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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


Detroit Tigers 2019 Preseason Top 10

Daz Cameron
Daz Cameron in AFL. Courtesy: Aaron Whelan


Player: Casey Mize
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 220 lbs.
Quick Report: The number one overall pick a year ago, Mize has fewer than 14 pro innings under his belt so this will really be the year he leaps onto the Minor League Baseball scene. His best pitch is easily his splitter, which may be the best splitter in baseball period. His fastball can sit into the mid-90s and has a good cutting slider. He demonstrated good body control and his lower 3/4 slot helps ensure every pitch he throws has movement on it. There is some effort right at the point of release that leaves a mild concern, but it won’t be a surprise to see him at the front of the Tigers rotation before long.


Player: Matt Manning
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’6” Weight: 190 lbs.
Quick Report: The son of a former NBA player, Manning has the length and extension of a basketball player allowing his fastball to play as plus even when it tops out in the mid-90s. His best secondary option by far is his big curve that gets plenty of swings and misses. The delivery is inconsistent and there is an awful lot of head whip at the delivery at times, while it remains calm at other times. Overall, he has plenty of upside and really broke out in 2018, but I expect a more modest season this year, staying at AA all season, before getting the opportunity to earn a big league spot sometime in 2020.


Player: Isaac Paredes
Position(s): SS/3B Opening Day Age: 20 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 5’11” Weight: 225 lbs.
Quick Report: Where Paredes will ultimately play is still up for debate, but the bat isn’t. He has a very strong build that should end up producing above average power while keeping a very smart, advanced approach at the plate. He put up good numbers in AA and the Mexican Winter League at just 19 years old this past season and could play his way to the big leagues this year. To do so, he will need to prove he can hit for power beyond just the pull side, but the strong arm and good hands make him a versatile defender that could have him seeing time at all infield positions.


Player: Daz Cameron
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: AAA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’2” Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: Like his dad Mike, Daz is a natural center fielder with good wheels and a solid bat. His bat improved this past season after really struggling early in his pro career, but the power is still rather limited. On the bases he is a real threat, where he easily stretches singles into doubles and moves first to third better than most, while showing good jumps that allow him to steal plenty of bags. Worst case, he is a plus defender in center and hits in the bottom of the lineup, best case the bat breaks through and he is a quality leadoff or two-hole hitter.


Player: Franklin Perez
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 197 lbs.
Quick Report: Based on pure stuff, Perez could easily be number two or three on this list, but the durability has become a real concern. He was out until June with a lat strain, put in almost 20 innings before being shut down again with shoulder trouble. The delivery is repeatable, so there is hope the arm concerns are just a one season thing, but two injuries in the same season is always worth taking not of. His fastball is generally a low-90s offering with some run, while his curve is a genuine plus pitch. He has good command of a dipping change and has started to work in a slider. Overall, Perez could become a number two or three starter and this year will be an important one in his development.


Player: Beau Burrows
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’2” Weight: 200 lbs.
Quick Report: A fastball first pitcher, Burrows has shown flashes of putting it all together, but still has plenty of work to become a complete pitcher. His curve can be a plus pitch at times that pairs well with a fastball that is heavier than the radar guns would suggest. His slider, change, and command are still below average and there is some thought he may end up a reliever thanks to the short arm delivery. If the change and/or slider become reliable, he could be a guy that works his way into a contributor in a big league rotation, although there is probably a higher likelihood he turns out to be a high leverage reliever.


Player: Alex Faedo
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 23 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’5” Weight: 230 lbs.
Quick Report: Another in the long line of quality pitchers out of the University of Florida currently in Minor League Baseball, Faedo did not make his pro debut until last season, where he struggled at times. He gave up 18 home runs in 121 innings, 15 of those coming in just 60 innings after being promoted to AA. Coming out of Florida he had a plus fastball and slider, although neither have been up to the standards he set in college. His fastball was in the low-90s rather than the mid-90s we saw in college, and the slider was more average than plus. He does have good command and a decent change, so there is still plenty of hope he becomes a quality starter. If he bounces back to his collegiate form, Faedo could rocket back towards the top of the Tigers’ prospect list, but there is always some concern after pitchers handle such a heavy workload in the CWS and proceed to struggle after.


Player: Jake Rogers
Position(s): C Opening Day Age: 23 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’1” Weight: 190 lbs.
Quick Report: If you haven’t heard me say it before I will provide some insight into my prospect kryptonite, I love me some defensive catchers. I truly believe a quality receiver with command of a pitching staff and ability to control the running game is something truly underrated in baseball, and Rogers fits that mold perfectly. The third piece of the Justin Verlander trade back in 2017 (the other two being Daz Cameron and Franklin Perez, both in the top half of this list), Rogers could have the biggest long-term impact. In order to do so, he will need to improve the contact rate as he strikes out far too often, although there is some real pop in the bat that could increase his value in a lineup. Either way, his defense alone is enough to make him a future timeshare catcher in the big leagues.


Player: Christin Stewart
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 25 2018 Highest Level: MLB
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’ Weight: 205 lbs.
Quick Report: Already making the Tigers sit up and take notice this Spring, Stewart is looking to lock down the opening day left field job. He can be a liability in the outfield and may primarily be a DH in the future, but he has plus raw power. Add to that a good eye at the plate that saw his OBP better than 100 points higher than his average last season, and you have a guy that can really impact the game at the plate. There is plenty of swing and miss in his game, so he will end up high on the three true outcomes lists, the amount of contact he can make long term will determine if he is a platoon bat or an impact bat.


Player: Parker Meadows
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 19 2018 Highest Level: Short A
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’5” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: The younger brother of Austin Meadows, Parker was the top pick of the second round a season ago. The carrying tool at the plate will be his raw power that could be enough to be a 25+ HR guy in the future, although the length in the swing leads to a lot of swing-and-miss. In the field, he can cover a lot of ground and will likely be able to stick in center. If he does have to eventually move to a corner, his plus arm is more than enough to make him an elite fielding right fielder and more than enough power at the plate to fit there as well.

Others of Note:

Willi Castro – SS – 21 – AAA
Kyle Funkhouser – RHP – 24 – AAA
Wenceel Perez – SS – 19 – Low A
Kody Clemens – 2B – 22 – High A