39 Players Who Narrowly Missed Our 2024 MLB Top 30 Prospects Lists


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As we updated the Top 30 Prospects for all 30 teams, we added in international reports and moved players around to reflect trades.

That means we have 39 full scouting reports that didn’t fit onto the Top 30s. Rather than leave them sitting unused, we figured we’d share the full reports with you.

MLB Top Prospects 2024

We ranked the 30 best prospects in every MLB organization entering 2024.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Andrew Saalfrank, LHP

BA Grade: 40/Medium

Track Record: Saalfrank pitched mostly in relief his first two years at Indiana, but he shifted to the rotation his junior year and won Big Ten pitcher of the year. The D-backs drafted him in the sixth round and signed him for $225,000. Saalfrank missed consecutive seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic and Tommy John surgery, but he returned in 2022 and flourished in relief while reaching Double-A. He showed up to camp in excellent shape in 2023, earned his first callup in September and pitched in crucial spots throughout the postseason.

Scouting Report: Saalfrank operates with two pitches. His heavy sinker sits 92-93 mph and induces a high rate of grounders. His signature pitch is a hard, 83-84 mph curveball with depth and sweep that plays against both lefties and righties. Saalfrank’s effectiveness simply depends on if he’s throwing strikes. When he does, he is hard to hit. When he doesn’t, which was the case when he walked seven of the 12 batters he faced in the National League Championship Series, he can be his own worst enemy.

The Future: Saalfrank figures to come to camp in 2024 with a leg up on a bullpen job. If he finds the strike zone, he’s a safe bet to open the year in the majors.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 50 | Curveball: 60 | Control: 45

Atlanta Braves

Keshawn Ogans, 2B

BA Grade: 40/High

Track Record: Ogans signed for $125,000 as a 20th-round pick in 2022 after a three-year career at California and had a modest pro debut that started in Rookie ball and finished in High-A Rome. Ogans spent the entirety of the 2023 season with Rome, where he was a pleasant offensive surprise for the club and hit .266/.360/.397 with nine home runs and 22 doubles. Following the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League and hit .299/.347/.403 in 17 games.

Scouting Report: Ogans is a shorter righthanded hitter with a frame that’s close to maxed out without much physical projection to dream on. He has a simple, direct and fairly-level swing at the plate with a pull-heavy approach. Ogans turns on the ball frequently and also gets the ball in the air often, but isn’t able to fully take advantage of those angles thanks to below-average raw power. He makes contact at a solid clip and has posted 10% walk rates in High A in back-to-back seasons, but he can get exposed on the outer third and leaks out to the pull side too frequently. Ogans played all over the infield and has solid actions and hands, but his arm strength makes him best suited for second base. He’s an average runner with short, choppy strides.

The Future: Ogans lacks a carrying tool and doesn’t project to have much impact, but he could provide value as a utility infielder if he keeps hitting in the upper minors.

Scouting Grades Hit: 40 | Power: 40 | Run: 50 | Field: 45 | Arm: 40

Ambioris Tavarez, SS

BA Grade: 45/Extreme

Track Record: Atlanta’s first prominent international prospect since being sanctioned for rules violations in the market, Tavarez signed for $1.5 million in 2021. He was praised for his bat speed and power prior to signing, but has struggled mightily with the bat in the lower levels, and with Low-A Augusta in 2023 he slashed .216/.319/.337 with a 40.8% strikeout rate that was not only the worst in the Braves system, but also one of the worst overall marks of any qualified minor league hitter.

Scouting Report: Tavarez remains interesting as a prospect almost entirely thanks to his athleticism and defensive ability at shortstop. He is the best defender in the Braves system with smooth actions, reliable hands and enough arm strength for the position. Tavarez does an excellent job throwing on the run and from difficult angles, and his quick exchange allows his plus arm to play up and make difficult plays deep in the hole to his arm side. As a hitter, Tavarez is simply overmatched presently. He does have solid bat speed and can hit the ball hard, but his contact skills against all pitch types are poor and he’s particularly allergic to spin. He’s an above-average runner, but he also went 21-for-41 (51.2%) on stolen base attempts.

The Future: Tavarez has real tools and a glove that might keep him alive as a prospect to dream on, but he remains incredibly raw in many areas of the game.

Scouting Grades Hit: 30 | Power: 40 | Run: 55 | Field: 60 | Arm: 60

Baltimore Orioles

Kiefer Lord, RHP

BA Grade: 45/High

Track Record: Lord was one of the most fascinating stories in the 2023 draft as a self-taught pitcher who built his arm strength using online videos while at Division III Carleton (Minn.) before transferring to Washington for his junior year. The Orioles, enamored of his drive and aptitude to improve, signed him for slightly below slot at $760,000 as a 2023 third-rounder. He made one appearance in the Florida Complex League before he was shut down for the season.

Scouting Report: Lord’s riding fastball was his best pitch at Washington. It sits in the mid 90s and tops out at 99 mph. It was also his carrying pitch–he threw it more than 70% of the time. The Orioles believe he can be more effective as he mixes in his secondaries more often. His slider is the best of them as an average pitch that was 83-84 mph and up to 86 with good shape at Washington, followed by an upper-70s curveball that he showed the ability to spin.

The Future: Throwing that curveball and adding an effective changeup will be separators for Lord as he tries to stay in a rotation, though the fastball can help him move through the minors quickly. He’ll likely begin at Low-A Delmarva as he pursues a back-end rotation major league future.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 45 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 30 | Control: 50

Keagan Gillies, RHP

BA Grade: 45/High

Track Record: Gillies’ fifth season pitching out of the Tulane bullpen was his best, and the Orioles signed him as a 15th-round graduate student in 2021 for $50,000 based on that success. He missed most of 2022 with injury but was a revelation in 2023, striking out 61 in 40.2 innings with a 0.81 WHIP and a strikeout rate of 39.8% between High-A Aberdeen and Double-A Bowie.

Scouting Report: An imposing 6-foot-8 presence on the mound, Gillies works downhill with an over-the-top delivery and boasts an effective three-pitch mix he uses to work north-south. He averaged 93.5 mph on his fastball, but the pitch plays up with plus traits because of the extension he gets off the mound and the carry on the pitch. He tunnels his above-average mid-80s slider and above-average splitter off the pitch well, elevating the quality of his entire arsenal, meaning hitters have to quickly determine what they’re seeing. The pair of secondaries means Gillies has weapons for both righthanded and lefthanded hitters.

