2019 Prospects of the Year!

Julio Rodriguez, West Virginia Power, July 13, 2019. Photo credit @PatrickCavey, Breaking Down the Future on Facebook.

We polled the Twitterverse for two weeks between September 3rd and September 16th. There was a different poll each day for the following positions:

C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF (3), UT (one extra hitter), SP (4) and RP

Our Prospects of the Year team is comprised of 14 players. This recap includes the polls so you can see which players won, which players may have just missed out, and what the percentages were in each poll.

Scott Greene spoke with Chris Welsh (@IsItTheWelsh) on the #ProspectOne podcast to discuss our Prospects1500 Prospects of the Year. You can listen to that episode here!

Here is our Prospects1500 Prospects of the Year team, as voted in by our staff, readers and followers! Thanks everyone for participating.

CatcherDaulton Varsho, ARI
2019 stats for Varsho: .301/.378/.520/.899, 206 TB, 18 HR, 58 RBI, 21 SB, 159 wRC+ in 108 games for Jackson Generals (AA). Southern League All-Star & named to the Futures Game.

First BaseRyan Mountcastle, BAL
2019 MiLB stats for Mountcastle: .312/.344/.527/.871, 274 TB, 25 HR, 83 RBI, 2 SB, 117 wRC+ in 127 games for Norfolk Tides (AAA). Triple-A All-Star.

Second BaseXavier Edwards, SD
2019 MiLB stats for Edwards: .322/.375/.396/.771, 199 TB, 1 HR, 43 RBI, 34 SB, A 135/A+ 100 wRC+ in 123 games between Fort Wayne Tin Caps (A) and Lake Elsinore Storm (A+). Midwest League All-Star.

Third BaseAlec Bohm, PHI
2019 MiLB stats for Bohm: .305/.378/.518/.896, 246 TB, 21 HR, 80 RBI, 6 SB, A 194/A+ 165/AA 146 wRC+ in 125 games between Lakewood BlueClaws (A), Clearwater Threshers (A+) and Reading Fightins (AA). Played in the Futures Game.

ShortstopGavin Lux, LAD
2019 MiLB stats for Lux: .347/.421/.607/1.028, 278 TB, 26 HR, 76 RBI, 10 SB, AA 147/AAA 188 wRC+ in 113 games between Tulsa Drillers (AA) and Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA). Named Dodgers‘ Minor League Player of the Year. Played in the Futures Game.

OutfieldLuis Robert, CWS
2019 MiLB stats for Robert: .328/.376/.624/1.001, 314 TB, 32 HR, 92 RBI, 36 SB, 305/155/136 wRC+ (3 levels) in 122 games between Winston-Salem Dash (A+), Birmingham Barons (AA) & Charlotte Knights (AAA). Named MLB Pipeline Hitter of the Year, Southern League All-Star Game MVP, and played in the Futures Game.

OutfieldJulio Rodriguez, SEA
2019 MiLB stats for JRod: .326/.390/.540/.929, 177 TB, 12 HR, 69 RBI, 1 SB, 164 wRC+ in 84 games between West Virginia Power (A) and Modesto Nuts (A+). Slashed .462/.514/.738/1.252 in only 17 High-A games to end the season, w/243 wRC+.

OutfieldJarred Kelenic, SEA
2019 #MiLB stats for Jarred Kelenic: .291/.364/.540/.904, 239 TB, 31 2B, 5 3B, 23 HR, 68 RBI, 20 SB, 152 wRC+ in 117 games between (3 levels): West Virginia Power (A), Modesto Nuts (A+) and Arkansas Travelers (AA). Played in the Futures Game & named Mariners Minor League Hitter of the Year.

UT (extra hitter)Wander Franco, TB
2019 MiLB stats for Franco: .327/.398/.487/.885, 207 TB, 9 HR, 53 RBI, 18 SB, A 155/A+ 157 wRC+ in 114 games between Bowling Green Hot Rods (A) & Charlotte StoneCrabs (A+). Midwest League All-Star and played in the Futures Game.

Starting PitcherMacKenzie Gore, SD
2019 MiLB stats for Gore: 20 GS, 1.69 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 2.77 FIP, 35.7% K%, 7.4% BB%, 135 K in 101 IP between Lake Elsinore Storm (A+) & Amarillo Sod Poodles (AA). California League All-Star and played in the Futures Game.

Starting PitcherGrayson Rodriguez, BAL
2019 MiLB stats for Rodriguez: 20 GS, 2.68 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 2.64 FIP, 34.2% K%, 9.6% BB%, 129 K in 94 IP for Delmarva Shorebirds (A). South Atlantic League All-Star and played in the Futures Game.

Starting PitcherTarik Skubal, DET
2019 MiLB stats for Skubal: 24 GS, 2.42 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 2.11 FIP, 36.5% K%, 7.6% BB%, 13.13 K/9, 179 K in 122.2 IP between Lakeland Flying Tigers (A+) & Erie Seawolves (AA). Florida State League All-Star.

Starting PitcherMatt Manning, DET
2019 MiLB stats for Manning: 24 GS, 2.56 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 2.53 FIP, 28.1% K%, 7.2% BB%, 10.0 K/9, 148 K in 133.2 IP for Erie Seawolves (AA). Eastern League All-Star and played in the Futures Game.

Relief PitcherJames Karinchak, CLE
2019 MiLB stats for Karinchak: 30 G (13 GF), 8 SV, 2.67 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 1.20 FIP, 59.2% K%, 13.6% BB%, 22.0 K/9 with 74 K in 30.1 IP between Akron RubberDucks (AA) and Columbus Clippers (AAA), and 3 games at Rookie level.

Some names that were not included in these polls that probably should have been, and they were definitely worthy of consideration:
C Alejandro Kirk, TOR
C Francisco Alvarez
1B Jared Walsh, LAA
2B Josh Rojas, ARI
3B Ty France, SD
3B Nolan Jones, CLE
3B Isaac Paredes, DET
SS Ryan Vilade, COL
SS Marco Luciano, SF
SS Tyler Freeman, CLE
OF Trevor Larnach, MIN
OF Gilberto Jimenez, BOS
OF Heliot Ramos, SF
OF Canaan Smith, NYY
OF Steele Walker, CWS
SP Sixto Sanchez, MIA
SP Ian Anderson, ATL
SP Ethan Hankins, CLE
SP Jordan Balazovic, MIN
SP Brailyn Marquez, CHC
SP Damon Jones, PHI
SP Zac Lowther, BAL
RP Junior Fernandez, STL

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1 Comment

  1. Voters and you guys missed the mark by not having Jo Adell in the polls, then give the honorable mention to Walsh. He was simply called up out of necessity. He sits ranked 22 in our farm, Adell #1.

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