Dan Zielinski III has covered the MLB draft for five years. News and analysis of Toronto Blue Jays prospects. This year, Austin Hendrick, an outfielder at West Allegheny High School outside of Pittsburgh with plenty of pop, is the first high school bat on the list, at No. The novel coronavirus threw a wrench into the plans of scouts and players alike, giving Division I colleges just four weeks of action and many high school players even less than that. He’s 6-5, 232 pounds. Right after him is Mick Abel from Jesuit HS in Oregon, but even he tailed off at the end of the summer. Zac Veen and Drew Romo have sky-rocketed many draft boards after having an amazing week at the Perfect Game national showcase. He has an advanced feel for pitching and respectable command. The high school pitching options in the first round might be even lighter. 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. 11 and there are three more in the top 20. Ginn, a hard-throwing righty with starter traits and a Jake Arrietta MLB comp, will certainly catch a few eyes. 1 and No. If six college players were selected to begin the draft this year, it would break the previous record of five straight collegians to start the draft (which happened in 1992 and 2018). Inbox: Draft order, Braves southpaws, more. The 6-1, 215-pound first baseman is a Mississippi State commit. If college pitching is what you want, then the 2020 Draft class is for you. “I don’t know if the first round will be half college pitchers, but you can make the case that there will be 15-plus guys who could go in the first round, if not the first day, which is a significant change from last year.”. He possesses major raw power and a solid feel for hitting from the right side of the plate. Ginn, RHP, Mississippi State; Casey Martin, SS, Arkansas; Garrett Mitchell, OF, UCLA; Hugh Fisher, LHP, Vanderbilt; Daniel Cabrera, OF, LSU; Garrett Crochet, LHP, Tennessee; Tommy Mace, RHP, Florida; Jack Leftwich, RHP, Florida; Heston Kjerstad, OF, Arkansas; Parker Chavers, OF, Coastal Carolina. You might get four or five different answers if you asked 30 people.”. The top 25 prospects in this years class are a … But none seem like absolute slam dunks at this point. Required fields are marked *. This list has been tweaked, adjusted, sent to MLB scouting departments for feedback and argued over for many months in an attempt to capture the industry’s consensus on the talent of the 2020 class. He’s a Southern California commit. It’s absolutely going to have a ripple effect on how teams operate in the future.”. Mick Abel, RHP, Jesuit HS (Ore.): Abel is a 6-6, 185-pound righty who has a mid-90s fastball and an above-average curveball. Enter your email address to subscribe to Baseball Prospect Journal and receive notifications of new posts by email. A lat injury knocked him out of action for a chunk of his sophomore season, but if he can avoid the injury bug as a junior, he should be in the conversation at the very top of the Draft. He’s athletic and has above-average arm strength and solid receiving skills defensively. 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. Two players who could quietly rise up some draft boards are Potomac Falls’ Nate Sevino, who is unfortunately committed to the University of Virginia. The crop of hitters also is impressive. Drew Bowser, and Tank Espalin are probably the best prep hitters in the bottom 25. Learn how your comment data is processed. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet. If college pitching is what you want, then the 2020 Draft class is for you. Some like the group of college prospects, though others aren’t as enthused and most feel it falls short of last year’s bumper crop that led to six of the top 10 picks. “The upper crust of college talent is excellent on both sides of the ball, and a number of pitchers really elevated their stock early in the spring. Emerson Hancock, RHP, Georgia2. He led an impressive New Mexico State offense – that does have some help from its park and the high elevation they play at. 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. BA Newsletter: Get Analysis, Rankings Delivered To Your Inbox! Garrett Crochet, LHP, Tennessee10. Compreshensive MLB draft prospect rankings in a sortable, easy-to-read, feature-rich table. That’s at least what the consensus seems to be as the scouting industry looks at next year’s crop as MLB Pipeline released its new Draft Top 100 Prospects list. That’s at least what the consensus seems to be as the scouting industry looks at next year’s crop as MLB Pipeline released its new Draft Top 100 Prospects list. This page, however, is for fantasy managers who need to forecast deep into the future. 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. Unlike this year, there are numerous pitchers who will be in the mix for the top overall pick. Hendrick probably has the most unique swing in the entire class, his load and hands work similar to Shoei Ohtani. He also covered the Milwaukee Brewers as a member of the credentialed media for four years. