Robert Hassell lll is Vanderbilt’s top 2020 baseball commit and has a big decision to make in the coming weeks. Whether he signs a multi-million dollar contract with a pro team or comes to Nashville and plays for Coach Corbin, Hassell is one heck of a baseball player.
The Tennessee native, attends Independence High School in Franklin. At 6’2 195 lbs, Hassell had a very impressive career .415 BA, 96 runs, 22 HR, and 89 RBI, per Perfect Game. He also recently repeated as the Tennessee Gatorade player of the year.
Four other VandyBoys commits received the same award in their state. These include LHP Hunter Owen, C Jack Bulger, OF Josh Baez, and RHP Christian Little.
In Jonathan Mayo’s recent mock draft on mlb.com, he predicts Hassell to go 10th overall to the Angels. Mayo has strong words for the young Tennessee native.
“He’s the best pure high school hitter in the class, he’s pretty athletic and his makeup is off the charts.”
That says a lot about Hassell’s potential and outlook as an outfielder who can be an elite defender and hit the ball at a high rate.
The Tennessean’s Tom Kreager calls Hassell “a freak” at the plate. Meanwhile, Summit Baseball Coach, Chad Kirby calls Hassell one of the best hitters he’s ever seen.
“As a hitter, he’s the best I’ve seen (in high school), He’s a freak. He can run, hit, hit for power. He’s got the best strike zone recognition that I’ve ever seen.”
Robert Hassell III has some high praise from a few highly respected individuals surrounding prep baseball in Tennessee. June 10th’s MLB Draft will be a big day for the Independence product as he will hear his name called by commissioner Rob Manfred’s as he hopes to achieve his childhood dream.
On the contrary, many Commodore fans will be crossing their fingers that Hassell turns down a multi-million dollar contract and wear the black and gold. Right now, we’ll have to wait and see for Robert Hassell’s decision to go pro or attend college.