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Meet three projectable prep players considered among the best prospects in the 2020 MLB Draft class.
The 2020 MLB Draft will be the Miami Marlins’ third draft under the Derek Jeter regime. In the first two draft, the Fish focused on getting hitters like JJ Bleday, Connor Scott, Kameron Misner, Nasim Nunez and Peyton Burdick during the early rounds.
In order to acquire even more impact talent this time around, the Marlins should put a special emphasis on scouting their own backyard. They are surrounded by some of the top high school and college prospects in the country. The state of Florida is a hot bed for baseball and has produced some of the best players in the game at all levels.
Here are three 2020 MLB draft eligible players from Broward County high schools who could hear their names get called by the Marlins.
1. OF Enrique Bradfield
Broward County is filled with elite high school talent and has some of the top high school baseball programs in the country. One of those high schools is American Heritage, the alma mater of World Series champion Eric Hosmer and Top 100 prospect Triston Casas. Now, Heritage is home to one of the top draft prospects in Enrique Bradfield. The senior outfielder is one of the top ranked high school players in the country. On Perfect Game, Bradfield is the 51st ranked prospect and 12th-ranked outfielder in the country. MLB Pipeline has him ranked as the 79th prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft.
Over the summer, Enrique Bradfield played for the Elite Squad 17U National Team. He batted .485 with sixteen hits, thirteen stolen bases and had a 1.191 OPS.
Stopwatches out for this one as Enrique Bradfield (2020 FL) shows off the wheels with a 3.93 second time to first. He’s a true 80 runner, solid defender in CF, & has very good feel with the barrel. #AnchorDown commit. #mlbdraft pic.twitter.com/ODtm02jRXH
— Vinnie Cervino (@vcervinoPG) October 10, 2019
Enrique Bradfield is one of the best athletes in the 2020 MLB Draft. He’s also one of the fastest prospects in the upcoming draft. His 60-yard dash has been clocked at 6.26 which is top three in the Class of 2020. He’s got great bat to ball skills and steals tons of bags. Bradfield is a centerfielder that covers a lot of ground and has a strong arm. He doesn’t have any power in his swing but that could develop as he fills in his 6’0”, 155-pound frame. Some scouts have compared him to former Marlin Juan Pierre.
The Fish have a lot of top outfielders in their farm system, but might be open to taking Bradfield in day one of the MLB Draft due to his projectability. Enrique Bradfield has already signed his National Letter of Intent with Vanderbilt University.
2. LHP Timothy Manning
Timothy Manning is a 2020 prospect out of Cardinal Gibbons High School. On Perfect Game, Manning is the 72nd-ranked prospect and the sixth ranked left-handed pitcher in the country. MLB Pipeline has Manning has the No. 90 draft prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft. In his junior season at Cardinal Gibbons, Manning had an 8-2 record with a 1.65 ERA, 107 strikeouts and 0.94 WHIP. He also batted .353 with five doubles, two home runs and a .958 OPS.
Over the summer, Timothy Manning didn’t play over the summer but did attend Perfect Game’s 2019 National Showcase.
Manning is approximately 6’2” and 175 pounds. He’s a very projectable arm that knows how to pitch and has good command on all of his pitches. His fastball sits 87-89 mph and tops out at 91. Manning’s velocity could increase as he starts to fill in his frame. He’s got one of the best curveballs in the 2020 draft class. It has excellent depth and gets a ton of swing and miss. His changeup is an above-average pitch he uses mostly against left-handed batters.
The Marlins have some good left-handers in their farm system, though you can never have enough arms. Manning has already signed in National Letter of Intent with the University of Florida.
3. 3B Coby Mayo
— Carlos Collazo (@CarlosACollazo) March 6, 2020
Coby Mayo is one of the biggest and most physical high school prospects available in the 2020 MLB draft. Mayo is a senior out of Stoneman Douglas which used to be to be home for Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. On Perfect Game, Mayo is the 17th-ranked prospect and the third-ranked third baseman in the country. FanGraphs has Mayo ranked as the 95th-ranked prospect for the 2020 MLB Draft. In his junior season at Douglas, Mayo batted .391 with four home runs, 14 walks and had a 1.123 OPS.
Over the summer, Coby Mayo played in the Under Armour and Perfect Game All-American Games. He also played for the Elite Squad 17U National Team. Mayo batted .467 with ten doubles, two home runs, 26 RBIs and a 1.276 OPS.
Coby Mayo is a 6’4”, 215-pound third baseman. Mayo is a good athlete with huge power potential. At his size, Mayo still has some room to fill in his very large frame. His bat and power is his biggest strength. His exit velocity has been clocked at 105 mph. Mayo also has a very strong arm as it’s been clocked at 94 mph across the diamond. He has average speed, but is very smart on the bases.
The Miami Marlins don’t have a ton of depth at third and Mayo would be an awesome addition to their farm system. Coby Mayo has already signed his National Letter of Intent with the University of Florida.