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High School | General | 1/2/2019

Finest in the Field: 2020 Class

Brian Sakowski        
Photo: Robert Moore (Perfect Game)

2018 PG/Rawlings Finest in the Field: Class of 2019

2018 Perfect Game/Rawlings Finest in the Field, Class of 2020

Pitcher: Jared Jones (La Mirada HS, Whittier, Calif.)
Jones gets the nod at the pitcher spot due to the athleticism he displays as a two-way prospect, where he’s also a pretty legitimate prospect as an infielder. He takes that athleticism with him to the mound every time out, and as such gets the nod as the top-defending pitcher in the nation.

Catcher: Drew Romo (The Woodlands HS, The Woodlands, Texas)
Romo’s athletic ability behind the plate cannot be undersold, and that athleticism in turn translates to levels of twitch, explosiveness and flexibility not seen by many other members of this class. His receiving, blocking and throwing skills are all well above average, giving him one of the top overall defensive upsides in the country.

First Base: Kellum Clark (Brandon HS, Brandon, Miss.)
Clark is no stranger to finding his name on lists on the PG site, having been on the radar for several years now. He’s a better athlete than his size would indicate, showing the ability to move laterally as well as the soft hands necessary to pick throws at first base, giving him excellent defensive tools to take to the next level.

Middle Infield: Ed Howard (Mount Carmel HS, Lynwood, Ill.)
Howard made a big name for himself on the scene during the summer and fall given his performance at WWBA events, and he did so both with the bat and with the glove. Defensively he shows the athleticism and hands necessary to stay on the dirt long term to go along with plenty of arm strength at present and the projection for even more.

Middle Infield: Robert Moore (Shawnee Mission East HS, Leawood, Kan.)
Our pick for best pure defender in the class, Moore often draws comparisons from the PG staff to ’17 second rounder – and the 2016 Finest in the Field Player of the Year – Nick Allen, given both of their tremendous defensive abilities in the middle infield. Moore has innate feel for positioning and as such his reactions are on another level to go along with excellent hands and footwork.

Third Base: Jordan Walker (Decatur HS, Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Walker can certainly be in the conversation for the pitcher or utility spots as well, given his two-way aptitude, but he gets the nod at third base here given that he essentially has the defensive abilities to play shortstop, but does get most of his reps at third base, as he plays on the same travel team as Robert Moore. Walker’s athleticism and arm strength stand out in a big way at the hot corner.

Outfield: Trejyn Fletcher (Trinity-Pawling High School, Portland, Maine.)
One of the most athletic players in the class, Fletcher gets the nod here due in part to that athleticism, which allows him to patrol the outfield better than most. He has plenty of speed, and plenty of instincts to go along with that speed, giving him one of the higher defensive upsides in the class.

Outfield: Dylan Crews (Lake Mary HS, Longwood, Fla.)
Crews, the No. 1 player in the class of 2020, is definitely more of an offensive presence in terms of the standouts of his profile, but he’s also a really quality outfield glove as well. He’s done an excellent job of improving his reads and routes out there over the years in addition to improving his footspeed, making him the quality defender he is today.

Outfield: Mario Zabala (International Baseball Academy, San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Zabala has almost unbelievable tools at his disposal, including tremendous physicality, plus-plus running speed, above average raw power and an above average throwing arm to boot. His speed and arm both stand out immediately when he’s playing defense as he can get to balls most can’t in the gaps and then show off the hose at the same time. His upside overall is tremendous.

Utility: Masyn Winn (Kingwood HS, Kingwood, Texas)
Winn, like Jared Jones or Jordan Walker, is a two-way prospect with every chance to play both ways at the level. Winn gets the nod at the utility spot in this exercise due to the versatility of his defensive tools, where he could play all over the infield and still be an impactful defender while also being one of the top-defending pitchers in the country as well.

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