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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


Chicago White Sox 2019 Preseason Top 10

Luis Robert
Luis Robert in AFL with Glendal Desert Dogs. Courtesy: Aaron Whelan


Player: Eloy Jimenez
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: AAA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’4” Weight: 205 lbs.
Quick Report: In the running for the top prospect in the game outside of Vlad Jr., Jimenez is not just a power bat, although he has as much raw power as anyone in the game. He has a decent sized leg kick, but gets the foot back down and ready to explode early. The bat gets to the zone quickly, but stays in the zone a while allowing him to adjust even on balls he has been fooled on and drive the ball to all fields. There was a time I thought he could hold down right but he seems more destined for left field. He is the best outfielder on the White Sox right now, but will need to wait until a little while into the season when the team can secure an extra year of control.


Player: Nick Madrigal
Position(s): 2B/SS Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 5’7” Weight: 165 lbs.
Quick Report: There is not debate whether or not Madrigal can hit, he might have the best pure bat to ball skills as anyone in the minors, it is where he will play in the field. I still think there is an outside shot he is able to stay at short, but second is certainly the most likely destination. He will hit for plenty of doubles and may eventually develop solid power, but never more than 15 or so homers. He is a throwback player who will do all he can to stick at short, but could become an elite second baseman. He doesn’t strikeout, just five in his first 173 trips to the plate as a pro, and could be a future regular participant in All-Star games.


Player: Michael Kopech
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: MLB
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 205 lbs.
Quick Report: Many have touted Kopech as a potential ace, but I have always felt he is more of a dominant closer than an impact starter long term. He will be missing all of 2019 as he underwent elbow reconstruction surgery this off-season. He has long been known as a guy with a massive fastball, a genuine 80 grade pitch, but there are inconsistencies in his other pitches. His hard slider is easily his best secondary offering that does work plus more often than not. He has a curve and change that have shown well, but also shown to be not so great at times. His 3/4 slot delivery is actually pretty smooth, but his command has long been a concern. If he can put it all together, he can pitch at the front of a rotation, but if the velocity doesn’t fully come back and the command doesn’t improve, he could be destined for a late-inning reliever.


Player: Luis Robert
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: If the sixth tool on the scouting scale was availability, Robert would have a big negative. Luckily, it isn’t, although the multitude of injuries in 2018 does raise more than a few red flags. When on the field, Robert can fly around the bases and in center, possesses enough arm to play right, but the reads make it almost a sure thing he is a plus defensive center fielder for years to come. At the plate, he can hit for a solid average, likely being a guy that sits .265-.275, but with above average power. He is a legit five-tool player, but needs to stay healthy long enough to put it all together.


Player: Dylan Cease
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 23 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’2” Weight: 190 lbs.
Quick Report: Cease doesn’t quite have the fastball Kopech does, but his other pitches might be better. Curve that is genuinely plus and one of the better ones in the minors. He has a solid slider and change, although both still do need work. Like Kopech, he has trouble throwing strikes consistently, but he has good body control that suggests command should improve. Again, this is a guy that could end up near the top of a rotation, or he could be a dominant reliever depending on how the command comes along.


Player: Dane Dunning
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 24 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’4” Weight: 200 lbs.
Quick Report: A fastball that really runs helps it play up to a plus pitch and a curve with has a big break but comes out of a slightly different hand location making it easy to read. He also has a cutting slider and a developing change that dives and runs at its best, but isn’t’ there often enough. He has a good delivery that is repeatable and the leg drive to allow him to eat innings. There isn’t a ton of upside with Dunning, but there isn’t much downside either. He will likely be a third or fourth guy in a rotation that with have his excellent days, but will almost always put in 6 strong, and that is definitely a valuable commodity.


Player: Micker Adolfo
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: Hi A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 200 lbs.
Quick Report: It seems the White Sox have a lot of guys with similar issues. Like Robert, Adolfo simply hasn’t been healthy often enough to put it all together. He has not played more than 79 games but once in his five pro seasons. He gets his hands through the zone well, limiting the typical holes in the zone you see from power hitters of his stature. He won’t ever be a great hit for average guy, but I do think the strikeouts will slow in time. He has plus power that translates to game power and has as massive arm (although he hasn’t been able to show it off for some time after dealing with elbow issues that eventually led to Tommy John surgery). He has the potential to be one of the better right fielders in the game, but needs to be healthy and available to see that come to fruition.


Player: Luis Alexander Basabe
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 6’ Weight: 160 lbs.
Quick Report: The question that sparks the most debate on Basabe is whether or not he sticks in center. I think he has all the skills to do so (although has some real competition for it within the White Sox system). He is small, I question if he is truly 6’, and the 160 lbs. seems like it might be pretty accurate. He has a mild leg kick on both sides of the plate, although it is a bit bigger from the left side. His bat path is one that allows him to drive the ball and could flirt with plus power if he adds strength. His arm is strong enough to play right but could be a guy that sees time in all three outfield spots at the big league level.


Player: Blake Rutherford
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: Of the four outfielders in the White Sox top ten, Rutherford has the best approach at the plate. He goes to the plate with a plan and has a great eye to go with a pretty left handed stroke. The bat is quick and can drive the ball to all fields, although it works best when he inside-outs the ball to left center. He will likely be more of a doubles guy than one that puts up big home run numbers, but that could change some in time. If there is one big concern it would be his struggles against left handed pitchers thus far, leading many to feel he would have to be platooned, but it would be the heavy side of the platoon. He has seen time in all three outfield positions in the minors, but his future is in right where his arm can play and his average speed and reads won’t be exposed.


Player: Alec Hansen
Position(s):  RHP Opening Day Age: 24 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’7” Weight: 235 lbs.
Quick Report: I first interviewed Alec Hansen when he was at Oklahoma and I doubt he is only 6’7” like he is listed. He is a competitive pitcher that attacks hitters, which made it very surprising to hear how soft spoken he is off the mound. He does have a bit of a short arm to his delivery that limits his ability to take full advantage of his length, although he has shown the ability to get the arm into a full 3/4 slot. The inconsistencies in the arm slot lead to some command concerns and could be the downfall in his path to the big leagues. He has dealt with some forearm tightness issues, which is never a good sign, but I do feel there is some upside of an innings eating starter. If he doesn’t get the command under control however, he will likely need to become a power reliever to make a real big league impact.

Others of Note:

Luis Gonzalez – OF –  – High A
Zack Collins – C – 24 – AA
Zack Burdi – RHP – 23 – AAA
Konnor Pilkington – LHP – 21 – Rookie
Jake Berger – 3B – 2 – DNP
Steele Walker – OF – 22 – Low A
Seby Zavala – C – 25 – AAA
Gavin Sheets – 1B – 22 – High A