2023 Updated Top 150 Prospects

I have updated my Top 100 (now Top 150) for your review by our Patreon subscribers.  The Top 50 are available to our non-subscribers.

1. Elly De La Cruz (SS, Cin, Up 9) – Once he got on the field, he’s been ridiculous.  If he can keep his strikeouts under control, he’s a superstar.

2. Jackson Holliday (SS, Bal, Up 13) – He’s the best teenager in the game, and the floor keeps rising.

3. Eury Perez (RHP, Mia, Up 6) – He’s been dominant in his brief call-up.  The stuff says #1 starter.

4. Jackson Chourio (OF, Mil, Up 1) – He’s starting to heat up.  Still very young.

5. Jordan Lawlar (SS, Ari, Up 1) – Could he get the call this season?  He just might.

6. Marcelo Mayer (SS, Bos, Up 1) – He’s been excellent this year and doing all the right things.  Everything is pointing up.

7. Masyn Winn (SS, Stl, Up 22) – Huge upside with double-plus speed and elite bat speed.  As I hinted, I finally put him in front of his teammate.  I’ve always believed there was more upside, but the floor was lower.  I’m making a statement here.

8. Jordan Walker (OF, Stl, Down 5) – He played well in his first taste of the big leagues and should see St. Louis at some point in the second half.

9. Taj Bradley (RHP, TB, Up 14) – He is holding his own in the Majors.

10. Evan Carter (OF, Tex, Up 42) – He’s a double-plus runner with some pop.  Tim thinks we will see him this season, but I’m betting the under.

11. Tanner Bibee (RHP, Cle, Up 24) – Yeah, he’s been good.

12. James Wood (OF, Was, Up 7) – Speed and power but with his length, you have to expect some strikeouts.

13. Bo Naylor (C, Cle, Up 28) – Perhaps the Guardians have forgotten about him?  There’s speed, decent pop, and a feel to hit.

14. Jasson Dominguez (OF, NYY, Up 4) – He’s a big dude already, but he has elite bat speed and still a plus runner—star potential.

15. Colton Cowser (OF, Bal, Up 31) – He’s had a great start to the season, with the power starting to emerge.  The Orioles are a good team, and Cowser makes them better.

16. Andrew Painter (RHP, Phi, Down 3) – Because of his injury, it’s hard to knock him down too much.

17. George Valera (OF, Cle, Down 1) – He started the year on the IL but is back now. I still believe.

18. Gavin Williams (RHP, Cle, Up 25) – He was recently promoted to Triple-A and is just about ready.  He has a higher upside than Bibee, who is pretty good in his own right.

19. Diego Cartaya (C, LAD, Down 11) – He has not gotten off to a good start.

20. Robert Hassell (OF, Was, Down 3) – Hamate surgery and a wrist injury might be zapping his power.  He doesn’t profile for much more than a .400 SLG, but we need to see more than this. I still think he hits.

21. Bobby Miller (RHP, LAD, Down 1) – He can’t find the plate in the early going, but that could be due to an injury that started the season.  The stuff is some of the best in the minor leagues.

22. Brandon Pfaadt (RHP, Ari, Up 16) – He’s getting better, but the change-up still is not there.  The upside is a solid number three starter.

23. Bryce Miller (RHP, Sea, Up 75) – A 70+ fastball is doing the trick in the Majors.  The secondaries are still not there.  Bullpen arm long-term???

24. Curtis Mead (3B, TB, Up 2) – I hoped for a better start, and now he’s banged up a little.  I still think he hits with 20+ HR pop.

25. Endy Rodriguez (C, Pit, Up 24) – He’s gotten off to a solid start with more walks than strikeouts.  The power is a little down, but otherwise, he looks ready.

26. Henry Davis (C, Pit, Up 39) – Endy Who?  Henry might be up later this season.

27. Kyle Manzardo (1B, TB, Up 51) – Yeah, I was too light on him entering the season.  He’s showing a feel to hit with power.

28. Marco Luciano (SS, SF, Up 5) – I still can’t believe he’s playing short, but there are 30+ home runs in the bat.

29. Noelvi Marte (3B, Cin, Up 18) – Speed and power for now, but given his size, the speed will fade away, and the power should increase.  I also expect him to hit.

30. Pete Crow-Armstrong (OF, CHC, Down 2) – I thought the aggressive approach he showed in High-A was an anomaly. Maybe not, as he’s repeating it in Double-A and showing speed and power.

31. Brayan Rocchio (SS, Cle, No Change) – I still like the player, but it’s quite full in Cleveland.

32. Zac Veen (OF, Col, Down 8) – The neutral Eastern League has zapped his power, but he still shows a feel to hit and speed.

33. Kevin Alcantara (OF, CHC, Down 11) – Showing speed with excellent bat speed, but his aggressive approach is being exposed with better pitching.

34. Druw Jones (OF, Ari, Down 22) – He has tons of talent, but I do worry about the strikeouts.  More importantly, he needs to get back on the field.

35. Colson Montgomery (SS, CHW, Down 1) – We are still waiting for him to rehab from his oblique injury.

36. Brooks Lee (SS, Min, No Change) – His .287 BABIP is holding his number down.  He should hit with average power and speed.

37. Sal Frelick (OF, Mil, Up 2) – He got off to a nice start but tore the UCL in his thumb.  Hopefully, he’ll be back in the second half.

38. Matthew Liberatore (RHP, Stl, New) – He increased his velocity and appears to be a different pitcher.

39. Kyle Harrison (LHP, SF, Up 1) – He’s been rushed, and his 9.1 BB/9 is reflective of that.

40. Mick Abel (RHP, Phi, Up 40) – Tall and lanky with a big fastball. Control and secondary pitches need work.

41. Adael Amador (SS, Col, Up 42) – He’s handling High-A well, walking nearly as much as he’s striking out with a 12% K-Rate.  There’s plenty of speed and emerging power.

42. Termarr Johnson (SS, Pit, Up 2) – I didn’t expect a 37% strikeout rate, but he’s still just 18 and should hit.

43. Royce Lewis (OF, Min, New) – He’s back rehabbing and looks good.

44. Ricky Tiedemann (LHP, Tor, Up 1) – Showing huge strikeout rates in Double-A but is also walking five per nine.

45. Harry Ford (C, Sea, Up 13) – He’s gotten off to a strong start showing a high OBP with solid pop and speed.

46. Cam Collier (3B, Cin, Up 4) – He’s gotten off to a slow start and is only hitting .211 with a 26% strikeout rate.

47. Gavin Stone (RHP, LAD, Up 4) – His spot start went “meh,” but his double-plus change-up should give him early success.

48. Tyler Soderstrom (1B, Oak, Up 5) – He has an aggressive approach that won’t be fun in an OBP league, but there is 25+ home run pop.  Will he stay at Catcher?

49. Emmanuel Rodriguez (OF, Min, Up 5) – He’s back playing after starting the season on the IL.  There is big power with high OBP skills.

50. Edwin Arroyo (SS, Cin, Up 6) – You are still betting on the come here.  He is athletic with a feel to hit and a plus defender. He just needs time.

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