2020 Top 100 Prospects

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1. Wander Franco (TB, SS)

His bat is just about ready but it’s doubtful he makes the big leagues as a teenager. It’s Tampa Bay for goodness sake. A potential 80-grade hit tool with solid power and speed.

2. Gavin Lux (LAD, 3B/2B/SS)

A plus hitter with solid speed and power pushes him above the two more explosive athletes at #3 and #4.

3. Jo Adell (LAA, OF)

Superstar potential who could ultimately have the highest ceiling on the list.

4. Luis Robert (CHW, OF)

An impressive athlete with plus bat speed and plus foot speed. A poor approach though could cause some frustration early in his career.

5. MacKenzie Gore (SD, LHP)

Athletic with plus stuff who is nearly ready for the show.

6. Adley Rutschman (Bal, C)

He’s a catcher and in one catcher leagues he’s not as valuable, but he’ll provide elite offensive skills to go along with excellent defensive chops.

7. Jarred Kelenic (Sea, OF)

Is Kelenic too high? Did I just want to put him ahead of a surging J-Rod? Perhaps, but he has 20-20 potential and he could arrive soon.

8. Julio Rodriguez (Sea, OF)

The likely number one overall prospect after Wander. He has a chance for a plus hit tool with significant power.

9. Nate Pearson (Tor, RHP)

He’s been hurt a lot during his career but the stuff could make him a #1 starter.

10. Dustin May (LAD, RHP)

He’ll have some of the nastiest stuff in the Majors once he establishes himself. It’s a solid number two profile with a chance to be better than that.

11. Jesus Luzardo (Oak, LHP)

A plus fastball-changeup combination should give him early success. The curveball still needs work but he could have early success.

12. Brendan McKay (TB, LHP)

Is he still a hitter? We don’t think so, but he has a chance to be a frontline pitcher.

13. Cristian Pache (Atl, OF)

His defense might overshadow his offense, but there is plus speed with a chance to hit. Will he see Atlanta in 2020?

14. Joey Bart (SF, C)

The passing of the baton from Buster to Joey should happen at some point in 2020. There is 20 home run potential but he could also hit .250.

15. Dylan Carlson (Stl, OF)

Speed and power with a chance to hit. He might be low at 15. Expect him to see time in St. Louis in 2020.

16. Casey Mize (Det, RHP)

The arsenal, control and command are that of an ace. However, there were concerns about health when the Tigers selected him 1:1 and last season gave us a glimpse of those health concerns.

17. Bobby Witt Jr. (KC, SS)

He’s tooled up with plus bat speed and foot speed. The leadership and the energy he brings to the game could be the separator.

18. Alex Kirilloff (Min, OF/1B)

If you’ve seen him you know about the swing. It’s a classic lefty swing with great exit velocity. A move to 1B might be in the cards, but I think he hits and hits with power.

19. Taylor Trammell (SD, OF)

It was a statistically down year, but we love the overall tools he brings to the table with a chance to steal bases in bunches.

20. Marco Luciano (SF, SS)

Let’s face it, elite Latin players are flying through the minor leagues. Luciano is the next with plus speed and elite bat speed with an encouraging ability to barrel the ball.

21. CJ Abrams (SD, SS/OF)

He has 80-grade speed and after hitting .401 in Rookie ball, his hit-tool may be more advanced than we originally thought. A move to the outfield might also be in the plan with Tatis Jr. at short for the long-term.  His power will be light but everything else screams…star.

22. Brendan Rodgers (Col, SS/2B)

This ranking is more pedigree than performance. His first look in the big leagues was not good and then he got hurt and missed a big chunk of the season. We are concerned, but when healthy he barrels the ball with plus power.

23. Carter Kieboom (Was, SS/2B/3B)

We don’t think Asdrubal Cabrera will keep him in the minor leagues long. He’s not a star but has a chance to be a solid everyday player.

24. Royce Lewis (Min, SS/OF)

It was a bad year for Royce Lewis as he changed his swing mechanics. He did look great in the Fall League but once he encounters better pitching, it could turn south in a hurry. We are worried and have dropped him in the rankings accordingly. The talent is still there but he needs to go back to his old swing.

25. Mitch Keller (Pit, RHP)

I think Keller 2020 will be better than Keller 2019. He’s not a #1 but has the polish and arsenal to be a solid number two.

26. Tarik Skubal (Det, LHP)

Skubal is this year’s Dustin May. We love his stuff and have been pimping him heavily since last April. Three plus pitches with solid control, he ultimately might be the best pitching prospect in the Tigers’ organization.

27. Luis Patino (SD, RHP)

Let’s face it, he outshined Gore in the 2019 Futures Game. That said, we don’t see the same upside. However, he’s athletic with a plus arsenal. We just wish he were not 6-feet tall.

