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2020 MLB Draft: Top 10 OF

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After detailing what is considered to be the real strength of the draft in the pitching depth, we now look at what is considered to be what is really the strength of the prep class, the outfielders. As many as 5-6 of the players listed below could be first rounders out of the prep class, with guys like Zac Veen, Austin Hendrick, Robert Hassell III and Pete Crow-Armstrong being pretty much slam dunk first rounders right now. On the college side, toolsy center fielder Garrett Mitchell is joined by bat-first types in Heston Kjerstad and Daniel Cabrera as potential first rounders. 

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


Top 10 High School OF

Rk. Player School Hometown ST
1 Zac Veen Spruce Creek Orange FL
2 Austin Hendrick West Allegheny Oakdale PA
3 Robert Hassell III Independence Franklin TN
4 Pete Crow-Armstrong Harvard-Westlake Sherman Oaks CA
5 Dylan Crews Lake Mary Longwood FL
6 Isaiah Greene Corona Eastvale CA
7 David Calabrese St. Elizabeth Catholic Maple ON
8 Enrique Bradfield Jr. American Heritage Hialeah FL
9 Petey Halpin Mira Costa San Mateo CA
10 Chase Davis Franklin Elk Grove CA

Zac Veen
Scout Take: Veen has massive, 40 home run potential upside for one of the top overall prep prospects in the 2020 class, significant projection to power as he already shows plus raw. With a loose, lofted lefthanded stroke, Veen fits a corner profile and was one of the few preps in the class who had a chance to rise this spring and did so.  

PG History: Veen has been a steady performer on the PG circuit and the Florida native enjoyed a special summer in 2019. Veen earned an invitation to the National Showcase at Chase Field, collecting a PG Grade of 10 and securing a spot at the Perfect Game All-American Classic. Veen is a five-time All-Tournament Team selection and earned MVP honors at the 2018 WWBA Underclass World Championship.

Austin Hendrick
Scout Take: Hendrick has a prototypical right field profile with a plus arm and plus raw pop. With elite bat speed and serious whip to the stroke, Hendrick hits balls a long way when timed up. The combination of offensive tools with consistent performance over his prep career has scouts dreaming about his upside. 

PG History: Hendrick has been on the PG circuit since 2014, starting his PG career at a Mid-Atlantic Super25 event and finishing in August at the PG All-American Classic. A nine-time All-Tournament Team selection and three-time WWBA Champion, Hendrick was the Tournament Player of the Year in 2017 as well.

Robert Hassell III
Scout Take: A high level two-way prospect, Hassell works into the low-90s on the bump but his pro future is likely in the outfield. He has Center field traits and athleticism and his arm obviously plays with very good hand-eye and bat-to-ball skills as well as a super loose and easy stroke and feel for the game. 

PG History: Hassell III has impressed every stop along the way in his PG career, attending the 14u PG Select Festival in 2016 and earning a pair of All-Tournament Team selections the following summer. After a trip to the Underclass All-American Games in San Diego, the Tennessee native shined at the National Showcase and earned a trip to San Diego for the PG All-American Classic.

Pete Crow-Armstrong
Scout Take: Crow-Armstrong is the best defensive prep outfielder in the class, a true center fielder with advanced spatial awareness and consistent, quick reads on fly balls. He covers a ton of ground, growing into power this spring with contact skills that have always been evident and a high baseball IQ. 

PG History: Crow-Armstrong jumped onto the PG scene in the summer of 2019 with a Top Prospect Team performance at the National Showcase. The California outfielder earned a PG Grade of 10 and was selected to the PG All-American Classic.

Dylan Crews
Scout Take: With a high-level hit tool for the majority of his prep career, Crews has a chance to play center field thanks to his development as a plus runner and his arm strength plays from any outfield spot. He handles velocity and impacts the baseball and his barrel control allows already good raw power to play up especially to the opposite field.  

PG History: Having attended 39 PG events in his prep career, Crews has been a long-time follow in the 2020 class dating back to the 14u PG Select Festival in 2016. Crews has made stops at the Underclass All-American Games, National Showcase and PG All-American Classic in his career while collecting 13 All-Tournament Team selections.

Isaiah Greene
Scout Take: A huge riser this spring from So Cal, Greene has an elite run tools and athleticism, and that athleticism combined with strong instincts allow for up-the-middle projection. Greene has a fast lefthanded stroke and has added a ton of strength, developing into more consistent power thanks to developmental gains.

PG History: Greene turned some heads at the National Showcase in 2019, running a 6.48 60-yard dash and earning a PG Grade of 9.5. Most recently, Greene shined at the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, batting .500 for the event and earning All-Tournament Team honors.

