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2020 Draft Thread

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:28 pm

There was already some discussion in the 2019 draft thread so let's get a 2020 thread up.

Here is Fangraphs' board: https://www.fangraphs.com/prospects/the ... &pagenum=0

College pitchers look good - Georgia RHPs Emerson Hancock and Cole Wilcox (draft eligible soph), Auburn RHP Tanner Burns and Ole Miss RHP JT Ginn (draft eligible soph). Also, Spencer Torkelson is really good.
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Re: 2020 Draft Thread

Postby Regular Show » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:19 pm

I'll move this here:


Next year's draft class is loaded with talent (and lots of elite college pitchers). Some are comparing it to the impressive 2011 draft class (Javy, Lindor, Betts, Rendon, Springer, G. Cole, Snell, etc.) but I think it's unlikely that it reaches that level in the spring. It's going to be really hard to match that draft in pure talent.
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Re: 2020 Draft Thread

Postby TomtheBombadil » Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:18 pm

https://www.mlb.com/news/prospect-devel ... yer-recaps

The standout so far has been 6'5" RHP Mick Abel:

Abel recorded his six whiffs with three different pitches. Three came via a fastball that sat at 93-95 mph with good downhill plane, two on an 82-86 mph slider and one on an 86-88 mph changeup with nifty fade. He threw changeups for all three strikes in his first-inning strikeout of West Allegheny High (Imperial, Pa.) right fielder Austin Hendrick, whom he remembered retiring on a changeup in a matchup last summer.

Though the stands at IMG Academy were packed with scouts, Abel said he didn't feel any anxiety to perform.

"You get kind of used to it at all these big events, these national-type events," said Abel, an Oregon State recruit. "To me, baseball is a fun game and I really think there should be no pressure involved with it. I'm just trying to go do my thing and have fun."

Gatorade's Oregon state baseball player of the year for 2019, Abel still has plenty of projection remaining in his 6-foot-5, 190-pound frame. His velocity keeps climbing and his changeup continues to improve. He wants to keep getting better and believes the PDP League will help him toward that goal.


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The CCBL opened on Monday....

Prospect Live did previews for each roster:

https://www.prospectslive.com/mlb-draft

BA did too but it's behind their paywall and it's just a list with their season stats anyway, way too lazy to deal with that.

PG looked back at Week 1:

https://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/Vi ... icle=16966

Dusty's son is in the league for a second time

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Some early names:

RHP Nick Frasso from Loyola Marymount U
LHP Hugh Fisher from Vanderbilt

Both are lockdown relievers with SP tools, Fisher’s got some very loud tools for a college LH including a hard fastball and this slider:

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Frasso is headed to the CCL this summer barring something. He’ll be on a Orleans Firebirds pitching staff that may include JT Ginn, Kumar Rocker, and Mike Vasil. CR probably saw him give UCLA some trouble earlier this month. He threw somethin like 35 straight fastballs to shut them down. Coaches gas up his athleticism by saying he's a basketball player who happens to play baseball:

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https://twitter.com/NathanChoate22/status/1091780790394937344?s=20


Joey Boyle, a Notre Dame RHP was a projection arm I liked from the 2017 HS group. He hasn't been anywhere near as impactful as Frasso/Fisher, but he did blow up physically and offers a ton of arm strength. He will be in the CCL as well:

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https://twitter.com/2080ball/status/1027255144264724480?s=20


C Austin Wells from Arizona U - Draft eligible sophomore LHH went .350/.462/.529 with a 15% K rate as a freshman, headed to the CCL (he had a strong first week there)

Alika Williams SS ASU - 6'2" MIF is making his second trip to the CCBL, hit .328/.427/.474 with an 11% K rate during the 2019 regular season, badass sounding name

HS SS Drew Bowser from Harvard Westlake - 6’3” RHH with a Stanford commit from that HS just sounds like a tough sign. There’s also a HS SS last name Ketchup from Georgia

Caden Grice LHP/LHH - 6'5" 200 with tools on both sides of the ball, maybe/probably better as a pitcher

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College pitching seems loaded. I don't remember ever seeing so much projection left in a college group. 2018's freshman class was a banner year and at least two of those guys are among the biggest talents in this draft with Ginn and Wilcox. Led by Fisher and Frasso, seems like we'll see more college relievers with real SP potential (not just MiL starter for the purpose of getting innings). I had some names for that group but forgot them, they'll come up again anyway.

