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2020 BA 200 Draft Rankings

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Baseball America’s MLB Draft Prospects rankings are compiled in consultation with scouts and evaluators from major league clubs. 


By Carlos Collazo

We've expanded our draft prospects from the top 100 to the top 200 players in the 2020 class.

While there have been a few tweaks to players within the top 100 based on new information we've gathered, there hasn't been significant movement there, with the bulk of the new information simply being players 101-200.

We have also included preseason reports on all of the ranked players, to help you get an understanding of what each of these prospects bring to the table. With the season kicking off in the next few weeks, information will start flowing in regularly and as we slowly expand to the BA 500 throughout the season, we will continue refining the draft list to reflect the industry's view of the class as accurately as possible.

It's a long process that happens every year here at Baseball America as we and major league scouting departments make sense of the draft class in the spring. Also be sure to check out our Draft Stock Watch piece every Tuesday, which dives into various draft themes and explores the rising and falling players throughout the spring. 

We are also excited to add a new feature to our rankings modules, which will allow you to filter by specific position or even search for keywords.

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See Full List Expand Collapse All Updated on: 1/31/2020
  1. 1

    Spencer Torkelson

    Arizona State 1B
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 205 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 20.8

    One of the premier power bats in the country, Torkelson has top-of-the-scale raw power and terrific hitting ability to go along with it. He has a chance to go down as one of the better power hitters of college baseball’s BBCOR era after belting 25 homers as a freshman (which led the nation) and 23 more in his sophomore season. USA Baseball coaches were impressed with his defense and work ethic last summer with the Collegiate National Team, and Torkelson is athletic enough to play left field as well as first.
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    Emerson Hancock

    Georgia RHP
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Diamondbacks '17 (38)
    Age At Draft: 21

    A notable high school prospect out of Georgia in 2017, Hancock established himself as one of the best arms in college baseball during a tremendous sophomore season in 2019. He posted a 1.99 ERA—the eighth best mark in Georgia history—and led the SEC with a 0.84 WHIP while allowing one run or fewer in nine of his 14 starts. Hancock checks all the boxes of a typical frontline starting prospect, with a 6-foot-4, 213-pound frame and a four-pitch arsenal of pitches that all have plus potential.
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    Austin Martin

    Vanderbilt SS
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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 170 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Indians '17 (37)
    Age At Draft: 21.2

    A first team All-American and Golden Spikes semifinalist after an outstanding sophomore season in which he hit .410/.503/.619 and was third in the country in hits, Martin is one of three favorites in the running for the No. 1 overall pick as a junior. Martin possesses some of the best pure hitting ability in the class, with eye-popping bat speed, and is trending in the right direction in terms of power. Defensively, Martin has the athleticism and hands to play anywhere on the field, but most of his reps have come at third base with Vanderbilt.
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    Asa Lacy

    Texas A&M LHP
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 215 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Indians '17 (31)
    Age At Draft: 21.0

    Lacy’s imposing demeanor and aggressive mentality on the mound endears him to scouts, but it's his package of plus pitches and track record in the SEC that make him the top lefthander in the class and give him a shot to be a top-five selection. Lacy posted a 2.13 ERA as a sophomore and allowed fewer hits per nine (4.97) than any pitcher in the country, thanks to a mid-90s fastball, wipeout slider and power curve.
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    Nick Gonzales

    New Mexico State 2B
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    Ht: 5-10 | Wt: 190 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.1

    Only five second basemen have been drafted among the top 10 picks this century, and Gonzales has the pure hitting ability to become the sixth. A freshman All-American after a .347/.425/.596 season with the Aggies, Gonzales took his offense to a new level last year, leading the country in hitting (.432) and ranking among the top five in major offensive categories like RBI (5th), runs (5th), on-base percentage (5th) and slugging (3rd). A loud summer in the Cape Cod League (seven home runs) with a wood bat only gave teams more conviction in his uniquely special bat.
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    Jared Kelley

