The Top 50 Prospects in the 2020 MLB Draft

  1. SS Austin Martin (Vanderbilt)

True utility prospect that can play two premium positions, both at a capable level – with an elite hit tool that has a long track record of success. Has played centerfield for Vanderbilt of late while showing off a near plus-arm and great instincts at a position he hasn’t had the opportunity to mature yet. His aggressive swing is similar to Bo Bichette (Pro-Version), but to this point has a track record similar to ex-Commodore Dansby Swanson.

  1. 1B Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State)

Right-Handed First Baseman with Double Plus Power and Plus Hit tools, he has elite bat speed and natural loft. Though he’s a 1B, there’s still a possibility to play left field at the next level. Torkelson has the highest floor in the class and might be the closest thing to a sure thing in today’s world. Has a finish reminiscent of Mike Trout, and barrel control in the same joint as (2019 3rd Overall Pick) Andrew Vaughn.

  1. RHP Emerson Hancock (Georgia)

One of the most gifted arms we’ve seen since the 2012 CBA changes. Sits in the 95-97 range to start games and usually ends up in the 93-94 range while flashing three plus-pitches. Has a clean arm, starter friendly delivery and virtually everything you’d ask from a top-of-the-line starter. Shares similarities to (2018 1st Overall Pick) Casey Mize, though his arm works much better and his secondary pitches compare to ex-Bulldog (also 1st Round Pick) Robert Tyler.

  1. 2B Nick Gonzales (New Mexico State)

Elite Hitter with positional questions, but a bat that has virtually none. Put up bonkers numbers like many do for the Aggies, but then proceeded to light the Cape Cod on fire and win Player of the Year at the summer’s most prestigious league. Athletic infielder that will make a living in the dirt, though more than likely not a shortstop. Shares traits to ex-Oregon State (4th Overall Pick) 2B Nick Madrigal, though with much more raw-power and a frame more desired (Keston Hiura Body Comp).

  1. OF Garrett Mitchell (UCLA)

Five-Tool college outfielder with Type One Diabetes and nearly every tool. Has raw-power, though he hasn’t tapped into it and approach-related issues have hindered the growth. Still ratherly twitchy for a soon-to-be 21 year old prospect, even if it hasn’t affected him thus far. No doubt center fielder with a plus-arm and elite ball-tracking abilities. Has a (Pro-Version) Kevin Pillar like profile though with much more power.

  1. LHP Reid Detmers (Louisville)

Lefty that has every puzzle piece but one, velocity. Usually sits in the 91-93 range, hitting 95 while ending his starts in the 88-91 range. Has a heavy spin CB – which is one of the more unhittable pitches in the draft, especially against LHH’s. Works with a starter-friendly delivery as well as an arm that looks good. Shares heavy similarities to (2017 4th Overall Pick) Louisville Lefty Brendan McKay.

  1. C Patrick Bailey (North Carolina State)

Switch-Hitting Catcher with above average actions behind the plate, and a future behind the backstop. Has a smooth swing from both sides, with above average power and a similar hit tool. Though he’s not Adley Rutchsman, he shares traits, given both are switch-hitting catchers from a blue collar program with long track records of success beyond the Division One level. Following in the footsteps of ex-Wolfpack Catcher Andrew Knizner.

  1. OF Zac Veen (Spruce Creek HS)

Spring popup prospect that has one of the most ruthless swings in the entire draft. Once viewed as the worst of the notable five prep outfielders (PCA, Veen, Hendrick, Crews, RH3). Veen has since risen against all odds while showcasing a calm and cool approach that when ready, unleashes hell on the ball. Shares characteristics to Nick Markakis.

  1. RHP Mick Abel (Jesuit HS)

Tall, long-limbed, uber-projectable arm with already mid-90’s heat and a plus-CB to boast. Has plenty of traits to like, though numerous flaws easily fixable that could unleash even more velo. Has massive upside, though like most prep arms, he’s highly volatile so the upside comes with heavy risk. In the mold of (2018 1st Round Pick) Cole Winn.

