2020 Draft Reports: College Prospects 1-50Prospects
The 2020 MLB Draft will take place June 10-11. The first day will start at 7:00 p.m. ET and consist of the first round and Competitive Balance Round A—the first 37 picks. The second through fifth rounds (123 picks) will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET on June 11. The signing deadline is August 1.
Below you’ll find reports on our Top 50 College Prospects. This is not a projection of where each prospect will be selected, but is our pref list of the order that we would select them. For a combined ranking of high school, junior college and 4-year college prospects, please see the Prep Baseball Report Draft Board, where there is also video on these top prospects.
1. Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Arizona State
Not much more needs to be written about one of college baseball’s elite hitters and its top slugger since Kris Bryant in 2013. Torkelson physically resembles a young Paul Konerko and at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, he combines power production with great feel for hitting. He homered on a 3-2 pitch during his second at-bat of the 2020 season against Villanova and then walked in seven of his next 11 plate appearances. He was also intentionally walked 15 times in the Sun Devil’s 17-game 2020 season. Torkelson is able to extend at-bats by fouling off offspeed pitches and getting to the next fastball—a rare skill for power hitters. His average exit velocity on all batted balls in the shortened 2020 season was 99.4 mph with a high of 112.9 mph. He’s also solid defensively at first base with an above-average, accurate throwing arm and quick release. He profiles well at first base with more than enough power to play the position in an everyday role in the major leagues. Torkelson will receive strong consideration by the Tigers to be selected 1-1.
2. Austin Martin, IF/OF, Vanderbilt
Martin has long been one of the top pure hitters in college baseball, thanks to loads of bat speed, great hand/eye coordination, top-level athleticism and a well-rounded toolset. With above-average running speed, smooth defensive actions and more than enough arm (above average) for the left side of the infield. He has defensive versatility all over the diamond having played center field for Team USA, being capable of manning shortstop and projecting as an above defender in the future at either second, third base or center field. Martin remains firmly entrenched as a top-three overall pick and should also receive consideration to go 1-1.
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