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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

 

Cleveland Indians 2019 Preseason Top 10

Cleveland Indians 2019 Preseason Top 10

1)

Player: Triston McKenzie
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’5” Weight: 165 lbs.
Quick Report: McKenzie came out as one of the most projectable pitchers in his draft class, and has managed to only add a little weight over 3+ years. That said, he is going into is age 21 season with a full year of success at AA under his belt, and still considered projectable. He has a very high leg kick that too often sees pitchers struggle to repeat the delivery, but that isn’t the case here, as he has a fluid delivery and repeats it well. He has a fastball that can run into the mid-90s, a well above-average curve, and advanced feel for a change while showing the ability to spot them all.

2)

Player: Nolan Jones
Position(s): 3B Opening Day Age: 20 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’4” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: Jones has plenty of arm to stick at third and fields the position well. He has a good approach at the plate and has managed to put up a solid average and decent power numbers thus far. There are concerns with his hands in his swing as they are low and late to load. It will be really interesting to see how he handles more advanced pitching, but the natural ability to drive the ball to all fields with some power is still impressive.

3)

Player: George Valera
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 18 2018 Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 5’10” Weight: 160 lbs.
Quick Report: There are a ton of moving parts in Valera’s swing, but there is also a fluidity to the swing and good bat control that limits the concern of all the actions. He can find himself on his front foot and/or with his hands below the ball a bit much, but there is still plenty of growth ahead of him. Some feel he can stick in center long term, but I don’t see the body staying lean enough to stay there. I do feel he has the arm to play right but there is enough bat to be just fine if he eventually lands in left.

4)

Player: Luis Oviedo
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 19 2018 Highest Level: 170 lbs.
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’4” Weight: 170 lbs.
Quick Report: I was lucky enough to see Oviedo in his stateside debut season in the AZL in 2017 and he jumped out as a follow. Fast forward just one full season later and he is one of the top prospects in the Indians system. He is tall and listed at just 170 lbs. but I wouldn’t be surprised if the real number is 20+ lbs. more than that, and good lbs. at that. He has a low arm slot from a deceptive and repeatable delivery that helps him command four pitches. He has been up to 98 on the gun, with a power slider and good curve while also demonstrating some feel for change. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him at the top of the Indians list this time next year, but the fact he only has two full-season outings under his belt have prevented me from placing him any higher.

5)

Player: Bo Naylor
Position(s): C Opening Day Age: 19 2018 Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’ Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: The younger brother of possibly my favorite personality currently playing Minor League Baseball, seriously, Josh Naylor of the Padres is someone who you can’t help but laugh with when around him; Bo might have the brighter baseball future. His bat can play at any position with a contact first approach, but plenty of pop from the left side. He has a strong arm and excellent footwork behind the plate, but his receiving ability needs plenty of work and his pop times are really hurt due to his lack of accuracy. He has the athleticism to play any of the four corner positions, but will be given the opportunity to stick as a catcher, where he could become elite at the position.

6)

Player: Ethan Hankins
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 18 2018 Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’6” Weight: 200 lbs.
Quick Report: It seems every year there is a right handed prep pitcher who is given the label as the one who may be the first such prospect to go number one overall, two years ago that was Hankins. He wound up getting injured his senior year of high school and wasn’t even the Indians first pick of the draft, but he hasn’t let that slow him down. He has as big a fastball as anybody in the minors, regularly touching 98 with plenty of run. Unlike most power arms, his best secondary offering is his change that has shown the potential to be plus. He needs to find consistency with his curve and/or slider to be a viable long term starter, which is one of the reasons he is not higher on this list. If the breaking balls don’t come along, he cna be a dominant late inning reliever, but if they do he can rise to a front half of a rotation guy.

 

7)

Player: Brayan Rocchio
Position(s): SS Opening Day Age: 18 2018 Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 5’10” Weight: 150 lbs.
Quick Report: It was a bit of a surprise to see Rocchio land in the AZL while still a 17 year old last year, but he hit .343 and showed he belonged stateside already. His stance almost looks painful with such an awkward inward knee bend, but his balance and bat skills are excellent. He has plus speed and likes to run, although his reads need work. He is the best bet in this list to stick at short and a good Spring could see him making an aggressive full-season debut come April.

8)

Player: Sam Hentges
Position(s): LHP Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’6” Weight: 245 lbs.
Quick Report: A tall lefty, Hentges keeps his arm inn a high 3/4 slot to create good downhill plane on his fastball that can sit in the mid-90s. His best secondary offering is his change but a recently introduced cutter has some thinking it may be the future out pitch. He also has a solid change and has shown the ability to spot them all. He has a quick leg lift with some hard actions in the movement that make the delivery feel rushed, but it is actually well controlled behind that first quick twitch that also helps create a little deception despite the traditional arm action.

9)

Player: Yu Chang
Position(s): SS/3B Opening Day Age: 23 2018 Highest Level: AAA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’1” Weight: 180 lbs.
Quick Report: In 2014, the talk of the AZL was the guy who won the Triple Crown in the league that year, and a guy I wanted to fit in the top 10 but just couldn’t, Bobby Bradley. While he clearly had the best numbers, the player who made the biggest impact on me was one from Taiwan going by the name Yu-Cheng Chang. Chang is now knocking on the door of the big leagues after reaching AAA in 2018 and playing in the AFL each of the past two seasons. He has raw power to suggest he could be a 25+ HR guy in the big leagues, but he has a lot of swing and miss that will limit his average to around .250. Defensively he has very little that screams shortstop, yet he manages to field the position well thanks to soft hands and a quick release. His future is probably at third base (Francisco Lindor isn’t going anywhere) but he could has started to see time at second too.

10)

Player: Tyler Freeman
Position(s): SS/2B Opening Day Age: 19 2018 Highest Level: Short A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’ Weight: 170 lbs.
Quick Report: Some in the industry feel Freeman has as much upside as any in the Indians system, and that may be true, but I struggle to rank him high in the system given he still hasn’t made his full season debut and he is going into his third season with the organization. Hit bat-to-ball skills are genuinely impressive, getting the bat into the zone quickly with almost no wasted motion. He likely won’t hit for much power at any point, but could be a guy that racks up the doubles by driving the ball into the gaps. I feel he can stick at short but will never be an elite defender there. Given the fact Francisco Lindor is likely to stay in Cleveland a very long time, second base is his most likely path to playing time in the big leagues, several years from now.

Others of Note:

Bobby Bradley – 1B – 22 – AAA
Lenny Torres – RHP – 18 – Rookie