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

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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 10. 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

Max Meyer

RHP

Minnesota

6

Mariners

Emerson Hancock

RHP

Georgia

7

Pirates

Nick Gonzales

IF

New Mexico State

8

Padres

Reid Detmers

LHP

Louisville

9

Rockies

Tyler Soderstrom

C/3B

Turlock High School (California)

10

Angels

Pete Crow-Armstrong

OF

Harvard-Westlake School (California)

11

White Sox

Garrett Crochet

LHP

Tennessee

11

White Sox

Gerrett Crochet

LHP

Tennessee

11

White Sox

Patrick Bailey

C

NC State

12

Reds

Robert Hassell III

OF

Independence High School (Tennessee)

13

Giants

Heston Kjerstad

OF

Arkansas

14

Rangers

Aran Sabato

1B

UNC

15

Phillies

Ed Howard

SS

Mount Carmel High School (Illinois)

16

Cubs

Justin Foscue

2B

Mississippi State

17

Red Sox

Patrick Bailey

C

NC State

18

Diamondbacks

Bryce Jarvis

RHP

Duke

19

Mets

Austin Hendrick

1B/OF

West Allegheny High School (Pennsylvania)

20

Brewers

Cade Cavalli

RHP

Oklahoma

21

Cardinals

Garrett Mitchell

OF

UCLA

22

Nationals

Cole Wilcox

RHP

Georgia

23

Indians

Mick Abel

RHP

Jesuit High School (Oregon)

24

Rays

Jordan Westburg

3B

Mississippi State

25

Braves

Nick Swiney

LHP

NC State

26

Athletics

Austin Wells

C

Arizona

27

Twins

Casey Martin

SS

Arkansas

28

Yankees

Bobby Miller

RHP

Louisville

29

Dodgers

Jordan Walker

3B

Decatur High School (Georgia)

Jim Callis, MLB.com

The latest mock draft by Callis was released on June 9.

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 ZVeen

OF

Spruce Creek High School (Florida)

5

Blue Jays

Max Meyer

RHP

Minnesota

6

Mariners

Emerson Hancock

RHP

Georgia

7

Pirates

Nick Gonzales

SS/2B

New Mexico State

8

Padres

Heston Kjerstad

OF

Arkansas

9

Rockies

Reid Detmers

LHP

Louisville

10

Angels

Robert Hassell III

OF

Independence High School (Tennessee)

11

White Sox

Garrett Crochet

LHP

Tennessee

11

White Sox

Gerrett Crochet

LHP

Tennessee

11

White Sox

Patrick Bailey

C

NC State

12

Reds

Cade Cavalli

RHP

Oklahoma

13

Giants

Tyler Soderstrom

C

Turlock High School (California)

14

Rangers

Patrick Bailey

C

NC State

15

Phillies

Austin Hendrick

OF

West Allegheny High School (Pennsylvania)

16

Cubs

Garrett Mitchell

OF

UCLA

17

Red Sox

Mick Abel

RHP

Jesuit High School (Oregon)

18

Diamondbacks

Bryce Jarvis

RHP

Duke

19

Mets

Cole Wilcox

RHP

Georgia

20

Brewers

Pete Crow-Armstrong

OF

Harvard-Westlake School (California)

21

Cardinals

Nick Bitsko

RHP

Central Bucks High School East (Pennsylvania)

22

Nationals

Bobby Miller

RHP

Louisville

23

Indians

Dillon Dingler

C

Ohio State

24

Rays

Ed Howard

SS

Mount Carmel High School (Illinois)

25

Braves

Jarred Kelley

RHP

Refugio High School (Texas)

26

Athletics

Justin Foscue

2B

Mississippi State

27

Twins

Nick Loftin

SS

Baylor

28

Yankees

Austin Wells

C

Arizona

29

Dodgers

Slade Cecconi

RHP

Miami

11 White Sox Garrett Crochet LHP Tennessee 11 White Sox Gerrett Crochet LHP Tennessee

Mike Axisa, CBS Sports

11 White Sox Patrick Bailey C NC State

Mike Axisa's latest mock draft was released on June 10.

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

Max Meyer

RHP

Minnesota

7

Pirates

Nick Gonzales

2B

New Mexico State

8

Padres

Robert Hassell III

OF

Independence High School (Tennessee)

9

Rockies

Heston Kjerstad

OF

Arkansas

10

Angels

Reid Detmers

LHP

Louisville

11

White Sox

Garrett Crochet

LHP

Tennessee

11

White Sox

Gerrett Crochet

LHP

Tennessee

11

White Sox

Patrick Bailey

C

NC State

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

Cade Cavalli

RHP

Oklahoma

16

Cubs

Garrett Mitchell

OF

UCLA

17

Red Sox

Mick Abel

RHP

Jesuit High School (Oregon)

18

Diamondbacks

Pete Crow-Armstrong

OF

Harvard-Westlake High School (California)

19

Mets

Ed Howard

SS

Mount Carmel High School (Illinois)

20

Brewers

Tanner Burns

RHP

Auburn

21

Cardinals

Cole Wilcox

RHP

Georgia

22

Nationals

J.T. Ginn

RHP

Mississippi State

23

Indians

Nick Bitsko

RHP

Central Bucks East High School (Pennsylvania)

24

Rays

Jordan Westburg

SS

Mississippi State

25

Braves

Bryce Jarvis

RHP

Duke

26

Athletics

Nick Loftin

SS

Baylor

27

Twins

Clayton Beeter

RHP

Texas Tech

28

Yankees

Carson Tucker

SS

Mountain Pointe High School (Arizona)

29

Dodgers

Chris McMahon

RHP

Miami

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