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Six International Week Alums Make The Athletic’s Top 30 MLB Draft Prospects List

March 16, 2020

The Athletic’s list of the top 30 prospects for the upcoming 2020 MLB Draft features a whopping six alumni of the most recent International Week event.

Keith Law, who also serves as a Program 15 advisory board member, has the following players from both the National and World teams on his list (subscription required to view linked story):

Zac Veen, 7
Mick Abel, 17
Justin Lange (pictured), 26
Dylan Crews, 27
David Calabrese, 30
Markevian “Tink” Hence, honorable mention

Veen was one of the breakout stars of the Fenway event after a strong showing at the national tournaments as a member of the Scorpions, and Law writes that Veen “might have the best swing in the draft class.”

Abel is sure to go in the first round, and has participated in each of the first three International Week events; he was too sick to actually pitch at the most recent event, but still showed up, which spoke volumes to his already obvious character.  Law writes that Abel has been on scouts radars ever since a dazzling performance at 2018 International Week, held at Camelback Ranch.

Lange inarguably did more for his draft stock than any pitcher at this year’s IW, and has since reached 100 miles per hour from the mound.  Law writes that Lange has a “(Max) Scherzer delivery and body,” with a very fast and loose arm.

Crews was one of the main attractions on that Scorpions team that also featured Veen and Drew Romo, and Law writes that he has “a great, fluid right-handed swing and solid-average tools across the board.”

Calabrese wowed scouts with his speed on the basepaths and range in the outfield as a member of the Ontario Blue Jays at the national tournaments and with the World Team at International Week, where he hit an inside the park home run.  Law lists him as an 80 runner and potential “70 or better” defender.

Hence drew crowds during his appearance with the Sticks at the national tournaments, and did the same on the bump for the National Team at International Week as well.

Mike Ashmore

Mike Ashmore is a veteran baseball writer with 15 years experience in the business.He's covered the last four World Series, and has also worked everything ranging from the MLB All-Star Game to the World Baseball Classic.In addition to his role working for Program 15, the 34-year-old New Jersey native currently serves as the beat writer of the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League as well as national hockey writer and New York Giants beat reporter for The Trentonian.Ashmore has worked the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Final, Frozen Four, Daytona 500, major UFC events and much more as he approaches 2,000 games covered in his career.
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