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The coronavirus cut short the 2020 high school baseball season and
it's also going to cut short this year's Major League Baseball Draft. But there's no question outfield is the deepest position among prep baseball players in 2020.
Of the top six high school players listed on the mock draft by Mike Axisa of CBS Sports
, four were outfielders, including the top
three players. Don't be surprised if a high school outfielder is the
first prep player chosen, the only question is which prep outfielder
will it be?
for June 10-11, the usual 40-round selection process will last just
five rounds this year, according to Major League Baseball. The first
round will be held on June 10 with the final four rounds on June 11.
there will be far fewer draft selections this year, MaxPreps is
providing a truncated look at the top high school selections for the MLB
Draft. Instead of the usual Top 10, MaxPreps looks at the Top 5 players
at six different positions, continuing with outfielders after starting with corner infielders
Veen had moved up to the No. 1 prospect in the country by Perfect Game by the time the season ended in March. He was batting .452 with three home runs and had led Spruce Creek to a 9-0 record. He has a strong enough arm to stick in right field. Veen could be the top high school player chosen. Projection: Top five pick.Robert Hassell, Independence (Thompson's Station, Tenn.)
If Veen isn't the top prep outfielder chosen, then Hassell likely will be. He can hit for power and average. As a junior, Hassell batted .423 with 14 home runs and was named Gatorade State Player of the Year. Scouts see Hassell as a possible center fielder at the next level. Projection: Top 15 pick.Austin Hendrick, West Allegheny (Imperial, Pa.)
Hendrick is seen as having plenty of potential to hit for power and for average. He's done well in those departments during travel baseball, however he hit .327 with two home runs last year. He did not get the chance to take the field this spring. Some scouts have Hendrick listed as the top outfield prospect in the Class of 2020. Others see him going near the middle or end of the first round. Projection: End of first round.Pete Crow-Armstrong, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.)
At one time, Crow-Armstrong was ranked as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2020 by Perfect Game. He's still ranked among the top players in the class and he's still seen as a potential first-round selection. Scouts see Crow-Armstrong as a potential five-tool player. He hit .395 as a junior with three home runs and he is seen as a strong defensive center fielder. Projection: Late first round, early second round.Dylan Crews, Lake Mary (Lake Mary, Fla.)
Although Crews hasn't shown much power in high school competition, he is seen as a disciplined hitter who can spray the ball to all fields. He batted .389 as a junior and was also strong defensively. Will likely play right field at the next level. Projection: early second round.