Image credit: Nate Savino at the PDP League (Photo courtesy of USA Baseball)
Below are names that scouts said impressed them this summer on the national summer showcase circuit. This is not to be confused with our High School Top 50 draft rankings, which can be found here.
The Woodlands (Texas) HS
Romo entered the summer as the top-ranked catcher in the class, so it wasn’t much of a surprise to see him stand out. But the switch-hitting, 6-foot-1, 205-pound backstop showed more than just advanced defensive ability. The Louisiana State commit showed promise with the bat from both sides, and went 3-for-8 with a home run and a pair of singles and a 1.194 OPS at Area Code Games. Romo also went 2-for-2 with a double in the Under Armour All-America Game. The prep catching demographic is risky, but Romo is showing first-round talent.
Coby Mayo, 3B
Stoneman Douglas HS, Parkland, Fla.
At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, Mayo brings plenty of physicality and this summer routinely showed the ability to drive the baseball with authority and one of the strongest infield arms in the class. There’s some swing-and-miss in Mayo’s game, but when he makes contact it’s loud and hard. He sets up in the box with his weight shifted significantly to his back foot and uses a small, short toe-tap in his load before firing his hands quickly through the zone. A Florida commit, scouts will want to see more of Mayo’s pure feel for hitting, but his power and arm strength are exciting tools.
Blaze Jordan, 3B/1B
DeSoto Central HS, Southaven, Miss.
Perhaps the most famous player in the 2020 draft class, Jordan had a strong summer and was arguably the best hitter at the UAAAG, where he went 2-for-5 and routinely barreled impressive fastball velocity and stayed back on breaking pitches with ease. Jordan combines impressive natural strength and above-average bat speed, though he showed some swing-and-miss throughout the rest of the circuit, including an 0-for-4 performance with four strikeouts at the PGAAC. Still, he has some of the best raw power in the class, with a fairly advanced approach for his age (he’ll be 17.5 at the time of the draft) and is giving himself a chance to stick at third base.
Ed Howard, SS
Mount Carmel (Ill.) HS
The top-ranked shortstop in the class, Howard had no issues defending that title throughout the summer. A 6-foot-2, 185-pound shortstop with twitchy athleticism and a lean frame that should add plenty of strength and power, Howard has a solid all-around game that’s led by his fluid defensive actions. The Oklahoma commit makes all the routine plays and then some, with above-average range and some of the best hands in the class. He throws from multiple angles and on the run with accuracy, and while he’s more of a line-drive hitter, he has loose, quick hands in the righthanded batter’s box and above-average running ability. At the ACG, Howard went 3-for-5 with two walks and a strikeout, including a 104 mph single against a 90 mph fastball.
Steven Ondina, SS
International Baseball Academy, Ceiba, P.R.
One of several impressive prospects from Puerto Rico in the 2020 class, Ondina is an undersized, 5-foot-8, 155-pound shortstop with a game that’s reminiscent of players like Anthony Volpe, Xavier Edwards and Nasim Nuñez. He plays with reliable hands, quick footwork and plus arm strength. At ECP, Ondina went 5-for-13 with two doubles. He uses his above-average speed to collect extra-base hits with little raw power, but showed a solid hit tool and impressive instincts and aggression on the bases.
West Allegheny HS, Imperial, Pa.
Hendrick, a 6-foot-1, 192-pound lefthanded hitter with elite bat speed and plus-plus raw power frequently wows evaluators with his raw power. Hendrick homered over the batter’s eye at Les Miller Field in Chicago prior to the UAAAG in a workout before showing his hitting ability in-game at East Coast Pro, where he went 5-for-13 with a double, and a triple. He was also a standout at the PDP league, where he removed a quirky toe-tap, simplified his lower half and hit multiple home runs and a handful of doubles. The Mississippi State commit shows some swing-and-miss against offspeed, but he’s one of the most dangerous hitters in the 2020 class.
American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.
A 6-foot, 155-pound lefthanded-hitting center fielder, Bradfield is already drawing Juan Pierre comps thanks to his elite speed, bat-to-ball skills and defense. A Vanderbilt commit, Bradfield clocked the fastest 60-yard dash time at ECP—6.32 seconds, an 80-grade run time—and went 3-for-7 with a pair of walks. Bradfield gets to most balls with exceptional jumps and impressive route-running ability that pairs with his speed to give him plus-plus defensive upside, and he has more arm strength than you’d expect out of his frame, with the potential for a solid-average arm.
