The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020

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The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020

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The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020

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7. Blaze Jordan

DeSoto Central’s Blaze Jordan hits against George County on Saturday, May 19, 2018, in the MHSAA State Baseball Championships at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. (Photo: Chris Todd/For Clarion Ledger)

School: DeSoto Central (Southaven, Mississippi)
Sport: Baseball
Position: Third baseman
College: Mississippi State

Blaze Jordan presents an interesting case for multiple reasons. We’ll start with the most exciting part of his game, the thing that has helped him blow up nationally and go viral for his talents: home runs.

Jordan has hit the ball 500 feet in Home Run derbies. He said there aren’t any measurements in games at DeSoto Central, but he’s confident some have eclipsed 400, maybe 450 feet. It’s not just because of his metal bat; at the Perfect Game Showcase in Phoenix this summer, he was cranking them into the Chase Field bleachers with wood.

The second piece is that Jordan reclassified to 2020. He was the longtime No. 1 player in the 2021 class, but with the move up, it’ll be interesting to see where he stacks up against some of the top players in the class. The most recent update on the site has him at No. 2, behind Mick Abel. The former No. 1 player, Pete Crow-Armstrong, is now No. 5.

Jordan has a couple goals this year. He wants to work at defense – this could boost him well up the 2020 draft board if he can become a better fielder – and be more patient at the plate.

With the skills he’s proven and the intrigue going into this season, Jordan is one of the names to watch this year. Plus, his name is really great.

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