Top 250 Prospects – August Update

We have updated our Top 250 Prospects in the games (actually 287).  All 287 are available to our subscribers and we have made the Top 100 available to the public.

The list is strong, made even stronger by one of the best drafts in years.

1. Jackson Holliday (SS, Bal, Up 1) – He’s showing all the tools to be a star.

2. Jackson Chourio (OF, Mil, Up 1) – The raw tools are special, but his hit tool is lagging behind. All he needs is time to develop, and once he does, he has superstar upside.

3. Dylan Crews (OF, Was, New) – 20-20 upside with a feel to hit.

4. Jordan Lawlar (SS, AZ, Up 1) – He has all the tools to be a star.

5. Marcelo Mayer (SS, Bos, Up 1) – He has that beautiful lefty swing with emerging power. He’ll never be a burner but could be a 20-home-run bat who hits with high on-base skills.

6. Junior Caminero (3B, TB, Up 10) – He produces some of the best exit velos in the Rays system, which should translate into 25+ home runs at the highest level. He’s overly aggressive at the plate, which might pressure his OBP.

7. Wyatt Langford (OF, Tex, New) – 20-30 upside with high OBP skills.

8. Evan Carter (OF, Tex, No Change) – A plus hit tool with speed and power.

9. Ethan Salas (C, SD, Up 67) – He might have a special blend of a feel to hit and power.

10. Masyn Winn (SS, Stl, Up 1) – He’s showing more power, and when you combine that with plus speed, the tools are exciting. There’s impact potential, and why he’s not being talked about more is a bit of a mystery.

11. Paul Skenes (RHP, Pit, New) – He has the size and arsenal to be a #1 starter. Given how hard he throws, there is risk of early arm troubles, as seen with Hunter Greene.

12. Pete Crow-Armstrong (OF, CHC, Up 13) – He has a well-rounded game with plus speed, solid power potential, and a feel to hit.

13. James Wood (OF, Was, Down 9) – He’s athletic with significant power and speed potential. He has the makings of a superstar in the game.

14. Colton Cowser (OF, Bal, Down 5) – High on-base player with emerging power and some speed early in his career.

15. Curtis Mead (3B, TB, Up 2) – Plus hit tool with hard contact could give him 20+ future home run pop with a high batting average and OBP.

16. Max Clark (OF, Det, New) – Extremely athletic with plus speed and plenty of bat speed to project future power.

17. Walker Jenkins (OF, Min, New) – Athletic with a lefty swing built for 30+ home run future pop.

18. Colt Keith (3B, Det, Up 4) – A feel to hit with 20+ home run power. A move to second or first base my be in the cards long-term.

19. Sal Frelick (OF, Mil, Up 15) – Walking more than he’s striking out in the big leagues. Not a bad start.

20. Brayan Rocchio (SS, Cle, Up 6) – The data suggest he has a chance to be a .300 hitter with 20+ stolen bases. He won’t be a power hitter but could pop 5 to 10 annually.

21. Logan O’Hoppe (C, LAA, Up 39) – I forgot he was still prospect eligible on the last cut. He won’t be here much longer. By the by, he’s really good!

22. Marco Luciano (SS, SF, Down 2) – The bat has significant power potential with a solid approach and average contact. There will be little to no speed.

23. Jasson Dominguez (OF, NYY, Down 8) – Plus bat and foot speed with a feel to hit. He needs time to work on his approach.

24. Kyle Manzardo (1B, Cle, Down 5) – He can really hit, and with some more launch, he could develop into a 25+ home run hitter.

25. Ricky Tiedemann (LHP, Tor, Up 20) – Spent a chunk of the season on the IL with bicep tendonitis. When healthy, it is a power arsenal with a fastball-sweeper-heavy arsenal.

26. Endy Rodriguez (C, Pit, Down 8) – There’s been a significant power outage in 2023. The exit velos still look fine, and he’s controlling the strike zone as good as ever. I’m investing!

27. Kevin Alcantara (OF, CHC, Up 2) – He’s tooled-up, but at 6-foot-6, there will likely be some swing-and-miss in his game. Regardless, there is a setup for an impact player at the highest level.

28. Colson Montgomery (SS, CHW, Up 3) – He has a feel to hit with solid power potential. There will not be a ton of stolen bases.

29. Zack Gelof (3B, Oak, Up 54) – What a start to his MLB career

30. Emmanuel Rodriguez (OF, Min, Up 9) – He’s back playing after starting the season on the IL. There is big power with high OBP skills.

31. Kyle Harrison (LHP, SF, Up 4) – He’s struggling to throw consistent strikes; otherwise, there is a lot to like.

32. Brooks Lee (SS, Min, Up 1) – He has a plus hit tool with average power and below-average speed. It’s the definition of a high-floor player.

33. Noelvi Marte (3B, Cin, Down 10) – He growing into double-plus power, but as he fills out, speed will become less part of his game. I think he hits with a chance to be a full-time regular with impact potential.

