MLB mock drafts 2020: Experts agree on Tigers’ pick at No. 1, other top prospects to start first round

With the 2020 MLB Draft shortened to just five rounds in 2020, teams are going to have to get it right with those limited amount of picks — and the deep free agent pool that follows. But with just five official picks on the board for a lot of teams — some have been penalized and some have been forfeited due to free-agent signings — there’s an urgency to make sure these players are the right ones.

It’s always tough to sift through prospective MLB talent, but in 2020, there’s a pretty clear top three: Arizona State’s Spencer Torkelson is pretty much deemed a unanimous No. 1 overall pick, ticketed for Detroit, while Austin Martin and Asa Lacy are both expected to go within the top five.

Here are what some of the experts are saying about this year’s first round, which features 29 picks:

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MLB mock drafts 2020

Keith Law, The Athletic

Law’s latest mock draft was released on June 3. Visit The Athletic for Law’s full analysis and more.

Number Team Player Position College/High School
1 Tigers Spencer Torkelson 1B Arizona State
2 Orioles Austin Martin IF Vanderbilt
3 Marlins Asa Lacy LHP Texas A&M
4 Royals Zac Veen OF Spruce Creek High School (Florida)
5 Blue Jays Emerson Hancock RHP Georgia
6 Mariners Nick Gonzales 2B New Mexico State
7 Pirates Mick Abel RHP Jesuit High School (Oregon)
8 Padres Max Meyer RHP Minnesota
9 Rockies Robert Hassell OF Independence High School (Tennessee)
10 Angels Patrick Bailey C NC State
11 White Sox Reid Detmers LHP Louisville
12 Reds Heston Kjerstad OF Arkansas
13 Giants Tyler Soderstrom C Turlock High School (California)
14 Rangers Nick Bitsko RHP Central Bucks East High School (Pennsylvania)
15 Phillies Cade Cavalli RHP Oklahoma
16 Cubs Garrett Mitchell OF UCLA
17 Red Sox Pete Crow-Armstrong OF Harvard-Westlake High School (Calfornia)
18 Diamondbacks Ed Howard SS Mount Carmel High School (Illinois)
19 Mets Austin Hendrick OF West Allegheny High School (Pennsylvania)
20 Brewers Dillon Dingler C Ohio State
21 Cardinals Chris McMahon RHP Miami
22 Nationals Cole Wilcox RHP Georgia
23 Indians Tanner Witt RHP Episcopal High School (Texas)
24 Rays Bryce Jarvis RHP Duke
25 Braves Jared Kelley RHP Refugio High School (Texas)
26 Athletics Jordan Westburg SS Mississippi State
27 Twins Clayton Beeter RHP Texas Tech
28 Yankees Bobby Miller RHP Louisville
29 Dodgers CJ Van Eyk RHP Florida State

Jim Callis, MLB.com

The latest mock draft by Callis was released on May 27.

Number Team Player Position College/High School
1 Tigers Spencer Torkelson 1B Arizona State
2 Orioles Austin Martin IF Vanderbilt
3 Marlins Asa Lacy LHP Texas A&M
4 Royals Nick Gonzales 2B New Mexico State
5 Blue Jays Zac Veen OF Spruce Creek High School (Florida)
6 Mariners Emerson Hancock RHP Georgia
7 Pirates Heston Kjerstad OF Arkansas
8 Padres Max Meyer RHP Minnesota
9 Rockies Reid Detmers LHP Louisville
10 Angels Robert Hassell OF Independence High School (Tennessee)
11 White Sox Patrick Bailey C NC State
12 Reds Austin Hendrick OF West Allegheny High School (Pennsylvania)
13 Giants Cade Cavalli RHP Oklahoma
14 Rangers Garrett Crochet LHP Tennessee
15 Phillies Garrett Mitchell OF UCLA
16 Cubs Tyler Soderstrom C Turlock High School (California)
17 Red Sox Mick Abel RHP Jesuit High School (Oregon)
18 Diamondbacks Nick Bitsko RHP Central Bucks High School (Pennsylvania)
19 Mets Cole Wilcox RHP Georgia
20 Brewers Pete Crow-Armstrong OF Harvard-Westlake School (California)
21 Cardinals Justin Foscue 2B Mississippi State
22 Nationals Clayton Beeter RHP Texas Tech
23 Indians Dillon Dingler C Ohio State
24 Rays Jarred Kelley RHP Refugio High School (Texas)
25 Braves Chris McMahon RHP Miami
26 Athletics Bobby Miller RHP Miami
27 Twins Carmen Mlodzinski RHP South Carolina
28 Yankees Ed Howard SS Mount Carmel High School (Illinois)
29 Dodgers Slade Cecconi RHP Miami

Mike Axisa, CBS Sports

Mike Axisa’s latest mock draft was released on June 2.

Number Team Player Position College/High School
1 Tigers Spencer Torkelson 1B Arizona State
2 Orioles Austin Martin IF Vanderbilt
3 Marlins Asa Lacy LHP Texas A&M
4 Royals Zac Veen OF Spruce Creek High School (Florida)
5 Blue Jays Emerson Hancock RHP Georgia
6 Mariners Reid Detmers RHP Louisville
7 Pirates Nick Gonzales 2B New Mexico State
8 Padres Robert Hassell OF Independence High School (Tennessee)
9 Rockies Patrick Bailey C NC State
10 Angels Max Meyer RHP Minnesota
11 White Sox Heston Kjerstad OF Arkansas
12 Reds Austin Hendrick OF West Allegheny High School (Pennsylvania)
13 Giants Tyler Soderstrom C Turlock High School (California)
14 Rangers Garrett Crochet LHP Tennessee
15 Phillies Nick Bitsko RHP Central Bucks East High School (Pennsylvania)
16 Cubs Mick Abel RHP Jesuit High School (Oregon)
17 Red Sox Gerrett Mitchell OF UCLA
18 Diamondbacks Pete Crow-Armstrong OF Harvard-Westlake High School (California)
19 Mets Tanner Burns RHP Auburn
20 Brewers Clayton Beeter RHP Texas Tech
21 Cardinals Ed Howard SS Mount Carmel High School (Illinois)
22 Nationals J.T. Ginn RHP Mississippi State
23 Indians Jared Kelley RHP Refugio High School (Texas)
24 Rays Nick Loftin SS Baylor
25 Braves Chris McMahon RHP Miami
26 Athletics Justin Foscue 2B Mississippi State
27 Twins Cade Cavalli RHP Oklahoma
28 Yankees Austin Wells C Arizona
29 Dodgers Bryce Jarvis RHP Duke