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Dylan Carlson 2019 Top 100 MLB Prospects Stock Watch

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Dylan Carlson (Photo by John Williamson)

This is part of a series highlighting several prospects in our 2019 Top 100 Prospects midseason update. To see the full rankings, click here


Dylan Carlson, OF, Cardinals

Rank: 50
Preseason: NR

STOCK is headed: up 📈

In his first two pro seasons, Carlson showed an impressive maturity that allowed him to survive despite being one of the youngest players in his league each year.

Now, he’s no longer just surviving. He’s thriving.

Carlson, 20, has experienced a breakout this season at Double-A Springfield.

Through 64 games, Carlson had hit .287/.371/.516 with 10 home runs and ranked in the top 10 in the Texas League in myriad categories. All that has come while being the fourth-youngest player in the TL on Opening Day.

“He’s really good. Really, really good,” one veteran pro scout said. “He’s their best guy for me in the entire system. Tools, production—they’re all there.”

Carlson, the son of a decorated high school coach, has long earned praise for his advanced approach at the plate, and now he has the strength to punish the ball when he gets a pitch to hit. Evaluators still think he still has room to put on more strength, giving him plus power potential—if not more.

Combined with the fact he’s a switch-hitter capable of playing all three outfield spots, Carlson is beginning to profile as one of the game’s top prospects.

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