San Diego Padres Draft: Three batters to target in third round

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Blaze Jordan, 3B/1B, DeSoto Central High School

Ranked as the 93rd best player in this draft class by Baseball America, Jordan showcased his power with two 500-foot home runs that went viral on Youtube. At 6-foot-2, 218 pounds, he already has the prototypical size of a power bat in the Padres’ future lineup.

He’s verbally committed to Mississippi State in the fall, which is a factory for producing MLB talent. At the 2019 Perfect Game Showcase, Jordan displayed a top exit velocity of 102 MPH off the bat, which put him in the 99.30 percentile.

As a junior, he posted remarkable numbers, hitting .440 with 11 doubles, ten home runs, and 46 RBI in 37 games. In 100 career high school games, Jordan has 33 doubles, 19 home runs, and hit .440. He doesn’t turn 18 until December, so there would be no reason to rush him to through the minors.

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Jordan slimmed down considerably the last offseason, and he hadn’t hit any home runs through the first 13 games of this season prior to the shutdown. Scouts believe the weight loss adversely impacted his power, and they seem him eventually moving to the outfield.

He’s not great on the basepaths either, but the raw power at the plate is there.