Breakout Prospects For 2018

From Just Outside The Top 100 Prospects to Just Out Of The Dominican Summer League

Philadelphia Phillies prospect Jhailyn Ortiz plays in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Photo By Tom DiPace

It's a question that Baseball America readers began asking just a few moments after they received the first-ever Top 10 Prospects ranking. They looked over and digested the list and then asked the logical question: Who's next?

Baseball America readers want to know about prospects before everyone else. It explains the popularity of the Prospect Handbook and the BA500 predraft ranking--and it's why we spend all year working on writing about tomorrow's stars today.

With that in mind, here's a look at some of the potential breakout prospects for 2018. None of these players will crack our upcoming Top 100 Prospects list, but we feel confident that some of these players will be on next year's Top 100.

When we did this list a year ago, the breakout group included Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette, Rays outfielder Jesus Sanchez, Padres second baseman Luis Urias and Astros righthander Forrest Whitley, among others.

On The Cusp

The following prospects won't appear in this year's Top 100, but they didn't miss the list by all that much. These are prospects who in most cases already have a reasonably high profile because of draft status or present production but need a little bit more to graduate into the Top 100.

Brusdar Graterol, RHP, Twins

Graterol has just 51 pro innings and has yet to pitch above the Rookie-level Appalachian League, but in his return from Tommy John surgery in 2017, he filled out and saw his stuff take off. He can reach 100 mph as a starter with a chance to have four average or better pitches. He's years away, but Graterol has front-of-the-rotation potential.

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