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2020 MLB Draft: Top 10 Corner IF

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Prep infielders are always a tougher profile to project on long term, since so many of them move from the middle to the corners or the outfield, and so many third basemen move across the diamond to 1st base. The latter scenario is likely to be the case for several players listed below, so a heavier emphasis is placed on the offensive upside of these guys, for obvious reasons. There's good strength here at the top of each list below, with a handful of potential first rounders, including Jordan Walker and Blaze Jordan from the prep ranks as well as Austin Martin, Spencer Torkelson, Aaron Sabato. It's actually a quite likely outcome that the No. 1 overall pick will come from this position group, with both Martin and Torkelson seeming to be the leaders in the clubhouse for that selection. 

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


Top 10 High School Corner Infielders

Rk. Player School Hometown ST
1 Jordan Walker Decatur Stone Mountain GA
2 Blaze Jordan Desoto Central Southaven MS
3 Coby Mayo Marjory Stoneman Douglas Coral Springs FL
4 Cayden Wallace Greenbrier Greenbrier AR
5 AJ Vukovich East Troy Mukwanago WI
6 Jacob Berry Queen Creek Queen Creek AZ
7 CJ Kayfus Palm Beach Central Wellington FL
8 Michael Brown Vacaville Vacaville CA
9 Kemp Alderman Newton County Academy Decatur MS
10 Cole Fontenelle Skyline Sammamish WA

Jordan Walker
Scout Take: Walker possesses tremendous size and maintains very impressive athleticism to go along with advanced body control to project him to stay at third base given his above average arm strength. The power projection is substantial with 80 grade raw power at his peak to go along with a sneaky good feel to hit. He'll have to work hard to maintain the athleticism as he fills out his body but given Walker's track record and body control no one would bet against him. 

PG History: A 2019 PG All-American, Walker has long been a staple on the PG circuit with 40 events in his career. Walker has been named to 22 All-Tournament teams, taking home MVP honors once and winning three WWBA Championships. The National Showcase alum has also made four Showcase Top Prospect Teams.

Blaze Jordan
Scout Take: Jordan has been on the national radar for a long time reclassified to the 2020 class from the 2021 class over a year ago making him one of the youngest prospects in the draft. With prodigious raw power and a precocious feel to hit, Jordan's value is going to come from an offensive standpoint as despite the overall defensive value the long performance record of hitting with power, and against older draft classes, bodes well. 

PG History: A long-time member of the 2021 class, Jordan made a big splash on the PG circuit in 2019, attending the National Showcase and earning a trip to the PG All-American Classic in San Diego. Jordan has attended 44 events in his PG career, most recently earning MVP honors at the PG High School Showdown.

Coby Mayo
Scout Take: Mayo hits from an unorthodox batting stance but creates such controlled violence and whip to the stroke while also barreling velocity which speaks to the athleticism and barrel control. He fits best at third base long term with a good arm, a potential move to right should he fill out substantially, and he truly excels at getting his hands out at the point of contact to create juice. 

PG History: A 14-time All-Tournament Team selection, Mayo attended the National Showcase last June before earning an invitation to the PG All-American Classic. Mayo has won four tournament championships on the PG circuit, taking home MVP honors at the 2019 East Memorial Day Classic and the 17u Florida World Series the same year.

Cayden Wallace
Scout Take: Wallace posits surprising athleticism from the hot corner with average or better tools across the board including the run and arm tools. He's a good bet to stick at third at the next level with good spatial awareness and hands that work. The swing is short and electric with plus bat speed, he'll run into issues when the head isn't fully extended but his feel and actions in the box are very hitterish. 

PG History: Wallace has performed well on both the showcase and tournament circuits, attending the Jr. National, Underclass All-American Games and National Showcase to go along with earning 10 All-Tournament Team selections. Long before jumping to stardom at the PG All-American Classic and WWBA World Championship, Wallace even competed at the National Indoor Showcase.

AJ Vukovich
Scout Take: Vukovich is a massive athlete with size, strength, and very good body control both through the athleticism of the swing and the actions at third. There's some risk of moving to first but he has plus raw power at the dish, which he's able to get to quite frequently as he can use the long part of the park to the opposite field alley. 

PG History: The Wisconsin native has been impressing on the PG circuit since 2016, first attending the Kernels Foundation Championship with Hitters Baseball. Since then, Vukovich has been named to seven All-Tournament teams and was a 2018 Tournament All-American. After attending the 2019 National Showcase, Vukovich was invited to the PG All-American Classic in San Diego.

Jacob Berry
Scout Take: Berry has been a third baseman for most of his prep career but he had been experimenting behind the dish some in recent weeks. Nonetheless, the crux of Berry's value is going to come from an offensive standpoint as there's a chance for average or better hit tool and power tool at maturity. He's got an advanced approach and makes hard contact on a fairly consistent basis. 

PG History: A 2020 Preseason All-Region player out of Arizona, Berry has risen up draft boards after earning a PG Grade of 9.5 at the National Showcase in his home state last June. Berry has earned All-Tournament Team honors four times in his PG career and was the MVP of the WWBA 17u West National Championship in 2019.

