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2020 MLB Draft: Top 10 LHP

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In the Top 10 list for righthanded pitchers yesterday we talked about how college pitching looks to be the singular strength of this draft and here's where we see the other half of that collection. Asa Lacy has ascended to the top arm in the class on the PG draft board, with seemingly surefire day one picks pretty much throughout the collection of talent listed below. The top 3 in the college portion came into the season atop that list, though Swiney, Shuster, Seymour and Weatherly behind him were all amongst the top risers of the spring. On the prep side, this class is a bit hurt by Nate Savino's early enrollment at Virginia, but is still quite strong. Dax Fulton had arm surgery back in September but retains the top prep lefty slot for good reason, and he's followed by a good mix of established performers (Kyle Harrison, Timmy Manning), big-time projection arms (Liam Norris, Caden Grice) and one of the top spin data performers in the class in Mason Miller

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


Top 10 College LHP

Rk. Player School Hometown ST
1 Asa Lacy Texas A&M Kerrville TX
2 Reid Detmers Louisville Chatham IL
3 Garrett Crochet Tennessee Ocean Springs MS
4 Nick Swiney North Carolina State Huntersville NC
5 Jared Shuster Wake Forest New Bedford MA
6 Ian Seymour Virginia Tech Westborough MA
7 Logan Allen Florida International Deltona FL
8 Seth Lonsway Ohio State Celina OH
9 Sam Weatherly Clemson Howell MI
10 Jake Eder Vanderbilt Ocean Ridge FL

Asa Lacy
Scout Take: A solid projection lefty out of high school who had some top 3-round interest, Lacy really reached that projection at Texas A&M and now sits as the top pitcher overall on our board. He runs his fastball into the upper-90s, usually sitting 92-96 mph in a given start, and pairs it with one of the best breaking balls in the class with his hammer slider. 

PG History: Lacy prepared himself for college success during his time on the PG circuit, attending the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Florida back-to-back years. Most notably, Lacy ran the fastball up to 91 at the event and eventually earned a 31st round selection in 2017.

Reid Detmers
Scout Take: A highly-touted prep who made it to campus, Detmers served as the Louisville closer as a freshman before moving into the rotation as a sophomore and has posted ridiculous numbers since. His trademark is a big-bending, plus curveball that he commands extremely well, and his pitchability with that and a fastball in the 88-93 mph range gives him one of the highest floors in the class. 

PG History: An Illinois native, Detmers was named to the Rawlings Preseason Underclass All-American team as an honorable mention in 2016, eventually earning Central Region, First Team honors a year later. After success as a prep, Detmers was drafted in the 32nd round by the Braves in 2017.

Garrett Crochet
Scout Take: A relative unknown out of high school on the national scene, Crochet made an immediate impact on campus, moving into the weekend rotation and earning a high-round follow in our draft database after a March viewing. Now healthy after a minor injury cost him most of the abbreviated season, Crochet has some of the more premium stuff available, with a fastball that reaches 99 mph, a slider that flashes plus-plus and intriguing athleticism. 

PG History: Crochet stood out at the WWBA South Qualifier in 2016, running the fastball up to 87 mph and earning All-Tournament Team honors for his performance. A 34th-round pick his senior year, Crochet finished his PG career ranked as the No. 2 lefthanded pitcher in Mississippi.

Nick Swiney
Scout Take: Swiney was on the draft radar heading into the season but absolutely flew up boards in the early going thanks to significant improvements in stuff since last summer, and now sits in first round range. His calling card is his plus changeup, but he's gained some velocity and command of the fastball as well as made significant improvements to his breaking ball, thus the tremendous rise. 

PG History: Swiney really turned heads at the 2016 WWBA 17u National Championship, running the fastball up to 89 mph and earning All-Tournament Team honors. The southpaw went on to compete later that fall at the WWBA World Championship and made the Rawlings, All-Region First Team in the Atlantic.

Jared Shuster
Scout Take: Shuster has always had stuff, but like a lot of young arms, the command and full maturation of his arsenal took some time, but now the results are excellent. He can run his fastball into the upper-90s now and pounds the zone with it, showing his usual plus changeup consistently and now spinning a harder, sharper slider than he ever had before, missing bats with all three offerings. 

PG History: The Massachusetts native earned four All-Tournament Team selections at PG tournaments, most notably at the 2016 WWBA 17u National Championship where he ran his fastball to a PG event-best 91 miles per hour.

Ian Seymour
Scout Take: Seymour was comfortably on the draft radar heading into 2020, but marked improvements to the front of his arsenal has him flying up boards. Once armed with a nice four-pitch mix where nothing was particularly above average, Seymour has now added some velocity as well an excellent spin traits to his fastball while the changeup is now plus, joining an average cutter and breaking ball. 

