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Top prospects: Who's still up? Who got cut?

@_dadler and @GoldenSombrero
March 27, 2019

Many of the game’s top prospects had a chance to gain experience and show what they could do against Major League competition during Spring Training, but Opening Day is near, and teams are whittling down their rosters. Most of the prospects remaining in camp are either already assured of a

Many of the game’s top prospects had a chance to gain experience and show what they could do against Major League competition during Spring Training, but Opening Day is near, and teams are whittling down their rosters. Most of the prospects remaining in camp are either already assured of a roster spot or are in serious competition for one.

Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of the prospects who received an invite to Major League Spring Training, with an update on where they stand as teams finalize their rosters.

AL EAST

BLUE JAYS (Top 30 Prospects)
Locks
Danny Jansen, C (TOR No. 3, MLB No. 65) -- Already named the team’s Opening Day catcher, Jansen, 23, is an offense-oriented catcher with natural hitting ability and strong on-base skills. He hit .247 with three homers in the big leagues last year after slashing .275/.390/.473 with a career-best 12 homers in Triple-A. His defense lags behind his bat, though he does hold his own behind the plate.

Billy McKinney, OF (TOR No. 14) -- Another Blue Jays prospect with big league experience, McKinney appears poised to assume a platoon role, either in left or right field, and is a candidate to hit atop the order.

Contenders
Elvis Luciano, RHP (TOR No. 28) -- Luciano has struggled with his control in big league camp, permitting five walks and 11 hits en route to a 10.80 ERA in 6 2/3 innings, but he also has shown impressive stuff (eight strikeouts), and the Blue Jays have every incentive to break camp with the 19-year-old right-hander after taking him in December’s Rule 5 Draft.

Rowdy Tellez, 1B (TOR No. 21) -- His strong performance as a September callup has carried over into Spring Training, where he’s hit .295 with four home runs, but switch-hitters Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales are pegged for first-base and DH duties, respectively.

Reese McGuire, C (TOR No. 24) -- McGuire swung the bat well last season as a September callup, and he’s long stood out for his defensive abilities behind the plate. But as the Blue Jays’ No. 3 catcher on the depth chart, he’s probably headed to Triple-A, unless the club opts to carry all three backstops.

Long shots
Bo Bichette, SS (TOR No. 2, MLB No. 11) -- He won’t make the club, with an assignment to Triple-A very likely, but the 21-year-old has been Toronto’s best hitter this spring, producing a robust .417/.475/.833 line with four homers and three doubles in 17 games.

Sean Reid-Foley, RHP (TOR No. 9) -- Though likely to open the year at Triple-A Buffalo, Reid-Foley was impressive in the Majors at times late last season and could be the first starter recalled if he doesn’t break camp with Toronto.

Cavan Biggio, 2B/OF (TOR No. 10) -- Biggio has gone deep twice this spring while seeing playing of time at first base, second base and left field. That versatility will be key in getting him to the big leagues once deemed ready.

Anthony Alford, OF (TOR No. 11) -- Though he’s cooled off after a torrid start in big league camp, Alford has greatly resuscitated his prospect stock and overall outlook this spring and could soon emerge as a regular or at least a platoon option.

Trent Thornton, RHP (TOR No. 15) -- Acquired from Houston in November, Thornton has worked as a multi-inning reliever this spring, striking out nine batters over 9 1/3 innings across five appearances.

Sent down
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, (TOR No. 1, MLB No. 1); T.J. Zeuch, RHP (TOR No. 16); Hector Perez, RHP (TOR No. 17); Patrick Murphy, RHP (TOR No. 20); Yennsy Diaz, RHP (TOR No. 27)

ORIOLES (Top 30 Prospects)
Locks
Richie Martin, SS (BAL No. 15) -- The No. 1 pick in December’s Rule 5 Draft (out of the A’s system), Martin is the frontrunner to break camp as the O’s starting shortstop. Although he’ll be making the jump to the big leagues directly from Double-A in doing so, Martin’s solid floor -- a product of his plus defense, speed and improving feel -- makes his lack of Triple-A experience less concerning.

