2022 Top 100 Prospects
• See Also: August Top 100 Risers And Fallers
With our update of the Top 100 Prospects list—now with 2022 draft picks included—we have a new No. 1 prospect in baseball.
Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson ascends to the top spot.
We release our offseason Top 100 Prospects list in January every year. That’s the Top 100 that we record as our “official” Top 100 that we will refer to for years to come.
But as our readers know, to better provide all the information we gather, we now update our Top 100 Prospects list monthly during the MiLB season. We are continually gathering feedback on prospects, and the monthly updates allow us to better reflect what we learn as we learn it. This is why a prospect like Jackson Chourio can go from far off of the Top 100 Prospects list in January to one of the top prospects in all of baseball at this point.
But in between those monthly updates, we also account for graduations by removing players as they reach 130 MLB at-bats, 50 MLB innings or 30 MLB appearances. When we do that, we move everyone else up while adding a prospect at No. 100 to replace the graduated player. In between those monthly re-ranks, we are not re-evaluating the rankings, but we will account for graduations.
We moved Blue Jays catcher Gabriel Moreno to No. 1 on July 27. He moved up to No.1 because our then-No. 1 prospect Riley Greene graduated by topping 130 at-bats. Now that we are doing our full assessment of the Top 100 for a re-rank, the consensus was that Gunnar Henderson is the best choice as the No. 1 prospect in baseball.
Our more recent previous re-rank was on July 11. Now, we are doing our final re-rank of the Top 100 Prospects list of the 2022 season. When we head into the offseason, we will have many hours of additional reporting and discussions to hash out our 2023 No. 1 prospect. It will assuredly be a tough decision.
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Gunnar HendersonOrioles SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Run: 55 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 60
Skinny: The former Alabama prep star has flown through the Orioles system to Triple-A and flashed enticing five-tool potential. His approach, strength and feel for the barrel make him a well-rounded force at the plate, while he continues to show he can play shortstop despite his larger frame.More Less
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Anthony VolpeYankees SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Run: 55 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 45
Skinny: Volpe got off to a slow start before finding his rhythm at Double-A and resuming mashing. He remains one of the best power-speed threats in the minors with the ability to hit 20 home runs or steal 20 bases, production that will play at shortstop or second base.More Less
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Jordan LawlarD-backs SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 60 | Field: 60 | Arm: 65
Skinny: Lawlar tore through the Low-A California League in his full-season debut with a dazzling display of electric athleticism, better-than-expected contact skills and explosive power before a promotion to High-A Hillsboro. As long as he shows his hitting ability translates to higher levels, he has a chance to be a 20-homer, 20-stolen base threat who stays at shortstop.More Less
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Marcelo MayerRed Sox SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 65 | Power: 55 | Run: 40 | Field: 60 | Arm: 60
Skinny: Mayer shook off a midseason wrist injury to continue showing a smooth, explosive swing and graceful defense at shortstop. He remains very young with a long way to go, but he has the ingredients to contend for both batting titles and Gold Gloves at shortstop.More Less
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Ezequiel TovarRockies SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Fielding: 65 | Arm: 60
Skinny: One of the year’s biggest breakout prospects, Tovar has continued playing fabulous defense at shortstop while getting stronger at the plate to hit for both average and power. He remains overly aggressive as a hitter, but he has the tools to be a game-changing talent on both sides of the ball if he can rein in his approach even just a tick.More Less
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Marco LucianoGiants SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Run: 40 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 60
Skinny: Luciano continues to show some of the biggest power in the minors and is getting to it while cutting down his strikeout rate at High-A. He still faces positional questions about whether he will remain a shortstop, but his bat projects to make an impact at any position.More Less
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Elly de la CruzReds SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Run: 70 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 70
Skinny: De La Cruz is one of the most exciting and explosive players in the minors with plus-plus raw power, plus-plus speed and plus-plus arm strength. He can change a game at any time on both sides of the ball, but he’s an aggressive free-swinger and still needs to hone his plate discipline.More Less
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Noelvi MarteReds SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 55 | Power: 65 | Run: 50 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 55
Skinny: Marte is an explosive player who has added some loft to his swing but maintained his above-average approach and bat-to-ball skills. Acquired from the Mariners in the Luis Castillo trade, Marte flashes plus raw power that will fit well if he does eventually slide over to third base.More Less
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Colson MontgomeryWhite Sox SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 55
Skinny: While Montgomery wasn't ranked among the “big four” shortstops in the 2021 high school draft class, the White Sox first-rounder has been a productive hitter trending up. He has good bat-to-ball skills and a mature approach to go with his blossoming power, with exit velocities up to 112 mph this year.More Less
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Brooks LeeTwins SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 70 | Power: 50 | Run: 40 | Field: 50 | Arm: 55.
Skinny: A first-round pick in 2022 from Cal Poly, Lee is a polished switch-hitter whose swing, plate discipline and hand-eye coordination lead some scouts to project him as a future plus-plus hitter. A shortstop in college, Lee likely moves to third or second base in the big leagues, with the offensive upside to be an above-average regular at either spot.More Less
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Jackson HollidayOrioles SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 60 | Field: 55 | Arm: 60.
