MLB Mock Draft: Brewers Take ASU’s Workman in Round 2

As we continue our comprehensive coverage of the 2020 MLB Draft, today we’re releasing a complete look at Round 2 of next month’s draft, as seen by our staff.

This version includes all standard picks, competitive balance ‘B’ picks, and compensation picks.

As we gear up for the draft on June 10, The Dugout will be a one-stop shop for local draft-pick profiles, as well as our expansive coverage on all five rounds of the draft.

Now for the fun stuff! Here’s Round 2 of The Chicago Dugout’s Official MLB Mock Draft.

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38. Detroit Tigers

Alika Williams (SS) – Arizona State

The Tigers have three talented arms, a catcher and an infielder in their top-five prospects, and added Torkelson as Miggy’s err apparent in round one. Detroit continues to mold their future around the diamond by adding Torkelson’s ASU teammate, Alika Williams.

Previous Selections: (1) Spencer Torkelson (1B) – Arizona State

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39. Baltimore Orioles

Jordan Westburg (SS) – Mississippi State

The Orioles add a shortstop with plus speed, raw power and a ton of athleticism in Jordan Westburg with their third pick in the first two rounds.

Previous Selections: (2) Austin Martin (OF) – Vanderbilt, (30) J.T. Ginn (RHP) – Mississippi State

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40. Miami Marlins

Drew Romo (C) – The Woodlands H.S. (TX)

After taking arguably the top pitcher in the draft at No. 3, Miami adds to a catching deprived system with prep prospect, Drew Romo in Round 2. Romo is a switch-hitting catcher who has raw power tools from both sides, and elite catch-and-throw behind the dish according to Baseball America, which ranked him No. 38 on their Top-500 list.

Previous Selections: (3) Asa Lacy (LHP) – Texas A&M

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41. Kansas City Royals

CJ Van Eyk (RHP) – Florida State

The Royals continue to add to a loaded farm with another college arm, this time it’s righty CJ Van Eyk from Florida State. Van Eyk has a mid-90s fastball with a solid curveball and changeup to compliment it.

Previous Selections: (4) Reid Detmers (LHP) – Louisville, (32) Jordan Walker (3B) Decatur H.S. (GA)

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42. Toronto Blue Jays

Masyn Winn (SS/RHP) – Kingwood H.S. (TX)

The Blue Jays keep the focus on pitching here (sort of), adding two-way prep prospect, Masyn Winn. The Arkansas commit is hailed as a legit two-way prospect by Baseball America. Winn has plus bat speed, raw power and plus speed offensively, and an electric fastball that gets up to 98 mph on the mound.

Previous Selections: (5) Max Meyer (RHP) – Minnesota

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43. Seattle Mariners

Bryce Jarvis (RHP) – Duke

Seattle has a glut of top-prospects that are position players, but couldn’t pass on Nick Gonzales at No. 6 in Round 1. They turn their focus to pitching here with Duke right-hander, Bryce Jarvis. Jarvis upped his fastball from a low-90s to mid-90s offering, and paired it with an impressive set of offsepeed offerings to become a strikeout machine during his sophomore season (11.2 K/9).

Previous Selections: (6) Nick Gonzales (2B) New Mexico State

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44. Pittsburgh Pirates

Justin Foscue (2B/3B) – Mississippi State

After taking a pair of college arms in the opening round, the Pirates get good value with their selection of Justin Foscue here in Round 2. Foscue hit 14 home runs and slashed .338/.402/.582 during his 2019 sophomore campaign, good for fifth in the SEC. Defensive concerns at 2B might push Foscue to a corner, but he can rake.

Previous Selections: (7) Emerson Hancock (RHP) – Georgia, (31) Bobby Miller (RHP) – Louisville

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45. San Diego Padres

Alex Santos (RHP) – Mount St. Michael Academy (Bronx, N.Y.)

