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MLB Draft 2021: A profile of 2B/SS Peyton Stovall, potential Dodgers 1st-round target

Dodgers pick 29th overall in the first round

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Shreveport Times

The MLB Draft is getting closer and closer, as it’s less than three weeks away. The latest mock draft from MLB Pipeline has the Dodgers taking a new name. With the 29th selection, they have the Dodgers selecting second baseman/shortstop Peyton Stovall. He’s out of Haughton High School in Louisiana.

He’s 6-foot-0 and 180 pounds. The 18-year-old is currently committed to Arkansas.

Stovall is rated as the No. 28 overall prospect on MLB Pipeline. The highest he’s ranked is on Prospects Live where he’s ranked No. 23. His lowest ranking comes on The Athletic where he’s ranked No. 71.

Here’s a lengthy report from Baseball America, where they have him ranked as the No. 32 overall prospect.

Stovall’s draft profile is not for everyone. He’s a high school shortstop whose fringe-average arm will likely require a slide over to second base in pro ball and he’s not particularly physical (6 feet, 180 pounds). But Stovall may end up as the best pure hitter in this year’s draft with above-average power as well, and a combination like that can alleviate concerns about a player’s eventual defensive home. A lefthanded hitter, Stovall’s swing has a simple load, plenty of adjustability and a smooth, fluid stroke with good timing and the ability to use the entire field. He was a consistent performer against top-notch pitching all last summer and hit .505/.664/1.031 this spring with 14 home runs, 23 stolen bases, 42 walks and just seven strikeouts. Stovall’s long track record of hitting will give teams plenty of confidence in his bat, something that can’t be said for many of the college hitters in this class (who had a shortened season and no summer events in 2020). Defensively, his body is thickening up, but he should be an average defender at second, albeit one limited by his arm strength. He’s an Arkansas signee who could provide an instant impact for the Razorbacks, but the way he’s hit, it’s unlikely MLB teams will let him get to school. Stovall came into the season as a likely Day Two pick, but he’s hit his way into the late first round or supplemental first round consideration.

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