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2020 Top 100 Prospects

2020 Top 100 Prospects COMPRESSED

This year, Baseball America is breaking from tradition to rank unsigned draft picks among our Top 100 Prospects.

Our ranking is subjected to change in the event a 2020 draft pick does not sign (the deadline is Aug. 1) or is determined to be seriously injured before he signs. We decided to withhold players' ETAs because of the unusual nature of player development season.

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    Final 2019 Ranking: 1
    Tools: Hit: 80 | Power: 60 | Run: 50 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 50
    2019 Average Exit Velo: 90

    Skinny: Franco was locked in all season and continued to show his plus hit tool and power. He hit above .300 every month and was promoted in late June to the Florida State League, where he slashed .339/.408/.464 with 16 extra-base hits. Franco drew more walks (56) than strikeouts (35) in 114 games, proving once again that the 18-year old’s advanced approach to hitting is well beyond his years.


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    Luis Robert

    White Sox OF
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 3
    Tools: Hit: 55 | Power: 70 | Run: 70 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 70
    2019 Average Exit Velo: 90

    Skinny: Robert tore up the minors in 2019 and hit a career-high 32 homers. He smashed through the Carolina League before crushing Southern League pitching for 56 games and made it all the way to Triple-A Charlotte, where he tacked on another 16 homers in a hitter-friendly home ballpark. The outfielder also recorded a 30-30 season, possibly the first of many for the rising star.


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    Jo Adell

    Angels OF
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 2
    Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 70 | Run: 60 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 60
    2019 Average Exit Velo: 93

    Skinny: Adell managed to navigate his way through a sprained ankle and strained hamstring which cost him the first six weeks of the season. He bounced back in a big way, showing extra-base power and an improved knowledge of the strike zone in the upper minors. Adell's .944 OPS against Southern League pitching got him a promotion in early August to Triple-A before accruing some more at-bats in the Arizona Fall League.


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    Gavin Lux

    Dodgers SS/2B
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 6
    Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 60 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 55
    2019 Average Exit Velo: 91

    Skinny: Lux cruised through the Double-A Texas League to earn himself a spot in the Futures Game before receiving a promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City in late June. His power continued to develop as he hit a career-high 26 homers before getting called up to the big leagues on Sept. 2. Lux hit .240/.305/.400 in 23 games down the stretch with Los Angeles and should have a chance to make an impact alongside the Dodgers’ other youthful infielders.


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    Final 2019 Ranking: 5
    Tools: Hit: 70 | Power: 60 | Run: 40 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 70
    2019 Average Exit Velo: 89

    Skinny: Rutschman brings excellent leadership skills along with an impact profile on both sides of the ball at a key position on the diamond. The start of his pro career was delayed due to a bout of mononucleosis he dealt with after the draft. He finished the season with low Class A Delmarva after 37 games. Rutschman should move quickly through the minors, where his plus power from both side of the plate and plus defensive skills behind the dish profile as a cornerstone type of player.


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    MacKenzie Gore

    Padres LHP
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 4
    Tools: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 60
    2019 Average Fastball Velo: 93

    Skinny: Gore put his prior blister issues in the rearview mirror this season and tossed 101 innings, his first time cracking the triple-digit threshold in his pro career. After dominating the California League to the tune of a 1.02 ERA, Gore posted a 4.15 mark in five starts after his promotion to the Double-A Texas League. This was more of a speed bump than anything else, as the league is known for its offensively-oriented context. Gore’s athleticism, four-pitch mix and plus control should land him in the front of the Padres' rotation.


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    Nate Pearson

    Blue Jays RHP
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 7
    Tools: Fastball: 80 | Curveball: 45 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 55
    2019 Average Fastball Velo: 97

    Skinny: Pearson’s workload was managed by alternating five- and two-inning starts before July 24, when the restrictions were lifted and he started going deeper into games. He tossed at least five frames in each start after that date to close out the season. Armed with a fastball that touches triple digits, Pearson works with a plus slider and a changeup that has trended positively and projects as plus as well. Pearson has the body and stuff to sit at the front of Toronto’s rotation in the near future.


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    Julio Rodriguez

    Mariners OF
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 33
    Tools: Hit: 70 | Power: 70 | Run: 45 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 70
    2019 Average Exit Velo: 92

    Skinny: Rodriguez’s 70-grade hit tool and power were on display all season. After collecting 31 extra-base hits in 67 games for low Class A West Virginia, the 18-year old went on to hit .462/.514/.738 against California League pitching in 72 plate appearances. The future right field masher topped that off with a successful 15-game stint in the Arizona Fall League to close out his year.


