2020 MLB Draft – Top 160 Names To Know

This Top 160 list is not a mock draft nor a ranking based on what players’ careers could be long-term. It is more or less a combination of the two. It is simply a projection of where we could see some of the best talent in the game going in this year’s MLB Draft as well as the Top 160 names to know of the top amateur talent featured in this year’s draft class. My mock draft of the first round will be posted tomorrow here on Prospects1500.

The hardest part when it came to ranking/mocking some of these players is signability because of everything that’s going on in the real world as well as in the baseball world. With the owners and players union combined, and with the pandemic there have been plenty of questions of if there will even be a season in 2020. I feel strongly that with a year in which there is such uncertainty there will be a lot of college players drafted in this year’s class due to them having been scouted more times than the high schoolers. They are more likely to sign deals with teams even if it’s for less money than in years past.

This year’s high school class has tons of depth which has to be taken into account. You will see plenty of talented high schoolers near the bottom of my list, not that I feel they will sign if they’re picked there, but rather they were simply too talented to keep off the list as this list focuses more on the names to know now regardless of whether they sign now or in a few years. I feel that there are some high school players that may be ranked lower on my list than what their talent might suggest and the reason for this is that some are ranked lower because of signability. Perhaps teams want to see more of them but have not gotten a chance to because of the season being canceled. Although some may rank lower they definitely could be moved higher and considered higher, and this really starts to take place more in the 3rd round.

One of the biggest takeaways from this year’s group is it’s a very talented and deep pool of pitchers and high school players. It’s one of the deeper draft classes in recent memory with some players that have earlier round talent seemingly being pushed a round later than they might go in previous drafts simply because of the depth of talent in this class. It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out and develops over time and who signs or doesn’t sign, but one thing I can promise is this is definitely one of the most exciting classes in recent memory. These will be the names to follow closely over the next few years as prospects.


Potential 1st Round:

#1 Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Arizona State

#2 Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M

#3 Austin Martin, OF/3B, Vanderbilt

#4 Zac Veen, OF, Spruce Creek HS- Florida

#5 Nick Gonzales, SS/2B, New Mexico State

#6 Emerson Hancock, RHP, Georgia

#7 Reid Detmers, LHP, Louisville

#8 Heston Kjerstad, OF, Arkansas

#9 Max Meyer, RHP, Minnesota

#10 Austin Hendrick, OF, West Allegheny HS- Pennsylvania

#11 Mick Abel, RHP, Jesuit HS- Oregon

#12 Robert Hassell, OF, Independence HS- Tennessee

#13 Ed Howard, SS, Mount Carmel HS- Illinois

#14 Garrett Mitchell, OF, UCLA

#15 Patrick Bailey, C, N.C. State

#16 Garrett Crochet, LHP, Tennessee

#17 Nick Bitsko, RHP, Central Bucks East HS- Pennsylvania

#18 Tyler Soderstrom, C, Turlock HS- California

#19 Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Harvard-Westlake HS- California

#20 Jared Kelley, RHP, Refugio HS- Texas

#21 Cade Cavalli, RHP, Oklahoma

#22 Cole Wilcox, RHP, Georgia

#23 Dillon Dingler, C, Ohio State

#24 Bobby Miller, RHP, Louisville 

#25 Chris McMahon, RHP, Miami

#26 Slade Cecconi, RHP, Miami

#27 Tanner Burns, RHP, Auburn

#28 Carmen Mlodzinski, RHP, South Carolina

#29 Austin Wells, C, Arizona

#30 Aaron Sabato, 1B, North Carolina

#31 Justin Foscue, 2B, Mississippi State

#32 Bryce Jarvis, RHP, Duke

#33 Casey Martin, SS, Arkansas

#34 Jordan Walker, 3B, Decatur HS- Georgia

#35 Drew Romo, C, The Woodlands HS- Texas

#36 Blaze Jordan, 1B, DeSoto Central HS- Mississippi

#37 Carson Montgomery, RHP, Windermere HS- Florida

Potential 2nd Round:

