Category: HS Baseball

2020 MLB Draft Countdown: 34-1

With all the craziness going on in the world, a family road trip, and ongoing negotiations between MLB and the MLBPA, I simply ran out of time to do the full breakdown of each player. So here I put my final 34 in list form and will do a deeper dive post draft. A few notes as I look at it, lots of discussion as to who goes number one, I think Torkelson goes number one, but my pick would be Austin Martin. I like his bat and ability to play a premium position. Pete Crow-Armstrong I doubt slides to 20 as the amount of time he had in front of scouts pre-COVID may help him as much as any prep player in the draft. The first round will be college heavy for numerous reasons, the biggest two being the lack of access to bonus slot flexibility as a result of the shortened draft and HS players not scouted as much as college players have given the early end to the season,

 

34) Bobby Miller – RHP – Louisville
33) Carson Montgomery – RHP – West Orange HS (FL)
32) C.J. Van Eyk – RHP – Florida State
31) Bryce Jarvis – RHP – Duke
30) Chris McMahon – RHP – Miami
29) Nick Loftin – SS – Baylor
28) Casey Martin – SS – Arkansas
27) Dillon Dingler – C – Ohio State
26) Jordan Westburg – SS – Mississippi State
25) Carmen Mlodzinski – RHP – South Carolina
24) J.T. Ginn – RHP – Mississippi State
23) Slade Cecconi – RHP – Miami
22) Cole Wilcox – RHP – Georgia
21) Robert Hassell – OF – Independence HS (TN)
20) Pete Crow-Armstrong – OF – Harvard Westlake HS (CA)
19) Cade Cavalli – RHP – Oklahoma
18) Tyler Soderstom – C – Turlock HS (CA)
17) Ed Howard – SS – Mount Carmel HS (IL)
16) Garrett Crochet – LHP – Tennessee
15) Nick Bitsko – RHP – Central Bucks East HS (PA)
14) Mick Abel – RHP – Jesuit HS (OR)
13) Austin Hendrick – OF – West Allegheny HS (PA)
12) Patrick Bailey – C – North Carolina State
11) Jared Kelley – RHP – Refugio HS (TX)
10) Heston Kjerstad – OF – Arkansas
9) Max Meyer – RHP – Minnesota
8) Reid Detmers – LHP – Louisville
7) Zac Veen – OF – Spruce Creek HS (FL)
6) Garrett Mitchell – OF – UCLA
5) Nick Gonzales – 2B – New Mexico State
4) Asa Lacy – LHP – Texas A&M
3) Emerson Hancock – RHP – Georgia
2) Spencer Torkelson – 1B – Arizona State
1) Austin Martin – SS – Vanderbilt

MLB Draft Countdown: #37, Jordan Walker, Decatur HS (GA), 3B

Player: Jordan Walker Draft Day Age: 18
School: Decatur HS (GA) Position(s): 3B
Height: 6’5” Weight: 220 lbs. Bats: Right Throws: Right
Hit: Weight drifts out front at times. When staying centered, the hips fire creating real power. Plus power potential with a shot to reach average contact. The weight shift and inconsistent leg kick leave concern the contact rate will be an issue moving forward, but the pop more than makes up for it.
Field: Limited speed/range makes a transition to the outfield unlikely, so the glove needs to improve to stick at third. Some are confident he stays there, others not so much, I remain undecided and want to see how he handles the hot corner in pro ball. The arm is more than enough to stay there and would be wasted some if he is limited to 1B only.
Summary: The body is a front office dream, as he is long and sturdy but plenty of room to fill out without losing much in terms of athleticism. That said, he is limited athletically already, so there are some concerns about whether he sticks at third, which could prevent him from being a day one selection. The carrying tool is the power that can be a true plus tool and makeup for the other shortcomings in his game. Overall, a team that is sold on him as a third baseman long term could pull the trigger on him in round one, but if he gets to round two he will be a steal for a team.

MLB Draft Countdown: #40, Drew Romo, C, The Woodlands HS (TX)

Player: Drew Romo Draft Day Age: 18
School: The Woodlands HS (TX) Position(s): C
Height: 6’1” Weight: 205 lbs. Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Hit: Limited power, this is the big question mark. Bat can get long; shoulder plane creates tilt leading to hitting top of ball too often. Feet are quiet, should be able to make enough contact to be an average contact hitter.
Field: Elite defender. Plus arm, plus feet, plus glove, upside of Gold Glove caliber catcher. Carrying tools at a defense first position helps limit risk. Have had the pop as low as 1.80.
Summary: High School catchers have had a rough track record at best, but the Romo’s defense helps limit his floor. The defensive skills are elite with the only question being the arm accuracy, as he can miss high too often. If he can shorten the swing, look to inside out the ball, and develop gap power, he can be an All-Star. Otherwise, the likely future is an Austin Hedges type, which I would take on my club anytime.

MLB Draft Countdown: #42, Dylan Crews, OF, Lake Mary HS (FL)

Player: Dylan Crews Draft Day Age: 18
School: Lake Mary HS (FL) Position(s): OF
Height: 6’ Weight: 190 lbs. Bats: Right Throws: Right
Hit: Good bat speed with quick hands. Minimal load with hips in sync with hands allow him to maximize power. Drops bat head straight to ball allowing him to barrel up the ball often. Too much swing and miss during showcase circuit, want to see better plate discipline. Upside of .280 hitter and 30 HR.
Field: Played center in HS but future is in right. Arm is above-average allowing him to make enough throws to stick in right. Good feet and average athleticism means no concerns about ability to be at least average on bases and covering ground in a corner.
Summary: Signability concerns may lead Crews to go undrafted and attend LSU instead, so the draft rules and players heading back to Baton Rouge will be an interesting story line. He struggled in the showcase circuit last summer and may be hurt by not having a HS season to change the narrative. If he was a guy with any thoughts of sticking in center he would be significantly higher, instead a likely second round selection needing first round money. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him go undrafted with only five rounds and improving to the point of being a sure-fire first round selection after three seasons at LSU.