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    Jesus Luzardo

    Athletics LHP
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 9
    Tools: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 70 | Control: 60
    2019 Average Fastball Velo: 96

    Skinny: Luzardo struggled with shoulder and lat injuries last season, which caused him to log just 41 innings for high Class A Stockton and Triple-A Las Vegas. After posting a 3.19 mark across seven starts in the offensive climate of the Pacific Coast League, Luzardo was called up to the big leagues on Sept. 7. He worked six games in relief, fanning 16 batters in 12 frames to end the season. With a clean bill of health, Luzardo should pitch at the front end of Oakland’s rotation in 2020 thanks to his three-pitch mix and plus control.


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    Dylan Carlson

    Cardinals OF
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 16
    Tools: Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Run: 55 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 50
    2019 Average Exit Velo: 88

    Skinny: Carlson saw his tools and feel for the game click with Double-A Springfield this past year. The outfielder clubbed 21 homers before receiving a promotion to Triple-A Memphis on Aug. 7 for an 18-game stint to close out the season. Carlson posted a 20-20 campaign, putting his power and speed profile on full display.


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    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: NA
    Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 80 | Run: 40 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 50
    2019 Average Exit Velo: NA

    Skinny: Torkelson was long expected to be the Tigers’ pick at the top of the draft. About the only surprise was when they announced him as a third baseman. A first baseman throughout his career at Arizona State, Torkelson’s value will increase even further if he proves adept enough at the corner. No matter which corner-infield spot he settles at, Torkelson’s polished hit tool and massive power provide the bulk of his power. In a system already chock full of pitching, Torkelson adds a crown jewel to the Tigers’ offensive stash.


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    Jarred Kelenic

    Mariners OF
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 23
    Tools: Hit: 70 | Power: 60 | Run: 55 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 60
    2019 Average Exit Velo: 90

    Skinny: Kelenic’s advanced feel for the game helped him fly through the lower levels of the minors. After just 46 games for high Class A Modesto, Kelenic was promoted to Double-A Arkansas for 21 games, where he managed to hold his own as the youngest player in the league. After his 20-20 campaign, Kelenic made a brief appearance in the Arizona Fall League but was shut down due to back soreness.


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    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 11
    Tools: Hit: 45 | Power: 60 | Run: 70 | Fielding: 70 | Arm: 70
    2019 Average Exit Velo: 88

    Skinny: Pache’s hit tool and power trended positively in the upper minors this year. He hit a career-high 11 homers for Double-A Mississippi before receiving a promotion to Triple-A Gwinnett to finish out the season. Pache’s range in center and plus arm make him an impact defender. That, coupled with his improving feel to hit, should make Pache a key cog for Atlanta come 2020.


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    Casey Mize

    Tigers RHP
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 8
    Tools: Fastball: 60 | Cutter: 55 | Slider: 60 | Splitter: 70 | Control: 60
    2019 Average Fastball Velo: 93

    Skinny: Mize continued his domination of the minors in 2019, reaching Double-A Erie with relative ease thanks to his plus stuff and command. He tossed a no-hitter against Double-A Altoona in his first stint in the upper minors. Mize was removed from his start on June 13 due to shoulder soreness which in turn caused him to miss a month on the injured list. He wasn’t nearly as effective upon his return and was shut down in late August. If Mize proves a clean bill of health, his profile remains as a frontline arm who can impact the club in late 2020.


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    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 10
    Tools: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 50 | Cutter: 60 | Control: 60
    2019 Average Fastball Velo: 93

    Skinny: McKay showed off his advanced feel for pitching and his plus control, issuing just 18 free passes across 73.2 innings for Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. He made his big league debut on June 29, struggling to the tune of a 5.14 ERA in 13 games during three different stints with the ball club. McKay’s natural strike-throwing ability, coupled with his four-pitch mix, should get him plenty of starts in the middle of Tampa’s rotation.


