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The 2020 MLB Draft is finally upon us. Beginning tonight at 7:00 PM, the professional careers of 160 players will begin.

The University of Florida has been well represented in the MLB Draft since Kevin O’Sullivan took over the program. 2020 should be no different with at least two players and a signee selected over the five round, two-day draft.

SIGNEE ZAC VEEN:

Veen will never step foot on campus as a Gator as he is projected to go as high as No. 4 to Kansas City by most draft pundits. Veen signed with UF back in November, but has generally been seen as someone who would never realize his collegiate baseball potential.

The Port Orange, FL native is a 6’4 prospect who is projected as power-bat positioned in the outfield.

RHP TOMMY MACE:

The junior from Tampa was enjoying an excellent bounce back after a rough 2019 that saw him go 8-5 with a 5.32 ERA.

As Florida’s Friday night starter, Mace put up a 3-0 record in four starts while lowering his ERA to a 1.67 clip in 27.0 innings of work.

Mace is the No. 69 prospect according to MLB.com and will likely be selected on Thursday.

RHP JACK LEFTWICH:

Leftwich was also enjoying a bounce back year in the Orange and Blue as he had garnered a 2-0 record to go along with a 4.15 ERA in four starts in 2020.

Leftwich struggled in 2019 and his 6-5 record and 5.31 ERA show just how difficult a season it was. In addition, the Orlando native had issues with blisters on his pitching hand for much of the season.

Leftwich is the No. 145 ranked prospect according to MLB.com.

Also draft-eligible:

  • RHP Justin Alintoff
  • LHP Jordan Butler
  • C Cal Greenfield
  • OF Austin Langworthy
  • RHP David Luethje
  • IF Kirby McMullen
  • RHP Garrett Milchin
  • RHP Christian Scott
  • 1B/C Brady Smith
  • IF/OF Jacob Young

Top signees that could hear their name:

  • 3B Coby Mayo
  • SS Sterlin Thompson
  • C Mac Guscette
  • SS Colby Halter
  • LHP Timothy Manning

The first round of the 2020 MLB Draft is slated to begin at 7:00 PM on Wednesday and will be aired on ESPN and MLB Network. Rounds 2-5 will begin on Thursday at 4:00 PM and will also be aired nationally on ESPN and MLB Network.

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