Draft | Rankings | 6/23/2021

MLB Draft Reports: 1-25

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Photo: Marcelo Mayer (Perfect Game)
MLB Draft Rankings: Top 500 | College Player Report Database

1. Marcelo Mayer, SS, Eastlake HS
L-R, 6-3/190, Chula Vista, Calif.
College Commitment: Southern California

The presumed 1:1 favorite at this juncture, Mayer followed up a COVID-limited 2020 circuit with a monster spring this season, and he has evaluators across the country salivating at the upside. A quality athlete with the hands, actions, timer, and arm strength to play shortstop long term, Mayer’s offensive upside, even if he outgrows shortstop, is vast. Comparisons to Corey Seager have been popular this spring as well, and given the left-handed bat speed, barrel feel, swing path, and projectable power, it’s hard not to fall in love with what Mayer could end up being in his prime. All-Star upside.

For more on Mayer, read his report from the High School Notebook here.
2. Jack Leiter, RHP, Vanderbilt (2Y)
R-R, 6-1/205, Summit, N.J.
Previously Drafted: Yankees (’19) 20

Leiter has long been a name on the national circuit, lauded as a prep prospect and a PG All-American before heading to Nashville to form the greatest duo of starting pitchers since Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer at UCLA. Leiter is more of a diminutive pitching prospect, coming in just above 6-foot, but possessing a remarkably optimized delivery and a plus-plus fastball. He commands four or more pitches well with the fastball peaking right around 98-99 mph with lots of desirable traits. He’s got the performance resume, stuff, and bloodlines to be selected in the top-five picks, which he will be.

For more on Leiter, read his College Player Report here.

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