He will likely be the first or second position player taken in the draft.
Jordan Lawlar: 2021 MLB Draft Prospect
Lawlar has been on Jesuit Prep’s varsity team since he was a freshman, but he really broke out in 2020. Before the pandemic disrupted his season, he hit .485 with a home run and 13 RBI.
The shortstop has continued the torrid pace in 2021. Through May, he slashed .425/.552/.713 and has been a leader on both sides of the field. His bat speed is impressive for a hitter his age, as is his blend of speed and defense.
Scouting reports from Baseball America and MLB.com peg him as a 60-grade player on the traditional 20-80 scale. The former PG All-American will be turning 19 in July, so he’s a bit older than the rest of the class, but that is just picking at nits.
Perhaps that advanced age makes him big-league ready more quickly.
This draft class is full of other high school shortstops that look ready to contribute, including Marcelo Mayer, Brady House, and Kahlil Watson. Some mock drafts think Lawlar is better than all of them. If he doesn’t get selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Texas Rangers are a team to watch as well.
Without a consensus of top-two prospects in this draft, don’t be surprised if Lawlar falls to Detroit if someone like catcher Henry Davis goes first overall.
Odds are, Lawlar doesn’t attend college and instead joins his Major League organization. As one of the best draft prospects in the game, he’ll make an impact as soon as he signs.