Now that the Minor League regular season and playoffs have concluded, we're making a few adjustments to MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list.
While Rays shortstop Wander Franco remains at No. 1, we've jumped a pair of position players to the Nos. 2 and 3 spots and anointed a new best pitching prospect in baseball. We've lightly reshuffled the first 15 prospects, moved eight others up and six others down, plus added three new guys to the list.
Other than replacing a couple of prospects who may lose their rookie/prospect status by exceeding 130 at-bats or 50 innings in the big leagues through the remainder of the season, these will be the last changes we make to the Top 100 until a total overhaul in January.
The Top 15
Four of our top five prospects remain the same, with Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux breaking into that group by jumping from No. 9 to No. 2 after becoming the first middle infielder age 21 or younger to post a 1.000 OPS in the upper levels of the Minors. White Sox outfielder Luis Robert (the MLB Pipeline Hitter of the Year) moves from No. 5 to No. 3, Padres left-hander MacKenzie Gore (the MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year) takes over as the game's top pitching prospect while going from No. 3 to No. 4 and Angels outfielder Jo Adell shifts from No. 4 to No. 5.
The only newcomer to the top 15 is Mariners outfielder Jarred Kelenic, who rises from No. 22 to No. 14 in the wake of hitting .291/.364/.540 with 23 homers and 20 steals in his first full season and reaching Double-A shortly after turning 20. Besides Kelenic and Lux, the only prospects in the top 15 who moved more than a couple of spots are Tigers right-hander Casey Mize (No. 2 to No. 7), Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers (No. 11 to No. 15) and Blue Jays right-hander Nate Pearson (No. 13 to No. 10). Kelenic's ascension bumped Twins outfielder Alex Kirilloff from No. 15 to No. 16.
Dylan Carlson, OF, Cardinals (No. 49 to No. 25): Though he was a first-round pick in 2016, his athleticism was underrated. He batted .292/.372/.542 with 26 homers and 20 steals this year, winning Double-A Texas League MVP honors before logging a 1.098 OPS in three weeks in Triple-A.
Julio Rodriguez, OF, Mariners (No. 51 to No. 26): Despite losing two months to a broken hand, he gave a glimpse of his massive offensive ceiling by hitting .326/.390/.540 with 12 homers in 84 games and putting up a .462/.514/.738 line in three weeks in high Class A -- at age 18.
Evan White, 1B, Mariners (No. 70 to No. 59): An elite defender at first base, he always has hit for average and is starting to add power, as evidenced by his .293/.350/.488 line with 18 homers in Double-A.
Kristian Robinson, OF, Diamondbacks (No. 88 to No. 72): Like Rodriguez, an 18-year-old outfielder with huge upside from the 2017 international class, he has a broader base of tools and batted .282/.368/.514 with 14 homers and 17 steals in 69 games between short-season ball and low Class A.
Tarik Skubal, LHP, Tigers (No. 96 to No. 75): With the Tommy John surgery that waylaid his college career at Seattle fully behind him, he ranked third in the Minors in strikeout rate (13.1 per nine innings) while reaching Double-A in his first full pro season. He showed the ability to miss bats with his mid-90s fastball and his breaking stuff while logging a 2.42 ERA, .196 opponent average with 179 strikeouts in 122 2/3 innings.
Josiah Gray, RHP, Dodgers (No. 98 to No. 76): Gray also jumped from college in 2018 to Double-A in 2019, using a riding fastball and sharp slider to go 11-2 with a 2.28 ERA, a .207 opponent average and 147 strikeouts in 130 innings.
Trevor Larnach, OF, Twins (No. 92 to No. 78): A 2018 first-rounder and College World Series hero, he has fit the right-field profile as advertised, batting .309/.384/.458 with 13 homers while climbing to Double-A in his first full pro season.
Luis Campusano, C, Padres (No. 100 to No. 87): The first catcher drafted (second round) in 2017, he has improved defensively and broke out at the plate this year, winning the high Class A California League MVP award and batting title while hitting .325/.396/.509 with 15 homers.
Jeter Downs, SS, Dodgers (unranked to No. 88): Acquired along with Gray in the Yasiel Puig trade with the Reds in December, he could have solid tools across the board and hit .276/.362/.526 with 24 homers and as many steals between high Class A and Double-A.
Spencer Howard, RHP, Phillies (unranked to No. 89): He missed two months with shoulder soreness but ran his fastball into the upper 90s and showed three effective secondary pitches when healthy, posing a 2.03 ERA, .173 opponent average and 94/16 K/BB ratio in 71 innings.
Bryson Stott, SS, Phillies (unranked to No. 90): The first of five college shortstops selected in 2019's first round (14th overall), he offers more offensive upside than most players at his position and batted .295/.391/.494 in his pro debut.
Nolan Gorman, 3B, Cardinals (No. 28 to No. 39): We still love his massive raw power but are tempering our enthusiasm slightly after he hit .248/.326/.439 with 15 homers between two Class A stops.
Jesus Sanchez, OF, Marlins (No. 39 to No. 52): He reached Triple-A at age 21 but the bat-first right fielder's stock has taken a mild hit after he batted .260/.325/.398 with 13 homers between that level and Double-A.
Triston McKenzie, RHP, Indians (No. 64 to No. 80): While he has quality stuff and advanced feel for pitching, his durability is a question after he missed the first two months of 2018 with forearm soreness and all of this year with back issues.
Estevan Florial, OF, Yankees (No. 63 to No. 83): His pure power, speed and arm remain well above-average tools, yet he's still raw at the plate (.237/.297/.383 in 74 high Class A games).
Luis Garcia, SS/2B, Nationals (No. 76 to No. 92): Spending the entire season in Double-A at age 19 is impressive; batting .257/.280/.337 with 11 steals while there leads to concerns about offensive impact.
Brice Turang, SS/2B, Brewers (No. 77 to No. 99): We pushed him up the list when he hit .287/.384/.376 in the pitcher-friendly low Class A Midwest League, and we're sliding him down after he batted .200/.338/.276 in the more benign high Class A Carolina League.
Adrian Morejon, LHP, Padres (No. 82 to unranked): He worked just 44 innings this year while dealing with a shoulder impingement and could be more of a reliever than a starter in the long run.
Adonis Medina, RHP, Phillies (No. 87 to unranked): He was young for Double-A at age 22 but his stuff and pitchability plateaued this year as he posted a 4.94 ERA with an 82/41 K/BB ratio in 105 2/3 innings.
Logan Allen, LHP, Indians (No. 93 to unranked): The 2018 Double-A Texas League pitcher of the year doesn't have overpowering stuff and struggled to adapt to the rocketballs used in Triple-A and the Majors, logging a 5.93 ERA with a 98/47 K/BB in 107 2/3 innings.
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