Typically a forty round ordeal, the 2020 MLB Draft took on a much different format. Opting for five rounds over the course of two days, on 160 hopefuls would hear their names called. However, four of those selected played college baseball in Norman for the Oklahoma Sooners.
RHP Cade Cavalli | First Round | 22nd Overall | Washington Nationals
Cavalli was dominant in the shortened 2020 season, making just four starts in which he compiled 37 strikeouts and only five walks in 23.3 innings pitched. Most notably he fanned eleven Arkansas batters, with no walks allowed, in five innings of work at the Shriners College Classic. What’s crazy is that, Cavalli has only focused on being a pitcher for the past two years. The sky may very well be the limit for this right-handed pitcher.
LHP Levi Prater | Third Round | 93rd Overall | St. Louis Cardinals
A pitcher with a bit of a mean streak on the mound found himself earning four starts as well. In 23.2 innings of work, Prater struckout 33 batters faced while posting a 1-0 record on the year. Leading the Big 12 in pickoff, the junior collected five during his stint in Norman. Continuing to mature as a pitcher, the lefty provided the Sooners with a reliable arm throughout the duration of a series.
C Brady Lindsly | Fourth Round | 123rd Overall | Washington Nationals
Teaming up with a familiar pitcher, Lindsly heard his name called by the Nationals alongside Cavalli. By the time he was a senior, Lindsly cemented himself a staple behind the plate as well as in the lineup. Over the course of the collegiate career, the catcher scored 66 runs while sporting a .275 batting average.
RHP Dane Acker | Fourth Round | 127th Overall | Oakland Athletics
During the first year with Oklahoma, Dane Acker burst onto the scene with a no-hitter against a ranked LSU Tigers program. During the complete game outing, Acker struck out 11 batters while walking just one. Rounding out the trio of starters over a weekend series, the right-handed pitcher made four starts himself. Limiting batters to the tune of a .170 opposing batting average, Acker appeared primed for a breakout season. Clearly, the command on the mound caught the attention of the MLB.