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Top 100 Prospects in Baseball

Baseball is right around the corner and we are excited for what’s in store for this season. To help prepare us for what’s to come, we broke down the top 100 prospects before spring training begins to give us a look at what players could break out and be the next Fernando Tatis Jr.

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100. Josh Lowe: OF –  Tampa Bay Rays

99. Mick Abel: RHP – Philadelphia Phillies

98. George Kirby: RHP – Seattle Mariners

97. Miguel Amaya: C – Chicago Cubs

96. Brett Baty: 3B – New York Mets

95. William Contreras: C – Atlanta Braves

94. Brice Turang: SS/2B – Milwaukee Brewers

93. Brennen Davis: OF – Chicago Cubs

92. Robert Hasell: OF – San Diego Padres

91. Austin Hendrick: OF – Cincinnati Reds

Player to Watch: Brice Turang

Brice Turang

Turang is one of the most interesting players on this list as he can play multiple positions effectively. This definitely gives Turang an edge to rise through the Brewers farm system if there is an opening. 

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90. Adbert Alzolay: RHP – Chicago Cubs

89. Shea Langeliers: C – Atlanta Braves

88. Tyler Stephenson: C – Cincinnati Reds

87. Tyler Freeman: SS – Cleveland Indians

86. Simeon Woods Richardson: RHP – Toronto Blue Jays

85. A.J. Puk: LHP – Oakland Athletics

84. Ronny Mauricio: SS – New York Mets

83. Garrett Mitchell: OF – Milwaukee Brewers

82. Heston Kjerstad: OF – Baltimore Orioles

81. Reid Detmers: LHP – Los Angeles Angels

Player to Watch: Ronny Mauricio

Ronny Mauricio

The International Free Agent signee for the Mets has posted impressive stat lines for someone who is significantly younger than the pitchers he is facing. Mauricio is only 19 years old and is already showing signs of promise. If Mauricio can work on his swing, he will be sure to move up this list in the coming years.

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80. Clarke Schmidt: RHP – New York Yankees

79. Jordan Balazovic: RHP – Minnesota Twins

78. Taylor Trammell: OF – Seattle Mariners

77. Oneil Cruz: SS – Pittsburgh Pirates

76. Noelvi Marte: SS – Seattle Mariners

75. Brailyn Marquez: LHP – Chicago Cubs

74. Alek Thomas: OF – Arizona Diamondbacks

73. Bobby Dalbec: 3B/1B – Boston Red Sox

72. DL Hall: LHP – Baltimore Orioles

71. Quinn Priester: RHP – Pittsburgh Pirates

Player to Watch: Noelvi Marte

Noelvi Marte

Marte has yet to make his debut in the US and once doing so, he could see himself rising in these rankings very quickly. The young shortstop has a lot of potential and will look to showcase that this year.

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70. Francisco Alvarez: C – New York Mets

69. Deivi Garcia: RHP – New York Yankees

68. Dane Dunning: RHP – Texas Rangers

67. Trevor Larnach: OF – Minnesota Twins

66. Xavier Edwards: 2B/SS – Tampa Bay Rays

65. Keibert Ruiz: C – Los Angeles Dodgers

64. Shane Baz: RHP – Tampa Bay Rays

63. Josiah Gray: RHP – Los Angeles Dodgers

62. Triston Casas: 1B – Boston Red Sox

61. Jordan Groshans: SS – Toronto Blue Jays

Player to Watch: Dane Dunning

Dane Dunning

Dunning was traded to the Rangers in the offseason for Lance Lynn along with Avery Weems. The Rangers don’t have the pitching depth that the White Sox had which will give Dunning a higher likelihood of being called up to the big leagues sooner to prove himself.