    Refugio (Texas) HS RHP
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Texas
    Age At Draft: 18.7

    A man amongst boys in the high school class, Kelley is more physical than most prep pitchers—6-foot-3, 215 pounds—with more consistent fastball velocity—he regularly gets into the upper-90s—and remarkable control and command. Kelley pairs a swing-and-miss changeup with his fastball, and with improved consistency of a breaking ball, the Texas commit could be one of only a few high school prospects drafted among the top 10 picks.
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    Austin Hendrick

    West Allegheny HS, Imperial, Pa. OF
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 192 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Mississippi State
    Age At Draft: 19.0

    Is there a high school hitter in the 2020 class with a better hit and power combination than Hendrick? We don’t think so. The Pennsylvania product is likely a corner outfielder, but he has light tower raw power and some of the quickest bat speed scouts have seen in years. Hendrick has also shown the ability to quiet a previously noisy and unconventional swing in order to take more consistent at-bats against high-level pitching that he doesn’t see frequently with West Allegheny. He is a Mississippi State commit.
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 204 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Athletics '17 (14)
    Age At Draft: 21.8

    If you like tool sheds, you’ll like Garrett Mitchell. A high-profile prospect dating back to his prep days with Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High, Mitchell possesses the best package of tools in the 2020 class, with plus-plus running ability, plus arm strength, defense and raw power that some scouts are now citing as 70-grade juice. Mitchell has endlessly tweaked his swing throughout his amatuer career, but seemed to find his groove as a sophomore last season, when he hit .349/.418/.566 and led the country with 12 triples. Another strong offensive season could make Mitchell one of the first players drafted.
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    Mick Abel

    Jesuit HS, Portland RHP
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    Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 180 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Oregon State
    Age At Draft: 18.8

    Vying to be the first prep arm out of Oregon drafted in the first round since 1994—when the Royals drafted lefthander and first baseman Matt Smith—Abel has a tantalizing combination of present stuff, future projection and pitchability. A 6-foot-5, 180-pound righthander, Abel has touched 97 mph at times with his fastball, but didn’t get to that regularly last summer. He also mixes in one of the better breaking balls of the amateur class, and has good feel for a changeup that could give him three plus offerings. Abel is committed to Oregon State.
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    Carmen Mlodzinski

    South Carolina RHP
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.3

    The owner of a career 5.61 ERA over two abbreviated seasons (thanks to a foot injury) with South Carolina, Mlodzinski is much more than his SEC resume suggests. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound righthander saw his stuff take a big jump over the summer, where he was the best pitcher in the Cape Cod League. He’s got a mid-90s fastball that’s been up to 97-98 mph with heavy sinking action, as well as a slider, cutter and a changeup he improved during the fall. If he stays healthy and puts together an SEC season that his stuff suggests is possible, Mlodzinski could become the highest-drafted Gamecock arm of all time.
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    Reid Detmers

    Louisville LHP
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 210 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Braves '17 (32)
    Age At Draft: 20.9

    Perhaps the most polished strike thrower in the 2020 class, Detmers last year set a Louisville program record with 167 strikeouts and tied the program record with 13 wins. A 6-foot-2, 210-pound lefty with a workhorse frame, Detmers has a fastball that gets into the mid 90s but plays up thanks to good deception. He couples that with a devastating curveball that has big-time depth, and he goes about his business with a mature, professional approach. Detmers has a solid starting track record, posting a 2.85 ERA in 17 starts as a sophomore with a 6.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
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    JT Ginn

    Mississippi State RHP
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 192 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Dodgers '18 (1)
    Age At Draft: 21.1

    Ranked the No. 39 prospect in the BA 500 out of high school in 2018, Ginn was part of an exceptionally deep prep pitching class and was drafted by the Dodgers in the first round. The two sides couldn’t come to terms on a deal, and Ginn instead became one of the best freshmen in the country at Mississippi State, where he posted a 3.36 ERA over 16 starts in his first stint in the SEC. He joined Eric Dubose as the second freshman in school history to reach 100 strikeouts in a season, and he mystifies batters regularly with a lethal fastball-slider combination. He has touched 99 mph in the past, with exceptional life on his fastball.
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    Casey Martin

