Get to know the top 2020 MLB Draft prospects

May 31st, 2020

With the 2020 Draft beginning Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on MLB Network/ESPN and continuing Thursday at 5 p.m. ET on MLB Network/ESPN2, here's a closer look at the best prospects in this year's class. Below are profiles of some of the top players on our Top 200 Draft Prospects list.

Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Arizona State University (No. 1)
Already an accomplished hitter and the favorite to go No. 1 overall, Torkelson wants to be a great all-around player, so he spent the past offseason working three days a week exclusively on defense. More »

Austin Martin, OF/3B, Vanderbilt (No. 2)
Martin is a fierce competitor. In fact, when Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin watched ESPN's "The Last Dance" he saw some traits in Michael Jordan that reminded him of the Commodores star. More »

Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M (No. 3)
Lacy supplements his pure power stuff and work ethic with impressive leadership. His three-quarter delivery and high velocity have drawn comparisons to Aroldis Chapman and Clayton Kershaw. More »

Emerson Hancock, RHP, University of Georgia (No. 4)
Hancock arrived at UGA with just one breaking ball. Now, however, he's a four-pitch pitcher, and he also has the added size and maturity that come with time. More »

Nick Gonzales, SS/2B, New Mexico State (No. 5)
After heading to New Mexico State as a walk-on in order to remain closer to his family, Gonzales' star skyrocketed during his time with the Aggies. The middle infielder has been propelled by as much pure hitting ability as just about anyone in the 2020 class. More »

Garrett Mitchell, OF, UCLA (No. 6)
Mitchell turned down the A's after being selected in the 12th round of the 2017 Draft, instead opting to attend UCLA. The decision is paying off, and the toolsy outfielder is "the best athlete we've ever had, position player-wise," UCLA head baseball coach John Savage said. More »

Zac Veen, OF, Spruce Creek (FL) (No. 7)
Veen has always been motivated, and as a sixth grader, he would ride his bike nearly two miles each way in order to watch the high school team work out. Now, the 18-year-old outfielder is the top-ranked high school Draft prospect. More »

Reid Detmers, LHP, Louisville (No. 8)
In a world where velocity dominates the headlines, Detmers prefers to take an old-school approach on the mound. The lefty has the ability to reach the mid-90s, but typically relies on location and pitch sequencing rather than blowing his fastball past hitter. More »

Max Meyer, RHP, Minnesota (No. 9)
Meyer has shown toughness and leadership from an early age, mixing intensity and playfulness to make his teammates feel comfortable. A former hockey player in high school, Meyer has applied the mentality he used on the ice to the diamond. More »

Heston Kjerstad, OF, Arkansas (No. 10)
Kjerstad thought he failed to impress Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn during a tournament when he was 16 and wrote off his chances to play for the Razorbacks. As it turned out, Van Horn liked what he saw and offered him a scholarship then and there. Kjerstad went on to put up video game numbers in his three years with the Hogs, and Van Horn now calls him "the best left-handed hitter in the country." More »

Mick Abel, RHP, Jesuit (OR) (No. 11)
Abel, a high school right-hander, has a chance to be one of the first few prep players selected in June Draft. Here are some facts you should know about the hurler. More »

Jared Kelley, RHP, Refugio (TX) (No. 12)
Kelley got off to a fast start this season, striking out 34 batters in 12 innings before his high school season came to a halt. Here are 10 things to know about the prep right-hander. More »

Austin Hendrick, OF, West Allegheny (PA) (No. 13)
Hendrick has as much upside as any prep hitter in the Draft, as he generates enough bat speed and exit velocity to develop into a truly elite power hitter. Here's what you need to know about the slugger who won a home run derby at Wrigley in 2019. More »

Nick Bitsko, RHP, Central Bucks East (PA) (No. 14)
When Bitsko announced that he'd be graduating early, making him eligible for this year's Draft, he immediately landed among the top prep arms in the country. Here are 10 things to know about the hurler. More »

