With the 20th selection in the 2021 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees selected SS Trey Sweeney out of Eastern Illinois University.
In a draft that seemingly lacks much depth at all when it comes to college bats, Trey Sweeney stands out as a guy that, despite being from a small school, has a strong hit tool and possesses power while also potentially sticking at a premium position. If not for the COVID shutdowns that cost him potential opportunities to hit against more elite competition, some think he would have gone significantly higher than he ended up getting drafted.
While his big 6’4 frame and questions about his overall athleticism bring some questions about a potential move to third base in the future, Sweeney has shown real improvement defensively and with his strong arm, he at least has a chance to stick there. However, what you are buying with him is his bat as he is a guy with a strong approach at the plate, great ability to make good and consistent contact, and real power from the left side of the plate. He does probably need to make some minor changes to his swing which has some moving pieces, but those are seen as minor concerns. Overall, Sweeney could end up being a bargain in this draft class especially when you factor in the lack of impact college bats in the 2021 class.