MLB scouts occasionally downplay the significance of a particular player's performance over one season. For instance, if a college pitcher can throw 98 mph, it's not the end of the world if he has an inflated ERA due to a couple of bad starts.
The MLB Draft emphasizes projection over production, so metrics like exit velocity, pop time and 60-yard dash splits can take precedence over batting average, RBI and ERA.
That being said, the 2021 MLB Draft has been a little different -- as team executives look to sort through the aftermath of a pandemic that kept most college and high school players off the field for the majority of the spring of 2020. Draft boards were a little more fluid this spring, with teams moving players up and down their respective boards based on recent performances.
With Rounds 11 through 20 scheduled for this afternoon, let's take a look at some of the biggest surprises and snubs through the first 10 rounds.