34. Termarr Johnson (SS, Pit, Up 7) – He has a natural feel to hit with high walk rates. I think there will be enough physicality to hit 15 to 18 home runs annually.

35. Cam Collier (3B, Cin, Up 8) – He’s a high-floor player that projects as a plus hitter with 20+ home run pop.

36. Cole Young (SS, Sea, Up 46) – He’s demonstrating a plus hit tool with speed and a little bit of power.

37. Harry Ford (C, Sea, Up 3) – Speed and power with a feel to hit. If he can stay behind the plate, he could be one of the top fantasy catchers in the league.

38. Spencer Jones (OF, NYY, Up 6) – There is speed, and power, but also the potential for significant swing-and-miss in his game.

39. Jackson Merrill (SS, SD, Up 52) – His swing is built for contact, and therefore the power projection is more doubles than over-the-fence power.

40. Tyler Soderstrom (1B, Oak, Up 7) – He profiles as a power-hitting first base with modest batting and OBP averages.

41. Zac Veen (OF, Col, Down 14) – He had hand surgery in June that hopefully addresses his power issues. If it does, he’s a 20-20 player, maybe more.

42. Tyler Black (2B, Mil, Up 25) – He’s always been able to hit and is starting to show more pop as he fills out. He has the ceiling of a full-time regular who can play multiple positions.

43. Diego Cartaya (C, LAD, Down 22) – It’s been a bad year. Injuries and being out of shape have been the main culprit.

44. Lawrence Butler (OF, Oak, Up 61) – He could be a significant fantasy player if his contact improvements stick.

45. Edwin Arroyo (SS, Cin, Up 4) – He’s holding his own in High-A, showing power and speed.

46. Matt Shaw (SS, CHC, New) – Plus power with a feel to hit and speed early in his career.

47. Carson Williams (SS, TB, Up 13) – He has exciting tools with some concern about how much contact he will make.

48. Tink Hence (RHP, Stl, Up 3) – Extremely athletic with an impressive four-pitch mix.

49. Andrew Painter (RHP, Phi, Down 35) – He had TJS in July and will likely miss the entire 2024. Prior to the injury, the ceiling was a #1 starter.

50. George Valera (OF, Cle, Down 2) – There’s still plenty of bat speed, although he might have become too passive at the plate.

51. Adael Amador (SS, Col, Down 13) – He could develop into one of the better hitters in the league with solid stolen base potential. He needs to add loft to his swing project power.

52. Luisangel Acuna (2B, NYM, Up 23) – He’s a plus runner with a feel to hit. It’s unlikely he’ll for a ton of power, but there is enough bat speed to project some.

53. Jacob Misiorowski (RHP, Mil, Up 42) – Tall and thin with two 70-grade pitches in his fastball and slider. He needs to develop a third pitch and work on repeating his delivery.

54. Ronny Mauricio (SS, NYM, Down 2) – There is 20-20 potential, but it will come with a .300ish OBP.

55. Sam Bassalo (1B, Bal, Up 77) – An athletic catcher with a feel to hit and potential future plus power.

56. River Ryan (RHP, LAD, Up 28) – Athletic pitcher with a plus fastball-cutter and a workable change-up. He needs to focus on throwing strikes, and with his athleticism, odds are he will.

57. Kyle Teel (C, Bos, New) – He has a plus hit tool with average power and is extremely athletic.  He could easily move off catcher and pull a Dalton Varsho.

58. Druw Jones (OF, AZ, Down 28) – He has tons of talent, but I do worry about the strikeouts. More importantly, he needs to get back on the field.

59. Jett Williams (OF, NYM, Up 4) – He’s a toolsy player who is walking as much as he’s striking out.

60. Christian Encarncion-Strand (3B, Cin, Up 44) – He’s better than I thought. Let’s see if the approach changes stick. So far, so good.

61. Dalton Rushing (C, LAD, Down 5) – He has plus power with high on-base skills. There is some swing-and-miss in his game.

62. Ceddanne Rafaela (OF, Bos, Down 5) – He has top-of-the-chart speed, but the approach is overly aggressive, and that could limit his ceiling.

63. Mick Abel (RHP, Phi, Down 26) – He has size and the big fastball but still needs time to develop his command and control.

64. Gavin Cross (OF, KC, Down 11) – He has the talent to be a 20-20 player with enough contact to post a .260+ batting average. There is more chase in his swing than you would like.

65. Yanquiel Fernandez (OF, Col, Up 31) – His carrying tool is his 70-grade raw power. He makes average contact but rarely walks. There is little to no speed.

66. Gabriel Gonzalez (OF, Sea, Up 54) – Showing an ability to make contact with a solid approach. There is plus, if not double-plus, power lurking in the bat.

