MLB: A Look at the Next Top Prospect in Baseball?
Within the next couple of weeks, there will most likely be a new Top 100 MLB Prospects List that will be released on MLB.com after the MLB Draft is over. As of right now, the Top 4 prospects on the list are third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays, shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres, outfielder Eloy Jimenez of the Chicago White Sox, and third baseman/second baseman/outfielder Nick Senzel of the Cincinnati Reds.
They are all currently playing in the majors right now and I don’t expect any of those players to be sent back down this season. With that being the case, which prospects could be ranked #1 in a couple of weeks?
The first player that comes to mind is shortstop Wander Franco. He is currently in the Tampa Bay Rays farm system and Franco is projected to reach the majors in 2021. He is only 18 years old. Wander Franco is a switch hitter and he is a very good fielder. Franco also has a very good eye at the plate and is a tremendous fielder. In Single-A with the Bowling Green Hot Rods, his batting is average is .291 with four home runs and 15 RBI’s, along with seven stolen bases in 36 games. Wander Franco’s on-base percentage is .379. He is currently the fifth-best prospect, according to MLB.com
The second player that comes to mind is right-handed pitcher Casey Mize. It is amazing how fast he has climbed the minor league rankings after just being the number one overall pick just a year ago by the Detroit Tigers. Mize has already reached Double-A with the Erie Seawolves. He is 22 years old. It says that Mize is projected to reach the majors in 2020, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him with the Detroit Tigers in September. Unless he is playing in the minor leagues for the postseason.
Casey Mize started the season with the Lakeland Flying Tigers in High-A. His record down on the farm so far this season is 5-0 with a 1.11 ERA. In 56.2 innings pitched, he has given up 25 hits and eight runs. Mize has walked six batters and has struck out 54. He throws his fastball in the high 90s. What makes him unique is a splitter that dips and a slider that fools batters. Casey Mize is currently the sixth-best prospect, according to MLB.com
The third player that comes to mind is shortstop Royce Lewis. He is currently in the Minnesota Twins farm system and Lewis has all of the tools to be a star at the next level. He was the number one overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft and many project Royce Lewis to reach the majors in 2020. However, he is only 19 years old and Minnesota has not rushed him. In fact, he is currently playing with the Fort Myers Miracle in High-A. In 40 games, his batting average is .236 with one home run and 11 RBI’s, along with eight stolen bases. Lewis’s on-base percentage is .311. He is currently the seventh-best prospect, according to MLB.com.
The fourth player that comes to mind is left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore. He is currently in the San Diego Padres farm system. Gore was the third overall pick in the 2017 draft. It is clear that San Diego is not in a rush with him. He is not projected to reach the major leagues until 2021. MacKenzie Gore is 20 years old. He is currently playing for the Lake Elsinore Storm in High-A. His record is 3-1 with a 1.07 ERA. In 42 innings pitched, Gore has given up 22 hits and five runs. He has walked eight batters and has struck out 58. MacKenzie Gore has four solid pitches on his arsenal.
He was a dominant pitcher at the high school level and he was impossible to hit against. That is what the Padres are hoping for in the near future. He is currently the eighth best prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com.
I think when the new rankings coming out, I think Casey Mize will be number one, MacKenzie Gore will be number two, Wander Franco will be three, and Royce Lewis will be four.
Who do you think is the top minor league prospect? Leave a comment below.
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