Prep Baseball Report

2021 Experts' Draft

Shooter Hunt | Nathan Rode | David Seifert

In the Experts' Draft, Shooter Hunt, Nathan Rode and David Seifert ditch the real-world intel and embrace a universe in which they're the scouting directors and get to make the picks based on who they like. And with the lack of a clear-cut No. 1, it was the perfect year to let Shooter have the first pick. 

1 Pirates (Shooter) Jordan Lawlar
A potential five-tool shortstop with great makeup is easy to build around. It also helps that he likely won't command the same bonus as Jack Leiter or Kumar Rocker. This is a big draft for the Pirates with the largest pool. Expect first-round grades for multiple picks because of this one.
2 Rangers (Seifert) Jack Leiter
I just can't pass on Captain Jack. He combines present stuff with performance and there's even more ceiling remaining, as he projects a future frontline major league starter.
3 Tigers (Rode) Kumar Rocker
The margin may be narrow and there certainly isn't a consensus, but I'm still of the opinion that Rocker is the top talent available. My only hesitation was that injecting an up-the-middle into Detroit's system wouldn't be a bad thing. You don't draft on need in baseball, but when need crosses with best available talent, it's defensible. Even so, six months ago, the thought of getting a guy like Rocker third overall was a pipe dream.

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