2022 Mid-Season Top 100 Prospects

1. Riley Greene (Det, OF) – He’s gotten off to a strong start in Detroit but still just scratching the potential of a 20-20 player with solid OBP skills.

2. Adley Rutschman (Bal, C) – The upside is the number one catcher in baseball.  He’ll be a middle-of-the-order force for many years to come.

3. CJ Abrams (SD, SS) – We were sky high on him before the season, and while his Major League debut was “meh,” all the tools are there to be an impact performer.

4. Corbin Carroll (Ari, OF) – After an injury-riddled 2021 season, he’s shown the speed and power that got us excited when he was drafted.

5. Shane Baz (TB, RHP) – There are not many pitchers with #1 upside, but Baz is one of them.

6. Jordan Walker (Stl, 3B) – Continues to fly under the radar.  NO more.  There is speed and power with the ability to make hard contact.

7. Anthony Volpe (NYY, SS) – Ignore the .230 batting average and focus on his solid approach, contract rate, speed, and growing power.  There’s a star brewing here.

8. Gabriel Moreno (Tor, C) – See Adley Rutschman with slightly less power

9. Grayson Rodriguez (Bal, RHP) – He was close to an invite to Baltimore and got hurt.  The upside is a Top 20 pitcher in baseball.

10. Gunnar Henderson (Bal, SS) – He has more walks than strikeouts while showing solid speed and power.  He’s coming on quickly and should see Baltimore in 2023.

11. Robert Hassell (SD, OF) – Classic top-of-the-order dynamic bat who should be able to support a .350+ OBP.

12. Michael Harris (Atl, OF) – He’s not been lost in his Major League debut and should quickly develop into a Top 30 outfielder.

13. Eury Perez (Mia, RHP) – He’s striking out over 12 per nine while walking less than two per nine as a teenager in Double-A.  If I had any guts, he would be him at #1 pitcher on the list.

14. Francisco Alvarez (NYM, C) – He started the year on the slow side but now seems to hit a home run every day.  He should see New York next season.

15. O’Neil Cruz (Pit, SS) – The power could be enormous, and when you throw in some speed, it might not matter that he could hit .240.  If he can make some tweaks to his swing, he could be an absolute monster.

16. Jordan Lawler (Ari, SS) – The skills could make him the #1 prospect in the game.

17. Zac Veen (Col, OF) – Athletic with speed and power could make him a first-round fantasy selection.

18. Marco Luciano (SF, SS) – The numbers don’t jump off the page, but there is 30 home run pop with an approach that should enable him to get to it.

19. Marcelo Mayer (Bos, SS) – He has an advanced approach with enough bat speed to pop 20+ home runs in the future.  I still think Corey Seager is the future comp.

20. Nolan Gorman (Stl, 2B) – Will he strike out more than you want?  Sure, but 30 home runs with 100 RBIs should be within his reach yearly.

21. Triston Casas (Bos, 1B) – He didn’t blow up this season as I hoped, but the upside is still a 25/100 bat.

22. Josh Lowe (TB, OF) – He gets very little love but is one of the few guys in the minor leagues that could post 20-20 seasons.

23. Diego Cartaya (LAD, C) – See Gabriel Moreno…no, see Adley Rutschman

24. Brennen Davis (CHC, OF) – Unfortunately, he’s been hurt most of the first half.  There’s 30 home run pop in the bat.

25. Esteury Ruiz (SD, SS) – If the season ended today, he would be my Minor League player of the year.  The approach is solid; there’s his growing power and, of course, top-of-the-chart speed.  We need to see what he can do at the Major League level.

26. Taj Bradley (TB, RHP) – Athletic with premium stuff who works for one of the best pitching factories in baseball.  I call that low risk with the potential for a significant return.

27. Pete Crow-Armstrong (CHC, OF) – He made Low-A look easy.  He did suffer a hand injury and has missed the last few weeks, but assuming he doesn’t miss too much time, let’s now see what he can do against better competition.

28. Noelvi Marte (Sea, SS) – This year has been a struggle.  However, I still love the speed-power combination and solid approach.  Double-down if you need to.

29. Tyler Soderstrom (Oak, C) – Yeah, the batting average is at .230, but he turned 20 a few days ago and is doing fine.  The upside is a solid hitter with 20+ home run pop.

30. George Valera (Cle, OF) – Big tools with big swag.  He’s been a prospect for what seems like decades, but he’s still only 21.  There is a star upside here.

31. Royce Lewis (Min, SS) – Hitch and all, he looks like a player.

32. Eddie Cabrera (Mia, RHP) – He has ace stuff, but injuries are starting to become an issue.

33. Jack Leiter (Det, RHP) – Double-A appears to have been a stretch.  The stuff is fine, but surprisingly, the control has not been.

34. Vinnie Pasquantino (KC, 1B) – He finally got the call to the Major Leagues. There is speed and power with a great approach. 

35. Liover Peguero (Pit, SS) – I got excited when he received the promotion to the big leagues, but it was only for a game.  He’s got an aggressive approach but runs well with some pop.

