2020 BA 100 Draft Rankings
Baseball America’s MLB Draft Prospects rankings are compiled in consultation with scouts and evaluators from major league clubs.
By Carlos Collazo
With the turn of the new year, major league scouting departments are currently having pre-season meetings and preparing for the start of the 2020 amateur baseball season. With that, we’re excited to bring you our first combined draft list.
The BA 100 is the first step in a long process that will continue throughout the spring, culminating in our final BA 500 in May, with scouting reports on every player to give you an exhaustive look at the 2020 draft class. The top 100 prospects in the class were built out from our previous high school and college draft rankings, and as always, compiled with feedback from major league scouts and evaluators.
While there is still plenty of time for things to change—and every year this happens, with players regressing, progressing and coming out of nowhere to become first round or day one talents—we believe this list gives you a solid understanding of how the 2020 class stands on January 8.
The 2020 class is nothing like the 2019 class, which was historically weak in terms of pitching talent. The college pitching in particular is one of the strengths of the 2020 class, and where the 2019 class lacked arms that could easily project as top-of-the-rotation types, the 2020 class has many such candidates.
Georgia RHP Emerson Hancock is the top candidate, followed closely by Texas A&M LHP Asa Lacy, both of whom are in the middle of an impressive top five that’s made up entirely of college players. RHP Carmen Mlodzinski wowed scouts over the summer in the Cape Cod League, while LHP Garrett Crochet was equally impressive during the fall.
Additionally, the 2020 class is bolstered by a number of draft-eligible sophomore pitching prospects from the talented 2018 high school pitching class. RHP JT Ginn is at the top of that list and has a chance to get drafted in the first round twice—the Dodgers selected him with the No. 30 pick in 2018, but Ginn elected to go to Mississippi State—while RHP Cole Wilcox forms arguably the best 1-2 pitching punch in college baseball at Georgia along with Hancock. Further down the list is Miami RHP Slade Cecconi, who was just as touted in high school and has the stuff to shoot up into the first round with a strong season.
There are a number of talented college hitters to be found as well, with slugging first baseman Spencer Torkelson, uber-athletic Austin Martin and the sweet swing of second baseman Nick Gonzales leading the way as high-probability top-of-the-class bats.
The high school pitching crop is solid, though not as deep as the college class. RHPs Jared Kelley and Mick Abel lead the class and are two of just three prep prospects among the top 10, while recently reclassified RHP Nick Bitsko—who was previously the No. 1 prospect in the 2021 high school class—jumps into first round range as well.
Like a year ago, the quality of the prep lefthanders of the class has been depleted, thanks to injuries and early enrollments. LHP Daxton Fulton would be solidly in the first round range if healthy, but underwent Tommy John surgery and saw his stock fall a bit because of that, while LHP Nate Savino enrolled early at Virginia. Were Savino eligible in 2020, he would have been the highest-ranked prep lefty somewhere in the 10-20 range.
We will soon update the list and expand to 200 at the end of the month, with preseason scouting reports for each player. Be sure to check back soon. For now, you can see the entire top 100 below.
- Florida (19)
- California (15)
- Texas (9)
- Arizona (6)
- Georgia/Mississippi/Tennessee (5)
- Arizona State (5)
- Arkansas/Miami/Mississippi State/Vanderbilt (3)
- Florida/Florida State/Georgia/Louisiana State/Louisville/Texas A&M (2)
- RHP (36)
- OF (17)
- SS (14)
- LHP (11)
- C (9)
- Two-way (5)
- 1B (3)
- 3B (3)
- 2B (2)
- Four-year (54)
- High School (46)
- Junior College (0)
Youngest High School Players (Age At Draft)
- Blaze Jordan, 1B/3B (17.5)
- Carson Montgomery, RHP (17.8)
- Tanner Witt, RHP/3B (17.9)
- Kalai Rosario, OF (18.0)
- Nick Bitsko, RHP (18.0)
Youngest College Players (Age At Draft)
- 2Georgia RHPNotes:
Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-R
Commit/Drafted: Diamondbacks '17 (38)
Age At Draft: 21.0438356164384More Less
Austin MartinVanderbilt SSNotes:
Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 170 | B-T: R-R
Commit/Drafted: Indians '17 (37)
Age At Draft: 21.2328767123288More Less
- 8UCLA OFNotes:
Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 204 | B-T: L-R
Commit/Drafted: Athletics '17 (14)
Age At Draft: 21.8More Less
Carmen MlodzinskiSouth Carolina RHPNotes:
Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-R
Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
Age At Draft: 21.3More Less
- 12Mississippi State RHPNotes:
Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 192 | B-T: R-R
Commit/Drafted: Dodgers '18 (1)
Age At Draft: 21.1More Less
- 13Arkansas SSNotes:
Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 175 | B-T: R-R
Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
Age At Draft: 21.2More Less
Ed HowardMount Carmel (Ill.) HS SSVideoNotes:
Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 185 | B-T: R-R
Age At Draft: 18.4More Less
Tyler SoderstromTurlock (Calif.) HS CVideoNotes:
Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 190 | B-T: L-R
Age At Draft: 18.6More Less
- 24Georgia RHPNotes:
Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 232 | B-T: R-R
Commit/Drafted: Nationals '18 (37)
Age At Draft: 20.9More Less