Red Soxs select Blaze Jordan at No. 89 - 2020 MLB draft
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Red Sox select Blaze Jordan at No. 89 in 2020 MLB draft

By Tommy Fradenburg

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local | See @tommyfradenburg

With the 89th pick in the 2020 MLB draft, the Boston Red Sox selected 17-year-old Blaze Jordan from DeSoto High School, Mississippi.

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Jordan, who re-classed in to be draft eligible this year; hit for a career .440 average with 19 home runs and 98 runs batted in. He is one of the youngest players in the draft class, but the 2020 Gatorade Mississippi Baseball Player of the Year said he’s ready to head to the next level.

“Pursuing my career, whether it’s to go to college or being able to sign professionally and being able to go along with my career and better myself,” he told Baseball America about the decision.

“We just thought that was in the best interest for me and my family.”

With an abbreviated five-round draft due to COVID-19, every team has been incredibly careful about each of their selections.

“You always have that in your mind and you’re looking at the entire draft as a way to maximize the amount of talent that you bring in,” said Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom.

Getting to Know Blaze Jordan

Jordan is a power-hitting third baseman who originally committed to play college baseball at Mississippi State; and measures in a 6’2″, 220-pounds. MLB.com ranked him as the 42nd overall prospect in the draft class; thanks in part to the ability he’s shown to mash the baseball.

“Few players in the 2020 Draft can do more damage to a baseball than Jordan,” reads MLB’s scouting report on Jordan.

“His combination of impressive strength and bat speed allows him to hit mammoth blasts without a lot of loft in his right-handed stroke, and he recorded the highest exit velocity (106.9 mph) at the World Wood Bat Association World Championship in October.”

Jordan began flashing the bat on a national stage at the age of 11; when he won his first home run derby at Globe Life Park in Arlington Texas. He captured attention then by sending a ball flying nearly 400 feet; and again two years later when he smacked two 500+ foot dingers as a 13-year-old.

Last year he participated in and won the High School home run derby held during MLB All Star weekend; hitting 27 long balls in the contest.

He’s also spent time developing his game with former minor leaguer turned youth coach Tim Dulin. Jordan began working with Dulin (who has also trained players like former MVP and Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts) at the age of four.

Even then Dulin said he knew Jordan had special talent, citing his raw power and “great wrists.”

Who he joins

Under normal circumstances the MLB draft would go on for 40 rounds; meaning Jordan would join dozens of other young players in Boston’s minor league system.

But due to restrictions born from the Coronavirus pandemic, the event consisted of a much shorter five rounds. The Red Sox were limited even further, as MLB stripped them of their second round pick this year as punishment for their 2018 sign-stealing.

So what three prospects are joining Jordan in Boston? Below is the complete Boston Red Sox 2020 draft class.

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FIRST ROUND (17th overall) Nick Yorke: 18-year-old second baseman from San Jose, California.

FOURTH ROUND (118th overall) Jeremy Wu-Yellend: 21-year-old pitcher from the University of Hawai’i

FIFTH ROUND (148th overall) Shane Drohan: 21-year-old pitcher from Florida State University

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