36. Curtis Mead (TB, 3B) – The kid can hit with 20+ future home run pop and a little speed.

37. Max Meyer (Mia, RHP) – He’s back pitching well and could be lined up for a second-half call-up.

38. Henry Davis (Pit, C) – High-A was easy.  Double-A, not so much.  I still think the upside as a Top 15 catcher in fantasy.

39. Daniel Espino (Cle, RHP) – He blew guys away in his first four starts and then got hurt.  Assuming health, there’s top-of-the-rotation upside.

40. Bo Naylor (Cle, C) – I saw him play this year and became a huge fan. He’s athletic with plus speed and a solid approach at the plate.  I don’t see much power, but he could pop 10-12 with 20 stolen bases at…er…catcher.

41. Ezequiel Tovar (Col, SS) – With an improved approach, he’s starting to look like an impact bat.

42. Bobby Miller (LAD, RHP) – I’m not sure how the Dodgers do it, but they might have found a number two starter picking as the last team in the draft.

43. Nick Yorke (Bos, 2B) – He could not follow through with his debut season in 2021.  There’s still a lot to like, but a quick trip through the minor leagues does not appear to be in the cards.

44. Andy Pages (LAD, OF) – Huge raw power with a decent approach. He could be a 30-100 corner outfielder if it all comes together.

45. Jackson Chourio (Mil, OF) – One of this year’s pop-up players.  Athletic, great bat, and one of the youngest players in Low-A points to a potential future star

46. Josh Jung (Tex, 3B) – A torn labrum derailed his 2022 season.  If he can stay healthy, there’s still a lot to like.

47. Logan O’Hoppe (Phi, C) – He’s blocked in Philadelphia, but with his approach and power potential, the Phillies will find a way to get him into the lineup.

48. Luis Campusano (SD, C) – It’s currently more doubles-power than over-the-fence power, but I still believe there is 20 home run pop in the bat.

49. Brady House (Was, SS) – He’s fallen behind some of the other elite bats in his draft as his substantial raw power has not yet translated because of a poor approach and too much swing and miss.

50. Oswald Peraza (NYY, SS) – Plus speed with solid pop and still only 22 years old.  How does he break into a stacked Yankees lineup with Volpe on his heels?  Dunno…

51. Brayan Rocchio (Cle, SS) – The line drives he hit last year have turned into ground balls this year, and the result is a .261 BABIP and a .222 batting average.  There’s still a lot to like here.

52. Elly De La Cruz (Cin, SS) – Crazy tools that could make him an impact bat at the highest level.  It’s going to come down to how much he hits. Based on his ranking, I’m leaning to impact.

53. Miguel Vargas (LAD, 3B) – If he played for most other organizations, he would already be playing in the Major Leagues.  Plus, power with an ability to make contact puts his ceiling at a full-time regular.

54. Mick Abel (Phi, RHP) – All the tools to pitch at the top of the rotation.  He needs time to develop

55. Kahlil Watson (Mia, SS) – The 92 strikeouts in 232 plate appearances are disappointing.  But, there is plenty of speed and power to develop into an impact player eventually.

56. Andrew Painter (Phi, RHP) – Received a well-deserved promotion to High-A after pitching to a 1.40 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 38.2 innings.  He just turned 19, so expect some ups-and-downs, but the ceiling is a number two starter.

57. Michael Busch (LAD, 2B) – It’s been a down season for a kid I thought would hit and hit with power.  Let’s hope he can turn it around in the second half.

58. Austin Martin (Min, SS) – He’s showing a great approach and big-time speed but absolutely no power.  I never thought there’d be a ton of power, but a .316 SLG is concerning

59. Nick Lodolo (Cin, LHP) – He got three starts in Cincinnati and deserved more.  He’s having little trouble in Triple-A.  It’s time to give him a run and see what he can do.

60. Evan Carter (Tex, OF) – Quietly showing a solid approach with speed and power.

61. Cade Cavalli (Was, RHP) – Above-average arsenal but with fleeting control.

62. Matt McLain (Cin, SS) – He’s showing power but with a 30% strikeout rate.  I think over time; the strikeout rate goes down.  When it does, he could be an impact performer.

63. Drew Romo (Col, C) – He’s been labeled a defensive-first catcher since he was drafted in 2020.  However, he makes excellent contact with a reasonable approach and is slugging .466. He’ll play because of his defense.  But he’ll help fantasy managers because I think he can hit with some power.

64. Ezequiel Duran (Tex, 3B) – He’s not a big guy but is a plus runner with more pop than you might think.  He’ll strike out too much, but there should be enough to be a full-time regular.

65. Kyle Harrison (SF, LHP) – He has big swing and miss stuff but is still searching for a consistent release point.  There’s still work to be done, but the ceiling is a #2 starter.

66. Shea Langeliers (Oak, C) – 20 home run pop with enough contact to hit at least .250.  His defensive skills should make him a full-time catcher for a long time.

67. Quinn Priester (Pit, RHP) – He spent most of the first half on the IL but still has the upside of a number two starter.

