By Mason McRae
It’s no secret that the Blue Jays have a knack for Bloodline MLB talent, the three obvious ones being Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Cavan Biggio, and Bo Bichette. The 2020 Draft doesn’t have any well-known bloodline prospects, but there are a few who could garner attention on day-two of the draft. Let’s take a look at five 2020 eligible prospects with ties to the MLB.
Kicking it off with the son of Dusty Baker, longtime Reds, Giants, Cubs and Nationals manager aswell as a 19-year MLB vet as an impact player. His son, Darren Baker – a middle infielder at the University of California is well-known for almost getting run over at home plate as the bat boy in the World Series, has an electric bat that helped anchor the bottom of Cal’s loaded lineup last year. He’s an instinctive player (as expected) with lots of athleticism, and a knack for finding ways on base. Darren looks like a mid-day two talent with a chance of shooting up boards with a strong junior-campaign.
Next up, Trei Cruz – a Rice outfielder who’s the son of Jose Cruz Jr, and grandson of Jose Cruz Sr; two MLB players, with Sr being a well-known Astro. Trei had a .912 OPS for Rice last season with 9 HRs, the juice is there and he was great this summer in a wood-bat league. Anybody with as many connections to the MLB as Trei warrants attention – and he has, all the way since HS; where he was taken in the 35th round of the 2018 MLB Draft to the Astros. Rice is one of the more competitive mid-major programs and Trei will be a vital part to their success this season.
Finally we look at a high schooler, Carson Tucker – the brother of young Pirates shortstop, Cole Tucker. Carson is fairly similar with a good enough glove at short to stay there but not wow and a swing that makes loud contact. He has enough juice to be early day-two selection and will more than likely sign for seven digits with somebody.
Jays catcher Reese McGuire has raised his stock heavily since working his way up the Jays’ system, and his brother has done the same since signing with the University of San Diego. Shane McGuire is one of the better defensive catchers in the ‘20 college class. He displays 55 receiving skills and a 60 arm with a good enough bat that has a 50 hit tool and 35 power tool. Shane is an end of day two, beginning of day-three talent who could get interest from Toronto with his brother already being in the system.
The last, but probably the best prospect with ties to the MLB is Tanner Witt, the son of Marlins Minor League hitting coach – Kevin Witt. Kevin was a first-rounder by the Blue Jays in the 1994 draft and didn’t make much noise at the MLB level but did play for numerous teams over a five-year career. His son, Tanner Witt is a monstrous 6’5/195 third-baseman who currently is my 94th ranked prospect in the class, so the talent is immense. His bat and projection is what gets the attention, he’s a long-limbed power-hitting 3B with arms that get to any pitch within the zone and beyond.