high school RHP Jared Kelley in the top five. Fast forward to today, and a lot has changed, and the talented righty is still on the board. Kelley, who was expected to go somewhere in the 15-30 range last night, is still available in the 2020 MLB Draft.
Kelley possesses a plus fastball that he can run up to the mid-90’s, along with a nice change and a solid breaking ball. Kelley, who already sits at 215 pounds, may have already peaked physically, but with some refinement, the Texas righty could be a potential #1 or #2 in a Major League rotation. A team like the Orioles, which has a large bonus pool to use in 2020, could be a team that grabs Kelley, since he’ll most likely command first round money.
3. RHP Chris McMahon – Miami (FL)
Last night featured one Miami (FL) Hurricane pitcher getting selected, as RHP Slade Cecconi was drafted by the Diamondbacks with the 33rd pick. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania native Chris McMahon still sits on the board. McMahon is a fairly polished pitcher, and his athleticism and loose delivery are positives that go in his favor. The junior righty possesses three pitches (fastball, changeup, curveball) that can be at least average pitches at the MLB level.
Like Dingler, McMahon should not be on the board for very long tonight.
4. RHP Cole Wilcox – Georgia
Georgia has been a machine over the past three seasons, producing high-end baseball talent at a rapid pace. INF Aaron Schunk (Rockies), LHP Kevin Smith (Mets), and RHP Emerson Hancock (Mariners), who was taken last night, are examples of the success of the Bulldogs program.
RHP Cole Wilcox, who was the #2 behind Hancock at Georgia, is still on the board tonight, and he, like Dingler and Kelley, was expected to be selected on Day 1. Wilcox spent a good chunk of his freshman year in the bullpen before shifting into the UGA rotation, and the draft-eligible sophomore had a great start to 2020 prior to the shutdown. Wilcox struck out 32 batters while walking just 2 over 23 IP, and his fastball and slider both project to be plus pitches.
The big question surrounding Wilcox is whether he fits as a starter or a reliever long-term. Some scouts reportedly dislike Wilcox’s delivery, and his fastball/slider combo would play up nicely in a bullpen role. Still, the 6’5” righty has the potential to be a #2 starter at the MLB level, and whoever drafts him will give him a shot to start right out of the gate.
5. 1B Blaze Jordan – DeSoto Central HS (MS)
There may not be a prospect in this year’s draft that’s more divisive than Blaze Jordan. Jordan, who was originally a 2021 MLB Draft prospect, reclassified last year for the 2020 Draft, making him one of the youngest players available. Jordan’s power has been well-known for years, and he may very well be the second-best power bat in this class behind Spencer Torkelson.
There are, however, some things that go against Jordan. Jordan does not possess great speed or athleticism, and most believe the right-handed hitter will be limited to first base for the duration of his career. On top of that, it’s also very unclear as to how much contact Jordan will make throughout his career. But despite the risks that may accompany the Mississippi native, the power is undeniable, and unless he’s looking for an unreasonably large signing bonus, Jordan should be off the board before the end of Round 2.
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