I feel like the local angle is probably less important to this regime, not that it should have ever been important. It doesn't even make sense in baseball, where it takes so long for a player to arrive. In basketball or football fans have an immediate connection, and the player can reap an immediate endorsement benefit (even if it's small fry stuff). Nobody cared about Mike Trout's hometown when he was in the draft. Obviously Bitsko would get a few more articles in the papers if they take him but that's about it.
I would think the short-term history is most relevant here. Three straight college picks preceded by two straight HS disappointments (I won't say "bust" about Moniak yet). And a spectacular college pick (which at the time was conservative/safe) before that.
FWIW, Yankees picks have been three college and three HS over last six years, and all the college guys were pitchers.
The wild card is obviously the virus, which has variables involving scouting, signability and development. If they take a college guy would he actually spend the rest of the year in Philly? Not sure you could do that unless he was truly available to play, as the 50-man taxi squad limit is as much a medical precaution as a roster rule. If you take a high school kid does he not even get to Lakewood until mid-2021 (starting next year at the complex if there's no Williamsport)? Or is anyone they take going to get packed off to Driveline or some other private situation for the rest of 2020, worked out by the team or agent?