Tale of the Tape: Nick Loftin vs Alika Williams


David Seifert
Director of College Scouting

Welcome to Draft HQ's War Room. It's time to start breaking down the nitty-gritty of the top prospects for the 2020 MLB Draft.

In Round 1 of our Tale of the Tape series, we ring the bell for an in-depth match-up of the top two college shortstops. Both come from Power 5 conferences and have performed well against top competition. Both were members of the USA Collegiate National Team last summer. And both are safe bets to be future Big Leaguers. Who would you pick? Let's go to the Tape...

NICK LOFTIN
                       vs ALIKA WILLIAMS
SS Position SS
R/R Bats/Throws R/R
6-1 Height 6-2
180 Weight 175
STATISTICAL ANALYSIS by D1Baseball
84.1 Overall Score 83.8
77.5    Hit Ability 79.8
80.8    Game Power 75.7
85.0    Plate Discipline 86.1
TOOLS (20-80 Pro Scale)  Present/Future
60 Athleticism 60
55/55 Run 55/55
4.20    Home-1B 4.20
55/60 Throw 60/60
50/55 Defend 55/65
50/50    Range 55/60
40/55 Hit Ability 30/50
50/55 Raw Power 30/45
40/50 Game Power 30/40
INSIDE THE TOOLS
88.7 mph Avg Exit Velo 90.2 mph
106.8 mph Max Exit Velo 104.4 mph
14.5 degrees Launch Angle 18.9 degrees
40.50% Ground Ball Rate 30.40%
8.58% 2019-20 K Rate 9.40%
7.05% 2019-20 BB Rate 12.35%
26.90% Chase Rate 27.70%
3.9 Pitches/Plate Appearance 3.6
12.70% Swing/Miss Rate 11.90%
6.80% Swing/Miss Rate in Zone 6.30%


It's an extremely close call. Williams scores some points with a slight defensive advantage, possessing more arm strength and range, while Loftin has more present strength and juice in the bat. This one's a tossup, but we have to make the call:

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