SEC makes history in top 5 picks of MLB Draft
The 2020 MLB Draft format is shortened due to the outbreak of the coronavirus and the MLB season (still) being delayed. This year, the draft only has 5 rounds and 160 total picks.
However, much like the NFL Draft, the SEC dominated the top-end of the MLB Draft in Wednesday night’s first round. In fact, the conference made history with 3 of the top 5 picks. No other conference can make that claim.
Arkansas’ Heston Kjerstad (No. 2 to the Baltimore Orioles), Texas A&M’s Asa Lacy (No. 4 to the Kansas City Royals) and Vanderbilt’s Austin Martin (No. 5 to the Toronto Blue Jays) helped the conference flex its muscles and make history.
For the first time ever, a conference had 3 of the top 5 picks in the MLB Draft.
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— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) June 11, 2020
All 3 of these players — along with others selected in the first round — should make it to the big leagues fairly soon. Things didn’t slow down after the top 5 either, as Georgia right handed pitcher Emerson Hancock went No. 6 overall to the Seattle Mariners.
All total, 9 SEC baseball players were picked in the first round.
The second through the fifth rounds continue Thursday, June 11, at 5 p.m. ET on the MLB Network and ESPN2.