Several of New England’s top high school prospects for the 2020 MLB draft spent much of August playing in top showcase events across the country.
Five of New England’s top high school prospects for the 2020 MLB draft competed in the East Coast Pro Showcase in Hoover, Ala. Three of those players and three other New Englanders then showcased their skills at the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif. The elite summer showcase schedule wrapped up last week with the Summer Rivalry Classic at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox Northeast area scout Ray Fagnant and New York Yankees area scout Matt Hyde coached players from New England in all three elite tournaments. Fagnant said all 30 MLB teams were represented by scouts at the Summer Rivalry Classic.
“Every team had somebody there,” Fagnant said. “It’s become very well attended. We see so many scouts there from around the industry. They get to see multiple at-bats for every kid there. In the spring, we see these pitchers throw complete-game shutouts twice a week. In these tournaments, it’s hard work for them to get through two innings. It’s a really good test for everybody.”