Drafted: 3rd round, 95th overall
AGE/DOB: 18, May 26, 2002
SCHOOL: Mira Costa HS (Manhattan Beach, CA)
- Baseball America- 82
- Fangraphs- 59
- MLB.com- 76
- IBI- 55
Willie Hood: The California native changed high schools his senior year but was unable to establish his presence on the field because of the Coronavirus shutdown. A University of Texas commit, he appeared in the MLB-High School All-Star game in Cleveland last Summer. The talented centerfielder displays an advanced approach at the plate and should be a top of the order type hitter. Halpin continues to get stronger and displays improving projectable tools (video). Expect Halpin to receive an over-slot signing bonus to forego his college commitment to Texas.
The athletic centerfielder displays plus speed in the grass and on the bases. He is a table-setter type of hitter slotting toward the top of a lineup. Halpin displays an average hit tool (projecting for more) and the ability to make adjustments at the plate. The left-handed hitter possesses below-average power that should develop into average power as he continues to get stronger. Defensively, he possesses a strong plus throwing arm and a quality glove in centerfield. Long-term Halpin displays enough projection to develop into everyday centerfielder at maturity.
Jeff Ellis: Petey Halpin is a player I discussed as an Indians target back in August. The Indians tend to mind Calfornia and Georgia in particular. They used an age-based model that favors youth, Halpin did not turn 18 until the end of May. He has an advanced approach at the plate that uses all fields and shows patience and the willingness to work counts. The only knock is his size, which is something the Indians seem to target. I have never had it confirmed, but I think they view size as a bit overrated and a market inefficiency. One might think that due to his size, he lacks power, and that is just not the case. He is in the top 10% of all high school hitters in exit velocity and bat speed according to Perfect Game data. He is a potential five-tool talent, and in terms of pick value, he is the best one they have had. There were those who thought he and PCA were very close in terms of ability. – https://mlbdraftnow.blogspot.com/
Press release: This was his first season at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California. But after five games, the season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Halpin, who spent his first three years at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California, Halpin also competed in the inaugural High School MLB All-star game last year in Cleveland
MLB.com on Halpin
Comments: Halpin wasn’t considered an elite-level player as the summer showcase circuit started last summer, as evidenced by him not getting an invite to either the Perfect Game All-American Classic or the Under Armour All-American Game. But a strong performance in the PDP League led to a spot at the MLB High School All-Star Game in Cleveland and he performed well later in the summer at the Area Code Games to put him more firmly on the map.
The outfielder often displays impressive tools across the board. He’s a plus runner, one who led the PDP League by going a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts, and that speed allows him to cover a lot of ground in the outfield. He also has a very strong arm, one that’s been up to 92 mph off the mound. He makes loud contact consistently from the left side of the plate and while he’s hit over power now, he’s shown the ability to drive the ball and was launching balls out at Angels Stadium this past fall during the Angels Elite showcase, the same event where 2019 first-rounder Keoni Cavaco showed up for the first time.
Halpin, who initially committed to UCLA but then decided to head out of state and play at Texas should the Draft not work out, might be underestimated by some scouts. Pete Crow-Armstrong is the more famous name among California prep outfielders, but don’t be surprised if Halpin isn’t all that far behind him.
Photo: Perfect Game Video