Top 100 MLB Prospects for 2019 by Sons of ’84

With the Super Bowl now complete, we can officially say its baseball season again! With that, I release my favorite blog entry of the year with my Top 100 prospects for Major League Baseball. My focus isn’t necessarily minor leaguer’s who will have an impact on the big clubs roster in 2019, but overall potential impact once that player makes the Major League’s.

The Atlanta Braves for the third year in a row, top my list of players making it with nine, however, the San Diego Padres also racked up nine players on the list. The next closest team happens to be the Tampa Bay Rays with seven players on the list, followed by the Chicago White Sox with six.

As for position breakout, the Shortstop position remains strong with 14 listed players (after 11 last year), but the growth of Third Base prospects from six last year to 11 this year shows big potential. The remaining breakout looks like this – C: 6, 1B: 3, 2B: 5, OF: 22, RHP: 30, LHP: 9

Moving on to the list, we’ve all heard about him by now, but Vladimir Guerrero Jr is my number 1 prospect, followed up by Eloy Jimenez of the White Sox, and Fernando Tatis of the Padres. I’d expect Vlad Jr. and Eloy to be mid-April call-ups after the arbitration clock passes and Tatis should be up at some point mid-year. For reference below, Player name, big league club, position, my ranking for player last year. Additionally, here is last years rankings. Enjoy!!

