Future Stars Series Alums Featured In Updated MLB Pipeline 2020 MLB Draft Rankings

December 5, 2019

According to the just-released MLB Pipeline 2020 MLB Draft rankings, eight among the draft-eligible who have played for the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series powered by Program 15 are among the updated Top 100, led by three-time International Week participant Mick Abel, who is the second-ranked high school prospect.

The NBBFSS alums listed are as follows:

8 – Mick Abel
22 – Zac Veen
26 – Drew Romo
43 – Petey Halpin
44 – Dylan Crews
83 – Nolan McLean
86 – Markevian “Tink” Hence
88 – David Calabrese

8) Mick Abel

Abel, who was named to his third straight International Week roster and had been earning accolades with the Future Stars Series far before other national events caught on, is the most seasoned participant at Program 15 events.  He first dazzled at the inaugural series of national tournaments as a member of 503 Baseball, which led to his first invite to International Week in Sugar Land, where he threw well despite being the youngest player on either roster.  Abel really made his mark at last year’s event at Camelback Ranch, however, where he struck out five and recorded the save in the event-clinching Game 3.  He is regarded by many as the top prep pitcher in the upcoming 2020 MLB Draft, and is currently committed to Oregon State.

22) Zac Veen

Veen was one of the true breakout stars of the most recent Future Stars Series International Week event; he hit only the second home run in International Week history in Game 1 at Pawtucket, and reached base six times during the three-game event.

26) Drew Romo

Romo stood out as a member of Scorpions Baseball Club at the 2020 grad class tournament, with both his ability to switch-hit and his elite-level defense behind the plate garnering plenty of well-deserved attention.  Romo is committed to Louisiana State University, and is nearly universally ranked as the top prep catcher in the upcoming 2020 MLB Draft.  He was slated to play for the National Team at this year’s International Week event, but was ultimately unable to attend.

43) Petey Halpin

Few did more for their draft stock than Halpin did in front of a huge crowd of MLB scouts and executives during International Week.  He dominated at the International Week event, going 6-for-8 with four RBI and four walks.

44) Dylan Crews

Crews has long been one of the top prospects in the country, and first showcased that with the Future Stars Series during the most recent national tournaments as a member of a loaded Scorpions team.  He then followed that up with a strong showing at International Week, including a long double off the Green Monster at Fenway Park.

83) Nolan McLean

As a member of Dirtbags Baseball, McLean made waves as a true two-way talent at the most recent 2020 grad class tournament in Cypress, Texas and touched 96 miles per hour to earn the highest velocity from the mound at the event.  Uncommitted as of mid-August, McLean has been a very quick riser in the 2020 MLB Draft rankings.  McLean was set to attend this year’s International Week event, but ultimately was unable to play.

86) Markevian “Tink” Hence

Hence made waves as a member of Sticks Baseball during the most recent national tournaments, but got scouts talking with his International Week performance, where he struck out three batters in relief at Fenway Park.

88) David Calabrese

The Canadian-born outfielder had a breakout showing at the most recent national tournaments, where he flashed his speed on the basepaths and range in the field on numerous occasions.  He followed that up with a big performance at International Week, where he delivered a dramatic inside-the-park home run.

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