Contenders
Drew Jackson, 2B/SS (BAL No. 25) -- The Orioles’ other Rule 5 pick has also had a standout spring, hitting .368 with 14 hits in 20 games. With his plus-plus speed and the ability to play either middle-infield position, Jackson gives the club quality depth up the middle.

Sent down
Yusniel Diaz OF, (BAL No. 1, MLB No. 64); Ryan Mountcastle, 3B (BAL No. 2, MLB No. 71); Austin Hays, OF (BAL No. 4); Ryan McKenna, OF (BAL No. 7); Dean Kremer, RHP (BAL No. 9); D.J. Stewart, OF (BAL No. 16); Hunter Harvey, RHP (BAL No. 12); Dillon Tate, RHP (BAL No. 18); Luis Ortiz, RHP (BAL No. 19); Cody Carroll, RHP (BAL No. 21); Branden Kline, RHP (No. 22)

RAYS (Top 30 Prospects)
Contenders
Brandon Lowe, 2B/OF (TB No. 9) -- Lowe broke out last season to club 28 home runs, six of which he hit with the Rays. He’s added two more this spring (as well as six doubles), while producing a team-leading 13 RBIs, and the Rays have continued to increase his defensive versatility by working him in at first base, in addition to his usual reps between second base and left field. Tampa Bay’s roster is loaded with young talent, though, so there’s a chance Lowe could be on the wrong side of the 25-man roster crunch.

Sent down
Brent Honeywell, RHP (TB No. 2, MLB No. 28); Jesus Sanchez, OF (TB No. 4, MLB No. 39); Nate Lowe, 1B (TB No. 8); Lucius Fox, SS (TB No. 11); Nick Solak, 2B/OF (TB No. 13); Joe McCarthy, OF (TB No. 15); Colin Poche, LHP (TB No. 18); Ian Gibaut, RHP (TB No. 25)

RED SOX (Top 30 Prospects)
Contenders
Colten Brewer, RHP (BOS No. 23) -- Brewer, 26, is also in the mix for a bullpen spot. The club acquired him last November from the Padres, for whom he appeared in 11 games in 2018.

Sent down
Michael Chavis, 3B (BOS No. 1, MLB No. 79); Bobby Dalbec, 3B (BOS No. 3); Darwinzon Hernandez, LHP (BOS No. 4); C.J. Chatham, SS (BOS No. 9); Travis Lakins, RHP (BOS No. 17); Denyi Reyes, RHP (BOS No. 19); Josh Ockimey, 1B (BOS No. 25)

YANKEES (Top 30 Prospects)
Sent down
Estevan Florial, OF (NYY No. 1, MLB No. 57); Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP (NYY No. 2, MLB No. 66); Albert Abreu, RHP (NYY No. 3); Trevor Stephan, RHP (NYY No. 8); Michael King, RHP (NYY No. 12); Thairo Estrada, SS/2B (NYY No. 19); Chance Adams, RHP (NYY No. 20); Domingo Acevedo, RHP (NYY No. 23)

AL CENTRAL

INDIANS (Top 30 Prospects)
Sent down
Bobby Bradley, 1B (CLE No. 6); Sam Hentges, LHP (CLE No. 10); Yu Chang, SS/3B (CLE No. 11); Ernie Clement, SS (CLE No. 15); Oscar Mercado, OF (CLE No. 19); Daniel Johnson, OF (CLE No. 22); Eric Haase, C (CLE No. 29); Chih-Wei Hu, RHP

ROYALS (Top 30 Prospects)
Locks
Sam McWilliams, RHP (KC No. 24) -- McWilliams is a Rule 5 Draft pick, so he needs to be on the 25-man roster all season or be offered back to the Rays. The 6-foot-7 23-year-old, whose fastball has reached the high 90s as a starter, looks likely to lock down a spot in the Kansas City bullpen.

Sent down
MJ Melendez, C (KC No. 3); Nicky Lopez, SS/2B (KC No. 8); Kelvin Gutierrez, 3B (KC No. 14); Scott Blewett, RHP (KC No. 15); Richard Lovelady, LHP (KC No. 16); Josh Staumont, RHP (KC No. 21); Foster Griffin, LHP

TIGERS (Top 30 Prospects)
Locks
Christin Stewart, OF (DET No. 8) -- The 25-year-old slugger impressed in a September callup last year and is now set up to be Detroit's starting left fielder. Stewart should provide plenty of pop to the Tigers lineup -- Steamer is projecting him for 23 home runs in 2019.