68. Brett Baty (NYM, 3B) – The plus power has yet to develop to in-game production, but it’s lurking there.

69. Luis Matos (SF, OF) – He’s found the sledding in High-A to be more challenging, partially due to an unorthodox swing.  I’m still bullish but know there is work to be done.

70. Harry Ford (Sea, C) – If he can stay at catcher, there are 20+ stolen bases with a .260 batting average and a .360+ OBP upside

71. Colton Cowser (Bal, OF) – I was surprised by his early struggles in High-A, but June was better, and with that improvement came a promotion to Double-A.  In the end, I think he hits with solid speed and power potential.

72. Emmanuel Rodriguez (Min, OF) – He’s walking a ridiculous 29% of the time but is slugging .551 with 11 home runs and nine stolen bases.  He’s one of my favorite young players in the minor leagues.

73. Orelvis Martinez (Tor, 3B) – He’s being pushed hard by the  Blue Jays – and for good reasons.  They want to get his double-plus pop to the Major Leagues. There are going to be strikeouts, but there are also going to be 30 bombs.

74. Matthew Liberatore (Stl, LHP) – Can a guy be a mid-rotation starter with a plus curveball and a below-average fastball?  Maybe…

75. Nick Pratto (KC, 1B) – After showing improved contact last season, the strikeouts have re-emerged.  There’s plus power, but it could come with a .220 batting average.

76. Cristian Hernandez (CHC, SS) – Toolsy 18-year-old that could develop into a STUD.

77. Vaughn Grissom (Atl, SS) –  Plus hit tool with enough speed and power to project a full-time regular with 15-15 upside at second base

78. Gordon Graceffo (Stl, RHP) – One of this year’s pop-up pitchers.  Solid stuff, but everything plays up because of elite control.  How good is the control?  He’s walked six in 74.2 IP.

79. Jasson Dominquez (NYY, OF) – I hope we can retire the Mike Trout comparisons.  Dominguez will be a good player, but at 19, he’s maxed out physically and needs to cut down on his strikeouts.

80. Brayan Bello (Bos, RHP) – He’s getting close with a chance to at least be a mid-rotation starter or, more likely, a lockdown closer.

81. DL Hall (Bal, LHP) – Plus stuff with 30-grade control.  He might have to move to the bullpen if the Orioles can’t solve his inability to repeat his delivery consistently.

82. Ronny Mauricio (NYM, SS) – I’ve downshifted.  There’s plus power, but the approach is problematic.

83. Jordan Groshans (Tor, SS) – He can hit, but the power has not developed.

84. Blake Walston (Ari, LHP) – The velocity has been better this year and he is making solid progress as one of the younger pitchers in Double-A.

85. Kevin Alcantara (CHC, OF) – It’s about projection with Alcantara. He has plus power potential with a feel to hit.  At 6-6, he will have holes in his swing, but the upside is a 30 home run bat with some speed early in his career.

86. Peyton Battenfield (Cle, RHP) – He’s a pitch data guy.  In other words, he doesn’t have substantial raw stuff but has excellent movement and spin on his pitches—a chance to be a mid-rotation starter.

87. Jordan Balazovic (Min, RHP) – Has lost the strike zone this year, but the stuff still looks solid.

88. Blaze Jordan (Bos, 1B) –  While there’s still a long way to go, Jordan has made meaningful strides in his approach and ability to make contact.  With his raw power, there could be a full-time corner outfielder in the making

89. Ricky Tiedemann (Tor, LHP) – Starting to put things together and flashing a mid to upper 90s fastball.

90. Joey Wiemer (Mil, OF) – It’s not a great swing, but he also has 15 home runs and 21 stolen bases.

91. Maysn Winn (Stl, SS) – Crazy tools with double-plus speed and raw power.  If he can hit, he could be a star. If he can’t, he could be a lockdown closer…you read that right.

92. Brice Turang (Mil, SS) – I expected more power than a .355 SLG.  But, he’s a good runner and should be able to make enough contact to bring value to the fantasy game.  Impact player?  Dunno…

93. Carson Williams (TB, SS) – Toolsy 19-year-old first-round pick.  If he can hit, which I think he can, there’s considerable upside.

94. Jackson Jobe (Det, RHP) – While he has a long way to go, he’s flashing premium stuff.

95. Ceddanne Rafaela (Bos, OF) – One of the 2022 pop-up players with speed and high contact skills

96. Nick Gonzales (Pit, 2B) – I have been low man on Nick Gonzales as I didn’t believe in the power.  However, I thought he would hit.  This year, he’s not shown any power and hasn’t hit.

97. Alec Burleson (STL, OF) – He’s having a great season, but significant splits could make him a Joc Pederson type of platoon player.

98. Sal Frelick (Mil, OF) – Plus runner who should make enough contact to be a full-time leadoff hitter in the future.

99. Ken Waldichuk (NYY, LHP) – It’s not a sexy package, but there’s enough stuff and pitchability for him to succeed in the Major Leagues.

100. Warming Burnebel (Col, 3B) – Plus hit tool with emerging power give him a high floor with a chance to be at least a 15-15 player.

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