2020 BA 300 Draft Rankings
By Carlos Collazo
Baseball America’s MLB Draft Prospects rankings are compiled in consultation with scouts and evaluators from major league clubs.
April 3 Update: Full reports added for players ranked 1-100. Minor tweak to rankings based on continued feedback from scouts. No changes to player ranks in the top 30. Notable top 100 movement includes:
- SS Carson Tucker: +15
- SS Yohandy Morales: +25
- OF David Calabrese: +48
- LHP Jake Eder: -25
- RHP Beck Way : +15
- RHP Tyler Brown -22
It feels odd to be rolling out an updated draft ranking right now, with the baseball season shut down thanks to the novel coronavirus—but here we are.
MLB scouting departments are in a unique situation at the moment, as many scouts didn’t have the time to work down pref lists and see the players they needed to this spring while plenty of northern states didn’t even get started on the high school side. As long as the draft actually takes place in some capacity this year, teams will be left to make picks based on shortened 2020 seasons and their history with players as underclassmen and over the summer.
Fortunately, Baseball America is in a similar situation to these clubs. We have a detailed understanding of the 2020 class at this point in the season after bearing down on 2020 prospects starting just a week after the 2019 draft a year ago. Our draft rankings are also based entirely on conversations with area scouts, crosscheckers, supervisors and scouting directors. As always, our prospect rankings attempt to gauge the industry consensus on these players.
As we’ve written about previously, the 2020 class is a strong one. There’s an incredible depth of pitching that will only be more difficult to line up considering the COVID-19 element and limited looks of players. Are the pitchers who took steps forward with stuff and control legit, or was that simply a factor of a limited sample?
How will teams evaluate high school players, particularly those in the northern half of the country who barely set foot on a field this spring or those who weren’t regular summer showcase fixtures? What about college performers who lack tools and relied on their statistical resume to speak for themselves? Or college relievers who are tough to scout in general, and might not have been seen much at all?
The 2020 draft class has more questions than any draft we’ve covered—perhaps ever. There won’t be any easy answers. But we’re looking forward to trying to answer them.
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Dylan MacLeanCentral Catholic HS, Portland, Ore. LHPNotes:
Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 185 | B-T: R-RProjectable, pitchability lefthander who could make a jump this spring, but has a below-average fastball at the moment. His curveball has plus potential with big shape, but lacks power.
Age At Draft: 17.9More Less