The Future: Gillies is already a reliever and won’t move off that path, but his quality pitch mix and ability to throw strikes could help him have a long career in a major league bullpen. He could return to Double-A Bowie in 2024, but may move quickly and could help the Orioles’ bullpen at some point next year.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50

Boston Red Sox

Bryan Mata, RHP

BA Grade: 45/Extreme

Track Record: Mata emerged rapidly after signing for $25,000 in 2016 as one of the top Red Sox pitching prospects, but control problems and a torn ulnar collateral ligament that required Tommy John surgery sidelined him for all of 2021 and much of 2022. Mata turned heads by hitting triple digits in 2022 and the high 90s in big league camp in 2023, but he couldn’t throw strikes in Triple-A, where his work between starts was disappointing, then missed four months with a teres major strain.

Scouting Report: Mata has never managed to harness his standout raw stuff. He owns a 12% career walk rate and a 19% mark in Triple-A. His sinker sits at 97 mph and tops out at 99, while averaging 16 inches of armside run. It pairs well with a cutter that breaks to his glove side, a combination that can generate loads of grounders. As a starter, Mata has employed a four-seamer, mid-80s slider, curveball and changeup, though he scaled back those secondaries in a season-ending stint in the bullpen with both Triple-A Worcester and in the Arizona Fall League, where he walked just two of 42 batters.

The Future: Mata is out of minor league options in 2024, meaning that he can’t be sent to the minors without first clearing waivers. This forces him to a bullpen role if he makes the big league team. Mata has the stuff to be an impact, multi-inning contributor if he can throw enough strikes, and it’s still possible to dream on his long-term development as a starter.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 40 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 45 | Cutter: 55 | Control: 40

Chicago Cubs

Brennen Davis, OF

BA Grade: 45/Extreme

Track Record:The estranged son of former Chicago Bulls point guard Reggie Theus, Davis has flashed immense ability but struggled to stay healthy since the Cubs drafted him in the second round in 2018. He appeared on the verge of the major leagues after hitting two home runs at Coors Field to win the Futures Game MVP award in 2021, but he missed most of 2022 after having back surgery and battled injuries again in 2023. He missed two months after having core muscle surgery and hit just .187/.296/.279 in 62 games at Triple-A Iowa.

Scouting Report: Once a promising offensive prospect, Davis’ injuries have taken a physical toll on his hitting ability. He is frequently late on pitches and has constantly tinkered with his swing trying to find answers. He is tentative in the box and has had his formerly above-average power sapped by his injuries, and now makes soft contact when he does connect. Davis is a long-limbed athlete who starred on the basketball court in high school. He’s an above-average runner with above-average arm strength and has the athleticism and instincts to play all three outfield positions.

The Future: Davis is still young and has tools, but he has to stay healthy and regain his strength. He’ll return to Triple-A for a fourth straight season in 2024.

Scouting Grades Hit: 30 | Power: 30 | Run: 55 | Field: 50 | Arm: 55

Chicago White Sox

Tyler Schweitzer, LHP

BA Grade: 45/High

Track Record: Schweitzer was the Mid-American Conference pitcher of the year in his final season at Ball State. The White Sox drafted him in the fifth round in 2022 and signed him for $325,000. Working strictly on his throwing program after reporting to Chicago’s minor league complex after the draft, the crafty southpaw pitched in 23 games in 2023 split between Low-A Kannapolis and High-A Winston-Salem, with a combined 3.94 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 107.1 innings.

Scouting Report: Schweitzer takes the mound with a solid four-pitch mix that grades as average across the board. He commands his low-90s fastball and will occasionally get it into the mid 90s, with good life up in the zone and plenty of spin. His breaking pitches–a slider in the low 80s and a curveball in the mid-to-upper 70s–previously blended too much, but he did a better job of differentiating the two pitches in 2023. He rounds out his arsenal with an average changeup at 82 mph, and he’s been working on getting more separation between his curveball and changeup. Scheweitzer has above-average pitchability and feel for throwing strikes, and is described as having moxie when he’s on the mound.

The Future: Projected as a potential back-of-the-rotation starter, Schweitzer will get to Double-A at some point in 2024. His stuff isn’t flashy, but he gets the job done with his mostly average stuff.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 50 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55

Cincinnati Reds

Tyler Callihan, 2B

BA Grade: 40/Medium

Track Record: Scouting reports are time capsules in a way, because they try as best as they can to project the future while reflecting a player’s current skill set. Callihan is an example of how player development and training can dramatically change those projections. Coming out of high school, Callihan was a bad-bodied infielder who didn’t seem to have a defensive home. He’s now skinnier and more agile than he was in high school, but now he faces many more questions about his bat.

Scouting Report: Callihan’s development path has been rocky. After the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the 2020 season, he missed most of 2021 because of Tommy John surgery. He struggled to string together quality at-bats at High-A Dayton, but he finished with a strong final month and a half as he was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga. The biggest question with Callihan is whether he can do enough damage offensively to find an MLB role. He’s shown the type of power that typically produces 5-10 homers in the big leagues, meaning he’s more of a solid up-and-down infielder rather than a true utiltyman or platoon player. Callihan has slimmed down as a pro and is now an above-average defender at second who could handle third base. Adding good weight could restore some of his power.

The Future: Callihan’s glove has developed better than expected while his bat hasn’t reached anticipated levels. His path to the big leagues depends on him making strides at the plate.

Scouting Grades Hit: 50 | Power: 30 | Run: 55 | Field: 55 | Arm: 55

Connor Burns, C

BA Grade: 45/Extreme

Track Record: In his first two years at Long Beach State, Burns hit .161/.221/.249, but the Dirtbags never considered benching him because he was so valuable defensively. As a junior, he hit .300/.368/.596 with almost as many extra-base hits (30) as he’d had hits (31) in his first two seasons. That glimpse of offensive potential combined with his impeccable defense made him a fifth-round pick.