    Arkansas SS
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    Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 175 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.2

    One of the top shortstops in a draft class that’s thinner than usual at the position, Martin is a toolsy middle infielder with plus running ability, quick-twitch athleticism and above-average power. He put everything together as a freshman and hit .345/.418/.556 with 13 home runs and eight stolen bases, but fell to a more pedestrian .288/.368/.547 line in his sophomore season—though still with impressive extra-base ability. How Martin hits this spring will determine if he pushes himself into the top 10, where he fits on talent alone.
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    Ed Howard

    Mount Carmel (Ill.) HS SS
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 185 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Oklahoma
    Age At Draft: 18.4

    vThe clear-cut best shortstop in the 2020 prep class, Howard is almost universally regarded as the best high school defender at the position. He has an ideal body, standing 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, with plus actions and smooth footwork and hands. He throws well from most angles and has the short-area quickness and range that scouts like to see from a shortstop. Offensively, Howard is raw and won’t be able to prove much in the Chicago area this spring, but he shows flashes with good bat speed and future power potential.
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    Last: 16
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    Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 210 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Brewers '17 (34)
    Age At Draft: 21

    A 6-foot-6, 218-pound southpaw with a fastball that is regularly in the 96-100 mph range, it’s hard for any player in the 2020 class to top Crochet’s combination of stuff and handedness. His fastball explodes out of his hand and comes from an angle that creates uncomfortable at-bats for hitters, and he has also flashed a knee-buckling slider, though all his secondaries need more consistency. Crochet will look to succeed in a full-time starter’s role for the first time this spring.
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    Last: 26

    Zac Veen

    Spruce Creek HS, Port Orange, Fla. OF
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    Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 200 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Florida
    Age At Draft: 18.5

    Veen started to raise eyebrows as a junior in high school, when he went on a bit of a home run binge, including homering against the top prep pitcher of the 2019 draft class, Matt Allan. A projectable, 6-foot-5 lefthanded hitter, Veen has a chance for five above-average tools and has tantalizing power upside as he continues to add weight. He’s already taken a big step in that direction over the offseason, adding around 20 pounds of strength to his frame, which will allow him to take advantage of his smooth, consistent swing and terrific strike zone discipline. Veen is a patient hitter who will take his walks. He has some swing and miss as well, and while he has a chance to play center field as a solid runner and defender, it’s likely he’ll move to a corner in the future thanks to his size.
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    Patrick Bailey

    North Carolina State C
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 192 | B-T: B-R
    Commit/Drafted: Twins '17 (37)
    Age At Draft: 21

    Bailey entered the collegiate ranks known for his defensive skill behind the plate more than his hitting ability, but he led all ACC freshmen in hitting (.321), total bases (113) and slugging (.604), while setting a new NC State home run record (13). Bailey remains one of the best catch-and-throw backstops in the country, but he significantly elevated his profile and brings above-average power to the table from both sides.
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    Robert Hassell

    Independence HS, Thompson's Station, Tenn. OF
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 190 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Vanderbilt
    Age At Draft: 18.8

    One of the best pure hitters in the high school class, Hassell was USA Baseball’s most consistent bat on the 18U National Team. He was named the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s 2019 International Player of the Year and led the Americans in 10 offensive categories while posting a .514/.548/.886 slash line. He’s one of the rare prep hitters who seems to be in control of an at-bat, regardless of the count or the pitcher on the mound facing him. There are few holes in his swing and he doesn’t miss often, hitting the ball hard whenever he makes contact with developing power.
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    Notes:

    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 210 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Yankees '17 (37)
    Age At Draft: 21.5

