2021 Major League Baseball draft
General information
Date(s)July 11–13, 2021
LocationBellco Theatre
Denver, Colorado
Network(s)MLB Network
ESPN (first round)
612 total selections in 20 rounds
First selectionHenry Davis
Pittsburgh Pirates
First round selections36
← 2020
2022 →

The 2021 Major League Baseball draft took place on July 11–13, 2021. In conjunction with the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the draft was held in Denver.[1] The draft assigned amateur baseball players to MLB teams. The draft order was set based on the reverse order of the 2020 MLB season standings.[2] In addition, compensation picks were distributed for players who did not sign from the 2020 MLB Draft and for teams who lost qualifying free agents.[3] On March 26, 2020, MLB and the MLBPA reached a deal that included the option to halve the draft to 20 rounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[4] MLB ultimately opted to shorten the draft to 20 rounds.[5] In total, 612 college and high school players were drafted.[6]

The Pittsburgh Pirates, who had the worst record of the 2020 season, selected Henry Davis with the first overall pick in the draft.[7] As punishment for their role in the sign stealing scandal, the Houston Astros forfeited both their first- and second-round picks in the draft.[8]

On April 2, 2021, MLB announced that the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, along with the draft, was being relocated from Atlanta in protest of the Georgia State Legislature's passage of the controversial Election Integrity Act of 2021; three days later, Denver was announced as the new host city.[9][10]

Chase Silseth made his MLB debut on May 13, 2022, making him the first player from the 2021 draft to make his major league debut.

Draft selections

The deadline for teams to sign drafted players was August 1, 2021.[11]

* Player did not sign

First round

Pick Player Team Position School
1 Henry Davis Pittsburgh Pirates Catcher Louisville
2 Jack Leiter Texas Rangers Pitcher Vanderbilt
3 Jackson Jobe Detroit Tigers Pitcher Heritage Hall School (OK)
4 Marcelo Mayer Boston Red Sox Shortstop Eastlake High School (CA)
5 Colton Cowser Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Sam Houston State
6 Jordan Lawlar Arizona Diamondbacks Shortstop Jesuit Dallas (TX)
7 Frank Mozzicato Kansas City Royals Pitcher East Catholic High School (CT)
8 Benny Montgomery Colorado Rockies Outfielder Red Land High School (PA)
9 Sam Bachman Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Miami (OH)
10 Kumar Rocker* New York Mets Pitcher Vanderbilt
11 Brady House Washington Nationals Shortstop Winder-Barrow High School (GA)
12 Harry Ford Seattle Mariners Catcher North Cobb High School (GA)
13 Andrew Painter Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Calvary Christian Academy (FL)
14 Will Bednar San Francisco Giants Pitcher Mississippi State
15 Sal Frelick Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder Boston College
16 Kahlil Watson Miami Marlins Shortstop Wake Forest High School (NC)
17 Matt McLain Cincinnati Reds Shortstop UCLA
18 Michael McGreevy St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher UC Santa Barbara
19 Gunnar Hoglund Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher Ole Miss
20 Trey Sweeney New York Yankees Shortstop Eastern Illinois University (IL)
21 Jordan Wicks Chicago Cubs Pitcher Kansas State
22 Colson Montgomery Chicago White Sox Shortstop Southridge High School (IN)
23 Gavin Williams Cleveland Indians Pitcher East Carolina
24 Ryan Cusick Atlanta Braves Pitcher Wake Forest
25 Max Muncy Oakland Athletics Shortstop Thousand Oaks High School (CA)
26 Chase Petty Minnesota Twins Pitcher Mainland Regional High School (NJ)
27 Jackson Merrill San Diego Padres Shortstop Severna Park High School (MD)
28 Carson Williams Tampa Bay Rays Shortstop Torrey Pines High School (CA)
29 Maddux Bruns Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher UMS-Wright Preparatory School (AL)

Compensatory round

Pick Player Team Position School
30 Jay Allen Cincinnati Reds[Compensation 1] Outfielder John Carroll Catholic High School (FL)

