2021 MLB Draft: Top Five Prospects


MINNEAPOLIS, MN- AUGUST 23: Kumar Rocker #29 of the USA Baseball 18U National Team pitches during the national team trials on August 23, 2017 at Siebert Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images)

We are, obviously, deep into the coverage of the 2020 MLB Draft, but it is never too soon to look ahead at the next crop of top prospects for the 2021 Draft. Baseball, after all, is a game of strategy so it is probably a safe assumption that teams are already looking ahead as well.

2020 Baseball Futures Guide

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FUTURES GUIDE 2020 features a detailed report on the top 10 prospects for every major-league team, condensed reports on many additional key prospects for each team, top talents 25 years old and younger for each team, and much more.

#1: Kumar Rocker, RHP

Kumar Rocker

The top prospect in the 2021 MLB Draft is likely going to be Kumar Rocker, a 6-foot-5, 250 pound right-handed pitcher from Watkinsville, GA where he played for North Oconee High School. He is currently with Vanderbilt University.

Rocker has an extremely big, and physically imposing build (think Randy Johnson) and tons of lower half strength. He delivers the ball with an over head delivery and does so with very little effort. His fastball is currently in the mid-90s and has been clocked as high as 98 mph. He has excellent control of his fastball, able to spot it anywhere around the plate. His slide has flashes of brilliance, topping out in the mid-80s.

#2. Nader De Sedas, SS

Nader De Sedas

Playing the middle infield, Nader De Sedas stands 6-foot-1 and weights 190 pounds. He hails from Montverde, FL and attended Monverde Academy. He is currently playing for Florida State. Scouts have raved about his strong, athletic build and his outstanding defensive actions (noting that they are very smooth). He ran the 60 in 6.67 and has very good range in both directions. He is also noted to have a very quick exchange and release.

He is light on his feet, especially for and size and has top-of-the-line defensive skills. He is a switch hitter, but has more fluidity and bat speed from the left side of the plate. His bat speed is high and has solid line-drive contact to all areas of the field.

#3. Blaze Jordan, 1B/3B

Blaze Jordan

Blaze Jordan is 6-foot-2 and weights 218 pounds. He hails from Southaven, MS where he played for DeSoto Central at both 1B and 3B. He is currently playing for Mississippi State.

He has a strong, athletic build but has slimmed down in recent years to develop more muscle. His changed body has improve his athleticism and allowed him to play third base with next-level skills. He continually showcases good hands at 3B and always makes highly-accurate throws to first. He charges the ball with balance, showcasing his 6.90 speed.

He is a right-handed hitter, and comes with massive power. Prior to joining the Bulldogs, he was able to adjust his swing and cut down on his lower half movement and shorten his swing. Most scouts agree that he is a potential elite-level hitter.

#4: Mike Vasil, RHP/1B

Mike Vasil

Mike Vasil is a highly-touted prospect for the 2021 MLB Draft, coming out of Wellesley, MA. He played for Boston College High School and is currently playing for the University of Virginia.

He stands 6-foot-4 and weights 205 lbs. Scouts noted his exceptionally impressive frame, and his strong, athletic build. He ran a 7.54 in the 60-yard dash. His is primarily a right-handed pitcher with a side-step start. During his deliver, he lifts his leg past his waist, with limited action, and has long-arm action resulting in a high three-quarter release.

Scouts commonly mentioned his under control delivery, his good arm speed, and that always landed on a stiff front leg. His fastball explodes out of his hand and reached upwards of 91 mph. He has a very good curveball, with a 10/4 shape, that reaches 74 mph. He is still working on his changeup, but throws it around 77 mph.

He also shows tremendous bat speed with raw strength.

#5: Luke Leto, SS/RHP

Luke Leto

Hailing from Michigan, Leto was selected to the USA team for the U-15 World Cup in 2018. There, he led the team in average (.500), OBP (.667), and EBH (4).

He is fast, with a clocked 6.52 in the 60. His exit velocities are that of a bigger hitter, regularly clocking at 93 mph+. He has a bit of a waggle before coming forward with his swing. Despite this, his hands stay in the same position allowing for a much more repeatable motion. He clears his hips, and regularly pulls the ball.

Leto is a very solid six-tool player, throwing his fastball at 94 mph. Although, he is much more of a work in progress on the mount. His motion is nowhere near as repeatable or fluid on the mound as it is on the plate.

2020 Baseball Prospectus

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The 25th edition of this industry-leading baseball annual contains all of the important statistics, player predictions and insider-level commentary that readers have come to expect, along with significant improvements to several statistics that were created by, and are exclusive to, Baseball Prospectus, and an expanded focus on international players and teams.

2021 MLB Draft: More Coverage

Interested in more coverage of the MLB Draft? We have you covered for 2020. Check out the following links:

  1. Version 3.0 of our 2020 MLB Mock Draft
  2. Some info about the Yankees and the 2020 MLB Draft
  3. Some info about the Pirates and the 2020 MLB Draft
  4. Ditto for the Red Sox and the 2020 MLB Draft
  5. A look at the top picks of the 2018 MLB Draft

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