CJ Kayfus
Scout Take: Kayfus has long had a reputation for being a pure hitter with the only knock coming against him for a bit slight of stature from a physical standpoint. He's athletic, however, as he can run a little bit while showing some sneaky pop that plays up due to his above average barrel control. Kayfus controls the zone and shows plate discipline while he has a smooth, lofted stroke that plays well and barrels balls all over. 

PG History: A Miami signee, Kayfus has participated in 32 PG events in his career, most recently earning a 10 PG Grade at the World Showcase in January. Kayfus has also participated at both the Jr. National and National Showcases, taking home three Top Prospect Team selections to go along with being a 17-time All-Tournament Team selection.

Michael Brown
Scout Take: Brown has colossal raw power from the left side of the plate, so much that he'll put on a show during batting practice with long shots. The hit tool can be inconsistent at times but there's plenty of bat speed, strength, to go along with an approach at the plate geared towards patience and letting the stick feast when he gets his pitch to hit. 

PG History: After earning a 10 PG Grade at the 2018 Underclass All-American Games, Brown jumped onto the PG scene with a dominant 2019 on the PG circuit. Brown earned Top Prospect Team honors at the National Showcase, earning a trip to the PG All-American Classic in San Diego. Brown is a Washington commit and most recently competed at the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter.

Kemp Alderman
Scout Take: Young for the grade with two-way upside, Alderman is a massive prospect who likely fits best at first base long term. He'll be attractive to model friendly teams given his age and massively high impact offensively as he'll routinely turn in very high exit velocities on batted balls; on the mound he works in the low-90s with very good sink and a solid slider. 

PG History: A 14u PG Select Festival participant in 2017, Alderman is an eight-time All-Tournament Team selection at PG tournaments. Alderman bring some two-way excitement to PG events, earning Top Prospect Team honors at the National Showcase and standing out at the 17u PG World Series. Alderman turned in All-Tournament team honors at the event with his low-90s fastball and a home run at the plate.

Cole Fontenelle
Scout Take: Fontenelle does a little bit of everything well and projects to do so as well as he'll likely stick in the infield dirt with a chance to hit for power at maturity. He's a switch hitter with tools from both sides and a decent feel to hit already. Fontenelle shows upside as a guy who can be in the middle of the order with value that is more sum of the parts than flashy tools. 

PG History: Fontenelle first attended a PG event in 2018, earning All-Tournament Team honors at the West MLK Championship. A First-Team All-Region selection in the West, Fontenelle most recently competed at the WWBA World Championship with Baseball Northwest and ranks as a Top 500 player in the country.


Top 10 College Corner Infielders

Rk. Player School Hometown ST
1 Austin Martin Vanderbilt Jacksonville FL
2 Spencer Torkelson Arizona State Petaluma CA
3 Aaron Sabato North Carolina Rye Brook NY
4 Gage Workman Arizona State Queen Creek AZ
5 Tyler Keenan Mississippi Clayton NC
6 Casey Schmitt San Diego State San Diego CA
7 Zavier Warren Central Michigan Southfield MI
8 Bobby Seymour Wake Forest St. John IN
9 Kaden Polcovich Oklahoma State Edmond OK
10 Niko Kavadas Notre Dame Granger IL

Austin Martin
Scout Take: A plus athlete who is as versatile as anyone, Martin played mostly center field this spring for Vandy, and some scouts believed he had impact upside there. But for the sake of this exercise, we're listing him at 3rd base, where he's played most. With a chance to be at least average at several defensive spots in addition to perhaps the best hit tool in college baseball and at least solid-average power projection, Martin is the No. 1 player on our board. 

PG History: Martin was a four-time All-Tournament Team selection at PG events, earning Rawlings Preseason All-Region honors in 2017 before being drafted in the 37th round by the Indians. Martin finished his PG career at the WWBA World Championship, playing for the Padres Scout Team/Chandler World.

Spencer Torkelson
Scout Take: Perhaps the 1:1 favorite at the time of this writing, Torkelson had a monstrous college career and likely has the highest offensive upside in the class. Some believe there's a chance he can play left field but it seems silly to move the bat, with which Torkelson has the upside of a perennial all-star caliber player. 

PG History: A 2016 National Showcase participant, Torkelson is a five-time All-Tournament Team selection at PG events. At the National Showcase, Torkelson showcased the potential for the high-end bat speed and power we see today, finishing ranked as the No. 241 player in the 2017 class.

Aaron Sabato
Scout Take: A guy who may just end up going in the first round, Sabato's made a name for himself with prodigious, top-of-scale raw power to go along with loud performances, including against presumptive top-15 pick Max Meyer in front of a crowd of scouts. The profile is all bat here, of course, but Sabato's got mammoth upside thanks to that power. It's somewhat important to note that Sabato is a draft-eligible sophomore. 

