The 2021 MLB Draft is less than three weeks away, and scouts are taking advantage of the later-than-usual draft to get one final look at some of the top high school and college prospects this week.
A total of 167 players are slated to attend the first-ever MLB Draft Combine this week in Cary, N.C. Fourteen of those players are from New England.
There will be a tournament with games for high school players throughout the week at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. All players will have the opportunity to participate in pro-style workouts at the USA Baseball complex. Strength and conditioning assessments will be done this week at the Raleigh Convention Center. There will also be programs on educating players about their upcoming careers in professional baseball and on social media branding.
As Detroit Tigers Northeast scouting supervisor Jim Bretz recently noted on the New England Baseball Journal Podcast, this could be a historic year for prospects around New England. As many as 10 to 12 high school and prep prospects could earn selections in the 20-round draft. At the Division 1 level, there are both a handful of pitchers as well as a few hitters who could hear their respective names called early in the draft.