David Calabrese
Scout Take: A bit undersized but a speedster, Calabrese is a plus runner underway with true center field traits. He has good body control and range in center with the tools to stick there. With a short line drive stroke, Calabrese's hands work well as he controls the barrel and can pull above average velocity with some doubles pop. 

PG History: Calabrese first jumped onto the PG scene late in 2018 at the National Underclass Showcase-Main Event, making the Top Prospect Team. The Canadian outfielder had a strong summer the following year, collecting a pair of All-Tournament Team selections and most recently competing at the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter.

Enrique Bradfield Jr.
Scout Take: The best runner in the class, Bradfield Jr. has true 80-grade speed, an impact runner with a strong defensive profile as he also has plus potential in center field. The speed plays well on the basepaths and in the box, using a short contact-oriented stroke and a slash-and-dash approach at times. His speed/defense combo will provide value at the next level.

PG History: The Florida native has had an outstanding PG career, earning 14 All-Tournament Team selections, two MVP awards and a pair of selections to the Tournament All-American team. The speedy outfielder shined at the National Showcase last June as well, running a 6.26 60-yard dash and earning Top Prospect Team honors.

Petey Halpin
Scout Take: Halpin has bat speed from the left side and a lot of hitterish traits, using a whippy barrel head to drive the ball to both gaps. He has improved as a runner with a chance to stick in center field and a long history of performance from an offensive standpoint with top-of-the-order tools. 

PG History: Halpin has done a little bit of everything in his PG career, making his debut at the 15u WWBA National Championship in 2017 and earning All-Tournament Team honors. Halpin has made stops at the Underclass All-American Games and National Showcase before finishing his PG career in Jupiter last October.

Chase Davis
Scout Take: Davis has extremely loud tools including a double-plus arm from the outfield – where he's been up to 99 mph – and big bat speed with raw power from the left side. He has a corner outfield profile and is a sub-7.00 runner, using a whippy stroke to make loud and far contact when the swing is timed up, proving to do so in game situations. 

PG History: A well-decorated outfielder, the 2019 PG All-American Classic player most recently turned in an All-Tournament Team performance at the WWBA World Championship. Prior to that, Davis earned Top Prospect Team honors at the National Showcase and showcased an upper-90s arm from the outfield.


Top 10 College OF

Rk. Player School Hometown ST
1 Garrett Mitchell UCLA Orange CA
2 Heston Kjerstad Arkansas Amarillo TX
3 Daniel Cabrera Louisiana State Baton Rouge LA
4 Zach DeLoach Texas A&M Lewisville TX
5 Parker Chavers Coastal Carolina Montgomery AL
6 Jordan Nwogu Michigan Ann Arbor MI
7 Hudson Haskin Tulane New York NY
8 Trevor Hauver Arizona State Chandler AZ
9 Alerick Soularie Tennessee Houston TX
10 Tyler Gentry Alabama Arlington TN

Garrett Mitchell
Scout Take: Long a hyper-athletic, loaded-with-tools talent, Mitchell has really come into his own with the bat in the last couple years at UCLA. As the hit tool as developed, so to has his power production in game, something that earns plus grades in the raw department, and he's a true center fielder with plus speed and a plus arm as well. 

PG History: A 14th-round draft selection in 2017, Mitchell shined at the 2016 National Showcase, earning Top Prospect List and Top Prospect Team honors at JetBlue Park. Later that August, Mitchell represented the West at the PG All-American Classic in San Diego and finished his prep career ranked as the No. 32 player in the 2017 class.

Heston Kjerstad
Scout Take: A long-time performer in the SEC, Kjerstad has seemingly been identified as a solid mid-first round type of talent since his freshman year. He's got excellent power from the left side along with the ingredients of a solid average hit tool, and though he profiles best in an outfield corner, he has solid athleticism and arm strength. 

PG History: Kjerstad started his PG career at the 2014 South Underclass Showcase in 2014, showing some good tools as just a sophomore. After a quiet couple years, Kjerstad arrived at the 2016 National Showcase having made strides, running a 6.56 60-yard dash and earning a PG Grade of 9.

Daniel Cabrera
Scout Take: A long-established track record of hitting stands out on Cabrera's profile and he's likely amongst the best pure hit tools in the class. A lefthanded hitter with solid-average athleticism who likely fits best in left field long-term, Cabrera has the tools to be an above average hitter with above average power at his peak. 

PG History: A well-decorated PG alum, Cabrera began his PG journey in 2012 at the 13u BCS Finals. From there, Cabrera earned a total of three All-Tournament Team selections before attending the National Showcase in 2016. At the National Showcase, Cabrera earned Top Prospect List and Top Prospect Team honors for his performance.

