Senior Superlatives: Top Power Hitters
November 25, 2019
It has been a busy few weeks for Prep Baseball Report and PBR Georgia regarding the Class of 2020 and the approaching 2020 MLB Draft. First, we had the update of the 2020 National Rankings, with Georgia being well-represented, followed by the combined High School, Junior College and College 2020 Draft Board. Extending over the next few weeks, we are going to dive into the 2020 Georgia rankings and give our take on the prospects who possess the top tools in the state. Yesterday, we began by looking at the top-5 left-handed bats and top-5 right-handed bats in the state. Today, we look at the top-5 power hitters in the state's 2020 class.
Top Power Hitters
Josh Shuler OF / North Gwinnett, GA / 2020
2020 South Carolina commit Josh Shuler (DRB/North Gwinnett), might flat out be the toolsiest player in the tournament. Standing at 6-2, 205lbs, the lefty-lefty outfielder is enormous, shows explosive tools across the board, and is extremely violent (but controlled in his movements). At the dish his hands start low, allowing him to get under the ball slightly, while staying inside it to drive the ball the other way with authority. Shuler is a no-brainer draft pick next June.
Jordan Walker 3B / RHP / Decatur, GA / 2020
Rankings StateRank: 1 / POS: 1 OverallRank: 16 / POS: 1 PBR Draft BoardRank: 32 / POS: 1 HS Draft 100Rank: 16 / POS: 1
Duke recruit, one of the top draft prospects in the 2020 class, currently ranked No. 1 in Georgia, No. 33 overall. Physical specimen, stands 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, lean, athletic build with proportional strength and plenty of room for continued physical development. Showed up shortly before Team Elite’s second game of the day and proceeded to make his presence known in each of his three at-bats. First, he roped a double to right center field, and followed it with a line-drive single to left field. Then he topped it off with a laser home run, 105-mph off the bat, that cleared the left field wall in a nanosecond. Quick-twitch athlete, generates plus bat speed with little effort; for his size and length, he stays connected. Present power with more projection in the future.
Corey Collins C / 1B / North Gwinnett, GA / 2020
Unfortunately for Collins, his time on the summer scene was cut short due to an arm injury, so scouts weren’t able to see the North Gwinnett backstop as much as they would have liked. Still, Collins, like Walker, proved to own one of the best bats in the state during a huge spring. He swings a powerful left-handed bat and has been able to demonstrate his serious power potential in gameplay throughout his high school career. He has arm strength from behind the plate (when he’s healthy, of course), and is even a good enough athlete to slot into an outfield corner. Pro scouts are going to spend the spring catching up on Collins, as well as his high school teammate Josh Shuler, as the two work to lead North Gwinnett to another 7A title.
Parks Harber 3B / The Westminster Schools, GA / 2020
Physically mature 3B committed to UGA. Harber has battled a hand injury all Spring and is just now bouncing back. Have seen many quality AB's out of Harbor and appears to see the ball for a long time at the plate with plenty of strength to his controlled right-handed stroke. Will need to answer body and athleticism question to stick and the hot corner, but the bat is where the most intrigue is placed.
Ethan Stamps 3B / Morgan County, GA / 2020
Rankings StateRank: 70 / POS: 5
Lipscomb commit. Standing at 5-foot-11, 190-pounds, Stamps has a strong, study frame with obvious muscularity throughout his thick build. Offensively he keeps things simple in his pre-pitch routine, staying mostly quiet, letting his hands and lower body do the work. With a short quick load, he gets into an athletic position and then puts on display some of the top barrel speed in the entire state. Throughout the spring season we consistently saw him hammer pitches middle/up in the zone, elevating them to all fields.
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