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2020 MLB Draft: Top 10 RHP

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It's widely-known and mostly agreed upon that college pitching is the specific strength of this year's draft class, and that's no knock on the prep arms. Strictly in terms of righthanders, there's really good depth throughout the respective top 10s, with top-of-class types like Emerson Hancock, fast-rising spring performers in Cade Cavalli, Max Meyer and Clayton Beeter and the other annually-anticipated SEC ace contingent with Carmen Mlodzinski, Tanner Burns and Tommy Mace. Mick Abel and Jared Kelley represent the established cream of the crop on the high school side of things, with reclassifier Nick Bitsko in that mix as well. Per usual with prep talent especially, it's the projection arms like Ryan Hagenow and Alex Santos along with the youth movement of players like Markevian Hence and Carson Montgomery joined with the very now stuff of Masyn Winn (who may be selected in the first round as a shortstop also) and Jared Jones. Overall, it's a very deep class, especially on the college side in this group.

To view where the top 10 college and top 10 high school righthanders rank overall, please click on the Top 400 Prospects link above for PG's full draft board.

Top 10 College RHP

Rk. Player School Hometown ST
1 Emerson Hancock Georgia Cairo GA
2 Cade Cavalli Oklahoma Bixby OK
3 Max Meyer Minnesota Woodbury MN
4 Cole Wilcox Georgia Chickamauga GA
5 Clayton Beeter Texas Tech Colleyville TX
6 Carmen Mlodzinski South Carolina Hilton Head SC
7 Chris McMahon Miami West Chester PA
8 Tanner Burns Auburn Decatur AL
9 Tommy Mace Florida Tampa FL
10 Bobby Miller Louisville McHenry IL

Emerson Hancock
Scout Take: Billed as a potential 1:1 selection entering the spring, Hancock is still in that mix but seems more safely a top 5-6 pick right now. With a starter's operation and size combined with three plus pitches in his fastball, slider and changeup, Hancock has potentially front-of-the-rotation upside. 

PG History: Hancock was no stranger to Perfect Game events during his prep career, notching eight All-Tournament Team selections to go along with being named to the 2016 Tournament All-American Team after an outstanding summer on the mound.

Cade Cavalli
Scout Take: A steady riser over the course of the last year or so, Cavalli was a high-upside two-way talent as a prep, and has since converted fully to the mound with great results. Big and physical built from the starter's mold, Cavalli can reach triple digits with his fastball, pairing it with a plus slider and above average changeup.

PG History: A 29th-rounder out of high school, Cavalli first shined at Perfect Game events with an All-Tournament Team performance at the PG/Evoshield National Championship in 2015. The Oklahoma native was also named to a pair of Rawlings Preseason All-American Teams.

Max Meyer
Scout Take: Meyer is undersized to be sure, but the athleticism and arm speed he possesses are both top-of-the-scale type tools. He's electric, with a fastball that reaches triple-digits and a hellacious slider that gets into the 90s. There's relief risk here, but the quality of the stuff is tremendous. 

PG History: Meyer showcased his high-end ceiling at 2016 Spring Top Prospect Showcase, running the fastball up to 88 mph and earning a spot on the Top Prospect List. The Twins’ 34th-round selection in 2017 was also named to the Central All-Region Team that season.

Cole Wilcox
Scout Take: A potential first rounder coming out of high school in the legendary Georgia '18 prep class that included Kumar Rocker, Ethan Hankins, Will Banfield and others, Wilcox opted to go to school and the results have shown up. His fastball quality is excellent with plus velocity and plus life, while his slider and changeup both have shown plus. 

PG History: After running the fastball up to 95 mph and earning a PG Grade of 10 at the 2017 National Showcase, Wilcox finished his final summer on the PG circuit with an All-Tournament team selection and was a member of the East squad at the 2017 Perfect Game All-American Classic.

Clayton Beeter
Scout Take: Beeter has flown up draft boards this spring, seemingly cementing himself in the first round discussion right now, with some national-level scouts believing that he belongs in the conversation in the top 10. He's into the upper-90s with his fastball and his hard, sharp curveball is up there with the best righthanded breaking balls in the class. 

PG History: Beeter spent three prep seasons dominating the Super25 North Texas Regional in Dallas before earning All-Region honors in Texas ahead of the 2017 season. Beeter has been well-covered since arriving in Lubbock by PG’s college baseball scouting staff.

