A graduate of the Major League Baseball Scout School, Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional baseball scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Bernie watches and scouts baseball players from a stadium press box at least 100 times a year.
My Top 40 prospect players for 2020 are predicated upon specific selection criteria. Those factors include but are not limited to:
- Evidence and demonstration of hitting, power, speed/running, arm strength/accuracy, and defensive tools
- The impact upon his team’s performance
- Depth of development experience and proximity to major league graduation
- Relationship and comparison of the player’s skills to the league average/norm
- Impact of injury history
- Fantasy impact
Given those factors, the separation between and among players can be minimal. The rankings below are the result of this old scout’s personal evaluation of almost every player noted in either spring training, minor league games, and the Arizona Fall League. Personal observation and scouting form the foundation for player evaluations on this list.
Many of the players still require development, meaning they need more time in the club’s minor league…