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2022 Top 100 Prospects

1. Bobby Witt Jr. (KC, SS) – Despite some contact issues, he has all the tools to be a monster fantasy player. 

2. Julio Rodriguez (Sea, OF) – Vlad, Wander, and now JRod.  He has a chance to be a special player.

3. Adley Rutschman (Bal, C) – He was probably ready for the Major Leagues last season.  I think he’s a higher performer from Day 1.

4. CJ Abrams (SD, SS) – If he hadn’t gotten hurt last season, there would be more buzz about him starting the season in San Diego.  A special talent.

5. Riley Greene (Det, OF) – Toolsy outfielder with a feel to hit.  It’s what you want to hear.  I do think he needs a solid half-season in the minor leagues.

6. Spencer Torkelson (Det, 1B) – Has plus power and an innate ability to make contact.  He should get 500 at-bats this season.

7. Anthony Volpe (NYY, SS) – A real grinder with great baseball acumen.  He might not have the loudest tools on the list, but I’ll take the total package.

8. Shane Baz (TB, RHP) – Uhh…he was pretty good last year in those three starts.  Guess what, It wasn’t a fluke.

9. Noelvi Marte (Sea, SS) – This year’s biggest movers.  There is still work left, but the total package is impressive.

10. Gabriel Moreno (Tor, C) – He doesn’t have the total package of Rutschman, but the offense is not that far behind.

11. Edward Cabrera (Mia, RHP) – The results were not good in his first bite of the apple, but the size and stuff point to a top-of-the-rotation stud.

12. Brennan Davis (CHC, OF) – He’ll give the Cubs something to cheer about by July.

13. Grayson Rodriguez (Bal, RHP) – Had a remarkable season where he showed improved stuff and control.  He’s still not pitching deep into games.

14. Marco Luciano (SF, SS) – I saw him in the Fall League and he looked overwhelmed.  Still, he has all the tools to be an All-star performer

15. Jack Leiter (Tex, RHP) – He has yet to throw a professional pitch yet, but his college and draft pedigree provides a lot of promise

16. Marcelo Mayer (Bos, SS) – He’s young and likely will not have a ton of speed, but the power and hit tool could make him Bogaerts 2.0

17. Triston Casas (Bos, 1B) – Improved his hit tool enough to make him an elite prospect

18. Zac Veen (Col, OF) – Toolsy outfielder who I hope will reduce his strikeout rate.  But, he plays in Colorado, so sign me up

19. Hunter Greene (Cin, RHP) – Has the size and stuff to pitch at the top of the rotation

20. Jordan Lawlar (Ari, SS) – He could have been the most tooled-up high-schooler in the draft.  While I have concerns about his shoulder injury, the tools are too crazy to ignore

21. Vidal Brujan (TB, 2B) – He could steal 40 bases if given the chance.  That makes him a top prospect in my book

22. Alek Thomas (Ari, OF) – Solid is the operative word

23. Henry Davis (Pit, C) – He went number one overall and while the tools aren’t flashy, he could be a #1 catcher for 10 years

24. Josh Lowe (TB, OF) – I don’t understand why he’s so underrated.  There is power and speed with a feel to hit

25. Oneil Cruz (Pit, SS) – He’s not your typical shortstop, but he should see 500 at-bats this season with power and speed but pressure on the batting average.

26. Robert Hassell (SD, OF) – He’s not as toolsy as Zac Veen, but is the better hitter.  In the end, he could be the better player…lower risk for sure

27. Luis Matos (SF, OF) – I decided to stuff Matos on this list.  Great contact to go with plus speed

28. Francisco Alvarez (NYM, C) – He hits the ball exceptionally hard and 20 to 25 home runs seems a given

29. Corbin Carroll (Ari, OF) – Spent most of the season on the IL with a shoulder issue.  Assuming health, the tools point to an impact fantasy performer

30. Emerson Hancock (Sea, RHP) – Impressive stuff but some worry that he’ll move to the bullpen

31. George Kirby (Sea, RHP) – Every time I look down, I have him higher on this list.

32. Josh Jung (Tex, 3B) – We were waiting on the power to show and it finally did last season

33. Jordan Walker (STL, OF) – Toolsy player with 20-20 upside assuming the improved hit-tool he showed in 2021 continues

34. Oswald Peraza (NYY, SS) – While everyone is waiting on Volpe, don’t forget about Peraza.  He’s just about ready and has the skills to be an impact performer as well

35. George Valera (Cle, OF) – Classic right field profile with 30 home run upside and some speed early in his career

36. Tyler Soderstrom (Oak, C) – If he can stay at catcher, has the offensive upside to be a Top 10 catcher if not more. Regardless, the offensive upside is substantial