Scouting Report: Defensively, there’s little Burns can’t do behind the plate. He frames pitches well, blocks pitches well off the plate because of excellent agility and has a plus-plus arm with a quick release and excellent accuracy. Pro ball carries with it an increased mental load for catchers, but amateur scouts who watched him would be shocked if he is anything less than a plus defender behind the plate. Burns has some power potential but is always going to be a light bat. There’s length and little fluidity in his swing. He struck out 47% of the time in his pro debut. If he can be even a .230-.240 hitter that would be a win.

The Future: The hope is that Burns can develop into a Austin Hedges/Martin Maldonado-type catcher whose glove is so good that teams will overlook his flaws at the plate. That will require his bat getting a good bit better than it is now, but he has shown the willingness to put in the work.

Scouting Grades Hit: 20 | Power: 45 | Run: 40 | Field: 60 | Arm: 70

Cleveland Guardians

Tim Herrin, LHP

BA Grade: 40/Medium

Track Record: Herrin rose through the minor leagues after being drafted in the 29th round in 2018. He made the Guardians’ Opening Day roster in 2023 for his major league debut and then split the season between Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus.

Scouting Report: Herrin has a big, powerful build and attacks hitters with a solid fastball-slider combination. In 2023, his fastball averaged 96.6 mph and he threw a lot of strikes with the pitch. His slider flashes above-average and can be a swing-and-miss pitch at its best but isn’t as consistent. He also can mix in a curveball, but it’s a clear third offering. Herrin pitches with average control.

The Future: Herrin was much tougher on lefthanded hitters than righthanded hitters in the big leagues thanks to his fastball, which suggests he’s perhaps best suited as a lefty specialist. If he can refine his approach in his second big league season, there’s still some room for growth, even for a player who will be 27 on Opening Day.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 40 | Slider: 50 | Control: 50

Colorado Rockies

Bladimir Restituyo, OF

BA Grade: 40/High

Track Record: Restituyo signed for $200,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2017. The Rockies converted him from the infield to the outfield, and he’s steadily progressed over the past five seasons. In 2023, Restituyo spent the entire season with Double-A Hartford and hit .258/.277/.414 with a career-high 15 home runs.

Scouting Report: Restituyo is an undersized outfielder with a high motor and a big swing. He shows above-average bat-to-ball skills but rarely sees a pitch he doesn’t want to swing at. Despite a 54.5% chase rate in 2023, Restituyo managed an above-average contact rate and a strikeout rate below 20%. Despite his size, Restituyo has an uncanny ability to cover the plate. He has below-average raw power but his max-effort swings allow him to get to all of his power. Restituyo is a plus runner who covers large swaths of ground in the outfield and has an above-average throwing arm.

The Future: Restituyo has the look of a defensive replacement outfielder who can run into a home run every now and again.

Scouting Grades Hit: 40 | Power: 40 | Run: 60 | Field: 55 | Arm: 55

Detroit Tigers

Andre Lipcius, 1B/3B

BA Grade: 40/Medium

Track Record: A nuclear engineering major at Tennessee, Lipcius was college teammates with his twin brother Luc. The older Lipcius ended up playing six years for Tennessee while getting his masters in aerospace engineering. Meanwhile, Andre was climbing the ladder to Detroit. He made his MLB debut on Sept. 1 and hit his first home run the next day. The TV broadcast found his family celebrating wildly in the stands, with the most energetic celebration coming from Luc.

Scouting Report: Lipcius is a savvy, smart baseball player with modest tools. He can play multiple positions, and he rarely gives away at-bats. He’s an average hitter who works counts, draws walks and gets on base. Whether that will be enough to make him more than an up-and-down player is still to be determined. Despite a corner infielder’s build, he’s a contact hitter with modest power. His power doesn’t fit as a regular at first or third base, and his below-average defense at second meant he never played the position after his big league callup. Lipcius is a well below-average runner with a fringe-average arm.

The Future: Lipcius will compete for a spot on the Tigers’ roster in spring training but his window to establish himself in Detroit may be brief. He’s being pushed by the pending arrivals of Colt Keith and Jace Jung, who have more offensive upside and potentially better defense as well. He’s most likely to ride the Toledo-Detroit shuttle as a backup.

Scouting Grades Hit: 50 | Power: 35 | Run: 40 | Field: 30 | Arm: 45

Houston Astros

Alberto Hernandez, SS

BA Grade: 45/Extreme

Track Record: Hernandez signed out of Cuba during the 2022 international signing period for $950,000 and was the 21st Cuban-born player in the Astros system, marking the first time one organization rostered more than 20 Cuban players since the 1960s. Hernandez debuted in the 2022 Dominican Summer League and hit .235/.332/.349 over 56 games. He made his stateside debut in 2023 and hit .257/.375/.414 across 40 Florida Complex League games.

Scouting Report: Despite just league-average production in 2023, Hernandez shows a good balance of plate skills and developing power. Hernandez had previously been a switch-hitter but dropped it, and now hits righthanded full-time. Hernandez shows average bat-to-ball skills and a discerning eye at the plate. With further refinement, he could develop into an above-average hitter. While Hernandez has not shown much over-the-fence power in games, his bat speed and exit velocity data point to untapped potential. Hernandez has above-average speed but has been a subpar baserunner overall. Hernandez is an average defender in the infield with an average arm and saw time at shortstop, second base and third base in 2023.

The Future: Hernandez is an exciting young infielder with polished plate skills and the ability to stick in the infield.

Scouting Grades Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 55 | Field: 50 | Arm: 50

Kansas City Royals

Eric Cerantola, RHP

BA Grade: 40/High

Track Record: The Montreal native was more highly regarded as a hockey player in high school, but he ultimately honored his baseball commitment to Mississippi State. He pitched limited innings during his three-year career with the Bulldogs due to his inability to throw consistent strikes. The Royals believed they could work with Cerantola’s strengths and signed him for $500,000 in the fifth round in 2021. He began to turn the corner in 2023, pitching 76.1 innings between High-A Quad Cities and Double-A northwest Arkansas. He posted a combined 4.13 ERA with 11.7 strikeouts and 5.4 walks per nine innings.

