The 2019 MLB Futures Game should be quite the game to watch. For most Prospects1500 readers, the guys playing will be known. But for casual fans, the Futures Game may be their introduction to prospects. In particular other team’s prospects.
The table below includes all players selected for the game, along with their Prospects1500 preseason overall rank, Prospects1500 team rank, and team correspondent’s preseason comments.
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|Team||Player||Position||Preseason Overall Rank||Preseason Team Rank||Preseason Comments|
|ARI||Alek Thomas||OF||n/a||#7 (ARI)||Thomas hit .333/.395/.463 across two rookie leagues. He did it all in his debut. He handled CF, showed speed, got on base, and hit the ball the all fields. He’s small and lacks physical projection but he’s super strong already. His approach is very mature for such a young high school draftee. Ideally Thomas becomes a lead-off hitter that gets on base and steals a ton, with a little pop. Thomas already appears to be a steal at #63 overall in the 2018 draft.|
|ARI||Daulton Varsho||C||#96||#4 (ARI)||Varsho is living up to the hype. Early worries about him sticking at C, are slowly fading. His defense has been good enough, with a decent CS%, and positive reviews of his athleticism and pitch framing. He hit .294/.367/.475 , 121 wRC+, with 12 HR in 354 PA. He missed over a month with a broken hamate bone, but returned and then finished off the season in the Arizona Fall League. His speed is real, not just for a catcher. Fantasy owners can dream on his 15+HR 20+ SB top 3 fantasy catcher upside.|
|ATL||Ian Anderson||RHP||#43||#5 (ATL)||There was much speculation when the Braves took Anderson 3rd overall in 2016 that his willingness to sign below slot was the determining factor. However, Anderson’s 2018 season, in which he reached Double-A, has allowed him to separate himself from a loaded core of young arms and prove his worthiness of such a high draft pick. Anderson throws three pitches, a fastball, curveball, and changeup. The curveball is a plus pitch at present. He has the ability to run the fastball into the mid 90’s but sits 93-94. The key to development is improving command. Pitching from an over-the-top arm slot, Anderson at times struggles to get maximal extension, which leads to struggles with command. When he is in sync, he can pound the bottom half of the zone with all three pitches.|
|ATL||Cristian Pache||OF||#50||#1B (ATL)||Pache profiles as a true five-tool talent, with three tools (defense, arm, and speed) grading 70-80 on the 2080 scale. At only 20, Pache has an athletic frame that can add good muscle without sacrificing his speed and quickness. The bat made great strides in 2018 with a career high 9 HR, the first 9 of his career. He still has a long ways to go in terms of improving pitch recognition. The walk rate doesn’t concern me because that will improve with experience. When a young player is learning to hit, I want them to be an aggressive and attack the fastball. As Pache continues to add strength and patience, the power will come. When it does, he could be the top prospect in all of baseball.|
|BAL||DL Hall||LHP||#117||#4 (BAL)||The Orioles top draft pick in 2017, Hall spent the entire season in Low-A Delmarva. As a high school draftee, the Orioles were cautious with Hall in his first full season and limited his innings. However in his 94 innings he was a force in the Sally league. He struck out 100 batters with a mid 90’s fastball and pinpoint control. Hall should move up to High A Frederick this year and could be a quality fantasy starter if it all comes together.|
|BAL||Grayson Rodriguez||RHP||n/a||#5 (BAL)||The Orioles grabbed another high school arm with their first pick in this past season’s amateur draft. At the time some thought the O’s may have reached for the strong arm right hander when they selected him with the 11th overall pick. But the Orioles were enamored with his power arm and ability to spin a curveball. Rodriguez was impressive in his limited pro debut in the Gulf Coast League and should follow the DL Hall roadmap and move up to Delmarva and see a slightly increased workload.|
