2020 MLB Draft: Top 100 Overall Player Rankings

It’s finally here.

As literally everyone in the baseball industry prepares for the MLB Draft, our extensive positional coverage of the 2020 MLB Draft concludes with our top 100 overall rankings. We’ve slow-rolled out our top position-by-position rankings over the last two weeks, and you can find those by clicking HERE.

Treat this list as a big board; it’s strictly organized in that manner. A player’s signability was not taken into consideration when it came to ranking them. There are some players that have already pulled their names out of the draft, or will do so shortly, so they will not be included on this list for those reasons.

With all of that being said, and after the countless hours of extensive research that went into all of this draft coverage, let’s take a look at our 2020 MLB Draft top 100 overall ranks:

1. Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Arizona State. 

Torkelson represents one of the highest floors of any slugger to come through the draft in a few years. At 6-foot-1, ‘Tork’ is an inch taller than 2019 draftee Andrew Vaughn who carried a similar profile. Both have beautifully sound swings, though the Arizona State product has a much more compact cut. Torkelson is also a better athlete than Vaughn. While the floor is high, the ceiling is just as tantalizing. Torkelson has an easy 60 hit tool, quite possibly more. He also owns a comfortable 60 power, that too may reach 70 when all is said and done. At the end of the day, you’re looking at a guy who should have no problem hitting .280 at the big league level with 30+ home runs. Again, he may eclipse both of those figures. On the diamond, he’s an average defender with good athleticism for the position. He probably has the ability to shift to third base or left field, but why expose his profile to defensive warts? Torkelson has every chance to be one of the best first basemen in the game.

2. Austin Martin, OF/INF, Vanderbilt

Depending on your flavor, Martin might not fit on this list at all. A Swiss Army Knife, the Commodore boasts some of the best versatility in the class and should see time at a number of positions wherever he’s drafted. There’s peak value up the middle of the diamond, and for that reason, we have him slotted as a center field prospect. Martin has more than enough range to man the position and should represent the best outfield prospect in any of the Tigers, Orioles, or Marlins systems. The polish on his player should immediately make him a top 30 prospect in all of baseball.

As one might imagine, Martin can do it all. He’s a plus hitter with solid-average power potential, maybe more. He’s an easy plus runner and projects to play above average at whatever position he ultimately calls home. The arm could be showcased anywhere on the diamond — another 55 offering. There’s legitimate 5-tool potential in Martin’s game, it all depends on how quickly and to what lengths he develops. The swing is already sound with natural loft and lower body leverage. Just 180 pounds, he’s not the most imposing guy on the diamond, but he’s stronger than most players his size and it shows in his barrel velocity and athleticism. Martin has gotten better every single year at Vanderbilt, culminating in an abbreviated 2020 season where he slashed .377/.507/.660 with three home runs and just two strikeouts in 68 plate appearances. It’s not hard to envision an Alex Bregman-esque player here. He has star potential.

3. Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M

The top pitcher on most teams boards, there isn’t much to not love about Asa Lacy. If we were basing evaluation off pure track record alone, Lacy’s production at Texas A&M tops virtually anyone in the draft. His strong and sturdy 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame is an ideal frame for him to hold innings deep into a 162-game season.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a fastball better than Lacy’s in this class, regularly sitting in the 94-97 mph range and working on a downhill plane, getting some fairly ugly swings from opposing bats. He throws two breaking balls, both hard and with conviction, but each has its own distinct break. His curveball shows a tight 1/7 shape with downer actions, while the slider is arguably the best overall pitch in the entire draft. It’s tight, tunnels well off his fastball, and is already a true big league swing-and-miss pitch. Lacy also features an above-average changeup with natural fade, giving him four above-average to plus offerings. While he’s a damn good pitching prospect, Lacy is just like everyone else and isn’t perfect. His delivery is a bit quirky and he doesn’t have excellent command right now, but notice that he’s still been extremely effective lacking that plus control. A couple of mechanical tweaks, including extending his stride downhill, could help lower the walk numbers and increase his overall production more. Lacy has the makings of a bonafide top-of-the-rotation pitcher.

4. Zac Veen, OF, Spruce Creek (FL)

The top-ranked prep player on most draft boards, Veen has skyrocketed up lists after an impressive summer circuit and a scorching hot start to his senior season prior to the shutdown. His swing is absolutely gorgeous, showing excellent barrel control and consistently repeating his silky-smooth mechanics. His feel to hit is right up there with any prep prospect we’ve seen over the last five years and don’t sleep on his power production either. Veen unloads on baseballs in batting practice, flashing plus raw power while slowly starting that ever-so-important power transition to games. There’s so much projection to his 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame leaving us evaluators with plenty to drool about what he could look like a few years down the road. Veen easily projects as an above-average hit, above-average power type of bat that could even be plus in both categories down the road. He’s a safe bet to give you quality defense in right field and his bat is best suited for a corner outfield role anyway. Veen has all the tools necessary to be an absolute super prospect.

5. Emerson Hancock, RHP, Georgia

Emerson Hancock has seen his stock surge and now falls over the course of two calendar years. A year ago, Hancock was the odds-on favorite to go 1-1 in the 2020 Draft. But after a few lackluster starts over the course of an abbreviated 2020 campaign and some questions surrounding his health, the Georgia Bulldog now finds himself firmly in top 10 consideration, but likely not a top-three selection.

Hancock is built exactly how organizations want to see their starting pitchers. Standing 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Hancock has an athletic build. He has long legs and a high waist, meaning he’ll likely develop and age well. It’s a super projectable frame. He’s free and easy on the mound and has a beautifully repeatable delivery. The fastball is a 60 offering with consistent tail and run. He had a more difficult time spotting the pitch this year than in the past, but the pitch still displayed exceptional life. Alongside the heater, Hancock possesses an above-average slider and changeup, both of which have shown swing-and-miss capabilities. There’s also a curveball that he seldom offers, but has shown growth and development. Given the body, athleticism, track record, and arsenal, Hancock is a good bet to enjoy a long big league career somewhere near the top or middle of a team’s rotation, so long as the health holds up.

6. Nick Gonzalez, 2B, New Mexico State

A virtual unknown coming out of high school, Gonzales burst onto the scene for the Aggies as a freshman in 2018. While his first-year numbers were impressive, his historic sophomore season made them look pedestrian. Gonzales slashed an unbelievable .432/.532/.773 with 16 home runs and 80 RBI en route to earning basically every accolade a college baseball player could dream of. Critics still questioned his overall offensive abilities, however, and attributed his success to the hitter-friendly park that New Mexico State calls home. In response to the question marks, Gonzales went on to slaughter Cape Cod league pitching with a wood bat and also won the league MVP honors.

There’s a lot to love about his offensive game. Gonzales has purely electric bat speed and controls his barrel well in the zone. He doesn’t have much raw power in his 5-foot-10, 190-pound frame, but instead creates power with the quick-twitch he has in his hands. His true hitting ability rivals anyone in this class and Gonzales bat will play at the professional level. The questions now lie with his glove, as Gonzales is an average at best defender that is strictly limited to second base in the field. He does have athleticism with above-average run times, but he just doesn’t get it done with the glove. Nonetheless, his bat should play enough to masquerade the value he loses defensively and it’s not like he won’t be able to hold his own at second base. Gonzales is eerily similar to former first-round pick Keston Hiura and the two have drawn several comparisons to each other over the last few months.

7. Max Meyer, RHP, Minnesota

Arguably no prospect in the entire country benefited more from the shortened college baseball season than Meyer. He went from primarily being a closer in college to earning a spot in Minnesota’s starting rotation and cemented himself as a top-five talent in this class. Some would consider Meyer undersized for a pitcher. He’s only six feet tall and weighs in at roughly 185 pounds, but Meyer’s extreme athleticism on the mound allows him to play up. He uses that athleticism to keep himself under control despite having an efforty delivery that might be a concern for some evaluators. Meyer boasts two 70-grade pitches and has arguably the most strikeout effective pitch arsenal in this class. His heater regularly sits in the mid-to-high-90s with blistering life, exploding out of his hand and into the zone. Meyer’s money pitch is his slider and some consider it to be the best overall pitch in the draft. It typically sits between 87-91 mph, tunneling well with his heater and working effectively on both sides of the plate. Don’t disregard his changeup either, as it’s flashed above-average potential at times with natural tumbling action. His pitch mix, athleticism, and demeanor all suggest that he can stick as a starter long-term. Meyer likely profiles as a number three starter with top-of-the-rotation upside during his peak seasons.

8. Mick Abel, RHP, Jesuit (OR)

Mick Abel is by and large our favorite pitching prospect in this entire draft. Right-handed prep pitchers are a volatile bunch and tough to value near the tops of drafts. There’s the looming question of fragility and long-term projectability with frames that have not yet been pushed into bigger workloads and professional ball. That being said, it’s hard not to love everything in the package Abel brings to the table.

At 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, Abel has an uber-projectable frame with long levers and a high waist. His mechanics are fluid and consistent. The pitch arsenal is every bit as impressive as anyone on this list. The fastball is some of the easiest high 90s you can find. It’s a 2-seam primarily that exhibits exceptional arm-side run and tail. The pitch is a terror on right-handed hitters. Also in the toolbox is a plus slider, easily the best prep breaking ball in the class. It’s a tight slider with good vertical and horizontal movement at the plate. More importantly than anything, Abel knows the pitch and consistently commands it. There’s also a changeup that shows similar life to the 2-seam with impressive tumble and tunneling on the first two pitches. It’s generally a low-80s offering that plays beautifully off the fastball. Abel has also messed around with a curveball and cutter, both of which have shown the potential for fringe-average pitches. If Abel were a left-handed pitcher with this arsenal, or 21 years old, he’d likely be a top 3 pick in this draft. As it stands, he likely gets picked in the middle third of the first round and will sign, forgoing his commitment to Oregon State.

9. Robert Hassell III, OF, Independence (TN)

Hassell has been a high riser over the last few weeks and some publications have started putting him in the top 10 conversations. There’s a lot to like with Hassell, headlined by a natural hitting ability that might be the best in this class. His bat-to-ball skills resemble 2019 first-round pick CJ Abrams as Hassell doesn’t swing-and-miss much and consistently sprays line drives to all fields. It’s certainly a hit-over-power type of profile, but Hassell can pepper the gaps and should run into some home runs every once in a while. The reason he’s the number two outfield prospect on our list is that Hassell has the highest chance to stick in center field. He’s a solid athlete with above-average run times and an above-average arm that’s touched 93 mph on the mound. No prep prospect should truly be considered “safe”, but Hassell’s feel to hit and his defense gives him a high floor.

10. Garrett Mitchell, OF, UCLA

If we’re only looking at tools, Mitchell belongs right up there with anyone in this class. He’s got the freakish athleticism to put them all together and blossom into a truly special player. Mitchell’s swing is a bit awkward and he gets on top of the baseball at times. When he does stay on plane, Mitchell can drive the baseball with authority into the gaps. There’s plenty of raw power in his strong 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame, but he rarely translated that into home runs with the Bruins. Evaluators were eager to see him try and tap into that well-known power this season but were robbed of that opportunity because of the shutdown. It’s well documented that Mitchell is a true 70-grade runner that uses his speed to impact the game in multiple facets. He’s got the wheels to steal 20+ bags each season and stick in center field long-term. The big concern with Mitchell, outside of his power production, is the Type 1 diabetes he’s been playing with for most of his baseball career. He’s managed to turn himself into a ridiculously good athlete even with that obstacle, however, and this isn’t as big of a concern as some people are making it out to be. Mitchell has the tools to be a mega prospect should he put it all together. Keep an eye on which organization drafts him because that could ultimately be the deciding factor.

11. Austin Hendrick, OF, West Alleghany (PA)

From a pure physicality standpoint, Hendrick’s natural bat strength rivals anyone in this class. He uses a combination of that and borderline electric bat speed to send baseballs into orbit, giving him an extremely high power ceiling. Hendrick’s swing is a bit unconventional and quirky with an aggressive bat waggle prior to starting it. He does struggle to consistently repeat his swing mechanics and stay in sync, but almost all teenage prospects struggle with consistency issues anyway. There are some question marks about his hit tool, which grades out as fringe-average and it’s possible that he doesn’t hit enough to tap into that massive power potential we all know he has. His pitch recognition skills are suspect as well, so you’re looking at someone who could potentially have high strikeout rates throughout his professional career. Nonetheless, Hendrick’s upside is undeniable and it all relies on how much he’ll be able to hit in order to reach that power. Should he go to the right organization that can improve his game in that regard, Hendrick could be on another level.

12. Ed Howard, SS, Mt. Carmel (IL)

Howard is in a league of his own in the 2020 draft, representing the only true shortstop likely to stick at the position with a first-round grade. When you talk about Howard it’s all projectability. The Mt. Carmel product has a frame scouts dream on. Long levers, broad shoulders, and a high waist. Not only are the tools polished, but they’ll likely continue to grow and develop for years to come. Howard is smooth on the field. His defensive actions are fluid and precise. The arm is already a plus, and his defense is already above average. He’s a true future shortstop through-and-through. The lanky 6-foot-2 prepster makes every play to his right, left, and center, all the while displaying body control. At the plate, Howard still has a ways to go, but flashes plus potential at every turn. At his peak, Howard probably represents an above-average hitter with below or fringe-average power. There’s more to dream on with his frame, but as it stands, there’s strength gains and swing tinkering that needs to happen. A University of Oklahoma commit, it’s unlikely he ends up on campus as most teams covet the opportunity to acquire a sure thing up the middle.

13. Patrick Bailey, C, NC State

Widely regarded as the top catching prospect in this draft, Bailey brings a unique skill-set to the table that somewhat resembles that of last year’s number one overall pick, Adley Rutschman. He’s a switch-hitter that embraces the power-over-hit type of approach at the plate and is capable of crushing the ball to all fields. Bailey’s swing looks smoother from the left side, showing a natural ability to elevate the baseball while his right-handed swing is more line-drive oriented. He controls the strike zone well and is more than capable of walking at an above-average rate at the next level despite some strikeout concerns over the summer circuit. Even with the improvements in his bat, Bailey should be known for his advanced defensive abilities. He’s a natural receiver that regularly steals strikes on the corners and is quick to release the baseball. Bailey, like the aforementioned Rutschman, was one of the few catchers in college baseball this season to call his own game. That’s an impressive feat for a 21-year-old and something that teams will certainly take into consideration when making their evaluations. Bailey’s shown enough over the last three seasons for me to confidently say he’s a safe bet to be an everyday big-league backstop.

14. Garrett Crochet, LHP, Tennessee

Barely 21 years old, Crochet represents one of the younger college pitchers available in this year’s draft and a damn good one at that. The biggest question mark on Crochet’s profile is whether or not he’s going to be a starting pitcher or end up in the bullpen. The stuff is absolutely electric, and he’s got a proven track record starting. Crochet has run into some arm fatigue in the past, and he’s been known to get a tad erratic from time to time. From this chair, you’re looking at a shutdown reliever at the next level.

Crochet arguably has one of the best fastballs in the entire draft. Working out of a low, three-quarter slot, the Volunteer touches 100 in bullpen work and comfortably sits 95-98 in-game. There are some herk and jerk to his motion, but it’s deceptive and allows for his pitches to tunnel off each other beautifully. The slider is yet another plus-plus offering. Running through the zone in the high 80s, Crochet’s breaking ball comes out of the exact same deceptive arm slot as the fastball and shows deep lateral action and some vertical tilt. The two-pitch mix, as well as the delivery, are eerily similar to Josh Hader’s profile. There’s also a changeup and a curveball, the former being a little more advanced than the latter. If he were to move into a relief role, Crochet should dump the curveball and focus exclusively on his two plus-plus bread and butter offerings while occasionally working in the potential 55-grade changeup.

15. Cade Cavalli, RHP, Oklahoma

It’s possible that us here at RotoFanatic could end up being the highest publication on Cavalli once all draft ranks are finalized. There’s a lot to like about him, so much so that we’ve comfortably put him above two of the best right-handed pitching prep prospects in the class.  With a strong 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame, Cavalli just looks like a big-league starter. He’s built proportionally, with broad shoulders and strong legs that allow him to generate some of the easiest velocity in the class. His fastball is an easy 93-96 mph, touching 98 mph with late elevation into the zone. Cavalli throws two distinct breaking balls, both of which have flashed above-average to plus potential. He’ll throw a low-80s curveball down in the zone to strike batters out and it’s an offering that he’s comfortable throwing. The slider shows strong lateral movement and it plays in the upper-80s, but he’s still learning how to throw it. His fourth offering is a changeup, although he doesn’t throw it much. Cavalli is still relatively new to pitching and he does struggle to control his pitches at times. He also doesn’t have the best track record of staying healthy, which is obviously the biggest concern with pitchers. There’s frontline upside here with Cavalli and it’s all about him just putting it together.

16. Nick Bitsko, RHP, Central Bucks East (PA)

Nick Bitsko is one of the high-risers in recent weeks leading up to the draft. He’s barely 18 years old on draft day, and because of that, he gets a small stock bump in the eyes of scouting and player development staffs. But the age has nothing to do with the ascent. Bitsko’s Rapsodo readings are absolutely insane. A heater that touches 99 and plus spin, a cutter that has elite, elite horizontal tilt, a changeup that tumbles through the zone. There is certainly reason to believe there are three-plus pitches in the profile and a top-of-the-rotation role.  At 6-foot-4, and 220 pounds, Bitsko already has the body to handle a big workload. The mechanics are clean and very advanced for his age. Command is the biggest question mark surrounding his name right now, but that’s the case for 99 percent of preps. There’s almost no doubt he’s a starting pitcher at the next level and could be ready at some point in 2023 or 2024. It’s some of the best stuff in the draft and he’ll be highly sought on June 10.

17. Reid Detmers, LHP, Louisville

Detmers was the undisputed ace of an extremely talented Louisville rotation this season, one that could potentially include another first-round pick in Bobby Miller. His stuff isn’t nearly as overpowering as some of the true power pitchers on this list, but Detmers uses a combination of deceptiveness and elite command to unlock a new level in his repertoire. Detmers fastball works in the 90-94 mph range with natural lefty arm-side run to it and plays up because of that aforementioned deception. He’s known for a high-spin curveball that sits between 73-76 mph and profiles as a plus pitch long-term. Detmers also throws a changeup, but it doesn’t project more than an average pitch. There’s little risk in taking Detmers because you already know what he’s going to be: a command-oriented big league lefty that’s going to fill up innings towards the back of a rotation.

18. Jared Kelley, RHP, Refugio (TX)

After the summer circuit came to an end, Kelley was considered by most publications as the consensus top prep arm and a potential top-10 pick. Things have changed since then, but that’s mostly because both Abel and Bitsko have made significant jumps in their games. Kelley should still be viewed as an impact talent in the class and he could end up being the best arm of the bunch.

Kelley is built like your typical hard-throwing Texas right-hander. He’s every bit of 6-foot-3 and 215-pounds with proportional strength, but there’s little-to-no projection left. He repeats his delivery well, doesn’t throw with much effort, and throws a ton of strikes for an 18-year-old. Kelley throws some of the easiest gas you’ll ever see, regularly sitting between 94-96 mph and flashes arm-side run. His bread-and-butter pitch is a plus changeup that dives down into the zone with swing-and-miss actions. The knock on him, for right now, is his inability to consistently spin his slider. Thankfully, some organizations have the technology and player development teams to teach spin, so that isn’t a grave concern right now. Kelley’s stuff paired with his pure pitchability gives him a relatively safe big-league floor. It’s rare to say that a teenage pitching prospect could ascend through the minors quickly, but Kelley could be up at the major league level around age 21 or 22.

19. Tyler Soderstrom, C/3B, HS

Tyler Soderstrom has one of the more impressive prep bats in the class. He will likely move off the catcher position, but that’s okay as the bat is the carrying tool anyway and should ultimately define his ceiling. He could move to either corner outfield spot, but his fringe-average run tool and lateral ability is probably best suited at third base. The hit tool projects at solid average, while the game power should reach 50. From this chair, Soderstrom should make the immediate move to a corner position and let the bat develop, though he has made it clear his passion for catching. Whomever selects may give him a year or so to sink or swim behind the plate, similar to the path Kyle Schwarber took when he was drafted. Placing him at third or left field may shave 18 months off his development schedule.

20. Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Harvard Westlake (CA)

Harvard Westlake has produced several high-end big league players, most notably Jack Flaherty, Max Fried, and Lucas Giolito. Crow-Armstrong seemed like the next big thing prior to the summer of 2019, coming into the showcase circuit as the industry-wide number one prep player in this class. He did struggle a bit against high-end competition throughout the summer and has dropped on lists because of it, but Crow-Armstrong is certainly still a first-round talent. His natural feel to hit and bat-to-ball skills are both drastically advanced for his age and he consistently makes steady line-drive contact. He’s not known for putting up power numbers, but don’t be surprised if he runs into anywhere between 8-12 home runs on an annual basis. Defense plays a key factor in Crow-Armstrong’s ranking, as he’s a sure-fire bet to stick in centerfield moving forward and could compete for Gold Gloves down the road. It might not be the sexiest profile or skill-set but he does have a high floor.

21. Cole Wilcox, RHP, Georgia

Wilcox is no stranger to first-round grades. 2018 saw him ranked as one of the best prep arms in the entire country, but signability concerns pushed him into the 37th round to the Nationals. That pick was largely posturing — a way for Washington to get to know Wilcox a little better before his eventual eligibility into the 2020 draft.

Ironically, Wilcox now slots pretty comfortably into the Nationals draft position at the 22nd pick. Regardless, he’s an immense talent, albeit still a bit raw. The fastball is a mid-90s offering with significant tail and sink. He couples the heater with a mid-80s slider and changeup, both of which have flashed plus at times. The story on Wilcox is his command. Walks have been an issue during his time in Athens, though 2020 saw improved control and the walks were way down. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, he’s built like a prototypical starter and will have every opportunity to achieve that mid-rotation ceiling. There’s a legitimate reliever floor here if the command doesn’t ultimately improve, but it’s more likely than not he straightens things out and remains in a team’s stable of starting pitchers.

22. Heston Kjerstad, OF, Arkansas

It’s hard to argue against Kjerstad’s production with the Razorbacks over the last three seasons. He has one of the best statistical track records in the draft and that especially applies to this season where he was clearly a frontrunner for Player of the Year honors. Kjerstad’s calling card is true 70-grade raw power from the left side. He does major damage to the baseball, albeit in an unconventional way, and has easy 40+ home run power in his swing. Numbers aside, Kjerstad does have some pretty major flaws in his game that are cause for concern. He’s incredibly aggressive at the plate and did strike out a ton in college despite consistently putting up monster numbers. His hit tool is below-average, leaving little room for optimism that he’s going to make enough contact in order to tap into that power upside we all know he has. The upside alone warrants the ranking on our list but he’s someone that could plummet once he starts to go up against high-end professional talent.

23. Dillon Dingler, C, Ohio State

A ridiculous athlete behind the plate, Dingler is an all-around catching prospect with an intriguing bat and the actions to stick behind the dish moving forward. His bat has come a long way since his arrival to Ohio State and he’s developed a profound understanding of the strike zone. We haven’t seen much home run power from the 21-year-old at Ohio State prior to this season, but he did set a single-season high this year prior to the cancellation and has flashed pull-side power in the past as well. A former center fielder, Dingler is arguably the best athlete of this group posting above-average run times and will easily be one of the more athletic catching prospects in baseball once he signs with an organization. His receiving skills are advanced with strong wrists that allow him to work under the baseball at times. Dingler boasts an above-average arm and uses that athleticism of his to explode out the crouch, recording above-average pop times as well. Even though he’s best suited behind the plate for the future, Dingler has played adequately in centerfield in the past and would be able to handle himself should he ever need to make a move. The finished product could end up being a power-hitting big league catcher with the speed to impact the game in multiple facets.

24. Bobby Miller, RHP, Louisville

Drafted by the Orioles in the 38th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, Miller obviously honored his commitment to Louisville and quietly turned himself into one of the best arms in college baseball. You’ll be hard-pressed to find multiple arms with a more effective fastball than Miller, regularly sitting in the high-90s with explosive life into the zone. He doesn’t just hold his fastball velocity well into starts, but consistently pumps a high-80s slider late into outings as well. It’s his strikeout pitch, tunneling well with his fastball and generating some pretty ugly swings. He started to show comfort in a changeup that sits in the low-80s and works down in the zone.

