Toronto Blue Jays Top-25 Prospects
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been digging through each MLB team’s farm system to provide the top dynasty fantasy baseball prospects that should be on your radar. Today, we’ll break down the top-25 Toronto Blue Jays prospects.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Thank-you, good night!
While I could very easily just leave the intro with that, there’s more to this system than just Guerrero. A lot more. This was easily the most difficulty I’ve had so far in cutting down to a top-25 list and you can see that with how many names I have in the “others to monitor” section at the bottom. The Blue Jays have done one heck of a job in both the amateur draft and the international market over the last couple of years, stockpiling this system with plenty of offensive talent and a couple high-upside arms as well.
This system is one of the deepest and most talented in baseball and it all starts with the prospect champ. You all know who I’m referring to…
Overall System Grade: A
Minor League Affiliates
Triple-A: Buffalo – International League
Double-A: New Hampshire – Eastern League
Single-A (Advanced): Dunedin – Florida State League
Single-A (Full): Lansing – Midwest League
Short-season Single-A: Vancouver – Northwest League
Rookie: Bluefield – Appalachian League, one team each in the Gulf Coast League and Dominican Summer League
All other team top-25 prospect rankings can be found here.
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New Top-25 Toronto Blue Jays Prospects
1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Bats: R, DOB:
2018 Stats (RK/A+/AA/AAA): .381/.437/.636/1.073, 29 2B, 20 HR, 3 SB, 9.1 BB%, 9.3 K%, 357 AB
Only three steals? Man, this guy stinks. I mean, what else do you want me to say? At this point, everyone on the planet Earth and most of the aliens on Mars know about Guerrero’s greatness. Out of the thousands of prospects currently in the minor leagues, Vladdy is the only one with a 70-grade or better on both his hit tool and raw power. And saying Guerrero has a 70-grade hit tool is insulting. With no real weaknesses in his swing/approach, Guerrero has the only 80-grade hit tool in the minors in my opinion with a .300-.310 average likely being his floor. Not his ceiling, his floor.
Living about a two-hour drive away from Toronto’s Double-A affiliate in New Hampshire, I was able to get plenty of live looks at Vladdy last season. He didn’t go yard in any game I saw, but if my memory serves me correctly, he had two or more hits in every game. That’s what Guerrero does. He was hitting north of .400 for a big chunk of time last season before finishing with a still other-worldly .381 average at season’s end.
Being aggressive at the plate is basically half of the Guerrero DNA. But one of the many reasons Guerrero is great is that he’s aggressive at the right times and can work the count when needed. Add in top-notch bat speed, a picture-perfect swing, phenomenal contact skills, and massive raw power, and you have an MVP waiting to happen.
2. Bo Bichette, SS, Bats: R, DOB: 3/5/98, ETA 2019
2018 Stats (AA): .286/.343/.453/.796, 43 2B, 11 HR, 32 SB, 8.1 BB%, 17.0 K%, 539 AB
As I was prepping for this article, I realized that I have a ridiculous amount of footage of Bo Bichette. And for good reason. Son of former Major Leaguer, Dante Bichette, Bo possesses one of the highest ceilings of any minor league shortstop and is a borderline top-10 prospect in all of baseball.
The first thing you notice about Bichette is the lightning-quick bat speed. Whether he’s imploring his big leg kick or toning it down like above, Bichette’s quick wrists and strong hips generate plenty of bat speed with a clean and direct swing path through the zone. His hand-eye coordination and top-notch plate coverage allow him to use the whole field and give him a very high floor in the batting average department.
Outside of the contact skills, there’s a ton more to like. Bichette is able to generate some natural loft, and while that translated into more gap shots than homers in 2018, there’s the upside for around 20 or so homers here to go along with plenty of doubles into the gap. While he’s an above-average runner capable of 25 to 30-plus steals annually, that speed has translated more on the basepaths than in the field. Bichette has been able to make the necessary plays at short and has a decent enough throwing arm, but he might be better suited for second base long-term. Regardless of his defensive home, Bichette has the offensive upside to become an All-Star caliber middle infielder.
3. Kevin Smith, 3B/SS, Bats: R, DOB: 7/4/96, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A/A+): .302/.358/.528/.886, 31 2B, 25 HR, 29 SB, 7.0 BB%, 21.0 K%, 523 AB
If Bichette does slide over to second base, shortstop opens right up for Kevin Smith who has displayed solid range and an adequate throwing arm from both shortstop and third base. He’s just kinda blocked by some dude named Guerrero at the hot corner. But when you have the kind of offensive potential that Smith has, you find a spot for him to get his bat into the lineup.