|BOS||Jarren Duran||OF||n/a||#13 (BOS)||I’m going to toot my own horn and proclaim, you heard it here first. I saw Duran play in Lowell last season, just before he was promoted to Greenville. What a talent! He is Boston’s 7th round pick from 2018 and aside from the power, I’ll call him a 4-tool player. When your OPS is only points behind Chavis and Dalbec, I take notice.|
|CHC||Adbert Alzolay||RHP||#182||#2 (CHC)||After signing in 2013, Alzolay toiled in obscurity until bursting on the scene in 2017. Alzolay was readying himself to contribute in the majors in 2018 when sidelined by a lat strain. The injury effected his overall numbers, which does not reflect the how Alzolay was capable of dominating at times. While Alzolay has a four-pitch arsenal that he can command, it remains to be seen whether the Cubs will trust a rookie during their competitive window.|
|CHC||Miguel Amaya||C||#134||#3 (CHC)||The Cubs usually let their pitching staff call the shots as to who lines up behind the dish, which is why there are always persistent rumors over them acquiring a veteran backstop. It is why you can temper your enthusiasm over Amaya in spite his obvious talent. Despite a second half slump, Amaya hit a respectable .256/.349/.403/.752 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI in his first full season at 18 years old. Amaya is also a polished receiver. But with the Cubs having trouble finding playing time for two talented young catchers already in the majors, you have to wonder whether Amaya’s future is with this organization.|
|CIN||Taylor Trammell||OF||#16||#1 (CIN)||Without a doubt in my mind, Trammell is the hottest bat in the Reds minor league system right now; makes consistent contact, gets on base, and is always a threat to steal bases. In my view he’s a future All-Star.|
|CLE||Daniel Johnson||OF||n/a||#20 (CLE)||Johnson came over from the Nationals in the Yan Gomes deal as he was hopelessly blocked in the DC outfield. A speedster with a suspect hit tool, Johnson’s K rate spiked to 23% while his walk rate dropped below 6%. That trend speaks to the issues that might prevent him from ever getting to the show, but Johnson does spray the ball to all parts of the field and has some pop (8 HR). He missed time with a broken hamate bone, something that may have also negatively affected his numbers when he returned as well, but he also looked completely out of sorts in the AFL, hitting just .145 over 62 AB. Johnson is now in the right organization to have an opportunity, but if he can’t right the ship it won’t matter.|
|CLE||Nolan Jones||3B||#78||#1 (CLE)||Jones made significant strides in 2018, enough so to earn him top honors on this list. He should stick at 3B and start 2019 in AA. Drafted in 2016 and debuting as an 18-year old, Jones added some power in 2018 while not selling out to get to it. His average and OBP have remained solid, and he continued showing great plate discipline as evidenced by his 17.1 BB%. The K-rate may not improve much, as his swing is a bit long, but 25% is manageable as long as he continues to show solid pop and walk rates. Jones hit 19 HR across 2 levels, finishing with 30 games in High A and carrying an .871 OPS in the process. He ranked in the top 3 in wRC+ in both the Midwest and Carolina leagues.|
|COL||Ben Bowden||LHP||n/a||#24 (COL)||A second-round pick from Vanderbilt in 2016, Bowden was on the fast track to the Rockies’ bullpen when an injury put him on the shelf in spring 2017. In 2018 he had 78 strikeouts in 52 innings coming out of the bullpens in A-ball Asheville and Lancaster. He allows too many baserunners but his stuff could make the trio of prospective closers cited earlier into a quartet if he continues to improve. A stint at AA Hartford could propel him back up the ranks.|
|CWS||Nick Madrigal||2B||#39||#5 (CWS)||72 minor league plate appearances without a strikeout. 72! Madrigal arguably had the highest hit tool coming into the 2018 draft and showed everyone why. In 207 PA with Winston-Salem, Madrigal only struck out 5 times. That is roughly 2% of the time. This 2% K-rate will most likely increase in 2019, but impressed many in 2018. Across three different levels, Madrigal slashed .303/.353/.348. Clearly, the power is lacking, but when you can hit like Madrigal, you don’t need that type of power. Madrigal is in an interesting position, however, as he can play 2B and SS, but the White Sox already have Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson at the major league level. It’s a good problem to have, though, as I think Moncada may get some time at 3B this year to pave the way for Madrigal in 2020-2021.|
