When it comes to preparing for the Draft, Major League scouting departments don’t have the luxury of filling out a full lineup with only the top prospects in the country. MLB Pipeline, on the other hand, faces no such limitations, which is why we have gone ahead and assembled an All-Draft team for the 2020 class.
College players are prevalent on this year’s All-Draft squad, comprising seven of its 10 roster spots. The group features the top-six-ranked players on the Draft 200, including Spencer Torkelson and Austin Martin, the respective Nos. 1 and 2 prospects in the class.
Here’s a look at the best Draft prospect at every position:
C: Patrick Bailey, North Carolina State (No. 17)
The top-ranked catching prospect in the 2020 class, Bailey was named the Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year in 2018 -- after he set a Wolfpack first-year record with 13 homers -- and produced an overall line of .302/.411/.568 with 29 homers in three college seasons. The switch-hitting backstop’s power plays from both sides of the plate, and he’s shown both a solid approach and knack for making consistent contact. Even if Bailey doesn’t hit as well as expected as a pro, he still could develop into a Major League backup on the merits of his athleticism, strong arm and above-average defense.
Second team: Tyler Soderstrom, Turlock (Calif.) HS (No. 19)
1B: Spencer Torkelson, Arizona State (No. 1)
Torkelson broke Barry Bonds’ Arizona State freshman home run record (11) in his first 25 games and finished the year with 25 homers. He hit another 23 as a sophomore and went deep six times in his first 17 games this spring to finish his Sun Devils career with 54 homers in 129 games. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound right-handed hitter’s power plays to all parts of the park because he’s also a plus hitter with an advanced approach. He’s the top prospect in this year’s class as well as the leading candidate to be taken first overall on June 10 after batting .337/.463/.729 with more walks (110) than strikeouts (104) in his college career.
Second team: Aaron Sabato, North Carolina (No. 41)
2B: Nick Gonzales, New Mexico State (No. 5)
One of the best pure hitters in this year’s class, Gonzales, a former walk-on at New Mexico State, posted a .347/.425/.596 line as a true freshman and then batted .432/.532/.773 with 16 homers as a sophomore to claim the NCAA batting title. An MVP turn in the Cape Cod League (.351/.451/.630) followed, and he had gotten off to a scorching-hot start early in his junior year, slashing .448/.610/1.155 with 12 homers and 36 RBIs through his first 16 contests. Though he saw time this spring at shortstop, Gonzales profiles better as a second baseman in the pro ranks, with most scouts viewing him as a future bat-first player at the keystone.
Second team: Justin Foscue, Mississippi State (No. 32)
3B: Jordan Walker, Decatur (Ga.) HS (No. 33)
One of the top prep sluggers in the 2020 class, Walker combines physical strength in his 6-foot-5 frame with easy bat speed and a leveraged right-handed swing to generate plus raw power. He showcased his power this spring by going deep four times in eight games for Decatur and garnered Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year honors as a result. The jury is still out on the Duke commit’s pure hitting ability and long-term defensive home, but evaluators seem to agree that the power will play.
Second team: Drew Bowser, Harvard-Westlake HS (Los Angeles) (No. 64)
SS: Ed Howard, Mount Carmel HS (Chicago) (No. 15)
A well-rounded player who projects for average-or-better tools across the board, Howard has natural hitting ability from the right side of the plate and is expected to add strength as he grows into his projectable 6-foot-2 frame. The Oklahoma recruit is an above-average runner and plus defender at shortstop, one who’s expected to remain at the position, and he appears ticketed to become the first Illinois prep position player taken in the first round since Jayson Werth (1997).
Second team: Casey Martin, Arkansas (No. 30)
OF: Austin Martin, Vanderbilt (No. 2)
Martin established himself as the best pure hitting prospect in the 2020 class by compiling a .376/.479/.521 line with 175 hits in 118 games during his Vandy tenure. He paced all NCAA Division I hitters in runs (87) and led the Southeastern Conference in batting (.392) and OBP (.486) as a sophomore in 2019 -- batting .410/.503/.619 overall -- and he had produced a .377/.507/.660 line through 16 games early in 2020. And while the 21-year-old’s future defensive home is still up in the air, scouts tend to agree that he has the requisite athleticism, tools and skills to play just about any position.
Second team: Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas (No. 10)
OF: Garrett Mitchell, UCLA (No. 6)
A 6-foot-3, 204-pound outfielder, Mitchell has long possessed a collection of loud tools, including well above-average speed, plus arm strength and solid defense in center field dating back to his days as a prep. Yet, it has been the development of Mitchell’s left-handed bat and raw power during his Bruins career that has helped the junior separate himself from most others in the 2020 class. He owned a .355/.425/.484 line through his first 62 at-bats this spring after slashing .349/.418/.566 with 32 extra-base hits and 18 steals during a breakout sophomore campaign.
Second team: Austin Hendrick, West Allegheny HS (Imperial, Penn.) (No. 13)
OF: Zac Veen, Spruce Creek HS (FL) (No. 7)
The top-ranked prep prospect on the Draft 200, Veen possesses one of the more projectable bats in the class, with the potential to hit for both average and power at the next level. The Florida recruit has a loose left-handed swing and knows how to use his 6-foot-4 frame in order to leverage the ball to all fields, albeit with some swing-and-miss tendencies. He’s a capable center fielder right now but is probably better suited for an outfield corner long term -- perhaps right field, where his strong arm and offensive profile would fit well.
Second team: Robert Hassell, Independence HS (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) (No. 16)
LHP: Asa Lacy, Texas A&M (No. 3)
Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the best pitching prospect in the 2020 Draft, Lacy ranked third in NCAA Division I in opponent average (.162) and eighth in strikeouts per nine innings (13.2) as a sophomore in 2019, pitched well with the U.S. collegiate national team over the summer and got off to a tremendous start this spring, posting a 0.75 ERA and 17.3 K/9 in 24 innings (four starts). The 6-foot-4 southpaw’s 92-97 mph heater, low-80s slider and devastating changeup give him a trio of plus pitches, and his curveball isn’t very far behind. That stuff on top of Lacy’s deceptive delivery helped the southpaw compile a 2.07 ERA with 224 strikeouts (13.3 K/9) in 152 innings with the Aggies.
Second team: Reid Detmers, Louisville (No. 8)
RHP: Emerson Hancock, Georgia (No. 4)
That Hancock is considered to be the top right-handed hurler in the 2020 class, even though he missed time with a lat injury as a sophomore and didn’t pitch particularly well upon returning, speaks volumes about his overall upside. The 6-foot-4, 213-pound righty looks the part of a big league starter, offering a promising blend of size, stuff and feel. He boasts three pitches that grade as plus or better: a 94-97 mph fastball that can touch 99, a swing-and-miss slider in the mid-80s and a fading changeup that can flash plus-plus. A slightly above-average curveball rounds out Hancock’s four-pitch mix, and he has a solid track record of throwing strikes with his athletic and repeatable delivery.
Second team: Max Meyer, Minnesota (No. 9)