Our own @masonmcrae beat them to it, but Baseball America has published its first (paywalled) Mock for the 2020 draft.
You can read Mason’s mock here, and we’ll take a quick look at Lacy and the other players projected to go in and around the 5th slot.
There is no clear-cut consensus first overall pick at the moment, but three players – Arizona 1B Spencer Torkelson, Georgia RHP Emerson Hancock, and Vanderbilt 2B Austin Martin – have separated themselves from the pack, at least until the college season is well underway.
BA’s Carlos Collazo has the Blue Jays taking LHP Asa Lacy from Texas A & M at #5, and he checks a lot of boxes. As a starting southpaw, he probably would leap over the decent but thin ranks of lefty starters in the Toronto system to become the top pitching prospect after Nate Pearson is summoned to the bigs. A power arm, he offers an intriguing set of traits:
…..his combination of physicality, stuff, handedness and a no-nonsense, business-like mentality on the mound could easily elevate him to being the best arm in the class during the spring. Lacy has a 93-97 mph fastball and a wipeout slider to go along with a power curveball and a changeup—he’s been dominant in two seasons with Texas A&M, posting a sub-3.00 ERA in back-to-back seasons with 178 strikeouts in 128 innings (12.5 K/9).
With the departure of Steve Sanders and the arrival of Shane Farrell in the Director of Amateur Scouting role, we really shouldn’t see much of a change in draft philosophy. Come draft time, it’s very much a team effort among the Blue Jays front office, and while they’ll always look for the Best Player Available, but if recent history is any indication. they’ve shown a preference for college starters (Alex Manoah, TJ Zeuch) and UTM guys (Logan Warmoth, Jordan Groshans), and it would be out of character for them to step out of those lines.
With that it mind, there are several other players in those moulds currently ranked between 4th and 8th that fit the Blue Jays scouting bill, including:
-Illinois HS SS Ed Howard
-Texas HS C Drew Romo – not ranked high by BA, but Mason is ecstatic about him
– New Mexico St 2B Nick Gonzales
There are several other players avid readers and draft followers have pointed out (Texas RHP Jared Kelly), but given past history, that’s still a reach until a player like Kelly places himself into BPA territory.
If you’re interested in following the progress of Lacy, the Aggies open their seasonat home vs Miami (Ohio) on February 15th. There is still a long way to go, but Vancouver Canadians fans should start to feel a little warmer despite the unusual chilly and snowy lower mainland weather of the past week.