by Mason McRae
THE TOP 50 PROSPECTS IN THE 2020 CLASS
About a week ago, I released my “way-too-early” 2020 mock draft. In that writing, I had the Jays taking Tyler Soderstrom, a Catcher out of Turluck, Texas.
Now, instead of looking at who could take who in that given spot, which is extremely hard to do (and much harder in the MLB, where the draft isn’t as popular given the long development process that even the #1 overall pick has to go through), I will now show my top 50 prospects in the draft. Obviously this will change as the draft approaches and players raise or drop their draft stock. After watching another horrific Edwin Jackson outing, I’m sure Jays fans need a positive to take out of this season. Any of these 50 prospects could be a Jay in about 340 days, maybe even two or three if the Jays can get lucky or they overslot one of the players in a later round. Well here it is! The top 50 prospects in the 2020 MLB Draft, starting with top 25!
The top 25 prospects in this years class are a very impressive group. It features a very deep class of arms, a loaded Catching position, a couple of potential superstars out of high school, and a very underrated Outfielders.
Now, these are the players to keep an eye on. Zac Veen and Drew Romo have sky-rocketed many draft boards after having an amazing week at the Perfect Game national showcase. Veen showed an impressive hit tool with pop, and some athleticism in the field and on the bases. Romo, on the other hand, caught eyes with a jaw-dropping job behind the plate. Almost every one of his pop times was sub 1.9, and even had one clocked at 1.76 which was the highest all week-long.
As I said earlier, the arms in this class are impressive – the headliners are obviously Georgia’s Emerson Hancock and Cole Wilcox who both flash a plus FB with starter traits and at least one plus secondary pitch. Max Meyer, Asa Lacey, and Hugh Fisher would’ve all been the best arm in the 2019 class, more than likely ranking ahead of the sixth overall pick, Nick Lodolo. Dylan Crews, Austin Hendrick, and Robert Hassell are the best prep outfielders (not including Zac Veen). Crews has some scary-good bat speed, and has a similar swing to Robinson Cano. Hendrick probably has the most unique swing in the entire class, his load and hands work similar to Shoei Ohtani. Daniel Cabrera is easily the best Outfielder from college in the class, he has a really simple swing that generates power and will play in a lineup everyday somewhere. Two players who could quietly rise up some draft boards are Potomac Falls’ Nate Sevino, who is unfortunately committed to the University of Virginia. He has an extremely quick arm action that runs up to 96 and flashes a plus slider, hopefully somebody will save his career and convince him to sign a pro contract. Alejandro Rosario, a Florida product going to ‘The U’ also has an arm that gets up to 96 easily with a clean action. Now onto the Bottom half of the top 50.
The bottom half of the top 50, is highlighted by a few arms – J.T Ginn, Tommy Mace, Tanner Burns, and Reid Detmers are the second tier of pitchers in the class. Ginn, a hard-throwing righty with starter traits and a Jake Arrietta MLB comp, will certainly catch a few eyes. Mace is similar to Ginn but has shown command issues and struggled this year for the Gators. Burns and Detmers are very similar aside from the side they throw from. Burns is an easy 92-94 righty who is a finesse pitcher who really competes for Auburn, while Detmers is a 91-92 lefty that overpowers hitters with some heavy arm side run on his fastball. Crochet and Henry are also impressive arms who will receive a lot of attention, but are lower on boards mainly because of the insane amount of arms. Chavers and Mitchell are two impressive bats with lots of athleticism and centre field potential. Both have home run pop and gap-to-gap power. Drew Bowser, and Tank Espalin are probably the best prep hitters in the bottom 25. Both feature an athletic build and can more than likely stick at shortstop. Nick Gonzales had the best numbers in the country last year, finishing second in batting average. He led an impressive New Mexico State offense – that does have some help from its park and the high elevation they play at. Micheal Brown has the most power in his bat behind Blaze Jordan, Brown is sneaky athletic and could rise because of his plus power. Freddy Zamora has been argued by some as the best college shortstop in the class, ahead of Casey Martin and Austin Martin. Thanks to his impressive hit tool and athleticism. Yohandy Morales- a very similar player to Javier Baez thanks to his pretty swing – has a hit tool that needs work, but he has more than enough pop in his bat to get attention. Lucas Gordon and Timmy Manning are the last names to mention, both are some of the best prep lefties in the class. Manning features an absolute hammer and sits 90-91, very similar to Gordan who sits 89-92. Manning is a scout-favorite because of his Team USA experience last summer.
Now, to recap the entire class. As stated millions of times, it has no shortage of arms, especially from the college ranks. The arms get talked about so much in this class – you’d think that there was a shortage of bats. Well that’s far from the truth, many of the top prep and college players have been impressive and are why this might be one of the best classes in awhile. If you’re a team like the Blue Jays, don’t let a disappointing season distract you from a potential superstar player that could be a Jay sooner rather than later. Whoever the jays get from this draft will be a part of their core and join the likes of Alek Manoah, Nate Pearson, Miguel Hiraldo, Jordan Groshans, Adam Kloffenstein, and Griffin Conine in an absolutely loaded farm system.