67. Jackson Jobe (RHP, Det, Up 92) – He started the season on the IL with a back issue, but when he returned, he showed the kind of stuff that made him the number three overall player selected in the 2021 Draft.

68. Drew Gilbert (OF, NYM, Up 9) – He has a high floor as a solid Major League regular but lacks the tools to be an impact player.

69. Owen White (RHP, Tex, Down 8) – His strikeout rate is down, but the stuff is plenty good enough to get guys out.

70. Jonatan Clase (OF, Sea, Down 8) – His carrying tool is his speed and aggressiveness on the basepaths. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts.

71. Noah Shultz (RHP, CHW, Up 71) – He’s tall and lanky with a chance to grow into velocity. The delivery is a lower three-quarter with effort.

72. Bubba Chandler (RHP, Pit, Up 57) – He’s athletic with a huge fastball. While he has a long way to go, the upside is significant.

73. Roman Anthony (OF, Bos, Up 25) – He’s athletic with better strike zone control than his draft book indicated.

74. Kevin Parada (C, NYM, Down 20) – He has potential plus future power with a feel to hit.

75. Coby Mayo (3B, Bal, Up 13) – The swing suggests 25+ home run power potential, but it will likely come with pressure on his batting average.

76. Brady House (SS, Was, Up 97) – After a difficult 2022, he has shown better strike zone control. If this continues, he could develop into a power-hitting third baseman.

77. Everson Pereira (OF, NYY, Up 25) – There is 20+ home run pop with speed early in his career. There continue to be questions about how much contact he will make.

78. Justin Crawford (OF, Phi, Up 43) – He has the athleticism to make him an impact player. There’s a long way to go, including getting stronger.

79. Cole Wilcox (RHP, TB, Down 11) – He has the size and arsenal to pitch at the top of the rotation.

80. Heston Kjerstad (OF, Bal, Up 68) – If the improved contact skills are real, we might be looking at a full-time power-hitting corner outfielder.

81. Ryan Pepiot (RHP, LAD, New) – He doesn’t have that true out pitch, but overall the arsenal is solid.

82. Drew Thorpe (RHP, NYY, New) – Plus change-up with a solid sinker that is avoiding hard contact.

83. Alex Ramirez (OF, NYM, Down 13) – It’s not been a great season, but I still like the feel to hit and overall talent.

84. Benny Montgomery (OF, Col, Down 13) – He’s extremely athletic but has questions about how much he’ll impact the ball.

85. Dustin Harris (OF, Tex, Down 16) – Baseballsavant only shows average exit velocity and hard-hit rates. He is continuing to steal bases.

86. Ben Brown (RHP, CHC, Down 14) – He’s starting to grow into his body with a chance to be a number three starter.

87. Robert Hassell (OF, Was, Down 23) – It was a poor season for Robert Hassell. The hope is that his problems are health-related, but it’s enough to give fantasy managers pause.

88. Jefferson Quero (C, Mil, Down 14) – A smallish catcher with a feel to hit with pop. The approach is on the aggressive side.

89. Jared Jones (RHP, Pit, Up 5) – He has a plus arsenal with a fastball that can touch 97, an above-average change-up and a slider and curveball that show promise. He’s still very raw and needs time to develop.

90. Miguel Bleis (OF, Bos, Down 32) – He missed most of the season with shoulder surgery. There are significant tools, but the hit tool has a long way to go.

91. Carson Whisenhunt (LHP, SF, Up 1) – His double-plus change-up is his money pitch. He throws strikes with a 92 to 94 MPH fastball and a decent curve.

92. Rhett Lowder (RHP, Cin, New) – 70-grade change-up with a chance for at least a 60 slider. Plus, he throws strikes. If the Reds can get him to throw harder, he has the ceiling of a number two starter.

93. Andy Pages (OF, LAD, Down 15) – He had season-ending surgery in May to repair a torn labrum. He had just been promoted to Triple-A and looked poised to make his Major League debut later in the year. That will have to wait.

94. Nick Nastrini (RHP, CHW, Down 7) – It’s three-plus pitches with a great delivery. It’s everything you look for in a young starting pitcher. The command is not there, but the delivery points to future success.

95. Johan Rojas (SS, Phi, Up 28) – His carrying tool is his double-plus speed. If he can add power, the profile gets really interesting,

96. Orelvis Martinez (3B, Tor, New) – There continues to be significant power potential, and he’s even improved his strikeout rate this season.

97. Anthony Solemento (LHP, Pit, Up 41) – He can’t repeat his delivery yet, but the arsenal looks extremely promising.

98. Liover Peguero (SS, Pit, Up 38) – An under-appreciated prospect with plus speed and a feel to hit.

99. Sebastian Walcott (SS, Tex, Up 101) – Athletic with elite bat speed that produces hard contact.

100. Elijah Green (OF, Was, Down 21) – He has two 80 tools in his speed and raw power, but he’s striking out in bunches early in his career.

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