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2019 Preseason Top 150

Carter Kieboom
Carter Kieboom. Courtesy: Aaron Whelan

Before I even got this posted Alex Reyes exhausted his rookie eligibility (needed a single out to do so and pitched an inning on Friday) so I updated my top 150 before it went live. Reyes was at 22 but is now removed making room for Ryan Weathers, giving the Padres two more than any other team with 12 players making the top 150.  15 players on the list open the season in the big leagues, with 14 of those in the top 80 and the Padres and Mariners both starting with two players in the big leagues.


Player Position Team Rank
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B Toronto Blue Jays 1
Fernando Tatis Jr. SS San Diego Padres 2
Eloy Jimenez OF Chicago White Sox 3
Forrest Whitley RHP Houston Astros 4
Victor Robles OF Washington Nationals 5
Jo Adell OF Los Angeles Angels 6
Royce Lewis SS Minnesota Twins 7
Wander Franco SS Tampa Bay Rays 8
Nick Senzel 2B/3B Cincinnati Reds 9
Jesus Luzardo LHP Oakland Athletics 10
MacKenzie Gore LHP San Diego Padres 11
Bo Bichette SS/2B Toronto Blue Jays 12
Kyle Tucker OF Houston Astros 13
Taylor Trammell OF Cincinnati Reds 14
Keston Hiura 2B Milwaukee Brewers 15
Brendan Rodgers SS/2B Colorado Rockies 16
Sixto Sanchez RHP Miami Marlins 17
Cristian Pache OF Atlanta Braves 18
Carter Kieboom SS Washington Nationals 19
Luis Urias 2B/SS San Diego Padres 20
Casey Mize RHP Detroit Tigers 21
Joey Bart C San Francisco Giants 22
Austin Riley 3B Atlanta Braves 23
Keibert Ruiz C Los Angeles Dodgers 24
Pete Alonso 1B New York Mets 25
Brendan McKay LHP/1B Tampa Bay Rays 26
Michael Kopech RHP Chicago White Sox 27
Hunter Greene RHP Cincinnati Reds 28
Mitch Keller RHP Pittsburgh Pirates 29
Andres Gimenez SS New York Mets 30
Brent Honeywell RHP Tampa Bay Rays 31
Nick Madrigal 2B/SS Chicago White Sox 32
Jonathan India 3B/SS Cincinnati Reds 33
Sean Murphy C Oakland Athletics 34
Alex Verdugo OF Los Angeles Dodgers 35
A.J. Puk LHP Oakland Athletics 36
Matthew Liberatore LHP Tampa Bay Rays 37
Mike Soroka RHP Atlanta Braves 38
Nolan Gorman 3B St. Louis Cardinals 39
Ian Anderson RHP Atlanta Braves 40
Francisco Mejia C/OF San Diego Padres 41
Luis Robert OF Chicago White Sox 42
Dylan Cease RHP Chicago White Sox 43
Chris Paddack RHP San Diego Padres 44
Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B Pittsburgh Pirates 45
Vidal Brujan 2B Tampa Bay Rays 46
Touki Toussaint RHP Atlanta Braves 47
Brusdar Graterol RHP Minnesota Twins 48
Justus Sheffield LHP Seattle Mariners 49
Kyle Wright RHP Atlanta Braves 50
Yordan Alvarez OF Houston Astros 51
Alex Kirilloff OF Minnesota Twins 52
Jesus Sanchez OF Tampa Bay Rays 53
Yusei Kikuchi LHP Seattle Mariners 54
Yusniel Diaz OF Baltimore Orioles 55
Khalil Lee OF Kansas City Royals 56
Jarred Kelenic OF Seattle Mariners 57
Triston McKenzie RHP Cleveland Indians 58
Danny Jansen C Toronto Blue Jays 59
Jazz Chisholm SS Arizona Diamondbacks 60
Adrian Morejon LHP San Diego Padres 61
Griffin Canning RHP Los Angeles Angels 62
Dustin May RHP Los Angeles Dodgers 63
Luis Patino RHP San Diego Padres 64
Alec Bohm 3B Philadelphia Phillies 65
Estevan Florial OF New York Yankees 66
