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Zac Veen Vs. Garrett Mitchell: 2020 MLB Draft Prospect Showdown, Outfield Rankings

Leading up to the 2020 draft on June 10, we'll preview each position group by comparing and contrasting two of the top players in the mix. Today is outfielders, led by Zac Veen and Garrett Mitchell

Hitting: Mitchell’s pure bat-to-ball skills are superior to Veen’s, but Veen’s swing is looser and more fluid than Mitchell’s has ever been. While Veen might have more swing-and-miss in his game, his hitting upside is a tick higher. EDGE: VEEN.

Power: Both Mitchell and Veen have similar raw power, though Veen comes with a still projectable 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame that should add more weight in the future. The bigger separator is that Veen’s swing has plenty of leverage to tap into his power in games right now, while Mitchell has a long track record of struggling to get to his during games, dating back to his time in high school. EDGE: VEEN.

Speed: This category isn’t close. Mitchell is one of the best runners in the entire draft class. He’s a legitimate 80-grade runner now and he was a legitimate 80-grade runner in high school, with terrific ability to get out of the lefthanded batter’s box, steal bases and track down balls in the outfield. Veen is more of an average runner who could slow down as he fills out. EDGE: MITCHELL.

Fielding: Because of Mitchell’s speed, he’s a good bet to stick in center field, where he has plus defensive potential at a premium position and can track fly balls down in the gaps. Veen is an average defender who will move to a corner in pro ball. EDGE: MITCHELL.

Arm: While Veen has a solid arm that has above-average potential, Mitchell’s is a tick better and could allow him to handle right field if necessary. Mitchell’s arm is consistently graded as plus and gives him another weapon to go with his collection of plus raw tools. EDGE: MITCHELL

X Factor: While each player’s tool set is considerably different, their health is also a factor. Mitchell is a Type I diabetic, and while teams don’t seem to have a quantifiable way to measure the exact risk that adds to his profile, every scout knows it will be a factor in his future projection and durability. Mitchell missed only one game in the last two years at UCLA. EDGE: VEEN.

Scout's take on Veen: "I see no reason he shouldn't hit a lot. And no reason he shouldn't drive the ball a lot as he continues to add strength ... Pretty swing, really good leverage, natural loft in the stroke. And you just look at the body and think, 'Geez, he's not there yet.'"

Scout's take on Mitchell: "Might be the best player I've ever scouted. Take away the diabetic aspect and he could be (drafted) 1-1. Stays in center field, plus defender, plus arm, 80 run times on turns ... zero effort."

SPOTLIGHT: Top 2020 Outfielders

Strength: 5 stars

From Austin Martin’s outstanding hitting ability to the plus or better power offered by Zac Veen, Austin Hendrick, Heston Kjerstad and Dylan Crews, this year’s crop of outfielders is as deep as we have seen in recent drafts.

See full scouting reports in the BA 500 here

First-Round Talents
No.BA 500 RankPlayerPosSchoolStateHITPOWRUNFLDARM
12Austin MartinCFVanderbiltTN7055555545
26Garrett MitchellCFUCLACA5555806060
37Zac VeenCFHS—Port OrangeFL6060455055
49Austin HendrickCFHS—ImperialPA6070455060
515Heston KjerstadRFArkansasAR6060454555
616Robert HassellCFHS—Thompson’s Sta.TN6055555555
717Pete Crow-ArmstrongCFHS—Studio CityCA5540607060
Second-Round Talents
No.BA 500 RankPlayerPosSchoolStateHITPOWRUNFLDARM
841Daniel CabreraRFLouisiana StateLA6055455045
949Isaiah GreeneCFHS—CoronaCA6050605540
1054Dylan CrewsCFHS—Lake MaryFL5560505560

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