The list of the top 100 minor league prospects for 2019 is not only strong at the top with Vlad Jr. leading the way, but is extremely deep. In fact, the list is so jammed that we will be coming out with 10 prospects that just missed later in February.
We tried to stay true to our team rankings but since some of them were done a couple of months ago, you might see some small variations. None of them are significant.
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With his 80-grade hit tool and double-plus raw power, the future is extremely bright for the best prospect in the game. It’s hit before power currently, but 30-100-.300 is in the cards.
Once healthy, Robles gave a glimpse last year of the type of impact he can have on the game. He’s a double-plus runner who can hit. I don’t think the power will ever be plus, but a 15-40-.300 stat line would not surprise me.
It’s hard to believe that Fernando Tatis Jr. was traded for James Shields. He might still need one more full year in the minors to work on his approach, but he’s nearly ready.
Big and strong with 30 plus home run power should make Eloy Jimenez an impact performer in the Major Leagues for years to comes. That timeline should begin in late April.
He might play third, second or even the outfield, but the bat will play anywhere. The only problem is the Reds have decided to go “old”. It shouldn’t matter, as Senzel could be the best player on the team by the end of the year.
If you look up the players ahead of Wander Franco on this list, he could be the number one prospect in the game by the end of the season. He’s only 18 and will have to fight against the Rays “slow roasting” process, but the tools and advanced approach should make him a star.
While he might always play second fiddle to Vlad Jr., Bo Bichette’s tools could make him a star as well. In fact, his speed and power could make him a 20-20-100-100-.300 performer and candidly, that’s hardly second fiddle in any book.
Keston Hiura is a hitting machine that should hit his way to the Major Leagues sometime in 2019. While he’ll have speed early in his career, as he fills out, the speed will regress. That shouldn’t matter as he could hit .300 with 20 home runs annually.
There is clearly some prospect fatigue setting in with Brendon Rodgers. He’s been on this list for the last three years and Rockies fans and fantasy owners want to see what he can do in the Major Leagues. That should happen in 2019.
Great natural bat-to-ball skills have always led to a high BABIP led batting average for Francisco Mejia. He does need to learn more plate patience, but a .270/.330 average with 18 to 20 home runs should be where he lands. If that happens, he’s a Top 5 catcher in the game.
Alex Verdugo can really hit, and I still believe there is 20 home run potential. However, there are whispers of “want” issues. Perhaps he’s just bored and needs the challenge of the highest level. Let’s hope, as the talent is very real.
Alex Reyes had ace potential before Tommy John Surgery and arguably looked better after returning. There is still number one upside, but he needs to stay healthy. If he does, he could develop into one of the best pitchers in the league.
The A’s won with over-the-hill pitchers last year. It’s time for some young blood for their rotation and Jesus Luzardo should provide that sometime during 2019. I still wish his curveball was better, but otherwise, he should be solid.
Mitch Keller struggled in his first few games at Triple-A but ended strong. The Pirates will take that opportunity to start him back in Triple-A and hold his service time down. He should be up on June 20th…give or take a few days.
19-year-old catchers are not supposed to be that good in Double-A. Yet, Keibert Ruiz walked nearly as much as struck out and hit 14 home runs along the way. He’s not a great defender but should fill the void left by Yasmani Grandal, possible in the second half.
Justus Sheffield should get his chance for extended playing time at the Major League level in 2019. He doesn’t have the size or premium stuff of an ace, but he should be a solid mid-rotation starter for many years in the Major Leagues.
Who is Dustin May and what is he doing in the Top 50? He got stronger last season and his stuff improved from a fastball that sat in the low-90s to touching the upper 90s. At 6-foot-6 with a heavy fastball and curve, he’s going to be nasty.
You can argue that Nick Madrigal should be higher on this list. He’s a plus runner and plus hitter, but for the moment, doesn’t have much power. Sources have told me that the White Sox want to add some loft to his swing. Regardless, he could be a Top 10 fantasy second baseman, perhaps more.
