The 2021 MLB Draft is finally upon us! While these players are more than three years away from making meaningful contributions to the MLB roster, the draft is a hope springs eternal for a lot of diehard baseball fans. The Arizona Diamondbacks MLB roster and immediate future both look very bleak, but the best way for the team to be able to rebuild another competitive roster is through draft and trades. I’ll set the bar for a competitive roster as one that is in the Wild Card hunt in the final series of the year as the initial goal for competitiveness with the ultimate goal of unseating the Dodgers and Giants at the top of the division event, eventually.
1st - 6th
Overall the draft has now been shrunk to 20 rounds, which I consider a welcome change because very few players selected that deep make the majors in any sort of capacity. There are obviously some exceptions to that rule, given Matt Peacock was a 23rd round pick just four years ago by the D-backs. The team will have an additional pick in each of the subsequent 18 rounds, but ultimately jobs are decided on how well the team performs on the first night of the draft as these picks typically account for over 75% of a team’s overall draft pool and more depending on how many early selections a team has.
The Diamondbacks are reportedly linked to a lot of up-the-middle bats that includes Sam Cowser, Kahlil Watson, and Sal Frelick at some point in the scouting process. However this year seems to have no sort of predictability, even with the first overall pick so expect a lot of different possible outcomes or an unexpected result to come out of the team’s first selection. A player like Henry Davis, Brady House, Kahlil Watson, or even Jordan Lawlar could become available at the 6th overall pick.
Keith Law (The Athletic): Jordan Lawlar, SS, Dallas Jesuit HS
Eric Longenhagen (Fangraphs): Jordan Lawlar, SS, Dallas Jesuit HS
Jim Callis (MLB Pipeline): Jordan Lawlar, SS, Dallas Jesuit HS
Jonathan Mayo (MLB Pipeline): Kumar Rocker, RHP, Vanderbilt University
Carlos Collazo (Baseball America): Jordan Lawlar, SS, Dallas Jesuit HS
Kiley McDaniel (ESPN): Jackson Jobe, RHP, Heritage Hall HS
AZ Snake Pit Live Stream
Last year, we decided to venture into live stream for the draft due to the lack of baseball stuff going on at the time. We’re going to do it again this year, with Michael McDermott, James Attwood, Wes Baier, and makattack71 covering the draft from a Dbacks-centric viewpoint. We’ll try to read comments both in this thread and in the YouTube chat to the best of our knowledge. The stream is scheduled to start at 3:30PM Mountain Standard Time, 6:30PM Eastern Time, with the actual draft scheduled to start about 40 minutes afterwards.
Day 2: The second day of the draft will feature Rounds 2-10. The team will be making 10 selections.