Spencer Turnbull, RHP (DET No. 19) -- After finishing five scoreless innings on Monday in the Tigers' 9-1 win, the 26-year-old secured the No. 3 rotation spot.

Sent down
Casey Mize, RHP (DET No. 1, MLB No. 17); Franklin Perez, RHP (DET No. 3, MLB No. 78); Daz Cameron, OF (DET No. 5); Willi Castro, SS (DET No. 7); Kyle Funkhouser, RHP (DET No. 11); Jake Rogers, C (DET No. 13); Jake Robson, OF (DET No. 17); Dawel Lugo, 2B/3B (DET No. 18); Gregory Soto, LHP (DET No. 26); Sandy Baez, RHP (DET No. 27); Matt Hall, LHP (DET No. 28); Dustin Peterson, OF (DET No. 29)

TWINS (Top 30 Prospects)
Sent down
Royce Lewis, SS (MIN No. 1, MLB No. 5); Alex Kirilloff, OF (MIN No. 2, MLB No. 9); Brent Rooker, 1B/OF (MIN No. 6); Lewis Thorpe, LHP (MIN No. 8); Stephen Gonsalves, LHP (MIN No. 11); Luis Arraez, 2B/OF (MIN No. 17); Zack Littell, RHP (MIN No. 21); Ben Rortvedt, C (MIN No.24); Luke Raley, OF/1B (MIN No. 26); Kohl Stewart, RHP

WHITE SOX (Top 30 Prospects)
Locks
Eloy Jimenez, OF (CWS No. 1, MLB No. 3)
-- Jimenez was recalled on Tuesday from Triple-A Charlotte and placed on the Opening Day roster.

Contenders
Jose Ruiz, RHP (CWS No. 23) -- The 24-year-old, whose fastball can touch 99 mph, could be in the mix for a bullpen spot and has a 1.93 ERA and six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings over five Spring Training outings.

Ryan Burr, RHP (CWS No. 30) -- Burr made his big league debut in 2018 and made eight relief appearances, with a 7.45 ERA and six strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old's best pitch is a fastball that sits in the mid 90s and can reach 99 mph.

Injured
Ian Hamilton, RHP (CWS No. 14) -- Hamilton, who had a 4.50 ERA in 10 appearances in his first Major League action last season and was set to fill a bullpen spot, was placed on the 10-day injured list.

Sent down
Dylan Cease, RHP (CWS No. 3, MLB No. 21); Luis Robert, OF (CWS No. 4, MLB No. 40); Nick Madrigal, 2B (CWS No. 5, MLB No. 47); Luis Alexander Basabe, OF (CWS No. 7); Micker Adolfo, OF (CWS No. 8); Blake Rutherford, OF (CWS No. 9); Zack Collins, C (CWS No. 12); Jimmy Lambert, RHP (CWS No. 19); Seby Zavala, C (CWS No. 22); Zach Thompson, RHP (CWS No. 24); Jordan Stephens, RHP (CWS No. 29); Kodi Medeiros, LHP; Bernardo Flores, LHP

AL WEST

ANGELS (Top 30 Prospects)
Locks
Ty Buttrey, RHP (LAA No. 14) -- Buttrey enjoyed a strong debut with the Angels a year ago, posting a 3.31 ERA with four saves, 20 strikeouts and only five walks over 16 1/3 innings. He’s expected to be part of the bridge to new closer Cody Allen.

Contenders
Michael Hermosillo, OF (LAA No. 16) -- Hermosillo was the favorite to be the Angels’ fourth outfielder on Opening Day, but he is still recovering from offseason groin surgery and may open the season on the injured list.

Long shots
Matt Thaiss, 1B (LAA No. 8) -- Thaiss has recorded a 1.131 OPS during Spring Training, but he’s blocked by Albert Pujols and Justin Bour at first base and will likely be sent down.

