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2019 Top 100 Prospects

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8/14 Update: A pair of Padres -- Luis Urias and Josh Naylor -- graduated off the list Wednesday. Their replacements slot in at the back of the Top 100. 

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Today's installment features the addition of 2019 MLB Draft picks, led by Adley Rutschman, who immediately becomes one of the best players in baseball. He is one of seven draft picks to immediately become Top 100 prospects. A full breakdown is below. This also features considerable reporting and feedback following the 2019 Futures Game.

In all, 16 new players entered the rankings, meaning they have quite a different look to them. All new additions are listed below...

5. Adley Rutschman, Orioles
19. Bobby Witt Jr, Royals
22. Andrew Vaughn, White Sox
48. CJ Abrams, Padres
55. Riley Greene, Tigers
58. JJ Bleday, Marlins
64. Jackson Kowar, Royals
69. Marco Luciano, Giants
77. Shane Baz, Rays
87. Bryan Mata, Red Sox
88. Evan White, Mariners
89. Isan Diaz, Marlins
90. Edward Cabrera, Marlins
91. George Valera, Indians
97. Hunter Bishop, Giants
98. Alek Thomas, Diamondbacks

And finally, players who fell off the list...

Updated on: 8/14/2019 See Full List Expand Collapse All
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    Notes:

    ETA: 2020
    Preseason rank: 4
    Hit: 70 | Power: 70 | Speed: 50 | Defense: 55 | Arm: 55

    Baseball’s best prospect hit .311 in April as he adjusted to the cold of a Midwest League April. That wouldn’t seem notable, but it’s the worst batting average he’s had in a month as a pro.
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    Jo Adell

    Angels OF
    Notes:

    ETA: 2020
    Preseason rank: 6
    Hit: 55: | Power: 70 | Speed: 60 | Defense: 55 | Arm: 60

    Adell missed the first six weeks of the season with a sprained ankle and strained hamstring, but he has been better than ever since he returned. He is showing increased first-step quickness in the outfield, has improved his pitch selection and plate discipline to cut down on his strikeouts and has added more strength to impact the ball even more than he already was.
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    Luis Robert

    White Sox OF
    Notes:

    ETA: 2020
    Preseason rank: 76
    Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Speed: 70 | Defense: 60 | Arm: 55

    After a year beset by adjustments and injuries, the multi-talented outfielder is proving why he’s one of the best prospects in the sport. Triple-A will be a big test, but he has the potential to be a true center fielder with huge offensive impact.
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    MacKenzie Gore

    Padres LHP
    Notes:

    ETA: 2021
    Preseason rank: 28
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 60

    Free of last year’s blister issues, Gore has flashed four plus pitches—though not always at the same time—plus control, plus athleticism and extraordinary poise in dominating the high Class A California League and earning a promotion to Double-A Amarillo. Even conservative evaluators consider him a potential future No. 1 starter.
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    Notes:

    ETA: 2022
    Preseason rank: Unranked, 2019 Draft Pick
    Hit: 70 | Power: 70 | Speed: 40 | Defense: 60 | Arm: 60

    With advanced hitting ability and power from both sides of the plate, Rutschman is a complete offensive player who also brings plus defensive ability behind the plate along with terrific leadership ability. He has the chance to be a perennial all-star sort of player.
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    Bo Bichette

    Blue Jays SS
    Notes:

    ETA: 2019
    Preseason rank: 8
    Hit: 70: | Power: 55 | Speed: 50 | Defense: 50 | Arm: 55

    A broken left hand slowed Bichette's ascent, but he has been back since June and continues to show why he's one of the game's elite prospects. He has excellent bat speed, a knack for finding the barrel and has shown he can stick at shortstop where he has quick feet and good body control.
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    Casey Mize

    Tigers RHP
    Notes:

    ETA: 2020
    Preseason rank: 16
    Fastball: 70 | Slider: 55 | Splitter: 70| Control: 60

    Mize has dominated the high Class A Florida State League and Double-A Eastern League thanks to his pristine command and pure power stuff.
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    Forrest Whitley

    Astros RHP
    Notes:

    ETA: 2019
    Preseason rank: 5
    Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 60 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 70 | Cutter: 60 | Control: 55

    It’s been an awful 2019 for one of baseball’s best pitching prospects. He was repeatedly shelled in Triple-A, sent to the injured list and now has been hit around by Rookie-ball hitters in his first Gulf Coast League rehab start.
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    Gavin Lux

    Dodgers SS
    Notes:

    ETA: 2020
    Preseason rank: 40
    Hit: 55: | Power: 50 | Speed: 55 | Defense: 55 | Arm: 55

    Lux continues to get stronger and make all the right adjustments at the plate. He tore through the Double-A Texas League to earn a promotion to Triple-A and a Futures Game selection, and he has solidified himself as a potential All-Star middle infielder on the strength of his bat.
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    Brendan McKay

    Rays LHP/DH
    Notes:

    ETA: 2020
    Preseason rank: 47
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Cutter: 60
    Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Speed: 40 | Defense: 45 | Arm: 50

    McKay’s two-start cameo with Tampa Bay reinforced who he is–a pitcher whose plus control and command keeps him a step ahead of hitters.
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    Kyle Tucker

    Astros OF
    Notes:

    ETA: 2019
    Preseason rank: 12
    Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Speed: 40 | Defense: 50 | Arm: 50

    Tucker seems further from Houston than he was 15 months ago in spring training. Michael Brantley’s arrival and Alvarez’s emergence leaves him plugging away in Triple-A, but he’s still only 22 years old with plus power potential.
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    Jesus Luzardo

    Athletics LHP
    Notes:

    ETA: 2019
    Preseason rank: 7
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 70 | Control: 65