Pitching is, if nothing else, the most valuable currency in baseball for a small-market team like San Diego, so A.J. Preller goes with a talented prep arm with his third pick in the top-45. Alex Santos is a projectable strike-throwing right-hander, standing in at a healthy six-foot-three, 215-pounds. He has two plus secondary offerings that project well, but the fastball velocity is in question due to lack of scouting chances.

Previous Selections: (8) Garrett Mitchell (OF) – UCLA, (34) Carson Montgomery (RHP) – Windermere H.S. (FLA)

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46. Colorado Rockies

Victor Mederos (RHP) – Westminster Christian Academy (FL)

The Rockies are heading for another full-blown rebuild. Nolan Arenado wants out, Trevor Story won’t be far behind, and the Rockies will return their seemingly perpetual rebuilding stage. Which is why they’re loading up on high-ceiling prep talent from recruiting hotbeds like Florida and California. This time around, they add another arm in Victor Mederos, a two-time Under Armour All-American.

Previous Selections: (9) Zac Veen (OF) – Spruce Creek H.S. (FL), (35) Jared Jones (RHP) – La Mirada H.S. (CA)

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47. Chicago White Sox

Jared Shuster (LHP) – Wake Forest

After taking a high-upside prep star with their first-rounder, the White Sox address their weakest link, left-handed pitching by taking Wake Forest southpaw, Jared Shuster.

Shuster came out this spring hitting 96-97 with his fastball from the left side to go along with a strong changeup and developing slider. At 6-3, 210 pounds, Shuster has excellent starter traits, and had it not been for the COVID-19 pandemic ending his season early, he would have possibly shot into the first round.

Previous Selections: (11) Ed Howard (SS) – Mount Carmel H.S. (IL)

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48. Cincinnati Reds

Cole Henry (RHP) – LSU

Henry is a big right-hander (6-4, 211 LBS) that can run his fastball up to 97 mph, and plus tools across the board. He has a two-seamer, and a curveball/changeup combo to boot. Signability might be a concern as a draft-eligible sophomore, but he’s a day-one talent on day two for Cincinnati if they can get him on board.

Previous Selections: (12) Heston Kjerstad (OF) – Arkansas

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49. San Francisco Giants

Jeff Criswell (RHP) – Michigan

The San Francisco farm is pitching starved, so we’re staying there in Round 2. Criswell is a six-foot-four right-hander with a mid-upper-90s fastball. He has some reliever risk, but the Giants need arms in a big way, and Baseball America believes that Criswell would be a day-one talent in a normal draft, so there’s some value here for San Francisco at No. 48.

Previous Selections: (13) Garrett Crochet (LHP) – Tennessee

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50. Texas Rangers

Isaiah Greene (OF) – Corona H.S. (CA)

After taking a prep arm in Round 1, Texas takes west-coast prep star Isaiah Greene in Round 2. Greene is a plus runner but his arm is a question mark, making him a move to left-field a possiblity. Greene has a smooth left-handed stroke with developing power and a solid hit tool.

Previous Selections: (14) Mick Abel (RHP) – Jesuit H.S. (OR)

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51. Chicago Cubs

Daxton Fulton (LHP) – Mustang H.S. (TX)

The Cubs stick to the pitching-heavy plan in round two, nabbing another high-profile prep arm that could very well front the rotation in the near-future. At 6’6″, 225 lbs., Fulton has a classic physical build that scouts find easy to project. His fastball sits in the low 90’s, with developed secondary offerings that make him a high-ceiling arm.

If not for Tommy John surgery Fulton would likely be a first round pick, perhaps even in the top ten. The success rate of TJ, however, coupled with Fulton’s projection, makes him a worthwhile gamble — further cementing the Cubs plans of taking high-ceiling SP’s at as minimal a risk as possible.

Previous Selections: (16) Cade Cavalli (RHP) – Oklahoma

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52. New York Mets

Logan Allen (LHP) – Florida International

The Mets go with a college arm in Round 2 to compliment their pick of prep outfielder Robert Hassell in the opening round. Allen is a polished strike-thrower, evident by his 246-47 strikeout to walk ratio during his 183.2 innings of work at FIU. He works with an average fastball in terms of velo (90-91), but uses deception and accuracy to dominate hitters.