28. Forrest Whitley (Hou, RHP)

It’s not about the stuff as Whitley has at least four-plus pitches. It’s about control. The Astros changed his approach and it didn’t work as he could not find the plate. At his size, it might work best to allow him to pitch the way he did in the lower minors.

29. Andrew Vaughn (CHW, 1B)

He’s an undersized first baseman and not terribly athletic. But, he can hit and by using a lot of loft in his swing, he should be able to hit 20 plus home runs annually.

30. Matt Manning (Det, RHP)

Athletic with plus stuff. The control could be inconsistent but there is solid #2 upside.

31. Spencer Howard (Phi, RHP)

He has a plus arsenal and performed well when healthy in 2019. There’s a chance to be a solid number two starter.

32. Sixto Sanchez (Mia, RHP)

An 80-grade fastball with solid secondary stuff could make him a #1 starter. However, at 6-feet, size could also make him susceptible to the long ball and therefore, we have put his ceiling as a #2 starter.

33. Michael Kopech (CHW, RHP)

Before having TJ Surgery, he showed a ton of promise. If he comes back fully healthy, the stuff says he could be a #1.

34. A.J. Puk (Oak, LHP)

He’s coming off TJ Surgery but prior to the surgery, he showed a great deal of promise. He’s tall and could struggle with his control, but if it all comes together, he has mid-rotation upside.

35. Sean Murphy (Oak, C)

He was known more for his defensive chops than his offensive game when he was drafted in the third round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Now, he has a chance to be a terrific two-way player in the mold of another young catcher – Will Smith.

36. Jasson Dominguez (NYY, OF)

Look we get it…he’s ranked this high mostly on hype, but the history of elite players coming out of Latin America is working. They are as prepared as high school players and, in some cases, you can argue more. Jasson D. could be a monster with elite bat speed and plus foot speed. Can he hit? We’ll soon find out.

37. Vidal Brujan (TB, 2B)

He was one of the stars in the AFL last fall with plus speed and the ability to barrel the ball with authority.

38. Alec Bohm (Phi, 3B/1B)

He kind of gets lost in the shuffle, but Bohm can really play. A move to first is likely at some point in his career, but there’s a chance he sees considerable time in Philadelphia in 2020.

39. Jordan Groshans (Tor, 3B/SS)

He only played a month last season but showed enough in his brief time to project to be an impact offensive player. He’s one of the guys on this list that we are relying on feedback from our scouting contacts.

40. Drew Waters (Atl, OF)

Has really been rushed and while the stat line looks great, his success has been fueled by an unsustainable BABIP. There’s a lot there, but don’t be surprised if 2020 is a step back.

41. Daniel Lynch (KC, LHP)

99 MPH from the left side. I’ll take it. It’s premium stuff and he’s coming on quickly. Watch out.

42. Brandon Marsh (LAA, OF)

Jo Adell is great but don’t forget about Brandon Marsh. There’s a ton of tools and if he can continue to hone his hit tool, he has a chance to a plus overall performer.

43. D.L Hall (Bal, LHP)

Premium stuff from the left-side with athleticism. He’s not throwing enough strikes yet, but we believe that will come.

44. Alek Thomas (Ari, OF)

We are all-in on Thomas. It’s a great package of speed and power similar to what we thought Andrew Benintendi would be (or was).

45. Nick Madrigal (CHW, 2B)

Given his contact, a .300 hitter seems like the baseline. He’s got enough speed to steal 20+ bases but the power is the problem. He’s demonstrated none. He swings hard with a high leg kick but just lacks the physicality at the moment to drive the ball.

46. Ke’Bryan Hayes (Pit, 3B)

Has not had his “drop mic” season yet. The tools are impressive but we are still waiting for him to put it all together.

47. Riley Greene (Det, OF)

A chance to hit and hit with power. However, in his first exposure to professional ball, there was a lot of swing and miss in his game that will need to be addressed.

48. Daulton Varsho (Ari, C/OF)

He’s a plus runner and if he stays behind the plate, it could be a fantasy bonanza. Unfortunately, he’s likely moving to the outfield.

49. Jordan Balazovic (Min, RHP)

We are big fans of Balazovic with a plus arsenal and solid command. He has a chance to be a mid-rotation starter with upside.

50. Edward Cabrera (Mia, RHP)

Tall and thin but with premium stuff. He’s jumped up on our list from our mid-season rankings and given what we’ve seen, that will continue.

51. Leody Taveras (Tex, OF)

After repeating High-A to begin the season, Taveras re-gains his prospect mojo. He’s got plus speed is a great defender with a solid approach. He hasn’t shown a ton of power, but the swing and bat speed still indicates it’s on the horizon.