Sent down
Jo Adell, OF (LAA No. 1, MLB No. 14); Griffin Canning, RHP (LAA No. 2, MLB No. 63); Brandon Marsh, OF (LAA No. 3); Jahmai Jones, 2B (LAA No. 4); Jose Suarez, LHP (LAA No. 5); Jesus Castillo, RHP (LAA No. 23); Jake Jewell, RHP (LAA No. 26); Brennon Lund, OF (LAA No. 28)

ASTROS (Top 30 Prospects)
Locks
Josh James, RHP (HOU No. 4, MLB No. 62) -- The hard-throwing James was part of the competition for a spot in the Astros’ rotation until he was slowed by a right quad strain early in Spring Training. However, he hasn’t suffered a setback and is on track to be part of Houston’s bullpen on Opening Day.

Contenders
Framber Valdez, LHP (HOU No. 11) -- Brad Peacock is the favorite to win the No. 5 starter job, but Valdez is still in the running. Even if Valdez doesn’t overtake Peacock in the final days of Spring Training, the Astros could carry him as a lefty reliever.

Long shots
Dean Deetz, RHP (HOU No. 20)
-- Deetz hasn’t appeared in a Spring Training game due to right shoulder soreness, likely eliminating any chance he had of making the club.

Sent down
Forrest Whitley, RHP (HOU No. 1, MLB No. 7); Kyle Tucker, OF (HOU No. 2, MLB No. 8); Yordan Alvarez, OF (HOU No. 3, MLB No. 44); Corbin Martin, RHP (HOU No. 5, MLB No. 81); J.B. Bukauskas, RHP (HOU No. 6, MLB No. 97); Cionel Perez, LHP (HOU No. 9); Ronnie Dawson, OF (HOU No. 13); Garrett Stubbs, C (HOU No. 14); Brandon Bielak, RHP (HOU No. 15); Myles Straw, OF (HOU No. 16); Abraham Toro, 3B (HOU No. 23); Rogelio Armenteros, RHP (HOU No. 24)

ATHLETICS (Top 30 Prospects)
Contenders
Jesus Luzardo, LHP (OAK No. 1, MLB No. 12) -- Luzardo has been one of Oakland’s most impressive hurlers this spring, posting a 0.93 ERA with 15 K’s in 9 2/3 innings. The 21-year-old, who is the top-ranked left-handed pitching prospect in baseball, remains in the competition for a big league rotation spot.

Long shots
Sean Murphy, C (OAK No. 3, MLB No. 45) -- Although Chris Herrmann underwent right knee surgery earlier this month and will miss Opening Day, it would be surprising to see Murphy make the club. The A’s seem set to go with Nick Hundley and Josh Phegley as their catching tandem to begin the year, as Murphy -- one of MLB’s top catching prospects, but he has played a mere three games above the Double-A level.

Sent down
A.J. Puk, LHP (OAK No. 2, MLB No. 42); James Kaprielian, RHP (OAK No. 6); Jorge Mateo, SS (OAK No. 8); Sheldon Neuse, 3B (OAK No. 9); Grant Holmes, RHP (OAK No. 12); Luis Barrera, OF (OAK No. 13); Parker Dunshee, RHP (OAK No. 18); Skye Bolt, OF (OAK No. 19)

MARINERS (Top 30 Prospects)
Locks
Matthew Festa, RHP (SEA No. 17) -- Although Festa fanned only four batters in 8 1/3 innings for Seattle last season, the right-hander has shown a knack for missing bats in the Minors, notching a K/9 mark over 12.0 in each of the past two years.

Gerson Bautista, RHP (SEA No. 27) -- Bautista, who was acquired from the Mets in the Robinson Cano-Edwin Diaz blockbuster in December, missed Seattle’s Opening Series in Japan, but will be included in the Mariners’ bullpen on March 28, the date of the team’s home opener.