Scouting Report: Cerantola’s work in the offseason allowed him to gain confidence in his stuff and key his development. His 94-97 mph fastball can touch triple digits and is a double-plus pitch that he is throwing more consistently. His downer curveball also has double-plus potential. It’s a 12-to-6 breaker that he throws 83-86 mph and can be a major league strikeout pitch against both righties and lefties. Rounding out Cerantola’s electric arsenal is a split-changeup at 85-87 mph that he uses just 10% of the time and has solid-average potential. His control is still below average and continues to be his weak spot.

The Future: Cerantola has late-inning relief potential with even a marginal improvement in control. He should return to Double-A in 2024.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 70 | Slider: 70 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 40

Trevor Werner, 3B

BA Grade: 45/Extreme

Track Record: Injuries marred Werner’s four-year career at Texas A&M, where he was a two-way contributor, but he rebounded as a senior to lead the Aggies to the College World Series. The Royals signed Werner for $350,000 in the seventh round of the 2023 draft. He produced arguably the best pro debut of any Kansas City draft pick, hitting .354/.459/.699 with eight home runs in 113 at-bats at Low-A Columbia.

Scouting Report: The rap on Werner in college was that his difficulty barreling premium velocity contributed to his rather high 25% strikeout rate. He immediately went to work combatting that issue with the Royals’ hitting development program. He showed above-average plate skills with an improved contact and chase rate in his debut, producing a well above-average 90th percentile exit velocity of 108 mph. Werner is an agile defender at third base with a double-plus arm. Though he was officially drafted as a two-way player, Werner pitched sparingly out of Texas A&M’s bullpen in college. The Royals have no plans to develop him as a pitcher. He’s an average runner, though stolen bases are not expected to be a major part of his game.

The Future: Werner’s next challenge is seeing if the improvements made in 2023 stick against better pitching at one of the Royals’ Class A affiliates.

Scouting Grades Hit: 40 | Power: 50 | Run: 50 | Field: 50 | Arm: 70

Los Angeles Angels

Joe Redfield, OF

BA Grade: 40/Very High

Track Record: Redfield spent two seasons at Temple (Texas) JC before transferring to Sam Houston State for his junior season. He was among the nation’s top performers, slashing .402/.485/.683 while ranking top 10 in Division I in hits (100) and runs (81). He signed an under-slot $472,500 deal in the fourth round of the 2023 draft. Redfield was limited to 12 games with High-A Tri-City because of a concussion, although he was a full participant in instructs. He is the son of former big league third baseman Joe Redfield, who made his MLB debut with the 1988 Angels.

Scouting Report: Redfield is an athletic outfielder with a well-rounded toolset, albeit without an obvious carrying tool. He has a quick, compact swing from the left side while staying low through his operation with minimal stride and load focused toward the barrel. He has solid bat speed and natural strength, but his swing plane can get downhill, which limits his ability to frequently impact the ball and suggests fringe power potential. He controls the zone well, rarely expanding, while his barrel control permits good zone coverage and ability to handle velocity. He is an above-average runner with good baserunning instincts and the ability to cover ground in center field.

The Future: Redfield fits a fourth outfielder profile, although he could ultimately fit on the strong side of a platoon if he shows he can handle center field at the upper levels.

Scouting Grades Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 55 | Field: 50 | Arm: 50

Jorge Marcheco, RHP

BA Grade: 40/Very High

Track Record: Marcheco signed for $35,000 in Sept. 2021 and was stellar in his pro debut later that month, striking out 20 of the 28 batters he faced. He pitched well in his stateside debut in 2022 and again in 2023, earning a promotion to High-A Tri-City, where he posted a 1.88 ERA in 28.2 innings. The Angels sent Marcheco back to Low-A Inland Empire for its playoff push, but his numbers ballooned after allowing 20 runs in 22 innings.

Scouting Report: Marcheco is an undersized righthanded pitcher who relies on pitchability and deception. He is reliant on a fastball that sits 87-89 mph and touches 91. While it lacks in velocity, his ability to command it makes it successful in getting chases above the zone. He manipulates the shape and speed of his slider, working it 74-81 mph, altering a sweepy breaker and slurve, though both variations are fringe-average. He has some feel for a changeup, but it lags behind his slider. He will occasionally throw an eephus-like curveball in the mid-to-upper-60s as a change-of-pace breaker, though it wouldn’t work being thrown multiple times in an outing. He has plus command of his full arsenal and finds success through deception, altering his arm slot and pace of his delivery.

The Future: Marcheco needs to add velocity and find a better breaking ball to turn over a Major League lineup multiple times and reach his back-of-the-rotation upside.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 40 | Curveball: 30 | Slider: 45 | Changeup: 40 | Control: 60

Miami Marlins

Torin Montgomery, 1B

BA Grade: 40/High

Track Record: Following the disbanding of the Boise State baseball program, Montgomery transferred to Missouri, where he had a productive two-year stint. In 2022, he hit .365/.462/.547 with 12 doubles, seven home runs and 49 RBIs in as many games. Montgomery was selected in the first half of day three in the 2022 draft, and had a breakout 2023 season with Low-A Jupiter. During his time with the Hammerheads, Montgomery posted a .341/.481/.487 slash line with 14 doubles, three home runs and 32 RBIs. He earned a promotion to High-A Beloit, but he struggled in the pitcher-friendly Midwest League and produced a .214 average with seven extra-base hits across 35 games.

Scouting Report: At 6-foot-3 and 230-pounds, Montgomery has an ultra-physical build. He packs loads of natural strength, though he is currently a hit-over-power guy. Montgomery has a simple setup in the box with his knees slightly bent and his bat rested on his back shoulder. He has a short, quick swing and takes a direct path to contact with above-average bat speed. Montgomery’s swing is geared toward spraying line drives all over the field, but he can also generate big-time impact as evident by his 2023 max exit velocity of 119.6 mph. He has a sound approach and above-average bat-to-ball skills. Going forward, Montgomery will need to tweak his swing to create more leverage and loft, which will allow him to get the ball in the air on a more consistent basis. Doing so will enable him to tap into his power in-game and also maximize his offensive upside. Montgomery is a sure-handed defender at first base and there is no reason for him to move off the position.

