Slade Cecconi was drafted as the 33rd pick in the 2020 MLB Draft and will begin his professional career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cecconi, as a draft-eligible sophomore, had a short career for the Hurricanes, but it was one that included many fine moments.
Cecconi was one of the best freshman pitchers in the country in 2019, becoming a Freshman All-American after performing solidly as Miami’s mid-week starter. 2019 might have also seen his most memorable start as a Hurricane, where he pitched beyond his years against Mississippi State in the Hurricanes’ final game at the NCAA Regionals.
Despite an up-and-down start to his 2020 campaign, Cecconi remained one of the most intriguing 2020 MLB Draft prospects due to his solid stuff and potential for further development into his frame. Cecconi has all the tools to have incredible success in the professional ranks in the future.
Cecconi’s new team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, have consistently gotten the most out of their talent in recent years. The Arizona squad should be very competitive in the NL West in the years to come and Cecconi will hope to make an impact at the big-league level in future playoff races.
Cecconi was the first Hurricane off the board in the draft, ahead of Chris McMahon who was also expected to be a late first round or early second round pick. In addition to McMahon, Miami teammates Freddy Zamora and Alex Toral could see their names called before the end of this year’s draft.
Cecconi will immediately become one of the most exciting prospects for the Diamondbacks and in the MLB in general. He could certainly become the next player to go on to incredible professional accomplishments after a career in the orange and green.