 

  1. LHP Garrett Crochet (Tennessee)

High-90’s lefty with a much desired delivery and high leg raise similar to MacKenzie Gore. Made his debut this past weekend and was as advertised. Hit triple-digits in the fall, and topped out at 98, though hitting 97 and 98 in nearly half of his 41 pitches. Flashes a plus-SL at times, with an inconsistent shape but elite TrackMan numbers. 

  1. OF Pete Crow-Armstrong (Harvard Westlake HS)

Prep Hitter with a rare history of thumping balls deep into gaps, highly instinctive threat on the entire diamond. Highlight reel in centerfield, especially for the US overseas. Potential top-of-the-order havoc-creator and a game changing defender all the while. Shares some characteristics to (2019 1st Round Pick) Corbin Carroll.

  1. RHP Max Meyer (Minnesota)

One of the most electric arms I’ve ever seen, while sharing a high-intent and athletic delivery to Sonny Gray. Has been up to 100, and sitting 97-99 at the beginning of games, while sitting 94-95 at later portions of games. Lacks any flashy secondary, though his changeup and slider are nearly above average pitches. 

  1. LHP Asa Lacy (Texas A&M)

Control-over-command power-lefty with one of the best two-pitch mixes in the draft, if not the best. He lives off a plus-SL that holds in the 87-89 range, with advanced late action and a fastball with heavy spin and carry that allows him to dominate the upper-half of the zone. His delivery, similar to Robbie Ray, puts heavy stress on his head and shoulder. His arm, similar to Michael Wacha with a vertical arm-slot making horizontal movement nearly extinct. 

  1. RHP Cole Wilcox (Georgia)

High-90’s Power-Righty that’s struggled to harness his high-heat, though growth has been shown. Lives off an overpowering FB with heavy arm-side-run and slightly above average command. Lacks any feel for a second offering, though his hook has potential and the changup has a tough plane. 

  1. RHP CJ Van Eyk (Florida State)

Another Florida arm, sitting in the 93-95 range, topping out at 98. Has some of the best stuff in the class, though in short spurts. Flashes three plus pitches, with the best of the bunch being a steep 12/6 hook that shares a similar tunnel to his CH and FB. 

  1. OF Dylan Crews (Lake Mary HS)

Maxed-out right field type outfielder with an above average arm, and one of the best swings in the entire draft. Possesses plus-power and a plus-hit tool, though the latter could become a touch higher in the future with improvement against offspeed. Shares a swing similar to Robinson Cano and the body comp of (Lake Mary Standout & 2015 3rd Overall Pick) Brendan Rodgers.

  1. RHP Carmen Mlodzinski (South Carolina)

Sophomore (Redshirt) eligible that put up the best pitching performance at the Cape Cod this summer. One of the few prospects so gifted, though without any history of success at the college level. Has a starter friendly makeup with two average or better secondary offerings all in the 93-96 range.

  1. OF Austin Hendrick (West Allegheny HS)

Easy to like right fielder with skills suited for the direction of where the MLB is going, with Plus-Power, a Plus-Arm and BP Rounds casual followers would die for. Like most prep bats with juice, he has swing-and-miss concerns. Has made many tweaks to a swing similar to Shoeni Ohtani.

  1. OF Robert Hassell III (Independence HS)

Drew Waters type, who put up one of the best summers I’ve seen for Team USA overseas. Showed a toolsy profile with a plus-hit tool, above average speed, slightly above average power and an average arm. Very likeable left-handed stroke with long zone time and a feel for the barrel. 

  1. SS Ed Howard (Mount Carmel HS)

All-around skilled shortstop with average or better tools all-around with the defense getting the best grades. Left Team USA right before the biggest event which concerned me, though it wasn’t health-related. Very athletic hitter and shows graceful actions in the dirt. 

  1. RHP Tanner Burns (Auburn)

Low-90’s Righty with fierce competitiveness, but durability questions and a lack of feel for a secondary pitch. Works with a low effort delivery and filled out but smallish frame that make relief risk abundant. Pitchability in the mold of Rick Porcello.

