2018 Pacific Coast League Top 20 Prospects
By virtue of having 16 teams, there will never be a shortage of prospects running through the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Still, the quality of the prospect crop in 2018 stood out for both its star power and depth. Twenty-five players who spent time on the Top 100 Prospects this year played in the PCL, and many others who didn’t make that cut were playing everyday in the majors by the end of the season.
There were prolific power hitters (Peter Alonso, Tyler O’Neill, Franmil Reyes), rotation-ready starters (Jack Flaherty, Freddy Peralta), precocious youngsters barely old enough to drink (Kyle Tucker, Luis Urias) and late-bloomers on their way to the majors (Jeff McNeil, David Bote, Josh James), all making the PCL a must-watch league from coast to coast. As the summer wore on, many of the league’s stars began playing integral roles in MLB pennant races.
That top-flight crop was enhanced by a bevy of big-name additions to the league late in the year. Nashville lefty Jesus Luzardo, Albuquerque shortstop Brendan Rodgers and the El Paso trio of catcher Francisco Mejia, righthander Cal Quantrill and lefthander Logan Allen all joined the PCL late but did not receive enough innings or plate appearances to qualify for this ranking. Flaherty and Iowa catcher Victor Caratini got bumped to the majors before qualifying as well.