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LA Angels: Creating a 2021 mock draft to see if the Halos can find a star

Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker poses for a portrait at Charles Hawkins Field Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker poses for a portrait at Charles Hawkins Field Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Cp18465
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Vanderbilt pitcher Tyler Brown and catcher CJ Rodriguez, left, congratulate freshman pitcher Jack Leiter (22) after he strike out all three South Alabama batters during the first inning at Hawkins Field Feb. 18, 2020.Nas Vandy Baseball Home Opener 019
Vanderbilt pitcher Tyler Brown and catcher CJ Rodriguez, left, congratulate freshman pitcher Jack Leiter (22) after he strike out all three South Alabama batters during the first inning at Hawkins Field Feb. 18, 2020.Nas Vandy Baseball Home Opener 019

2nd Overall: Texas Rangers

Adrian Del Castillo, C, Miami

Texas’ pick here could be the domino pick like Baltimore’s pick last year. If they go with Jack Leiter, who they did like out of high school, then it wouldn’t, but if they take Alex Binelas or Brady House – two highly possible selections for LA – then they’d have to go in another direction. Fortunately Texas goes high floor, low ceiling and grabs a slot-saving option in Miami’s Del Castillo.

3rd Overall: Detroit Tigers

Jud Fabian, OF, Florida

There’s a strong possibility Brady House is the pick if Texas or Pittsburgh takes him, and if Leiter or Rocker falls, they’d probably take either of them but prefer Rocker. With Fabian still here, they pass on House leaving him on the board for LA.

4th Overall: Boston Red Sox

Jack Leiter, RHP, Vanderbilt

Boston’s big into pitch design, and they’d all but take Leiter if he’s available. Bloom is known to think outside of the box, so perhaps a Christian Franklin or Henry Davis is possible here, and maybe one of them would’ve been the pick if Pittsburgh balks on Rocker, Texas takes him, and Detroit grabs Leiter, making Boston’s options worse. Leiter could quite possibly be the best player in the entire draft and he should not find a way to slip to LA.

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