Now that the first day of Major League Baseball's 2019 draft is over, it's time to turn our attention to the future. No, not to the second or third days, but all the way to next June. Yes, we're going to partake in the fool's errand of listing four players who, at least for the time being, are expected to jockey for position at the top of the 2020 draft.
Before we get to the players, let's state three obvious caveats: 1) this is more of an art than a science; 2) twelve months is a long time, especially as it pertains to scouting 17-to-21-year-olds; and 3) there are more than four players worthy of consideration here. We could have included a number of others, including (though not limited to) Patrick Bailey and Cole Wilcox.
With that established, let's get to the players.
Emerson Hancock, RHP, Georgia
Hancock is a big-bodied right-hander who posted a 1.99 ERA and struck out 97 batters in 90 innings as a sophomore. Predictably, he has good stuff, beginning with a fastball that can touch into the high-90s and ending with a quality slider. Factor in a repeatable delivery, and there's front-of-the-rotation potential to be had here.