Competitive Balance Round A

Pick Player Team Position School
31 Joe Mack Miami Marlins Catcher Williamsville East High School (NY)
32 Ty Madden Detroit Tigers Pitcher Texas
33 Tyler Black Milwaukee Brewers Second baseman Wright State
34 Cooper Kinney Tampa Bay Rays Second baseman Baylor School (TN)
35 Matheu Nelson Cincinnati Reds Catcher Florida State
36 Noah Miller Minnesota Twins Shortstop Ozaukee High School (WI)

Second round

Pick Player Team Position School
37 Anthony Solometo Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Bishop Eustace Preparatory School (NJ)
38 Aaron Zavala Texas Rangers Outfielder Oregon
39 Izaac Pacheco Detroit Tigers Third baseman Friendswood High School (TX)
40 Jud Fabian* Boston Red Sox Outfielder Florida
41 Connor Norby Baltimore Orioles Second baseman East Carolina
42 Ryan Bliss Arizona Diamondbacks Shortstop Auburn
43 Ben Kudrna Kansas City Royals Pitcher Blue Valley Southwest High School (KS)
44 Jaden Hill Colorado Rockies Pitcher LSU
45 Ky Bush Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Saint Mary's
46 Calvin Ziegler New York Mets Pitcher TNXL Academy (FL)
47 Daylen Lile Washington Nationals Outfielder Trinity High School (KY)
48 Edwin Arroyo Seattle Mariners Shortstop Arecibo Baseball Academy (PR)
49 Ethan Wilson Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder South Alabama
50 Matt Mikulski San Francisco Giants Pitcher Fordham
51 Russell Smith Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher TCU
52 Cody Morissette Miami Marlins Shortstop Boston College
53 Andrew Abbott Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Virginia
54 Joshua Baez St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Dexter Southfield School (MA)
55 Brendan Beck New York Yankees Pitcher Stanford
56 James Triantos Chicago Cubs Third baseman James Madison High School (VA)
57 Wes Kath Chicago White Sox Third baseman Desert Mountain High School (AZ)
58 Doug Nikhazy Cleveland Indians Pitcher Ole Miss
59 Spencer Schwellenbach Atlanta Braves Pitcher Nebraska
60 Zack Gelof Oakland Athletics Third baseman Virginia
61 Steven Hajjar Minnesota Twins Pitcher Michigan
62 James Wood San Diego Padres Outfielder IMG Academy (FL)
63 Kyle Manzardo Tampa Bay Rays First baseman Washington State

Competitive Balance Round B

Pick Player Team Position School
64 Lonnie White Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder Malvern Preparatory School (PA)
65 Reed Trimble Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Southern Miss
66 Peyton Wilson Kansas City Royals Second baseman Alabama
67 Adrian Del Castillo Arizona Diamondbacks Catcher Miami (FL)
68 Joe Rock Colorado Rockies Pitcher Ohio
69 Tommy Mace Cleveland Indians Pitcher Florida
70 Ryan Holgate St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Arizona
71 Robert Gasser San Diego Padres Pitcher Houston

