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Arizona Diamondbacks 2020 MLB Mock Draft Roundup

The 2020 MLB Draft will be held virtually on Wednesday, June 10th and Thursday, June 11th.

We've been tracking MLB mock drafts from various baseball analysts, writers and bloggers via our 2020 MLB Mock Draft Database.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have the 18th pick in Wednesday's draft and our Arizona Diamondbacks 2020 MLB Mock Draft Roundup compiles picks for the Diamondbacks in recently-updated mock drafts.

The picks listed below are sorted by when the mock draft was updated (date in parenthesis) with the most recent mocks listed first.

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MLB.com - Mayo (6/4)
Austin Hendrick, OF, West Allegheny HS (Pa.)

Arizona would love a bat here and Hendrick is the best one available if it goes down this way. If he's gone, they could go the college arm route with someone like Georgia's Cole Wilcox.

The Athletic - Law (6/3)
Ed Howard, SS, Mount Carmel (Ill.) HS

The Mike Hazen D-Backs went big on upside last year, and their biggest successes to date in the draft have come on high school position players. I know of teams in the 20s hoping Howard falls to them but also had sources above that indicate they don't think he gets out of the teens.

CBS Sports - Axisa (6/2)
OF Pete Crow-Armstrong, Harvard-Westlake High School (California)

Speedy outfielders with high-end contact skills are a popular target for the Diamondbacks under GM Mike Hazen and Crow-Armstrong fits perfectly. He's on the short list of the best defensive players in the draft, and if the power he started to show prior to the shutdown is real, he could be a steal at this pick.

Fangraphs - Longenhagen (5/27)
Nick Bitsko, RHP, Central Bucks East HS (PA)

Neither Bitsko nor Hendrick played a game this spring (Hendrick was heavily scouted last summer, Bitsko had not yet reclassified), and though I disagree with it, there's real risk it will impact where they're taken.

MLB.com - Callis (5/27)
Nick Bitsko, RHP, Central Bucks HS East (Doylestown, Pa.)

Since reclassifying into the 2020 Draft in January, the only time Bitsko pitched for scouts came in a March 4 bullpen workout. The lack of looks amplifies the high-school-righty risk that worries many teams, but the upside of three plus pitches with similar command is hard to ignore. The D-backs could go with Crow-Armstrong's polished bat and hope Bitsko gets to their supplemental first-round selection at No. 33, but that seems increasingly less likely.

ESPN - McDaniel (5/26)
Pete Crow-Armstrong, CF, Harvard Westlake High School (California), Vanderbilt commit

The D-backs are another team that seems to have zeroed in on a specific type (contact-first, up-the-middle prep bats) and has gotten solid recent results with that approach (Alek Thomas, Corbin Carroll). Crow-Armstrong fits it to a T. It isn't a coincidence that the other best fit to that type in the first round, Robert Hassell, is Arizona's other heavily rumored target.

For their next pick, the D-backs are rumored to be targeting some upside prep arms, and one in particular, Bitsko, fits their preference (high slot, high spin, fastball/curveball) very well. Bitsko is already off the board in this mock, but he's a real option at this pick or with Arizona's second pick, if he makes it that far. Clayton Beeter is rising and fits Arizona's type well, but he'll likely go between Arizona's two picks.

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