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    Austin Martin

    Blue Jays SS
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: NA
    Tools: Hit: 70 | Power: 55 | Run: 55 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 45
    2019 Average Exit Velo: NA

    Skinny: Martin was the No. 2 talent on our ranking of the best available draft prospects, so it was somewhat astonishing to see him slide all the way to No. 5, where the Blue Jays were happy to snap him up. The Blue Jays announced Martin as a shortstop, but he has a variety of potential defensive outcomes. If he has to go to third base, he could provide a defensive upgrade to Vladimir Guerrero Jr., whose bat will more than play at first base. He also could fit in the outfield as well, and he spent time in center field at Vanderbilt and with Team USA. Regardless of his defensive home, Martin instantly becomes the Jays’ best offensive prospect and gives the system a fantastic 1-2 punch with fireballing righthander Nate Pearson at the top of their system.


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    Carter Kieboom

    Nationals SS/2B
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 14
    Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | Speed: 45 | Field: 50 | Arm: 55
    2019 Average Exit Velo: 92

    Skinny: Kieboom opened the season at Triple-A Fresno after performing well at high Class A and Double-A the previous season. He made his big league debut in April, but struggled to the tune of a .128/.209/.282 clip before being optioned back to Triple-A on May 7. Kieboom makes loud contact and his plus power should make him a weapon at the top or in the middle of Washington’s lineup. Kieboom also has defensive value, although his range and arm are best suited for second base long term.


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    Sixto Sanchez

    Marlins RHP
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 19
    Tools: Fastball: 70 | Changeup: 60 | Slider: 60 | Control: 60
    2019 Average Fastball Velo: 96

    Skinny: Sanchez was the top-ranked pitching prospect in the Southern League, posting a 2.53 ERA with 97 strikeouts alongside 19 walks in 103 frames. He has three plus pitches and advanced control, which should help him debut for Miami in 2020.


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    Matt Manning

    Tigers RHP
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 18
    Tools: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 55
    2019 Average Fastball Velo: 94

    Skinny: Manning has continued to cement his position as one of the game's elite pitching prospects. The Eastern League pitcher of the year fanned 148 batters thanks in part to a step forward with his changeup, which now projects as plus. Manning should get starts for the rebuilding Tigers this coming season.


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    Luis Patino

    Padres RHP
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 29
    Tools: Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 55
    2019 Average Fastball Velo: 95

    Skinny: Patino was selected to the Futures Game and worked his way from high Class A Lake Elsinore to Double-A Amarillo where he finished out the season. His swing-and-miss arsenal as well as his feel to fill up the strike zone make it likely that he gets a shot to pitch in San Diego at the end of this coming season.


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    Marco Luciano

    Giants SS
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 63
    Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 70 | Run: 40 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 60
    2019 Average Exit Velo: 93

    Skinny: Luciano was the Rookie-level Arizona League’s No. 2 prospect thanks to his offensive outburst. His plus hit-and-power combo led him to a 1.055 OPS, good for fourth in the league. Luciano was promoted to short-season Salem-Keizer for the team's playoff run but ended up on the injured list with hamstring woes.


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    Dustin May

    Dodgers RHP
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 17
    Tools: Fastball: 70 | Cutter: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 70
    2019 Average Fastball Velo: 95

    Skinny: After posting a 3.38 ERA across two levels of the upper minors in 106.2 innings, May got called up on Aug. 2 and was impactful as both a starter and reliever for Los Angeles. His plus sinker and plus control drove his success and should see him used in a similar role this year.


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    A.J. Puk

    Athletics LHP
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 24
    Tools: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 70 | Changeup: 50| Control: 50
    2019 Average Fastball Velo: 97

    Skinny: Puk returned from Tommy John surgery and made his major league debut in the A’s bullpen last year. With his high-octane stuff still intact, Puk has a chance to climb to the front of the A’s rotation as soon as this year.


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    CJ Abrams

    Padres SS
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 40
    Tools: Hit: 70 | Power: 55 | Run: 70 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 55
    2019 Average Exit Velo: 90

    Skinny: The sixth overall pick in the draft hit .401 in the Rookie-level Arizona league in a debut for the ages. With excellent contact skills, elite speed and room to grow into power, Abrams gives the Padres another prospect with enormous upside.


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    Brendan Rodgers

    Rockies SS/2B
    Notes:

    Final 2019 Ranking: 12
    Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 60
    2019 Average Exit Velo: 90

    Skinny: Rodgers’ major league debut was cut short by a torn labrum last year. As long as he is fully recovered from surgery, his supreme bat-to-ball skills will get him in the Rockies’ lineup sooner rather than later.


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