2019 MLB Top 100 Prospects

Below is my annual prospect list. Take what you want from this list. I am not paid by a team, nor do I have the opportunity to view many of these players in person. It’s just one of the hundreds of lists that you can compare it to each year. I am a husband, father, and teacher, so I can’t devote as much time as I used to towards writing, but I thoroughly enjoy compiling this list before each season and revisiting it at the midpoint of the year.

Courtesy: Yahoo

1. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., TOR, 3B

He may have reported to camp in what the kids say would be “thicc”, but he is going to hit…and he is also going to spend time in the minors due to the nature of team-control and budgetary restrictions that teams have put on themselves, rather than just focusing on winning. You have to love his comps: a blend of his father and Miguel Cabrera – you’d take that every chance you could, right?

2. Fernando Tatis, Jr., SD, SS

Freakishly athletic and strong. He won’t make the contact that Vlad, Jr. will, but he’s a special player. Remember, he was part of the package from the White Sox for…James Shields. Ouch.

3. Eloy Jimenez, CWS, OF

Big and strong with light tower power, playing half of his games in a bandbox. He’ll compete for some MVPs on offensive numbers alone.

4. Wander Franco, TB, SS

After the success of Juan Soto and Ronald Acuna, Jr., many prospect lovers will clamor for Franco to be the next elite-level teenager in the majors. He won the Appalachian League ROY after posting 28 extra-base hits in just 242 ABs, walking more than he struck out at the tender age of 17. He’s going to be at the top of this list once the other three crack the bigs by June.

5. Victor Robles, WAS, OF

When Bryce Harper signed with the Phillies, PECOTA had the Nationals with about the same projected number of wins. Why? Because – IF – Robles can stay healthy, he is capable of production across the board offensively, with elite defense. With Robles and Soto in Washington, they’ll be okay.

6. Jo Adell, LAA, OF

Adell just hurt himself in spring training while running the bases, but he’s proven to be an athletic super-talent. With all of the “how much money can Mike Trout earn” articles after the signings of Harper and Manny Machado this offseason, perhaps the Angels could reach to their minor leagues instead of their pockets for their next star.

7. Forrest Whitley, HOU, RHP

He’s a monster. He also has been caught cheating already. Based on what Trevor Bauer says about Astros’ pitchers, he’ll fit right in. He’s a potential ace for a team with two of them on their current roster. If he stays healthy, he could be Houston’s third-best pitcher by the end of the season.

Courtesy: Cincinnati.com

8. Nick Senzel, CIN, INF/OF

Cincinnati management keeps saying that he could open the year in center. He’s an athlete, but there could be some growing pains for people who are used to watching Billy Hamilton patrol center. Still, with the albatross that Hamilton was at the dish, Senzel could stay on the bench and leave center empty and STILL look like a better player than Hamilton did at times.

9. Royce Lewis, MIN, SS

Things are coming together. Speed, power, and developing patience will make it a race to the top between Lewis and Franco as the next young superstar shortstop.

10. Kyle Tucker, HOU, OF

Some are going to sour on him due to his struggles in his cup of coffee last season; however, there’s still a lot to like here, and he’s still quite worthy of the ranking.

11. Keston Hiura, MIL, 2B

A second baseman who can’t absolutely rake, he’ll just need to get a better approach to truly grasp his potential. He’ll be up quickly in 2019 and is proving capable in his early spring efforts.

12. Alex Kirilloff, MIN, OF

Kirilloff is a gifted hitter. He has a solid approach and will be a difficult player to hold back for long. Minnesota has a bright outlook in Double-A this year with this guy and Lewis.

13. Bo Bichette, TOR, SS

Bichette gets lost in the sparkle surrounding Guerrero, but he is an elite prospect in his own right. His speed and gap power could continue to inflate his stock if and when those doubles turn into bombs.

14. Taylor Trammell, CIN, OF

Trammell is a potential fantasy monster. He reminds me of what Gregory Polanco was supposed to become. The Double-A test will go a long way in determining whether he can be a piece to build around or just another part.

Courtesy: NBC Sports

15. Jesus Luzardo, OAK, LHP

The numbers are insane. His opportunities this spring have been dominant. He could be the best A’s pitcher the moment that he takes the mound, and he could be this year’s version of Walker Buehler for fantasy teams.

16. Brendan Rodgers, COL, SS

The Troy Tulowitzki comparisons were unfair. A breathing shortstop with any offensive abilities will have to live with that in Colorado for a long time. Still, Rodgers is an intriguing piece. Keeping Nolen Arenado around for the long haul will keep the Rockies offense relevant, and Rodgers could be another part to trouble the opposition.

17. MacKenzie Gore, SD, LHP

His first full season didn’t have the dominant numbers of his first taste of the minors, but the stuff is still there. He has No.1 potential on stuff alone. His lanky frame allows for projectability so it could get better by the time he lands in San Diego.

18. Casey Mize, DET, RHP

He was the first overall pick, a college arm, and has electric stuff. The Tigers are going to be awful. He’ll move quickly and will be their ace in short order.

19. Sixto Sanchez, MIA, RHP

His inclusion in the deal for J.T. Realmuto was what was holding up the deal. It finally happened and the deal was consummated. He’ll become solid and the Marlins will trade him, as they do everyone. Enjoy him while he’s there, Marlin fan.