PG History: A three-time All-Tournament Team selection and long-time PG event participant, Seymour really impressed scouts at the 2016 WWBA 17u National Championship. Though he did not earn All-Tournament Team honors at the event, Seymour ran the fastball up to 89 mph for the North East Baseball Rays.

Logan Allen
Scout Take: Allen was always the most pitchable player in his class, and if you polled the PG scouting staff who they'd most want on their imaginary team with one high school game to win, the consensus would have been Allen. He's still that way, pitching with a mostly average fastball in the 90-93 mph range, complementing that with a plus changeup and average slider, really commanding the arsenal well. 

PG History: Allen put together a decorated PG career, earning 12 All-Tournament Team selections, one Most Valuable Pitcher award and three tournament championships. The Florida International southpaw earned an invitation to the 2016 National Showcase, making the Top Prospect List and eventually pitching his way to the PG All-American Classic in San Diego.

Seth Lonsway
Scout Take: Lonsway was a very late riser in the spring of 2017 and became a priority look for crosscheckers nearing the draft as a physical lefty who could touch 94 and flashed an above average curveball. The curveball is still the calling card and he's added a very good slider as well, with the fastball in the low- to mid-90s, though some trouble with walks has limited what is otherwise a very attractive profile, including being one of the top spin rate performers in the class. 

PG History: Lonsway jumped up the PG rankings after a loud spring in his senior year, finishing his prep career ranked as the No. 68 player in the 2017 class. The Ohio native’s quick rise was certainly noticed and Lonsway was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in Round 19 that spring.

Sam Weatherly
Scout Take: Weatherly was a highly-athletic two-way prospect who headed to Clemson where he transitioned into a pitcher-only role and almost immediately saw a rapid increase in stuff, though the command has taken longer. He's still a little rough in terms of command, but he's throwing more strikes than ever now and is missing bats at a very high clip with a low- to mid-90s fastball and plus breaker. 

PG History: Weatherly dominated during his time on the PG circuit, making a pair of All-Tournament teams and earning a 10 PG Grade at the 2016 National Showcase. Weatherly impressed at JetBlue with plenty of athleticism and pitching prowess before really standing out at the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter later that year.

Jake Eder
Scout Take: An intriguing lefty for several years, Eder was pitching well prior to the shutdown, though still showing mostly inconsistent command with an elevated walk rate. He's got excellent physicality and shows a pair of above average offerings in his 90-94 mph fastball and curveball, also working in a solid slider and developing changeup. 

PG History: After earning All-Tournament Team honors as an underclassman at the 2015 WWBA World Championship, Eder arrived at the 2016 National Showcase with plenty of buzz. Eder earned a 10 PG Grade at the event as well as Top Prospect List and Top Prospect Team honors. Eder went back to Jupiter the next fall and was impressive on his way to a 34th-round selection by the Mets in 2017.


Top 10 High School LHP

Rk. Player School Hometown ST
1 Daxton Fulton Mustang Oklahoma City OK
2 Kyle Harrison De La Salle Danville CA
3 Timmy Manning Cardinal Gibbons Pompano Beach FL
4 Ricky Tiedemann Lakewood Long Beach CA
5 Caden Grice Riverside Greer SC
6 Ryan Bruno American Heritage Wellington FL
7 Mason Miller James W. Mitchell Odessa FL
8 Magdiel Cotto Nation Ford Fort Mill SC
9 Liam Norris Green Hope Cary NC
10 Nicholas Griffin Monticello Monticello AR

Daxton Fulton
Scout Take: With a free and easy lefthanded stroke, Daxton Fulton has significant projection to the frame, plus arm speed and a high velocity ceiling. He throws a plus slider with sharp downward bite, feel for a changeup and his fastball sits in the low-90s with lots of deception and life that allows the stuff to play up. Fulton is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery.

PG History: A 2019 PG All-American, Fulton has impressed at every stop along the way at PG events. The southpaw participated at the Jr. National Showcase in 2018, earning a PG Grade 10 and a trip to the Underclass All-American Games in San Diego. Fulton mirrored his path again in 2019, dominating the National Showcase at Chase Field and earning a coveted spot in the PG All-American Classic.

Kyle Harrison
Scout Take: Harrison creates tons of deception and angle from a tough, low lefthanded arm slot. He fills up the strike zone with potential plus command, excellent life and a very hard-to-hit fastball in the low-90s. He tunnels his sweeping slider well while his command and deception make for a relatively safe prep arm.