Previous Selections: (19) Robert Hassell (OF) – Independence H.S. (TN)

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53. Milwaukee Brewers

Gage Workman (3B) – Arizona State

With no prospects in MLB Pipeline’s Top-100, Milwaukee could go in plenty of directions here. After a huge run on pitching this round, Milwaukee snags Baseball America’s No. 50 prospect, third-baseman Gage Workman at No. 53.

Previous Selections: (20) Tyler Soderstrom (C) – Turlock H.S. (GA)

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54. St. Louis Cardinals

Dylan Crews (OF) – Lake Mary H.S. (FL)

Power to all fields, plus bat speed, and an above-average arm for prep prospect Dylan Crews makes him an enticing corner-outfield prospect for St. Louis.

Previous Selections: (21) Nick Bitsko (RHP) – Central Bucks East H.S. (PA)

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55. Washington Nationals

Kevin Parada (C) – Loyola H.S. (CA)

If there’s one thing the Nationals have an abundance of at almost every level, it’s pitching, and they added another solid arm to the mix in Round 1 with the Carmen Mlodzinski pick. Washington turns their attention to the position players, and gets solid value here with prep catcher Kevin Parada at No. 55.

Previous Selections: (22) Carmen Mlodzinski (RHP) – South Carolina

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56. Cleveland Indians

Nick Garcia (RHP) – Chapman H.S. (CA)

Having already added two college bats to the system in Round 1, Cleveland goes with Nick Garcia, a right-hander out of Chapman H.S. in California.

Previous Selections: (23) Daniel Cabrera (OF) – LSU, (36) Nick Loftin (SS) – Baylor

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57. Tampa Bay Rays

Enrique Bradfield (OF) – American Heritage H.S. (FL)

Tampa Bay continues to add bats to the system, this time at the prep level with their selection of Enrique Bradfield. Bradfield has 80-grade speed with sub 6.3 60-yard dash times, and shows elite route running ability almost always. Bradfield will be their center-fielder of the future if the bat can follow the big time defense and speed skills.

Previous Selections: (24) Austin Wells (C) – Arizona, (37) Aaron Sabato (1B) – North Carolina

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58. Oakland Athletics

Chase Davis (OF) – Franklin H.S. (CA)

Oakland only has one outfielder in their top-10 (Luis Barrera, No. 10), so we’re taking a prep outfielder here in Chase Davis. The Arizona commit has raw power and a big arm to match it. He’s got good tools all-around, and can become an everage defender at a corner with some nice power at the dish.

Previous Selections: (26) Tanner Burns (RHP) – Auburn

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59. Minnesota Twins

Christian Roa (RHP) – Texas A&M

The Twins reach a bit for Roa here, but he’s a solid strike-thrower with a great four-pitch mix, and a solid college pedigree.

Previous Selections: (27) Slade Cecconi (RHP) – Miami

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60. Los Angeles Dodgers

Colt Keith (SS) – Biloxi H.S. (MS)

The Dodgers insulate their farm a bit here by taking a prep middle-infielder. Keith has a bunch of impressive tools, a strong arm and was named the 2018-19 Gatorade Mississippi Player of the Year. Keith is a high-ceiling project, but for a club that has time for projects on the farm, it’s a good pick here to close the second round.

Previous Selections: (29) Dillon Dingler (C) – Ohio State

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61. Miami Marlins

Alejandro Rosario (RHP) – Miami Christian H.S. (FL)

The Marlins add a local prep arm, Alejandro Rosario out of Miami Christian High School with their final pick of the second round.

Previous Selections: (3) Asa Lacy (LHP) – Texas A&M, (40) Drew Romo (C) – The Woodlands H.S. (TX)

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62. Detroit Tigers

Hunter Barnhart (RHP) – St. Joseph H.S. (CA)

The Detroit Tigers go best available here, and add a prep arm in Hunter Barnhart to their farm.

