As the 2020 MLB Draft approaches, it is time to start putting a stronger focus on some of the individual players and where we think they may land. So far, we’ve taken a look at the Pirates and the Yankees.
As well, you can take a look at version 3.0 of our mock draft.
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The Boston Red Sox do have a silver lining to missing last season’s playoffs: they now get a higher draft pick.
With 86 wins last season, the Red Sox will have the 17th overall pick in the MLB draft. While this position in the draft clearly leaves the top-of-the-class type players out of reach, it is still a significant improvement for Boston after having their last pick pushed back 10 spots because of exceeding the threshold for the top tier luxury tax penalty.
The Red Sox are in dire need of rebuilding the farm system, so a 17th pick in the first round is obviously going to help that out.
Our Version 3.0 Mock Draft has Nick Gonzales falling to the Red Sox at the 17th pick … but, honestly, my personal belief is that Gonzales is going to be off the board by then.
Rather, I think the Red Sox will be taking:
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2020 MLB Draft: Heston Kjerstad
Heston Kjerstad is a OF/IF player who stands 6-foot-3 and weights 180lb. He is out of Amarillo, TX where he plays for Randall High School. He currently has a tall and slender build, thus allowing him to pack on muscle and strength. He is considered an above-average runner, clocking in at 6.56 in the 60. He has good quickness in the foot, a compact arm motion, and regularly makes highly-accurate throws.
He maintains an open stance at the plate, has quick hands, and regularly gets the barrel into the strike zone quickly. The only negative scouts have marked thus far is that he often has late lift out front of the ball.