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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

 

San Diego Padres 2019 Preseason Top 10

Fernando Tatis Jr
Fernando Tatis Jr. in Spring Training 2018, now the Opening Day shortstop in San Diego. Courtesy: Aaron Whelan

1)

Player: Fernando Tatis Jr.
Position(s): SS/3B Opening Day Age: 20 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: News recently came out that Tatis Jr. will be on the roster on Opening Day (mere hours from when this is being posted) and is widely ranked as one of the top three prospects in all of baseball. The Padres got Tatis from the White Sox in the James Shield trade before he took the field as a pro, and it is about to haunt the White Sox. Tatis is a genuine five tool player with a plus bat, plus power, can really run with an arm that plays anywhere on the field. His glove may be his lightest tool, but even that is above average and leaves no doubt he will be the shortstop for the long term. He has Hall of Fame potential, but that is getting well ahead of ourselves, although it shouldn’t be too long before he makes his first All-Star game.

2)

Player: MacKenzie Gore
Position(s): LHP Opening Day Age: 20 2018 Highest Level: Low A
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’3” Weight: 190 lbs.
Quick Report: The number three pick in the 2017 draft, Gore did not get as many innings as season ago as most would like due to blister issues, but the pure stuff is second to none. I got to see Gore a good amount during his pro debut both on the mound and off, and what stood out was his desire to seek out senior members of the organization and pick their brains, looking to improve his mental side as well as his physical side of the game. He has a big leg kick but incredible balance with an effortless 3/4 slot deliver that allows him to have plus command for his young age. The fastball is up to the high 90s but sits in the mid-90s with some late run. His slider is far and away his worst pitch but has shown the ability to have good two plane break, it is just inconsistent. Both the curve and change are plus offerings allowing Gore to have the ceiling of a true ace.

3)

Player: Luis Urias
Position(s): 2B/SS Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: MLB
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 5’9” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: It appears Urias is the short term casualty of an active off-season by the Padres and the Tatis call-up, as it appears he will start in AAA despite getting in a dozen MLB games a season ago. Unlike Tatis, Urias is not a guy who possesses much in terms of power, instead he is more of a doubles guy, but the hit tool is very good and he could hit .300 in the future. The open stance leg kick does see him out on the front foot a bit much and he gets off his back foot in his swing, sapping the home run power that could be in the bat. In the field he is a sure handed fielder who could be a solid shortstop, although with Manny Machado and Tatis now in San Diego, Urias’ future is at second base where he could be a truly plus defender.

4)

Player: Francisco Mejia
Position(s): C/OF Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: MLB
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 5’10” Weight: 180 lbs.
Quick Report: Somebody who will never be considered a plus defender is Mejia. I saw him a good amount of him the season he was in the Fall League playing third base as the Indians were trying to find a spot for him in the big league lineup, that experiment did not go well. Eventually the Indians sent Mejia to the Padres for their top two relievers, Adam Cimber and Brad Hand, and Mejia is trying to carve a role for himself at the big league level. He is a below average receiver behind the plate but has a massive arm that allows him to really control the running game well. Problem is Austin Hedges stands ahead of him on the depth chart and Hedges is about as good a defensive catcher as you will find. Mejia is seeing some time in a loaded Padres outfield but, regardless of where he end up defensively, Mejia has hit and will be able to hit at any level and be an above average bat in any lineup.

5)

Player: Chris Paddack
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height:  6’4” Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: One of the more surprising announcements when it comes to names who have made the big league roster is Chris Paddack. He has just seven starts at AA, but the Padres are making him their number four starter to start the season. He has a mild short arm delivery at times, but the effort isn’t concerning and the ball jumps out of his hand, regularly touching 95-96 on the gun. His change is arguably the best in minors, and now is one of the better ones in the big leagues. The curve tends to come out of an arm slot that shows more bend than his other pitches, making it a distant third offering. He can spot both the fastball and change remarkably well and that duo is enough to be a future number three starter, and the Padres feel it is already enough to be a number four. If he can turn the curve into at least an average offering, he could be an elite mid-rotation arm.

