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The coronavirus cut short the 2020 high school baseball season and it's also going to cut short the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft.
Scheduled 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.
Since 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 starting with corner infielders.
Jordan Walker, Decatur (Ga.)
With a big frame and solid athleticism, Walker could be the top high school third baseman chosen. He hit 17 home runs last year and already had four to start his senior season before the year ended. He's blessed with a strong arm and should be able to stick at the position. He was hitting .457 with a 1.555 OPS when the season ended and he was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year. Projection: Middle of first round
.Blaze Jordan, DeSoto Central (Southaven, Miss.)
At one time, Jordan was the No. 1-ranked player in the Class of 2021, but he reclassified after an All-American sophomore season to the Class of 2020. He got in 13 games before the season ended, batting .422 with six doubles and five triples, but no home runs. The last number is of interest considering that Jordan is expected to be one of the top power hitters in the nation. However, Jordan's prior history shows that he can hit for power and his production at a young age will make him an attractive selection. Projection: End of first round
.Coby Mayo, Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
A solid fielder with a strong arm, Mayo played shortstop in high school, but he will likely be a third baseman at the next level. Mayo's power hitting numbers improved this spring, even in the short season, as he already had two homers compared to just four all of last year. He was also batting .455 when the season ended. Projection: Second round
.Cayden Wallace, Greenbrier (Ark.)
A shortstop the past two seasons, Wallace will be a third baseman at the next level. His ability to hit for average and power and to utilize the opposite field makes him a potential early pick. He batted .510 over the past two seasons with seven home runs. Projection: Third round
.Michael Brown, Vacaville (Calif.)
A first base prospect, Brown could be one of the top power hitting high school prospects in the draft. He will likely have to develop discipline at the plate before his power numbers rise as he had just 10 home runs in his final three seasons in high school with six as a sophomore. Likewise, his strikeout numbers rose and his walk totals sank from his sophomore to senior season. Nevertheless, scouts like his power hitting potential and his 6-foot-6, 250-pound frame. Projection: Third round.