#38 Nick Loftin, SS, Baylor

#39 J.T. Ginn, RHP, Mississippi State

#40 Jordan Westburg, SS, Mississippi State

#41 Alika Williams, SS, Arizona State

#42 Daniel Cabrera, OF, LSU

#43 Kevin Parada, C, Loyola HS- California

#44 Cole Henry, RHP, LSU

#45 Clayton Beeter, RHP, Texas Tech

#46 CJ Van Eyk, RHP, Florida State

#47 Jared Jones, RHP, La Mirada HS- California

#48 Masyn Winn, RHP/SS, Kingwood HS- Texas

#49 Victor Mederos, RHP, Westminster Christian Academy- Florida

#50 Dax Fulton, LHP, Mustang HS- Oklahoma

#51 Carson Tucker, SS, Mountain Pointe HS- Arizona

#52 Gage Workman, 3B, Arizona State

#53 Isaiah Greene, OF, Corona HS- California

#54 Drew Bowser, SS, Harvard-Westlake HS- California

#55 David Calabrese, OF, St. Elizabeth Catholic HS- Canada

#56 Chase Davis, OF, Franklin HS- California

#57 Justin Lange, RHP, Llano HS- Texas

#58 Alex Santos, RHP, Mount St. Michael Academy- New York

#59 Logan Allen, LHP, Florida International

#60 Alejandro Rosario, RHP, Miami Christian HS- Florida

#61 Cade Horton, RHP/SS, Norman HS- Oklahoma

#62 Jake Eder, LHP, Vanderbilt

#63 Burl Carraway, LHP, Dallas Baptist

#64 Seth Lonsway, LHP, Ohio State

#65 Cam Brown, RHP, Flower Mound HS- Texas

#66 Jared Shuster, LHP, Wake Forest

#67 Markevian Hence, RHP, Watson Chapel HS- Arkansas

#68 Petey Halpin, OF, St. Francis HS- California

#69 Zavier Warren, C/SS, Central Michigan

#70 Alerick Soularie, OF, Tennessee

#71 Tommy Mace, RHP, Florida

#72 Kyle Harrison, LHP, De La Salle HS- California

Potential 3rd Round:

#73 Jeff Criswell, RHP, Michigan

#74 Kyle Nicolas, RHP, Ball State

#75 Nick Garcia, RHP, Chapman

#76 Nolan McLean, 3B/RHP, Garner HS- North Carolina  

#77 Ryan Hagenow, RHP, Farragut HS- Tennessee

#78 Ricky Tiedemann, LHP, Lakewood HS- California

#79 Hunter Barnhart, RHP, St. Joseph HS- California

#80 Owen Caissie, OF, Notre Dame HS- Canada

#81 Corey Collins, C, North Gwinnett HS- Georgia

#82 Tanner Witt, 3B/RHP, Episcopal HS- Texas

#83 Colt Keith, 3B/RHP, Biloxi HS- Mississippi

#84 Sam Weatherly, LHP, Clemson

#85 Zach McCambley, RHP, Coastal Carolina

#86 Ian Bedell, RHP, Missouri

#87 Nick Swiney, LHP, N.C. State

#88 Bryce Elder, RHP, Texas

#89 Christian Roa, RHP, Texas A&M

#90 Kalai Rosario, OF, Waiakea HS- Hawaii

#91 Milan Tolentino, SS, Santa Margarita HS- California

#92 Landon Knack, RHP, East Tennessee State

#93 Freddy Zamora, SS, Miami

#94 Yohandy Morales, SS, Braddock HS- Florida

#95 Tyler Gentry, OF, Alabama

#96 Jordan Nwogu, OF, Michigan

#97 Parker Chavers, OF, Coastal Carolina

#98 Daniel Susac, C, Jesuit HS- California

#99 Hudson Haskin, OF, Tulane         

#100 Zach DeLoach, OF, Texas A&M

#101 Casey Opitz, C, Arkansas

Potential 4th Round:

