Pick 6: Mariners select Emerson Hancock, RHP Georgia
Emerson Hancock may have entered the 2020 season with the best chance to be the number one overall pick. But some struggles early in 2020 and the cancelation of the season may have done some irreversible damage to his value. There have been whispers that teams are concerned by his lack of command and it may cause him to fall to the back half of the Top 10, but the Mariners shouldn’t allow him to get past the 6th pick.
Hancock has a prototypical frame at 6’4″, 215 lbs, and doesn’t turn 21-years-old until the end of this month. But Hancock possesses three offerings that grade out as plus with a fourth pitch that flashes plus. His fastball sits in the mid-90s with riding life and he has a slider he can throw with variety to go along with an already plus changeup and a good curveball.
Hancock has the arsenal of an ace and would likely join the Mariners as their top pitching prospect. Now, the odds are still favoring Hancock going inside the top five and the Mariners selecting Nick Gonzales as a result. And if I was a betting man, I’d guess that Gonzales is still the most likely pick.
But we need to be prepared for all possibilities and the odds that Hancock falls out of the Top 5 are slowly growing. Hancock would be a home run pick for Seattle and give the team its best chance at a homegrown ace in their system.