2021 MLB Draft: Rankings from Kiley McDaniel of ESPN for the 2021 draft have been updated and are out, and we have prep high schoolers atop the board. Dallas Jesuit shortstop Jordan Lawlar is the #1 player on McDaniel’s rankings, while California high school shortstop Marcelo Mayer is #2 on the list.
While Vanderbilt pitchers Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker were, coming into the year, generally considered the top players on the board, as the spring has progressed and the amateur season has played out, Lawlar moved up into the top tier early on, and Mayer has joined Lawlar on the top of the lists. Rocker and, to a certain extent, Leiter, meanwhile, while still in the top tier, seem to be a hair behind those two on the boards that are out there.
The draft is still over a month away, and so don’t be surprised if we see changes at the top of boards and shifting as we get closer in. Also remember that there does not seem to be a clear cut top one or two players at this point, or a situation like in 2015 where there was a big drop off after the top three (with the Rangers holding the fourth pick). There will be a number of excellent options to choose from when the Rangers make their pick.