San Diego Padres: Three first baseman to target in 2020 MLB Draft

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Jacob Teter, Florida Southern

While Baseball America has Jacob Teter ranked as the 172nd prospect in this draft class, he has the potential to be one of the best-kept secrets. At 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, Jacob Teter is an already slightly smaller version of Derrek Lee.

The Melbourne, Florida native played in 57 games as a true freshman and posted a .350/.413/.575 line with 13 doubles, 12 home runs, and 54 RBI. He, too, displayed tremendous patience for how young he was, with a 36-to-36 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

In his sophomore year, Teter posted a .316/.417/.471 line with eight doubles, seven home runs, and 51 RBI. He also took more walks than strikeouts while playing perfect defense at first base. Like most, Teter participated in the Cape Cod League after his sophomore year, where he posted a .292/.356/.373 line with five doubles, two home runs, and 31 RBI in 42 games.

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In an abbreviated season, he was on track to post his best numbers yet. Through 22 games, Teter had a .329/.485/.618 line with seven home runs and 18 RBI. He’s a strong left-handed bat and became just the fifth player from Florida Southern to earn SSC baseball Freshman of the Year honors.