Smith uses a balanced pre-pitch setup with a small bat waggle and hands neck high. Body is loose and fluid through the motions. Smith uses a moderate leg kick and rear leg load, hands coil back and then explode through the zone with plus bat speed and a clean swing path. Both the contact skills and raw power are above-average (hit) to plus (power), and with the loft to his swing, Smith should be able to continue to hit for both average and power as he displayed in 2018 and still projects for a little more power.
In addition to the skills at the plate, Smith also has above-average speed and good instincts on the bases that led to him being successful on 83% of his 35 attempts. This is a bonafide top-50 overall caliber prospect with considerable upside in all fantasy formats.
4. Nate Pearson, RHP, DOB: 8/20/96, ETA 2021
2018 Stats (A+): 1.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
So much potential, so little mound time. Pearson possesses legit ace upside, but has only been able to make nine starts spanning just 21.2 innings since being drafted in the 1st round back in 2017 due to a myriad of injuries. First there was a back injury, then a forearm fracture from a comebacker. On a positive note though, Pearson was able to get some work in during the Arizona Fall League this year and looked good despite the rough numbers. It was just great to see him back on a mound in game action again.
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Alright, enough about the injuries. Let’s get into what makes Pearson such an exciting pitching prospect. Simply put, heat and movement. Pearson routinely sits in the mid to upper-90s with plenty of life on his fastball and can not only hit triple-digits but blow past it and hit 102-103 on the radar gun. He’ll mix in three offspeed pitches with the slider easily being the best of the bunch with sharp two-plane break. It’s easily a plus offering. Both the curveball and changeup are less advanced, but Pearson has shown a decent feel for each, enough so to project them as at least average offerings in the future with the chance to be above-average.
Showing that he can maintain his command consistently will be a major determining factor on whether Pearson develops into a frontline starter. One thing is for sure, though. He definitely has the arsenal of an ace. This likely is the last time you can acquire Pearson for a reasonable price in dynasty leagues.
5. Danny Jansen, C, Bats: R, DOB: 4/15/95, ETA 2019 (Debuted in 2018)
2018 Stats (AAA): .275/.390/.473/.863, 23 2B, 12 HR, 5 SB, 12.2 BB%, 13.6 K%, 298 AB
2018 Stats (MLB): .247/.347/.432/.779, 6 2B, 3 HR, 0 SB, 9.5 BB%, 17.9 K%, 81 AB
When it comes to catching prospects, Danny Jansen often doesn’t get the recognition he deserves from the masses. It’s a damn shame too as Jansen is a rock-solid backstop capable of being one of the best all-around catchers in the game for the foreseeable future. The best thing about Jansen is his advanced plate approach and feel for hitting. In his 376 minor league games, Jansen had an 11.0% walk rate and 12.3% strikeout rate.
While his contact skills are average, Jansen’s strong walk rate should allow him to post strong OBP marks more often than not. He’s yet to display much game power, but with a clean swing that generates plenty of hard contact, Jansen still has some additional power projection. And don’t worry about him moving out from behind the plate any time soon. Jansen is a sound defensive catcher with a strong throwing arm and impressive pop times. While he’s not the flashiest guy around, Jansen is solid across the board and everything you could want in a long-term catcher.
6. Jordan Groshans, SS/3B, Bats: R, DOB: 11/10/99, ETA 2022
2018 Stats (RK): .296/.353/.446/.799, 13 2B, 5 HR, 0 SB, 7.2 BB%, 17.9 K%, 186 AB
With the left side of the infield seemingly set for the next 5-10 years in Toronto, they could’ve easily have taken a pitcher with their 12th overall pick this year, but the potential of Groshans was too much for them to pass up. As it stands now, Groshans possesses above-average contact skills, but the linear nature of his swing path is more geared for line drives than home runs. He remains balanced at the plate with phenomenal bat speed and can demolish premium velocity. With his contact skills and ability to cover the entire plate well, expect Groshans to continue hitting for a strong batting average.