37. Jarren Duran (Bos, OF) – Speed and power upside could yield a 20-20 player.  There is some concern about his tendency to strike out too much, but if he can keep that in check, he could be a monster fantasy contributor

38. Jose Barrero (Cin, SS) – Outstanding 2021 season where he showed plenty of pop and speed across Double and Triple-A

39. MJ Melendez (KC, C) – He cut his strikeout rate in half and still hit 37 home runs.  He’s not a great receiver but if the strikeout rate is real, he’ll make a fine DH and part-time catcher

40. Diego Cartaya (LAD, C) – Plus potential future power with an excellent approach at the plate

41. Cade Cavalli (Was, RHP) – Produced an impressive 2021 campaign where he flashed four-plus pitches but with inconsistent control at times

42. Max Meyer (Mia, RHP) – Impressive 2021 season showed the upside.  He has two double-plus pitches in his fastball and slider with an improving change-up.  It’s all there to pitch at the top of the rotation

43. Michael Busch (LAD, 2B) – Plus power potential with a chance to hit .260, perhaps more as he works on making better contact

44. Nick Yorke (Bos, 2B) – Plus hit-tool and more power than was originally thought.  If this continues, he has impact potential

45. Keibert Ruiz (Was, C) – I know you’re tired of reading about catchers, but the position is transforming and Ruiz has the ceiling of a Top 5 catcher

46. DL Hall (Bal, LHP) – Has the best arsenal in the Orioles system but with 30-grade control, he’s not going to be effective.  He also hurt his elbow and missed the second half.  Still a ton of talent

47. Cristian Pache (Atl, OF) – Elite defender with power-speed upside.  His approach is holding him back but he only turned 23 in November

48. Michael Harris (Atl, OF) – Excellent season with a better approach at the plate.  He’s a plus runner with plenty of bat speed to project future power

49. Colton Cowser (Bal, OF) – Excellent approach and contact rate.  There are questions about how much power he ultimately will have unless his swing is tweaked

50. Reid Detmers (LAA, RHP) – Solid stuff with plus control points to at least a number three starter

51. Kahlil Watson (Mia, SS) – Exciting tools with a feel to hit.  If he were four inches taller, he might have been a Top 3 pick last June

52. Nolan Gorman (STL, 3B) – He has 80-grade power, and this year, specifically in Triple-A, he saw a marked improvement in his contract rate.  Since he’s blocked at third, he split his time between third and second.  This is all very encouraging

53. Austin Martin (Min, OF) – Plus hitter with solid-average speed.  He’s not driving the ball though, so there are questions about his future power

54. Eury Perez (Mia, RHP) – Big pop-up player who dominated Low and High-A at 18-years-old

55. Bobby Miller (LAD, RHP) – Excellent season with a nice sinker-slider combination

56. Brady House (Was, SS) – Outstanding season where he showed a plus hit-tool with 30 home runs.  I hear that his lack of bat speed might be a problem at the Major League level, but he deserves a shot

57. Nate Pearson (Tor, RHP) – Two 70-grade pitches with his fastball and slider with his change-up also a solid pitch.  Can’t stay healthy and has struggled to throw strikes

58. Brayan Rocchio (Cle, SS) – Fantasy-friendly skills with a chance to hit

59. Quinn Priester (Pit, RHP) – With three plus pitches, the promise has turned into results

60. Nick Gonzales (Pit, 2B) – In 2021, he added significant loft to his swing and traded power for contact

61. Drew Waters (Atl, OF) – Excellent power-speed potential but currently, the strikeout rate is over 30%.  If you are a believer, know your parameters and the associated risk

62. Jasson Dominguez (NYY, OF) – In an aggressive assignment in 2022, he performed ok.  Maxed out physically but there should be enough there for him to be a full-time regular, perhaps more

63. Ronny Mauricio (NYM, SS) – His power is starting to develop but he’s still overly aggressive at the plate.  He’s an average runner and should be able to steal a handful of bases annually

64. Liover Peguero (Pit, SS) – Intriguing player with good speed and emerging power

65. Mick Abel (PHI, RHP) – He has a great delivery with a plus fastball, but secondary pitches need work.  While he doesn’t always throw strikes, he’s going to get better by just pitching more

66. Roansy Contreras (Pit, RHP) – Athletic pitcher with a plus arsenal including a wipeout change-up.  Plus, he’s always been able to throw strikes

67. Matt Liberatore (Stl, LHP) – Plenty of tools to get big league batters out.  He was homer-prone in Triple-A giving up over 1.5 per nine

