The 2020 MLB Draft is set to take place Wednesday and Thursday. While under normal circumstances there would be 40 rounds, this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be just 5 rounds. As is always the case since Dan McDonnell arrived at Louisville, there are two likely first round draft picks that fans should tune in to see when and where they’re drafted.
Those two likely draft picks are southpaw pitching prospect Reid Detmers and righty Bobby Miller. Both were at the top of Louisville’s rotation in the shortened 2020 season and were also there in 2019. Both figure to go in the first round and both could conceivably go in the top 10 to 20 picks.
Detmers is a two-time All-American for the Cards. The IL native went 20-6 in his three years at Louisville. He had a career 3.20 ERA and 284 career strikeouts. Opponents batted a paltry .193 against him. With a good fastball and devastating curveball, Detmers figures to have a chance to climb the minor league ladder and make it to the show relatively quickly.
Miller is an IL native like Detmers. A freshman All-American in 2018, Miller went 15-2 in his career at Louisville. He had a 3.28 career ERA and recorded 175 career strikeouts. Opposing hitters had a difficult time hitting Miller as proven by his .199 batting average against. With a devastating fastball in the mid-to-high 90s and a nice cutter/slider. Miller has the stuff to make a relatively quick ascent through the minors to the majors like his teammate.
The first round of the MLB Draft is set for Thursday night at 7 pm on the MLB Network and ESPN. This is when Louisville fans should be watching as both of these aces will likely be chosen during this time. Rounds 2-5 will begin at 5 pm Thursday and will air on MLB Network and ESPN 2.
*all stats courtesy of gocards.com