Jon Duplantier RHP Arizona Diamondbacks 67
DL Hall LHP Baltimore Orioles 68
Nate Pearson RHP Toronto Blue Jays 69
Josh James RHP Houston Astros 70
Drew Waters OF Atlanta Braves 71
Bryse Wilson RHP Atlanta Braves 72
Nolan Jones 3B Cleveland Indians 73
Gavin Lux SS/2B Los Angeles Dodgers 74
Travis Swaggerty OF Pittsburgh Pirates 75
Matt Manning RHP Detroit Tigers 76
Oneil Cruz SS Pittsburgh Pirates 77
Luis Garcia SS/3B Washington Nationals 78
Garrett Hampson 2B/SS Colorado Rockies 79
Adonis Medina RHP Philadelphia Phillies 80
Ryan Mountcastle 3B Baltimore Orioles 81
Kristian Robinson OF Arizona Diamondbacks 82
Brady Singer RHP Kansas City Royals 83
Monte Harrison OF Miami Marlins 84
Logan Allen LHP San Diego Padres 85
Nico Hoerner SS Chicago Cubs 86
Michel Baez RHP San Diego Padres 87
Isaac Paredes SS/2B Detroit Tigers 88
Victor Victor Mesa OF Miami Marlins 89
Trevor Larnach OF Minnesota Twins 90
Brandon Marsh OF Los Angeles Angels 91
Heliot Ramos OF San Francisco Giants 92
Brandon Lowe 2B/OF Tampa Bay Rays 93
Ronny Mauricio SS New York Mets 94
Will Smith C/3B Los Angeles Dodgers 95
MJ Melendez C Kansas City Royals 96
Dane Dunning RHP Chicago White Sox 97
Ronaldo Hernandez C Tampa Bay Rays 98
Hans Crouse RHP Texas Rangers 99
Jonathan Loaisiga RHP New York Yankees 100
Corbin Martin RHP Houston Astros 101
Cole Winn RHP Texas Rangers 102
Luiz Gohara LHP Atlanta Braves 103
Leody Taveras OF Texas Rangers 104
William Contreras C Atlanta Braves 105
Seuly Matias OF Kansas City Royals 106
Lucius Fox SS Tampa Bay Rays 107
Corey Ray OF Milwaukee Brewers 108
Spencer Howard RHP Philadelphia Phillies 109
Jahmai Jones 2B Los Angeles Angels 110
Jordyn Adams OF Los Angeles Angels 111
George Valera OF Cleveland Indians 112
J.B. Bukauskas RHP Houston Astros 113
Justin Dunn RHP Seattle Mariners 114
Michael Chavis 3B Boston Red Sox 115
Mark Vientos 3B New York Mets 116
Daz Cameron OF Detroit Tigers 117
Bubba Thompson OF Texas Rangers
Josh Naylor 1B/OF San Diego Padres 119
Colton Welker 3B Colorado Rockies 120
Daulton Varsho C Arizona Diamondbacks 121
Evan White 1B Seattle Mariners 122
Peter Lambert RHP Colorado Rockies 123
Taylor Widener RHP Arizona Diamondbacks 124
Julio Pablo Martinez OF Texas Rangers 125
Kevin Smith SS/3B Toronto Blue Jays 126
Miguel Amaya C Chicago Cubs 127
Andrew Knizner C St. Louis Cardinals 128
Tyler Nevin 1B Colorado Rockies 129
Hudson Potts 3B/1B San Diego Padres 130
Sandy Alcantara RHP Miami Marlins 131
Shane Baz RHP Tampa Bay Rays 132
Tyler Stephenson C Cincinnati Reds 133
Eric Pardinho RHP Toronto Blue Jays 134
Franklin Perez RHP Detroit Tigers 135
Jordan Groshans 3B/SS Toronto Blue Jays 136
Dakota Hudson RHP St. Louis Cardinals 137
Nate Lowe 1B Tampa Bay Rays 138
Elehuris Montero 3B St. Louis Cardinals 139
Luis Oviedo RHP Cleveland Indians 140
Tony Santillan RHP Cincinnati Reds 141
Triston Casas 1B/3B Boston Red Sox 142
Adbert Alzolay RHP Chicago Cubs 143
Ethan Hankins RHP Cleveland Indians 144
Beau Burrows RHP Detroit Tigers 145
Brice Turang SS Milwaukee Brewers 146
Brent Rooker 1B/OF Minnesota Twins 147
Alex Faedo RHP Detroit Tigers 148
Deivi Garcia RHP New York Yankees 149
Ryan Weathers LHP San Diego Padres 150


