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The Scouting Trail: Opening Weekend 2020


As I trudged through the snow covered airport parking lot at 5:30 a.m. in six degree below zero weather in Central Illinois, I dreamed of the mid-70s and sunny weather that awaited me in Phoenix. Opening weekend for me would be a dash around the desert with games between Arizona State University and the spring training complexes of the Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals and Arizona Diamondbacks. Between those four locations, I could see three of our Top 25 teams, dozens of the 2020 Top 350 Prospects, as well as many other prospects from our 2021 Top 150 and Impact Freshmen lists.

From a whirlwind weekend in Arizona, here’s The Scouting Trail- Opening Weekend. Please note that grades given to tools, such as average, above average, plus, etc. are evaluated on a  professional baseball level, not compared to college peers.

Here are the teams scouted for this piece:

  • Arizona State
  • BYU
  • Cal Poly
  • Gonzaga
  • Grand Canyon
  • Minnesota
  • New Mexico
  • Ole Miss
  • Oregon
  • Pepperdine
  • San Diego


No. 2 Spencer Torkelson, 1B– Not much more needs to be written about one of college baseball’s elite hitters. Torkelson homered on a 3-2 pitch during his second at-bat of the 2020 season against Villanova. He was then walked in seven of his next 11 plate appearances against the Wildcats, something he will likely be faced with often this season. He ended the weekend 3-for-9 with two home runs and eight walks in four games. Overall, nothing has changed since our last look this past summer for the USA Collegiate National Team. He profiles well to first base with above average defensive abilities and more than enough power to play the position everyday in the Major League. Torkelson remains firmly entrenched for selection in the first round this June.


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