Skinny: More size and strength helped elevate Holliday’s game this year, culminating with the Orioles drafting him with the No. 1 overall pick in 2022. The son of seven-time all-star Matt Holliday, Jackson is a potential plus hitter with the athleticism and defensive skill set to stick at shortstop.More Less
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Termarr JohnsonPirates SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 70 | Power: 60 | Run: 45 | Field: 50 | Arm: 50.
Skinny: Despite being a 5-foot-8 high school shortstop who might end up at second base, Johnson went fourth overall in the 2022 draft, a testament to the conviction the Pirates have in Johnson’s offensive upside. They’re not alone there, as Johnson has drawn superlative reviews for his sweet lefthanded swing, whippy bat speed and feel for the barrel, to go with impressive power as well.More Less
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Edwin ArroyoReds SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Speed: 55 | Fielding: 70 | Arm: 60.
Skinny: The breakout star of the Low-A California League over the first half of the season, Arroyo is a switch-hitting shortstop with strong defensive skills. Arroyo has shown improved bat-to-ball skills and game power in 2022. He's an exciting, well-rounded middle infield prospect who had a big up arrow when the Reds acquired him from the Mariners in the Luis Castillo trade.More Less
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Adael AmadorRockies SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | Speed: 55 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 50
Skinny: A standout in the Arizona Complex League last summer, Amador continued to hit in his first taste at the full-season level. He has an advanced understanding of the strike zone and plus bat-to-ball skills. He rarely chases and shows the ability to drive balls to the gaps. He’s likely to move off shortstop long term but possesses the actions and instincts to stick in the infield.More Less
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Royce LewisTwins SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 70 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 55
Skinny: A bad luck break for Lewis saw him sustain another knee injury this season. Prior to going down, Lewis was playing well at the major league level. If he can once again rehab himself back to health, Lewis has all-star upside.More Less
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Masyn WinnCardinals SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 55 | Power: 45 | Speed: 70 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 80.
Skinny: In 2021, Winn showed off by far the strongest throwing arm in the minor leagues. A year later, he's impressing evaluators with his play at the plate and in the field. He's jumped all the way to Double-A as a 20-year-old and has the look of a player who could hit toward the top of a lineup.More Less
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Brayan RocchioGuardians SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 55 | Power: 30 | Run: 60 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 50
Skinny: Rocchio scuffled out of the gate in Double-A in 2022, but he worked to optimize his bat path and has seen a return to his earlier form. His high-level instincts and baseball IQ are evident in his offensive approach and on the defensive side, where it looks like he should stick at shortstop.More Less
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Oswald PerazaYankees SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | Run: 55 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 55
Skinny: Peraza started the season slowly but turned things around, showing both hittability and power. He's likely to stick at shortstop as well.More Less
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Liover PegueroPirates SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 55 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 55
Skinny: After an impressive start in the frigid Double-A Eastern League, Peguero earned a brief big league cameo. He's a twitchy player who shows flashes of brilliance on both offense and defense but needs just a bit more consistency before he's ready to stick in Pittsburgh for good.More Less
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Carson WilliamsRays SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 60
Skinny: Williams stands out for his powerful swing and excellent defense at shortstop. There's a fair amount of swing and miss in his game, but his power production should make up for any deficiencies in his overall hit tool.More Less
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Ceddanne RafaelaRed Sox OF/SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Speed: 70 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 45.
Skinny: Rafaela is one of the minor leagues' bigger pop-up prospects. He packs surprising power into a smaller frame and can fit ably in both center field and shortstop, with most of his playing time coming in center field. The next step is improving his plate discipline.More Less
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Luisangel AcuñaRangers SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 55 | Field: 60 | Arm: 60
Skinny: A younger brother of Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr., Luisangel has similar swing mannerisms in a smaller frame. He takes an aggressive swing but tracks the ball well and has good hand-eye coordination to make frequent contact, making him a high on-base threat who has reached Double-A at 20.More Less
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Jackson MerrillPadres SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 45 | Arm: 55.
Skinny: Merrill, the Padres' first-rounder in 2021, was one of the buzzier names around the Arizona back fields in spring training. He continued that trend in two blistering-hot weeks at Low-A before an injury sidelined him toward the end of April. His combination of skills and leadership could make him one of the early steals of the draft.More Less
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Jordan WestburgOrioles SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Speed: 60 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 60.
Skinny: Westburg is a solid defender himself, though with Gunnar Henderson also in the organization and on the cusp of the big leagues, that could ultimately move Westburg to third base. They're both close to being ready to help upgrade an Orioles infield that needs the help.More Less
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Zach NetoAngels SSNotes:
Tools: Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Run: 55 | Field: 50 | Arm: 60.
Skinny: Neto became the highest-drafted Campbell Camel of all time when he went 13th overall to the Angels. That came on the heels of a breakout .407/.514/.769 junior season. The Angels challenged Neto by sending him to Double-A Rocket City, and he handled the aggressive assignment adroitly, hitting .320/.382/.492 in 30 games. Neto combines solid plate coverage with pull-side power, giving him a chance to be an offensive asset while playing in the middle of the infield.More Less