|CWS||Luis Robert||OF||#28||#3 (CWS)||Luis Robert had only 50 AB through the 2018 campaign playing ball at three different levels in the White Sox farm system. Injuries hindered a high expectation 2018 for Robert, however, Robert put that all behind him in the Arizona Fall League. In the AFL, Robert slashed .324/.367/.432. Along with that line, Robert also had 2 long balls and swiped 5 bags. At the plate, Robert also brought done his strikeout rate in the AFL compared to his 50 AB during the 2018 season which is something to keep an eye on moving forward in 2019. Apart from his bat and base running abilities, Robert’s glove has a lot of upside to it. Expect big things from Robert in 2019.|
|DET||Matt Manning||RHP||#56||#2 (DET)||Manning comes in behind Mize in these rankings but don’t let that fool you as his upside did not take a hit. Manning’s delivery is still a work in progress and as such his command and velocity have suffered some ups and downs. But make no mistake this kid has the stuff to be a front-line starter. Manning boasts a low 90’s fastball that he can bump up to 95-96 as needed. His change-up lags behind the FB but his curveball (as seen below) is a legitimate strikeout pitch and has the chance to be plus plus. Manning’s delivery flaws have the potential to keep him from reaching his ceiling but he has more than enough athleticism to make the necessary adjustments. Above all, Manning is still an elite prospect that has every chance to become a front-line starter for the Tigers.|
|DET||Isaac Paredes||3B||#121||#4 (DET)||This is a player that I like more than most in the industry as a whole, though many people are getting on his bandwagon as each day passes. When he was with the Cubs I think he got lost in the shuffle. Now that he is with the Tigers he is just starting to get the attention he deserves. Paredes has quick hands and wrists while having more raw power than you expect. He has great plate discipline for his age. He walked at an 11.8% rate last year and struck out at a 17.5% rate. Because Paredes can use all parts of the field I expect his impressive offensive profile to continue to grow. Expect bigger things from Paredes in 2019.|
|DET||Jake Rogers||C||n/a||#16 (DET)||Jake Rogers might be the toughest Tigers prospect to rank in this top 50. I could argue he could be a lot higher because I believe he is going to have a very long MLB career. Rogers is definitely the best defensive catcher in the Tigers system and I wouldn’t be out of line to say that he is the best in all of the minors. Alas, this top 50 list is geared more towards fantasy than real life (see my Christin Stewart write up for further evidence). As such Roger slots in just outside of the top 15 because of this slash line (.219/.305/.412/.717.) in AA from 2018|
|HOU||J.B. Bukauskas||RHP||#126||#6 (HOU)||Was finally able to take the mound for some meaningful innings in 2018. Has a plus fastball and ridiculous slider. Astros are continuing to work him as a starter (as they should), but weapons might play better in a relief role. Likely to start in AA, but could be on a bullet train to Houston.|
|KC||Brady Singer||RHP||#80||#7 (KC)||Here come the 2018 draftees. I’m holding that ‘did not pitch’ against Singer until he proves otherwise. Lynch had a terrific 50+ inning debut. Outcomes range from mid-rotation stalwarts to ‘remember when the Royals took all those college arms that didn’t work out?’|
|LAA||Jo Adell||OF||#9||#1 (LAA)||Drafted 10th overall in the 2017 draft, many prospect analysts believed that he was the best athlete and had a chance to be the best player in the draft if he could hit, and boy did he hit. Across 3 levels he had a slash line of .290/.355/.543. He did strike out in 25% of his plate appearances, but you can live with that if he is hitting 20 HRs in 440 PAs. He is the best combination of speed and power currently in the minor leagues and I can’t wait to see him in the outfield with Trout in 2020.|