The Future: Montgomery figures to begin the 2024 season with High-A Beloit. With an increase in production, he could earn a promotion to Double-A Pensacola. An advanced hitter, Montgomery has the chance to progress reasonably quickly through the system and could make his major league debut as early as 2026.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 50 | Curveball: 45 | Slider: 30 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 45

Milwaukee Brewers

Gregory Barrios, SS

BA Grade: 40/High

Track Record: Barrios stood out for his glove when the Brewers signed him out of Venezuela for $1 million when he was 16 in Jan. 2021. A switch-hitter at the time, Barrios hit exclusively from the right side in 2022 and made his full-season debut in 2023 with Low-A Carolina, where he continued to shine in the field, though with muted results at the plate.

Scouting Report: Barrios is the best defensive shortstop in the Brewers’ farm system and one of the better defensive shortstops in the minors. He’s a smart, instinctive defender with good body control and easy actions. He’s an above-average runner who can make the acrobatic, highlight-reel plays with his quick reactions, soft hands and swift exchange to a tick above-average arm, with the internal clock to slow the game down. The key for Barrios will be what he does offensively. He has a short, balanced swing and one of the lowest swing-and-miss rates in the system against pitches in the strike zone. However, he’s an aggressive hitter who walked just 5% of the time in 2023 and doesn’t have much bat speed or power, with only one home run in 184 career games.

The Future: Barrios has value as a potential plus defender at a premium position with a high-contact bat, but getting stronger to be able to do more damage on contact will be essential for Barrios.

Scouting Grades Hit: 30 | Power: 30 | Run: 55 | Field: 60 | Arm: 55

Minnesota Twins

Michael Helman, 2B/OF

BA Grade: 40/Medium

Track Record: A dislocated shoulder may have kept Helman from making it to the majors in 2023. After a solid 2022 season, he seemed poised to be a useful callup as a backup who could plausibly play four positions. But he dislocated his shoulder sliding headfirst to score on an infield grounder on May 11. That injury kept him sidelined until the end of August. After the season, he went to play for Licey in the Dominican Winter League to try to make up for lost at-bats.

Scouting Report: Helman is the type of well-rounded player who can help a club without having any real standout tool. He’s an average hitter with below-average power, and he’s proven to be an exceptional basestealer despite only above-average speed. Helman is 48-for-54 on stolen bases in 173 games since the rules were liberalized to encourage more steals. He’s an average defender in all three outfield spots, a fringe-average defender at second and a below-average but playable defender in an emergency at shortstop or third base.

The Future: Helman was unprotected and unpicked in the Rule 5 draft, but he could find his way to Minnesota at some point in 2024. Until then, he’ll be one of St. Paul’s most valuable players as a solid hitter and baserunner who can play almost anywhere.

Scouting Grades Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 55 | Field: 50 | Arm: 45

New York Mets

Joel Diaz, RHP

BA Grade: 50/Extreme

Track Record: Diaz experienced a velocity spike right before he signed with the Mets in Jan. 2021 and then laid waste to Dominican Summer League competition as a 17-year-old that summer. He allowed three earned runs in 50.1 innings and struck out 63 in his pro debut. Assigned to Low-A St. Lucie in May 2022, Diaz grappled with shaky command of his secondary stuff and the Florida Stage League’s automated ball-strike system on his way to a 5.86 ERA in 55.1 innings. He looked good at minor league spring training in 2023, but ultimately had Tommy John surgery in late March that will keep him out until at least May 2024.

Scouting Report: When healthy in 2021 and 2022, Diaz showed a swing-and-miss fastball, improving velocity and an athletic 6-foot-2 frame that could support augmented strength. He throws strikes with a 93-mph fastball that has peaked at 97 and comes from a low release height with riding life. Diaz has worked hard to improve the shape, execution and consistency of his secondary pitches, primarily a mid-70s curveball and developing changeup. He has solid feel for his curve as a potential putaway pitch, especially if he can add more power to it.

The Future: Diaz has the raw ingredients to remain in the rotation and will be just 20 years old in 2024. Getting back on the mound at Low-A and finishing the season healthy are key objectives for Diaz.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50

Saul Garcia, RHP

BA Grade: 40/High

Track Record: The Mets signed Garcia out of Venezuela when he was 18 in 2021. He spent two seasons in Rookie complex leagues before joining Low-A St. Lucie in 2023. He made three late appearances for High-A Brooklyn, and despite running up a cumulative 5.04 ERA and near 15% walk rate, Garcia has pitch traits that grade well in stuff models.

Scouting Report: Garcia is a 6-foot righthander with a low release height and a riding 91-93 mph fastball that generates an above-average rate of in-zone whiffs for a two-seamer. The pitch has armside run in addition to ride and is especially difficult for righthanded hitters to handle. They hit .196 with five extra-base hits and a 32% strikeout rate against Garcia in 2023. He also throws a low-80s slider that flashes above-average, but requires more consistent shape and location. Garcia mixes in the occasional four-seamer, curveball and changeup but is primarily a two-pitch pitcher and likely reliever.

The Future: Garcia is one of the hardest pitchers to hit in the Mets system, but without improved velocity or control, he looks like a prime relief candidate. He is ready for a longer look at High-A Brooklyn.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 30 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 30 | Control: 40

New York Yankees

T.J. Rumfield,1B

BA Grade: 40/High

Track Record: The Phillies drafted Rumfield out of Virginia Tech in 2021, and he made his pro debut with Low-A Clearwater. The Yankees acquired him the following offseason in a trade that sent Nick Nelson and Donny Sands to Philadelphia. His 2022 season was limited by injuries to just 57 games, though he made up for lost time in the Arizona Fall League. He dealt with injuries again in 2023 but still homered 17 times in 86 games.

Scouting Report: In 2023, Rumfield worked to simplify his mechanics and load in order to create a more direct path to the ball so he could get to his power more frequently. The result was strong contact ability despite slightly elevated chase rates. He hit just .219 on the season, part of which could be attributed to swing decisions that lead to a bit of poor contact. Another part of the equation was a BABIP of just .227. Rumfield’s an average defender at first base with an above-average arm. His speed is below-average.