Ed Howard, SS, Mount Carmel (IL) (No. 15)
Howard was part of the Jackie Robinson West team that won the U.S. championship at the 2014 Little League World Series and was then disqualified. Now the nation's top-ranked high school infielder, he's ready for whatever might come his way on Draft day. More »

Robert Hassell, OF, Independence (TN) (No. 16)
Hassell should be one of the first prep position players taken and the first from Tennessee selected in the first round since Mike White in 1986. Here are 10 things to know about the outfielder. More »

Patrick Bailey, C, North Carolina State (No. 17)
A switch hitter with power from both sides of the plate, Bailey is the top catching prospect in the 2020 Draft. He has a knack for hitting grand slams, but also earns the respect of his pitchers with his work behind the plate. More »

Garrett Crochet, LHP, Tennessee (No. 18)
A 6-foot-6 lefty with a fastball that can hit triple digits with his fastball, Crochet certainly stands out among the top pitching options in the 2020 MLB Draft. More »

Tyler Soderstrom, C, Turlock (CA) (No. 19)
The son of a former first-round pick and MLB pitcher, Soderstrom does his work behind the plate with a big arm and has a great approach as a hitter. More »

Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Harvard-Westlake (CA) (No. 20)
Both of Crow-Armstrong's parents are actors and the outfielder is also a product of a baseball powerhouse that has produced several Major Leaguers. Here's a bit more about those facts, as well as several other interesting tidbits. More »

Carmen Mlodzinski, RHP, South Carolina (No. 21)
Between missing time with a broken left foot in 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic prematurely ending this season, Mlodzinski didn't have the collegiate career he envisioned -- but he made the most of his opportunity in the Cape Cod League. More »

Cade Cavalli, RHP, Oklahoma (No. 22)
Cavalli is expected to focus on pitching as a professional, but he did show off some of his two-way abilities at Oklahoma. Here are 10 facts to know about the right-hander. More »

Cole Wilcox, RHP, Georgia (No. 23)
Wilcox, a three-sport star in high school, comes from an extremely athletic family and has some of the best pure stuff in the Draft. Here are some additional facts about the talented right-hander. More »

Dillon Dingler, C, Ohio State (No. 24)
Ohio State certainly has a proud athletic history and Dingler has a chance to put himself among the elite. Only two Ohio State baseball players have ever been first-round Draft picks and DIngler could become the third. Here are 10 facts you should know about the catcher. More »

Bryce Jarvis, RHP, Duke (No. 25)
Jarvis got off to a fast start this season and saw his stock soar as a result. Here are 10 facts you should know about the right-hander. More »

Bobby Miller, RHP, Louisville (No. 26)
Miller is one of the hardest-throwing prospects in the 2020 Draft class, with two fastballs that sit in the upper 90s and maintain their velocity late into starts. More »

Austin Wells, C, Arizona (No. 27)
Hailing from the same high school as Joey Gallo, Wells is a catcher with plenty of pop looking to be the University of Arizona's 12th first-round pick in Draft history. More »

Tanner Burns, RHP, Auburn (No. 28)
Burns will look to be the next great prospect to go from Auburn to the Draft, following in the footsteps of Casey Mize. Burns tied the Auburn record for strikeouts in a game -- held by Mize and others -- during a dominant 2019 outing. More »

Chris McMahon, RHP, Miami (No. 29)
After a strong start to his junior season at Miami, McMahon vaulted himself into the first-round discussion. Get to know the right-hander, who was named to the Collegiate Baseball All-America second team. More »

Casey Martin, SS, Arkansas (No. 30)
Martin, who went undrafted out of high school, has been a reliable star for the Razorbacks. Here are 10 facts to know about the shortstop nicknamed, "the jackrabbit". More »

Trei Cruz, SS, Rice (No. 127)
The son of Jose Cruz Jr., Trei, is not only aiming to become a third-generation big leaguer, the Rice University shortstop tells his family he intends to be the best baseball player in his family, which sets the bar high. More »