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60. Edward Cabrera: RHP – Miami Marlins

59. Garrett Crochet: LHP – Chicago White Sox

58. Kristian Robinson: OF – Arizona Diamondbacks

57. Jazz Chisholm: SS/2B – Miami Marlins

56. Nick Lodolo: LHP – Cincinnati Reds

55. Brandon Marsh: OF – Los Angeles Angels

54. Nick Gonzales: 2B – Pittsburgh Pirates

53. Drew Waters: OF – Atlanta Braves

52. Heliot Ramos: OF – San Francisco Giants

51. Emerson Hancock: RHP – Seattle Mariners

Player to Watch: Nick Lodolo

Nick Lodolo

The Reds are serious contenders for the 2021 NL Central Title. With a division title within reach, the Reds are looking to compete and Lodolo can bring needed depth to set them over the edge. Lodolo is the best prospect in their farm system and has played well in the minors so far.

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50. Zac Veen: OF – Colorado Rockies

49. Ryan Mountcastle: OF/1B – Baltimore Orioles

48. Matthew Liberatore: LHP – St. Louis Cardinals

47. Jeter Downs: SS/2B – Boston Red Sox

46. Josh Jung: 3B – Texas Rangers

45. Vidal Brujan: 2B/SS – Tampa Bay Rays

44. Corbin Carroll: OF – Arizona Diamondbacks

43. Shane McClanahan: LHP – Tampa Bay Rays

42. Asa Lacy: LHP – Kansas City Royals

41. Nolan Gorman: 3B – St. Louis Cardinals

Player to Watch: Asa Lacy

Asa Lacy

The rookie pitcher was taken 4th overall by the Royals and is expected to make his debut in 2022. If Lacy can develop, he might be making an appearance towards the end of this season as he has elite capabilities. 

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40. Nolan Jones: 3B – Cleveland Indians

39. Tarik Skubal: LHP – Detroit Tigers

38. Riley Greene: OF – Detroit Tigers

37. JJ Bleday: OF – Miami Marlins

36. Randy Arozarena: OF – Tampa Bay Rays

35. Grayson Rodriguez: RHP – Baltimore Orioles

34. Spencer Howard: RHP – Philadelphia Phillies

33. Daniel Lynch: LHP – Kansas City Royals

32. Luis Campusano: C – San Diego Padres

31. Joey Bart: C – San Francisco Giants

Player to Watch: Riley Greene

Riley Greene

Greene was the 5th overall pick out of high school in the 2019 draft. Greene has been impressive since then and is projected to skip through the leagues as he gets one step closer to the big league. 

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30. Forrest Whitley: RHP – Houston Astros

29. Triston McKenzie: RHP – Cleveland Indians

28. Alex Kirilloff: OF/1B – Minnesota Twins

27. Michael Kopech: RHP – Chicago White Sox

26. Casey Mize: RHP – Detroit Tigers

25. Royce Lewis: SS – Minnesota Twins

24. Nick Madrigal: 2B – Chicago White Sox

23. Matt Manning: RHP – Detroit Tigers

22. Austin Martin: SS/OF – Toronto Blue Jays

21. Logan Gilbert: RHP – Seattle Mariners

Player to Watch: Michael Kopech

Michael Kopech

Kopech hasn’t pitched competitively in the last 2 years as he has battled with injuries. The White Sox are amidst a tight battle for the 5th and final spot in their rotation. Kopech is set to take on that spot and prove despite not pitching in 2 years, he still has solid traits still in him. Kopech can be just what the White Sox need to be a competitive playoff team. 

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20. Andrew Vaughn: 1B – Chicago White Sox

19. Max Meyer: RHP – Miami Marlins

18. Brendan McKay: LHP – Tampa Bay Rays

17. Nate Pearson: RHP – Toronto Blue Jays

16. Luis Patino: RHP – Tampa Bay Rays

15. Dylan Carlson: OF – St. Louis Cardinals

14. Ke’Bryan Hayes: 3B – Pittsburgh Pirates

13. Marco Luciano: SS – San Francisco Giants

12. Bobby Witt Jr.: SS – Kansas City Royals

11. Adley Rutschman: C – Baltimore Orioles

Player to Watch: Nate Pearson

Nate Pearson

The top prospect in the Blue Jays Organization is definitely a top-tier level talent. Pearson has one of the fastest throws in the Minor League and has capability of throwing over 100 MPH on consecutive pitches. If Pearson can lock down his consistency with his non fast-ball pitches, he can easily become a top 10 player on this list. 