Miller has the velocity, strikeout pitch, and massive 6-foot-5 frame to stick as a starter long-term. He throws with some effort and doesn’t always stay in sync, causing him to get a bit erratic at times. Some evaluators believe he’s destined for a bullpen role, while others view him as an absolute steal towards the end of the first round. His upside as a starter is obviously appealing, but he also has the stuff to be a dominant reliever. Miller will hold value regardless of what role he ends up being long-term.

25. Jordan Walker, 3B, Decatur (GA)

The top third baseman in this class, Walker is a physical specimen standing at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. He’s an impressive athlete, moving well for his size and showing a strong control for his body. The clear appeal with Walker is the jaw-dropping power potential that could come once he’s fully matured in a few years. There’s going to be unavoidable swing-and-miss issues because of his long levers, but Walker does have feel to hit with at least an average hit tool to pair alongside his massive raw power. Despite the arm strength to stick at third base moving forward, Walker’s pure size alone makes a transition to either first base or the outfield inevitable. Touted by evaluators as a smart kid with high academic pedigree, Walker is expected to be a tough sign out of Duke. Look for a team that chooses to under slot their first pick to take a chance with him either in the competitive balance round or later in the draft. If he makes it to that highly analytical Duke program, Walker could end up being a monster come the 2023 MLB Draft. Going to the right professional team, however, may unlock a new element to Walker’s game and turn him into an absolute menace.

26. Austin Wells, C, Arizona

Wells, much like several other catchers near the top of this draft, likely won’t find a permanent home behind the plate. Also much like his contemporaries, the bat should carry him through the minors to and onto an eventual big league roster. Wells is a proven leader and an infectious personality in the clubhouse. He receives high marks for his attitude and ability to bring the most out of his teammates. As far as the tools go, it’s one of the more polished bats in the class. The approach is impressive, and the accompanying swing is compact and powerful. Wells has plus power to his pull-side but can get pull-happy at times. It’s a solid average bat with the potential for plus game power, especially to his lefty pull-side. Wells projects as a corner outfielder or first baseman at the next level. He should move quickly through the low minors.

27. Daniel Cabrera, OF, LSU

Widely regarded as one of the safest prospects in the draft, Cabrera is going to make whichever team takes him towards the end of the first-round extremely happy. He was a 26th-round pick by the Padres in 2016 and someone who evaluators considered a top prep bat in his high school class, but ultimately chose to attend LSU instead. Cabrera owns an advanced approach at the plate and doesn’t try to do too much. His ability to recognize pitches and make adjustments when he’s fooled is certainly something that stood out. He boasts an above-average hit tool and should have no problem adjusting to professional pitching once he reaches the minors. There’s some strength in his 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame that results in at least average power. Defensively, Cabrera is a solid athlete, but his overall outfield instincts and route running suggest he’s best suited for left field. Still, he’s as safe of a prospect that you’ll find in this class and should be one of the first members to reach the big leagues from this group.

28. Carson Montgomery, RHP, Windemere (FL)

Carson Montgomery is pretty advanced for a high school pitcher, as is evidenced by his high draft stock. At 6-foot-2, Montgomery isn’t the tallest or most projectable build in the class, but his ability to manipulate a baseball is seldom seen in players his age. The fastball comfortably projects as he develops. The pitch has a ton of arm-side run and late life. It generally sits 90-92 right now, but explodes at the plate and plays way more superior than the velocity would suggest. The slider is already an above-average offering and will likely be a plus offering with a couple years in pro ball. The biggest question mark on the breaking ball is its consistency, but the late break it’s shown is extraordinary. It tunnels unbelievably well with the fastball. Montgomery does a good job of hiding the ball prior to release, so everything in his arsenal tends to play up. There’s also a changeup in the arsenal, though he’s had a difficult time separating its velocity from the fastball enough to make it anything more than an average offering for now. Montgomery is committed to Florida State and could be a difficult sign in this draft unless a team is really sold on the profile and willing to stretch their budget to bring him on board.

29. Chris McMahon, RHP, Miami

There are so many good college pitchers coming out of the state of Florida this year, but for my money, McMahon is the best of the bunch. Super-athletic for his position, McMahon looks like he could be a starting quarterback on the mound. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, he has an extremely controlled and fluid motion to the plate. There’s not a ton of concern in long-term durability, though that’s never a statement you can take to the bank.

McMahon features a mid-90s fastball with good life thanks to plus spin rates and efficiency. Deception in his delivery makes the pitch appear as though it’s exploding at the plate. He also employs a cutter/slider as well as a changeup. The slider is probably his best out pitch, though the changeup projects an above-average offering at the next level too. McMahon is a reasonably safe bet to achieve his no. 3/4 ceiling.

30. Slade Cecconi, RHP, Miami

A draft-eligible sophomore, Cecconi is one of the youngest college arms available in the draft. At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Cecconi’s strong with the type of frame that makes scouts’ jaws drop. His fastball typically sits in the mid-90s, touching 96 mph with decent control to both sides of the plate. For someone that has started for most of his life, Cecconi doesn’t hold his velocity well deep into starts and his stuff leaks over the heart of the plate as his outing goes on. His best secondary offering is a hard high-80s slider with late lateral break and serves as a true power pitch. That’s pretty much it for Cecconi in terms of his mix, as he’ll occasionally throw a changeup and curveball but both don’t do much. Cecconi has upside because of his size but there are also some pretty evident question marks to his long-term future. He does hold leverage in these contract negotiations as a sophomore that can return for his junior season. There will be a team that takes a chance on him, as they should, but there’s certainly going to be an inherent risk.

31. Jared Jones, RHP, La Mirada (CA)

Jared Jones has been considered a premier talent for his entire prep career. At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, he doesn’t possess prototypical size or length like a lot of other players on this list. He does, however, possess quite possibly the fastest arm in the entire draft. It’s elite arm speed. That’s not a gradable tool, but if it were, he’d stand alone at the top. The arm speed generates high 90s fastballs that can touch triple digits. But it’s not just brute force with Jones. He’s got a ton of polish with three, maybe four offerings on the mound.

The aforementioned fastball is a 70, maybe 80-grade heater. He dances pitches around that to keep hitters off balance. The slider is a plus offering that has extraordinary depth and lateral tilt. Control has been an issue, but that’s all too common for pitchers his age. There’s also a changeup that grades out as average, maybe 55 on occasion. Since the pandemic started, Jones began working on a 12-6 curveball to mix in. He’s already achieving true shape, though spin efficiency and consistency are a work in progress. So long as the health holds up, Jones should be a force for whichever team brings him on board. Teams are generally apprehensive to overspend on prep righties, especially those with smaller frames. Jones hopes to buck that trend this June. He’s committed to the University of Texas.

32. Dax Fulton, LHP, HS

Dax Fulton is truly just scratching the surface to what he could eventually become. At 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, Fulton is already equipped with a grown man body, a physique that isn’t soft either. The Oklahoma hoss was squarely in the conversation with guys like Mick Abel and Jared Kelley last summer before tearing his UCL, forcing him onto the shelf and absent from the 2020 circuit. Nobody’s seen Fulton throw in more than a year, but that hasn’t stopped scouts from flocking to his side when asked about his potential as a big-league starter. Fulton will be fully healed and ready to pitch this fall.

As you might imagine, a guy of his size packs some pretty good gas in the tank. Last spring, Fulton was comfortably sitting 90-93 with natural cutting action on his fastball. Most scouts believe there’s far more in profile, assuming he’ll likely end up in the 95-96 range in his prime. While the fastball is impressive, Fulton may have the best true curveball in the class. It’s a power offering with 11/5 break. The pitch sits in the upper 70s right now, creating a good bit of separation off his stiff heater. At 17 years old, Fulton was commanding the pitch with ease, leading some to believe it’s a plus offering as a floor. He mixes in an inconsistent changeup as well that was showing promise before he was shut down. With three pitches, two of which have already shown plus or better potential, Fulton has the making of a top of the rotation arm that should move quickly for a prep, so long as his health permits.

33. Nick Loftin, SS/UTL, Baylor

Loftin may not be viewed as a first-round talent by most evaluators, but him being arguably the top college shortstop in an already unique draft could ultimately lead to him being selected towards the end of the first round. That’s not any knock on him at all, he’s a talented player with an advanced glove and feel to hit, but it’s just an overall down year for shortstop prospects in general. He brings plenty of defensive versatility to the table as well, originally starting his college career off as a left fielder and also playing both third and second base throughout his three seasons with Baylor. Loftin’s approach at the plate is simple and to the point. He doesn’t try to do too much with the ball, focusing on making contact, minimizing swing-and-misses, and spraying line drives. This isn’t someone who’s going to provide much power, but he’s going to get on base and use all fields. Loftin’s ceiling is fairly capped because of his limited power production, although there’s certainly an avenue where he makes it to the big leagues as a versatile asset.

34. JT Ginn, RHP, Mississippi State

Let’s be clear out of the gates — the chances of Ginn actually signing this year as a draftee are slim. He will almost certainly be selected, but after missing the entire 2020 campaign with Tommy John surgery, his stock has really never been lower. Considered a top ten selection by many pre-season publications, Ginn’s ability has never been in question. He, like Meyer, has a devastating fastball-slider combo, both of which have flashed plus-plus in recent years. The talent is there. The durability is not.

Ginn missed all of 2020 after missing several starts in 2019 with right arm soreness and general fatigue. He gutted through several short outings toward the latter half of the year and ended up taking most of the offseason off to recover. The 30th overall pick by the Dodgers in the 2018 draft, Ginn is still barely 21 years old. He’ll hold value in next year’s draft too. Ginn probably won’t be ready to pitch opening day in 2021 for Mississippi State. Teams will be cautious in selecting the small-statured righty in the 2021 draft, so from this chair, if he sneaks into the Top 40, Ginn should consider eating his dinner while it’s hot.

35. Bryce Jarvis, RHP, Duke

After being a relative unknown, potentially not even a top five-round pick, Jarvis exploded onto the scene in 2020 after several dominant performances — one, a 15-punch out perfect game against Cornell. The stuff has ticked up in a huge way this season. Because of it, Jarvis has shed his reliever profile and established himself as one of the better right-handed pitching prospects in the draft.

Jarvis’ fastballs generally sits 93-95, but he’s touched triple digits in bullpens during this down period. The changeup is one of the more underrated pitches in the entire draft and plays off his heater extremely well. It’s a low-to-mid 80s offering with late tumble. He controls the pitch very well and is comfortably a plus offering. There’s also a slider that flashes plus but is more often than not a 55-grade offering. It’s likely a plus offering with some tinkering and consistency at the next level. Jarvis is your prototypical pop-up prospect from the 2020 season and may represent excess value in Comp Round A if he lasts that long. He’s already 22 years old, so there’s no doubt he’ll sign.

36. Gage Workman, 3B/SS, ASU

In selecting Workman, you’re buying high on potential. A switch-hitter, Workman’s bat is still a work in progress. There’s easy 60 raw power in the tank, though he’s had a difficult time getting to it in-game. The approach at the plate needs some work as strikeouts and weak ground balls have been too prevalent. As it stands, he projects as a fringe-average hitter with solid-to-average power. Again, he could surpass both of those marks. A supreme athlete, Workman could play a passable shortstop with his soft hands, solid range, and a plus arm. At 6-foot-3, Workman is built exactly how scouts want to see them. There’s a ton of projectability in his profile and if given plenty of time to develop, three or four years, he could legitimately turn into one of the best third basemen in baseball. The bat will ultimately dictate how high his profile can ascend.

37. Tanner Burns, RHP, Auburn

To be completely honest, Burns has the talent and pure stuff to rank higher on this list. He came into Auburn as one of the top prep players in his class and immediately vaulted himself into a weekend rotation that featured former number-one overall pick, Casey Mize. His fastball typically sits anywhere between 92-95 mph, touching 97 mph, and he has excellent quadrant command of it. He’s flashed feel to spin a potential plus breaking ball that doesn’t have a true consistent shape yet but does have advanced actions. Burns’ third pitch is a changeup with sink that could someday be an average pitch, even though he doesn’t throw it much. The one thing holding Burns back from being ranked higher on this list are durability concerns, most notably a shoulder issue that he suffered during his sophomore season. Still, from a true talent and stuff standpoint, Burns belongs to go somewhere in the first round.

38. Kevin Parada, C, Loyola (CA)

Parada is an intriguing prep talent that some consider an early frontrunner as a potential top pick come the 2023 MLB Draft if he doesn’t end up signing with an organization. An athletic 6-foot, 200-pound backstop with proportional strength to him, Parada’s feel to hit is advanced with easy bat speed and grades out as an above-average tool long term. He’s flashed above-average power in spurts at times, particularly to his pull-side where he does an excellent job of getting his bat head out in front and crushing the baseball. There isn’t much swing-and-miss to his game either, giving Parada a truly special offensive ceiling if he’s able to put it all together. The questions with him lie behind the plate, where Parada projects to be nothing more than an average defender with an average receiving ability and a strong arm. It’s likely that we see him move off from the position if he reaches pro-ball, but Georgia Tech actually has had success developing catching prospects over the last few seasons. That bodes well for Parada’s future draft value because improvements in his defense paired with the expectations we have for his offense make him a surefire first-round pick in three years. Getting a read on his draft value is difficult right now and it’s hard to project whether or not Parada will sign with a team. Regardless, he’s always going to be a bat-first prospect with a high offensive ceiling.

39. Jared Shuster, LHP, Wake Forest

Shuster significantly improved his draft stock this spring, albeit in a small sample size. His physicality is the first thing that stands out is impressive, standing at a strong 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame. While his delivery is quirky and unconventional, Shuster does actually repeat it well and has the size to stick in a rotation long term.

The uptick in his stuff is a big reason why Shuster has vaulted himself into first-round discussions. His fastball came out of the gates this spring sitting 92-94 mph and touching 97 mph with late riding action to it. There’s no denying the effectiveness of his plus changeup from the left side and its natural downward tumble allows it to pair perfectly with his fastball. Most left-handed pitchers typically post high-spin rates on breaking balls, but that isn’t the case with Shuster. When he does manage to effectively spin something, it plays more like a slurve and the consistent feel for it just isn’t there. Shuster’s upside is undeniable and he’s likely to go in the top 40 picks as things stand right now.

40. Drew Romo, C, The Woodlands (TX)

Romo represents one of the best defensive prep catchers in recent history. His acumen for work behind the plate is nothing new, considered one of, if not the top defensive prep catcher in the state of Texas for the better part of two, maybe three years now. At worst, Romo is almost assuredly a big-league backup thanks to his 70 defense and 60 arm. His flexibility and lateral mobility lead most to believe he’ll have no problem sticking behind the plate and surviving the workload of 400+ innings. Romo’s ceiling will be dictated by how the bat develops. Currently it projects below average as swing-and-miss has been a problem in the past. There’s definitely some juice at the plate, though Romo has had a hard time reaching it against better competition. If a team is willing to table his debut for five years and allow him the time necessary to reach his potential, Romo could develop into one of the better catchers in baseball.

41. Alika Williams, SS, Arizona State

A serious case can be made that Alika Williams is the best collegiate shortstop in this class. At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Williams is on the lighter side but has the shoulders to suggest there’s more good weight on the way. Probably the most likely candidate to play shortstop at the big league level, the Sun Devil has smooth actions at the position and shows off a very accurate throwing arm. Williams has quick feet and a good first step that allows him to get in a good position defensively where his soft hands can do the talking. At the plate, Williams looks similar to Trea Turner; a slender build with a smooth gap-to-gap swing. The jury is still out on whether he can ever hit for enough power to become an impact player on offense. If his predecessor Turner can run into 19 home runs at the big league level on a 185-pound frame, so too can Williams with proper development.

42. Jordan Westburg, SS, Mississippi State

Westburg, to me, is one of the more intriguing players in this class. A physical and strong 6-foot-3, 190-pound shortstop, Westburg and Justin Foscue formed arguably the country’s best middle-infield duo this season. Westburg doesn’t have a refined approach at the plate, he swings at absolutely everything and primarily hits the ball to his pull-side, and it’s a below-average hit tool right now. He’s got some bat speed with strong hands and enough raw bat strength for me to comfortably say he has enough power to hit 25+ home runs at the professional level. That number will only be reached if Westburg drastically improves his approach and cuts down on the swing-and-miss numbers. Should he end up getting picked by the right team that can fully develop his tools, Westburg could be an intriguing draft day steal in a few years down the road.

43. Justin Foscue, 3B, Mississippi State 

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a prospect out of the first round with a safer floor than Foscue. A highly decorated college career that included All-American honors and complete dominance of the SEC, Foscue boasts an impressive hit tool. He makes contact at a steady rate and doesn’t strike out much, a skill that’ll certainly bode well in his favor moving forward. There’s natural pull-side power in his strong 6-foot frame and it’s not hard to see a scenario where he hits 15-20 home runs on an annual basis. He’s an experienced second baseman with an average glove that may ultimately play better at third base, which is where we project him to play at the next level. Foscue is a high- floor, low-ceiling prospect that could be one of the first players to make his major league debut from this class.

44. Ian Seymour, LHP, Virginia Tech

Up until 2020, Ian Seymour wasn’t regarded as a premier pitching prospect. That changed after his shortened junior year. Traditionally 90-92, Seymour saw his fastball touch 95 this season, resulting in far more strikeouts, far fewer walks, and a minuscule ERA. The Hokie projects as a solid mid-rotation starter at the next level so long as the organization that selects him does not try to move him into a bullpen where his stuff may tick up another notch.

The fastball is now a plus offering, sitting 92-95. Seymour has been known to tinker with its grip now and again, manipulating spin and creating some cut action to the pitch. This differs from his true slider that flashes now and again, drawing above average-to-plus grades from scouts. His third offering is a changeup that more often than not grades out as a 55 offering, also flashing plus now and again. It’s a three-pitch mix that should develop well in a starter role. There’s some effort in his delivery, but that shouldn’t stop him from reaching his ceiling as he’s a strike-thrower and limits free passes.

45. Aaron Sabato, 1B, North Carolina

Sabato has all the makings of one of the better sluggers in pro ball. Frankly, Pete Alonso probably opened the door to his stock surging in 2020. Sabato is a boom or bust bat that has a track record all too similar to his predecessor. Sabato has a longer track record of power than Alonso did, but Alonso also struck out a little less during his days at Florida. At the end of the day, Sabato will have to write his own script. As it stands, the Tar Heel projects a fringe-average hitter with plus-plus power. He has no problem getting to it in-game. Sabato should easily eclipse 30 home runs per year should he get the at-bats to do it. Sabato crushes mistake pitches but can struggle with breaking balls away. He’s a well-below average defender and a 30 runner as well. There’s no doubt he’s a first baseman and likely a designated hitter if the National League adopts the position in the coming years.

46. Isaiah Greene, OF, Corona (CA)

One of the best overall athletes in this class, Greene has an intriguing combination of several raw tools that, if brought together appropriately, could result in him being an absolute steal a few seasons down the road. The first thing that stands out with Greene is a true 70-grade run tool that he uses to impact the game both offensively and defensively. He can afford to hit the ball on the ground more because of his speed and can be a long-term centerfield option for a team as well. There’s plenty of stolen base upside with his wheels, too. Greene can straight-up hit with a strict contact-oriented approach that doesn’t generate much power. His bat can get a bit flat through the zone at times and he doesn’t try to elevate the ball a whole lot. He does have room to add muscle onto his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame that could ultimately result in some power output in a few years. Greene has the tools that some scouting directors or high-end front office officials will fall in love with. Don’t be surprised if he gets taken in the sandwich round, but understand that his floor isn’t particularly high, either.

47. Tommy Mace, RHP, Florida

Mace strung together one of the more impressive starts of the 2020 season when he went into Miami and tossed seven innings of one-run ball, only allowing two hits and striking out eight. He would’ve been the Friday starter on arguably the best team in the country this season had there not been a cancellation.  Mace has the size that scouts can’t help but dream on. At 6-foot-6, there’s still more projection to come in his wiry frame. His fastball is heavy with low-riding action, topping out at 96 mph and usually sitting in the low-90s with natural movement. His go-to secondary pitch is a hard cutter that’s thrown with conviction and flashed swing-and-miss potential. He uses a low-70s, somewhat loopy curveball simply as a change of pace pitch, and his fourth offering is a changeup that he’ll use sparingly. While his arsenal isn’t anything to write home about, Mace’s demeanor, command, and pitchability all make him an intriguing prospect on the mound. He brings that true bulldog mentality on the mound and consistently throws a ton of strikes down in the zone. Mace has a fairly safe floor as a back-end starter.

48. Cole Henry, RHP, LSU

Cole Henry is another guy entirely familiar with being near the top of draft boards. Possessing a 97-mph heater in high school, he was squarely one of the top 200 guys in the 2018 draft. Two years later, he’s clearly ascended to a new prospect tier. Henry generally sits 91-94 with his fastball, mixing in a curveball and changeup. The former is a power bender that tunnels well with the fastball when he’s able to spike the pitch. When Henry misses, the curveball can get loopy and sit in the zone too long. Nevertheless, the pitch flashes an above-average offering at the next level. More than anything, Henry currently lacks the consistency to profile him a top of the rotation big leaguer. If he can find better command and consistency with his secondary offerings in pro ball, the ceiling is awfully high. Henry won’t even be 21 years old in June, so there are some signability concerns that come with his draft ability.

49. CJ Van Eyk, RHP, Florida State

Van Eyk enters this draft as one of the more polished right-handed arms available. He owns a solid three-pitch mix, two of which grade out as above-average to plus offerings, and he’ll comfortably throw all three for strikes. Van Eyk’s fastball typically sits between 93-94 mph and he’s able to consistently locate it on both sides of the plate for strikes. His best pitch is his high-spin 12/6 breaking ball with exceptional bite to it. It’s already a swing-and-miss pitch that he’s comfortable with throwing at any time in the count. Van Eyk’s changeup isn’t as advanced as his breaking ball, but it mimics his fastball and typically plays down in the zone. He might not have this illustrious high strikeout profile, but he’s a relatively safe prospect with back-end starter written all over him

50. Zach DeLoach, OF, Texas A&M

DeLoach is a personal favorite of several industry-wide draft evaluators and it’s not hard to see why. He dominated the Cape Cod league last summer and kept that hot streak going into this spring, ending the season with a .421/.547/.789 slash line with six home runs in 17 games. DeLoach added muscle onto his 6-foot-1 frame, giving him more proportional strength and further developing his power tool. He’s got at least above-average raw power now, something that we slowly started to see at the start of this season. DeLoach doesn’t have crazy good bat speed and instead relies on a solid approach at the plate to do damage with the baseball. He does get a bit aggressive at times, but he stays within himself for the most part. His feel to hit is average and doesn’t project to get much higher than that mark. He’ll be a tough prospect for evaluators to analyze because they didn’t get an entire season to see if the adjustments he made this season were real. Look for him to go somewhere between the second or third round of the draft.

51. Justin Lange, RHP, Llano (TX)

Lange has been one of the fastest risers in this entire draft class and for good reason. At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, Lange has completely transformed his body over the past calendar year. He’s packed on a ton of muscle and alongside it has come velocity and athleticism. Already a projectable frame, Lange turned that projection into reality earlier than many anticipated. He’s put on 20 good pounds in one calendar year and now absolutely looks the part.  The biggest criticism of Lange has been his erratic control. At times, he can dot his fastball for strikes at will. Other times, he completely loses the zone and simply can’t find it. That’s something that could come in time with increased strength, athleticism, and experience. Already an above-average offering last summer, Lange’s heater now hovers in the high 90s, touching triple digits consistently in bullpens. It’s a smooth, clean, and easy 70-grade offering. There’s also a fringe-average slider and changeup being worked into his arsenal, though both are in their infancy. Lange’s arm talent is undeniable and if drafted into the right player development system, the ceiling could be massive. He’ll be a project for sure, but it’s hard not to like the raw ability put on display.

52. Cayden Wallace, 3B, Greenbrier (AR)

The top prep prospect out of Arkansas in this class, Wallace has slowly crept up our composite rankings as the draft approaches. He truly balled out at the Perfect Game National Showcase in Arizona last June, where he posted borderline elite exit velocities for his age with a wood bat. It’s a short and simple swing with easy bat speed that helps him drive the ball to all fields. There’s 60-grade power potential in Wallace and the ball just sounds different off his bat when he finds the barrel. His hit tool will likely never be anything more than average, which could hinder Wallace’s production, but he makes enough contact to still be a threat at the plate. Defensively, Wallace has a true 60-grade arm across the diamond and has even been up to 93 mph on the bump. He’ll likely stick at third base in the future with an average glove that is capable of holding its own. Luring a hometown kid away from a hometown commitment is never an easy task, so it’s possible we see Wallace make it to Arkansas in the fall. If a team matches his price, however, they’ll be taking on a raw prep prospect with a high offensive ceiling.

