Top prospects head for first Draft Combine

June 22nd, 2021

More than 100 players are slated to attend the first-ever MLB Draft Combine this week in North Carolina, including two dozen ranked in the top 100 on MLB Pipeline's Draft Top 250 Prospects list. Seventy-four from the Top 250 are scheduled to take part in the event.

Florida outfielder Jud Fabian (No. 22 on the Draft Top 250), Wake Forest right-hander Ryan Cusick (No. 24), South Alabama outfielder Ethan Wilson (No. 34), Nebraska right-hander/shortstop Spencer Schwellenbach (No. 52), Florida State catcher Matheu Nelson (No. 54), Louisville corner infielder Alex Binelas (No. 64), Alabama second baseman Peyton Wilson (No. 67), Alabama righty Dylan Smith (No. 74) and Florida State outfielder Robby Martin (No. 100) highlight the college contingent that will participate in on-field workouts at the combine, which will be staged June 21-28 at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C., and the Raleigh Convention Center.

Southridge HS (Huntingburg, Ind.) third baseman Colson Montgomery (No. 29), Madison (Miss.) Central HS outfielder/right-hander Braden Montgomery (No. 65), Central Pointe Christian Academy (Kissimmee, Fla.) shortstop Edwin Arroyo (No. 81), Arkansas HS (Texarkana, Ark.) outfielder Braylon Bishop (No. 92) and Archbishop Murphy HS (Everett, Wash.) outfielder Malakhi Knight (No. 93) headline the prep group that will take part in on-field activities.

Louisville catcher Henry Davis (No. 5) is the highest-ranked player attending the combine. Other players who will be on hand but not participating in on-field action include Miami (Ohio) right-hander Sam Bachman (No. 14), Red Land HS (Lewisberry, Pa.) outfielder Benny Montgomery (No. 15), Louisiana State right-hander Jaden Hill (No. 35), Florida righty Tommy Mace (No. 43), Fordham left-hander Matt Mikulski (No. 48), St. Mary's Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) shortstop Alex Mooney (No. 63), Maryland righty Sean Burke (No. 75), Trinity HS (Louisville, Ky.) outfielder Daylen Lile (No. 80) and Baylor HS (Chattanooga, Tenn.) second baseman Cooper Kinney (No. 90).

There will be a tournament with games for high school players on June 22, 23 and 26 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. On Tuesday, Team Red will play Team Navy at 3 p.m. ET. Team Gray will face Team Blue at 6:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Team Red meets Team Gray at 3 p.m., with Team Navy vs. Team Blue at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, Team Red plays Team Blue at noon and Team Navy takes on Team Gray at 4 p.m.

All players will have the opportunity to participate in pro-style workouts from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday at the USA Baseball complex. Strength and conditioning assessments will be done both days from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center. There will also be programs on educating players about their upcoming careers in professional baseball and on social media branding.

Several ex-big leaguers also will be on hand in a variety of roles, including former All-Stars Billy Butler, Royce Clayton, Fred McGriff, Brad Penny and Rickie Weeks. MLB Network will cover the combine throughout next week, including a live five-hour broadcast on June 25 beginning at 1 p.m. ET. The five-hour show will include analysis of player workouts as well as interviews with prospects and club executives.

For the first time since the Draft began in 1965, it will be held in July rather than June. It will take place over three days in Colorado in conjunction with the All-Star Game: the first and supplemental first rounds on July 11, the second through 10th rounds on July 12 and the 11th through 20th rounds on July 13.