|LAD||Gavin Lux||SS||#63||#4 (LAD)||Lux, previously known as a glove first SS with projectable speed and hitting tools, has deservingly shot up prospect rankings in the last year. He had a monster 2018 season as a 20 year old in AA (see a theme?) as he took away the “projectable” tag and turned himself into a performer. With a .324/.399/.514 batting line with 15 dingers and 13 stolen bases, Lux opened a ton of eyes. The Dodgers can leave him at SS and shift Seager to 3B when Lux is ready. If he’s ready soon, they can plug Lux in at 2B (Seager at SS, Turner at 3B).|
|LAD||Dustin May||RHP||#102||#2 (LAD)||“Gingergaard” remains one of the Dodgers most prized possessions. He’s tall, he’s thin, he has flowing red locks, he’s dreamy. May’s high strikeout rates, high ground ball rates and elite command all point towards a frontline MLB starter for the Dodgers. Nearly a strikeout an inning to go with a 1.10 WHIP as a 21 year old in AA…..drool|
|MIA||Isan Diaz||2B||n/a||#7 (MIA)||Diaz had 41 XBH with a .340 OBP in 2018. His strikeout rate is 32% which is on par with today’s numbers. He should start 2019 in the minors but as soon as an injury or trade opens a spot for regular playing time he will get the call.|
|MIA||Monte Harrison||OF||#109||#1 (MIA)||He has all the tools to make an impact at the biggest level (42 XBH and 28 SB) and he can contribute more to the fantasy than recently signed VVM, but he has this one fatal flaw. Swing and miss! If he can get his strikeout percentage down from 41% we will have a 5-tool player roaming the outfield in Miami.|
|MIA||Sixto Sanchez||RHP||#20||#1 (PHI)||Ended the year on the disabled list and missed the Arizona Fall League due to the injury. He has the potential to be an Ace or SP3 in the near future. ETA: 2020|
|MIN||Jordan Balazovic||RHP||n/a||#35 (MIN)||Signed out of high school 3 years ago, the Canadian has filled out considerably, which has allowed his fastball to gain traction. With a great K/9 rate in 2018, (11.4 in 11 starts), the Twins still feel like they have a starter on their hands, but only time will tell if they’re right. Patience is key here, and he is one to keep an eye on for the future.|
|MIN||Royce Lewis||SS||#5||#1 (MIN)||The sky is the limit here. Once the current big name prospects from other teams get promoted, you should see Lewis as the top overall prospect, and with good reason. Drafted with the first overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, he earned himself a promotion later that year to A-level Cedar Rapids, which, by all accounts, is a good sign. He showed promise with the bat, slashing a .315/.368/.485 line to start 2018, and was more than good enough with the glove and his defense, thus earning a call up to A+ Fort Myers in July. He continued his upward ascent with a line of .263/.342/.425, all against competition that was older than him, and opened the eyes of scouts everywhere. While he is still young and has time to develop, there is some concern that his body may not translate itself into that of a major league shortstop, thus perhaps making him more of an outfielder. All worries aside, there is no concern with his bat and the sky is the limit for my #1 prospect in the Twins’ organization.|
|NYM||Anthony Kay||LHP||n/a||#10 (NYM)||Kay is a year back from Tommy John and had success at High A missing bats, and was most importantly able to log over 120 IP this year. While the command was not pinpoint in his return to the hill, which is to be expected, Kay was able to still put plenty of people away with his low to mid 90’s fastball, curve, and changeup. This is not totally unexpected given Kay pitched at UConn, an advanced college program, and was a tick older for the level than average. Coming from a cold weather program should help him in the early season in Binghamton, Syracuse, and eventually Queens. I really like Kay’s easy delivery and sturdy build, and he has the look of an innings eater.|
|NYY||Deivi Garcia||RHP||#141||#11 (NYY)||Garcia shot onto the radar this year beginning with an aggressive full-season assignment to start 2018. He cruised through 40.2 innings at A ball posting a near-14.00 K/9. The pitchability is astounding at such a young age. The 19-year-old has underwhelming size and velocity, but the movement and command of the fastball make it a plus pitch. He is poised and controlled on the mound without a violent delivery that would cause any excess injury worries. For his age, he is one of the more developed right-handed pitching prospects in the league. If he continues his streak into 2019, you will see his name pop-up on mid-season Top-100 lists.|