53. Logan Allen, LHP, Florida International

Allen is virtually the definition of a soft-tossing, command-oriented southpaw. He’s only six feet tall and roughly 180 pounds, but his ability to consistently spot-up three pitches for strikes allows his stuff to play up. Allen’s fastball works around 89-91 mph, touching 93 mph occasionally and playing with plenty of late arm-side run. He’ll consistently dot it up to either corner of the plate and is excellent at getting ahead of hitters early. From a stuff perspective, Allen’s changeup is the best pitch in his arsenal. It looks exactly like his fastball coming out of the hand and then just drops off a cliff, flashing plus actions. Allen’s feel to spin is above-average, although his breaking ball does get loopy at times and hangs over the heart of the plate too much. It is an average third pitch, however, and gives him a solid three-pitch repertoire to build off once he becomes a professional. Similarly to Detmers, Allen’s pitch ability will carry him through the minors and into the big leagues as a safe back-end starter. Don’t be surprised if he’s one of the first players from this class to make his debut.

54. Casey Schmitt, 3B/RHP, San Diego State

This year’s top two-way talent, Schmitt has a legitimate chance to do both for at least the first few seasons of his professional career. He’s a polished bat that can hit for both average and contact, driving the ball with authority when he finds the barrel. Schmitt should hit for more home run power than he does, especially given the all-around strength in his frame, but he was slowly starting to tap into that right before the season-ending cancellation. Tapping into that plus raw power that we all know is there would put Schmitt on another level in terms of pure polished bats from this class. Schmitt has all the actions of an above-average third baseman. His feet field in rhythm and his silky smooth hands do an excellent job of corralling the baseball. Like the aforementioned Wallace, Schmitt also owns a true 60-grade arm with borderline elite velocities across the diamond from the hot corner. An injury-free track and the right organization could develop him into an absolute masher.

If Schmitt flails out offensively he’ll be able to continue his professional career on the mound. He controls a low-to-mid-90s fastball that jumps out of his hand and works comfortably up in the zone. His go-to out pitch is a splitter with natural downward tumble and he’ll mix in a simple breaking ball with gradual depth. Schmitt’s arsenal isn’t overpowering, but it resembles that of current Padres’ closer, Kirby Yates, because of its effectiveness. He mixes speeds effectively and tunnels his fastball/splitter combo efficiently, making him a tough at-bat for any opponent. Schmitt is a unique talent that will be drafted somewhere between rounds two and four come June 11th.

55. Masyn Winn, RHP/SS, Kingwood (TX)

You could make a case for Winn to be the most athletic player in this entire class. He’s a legitimate two-way prospect that blew up this past October after hitting 98 mph with his fastball and launching a home run in the same game.  Winn has drawn some intrigue in the field, but his upside is much higher on the mound. His athleticism is on full display when he’s pitching, showing excellent body control and truly elite 80-grade arm speed. He’ll run his heater up to 98 mph and usually sits anywhere between 93-96 mph. It’s a high-spin fastball that works well up in the zone, giving him a true swing-and-miss pitch right there. Winn consistently flashed a plus high-70s breaking ball in October and a sinking changeup that grades out as average. There’s no denying that Winn could be a special talent, but his delivery is high effort and he’s barely even six feet tall, leading to some obvious durability question marks. He’s without a doubt one of the more intriguing prospects in the class and it’ll be interesting to see what teams do with him should he get drafted. If he does make it to campus, Winn could form a formidable up-the-middle duo with Robert Moore at Arkansas.

56. Chase Davis, OF, Franklin (CA)

Davis is fairly similar to the aforementioned Austin Hendrick. He has pretty electric bat speed with loose hands that allow him to whip his bat through the zone with no problem. A left-handed hitter, Davis has flashed raw power to his pull-side at times and crushes pitches on the inner half of the plate. Scouts do question how much he’ll actually be able to tap into that power because of a below-average hit tool and high swing-and-miss issues. Davis is a solid athlete that runs well and has one of the strongest outfield arms in the class, making him an ideal fit for right field. He does have upside at the plate and right now it’s just a question of whether or not he’ll make enough contact to reach his ceiling. He is committed to Arizona and could be a tough sign.

57. Ben Hernandez, RHP, De La Salle (IL)

Hernandez finally made a name for himself this summer after a stretch of impressive performances at the PDP league and basically the entire showcase circuit. Illinois has produced some pretty intriguing draft talent over the years and it’s possible that Hernandez ends up being one of the more successful players of that bunch.  At first glance, Hernandez just straight up looks like he belongs. He’s a strong, well-proportioned 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete with a durable frame capable of holding a starter’s workload. Hernandez was extremely impressive in his bullpen at the PBR Super 60. His mechanics are clean and he consistently repeats an extremely simple delivery. Hernandez’s fastball usually sits between 93-95 mph and he can essentially throw it wherever he wants to whenever he wants to. He pairs that fastball with an elite changeup that’s arguably the best in this class. It’s a 70-grade pitch with elite fading action that is already an effective strikeout pitch. As wonderful as his changeup is, the huge knock on Hernandez is his consistent inability to spin a breaking ball. He tried to throw a cutter/slider hybrid at the Super 60 and couldn’t get a feel for it, which could ultimately hurt his draft status in the future. If he goes to an organization that can properly develop at least an average breaking ball, Hernandez could be a serviceable back-end starter for a big league club. He has the makeup, pitchability, and command to carve out a fairly lengthy career as a professional baseball player.

58. Carmen Mlodzinski, RHP, South Carolina

Mlodzinski’s ascent up draft boards started this past summer when he was truly masterful in the Cape Cod league. He looked every bit the part of a first-round caliber player at that point, but there have been some pitch arsenal concerns that have caused him to drop this far on our list.

Mlodzinski’s fastball has effective velocity, typically sitting between 93-96 mph arm-side run and occasional sink. The problem that he has with his fastball is that he isn’t comfortable throwing it inside to hitters and tends to leave stuff over the heart of the plate as a result. This is something that he could’ve gotten away with in college based on pure talent alone, but professional hitters will absolutely hammer pitches in that area of the zone. Mlodzinski does have two featured off-speed pitches, both of which could be above-average down the road. He throws a power-cutter that plays in the low-80s, usually staying down in the zone, and also throws a changeup with natural sink. Mlodzinski is talented enough to go in the first round and be an impact arm, but there are some pitch ability red flags in my opinion that’ll hold him back from being that type of player.

59. Colt Keith, SS, Biloxi (MO)

If you’re a fan of Chase Utley, Colt Keith might just be your next favorite player. A sweet, compact left-handed swing has many comparing the Biloxi HS product to the former Philly great. Keith has a very loud barrel for his age and controls the strike zone with ease. Already 6-foot-3 and pushing 200 pounds, he’s a force at the plate. The hit tool already projects at least average and the game power could touch plus. That being said, his size may ultimately force him off the position. As it stands, he certainly has the range and arm to be given the opportunity to stick at shortstop. Whether or not Keith can continue to develop his footwork and the reliability in his hands will determine his future home on the diamond. Even if pushed to third base, Keith’s bat is more than capable enough to handle the expectations of the hot corner. An Arizona State signee, this future Sun Devil will garner more than his fair share of interest in the draft. It’s pretty up in the air whether he’ll go pro or report to Tempe.

60. David Calabrese, OF, Maple (ON)

Calabrese is one of the top pure runners in the class, recording 80-grade run times both out of the box and in the outfield. His speed plays anywhere on the diamond and he’s got enough athleticism to impact a game with that alone. Expect him to wreak havoc on the basepaths and steal a ton of bags at the college or professional level. At the plate, Calabrese makes consistent contact and is more of a gap-to-gap hitter than anything else. He does get a bit slappy at times but gets away with it because of that game-changing speed. Calabrese is going to stick in centerfield moving forward, adding more value onto his plate. A team could lure Calabrese away from his Arkansas commitment later on in the draft with over slot money based on his athleticism alone. He’s an intriguing player to monitor, especially in the fantasy game.

61. Markevian Hence, RHP, Pine Bluff (AR)

Markevian “Tink” Hence has been compared to some extraordinary pitchers of the past. Whenever your name is being thrown around with the likes of Tom Gordon and Yordano Ventura, there’s clearly a special talent there. Hence fits the tall billing. The arm speed, athleticism, and fluidity of it all are remarkable.

Just 17 at the time of the draft, Hence has shown every inclination of signing and jumping into pro ball. He’s currently committed to Arkansas, a premier program, though most would be surprised if he makes it to Fayetteville. The arsenal is already impressive. Hence sits in the mid-90s with his fastball, though he’s touched 100 in bullpens. More than anything, he’s shown touch in spinning his slider and curveball. In bullpens, he can land both consistently for strikes. Just 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, there’s still a lot of growth and development to be had here. The athlete is special, and with time, could develop into one of the more fun pitchers in baseball, or an absolute shutdown reliever.

62. Cam Brown, RHP, Flower Mound (TX)

Standing at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Brown has that prototypical big-league starter build that evaluators look for. He’s proportionally strong, with broad shoulders and a defined lower half. His delivery is fairly simple, although he puts an emphasis on his back leg during his load, and Brown’s short arm circle allows him to keep everything short and to the point. His fastball plays between 92-94 mph with heavy sinking action and is more effective against right-handed hitters. Brown can really laterally spin a sharp 78-82 mph slider that flashes plus potential and he throws a firm changeup in the mid-80s that plays straight. Brown’s consistent mechanics allow him to pound the zone with strikes at a high rate. He’s certainly polished on the mound for his age and could go anywhere between the second or third round, although his commitment to TCU could end up being strong enough to get him to campus.

63. Enrique Bradfield Jr., OF, Hialeah (TX)

Similarly to David Calabrese, Bradfield is a true 80-grade runner with game-changing wheels that play both offensively and in the field. He’s a grinder-type at the plate, working counts and doing whatever it takes to get on base in order for his speed to impact the game. Bradfield isn’t afraid to put a bunt down, hit the ball on the ground, or even get a bit slappy at times either because he understands how truly special his athleticism is. There is absolutely no power to his game right now, although it could end up reaching the 40-grade level should he add more muscle onto a fairly lean 6-foot, 155-pound frame. Bradfield is as safe of a bet to stick in centerfield as anyone in the class, where he’ll essentially get to everything and play borderline elite defense at a key position. He could end up being an everyday leadoff hitter that gets on base at an above-average clip and plays elite outfield defense.

64. Petey Halpin, OF, St. Francis (CA)

Halpin wasn’t invited to participate in either of the All-American games this past summer as somewhat of an under-the-radar in draft circles early on. He then balled out in the PDP League and performed well at the Area Code games later in the summer, rightfully locking himself in as a name-to-know from the California crop. Halpin is a quick-twitch outfielder with easy bat speed that does legit damage from the left side of the plate. We’ve seen him hammer some baseballs to his pull-side in batting practice and he keeps his hands inside the baseball. His swing mechanics are smooth and while there isn’t much elevation, he does consistently find the barrel. Halpin is a plus runner that has shown natural baserunning instincts in the past. He’s athletic enough to stay up the middle and has a 60-grade arm as well. While it’s likely that he gets to Texas this fall, Halpin is a name to monitor for the 2023 class as a potential first-or-second round guy.

65. Drew Bowser, SS/3B, Harvard Westlake (CA)

A teammate of potential top-15 pick Pete Crow-Armstrong, Bowser is another intriguing prospect hailing from the perennial California powerhouse. He’s a proportional 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete with plenty of room to fill out his frame. Bowser has made significant improvements in his swing over the last two seasons, shortening it up completely and driving the baseball with more authority. His hit tool projects to be a slight tick below average, but there’s no doubt that he has plus raw power in that athletic frame with room to add more should he continue to grow. As things stand right now, Bowser has played shortstop for most of his amateur career and even on the summer circuit last year. The actions and limited athleticism scream that a move to third base is coming soon. That won’t be the worst thing in the world for Bowser, where his limited lateral range and above-average arm strength will play up. He’s an intriguing prep talent and a name-to-know moving forward, but Bowser’s commitment to Stanford is fairly strong. It’s highly likely that we see him on campus this fall.

66. Sam Weatherly, LHP, Clemson

Sam Weatherly doesn’t project all too dissimilar to the aforementioned Seymour. A two-pitch pitcher with a bullpen likelihood, Weatherly should move through the low minors very quickly as he works to debut as early as 2021. Weatherly’s track to this point has been far different than Seymour. The Clemson Tiger has been on scouts radars for the better part of five years. In high school, Weatherly had a build that most scouts felt would tack on strength, supplementing his already live arm. That has certainly happened during his time on campus.

At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, Weatherly certainly looks the part. It’s a clean, repeatable delivery, though his mechanics haven’t helped him avoid free passes. In 22 innings his junior year, Weatherly walked 14 batters. He punched 43 tickets in the process, but those base on balls lead most to believe he’s a bullpen arm at the next level. The fastball is a plus pitch at 93-95. He works in an equally impressive plus slider and occasionally throws a changeup. Weatherly is a fairly polished profile for what he is. He’s likely a 3rd or 4th round pick.

67. Clayton Beeter, RHP, Texas Tech

There’s no way around it, Clayton Beeter has some of the loudest stuff in this draft. The Red Raider pumps mid-to-high 90s fastballs over the plate, and couples that with a power curveball that is a plus offering. He’s shown improved command and tallies a bevy of strikeouts along the way. But at the end of the day, his stuff really isn’t the story.

Beeter has one of the most combustible profiles in this draft. Having already had Tommy John surgery in high school, the chances of it happening again obviously increase. The mechanics of his extreme over-the-top delivery give scouts a lot of pauses. There’s a significant lag in his arm action, and some worry his body won’t be able to hold up to an extended starter’s workload. That being said, whoever selects Beeter this year will almost assuredly be drafting him as a power reliever. As previously mentioned, he’s the true two-pitch mix guy with extreme strikeout numbers. The walks have been an issue throughout his career, but they were improved in the abbreviated 2020 campaign. At just 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, and with questionable actions to the plate, look for Beeter to get plugged into the backend of a bullpen somewhere. He should be a quick mover and could debut as early as 2020 in a taxi squad.

68. Kyle Harrison, LHP, De La Salle (CA)

Harrison garnered some early attention by some draft individuals, including me, as the potential top left-handed pitching prospect in this year’s prep class. We didn’t see an uptick in the stuff coming out of the gates this spring, and Fulton’s upside is ultimately higher, but Harrison is still an intriguing draft prospect nonetheless.

A lean, athletic 6-foot-2, 200-pound southpaw, Harrison has plenty of room to fill out his frame and add 10-15 more pounds of muscle as he continues to grow. His fastball sits between 90-93 mph, coming clean out of the hand and with life into the zone. It’s difficult to square his heater up, and all of his pitches for that manner, because he attacks hitters from a deceptive ¾ arm slot that is somewhat reminiscent of Chris Sale’s FGCU days. When Harrison gets ahead in the count he’ll turn to a sweeping slider as his put-away pitch and it has flashed plus actions in the past. His changeup is thrown with fastball arm speed but is a bit flat and doesn’t project as anything more than a change-of-pace pitch. Harrison’s frame and pitch ability suggest there’s more to unlock and he would benefit greatly from going to UCLA, a program known for developing talented high school pitching prospects into pro-ready arms. Should he one day become a Bruin, keep your eyes peeled for him in the first round of the 2023 MLB Draft.

69. Carson Tucker, SS, Mountain Pointe (AZ)

You can’t start a conversation about Carson Tucker without mentioning his brother, Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker. Unfortunately for the latter, that may change in a few short years. Carson is every bit the defender his brother was coming out of Mountain Pointe in 2014. Tucker is already a plus runner with above-average actions at shortstop. The arm grades out above average. At this point, it’s just a matter of whether he’s done growing. At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Tucker looks like a shortstop right now. Whether that remains the case is to be determined as Tucker is in the midst of quite a growth spurt. Over the past year he’s gotten taller and much stronger. At the plate, the bat has become far louder. It’s a short, compact swing that produces plenty of gap-to-gap power, but Tucker also ran into more balls over the fence this year, especially pull-side. There were more question marks surrounding his brother’s value six years ago and Carson may end up having the greater upside when all is said and done.

70. Landon Knack, RHP, East Tennessee State

You have to feel for a guy like Landon Knack. At 23 years old, he finally had his breakthrough campaign, albeit a very short season at that. Now, that being said, a lot of guys never experience a breakthrough, so Knack has that going for him. But here’s the thing; a 23-year-old will never receive the signing bonus he deserves. Teams know he can’t go back to school, so when he should probably be receiving a few hundred thousand dollars, he’ll likely receive a fraction of that, especially in a financial crisis like baseball is currently in.

On the mound, Knack possesses some of the best command in the draft. His 51:1 strikeout to walk ratio easily bested the country in 2020. That control didn’t come at the expense of his stuff either. Knack saw a meteoric uptick in his fastball velocity, pumping 97-98 into the zone on occasion. His first four years of college ball saw radar guns flashing 90-92. Impressive, indeed. Knack also has an average curveball and a developing changeup, so he has the repertoire of a starting pitcher. At the next level, unless those pitches improve, you may see him slot into a long-relief role. There’s some funk in the delivery, so don’t be surprised if a team uses that motion as a change of pace mid-game. Considered a fourth-round talent, Knack will probably be selected in the second round of this draft, but more than likely as a cost-saving measure for a team looking to stretch their pool.

71. Anthony Servideo, SS, Ole Miss

Servideo and his big, loud blonde head of hair will represent a very fun pick for whoever lands him. A smooth defender, Servideo gets high marks for his lateral ability, as well as the ability to plant and throw. He’s dealt with some focus errors in the past but looked much improved over the abbreviated 2020 season at Ole Miss. The bat is going to be what dictates his ceiling. After a brutal summer in the Cape Cod League, Servideo slashed .390/.575/.695 over 17 contests in Oxford, plugging five home runs — more than his freshman and sophomore years combined. He’s also a plus runner who figures to snag his fair share of extra bases if given the at-bats. At worst, he’s a fringe-average hitter with below-average power — a solid backup. At his best, you may be looking at an above-average hitter with fringe-average power. Couple those ceilings with an already impressive defender and Servideo has the makings of an above-average regular at the big league level.

72. Burl Carraway, LHP, Dallas Baptist

If you take Crochet out of the equation, Carraway is unequivocally the best lefty reliever in this class. The only thing pushing him down this list is his role. Some of the aforementioned guys like Seymour and Weatherly have a shot at being starters at the next level. Carraway does not. That being said, there’s a legitimate case to be made that Carraway will have a bigger impact than at least half of the names above him on this list.

Just six feet tall, weighing a shade over 170 pounds, Carraway is a slender build with a live, explosive arm. The fastball is a plus offering sitting around 97 most nights. Besides the heather, Carraway employs a plus breaking ball that generates a ton of swing and miss. The wart on his game is the command. If he can hone in the control for his two-pitch mix, there’s reason to believe Carraway could pitch in 2020 for a big league club, especially given the taxi squad idea being thrown around. The command is the only thing holding him back from moving extremely quickly. We’ve got this guy slotted as the first player to debut from the 2020 MLB Draft.

73. Kyle Nicolas, RHP, Ball State

Ball State has produced some flamethrowing right-handed pitchers over the last few seasons and Nicolas figures to follow in their footsteps as the next man up. His fastball is one of the best in the draft, consistently sitting somewhere in the mid-to-high-90s and touching triple-digits early on in his starts. It’s a high-spin rate pitch that he’ll comfortably be able to throw up in the zone and use as a swing-and-miss offering. Nicolas’ go-to secondary pitch is an overpowering slider with sharp break and can touch 90 mph. The slider is also a high-spin pitch, just like his fastball, and it’ll legitimately be able to get professional hitters out. Nicolas should scrap his curveball all together, as it’s basically a worse version of his slider, and he needs to start throwing his changeup more if he wants to stick as a starter long-term. He doesn’t repeat his mechanics and or stays in sync well, causing him to fly open at times and lose command. There’s high reliever risk with Nicolas, but that’s honestly not a bad thing in today’s game. An improvement in mechanical efficiency should increase the strike rate and make him a potential weapon out of the bullpen.

74. Alejandro Rosario, RHP, Miami Christian (FL)

Alejandro Rosario is a ball of power and electricity when he takes the mound. Tipping the scales at just 165 pounds, Rosario exhibits some of the best arm speed in the class and has seen his fastball touch 98 because of it. There’s a changeup and slider in there as well, both of which flash the ability to be above average offerings.

The story on Rosario is how hittable he is. Although his stuff is electric, he wasn’t missing many bats as a junior, and that carried over into his senior year at Miami Christian as well. It’s not to say he wasn’t dominating his high school district, but moreover, his stuff just didn’t strike many batters out. We’re not talking about national premier circuits here or even select league guys. We’re talking about high school league play — a bit concerning. It’s a clean delivery, smooth, easy, and fluid… but it lacks deception. It’s easy to wonder if Rosario telegraphs his pitches a bit. A commit to Miami, odds are he ends up at school. He’s a guy that could have serious helium moving into 2023 where he’ll be draft-eligible again.

75. Jake Eder, LHP, Vanderbilt

Somewhat of an outcast on Vanderbilt’s loaded roster, Eder would certainly be an impact starter on several teams across the country. A physical 6-foot-4, 220-pound southpaw, Eder’s intriguing performance on the Cape this summer certainly boosted his draft stock. At peak, Eder’s fastball sits between 92-94 mph, touching 96 mph at times. His inability to consistently hold velocity from start to start is concerning, and probably the reason he’s this low on our list, as we’ve seen him come out throwing 90-91 mph a few days after registering higher velocities. Eder’s curveball is his best pitch, although there are some outings where he just doesn’t have a feel for it, just like his fastball. His changeup is a below-average offering right now and he just needs to throw it more for more comfort. Eder can be flat out dominant on any given day while also looking like a completely different arm on another. His inconsistency issues continue to plague him, but there will always be upside.

76. Jake Vogel, OF, Huntington Beach (CA)

Vogel missed out on almost the entire summer circuit this past year and most teams didn’t get extensive looks on him because of that. He kicked off his senior season with some impressive performances that put him back onto team’s radars and has been somewhat of a riser dating back to March. It’s impossible to deny the tools that Vogel has. He’s a 70-grade runner with impact wheels and knows how to use his speed on the bases to swipe bags. That athleticism translates onto the field, as Vogel is a rangy defender with an above-average arm that can lock up center field for a long time. His swing is simple and he doesn’t try to do too much at the plate, leaving some evaluators to believe that he’ll be able to hit at the next level. He’s fairly undersized at 5-foot-11 and roughly 165-pounds with little-to-no power in his game. Vogel’s combination of speed/athleticism make him an interesting draft prospect, but it’s more likely that he finds himself at UCLA than with a professional team.

77. Carson Seymour, RHP, Kansas State

From a pure physicality standpoint, Seymour might be the most physical arm in the class. He’s every bit of his listed 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, and just brings a different kind of physicality to the mound. Seymour’s fastball is his best pitch, sitting between 92-95 mph and touching 97 mph with natural downward tilt. His recently added slider is his best pitch, although it was his curveball that flashed above-average actions in the Cape this past summer. Seymour also has a changeup in his arsenal, although he rarely throws it and it’s a below-average pitch. There’s certainly upside with Seymour given his pure physicality, he doesn’t throw nearly enough strikes to stick as a starter long-term. He does still have sophomore eligibility and could return to Kansas State to improve some minor things before testing the draft waters again next season.

78. Alex Santos, RHP, Mount St. Michael Academy (NY)

The top prep prospect from New York this draft, Santos has plenty of projectability left in his lanky 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame. He showed well on this past summer circuit against tough competition and held his own in the PDP league against top competition, too. Santos’ fastball regularly sits between 92-93 mph with life out of the hand and plays up due to the extension he gets downhill. His slider is his best secondary pitch and he’s comfortable throwing it to get ahead of hitters or put them away. He also throws a low-80s changeup that primarily plays straight, although it’s somewhat deceptive because he maintains fastball arm speed when throwing it. Santos has some polish on the mound, but he’s almost certainly a developmental prospect right now that we need to see fill out his frame. Should he continue to grow and add muscle, the velocity gains this kid can make are borderline jaw-dropping. It’s pretty likely that he makes it to Maryland in a draft like this.