The Future: Rumfield should move to Triple-A in 2024, when he’ll look to stay healthy for a full season and let his offensive skills show for an extended period of time. His plate discipline will be tested by the automatic ball-strike system

Scouting Grades Hit: 45 | Power: 50 | Run: 40 | Field: 50 | Arm: 55

Jack Neely, RHP

BA Grade: 40/High

Track Record: Neely began his career at Texas, then transferred to Ohio State in 2021, after the sport resumed post-pandemic. He worked to a 6.10 ERA in his lone season with the Buckeyes, but also struck out 62 hitters in 41.1 innings. The Yankees popped him in the 11th round in 2021, then let him get his feet wet in Low-A. He was one of the system’s most dominant relievers and was the only pitcher in the minors to strike out 100 hitters without making a start.

Scouting Report: Neely cuts an imposing figure on the mound at 6-foot-8 and 245 pounds, and he gets outs with a pair of pitches that each grade as plus or better. His fastball averaged 95 mph and touched a tick higher with plenty of life through the zone. Neely’s biggest weapon, however, is his slider. The pitch sits in the mid 80s with short, sharp life and more sweep than depth. He threw the pitch nearly half the time and got whiffs at a 58% clip. His arsenal plays up thanks to the deception in his delivery, and he ties everything together with above-average control and command that’s maybe a tick below.

The Future: After finishing 2024 in Double-A, he should return to the level in 2024 and could make his big league debut late in the season. He has the stuff to be a late-game weapon.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 60 | Slider: 65 | Control: 55

Rafael Flores, C/1B

BA Grade: 40/High

Track Record: Flores played his college ball with Rio Hondo (Calif.) JC and also played with the Alaska Goldpanners–a barnstorming summer college team–after the 2022 season. He went undrafted in 2022, but the Yankees signed him as a free agent. He got into four games in the Florida Complex League after signing, then spent all of 2023 at High-A Hudson Valley, where he split time between catcher and first base.

Scouting Report: At first blush, Flores’ season doesn’t jump off the page. Look a little deeper, and you can see a player who performed a bit better than his stats. His OPS was just .712, but he hit the ball hard. His average (89.6 mph) and 90th percentile (104.3) exit velocities were both above-average compared to his peers. Flores mostly did a good job staying within the zone, but he did show a weakness against offspeed pitches. His barrel accuracy is solid, but he needs to tighten his approach against non-fastballs. Flores is a passable defender who frames well but needs to continue to add polish to his blocking. He has average arm strength that plays down because he is a bigger-bodied player who takes a while to get rid of the ball out of his one-knee setup.

The Future: Flores will move up to Double-A in 2024, where he is likely to once again split backstop duties with Ramirez. He’s a sneaky prospect who could jump further onto the radar if his hard-hit rates begin translating into more production.

Scouting Grades Hit: 40 | Power: 50 | Run: 20 | Field: 40 | Arm: 45

Oakland A’s

Jacob Watters, RHP

BA Grade: 45/Extreme

Track Record: Watters spent three seasons at West Virginia and pitched briefly over two summers in the Cape Cod League before the A’s signed him to a $491,750 bonus in the fourth round of the 2022 draft. His high-octane stuff and erratic control have carried over to his professional career. Watters spent all of 2023 with High-A Lansing, striking out 94 batters in 84.1 innings while issuing 59 free passes.

Scouting Report: The righthander cuts an imposing figure at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds and has the stuff to back it up. Watters’ fastball averaged 95 mph and touched 98, and his hammer of a mid-80s curveball is the best in Oakland’s system. Despite the velocity, Watters generated below-average in-zone whiff rates with his fastball. He could benefit from more distinction between his four-seamer and two-seamer, which has considerable armside run. He also throws a solid-average mid-80s changeup with good tumble and fade. Watters’ strike-throwing has always been his bugaboo. He’s a fair athlete despite his size, but there’s some rigidity in his delivery, and he showed below-average control in 2023, especially with his secondaries.

The Future: Watters’ stuff allows for a long runway to keep starting in the hopes he throws more strikes, although a potential mid-leverage relief role seems more likely.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 70 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 30

Philadelphia Phillies

Cam Brown, RHP

BA Grade: 40/High

Track Record: Brown’s three-pitch mix made him highly regarded in high school, but the five-round draft in 2020 meant he made it to campus at Texas Christian. He also pitched for Chatham of the Cape Cod League in 2022. With TCU, Brown showed big stuff but subpar control and command. The Phillies selected him in the 10th round of the 2023 draft and let him get his feet wet with a few innings in the Florida Complex League and at Low-A.

Scouting Report: Brown is a physical righthander with a powerful arsenal. His fastball sits in the mid 90s and can get up to 98 mph. Post-draft, he worked with the Phillies’ player development staff to determine whether a four-seam or two-seam heater would make the most sense as he moved up the ladder. Brown backs the fastball with a potentially plus slider in the mid 80s that showed two-plane break and generated a 45% whiff rate in college. He has a firm changeup in the upper 80s as well. Brown has well below-average control that the Phillies hope will improve with tweaks to his delivery.

The Future: Brown has high-octane stuff that will be more effective if he can throw more strikes. Considering his age and college pedigree, he could jump to High-A Jersey Shore in 2024.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 60 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 40 | Control: 40

Enrique Segura, RHP

BA Grade: 45/Extreme

Track Record: Segura signed with the Phillies in 2022 and showed his potential in his first pro test, which came in the Dominican Summer League, where he struck out 39 hitters in 43 innings. He moved to the Rookie-level Florida Complex League in 2023 and continued piquing the interest of pro scouts despite underwhelming stats.

Scouting Report: Segura’s delivery features a quick arm and a unique arm slot, which adds layers of deception to his pitch mix. He works with four- and two-seam fastballs in the low 90s that play up thanks to excellent extension. He complements his heaters with a sweeping, slurvy slider in the high 70s and a mid-80s changeup that ranks as a clear third pitch and was thrown roughly 10% of the time. His well below-average control could tick up a grade if he adds strength to his frame, which has plenty of room for remaining projection. Scouts also were heartened by Segura’s makeup on the mound. He showed plenty of competitiveness and an even-keeled attitude despite his struggles.

