With the start of the Division I college season one week away, and the start of many high school season also commencing on Feb. 15 or shortly after, baseball’s return is near. And as players get ready to take to the diamond for games that count, scouts from Major League Baseball clubs will disperse throughout the country, evaluating and scouting players in a search for adding the necessary talent to drive future MLB championship teams.
Some of the high-ceiling, highly scouted players with have called BPA home.
Updated on Jan. 31, Baseball America released its latest rundown of the top 200 prospects for this year’s MLB Draft. Composed of both, high school and college players, Baseball America’s prospect lists are viewed as the most credible rankings as inputs from professional scouts drive their lists. Knowing it is the decision makers that has slot the players, the top 200 list gives reason to believe June’s draft will be a signature one for BPA.
BPA and Mira Costa outfielder Petey Halpin checks in at No. 46 on the list. At 6’0 and 180 pounds, Baseball America says of Halpin:
A well-rounded, top-of-the-order type, Halpin is a plus runner who projects to stick in center field and has a short, line drive swing with solid plate coverage. While he doesn’t have a ton of power currently, scouts like the ease of his operation in the box and believe he’ll add enough strength in the future to run into enough extra-base hits.
If Halpin spurns the pros, he’s slated to head to Austin to join the University of Texas’ baseball program. There, he may be paired with fellow BPA 2020 graduate, right-handed pitcher and outfielder Jared Jones, if he too turns down professional overtures.
Jones, blessed with an ability to run his fastball near 100 MPH, is ranked as the No. 54 prospect by Baseball America. A first-team All-American as a junior, selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association, the La Mirada products report is:
Exceptionally athletic, Jones has a fastball that gets into the upper-90s at its best, with good movement to go along with potential 60-grade pitches in a slider and a changeup. He can be erratic at times, and while his pro upside is higher on the mound, he’s an impressive center fielder as well.
Baseball America doesn’t expect 2020 to be the only year BPA may be represented in the first and second rounds.
In October, Baseball America ranked the top 50 college freshmen for the 2022 MLB draft. After opting to play at Cal Poly instead of joining a professional club, BPA 2019 graduate Brooks Lee is ranked as the third-best draft prospect for the 2022 draft. In their final ranking for the 2019 draft, Baseball America penciled Lee in as the No. 38 draft prospect.