|OAK||Jorge Mateo||SS||#108||#6 (OAK)||Mateo has not had the career that anyone had hoped for. Coming over in the Sonny Gray trade, Mateo has lost some of his prospect status, but still maintains power and speed in AAA. While he is 23 and entering his 4th full season, he still needs work if he wants to get called up. He is known for his blazing fast speed on the bases (52 in 2017 and 25 in 2018), but his bat needs some work. He has not hit above .280 the past two seasons and has a high K/BB ratio. I still believe that Mateo can make a big stride in 2019 and have a spot on the MLB roster (bench capacity), but he will need to use the offseason and Spring Training to show that he is still capable of making it to the next level.|
|PHI||Alec Bohm||3B||#48||#2 (PHI)||Philadelphia’s 1st round selection last June out of Wichita State. An advanced hitter with power potential and a good batting eye. Finished the year on the DL but looks to be healthy for Spring Training.|
|PIT||Will Craig||1B||n/a||#14 (PIT)||I’m going to freely admit, before making the following statement, that it is a very small sample, so please don’t call me out for it. However, small sample or not, the Arizona Fall League was Craig’s coming out party. Craig slashed .304/.378/.570, smashing 6 home runs in 79 at bats. If the AFL was any indication, Josh Bell better watch his back in Pittsburgh.|
|SD||MacKenzie Gore||LHP||#17||#2 (SD)||Gore continued striking out hitters at an exceptionally high rate in 2018 with 11 Ks per 9 innings, but A-ball hitters were able to find success against him leading to an uninspiring 4.45 ERA. This could have been related to blister issues Gore suffered through early in the season leading to two DL stints. Following the second stint he was much more effective and finished the season strong. There was some speculation prior to the 2018 season that Gore would fast track his way and be in Double-A before the end of the season. That clearly did not happen and frankly I don’t see a reason to throw him right into Double-A to start 2019. That being said, the kid is good. Mike Axisa from CBS Sports even speculates he’ll be the 17th best baseball player by WAR over the next 5 years. Obviously that’s a hugely speculative list, but it’s evidence of how good he is expected to be.|
|SD||Adrian Morejon||RHP||#60||#7 (SD)||Another Cuban, Morejon had a solid season at Lake Elsinore before being shut down a little early with a minor triceps injury. Following a 12-strikeout game pitching coach Pete Zamora noted that Morejon’s improved maturity has improved his ability to work out of jams and prevent big innings. “He’s learning quickly on how to be efficient and stay in the game, keeping the damage under control.” Follow that link for a more in-depth discussion.|
|SD||Luis Patino||RHP||#69||#8 (SD)||Emily Waldon wrote a fantastic story on Luis Patino. It’s on The Athletic, and paywalled, but that one story was worth my subscription. It details how he was scouted and signed and his development since then. He had an excellent 2018 season as an 18-year-old in Single-A. His wide-array pitches includes two-seam and four-seam fastball, slider, changeup and curve.|
|SEA||Justin Dunn||RHP||#139||#6 (SEA)||Dunn is the other top prospect received in the Kelenic trade and was the Mets top draft pick in 2016. The right hander spent most of his time in college as a reliever but is being groomed to be starter at the MLB level. Splitting his time between High-A St. Lucie and AA Binghamton, Dunn went 8-8 in 24 games with a 3.59 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. He has a 4 pitch arsenal with a nasty slider and a fastball topping off at 95 MPH. It’s possible his major league debut comes this upcoming season.|
