2020 Draft: Top 10 College SS
By Teddy Cahill
This year’s college shortstop class is a strong one and the top five players on this list have first-round potential.
New Mexico State’s Nick Gonzales is new to the position after playing second base throughout his career before moving to shortstop this spring. But thanks to his pure hitting ability that has him as a potential top-five pick, he heads this list.
This list is based on draft status and was composed of players who are expected to play most of their games this season at shortstop, regardless of where they project to play as pros.
Probably the best pure hitter in the draft class, Gonzales has hit everywhere he’s been during his college career. He won the NCAA batting title as a sophomore and carried that performance into the summer, winning the Cape Cod League MVP. He’s off to an impressive start at the plate this spring, though he still has work to do to convince evaluators he can remain at shortstop in the long run.More Less
- 2Arkansas 3BNotes:
One of the toolsiest players in the country, Martin can win games in a lot of ways. He has impressive raw power and speed but is still raw overall, especially defensively.More Less
Drafted last year in the 32nd round as an eligible sophomore, Waddell elected to return for his junior year. He opened some eyes during the summer with USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team with his advanced approach at the plate and feel for the barrel.More Less
- 9Central Michigan SSNotes:
Warren has impressed with his hitting ability throughout his college career, including last summer on the Cape. He offers a lot of defensive versatility and has solid power in his 6-foot, 190-pound frame.More Less
Trei CruzRice SSVideoNotes:
The son of former big leaguer Jose Cruz Jr., Trei Cruz has a physical 6-foot-1, 175-pound frame and big power to go with it. Controlling the strike zone is a key for Cruz but he’s shown improvements on that front so far this season.More Less