Now, will his plus raw power ever translate into a lot of home runs? Right now he’s probably capped in the 15-20 homer range, but with some added loft, 25-30 dingers aren’t out of the question. Groshans split time in rookie ball between shortstop and third base, displaying adequate defense at both positions. He’s quick enough for both positions and can likely add double-digit steals to his offensive numbers, but with guys like Guerrero, Bichette, and Smith in the picture, it’s still up in the air where Groshans will end up long-term. Luckily, as Groshans was a 2018 prep bat draftee, the Blue Jays have plenty of time to figure that out.
7. Cavan Biggio, 2B/1B/3B, Bats: L, DOB: 4/11/95, ETA 2019
2018 Stats (AA): .252/.388/.499/.887, 23 2B, 26 HR, 20 SB, 17.8 BB%, 26.3 K%, 449 AB
Unlike his father who prioritized contact over power, Cavan Biggio’s approach and swing are geared for power and a high OBP. Biggio often will work the count deep, which has led to a ton of walks, but also a higher strikeout rate. He’s always had plus raw power, but it took an adjustment at the plate in 2018 for that raw power to show up more consistently in games. Biggio began hitting more fly balls to his pull side than he had in the lower minors and the result was easily a career-high 26 homers.
With his strength and slight uppercut swing path, Biggio should be able to continue hitting for power in Triple-A and the Majors. And while his contact skills will likely cap his average in the .250-.260 range, his strong walk rate will give him added value in OBP formats. Biggio got some outfield work in during the Arizona Fall League and could fit in well as a corner outfielder if this move carries over into 2019.
8. Orelvis Martinez, SS, Bats: R, DOB: 11/19/01, ETA 2023
2018 Stats: Did Not Play
Up until the Marlins signed Victor Victor Mesa, the highest bonus of the 2018 J2 period was the $3.51 million Toronto shelled out to land Orelvis Martinez. When you watch Martinez in the batter’s box, it’s easy to see why. For someone who just turned 17 back in November, Martinez already possesses easy plus raw power with exceptional bat speed and natural loft to his swing. The mechanics and swing path are fluid and direct with a high leg kick and strong hip rotation. Martinez already uses his lower half well in his swing and stands to add plenty of power to his frame over the next couple of years. While he’s not a burner, Martinez is fairly quick at short and has the skills to stay there long-term. That is if he doesn’t outgrow the position.
9. Eric Pardinho, RHP, DOB: 1/5/01, ETA 2023
2018 Stats (RK): 50.0 IP, 2.88 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, 11.5 K/9, .199 AVG
After signing for $1.4 million during the 2017 J2 period, Pardinho got assigned to the Appalachian League in 2018 and more than held his own as you can see above. Though a little shorter at 5’10/160, Pardinho already sits in the low to mid-90’s regularly and likely will add a tick or two once he fills out more. Offsetting the fastball is a plus hammer curve and serviceable changeup with some fade that has the potential to be a third above-average pitch for him. Pardinho already exhibits strong command over all three pitches and uses an easy delivery that he repeats fairly well. There’s legit No. 2 starter upside here. Get on board now in dynasty leagues.
10. Miguel Hiraldo, SS, Bats: R, DOB: 9/5/00, ETA 2022/2023
2018 Stats (RK): .300/.362/.435/.797, 22 2B, 2 HR, 18 SB, 8.6 BB%, 15.1 K%, 253 AB
The second of Toronto’s big 2017 J2 signings, Hiraldo got his professional start this season in the Dominican Summer League before getting bumped to the Gulf Coast League to end the season. He wasted no time displaying his strong contact skills and advanced plate approach for someone who spent the entire season as a 17-year-old. There’s still a lot of work to be done, of course, especially with his pull-happy tendencies that resulted in a pull rate well over 50% in 2018. If he can work on remaining more balanced at the dish, Hiraldo has a chance to hit for both power and speed down the road. And while he’s not overly quick, he’s shown the ability to steal a base when needed and has enough range at shortstop to remain their longterm.
11. Adam Kloffenstein, RHP, DOB: 8/25/00, ETA 2022
2018 Stats (RK): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
So nice they did it twice. After taking Jordan Groshans in the 1st round out of Magnolia High School in Texas, the Blue Jays took his teammate in the 3rd round. A big 6’5 right-hander, Kloffenstein has the chance to really shoot up prospect rankings with a solid first minor league season thanks to three above-average to plus pitches and solid command. Kloffenstein uses a short arm action out of a 3/4 arm slot and repeats his delivery well. The fastball sits in the low-90’s, topping out around 95-96 and can turn it over into an 89-91mph two-seamer with good sinking action. He’ll also mix in a curveball, slider with two-plane tilt, and a fading changeup. Both the slider and changeup flash plus upside. The upside here is an innings-eating #3 starter with the ceiling of a low-end #2.
