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2020 MLB Draft - Only 5 rounds

The excitement over the MLB draft wasn't there this year. Sadly, the COVID-19 Pandemic has taken its toll on baseball. Many fans simply lost interest in baseball news.

The college baseball season ended early without a College World Series and there weren't any playoffs for most high school teams.

Without college baseball being played, there isn't any current interest on my part. I didn't see any notable ambidextrous pitchers on the watch list, and none where drafted in 5 rounds.
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However, I thought it was worth taking a quick count on swith-hitters who were drafted in 2020.

Eight (8) swith-hitters are listed on the draft website.

Listed by pick number:
#13 Bailey, PatrickNorth Carolina State (NC) - Catcher
#35 Romo, DrewThe Woodlands HS (TX) - Catcher
#73 Cruz, TreiRice (TX) - SS
#92 Warren, ZavierCentral Michigan (MI) - Catcher
#93 Prater, LeviOklahoma (OK) - LH Pitcher
#102 Workman, GageArizona State (AZ) - 3B
#130 Taylor, CarsonVirginia Tech…
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Cartersville HS (Class of 2018)
Team: Purple Hurricanes

College Commitment: University of Florida
(verbal commitment to Auburn in 2016)
2018 MLB Draft:
Selected No. 23 as a catcher by the Yankees
Positions: C, 2B, 3B, BHP Ht/Wt:6', 200 lbs. Bats/Throws: S/B
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75-76 mph fastball

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Pat Venditte News 2019

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