With the college baseball season being cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the chance to improve draft stock was lost for many players across the landscape.
For Emerson Hancock, however, his overall body of work was still good enough to be selected No. 6 overall in Wednesday’s MLB Draft.
The hurler from Cairo is Georgia’s 11th first-round pick in program history and the second-highest Georgia standout drafted, one behind Jeff Pyburn in 1980 when he was picked by San Diego.
Hancock was picked despite a slower than typical start this season (2-0, 2.75 ERA) and missed a good portion of last season with an injury. Even still, he gave up a run or fewer in nine or 14 starts, showing off a tremendous upside that Seattle is banking on.
In fact, the Mariners may have gotten a steal indirectly, given that Hancock could have easily gone higher.
Mariners reportedly taking Emerson Hancock, RHP out of Georgia. A true frontline pitcher who I never ever dreamed would be available when the Mariners picked: https://t.co/8co3rH3CaD— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) June 10, 2020