#102 Gavin Williams, RHP, East Carolina

#103 Ben Hernandez, RHP, De La Salle HS- Illinois

#104 A.J. Vukovich, 3B, East Troy HS- Wisconsin

#105 Beck Way, RHP, Northwest Florida JC

#106 Carter Baumler, RHP, Dowling Catholic

#107 Patrick Reilly, RHP, Christian Brothers Academy HS- New Jersey

#108 Enrique Bradfield, OF, American Heritage HS- Florida

#109 Jace Bohrofen, OF, Westmoore HS- Oklahoma

#110 Cayden Wallace, 3B, Greenbrier HS- Arkansas

#111 Jimmy Glowenke, SS, Dallas Baptist

#112 Jake Vogel, OF, Huntington Beach HS- California

#113 Trenton Denholm, RHP, UC Irvine

#114 Jackson Miller, C, Mitchell HS- Florida

#115 Nick Frasso, RHP, Loyola Marymount

#116 Ian Seymour, LHP, Virginia Tech

#117 Andrew Abbott, LHP, Virginia

#118 Stevie Emanuels, RHP, Washington

#119 Casey Schmitt, 3B/RHP, San Diego State

#120 Adam Seminaris, LHP, Long Beach State

#121 Mason Erla, RHP, Michigan State

#122 Ryan Webb, LHP, Georgia

#123 Tyler Brown, RHP, Vanderbilt

#124 Holden Powell, RHP, UCLA

#125 Kevin Abel, RHP, Oregon State

#126 Tyler Keenan, 3B, Mississippi 

#127 Luke Waddell, SS, Georgia Tech

#128 Trei Cruz, SS, Rice

#129 Trevor Hauver, OF, Arizona State

#130 Colby Halter, 2B/3B, Bishop Kenny HS- Florida

#131 Nick Yorke, 2B, Archbishop Mitty HS- California

Potential 5th Round:

#132 Mason Miller, LHP, Mitchell HS- Florida

#133 Liam Norris, LHP, Green Hope HS- North Carolina

#134 Cole Foster, SS, Plano Senior HS- Texas

#135 Coby Mayo, 3B, Stoneman Douglas HS- Florida

#136 D’Andre Smith, SS, San Dimas HS- California

#137 Ty Floyd, RHP, Rockmart HS- Georgia

#138 Connor Phillips, RHP, McLennan CC

#139 Anthony Servideo, SS, Mississippi

#140 Hayden Cantrelle, SS, Louisiana-Lafayette

#141 Jesse Franklin, OF, Michigan

#142 Joe Boyle, RHP, Notre Dame

#143 Brandon Birdsell, RHP, San Jacinto JC

#144 Bryce Bonnin, RHP, Texas Tech

#145 Jackson Leath, RHP, Tennessee

#146 Dane Acker, RHP, Oklahoma

#147 Trent Palmer, RHP, Jacksonville

#148 Jake Leftwich, RHP, Florida

#149 Nate Wohlgemuth, RHP, Owasso HS- Oklahoma

#150 Mario Zabala, OF, International Baseball Academy- Puerto Rico

#151 Slade Wilks, OF, Columbia Academy HS- Mississippi

#152 Nick Griffin, LHP, Monticello HS- Arkansas

#153 Max Rajcic, RHP, Orange Lutheran HS- California

#154 Timmy Manning, LHP, Cardinal Gibbons HS- Florida

#155 T.K. Roby, RHP, Pine Forest HS- Florida

#156 Grayson Hitt, LHP, Houston HS- Tennessee

#157 T.J. Nichols, RHP, Oakmont HS- California

#158 Jake Smith, RHP, State JC of Florida

#159 Justin Fall, LHP, Arizona State

#160 Luke Little, LHP, San Jacinto JC

James Weisser has been following prospects since 2003, when the Florida Marlins won the world series with players like Josh Beckett, Miguel Cabrera, and Dontrelle Willis. He has seen MVP's, Cy Young Winners, and All-Stars before they ever played in the majors, and is an avid college baseball fan who enjoys watching the SEC and ACC in the spring when often times the cold, wet weather of the Midwest allows him to follow some of the top players in both conferences. He also enjoys following/covering the Midwest League which is often players first full-season level. He also watches some of the top amateur talent that comes through Chicago and the Midwest like the Under Armour All-America game at Wrigley Field which features some of the top incoming seniors for the following year as well as the 17U Team USA which features some of the top juniors in the country. He currently resides in McHenry, Illinois which is located within an hour from the Beloit Snappers and Kane County Cougars which allows him to see 4 or more organizations Low A teams in a week at times. A White Sox fan growing up one of his favorite moments was watching them win the World Series in 2005. A few of his all-time favorite players to watch are Frank Thomas, Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter, Ryan Howard, Clayton Kershaw, Barry Bonds, Mike Trout, and Ken Griffey Jr.

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