79. Freddy Zamora, SS, Miami

Had it not been for a nasty knee injury in 2020, Freddy Zamora may very well have been the first shortstop off the board in this years’ draft. The Miami Hurricane can do it all. He’s an above-average defender with an above-average arm. Prior to the injury, he was an above-average runner who could comfortably handle the position. At the plate, Zamora was showing above-average potential and the possibility of average power. It’s a sound approach at the plate that results in his fair share of walks and a lack of strikeouts, a rarity in Miami’s aggressive philosophy. The whole package is very intriguing, especially if a team can look past the injury concerns. It should be noted, Zamora was suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season for a violation of team rules, so it’s not the most pristine resume off the field. That’s not to say it’s anything worth worrying about, but it’s not spotless, cut and dry. If the knee heals to 100%, it wouldn’t shock us whatsoever if Zamora ended up the best pro shortstop on this list.

80. Cade Horton, SS/RHP, Norman (OK)

Much like San Diego State’s Casey Schmitt, Horton is a legitimate two-way prospect in this class. He’s going to find his way onto our starting pitcher ranks, that will come out later in the week, and could honestly be drafted as a shortstop alone were he not a pitcher. He’s a highly athletic 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect that has room to add muscle onto his frame. Horton’s a power-over-hit type of bat with raw pull-side juice. His offensive game needs more work, but Horton’s glove and athleticism in the field are big-league caliber. His hands are soft, his feet field in a fluid rhythm, and he moves well laterally to cover enough ground. Pair all that with a true 60-grade arm that can touch 96 mph on the mound and you have a guy capable of sticking at shortstop throughout his professional career. We’ll have to wait and see how teams value him, or if he even gets drafted, but most evaluators like Horton as a pitcher more.

81. Tyler Keenan, 1B, Ole Miss

At 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, Keenan is a big-bodied third baseman with the accompanying power you’d expect from a player of his size. Scouts are pretty sure he’ll move off third base in pro ball and over to first base. Defensively, he profiles as one might expect. He has soft hands and receives the ball very well, though his lateral ability is limited. The arm is fringe-average to maybe average with consistency being the biggest piece in question. Keenan has a sound approach at the plate, limiting strikeouts. He has shown an ability to drive the ball to all fields and hit for plenty of power while he does it. He likely projects as an average hitter with above-average game power. Like Sabato, a universal DH would help his big league value.

82. Ricky Tiedemann, LHP, Lakewood (CA)

Our second prep on the list, Tiedemann won’t be 18 years old until October. He’s incredibly young for the class, and for that reason, will be enticing for player development programs. Tiedemann could quite possibly play centerfield at the next level, he’s that kind of freak athlete. He runs well, fields his position at an elite level, and has a livewire arm on the mound. There’s a ton of projection here.

Already 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Tiedemann just looks the part. His fastball sits in the low 90s right now, but most would be stunned if he’s not sitting 94-95 by the time he’s fully developed. He works in two developing pitches in the slider and changeup, though neither are even above average offerings at this time. There’s a ton to like about the University of San Diego commit, but he’s going to be a project. He’ll likely require five full years in a minor league system before debuting, but when that day comes, he could be special. If the secondary pitches develop into a plus, or even above-average offerings by 2023, Tiedemann could quite easily be a Top 15 selection.

83. Victor Mederos, RHP, Westminster Christian (FL)

Mederos is a physical, fully projected 6-foot-3, 220-pound right-handed pitcher out of Florida. He was regularly sitting in the mid-90s this summer with his fastball, albeit in short spurts, and is around the zone for the most part. His best pitch is a hard 85-87 mph slider that he uses to put hitters away, although he sometimes flips in a slower 12/6 breaking ball just to simply get ahead early in the count. Mederos’ changeup plays with natural sink and he does have some feel for it, but it’s not an offering he uses much. While Mederos has the stuff to likely be higher on this list, there are some injury concerns that arise because of his delivery, body type, and arm action. He’ll probably make it to campus unless a team pays a hefty price, which would be a great get for Miami as they prepare to lose all three of their arms from the 2019 team.

84. Coby Mayo, 3B, Stoneman Douglas (FL)

Hailing from a high school that’s produced several highly talented big league players, Mayo could potentially be on pace to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors. He’s a physical 6-foot-5, 215-pound corner infielder with pure raw strength throughout his build. There’s easy double-plus raw power to the pull-side in his swing and Mayo’s power potential alone will make some high-end talent evaluators fall in love with him. His hit tool is where the questions start to pop up as there are concerns about whether or not he’ll hit enough to truly tap into that power. There are swing-and-miss issues as well and right now you’re looking at a player who’s likely going to strike out a ton if he makes his way into the professional ranks. Mayo has arguably the strongest arm of any prep corner infield prospect, but his hands are average and his footwork gets a bit stiff at times. A move over to first base could come sooner rather than later, but he has enough pure power that it doesn’t matter which corner infield spot he plays. Mayo is a hometown kid committed to Florida that could end up being a tough sign. He’d be better off going to a pristine college program like Florida and improving his all-around offensive game.

85. Milan Tolentino, SS, Santa Margarita Catholic (CA)

Tolentino is a name that’s been heating up in draft circles over the last few weeks and rightfully so. He has an interesting skill-set that could ultimately pave a path to the big leagues for the 18-year-old UCLA commit. Tolentino’s a pest at the plate, working deep counts and not trying to do too much. His bat travels on a level path through the zone and produces steady line drive contact to all fields. You’re not going to get much power production out of him, mostly because he doesn’t try to elevate or lift the ball at the plate. He projects to have an average hit tool, but will consistently compete at the plate and not strike out much. Tolentino’s glove is his calling card to the big leagues. He’s a virtual lock to stick at shortstop with excellent lateral range, quick feet, and a plus arm. All in all, Tolentino is a gamer-type player that is going to grind out at-bats, all while providing excellent defense at an up-the-middle position. His signability is a question mark as a SoCal kid committed to UCLA, but don’t be surprised if he ends up being like Nick Ahmed down the road.

86. Blaze Jordan, 1B, DeSoto Central (MS)

Jordan has been on, well, everyone’s radar for the better part of four years. A viral sensation, Jordan was once labeled “The Next Bryce Harper” by No Day Off, a popular baseball YouTube channel. While he almost certainly won’t reach such heights, Jordan does represent an intriguing corner power bat profile at the next level. There’s little doubt he’ll get to his plus, maybe plus-plus power in pro ball. Just 17 years old, Jordan will almost certainly have to move off third base and over to first base once he gets to Mississippi State or into a big-league organization. The arm is more than strong enough to handle the hot corner, though his footwork and mechanics need a lot of refinement to stick if he hopes to stay on the left side of the infield. Jordan is still growing into his body, shedding baby weight the last couple of years and getting into better shape. He’s still young enough to conceivably stick at third, but it’ll require patience and plenty of player development. Defense aside, the bat is his calling card. He’s potentially a solid average hitter with plus, maybe plus-plus power depending on what direction he takes his body.

87. Luke Little, LHP, San Jacinto CC (TX)

Many became infatuated with Little a few weeks ago after a video surfaced of him hitting an absurd 105 mph with his fastball. While there’s certainly a lot to love, and he’s at the premier pitching JUCO for pitchers right now, Little does have his fair share of mechanical flaws, including an unconventional delivery that includes a fairly prodigious head whack. Little does have that ridiculous fastball power in his 6-foot-8, 225-pound frame, but he struggles to repeat his delivery and doesn’t hold velocity into starts, typically sitting in the 93-96 mph range. He struggles to throw any of his off-speed pitches for strikes and even struggles to locate the fastball as well. Little has the loud tools that give him a high ceiling, but even the floor is fairly low.

88. Hayden Cantrelle, SS, Louisiana-Lafayette 

Hayden Cantrelle is just the type of player that has enough tools to make an impact on the field on any given night. Just 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, he’s not the most imposing figure, but what he lacks in size he makes up for with intelligence, instincts, and grit. Cantrelle was a stalwart at the top of Louisiana’s lineup for the last two years and performed well during the Cape in 2019. With that helium, Cantrelle came into the 2020 collegiate year with a good bit of expectation but struggled mightily out of the gates. The day-one buzz has faded a bit, but Cantrelle still figures to be selected in the first three rounds of the draft. He’s a 60 runner and a fringe-average hitter, though he’ll probably never be much more than a single-digit home run guy. He’s a good reliable defender and there’s a lot to like in the makeup of the player. It’s easy to see Cantrelle carving out a big-league role for himself down the road.

89. Jimmy Glowenke, SS, Dallas Baptist

Dallas Baptist has become a bit of a hotbed for big-league infielders of late and Glowenke figures to continue that trend. Following in the footsteps of fellow Patriot infielders Ryan Goins and Ben Zobrist, Glowenke has a good chance of breaking onto a big-league roster someday thanks in large part to his bat. Glowenke has a chance to be a 55 hitter and register 10-15 home runs per season. He’s not the defender Zobrist is, but he should be able to stick on the dirt, albeit probably at second base. Glowenke has a below-average arm and is a below-average runner. He is finally fully recovered from Tommy John surgery that took place in the summer of 2019 and should be ready to go when baseball resumes. Barely 21 years old for this draft, Glowenke does have a little bit of leverage should he want to return to school and prove he’s a capable defender.

90. AJ Vukovich, 3B/RF, East Troy (WI)

An All-State basketball player with ridiculous athleticism, Vukovich is a tantalizing prospect hailing from the Badger state. He’s the next big prospect to come out of Wisconsin, which has apparently become a breeding ground for electric draft prospects over the last five seasons. Nonetheless, Vukovich is a lanky 6-foot-5, 210-pound prospect with massive raw power and minimal feel to hit. His overall setup and swing are unconventional but he somehow still manages to get the job done. Seeing him crush home runs at the high school All-Star game last summer was impressive and there’s easy pull-side pop there that he hasn’t fully tapped into because of his 45-grade hit tool. Vukovich has moved all around the diamond over the last year and could make the full-time move to right field sometime soon. A five-round draft hinders his chances of being drafted and it’s looking increasingly likely that he’ll make his way to Louisville this fall. Vukovich is the type of prospect that could absolutely blow up after his college career is over and solidify himself as a first-round pick in 2023.

91. Seth Lonsway, LHP, Ohio State

We may be a little lower than some other pundits on Lonsway, but after watching him in action during the 2019 Cape Cod League, we were left unimpressed. Lonsway is fully capable of being a starter at the next level, which should help him in getting selected in the first few rounds of the 2020 draft. He’s a four-pitch guy that has shown a glimpse of spotting all four offerings.

The fastball is currently a fringe-average pitch. The velocity is there, comfortably sitting in the low-90s, but the feel for the pitch is not. Lonsway walked 12 batters in 12 innings last summer, and a lot of that was thanks to falling behind in counts and not being able to spot the heater. He mixes in a slider, curveball, and changeup, all of which have flashed above average at times, though are generally regarded as average offerings. It’s a slate of pitches, which you don’t find from most lefties in college. If the fastball command doesn’t improve, he too will be destined for a bullpen.

92. Yohandy Morales, INF, Braddock (FL)

‘YoYo’ Morales is another extremely exciting shortstop that likely profiles well, not at shortstop. At 6-foot-4, Morales is an impressive specimen, especially at the plate, but in the field, he lacks a quick first step and struggles with body control while moving to his left and right. There’s more than enough arm for the profile, and the routine plays are made with ease, but Morales almost certainly projects to move to third base before debuting. The frame is super projectable and provided a good player development program, it’s not hard to see Morales turning into a plus power guy at shortstop. The hit tool needs refinement as he too often finds himself chasing breaking balls away, but when he gets a hold of one, they’re ripped. The swing is still a little disjointed and long at times, but there’s a lot to like in what the final package could look like here. Morales is committed to Miami and could really go in either direction —  sign or go to campus. If a team loves him, he’d be a sound investment.

93. Nick Swiney, LHP, NC State

Swiney has served as both a starting pitcher and reliever for the Wolfpack over the last three seasons. He excelled out of the bullpen, where his fastball velocity played up into the low-to-mid-90s and led to his potential plus breaking ball just being flat-out more effective. They then moved him into their rotation and his fastball velocity dipped down. Swiney contributed quality innings for the Pack, but he was ultimately more valuable to them out of the bullpen, where he profiles best in the long-term. He’s got the stamina-experience combination to be a spot starter here and there, but Swiney’s ultimate role is as an effective long reliever.

94. Mason Hickman, RHP, Vanderbilt

Most people forget that Hickman headlined a Vanderbilt rotation that features two bonafide first-round talents in next year’s class. Standing at 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, Hickman doesn’t have the overpowering velocity or stuff, for that manner, of some Vanderbilt arms that have come before him. He uses every bit of that lanky frame, however, to create excellent extension downhill and stifle hitters with a high-80s to low-90s fastball. He throws three other pitches (curveball, slider, changeup), but the curveball is the only one of that group that projects to actually be something moving forward. Hickman’s stuff doesn’t suggest he’d be a top 100 player in this class, but it’s his pitch ability, polish, and consistent strike-throwing ability that truly solidifies his spot.

95. Mario Zabala, OF, International Baseball Academy (PR)

Zabala is the perfect example of high risk, low reward type of prospect. His tools and athleticism are off the charts, but his actual baseball instincts and feel for the game just aren’t there. Zabala is a plus runner with borderline elite athleticism that is on display no matter what he does. He makes some fairly difficult things look easy and that makes him such a treat to watch on the field. There’s plus raw power from the right side of the plate and we saw him perform well against top competition at times during the summer circuit. Zabala’s hit tool is below-average and he’s way too aggressive at the plate. He doesn’t yet understand how to pick out his pitch to do damage with and instead tries to launch everything into the bleachers. Zabala is athletic enough to play center field but lacks the instincts necessary to have success. There’s no denying his raw arm strength with accuracy that’ll almost certainly play in right field. A Florida International commit, someone may decide to take a chance on him on the upside alone, although that isn’t the likeliest outcome.

96. Cole Foster, SS, Plano Senior (TX)

A true sleeper prospect in this class, Foster is one of my personal favorite prospects. He isn’t a hulking figure by any means but don’t let that discourage you from him. He’s a true switch-hitter that does damage from both sides of the plate with a 55-grade hit tool and 45-grade power. It seems like he elevates the ball more from the left side, while his right-handed swing is more gap-to-gap. He isn’t an uber-athlete like others on this list, relying on natural instincts and a strong arm to stick at shortstop moving forward. Foster is committed to Auburn and it’s pretty likely that he gets to campus unless a team gives him a lucrative offer he can’t refuse. If that’s the case, remember this name for the 2023 MLB Draft as a potential top 50 pick.

97. Tyler Gentry, OF, Alabama

Gentry has been the best position player for Alabama over the last two seasons after transferring in from Walters State following his freshman year. His pure raw power is his most intriguing tool and he’s even flashed double-plus raw power at times. Like a majority of power-hitters in our game, Gentry struggles with strikeout issues, whiffing 51 times in 210 at-bats as a sophomore in the SEC. He doesn’t have a great history against spin or an innate ability to pick it up out of the hand either. A significant improvement in the hit tool could result in more contact and less strikeouts, allowing that power to truly show itself. It remains to be seen if that is even possible, but Gentry has upside.

98. Daniel Susac, C, Jesuit (CA)

The brother of a former second-round pick and current San Francisco Giant catching prospect Andrew Susac, Daniel seems to fly under the radar when compared to other prep catchers in this class. He’s a strong 6-foot-3, 205-pound switch-hitting backstop that brings physicality and raw bat strength to the plate. There’s clearly power to dream on with his frame. Susac’s swing does get a bit long and he consistently struggles to get his upper and lower body in sync. It’s apparent that he’s more comfortable from the right side, showing most of his raw power on that side of the plate. He’s an average defender with an absolute bazooka for an arm and the ball simply explodes out of his hand. A move to right field could be in his cards at some point but he’s cemented behind the plate for now. One thing to note with him is that Susac just turned 19 years old a few weeks ago, making him older than your typical high school senior. There’s no denying that he has a high ceiling, as you’d expect from someone with his profile, but it’s hard to look past how raw he is from a pure prospect standpoint. Any team would be taking a gamble on him at this point.

99. Jack Leftwich, RHP, Florida

Leftwich is a physical 6-foot-2, 210-pound right-handed arm that is certainly a thrower type of arm. His fastball sits in the mid-90s with explosive life into the zone, but he struggles to even be around the zone at times. Leftwich also throws a power slider in the low-to-mid-80s with late break, yet the inconsistent feel for it makes it an average offering at best. There’s upside with Leftwich, but he’s destined to be a reliever at the professional level right now.

100. Zach McCambley, RHP, Coastal Carolina

For a team that loves guys who spin absolutely everything, McCambley is going to be an easy favorite on their draft board. He has some of the highest overall spin numbers in this class on all of his pitches, including a high-riding four-seam fastball that obviously plays up because of the spin efficiency numbers. He also owns a true double-plus curveball that clocks in at above 3,000 RPM (rotations per minute) and has excellent depth, too. Unfortunately for his future starter profile, McCambley doesn’t throw much else outside of those two pitches. He’s mixed in a changeup in the past, but it’s a below-average offering right now and there’s a ton of refinement that needs to happen for that to occur. He’s going to get a shot, solely on those spin numbers, and going to the right developmental organization could do wonders for him.

2020 MLB Draft Rankings: Left-Handed Pitchers

Written by: Joe Doyle (@JoeDoyleMiLB) and Diego Solares (@DeegsBaseball)

Our draft ranks have finally come to an end.

As the countdown for the MLB Draft reaches single digits, our content coverage of the prospects whose names may be called on June 10th/11th has significantly sped up. After breaking down all the positional prospects that we believe are worth mentioning, we ranked the top 30 right-handed pitchers from this class. Today, we completely wrap up our draft rankings with our final installment: the southpaws.

This group isn’t as deep as their counterpart right-handers, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t talent littered throughout this list. Asa Lacy headlines this bunch as the top arm in the class, Garrett Crochet’s upside is sky high, and both Reid Detmers and Logan Allen have solid big league futures as back-of-the-rotation arms. It’s certainly an interesting collection of arms that need to be noted.

After several hours of churning through video and information, these are the consensus rankings agreed upon by both of our draft analysts. Without further delay, let’s get into it:

 

1. Asa Lacy, 21 years old, Texas A&M

The top pitcher on most teams boards, there isn’t much to not love about Asa Lacy. If we were basing evaluation off pure track record alone, Lacy’s production at Texas A&M tops virtually anyone in the draft. His strong and sturdy 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame is an ideal frame for him to hold innings deep into a 162-game season. 

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a fastball better than Lacy’s in this class, regularly sitting in the 94-97 mph range and working on a downhill plane, getting some fairly ugly swings from opposing bats. He throws two breaking balls, both hard and with conviction, but each has its own distinct break. His curveball shows a tight 1/7 shape with downer actions, while the slider is arguably the best overall pitch in the entire draft. It’s tight, tunnels well off his fastball, and is already a true big league swing-and-miss pitch. Lacy also features an above-average changeup with natural fade, giving him four above-average to plus offerings. While he’s a damn good pitching prospect, Lacy is just like everyone else and isn’t perfect. His delivery is a bit quirky and he doesn’t have excellent command right now, but notice that he’s still been extremely effective lacking that plus control. A couple of mechanical tweaks, including extending his stride downhill, could help lower the walk numbers and increase his overall production more. Lacy has the makings of a bonafide top-of-the-rotation pitcher. 

2. Garrett Crochet, 21 years old, Tennessee

Barely 21 years old, Crochet represents one of the younger college pitchers available in this year’s draft and a damn good one at that. The biggest question mark on Crochet’s profile is whether or not he’s going to be a starting pitcher or end up in the bullpen. The stuff is absolutely electric, and he’s got a proven track record starting. Crochet has run into some arm fatigue in the past, and he’s been known to get a tad erratic from time to time. From this chair, you’re looking at a shutdown reliever at the next level. 

Crochet arguably has one of the best fastballs in the entire draft. Working out of a low, three-quarter slot, the Volunteer touches 100 in bullpen work and comfortably sits 95-98 in-game. There are some herk and jerk to his motion, but it’s deceptive and allows for his pitches to tunnel off each other beautifully. The slider is yet another plus-plus offering. Running through the zone in the high 80s, Crochet’s breaking ball comes out of the exact same deceptive arm slot as the fastball and shows deep lateral action and some vertical tilt. The two-pitch mix, as well as the delivery, are eerily similar to Josh Hader’s profile. There’s also a changeup and a curveball, the former being a little more advanced than the latter. If he were to move into a relief role, Crochet should dump the curveball and focus exclusively on his two plus-plus bread and butter offerings while occasionally working in the potential 55-grade changeup. 

3. Reid Detmers, 21 years old, Louisville

Detmers was the undisputed ace of an extremely talented Louisville rotation this season, one that could potentially include another first-round pick in Bobby Miller. His stuff isn’t nearly as overpowering as some of the true power pitchers on this list, but Detmers uses a combination of deceptiveness and elite command to unlock a new level in his repertoire. Detmers fastball works in the 90-94 mph range with natural lefty arm-side run to it and plays up because of that aforementioned deception. He’s known for a high-spin curveball that sits between 73-76 mph and profiles as a plus pitch long-term. Detmers also throws a changeup, but it doesn’t project more than an average pitch. There’s little risk in taking Detmers because you already know what he’s going to be: a command-oriented big league lefty that’s going to fill up innings towards the back of a rotation. 

4. Dax Fulton, 18 years old, Mustang HS (OK)

Dax Fulton is truly just scratching the surface to what he could eventually become. At 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, Fulton is already equipped with a grown man body, a physique that isn’t soft either. The Oklahoma hoss was squarely in the conversation with guys like Mick Abel and Jared Kelley last summer before tearing his UCL, forcing him onto the shelf and absent from the 2020 circuit. Nobody’s seen Fulton throw in more than a year, but that hasn’t stopped scouts from flocking to his side when asked about his potential as a big-league starter. Fulton will be fully healed and ready to pitch this fall. 

As you might imagine, a guy of his size packs some pretty good gas in the tank. Last spring, Fulton was comfortably sitting 90-93 with natural cutting action on his fastball. Most scouts believe there’s far more in profile, assuming he’ll likely end up in the 95-96 range in his prime. While the fastball is impressive, Fulton may have the best true curveball in the class. It’s a power offering with 11/5 break. The pitch sits in the upper 70s right now, creating a good bit of separation off his stiff heater. At 17 years old, Fulton was commanding the pitch with ease, leading some to believe it’s a plus offering as a floor. He mixes in an inconsistent changeup as well that was showing promise before he was shut down. With three pitches, two of which have already shown plus or better potential, Fulton has the making of a top of the rotation arm that should move quickly for a prep, so long as his health permits. 

5. Ian Seymour, 21 years old, Virginia Tech

Up until 2020, Ian Seymour wasn’t regarded as a premier pitching prospect. That changed after his shortened junior year. Traditionally 90-92, Seymour saw his fastball touch 95 this season, resulting in far more strikeouts, far fewer walks, and a minuscule ERA. The Hokie projects as a solid mid-rotation starter at the next level so long as the organization that selects him does not try to move him into a bullpen where his stuff may tick up another notch. 

The fastball is now a plus offering, sitting 92-95. Seymour has been known to tinker with its grip now and again, manipulating spin and creating some cut action to the pitch. This differs from his true slider that flashes now and again, drawing above average-to-plus grades from scouts. His third offering is a changeup that more often than not grades out as a 55 offering, also flashing plus now and again. It’s a three-pitch mix that should develop well in a starter role. There’s some effort in his delivery, but that shouldn’t stop him from reaching his ceiling as he’s a strike-thrower and limits free passes. 

6. Jared Shuster, 21 years old, Wake Forest

Shuster significantly improved his draft stock this spring, albeit in a small sample size. His physicality is the first thing that stands out is impressive, standing at a strong 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame. While his delivery is quirky and unconventional, Shuster does actually repeat it well and has the size to stick in a rotation long term. 

The uptick in his stuff is a big reason why Shuster has vaulted himself into first-round discussions. His fastball came out of the gates this spring sitting 92-94 mph and touching 97 mph with late riding action to it. There’s no denying the effectiveness of his plus changeup from the left side and its natural downward tumble allows it to pair perfectly with his fastball. Most left-handed pitchers typically post high-spin rates on breaking balls, but that isn’t the case with Shuster. When he does manage to effectively spin something, it plays more like a slurve and the consistent feel for it just isn’t there. Shuster’s upside is undeniable and he’s likely to go in the top 40 picks as things stand right now. 

