While the MLB has been on hold, that has not stopped the league from holding its 2020 draft in the meantime.
The Cleveland Indians selected Mountain Pointe High School (AZ) shortstop Carson Tucker with the team's first round pick (23rd overall) and Auburn University right handed pitcher Tanner Burns in the Competitive Balance Round A (36th overall).
Tucker, 18, batted .390/.455/.574 with 68 RBIs, 20 doubles, nine triples and five home runs in his four seasons at Mountain Pointe, according to MaxPreps. Prior to his 2020 season ending, he batted .364 (4-for-11) with a double, two homers and five RBIs in three games.
Tucker's older brother, 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder and first round pick Cole Tucker, called his shot on Carson's future success, as he made sure to remind baseball fans on Twitter following Carson's selection.
Cole also commented on Carson's ability on MLB Network, “Carson can definitely play. It’s crazy to see the video from last summer, just the translation that’s happened in his game. He’s completely transformed his body. He went from being like 5 [foot> 11 to being 6 [foot> 2. He went from being like 165 [pounds> to 180 and really filling out. But, like, you see him playing defense and the athleticism is still there, the arm strength is still there, the swagger at shortstop is still there.”
Burns, 21, joined fellow Auburn Tigers alumni Casey Mize as the only pitchers to throw for over 100 strikeouts in a season (101 in his sophomore year). Burns finished his career at Auburn with a 14-9 record, 2.86 ERA with 210 strikeouts and just 67 walks.
Vanderbilt manager Tim Corbin talked about Burns, who was a familiar foe in the SEC, on MLB Network: “Well, we have a lot of experience with him, too… [His fastball> spins really well. And he has great success when he throws that thing up in the zone. You’re starting to see a little bit of his breaking ball, too, and the third pitch being a changeup. But he’s a bulldog. He’s a max competitor.”
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