The 2020 Perfect Game All American Classic was played last Friday evening, marking one of the final big events this summer before the 2021 MLB Draft. It featured a number of the top prospects on the high school side for the 2021 Draft, including a very deep collection of arms.
With the game played it is now time to see who really improved their stock with their showing in Oklahoma City last week, as this event has often been a springboard for draft stock in recent years. I’ll be taking a look at five players who really helped to improve their stock.
While this is one of the final big events in the summer for the draft, it is not the final big event. The Future Stars Series has a big event in Boston later this month, and I’ll be previewing that game next week and providing coverage from Fenway during the game.
Harry Ford, C, Georgia HS
He’s been moving up all summer, but the toolsy catcher from Georgia had a very impressive showing in Oklahoma City. Harry Ford was barely on the radar coming into the spring, but after yet another strong showing is a guy in the conversation for the first round should he not be set on attending Georgia Tech, which has become Catcher U in college baseball.
Ford is a unique catcher, one with way more athleticism than you see for a catcher- something that gets him plenty of JT Realmuto comps. He went 1-3 in the game, but that hit was the only homer of the game- important because this game was played in a huge park, home to a Triple-A team, and this high school senior to be hit one out against a premium pitcher with a ton of scouts eyes on him.
As if that wasn’t enough, Ford’s athleticism played well behind the plate as he has the makings of a high end receiver as he continues to progress defensively. All together that is why Ford was the guy who made me really take notice more than anyone else here.
Alex Mooney, SS, Michigan HS
Alex Mooney was the MVP of the game, and it isn’t hard to see why as he went 2-for-2 with a walk, and scored three runs. Mooney just took professional quality at bats and made good contact. That was something that wasn’t unexpected for a player not too far outside of the top shortstop ranking in a very good prep shortstop class. This performance may have answered any doubts to whether or not Mooney is a first round pick next year.
Jordan Lawlar, SS, Texas HS
Jordan Lawlar is the top prep shortstop in the class and many are starting to call him the top prep player, as well as a guy in the hunt for the No. 1 overall pick next summer, so a big performance was going to be needed by him to justify that. Lawlar didn’t disappoint, as he went 2-for-3 with a walk and scored three runs while batting in a run.
Lawlar is definitely a bat first guy, but he’s also one who will stick at short and should be more than adequate in the field. For me he has overtaken Brady House for the top prep bat in the class with this performance, and that’s why he was included on this list despite trying to stay away from the already clearly elite guys.
Edwin Arroyo, SS, Puerto Rico HS
Edwin Arroyo came into this game a little under the radar, or at least under the radar compared to the other shortstops in this loaded All-Star game. He didn’t leave under the radar, showing off a bat that should continue to gain attention if he keeps up this type of play. Arroyo went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and proved that he clearly belongs with this type of competition. While the bat is going to be what gets him drafted, there is some question about whether he can stay at short defensively. There will be more on Arroyo to come in the coming weeks as I’ll be getting a live look at him later this month.
Carter Holton, LHP, Georgia HS
Carter Holton was the most eye opening of the pitchers, though his draft stock will continue to be a question because he is a sub-6’ pitcher. Still Holton was hitting 95 mph and showing off a change up that really kept hitters guessing, and did so with deception in his delivery that made it feel like these elite bats weren’t able to get comfortable at bats against him. Holton gave up a hit in his inning of work, while striking out two hitters and throwing the highest percentage of strikes of anyone on the East who had more than 10 pitches thrown.
Five More Who Impressed
Irving Carter, RHP, Florida HS
Mason Albright, Maryland HS
Joshua Baez, OF, Massachusetts HS
Braden Montgomery, OF/P, Mississippi HS
Jackson Jobe, RHP, Oklahoma HS