Sent down
Justus Sheffield, LHP (SEA No. 1, MLB No. 43); Justin Dunn, RHP (SEA No. 3, MLB No. 91); Evan White, 1B (SEA No. 4); Kyle Lewis, OF (SEA No. 7); Erik Swanson, RHP (SEA No. 9); Braden Bishop, OF (SEA No. 11); Shed Long, 2B (SEA No. 12); Cal Raleigh, C (SEA No. 13); Jake Fraley, OF (SEA No. 14); Dom Thompson-Williams, OF (SEA No. 15); Ricardo Sanchez, LHP (SEA No. 26); Eric Filia, OF/1B (SEA No. 28)

RANGERS (Top 30 Prospects)
Contenders
Jose Trevino, C (TEX No. 25) -- If the Rangers aren’t comfortable with Isiah Kiner-Falefa as their lone backup catcher behind Jeff Mathis, the club could carry another backstop on the Opening Day roster; either Trevino or Jett Bandy would likely get the spot in that case.

Injured
Yohander Mendez, LHP (TEX No. 26) -- Mendez was expected to serve as rotation depth in Triple-A at the beginning of the season, but he was diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his left elbow and will miss the first half.

Scott Heineman, OF (TEX No. 27) -- Heineman underwent left shoulder surgery in December and was placed on the 60-day injured list March 3.

Sent down
Joe Palumbo, LHP (TEX No. 7); Jonathan Hernandez, RHP (TEX No. 8); Brock Burke, LHP (TEX No. 9); Taylor Hearn, LHP (TEX No. 11); C.D. Pelham, LHP (TEX No. 15)

NL EAST

BRAVES (Top 30 Prospects)
Contenders
Kyle Wright, RHP (ATL No. 2, MLB No. 30) -- With Mike Foltynewicz opening the season on the IL with an elbow injury, Wright, Atlanta’s first-round pick (No. 4 overall) from the 2017 Draft, looks like the leading candidate to begin the season as the team’s fifth starter. He’s done his part, too, posting a 3.00 ERA with 16/2 K/BB while making four three-inning starts.

Bryse Wilson, RHP (ATL No. 7, MLB No. 82) -- Though he’s behind Toussaint and Wright on the rotation depth chart, Wilson has remained in the mix by pitching to a 3.29 ERA over five appearances (four starts).

Chad Sobotka, RHP (ATL No. 21) -- Sobotka has struggled so far this spring, allowing multiple runs in three of his seven outings, but he’s still a candidate to crack the team’s Opening Day bullpen with his high-spin-rate fastball that sits in the upper 90s.

Long shots
Mike Soroka, RHP (ATL No. 1, MLB No. 24) -- Soroka’s first taste of the Majors last year at age 20 was interrupted by a season-ending shoulder injury that flared up again early this spring. While he hasn’t had any setbacks since then, the right-hander is expected to begin the season in the Minors as the Braves evaluate his recovery.

Cristian Pache, OF (ATL No. 4, MLB No. 37) -- The tooled-up 20-year-old has been the talk of Braves camp as he’s shown an uptick in power in what has been an altogether standout performance. Through 17 games, he’s produced a .444 average with two homers and five doubles, all while playing his usual elite defense in center field.

Austin Riley, 3B (ATL No. 5, MLB No. 38) -- The Braves already face a potential roster crunch on the infield, so all signs suggest Riley will open the season back in Triple-A. That said, the 21-year-old has had a solid big league camp, receiving regular playing time at the hot corner as well as some reps at first base.

Sent down
Ian Anderson, RHP (ATL No. 3, MLB No. 32); Touki Toussaint, RHP (ATL No. 6, MLB No. 50); Drew Waters, OF (ATL No. 8, MLB No. 86); William Contreras, C (ATL No. 9); Luiz Gohara, LHP (ATL No. 10); Kolby Allard, LHP (ATL No. 11); Joey Wentz, LHP (ATL No. 12); Kyle Muller, LHP (ATL No. 13); Huascar Ynoa, RHP (ATL No. 14); Greyson Jenista, OF (ATL No. 15); Patrick Weigel, RHP (ATL No. 19); Jacob Webb, RHP (ATL No. 26); Alex Jackson, C (ATL No. 28)

MARLINS (Top 30 Prospects)
Locks
Riley Ferrell, RHP (MIA No. 20) -- Plucked from Houston’s system in December via the Rule 5 Draft, Ferrell appears to have cemented his spot in the club’s Opening Day bullpen. Behind a plus fastball-slider combo, the 6-foot-2 right-hander has compiled a 1.50 ERA while fanning nine batters in six innings (six appearances) so far this spring.