52. Hunter Greene (Cin, RHP)

After getting late reports on how Greene looked after having TJ Surgery, we bumped him up on our list. He’s a plus athlete, a plus human with a chance to be a top-of-the-rotation starter.

53. Brennen Davis (CHC, OF)

He’s a great athlete with an intriguing power-speed combination. He still needs to work on his approach but there is a lot to like.

54. Nolan Jones (Cle, 3B)

His batting practice sessions are incredibly impressive as he demonstrates plus raw power. In games, it has yet to show up. We think it will. Be patient and invest.

55. Evan White (Sea, 1B)

He’s got the contract and should have the 1B job in Seattle. He’s a very good athlete that should continue to grow into power. It could be 15 to 20 early in his career and 22 to 25 as he matures.

56. Jesus Sanchez (Mia, OF)

We continue to be bullish on Jesus Sanchez but he has yet to have the big breakout season. It’s solid skills across the board.

57. Grayson Rodriguez (Bal, RHP)

He has a great arm with quality stuff. The delivery isn’t great and that could lead to control problems. Assuming he improves his strike-throwing ability, we see a mid-rotation starter.

58. Nico Hoerner (CHC, 2B/SS)

He can hit but the secondary skills (power and speed) are just average. High floor, low ceiling guy for us.

59. Andres Gimenez (NYM, SS)

Gimenez brings speed and solid bat-to-ball skills. He’s never shown a ton of power and while Ronny Mauricio has the higher upside, Gimenez has the better fantasy tools currently.

60. Ian Anderson (Atl, RHP)

His stuff backed up a little in 2019, but we still see solid mid-rotation skills.

61. Simeon Woods-Richardson (Tor, RHP)

If he pitches like we think he can, SWR could be a Top 10 pitcher in the minor leagues within a year. It’s quality stuff with the ability to throw strikes

62. Nick Lodolo (Cin, LHP)

We got a lot of push back from evaluators when we ranked Lodolo at #3 on our Top 15 Reds list. We have reevaluated our position and have bumped him up considerably. He might be better than we originally thought.

63. Nolan Gorman (Stl, 3B)

Wecontinue to be torn by Nolan Gorman. It might be 80-grade raw power but could come with a 30% strikeout rate. If you’re thinking Joey Gallo…well, he doesn’t nearly have that level of plate patience.

64. Josiah Gray (LAD, RHP)

The Dodgers are quickly becoming a pitching factory. Josiah Gray continues to
impress and could really blow up in 2020.

65. O’Neil Cruz (Pit, SS/OF)

I think it’s safe to say that there have been few players 6-foot-7 who have succeeded at the highest level. We don’t think anyone of that size has made it as a shortstop. He’s an outlier for sure but he has 70-grade power and might hit enough to get to it. He’ll likely move to the outfield.

66. Logan Gilbert (Sea, RHP)

Another young pitcher who is moving quickly and is getting better with nearly every outing.

67. Matthew Liberatore (Stl, LHP)

You worry when young players get traded. Did the team give up on him? We don’t think that is the case with Libertore at all. It’s premium stuff from the left-side and if it all comes together, he could even develop into a number #2 starter.

68. Trevor Larnach (Min, OF)

He was exposed a little in Double-A but overall, he has made better contact than we originally thought he would. The power has yet to show up, but it should.

69. Xavier Edwards (TB, 2B/OF)

Dee Gordon 2.0? That what it feels like and as a fantasy owner, we’ll take it.

70. Luis Campusano (SD, C)

Mejia better hit and hit soon or Luis Campusano might take his job in 2021. One of the breakout players in the minor leagues last season. It looks very real.

71. Triston Casas (Bos, 1B)

He’s a first base only prospect but showed excellent adjustments and the results were impressive in the second half. He needs to build on that in 2020. If he does, he could become a Top 50 prospect despite being a 1B-only prospect.

72. Matthew Allan (NYM, RHP)

A great job by the Mets in drafting Matt Allan as he passed over by 29 other teams. He has a great arm and assuming the Mets do what they do with developing pitchers, he has a chance to pitch at the top of the rotation.

73. Ronny Mauricio (NYM, SS)

He’s a more explosive hitter than Andres Gimenez and therefore, could eventually pass him on the depth charge. Gimenez is the better defender but the potential with Mauricio is impressive.

74. Kyle Wright (Atl, RHP)

He wasn’t very good in his Major League debut. We think he’ll be a lot better going forward. There’s an outside shot he could be a number two starter, but it’s more likely the profile of a #3.

75. Corbin Carroll (Ari, OF)

He reminds us of Alek Thomas, who reminds us of Andrew Benintendi. I don’t know about you, but we kind of like that.

