MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects for 2018 were revealed live on MLB Network on Saturday night. As the prospects' names were released, so was a flurry of social media activity among the prospects themselves, with several taking to Twitter to express their pride at being on the list and admiration
MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects for 2018 were revealed live on MLB Network on Saturday night. As the prospects' names were released, so was a flurry of social media activity among the prospects themselves, with several taking to Twitter to express their pride at being on the list and admiration for their company in that group.
Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., ranked No. 8 and the Padres' No. 1 prospect, tweeted about the number of San Diego prospects among the Top 100, and with good reason: there are seven of them, including left-hander MacKenzie Gore (No. 19), infielder Luis Urias (No. 36) and right-handers Cal Quantrill (No. 40) and Michel Baez (No. 42). The club was ranked as the best-represented overall on the list according to Prospect Points as a result.
Right-hander Forrest Whitley, No. 9 overall and the Astros' No. 1 prospect, poked a little fun at himself with this gem:
He also admitted to checking on Blue Jays' No. 2 prospect and No. 14 overall prospect Bo Bichette's stats from time to time, noticing a trend:
Right-hander Mike Soroka, the Braves' No. 4 prospect and No. 31 overall, suggested this year's Top 100 List could be the most talented yet:
He also sent a shoutout to the No. 17 prospect on the list, outfielder Kyle Tucker (No. 1 prospect in the Astros' organization), who has had a lot of success against Soroka in the past:
Soroka's excitement was palpable, with another pair of tweets praising some of the best hitters in the Minors. The first anticipates a friendly competition between two sluggers also in Atlanta's system, Ronald Acuna (Braves' No. 1 prospect, No. 2 overall) and Austin Riley (Braves' No. 9, No. 97 overall). The other is about Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays' No. 1 prospect, No. 3 overall), son of recently elected Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero:
Admiration for Tatis came via the No. 43 prospect on the list, outfielder Taylor Trammell (Reds' No. 3 prospect), who recalled a hot shot Tatis hit in his direction:
Walker Buehler, the Dodgers' No. 1 prospect and No. 13 overall, sent some praise Urias' way:
Two-way prospect Brendan McKay, a first baseman and left-handed pitcher in the Rays organization (Tampa Bay's No. 3 prospect, No. 25 overall) expressed his pride in his Draft class:
Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.