With the 2020 MLB Draft coming to a close Thursday night, many young ballplayers had their names called at the podium, but the typical 40-round draft was shrunk to a mere five rounds as a change made due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This change negatively affected the chances of many prospective players of getting drafted, including a handful of Terps.
Among the names eligible for selection was sophomore Maxwell Costes and junior Randy Bednar, both of who have strung together pairs of stellar seasons in College Park, Maryland. Others who join the list of draft-eligible players include seniors Tyler Blohm and Elliott Zoellner, and juniors Tommy Gardiner, Chris Alleyne, Justin Vought, Sean Fisher, Mark Diluia, Brenton Davis, Austin Chavis, Mike Vasturia, Billy Phillips, Tavan Shahidi, and Zach Thompson.
Who knows how many of these Terps players would have been selected over the past two nights, but with the draft being just an eighth the size of a normal draft, they will all likely be returning to College Park to play out the 2021 season and hope for another shot in the 2021 MLB Draft.
Out of the 13 commitments Maryland has in the 2021 recruiting class, one of them did get their name called Thursday night. The Houston Astros selected right-handed pitcher Alex Santos of Mount St. Micheal Academy in New York with the No. 72 overall pick.
Santos, who was No. 45 in Baseball America’s ranking of best draft prospects, provides much-needed pitching talent in an Astros farm system that has recently been depleted. Santos has yet to officially sign with Houston, but the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome said that he is leaning towards it.
Alex Santos, a Maryland commitment, said he is “leaning towards” signing with the Astros.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) June 12, 2020
Other notable picks of the draft include the No. 1 overall pick, Spencer Torkelson, who the Detroit Tigers selected out of Arizona State University.
The Baltimore Orioles selected outfielder Heston Kjerstad out the University of Arkansas with the No. 2 overall pick, and the reigning champion Washington Nationals used the No. 22 pick to draft right-handed pitcher Cade Cavalli out of the University of Oklahoma.