20. Nick Madrigal, CWS, 2B

Yoan Moncada was moved to third. It wasn’t for Yolmer Sanchez. Madrigal can hit. He isn’t big and he isn’t going to be a masher, but he’ll get on base and he will hit a ton.

21. Carter Kieboom, WAS, SS

Kieboom has an interesting blend of power and contact skills. His approach could lead to further growth offensively.

22. Dylan Cease, CWS, RHP

Harnessing his stuff is all that is necessary for this right-hander to be ready for the bigs. He’ll have big K numbers but he must cut back on free passes before he is truly ready.

23. Alex Reyes, STL, RHP

Has he been on this list for a decade yet? Seems like it! The Cardinals rotation is a guess due to the issues with Carlos Martinez and his constant injuries and Adam Wainwright another year older. Reyes is in a prime position to be an asset this season.

24. Luis Urias, SD, INF

Another small guy who can do a little bit of everything. Is he a shortstop or a second baseman? The two-year contract that Ian Kinsler signed could mean that Urias is at short until Tatis is ready. Will he prove himself worthy enough to take over the keystone by that point?

25. Brendan McKay, TB, LHP/DH

The first baseman/pitcher project has officially died. McKay will take on the dreaded DH label early for those of you who enjoy fantasy baseball. Still, that arm could be special enough, and it is special enough, to warrant this spot.

26. Keibert Ruiz, LAD, C

Honeywell and his screwball are making a comeback from TJ surgery.

27. Brent Honeywell, TB, RHP

28. Francisco Mejia, SD, C

He can mash. Austin Hedges is great defensively but won’t be able to hold him back for too long.

29. Alex Verdugo, LAD, OF

30. Chris Paddack, SD, RHP

31. Mitch Keller, PIT, RHP

Courtesy: True Blue LA

32. Dustin May, LAD, RHP

His hair is disgusting. Worse than Clint Frazier‘s ever was. Disturbing enough to make you forget about how great his arm is.

33. Ian Anderson, ATL, RHP

34. Mike Soroka, ATL, RHP

35. Austin Riley, ATL, 3B

36. Jazz Chizholm, ARZ, SS

37. Nolan Gorman, STL, 3B

38. Michael Kopech, CWS, RHP

39. Joey Bart, SF, C

40. Vidal Brujan, TB, 2B

41. A.J. Puk, OAK, LHP

42. Kyle Wright, ATL, RHP

43. Yordan Alvarez, HOU, OF

44. Triston McKenzie, CLE, RHP

45. Cristian Pache, ATL, OF

46. Brusdar Graterol, MIN, RHP

47. Gavin Lux, LAD, INF

48. Justus Sheffield, SEA. LHP

49. Jonathan India, CIN, 3B

50. Jesus Sanchez, TB, OF

51. Yusniel Diaz, BAL, OF

52. Hunter Greene, CIN, RHP

53. Luis Patino, SD, RHP

54. Luis Robert, CWS, OF

55. Ke’Bryan Hayes, PIT, 3B

56. Peter Alonso, NYM, 1B

57. Andres Gimenez, NYM, SS

58. Nolan Jones, CLE, 3B

59. Sculy Matias, KC, OF

HUGE power.

60. Danny Jansen, TOR, C

61. Adonis Medina, PHI, RHP

62. Ryan Mountcastle, BAL, 3B

63. Jarred Kelernic, SEA, OF

64. Bubba Thompson, TEX, OF

65. Bryse Wilson, ATL, RHP

66. Leody Taveras, TEX, OF

67. Corbin Martin, HOU, RHP

68. Brady Singer, KC, RHP

69. DL Hall, BAL, LHP

70. Alec Bohm, PHI, 3B

71. Estevan Florial, NYY, OF

72. Josh James, HOU, RHP

73. William Contreras, ATL, C

He’s 6’6″…at SS.
Courtesy: Pirates Prospects

74. Oneil Cruz, PIT, SS

He’s a HUGE kid. It’ll be interesting if he is a SS long-term or not.

75. Adrian Morejon, SD, LHP

76. Khalil Lee, KC, OF

77. Dakota Hudson, STL, RHP

If he gets a rotation spot, he’ll never lose it. He could be special.

78. Jon Duplantier, ARZ, RHP

79. Drew Waters, ATL, OF

80. Jonathan Loaisiga, NYY, RHP

81. Nate Pearson, TOR, RHP

82. MJ Melendez, KC, C

83. Jahmai Jones, LAA, 2B

84. Ronaldo Hernandez, TB, C

85. Sandy Alcantara, MIA, RHP

86. Matt Manning, DET, RHP

87. Matthew Liberatore, TB, LHP

88. Touki Toussaint, ATL, RHP

89. Dane Dunning, CWS, RHP

90. Luis Garcia, WAS, INF

91. Daulton Varsho, ARZ, C

92. Lucius Fox, TB, C

93. Travis Swaggerty, PIT, OF

94. Nico Hoerner, CHC, SS

95. Michael Chavis, BOS, 1B/3B

96. Sean Murphy, OAK, C

97. Brandon Lowe, TB, 2B

98. Will Smith, LAD, C

99. Garrett Hampson, COL, INF

100. Griffin Canning, LAA, RHP

 

 

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