Contenders
Sandy Alcantara, RHP (MIA No. 5) -- In competition for one of four seemingly open spots in Miami’s Opening Day rotation, the flame-throwing Alcantara has made a strong case this spring. Logging 15 1/3 innings over five starts, he’s racked up 21 strikeouts, albeit with ongoing control issues that have resulted in 11 walks.

Austin Dean, OF (MIA No. 27) -- Dean raked at two Minor League levels last season to earn a September callup to the big leagues, where he connected on four homers in 34 games. He projects to open the season on Miami’s bench, giving the club depth at both corner-outfield positions.

Long shots
Nick Neidert, RHP (MIA No. 4) -- Though he’s made a strong impression this spring in big league camp, both during games and in bullpen sessions, Neidert is likely ticketed for Triple-A to open the season. That said, he could be among the first, if not the first hurler to get the call when a spot in the rotation opens up.

Robert Dugger, RHP (MIA No. 23) -- After finishing second to Niedert in the organization in wins (10) and strikeouts (141) last year, Dugger has made two appearances for the Marlins this spring in big league camp. The 23-year-old righty is expected to open the season in Triple-A.

Sent down
Monte Harrison, OF (MIA No. 3); Isan Diaz, 2B (MIA No. 7); Jorge Guzman, RHP (MIA No. 10); Jordan Holloway, RHP (MIA No. 14); Jordan Yamamoto, RHP (MIA No. 18); Zac Gallen, RHP (No. 19); Jeff Brigham, RHP (MIA No. 26); Jose Quijada, LHP (MIA No. 28)

METS (Top 30 Prospects)

Locks
Pete Alonso, 1B (NYM No. 1, MLB No. 51) -- Alonso, who slashed .352/.387/.620 with four homers in Spring Training, will make the Opening Day roster, Anthony DiComo reported on Wednesday.

Contenders
Tomas Nido, C (NYM 18)
-- Nido’s chances of breaking camp hinge on whether the Mets decide to carry three catchers on their roster. If that’s the case, it will be based on the merits of Nido’s defense, as he’s struggled offensively in the big leagues and owns a sub-.200 average this spring.

Sent down
Andres Gimenez, SS (NYM No. 2, MLB No. 58); David Peterson, LHP (NYM No. 6); Anthony Kay, LHP (NYM No. 8); Franklyn Kilome, RHP (NYM No. 10); Gavin Cecchini, 2B/SS (NYM No. 20); Ryder Ryan, RHP (NYM No. 23); Stephen Villines, RHP (NYM No. 24); Eric Hanhold, RHP (NYM No. 25); Patrick Mazeika, C (NYM No. 29); Ali Sanchez, C (NYM No. 30)

NATIONALS (Top 30 Prospects)
Locks
Victor Robles, OF (WAS No. 1, MLB No. 4) -- In the wake of Michael A. Taylor’s knee injury, Robles is now a lock to open 2019 as the Nationals’ everyday center fielder -- a role he might have assumed last year if not for a hyperextended left elbow that cost him more than three months of the season. The speedster has left little doubt regarding his abilities this spring, hitting .333/.449/.513 with two homers, six steals and more walks (eight) than strikeouts (seven).

Long shots
Carter Kieboom, SS/2B (WAS No. 2, MLB No. 25) -- Kieboom has never played above Double-A, so making the Nats’ Opening Day roster is unrealistic, but the 21-year-old has been impressive in big league camp, where he’s hit .290 with three homers -- two off of Justin Verlander in the same game -- and three doubles in 19 games.

Tanner Rainey, RHP (WAS No. 19) -- Acquired from Cincinnati during the offseason, the right-hander has swing-and-miss stuff, with a fastball that touches 100 mph and a wipeout slider, but he struggles to throw strikes and generally lacks consistency. He’s been hit hard so far this spring but remains in the mix for a bullpen spot.

Kyle McGowin, RHP (WAS No. 30) -- McGowin got back on track in the Minors last season en route to a September debut with the Nationals. He’s struggled with his control out of the bullpen in big league camp by issuing five walks in 6 1/3 innings, but with his feel for mixing pitches, the right-hander gives the Nats solid depth either as a starter or reliever.