  1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR/3B/3) – Would have been consensus #1 rated player if not for ESPN. Hit .381 between Double and Triple-A in 2018 with 50 extra base hits, 1.073 OPS, one more strike out than walk (37/38)
  2. Eloy Jimenez (CWS/OF/4) – Entering his 6th year in professional baseball as a 22-year old. Jimenez hit .337 with 53 extra base hits and a .961 OPS between Double and Triple-A
  3. Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD/SS/7) – Entering his age-20 season, Tatis isn’t expected to break camp with the Padres after a broken left thumb and ligament damage to end his 2018 season, however he is expected to be up at some point in 2019. Before the injury, Tatis Jr. was hitting .286 with 42 extra base hits in 88 games at Double-A San Antonio.
  4. Victor Robles (WAS/OF/6) – Robles is expected to be roming the Washington outfield this summer if Bryce Harper does not resign with the team. Robles and not Juan Soto would have gotten the called up in 2018 when Howie Kendrick went down, however a hyperextended elbow injury cost Robles that chance as he was on the DL until early-July with the injury. Robles played in 40 games for Triple-A Syracuse, hitting .278 with 12 extra base hits and 14 steals before being called up at the end of the season to that Nat’s. He hit .288 in Washington with 3 homers and a .874 OPS
  5. Forrest Whitley (HOU/RHP/15) – The top pitching prospect on my list, Whitley threw well at Double-A Corpus Christim with a 3.76 ERA and 11.6 K per 9, but it was the Arizona Fall League (AFL) where he really excelled. Known as a hitters league of, Whitley had a 2.42 ERA and .962 WHIP to go with a 12.5 K per 9 strike out rate. Whitley was suspended 50 games for violating MLB’s drug prevention program, which limited his innings. The Astros will need a game plan in place as Forrest hasn’t thrown more than 92 innings in a season as a professional
  6. Royce Lewis (MIN/SS/21) – The #1 pick in the 2017 First Year Player Draft continued to excel and moved his way up to High-A Fort Myers. Combined for 2018, Lewis hit .292, with a .803 OPS, and 48 extra base hits
  7. Wander Franco (TB/SS/NR) – A 17-year old signed out of the Dominican has escalated in rankings very quickly after tearing up rookie ball, hitting .351, with 28 extra base hits (11 homers), a 1.004 OPS and taking 27 walks while striking out just 19 times
  8. Nick Senzel (CIN/3B/8) – Senzel has played all over the place in between injuries and looks to have the inside track on the Reds center field job in mid-April. The 2nd pick out of the 2016 draft is a pure hitter when healthy, as he’s hit .314 over his minor league career with developing power
  9. Kyle Tucker (HOU/OF/16) – Tucker spent 28 games up with Houston in 2019, however was overmatched, as he hit just .141 in that time. Still the 5th selection in the 2015 draft has a lot to offer offensively, as he hit .332 in Triple-A last year, with 24 homers and 93 RBI. Tucker has little to prove left in the minors
  10. Bo Bichette (TOR/SS/12) – The third player in the top 10, who’s father was a former Major Leaguer. Bichette is still a year a way it seems from giving Toronto a dynamo left side of the infield. Bichette hit .427 his first season of rookie ball in 2016 and hasn’t stopped hitting since. At Double-A New Hampshire, Bo hit .286 61 extra base hits (43 doubles), while collecting 74 RBI, and swiping 32 bases
  11. Jo Adell (LA/OF/45) – Adell is a fast mover on the list, after jumping 3 levels in 2018 where he combined to hit .290 with 56 extra base hits (20 homers) to go with 15 steals and a .897 OPS. Adell did struggle at Double-A, so expect him to start the 2019 season back there
  12. Alex Kirilloff (MIN/OF/NR) – Alex was the 15th selection in the 2016 draft and came out swinging with a .306 average, however his season was cut short and 2017 was lost completely to Tommy John surgery. Once healthy, Kirilloff started out in A-ball and was promoted to High-A, as Alex had a tremendous season, hitting a combined .348 as a 20-year old, with 20 homers, 44 doubles, and 101 RBI
  13. Jesus Luzardo (OAK/LHP/NR) – The top lefty starter on the list, Luzardo is ready to make an impact this season with Oakland after pitching at three levels in 2018 and combining to go 10-5, with a 2.88 ERA, a 1.088 WHIP, and a strike out rate of 10.6 per 9