One of the lesser know tooled up kids in the minor leagues is 19-year-old Jazz Chisholm. There’s still a ton of swing and miss in his game, but the bat speed is real and he’s a plus runner. There’s 20-20 potential provided he learns to control the strike zone.
As much as San Francisco fans want Joey Bart to be Buster Posey 2.0, he’s not. He’s a plus defender with power but his hit-tool is average-at-best. For the record, in his prime, Posey had a plus, if not plus-plus hit tool with power and good defense.
Arm trouble dropped Sixto Sanchez on our list. The stuff is premium with an 80-grade fastball. The size though does bother me, and I would not be surprised if he eventually moves to the pen. Then again, I said that about Luis Severino and have been dead wrong about that.
The trade that sent him to Seattle gives a hint to the type of upside Jarred Kelenic has. There’s a big bat in there and with this approach, he could move quickly.
Cristian Pache is a double-plus defender with serious tools. The combination will give him plenty of opportunities in the Majors with a chance to be an impact performer.
The Marlins won the Victor Victor Mesa sweepstakes over the winter and he immediately went to the top of their prospect rankings. It might take a while for him to knock off the rust, but his double-plus speed should be a real benefit to fantasy owners.
In keeping with my lack of fear of ranking young players highly on this list, Andres Gimenez is a Top 40 prospect. Higher than Alonso? Yeah, but in a different way. He’s going to be a great defender with plus speed and enough power to hit 5 to 8 home runs annually.
While there is reliever risk with Dylan Cease, the arsenal is premium and for now, the White Sox want to continue to develop him as a starter. I’m good with that as the backup plan because the ceiling is a potential elite closer.
The Mets fans are clamoring for Peter Alonso and for good reason. He’s got plus power and has enough bat control to get to his power. His ceiling is Rhys Hoskins, but I liked Hoskins swing better. Plus, Alonso is a poor defender that might eventually force him to the American League.
Carter Kieboom has a lot of 50s on his scouting report but doesn’t have a true carrying tool. That shouldn’t matter as he can really play. With a move to second base likely, he has the upside of a Top 15 second baseman in the game.
Triston Mckenzie is still listed at 6-foot-5 and 165 pounds. To say he’s tall and lanky is an understatement. But if he can put on weight, and add some physical projection, his ceiling is that of a number two starter.
I didn’t list Brendan McKay as a first baseman because I think the Rays will have him focus exclusively on pitching going forward. Perhaps it’s wishful thinking on my part because I think he has a chance to be a Top 15 lefty in the game.
The Orioles have a Top 50 prospect…and he’s legitimate. The ball explodes off Yusniel Diaz’s bat with a chance for plus power as a classic major league right fielder.
Garrett Hampson is a sneaky good player. He can hit with plus speed that should allow him to steal 30 plus stolen bases in the Majors. He’s projected to be in an odd share at second base with Ryan McMahon but long-term, I think he secures the job or moves to center field.
It’s a shame when you can hit and hit with power but find yourself blocked with no end in sight. Yordan Alvarez becomes the latest conundrum in Houston. There is 25 to 30 home run potential with a solid .270/.350 average. When, and in what city he plays, I don’t know.
Last season, Chris Paddack looked as good as he did before he was diagnosed with a torn UCL in 2016. He only has 37.2 innings above High-A, but I think we see him in San Diego next season.
Another TJS survivor…or we hope. I’ve been wrong about him to-date as the control has progressed faster than I predicted. But the A’s will likely bring him back slowly. So, if you’re hoping for production in 2019, I think resetting your expectations are in order.
If Logan Allen’s breaking pitch develops, the upside is a front-of-the-rotation pitcher. His fastball-changeup are both plus pitches and they are good enough to get major league hitters out. Look for him in San Diego in 2019.
While there are questions about how much power Ke’Bryan Hayes will develop, one thing is for sure…he can hit. Unfortunately, that coupled with a growing trend of the Pirate’s inability to develop hitters has me concerned for the long-term upside.
We all saw Hunter Greene hit 101 at last year’s Futures Game. Sure, it was a little straight, but he’s got a golden arm and tremendous makeup. However, he also might be hurt. He’s still got a long way to go, but the upside remains a #1, but with significant risk.