7. Logan Allen, 21 years old, FIU

Allen is virtually the definition of a soft-tossing, command-oriented southpaw. He’s only six feet tall and roughly 180 pounds, but his ability to consistently spot-up three pitches for strikes allows his stuff to play up. Allen’s fastball works around 89-91 mph, touching 93 mph occasionally and playing with plenty of late arm-side run. He’ll consistently dot it up to either corner of the plate and is excellent at getting ahead of hitters early. From a stuff perspective, Allen’s changeup is the best pitch in his arsenal. It looks exactly like his fastball coming out of the hand and then just drops off a cliff, flashing plus actions. Allen’s feel to spin is above-average, although his breaking ball does get loopy at times and hangs over the heart of the plate too much. It is an average third pitch, however, and gives him a solid three-pitch repertoire to build off once he becomes a professional. Similarly to Detmers, Allen’s pitch ability will carry him through the minors and into the big leagues as a safe back-end starter. Don’t be surprised if he’s one of the first players from this class to make his debut. 

8. Sam Weatherly, 21 years old, Clemson

Sam Weatherly doesn’t project all too dissimilar to the aforementioned Seymour. A two-pitch pitcher with a bullpen likelihood, Weatherly should move through the low minors very quickly as he works to debut as early as 2021. Weatherly’s track to this point has been far different than Seymour. The Clemson Tiger has been on scouts radars for the better part of five years. In high school, Weatherly had a build that most scouts felt would tack on strength, supplementing his already live arm. That has certainly happened during his time on campus. 

At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, Weatherly certainly looks the part. It’s a clean, repeatable delivery, though his mechanics haven’t helped him avoid free passes. In 22 innings his junior year, Weatherly walked 14 batters. He punched 43 tickets in the process, but those base on balls lead most to believe he’s a bullpen arm at the next level. The fastball is a plus pitch at 93-95. He works in an equally impressive plus slider and occasionally throws a changeup. Weatherly is a fairly polished profile for what he is. He’s likely a 3rd or 4th round pick. 

9. Kyle Harrison, 18 years old, De La Salle (CA)

Harrison garnered some early attention by some draft individuals, including me, as the potential top left-handed pitching prospect in this year’s prep class. We didn’t see an uptick in the stuff coming out of the gates this spring, and Fulton’s upside is ultimately higher, but Harrison is still an intriguing draft prospect nonetheless. 

A lean, athletic 6-foot-2, 200-pound southpaw, Harrison has plenty of room to fill out his frame and add 10-15 more pounds of muscle as he continues to grow. His fastball sits between 90-93 mph, coming clean out of the hand and with life into the zone. It’s difficult to square his heater up, and all of his pitches for that manner, because he attacks hitters from a deceptive ¾ arm slot that is somewhat reminiscent of Chris Sale’s FGCU days. When Harrison gets ahead in the count he’ll turn to a sweeping slider as his put-away pitch and it has flashed plus actions in the past. His changeup is thrown with fastball arm speed but is a bit flat and doesn’t project as anything more than a change-of-pace pitch. Harrison’s frame and pitch ability suggest there’s more to unlock and he would benefit greatly from going to UCLA, a program known for developing talented high school pitching prospects into pro-ready arms. Should he one day become a Bruin, keep your eyes peeled for him in the first round of the 2023 MLB Draft. 

10. Burl Carraway, 21 years old, Dallas Baptist

If you take Crochet out of the equation, Carraway is unequivocally the best lefty reliever in this class. The only thing pushing him down this list is his role. Some of the aforementioned guys like Seymour and Weatherly have a shot at being starters at the next level. Carraway does not. That being said, there’s a legitimate case to be made that Carraway will have a bigger impact than at least half of the names above him on this list. 

Just six feet tall, weighing a shade over 170 pounds, Carraway is a slender build with a live, explosive arm. The fastball is a plus offering sitting around 97 most nights. Besides the heather, Carraway employs a plus breaking ball that generates a ton of swing and miss. The wart on his game is the command. If he can hone in the control for his two-pitch mix, there’s reason to believe Carraway could pitch in 2020 for a big league club, especially given the taxi squad idea being thrown around. The command is the only thing holding him back from moving extremely quickly. We’ve got this guy slotted as the first player to debut from the 2020 MLB Draft. 

11. Jake Eder, 21 years old, Vanderbilt

Somewhat of an outcast on Vanderbilt’s loaded roster, Eder would certainly be an impact starter on several teams across the country. A physical 6-foot-4, 220-pound southpaw, Eder’s intriguing performance on the Cape this summer certainly boosted his draft stock. At peak, Eder’s fastball sits between 92-94 mph, touching 96 mph at times. His inability to consistently hold velocity from start to start is concerning, and probably the reason he’s this low on our list, as we’ve seen him come out throwing 90-91 mph a few days after registering higher velocities. Eder’s curveball is his best pitch, although there are some outings where he just doesn’t have a feel for it, just like his fastball. His changeup is a below-average offering right now and he just needs to throw it more for more comfort. Eder can be flat out dominant on any given day while also looking like a completely different arm on another. His inconsistency issues continue to plague him, but there will always be upside. 

12. Ricky Tiedemann, 17 years old, Lakewood (CA)

Our second prep on the list, Tiedemann won’t be 18 years old until October. He’s incredibly young for the class, and for that reason, will be enticing for player development programs. Tiedemann could quite possibly play centerfield at the next level, he’s that kind of freak athlete. He runs well, fields his position at an elite level, and has a livewire arm on the mound. There’s a ton of projection here. 

Already 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Tiedemann just looks the part. His fastball sits in the low 90s right now, but most would be stunned if he’s not sitting 94-95 by the time he’s fully developed. He works in two developing pitches in the slider and changeup, though neither are even above average offerings at this time. There’s a ton to like about the University of San Diego commit, but he’s going to be a project. He’ll likely require five full years in a minor league system before debuting, but when that day comes, he could be special. If the secondary pitches develop into a plus, or even above-average offerings by 2023, Tiedemann could quite easily be a Top 15 selection. 

13. Luke Little, 19 years old, San Jacinto JC (TX)

Many became infatuated with Little a few weeks ago after a video surfaced of him hitting an absurd 105 mph with his fastball. While there’s certainly a lot to love, and he’s at the premier pitching JUCO for pitchers right now, Little does have his fair share of mechanical flaws, including an unconventional delivery that includes a fairly prodigious head whack. Little does have that ridiculous fastball power in his 6-foot-8, 225-pound frame, but he struggles to repeat his delivery and doesn’t hold velocity into starts, typically sitting in the 93-96 mph range. He struggles to throw any of his off-speed pitches for strikes and even struggles to locate the fastball as well. Little has the loud tools that give him a high ceiling, but even the floor is fairly low. 

14. Seth Lonsway, 21 years old, Ohio State

We may be a little lower than some other pundits on Lonsway, but after watching him in action during the 2019 Cape Cod League, we were left unimpressed. Lonsway is fully capable of being a starter at the next level, which should help him in getting selected in the first few rounds of the 2020 draft. He’s a four-pitch guy that has shown a glimpse of spotting all four offerings. 

The fastball is currently a fringe-average pitch. The velocity is there, comfortably sitting in the low-90s, but the feel for the pitch is not. Lonsway walked 12 batters in 12 innings last summer, and a lot of that was thanks to falling behind in counts and not being able to spot the heater. He mixes in a slider, curveball, and changeup, all of which have flashed above average at times, though are generally regarded as average offerings. It’s a slate of pitches, which you don’t find from most lefties in college. If the fastball command doesn’t improve, he too will be destined for a bullpen. 

15. Nick Swiney, 21 years old, NC State

Swiney has served as both a starting pitcher and reliever for the Wolfpack over the last three seasons. He excelled out of the bullpen, where his fastball velocity played up into the low-to-mid-90s and led to his potential plus breaking ball just being flat-out more effective. They then moved him into their rotation and his fastball velocity dipped down. Swiney contributed quality innings for the Pack, but he was ultimately more valuable to them out of the bullpen, where he profiles best in the long-term. He’s got the stamina-experience combination to be a spot starter here and there, but Swiney’s ultimate role is as an effective long reliever. 

16. Adam Seminaris, 21 years old, Long Beach State

Like Lonsway, Seminaris is a four-pitch guy. He more comfortably projects as a big-league starter, thanks to his superior command and pitch ability. Unlike Seminaries, however, his stuff isn’t quite so electric. A finesse guy, the Long Beach State product does a very good job of keeping hitters off-balance and staying ahead in the count. 

The fastball is high-80s, touching low-90s. He has two distinct breaking balls, one big bender picturesque curve, as well as a slurvy slider that adds a few ticks on the radar gun. Both are hard to sit on as he does a good job commanding them. They’re average offerings by nature and spin, but get high marks for location. There’s also a changeup that he plays well off his fastball. Seminaris is a high floor, low ceiling guy that should eventually reach his backend of the rotation role. 

17. Mason Miller, 18 years old, Mitchell HS (Fl.)

Miller was trending upward prior to the 2020 MLB Draft cancellation and he’s someone who could sneak his way into later rounds of the draft. He has the frame at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds to project as a starting pitcher long term and, while his overall feel to pitch is raw right now, has some intriguing upside on the mound. 

Miller’s fastball ranges anywhere from 88-92 mph with late arm-side run that comes from a clean ¾ arm slot. There’s more velocity left in the tank and some efficient mechanical tweaks could ultimately have him sitting in the 92-94 mph range sooner rather than later. Miller’s money pitch is a high spin breaking ball that has flashed plus potential at times. It has both elite shape and depth, giving him an already big-league ready pitch in his arsenal. He doesn’t really throw anything other than those two pitches, which has to be the obvious knock on him, and the control is average at best at the moment. However, Miller’s projectability could lure some team into throwing a decent amount of money at him to sign. 

18. Timmy Manning, 18 years old, Cardinal Gibbons (Fl.)

Timmy Manning has long received high marks for his ability to spin a baseball and feel to spot those breaking balls. Committed to Florida, Manning looks like the next weekend staple for the Gators in the coming season’s thanks to his advanced resume. He’s likely a seven-figure sign if selected this year, a tough ask for teams generally looking for velocity from preps. 

The fastball is usually 87-90 with some natural cut. He commands the ball well and gets ahead of hitters regularly. Manning is advanced enough where he currently throws his breaking ball on 0-0 counts as a get-ahead pitch, a trait seldom seen at the high school ranks. The plus breaking ball is a low-80s offering. He also mixes in a changeup that has a ways to go on the development curve. At 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, Manning isn’t too dissimilar from Jack Leiter at this time last year. If he adds a few ticks to the radar gun and the changeup takes a step forward, he could easily be a day one pick in 2023 should he end up on campus like expected. 

19. Michael Kirian, 21 years old, Louisville

Kirian was on fire early into the season as Louisville’s closer. He completed all of his save opportunities (six), retired almost 90% of the batters he faced, and did not allow an earned run to cross the plate. Standing at a truly massive 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds, Kirian repeats his mechanics well and fills up the zone more than most people his size. His fastball usually ranges in the high-80s to low-90s, but his arm action is deceptive and he uses his size to make every at-bat as uncomfortable as possible for opposing hitters. Kirian’s slurve is just okay, showing some feel to spin and not much depth to it. Kirian could ultimately return to Louisville and hope to build off that dominant run he started this season. There isn’t much professional upside to him right now. 

20. Ryan Bruno, 18 years old, American Heritage (FL.)

Command, command, command. That’s the story of Ryan Bruno. If he threw more strikes, Bruno would likely rank in the top ten on this list. The velocity is there, the spin rate is there, and the body and delivery are projectable. A Stanford commit, it’ll be pretty difficult to dissuade him from his collegiate commitment. The Cardinal churns out solid arms on a yearly basis and Bruno presumes to be the next in line. 

The fastball is easily 92-93 mph but can touch 95 mph when he’s revved up. But it’s a legitimate 30-grade command right now, and that can’t be overstated. Bruno mixes in a curveball, slider, and a changeup, all of which are in such a developmental stage, it would be an injustice to grade them right now. Bruno could end up at the backend of a team’s bullpen or the frontend of a team’s rotation. The ceiling-floor is that wide right now. We’ll have a much better idea of who he is on the mound in 2022 and 2023 when his role becomes clear. 

2020 MLB Draft Rankings: Right-handed Pitchers

Written by: Diego Solares (@DeegsBaseball) and Joe Doyle (@JoeDoyleMiLB)

With the 2020 MLB Draft on the horizon, our extensive draft coverage here at RotoFanatic continues.

We jump-started our pre-draft evaluations on Monday and have finally finished each of our positional breakdowns. You can find all of those by clicking HERE, but today we’ll start to wrap up our player analysis by diving into the right-handed pitchers of this class.

It’s hard to think of a class in recent memory of right-handed arms, or pitchers in general, as deep as this 2020 crop. Led by Emerson Hancock, there are multiple first-round talents scattered throughout this list and some potential late-round gems should they sign with their teams. There’s no denying that this is a special group.

After several hours of churning through video and information, these are the consensus rankings agreed upon by both of our draft analysts. Without further delay, let’s get into it:

 

1. Emerson Hancock, 21 years old, Georgia

Emerson Hancock has seen his stock surge and now falls over the course of two calendar years. A year ago, Hancock was the odds-on favorite to go 1-1 in the 2020 Draft. But after a few lackluster starts over the course of an abbreviated 2020 campaign and some questions surrounding his health, the Georgia Bulldog now finds himself firmly in top 10 consideration, but likely not a top-three selection. 

Hancock is built exactly how organizations want to see their starting pitchers. Standing 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Hancock has an athletic build. He has long legs and a high waist, meaning he’ll likely develop and age well. It’s a super projectable frame. He’s free and easy on the mound and has a beautifully repeatable delivery. The fastball is a 60 offering with consistent tail and run. He had a more difficult time spotting the pitch this year than in the past, but the pitch still displayed exceptional life. Alongside the heater, Hancock possesses an above-average slider and changeup, both of which have shown swing-and-miss capabilities. There’s also a curveball that he seldom offers, but has shown growth and development. Given the body, athleticism, track record and arsenal, Hancock is a good bet to enjoy a long big league career somewhere near the top or middle of a team’s rotation, so long as the health holds up. 

2. Max Meyer, 21 years old, Minnesota

Arguably no prospect in the entire country benefited more from the shortened college baseball season than Meyer. He went from primarily being a closer in college to earning a spot in Minnesota’s starting rotation and cemented himself as a top-five talent in this class. Some would consider Meyer undersized for a pitcher. He’s only six feet tall and weighs in at roughly 185 pounds, but Meyer’s extreme athleticism on the mound allows him to play up. He uses that athleticism to keep himself under control despite having an efforty delivery that might be a concern for some evaluators.  Meyer boasts two 70-grade pitches and has arguably the most strikeout effective pitch arsenal in this class. His heater regularly sits in the mid-to-high-90s with blistering life, exploding out of his hand and into the zone. Meyer’s money pitch is his slider and some consider it to be the best overall pitch in the draft. It typically sits between 87-91 mph, tunneling well with his heater and working effectively on both sides of the plate. Don’t disregard his changeup either, as it’s flashed above-average potential at times with natural tumbling action. His pitch mix, athleticism, and demeanor all suggest that he can stick as a starter long-term. Meyer likely profiles as a number three starter with top-of-the-rotation upside during his peak seasons. 

3. Mick Abel, 18 years old, Jesuit (OR)

Mick Abel is by and large our favorite pitching prospect in this entire draft. Right-handed prep pitchers are a volatile bunch and tough to value near the tops of drafts. There’s the looming question of fragility and long-term projectability with frames that have not yet been pushed into bigger workloads and professional ball. That being said, it’s hard not to love everything in the package Abel brings to the table. 

At 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, Abel has an uber-projectable frame with long levers and a high waist. His mechanics are fluid and consistent. The pitch arsenal is every bit as impressive as anyone on this list. The fastball is some of the easiest high 90s you can find. It’s a 2-seam primarily that exhibits exceptional arm-side run and tail. The pitch is a terror on right-handed hitters. Also in the toolbox is a plus slider, easily the best prep breaking ball in the class. It’s a tight slider with good vertical and horizontal movement at the plate. More importantly than anything, Abel knows the pitch and consistently commands it. There’s also a changeup that shows similar life to the 2-seam with impressive tumble and tunneling on the first two pitches. It’s generally a low-80s offering that plays beautifully off the fastball. Abel has also messed around with a curveball and cutter, both of which have shown the potential for fringe-average pitches. If Abel were a left-handed pitcher with this arsenal, or 21 years old, he’d likely be a top 3 pick in this draft. As it stands, he likely gets picked in the middle third of the first round and will sign, forgoing his commitment to Oregon State. 

4. Cade Cavalli, 21 years old, Oklahoma

It’s possible that us here at RotoFanatic could end up being the highest publication on Cavalli once all draft ranks are finalized. There’s a lot to like about him, so much so that we’ve comfortably put him above two of the best right-handed pitching prep prospects in the class.  With a strong 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame, Cavalli just looks like a big-league starter. He’s built proportionally, with broad shoulders and strong legs that allow him to generate some of the easiest velocity in the class. His fastball is an easy 93-96 mph, touching 98 mph with late elevation into the zone. Cavalli throws two distinct breaking balls, both of which have flashed above-average to plus potential. He’ll throw a low-80s curveball down in the zone to strike batters out and it’s an offering that he’s comfortable throwing. The slider shows strong lateral movement and it plays in the upper-80s, but he’s still learning how to throw it. His fourth offering is a changeup, although he doesn’t throw it much. Cavalli is still relatively new to pitching and he does struggle to control his pitches at times. He also doesn’t have the best track record of staying healthy, which is obviously the biggest concern with pitchers. There’s frontline upside here with Cavalli and it’s all about him just putting it together. 

5. Nick Bitsko, 18 years old, Central Bucks East (PA)

Nick Bitsko is one of the high-risers in recent weeks leading up to the draft. He’s barely 18 years old on draft day, and because of that, he gets a small stock bump in the eyes of scouting and player development staffs. But the age has nothing to do with the ascent. Bitsko’s Rapsodo readings are absolutely insane. A heater that touches 99 and plus spin, a cutter that has elite, elite horizontal tilt, a changeup that tumbles through the zone. There is certainly reason to believe there are three-plus pitches in the profile and a top-of-the-rotation role.  At 6-foot-4, and 220 pounds, Bitsko already has the body to handle a big workload. The mechanics are clean and very advanced for his age. Command is the biggest question mark surrounding his name right now, but that’s the case for 99 percent of preps. There’s almost no doubt he’s a starting pitcher at the next level and could be ready at some point in 2023 or 2024. It’s some of the best stuff in the draft and he’ll be highly sought on June 10. 

6. Jared Kelley, 18 years old, Refugio (TX)

After the summer circuit came to an end, Kelley was considered by most publications as the consensus top prep arm and a potential top-10 pick. Things have changed since then, but that’s mostly because both Abel and Bitsko have made significant jumps in their games. Kelley should still be viewed as an impact talent in the class and he could end up being the best arm of the bunch. 

Kelley is built like your typical hard-throwing Texas right-hander. He’s every bit of 6-foot-3 and 215-pounds with proportional strength, but there’s little-to-no projection left. He repeats his delivery well, doesn’t throw with much effort, and throws a ton of strikes for an 18-year-old. Kelley throws some of the easiest gas you’ll ever see, regularly sitting between 94-96 mph and flashes arm-side run. His bread-and-butter pitch is a plus changeup that dives down into the zone with swing-and-miss actions. The knock on him, for right now, is his inability to consistently spin his slider. Thankfully, some organizations have the technology and player development teams to teach spin, so that isn’t a grave concern right now. Kelley’s stuff paired with his pure pitchability gives him a relatively safe big-league floor. It’s rare to say that a teenage pitching prospect could ascend through the minors quickly, but Kelley could be up at the major league level around age 21 or 22. 

7. Cole Wilcox, 21 years old, Georgia

Wilcox is no stranger to first-round grades. 2018 saw him ranked as one of the best prep arms in the entire country, but signability concerns pushed him into the 37th round to the Nationals. That pick was largely posturing — a way for Washington to get to know Wilcox a little better before his eventual eligibility into the 2020 draft. 

Ironically, Wilcox now slots pretty comfortably into the Nationals draft position at the 22nd pick. Regardless, he’s an immense talent, albeit still a bit raw. The fastball is a mid-90s offering with significant tail and sink. He couples the heater with a mid-80s slider and changeup, both of which have flashed plus at times. The story on Wilcox is his command. Walks have been an issue during his time in Athens, though 2020 saw improved control and the walks were way down. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, he’s built like a prototypical starter and will have every opportunity to achieve that mid-rotation ceiling. There’s a legitimate reliever floor here if the command doesn’t ultimately improve, but it’s more likely than not he straightens things out and remains in a team’s stable of starting pitchers. 

 

8. Bobby Miller, 21 years old, Louisville

Drafted by the Orioles in the 38th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, Miller obviously honored his commitment to Louisville and quietly turned himself into one of the best arms in college baseball. You’ll be hard-pressed to find multiple arms with a more effective fastball than Miller, regularly sitting in the high-90s with explosive life into the zone. He doesn’t just hold his fastball velocity well into starts, but consistently pumps a high-80s slider late into outings as well. It’s his strikeout pitch, tunneling well with his fastball and generating some pretty ugly swings. He started to show comfort in a changeup that sits in the low-80s and works down in the zone.

Miller has the velocity, strikeout pitch, and massive 6-foot-5 frame to stick as a starter long-term. He throws with some effort and doesn’t always stay in sync, causing him to get a bit erratic at times. Some evaluators believe he’s destined for a bullpen role, while others view him as an absolute steal towards the end of the first round. His upside as a starter is obviously appealing, but he also has the stuff to be a dominant reliever. Miller will hold value regardless of what role he ends up being long-term. 

 

9. Carson Montgomery, 18 years old, Windermere (FL)

Carson Montgomery is pretty advanced for a high school pitcher, as is evidenced by his high draft stock. At 6-foot-2, Montgomery isn’t the tallest or most projectable build in the class, but his ability to manipulate a baseball is seldom seen in players his age. The fastball comfortably projects as he develops. The pitch has a ton of arm-side run and late life. It generally sits 90-92 right now, but explodes at the plate and plays way more superior than the velocity would suggest. The slider is already an above-average offering and will likely be a plus offering with a couple years in pro ball. The biggest question mark on the breaking ball is its consistency, but the late break it’s shown is extraordinary. It tunnels unbelievably well with the fastball. Montgomery does a good job of hiding the ball prior to release, so everything in his arsenal tends to play up. There’s also a changeup in the arsenal, though he’s had a difficult time separating its velocity from the fastball enough to make it anything more than an average offering for now. Montgomery is committed to Florida State and could be a difficult sign in this draft unless a team is really sold on the profile and willing to stretch their budget to bring him on board. 

 

10. Chris McMahon, 20 years old, Miami

There are so many good college pitchers coming out of the state of Florida this year, but for my money, McMahon is the best of the bunch. Super-athletic for his position, McMahon looks like he could be a starting quarterback on the mound. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, he has an extremely controlled and fluid motion to the plate. There’s not a ton of concern in long-term durability, though that’s never a statement you can take to the bank. 

McMahon features a mid-90s fastball with good life thanks to plus spin rates and efficiency. Deception in his delivery makes the pitch appear as though it’s exploding at the plate. He also employs a cutter/slider as well as a changeup. The slider is probably his best out pitch, though the changeup projects an above-average offering at the next level too. McMahon is a reasonably safe bet to achieve his no. 3/4 ceiling. 

 

11. Slade Cecconi, 21 years old, Miami

A draft-eligible sophomore, Cecconi is one of the youngest college arms available in the draft. At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Cecconi’s strong with the type of frame that makes scouts’ jaws drop. His fastball typically sits in the mid-90s, touching 96 mph with decent control to both sides of the plate. For someone that has started for most of his life, Cecconi doesn’t hold his velocity well deep into starts and his stuff leaks over the heart of the plate as his outing goes on. His best secondary offering is a hard high-80s slider with late lateral break and serves as a true power pitch. That’s pretty much it for Cecconi in terms of his mix, as he’ll occasionally throw a changeup and curveball but both don’t do much. Cecconi has upside because of his size but there are also some pretty evident question marks to his long-term future. He does hold leverage in these contract negotiations as a sophomore that can return for his junior season. There will be a team that takes a chance on him, as they should, but there’s certainly going to be an inherent risk. 

