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2020 MLB Draft: Spencer Torkelson goes No. 1 overall; four taken on 1st day

Jun 10, 2020

Though their 2020 campaigns were cut short, Pac-12 baseball stars will still have a chance to realize lifelong dreams during MLB Draft, Wednesday and Thursday.

Follow along below the conference's former stars are selected in the five-round draft. 

Arizona State

Spencer Torkelson, No. 1 — Detroit Tigers

Spencer Torkelson was taken first overall by the Detroit Tigers, making the Pac-12 the first college conference to have the No. 1 pick in back-to-back years after OSU's Adley Rutschman went first to the Orioles last year.

Torkelson is the fourth Sun Devil to go No. 1 overall (Rick Monday in the first ever draft in 1965, Floyd Bannister in 1976 and Bob Horner in 1978). He's also the first right-handed first baseman to be selected with the No. 1 pick in MLB Draft history.

UCLA

Garrett Mitchell, No. 20 — Milwaukee Brewers

Garrett Mitchell became the Bruins' highest-drafted position player since Chase Utley (No. 15, Philadelphia) in 2000. It's good news for the Brewers if history holds, as every UCLA non-pitcher to be drafted in the top 20 has gone on to win a World Series (Shane Mack - MIN 1991, Troy Glaus - LAA 2002, Chase Utley, PHI 2008).

Mitchell teamed up with Oregon softball star Haley Cruse for a TikTok-inspired dance to mark the occasion.

Arizona

Austin Wells, No. 28 — New York Yankees

Arizona got its first top-30 pick since 2015 (Kevin Newman, No. 19 - PIT) when the Yankees took Wells with the No. 28 pick. It’s clear the Yankees liked Wells from the onset — they also drafted him in the 2018 MLB Draft out of high school in the 35th round. But his time at Arizona catapulted him into the first round two years later.

Arizona State

Alika Williams, No. 37 — Tampa Bay Rays

With Alika Williams headed to the Rays at No. 37 overall, this year marks the first draft that ASU has had two top-40 picks since 2008 (Brett Wallace, 13-STL/Ike Davis, 18-NYM).

[Related: See the first-round draft order (MLB.com)]

Player Position Pac-12 School MLB team Round / Overall Pick
Spencer Torkelson 1B 1st / 1st
Garrett Mitchell OF 1st / 20th
Austin Wells C 1st / 28th
Alika Williams SS CBA / 37th
Holden Powell RHP 3rd / 94th
Trevor Hauver LF 3rd / 99th
Gage Workman 3B 4th / 102nd
Christian Chamberlain LHP 4th / 105th
R.J. Dabovich RHP 4th / 114th
Matthew Dyer C 4th / 120th
Kyle Hurt RHP 5th / 134th
Stevie Emanuels RHP 5th / 157th