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1.) Spencer Torkelson - Arizona State 1B/OF

2.) Emerson Hancock - Georgia RHP

3.) Austin Martin - Vanderbilt SS

4.) Asa Lacy - Texas A&M LHP

5.) Nick Gonzales - New Mexico State 2B

6.) Garrett Mitchell - UCLA OF

7.) Casey Martin - Arkansas SS

8.) Reid Detmers - Louisville LHP

9.) Carmen Mlodzinski- South Carolina RHP

10.) JT Ginn - Mississippi State RHP 

11.) Garrett Crochet - Tennessee LHP

12.) Patrick Bailey - North Carolina State C

13.) Austin Wells - Arizona C/1B

14.) Tanner Burns - Auburn RHP

15.)  Cole Wilcox - Georgia RHP

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Eight pitchers make up the top 15 players in the country at this point, with the group led by No. 2 ranked righthander Emerson Hancock (Georgia). No. 4 ranked lefthander Asa Lacy (Texas A&M) is right on his heels and has dominated in front of scouts this fall, with some saying he’s a lock to go in the top 10 thanks to his handedness, stuff and poise on the mound.

The 2020 class offers the sort of impact pitching prospects that the 2019 class simply didn’t have. Hancock and Lacy are both top-of-the-rotation types, and they are followed by more pitchers who have that sort of potential, including lefthander Reid Detmers (Louisville) and righthanders Carmen Mlodzinski (South Carolina), JT Ginn (Mississippi State), Tanner Burns (Auburn) and Cole Wilcox (Georgia).

One player who has gotten additional helium for his exploits this fall is lefthander Garrett Crochet (Tennessee), who jumps 11 spots from his previous ranking to get to No. 11 in our current update. Crochet has pitched off of an explosive fastball that’s sat in the mid-90s with impressive life and is thrown from a tough angle out of a 6-foot-5 lefthanded frame. With increased consistency of his secondaries, he could jump further in the rankings next spring.

Three hitters are included among the top five prospects, including the top player in the class, first baseman Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) and No. 3 Austin Martin (Vanderbilt), who has a case for the first overall pick in the draft if he shows he can handle shortstop next spring. At No. 5 is New Mexico State second baseman Nick Gonzales, who is among the best pure hitters in the class.

Also rising in this edition of the college list is outfielder Garrett Mitchell (UCLA), who checks in at No. 6 thanks to positive reviews from scouts during his fall season, Mitchell was highly touted as a high school player out of Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High and is likely has the loudest package of tools in the college class. He has 70-grade running ability, raw power that will earn 70-grades, plus arm strength and plus defensive ability in center field as well.

 

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High School:

1.) Jared Kelley - Refugio (Texas) HS RHP

2.) Austin Hendrick - West Allegheny HS, Imperial, Pa. OF

3.) Mick Abel - Jesuit HS, Portland, Ore. RHP

4.) Nate Savino - Potomac Falls HS, Sterling, Va. LHP

5.) Robert Hassell - Independence HS, Thompson's Station, Tenn. OF

6.) Ed Howard - Mount Carmel (Ill.) HS SS

7.) Tyler Soderstrom - Turlock (Calif.) HS C

8.) Dax Fulton - Mustang (Okla.) HS LHP

9.) Drew Romo - The Woodlands (Texas) HS C

10.) Blaze Jordan - DeSoto Central HS, Southaven, Miss. 1B

11.) Pete Crow-Armstrong - Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif. OF

12.) Zac Veen - Spruce Creek HS, Port Orange, Fla. OF

13.) Carson Montgomery - Windermere (Fla.) HS RHP

14.) Victor Mederos - Monsignor Pace HS, Miami RHP

15.) Alex Santos - Mount St. Michael Academy, Bronx, N.Y. RHP

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The class is still led by Refugio (Texas) High righthander Jared Kelley, who has a terrific combination of size, present stuff and the ability to spot his pitches, though there are scouts who will argue for the hitting ability and massive raw power that West Allegheny High (Imperial, Pa.) outfielder Austin Hendrick offers from the left side or the projection and feel for spin that Jesuit High (Portland) righthander Mick Abel brings to the table.

Not much has changed at the top of the high school class, as many of the best players in the group didn’t attend Perfect Game’s World Wood Bat Association World Championship in Jupiter, Fla., but Independence High (Thompson’s Station, Tenn.) outfielder Robert Hassell does move to No. 5 overall and is now the second-highest rated hitter in the class thanks to a strong summer and showing with USA Baseball’s 18U National Team. He has a solid argument as the best pure hitter in the prep class.

One of the biggest risers is Kingwood (Texas) High righthander and shortstop Masyn Winn, who just missed being ranked on our previous top 50, but showed electric ability on the mound and as a hitter in Jupiter—shooting all the way up to No. 18 in the class. Pound-for-pound, Winn could be the most naturally gifted player in the 2019 class, as the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Arkansas commit can run his fastball up to 98 mph, has two potentially plus secondaries, generates impressive bat speed and can capably handle shortstop. He plays the game at a different speed than most high schoolers, and with continued consistency on and off the field next spring could find himself in the first round.

Righthander Nate Wohlgemuth is another Jupiter riser, who moved into the top 50 thanks to his electric pure stuff, but will face profile questions due to his size and the lack of a consistent third pitch. Still, his pure fastball velocity is among the best in the 2020 class.

 

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I'm pretty stoked about the college pitching crop after reading the list's preamble. Going to check out Crochet when I get a chance.

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