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2020 MLB Draft: Shriners College Classic

MLB drafted players

MLB officials decided to cut the 2020 MLB draft from 40 rounds to five due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were 22 former Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic participants selected in this year’s MLB Draft including seven first round picks.

“We were proud to hear the names of 22 former tournament participants called in the 2020 MLB Draft,” said Dustin Johnson, sports marketing manager for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “As these players begin professional careers, many of them remember their experiences visiting Shriners Hospitals for Children locations or hosting patient families at their campus. The tournament connects student-athletes to our charitable mission, which they continue to support as professional athletes.”

Former Shriners Hospitals for Children patient Levi Prater was drafted to the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round. To read an article about his story, click here.

In this year’s tournament, fourth-round draft pick Dane Acker from Oklahoma threw the first no-hitter in Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic history. It was also the first time LSU has been no-hit in a 9.0-inning game in their program’s history.

Overall, the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic has hosted over 30 programs in its 20-year history and has seen a multitude of future Major Leaguers participate, including All-Stars Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer (UCLA in 2009), David Price (Vanderbilt in 2007), Matt Carpenter (TCU in 2006) , Anthony Rendon (Rice from 2009–11) and Alex Bregman (LSU 2015) to name a few.

Below are highlights from our Twitter, @shrinershosp, and a list of our drafted players from the 2020 MLB Draft:

Heston Kjerstad Round 1 Pick 2 - Baltimore Orioles

Asa Lacy Round 1 Pick 4 – Kansas City Royals

Austin Martin Round 1 Pick 5 – Toronto Blue Jays

Justin Foscue Round 1 Pick 14 – Texas Rangers

Cade Cavalli Round 1 Pick 22 – Washington Nationals

Jordan Westburg Round 1 Pick 30 – Baltimore Orioles

Nick Loftin Round 1 Pick 32 – Kansas City Royals

Drafted players:

  1. Heston Kjerstad – Baltimore Orioles
  2. Asa Lacy – Kansas City Royals
  3. Austin Martin – Toronto Blue Jays
  4. Justin Foscue – Texas Rangers
  5. Cade Cavalli – Washington Nationals
  6. Jordan Westburg – Baltimore Orioles
  7. Nick Loftin – Kansas City Royals
  8. Zach DeLoach – Seattle Mariners
  9. Christian Roa – Cincinnati Reds
  10. Cole Henry – Washington Nationals
  11. Daniel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers
  12. Trei Cruz – Detroit Tigers
  13. Casey Martin – Philadelphia Phillies
  14. Levi Prater – St. Louis Cardinals
  15. Tyler Brown – Houston Astros
  16. Jake Eder – Miami Marlins
  17. Ian Bedell – St. Louis Cardinals
  18. Brady Lindsly – Washington Nationals
  19. Dane Acker – Oakland Athletics
  20. Hayden Cantrelle – Milwaukee Brewers
  21. Mason Hickman – Cleveland Indians
  22. Bryce Elder – Atlanta Braves

The 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic will feature six Texas programs. The participating programs in the 2021 field include Rice, Sam Houston State, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas State and Texas Tech. The 21st annual tournament will feature nine games at Minute Maid Park from March 5-7, 2021. Tickets will be available for purchase in November from the Astros website at Astros.com/CollegeClassic.