|SEA||Jarred Kelenic||OF||#53||#3 (SEA)||Kelenic was one of two high level prospects the Mariners received in the Diaz/Cano blockbuster this winter. He was the number 6 overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft and comes with a huge upside. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto has said that Kelenic was the best player in last year’s draft class. He debuted in the Gulf Coast League after the draft and earned a quick promotion to the Appalachian League. Between the two he had a .286/.371/.468 slash line while hitting 6 home runs and stealing 15 bases in 56 games. He figures prominently in the M’s rebuild and likely won’t make his MLB debut until 2022.|
|SEA||Evan White||1B||#176||#4 (SEA)||White had a successful minor league debut season with a .303/.375/.458 slash line with 11 HRs in 120 games with Low A Modesto and came up for a cup of coffee with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers, while also earning his way into the Arizona Fall League. He’s terrific with the glove, has some speed and mid level power. AA Arkansas appears to be his next stop and his MLB debut should come in 2020.|
|SF||Joey Bart||C||#41||#1 (SF)||Bart is the prize of the San Francisco Giants organization. Bart was drafted #2 overall in the 2018 draft as a player who could replace Buster Posey behind the dish. The Giants will need to find other pieces to protect him moving forward, but he has shown all the skills necessary to be an All-Star for years to come. Bart’s power and ability to hit for average makes him the best C prospect in dynasty leagues. If Bart can control the strike zone at all times, he’ll be able to fully tap into his star potential and reach the ceiling of best catcher in all formats. Defensively, Bart will stick behind the dish for a long time. His ability to handle a pitching staff and throw out runners will prove to be valuable to the Giants in the long-run. In FYPD, Bart should be one of the first players taken.|
|SF||Heliot Ramos||OF||#91||#2 (SF)||I ranked Ramos out of my top 100 list mainly because of the concerns I have for him to hit at higher levels. I do believe he is an impressive athlete and prospect but in a system that lacks star power, he stands out. Ramos performed at a high level in the AZL in 2017, but still his plate discipline stood out to me. In 35 games, Ramos had 48 K’s but was still able to hit a high level .348/.404/.645/1.049, very impressive. Then in 2018, Ramos was sent to the Sally where he stayed and played his first full season. Ramos numbers dropped significantly. In 124 games, Ramos had 136 K’s and hit .245/.313/.396/.709, big difference. I do think that it may have been slightly aggressive, and yes he has a lot of solid tools, but to me these numbers standout. I am hesitant to think Ramos will be an All-Star in the future. Sure, things can change. Ramos will be 19 for most of the 2019 season. I’ll be watching closely to see what kind of development Ramos will endure, but as a fantasy owner, I would not want to own him currently.|
|STL||Dylan Carlson||OF||n/a||#11 (STL)||Carlson had a decent 2018 season hitting 11 HR and 62 RBI. He has power from both sides of the plate which is a plus. He also cut his strikeout percentage way down from 25.7% in 2017 to 17.7% in 2018. Carlson is developing into a solid hitter. And at only 20-years-old there’s still lots more to come.|
|STL||Nolan Gorman||3B||#40||#2 (STL)||After being selected 19th overall in 2018, Gorman went on to play Rookie ball in Johnson City. There he went on to hit 11 home runs, 28 RBI, and have an 1.107 OPS in just 38 games. He then moved up to Low-A where he didn’t fair so well, hitting just 6 home runs, 16 RBI, and an OPS of .706 in 25 games. Gorman’s power is definitely there but so are the strikeouts and lack of contact. Going into the 2019 season I’d expect Gorman to start in most likely Low-A and improve his contact and strikeout rates. If and when that happens, watch out.|
|TB||Wander Franco||SS||#11||#1 (TB)||The über prospect signed with the Rays on the opening day of the 2017 International Signing period and has set the baseball world on fire since. The Rays first caught a glimpse of Franco in 2014 while scouting another international prospect at the time, Jesus Sanchez. His Appalachian League MVP performance in 2018 was astounding for any player, especially considering he’s more than 3 years younger than the average of Appy Leaguer. In his first stateside season, Wander brutalized opposing pitchers and went on to post the highest OPS (1.004) of any shortstop in the minor leagues, minimum 250 PA. The switch-hitting shortstop possesses electric bat speed from both sides of the plate, and has already displayed a consistent ability to drive the ball to all parts of the field with relative ease. Franco’s obvious advanced feel at the plate was on full display last season, as he walked more times than he struck out (27:19.) This time next year, we could very well be talking about him as the top prospect in all of baseball. Yeah, he’s that good.|