 

12. Jared Jones, 18 years old, La Mirada (CA)

Jared Jones has been considered a premier talent for his entire prep career. At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, he doesn’t possess prototypical size or length like a lot of other players on this list. He does, however, possess quite possibly the fastest arm in the entire draft. It’s elite arm speed. That’s not a gradable tool, but if it were, he’d stand alone at the top. The arm speed generates high 90s fastballs that can touch triple digits. But it’s not just brute force with Jones. He’s got a ton of polish with three, maybe four offerings on the mound. 

The aforementioned fastball is a 70, maybe 80-grade heater. He dances pitches around that to keep hitters off balance. The slider is a plus offering that has extraordinary depth and lateral tilt. Control has been an issue, but that’s all too common for pitchers his age. There’s also a changeup that grades out as average, maybe 55 on occasion. Since the pandemic started, Jones began working on a 12-6 curveball to mix in. He’s already achieving true shape, though spin efficiency and consistency are a work in progress. So long as the health holds up, Jones should be a force for whichever team brings him on board. Teams are generally apprehensive to overspend on prep righties, especially those with smaller frames. Jones hopes to buck that trend this June. He’s committed to the University of Texas.

13. JT Ginn, 21 years old, Mississippi State

Let’s be clear out of the gates — the chances of Ginn actually signing this year as a draftee are slim. He will almost certainly be selected, but after missing the entire 2020 campaign with Tommy John surgery, his stock has really never been lower. Considered a top ten selection by many pre-season publications, Ginn’s ability has never been in question. He, like Meyer, has a devastating fastball-slider combo, both of which have flashed plus-plus in recent years. The talent is there. The durability is not. 

Ginn missed all of 2020 after missing several starts in 2019 with right arm soreness and general fatigue. He gutted through several short outings toward the latter half of the year and ended up taking most of the offseason off to recover. The 30th overall pick by the Dodgers in the 2018 draft, Ginn is still barely 21 years old. He’ll hold value in next year’s draft too. Ginn probably won’t be ready to pitch opening day in 2021 for Mississippi State. Teams will be cautious in selecting the small-statured righty in the 2021 draft, so from this chair, if he sneaks into the Top 40, Ginn should consider eating his dinner while it’s hot. 

 

14. Bryce Jarvis, 21 years old, Duke

After being a relative unknown, potentially not even a top five-round pick, Jarvis exploded onto the scene in 2020 after several dominant performances — one, a 15-punch out perfect game against Cornell. The stuff has ticked up in a huge way this season. Because of it, Jarvis has shed his reliever profile and established himself as one of the better right-handed pitching prospects in the draft. 

Jarvis’ fastballs generally sits 93-95, but he’s touched triple digits in bullpens during this down period. The changeup is one of the more underrated pitches in the entire draft and plays off his heater extremely well. It’s a low-to-mid 80s offering with late tumble. He controls the pitch very well and is comfortably a plus offering. There’s also a slider that flashes plus but is more often than not a 55-grade offering. It’s likely a plus offering with some tinkering and consistency at the next level. Jarvis is your prototypical pop-up prospect from the 2020 season and may represent excess value in Comp Round A if he lasts that long. He’s already 22 years old, so there’s no doubt he’ll sign.

15. Tanner Burns, 21 years old, Auburn

To be completely honest, Burns has the talent and pure stuff to rank higher on this list. He came into Auburn as one of the top prep players in his class and immediately vaulted himself into a weekend rotation that featured former number-one overall pick, Casey Mize. His fastball typically sits anywhere between 92-95 mph, touching 97 mph, and he has excellent quadrant command of it. He’s flashed feel to spin a potential plus breaking ball that doesn’t have a true consistent shape yet but does have advanced actions. Burns’ third pitch is a changeup with sink that could someday be an average pitch, even though he doesn’t throw it much. The one thing holding Burns back from being ranked higher on this list are durability concerns, most notably a shoulder issue that he suffered during his sophomore season. Still, from a true talent and stuff standpoint, Burns belongs to go somewhere in the first round. 

 

16. Tommy Mace, 21 years old, Florida

Mace strung together one of the more impressive starts of the 2020 season when he went into Miami and tossed seven innings of one-run ball, only allowing two hits and striking out eight. He would’ve been the Friday starter on arguably the best team in the country this season had there not been a cancellation.  Mace has the size that scouts can’t help but dream on. At 6-foot-6, there’s still more projection to come in his wiry frame. His fastball is heavy with low-riding action, topping out at 96 mph and usually sitting in the low-90s with natural movement. His go-to secondary pitch is a hard cutter that’s thrown with conviction and flashed swing-and-miss potential. He uses a low-70s, somewhat loopy curveball simply as a change of pace pitch, and his fourth offering is a changeup that he’ll use sparingly. While his arsenal isn’t anything to write home about, Mace’s demeanor, command, and pitchability all make him an intriguing prospect on the mound. He brings that true bulldog mentality on the mound and consistently throws a ton of strikes down in the zone. Mace has a fairly safe floor as a back-end starter. 

 

17. Cole Henry, 20 years old, LSU

Cole Henry is another guy entirely familiar with being near the top of draft boards. Possessing a 97-mph heater in high school, he was squarely one of the top 200 guys in the 2018 draft. Two years later, he’s clearly ascended to a new prospect tier. Henry generally sits 91-94 with his fastball, mixing in a curveball and changeup. The former is a power bender that tunnels well with the fastball when he’s able to spike the pitch. When Henry misses, the curveball can get loopy and sit in the zone too long. Nevertheless, the pitch flashes an above-average offering at the next level. More than anything, Henry currently lacks the consistency to profile him a top of the rotation big leaguer. If he can find better command and consistency with his secondary offerings in pro ball, the ceiling is awfully high. Henry won’t even be 21 years old in June, so there are some signability concerns that come with his draft ability. 

 

18. CJ Van Eyk, 21 years old, Florida State

Van Eyk enters this draft as one of the more polished right-handed arms available. He owns a solid three-pitch mix, two of which grade out as above-average to plus offerings, and he’ll comfortably throw all three for strikes. Van Eyk’s fastball typically sits between 93-94 mph and he’s able to consistently locate it on both sides of the plate for strikes. His best pitch is his high-spin 12/6 breaking ball with exceptional bite to it. It’s already a swing-and-miss pitch that he’s comfortable with throwing at any time in the count. Van Eyk’s changeup isn’t as advanced as his breaking ball, but it mimics his fastball and typically plays down in the zone. He might not have this illustrious high strikeout profile, but he’s a relatively safe prospect with back-end starter written all over him. 

 

19. Justin Lange, 18 years old, Llano (TX)

Lange has been one of the fastest risers in this entire draft class and for good reason. At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, Lange has completely transformed his body over the past calendar year. He’s packed on a ton of muscle and alongside it has come velocity and athleticism. Already a projectable frame, Lange turned that projection into reality earlier than many anticipated. He’s put on 20 good pounds in one calendar year and now absolutely looks the part.  The biggest criticism of Lange has been his erratic control. At times, he can dot his fastball for strikes at will. Other times, he completely loses the zone and simply can’t find it. That’s something that could come in time with increased strength, athleticism, and experience. Already an above-average offering last summer, Lange’s heater now hovers in the high 90s, touching triple digits consistently in bullpens. It’s a smooth, clean, and easy 70-grade offering. There’s also a fringe-average slider and changeup being worked into his arsenal, though both are in their infancy. Lange’s arm talent is undeniable and if drafted into the right player development system, the ceiling could be massive. He’ll be a project for sure, but it’s hard not to like the raw ability put on display. 

 

20. Masyn Winn, 18 years old, Kingwood (TX)

You could make a case for Winn to be the most athletic player in this entire class. He’s a legitimate two-way prospect that blew up this past October after hitting 98 mph with his fastball and launching a home run in the same game.  Winn has drawn some intrigue in the field, but his upside is much higher on the mound. His athleticism is on full display when he’s pitching, showing excellent body control and truly elite 80-grade arm speed. He’ll run his heater up to 98 mph and usually sits anywhere between 93-96 mph. It’s a high-spin fastball that works well up in the zone, giving him a true swing-and-miss pitch right there. Winn consistently flashed a plus high-70s breaking ball in October and a sinking changeup that grades out as average. There’s no denying that Winn could be a special talent, but his delivery is high effort and he’s barely even six feet tall, leading to some obvious durability question marks. He’s without a doubt one of the more intriguing prospects in the class and it’ll be interesting to see what teams do with him should he get drafted. If he does make it to campus, Winn could form a formidable up-the-middle duo with Robert Moore at Arkansas. 

 

21. Ben Hernandez, 18 years old, De La Salle (IL)

Hernandez finally made a name for himself this summer after a stretch of impressive performances at the PDP league and basically the entire showcase circuit. Illinois has produced some pretty intriguing draft talent over the years and it’s possible that Hernandez ends up being one of the more successful players of that bunch.  At first glance, Hernandez just straight up looks like he belongs. He’s a strong, well-proportioned 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete with a durable frame capable of holding a starter’s workload. Hernandez was extremely impressive in his bullpen at the PBR Super 60. His mechanics are clean and he consistently repeats an extremely simple delivery. Hernandez’s fastball usually sits between 93-95 mph and he can essentially throw it wherever he wants to whenever he wants to. He pairs that fastball with an elite changeup that’s arguably the best in this class. It’s a 70-grade pitch with elite fading action that is already an effective strikeout pitch. As wonderful as his changeup is, the huge knock on Hernandez is his consistent inability to spin a breaking ball. He tried to throw a cutter/slider hybrid at the Super 60 and couldn’t get a feel for it, which could ultimately hurt his draft status in the future. If he goes to an organization that can properly develop at least an average breaking ball, Hernandez could be a serviceable back-end starter for a big league club. He has the makeup, pitchability, and command to carve out a fairly lengthy career as a professional baseball player. 

22. Carmen Mlodzinski, 21 years old, South Carolina

Mlodzinski’s ascent up draft boards started this past summer when he was truly masterful in the Cape Cod league. He looked every bit the part of a first-round caliber player at that point, but there have been some pitch arsenal concerns that have caused him to drop this far on our list.

Mlodzinski’s fastball has effective velocity, typically sitting between 93-96 mph arm-side run and occasional sink. The problem that he has with his fastball is that he isn’t comfortable throwing it inside to hitters and tends to leave stuff over the heart of the plate as a result. This is something that he could’ve gotten away with in college based on pure talent alone, but professional hitters will absolutely hammer pitches in that area of the zone. Mlodzinski does have two featured off-speed pitches, both of which could be above-average down the road. He throws a power-cutter that plays in the low-80s, usually staying down in the zone, and also throws a changeup with natural sink. Mlodzinski is talented enough to go in the first round and be an impact arm, but there are some pitchability red flags in my opinion that’ll hold him back from being that type of player. 

 

23. Markevian Hence, 17 years old, Watson Chapel (AK)

Markevian “Tink” Hence has been compared to some extraordinary pitchers of the past. Whenever your name is being thrown around with the likes of Tom Gordon and Yordano Ventura, there’s clearly a special talent there. Hence fits the tall billing. The arm speed, athleticism, and fluidity of it all are remarkable. 

Just 17 at the time of the draft, Hence has shown every inclination of signing and jumping into pro ball. He’s currently committed to Arkansas, a premier program, though most would be surprised if he makes it to Fayetteville. The arsenal is already impressive. Hence sits in the mid-90s with his fastball, though he’s touched 100 in bullpens. More than anything, he’s shown touch in spinning his slider and curveball. In bullpens, he can land both consistently for strikes. Just 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, there’s still a lot of growth and development to be had here. The athlete is special, and with time, could develop into one of the more fun pitchers in baseball, or an absolute shutdown reliever. 

24. Cam Brown, 18 years old, Flower Mound (TX)

Standing at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Brown has that prototypical big-league starter build that evaluators look for. He’s proportionally strong, with broad shoulders and a defined lower half. His delivery is fairly simple, although he puts an emphasis on his back leg during his load, and Brown’s short arm circle allows him to keep everything short and to the point. His fastball plays between 92-94 mph with heavy sinking action and is more effective against right-handed hitters. Brown can really laterally spin a sharp 78-82 mph slider that flashes plus potential and he throws a firm changeup in the mid-80s that plays straight. Brown’s consistent mechanics allow him to pound the zone with strikes at a high rate. He’s certainly polished on the mound for his age and could go anywhere between the second or third round, although his commitment to TCU could end up being strong enough to get him to campus. 

 

25. Clayton Beeter, 21 years old, Texas Tech

There’s no way around it, Clayton Beeter has some of the loudest stuff in this draft. The Red Raider pumps mid-to-high 90s fastballs over the plate, and couples that with a power curveball that is a plus offering. He’s shown improved command and tallies a bevy of strikeouts along the way. But at the end of the day, his stuff really isn’t the story. 

Beeter has one of the most combustible profiles in this draft. Having already had Tommy John surgery in high school, the chances of it happening again obviously increase. The mechanics of his extreme over-the-top delivery give scouts a lot of pauses. There’s a significant lag in his arm action, and some worry his body won’t be able to hold up to an extended starter’s workload. That being said, whoever selects Beeter this year will almost assuredly be drafting him as a power reliever. As previously mentioned, he’s the true two-pitch mix guy with extreme strikeout numbers. The walks have been an issue throughout his career, but they were improved in the abbreviated 2020 campaign. At just 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, and with questionable actions to the plate, look for Beeter to get plugged into the backend of a bullpen somewhere. He should be a quick mover and could debut as early as 2020 in a taxi squad. 

 

26. Tanner Witt, 17 years old, Episcopal (TX)

It would not be easy to find a prep prospect, outside of Abel/Kelley/Bitsko, than Witt. Ranked as the number seven overall corner infield prospect on our top 20 list, Witt also has plenty of upside on the mound, where some think he’s better suited. 

Standing at a massive 6-foot-6 and roughly 200 pounds, Witt has so much room to fill out his highly projectable frame. It’s not crazy to think he’ll add on at least 15-20 pounds of muscle over the next three seasons, which could ultimately lead to continued durability and an uptick in fastball velocity. He usually sits between 89-92 mph with his fastball, but he was actually sitting 92-93 mph in his final start prior to the nationwide cancellation. It’s possible that we see him take a significant velocity jump over the next few years and a triple-digit heater from Witt is not out of the question. His breaking ball shows true vertical break with high spin outputs and sits in the mid-70s. We’ve also seen him spin off a few aggressive sliders in the past that could honestly be more effective if he does take that velocity jump. Witt throws a firm changeup with fastball arm speed that isn’t that different from his fastball outside of the obvious velocity difference. 

For someone his size, Witt controls his body well on the mound and does an adequate job of staying in sync. He’s probably better right now in the field, but there’s no denying his upside on the mound is much higher. Given the uncertainties and uniqueness of this draft, Witt could ultimately honor his commitment to Texas and get to campus. 

 

27. Landon Knack, 23 years old, East Tennessee State

You have to feel for a guy like Landon Knack. At 23 years old, he finally had his breakthrough campaign, albeit a very short season at that. Now, that being said, a lot of guys never experience a breakthrough, so Knack has that going for him. But here’s the thing; a 23-year-old will never receive the signing bonus he deserves. Teams know he can’t go back to school, so when he should probably be receiving a few hundred thousand dollars, he’ll likely receive a fraction of that, especially in a financial crisis like baseball is currently in. 

On the mound, Knack possesses some of the best command in the draft. His 51:1 strikeout to walk ratio easily bested the country in 2020. That control didn’t come at the expense of his stuff either. Knack saw a meteoric uptick in his fastball velocity, pumping 97-98 into the zone on occasion. His first four years of college ball saw radar guns flashing 90-92. Impressive, indeed. Knack also has an average curveball and a developing changeup, so he has the repertoire of a starting pitcher. At the next level, unless those pitches improve, you may see him slot into a long-relief role. There’s some funk in the delivery, so don’t be surprised if a team uses that motion as a change of pace mid-game. Considered a fourth-round talent, Knack will probably be selected in the second round of this draft, but more than likely as a cost-saving measure for a team looking to stretch their pool. 

 

28. Kyle Nicolas, 21 years old, Ball State

Ball State has produced some flamethrowing right-handed pitchers over the last few seasons and Nicolas figures to follow in their footsteps as the next man up. His fastball is one of the best in the draft, consistently sitting somewhere in the mid-to-high-90s and touching triple-digits early on in his starts. It’s a high-spin rate pitch that he’ll comfortably be able to throw up in the zone and use as a swing-and-miss offering. Nicolas’ go-to secondary pitch is an overpowering slider with sharp break and can touch 90 mph. The slider is also a high-spin pitch, just like his fastball, and it’ll legitimately be able to get professional hitters out. Nicolas should scrap his curveball all together, as it’s basically a worse version of his slider, and he needs to start throwing his changeup more if he wants to stick as a starter long-term. He doesn’t repeat his mechanics and or stays in sync well, causing him to fly open at times and lose command. There’s high reliever risk with Nicolas, but that’s honestly not a bad thing in today’s game. An improvement in mechanical efficiency should increase the strike rate and make him a potential weapon out of the bullpen. 

 

29. Alejandro Rosario, 18 years old, Miami Christian (FL)

Alejandro Rosario is a ball of power and electricity when he takes the mound. Tipping the scales at just 165 pounds, Rosario exhibits some of the best arm speed in the class and has seen his fastball touch 98 because of it. There’s a changeup and slider in there as well, both of which flash the ability to be above average offerings. 

The story on Rosario is how hittable he is. Although his stuff is electric, he wasn’t missing many bats as a junior, and that carried over into his senior year at Miami Christian as well. It’s not to say he wasn’t dominating his high school district, but moreover, his stuff just didn’t strike many batters out. We’re not talking about national premier circuits here or even select league guys. We’re talking about high school league play — a bit concerning. It’s a clean delivery, smooth, easy, and fluid… but it lacks deception. It’s easy to wonder if Rosario telegraphs his pitches a bit. A commit to Miami, odds are he ends up at school. He’s a guy that could have serious helium moving into 2023 where he’ll be draft-eligible again. 

30. Carson Seymour, 21 years old, Kansas State

From a pure physicality standpoint, Seymour might be the most physical arm in the class. He’s every bit of his listed 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, and just brings a different kind of physicality to the mound. Seymour’s fastball is his best pitch, sitting between 92-95 mph and touching 97 mph with natural downward tilt. His recently added slider is his best pitch, although it was his curveball that flashed above-average actions in the Cape this past summer. Seymour also has a changeup in his arsenal, although he rarely throws it and it’s a below-average pitch. There’s certainly upside with Seymour given his pure physicality, he doesn’t throw nearly enough strikes to stick as a starter long-term. He does still have sophomore eligibility and could return to Kansas State to improve some minor things before testing the draft waters again next season. 

2020 MLB Draft Rankings: Outfielders

Written by: Diego Solares (@DeegsBaseball) and Joe Doyle (@JoeDoyleMiLB)

With the 2020 MLB Draft on the horizon, our extensive draft coverage here at RotoFanatic continues.

We kicked off this year’s evaluations by writing up both the catchers and corner infielders yesterday, with the middle infielders following suit. Our coverage continues today with a full analysis of the 20 best outfielders in this class.

Zac Veen is the top prep player in this class and the potential future superstar headlines this group. A plethora of prep outfield bats will find themselves on this list, including Robert Hassell III, Austin Hendrick, and Pete Crow-Armstrong. While the college class is a bit weak, Garrett Mitchell and Heston Kjerstad are top-end talents to know.

After several hours of churning through video and information, these are the consensus rankings agreed upon by both of our draft analysts. Without further delay, let’s get into it:

 

1. Austin Martin, 21 years old, Vanderbilt

Depending on your flavor, Martin might not fit on this list at all. A Swiss Army Knife, the Commodore boasts some of the best versatility in the class and should see time at a number of positions wherever he’s drafted. There’s peak value up the middle of the diamond, and for that reason, we have him slotted as a center field prospect. Martin has more than enough range to man the position and should represent the best outfield prospect in any of the Tigers, Orioles, or Marlins systems. The polish on his player should immediately make him a top 30 prospect in all of baseball. 

As one might imagine, Martin can do it all. He’s a plus hitter with solid-average power potential, maybe more. He’s an easy plus runner and projects to play above average at whatever position he ultimately calls home. The arm could be showcased anywhere on the diamond — another 55 offering. There’s legitimate 5-tool potential in Martin’s game, it all depends on how quickly and to what lengths he develops. The swing is already sound with natural loft and lower body leverage. Just 180 pounds, he’s not the most imposing guy on the diamond, but he’s stronger than most players his size and it shows in his barrel velocity and athleticism. Martin has gotten better every single year at Vanderbilt, culminating in an abbreviated 2020 season where he slashed .377/.507/.660 with three home runs and just two strikeouts in 68 plate appearances. It’s not hard to envision an Alex Bregman-esque player here. He has star potential. 

 

2. Zac Veen, 18 years old, Spruce Creek HS (FL) 

The top-ranked prep player on most draft boards, Veen has skyrocketed up lists after an impressive summer circuit and a scorching hot start to his senior season prior to the shutdown. His swing is absolutely gorgeous, showing excellent barrel control and consistently repeating his silky-smooth mechanics. His feel to hit is right up there with any prep prospect we’ve seen over the last five years and don’t sleep on his power production either. Veen unloads on baseballs in batting practice, flashing plus raw power while slowly starting that ever-so-important power transition to games. There’s so much projection to his 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame leaving us evaluators with plenty to drool about what he could look like a few years down the road. Veen easily projects as an above-average hit, above-average power type of bat that could even be plus in both categories down the road. He’s a safe bet to give you quality defense in right field and his bat is best suited for a corner outfield role anyway. Veen has all the tools necessary to be an absolute super prospect. 

3. Robert Hassell III, 18 years old, Independence HS (TN)

Hassell has been a high riser over the last few weeks and some publications have started putting him in the top 10 conversations. There’s a lot to like with Hassell, headlined by a natural hitting ability that might be the best in this class. His bat-to-ball skills resemble 2019 first-round pick CJ Abrams as Hassell doesn’t swing-and-miss much and consistently sprays line drives to all fields. It’s certainly a hit-over-power type of profile, but Hassell can pepper the gaps and should run into some home runs every once in a while. The reason he’s the number two outfield prospect on our list is that Hassell has the highest chance to stick in center field. He’s a solid athlete with above-average run times and an above-average arm that’s touched 93 mph on the mound. No prep prospect should truly be considered “safe”, but Hassell’s feel to hit and his defense gives him a high floor. 

 

4. Garrett Mitchell, 21 years old, UCLA 

If we’re only looking at tools, Mitchell belongs right up there with anyone in this class. He’s got the freakish athleticism to put them all together and blossom into a truly special player. Mitchell’s swing is a bit awkward and he gets on top of the baseball at times. When he does stay on plane, Mitchell can drive the baseball with authority into the gaps. There’s plenty of raw power in his strong 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame, but he rarely translated that into home runs with the Bruins. Evaluators were eager to see him try and tap into that well-known power this season but were robbed of that opportunity because of the shutdown. It’s well documented that Mitchell is a true 70-grade runner that uses his speed to impact the game in multiple facets. He’s got the wheels to steal 20+ bags each season and stick in center field long-term. The big concern with Mitchell, outside of his power production, is the Type 1 diabetes he’s been playing with for most of his baseball career. He’s managed to turn himself into a ridiculously good athlete even with that obstacle, however, and this isn’t as big of a concern as some people are making it out to be. Mitchell has the tools to be a mega prospect should he put it all together. Keep an eye on which organization drafts him because that could ultimately be the deciding factor. 

 

5. Austin Hendrick, 19 years old, West Allegheny (PA)

From a pure physicality standpoint, Hendrick’s natural bat strength rivals anyone in this class. He uses a combination of that and borderline electric bat speed to send baseballs into orbit, giving him an extremely high power ceiling. Hendrick’s swing is a bit unconventional and quirky with an aggressive bat waggle prior to starting it. He does struggle to consistently repeat his swing mechanics and stay in sync, but almost all teenage prospects struggle with consistency issues anyway. There are some question marks about his hit tool, which grades out as fringe-average and it’s possible that he doesn’t hit enough to tap into that massive power potential we all know he has. His pitch recognition skills are suspect as well, so you’re looking at someone who could potentially have high strikeout rates throughout his professional career. Nonetheless, Hendrick’s upside is undeniable and it all relies on how much he’ll be able to hit in order to reach that power. Should he go to the right organization that can improve his game in that regard, Hendrick could be on another level. 