Zach DeLoach
Scout Take: Loud summer league performances put DeLoach on the map despite sub-par college performance leading into this season, where he exploded for a 1.336 OPS through the first handful of weeks with six homers. A lefthanded hitter with excellent raw pop, DeLoach fits best in an outfield corner, though the offensive upside is vast, and it looked like he was starting to tap into that prior to the shutdown. 

PG History: A four-time All-Tournament Team selection, DeLoach won a WWBA Championship with the Dallas Tigers in 2015 and also won a pair of Super25 tournaments. DeLoach earned Top Prospect Team honors at the Jr. National Showcase after his sophomore season and went on to shine at the 2016 National Showcase as well.

Parker Chavers
Scout Take: Chavers has a well-rounded toolset and performed well on the Cape last summer, and was viewed highly heading into the 2020 season. He announced in January, however, that he'd be having shoulder surgery and was set to miss at least the majority of the season. He's still viewed highly, and with a solid profile of quality hitting tools with above average raw power from the left side to go along with good defensive instincts and the arm for right field, he's still a solid prospect to say the least. 

PG History: Chavers first jumped onto the PG scene in 2015, dominating the tournament circuit and earning five All-Tournament Team selections during his PG career. Chavers won a pair of WWBA Championships with the Triton Rays and was an Honorable Mention Preseason All-Region player in 2017.

Jordan Nwogu
Scout Take: Nwogu stands out physically right away as one of the more physically strong players in amateur baseball, but his all-around toolset is impressive as well. His raw strength allows him to consistently hit the ball hard and he does so with good hit tool and power tool projection. His defensive game has taken strides, but he's still likely to be a left fielder in pro ball. 

PG History: In February of his senior year, the Ann Arbor native attended the Great Lakes Indoor Showcase. Nwogu earned a PG Grade of 9 showcasing an advanced hit tool that has developed well for the Wolverines. Nwogu was a Central Region First-Team All-American his senior year and made the Top Prospect List and Team at his only PG Showcase.

Hudson Haskin
Scout Take: A draft-eligible sophomore, Haskin really hit last year as a freshman with an incredible 1.106 OPS. His hit tool is one of the highlights of the profile, which includes plus speed and the chops to potentially end up an excellent big league center fielder. He's got above average raw power in there as well, however, as a true sophomore, it'll be interesting to see if he goes back to school. 

PG History: A 39th-round draft selection in 2018, Haskin made his first PG Showcase appearance at the Northeast Underclass in 2014. Haskin totaled four PG showcases in his prep career, earning three Top Prospect Team selections, including at the 2017 National Showcase. Haskin earned six All-Tournament Team selections in his career and helped the East Cobb Astros to a WWBA Championship.

Trevor Hauver
Scout Take: A bat-first prospect, Hauver's defensive home seems to be left field long term, but the bat does have some serious upside in it. A breakout sophomore season saw Hauver OPS 1.003 with 13 home runs and he was off to an even more blistering 1.189 start in 2020. A lefthanded hitter, Hauver shows potential for both a solid average hit tool and solid average raw power with the chance for more. 

PG History: Hauver enjoyed plenty of success on the PG Tournament circuit, earning five All-Tournament Team selections and winning the MVP award at the PG/Evoshield National Championship in 2016. A three-time WWBA Champion, Hauver was named a First-Team All-West Region player in 2017 and was drafted in the 37th-round by the Royals later that year.

Alerick Soularie
Scout Take: A solid prospect out of high school, Soularie played his first college season at San Jacinto (JC) where he jumped higher up boards, most notably for the bat. He smashed right away as a sophomore at Tennessee, with a 1.068 OPS playing everyday, and was off to a very good start in 2020 as well. It's a hit tool-driven profile, given that Soularie is likely a left fielder long term, though he does have some versatility to go along with solid average power projection. 

PG History: A 2017 grad and 29th-round pick of the Cardinals out of high school, Soularie participated in 27 events during his PG career. The outfielder earned 11 All-Tournament Team selections and won a pair of PG World Series titles with the Houston Banditos. At the 2016 National Showcase, Soularie earned a 10 PG Grade and was named to the Top Prospect Team.

Tyler Gentry
Scout Take: Gentry played one season of JUCO ball at perennial powerhouse Walters State before heading to Alabama, where he immediately earned a starting job and performed to the tune of a .930 OPS as a sophomore. He was off to a blistering start in 2020 with an OPS north of 1.300 prior to the shutdown, and is lauded by scouts for his well-rounded profile with a nice mix of solid average tools highlighted by a potentially above average hit tool. 

PG History: A three-time All-Tournament Team selection, Gentry finished his PG career ranked as the No. 33 player in the state of Tennessee in the player rankings. Gentry excelled in high-level events with the East Coast Sox, eventually committing to Walters State where the outfielder also participated in the 2018 College Spring Swing.


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