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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

 

Atlanta Braves 2019 Preseason Top 10

Atlanta Braves 2019 Preseason Top 10

1)

Player: Cristian Pache
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 20 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’2” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: Quite possibly the best defensive player at any position of the minors, Pache can be a high-quality contributor even if he had a terrible bat. He has enough pop in the bat to call it above average raw power, although the approach at the plate needs work if that is ever going to translate to game power. The swing is inconsistent, varying from no leg lift to a long leg lift, and the bat is short armed but direct at times, while others it is long and looping. A guy who could win the Gold Glove every year is worthy of being near the top of any prospect list, add to that the upside his bat holds and he could be a true star at the big league level

2)

Player: Austin Riley
Position(s): 3B Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: AAA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height:  6’3” Weight: 220 lbs.
Quick Report: Two years ago in the Arizona Fall League, Ronald Acuna won the MVP and secured his status as the top prospect in a loaded Braves organization and in all of baseball. What was scary for the rest of baseball that year was the guy playing third base and putting up impressive numbers in his own right was also a Braves farm hand, Austin Riley, launching 6 home runs in just 17 games. Riley was once thought to be a potential liability at third but has worked to improve his glove to become at least average, allowing his plus arm to play well. There is plenty of swing and miss in the bat, but he has plus power that could be 35+ home runs at the big league level in time. With the Braves bringing in Josh Donaldson this off-season, Riley has been getting some work at first his Spring to add positional flexibility in an attempt to find himself in Atlanta early this season.

3)

Player: Mike Soroka
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: MLB
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’5” Weight: 225 lbs.
Quick Report: After missing most of the start of 2018, Soroka quickly earned himself a promotion to Sun Trust where he showed well in just under 26 innings. He has a sinking fastball and sharp but slurvy breaking ball that both grade out above-average bordering on plus. He has really improved his change to be a viable third offering that also works above-average a good amount. His delivery is, well, odd. He is stiff before releasing the ball out of a low 3/4 slot but manages to pitch with good command and control despite this. He does not have ace upside, but his floor is higher than most, making him as close to a lock of a quality third starter as it gets.

4)

Player: Ian Anderson
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 20 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 170 lbs.
Quick Report: Coming out of the New York prep ranks, Anderson was a rare cold weather pitcher with real polish and good feel for off-speed stuff. Scouts raved about his plus curve, which may have taken a half a step back since turning pro, but he has developed a change that now works plus regularly. Add to that a fastball that regularly touches 96 with the ability to spot all three pitches, and you have a high quality pitching prospect who saw success at AA at the age of 20.

5)

Player: Touki Toussaint
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 20 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: Toussaint arrived in Atlanta in one of the stranger deals in recent memory, essentially dumping Shelby Miller to the Diamondbacks for Ender Inciarte, Toussaint, and eating Bronson Arroyo’s salary. He has as much raw stuff as anyone in baseball, but the consistency hasn’t been there. His fastball easily sits mid-90s, touching 97 a few times a game, with a plus curve that shows the flashes of being one of the better curveballs in the game. He has really improved his change, making it a viable third pitch that gives him the upside of being a frontline starter, although the command continues to be of some concern. If he improves the command, even at the cost of dialing back the stuff some, he can be a legitimate number one or two starter, but if the command doesn’t improve he may fall back into a reliever role, where he could be a dominant high leverage guy.

6)

Player: Kyle Wright
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 23 2018 Highest Level: MLB
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’4” Weight: 200 lbs.
Quick Report: Another in the long list of Vandy arms taken in the first round in recent years, Wright found himself in the big leagues just 14 months after being drafted. He can pump his plus fastball in sitting in the mid-90s and often touching 97-98 to go with a slider that is a true plus pitch when at its best, but it can be inconsistent. His curve is more reliable but isn’t necessarily as big an impact pitch while he has a solid change that has late run to it. He has suffered from walking too many batters at times, but the delivery is repeatable and the command should improve. He has a higher upside than Soroka does, but there is some risk of him becoming a heavy work load reliever in time which is why his sits behind Soroka an Anderson for me.

7)

Player: Drew Waters
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 20 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 6’2” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: Waters would be the top centerfield prospect in almost any organization outside of the Braves. He has plus speed and arm with solid instincts that should allow him to stay in center until he is on the same field as Pache. At the plate he has an advanced approach for a switch-hitter who found himself in High A as a teenager a season ago. He is better from the left side of the plate, possessing better bat control, but he makes plenty of contact and possesses plus raw power from both sides.

8)

Player: Bryse Wilson
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: MLB
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’1” Weight: 225 lbs.
Quick Report: A guy who has been overlooked at times as he came into pro ball with the least amount of fanfare as any of the other arms in the Braves top 10, he made it to the big leagues at age 20 last season and has the biggest fastball of the six on this list. He can run the heater up to 98 without losing the run and sink that makes it even heavier than the radar gun readings. He has a solid breaking ball, although it is slurvy and inconsistent in its shape, it is effective regardless. The change has improved every year to the point it is a solid average pitch and shows better at times. He shows no fear on the mound, attacking hitters with solid command which allows him to make all his pitches play above their raw grades. He is a future number three or four starter, although the great depth of arms the Braves currently have could make him a reliever in the short term.

9)

Player: William Contreras
Position(s): C Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’ Weight: 180 lbs.
Quick Report: The younger brother of Cubs backstop Wilson Contreras, William has all the tools of his older brother, but lacks the consistency. He can get a little lazy behind the plate at times, while showing the skills of an advanced receiver at others. The arm is plus allowing him to really control the running game. Without the ability to play the most demanding of positions, Contreras would be a quality prospect based purely on the bat. He has no leg kick, instead having a more rocking motion at the plate to generate movement. His bat has a power approach and plane despite the power currently being more raw than game, but the quickness of the bat allows him to his for a good amount of contact as well.

10)

Player: Luiz Gohara
Position(s): LHP Opening Day Age: 22 2018 Highest Level: MLB
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’3” Weight: 265 lbs.
Quick Report: Gohara has long been an odd prospect, possessing high quality stuff, but a rare elite prospect from Brazil has proven to come with some concerns. He has had real health problems and family trouble, which isn’t helped by the fact he is an entirely different hemisphere than his home. Regardless, he has a big fastball that can touch 98 from the left side and a plus slider to go with a change that is coming along. He is one of the wider bodies of any pitcher in baseball currently, but he has a surprising amount of athleticism and control in his delivery despite the size. He came into camp this season having lost a good amount of weight, but he was also cut from big league camp on Friday, heading back to AAA where he hopes to regain the stuff that once had many tabbing him as a frontline starter rather than a guy who is currently on the fringes of being an impactful big leaguer.

Others of Note:

Kyle Muller – LHP – 21 – AA
Joey Wentz – LHP – 21 – High A
Kolby Allard – LHP – 21 – MLB
Greyson Jenista – OF/1B – 22 – High A
Tristan Beck – RHP – 22 – Rookie