1st round (#15 overall)
RHP Mick Abel
6’5’, 190 lbs.
Abel is a high school pitching prospect straight out of central casting. He has the prototype starter’s frame at a broad-shouldered 6-foot-4, he already throws hard and might throw harder as that frame fills out, he has strong natural proclivity for spinning his breaking stuff, and he’ll also flash a really good changeup once in a while. His sitting fastball velocity slipped throughout his showcase summer while Jared Kelley’s did not, but Abel was still reaching back for 97 early in outings and the rest of his profile is more complete than other pre arms. His location and the timing of the COVID-19 shutdown mean Abel didn’t pitch in varsity games this spring, but he threw deeper into the fall than most of his peers in the preceding few years and might actually benefit from the extra rest, especially after what happened to his velo throughout last summer. - FG
2nd round - no pick (draft pick lost for signing Zack Wheeler)
3rd round (#87 overall)
SS Casey Martin
5’11”, 180 lbs
An explosive athlete, Martin offers an exciting combination of power and speed. He records run times that grade from 70-80 on the 20-80 scouting scale, though he’s still learning how to translate that quickness into stolen bases. He has the potential to be a 25-25 player but gets overly homer-conscious and his right-handed swing gets too uphill, leading to strikeouts.
If Martin can slow the game down a bit offensively and defensively, he can be a star. His quickness and solid arm strength give him the tools to play a number of positions and perhaps stay at shortstop if he becomes more consistent. He played a fine third base as a freshman and definitely would fit in center field, though he should be able to stay on the dirt. - MLBP
4th round (#116 overall)
RHP Carson Ragsdale
6’8”, 225 lbs.
Ragsdale spent his first two years at the University of South Florida missing bats, and walking hitters, coming out of the bullpen. He then missed the 2019 season because he needed Tommy John surgery. A move to the rotation upon his return in 2020 created some serious buzz for the big right-hander, though he was only able to make four starts before the season was ended. There’s a lot to like about Ragsdale, starting with his 6-foot-8 frame that allows him to throw with a good downhill plane. He features a fastball that’s typically in the 91-95 mph range right now, but there’s room for more velocity in the future. He couples it with a curveball that flashes plus and can be a real strikeout pitch when he lands it in the strike zone. He has a changeup, but it’s a distant third pitch and will need to be developed at the next level. Ragsdale threw a lot of strikes this spring, but is still more control than command at this point. Given that scouts only saw four outings from Ragsdale as USF’s Sunday starter, there’s very limited track record for teams to look at, but his size and arm strength, even if it ends up in the bullpen, could be enough for teams to take a chance on him in this year’s Draft. - MLBP
5th round (#146 overall)
OF Baron Radcliff
6’4”, 228 lbs
70 raw power didn’t show up much as a freshman but Radcliff dialed things in more as a sophomore and on the Cape and could be primed for a breakout. He’ll play right field but likely fits best at 1B. - FG
*All scouting reports from Fangraphs or MLB Pipeline as indicated