The Future: Segura is likely a reliever at the highest level, but he has enough upside for a bit more if he adds strength and throws more strikes. He’ll move to Low-A Clearwater in 2024, where he’ll pitch all year as a 19-year-old.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 40

Pittsburgh Pirates

Tony Blanco, 1B

BA Grade: 45/Extreme

Track Record: Blanco is the son of the former big leaguer of the same name. He was born in Boston but was raised in the Dominican Republic, where he signed out of in 2022. He played eight games in the Dominican Summer League in 2022, then added 40 more at the same level in 2023, where he homered five times.

Scouting Report: Blanco is attractive as a prospect because of true outlier power. He homered five times in the DSL, but that output doesn’t tell the whole story. His average exit velocity was 92.9 mph, a figure that sat between those produced by Julio Rodriguez and Rafael Devers in the big leagues. His 113.2 mph 90th percentile EV was the best of any player in the minor leagues with more than 30 plate appearances. That power, however, came with significant swing and miss, including a 37% strikeout rate in the DSL. He’s a below-average runner who is already a massive human being and is likely to move to first base in the coming years.

The Future: Blanco faces a long road to the big leagues that will require serious improvements with his contact. He has the type of power that will give him plenty of chances, and could wind up as a Franchy Cordero-type of player if everything clicks.

Scouting Grades Hit: 30 | Power: 70 | Run: 30 | Field: 40 | Arm: 50

San Francisco Giants

Liam Simon, RHP

BA Grade: 45/Extreme

Track Record: After splitting his junior year between the rotation and bullpen at Notre Dame, Simon was selected by the Giants in the fifth round of the 2022 draft. He signed for $317,500 and split his first full year between the Arizona Complex League and Low-A. He returned to Low-A in 2023 but had Tommy John surgery in early May.

Scouting Report: Before the injury, Simon showed an overwhelming two-pitch mix of a mid-90s sinker and a low-80s slider. As a collegian, Simon struggled to throw strikes but had improved in that regard during his time as a pro, though his control numbers were by no means standout. Before the injury, scouts noted a need for Simon to find consistency with the shape of his slider. Sometimes it had cutting action while other times it showed more tilt. He’s got a solid, repeatable delivery, though there should be some expected rust when he gets back on the mound.

The Future: Simon should be back sometime in the first half of the season. If his stuff comes back in full, he has a chance to pitch in late-inning situations. He’ll have to improve his control and find a consistent slider shape to reach that role.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Control: 40

Seattle Mariners

Reid VanScoter, LHP

BA Grade: 40/High

Track Record: VanScoter spent his first two college seasons at Binghamton before transferring to Coastal Carolina. He won Sun Belt Conference pitcher of the year as a redshirt senior and was drafted by the Mariners in the fifth round, signing for $20,000. VanScoter made his pro debut at High-A Everett in 2023 and dominated the level. He led the Northwest League in ERA (3.27) and strikeouts (157) despite pitching his home games in one of the minors’ most hitter-friendly stadiums.

Scouting Report: VanScoter is a crafty lefthander with a low, three-quarters arm slot that presents an uncomfortable look for hitters. His below-average two-seam fastball sits just 89-91 mph, but it’s not a significant part of his arsenal. He primarily throws his sweepy, 82-86 mph slider that is an average pitch he can land in the strike zone or get chase swings with. He backs up his slider with an 11-to-5 curveball in the 75-78 mph range that has more depth than his slider. He also has a fringy, 82-85 mph changeup that is usable against righthanders. VanScoter throws all four of his pitches for strikes with above-average control and keeps the ball on the ground.

The Future: VanScoter’s low slot and quality breaking pitches give him a chance to be a low-leverage reliever who handles lefties in the majors. He’ll move to Double-A Arkansas in 2024.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 40 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 55

St. Louis Cardinals

Joshua Baez, OF

BA Grade: 45/Extreme

Track Record: Baez got national recognition as a two-way talent with loud tools including huge raw power and a fastball up to 97 mph. After concerns around his hit tool dropped him out of the first round, the Cardinals swooped in and selected Baez in the second round of the 2021 draft and signed him for $2.25 million. Since that time, Baez has struggled to make contact and repeated Low-A in consecutive seasons.

Scouting Report: Baez’s struggles to make consistent contact have plagued him, but he showed signs of improvement in 2023. His swing-and-miss issues are rooted in his difficulty tracking pitches and adjusting his swing to make contact. When Baez does make contact, he has the ability to put the ball out to all parts of the field with bat speed and a leveraged swing that has an upward path. Baez’s raw power is easily plus–it’s just a matter of making enough contact to get to it. Baez’s body has backed up as a professional and he’s thickened up and slowed down to a fringe-average runner. Baez is also fringe-average in a corner outfield spot, though he does boast a plus throwing arm.

The Future: Baez is a low-average, power-hitting outfielder who needs to improve his plate skills to tap into his impressive natural tools.

Scouting Grades Hit: 30 | Power: 55 | Run: 45 | Field: 45 | Arm: 60

Tampa Bay Rays

Cooper Kinney, 2B

BA Grade: 50/Extreme

Track Record: Kinney is trying to make up for a lot of lost time. A shoulder injury sidelined him for all of 2022 and meant that when he returned in 2023, he spent the whole year at Low-A Charleston, a level below many of his 2021 draft contemporaries. While his season wasn’t a particularly loud one, Kinney impressed with his consistent approach at the plate.

Scouting Report: Kinney’s bat will likely always be a couple steps ahead of his glove. He’s a second baseman, but the most realistic hope is that he’ll be a below-average defender who is playable in certain situations. Third base may be a better option, but even there, his lack of first-step quickness and slow feet will make it a struggle, and he’s going to have to really hit for first base to be an option. Offensively, he uses the whole field and can drive the ball to the gaps. He’s a little too aggressive at times and will strike out, but he has solid bat-to-ball skills and should be an above-average hitter.

The Future: Kinney’s swing leaves a lot of evaluators convinced he’s going to hit. There’s a lot of other aspects of his game that will need diligent work, but the most important tool for any position player is the ability to hit, which is Kinney’s best tool.