St. Francis HS, La Canada, Calif.
Halpin wasn’t invited to either of the premier high school all-star games (Under Armour or Perfect Game) but showed an exciting all-around game at both the PDP and the ACG. A 6-foot, 180-pound UCLA commit, Halpin is athletic with a loose, easy lefthanded swing and plus speed underway. He went 2-for-7 with a triple and three walks at ACG. He showed some pop by driving a changeup to the wall in right field and also threw out a runner at the plate from center field. Scouts were impressed with the ease of Halpin’s operation at the plate and like his feel to hit. They also believe he’ll add strength.
Jared Kelley, RHP
Refugio (Texas) HS
A 6-foot-3, 215-pound righthander, Kelley did his best to cement himself as the top arm in the class with his performance. His best outing came at the ACG, where the Texas commit showed some of the easiest 97-98 mph velocity you’ll see out of a 17-year-old, while spotting the pitch to both sides. Kelley settled into the 94-96 mph range after his first inning and paired it with mid-80s changeup that is a swing-and-miss offering now and projects as a plus pitch. He’ll need to sharpen and improve the consistency of a low-to-mid-80s slider, but it flashed average potential, and Kelley shows solid feel to land the pitch for strikes. Between the UAAG, ACG and PGAAC, Kelley threw six innings and allowed four hits, with 12 strikeouts and just two walks.
Nate Savino, LHP
Potomac Falls HS, Sterling, Va.
Savino entered the summer as the top lefthander in the class and is leaving it with that title and an argument for the best overall pitcher, along with Kelley and righthander Mick Abel. A 6-foot-3, 195-pound lefthander who throws from a lower, three-quarter slot that’s a nightmare for lefthanded hitters, Savino has an electric fastball/slider combination. His pitches with a fastball in the low-to-mid-90s that crosses the plate with plenty of natural running and sinking life. His slider is among the best and most consistent breaking pitches in the prep class. It’s an upper-70s breaking ball with tremendous sweeping action and depth that he routinely lands for strikes and can use as a chase pitch below the zone.
Cam Brown, RHP
Flower Mound (Texas) HS
Another Texas-based righthander, Brown showed standout pure stuff at the PDP early in the summer and later at the ACG, showed the same electric stuff with improved command. A 6-foot-3, 210-pound righty committed to Texas Christian, Brown touched 96 mph with his fastball at PDP and also showed off a swing-and-miss slider that had late-biting life in the 79-83 mph range. Both pitches looked like above-average offerings then, and at the ACG, Brown mixed in a mid-80s changeup that he also used to generate whiffs. He spotted each of his three pitches for strikes. Brown threw four innings at the ACG over two games, striking out nine batters and walking only one without allowing a hit.
Daxton Fulton, LHP
Mustang (Okla.) HS
Whereas Savino has present power stuff, Fulton is the lanky, 6-foot-6, 225-pound uber-projectable lefthander in the 2020 prep class that major league scouts love to dream on. Fulton pitches with a fastball that sits in the 89-93 mph range in short stints, and he has impressive natural ability to spin the ball. His curveball showed some promise early in the summer at PDP and it looked like a legitimate future plus offering in his outing at the PGAAC, where he used it to finish all three batters he struck out in a 1-2-3 inning. Fulton throws the pitch in the 75-79 mph range with excellent depth and top-to-bottom shape. If he lands the pitch more often and increases its power it could be a real weapon. Fulton is a Vanderbilt commit.
Marquis Grissom Jr., RHP
Counterpane HS, Fayetteville, Ga.
The son of 17-year major league outfielder Marquis Grissom, Grissom Jr. has stood out this summer as one of the more polished pitchers in the class. He has some of the most impressive secondary offerings in the 2020 prep class. A 6-foot-2, 180-pound righthander committed to Georgia Tech, Grissom throws an upper-70s changeup with tremendous tumble and sinking action. Some scouts have said it’s the most depth they’ve ever seen for a high school changeup, and he uses the pitch as his primary offspeed offering to complement a fastball that gets into the low 90s. He struck out four batters in two innings at ECP and struck out four in three innings at ACG.