    Oakland’s top prospect has battled shoulder and lat issues all season. This year looks like it will largely be a lost one for the 21-year-old, who will likely need to spend time in the Arizona Fall League in order to build up more innings.
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    Brendan Rodgers

    Rockies SS
    Notes:

    ETA: 2019
    Preseason rank: 14
    Hit: 60: | Power: 55 | Speed: 50 | Defense: 55 | Arm: 60

    Rodgers improved his patience at Triple-A and blitzed through the Pacific Coast league to earn his first big league callup in May. He saw time at both second base and shortstop for the Rockies before going on the injured list with right shoulder injury in late June, and he had season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum earlier this week.
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    Notes:

    ETA: 2020
    Preseason rank: 85
    Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Speed: 70 | Defense: 70 | Arm: 70


    Pache has gotten bigger, stronger and more adept at driving the ball over the past two seasons. Even solid offensive production combined with his exceptional defense makes him a potential star.
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    Nate Pearson

    Blue Jays RHP
    Notes:

    ETA: 2020
    Preseason rank: 70
    Fastball: 70 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45

    Pearson's pure stuff ranks among the best in the minors, with a fastball that sits in the upper-90s and consistently reaches triple-digits, complemented by a swing-and-miss slider in the upper-80s. The caveat with Pearson is his workload—during the first half of the season every other start, the Blue Jays limited him to two innings—but if Pearson proves durable enough to handle a starter's workload, he could anchor the front of a rotation.
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    Notes:

    ETA: 2020
    Preseason rank: 15
    Hit: 70 | Power: 55 | Speed: 50 | Defense: 50 | Arm: 45

    The most skilled hitter in the Twins’ system, Kirilloff has performed well in the Double-A Southern League despite being one of its youngest players and having his season truncated by a sprained wrist.
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    Joey Bart

    Giants C
    Notes:

    ETA: 2021
    Preseason rank: 29
    Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Speed: 40 | Defense: 60 | Arm: 60

    The No. 2 overall pick in 2018, Bart signed with the Giants for $7.025 million, which was the largest signing bonus for a position player in draft history before Adley Rutschman, Bobby Witt Jr., and Andrew Vaughn all surpassed that figure in this year’s class. Despite missing nearly two months earlier this season due to injury, Bart is a potential middle-of-the-order bat with plus defensive ability at a premium position.
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    Sixto Sanchez

    Marlins RHP
    Notes:

    ETA: 2020
    Preseason rank: 13
    Fastball: 70 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 70

    Acquired in the offseason trade that sent J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia, Sanchez gives the Marlins a potential front-of-the-rotation starter armed with an upper-90s fastball and two potentially plus offspeed offerings.
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    Notes:

    ETA: 2020
    Preseason rank: Unranked, 2019 Draft Pick
    Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Speed: 70 | Defense: 60 | Arm: 60

    Witt Jr. is as toolsy as the come, with plus tools across the board outside of his pure hitting ability. If he winds up being an above-average hitter he has the chance to be a franchise type player, but strong supplemental tools give him a high floor considering he is a good bet to stick at shortstop.
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    Royce Lewis

    Twins SS
    Notes:

    ETA: 2020
    Preseason rank: 9
    Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Speed: 60 | Defense: 60 | Arm: 55

    Lewis has the highest ceiling in the system, but his progress has stalled somewhat in a return to high Class A. His complicated swing mechanics give scouts concern about his ability to hit high-level pitching.
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    Carter Kieboom

    Nationals SS
    Notes:

    ETA: 2019
    Preseason rank: 41
    Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Speed: 50 | Defense: 50 | Arm: 55

    Kieboom started the year in Triple-A after performing well in High Class A and Double-A ball last year, and made his major league debut on April 26, hitting a game-tying home run for a dramatic first big league hit. Kieboom struggled for the most part in his promotion and hit .128/.209/.282 over 11 games, but he hit the ball hard (90.9 mph average exit velocity) and has more than held his own in the offensive-inclined Pacific Coast League. Kieboom has shown an advanced approach that could allow him to hit in the middle or toward the top of a lineup. While his range makes him a better fit for second or third, he can handle shortstop enough to fill in there if needed.
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    Andrew Vaughn

    White Sox 1B
    Notes:

    ETA: 2021
    Preseason rank: Unranked, 2019 Draft Pick
    Hit: 70 | Power: 70 | Speed: 30 | Defense: 50 | Arm: 45

    Vaughn was the best pure hitter in the 2019 draft class and while he is a short, right-right first baseman his offensive package should be more than enough to profile well. Vaughn’s elite understanding of the strike zone, strength and smooth swing should allow him to quickly become a middle-of-the-order type of bat.
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    Matt Manning

    Tigers RHP
    Notes:

    ETA: 2020
    Preseason rank: 50
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50

    An improved changeup and consistent strike-throwing have helped Manning to produce in the Eastern League. While Mize is a safer bet, Manning’s upside may be even a little higher than Mize’s thanks to his athleticism and the quality of his fastball.
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    A.J. Puk

    Athletics LHP
    Notes:

    ETA: 2019
    Preseason rank: 18
    Fastball: 70 | Slider: 70 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50

    Puk is recovering from Tommy John surgery that he underwent in April of 2018, appearing in short stints for Double-A Rockland and Triple-A Las Vegas. The lefthander figures to get some bullpen work late in the season for the Athletics.
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    Dustin May

    Dodgers RHP
    Notes:

    ETA: 2020
    Preseason rank: 82
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 40 | Cutter: 55 | Control: 60

    May has added velocity to each of his pitches this season, topped by a sinker now averaging 95 mph and touching 98-99 mph, as well as a 90-92 mph cutter that has become a devastating secondary pitch. He dominated Double-A in the first half and was rewarded with a Futures Game selection and a promotion to Triple-A.
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