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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.