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2021 High School MLB Draft Prospects With The Best Scouting Tools

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Baseball America annually polls major league organizations’ scouting departments to vote on Preseason All-America teams. In addition to voting for first-, second- and third-team members, we ask scouting departments to vote on the players with the best tools in the country.

We have teams vote on many different categories for both hitters and pitchers.

You can find our Top 200 draft prospects here, and our 2021 preseason All-Americans here.

Below are the top three vote receivers for each category for the college class. 

Best Athlete (Hitter)

  1. Jordan Lawlar, SS, Dallas Jesuit HS
  2. Benny Montgomery, OF, Red Land HS, Lewisberry, Pa.
  3. Jay Allen, OF, Carroll Catholic, Fort Pierce, Fla.

Best Pure Hitter

  1. Jordan Lawlar, SS, Dallas Jesuit HS
  2. Marcelo Mayer, SS, Eastlake HS, Chula Vista, Calif.
  3. 3 Tied -- James Wood, Kahlil Watson, Malakhi Knight

Best Power

  1. Joshua Baez, OF, Dexter Southfield HS, Brookline, Mass.
  2. Brady House, SS, Winder-Barrow HS, Winder, Ga.
  3. James Wood, OF, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.

Fastest Runner

  1. Benny Montgomery, OF
  2. Jordan Lawlar, SS, Dallas Jesuit HS
  3. Michael Robertson, OF, Venice (Fla.) HS

Best Defensive Infielder

  1. Marcelo Mayer, SS, Eastlake HS, Chula Vista, Calif.
  2. Jordan Lawlar, SS, Dallas Jesuit HS
  3. Edwin Arroyo, SS, Arecibo Baseball Academy, Bajadero, P.R.

Best Defensive Outfielder

  1. Benny Montgomery, OF, Red Land HS, Lewisberry, Pa.
  2. Malakhi Knight, OF, Marysville-Getchell HS, Marysville, Wash.
  3. Braylon Bishop, OF, Arkansas HS, Texarkana, Ark.

Best Infield Arm

  1. Brady House, SS, Winder-Barrow HS, Winder, Ga.
  2. Edwin Arroyo, SS, Arecibo Baseball Academy, Bajadero, P.R.
  3. Jordan Lawlar, SS, Dallas Jesuit HS

Best Outfield Arm

  1. Joshua Baez, OF, Dexter Southfield HS, Brookline, Mass.
  2. Benny Montgomery, OF, Red Land HS, Lewisberry, Pa.
  3. 2 Tied -- Braylon Bishop, Braden Montgomery

Best Catcher Arm

  1. Ian Moller, C, Wahlert HS, Dubuque, Iowa
  2. Harry Ford, C, North Cobb HS, Kennesaw, Ga.
  3. Joe Mack, C, Williamsville East HS, East Amherst, N.Y.
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Best Fastball

  1. Chase Petty, RHP, Mainland Regional HS, Linwood, N.J.
  2. Jackson Jobe, RHP, Heritage Hall HS, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  3. Chase Burns, RHP, Station Camp HS, Gallatin, Tenn.

Best Fastball Movement

  1. Chase Petty, RHP, Mainland Regional HS, Linwood, N.J.
  2. Chase Burns, RHP, Station Camp HS, Gallatin, Tenn.
  3. Andrew Painter, RHP, Calvary Christian HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Best Breaking Ball

  1. Jackson Jobe, RHP, Heritage Hall HS, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  2. Andrew Painter, RHP, Calvary Christian HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  3. 2 Tied -- Bubba Chandler, Max Debiec

Best Changeup

  1. Andrew Painter, RHP, Calvary Christian HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  2. 4 Tied -- Karson Ligon, Anthony Solometo, Joshua Hartle, Chase Petty

Best Command

  1. Joshua Hartle, LHP, Reagan HS, Pfafftown, N.C.
  2. Andrew Painter, RHP, Calvary Christian HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  3. 4 Tied -- (Ben Bosse, Cale Lansville, Karson Ligon, Caedmon Parker)

Best Athlete (Pitcher)

  1. Jackson Jobe, RHP, Heritage Hall HS, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  2. Chase Petty, RHP, Mainland Regional HS, Linwood, N.J.
  3. Bubba Chandler, RHP, North Oconee HS, Bogart, Ga.

Closest To The Majors

  1. Andrew Painter, RHP, Calvary Christian HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  2. Marcelo Mayer, SS, Eastlake HS, Chula Vista, Calif.
  3. Jordan Lawlar, SS, Dallas Jesuit HS

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