ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

D-backs select SS Jordan Lawlar with 1st-round MLB Draft pick

Jul 11, 2021, 5:28 PM | Updated: Jul 12, 2021, 7:49 am
Jordan Lawlar (Courtesy photo/Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas Athletics)...
Jordan Lawlar (Courtesy photo/Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas Athletics)
(Courtesy photo/Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas Athletics)

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected high school shortstop Jordan Lawlar with the team’s first pick, No. 6 overall in the 2021 MLB Draft on Sunday.

Lawlar of Jesuit Prep High School in Dallas, Texas, is regarded by MLB.com as a five-tool shortstop who parallels to Bobby Witt Jr., the No. 2 overall pick to the Kansas City Royals in 2019.


He was ranked No. 3 on the MLB.com prospect rankings, behind fellow high school shortstop Marcelo Mayer – who went No. 4 to the Boston Red Sox – and Vanderbilt pitcher Jack Leiter who went to the Texas Rangers as the No. 2 overall pick.

Lawlar won Gatorade’s Texas high school player of the year award after hitting .412 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 36 games while also stealing 32 bases.

He is described by MLB.com as having a quick, compact right-handed swing with a mature approach at the plate, even though he struck out more than expected as a senior.

Lawlar is expected to develop solid power once he adds strength and starts turning on more pitches, according to MLB.com.

The 18-year-old who will turn 19 in one week is committed to play at Vanderbilt University.

High school catcher Henry Davis was the first overall pick of the draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte grimaces after fouling a pitch off his foot during the eighth inn...
Arizona Sports

Report: Marlins expressed interest in D-backs’ Ketel Marte

The D-backs have not shown interest in trading Ketel Marte, but he could be a quite valuable trade chip when the lockout is over.
13 hours ago
Seattle Mariners gather as the MLB logo is shown during a review of an attempted catch by right fie...
Associated Press

Major League Baseball owners lock out players

Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement expired Wednesday night, plunging the sport toward a management lockout.
2 days ago
San Diego Padres relief pitcher Mark Melancon, right, celebrates with catcher Victor Caratini after...
Arizona Sports

RHP Mark Melancon strikes 2-year deal with Arizona Diamondbacks

Relief pitcher Mark Melancon and the Arizona Diamondbacks have reportedly struck a two-year deal, confirms Arizona Sports' John Gambadoro.
3 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Carson Kelly (18) is greeted by Christian Walker (53) after scoring against t...
Jake Anderson

D-backs tender contracts to arbitration-eligible Kelly, Walker, Weaver

The Arizona Diamondbacks have tendered contracts to arbitration-eligible players: C Carson Kelly, 1B Christian Walker and RHP Luke Weaver.
4 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo watches from the dugout during the sixth inning of the t...
Arizona Sports

Diamondbacks fill out rest of coaching staff around Torey Lovullo

The D-backs announced five additions to its restructured staff, naming three assistant hitting coaches and two assistant pitching coaches.
4 days ago
Tampa Bay Rays' Jordan Luplow celebrates in the dugout after his grand slam during the first inning...
Wills Rice

Arizona Diamondbacks acquire outfielder Jordan Luplow from Rays

The Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder Jordan Luplow from the Tampa Bay Rays in return for infielder Ronny Simon.
8 days ago
D-backs select SS Jordan Lawlar with 1st-round MLB Draft pick