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2020 Top 50 College Draft Prospects

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Spencer Torkelson (Photo by Bill Mitchell/Getty Images)

Baseball America compiles draft rankings in consultation with major league scouts, front office executives, scouting directors and other professional evaluators. This list is an attempt to gauge the industry’s consensus on the top 50 players in the 2020 college draft class at the current moment. While much is sure to change with plenty of time between now and the 2020 draft, we believe this gives a solid gauge of the strengths and weaknesses of the class as it stands now.

With summer leagues in the rear-view mirror and fall workouts getting started soon on college campuses across the country, it’s a good time to take stock of the 2020 four-year draft class and adjust our rankings of the top 50 players. 

Summer is hugely important for the prep class, as it can be one of the few times that players get evaluated while competing against high-level competition, but it’s also important for the college class, with wood bats coming into play and prospects from smaller programs playing against the best talent in the country on a daily basis. 

It’s more difficult to evaluate the top arms, as players like Georgia righthander Emerson Hancock have rightfully shut things down for the summer after handling plenty of innings during the spring, but the pitching appears deep on the college side in 2020 nonetheless. After a historically thin college pitching class a year ago, there are plenty of arms to keep tabs on this year, including Hancock, lefthander Asa Lacy (Texas A&M), lefthander Reid Detmers (Louisville), righthander Carmen Mlodzinski (South Carolina) and draft-eligible sophomore righthanders JT Ginn (Mississippi State) and Cole Wilcox (Georgia), among others. 

There are also a few high-profile bats at the top of the class, starting with Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson, who retains his No. 1 player in the class ranking here and should be able to take advantage of a declining draft trend of avoiding right-right first baseman. After Torkelson, Vanderbilt utility man Austin Martin has elite bat speed and hitting ability, and offers plenty of defensive versatility, though cementing himself as a shortstop next spring could easily lock him into a top-five pick. 

There are other bats outside of Torkelson, Martin and Arkansas shortstop Casey Martin to get excited about as well. New Mexico State second baseman Nick Gonzales elevated his draft stock more than any other hitter in the college class this summer, following up a .432/.532/.773 line as a sophomore with MVP honors in the Cape Cod League. He is one of the most impressive hitters in the class and despite being listed at 5-foot-10, 190-pounds has some power potential as well, and is drawing Keston Hiura comps already. 

Mlodzinski is the rising pitcher in the class, and was the best pitcher this summer on the Cape, striking out 40 batters in just 29.1 innings with a four-pitch arsenal that includes a fastball that ratchets up to 96 mph and a hard, swing-and-miss slider. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound righthander will have something to prove next spring, however, as he made just three starts during his true sophomore season last spring before being shut down due to a broken bone in his left foot.

Other players who improved their stock significantly this summer include Arizona catcher Austin Wells—who will battle with North Carolina State’s Patrick Bailey for the title of top catcher in the class—Arizona State third baseman Gage Workman, a physical, tooled-up switch hitter who’s young for his level and has an outside shot to play shortstop and Texas A&M outfielder Zach DeLoach, who won the batting title on the Cape while showing raw power as well.

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    Spencer Torkelson

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

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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

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    Austin Martin

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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    Carmen Mlodszinski

    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

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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

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    Cole Wilcox

    Georgia RHP
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    Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 232 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Nationals '18 (37)
    Age At Draft: 20.9

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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

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

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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 204 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Athletics '17 (14)
    Age At Draft: 21.8

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    Max Meyer

    Minnesota RHP
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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 165 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Twins '17 (34)
    Age At Draft: 21.2

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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 210 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Yankees '17 (37)
    Age At Draft: 21.4

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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 190 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.6

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    Alika Williams

    Arizona State SS
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    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 180 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Yankees '17 (32)
    Age At Draft: 21.2

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    Justin Foscue

    Mississippi State 2B/3B
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    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 201 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.3

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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 180 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.7

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    Ht: 6-6 | Wt: 200 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Reds '17 (12)
    Age At Draft: 21.6

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    CJ Van Eyk

    Florida State RHP
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    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 185 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Mets '17 (19)
    Age At Draft: 21.7

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    Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 210 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Brewers '17 (34)
    Age At Draft: 21

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    Jordan Westburg

    Mississippi State SS
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 191 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.3

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    Gage Workman

    Arizona State 3B
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    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 185 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Brewers '17 (34)
    Age At Draft: 20.6

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

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