Sean Murphy’s defensive game has always been ahead of his offensive game. However, in 2018, the bat started to emerge. If it all comes together, he has Top 10 catcher potential. He’ll start the year in Triple-A with a chance to see Oakland in the second half.
With the trade of Russell Martin, Danny Jansen is climbing the draft boards. While he has an advanced approach at the plate, he’s never shown a ton of power. Defensively, he lacks the arm strength to ever be a plus defender. Translation – an everyday catcher but not a star.
After a big junior season at Florida, Jonathan India was drafted as the fourth overall player in the 2018 MLB Draft. He’s always been able to hit, but if the power he showed as a junior continues, he has impact potential.
Drafted third overall, Alec Bohm had a tough start to his professional career. We still like the swing and the power potential and are blaming “fatigue” on his poor professional debut. I hope we are right.
As mentioned in my detailed write-up, I struggle with players like Nolan Gorman. He has double-plus raw power, but the swing and miss is going to be prodigious. Joey Gallo has had some success but also walks a ton. Gorman might not. Hmm….
Sleeper alert. DL Hall can really pitch and with a teardown of the Orioles organization from top to bottom, I’m encouraged that Hall and others will get the coaching that has been missing for a while.
We have an Austin Hays spotting. I could be dead wrong on the young Orioles outfielder, but I’m inclined to believe that his poor 2018 was due to injuries. The best thing is he’ll have plenty of opportunities to play in 2019.
Colton Welker has crushed the ball in three levels. The problem is Grand Junction, Asheville, and Lancaster are extreme hitter’s park. If he can continue to mash in Hartford, he’s moving up…and quickly.
Daulton Varsho is in line to be the modern-day positional player – a super utility performer that just so happens to get position eligibility at catcher. That has me intrigued.
I’m a Jahmai Jones apologist but do understand last year looked bad. I can argue that it wasn’t and encourage you to read my detailed write-up. Even if you’re shaking your head, don’t give up, there is just too much talent here.
Anderson Tejeda showed significant pop last season but also struck out too much. If he can cut down those strikeouts, he has star potential.
Vidal Brujan stole 55 bases, hit nine home runs with an OBP of .403 last season. Yeah, he’s pretty good.
I saw Corey Ray in the Fall League in 2017 and his swing looked terrible. While his 2018 season was BABIP-led, the swing mechanics have improved. If he continues to improve, there is speed-power with plus defensive ability.
Many people who read this site are fantasy owners. Luis Rengifo is a great name for those players. He can really hit and stole 41 bases across three levels last year. Better yet, he’s nearly ready to contribute at the highest level.
Drafted in the second round in 2017, Griffin Canning has already made it to Triple-A and looks ready to contribute in the Major Leagues. He has a plus fastball but struggles to find the plate consistently.
Monte Harrison? Really?? I know the 37% strikeout rate he posted in Double-A last year was awful, but he might have the best tools on this list. He’s a premium athlete with plus speed and power and big-time makeup. However, if you can’t make contact, it doesn’t matter. I did see him in the Fall League and he has quieted down his swing in hopes of making better contact. Will it help? I don’t know, but I did like the changes as well as the recogonition that he needed to do something. If he can just hit .250/.320, he could be a star. I know, I can feel you rolling your eyes.
The timetable for Austin Riley is delayed for at least a year with the arrival of Josh Donaldson. I actually think it’s a good thing because he’s not ready. One more year in Triple-A should help him refine his hit-tool.
When Juan Soto and Luis Garcia were in the minor leagues together, there were discussions on who would have the better hit-tool. While Soto might have an insurmountable lead, Garcia can really hit. As he fills out, he should add more pop, but his speed will regress. In fact, it already has.
At 6-foot-6, ONeil Cruz will always have holes in his swing, but it could also come with 30 home runs. He’s a player in which I’m investing.
You can argue that Julio Pablo Martinez should be higher on this list. He’s got plus speed and some semblance of an approach at the plate. The problem is he also looks physically maxed out, so there is a question on how much power he will have. Therefore, there is fourth-outfielder risk.