2020 MLB Draft: LIVE Texas Rangers Updates, Analysis, Reaction, Fan Q&A, and Community
Happy Draft day!
The Texas Rangers are picking 14th overall in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft. We will we have instant reaction to each pick, conversation in the comments section below, and of course, instant reaction and coverage of the selection made by the Rangers.
As part of our coverage, we will have comments from Rangers Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Kip Fagg as well as the player the Rangers select 14th overall.
2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft
Day One (First Round): Wednesday, 6 p.m. CST (MLB Network/ESPN)
Day Two (Rounds 2-5): Thursday, 4 p.m. CST (MLB Network/ESPN 2)
Texas Rangers Picks
Bonus Slot Value
Total Bonus Pool: $7,083,900 (18th in MLB)
Players to Watch
Patrick Bailey, C, North Carolina State: Bailey is considered to be one of the best, if not the best, catcher in the draft. The Rangers don't have a ton of organizational depth behind the plate. They could fill the need here.
Nick Bitsko, RHP, Central Bucks East (Pa.) HS: This prep hurler has been tied to the Rangers for quite a while now. The Rangers haven't had much luck going the high school route in recent years, but he has the upside of a top-of-the-rotation arm.
Garrett Crochet, LHP, Tennessee: Crochet has arguably the best stuff of any pitcher in the draft. However, there's concern over his shoulder issues and lack of innings. His stock has been dropping over the past few days.
Nick Loftin, SS, Baylor: The Rangers are pretty deep at shortstop within the organization, but Loftin has the tools to be a solid major league player with a reasonably high floor. This selection comes with minimal risk all things considering.
Garrett Mitchell, OF, UCLA: Mitchell possesses elite speed and great defense. His bat needs some development, but this could be an exciting outfielder to add to the organization. However, center field is the deepest position in the system. If the Rangers take him, they truly believe he's the best player available.
Aaron Sabato, 1B, North Carolina: Sabato is a late-riser that brings terrifc raw power and plate patience. The Rangers lack a true first baseman in their top-30 prospects, so this would also address an organizational need as well.
First Round Draft Order
1. Detroit Tigers: Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Arizona State
2. Baltimore Orioles: Heston Kjerstad, OF, Arkansas
3. Miami Marlins: RHP 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 Gonzáles, 2B, New Mexico State
8. San Diego Padres: Robert Hassell III, OF, Independence HS, Thompson's Station, Tenn., HS
9. Colorado Rockies: Zac Veen, OF, Spruce Creek HS, Port Orange, Fla.
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, Imperial, Pa.
13. San Francisco Giants: Patrick Bailey, C, North Carolina State
14. Texas Rangers: Justin Foscue, 2B, Mississippi State
15. Philadelphia Phillies: Mick Abel, RHP, Jesuit (HS)
16. Chicago Cubs: Ed Howard, SS, Mount Carmel (HS)
17. Boston Red Sox: Nick Yorke, SS, Archbishop Mitty (HS)
18. Arizona Diamondbacks: Bryce Jarvis, RHP, Duke
19. New York Mets: Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Harvard-Westlake (HS)
20. Milwaukee Brewers: Garrett Mitchell, OF, UCLA
21. St. Louis Cardinals: Jordan Walker, 3B, Decatur (HS)
22. Washington Nationals: Cade Cavalli, RHP, Oklahoma
23. Cleveland Indians: Carson Tucker, SS, Mountain Pointe (HS)
24. Tampa Bay Rays: Nick Bitsko, RHP, Central Bucks East (HS)
25. Atlanta Braves: Jared Shuster, LHP, Wake Forest
26. Oakland Athletics: Tyler Soderstrom, C, Turlock (HS)
27. Minnesota Twins: Aaron Sabato, 1B, North Carolina
28. New York Yankees: Austin Wells, C, Arizona
29. Los Angeles Dodgers: Bobby Miller, RHP, Louisville
Note: Houston Astros was stripped of their first-round pick as part of their punishment for sign-stealing in 2017.
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
34. San Diego Padres: Justin Lange, RHP, Llano (Texas) HS
35. Colorado Rockies: Drew Romo, C, The Woodlands (Texas) HS
36. Cleveland Indians: Tanner Burns, RHP, Auburn
37. Tampa Bay Rays*: Alika Williams, SS, Arizona State
* From St. Louis (trade)
- Engage in conversation below in the comments section with your thoughts, opinions, and questions. Give us your predictions for who the Rangers will select at No. 14.
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