There's more college hitters than I highlighted, it's just [expletive] June

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Cole Wilcox looking electric in the CCBL, at least during the warmups:

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb4pqjsmk3g
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Re: 2020 Draft Thread

Postby TomtheBombadil » Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:05 pm

https://www.mlb.com/news/2020-draft-pro ... -star-game

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Check out these two LH, better one first:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gplt2eDBNPg


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xujGSebfwXY&list=PLWFDRpFxQ91aNo1bwJimn_29M58OLROuR&index=153


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7/13: The US collegiate national team (USCNT) is heading to Japan after finishing up in Taiwan yesterday and Cuba before that. This roster features several top 2020 draft prospects and possibly first rounders like Nick Frasso, Spencer Torkelson, Asa Lacy, Heston Kjerstad, Reid Detmers, Austin Martin (playing some CF too), and Alika Williams among others. Most of these guys were playing in the CCBL but made this team and left for the summer. Lacy and Frasso are two of my favorite players in this draft for the Cubs already, both as SPs, and if the Cubs were to break their hitter CCBL tendencies for some reason (Bryant IIRC played for this team) I'd expect a guy from this roster. Here's Frasso throwing a fastball in a start against Cuba earlier:



Love this guy's athleticism and arm strength combo....Before the exhibition series he was showing off that athleticism by winning a mock dunk contest while in the CCBL, before that he was dominating college bats as LMU's closer and/or fireman.

The team's Twitter account: https://mobile.twitter.com/USABaseballCNT

Japan is their last stretch of games for the summer

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Speaking of the CCBL, some bats showing including some I had hopes for and Dusty's kid:

https://www.ncaa.com/news/baseball/arti ... all-league

Nick Gonzales, 2B, New Mexico State (Cotuit Kettleers)

Well, if you had any questions whether Gonzales could hit as he does during the season with a wood bat on the Cape, they’ve been answered. Gonzales improved on his WAC freshman of the year 2018 campaign by hitting .432 with 16 home runs, 80 runs scored, 80 RBI, and an eye-popping 1.305 OPS in 2019. He’s continued to put up numbers for Cotuit, hitting .326 with seven doubles, two triples, and four home runs through 25 games. Gonzales is a hit machine and is showing he’s an early contender for 2020 player of the year honors.


Austin Wells, C, Arizona (Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox)

From a former WAC freshman of the year to the reigning Pac-12 freshman of the year, Wells is showing his huge 2019 debut was no fluke, already taking home one CCBL player of the week award. Wells hit .353 as a freshman with 15 doubles and five home runs in 56 games and has matched that home run total with a wood bat in just 24 games. The catcher/first baseman is tied with Oklahoma’s Tyler Hardman for the CCBL home run lead.


Darren Baker, INF, Cal (Wareham Gatemen)

Baker, once known only as the son of Dusty and friend of J.T. Snow after a now-famous run-in at home plate had a much-improved sophomore campaign for the Golden Bears. He raised his batting average 30 points to .306 in 2019 and his OPS by 74 to .702, while going a perfect 21-for-21 in stolen bases. His hot hitting has carried over to the Cape, where he’s hitting .329 with a .736 OPS in 21 games. His 28 hits trail only Gonzales’ league-best 30 on the summer.
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Re: 2020 Draft Thread

Postby Regular Show » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:11 pm

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Re: 2020 Draft Thread

Postby TomtheBombadil » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:15 am

This local kid and potential badass may be the best HS SS in the country:





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Seems like my favorite and possibly top HS arm this year will end up being another Vandy commit in Daxton Fulton...Dumb rich kid name but also:



Both will be in the PG All-American Baseball Classic at Petco on 8/11, basically a who's who of HS prospects

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CCBL ASG featuring C Austin Wells and RHP Joe Boyle among others on Sunday
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Re: 2020 Draft Thread

Postby Bote McBoteface » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:04 am

In 11 months when i check this thread again, im gonna edit this post and make it look like I said something smart.
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Re: 2020 Draft Thread

Postby wvcbxl » Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:10 am

Bote McBoteface wrote:In 11 months when i check this thread again, im gonna edit this post and make it look like I said something smart.


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