Other notable selections

Round Pick Player Team Position School
3 72 Bubba Chandler Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher North Oconee High School (GA)
3 74 Dylan Smith Detroit Tigers Pitcher Alabama
3 76 John Rhodes Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Kentucky
3 77 Jacob Steinmetz Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher ELEV8 Baseball Academy (FL)
3 78 Carter Jensen Kansas City Royals Catcher Park Hill High School (MO)
3 80 Landon Marceaux Los Angeles Angels Pitcher LSU
3 84 Jordan Viars Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder Reedy High School (TX)
3 85 Mason Black San Francisco Giants Pitcher Lehigh
3 86 Alex Binelas Milwaukee Brewers Third baseman Louisville
3 91 Ricky Tiedemann Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher Golden West College
3 92 Brock Selvidge New York Yankees Pitcher Hamilton High School (AZ)
3 94 Sean Burke Chicago White Sox Pitcher Maryland
3 96 Dylan Dodd Atlanta Braves Pitcher Southeast Missouri State
3 97 Mason Miller Oakland Athletics Pitcher Gardner-Webb
3 98 Cade Povich Minnesota Twins Pitcher Nebraska
3 99 Kevin Kopps San Diego Padres Pitcher Arkansas
4 113 Bryce Miller Seattle Mariners Pitcher Texas A&M
4 118 Tanner Allen Miami Marlins Outfielder Mississippi State
4 121 Chad Dallas Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher Tennessee
4 122 Cooper Bowman New York Yankees Second baseman Louisville
4 123 Christian Franklin Chicago Cubs Outfielder Arkansas
4 126 Cal Conley Atlanta Braves Shortstop Texas Tech
4 127 Denzel Clarke Oakland Athletics Outfielder Cal State Northridge
4 128 Christian Encarnacion-Strand Minnesota Twins Third baseman Oklahoma State
4 129 Jackson Wolf San Diego Padres Pitcher West Virginia
4 131 Nick Nastrini Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher UCLA
4 132 Chayce McDermott Houston Astros[Compensation 2] Pitcher Ball State
5 141 Brett Kerry Los Angeles Angels Pitcher South Carolina
5 142 Christian Scott New York Mets Pitcher Florida
5 145 Griff McGarry Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Virginia
5 148 Quincy Hamilton Houston Astros Outfielder Wright State
5 151 Gordon Graceffo St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Villanova
5 154 Liam Spence Chicago Cubs Shortstop Tennessee
5 156 Tanner Bibee Cleveland Indians Pitcher Cal State Fullerton
5 160 Max Ferguson San Diego Padres Second baseman Tennessee
6 164 Chase Lee Texas Rangers Pitcher Alabama
6 170 Braxton Fulford Colorado Rockies Catcher Texas Tech
6 174 Bryan Woo Seattle Mariners Pitcher Cal Poly
6 182 Hayden Juenger Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher Missouri State
6 183 Richard Fitts New York Yankees Pitcher Auburn
6 190 Ryan Bergert San Diego Padres Pitcher West Virginia
6 191 Mason Montgomery Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Texas Tech
7 295 Brant Hurter Detroit Tigers Pitcher Georgia Tech
7 207 Tristan Peters Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder Southern Illinois
7 218 Brett Harris Oakland Athletics Third baseman Gonzaga
8 230 Robby Martin Colorado Rockies Outfielder Florida State
8 232 Mike Vasil New York Mets Pitcher Virginia
8 243 Will Warren New York Yankees Pitcher Southeastern Louisiana
9 273 Chandler Champlain New York Yankees Pitcher USC
9 276 Will Dion Cleveland Indians Pitcher McNeese State
10 295 Logan Cerny Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder Troy
10 296 Vaun Brown San Francisco Giants Outfielder Florida Southern
10 302 Connor Cooke Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher UL-Lafayette
11 316 Niko Kavadas Boston Red Sox First baseman Notre Dame
11 321 Chase Silseth[a] Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Arizona
11 327 Roc Riggio* Milwaukee Brewers Second baseman Thousand Oaks (CA)
12 347 Justin Armbruester Baltimore Orioles Pitcher New Mexico
12 356 Landen Roupp San Francisco Giants Pitcher UNC Wilmington
12 358 Rhett Kouba Houston Astros Pitcher Dallas Baptist
12 363 Ben Rice New York Yankees Catcher Dartmouth
12 367 Andrew Hoffmann Atlanta Braves Pitcher Illinois
14 411 Eric Torres Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Kansas State
15 453 Danny Watson New York Yankees Pitcher VCU
16 484 Terrell Tatum Chicago White Sox Outfielder NC State
17 499 Luca Tresh Kansas City Royals Catcher NC State
17 501 Mason Erla Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Michigan State
19 555 Justice Bigbie Detroit Tigers First baseman Western Carolina
20 597 Samuel Mendez[b] Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher Cisco College


  1. ^ First player selected in the 2021 draft to reach the Major Leagues[13]
  2. ^ Oldest player selected in the history of the draft[14]
Compensation picks
  1. ^ Compensation pick for the Los Angeles Dodgers signing Trevor Bauer[12]
  2. ^ Compensation pick for the Toronto Blue Jays signing George Springer[12]


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