Players From ‘Sweet Home, Alabama’ Find New Homes In The 2020 MLB Draft
While the baseball world has its eyes on the 2020 Major League Baseball draft, Alabamians will be watching to see where our home-grown players could play professional baseball. However, to regular baseball fans, this year’s MLB draft will have a significant change from the norm.
Similar to the other major American sports this year, the draft process will be held virtually. There is also a sizable decrease in the length of the 2020 draft as the number of rounds have gone from the traditional 40 to only five. With a limited number of total picks in this year’s draft, being chosen by a team in one of the five rounds would be a coveted title.
Players who call Alabama “home”:
Tanner Burns - RHP - Auburn: The 21-year-old, right-hander from Decatur, AL played his high school ball at Decatur High School and was named Alabama’s “Mr. Baseball” as a senior. Burns made the Freshman All-American team and helped Auburn go to the 2019 College World Series as a sophomore.
Justin Foscue - 2B - Mississippi State: This right-handed hitter from Huntsville, AL once hit six home-runs in a single game while at Virgil I Grissom High School. In his two seasons as a Mississippi State Bulldog, he was selected to first-team for All-SEC and played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
Cody Greenhill - RHP - Auburn: Greenhill, a Russellville, AL native, was apart of three 5A State Championship baseball teams at Russellville High School. After his time as an Auburn Tiger, the Auburn fanbase voted him onto the school’s All-Decade team.
Cole Henry - RHP - LSU: Ranked as the number one right-handed pitcher in the state of Alabama coming out of Florence High School, Cole Henry was already selected in the 2018 MLB draft prior to attending LSU. The six-foot-four, right-handed pitcher secured All-SEC honors as a freshman and had a promising shortened 2020 season.
Levi Thomas - RHP - Troy University: A native of Cullman, AL, Levi Thomas was apart of Cullman High School baseball’s state championship team in 2015. In his third season for Troy, he struck-out 14 batters in a single game against Northern Kentucky. He’d be named to d1baseball.com's list of top 25 junior pitchers following the canceled season.
Play at our very-own Alabama Schools:
Tyler Gentry - OF - University of Alabama: Gentry played his high school ball in Arlington, Tennessee prior to helping Walters State Community College (MS) reach the NJCAA World Series in 2018. For the Crimson Tide, he appeared in all 73 games during his career, starting in 72 of those games.
Bailey Horn - LHP - Auburn: This left-hander won two state championships at West High School (West, Texas) before playing his freshman season at McLennan Community College in Waco. In his past season in an Auburn uniform, he struck out 27 batters on only 17.1 innings of work (Shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
Steven Williams - OF - Auburn: From Albany, Georgia, this outfielder won back-to-back state championships for Deerfield-Windsor High School in 2015 and 2016. Williams blasted 140 hits, 99 RBI, and 23 home runs in the span of his 143-game-career with the Auburn Tigers.
The 2020 MLB Draft will take place June 10-11th and coverage for the first round of picks begins at 6pm CST on ESPN and The MLB Network.