76. Triston McKenzie (Cle, RHP)

He didn’t pitch in 2019 and prior to that, we were still beating on a velocity improvement. He’s still projectable but we need to see him pitch to determine if this ranking is too low or whether he should even be on this list.

77. Alek Manoah (Tor, RHP)

There’s little projection left but the velocity and arsenal are plenty good to get guys out. He has mid-rotation starter upside.

78. Brusdar Graterol (Min, RHP)

He’s got a great arm but we think the delivery and lack of a third pitch will work better in the bullpen. If the Twins agree, he could become an elite closer.

79. Corbin Martin (Ari, RHP)

He hit the ground running in Houston with a couple of dynamite outings. He then looked terrible and later had TJ Surgery. Were his struggles related to his elbow? Is he really not that good? We’re not sure, but we still see an athletic pitcher with premium stuff and a chance to be a mid-rotation starter, if not more.

80. Tony Gonsolin (LAD, RHP)

He might get crowded out in the Dodgers rotation, but he showed a lot in his time in LA last season. There is #3 starter upside.

81. Jazz Chisholm (Mia, SS)

Yes, he was terrible last season. But, he’s too toolsy to give up him just yet.

82. Shane Baz (TB, RHP)

He might have the best arm in the Rays minor league system. He’s still learning to pitch but he could really rise in the rankings come mid-season.

83. Keibert Ruiz (LAD, C)

The emergence of Will Smith has hurt Keibert Ruiz’s prospect status. It happens. For us, we’d be buying as he has an impressive offensive upside.

84. Brailyn Marquez (CHC, LHP)

Could the Cubs really be developing a pitcher? Marquez has a great arm and it’s from the left side. We are still in somewhat shock but it’s a great arm.

85. Jeter Downs (LAD, SS)

Did the Reds really trade Downs? Yeah, they did. The kid has a lot of tools but given the stacked lineup in LA, if he is to play in LA, it’s likely as a super-utility player.

86. Brent Honeywell (TB, RHP)

This might be a crazy ranking, but honestly, what do you do with Honeywell. We don’t want to forget about him. Prior to his injuries, he was one of the top pitching prospects in the game. It would help in our analysis, and yours as well if he pitched.

87. Kristian Robinson (Ari, OF)

He’s showing solid a power-speed combination with a chance to be a 20-20 performer. He just turned 19.

88. Josh Jung (Tex, 3B)

There are questions about how much eventual power he will have, but he can hit and should be able to stay at third.

89. Jackson Kowar (KC, RHP)

Jackson Kowar would still be the top-ranked pitcher in the Royals organization if Daniel Lynch wouldn’t have gone all, well Daniel Lynch on us. He has solid stuff and could develop into a # 3/4 starter.

90. Deivi Garcia (NYY, RHP)

At 5-foot-9, it’s hard to evaluate Deivi Garcia. Based on laying eyes on him, the arm could be special but it will likely work better in the bullpen.

91. Adrian Morejon (SD, LHP)

He has a great arm with quality stuff. The problem is he’s 6-foot-8 and a role as Delin Betances type reliever is likely in the cards.

92. Seth Beer (Ari, 1B/DH)

His name will make him a fan favorite. His power with the ability to hit enough should also give him fantasy value. He doesn’t have great bat speed and that might lead to him being a Quad-Four-A player.

93. Clarke Schmidt (NYY, RHP)

He impressed last season and has put himself in a position to be one of the early first responders in 2020 once the injury bug hits the Yankees.

94. Noelvi Marte (Sea, SS)

Huge upside with whispers of another J-Rod type of blow-up. Yep, you heard it here first.

95. Francisco Alvarez (NYM, C)

He’s young but is one of the more exciting players on this list. For owners in two-catcher Dynasty Leagues, he should definitely be owned.

96. JJ Bleday (Mia, OF)

He doesn’t have the ideal swing mechanics, but he hit for significant power during his college career at Vanderbilt. If it translates, he has a chance to be an impact right-fielder.

97. Jonathan India (Cin, 3B)

We ranked him #1 our Top 15 Reds list but got so much pushback that he barely makes our Top 100 list. He’s already in Double-A but has yet to show much pop and might benefit from being more aggressive at the plate.

98. Justin Dunn (Sea, RHP)

An athletic pitcher who got out of shape and consequently didn’t perform well when he got the call to Seattle. A move to the bullpen could occur but we still like him as a starter.

99. Diego Cartaya (LAD, C)

He’s one of our young “must own” prospects. He can really barrel the ball with the ability to stay behind the plate. We’ve said it before, there were many evaluators who liked him more than Luciano coming out of the 2018 International Free Agent signing period.


100. Misael Urbina (Min, OF)

#100 belongs to a high upside Latin player that we love. He has plus speed and the bat speed to project to have power down the road.  He should make his debut in the US in 2020.