Another day and we’re tackling another player in the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft Scouting Report series (you can see all of the reports here). Today we’re going to look at high school outfielder Robert Hassell. He’s currently rated as the 16th best draft prospect by Baseball America, 28th prospect by Fangraphs, and 16th best prospect by MLB Pipeline.
Robert Hassell’s High School Career
During his time in high school he played with Team USA, and tore up the summer last year with their 18U team – hitting .514/.548/.886 and won the World Baseball and Softball International Player of the Year. At Independence High School in Tennessee he hit .423 with 14 home runs, 8 doubles, 22 steals and threw 59 innings with a 1.07 ERA to go with 113 strikeouts as a junior as he earned the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year Award.
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Robert Hassell Scouting Report
Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 190 lbs
Bats: Left | Throws: Left
Robert Hassell is arguably the top hitter in the draft among the prep players. His power may not quite match up with some others in the class, hit hit tool might be at the top – grading out as a potential plus tool. Not that he doesn’t have some power potential, but it’s more of a 50-grade future tool (league average).
Defensively he’s current a center fielder and there’s a chance he can remain there if he doesn’t lose a step. He’s an above-average runner – but to remain in center field there’s no wiggle room in his speed declining. His arm is an above-average to plus tool and will play in right field if he does need to slide over.
Where the concern could be
Not everyone is convinced he’s got average power in the future. And if that group turns out to be correct, and he also has to slide to a corner spot in the outfield, he will have to get the absolute most out of his hit tool in order to be a starting player on most teams.