  1. 3B Jordan Walker (Decatur HS)

Annual corner power-projection bat with raw juice. Is shockingly graceful at third, though a growing frame and toolset best fitted for right field will move him out of the infield. Shares swing comparisons to Jayson Werth and Cameron Maybin.

  1. C Drew Romo (The Woodlands HS)

Elite Catch & Throw Prospect with pop times in the 1.82 – 1.85 range at PG National. Works fluently from both sides of the plate as a strength-first switch-hitting catcher with natural abilities from both sides and power that comes and goes. Highly desired off-the-field traits as a leader. Could end up in the realm of Gregg Zaun, with the ceiling being JT Realmuto.

  1. RHP Nick Bitsko (Central Bucks East HS)

Newly reclassed prep arm in the 92-95 range with similar arm traits to (Pro-Version) Trevor Bauer. Has some of the best starter traits from the high school side, in part to two above average secondary offerings.

  1. OF Daniel Cabrera (LSU)

Left field only pro with average power, above average hitting actions and well above average bat-to-ball skills. Has produced at a blue collar program in the best conference at a first round level.

  1. RHP Cade Cavalli (Oklahoma)

6’4 righty with USA experience – has been up to 98, sitting 93-96 with below average command, but when it drops to 91-92, he shows well above average control. Power-arm that lives up in the zone in part to heavy carry.

  1. RHP Jared Kelley (Refugio HS)

High Risk/High Reward righty working into the high-90’s. Has a filled-up frame with next to no projection left, and works off a plus-FB with below average command as well as a plus-CH that could be a double plus-pitch in the near future. Shares a low effort arm like AJ Burnett with similar characteristics.

  1. SS Casey Martin (Arkansas)

Mistake prone physical projection middle infielder with below average actions at short, and heavy hitting concerns but raw-power to fall back on. Worked in centrefield for USA in the trial period and looked good thanks to plus-plus-speed. 

  1. 2B Justin Foscue (Mississippi State)

The 2020 draft’s version of (2019 First Round Pick) Braden Shewmake. Has loud hit tools at one of the best schools in the nation. Double digit home run bat with a simple swing at a position where offense has gone extinct.

  1. RHP Alejandro Rosario (Miami Christian HS)

Undersized righty with one of the best arm actions in the class. Works with a diverse reporitore featuring an above average splitter that usually gets most of his outs. Sat in the 92-95 range, topping out at 97 and showing off well above average command for Team USA.

  1. RHP Jared Jones (La Mirada HS)

Easy 95-96 with heavy arm-side-run and a good arm action. Works with a limited slider that fits the trajectory of baseball.  Jones ranks somewhere between Abel and Kelley, though the risk is even more abundant because of command-related-issues. 

  1. RHP Cole Henry (LSU)

Friday night replacement in a sophomore role. In the mold of ex-teammate (2019 Draft Pick) Tommy Henry, with similar control but lesser glovestriking abilities. Average or better secondary pitches all with the curveball being his out-pitch.

  1. C Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock HS)

Once my favourite hitter in the class, has since fallen because of how high I was on him, and not performance-related reasons. Heavy thumper at the plate with Rutchsman-like hitting actions though from the left side. Prep Catching prospect though he likely doesn’t stay there and works in a similar career trajectory as D.J LeMahieu.

  1. OF Mario Zabala (International Baseball Academy HS)

One of the more physical guys in the class, in part due to having two (plus) of the more prominent tools (power, speed). Has similar hitting actions to Bobby Areau though with more athleticism. Fits in a centre field role as a plus-running, below average instinctive player.

  1. RHP Tommy Mace (Florida)

Yet another Florida arm, this time in a projection-role with limited success for the O’Connor led Gators. Easy 92-94 with a loose arm, and heavy arm-side-run, in the realm of fellow Gator (2018 Compensation Pick) Jackson Kowar.

  1. OF Zach DeLoach (Texas A&M)

Sophomore eligible corner-outfield hitting prospect with above average hitting abilities and a power tool that fits well in left. Came in hot for the ‘20 season thanks to a loud summer at the Cape Cod.