12. Chavez Young, OF, Bats: S, DOB: 7/8/97, ETA 2021
2018 Stats (A): .285/.363/.445/.808, 33 2B, 9 3B, 8 HR, 44 SB, 10.9 BB%, 18.7 K%, 470 AB
Lost among the seasons of the elite in this system was a breakout campaign from Bahamian outfielder, Chavez Young. First and foremost, Young is an incredible athlete with easy plus speed, both on the bases and in center field, and has a strong throwing arm. As a switch hitter, Young has displayed a good feel for hitting from both sides, but is more advanced with a touch more power from the left side. The swing is clean with plus bat speed and enough loft for home run totals in the teens annually. With this type of all-around skillset, Young has the chance to blossom into a strong leadoff hitter with enticing fantasy potential. This is a name to grab now in dynasty while his price is still relatively low.
13. Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, DOB: 8/30/95, ETA 2019 (Debuted in 2018)
2018 Stats (AA/AAA): 129.2 IP, 3.26 WHIP, 1.18 WHIP, 3.5 BB/9, 10.4 K/9, .215 AVG
2018 Stats (MLB): 33.1 IP, 5.13 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 5.7 BB/9, 11.3 K/9, .244 AVG
When he’s at his best, Reid-Foley has four average to plus pitches with the upside to strikeout more than a batter per inning. His fastball sits in the low-90’s consistently and can get up into the 95-96 range at times with strong arm side run and he’s shown a good feel for all three offspeed offerings, though consistency is lacking there. That’s what has gotten Reid-Foley into trouble at times throughout his minor league career. He has the stuff to miss bats as a strong number three starter, but his command has a tendency to come and go.
14. Griffin Conine, OF, Bats: L, DOB: 7/11/97, ETA 2020/2021
2018 Stats (RK/A-): .243/.314/.430/.744, 15 2B, 7 HR, 5 SB, 8.4 BB%, 27.2 K%, 214 AB
Sandwiched in between the Magnolia boys was Griffin Conine, a power-hitting corner outfielder from Duke. A lefty-swinger, Conine has a swing build for fly balls and with his plus raw power and bat speed, give him 30-plus homer upside down the road. The problem has been making consistent contact and keeping the strikeouts in check, which translated over into the minors last season. If he can learn to be more selective and wait for pitches to drive, his power could really take off and help him develop into a solid starting corner outfielder.
15. Anthony Alford, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 7/20/94, ETA 2019 (Debuted in 2017)
2018 Stats (A+/AAA): .238/.314/.339/.654, 23 2B, 5 HR, 17 SB, 7.5 BB%, 27.1 K%, 395 AB
2018 Stats (MLB): 2/19, 1 SB
Despite his struggles over the last couple of seasons, it’s hard to quit Anthony Alford. Why? He’s a plus athlete with speed for days, that’s why. But outside of that, Alford has regressed in many areas. He no longer makes consistent contact and his plate discipline is trending in the wrong direction, both of which have limited the opportunity to utilize his plus-plus speed. I’m not closing the book here yet, but Alford needs to regain the contact skills he showed earlier in his career if he wants to become a Major-League regular.
16. Ryan Noda, 1B/OF, Bats: L, DOB: 3/30/96, ETA 2020/2021
2018 Stats (A): .256/.421/.484/.905, 24 2B, 20 HR, 14 SB, 20.7 BB%, 25.6 K%, 403 AB
One thing is for certain when it comes to Ryan Noda; the man knows how to work the count. Through his first 190 professional games, a whopping 20.9% of his 803 plate appearances have ended in a walk. When Noda isn’t taking long walks down to first base, he has easy plus raw power with a leveraged swing built for hard contact in the air. There are some swing and miss tendencies here and his contact skills will most likely limit his batting average, but there’s plenty of power and OBP upside here with a little speed mixed in for good measure.
