10 best prospects in the Minor League playoffs

September 5th, 2018

While the Minor League regular season officially came to a close on Monday, that doesn't mean every prospect has packed up and gone home. Some have received September callups and others get to play for a championship in the Minor League playoffs, which start in earnest on Wednesday.

Here are the top 10 prospects hoping to win a ring this month, plus 21 more of MLB Pipeline'sTop 100 prospects who are on playoff rosters:

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1. Forrest Whitley, RHP, Astros' No. 1/MLB No. 7

Corpus Christi Hooks (Double-A)

Whitley hasn't thrown since Aug. 19, and he dealt with oblique and lat issues since his return from a 50-game suspension. He's expected to pitch Game 3 of the series against San Antonio in the Texas League playoffs on Friday.

2. , OF, Astros' No. 2/MLB No. 8

Fresno Grizzlies (Triple-A)

Tucker's .332/.400/.590 line to go along with 27 homers, 102 RBIs and 20 steals goes down as one of the best seasons in the Minors this year, and he's been ridiculously hot of late, hitting .425/.511/.904 for Fresno over the past 30 days. He'll likely rejoin Houston once the playoff run is over.

3. Bo Bichette, SS/2B, Blue Jays' No. 2/MLB No. 9

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Double-A)

After a bit of a slow start, Bichette found his groove in the Eastern League, hitting .326/.383/.505 in the second half of the season. He ended up leading the league in total bases (244) while hitting 11 homers and stealing 32 bases.

4. Royce Lewis, SS, Twins' No. 1/MLB No. 10

Fort Myers Miracle (A Advanced)

After hitting .315/.368/.485 in the Midwest League, 2017's No. 1 pick got bumped up a level and understandably ran out of gas a little bit at season's end (.231/.291/.398 over the last 30 days). A first full season that ends with a .292/.352/.451 line, 14 homers, 28 steals and a promotion is nothing to sneeze at, though. He went 1-for-4 in a Game 1 win against Palm Beach on Tuesday.

5. Taylor Trammell, OF, Reds' No. 3/MLB No. 19

Daytona Tortugas (A Advanced)

The Futures Game MVP finished fourth in the Florida State League in OBP, tied for fourth in stolen bases and ninth in batting average. Daytona lost Game 1 of its series against Clearwater on Tuesday, but Trammell did his part, going 2-for-5 with a homer and a pair of RBIs.

6. Luis Robert, OF, White Sox No. 3/MLB No. 25

Winston-Salem Dash (A Advanced)

Robert only has 50 games under his belt this season, 32 of them with Winston-Salem. The power hasn't come yet, but he did show off his wheels with 15 total stolen bases. He's one of three top 100 guys on the Dash's playoff roster.

7. Keston Hiura, 2B, Brewers' No. 1/MLB No. 26

Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A)

The 2017 first-rounder hit .320/.382/.529 in 50 Carolina League games before earning a bump up to the Southern League. He's held his own at the level with a .272/.339/.416 line, and while he scuffled in August, Hiura might be heating up again after going 4-for-8 in final two regular-season games.

8. , LHP, Yankees' No. 1/MLB No. 27

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRaiders (Triple-A)

A long-term starter, the Yankees moved Sheffield into the bullpen, presumably to ready him to help out in New York. He's given up two runs in 7 1/3 innings in that role and hasn't allowed a hit or run in his past two appearances, finishing off the season by striking out four over 2 1/3 perfect frames.

9. Alex Kirilloff, OF, Twins' No. 2/MLB No. 30

Fort Myers Miracle (A Advanced)

Kirilloff led the Minors in total bases this year and actually hit better (.362/.393/.550) after his bump up to the FSL to allow him to finish with a .348/.392/.578 line to go along with 20 homers and 102 RBIs. He was swinging the bat well down the stretch (.343/.374/.537 past 30 days) and kept it going in Game 1 of the playoffs, going 2-for-4 with a homer in Fort Myers' 3-1 victory over Palm Beach

10. , OF, Rays' No. 1/MLB No. 31

Montgomery Biscuits (Double-A)

Sanchez hit very well in the FSL, hitting .301/.331/.462 with 10 homers in 90 games to earn a promotion to Double-A. He's struggled in the Southern League (.214/.300/.327) in 27 games, though he does carry a modest four-game hitting streak into Montgomery's series against Jackson.

Best of the rest

32. Nick Madrigal, 2B/SS, White Sox, Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv)

36. Triston McKenzie, RHP, Indians, Akron Rubber Ducks (AA)

37. Keibert Ruiz, C, Dodgers, Tulsa Drillers (AA)

40. Wander Franco, SS, Rays, Princeton Rays (R)

41. Yordan Alvarez, OF, Astros, Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

52. Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pirates, Altoona Curve (AA)

58. Julio Pablo Martinez, OF, Rangers, Spokane Indians (SS)

60. Michael Baez, RHP, Padres, San Antonio Missions (Double-A)

64. Matthew Liberatore, LHP, Rays, Princeton Rays (R)

65. Jarred Kelenic, OF, Mets, Kingston Mets (R)

67. Jon Duplantier, RHP, D-backs, Jackson Generals (AA)

69. Adonis Medina, RHP, Phillies, Clearwater Threshers (A Adv)

70. Will Smith, C/3B, Dodgers, Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA)

75. , RHP, Yankees, Trenton Thunder (AA)

77. Brusdar Graterol, RHP, Twins, Fort Myers Miracle (A Adv)

78. Dustin May, RHP, Dodgers, Tulsa Drillers (AA)

80. Kyle Lewis, OF, Mariners, Arkansas Travelers (AA)

85. Logan Allen, LHP, Padres, El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)

86. Blake Rutherford, OF, White Sox, Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv)

90. , SS/3B, Nationals, Potomac Nationals (A Adv)

93. Shane Baz, RHP, Rays, Princeton Rays (R)

98. Nolan Gorman, 3B, Cardinals, Peoria Chiefs (A)