    Burns has been a workhorse in two years with Auburn, taking 32 starts and throwing 165.7 innings while posting a 2.89 ERA over that period. While he’s short for a typical innings-eater profile, Burns has a strong, mature frame and has been as reliable as anyone in the college game. He has a solid arsenal of three above-average pitches with above-average control and took steps forward in his walk rate and strikeout rate as a sophomore.
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    Notes:

    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 200 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Yankees '18 (35)
    Age At Draft: 20.9

    Wells was highly regarded out of high school in 2018 (he ranked No. 206 on the BA 500) but an arm injury limited him defensively throughout the season, so he followed in his father’s footsteps to Arizona. There, Wells showed that the bat is his calling card and potentially enough in its own right to make him a first round pick in his draft-eligible sophomore season. Wells posted a .353/.462/.552 line with a 16 percent walk rate and set an Arizona freshman record in runs (73) and on base percentage.
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    Last: 15

    Nick Bitsko

    Central Bucks East HS, Doylestown, Pa. RHP
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 220 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Virginia
    Age At Draft: 18

    Previously a member of the 2021 draft class, Bitsko announced that was reclassifying for the 2020 draft class. He could simply be intending to get to campus at Virginia sooner—like former 2020 prep lefthander Nate Savino—but he became a first-round talent as soon as his announcement was made. Bitsko has a physical, 6-foot-4, 220 pound frame with a clean delivery and a fastball and curveball that both have plus potential. Bitsko already looked like a member of the 2020 class in terms of physicality and pure stuff and he would have been older for the 2021 class.
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    Last: 21

    Tyler Soderstrom

    Turlock (Calif.) HS C
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 190 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: UCLA
    Age At Draft: 18.6

    Soderstrom entered the summer in the middle of a solid group of high school catching prospects, but impressed so much as a hitter that he shot up boards and is in consideration for the top high school catcher in the class. An offense-first catcher, Soderstrom has an impressive hit tool with strength from the left side, but scouts are mixed on whether or not he will stick behind the plate. There are some easy comparisons to make here with Bo Naylor, as Soderstrom has some power in the bat and he’s also athletic enough to play third if catching doesn’t pan out.
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    Last: 22

    Drew Romo

    The Woodlands (Texas) HS C
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 205 | B-T: B-R
    Commit/Drafted: Louisiana State
    Age At Draft: 18.8

    The best defensive catching prospect in the class, Romo is praised for his defensive ability to an even higher degree than Patrick Bailey was in high school. Area scouts took note of Romo’s abilities as a freshman, and for some he has been the best defensive catcher in the state for four years. He has soft hands, is an excellent blocker and receiver and brings a strong, accurate arm to the table as well. Romo has some raw power from both sides of the plate, but his swing can get grooved at times and there are scouts who wonder how much he’ll hit at the next level.
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    Last: 23

    Pete Crow-Armstrong

    Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif. OF
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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 175 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Vanderbilt
    Age At Draft: 18.3

    Crow-Armstrong entered the 2020 draft cycle as the top prep prospect in the class, thanks in part to a phenomenal showing as a junior in USA Baseball’s National High School Invitational, where he looked like the best player at the tournament. However, his summer was a bit concerning, as he swung and missed much more frequently than scouts expected from such a touted Southern California bat. Crow-Armstrong is a plus runner, with plus arm strength and elite defensive ability in center field. Those impressive supplemental tools and his track record as a prep hitter should keep him in the first round, but he’ll have to erase some doubts about his hitting ability this spring to bounce back toward the top of the class.
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    Last: 35
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 200 | B-T: B-R
    Commit/Drafted: Mariners '17 (36)
    Age At Draft: 21.3

    One of the better power bats in college baseball, Kjerstad set an Arkansas freshman record with 14 home runs in 2018. Since then, he’s tormented opposing pitchers, no matter the competition. Kjerstad added to his power output as a sophomore, hitting 16 homers and posting a .329/.404/574 line. He also led all hitters on USA Baseball’s collegiate national team last summer, hitting .395/.426/.651 with wood. While Kjerstad doesn’t offer much defensive value, he’s fine in a corner and has a strong, accurate arm.
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