6. Pete Crow-Armstrong, 18 years old, Harvard Westlake (OF)

Harvard Westlake has produced several high-end big league players, most notably Jack Flaherty, Max Fried, and Lucas Giolito. Crow-Armstrong seemed like the next big thing prior to the summer of 2019, coming into the showcase circuit as the industry-wide number one prep player in this class. He did struggle a bit against high-end competition throughout the summer and has dropped on lists because of it, but Crow-Armstrong is certainly still a first-round talent. His natural feel to hit and bat-to-ball skills are both drastically advanced for his age and he consistently makes steady line-drive contact. He’s not known for putting up power numbers, but don’t be surprised if he runs into anywhere between 8-12 home runs on an annual basis. Defense plays a key factor in Crow-Armstrong’s ranking, as he’s a sure-fire bet to stick in centerfield moving forward and could compete for Gold Gloves down the road. It might not be the sexiest profile or skill-set but he does have a high floor. 

 

7. Heston Kjerstad, 21 years old, Arkansas

It’s hard to argue against Kjerstad’s production with the Razorbacks over the last three seasons. He has one of the best statistical track records in the draft and that especially applies to this season where he was clearly a frontrunner for Player of the Year honors. Kjerstad’s calling card is true 70-grade raw power from the left side. He does major damage to the baseball, albeit in an unconventional way, and has easy 40+ home run power in his swing. Numbers aside, Kjerstad does have some pretty major flaws in his game that are cause for concern. He’s incredibly aggressive at the plate and did strike out a ton in college despite consistently putting up monster numbers. His hit tool is below-average, leaving little room for optimism that he’s going to make enough contact in order to tap into that power upside we all know he has. The upside alone warrants the ranking on our list but he’s someone that could plummet once he starts to go up against high-end professional talent. 

 

8. Daniel Cabrera, 21 years old, LSU

Widely regarded as one of the safest prospects in the draft, Cabrera is going to make whichever team takes him towards the end of the first-round extremely happy. He was a 26th-round pick by the Padres in 2016 and someone who evaluators considered a top prep bat in his high school class, but ultimately chose to attend LSU instead. Cabrera owns an advanced approach at the plate and doesn’t try to do too much. His ability to recognize pitches and make adjustments when he’s fooled is certainly something that stood out. He boasts an above-average hit tool and should have no problem adjusting to professional pitching once he reaches the minors. There’s some strength in his 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame that results in at least average power. Defensively, Cabrera is a solid athlete, but his overall outfield instincts and route running suggest he’s best suited for left field. Still, he’s as safe of a prospect that you’ll find in this class and should be one of the first members to reach the big leagues from this group. 

 

9. Isaiah Greene, 18 years old, Corona (CA)

One of the best overall athletes in this class, Greene has an intriguing combination of several raw tools that, if brought together appropriately, could result in him being an absolute steal a few seasons down the road. The first thing that stands out with Greene is a true 70-grade run tool that he uses to impact the game both offensively and defensively. He can afford to hit the ball on the ground more because of his speed and can be a long-term centerfield option for a team as well. There’s plenty of stolen base upside with his wheels, too. Greene can straight-up hit with a strict contact-oriented approach that doesn’t generate much power. His bat can get a bit flat through the zone at times and he doesn’t try to elevate the ball a whole lot. He does have room to add muscle onto his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame that could ultimately result in some power output in a few years. Greene has the tools that some scouting directors or high-end front office officials will fall in love with. Don’t be surprised if he gets taken in the sandwich round, but understand that his floor isn’t particularly high, either. 

10. Zach DeLoach, 21 years old, Texas A&M

DeLoach is a personal favorite of several industry-wide draft evaluators and it’s not hard to see why. He dominated the Cape Cod league last summer and kept that hot streak going into this spring, ending the season with a .421/.547/.789 slash line with six home runs in 17 games. DeLoach added muscle onto his 6-foot-1 frame, giving him more proportional strength and further developing his power tool. He’s got at least above-average raw power now, something that we slowly started to see at the start of this season. DeLoach doesn’t have crazy good bat speed and instead relies on a solid approach at the plate to do damage with the baseball. He does get a bit aggressive at times, but he stays within himself for the most part. His feel to hit is average and doesn’t project to get much higher than that mark. He’ll be a tough prospect for evaluators to analyze because they didn’t get an entire season to see if the adjustments he made this season were real. Look for him to go somewhere between the second or third round of the draft. 

 

11. Chase Davis, 18 years old, Franklin (CA)

Davis is fairly similar to the aforementioned Austin Hendrick. He has pretty electric bat speed with loose hands that allow him to whip his bat through the zone with no problem. A left-handed hitter, Davis has flashed raw power to his pull-side at times and crushes pitches on the inner half of the plate. Scouts do question how much he’ll actually be able to tap into that power because of a below-average hit tool and high swing-and-miss issues. Davis is a solid athlete that runs well and has one of the strongest outfield arms in the class, making him an ideal fit for right field. He does have upside at the plate and right now it’s just a question of whether or not he’ll make enough contact to reach his ceiling. He is committed to Arizona and could be a tough sign. 

 

12. David Calabrese, 17 years old, St. Elizabeth (ON)

Calabrese is one of the top pure runners in the class, recording 80-grade run times both out of the box and in the outfield. His speed plays anywhere on the diamond and he’s got enough athleticism to impact a game with that alone. Expect him to wreak havoc on the basepaths and steal a ton of bags at the college or professional level. At the plate, Calabrese makes consistent contact and is more of a gap-to-gap hitter than anything else. He does get a bit slappy at times but gets away with it because of that game-changing speed. Calabrese is going to stick in centerfield moving forward, adding more value onto his plate. A team could lure Calabrese away from his Arkansas commitment later on in the draft with over slot money based on his athleticism alone. He’s an intriguing player to monitor, especially in the fantasy game. 

 

13. Dylan Crews, 18 years old, Lake Mary (FL)

Once in the upper-echelon of prep outfielders from this class, Crews has dropped considerably on most draft ranks due to his struggles on the summer circuit last season. He does have some intriguing tools and can hit for both average and power when he’s on, but an extremely poor approach at the plate doesn’t allow that to happen often. His swing is short and he does have loose bat speed. Crews has flashed above-average raw power during batting practice, but his swing-and-miss issues have limited him from getting to that in games. A complete refinement in the approach and a significant increase in pitch recognition needs to improve before he can confidently hit professional pitching. He’s best suited to play right field, where his instincts will play up and his above-average arm strength is adequate for the position. The talent and pedigree alone warrant the ranking, but he’ll significantly benefit from making it to campus in the fall. 

 

14. Enrique Bradfield, 18 years old, American Heritage (FL)

Similarly to David Calabrese, Bradfield is a true 80-grade runner with game-changing wheels that play both offensively and in the field. He’s a grinder-type at the plate, working counts and doing whatever it takes to get on base in order for his speed to impact the game. Bradfield isn’t afraid to put a bunt down, hit the ball on the ground, or even get a bit slappy at times either because he understands how truly special his athleticism is. There is absolutely no power to his game right now, although it could end up reaching the 40-grade level should he add more muscle onto a fairly lean 6-foot, 155-pound frame. Bradfield is as safe of a bet to stick in centerfield as anyone in the class, where he’ll essentially get to everything and play borderline elite defense at a key position. He could end up being an everyday leadoff hitter that gets on base at an above-average clip and plays elite outfield defense. 

 

15. Petey Halpin, 18 years old, St. Francis (CA)

Halpin wasn’t invited to participate in either of the All-American games this past summer as somewhat of an under-the-radar in draft circles early on. He then balled out in the PDP League and performed well at the Area Code games later in the summer, rightfully locking himself in as a name-to-know from the California crop. Halpin is a quick-twitch outfielder with easy bat speed that does legit damage from the left side of the plate. We’ve seen him hammer some baseballs to his pull-side in batting practice and he keeps his hands inside the baseball. His swing mechanics are smooth and while there isn’t much elevation, he does consistently find the barrel. Halpin is a plus runner that has shown natural baserunning instincts in the past. He’s athletic enough to stay up the middle and has a 60-grade arm as well. While it’s likely that he gets to Texas this fall, Halpin is a name to monitor for the 2023 class as a potential first-or-second round guy. 

16. Jake Vogel, 18 years old, Huntington Beach (CA)

Vogel missed out on almost the entire summer circuit this past year and most teams didn’t get extensive looks on him because of that. He kicked off his senior season with some impressive performances that put him back onto team’s radars and has been somewhat of a riser dating back to March. It’s impossible to deny the tools that Vogel has. He’s a 70-grade runner with impact wheels and knows how to use his speed on the bases to swipe bags. That athleticism translates onto the field, as Vogel is a rangy defender with an above-average arm that can lock up center field for a long time. His swing is simple and he doesn’t try to do too much at the plate, leaving some evaluators to believe that he’ll be able to hit at the next level. He’s fairly undersized at 5-foot-11 and roughly 165-pounds with little-to-no power in his game. Vogel’s combination of speed/athleticism make him an interesting draft prospect, but it’s more likely that he finds himself at UCLA than with a professional team. 

 

17. Kala’i Rosario, 17 years old, Waiakeia (HI)

The top prep prospect out of Hawaii in this year’s draft, Rosario has double-plus raw power in his 6-foot-1, 205-pound compact frame. He impacts the baseball with ferocity to his pull-side in batting practice, generating loft with ease. That same pull-happy approach translates into games, forcing Rosario to be over his front foot at times and ignoring the other sides of the field. His hit tool is well below-average, even for a high school player, and it doesn’t matter how much power he has if he can’t successfully tap into it. Rosario doesn’t offer much defensive value as a right fielder. He probably would’ve gotten drafted as an over-slot signee if this were a normal draft, but it’s pretty likely we see him at California Baptist in the fall. 

 

18. Mario Zabala, 18 years old, International Baseball Academy (PR)

Zabala is the perfect example of high risk, low reward type of prospect. His tools and athleticism are off the charts, but his actual baseball instincts and feel for the game just aren’t there. Zabala is a plus runner with borderline elite athleticism that is on display no matter what he does. He makes some fairly difficult things look easy and that makes him such a treat to watch on the field. There’s plus raw power from the right side of the plate and we saw him perform well against top competition at times during the summer circuit. Zabala’s hit tool is below-average and he’s way too aggressive at the plate. He doesn’t yet understand how to pick out his pitch to do damage with and instead tries to launch everything into the bleachers. Zabala is athletic enough to play center field but lacks the instincts necessary to have success. There’s no denying his raw arm strength with accuracy that’ll almost certainly play in right field. A Florida International commit, someone may decide to take a chance on him on the upside alone, although that isn’t the likeliest outcome. 

 

19. Tyler Gentry, 21 years old, Alabama

Gentry has been the best position player for Alabama over the last two seasons after transferring in from Walters State following his freshman year. His pure raw power is his most intriguing tool and he’s even flashed double-plus raw power at times. Like a majority of power-hitters in our game, Gentry struggles with strikeout issues, whiffing 51 times in 210 at-bats as a sophomore in the SEC. He doesn’t have a great history against spin or an innate ability to pick it up out of the hand either. A significant improvement in the hit tool could result in more contact and less strikeouts, allowing that power to truly show itself. It remains to be seen if that is even possible, but Gentry has upside. 

 

20. Jace Bohrofen, 18 years old, Westmoore (OK)

One of the top prep prospects in an intriguing Oklahoma class, Bohrofen is a power-hitting masher from the left side that’s committed to his hometown Sooners. There’s no denying Bohrofen’s plus raw power or his desire to send baseballs into orbit. His bat travels on an uphill path specialized to elevate the baseball and create loft. Surprisingly, Bohrofen doesn’t have crazy swing-and-miss issues nor does he have poor plate discipline. He picks up spin well and is willing to take a walk, but he doesn’t always get to his power because of inconsistent swing tendencies. Bohrofen doesn’t have bat speed and he tends to drag his barrel through the zone instead of exploding it. So, while he does make contact at a decent rate, he doesn’t always make contact with the part of the bat you want a power hitter to make contact with. Clean up these inconsistencies and we could see a new level of Bohrofen that hasn’t been tapped into yet. He will likely get to campus. 

 

21. Parker Chavers, 21 years old, Coastal Carolina

Chavers’ prospect status has dropped after strikeout issues plagued him on the Cape and he also dealt with an injury that limited his offensive production. This slip could ultimately result in an absolute draft steal if someone was to take a chance on him late in the draft. Chavers earned All-American honors in his freshman season as the best hitter on Coastal Carolina’s team and has found success throughout his entire career with the Chanticleers. He’s an off-the-charts athlete with a 70-grade run tool, 60-grade arm, and 55-grade raw power from the left side. He could easily hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bags over the course of a 162-game season should he ever be given the opportunity. Chavers has shown above-average defensive skills in the outfield throughout his collegiate career and there’s reason to believe he can stick there long-term. Health issues are the main reason why Chavers is this low and teams’ inability to fully clear him prior to the draft may ultimately hold him back. There’s no denying the talent, or tools, that Chavers has and it’s possible someone takes a flier on him because of that. 

2020 MLB Draft: Middle Infield Rankings

Written by: Diego Solares (@DeegsBaseball) and Joe Doyle (@JoeDoyleMiLB)

With the 2020 MLB Draft on the horizon, our extensive draft coverage here at RotoFanatic continues.

We kicked off this year’s evaluations by writing up both the catchers and corner infielders yesterday, and today we’ll take an in-depth look into the top draft-eligible middle infielders in this class.

This is probably the weakest positional group of the draft, but it’s headlined by two potential game-changing talents. Nick Gonzales has tormented college pitching each of the last two seasons and Ed Howard is one of the top prep prospects from the Midwest in recent memory.

After several hours of churning through video and information, these are the consensus rankings agreed upon by both of our draft analysts. Without further delay, let’s get into it:

 

1. Nick Gonzales, 2B, 21 years old, New Mexico State

A virtual unknown coming out of high school, Gonzales burst onto the scene for the Aggies as a freshman in 2018. While his first-year numbers were impressive, his historic sophomore season made them look pedestrian. Gonzales slashed an unbelievable .432/.532/.773 with 16 home runs and 80 RBI en route to earning basically every accolade a college baseball player could dream of. Critics still questioned his overall offensive abilities, however, and attributed his success to the hitter-friendly park that New Mexico State calls home. In response to the question marks, Gonzales went on to slaughter Cape Cod league pitching with a wood bat and also won the league MVP honors. 

There’s a lot to love about his offensive game. Gonzales has purely electric bat speed and controls his barrel well in the zone. He doesn’t have much raw power in his 5-foot-10, 190-pound frame, but instead creates power with the quick-twitch he has in his hands. His true hitting ability rivals anyone in this class and Gonzales bat will play at the professional level. The questions now lie with his glove, as Gonzales is an average at best defender that is strictly limited to second base in the field. He does have athleticism with above-average run times, but he just doesn’t get it done with the glove. Nonetheless, his bat should play enough to masquerade the value he loses defensively and it’s not like he won’t be able to hold his own at second base. Gonzales is eerily similar to former first-round pick Keston Hiura and the two have drawn several comparisons to each other over the last few months. 

2. Ed Howard, SS, 18 years old, Mt. Carmel HS (IL.)

Howard is in a league of his own in the 2020 draft, representing the only true shortstop likely to stick at the position with a first-round grade. When you talk about Howard it’s all projectability. The Mt. Carmel product has a frame scouts dream on. Long levers, broad shoulders, and a high waist. Not only are the tools polished, but they’ll likely continue to grow and develop for years to come. Howard is smooth on the field. His defensive actions are fluid and precise. The arm is already a plus, and his defense is already above average. He’s a true future shortstop through-and-through. The lanky 6-foot-2 prepster makes every play to his right, left, and center, all the while displaying body control. At the plate, Howard still has a ways to go, but flashes plus potential at every turn. At his peak, Howard probably represents an above-average hitter with below or fringe-average power. There’s more to dream on with his frame, but as it stands, there’s strength gains and swing tinkering that needs to happen. A University of Oklahoma commit, it’s unlikely he ends up on campus as most teams covet the opportunity to acquire a sure thing up the middle. 

3. Nick Loftin, SS/UTL, 21 years old, Baylor

Loftin may not be viewed as a first-round talent by most evaluators, but him being arguably the top college shortstop in an already unique draft could ultimately lead to him being selected towards the end of the first round. That’s not any knock on him at all, he’s a talented player with an advanced glove and feel to hit, but it’s just an overall down year for shortstop prospects in general. He brings plenty of defensive versatility to the table as well, originally starting his college career off as a left fielder and also playing both third and second base throughout his three seasons with Baylor. Loftin’s approach at the plate is simple and to the point. He doesn’t try to do too much with the ball, focusing on making contact, minimizing swing-and-misses, and spraying line drives. This isn’t someone who’s going to provide much power, but he’s going to get on base and use all fields. Loftin’s ceiling is fairly capped because of his limited power production, although there’s certainly an avenue where he makes it to the big leagues as a versatile asset. 

 

4. Alika Williams, SS, 21 years old, Arizona State

A serious case can be made that Alika Williams is the best collegiate shortstop in this class. At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Williams is on the lighter side but has the shoulders to suggest there’s more good weight on the way. Probably the most likely candidate to play shortstop at the big league level, the Sun Devil has smooth actions at the position and shows off a very accurate throwing arm. Williams has quick feet and a good first step that allows him to get in a good position defensively where his soft hands can do the talking. At the plate, Williams looks similar to Trea Turner; a slender build with a smooth gap-to-gap swing. The jury is still out on whether he can ever hit for enough power to become an impact player on offense. If his predecessor Turner can run into 19 home runs at the big league level on a 185-pound frame, so too can Williams with proper development. 

 

5. Jordan Westburg, SS, 21 years old, Mississippi State

Westburg, to me, is one of the more intriguing players in this class. A physical and strong 6-foot-3, 190-pound shortstop, Westburg and Justin Foscue formed arguably the country’s best middle-infield duo this season. Westburg doesn’t have a refined approach at the plate, he swings at absolutely everything and primarily hits the ball to his pull-side, and it’s a below-average hit tool right now. He’s got some bat speed with strong hands and enough raw bat strength for me to comfortably say he has enough power to hit 25+ home runs at the professional level. That number will only be reached if Westburg drastically improves his approach and cuts down on the swing-and-miss numbers. Should he end up getting picked by the right team that can fully develop his tools, Westburg could be an intriguing draft day steal in a few years down the road. 

 

6. Colt Keith, SS/3B, 18 years old, Biloxi HS (MS.)

If you’re a fan of Chase Utley, Colt Keith might just be your next favorite player. A sweet, compact left-handed swing has many comparing the Biloxi HS product to the former Philly great. Keith has a very loud barrel for his age and controls the strike zone with ease. Already 6-foot-3 and pushing 200 pounds, he’s a force at the plate. The hit tool already projects at least average and the game power could touch plus. That being said, his size may ultimately force him off the position. As it stands, he certainly has the range and arm to be given the opportunity to stick at shortstop. Whether or not Keith can continue to develop his footwork and the reliability in his hands will determine his future home on the diamond. Even if pushed to third base, Keith’s bat is more than capable enough to handle the expectations of the hot corner. An Arizona State signee, this future Sun Devil will garner more than his fair share of interest in the draft. It’s pretty up in the air whether he’ll go pro or report to Tempe. 

 

7. Drew Bowser, SS/3B, 18 years old, Harvard Westlake (CA.)

A teammate of potential top-15 pick Pete Crow-Armstrong, Bowser is another intriguing prospect hailing from the perennial California powerhouse. He’s a proportional 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete with plenty of room to fill out his frame. Bowser has made significant improvements in his swing over the last two seasons, shortening it up completely and driving the baseball with more authority. His hit tool projects to be a slight tick below average, but there’s no doubt that he has plus raw power in that athletic frame with room to add more should he continue to grow. As things stand right now, Bowser has played shortstop for most of his amateur career and even on the summer circuit last year. The actions and limited athleticism scream that a move to third base is coming soon. That won’t be the worst thing in the world for Bowser, where his limited lateral range and above-average arm strength will play up. He’s an intriguing prep talent and a name-to-know moving forward, but Bowser’s commitment to Stanford is fairly strong. It’s highly likely that we see him on campus this fall.

8. Carson Tucker, SS, 18 years old, Mountain Pointe (AZ.)

You can’t start a conversation about Carson Tucker without mentioning his brother, Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker. Unfortunately for the latter, that may change in a few short years. Carson is every bit the defender his brother was coming out of Mountain Pointe in 2014. Tucker is already a plus runner with above-average actions at shortstop. The arm grades out above average. At this point, it’s just a matter of whether he’s done growing. At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Tucker looks like a shortstop right now. Whether that remains the case is to be determined as Tucker is in the midst of quite a growth spurt. Over the past year he’s gotten taller and much stronger. At the plate, the bat has become far louder. It’s a short, compact swing that produces plenty of gap-to-gap power, but Tucker also ran into more balls over the fence this year, especially pull-side. There were more question marks surrounding his brother’s value six years ago and Carson may end up having the greater upside when all is said and done. 

 

9. Anthony Servideo, SS, 21 years old, Ole Miss

Servideo and his big, loud blonde head of hair will represent a very fun pick for whoever lands him. A smooth defender, Servideo gets high marks for his lateral ability, as well as the ability to plant and throw. He’s dealt with some focus errors in the past but looked much improved over the abbreviated 2020 season at Ole Miss. The bat is going to be what dictates his ceiling. After a brutal summer in the Cape Cod League, Servideo slashed .390/.575/.695 over 17 contests in Oxford, plugging five home runs — more than his freshman and sophomore years combined. He’s also a plus runner who figures to snag his fair share of extra bases if given the at-bats. At worst, he’s a fringe-average hitter with below-average power — a solid backup. At his best, you may be looking at an above-average hitter with fringe-average power. Couple those ceilings with an already impressive defender and Servideo has the makings of an above-average regular at the big league level. 

 

10. Freddy Zamora, SS, 21 years old, Miami

Had it not been for a nasty knee injury in 2020, Freddy Zamora may very well have been the first shortstop off the board in this years’ draft. The Miami Hurricane can do it all. He’s an above-average defender with an above-average arm. Prior to the injury, he was an above-average runner who could comfortably handle the position. At the plate, Zamora was showing above-average potential and the possibility of average power. It’s a sound approach at the plate that results in his fair share of walks and a lack of strikeouts, a rarity in Miami’s aggressive philosophy. The whole package is very intriguing, especially if a team can look past the injury concerns. It should be noted, Zamora was suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season for a violation of team rules, so it’s not the most pristine resume off the field. That’s not to say it’s anything worth worrying about, but it’s not spotless, cut and dry. If the knee heals to 100%, it wouldn’t shock us whatsoever if Zamora ended up the best pro shortstop on this list. 

 

11. Cade Horton, SS/RHP, 18 years old, Norman HS (OK.)

Much like San Diego State’s Casey Schmitt, Horton is a legitimate two-way prospect in this class. He’s going to find his way onto our starting pitcher ranks, that will come out later in the week, and could honestly be drafted as a shortstop alone were he not a pitcher. He’s a highly athletic 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect that has room to add muscle onto his frame. Horton’s a power-over-hit type of bat with raw pull-side juice. His offensive game needs more work, but Horton’s glove and athleticism in the field are big-league caliber. His hands are soft, his feet field in a fluid rhythm, and he moves well laterally to cover enough ground. Pair all that with a true 60-grade arm that can touch 96 mph on the mound and you have a guy capable of sticking at shortstop throughout his professional career. We’ll have to wait and see how teams value him, or if he even gets drafted, but most evaluators like Horton as a pitcher more. 

 

12. Hayden Cantrelle, 21, Louisiana

Hayden Cantrelle is just the type of player that has enough tools to make an impact on the field on any given night. Just 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, he’s not the most imposing figure, but what he lacks in size he makes up for with intelligence, instincts, and grit. Cantrelle was a stalwart at the top of Louisiana’s lineup for the last two years and performed well during the Cape in 2019. With that helium, Cantrelle came into the 2020 collegiate year with a good bit of expectation but struggled mightily out of the gates. The day-one buzz has faded a bit, but Cantrelle still figures to be selected in the first three rounds of the draft. He’s a 60 runner and a fringe-average hitter, though he’ll probably never be much more than a single-digit home run guy. He’s a good reliable defender and there’s a lot to like in the makeup of the player. It’s easy to see Cantrelle carving out a big-league role for himself down the road. 