17. Elvis Luciano, RHP, DOB: 2/15/00, ETA 2022
2018 Stats (RK): 67.0 IP, 3.90 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9, 9.4 K/9, .241 AVG
The Diamondbacks signed Luciano as a 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic in late-2016 and shipped him to the Royals (along with Gabe Speier) in June for Jon Jay. The Royals then left him unprotected in December’s Rule 5 draft for Toronto to swoop in and nab him. If Luciano reaches his full potential as a mid-rotation arm with high strikeout upside, that will turn out to be a great move for Toronto. Luciano features a mid-90’s fastball, fading changeup, and a curveball that flashes plus at times, but lacks consistency. All three pitches project to be above-average to plus pitches and Luciano has improved his command since coming stateside.
He’s more than held his own in rookie ball over the last two years and his strong arsenal began missing more bats in 2018. Since he was taken in the Major League phase of the Rule-5 draft, Luciano will either have to remain on the active roster all season or go through a very convoluted process to get sent to the minors.
18. Chad Spanberger, 1B, Bats: L, DOB: 11/1/95, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A/A+): .298/.355/.538/.893, 22 2B, 27 HR, 17 SB, 6.9 BB%, 20.6 K%, 463 AB
Acquired from the Rockies mid-season, Spanberger has done nothing but assault pitching in the low minors with 37 doubles and 46 homers in 183 games. Easy plus raw power is Spanberger’s calling card and his strong frame and leveraged swing should allow him to continue to hit for plenty of power as he climbs the ladder. The one question I have is how much average does he hit for and can he hit LH pitching enough to avoid being part of a platoon. If he can make enough contact, the power should provide plenty of value.
19. Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Bats: L, DOB: 3/16/95, ETA 2019 (Debuted in 2018)
2018 Stats (AAA): .270/.340/.425/.765, 22 2B, 13 HR, 7 SB, 9.0 BB%, 16.7 K%, 393 AB
2018 Stats (MLB): .314/.329/.614/.943, 9 2B, 4 HR, 0 SB, 2.7 BB%, 28.8 K%, 70 AB
Tellez is a player I’ve gone back and forth on a million times. He’s a slow runner and a fringe defender at best that is limited to 1st base or DH long-term. That lack of defense puts a ton of pressure on his bat to hit its full ceiling. As this ranking indicates, I’m not sure he ends up hitting enough to become a full-time 1B/DH type. There’s plus raw power here and Tellez has done well limiting his strikeouts, but the contact skills are average at best and his swing can get long at times. There’s some promise here, but it’s all going to be on his bat to get the job done.
20. David Paulino, RHP, DOB: 2/6/94, ETA 2019 (Debuted in 2016)
2018 Stats (RK/AAA): 27.0 IP, 4.67 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 2.0 BB/9, 11.0 K/9, .230 AVG
2018 Stats (MLB): 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Despite spending parts of three seasons in the Majors with Houston and Toronto, Paulino still slides in under the requirements to be considered a prospect by 7.1 innings. While he worked mostly as a starter in the minors, Paulino has split time between the rotation and the pen during his 16 Major League appearances. The Jays acquired him along with Hector Perez and Ken Giles in the mid-season Roberto Osuna deal and put him in their bullpen to end the season. Paulino has an intriguing four-pitch arsenal with three of them being above-average or better, but his injury concerns lead me to believe his future is as a reliever. If that is the case, his mid-90’s fastball, power slider, and split-change could be deadly in a late-inning role.
21. Hector Perez, RHP, DOB: 6/6/96, ETA 2019/2020
2018 Stats (A+/AA): 115.0 IP, 3.76 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 5.0 BB/9, 10.4 K/9, .196 AVG
Love the stuff, hate the command and control. When I took in a Hector Perez start in August along with my prospect buddy, Ralph Lifshitz, Perez flashed three above-average or better pitches, but was wildly inconsistent with locating them. Perez will sit in the low to mid-90’s consistently and get as high as 97-98 with arm side run on his fastball and mixes in a slider, curveball, and split-change. The slider and split-change are the best of the bunch with the curve being more of a get-me-over offering. But like I mentioned, his command of his arsenal and overall control need major work and will likely force him to the bullpen at some point.
