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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.

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    Nick Gonzales

    New Mexico State SS
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    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.

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    Casey Martin

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    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.

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    Jordan Westburg

    Mississippi State SS
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    A consistent, mature hitter, Westburg has been a steady performer. He has some power, a good approach and is a reliable defender, though he’ll likely move off the position in pro ball.

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    Alika Williams

    Arizona State SS
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    Williams is the best defender in the country. He’s a slick fielder with a strong arm that can make all the plays at shortstop. He’s not as strong of a hitter as the other top shortstops in the class, but his defense can carry him up draft boards.

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    Loftin is an impressive defender in his own right and has tapped into more power this spring. If that combination continues, his stock will rise all spring.

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    Hayden Cantrelle

    Lousiana-Lafayette SS
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    Cantrelle has versatility around the infield and a strong track record of hitting, both for the Ragin’ Cajuns and in the Cape Cod League. He’s scuffled out of the gate this spring, however.

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    Nander De Sedas

    Florida State SS
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    A draft-eligible sophomore, De Sedas was a highly regarded player coming out of high school. He’s still trying to polish some rough edges, but his athleticism gives him plenty of upside.

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    Luke Waddell

    Georgia Tech SS
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    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.

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    Zavier Warren

    Central Michigan SS
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    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.

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    Trei Cruz

    Rice SS
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    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.

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