2021 MLB Draft Upside Entry Trio
The Gators’ sports programs that get the most attention are football and basketball, but the school is not left out in a host of other categories. Baseball has also been a force of the school in recent years, and they send a handful of well-regarded prospects to the 2021 MLB Draft. Of course, that kind of success can’t be achieved without some skillful recruiting to back it up, and Florida baseball coaches excel in this regard.
Unlike other sports, however, the strength of a baseball recruiting class isn’t necessarily indicative of the strength of the team’s next batch of incoming freshmen. Baseball players are often drafted out of high school, poaching them from their college homes. In the case of the 2021 Gators recruiting class, that will almost certainly be the case with three players.
According to the perfect game, Florida’s top-ranked rookie in the class is right-hander Andrew Painter. Armed with a fastball that sinks at 93-96 mph, it peaks at 98 mph. Painter also adds a pair of breaking balls and a change to the mix, making him a particularly well-rounded high school student. He’s not the best right-hander in the build-up, but he’s seen as likely to be a first-round pick.
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Chase Petty was once a lock for the first round, but has since been knocked down and now sits on the fence between the first and second round exam. He’s got a blazing fastball and can spin a mean slider, but there’s not much else that’s certain about him. Its consistency has slipped and the industry is becoming more and more cautious about unvarnished string youngsters. Nonetheless, he has impressive features and should have suitors in the pro ranks.
The third-ranked rookie is first-place outfielder Jay Allen. He’s a jack-of-all-trades, playing center for the moment and can hold his own at home plate. He’s not as cemented in the prospect world as the previous two players, but there’s a sizable chance he’ll be caught in Round 1 or Comp A. Perhaps the most underdeveloped of the three. , he needs a lot of growth, especially physically, but MLB teams don’t usually shy away from going up against a draft player.
It’s not a hopeless situation for these three. The signing of bonus shenanigans from players and teams always causes the unexpected in the MLB Draft. That’s how the Gators ended up with Hunter Barco, an expected first-round pick in 2019. However, there’s a good chance neither of them will make it to Gainesville. Instead, the Gators will likely have to watch their careers from afar as they progress through the minor leagues.