by Mason McRae
Updated Top 25 Players for the 2020 Draft with Notable Risers & Fallers
|3||C||Drew||Romo||55||The Woodlands HS||6’1||205|
|4||OF||Dylan||Crews||55||Lake Mary HS||6’0||175|
|7||OF||Austin||Hendrick||50||West Allegheny HS||6’1||195|
|8||OF||Robert||Hassell III||50||Independence HS||6’2||195|
|10||OF||Zac||Veen||50||Spruce Creek HS||6’4||180|
|12||RHP||Alejandro||Rosario||50||Miami Christian HS||6’1||165|
|14||C||Patrick||Bailey||50||North Carolina State||6’2||192|
|18||RHP||Jared||Jones||45||La Miranda HS||6’1||175|
|23||RHP||C.J||Van Eyk||45||Florida St||6’1||190|
|24||SS||Ed||Howard||45||Mount Carmel HS||6’2||185|
|25||LHP||Ryan||Bruno||45||American Heritage HS||6’3||185|
The Biggest Change is Drew Romo going from 5 to 3 and Dylan Crews from 3 to 4. After a disappointing summer, I had to drop Crews a little and with Romo getting more impressive by the day – I’m much higher on him than most because of the HS Catcher risk scaring off others, but he’s such a fun player to watch.
Robert Hassell III got bumped from 11 to 8, making him the 4th ranked OF ahead of Veen whom he was previously behind by a spot. Hassell is the complete package, while Veen has some off the field worries and a slight dip on the hit tool compared to RH3.
Alejandro Rosario was the most impressive player this summer, proving he could glove-strike his fastball and spot up the zone against tough competition He has the best fastball in the class, and probably the most advanced command from the HS ranks. A bump from 18 to 12 for Rosario, making him the 2nd best RHP in his class, after previously being the No.4 behind Jones and Kelley.
Jared Jones dropped from 11 to 18 after some bothersome command issues at showcases and what look like a mental problem where he got to himself, he still has a fastball in the mid-90s with life and a BB that complements his CH/FB. But he doesn’t have the flashy command Rosario and Abel come with.
Ryan Bruno and Ed Howard weren’t even in the top-50 before my update. Bruno was NR while Howard was 52nd in the class. Howard can stick at SS and has a loud bat with an easy swing, he’s an uber athlete with the ability to take over a ballgame in any phase of the game. Bruno is a textbook lefty with clean mechanics and a whippy arm with velo behind it. Bruno might overtake Timmy Manning as my favorite LHP to watch from in his class, his delivery is about as good as it gets.
Casey Martin and Blaze Jordan were the last changes, Blaze’s ego has gotten way-too-big and his lack of improvement over the summer doesn’t warrant a top-15 selection. Martin dropped mainly because of others rising while he doesn’t have a way of improving his stock until the Razorbacks’ season begins.
That’s it, let me know who you think’s improved/dropped his stock and feel free to message me on twitter @mason_mcrae with questions.