PG History: The 2019 National Showcase was Harrison’s first PG event, earning a PG Grade 10 and being named to the event’s Top Prospect Team. Harrison’s performance earned him a spot in San Diego, representing the West in the PG All-American Classic.

Timmy Manning
Scout Take: Manning is an athletically built, loose and whippy southpaw with excellent feel for pitching and command of his repertoire. His arsenal projects uniformly across the board with good life on the fastball, excellent hammer-like shape to the breaker and good fade to the changeup. 

PG History: Manning has been extremely active on the PG circuit, earning 11 All-Tournament Team selections. The two-time Jr. National Showcase participant has won four WWBA Championships and most recently impressed at the 2019 National Showcase at Chase Field. The southpaw has twice been named to a showcase Top Prospect Team and made the Top Prospect List at the 2018 Jr. National.

Ricky Tiedemann
Scout Take: Young, uber-athletic and projectable, Tiedemann is a So Cal arm with a slight uptick in size and velocity this spring. He works into the low-90s with life and throws strikes to either side, tunneling his offerings well with an above average changeup with deception and a slurve-like breaking ball. 

PG History: A two-time All-Tournament team selection, Tiedemann most recently impressed at the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter last October, and the California southpaw was a National Showcase invitee in June as well. The San Diego State commit earned a 9 PG Grade at Chase Field.

Caden Grice
Scout Take: Grice is a true two-way prospect with above average stuff on the bump and easy plus or better raw power from the left side of the dish. He has a strongly built body with excellent angle on the fastball and good power to the breaking ball to combine for notable upside.  

PG History: A 2019 National Showcase participant, Grice has earned seven All-Tournament team selections, many of which have come at marquee Perfect Game tournaments. The southpaw has made the Top Prospect Team at both the Jr. National and National Showcases and most recently was named a 2019 Tournament All-American by the Perfect Game staff.

Ryan Bruno
Scout Take: Bruno has power lefthanded stuff with two potential plus offerings in the fastball-breaking ball combination. He can be effectively wild throughout the zone with a fastball that works into upper-90s at times and is explosive out of the hand. 

PG History: The 2019 PG All-American has participated in 22 events during his PG career, most recently at the WWBA World Championship last October where he earned All-Tournament Team honors. The southpaw turned in a standout 2019, impressing at the National Showcase and earning an invitation to PG All-American Classic in San Diego.

Mason Miller
Scout Take: With a long, gangly build and projection evident throughout the frame, Miller's fastball peaks at around 93-94 mph with life. He has a very easy release on all three pitches with immense upside to the profile highlighted by a hammer plus curveball and near-elite spin metrics.  

PG History: A staple on the PG Tournament circuit, Miller has been named to seven All-Tournament teams, and most recently was named as a First-Team, All-Region Preseason All-American in Florida. The tournament performances and low-90s fastball has earned Miller a Top 100 ranking in the 2020 class.

Magdiel Cotto
Scout Take: Cotto is a young-for-the-grade southpaw with an athletic operation and actions on the mound to posit upside. His fastball will reach as high as the mid-90s and sit in the low-90s to go along with solid average off-speed stuff and projection. 

PG History: While Cotto has been present on the PG circuit since the summer of 2018, the southpaw has most recently turned heads with a loud performance at the 2019 National Showcase. The jump in velocity has led Cotto to a PG Grade of 9.5 and a rise to No. 188 in the 2020 player rankings.

Liam Norris
Scout Take: A power-armed lefthander whose velocity has ticked up in the early goings of the spring, Norris has an immense physical frame and build. His fastball comes straight downhill up to 95 mph with a hammer breaking ball at times as his stuff is electric within the zone. 

PG History: A 2016 14u PG Select Festival participant, Norris has impressed at nearly every PG stop along the way. After a strong performance at the Jr. National Showcase in both 2017 and 2018, Norris most recently impressed at the National Showcase at Chase Field last June. The southpaw was recently named a 2020 Rawlings Preseason All-Region member by PG and has made the Top Prospect List at three different showcases.

Nicholas Griffin
Scout Take: Griffin has a graceful, easy delivery on the mound with a simple operation and effortless release. His smooth arm acton leads to a low-90s fastball and both of his off-speed pitches show potential with two-plane bite on the breaking ball.

PG History: A 2019 National Showcase alum, the Arkansas commit currently comes in at No. 87 in the 2020 player rankings. Griffin has made three All-Tournament teams in his PG career and was named to the Top Prospect Team last June at Chase Field. The southpaw competed at both the Jr. National Showcase and Underclass All-American Games during the summer of 2018.



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