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); //pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js It’s a stronger draft class than this year’s draft. Last year, there were sure-fire top of the round prep bats like Bobby Witt Jr., Riley Greene and CJ Abrams. Click here to get started. Long-time fan of the Jays, the minors, and baseball in general. data-ad-slot=”7466862109″ He’s interviewed 191 of the top draft prospects in that period, including three No. The 2020 draft class is led by a group of players at the top, rather than a no-doubt No. Because of that, the draft will be significantly shorter and teams will have to make picks based on evaluations from last fall and last summer more than spring performances. And the makeup of the Top 100 backs that up. Yelich could top him in every other category, though, so there's no shame if he's your preferred option. Top 10 Prospects, 2020 MLB Draft Multiple publications, including Baseball America, USA Today and The Arizona Republic, have quoted his work, while he’s appeared on radio stations as a “MLB draft expert.” Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3. Austin Hendrick, OF, West Allegheny (Pa.) HSComplete list ». Others to Watch: J.T. Now, these are the players to keep an eye on. Manning is a scout-favorite because of his Team USA experience last summer. //pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js. 1 … Thanks to his impressive hit tool and athleticism. “There might be 15 college pitchers taken in the first round. Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3. “There’s likely to be a flight to safety,” said the exec. “What’s going to happen in the spring with the college bats?” the NL scouting director asked. The rest of the top 10 does have two more college bats in it, with New Mexico State second baseman Nick Gonzales at No. 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. ( Log Out /  Teddy Cahill, JJ Cooper, Kyle Glaser, Joe Healy, Bill Mitchell, Chris Trenkle and Carlos Collazo contributed to the reporting and writing. ( Log Out /  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. Let's get into my final Big Board and position rankings ahead of the 2020 NFL draft. 10. 1 prospect Emerson Hancock, the right-hander from Georgia. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. If it’s only a five-round draft, area scouts will likely have less input than ever before. We'll be updating these rankings frequently as needed, so check back for the latest player movement. 6. Position playersHit: 65 -- Austin Martin, SS, Vanderbilt, Power: 60 -- Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Arizona State; Austin Hendrick, OF, West Allegheny HS (Pa.); Heston Kjerstad, OF, Arkansas; Jordan Walker, 3B, Decatur HS (Ga.); Aaron Sabato, 1B, North Carolina; Blaze Jordan, 1B, DeSoto Central HS (Miss. We didn’t take the expected route to get here, but after almost a year of evaluating the 2020 draft class, Baseball America is proud to release the BA 500. 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. The top 50 prospects in the 2020 MLB Draft, starting with top 25! 2, though scouts are split on who the best player in the class is. He also has above-average speed and arm strength in center field. Now, to recap the entire class. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. His production at the plate regressed from his freshman season to his sophomore year this spring. Alejandro Rosario, a Florida product going to ‘The U’ also has an arm that gets up to 96 easily with a clean action. The 2020 MLB draft class features high-end talent and notable depth from the high school and college levels. Not only is pitcher a volatile position because of frequent serious injuries, but you also have to factor in the unpredictability of wins/saves and the variance of ERA and WHIP. 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. Blaze Jordan, 1B, DeSoto HS (Miss. Top-250 Overall Prospects – Updated 7/13/2020! 30. He profiles as a first baseman in pro ball, but his ability at the plate will put him in consideration for the top overall pick in the 2020 MLB draft. We always caution that our top 300 shouldn't be viewed as a glorified mock draft, but rather a rough guide for the overall value of players in a vacuum. 2, reminds a lot of scouts of last year’s No. With the 2020 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball season quickly approaching, our analysts reveal their Top-300 draft rankings. Independence HS, Thompson's Station, Tenn. more and more college players since the start of the century. MLB Top Prospects Rankings FantraxHQ is the official content sponsor of Fantrax.com , the hottest Fantasy Site of 2018 and 2019. There are 11 college pitchers in the top 30 and 17 in the top 50, with an expectation that some of that second-tier group will jump into first-round consideration in the spring. “I think it’s one of the strongest classes as far as college arms, up and down,” a National League scouting director said. Nick Gonzales had the best numbers in the country last year, finishing second in batting average. The 6-1, 220-pound slugging first baseman has hit .337 with 48 home runs in his first two seasons at Arizona State. Jared Kelley, the right-hander from Refugio HS in Texas, is the top arm at No. ( Log Out /  I could see that happening.”, “I think the strength in this Draft lies with the college group,” the AL director said. style=”display:block” Unlike this year, there are numerous pitchers who will be in the mix for the top overall pick.

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