6)

Player: Adrian Morejon
Position(s): LHP Opening Day Age: 20 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’ Weight: 175 lbs.
Quick Report: I remember the first time I saw Morejon pitch. It was on the backfields in Peoria, I was getting looks at some high minors guys (I believe it was Logan Allen) when I hear a few pops of a catcher’s glove behind me. I walked down the small hill between fields 1-2 on the Padres side and watched Morejon buzzing fastballs by quality Padres prospects Hudson Potts, Buddy Reed, amongst others. To go with that he has a solid change already that could develop into a plus pitch and a curve that is big league ready. The delivery has some balance and consistency concerns as he has a heavy body lean towards the third base side that can leave the change and curve floating high in the zone in a very hittable spot. If he cleans up the mechanics some and goes from just below average command to merely average, he could be a solid number two starter, but the command is just enough of a concern to keep him behind the big league ready Paddack for me.

7)

Player: Luis Patino
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 19 2018 Highest Level: Low A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’ Weight: 190 lbs.
Quick Report: In practically any other system Patino would be a slam dunk top five prospect, but he started last season in extended spring before heading to the Midwest League for 17 starts. He has a fastball that runs up to 99 but sits in the mid-90s although it lacks run. His slider could play in the big leagues today and has the makings of a truly plus offering. He has a curve and change that are well behind his fastball and slider, but both flash signs of at least being average. The delivery is high effort with the arm getting quite whippy at times and a wide inconsistency in his arm slots. There is a chance he ends up a power reliever, although there is also the upside of being a potential number two starter.

8)

Player: Logan Allen
Position(s): LHP Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: AAA
Bats: Right Throws: Left Height: 6’3” Weight: 200 lbs.
Quick Report: Allen is not the flashy, radar gun darling that is so popular in today’s game, but his pitch mix and approach on the mound gives him a very high floor. His fastball rarely tops 93 and will have a digit that begins with an 8 at times, but it has cutting action to it making it play well above the velo would suggest. His best secondary offering is his change that doesn’t have a ton of velo gap but comes out of the same arm slot and speed as his fastball and can really drop late. He has a slider that is just a slower, bigger cutting version of the cut fastball while his only true breaking ball would be his curve that is rather easy to read thanks to its loopy action, but given the pitch mix it plays really well. He might have an upside of a number three starter, but a likely future of a number four who is a quality start machine while never being dominant.

9)

Player: Michel Baez
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’8” Weight: 220 lbs.
Quick Report: Baez is the first pitcher on the list that I truly believe will end up as a reliever long term rather than a starter, but that could be a dominant high-leverage reliever. He has an incredibly long body that is every bit of the 6’8” he is listed. He does not take full advantage of his length in his extension through his delivery, and he allows his upper half to drive the command of his pitches, causing some command concerns. The fastball has a good plane and regularly touches 98 but can get flat when he attacks the upper half of the zone. The slider just spins too often, but when it is at its best the late, sharp, downward break can be unhittable. His change I doubt will ever be a viable offering, which is why I think he is a future closer, although there is an outside chance he develops into a mid-rotation arm.

10)

Player: Josh Naylor
Position(s): 1B Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 5’11” Weight: 250 lbs.
Quick Report: This legitimately might by my favorite person in Minor League Baseball as he is a competitor but will have you keeled over laughing at least a handful of times a game. Based on his stocky frame, you expect a pure power hitting pull hitter, but he has an impressive approach at the plate and could develop into a guy who can hit .280. The raw power is everything you would anticipate, and he has the upside of hitting 30 home runs, the real concern with him is in his defense. He has long been a first baseman where his is serviceable with the glove, but the Padres tried him out in left field in AA last season where he actually has a very good arm for the position, but his well below average speed and raw reads led him to posting just a .913 fielding percentage. He is probably best suited for an AL club, but I also wouldn’t be shocked to see him hit his way to San Diego this season.

Others of Note:

Cal Quantrill – RHP – 24 – AAA
Anderson Espinoza – RHP – 21 – DNP
Hudson Potts – 3B – 20 – High A
Tirso Ornelas – OF – 19 – Low A
Esteury Ruiz – 2B/3B – 20 – Low A
Jacob Nix – RHP – 23 – MLB
Ryan Weathers – LHP – 19 – Low A
Buddy Reed – OF – 23 – AA
Jeisson Rosario – 19 – Low A
Luis Campusano – C – 20 – Low A
Xavier Edwards – SS – 19 – Short A