  14. Keston Hiura (MIL/2B/53) – The 9th pick in the 2017 draft, Hiura played in High-A and Double-A last season, where he hit .293 with 34 doubles and 13 homers, and stealing 15 bases. Keston then went on to the AFL, where he followed up his successful season with a .323 average and 6 more doubles and 5 home runs
  15. Brendan Rodgers (COL/SS/13) – Rodgers has been a constant on top prospect lists now for four years after being drafted 2nd overall in the 2015 draft and now’s the time to see what can be done at the Major League level. Although Brendan struggled in Triple-A, he still hit .268 last season with 17 homers and 27 doubles in 114 games
  16. Taylor Trammell (CIN/OF/47) – A gifted athlete, Trammell has moved through the ranks the last 3 seasons after being taken 35th overall in the 2016 draft. Gap power and steals are a given with Taylor, with the potential for 20+ home run power still developing
  17. MacKenzie Gore (SD/LHP/22) –Gore battled a blister problem all season and the stats show it, as he had a 4.45 ERA, however the stuff is there and is a matter of getting through this issue. Although the high ERA, Gore still struck out 11 per 9 and cut his walk per 9 rate down to 2.7 from 3 the previous year
  18. Brent Honeywell (TB/RHP/11)
  19. Michael Kopech (CWS/RHP/9) – Will miss the 2019 season after Tommy John surgery
  20. Yordan Alvarez (HOU/1B/51)
  21. Casey Mize (DET/RHP/NR) – The #1 draft choice in the 2018 First Year Player Draft. Is thought to be Major League ready now
  22. Alex Reyes (STL/RHP/17) – Missed all of 2017 due to TJ surgery and tore a lat muscle in his first start last season taking him out for the year. We’ll see how it goes for someone who may be forgotten at this point in prospect circles
  23. Francisco Mejia (SD/C/10)
  24. Sixto Sanchez (PHI/RHP/26)
  25. Ian Anderson (ATL/RHP/73)
  26. Mitch Keller (PIT/RHP/18)
  27. Dylan Cease (CHC/RHP/66)
  28. Luis Urias (SD/2B/55)
  29. Alex Verdugo (LAD/OF/31)
  30. Carter Kieboom (WAS/SS/NR)
  31. Peter Alonso (NYM/1B/NR)
  32. Mike Soroka (ATL/RHP/39)
  33. Brendan McKay (TB/RHP 1B/25)
  34. Austin Riley (ATL/3B/80)
  35. A.J. Puk (OAK/LHP/28)
  36. Nick Madrigal (CWS/2B/NR)
  37. Luis Robert (CWS/OF/29)
  38. Kyle Wright (ATL/RHP/30)
  39. Triston McKenzie (CLE/RHP/27)
  40. Hunter Greene (CIN/RHP/24)
  41. Joey Bart (SF/C/NR)
  42. Chris Paddack (SD/RHP/NR)
  43. Justus Sheffield (SEA/LHP/44)
  44. Nolan Gorman (STL/3B/NR)
  45. Jesus Sanchez (TB/OF/61)
  46. Keibert Ruiz (LAD/C/68)
  47. Touki Toussaint (ATL/RHP/NR)
  48. Andres Gimenez (NYM/SS/NR)
  49. Jarred Kelenic (NYM/OF/NR)
  50. Ke’Bryan Hayes (PIT/3B/NR)
  51. Garrett Hampson (COL/2B/NR)
  52. Luis Garcia (WAS/SS/NR)
  53. Gavin Lux (LAD/SS/NR)
  54. Alec Bohm (PHI/3B/NR)
  55. Jonathan India (CIN/3B/NR)
  56. Yusniel Diaz (BAL/OF/88)
  57. Cristian Pache (ATL/OF/NR)
  58. Matt Manning (DET/RHP/87)
  59. Nathaniel Lowe (TB/1B/NR)
  60. Trevor Larnach (MIN/OF/NR)
  61. Adrian Morejon (SD/LHP/67)
  62. Jazz Chisholm (ARZ/SS/NR)
  63. Danny Jansen (TOR/C/NR)
  64. Brusdar Graterol (MIN/RHP/NR)
  65. Estevan Florial (NYY/OF/36)
  66. Vidal Brujan (TB/2B/NR)
  67. Luis Patino (SD/RHP/NR)
  68. Drew Waters (ATL/OF/NR)
  69. Nolan Jones (CLE/3B/NR)
  70. Josh James (HOU/RHP/NR)
  71. Dane Dunning (CWS/RHP/NR)
  72. Victor Victor Mesa (MIA/OF/NR)
  73. Nate Pearson (TOR/RHP/NR)
  74. Matthew Liberatore (TB/LHP/NR)
  75. Kristian Robinson (ARZ/OF/NR)
  76. Bryse Wilson (ATL/RHP/NR)
  77. Jon Duplantier (ARZ/RHP/77)
  78. Travis Swaggerty (PIT/OF/NR)
  79. Dustin May (LAD/RHP/NR)
  80. Brady Singer (KC/RHP/NR)
  81. Sean Murphy (OAK/C/NR)
  82. Ryan Mountcastle (BAL/3B/78)
  83. Corbin Maritn (HOU/RHP/NR)
  84. Jonathan Loaisiga (NYY/RHP/NR)
  85. DL Hall (BAL/LHP/NR)
  86. Griffin Canning (LAA/RHP/NR)
  87. Colton Welker (COL/3B/NR)
  88. Jahmai Jones (LAA/OF/83)
  89. Michael Baez (SD/RHP/41)
  90. Michael Chavis (BOS/3B/74)
  91. Logan Allen (SD/LHP/NR)
  92. Brandon Marsh (LAA/OF/NR)
  93. Kevin Smith (TOR/SS/NR)
  94. Adonis Medina (PHI/RHPNR)
  95. Oneil Cruz (PIT/SS/NR)
  96. Daulton Varsho (ARZ/C/NR)
  97. Heliot Ramos (SF/OF/70)
  98. Leody Taveras (SF/OF/40)
  99. Luiz Gohara (ATL/LHP/34)
  100. Nico Hoerner (CHC/SS/NR

Just Missed: Xavier Edwards (SD/SS), Julio Pablo Martinez (TEX/OF), Ronaldo Hernandez (TB/C), Justin Dunn (NYM/RHP), Cole Winn (TEX/RHP), Eric Pardinho (TOR/RHP), Jordyn Adams (LAA/OF), Christin Stewart (DET/OF), Khalil Lee (KC/OF), Brandon Lowe (TB/2B)

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