St. Louis Cardinals 2019 Preseason Top 10

Nolan Gorman in HS at Sandra Day O’Connor. Courtesy: Aaron Whelan


Player: Alex Reyes
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 24 2018 Highest Level: MLB
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height:  6’3” Weight: 175 lbs.
Quick Report: MLB rookie eligibility, and by proxy prospect status, state it occurs once a player EXCEEDS 50 innings or 45 days on the active roster. Well, Reyes threw 46 innings in 2016, then missed 2017 with Tommy John only to return to the big leauges and throw exactly four innings in 2018, which means he has not EXCEEDED 50 innings, instead he has pitched 50 innings. The next pitch he throws in a big league game means he will exceed rookie status, and graduate from prospect eligibility. Given he has been around so long means most know about him, big fastball, plus curve and change, solid slider, command is iffy, has had trouble staying healthy. Essentially ace upside but needs consistency to get there.


Player: Nolan Gorman
Position(s): 3B Opening Day Age: 18 2018 Highest Level: Low A
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height:  6’1” Weight: 210 lbs.
Quick Report: As much power as I have ever seen in an amateur prospect, Gorman crushed in the Appy league but struggled in a very aggressive promotion to the Midwest league. The .350 average is definitely not a sign of things to come, but the 11 home runs in 38 games of Rookie ball is proof his incredible raw power has already translated to game power. He will swing over good breaking balls and the load caused him to be late on some velocity, but minor adjustments should correct this. He has enough arm to stick at third although the footwork and glove lead to some concerns and there may be a future move to first base.


Player: Andrew Knizner
Position(s): C Opening Day Age: 23 2018 Highest Level: AAA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’1” Weight: 200 lbs.
Quick Report: Knizner is raw as a catcher as he played middle infield in high school, then moved to third his first year at NC State before finally moving behind the plate. He has seen some time at first base in his pro career, and he wouldn’t be the worst defensive third baseman to take the field, so there is position flexibility to him. While the bat is well ahead of the glove, the Cardinals are confident he will become at least an average defender, and with a call up not far off he will be learning behind the best in Yadier Molina. At the plate he is contact before power, but he will hit enough home runs to at least be a threat. His best tool by far is the hit tool, where he is expected to be above average to better, which is a great option to have especially if the defense keeps improving.


Player: Dakota Hudson
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 24 2018 Highest Level: MLB
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’5” Weight: 215 lbs.
Quick Report: Hudson has been dominant throughout his Minor League career, then went on to post an ERA below three in 26 relief outings in his first taste of the big leagues a season ago. It looks like he will be the Cardinals fifth starter to start the season although there is still concern over his walk rate. He has a fastball than can sit up to 95 with a plus slider that also works harder with more of a cutting action. His change showed improvement to be at least average with the possibility of better. He has a curve when he was at Mississippi State, but it has regressed to the point of near extinction in his pro career. His ceiling of a number four starter certainly isn’t flashy as a number four prospect, but with a track record of a quality reliever as a floor already established raised his value in these rankings.


