With the 24th pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Rays have selected right-handed pitcher Nick Bitsko out of Central Bucks High School East in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Bitsko, who re-classified into this year’s high school graduating class and won’t even turn 18 years old until next week, has sky-high potential and a 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame that is extremely well-developed for his age. He throws a fastball that already sits in the mid-90s and obviously has the potential to touch triple digits as he matures, and his curveball is already elite.
Bitsko is a bit more mysterious than Mick Abel, the other top prep right-hander in this draft class, just because he was being scouted as a junior rather than a senior until rather recently and missed out on most of his final high school season, but he may have the most upside of any high school righty in this class. He needs to mix in his changeup more and would be wise to develop a fourth pitch if he’s going to be a starter in the big leagues, but it’s very easy to envision him developing into at least a mid-rotation option if he’s brought along by the right organization.