…..And The Top 10 Prospects

10. Jasson Dominguez: OF – New York Yankees

Jasson Dominguez: New York Yankees

The 18 year old Dominician has yet to make his pro debut in the States and has been quickly drawing attention for his power hitting. The hype he has garnered is well-deserved and has serious potential to be a star. 

9. CJ Abrams: SS – San Diego Padres

CJ Abrams: San Diego Padres

With Tatis Jr. as the starting shortstop for the Padres for the next 14 years, the likelihood of Abrams being called up in near future is highly unlikely. This will allow Abrams to continue to develop and perfect his game. It wouldn’t surprise us to see Abrams move to 2nd base to fill a gap in the infield for the starting lineup. 

8. Ian Anderson: RHP – Atlanta Braves

Ian Anderson: Atlanta Braves

The future for Atlanta is bright with a pitching rotation consisting of Fried, Soroka, Morton, Smyly, and Anderson. Anderson emerged as a starting caliber pitcher late in the season and should be a consistent starter in the rotation this year. The Braves bolstered their rotation with Morton and Smyly signings in the offseason and with Anderson further developed, their rotation will be one of the scariest in the league.

7. MacKenzie Gore: RHP – San Diego Padres

MacKenzie Gore

With the offseason acquisitions of Snell, Darvish, and Musgrove, the Padres are going all in this season. With the loaded rotation, the likelihood of Gore getting called up was limited. Gore will be able to spend the season developing on his consistency when pitching and be called up when necessary as a potential 6th man or barring injury or as a specialist. 

6. Julio Rodriguez: OF – Seattle Mariners

Julio Rodriguez: Seattle Mariners

Rodriguez should have one more year left in the minor leagues as he looks to work his way up the system. He still has room to work on his swing but with some developing, the ceiling is at the top. With some tweaks, Rodriguez can put up All-Star level numbers.

5. Cristian Pache: OF – Atlanta Braves

Cristian Pache: Atlanta Braves

Pache has potential to be one of the best defensive outfielders in the league for years to come. Pache showed flashes of his defensive capabilities in the Braves postseason run in 2020 with a stolen homerun off of Max Muncy. If Pache can work on his offensive game, he should pair nicely with Acuna Jr. as an elite force to be reckoned with. 

4. Sixto Sanchez: RHP – Miami Marlins

Sixto Sanchez: Miami Marlins

In his first action in the big leagues, Sanchez was very impressive and looked like he’s been there for years. Sanchez managed a 3-hitter in one of his starts and will look to repeat that performance this season. Sanchez should have no problem fitting into the Marlins rotation this season.

3. Spencer Torkelson: 1B/3B – Detroit Tigers

Spencer Torkelson: Detroit Tigers

The #1 overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft has been taking reps at both first base and third base during training this season. Torkelson is proving to many that he isn’t limited in his capabilities and has done nicely since being slotted into third base role. With this flexibility, who knows what limits Torkelson will have in his career.

2. Jarred Kelenic: OF – Seattle Mariners

Jarred Kelenic: Seattle Mariners

Kelenic is amidst contract issues with the Mariners management where he believes if he signed an extension with the Mariners earlier on, he would have made his big league debut last season. This year, Kelenic is confident he will make his debut regardless of the issues. Many people are looking forward to his debut as he is one of the most talented prospects in the league.

#1. Wander Franco: SS – Tampa Bay Rays

Wander Franco: Tampa Bay Rays

With the success of Willy Adames and Franco’s youth, the Rays haven’t been in a rush to bring in Franco to the big leagues. With the success that Franco has had developing, the Rays will most likely change Franco’s position to bring in the #1 overall prospect to see what he truly has to offer. Franco can help with the Rays offense and be a big contributor in the near future.

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