Player: Elehuris Montero
Position(s): 3B Opening Day Age: 20 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: Montero has plenty of arm to stick at third and will be given every opportunity to stay there, but the reality is his future is probably as a first baseman given his below average footwork and quickness. Either spot will suit him just fine offensively as he has plus raw power and a swing that allows for more contact than the approach suggests. He can drive the ball well the other way, although he is aggressive at the plate and takes big hacks too often, leading to him expanding the zone. The hips are strong but can open ahead of the hands at times, leaving the bat behind his core strength and not allowing him to take full advantage of his strength. As he matures and improves his approach, he should turn into a solid everyday bat that can provide pop and a solid average.


Player: Dylan Carlson
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 20 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Switch Throws: Left Height: 6’3” Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: Carlson saw some time in center in his first couple seasons as a pro, but moved to the corner full time last year, which is where he has plenty of arm strength to play well in right. His approach at the plate is quite advanced where he has cut down his strikeouts and has long had a good walk rate. He has real power from both sides of the plate, although the swing is more consistent from the right side and can get a bit long from the left. He has a leg kick from both sides that sees him out on his front foot a bit more than you like to see, but he could become a solid regular or quality bench piece that can play both corner outfield spots and first.


Player: Jhon Torres
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 18 2018 Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’4” Weight: 200 lbs.
Quick Report: Torres is a guy who could explode towards the top of the Cardinals list this year as Torres has plenty of tools but has yet to play outside complex leagues. He already has a mature body and room to grow even more, he has plus raw power although the leg kick impacts his ability to get to it in games. The swing is very busy with moving pieces all over the place, but the bat control and eye at the plate are solid, suggesting there is plenty of improvement to come. In the field he is a future right fielder where the arm is more than enough and his athleticism could make him an above average defender there.


Player: Malcom Nunez
Position(s): 1B/3B Opening Day Age: 18 2018 Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 5’11” Weight: 205 lbs.
Quick Report: .415/.497/.774 is a ridiculous slash line regardless of the level, and that is what Nunez posted in his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League a season ago, where he won the league’s Triple Crown. He was a star on the U15 Cuba squad and signed for just $300,000 in a year the Cardinals were limited financially due to a spending spree the year before. They just may have gotten a bargain as the raw power is real in Nunez and he has an advanced approach thanks in large part to his participation on the international stage from an early age. His future is probably at first base, where he could be at least league average, but given he has yet to debut stateside it is hard to rank him much higher than this.


Player: Edmundo Sosa
Position(s): INF Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: MLB
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 5’11” Weight: 170 lbs.
Quick Report: Sosa is exactly what you are looking for to be a utility infielder. He has enough arm to play anywhere and the footwork/glove to be a very good shortstop. The bat is the reason Sosa is a utility player rather than a future everyday guy. He makes plenty of contact, but it is light contact despite nearly doubling his career best in home runs last season, putting up 12. He has made some adjustments to his approach that increased the amount of loft he has in his swing, so there is some hope he can be a double-digit home run guy in his best seasons. The bat is quick and controlled despite the leg kick which will allow him to be a valuable bench piece for a long time.


Player: Ryan Helsley
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 24 2018 Highest Level: AAA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’1” Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: Helsley aims to become the first ever player from Northeastern State to play in the big leagues and could do so early this season. He has a big fastball that has hit triple digits while sitting in the upper-90s. He has a sharp curveball and a change that shows late movement along with a cutter that he mixes in from time to time. The command is not great and may limit him to the bullpen where he could be a good middle reliever, but there is still the upside he can carve out a role for himself as a number four or five starter.

Others of Note:

Genesis Cabrera – LHP – 22 – AAA
Lane Thomas – OF – 23 – AAA
Griffin Roberts – RHP – 22 – High A
Conner Capel – OF – 21 – High A
Luken Baker – 1B – 21 – Low A
Adolis Garcia – OF – 25 – MLB
Evan Mendoza – 3B – 22 – AA