PG History: Sabato first jumped on the PG Showcase circuit at the 2016 Northeast Indoor Showcase, earning a PG Grade of 9 and earning an invitation to the 2016 Jr. National Showcase. The 2018 grad eventually earned his invite to the 2017 National Showcase and impressed with big power at JetBlue Ballpark. A six-time All-Tournament Team selection, Sabato finished ranked as the No. 172 player in the 2018 class.

Gage Workman
Scout Take: A high-end athlete who is already a plus defender at third base but plays there in deference to sweet-fielding teammate Alika Williams at short, many scouts think that Workman has the chance to play the 6-spot long term. A switch-hitter with excellent raw power from both sides, Workman's swing-and-miss is a concern and limits the upside, but there's still a very real chance for an everyday regular here. 

PG History: A 14th round selection by the Brewers in 2017, Workman is a three-time selection to the All-Tournament Team at PG Tournaments. Workman was a First-Team All-Region selection in 2017, finishing ranked as the No. 268 player in the 2017 class.

Tyler Keenan
Scout Take: A third baseman who should be sent out as a third baseman in pro ball for sure, Keenan's known more for his lefthanded stick, which performed to the tune of a .403/.488/.791 line in the shortened season. He's got plus raw to the pull side with feel to hit and a quick stroke, giving him pretty substantial offensive upside. He should be able to hit enough even if he moves to first base, though it's too early for concerns of that nature. 

PG History: Keenan was active on the PG circuit in high school, attending 25 PG events in his prep career and earning a BCS Championship in 2016. A nine-time All-Tournament Team selection, Keenan was a Tournament All-American in 2015 and was named to the Top Prospect Team at the National Showcase in 2016. Keenan finished ranked as the No. 273 player in the 2017 class.

Casey Schmitt
Scout Take: One of the best two-way players in the country, Schmitt's plus arm strength and solid athleticism give him good defensive chops at third base, while really good feel to hit and command of the strike zone give him quality offensive upside. He doesn't have a ton of over-the-fence pop, but should hit for a high average throughout his career. 

PG History: Schmitt first jumped on the PG Showcase circuit in 2015, attending the Sunshine West Showcase and earning a PG Grade of 9. After earning All-Tournament Team honors at the 2016 West MLK Championship, Schmitt earned Top Prospect Team honors at the 2016 National Showcase.

Zavier Warren
Scout Take: Warren has one of the better pure hit tools in all of college baseball, though his future position and power projection do leave some limit of the profile. He's caught and played short, though most scouts seem to agree that his best spot is at third base, and some would like to see him move behind the plate full time. At the plate, it's a quick, clean stroke that covers the plate well and makes a ton of hard contact with a very good approach, though scouts would like to see a little more raw power. 

PG History: Warren attended the 15u PG Evoshield Classic in 2016, earning All-Tournament Team honors while there with Arsenal Baseball.  Warren attended three total PG Tournaments during his prep career, eventually heading to Central Michigan and leaving the 2017 class ranked as a Top 1000 player in the country.

Bobby Seymour
Scout Take: A big, physical first baseman who really jumped onto the map with his performance a year ago to the tune of a 1.015 OPS with 29 extra base hits and and eye-popping 92 RBI. Seymour is a 1b-only prospect but has some impact in his lefthanded bat, and scouts are pretty unaminous on his projection as a good hitter, though his profile does lack the raw power of a traditional slugging first baseman. 

PG History: A three-time All-Tournament Team selection, Seymour was a 2017 All-Central Region First-Teamer out of Indiana. Seymour attended the National Showcase in 2016, earning a PG Grade of 9 at JetBlue Ballpark. Seymour finished his PG career at the 2016 WWBA World Championship where he competed for Reds Midwest Scout Team.

Kaden Polcovich
Scout Take: An interesting path has taken Polcovich through Kentucky, Northwest Florida State, and now Oklahoma State, but one thing has remained the same: He can hit. We have him listed as a third baseman primarily and that seems to be the majority opinion, though some scouts believe he'll play second base or even center field. He was OPS'ing 1.072 on the year with a near 2:1 BB:K ratio, and scouts are solid on the hit tool projection. 

PG History: A four-time All-Tournament Team selection, Polcovich impressed at marquee events such as the WWBA National Championship and Evoshield National Championship. Polcovich was named an All-West Region member in 2017, finishing ranked as the No. 282 player in the 2017 class.

Niko Kavadas
Scout Take: A left-handed hitting first baseman who has tremendous overall strength and physicality, Kavadas tied for the Cape Cod League lead in home runs last summer and continued his power surge into this spring, having slugged 7 homers already for the Irish. He's a 1B at best and DH at worst, but has at least plus-plus lefthanded raw power without an overwhelming amount of swing-and-miss, giving him some serious offensive potential. 

PG History: Kavadas earned All-Tournament Team honors at the WWBA 17u National Championship in 2016, totaling six PG Tournaments in his career. Kavadas earned 2nd team All-Central Region during the 2017 Preseason and was a two-time Underclass All-American Honorable Mention.



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