68. Luis Campusano (SD, C) – He’s just about ready to take over the full-time catching duties in San Diego.  His combination of power and a feel for hitting could make him a Top 5 catcher in the league

69. Jackson Jobe (Det, RHP) – It’s the starter kit for a top-of-the-rotation pitcher

70. Pedro Leon (Hou, SS) – Athletic and toolsy but with some swing and miss in his game

71. Jeremy Pena (Hou, SS) – His power took a step forward last season.  He has an aggressive approach but should be able to make enough contact to be a full-time regular

72. Johan Rojas (PHI, OF) – Fantastic year where he showed speed, growing power, and most importantly, an improved approach

73. Bryson Stott (PHI, SS) – An improved approach is encouraging, but I question how much power and speed he will ultimately have

74. Greg Jones (TB, SS) – He’s an 80-grade runner who started to show power last season.  He needs to cut down on his strikeout rate but he’s now a legitimate prospect

75. Orelvis Martinez (Tor, 3B) – 70-grade raw power but with too many strikeouts.  The approach is not all or nothing, so he could hit more like .240 to .250

76. Blake Walston (Ari, LHP) – Athletic with the chance for a premium arsenal.  He needs to add bulk and if he does, he could develop into a top-of-the-rotation starter

77. Royce Lewis (Min, SS) – Athleticism with plus makeup.  However, a change to his swing has given pause to his ultimate ceiling

78. Carlos Colmenarez (TB, SS) – Well rounded tools with a feel to hit, plus speed and plenty of bat speed

79. Nick Pratto (KC, 1B) – Improved his contact skills in a meaningful way.  He’s always had the ceiling to hit 30 home runs and with his contact and ability to walk, could post a .240/.340/.500 with 30 plus home runs

80. Cristian Hernandez (CHC, SS) – While he’s only 17, he has all the tools to be a star

81. Taj Bradley (TB, RHP) – Athletic pitcher with a fastball in the mid-90s

82. Jordan Balazovic (Min, RHP) – Plus stuff with improving command.  His change-up is still a work-in-progress and needs more fade to consistently get glove-side batters out

83. Sixto Sanchez (Mia, RHP) – Did not pitch in 2021 with a shoulder injury.  He has the 80-grade fastball but needs to improve his secondary pitches to pitch consistently at the top of the rotation

84. Jose Miranda (Min, 3B) – Outstanding season where he showed a plus hit-tool with 30 home runs. I hear that his lack of bat speed might be a problem at the Major League level, but he deserves a shot

85. Cole Winn (Tex, RHP) – Arsenal and control took a significant step up in 2021

86. Jordan Groshans (Tor, 3B) – Can hit with the potential for plus power as he matures

87. Joe Ryan (Min, RHP) – He doesn’t have plus stuff, but the fastball is good enough when combined with plus control and command to be effective and pitch as a number three starter87.

88. Clarke Schmidt (NYY, RHP) – Plus arsenal that plays up because of his high spin rate

89. Geraldo Perdomo (Ari, SS) – Continues to show an excellent understanding of the plate with a chance for a plus hit tool.  We are still waiting on his power to develop

90. Brett Baty (NYM, 3B) – 70-grade raw power is starting to show but it’s more doubles than over-the-fence.  He Will work a walk but with too much swing and miss in his game

91. Garrett Mitchell (Mil, OF) – His carrying tool continues to be his plus speed.  He needs to work on making better contact but assuming he can bring his contact rate to the low-20s, he should hit enough to be an impact player

92. Gunnar Henderson (Bal, SS) – Exciting power-speed tools-set but with a strikeout rate of nearly 30%

93. Brandon Williamson (Sea, LHP) – Has the size and growing control to be a mid-rotation starter

94. Peyton Battenfield (Cle, RHP) – Improving stuff with 70-grade control

95. Wilman Diaz (LAD, SS) – With a combination of bat speed and feel to hit, he has all the tools to be a star

96. Evan Carter (Tex, OF) – Toolsy outfielder with an intriguing combination of power and speed.  If the approach he showed in 2021 is real, the upside will far exceed his stated ceiling

97. Hedbert Perez (Mil, OF) – Plus bat speed should translate into plus power at the highest level.  He’s currently a good runner, but as he fills out, the speed will also reduce

98. Korey Lee (Hou, C) – Makes great contact with average power

99. Dustin Harris (Tex, 1B) – Had an impressive season showing excellent contact skills with growing power and surprising speed

100. Curtis Mead (TB, 3B) – Breakout player with an intriguing power-speed combination who makes enough contact to be a full-time regular

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