13. Milan Tolentino, SS, 18 years old, Santa Margarita (CA.)

Tolentino is a name that’s been heating up in draft circles over the last few weeks and rightfully so. He has an interesting skill-set that could ultimately pave a path to the big leagues for the 18-year-old UCLA commit. Tolentino’s a pest at the plate, working deep counts and not trying to do too much. His bat travels on a level path through the zone and produces steady line drive contact to all fields. You’re not going to get much power production out of him, mostly because he doesn’t try to elevate or lift the ball at the plate. He projects to have an average hit tool, but will consistently compete at the plate and not strike out much. Tolentino’s glove is his calling card to the big leagues. He’s a virtual lock to stick at shortstop with excellent lateral range, quick feet, and a plus arm. All in all, Tolentino is a gamer-type player that is going to grind out at-bats, all while providing excellent defense at an up-the-middle position. His signability is a question mark as a SoCal kid committed to UCLA, but don’t be surprised if he ends up being like Nick Ahmed down the road. 

14. Jimmy Glowenke, INF, 21, Dallas Baptist 

Dallas Baptist has become a bit of a hotbed for big-league infielders of late and Glowenke figures to continue that trend. Following in the footsteps of fellow Patriot infielders Ryan Goins and Ben Zobrist, Glowenke has a good chance of breaking onto a big-league roster someday thanks in large part to his bat. Glowenke has a chance to be a 55 hitter and register 10-15 home runs per season. He’s not the defender Zobrist is, but he should be able to stick on the dirt, albeit probably at second base. Glowenke has a below-average arm and is a below-average runner. He is finally fully recovered from Tommy John surgery that took place in the summer of 2019 and should be ready to go when baseball resumes. Barely 21 years old for this draft, Glowenke does have a little bit of leverage should he want to return to school and prove he’s a capable defender. 

 

15. Yohandy Morales, SS/3B, 18 years old, Braddock HS (FL.)

‘YoYo’ Morales is another extremely exciting shortstop that likely profiles well, not at shortstop. At 6-foot-4, Morales is an impressive specimen, especially at the plate, but in the field, he lacks a quick first step and struggles with body control while moving to his left and right. There’s more than enough arm for the profile, and the routine plays are made with ease, but Morales almost certainly projects to move to third base before debuting. The frame is super projectable and provided a good player development program, it’s not hard to see Morales turning into a plus power guy at shortstop. The hit tool needs refinement as he too often finds himself chasing breaking balls away, but when he gets a hold of one, they’re ripped. The swing is still a little disjointed and long at times, but there’s a lot to like in what the final package could look like here. Morales is committed to Miami and could really go in either direction —  sign or go to campus. If a team loves him, he’d be a sound investment. 

 

16. Cole Foster, SS/2B, 18 years old, Plano Senior HS (TX.)

A true sleeper prospect in this class, Foster is one of my personal favorite prospects. He isn’t a hulking figure by any means but don’t let that discourage you from him. He’s a true switch-hitter that does damage from both sides of the plate with a 55-grade hit tool and 45-grade power. It seems like he elevates the ball more from the left side, while his right-handed swing is more gap-to-gap. He isn’t an uber-athlete like others on this list, relying on natural instincts and a strong arm to stick at shortstop moving forward. Foster is committed to Auburn and it’s pretty likely that he gets to campus unless a team gives him a lucrative offer he can’t refuse. If that’s the case, remember this name for the 2023 MLB Draft as a potential top 50 pick. 

 

17. Nick Yorke, 2B/SS, 18 years old, Archbishop Mitty (CA.)

Yorke was on the rise prior to the coronavirus shutdown, performing well against the always talented California high school competition. His feel to hit and pure hit tool are right up there with any prep bat. He consistently makes solid line-drive contact from the right side of the plate and even flashed some up-the-middle power prior to the nationwide cancellation. That power tool could improve as he gets older and Yorke could one day be a 60-hit, 50-power type of player. Yorke primarily played shortstop throughout his high school career but he profiles best as a second baseman moving forward. He’s also still recovering from a shoulder injury suffered during his junior season. An Arizona commit, Yorke could be a sneaky third-or-fourth round sign if a team offers him the right number. If not, he’ll blossom with the Wildcats. 

 

18. Shay Whitcomb, INF, 21 years old, San Diego

If we’re being totally honest, Shay Whitcomb should probably be getting more respect than he is. The biggest wart on Whitcomb’s profile is the doubt surrounding his ability to stick at shortstop. Already 6-foot-3 with broad shoulders, Whitcomb has the body of an impact player but lacks the arm and probably the hands to play baseball’s most demanding position. As a result, the San Diego product will more than likely slide over to second base where his stature will resemble that of industry mainstay DJ LeMahieu. The latter’s profile isn’t too dissimilar from Whitcomb either. A bat-first slugger, Whitcomb may have an average hit tool and average game power. That’s no small feat for a second baseman, and it may be enough to force his way into a big-league lineup someday. He was a high-performer in the Cape this past summer and continued to mash into the 2020 collegiate campaign. If given another 8 weeks, it’s possible Whitcomb could have slugged his way into the Top 50 picks in the draft. As it stands, there’s a strong likelihood he’s selected June 11 and will make for an intriguing offensive option in a team’s system. 

 

19. Luke Waddell, INF, 21 years old, Georgia Tech

Waddell made a name for himself with Team USA last summer after slashing .300/.419/.417 over a 16-game span. There’s basically no projection left to his 5-foot-9, 180-pound frame, but the left-handed-hitting Wadell is an absolute gamer that just flat-out grinds at-bats. He walked nearly four percent more than he struck out in college and his bat-to-ball skills are some of the best in the class. His approach is advanced, even for a college bat, and rarely swings at pitches you’d expect someone of his age to swing at. As you could probably imagine, Waddell has virtually no power to his game. He sprays line drives to all fields and just tries to make contact instead of selling out for power when he just doesn’t have it. Defensively, Waddell doesn’t project as a future shortstop and will likely play second base or all over the diamond. It isn’t a sexy profile at all but one that should get the job done. 

 

20. Harold Coll, SS, 18 years old, Georgia Premier (GA.)

Another sleeper prospect in this class, Coll burst onto the draft scene after an electric performance at the PBR Super 60. He put up ridiculous metrics, running a 6.80 60-yard dash, and also threw 97 mph across the infield at the event and has reportedly been up to 102 mph in the past weeks. Coll doesn’t have much projection left in his frame, but he’s added roughly 22 pounds of muscle this off-season and that’s unlocked a new power level for him. He doesn’t have ridiculous bat speed, but his swing is short and he stays inside the baseball producing steady line-drive contact. Scouts have noted some swing-and-miss issues in the past and Coll, unfortunately, wasn’t able to prove them wrong this season. It’s difficult to predict whether or not he joins the professional ranks this season, but Coll and fellow North Carolina Tar Heel commit Mac Horvath could be two major recruits should they find themselves on campus this fall. 

 

2020 MLB Draft Corner Infield Rankings

With the 2020 MLB Draft on the horizon, our extensive draft coverage here at RotoFanatic continues. We kicked off our evaluations of this year’s draft-eligible prospects by diving into a deep catcher crop and our assessments continue today with an in-depth look at the corner infielders whose names could be called come draft day.

This is a somewhat talented group headlined by the top prospect in the entire class, Spencer Torkelson. He’s clearly on a tier of his own, but following him on this list are a number of high-upside power threats and some unique athletes, too.

Each of these blurbs was evenly written by both of our draft analysts: Diego Solares and Joe Doyle. After several hours of churning through video and information, these are the consensus rankings agreed upon by our staff. Without further delay, let’s get into it:

 

1. 1B Spencer Torkelson, 20 years old, Arizona State

Torkelson represents one of the highest floors of any slugger to come through the draft in a few years. At 6-foot-1, ‘Tork’ is an inch taller than 2019 draftee Andrew Vaughn who carried a similar profile. Both have beautifully sound swings, though the Arizona State product has a much more compact cut. Torkelson is also a better athlete than Vaughn. While the floor is high, the ceiling is just as tantalizing. Torkelson has an easy 60 hit tool, quite possibly more. He also owns a comfortable 60 power, that too may reach 70 when all is said and done. At the end of the day, you’re looking at a guy who should have no problem hitting .280 at the big league level with 30+ home runs. Again, he may eclipse both of those figures. On the diamond, he’s an average defender with good athleticism for the position. He probably has the ability to shift to third base or left field, but why expose his profile to defensive warts? Torkelson has every chance to be one of the best first basemen in the game.

2. 3B Jordan Walker, 18 years old, Decatur HS (GA)

The top third baseman in this class, Walker is a physical specimen standing at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. He’s an impressive athlete, moving well for his size and showing a strong control for his body. The clear appeal with Walker is the jaw-dropping power potential that could come once he’s fully matured in a few years. There’s going to be unavoidable swing-and-miss issues because of his long levers, but Walker does have feel to hit with at least an average hit tool to pair alongside his massive raw power. Despite the arm strength to stick at third base moving forward, Walker’s pure size alone makes a transition to either first base or the outfield inevitable. Touted by evaluators as a smart kid with high academic pedigree, Walker is expected to be a tough sign out of Duke. Look for a team that chooses to under slot their first pick to take a chance with him either in the competitive balance round or later in the draft. If he makes it to that highly analytical Duke program, Walker could end up being a monster come the 2023 MLB Draft. Going to the right professional team, however, may unlock a new element to Walker’s game and turn him into an absolute menace. 

 

3. 3B Gage Workman, 20 years old, Arizona State

In selecting Workman, you’re buying high on potential. A switch-hitter, Workman’s bat is still a work in progress. There’s easy 60 raw power in the tank, though he’s had a difficult time getting to it in-game. The approach at the plate needs some work as strikeouts and weak ground balls have been too prevalent. As it stands, he projects as a fringe-average hitter with solid-to-average power. Again, he could surpass both of those marks. A supreme athlete, Workman could play a passable shortstop with his soft hands, solid range, and a plus arm. At 6-foot-3, Workman is built exactly how scouts want to see them. There’s a ton of projectability in his profile and if given plenty of time to develop, three or four years, he could legitimately turn into one of the best third basemen in baseball. The bat will ultimately dictate how high his profile can ascend. 

 

4. 3B Justin Foscue, 21 years old, Mississippi State

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a prospect out of the first round with a safer floor than Foscue. A highly decorated college career that included All-American honors and complete dominance of the SEC, Foscue boasts an impressive hit tool. He makes contact at a steady rate and doesn’t strike out much, a skill that’ll certainly bode well in his favor moving forward. There’s natural pull-side power in his strong 6-foot frame and it’s not hard to see a scenario where he hits 15-20 home runs on an annual basis. He’s an experienced second baseman with an average glove that may ultimately play better at third base, which is where we project him to play at the next level. Foscue is a high- floor, low-ceiling prospect that could be one of the first players to make his major league debut from this class. 

5. 1B Aaron Sabato, 21 years old, North Carolina

Sabato has all the makings of one of the better sluggers in pro ball. Frankly, Pete Alonso probably opened the door to his stock surging in 2020. Sabato is a boom or bust bat that has a track record all too similar to his predecessor. Sabato has a longer track record of power than Alonso did, but Alonso also struck out a little less during his days at Florida. At the end of the day, Sabato will have to write his own script. As it stands, the Tar Heel projects a fringe-average hitter with plus-plus power. He has no problem getting to it in-game. Sabato should easily eclipse 30 home runs per year should he get the at-bats to do it. Sabato crushes mistake pitches but can struggle with breaking balls away. He’s a well-below average defender and a 30 runner as well. There’s no doubt he’s a first baseman and likely a designated hitter if the National League adopts the position in the coming years. 

6. 3B Cayden Wallace, 18 years old, Greenbrier HS (AK)

The top prep prospect out of Arkansas in this class, Wallace has slowly crept up our composite rankings as the draft approaches. He truly balled out at the Perfect Game National Showcase in Arizona last June, where he posted borderline elite exit velocities for his age with a wood bat. It’s a short and simple swing with easy bat speed that helps him drive the ball to all fields. There’s 60-grade power potential in Wallace and the ball just sounds different off his bat when he finds the barrel. His hit tool will likely never be anything more than average, which could hinder Wallace’s production, but he makes enough contact to still be a threat at the plate. Defensively, Wallace has a true 60-grade arm across the diamond and has even been up to 93 mph on the bump. He’ll likely stick at third base in the future with an average glove that is capable of holding its own. Luring a hometown kid away from a hometown commitment is never an easy task, so it’s possible we see Wallace make it to Arkansas in the fall. If a team matches his price, however, they’ll be taking on a raw prep prospect with a high offensive ceiling. 

 

7. 3B Tanner Witt, 18 years old, Escopisco HS (TX)

The biggest question surrounding Witt is whether or not he’ll actually play third base at all. A force on the mound, Witt already has 95 in the tank with his fastball. The heater pairs well with a hammer curveball that projects 60. It’s been clocked consistently in the 2800 RPM range… damn near elite. At 6-foot-6, Witt is a tall, imposing force on the bump with a clean, easy delivery. Many scouts think he’ll be a free and easy 94-96 at his peak. That being said, at the plate, Witt has huge pull-side power from the right side. It’s definitely more power than hit right now. He’s athletic enough to stick at the hot corner, but whether or not he’ll hit enough to be a big-league regular remains in question. As it stands, he’s probably a below-average hitter with plus power and fringe-average actions at third base. There are certainly teams that may try him as a two-way player, but from this chair, his future home may be on the mound. 

8. 3B/RHP Casey Schmitt, 21 years old, San Diego State

This year’s top two-way talent, Schmitt has a legitimate chance to do both for at least the first few seasons of his professional career. He’s a polished bat that can hit for both average and contact, driving the ball with authority when he finds the barrel. Schmitt should hit for more home run power than he does, especially given the all-around strength in his frame, but he was slowly starting to tap into that right before the season-ending cancellation. Tapping into that plus raw power that we all know is there would put Schmitt on another level in terms of pure polished bats from this class. Schmitt has all the actions of an above-average third baseman. His feet field in rhythm and his silky smooth hands do an excellent job of corralling the baseball. Like the aforementioned Wallace, Schmitt also owns a true 60-grade arm with borderline elite velocities across the diamond from the hot corner. An injury-free track and the right organization could develop him into an absolute masher.

If Schmitt flails out offensively he’ll be able to continue his professional career on the mound. He controls a low-to-mid-90s fastball that jumps out of his hand and works comfortably up in the zone. His go-to out pitch is a splitter with natural downward tumble and he’ll mix in a simple breaking ball with gradual depth. Schmitt’s arsenal isn’t overpowering, but it resembles that of current Padres’ closer, Kirby Yates, because of its effectiveness. He mixes speeds effectively and tunnels his fastball/splitter combo efficiently, making him a tough at-bat for any opponent. Schmitt is a unique talent that will be drafted somewhere between rounds two and four come June 11th. 

9. 1B Tyler Keenan, 21 years old, Ole Miss

At 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, Keenan is a big-bodied third baseman with the accompanying power you’d expect from a player of his size. Scouts are pretty sure he’ll move off third base in pro ball and over to first base. Defensively, he profiles as one might expect. He has soft hands and receives the ball very well, though his lateral ability is limited. The arm is fringe-average to maybe average with consistency being the biggest piece in question. Keenan has a sound approach at the plate, limiting strikeouts. He has shown an ability to drive the ball to all fields and hit for plenty of power while he does it. He likely projects as an average hitter with above-average game power. Like Sabato, a universal DH would help his big league value.  

 

10. 3B Coby Mayo, 18, Stoneman Douglas (FL)

Hailing from a high school that’s produced several highly talented big league players, Mayo could potentially be on pace to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors. He’s a physical 6-foot-5, 215-pound corner infielder with pure raw strength throughout his build. There’s easy double-plus raw power to the pull-side in his swing and Mayo’s power potential alone will make some high-end talent evaluators fall in love with him. His hit tool is where the questions start to pop up as there are concerns about whether or not he’ll hit enough to truly tap into that power. There are swing-and-miss issues as well and right now you’re looking at a player who’s likely going to strike out a ton if he makes his way into the professional ranks. Mayo has arguably the strongest arm of any prep corner infield prospect, but his hands are average and his footwork gets a bit stiff at times. A move over to first base could come sooner rather than later, but he has enough pure power that it doesn’t matter which corner infield spot he plays. Mayo is a hometown kid committed to Florida that could end up being a tough sign. He’d be better off going to a pristine college program like Florida and improving his all-around offensive game. 

 

11. 1B Blaze Jordan, 17 years old, Desoto Central (MS)

Jordan has been on, well, everyone’s radar for the better part of four years. A viral sensation, Jordan was once labeled “The Next Bryce Harper” by No Day Off, a popular baseball YouTube channel. While he almost certainly won’t reach such heights, Jordan does represent an intriguing corner power bat profile at the next level. There’s little doubt he’ll get to his plus, maybe plus-plus power in pro ball. Just 17 years old, Jordan will almost certainly have to move off third base and over to first base once he gets to Mississippi State or into a big-league organization. The arm is more than strong enough to handle the hot corner, though his footwork and mechanics need a lot of refinement to stick if he hopes to stay on the left side of the infield. Jordan is still growing into his body, shedding baby weight the last couple of years and getting into better shape. He’s still young enough to conceivably stick at third, but it’ll require patience and plenty of player development. Defense aside, the bat is his calling card. He’s potentially a solid average hitter with plus, maybe plus-plus power depending on what direction he takes his body. 

12. 3B AJ Vukovich, 18 years old, East Troy (HS)

An All-State basketball player with ridiculous athleticism, Vukovich is a tantalizing prospect hailing from the Badger state. He’s the next big prospect to come out of Wisconsin, which has apparently become a breeding ground for electric draft prospects over the last five seasons. Nonetheless, Vukovich is a lanky 6-foot-5, 210-pound prospect with massive raw power and minimal feel to hit. His overall setup and swing are unconventional but he somehow still manages to get the job done. Seeing him crush home runs at the high school All-Star game last summer was impressive and there’s easy pull-side pop there that he hasn’t fully tapped into because of his 45-grade hit tool. Vukovich has moved all around the diamond over the last year and could make the full-time move to right field sometime soon. A five-round draft hinders his chances of being drafted and it’s looking increasingly likely that he’ll make his way to Louisville this fall. Vukovich is the type of prospect that could absolutely blow up after his college career is over and solidify himself as a first-round pick in 2023. 

13. 1B Alex Toral, 21 years old, Miami

Toral is no stranger to big-league scouts. When he arrived in Miami may thought he’d hit his way into the top of the first round in 2020. That hasn’t materialized, but there’s still projectability in his profile that may certainly be worth paying a draft pick signing bonus for. Toral has huge pull-side power. It’s light tower pop by some evaluations. There have always been some issues with hitting breaking balls, but Toral seemed to take a step forward in his abbreviated 2020 campaign hitting five home runs, slashing .296/.435/.593, and only punching out nine times. Toral, like the names before him, is a below-average defender and below-average runner, so much of his value leans on the bat. If a team believes in the bat, he may be worth a fourth or fifth-round selection. More than likely, Toral will return to Miami and revitalize the draft sheen he lost during his freshman and sophomore campaigns. 

14. 3B Jamal O’Guinn, 21 years old, Southern California

O’Guinn, like several others on this list, is a massive human being. He’s got pure physicality in his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame with proportional all-around strength. O’Guinn has flashed plus raw power in batting practice videos, but he has yet to consistently tap into it during gameplay because of a 45-grade hit tool that hasn’t shown signs of improving. He played third base for the Trojans this season out of pure necessity and doesn’t project their long term with a move over to first base being the most likely outcome. O’Guinn has the raw power in his swing and some upside for a corner infield spot but it’s pretty unlikely that he hits enough to show it. He’ll be back in college this fall unless he decides to sign with a team as an undrafted free agent. 

 

15. 1B Niko Kavadas, 21 years old, Notre Dame

Kavadas is an extremely large and strong first baseman. The anchor in the middle of the Fighting Irish lineup, Kavadas is a bit of a boom or bust profile at the plate. He’s hit plenty of home runs in South Bend, but he’s also run a 22 percent punch out rate. Even more troubling, it hovered around 30 percent in the Cape Cod league. That’s not the type of bat-to-ball skills pro scouts want to see. Still, Kavadas is a better athlete than some of the names before him. He’s a fringe-average defender with a fringe-average arm. He moves well for his 6-foot-1, 235-pound frame. He’ll be 22 years old before the end of 2020, so there won’t be much leverage left in the 2021 draft should he elect to return to school. It may behoove Kavadas to get into a pro organization now and secure his spot with minor league contraction potentially on the horizon. He may be worth a fifth-round pick in this draft, especially as an under slot option. 

16. 3B Cole Fontenelle, 18 years old, Skyline (WA)

Arguably the best pure athlete on this list, Fontenelle was a three-sport standout in high school and has played all across the diamond. He’s not built like your prototypical power-hitting corner infielder but moves well and his athleticism plays in short ranges on the field. Fontenelle has played shortstop in the past and his smooth actions will play just fine at third base in the long-term. His swing plays from both sides of the plate and his feel to hit is advanced for a high school kid. While he doesn’t hit for much power right now, Fontenelle does have plenty of room to fill out his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame. Scouts didn’t get a chance to see him at all this spring because he’s in the Pacific Northwest and he’s a safe bet to be at Washington this fall. This is a sneaky name to remember for the 2023 MLB Draft as a potential top-round pick. 

17. 3B Jacob Berry, 18 years old, Quinn Creek (AZ)

Committed to the University of Arizona, there’s little chance Berry ends up getting drafted or signing a pro deal in 2020. There’s a lot of tools scouts are intrigued by in Berry, specifically his bat speed and ability to switch-hit. At 6-foot, 200 pounds, Berry is a muscled up physique with some projection left. He makes solid contact and has shown above average-to-plus power. He’s a fine defender, but his footwork needs a good bit of work. The arm is average at best, and he’s a below-average runner at this stage. There’s definitely a solid profile here to project a future early-round draft pick in 2023, but as it stands, Berry will likely end up in Tucson to continue his development. 

18. 1B Bobby Seymour, 21 years old, Wake Forest

Seymour destroyed the ACC as a sophomore slashing .377/.439/.576 and leading the NCAA with 92 RBI en route to Player of the Year honors. A physical freak at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Seymour is a hit-over-power first baseman with an above-average hit tool. He finds the barrel at a steady rate and sprays the ball to all fields. His overall approach at the plate for a first baseman is impressive, but Seymour doesn’t hit for nearly enough power as you’d think someone of his size would. We’ve seen him flash a raw power tool in batting practice, meaning that it’s there, but he just can’t consistently translate it into games. Seymour’s strikeout struggles at the Cape Cod league last summer don’t help his cause, either. He’s a limited athlete that’s glued to first base in the future and could ultimately be a DH early on in his career. Seymour’s bat is going to have to overcompensate for the little defensive value he provides. 

 

19. 1B Ray Gil, 21 years old, Miami

Gil entered 2020 as a third baseman with some of the better helium of the class. He’s a bat-first profile that may end up moving to first when his below-average mobility and hands will be less obvious. Gil has plenty of pop in the bat having hit 13 home runs in 2019. He was off to an awfully slow start in 2020 when play shut down and the strikeout issues that have plagued him in the past were painfully present. If a team is willing to take a chance on Gil in the draft, he should be an easy sign with little leverage heading into 2021 and his best stat lines may be behind him. For his plus power to get the respect it deserves, he’ll need to improve his approach at the plate and find a way to get on base at a higher clip. 

20. 1B Michael Brown, 18 years old, Vacaville HS (CA)

Rounding out this list is a Brown: a 6-foot-5, 230-pound left-handed-hitting first baseman with plenty of room to mature. He’s athletic in the box with a smooth setup and stays in rhythm well through contact. Brown has plus raw power that stems from his pure raw bat strength and strong hands. His swing is flat at times, staying on a level plane and doesn’t elevate the ball as much as someone with his power potential should. A swing adjustment has to be made that’ll enable Brown to hit the ball in the air more, increasing his power output and making him a legit threat at the plate. Brown is a limited athlete with a below-average arm and doesn’t move particularly well for his size, locking him at first base for the future. He’s an interesting prospect that would likely get over slot money in the later rounds of a normal draft based on projection alone but will make it to campus this fall because of the uncertainties surrounding his game.