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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


Baltimore Orioles 2019 Preseason Top 10

I will be breaking down my top 10 for each organization, one organization a weekday until Minor League Baseball’s opening day.

Ryan McKenna in AFL. Courtesy: Aaron Whelan

The Orioles system got a real boost when they traded away Manny Machado, as the addition of Yusniel Diaz gives them a high quality top prospect. Had it not been for him at the top the Orioles would lack star power, but they do have so interesting pieces. Their outfield of the not-so-distant future all make my top 10, as does their future third baseman. They have interesting arms in the top 10 and just missing it, with some real upside, but don’t have the depth or top tier talent a rebuilding club would like to be able to tap into.


Player: Yusniel Diaz
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’ Weight: 200 lbs.
Quick Report: Diaz was the key piece in the Manny Machado deal this past Summer, and his upside is second to none in the Orioles system. He has shown enough range to play center, although his future is more likely in right where his arm is one of the best in the minors. His two home runs in last seasons Futures Game may have put him on the map, but he has been a highly though of prospect since he was 17 and hit .348 in Cuba. The batting average is likely to take a big dip as there are real holes in his swing, but the bat speed and natural strength give him plus raw power. He could find himself in Baltimore by the end of the season and should be a key piece in the middle of their order for many years to come.


Player: DL Hall
Position(s): LHP Opening Day Age: 20 2018 Highest Level: Low A
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’2” Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: Hall has shown himself to be quite coachable, improving his change from a massive question to a potential plus pitch moving forward. His fastball can easily touch the mid-90s from an effortless delivery and really runs thanks to his slightly below 3/4 arm slot. His curve has long been considered a future plus pitch although it can get a little slurvy at times. In the end, Hall doesn’t have the upside of an ace, but he has an incredibly high floor for a prep arm and will likely prove to be a steal as the 21st pick in the 2017 draft.


Player: Ryan Mountcastle
Position(s): 3B Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: Despite being an athletic infielder, the glove and arm still leave questions on where Mountcastle will end up defensively. He has good feet at third that could potentially allow him to stay there, but a future move to first or left may be in the cards. Regardless of where he lands, the bat will play. He has shown well in the AFL and he has put up consistent numbers in the minors. He has a busy load but gets his hands into position early and the swing itself is quick and direct that allows him to hit for power and average. He could very well do enough to earn a call-up this season, but for the sake of roster control expect his debut to be delayed to 2020.


Player: Grayson Rodriguez
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 19 2018 Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height:  6’5” Weight: 220 lbs.
Quick Report: Rodriguez struck out nearly three times the batters he walked in his brief debut in the GCL after being selected 11th overall last year. His fastball has been up to 97 but plays more in the mid-90s. He has a long arm path that does hide the ball well before getting to an inconsistent 3/4 slot. His fastball has good run to it, while he has shown a potential plus slider and a good feel for both a curve and change. He was a late riser in the draft, so there is still real rawness to his game, so there is plenty of boom or bust, but he does have the upside of a number two or three starter.


Player: Austin Hays
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 23 2018 Highest Level: MLB
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’1” Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: Orioles fans were hoping Hays would be on the Opening Day roster in 2018, not only was he not in the big leagues, he was back in AA, a level he hit .330 with 16 home runs in 64 games in 2017. His 2018 season did not go so well, hitting just .242 with 12 home runs in 66 games back at the level, but he did get 20 games in Baltimore at the end of the year. He has a quick bat that should allow the average to bounce back and is the reason he has demonstrated power. He can play right at a high level but can also hold down center, which he will need to do given Yusniel Diaz is the right fielder of the future in Baltimore.


Player: Ryan McKenna
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 5’11” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: The most range of the outfield trio that could be all be in Baltimore by the end of the year, McKenna is also the one with the fewest tools. He showed well in the AFL this Fall, where he had one of the best averages in baseball’s “finishing school”. He has plus bat speed that currently translates to a lot of gap power, although there is a chance it turns into average or better home run power in time. He can really get down the line, making him a potential leadoff hitter, with a floor of a quality fourth outfielder.


Player: Keegan Akin
Position(s): LHP Opening Day Age: 23 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height:  6’ Weight: 225 lbs.
Quick Report: A second round pick in 2016, Akin makes up for his lack of length with a very strong lower half that allows him to demonstrate good balance and extension. The ball is quite hard to pick up out of his hand and has some run, making his low-90s fastball play up. His slider is inconsistent but should be at least average, as is his change. He shows a lack of fear on the mound, attacking hitters on the inner half of the plate with regularity and success. He should see time in Baltimore this season, although his ceiling isn’t much more than a third starter, he also has a higher floor than his raw stuff would suggest.


Player: Dean Kremer
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 180 lbs.
Quick Report: Nobody in Minor League Baseball struck out more batters than Kremer last year, and that helped make him the clear second piece in the Manny Machado deal. He has a 3/4 arm action, although there is some bend in the arm making the ball come out more over the top. The fastball is low-to-mid 90s with some run while his best secondary offering is an above average curve breaking 12-6. His slider and change are fringe-average, and the change likely won’t improve beyond that, although his slider flashed potential, but is too often slurvy currently.


Player: Jean Carlos Encarnacion
Position(s): 3B Opening Day Age: 20 2018 Highest Level: Low-A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: Another mid-season acquisition, this time from the Braves, Encarnacion has plus raw power, although it has yet to show much in-game. The bat is long and inconsistent leading to far too many strikeouts, but it does allow for some lift. He will need to shorten up the swing to allow for better contact, which will ultimately result in better power numbers. He is currently a poor defensive third baseman but has too much athleticism and arm strength to make first base a good option. There is a chance he develops into a serviceable defender at third, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in right field sometime soon.


Player: Zac Lowther
Position(s): LHP Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’2” Weight: 235 lbs.
Quick Report: A very simple delivery with the ball coming out of a slightly low 3/4 arm slot allowing for some real run on his fastball and change. He has shown some flashes of the fastball having plus upside, although it is currently behind his change in terms of consistency. He had a K/9 of nearly 11 over two levels and a BB/9 just a touch over 2.5. He has command of all three pitches. His upside is limited due to the fact he doesn’t really have one standout pitch, but his command, movement, and deception could allow him to be a solid back of rotation arm in time.

Others of note:

Adam Hall – SS – 19 – Short Season A
Hunter Harvey – RHP – 24 – AA
Blaine Knight – RHP – 22 – Short Season A
Dillon Tate – RHP – 24 – AA
Cadyn Grenier – SS/2B – 22 – Low A
Luis Ortiz – RHP – 23 – MLB
Richie Martin – SS – 24 – AA