Carmen Mlodzinski
Scout Take: Mlodzinski really started gaining steam over the summer in the Cape Cod League and is pretty consistently viewed as a solid mid-late first rounder right now. With starter traits and a plus fastball that reaches the upper-90s, Mlodzinski fills out his arsenal with a slider, cutter and changeup, with the slider grading out as plus. 

PG History: A 2016 National Showcase Top Prospect Team alum, Mlodzinski enjoyed consistent success on the PG circuit, earning five All-Tournament Team selections and a BCS National Championship. The South Carolina native also was a two-time Honorable Mention Preseason All-American.

Chris McMahon
Scout Take: McMahon is considered a pretty safe first round pick right now with a well-rounded arsenal and good performance. His works in the mid-90s with his fastball and pairs it with a slider that is often plus now and should be there full time long-term, along with a solid changeup and command. 

PG History: McMahon jumped on the Perfect Game scene as just a sophomore, attending the 2014 Mid Atlantic Underclass Showcase as a primary shortstop. The Pennsylvania native started his meteoric rise the following summer, eventually running the fastball up to 94 mph in Jupiter just two years later as a senior.

Tanner Burns
Scout Take: One of the higher-end prep prospects to make it to campus out of the class of 2017, Burns' career has gone wonderfully for Auburn, learning from '18 first overall pick Casey Mize before ascending to the mantle of staff ace. He's been very good throughout his career and is earning high reviews for his fastball quality especially this spring, with lots of positives on the spin data card. 

PG History: A 2016 PG All-American, Burns made a steady rise through the ranks during his prep career. The Alabama native gained serious recognition after making the Top Prospect List at the 2016 National Showcase and added five All-Tournament Team selections and two Preseason 1st Team All-American selections to his name.

Tommy Mace
Scout Take: A projection righthander out of high school who many scouts, including ours, really bought the projection on, Mace has rounded into form nicely in Gainesville and now looks like a first rounder. He's still got some projection left and can reach the mid-90s with his fastball, pairing it with a very hard, very sharp slider that grades out plus. 

PG History: Mace was a staple on the PG Tournament circuit in high school, dominating events such as the BCS Finals and WWBAs before eventually attending the 2016 National Showcase. Mace ran his fastball up to 90 in previous events and did enough to earn a 12th-round pick as a prep.

Bobby Miller
Scout Take: A tremendous athlete who has really developed tremendously well since his days as a high-upside prep, Miller could actually rank much higher on this list. He's up to the triple digits with his fastball with an electric slider, and his curveball and changeup both grade out solid average and allow him to really turn lineups over. 

PG History: An eight-time All-Tournament Team selection, Miller enjoyed great success during his PG career. The Illinois native and 2017 All-Central region player was named to the Top Prospect List at the 2016 National Showcase and ran the fastball up to 94 mph in Jupiter his senior year.

Top 10 High School RHP

Rk. Player School Hometown ST
1 Mick Abel Jesuit Cedar Mill OR
2 Jared Kelley Refugio Refugio TX
3 Nick Bitsko Central Bucks-East Doylestown PA
4 Masyn Winn Kingwood Kingwood TX
5 Carson Montgomery Windermere Windermere FL
6 Ryan Hagenow Farragut Knoxville TN
7 Jared Jones La Mirada Whittier CA
8 Alex Santos Mount St. Michael Academy Bronx NY
9 Justin Lange Llano Dallas Baptist TX
10 Markevian Hence Watson Chapel Pine Bluff AR

Mick Abel
Scout Take: The top prep arm with limitless projection and already very good present stuff. He has a long and lean build with a mid- to upper-90s fastball, hammer plus slider and feel for a firm changeup. Abel has starter traits coupled with physical projection giving him immense upside. 

PG History: Abel began his PG career with a trip to the 2016 14u PG Select Festival before coming full circle last August with a trip to the PG All-American Classic in San Diego. The long and athletic righthander has impressed at every stop, making multiple All-Tournament teams and making the Top Prospect Team at last June’s National Showcase.

Jared Kelley
Scout Take: Kelley has the best prep fastball velocity from an already physical and mature build and he does it easy with a potential plus-plus changeup and breaking ball that misses bats. He routinely works up to triple digits and has a full arsenal to attack hitters. 

