2021 MLB draft rumors: Fangraphs has their newest mock draft out this morning, and project the Texas Rangers to take Vanderbilt righthanded pitcher Jack Leiter with the second overall pick.
The Pittsburgh Pirates take Marcelo Mayer at #1 in this mock, which is the direction most of the recent mock drafts have them going. Fangraphs puts the Rangers on Mayer if he drops to them, along with Jordan Lawlar and Kahlil Watson. That trio and Leiter are the names that are consistently linked to the Rangers, and while I offer the standard caveat that there’s always a lot of uncertainty and smokescreens going on, with the draft five days away, I’m going to say that I will be surprised if the Rangers don’t take one of those four players.
Perhaps most notably, this mock has Brady House going to the Detroit Tigers at #3 and Colton Cowser to the Baltimore Orioles at #5, which results in Lawlar, Watson, Kumar Rocker and Jackson Jobe all slipping out of the top five. This reinforces the notion that there’s a lot of flux at the top, a number of guys who are similarly rated, and thus a number of ways things can go on Sunday.