  1. RHP Slade Cecconi (Miami)

Dime-a-Dozen sophomore eligible stud in a class that’s breeding sophomore talent. Saw an oblique injury end his ‘19 campaign, though the success was enough to get high end draft talks coming into his second year. Working in the mid-90’s and touching 97.

  1. RHP JT Ginn (Mississippi State)

Yet again another sophomore eligible arm in the mid-90’s though a season-ending arm injury has ended his 2020 year. Once a high school first-round pick, now becoming damaged goods thanks to health concerns dating back to his regional start in ‘19. Similar actions to Jake Arrieta.

  1. RHP Chris McMahon (Miami)

6’2 mid-90’s righty that pitches like he’s 6’5. Might end up in a relief role because of height, but he shows starter traits. Flashes three average or better pitches with a heavy-spin fastball being the highest graded. 

  1. RHP Ben Hernandez (De La Salle HS)

Pitchability righty in the 89-93 range working off a plus-CH that looks like a future elite MLB out-pitch. Was lights out against a heavily-talented Canadian (Dasan Brown, Owen Diodati, TJ Schofield-Sam, Cesar Valero, and Ryan Leitch) lineup at the ‘19 WBC. 

  1. SS Nick Loftin (Baylor)

Once a ‘wait & see’ prospect with desired intangibles like a glove at short and bat with formidable power. Has since beat out (no. 28 prospect) Casey Martin for the back-up shortstop position on USA’s collegiate roster and then put up a (.298/.339/.544) line with 2 HR and 8 XBH in a limited 2020 season. Has similar hitting actions to Paul Molitor.

  1. Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas)

JJ Bleday’s successor as the top left-handed hitter (from a statistical standpoint) in the country. Has elite game-power with the numbers (37 HR, 72 XBH in 150 GP) to back it up. Fits in right field with an above average glove and the offensive profile desired. Similar profile to (2017 2nd Round Pick) Griffin Conine.

  1. OF Jace Bohrofen (Westmoore HS)

Prep outfielder with likeable left-handed swing. Shows bat-to-ball skills with quick bat speed and hands that get to pitches all over the zone. Reminds me a little of a young Joc Pederson and could play stay in centerfield.

  1. SS Harold Coll (Georgia Premier Academy HS)

Plus-defensive shortstop with advanced arm, in the high-90’s range and growing strength. Contact-oriented approach with all fields gap power at a premium position that he’ll play at a high end level.

  1. SS Jordan Westburg (Mississippi State)

The seemingly annual contact hitting shortstop from a blue collar program with athletic enough actions at shortstop to stay there and a track record (at a premium position) good enough to get seven-figures.

  1. OF Petey Halpin (St. Francis HS)

Yet another prep outfielder with great bat-to-ball skills, quiet power and athleticism that makes centerfield a true possibility. In the mold of (Ameteur Version) David Dahl with more fluid actions.

  1. SS Werner Blakely (Southfield HS)

Rare Detroit talent that wants to become the next Derek Jeter. Has sound mobility at short with arguably the best swing from any of the prep shortstops. Lacks the offense of a Ed Howard type, and the defense of a Harold Coll type, but he’s somewhere in the middle of the two.

  1. LHP Andrew Abbott (Virginia)

Low-90’s undersized lefty that’s been heavily underused in a swingman role for the Cavaliers. Has the typical quick delivery from a UVA arm, similar to (2015 2nd Round Pick) Nathan Kirby. Lives off a big 11-7 CB that has plus-spin, with a FB that shares a similar tunnel. Hasn’t shown a capable third pitch though he hasn’t had too.

  1. Dillon Dingler (Ohio State)

Centerfield turned catcher with unexpected above average actions behind the plate. Still has above average speed and improving hitting abilities that got on draft radars in the summer after a late season stretch of dominance.

  1. RHP Cam Brown (Flower Mound HS)

Low-90’s 6’3 righty that gets up to 97. Flashes a plus slurve with good spin. Lacks any projection or feel for a third pitch though he’s dominated hitters in a control-over-command approach. Talented Prep arm that shares the dreaded risk all power-arms share. 

 

 

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