Chicago Cubs: Revisiting the 2020 MLB Draft and the club’s direction

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Chicago Cubs: 1B Blaze Jordan, DeSoto Central High School

Ever so often, a high school prospect comes along who changes the scope of the draft landscape. This year that prospect is Blaze Jordan, a 16-year-old first baseman who is graduating high school a year early to chase his dream. He is draft eligible for 2020.

Jordan set the country on fire after his YouTube highlight reel caught over three and a half million views. Some of his famous footage includes 500 foot home runs in Globe Life Park. A couple of the balls Jordan hit during a showcase landed on the mezzanine in dead center field. Jordan also hit a ball into the second deck.

In 87 high school games, Jordan finished with a career .443 average and a .529 OBP. As a sophomore this year, Jordan hit .440 in 144 plate appearances with ten home runs and 46 RBI. More impressively, Jordan struck out just eight times in 37 games.

A first baseman, Jordan, is experimenting with some time at third base. Becoming more versatile would increase his draft stock and possibly give the Cubs a shot at landing him.