With the 57th pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Minnesota Twins have selected Alerick Soularie, an outfielder from the University of Tennesee.
Soularie is a prospect that can really hit. In 16 games for the volunteers he put up a slash line of .267/.392/.533 with a double and 5 homers. That is quite a bit down from last season, when he hit an amazing .357/.466/1.068 with 13 doubles and 11 homers.
Soularie is probably a bat-first kind of prospect, with a 55 grade hit tool and 50 grade power according to MLB pipeline. He is not particularly fast and has a weaker arm, but Pipeline also gives him a 50 grade fielding tool, which means he should at least be able to hold is own in leftfield, although he has practiced a bit at second base while in college.
MLB Pipeline had Soularie listed as the 105th best prospect in the draft, and Baseball America had him listed at 175. While that looks like a reach, remember that in 2018 the Twins had a similar draft (with no competitive balance round or third round pick) and they “reached” even more for Ryan Jeffers, who is now our top catching prospect and a top 10 prospect for the Twins overall. Soularie clearly fits the mold the team likes to draft, regardless of ranking.
Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach, Brent Rooker, Akil Baddoo, Matt Wallner, Gilbert Celestino, Misael Urbina, Emmanuel Rodriguez, Gabriel Maciel.
MLB Pipeline has these 9 outfielders listed within the Twins’ top 30 prospect list.
You can now add Alerick Soularie to that list, continuing to build incredible prospect depth in the oufield.
The Twins’ next pick will be the 128th pick, during the 4th round.