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Tying It All Together: Top 30 Graduated Prospects In 2022



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The offseason is prospect season.

Over the course of three issues in November, December and January, Baseball America publishes Top 10 Prospects rankings for all 30 organizations.

This year we added something new. We ranked the top overall graduated prospects from last year’s Top 10s.

Players are ranked by updated end-of-season BA Grade, which gauges each player’s realistic upside on the 20-80 scouting scale, where 50 is average. A Risk assessment deducts points—10 for High, five for Medium and none for Low—to determine each prospect’s Tier.

In the vast majority of cases, these graduated prospects were also top 2022 rookies—but not always. Players retain rookie status as long as they don’t exceed 130 at-bats, 50 innings or 45 days on an active MLB roster in a season or seasons. But sometimes rookie pitchers exceed 45 days without surpassing 50 innings.

So in this BA ranking, which was developed by the BA editorial staff, you will find three pitchers—Brewers lefthander Aaron Ashby and relievers Camilo Doval of the Giants and Andres Muñoz of the Mariners—who we classified as prospect eligible in 2022 even though they were not eligible for Rookie of the Year awards.

RkPlayerPosOrg2023 AgeBA GradeRiskTierUpside Role
1Julio Rodriguez CFMariners2275Low75Franchise CF
2Adley RutschmanCOrioles2575Low75Franchise C
3Michael Harris OFBraves2265Low65All-star CF
4George KirbyRHPMariners2570Medium65No. 2 starter
5Bobby Witt Jr.SSRoyals2365Medium60All-star SS
6Spencer StriderRHPBraves2465Medium60No. 2 or 3 starter
7Nick LodoloLHPReds2560Medium55No. 3 starter
8Riley GreeneOFTigers2260Medium55First-division CF
9Reid DetmersLHPAngels2355Low55No. 3 or 4 starter
10Jeremy PeñaSSAstros2560Medium55First-division SS
11Oneil CruzSSPirates2460Medium55First-division SS
12Steven KwanLFGuardians2555Low55First-division LF
13Andres MuñozRPMariners2455Low55All-star closer
14Vinnie Pasquantino1BRoyals2555Low55First-division 1B
15Jhoan DuranRPTwins2555Low55All-star closer
16CJ AbramsSSNationals2255Medium50Regular SS
17Vaughn Grissom2BBraves2255Medium50Regular 2B
18Bryson StottSSPhillies2550Low50Regular 2B
19Brayan BelloRHPRed Sox2460High50No. 3 or 4 starter
20Aaron AshbyLHPBrewers2555Medium50No. 3 or 4 starter
21Hunter GreeneRHPReds2355Medium50No. 3 or 4 starter
22Joe Ryan RHPTwins2750Low50No. 4 starter
23Edward CabreraRHPMarlins2555Medium50No. 3 or 4 starter
24Camilo DovalRPGiants2550Low50First-division closer
25Nolan Gorman2BCardinals2355High45Regular 2B
26Brendan Donovan2BCardinals2645Low45Multi-position UT
27Matt BrashRPMariners2550Medium45First-division RP
28Felix Bautista RPOrioles2850Medium45First-division closer
29Spencer Torkelson1BTigers2355High45Regular 1B
30MacKenzie GoreLHPNationals2450Medium45No. 4 or 5 starter


Honorable Mention: Ten more names at the 45 tier are listed here in alphabetical order: Roansy Contreras, RHP, Pirates; Ezequiel Duran, 3B, Rangers; Shea Langeliers, C, Athletics; Michael Massey, 2B, Royals; Jose Miranda, 1B, Twins; MJ Melendez, C, Royals; Lars Nootbaar, RF, Cardinals; Keibert Ruiz, C, Nationals; Robert Suarez, RP, Padres; and Alek Thomas, CF, D-backs. Note: Nootbaar and Ruiz were not rookie eligible in 2022

Julio Rodriguez Photo By Lachlan Cunningham Getty Images)

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