PG History: With a fastball that has been up to 99 mph, Kelley earned a 10 PG Grade at both the Jr. National and National Showcases during his prep career. The Texan’s PG journey included a trip to San Diego last August with a trip to the PG All-American Classic.

Nick Bitsko
Scout Take: Re-classified from 2021 class over the winter, Bitsko has a huge frame with physicality, attacking hitters from a vertical slot with an easy mid-90s fastball. He also throws a 12-to-6 curveball with hammer shape and power to the pitch with the athleticism and spin for big upside. 

PG History: Even after cutting his prep career short, Bitsko still finds himself as one of the more decorated PG alums on this list. Though trips to the National Showcase and PG All-American Classic did not occur due to his re-classification, Bitsko played in the 2017 14u PG Select Festival, made six All-Tournament Teams and was a 2019 selection to the Tournament All-American Team.

Masyn Winn
Scout Take: Win is a true two-way prospect at short with true 80 grade arm speed on the bump. He throws a power fastball-curveball combination with the heater working in the upper-90s and plus-plus grades on the breaking ball. There's some reliever risk, but the raw stuff is electric. 

PG History: Winn, a two-way talent, earned a 10 PG Grade at both the Jr. National and National Showcases during his PG career, earning Top Prospect Team honors at both events. The athletic righty earned 12 All-Tournament Team selections and shined at the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter this past October.

Carson Montgomery
Scout Take: A young, athletic righthanded pitcher with poise and command, Montgomery throws an easy low- to mid-90s fastball with very good life and a hard-biting slider. He's competitive on the bump with a bulldog mentality and commands his stuff. 

PG History: Montgomery attended the Underclass Main Event in 2016 and has made a steady rise to stardom since. With three All-Tournament Team selections and three Top Prospect Team selections to his name, the 2019 PG All-American has impressed at every elite event dating back to the 14u PG Select Festival in 2017.

Ryan Hagenow
Scout Take: An athletic and projectable righthander with a full arsenal of potential impact pitches, Hagenow has an easy, fast arm with above average projection on both slider and changeup. He commands and locates in the lower third of the zone with life. 

PG History: Hagenow has dominated tournament play since 2016, earning 16 All-Tournament Team selections and being named a Tourney All-American in three consecutive years. Hagenow made his first stop on the showcase circuit at the 2019 National Showcase and finished his PG career with a trip to San Diego for the PG All-American Classic.

Jared Jones
Scout Take: Jones is a fireball righthander who's an exceptional athlete and another two-way prospect. His double-plus arm speed generates upper-90s velocity regularly with a power breaking ball. He's a big upside pitching prospect as he develops and refines in a pro system.  

PG History: The 2019 PG All-American built his resumé with a loud toolset that shined through in tournament action, leading to three All-Tournament Team selections in his high school career. The Texas commit dazzled at the National Showcase, eventually leading to an invite to San Diego.

Alex Santos
Scout Take: Santos possesses a host of positive qualities from the command, projection and upside. A Northeast, cold-weather arm, he could have been due for a spike later in the spring. Santos locates and lands his breaking ball while maintaining a low-90s fastball. 

PG History: The Bronx native has been very active on the PG circuit, attending the National Showcase just last year and earning an invitation to the PG All-American Classic. After impressing in Jupiter at the WWBA World Championship, Santos, a 10-time All-Tournament Team selection, most recently attended the 2020 PG HS Showdown where he ran the fastball up to 94 mph.

Justin Lange
Scout Take: A prototypical Texas power righthander who's spiked into the upper-90s this spring, Lange is big-bodied and projectable with a very fast right arm. His fastball plays within the zone and there's some feel for seconadaries as the arm itself has massive upside. 

PG History: After a fairly quiet start to his PG career, Lange turned heads at Dallas Baptist University during the 2019 WWBA 17u South Qualifier. The righty put together a loud outing in front of the PG scouting department and earned All-Tournament Team honors for the event.

Markevian Hence
Scout Take: A young, athletic righthander with plus arm speed, Hence works into the upper-90s, settling in the low- to mid-90s. He shows real feel for spin with components to the arm action, fastball quality and spin upside that give him a very high ceiling.

PG History: Hence has a full display of accolades from PG events, collecting nine All-Tournament Team selections highlighted by a loud performance at the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter last October. The righty tossed five scoreless frames in pool play and ran the fastball up to 96 mph.

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