With the 89th pick of the 2020 MLB Draft, Chaim Bloom and the Red Sox made a huge splash by drafting Blaze Jordan, a 17-year-old third baseman out of Desoto Central High School in Southaven, Mississippi. The 2020 Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year is a gifted hitter who has elite power to all fields. If he chooses to join the Red Sox organization instead of going to college, the Red Sox may have found their next superstar.
Blaze Jordan became known nationally at a very young age when his power was showcased in many YouTube videos. After receiving so much national exposure, the phenom committed to Mississippi State University as an eighth grader. Jordan was supposed to be in the class of 2021, but he reclassified into the 2020 class last year, making him one of the youngest players in this year’s draft.
At a glance, it isn’t hard to see how much potential Jordan has. He already has an MLB ready body, standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing 222 lbs. This size gives Jordan great upside, especially after he’s developed and trained by a professional organization. On top of that, his hitting fundamentals are very advanced compared to other prospects. In other words, although he has a lot potential to improve, Jordan is already a very polished offensive player.
Another great characteristic of Blaze Jordan is that he thrives in the spotlight, which is very important considering he’ll be playing in a city where the fans are extremely passionate and their expectations are sky high. At every Perfect Game showcase Jordan’s been to, he’s always been the center of attention due to the fact that he was an internet sensation at such a young age. Being such a highly touted prospect, everyone is always watching him very closely to see if he lives up to the hype. Despite being under this pressure, he never fails to impress scouts. In fact, Jordan was the #1 player in the 2021 class all throughout high school until he reclassified. Blaze Jordan shined on an even bigger stage last July when he won the MLB High School Home Run Derby at Progressive Field in Cleveland, beating out AJ Vukovich in the final round, who was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 119th pick of the 2020 draft. The distance of Jordan’s home runs was just as impressive as the amount that he hit. At the end of the day, Blaze Jordan has power that inevitably gives him a higher ceiling than other young players.
It may concern you that Blaze Jordan is a third baseman, which is a position that should belong to Rafael Devers for many years to come. With that said, this is no issue because Blaze Jordan played first base in the beginning of his high school career and switched to third base after becoming more athletic. His versatility allows him to play either corner infield spot. Thinking about a lineup with Devers and Jordan back to back is very exciting and it could become a reality in a few years.
As long as Blaze Jordan can defend at an MLB caliber level, expect him to eventually be a key part of a Red Sox lineup that already has a ton of young talent. I believe that Jordan would be wise to sign with the Red Sox rather than go to Mississippi State because he will have the opportunity to learn from coaches who developed Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers, and so many other great players into the stars that they are today. Blaze Jordan is ready to become a professional baseball player.