Emerson Hancock had a standout career for the Georgia baseball team. And he’s now parlayed that potential into a high selection in the 2020 MLB Draft, as the Seattle Mariners drafted Hancock with the No. 6 overall pick in the first round.
Welcome to Seattle, Emerson Hancock!
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) June 10, 2020
— Georgia Baseball (@BaseballUGA) June 10, 2020
Hancock, from Cario, Ga. and listed at 6-foot-4 and 213 pounds, went 16-7 in his Georgia career with a 3.47 ERA. In his truncated junior season he struck out 24 batters in 34 innings pitched while going 2-0 in four starts for the Bulldogs. Prior to the shut-down due to COVID-19, Georgia was 14-4 and ranked as high as No. 2 in the polls.
Even with the truncated season, Hancock won the Vince Dooley Athlete Of The Year award, which is given to the top male student-athlete. Hancock’s average velocity is 94.8 and he’s drawn some comparisons to Justin Verlander.
Hancock does still have eligibility left, so should he not come to an agreeable contract with the Mariners, he could possibly return to Georgia. Teams have until Aug. 1 to sign their draft picks. Hancock had been taken in the 2017 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, but he elected to honor his commitment to Georgia.
The right-handed pitcher has maintained he is going to keep his options open.
“The great thing about the MLB Draft is you can kind of see how things play out,” Hancock said. “Nobody really knows what’s going to happen. There’s a lot of uncertainty about where people might go.
“Whatever does happen, I’ll make the best decision for me and my family. Every kid’s goal when you start playing at a young age is to be a big leaguer.”
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Hancock’s best season at Georgia came as a sophomore when he posted an 8-3 record and a 1.99 ERA while pitching in the best conference in baseball. He served as Georgia’s Friday starter during the season and earned Second Team All-American honors by a number of outlets.
With this selection, Hancock becomes the first Georgia player to be taken in the first round since the Colorado Rockies took pitcher Robert Tyler back in 2016. Fellow Georgia pitcher Cole Wilcox is also expected to be a high-selection in this year’s draft.
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