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2020 MLB Draft Results, First Round

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The 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft will be held on Wednesday, aired at 7 PM ET on MLB Network and ESPN/ESPN2, and live streamed on MLB.com. Per the March agreement between the league and the MLB Players Association, the draft has been shortened to five rounds. The first round and Competitive Balance Round A will be aired tonight while the rest of the draft will take place on Thursday.

After finishing 47-114 last season, the worst record in baseball, the Tigers will get to make the first selection in the 2020 draft. They are expected to select Spencer Torkelson, a first baseman from Arizona State University. But nothing is official yet, so we could be in for a surprise.

For a more in-depth look at changes made to the 2020 draft, check out yesterday’s preview.

After the Tigers, the top-10 will feature the Orioles followed by the Marlins, Royals, Blue Jays, Mariners, Pirates, Padres, Rockies, and Angels. We will keep this post updated as the first round progresses tonight.

First Round

1. Detroit Tigers

1B Spencer Torkelson, Arizona State University

2. Baltimore Orioles

OF Heston Kjerstad, University of Arkansas

3. Miami Marlins

RHP Max Meyer, University Of Minnesota

4. Kansas City Royals

LHP Asa Lacy, Texas A&M University

5. Toronto Blue Jays

SS Austin Martin, Vanderbilt University

6. Seattle Mariners

RHP Emerson Hancock, University of Georgia

7. Pittsburgh Pirates

SS Nick Gonzáles, New Mexico State University

8. San Diego Padres

OF Robert Hassell III, Independence HS (TN)

9. Colorado Rockies

OF Zac Veen, Spruce Creek HS (FL)

10. Los Angeles Angels

LHP Reid Detmers, University of Louisville

11. Chicago White Sox

LHP Garrett Crochet, University of Tennessee

12. Cincinnati Reds

OF Austin Hendrick, West Allegheny HS (PA)

13. San Francisco Giants

C Patrick Bailey, North Carolina State University

14. Texas Rangers

2B Justin Foscue, Mississippi State University

15. Philadelphia Phillies

RHP Nick Abel, Jesuit HS (OR)

16. Chicago Cubs

SS Ed Howard IV, Mount Carmel HS (IL)

17. Boston Red Sox

2B Nick Yorke, Archbishop Mitty HS (CA)

18. Arizona Diamondbacks

RHP Bryce Jarvis, Duke University

19. New York Mets

OF Pete Crow-Armstrong, Harvard-Westlake HS (CA)

20. Milwaukee Brewers

OF Garrett Mitchell, UCLA

21. St. Louis Cardinals

3B Jordan Walker, Decatur High School (GA)

22. Washington Nationals

RHP Cade Cavalli, University of Oklahoma

23. Cleveland Indians

SS Carson Tucker, Mountain Point HS (AZ)

24. Tampa Bay Rays

RHP Nick Bitsko, Central Bucks HS East (PA)

25. Atlanta Braves

LHP Jared Shuster, Wake Forest University

26. Oakland Athletics

C Tyler Soderstrom, Turlock HS (CA)

27. Minnesota Twins

1B Aaron Sabato, University of North Carolina

28. New York Yankees

C Austin Wells, University of Arizona

29. Los Angeles Dodgers

RHP Bobby Miller, University of Louisville

 

Competitive Balance Round A

 

30. Baltimore Orioles

SS Jordan Westburg, Mississippi State University

31. Pittsburgh Pirates

RHP Carmen Mlodzinski, University of South Carolina

32. Kansas City Royals

SS Nick Loftin, Baylor University

33. Arizona Diamondbacks

RHP Slade Cecconi, University of Miami

34. San Diego Padres

P Justin Lange, Llano HS (TX)

35. Colorado Rockies

C Drew Romo, The Woodlands HS (TX)

36. Cleveland Indians

RHP Tanner Burns, Auburn University

37. Tampa Bay Rays (acquired from Cardinals in José Martínez deal)

SS Alika Williams, Arizona State University

Angels’ Andrelton Simmons opts out of final 5 games

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shortstop Andrelton Simmons has opted out of the remainder of the Los Angeles Angels’ season.

The Angels announced the four-time Gold Glove-winning shortstop’s decision Tuesday before they faced the San Diego Padres.

Los Angeles (24-31) is still technically in the playoff race with five games left in the regular season, and Simmons clearly caught the Angels by surprise, although the club said it respected his decision.

The 31-year-old Simmons, who can be a free agent this winter, is finishing his fifth year with the Angels. After spraining his ankle in late July and missing 22 games, Simmons is currently batting .297 with 10 RBIs while playing his usual stellar defense, albeit with four errors in 30 games.

“At this time, I feel this is the best decision for me and my family,” Simmons said in a statement. “We don’t know what the future holds, but we would like to sincerely thank the Angels organization and Angels fans for welcoming and making us feel at home.”

Manager Joe Maddon acknowledged he was caught by surprise when general manager Billy Eppler told him about Simmons’ decision Monday night after Simmons went 1 for 4 with an RBI single in the Angels’ home finale. Maddon texted Simmons, but hadn’t heard back by Tuesday afternoon.

“I’ve really enjoyed this guy a lot,” Maddon said. “I’m a big fan. This guy is a good baseball player, and I’ve enjoyed the conversations, too. It’s just unfortunate. He’s really a big part of what we’re doing right now.”

Simmons is a favorite of Angels fans for his defensive wizardry, and owner Arte Moreno has described Simmons as perhaps his favorite player to watch on the roster. Simmons has batted .281 with 36 homers and 281 RBIs during his five seasons with Los Angeles, and he won the Gold Glove in 2017 and 2018.

“He’s a thinking kind of a player, and I’ve enjoyed him a lot,” Maddon said.

Simmons will be a free agent this winter, and the Angels have an obvious replacement for him in David Fletcher, who has a .374 on-base percentage while regularly hitting leadoff for the Angels during his breakout major league season. Fletcher has been playing second base since Simmons’ return from injury.

But the Angels haven’t publicly closed the door on Simmons’ return, and he could be given a qualifying offer. Maddon has repeatedly said he would like Simmons to return in 2021 if possible.

The Angels haven’t had a winning season during Simmons’ five years in Anaheim, although Simmons said last week he wasn’t discouraged by the lack of team success. Simmons played his first four major league seasons in Atlanta, and he hasn’t appeared in the postseason since 2013.

Simmons also said he hadn’t been involved in any recent contract talks with the Angels, but he had enjoyed playing for the club. When asked if he wanted to return to the Halos, Simmons said he would have to “plead the fifth.”