The sport of baseball is flooding with top tier talent. With such great talent in both the Major and Minor Leagues, the future of baseball appears to be at an all-time high. Here’s a list of the top 10 prospects in Major League Baseball.
10. Michael Kopech – RHP – Chicago White Sox
Scouting Grades: Fastball: 80 | Slider: 65 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 60
The 33rd overall pick of the 2014 draft, Michael Kopech’s huge arm has drawn comparisons to Noah Syndergaard. Kopech’s fastball sits at 96-99 mph and consistently touches triple digits. A plus slider in the upper 80’s gives Kopech a solid second option along with an above average changeup which lacks consistency. With some refinement in command, Kopech has the potential to be the ace of a Major League rotation.
9. Forrest Whitley – RHP – Houston Astros
Scouting Grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 65 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 60
The Houston Astros selected Forrest Whitley 17th overall in the 2016 MLB Draft. Whitley’s 6’7” frame offers plenty of room to put on size and strength along with potentially more velocity. The young right hander’s fastball already ranges from 92-97 mph on a steep downhill plane. Whitley also features three secondary pitches that are all well above average. Similar to many young pitchers, Forrest Whitley will need some refining in his command to help bring him to the front of a Major League rotation.
8. Kyle Tucker – OF – Houston Astros
Scouting Grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Run: 50 | Arm: 55 | Field: 45 | Overall: 60
After being selected 5th overall in the 2015 draft, Kyle Tucker has done nothing but hit. His ability to hit for both average and power makes Tucker an extremely impressive hitter at such a young age. Tucker’s power has improved every season in the minors and that should only continue as he matures and ascends to the Major Leagues. Kyle Tucker’s average speed and sold arm project him as a right fielder at the next level.
7. Bo Bichette – SS/2B – Toronto Blue Jays
Scouting Grades: Hit: 70 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 55 | Field: 45 | Overall: 60
A second round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016, Bo Bichette has excelled at the plate thus far in his short career. A .362 average in 2017 guided Bichette to take home the Midwest League MVP title. His elite bat speed and raw power have Bichette ranked as one of the top prospects in baseball. High expectations surround Bichette as many foresee him being a perennial all-star regularly competing for the batting title.
6. Brendan Rodgers – SS/2B – Colorado Rockies
Scouting Grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 60
The 3rd overall draft pick in 2015, Brendan Rodgers has lived up to expectations thus far in the minors. In 2017, Rodgers hit 18 home runs in 89 games and slashed .336/.373/.567 between high A and double A. A strong defender, Rodgers is a highly attractive option in the middle infield as he possesses a much higher ceiling at the plate than most at his position.
5. Victor Robles – OF – Washington Nationals
Scouting Grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 75 | Arm: 70 | Field: 70 | Overall: 65
Signed out of the Domincan Republic when he was only 16 years old, Victor Robles has turned into one of the top prospects in the game. A true 5 tool player, Robles regularly flashes his elite potential at both the plate and in the field. If Robles can mature and put his tools together, he has the talent to be Washington’s next franchise player and a potential MVP candidate.
4. Nick Senzel – 3B/2B – Cincinnati Reds
Scouting Grades: Hit: 70 | Power: 55 | Run: 55 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60 | Overall: 65
After attending the University of Tennessee, Nick Senzel was regarded as the most polished hitter of the 2016 draft where he was selected 2nd overall. Thus far in his career, he’s proved those predictions correct as he’s raked at every level. A torn tendon in his right index finger has pushed back his Major League debut to 2019. If he can come back from the injury without missing a beat, Senzel could be a Major League all-star for years to come.
3. Fernando Tatis, Jr. – SS – San Diego Padres
Scouting Grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 55 | Overall: 65
At only 19 years old, the already impressive hitting prospect Fernando Tatis, Jr’s has an extremely high ceiling to be an elite MLB hitter. Already possessing plus power, Tatis has room to fill into his frame and add additional power. If Tatis eventually adds strength and size, he may be forced out of shortstop and into a role at the hot corner. Nonetheless, Fernando Tatis, Jr’s elite hitting ability will play in the Major Leagues at any position.
2. Eloy Jimenez – OF – Chicago White Sox
Scouting Grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 70 | Run: 40 | Arm: 50 | Field: 45 | Overall: 65
Eloy Jimenez’s massive raw power has helped him draw comparisons to Giancarlo Stanton. Although Jimenez will most likely never be much of an asset in the field, his bat will carry him to the Major Leagues. He’ll likely be tucked away in left field if not fill a DH role and make a name for himself at the plate.
1. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. – 3B – Toronto Blue Jays
Scouting Grades: Hit: 80 | Power: 65 | Run: 45 | Arm: 55 | Field: 45 | Overall: 70
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. signed as the top international prospect for $3.9 million in 2015. Since then, he has by far been the most impressive hitting prospect in baseball. Through 56 games in Double-A in 2018, Guerrero is hitting .408 with 11 home runs. If he continues to mature and develop, Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. has the potential to be better than his father.