|TB||Ronaldo Hernandez||C||#130||#10 (TB)||The Rays signed Hernandez as an international prospect from Columbia, and consequently moved him from his natural infield position to behind the plate. So far so good, as Ronaldo has made tremendous strides in a few years acclimating to his new position. He has a very strong arm from the behind plate, as evidenced by his 57% success-rate in throwing out baserunners attempting to steal in 2017. His bat is what will make him special for years to come. Hernandez has massive power upside for a catcher, and that is a very value commodity.|
|TB||Brendan McKay||LHP||#36||#3 (TB)||McKay was one of the best pitchers and hitters in the country for three seasons at Louisville, winning the John Olerud Award Two-Way Player of the Year Award each year before being drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. Brendan has a diverse arsenal with elite accuracy, and although his fastball often tops out in the early-to-mid 90s, a healthy combination of cutters, curveballs and an improving changeup complement his primary offering and has kept hitters guessing at the plate. He’s has been lights-out on the mound so far in his professional career, and while he’s had his fair share of struggles at the plate last season, he still displayed advanced plate discipline with an impressive .846 BB/SO. There is room for improvement with the hit tool for sure as it has lagged behind so far in his professional career, but we’re looking at one of the top LHP prospects in all of baseball. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Rays take their time with McKay, allowing him to continue to refine both tools before a call-up to The Show.|
|TEX||Sam Huff||C||n/a||#19 (TEX)||I like a good power hitting catching prospect that looks like he possesses the ability to stay behind the dish. Huff fits that profile and has earned the number 19 spot. There are concerns over his size as he stands 6’4, not something you see from many catchers outside of Jett Bandy, but the footwork and hands look promising. The big man has a big power stroke thanks to his pure strength and good barrel to ball skills. If you’re in the market for a catching piece with power potential, Huff is your guy.|
|TOR||Nate Pearson||RHP||#68||#5 (TOR)||In his first start at High-A Dunedin Pearson was injured when he was hit by a comebacker to the mound that broke his forearm. He missed the rest of the season. After the season he was sent to the AFL where he was very impressive. His fastball was topping out at 104 mph. He made 6 AFL starts with 23K in 20.2 IP. He will return to the Dunedin rotation for 2019 and will sore up top 100 prospect lists this year.|
|WSH||Carter Kieboom||SS||#23||#2 (WSH)||2018 was a huge year for Kieboom. He played in 123 games, the most games played in his pro career, splitting time between A+ and AA ball, playing in the Futures Game in DC, was invited to the AFL and played in the Fall Stars game. Scouts have said his defense has gotten better since signing and he should be able to stick at SS. However, with Turner currently playing there, I think Kieboom makes it to the Washington as a September call up as a second baseman.|
Why is Joey Bart being invited? He’s been injured most the season. When healthy he hasn’t exactly lit the league on fire.
Luis Campusano should be on this list. Not Joey bart.
We all know Joey Bart will make the majors. This is a wasted slot and just a name pick. Not deserving. Just like Tim Teebow. A waste of a spot.
Somewhere there’s a more deserving player. Lusi Campusano is it and this is the 2nd year in a row that this game has made a mockery of itself.
He’s not the only selection either lending to eroding of credit I used to give this game.