22. Leonardo Jimenez, 2B/SS, Bats: R, DOB: 5/17/01, ETA 2023
2018 Stats (RK): .250/.333./.341/.674, 8 2B, 0 HR, 0 SB, 10.7 BB%, 11.3 K%, 132 AB
While he wasn’t considered a premier talent during the 2017 J2 period, there’s still a lot to like about Jimenez. He’s a plus defender with a strong throwing arm that has played both 2nd base and shortstop. His above-average speed hasn’t translated to the bases yet, but it’s been apparent in the field where he’s displayed exceptional range. His bat lags behind currently, but Jimenez has impressed with his advanced plate approach and feel for hitting for just a 17-year-old. He’ll never be much of a power hitter, but with his quick and clean swing from the right side, there’s hope that he’ll hit for enough average to keep his bat in the lineup regularly.
23. Cal Stevenson, OF, Bats: L, DOB: 9/12/96, ETA 2020/2021
2018 Stats (RK): .369/.511/.523/1.034, 15 2B, 6 3B, 2 HR, 21 SB, 22.9 BB%, 8.6 K%, 214 AB
Let me start by saying that rookie league numbers should always be taken with a grain of salt, especially when the hitter is a 21-year-old who played four years of college ball. But Stevenson isn’t here because of the stats you see above, no matter how impressive they are. No, Stevenson gets a nod in this top-25 because of his strong set of tools. He’s a solid athlete with plus speed and range in the outfield where he has played all three positions. He doesn’t exhibit much power, but has an advanced plate approach with above-average contact skills and hand-eye coordination. Reports have been glowing about him so far so it will be interesting to see if he can continue his success against more advanced pitching in 2019.
24. T.J. Zeuch, RHP, DOB: 8/1/95, ETA 2019/2020
2018 Stats (A+/AA): 156.1 IP, 3.17 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, 6.0 K/9, .255 AVG
A 1st round pick in 2016, Zeuch is a big 6’7 right-hander that is more floor than upside. He gets excellent extension in his delivery which coupled with his high 3/4 arm slot, gives him tremendous action on his sinker. He’ll usually sit in the 92-93 mph range with it and pound the bottom of the zone. The results have been groundball rates routinely above 55% in his minor league career. Outside of the sinker, Zeuch will mix in a big breaking curve and a serviceable changeup with some fade. He also has a slider which is inconsistent and seldom used. All of that gives Zeuch a solid floor as a #4 or #5 starter but his upside is limited due to the lower strikeout rate.
25. Ronny Brito, SS, Bats: R, DOB: 3/22/99, ETA 2022
2018 Stats (RK): .295/.359/.496/.855, 14 2B, 11 HR, 1 SB, 8.8 BB%, 29.8 K%, 234 AB
When Brito signed as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic back in 2015, he already projected to have three plus tools in his speed, throwing arm, and defense at short. Offensively he was quite raw, but has made strides at the plate and even showed a little pop this season for Ogden in the Pioneer Rookie League. If he continues to make strides at the plate, expect to see Brito’s name rise up these rankings next season
Others to Monitor
Santiago Espinal, SS – Last cut from the top-25 after he lost a steel cage match to newly-acwuired Ronny Brito. Espinal is a solid defender with a good feel for hitting and 20-plus SB speed.
Samad Taylor, 2B – Taylor has plus-plus speed and can work a walk (10.8 BB%), but I’m not sure he ever hits enough to become a Major League regular.
Dominic Abbadessa, OF – Strong defender in the outfield with plus speed and a good feel for hitting. Could shoot up these rankings this season.
Jonathan Davis, OF – Speedy outfielder that plays above-average defense, but more of a 4th outfielder than a regular.
Forrest Wall, OF – To the window, to the wall. Plus speed, but the rest of his tools are average or worse. Upside of a 4th outfielder.
Logan Warmoth, SS – Above-average speed, but little power and so-so contact skills. Likely a utility guy long-term.
Reese McGuire, C – McGuire’s defensive prowess will likely give him a long Major League career. I just don’t envision that being accompanied by a ton of offense.
Billy McKinney, OF – Has some intrigue due to his above-average raw power, but not enough contact skills to fully utilize it.
Trent Thornton, RHP – Funky delivery and a solid four-pitch arsenal. Has the upside of a back-end rotation arm.
Thomas Pannone, RHP – Fits the back-end started mold to a tee. Three-pitch mix with no plus pitches limiting his upside.
Down – Anthony Alford (OF)
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Eric Cross is the lead MLB/Fantasy Baseball writer and MiLB prospect analyst for FantraxHQ and has been with the site since March 2017. In the past, he wrote for FantasyPros and FanSided. He is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). For more from Eric, check out his author page and follow him on Twitter @EricCross04.
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