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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


New York Mets 2019 Preseason Top 10

New York Mets 2019 Preseason Top 10


Player: Pete Alonso
Position(s): 1B Opening Day Age: 24 2018 Highest Level: AAA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6;3” Weight: 245 lbs.
Quick Report: Alonso was tied with Ibandel Isabel (power only prospect in the Reds system) for the most home runs in the minor leagues. If we are being honest, he never should have had the chance to tie Isabel, as he should have been in Queens, but the Mets kept him at AAA and will likely do so to start the year again this season. That is a discussion for another time and place, what is not up for discussion is whether or not Alonso has immense power, that is a definitive yes. He has as much raw power as anyone in baseball, regularly putting on impressive shows in BP. There is some swing and miss in his bat, but he also showed a better eye at the plate in 2018 so there is optimism the approach will allow him to tap into his power in game even more. He is an adequate first baseman at best defensively, but with the type of impact the bat can make, getting him to simply be average could make him a star player.


Player: Andres Gimenez
Position(s): SS/2B Opening Day Age: 20 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 5’11” Weight: 160 lbs.
Quick Report: Gimenez is the polar opposite of Alonso, in that he is a small framed, contact first, defensive standout. He is a guy who has all the skills to stick at short, with good hands, quick feet, and plenty of arm to stay on the left side although Amed Rosario has him blocked so Gimenez has started seeing time at second. At the plate, he drifts out over his front foot quite a bit and takes a slap hitting approach quite often, allowing his plus speed take over. There are times he stays balanced better and has enough pop to put the ball into the gap for plenty of doubles and could flirt with double digit home runs as he fills out some.


Player: Ronny Mauricio
Position(s): SS Opening Day Age: 18 2018 Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 165 lbs.
Quick Report: The long and lanky teenage prospect turns 18 the day before minor league opening day, and there is a chance Mauricio is on a full season roster. He is a rare talent, showing surprising coordination for a player of his age and length, with good hands up the middle and plenty of arm, there is a real chance he stays at short even after he fills out. He never played in the Dominican Summer League, instead making his pro debut stateside at the age of 17, where he earned himself a promotion to the Appy league from complex ball at the end of the season. He has an advanced approach from both sides of the plate where he has a decent sized leg kick but gets the foot down early and is quick to get the bat to the zone. Mauricio is the type of guy who could hold down shortstop while hitting for both average and power, you know, the perfect kind of prospect.


Player: Mark Vientos
Position(s): 3B Opening Day Age: 19 2018 Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height:  6’4” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: A guy with immense raw power, Vientos profiles well as a corner bat. He played short and third in his pro debut but moved to third exclusively last season. There was some concern over his approach at the plate during the draft process which are quickly disappearing as he has taken to coaching really well since turning pro and now has an approach that have some suggesting the hit tool could be plus, not just the power. He will make his full season debut this spring and could quickly become a name that rockets up prospect lists come summer.


Player: Shervyen Newton
Position(s): SS/3B Opening Day Age: 19 2018 Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 6’4” Weight: 180 lbs.
Quick Report: Seeing an OBP over .400 is always refreshing, especially when it is from a teenage prospect skipping over the GCL to make his stateside debut in the Appy league. Newton isn’t just a good eye at the plate, he has a good approach and a quick bat that will allow him to continue putting up a solid average to go with the OBP. The power could be projected as plus thanks to the leverage he creates in the swing and the fact he has not even begun to fill out his frame. Unlike Mauricio, Newton looks like a long and lean athlete, with his coordination in the field still catching up to the length of his body, but he has shown good instincts and hands at times. If he loses a step and has to move to third, he has more than enough arm and the future power will project well there.


Player: David Peterson
Position(s): LHP Opening Day Age: 23 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’6” Weight:240 lbs.
Quick Report: It seems like just yesterday the Mets were the team with countless high upside arms in the system and very little in terms of position players on the horizon, now the top five are infielders and it isn’t until number six that an arm appears on their list. Unlike the prospects of Mets pitcher’s past, Peterson isn’t a heavy stuff, radar gun loving arm. Instead, he is a control first pitcher who uses his length to allow his fastball to play above the 88-91 it usually sits. He has a well above average slider and change to go with a curve that still needs refining. Just about all his pitchers sink, and beyond the typical sink you will get from the downhill plane of a 6’6” frame, as demonstrated by the fact he gave up just two home runs in 128 innings a season ago.


Player: Simeon Woods Richardson
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 18 2018 Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 210 lbs.
Quick Report: I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Mets challenge Woods Richardson this Spring and allow him to compete for a spot on a full season roster. His fastball has been inconsistent, sitting mid-90s and touching the upper 90s at times, while sitting high-80s to low-90s at others. He has a high 3/4 slot that allows him to get some downhill plane on the fastball, but it also allows him to really snap off the falling breaker that could turn into a plus pitch. He has flashed a quality change at times, although it is rather inconsistent. If the change comes along, he could become a mid-rotation arm, but the power in his delivery and potential to be just a two-pitch guy may mean he is destined to be a high leverage reliever.


Player: Thomas Szapucki
Position(s): LHP Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: DNP
Bats: Right Throws: Left Height: 6’2” Weight: 180 lbs.
Quick Report: Coming out of a low 3/4, bordering on side-arm slot with the fastball touching as high as 97 while really running arm side is always gonna be a tough pitcher to hit. Add to that a curve that is a viable plus pitch and a change that has flashed average to better and you have an impressive pitcher. Problem is, the Mets have rarely had him, as he missed parts of 2016 and 2017 due to injuries and all of 2018 to Tommy John. Add to that the fact he has trouble with his command, and you likely have yourself a potentially dominant reliever rather than an impact starter. 2019 will be big to see if Szapukci can come back healthy and show the improved feel for all three pitches he flashed before being shut down.


Player: Anthony Kay
Position(s): LHP Opening Day Age: 23 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’ Weight: 220 lbs.
Quick Report: Kay may have a better chance to land in a rotation than the two pitchers ahead of him on this list, but the stuff has been too inconsistent after he was overworked at UConn, leading to TJ before throwing his first pro pitch. He has a fastball that would touch the high-90s but has regularly topped out in the mid-90s since returning. He came out of college with one of the better changeups in college baseball, but that has taken a big step back to merely average while the curve has surpassed it as his best secondary offering. If the change returns, he could be a quality number three starter, but if it never quite comes back to its previous form, he is more of a swing man/spot starter.


Player: Franklyn Kilome
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 23 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’6” Weight: 175 lbs.
Quick Report: Likely out all season due to, you guessed it, Tommy John surgery, Kilome would be higher but he is still a stuff over pitchability guy who will turn 25 next season. His fastball can sit in the mid-90s that is heavy and has a curve that can absolutely fall off the table. The change has shown signs of becoming an average pitch, although it is still up in the air if it becomes a reliable offering. If he can develop that change and he spots his pitches just a bit better, he possesses the stuff to become a number two starter, but there is also a chance the Mets roll him out as a reliever in the big leagues depending on where they are in the rebuild when he is back and healthy.

Others of Note:

Desmond Lindsay – OF – 21 – High A
Adrian Hernandez – OF – 17 – Rookie
Will Toffey – 3B – 24 – AA
Francisco Alvarez – C – 16 – DNP