Spencer Torkelson, Arizona State (Shotgun Spratling)

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Cape Position Rankings: Corner Outfielders

Prospects

Now that we’ve ranked the Cape Cod League’s top 40 hitting and top 40 pitching prospects for the 2019 draft, it’s time to see how the league’s prospects line up by position, combining 2019 and 2020 draft-eligible players. Here’s an in-depth look at the league’s top corner outfielders, plus others to watch:


1. Spencer Torkelson, 2020 (Arizona State)

Six-foot-two, 210 pound strong bodied corner bat with easy power to all fields. Reminds some of Eric Karros, former Los Angeles Dodger. After hitting in the middle of the USA CNT lineup earlier this summer, Torkelson returned to the Cape and continued to mash. He blasted seven regular season home runs, which was second in the league, despite missing three weeks while playing for the CNT. He also added three more in six games for Chatham in Cape playoffs. At the plate he set up in a slightly open, spread stance. Showed good balance, strength and bat speed for plus-plus power. Due to his slight dive stride, pitchers attempted to pitch him inside, but Torkelson typically fought if off and got to the next pitch. On occasion, he did chase the fastball up and some breaking balls out of the zone, but he’s a power hitter and sometimes that is what power hitters do. Defensively, he got a late jump on a couple fly balls in the outfield, yet he moved well with an athletic stride once underway, both on the bases and right field. Although limited defensively, Torkelson has cemented himself as the top power bat for the 2020 draft.

2. JJ Bleday, 2019 (Vanderbilt)

Strong-bodied corner outfielder with exciting left-handed power potential that he has yet to truly harness. Showed off his strength with a deep fly ball to the wall in straight away center field, and also ripped a line-drive single through the right side on an 89 mph fastball in on his hands. Hit tool is more advanced than power tool at this stage, but it’s easy to dream on the pop as he learns to make better use of the strength in his six-foot-two, 205-pound frame while adding some loft to his swing. Showed below-average speed on a groundout (4.30 from the left side). But showed off a plus arm from right field,

 


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