Previous Selections: (1) Spencer Torkelson (1B) – Arizona State, (38) Alika Williams (SS) – Arizona State

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63. St. Louis Cardinals (via TB)

Justin Lange (RHP) – Llano H.S. (TX)

St. Louis adds another prep arm here, taking a big (6-4) righty with a big fastball, Justin Lange, at No. 63.

Previous Selections: (21) Nick Bitsko (RHP) – Central Bucks East H.S. (PA), (54) Dylan Crews (OF) – Lake Mary H.S. (FL)

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64. Seattle Mariners (via MIL)

Kyle Nicolas (RHP) – Ball State

Seattle adds another college arm to a system that’s pretty thin on the mound. Nicolas has premium stuff, most notably a 97-mph fastball, and a plus slider offering.

Previous Selections: (6) Nick Gonzales (2B) New Mexico State, (43) Bryce Jarvis (RHP) – Duke

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65. Cincinnati Reds

Jake Eder (LHP) – Vanderbilt

The Reds — a team that can conceivably compete for the N.L. Central for the next few years — continue to add college players with proven pedigree, this time with Vandy southpaw Jake Eder.

Previous Selections: (12) Heston Kjerstad (OF) – Arkansas, (48) Cole Henry (RHP) – LSU

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66. Los Angeles Dodgers (via MIN)

Ty Floyd (RHP) – Rockmart H.S. (GA)

The Dodgers continue to insulate the back-end of their farm with another prep pick, this time it’s Georgia native, Ty Floyd.

Previous Selections: (29) Dillon Dingler (C) – Ohio State, (60) Colt Keith (SS) – Biloxi H.S. (MS)

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67. San Francisco Giants

Cade Horton (SS/RHP) – Norman H.S. (OK)

With two college arms added to the mix already, the Giants take two-way prep prospect, Cade Horton at No. 67.

Previous Selections: (13) Garrett Crochet (LHP) – Tennessee, (49) Jeff Criswell (RHP) – Michigan

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68. San Francisco Giants

Kyle Harrison (LHP) – De La Salle H.S. (CA)

Following the trend here for San Francisco? They desperately needed an infusion of arms to their system, and they got it. Polished prep prospect Kyle Harrison joins the glut of pitching prospects for the Giants thus far.

Previous Selections: (13) Garrett Crochet (LHP) – Tennessee, (49) Jeff Criswell (RHP) – Michigan, (67) Cade Horton (SS/RHP) – Norman H.S. (OK)

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69. New York Mets

David Calabrese (OF) – St. Elizabeth Catholic (Canada)

David Calabrese joins fellow prep outfielder Robert Hassell in the Mets organization at No. 69.

Previous Selections: (19) Robert Hassell (OF) – Independence H.S. (TN), (52) Logan Allen (LHP) – FIU

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70. St. Louis Cardinals

Drew Bowser (SS) – Harvard-Westlake H.S. (CA)

St. Louis adds a shortstop to the mix with their final pick of the second round, taking Harvard-Westlake standout, Drew Bowser.

Previous Selections: (21) Nick Bitsko (RHP) – Central Bucks East H.S. (PA), (63) Justin Lange – Llano H.S. (TX)

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71. Washington Nationals

Freddy Zamora (SS) – Miami

After adding Kevin Parada earlier in the round, the Nationals stay position player oriented in Round 2, this time going with Miami shortstop, Freddy Zamora.

Previous Selections: (22) Carmen Mlodzinski (RHP) – South Carolina, (55) Kevin Parada (C) – Loyola H.S. (CA)

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72. Houston Astros

Burl Carraway (LHP) – Dallas Baptist

With Gerrit Cole out the door, and the duo of Justin Verlander/Zack Greinke not getting any younger, the Astros use their first pick on a college lefty to close out the second round of the draft.

Previous Selections: NONE

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