Scouting Grades Hit: 55 | Power: 45 | Run: 40 | Field: 40 | Arm: 50

Erick Lara, SS

BA Grade: 50/Extreme

Track Record: At $85,000, Lara was a relatively low-cost signing by the Marlins at the start of the 2023 international signing period. But he quickly established himself as a promising hitter with a solid Dominican Summer League debut. Right after the Marlins announced long-time Rays executive Peter Bendix as the team’s new general manager, Bendix acquired Vidal Brujan and Calvin Faucher from his old team for Lara and righthander Andrew Lindsey.

Scouting Report: Lara is relatively strong for his size and a lefthanded hitter who already shows he knows how to drive the ball, even if he doesn’t yet have much strength to actually drive it. He has some adaptability in his swing, but he’s so young and relatively inexperienced that it’s hard to project whether he develops more as a hitter or a slugger. Defensively, Lara seems athletic enough to stay on the left side of the infield, but his 6-foot-2, 165-pound frame has plenty of room to fill out and force him to third base or a corner outfield spot.

The Future: Lara is an interesting flier of a prospect. The Rays like his bat and athleticism, but there’s a massive amount of risk and variability remaining in his projection, because he’s a 17-year-old who is just getting settled in as a pro.

Scouting Grades Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Field: 50 | Arm: 55

Texas Rangers

Jonathan Ornelas, SS

BA Grade: 40/High

Track Record: Ornelas was the Rangers’ third-round pick in the 2018 draft and has moved slowly through the system. He had a breakout year at the upper levels in 2022, but stalled somewhat in 2023. Nonetheless, his defensive versatility earned him a big league cameo in August. He got into seven games and recorded his first MLB hit.

Scouting Report: Ornelas’ value lies in his versatility. He can capably play on both the dirt and the grass, though he’ll never be a standout at either spot. Scouts have long been skeptical of whether his aggressive approach would play long term. Those concerns showed up in 2023, when he hit for neither average nor power at Triple-A Round Rock. Scouts also noticed that he was having particular issues covering the outer half of the plate. Ornelas was also in worse shape than in past seasons, which showed up in diminished range at shortstop. His swing got a bit out of whack as well, and the team invited him to its fall instructional league camp to work out the kinks.

The Future: Ornelas will return to Triple-A in 2024 for more seasoning. If he can show something closer to his 2022 form, he fits as a versatile bench player.

Scouting Grades Hit: 40 | Power: 45 | Run: 40 | Field: 45 | Arm: 60

Toronto Blue Jays

Cade Doughty, 2B

BA Grade: 40/High

Track Record: LSU baseball is a family tradition for the Doughtys. Cade followed his father Richard and brother Braden to LSU after he spurned draft interest in 2019 and honored his commitment. Over his decorated college career, Cade was a three-year starter and hit .301 with 30 home runs and a .921 OPS. The Blue Jays drafted him in the supplemental second round in 2022 and assigned him to Low-A Dunedin out of the draft. Doughty spent all of 2023 with High-A Vancouver, hitting .264/.342/.459 with 18 home runs.

Scouting Report: A polished college player, Doughty was lauded for his balance of hitting, power and approach as an amateur, but that bottomed out in 2023. While Doughty’s surface-level stats are solid, his underlying data showcases how poor his plate skills were in 2023. He swung and missed at a high rate in and out of the zone and showed a fringy approach. Doughty gets the most out of his power due to good angles at contact, but his raw power is well below-average. Doughty spent 2023 alternating between second base and third base. A fringe-average runner, he has limited range and an average arm.

The Future: Doughty will look to recapture his bat-to-ball skills but is trending toward an up-and down replacement role.

Scouting Grades Hit: 40 | Power: 30 | Run: 45 | Field: 40 | Arm: 50

Washington Nationals

Andrew Alvarez, LHP

BA Grade: 40/Very High

Track Record: The Nationals selected Alvarez in the 12th round of the 2021 draft after the lefty had a breakout campaign as a member of Cal Poly’s weekend rotation. In his first full season in 2022, Alvarez struggled across both Low-A and High-A, pitching to a 5.00 ERA. However, his 2023 season was reminiscent of his senior season. He led the Nationals’ system with a 2.99 ERA and 129.1 innings while finishing second with 116 strikeouts. It was the first time since 2019 that a qualifying Nationals pitcher recorded a sub-3.00 ERA in a full-season minor league role.

Scouting Report: Alvarez uses a funky lefthanded motion to deliver his 91 mph four-seam fastball. The pitch has below-average velocity but some slight cutting action to evade barrels. His two-seamer has some late sink and some armside life. Alvarez has a polished look and good feel for his arsenal, which includes an average curveball and a changeup that could develop into an average pitch. However, he is very much a “what you see is what you get” pitcher who does not project to develop more athleticism.

The Future: Alvarez was not added to the Nationals’ 40-man roster and went unselected in the Rule 5 draft. The lack of velocity is the biggest question mark in his game. If he can add some strength and velo, the Nationals could have a depth lefthander capable of long relief or spot starts.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 45 | Curveball: 45 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45

Andry Lara, RHP

BA Grade: 40/Extreme

Track Record: Lara was the Nationals’ top international target in 2019 and signed as a 16-year-old for $1.25 million. He spent the following year at the team’s facility in Florida during baseball’s shutdown. His pro debut in 2021 was promising, but he struggled in 2022 with Low-A Fredericksburg as the youngest player on the roster. He spent all of 2023 with High-A Wilmington in his age-20 season, posting a 4.58 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 98.1 innings. The Nationals did not protect him ahead of the 2023 Rule 5 draft in December and he was not selected.

Scouting Report: Lara has traditionally shown above-average velocity, touching 98 mph at his peak, but his fastball velocity backed up a bit in 2023 as it settled into the 92-93 mph range and touched 95. He threw his two-seamer nearly 60% of the time, but it does not have great bat-missing characteristics and was hit hard. Lara’s best pitch is his mid-80s slider that has plus shape and misses bats. His upper-80s changeup continues to flash good sinking action, but he has yet to develop much feel for it. A lack of a true third pitch has heightened relief concerns for Lara, despite a decent track record of strike-throwing from a relatively simple delivery.

The Future: While Lara has flashed intriguing upside, the Nationals have yet to unlock either consistency or a reliable third pitch. He’ll need to show improvement in both areas to remain on a starter track.

Scouting Grades Fastball: 45 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 40 | Control: 50

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