Sent down
Luis Garcia, INF (WAS No. 3, MLB No. 75); Wil Crowe, RHP (WAS No. 5); James Bourque, RHP (WAS No. 18); Raudy Read, C (WAS No. 20); Tres Barrera, C (WAS No. 21)

PHILLIES (Top 30 Prospects)
Sent down
Adonis Medina, RHP (PHI No. 2, MLB No. 77); Adam Haseley, OF (PHI No. 3); Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (PHI No. 6); JoJo Romero, LHP (PHI No. 7); Mickey Moniak, OF (PHI No. 9); Ranger Suarez, LHP (PHI No. 10); Arquimedes Gamboa, SS (PHI No. 13); Cole Irvin, LHP (PHI No. 16); Edgar Garcia, RHP (PHI No. 28)

NL CENTRAL

BREWERS (Top 30 Prospects)
Long shots
Keston Hiura, 2B (MIL No. 1, MLB No. 20) -- Hiura hasn't played above Double-A yet, but the 22-year-old top prospect has been impressive in the Minors -- he hit .293/.357/.464 with 13 home runs and 15 stolen bases last season -- and in Spring Training, with three home runs and a .921 OPS in 40 plate appearances.

Corey Ray, OF (MIL No. 2) -- The 24-year-old former fifth overall pick is a big power-speed threat -- he hit 27 home runs and stole 37 bases at Double-A last season. He has a pair of homers and is slugging .500 in 44 Spring Training plate appearances, but a Triple-A start seems likely.

Lucas Erceg, 3B (MIL No. 8) -- Erceg has a great arm at the hot corner and good raw power from the left side (13 homers at Double-A in 2018). The 23-year-old, who will likely go to Triple-A, has hit two home runs with a .516 slugging percentage in 32 plate appearances this spring.

Sent down
Mauricio Dubon, SS/2B (MIL No. 5); Zack Brown, RHP (MIL No. 6); Payton Henry, C (MIL No. 10); Trey Supak, RHP (MIL No. 11); Troy Stokes Jr., OF (MIL No. 13); Adrian Houser, RHP (MIL No. 15); Jacob Nottingham, C/1B (MIL No. 16); Marcos Diplan, RHP (MIL No. 17); Tyrone Taylor, OF (MIL No. 29)

CARDINALS (Top 30 Prospects)
Locks
Alex Reyes, RHP (STL No. 1, MLB No. 33) -- Reyes' long-awaited return could come as a member of the Cards' Opening Day bullpen; otherwise, the flamethrowing 24-year-old will go to Triple-A to build up his arm strength as a starter. No matter where he goes, Cardinals fans can't wait to see his electric stuff on a big league mound again.

Dakota Hudson, RHP (STL No. 4) -- Hudson, who had a 2.63 ERA in 26 relief appearances as a rookie last season, is the frontrunner to be the No. 5 starter in the Cards' 2019 season-opening rotation. The 24-year-old has had a terrific spring, with a 1.72 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings.

Sent down
Andrew Knizner, C (STL No. 3); Dylan Carlson, OF (STL No. 8); Lane Thomas, OF (STL No. 9); Genesis Cabrera, LHP (STL No. 10); Ryan Helsley, RHP (STL No. 11); Edmundo Sosa, SS/2B/3B (STL No. 12); Randy Arozarena, OF (STL No. 16); Daniel Ponce de Leon, RHP (STL No. 17); Connor Jones, RHP (STL No. 18); Jake Woodford, RHP (STL No. 26); Ramon Urias, INF (STL No. 27); Max Schrock, 2B (STL No. 28); Seth Elledge, RHP (STL No. 30); Giovanny Gallegos, RHP

CUBS (Top 30 Prospects)
Contenders
Dillon Maples, RHP -- Maples could make the Cubs' Opening Day bullpen with injuries to relievers Brandon Morrow, Xavier Cedeno, Pedro Strop and Tony Barnette. The 26-year-old right-hander's stuff makes him an intriguing option -- he has 20 strikeouts in 10 2/3 Major League innings from 2017-18 -- but he's had command issues, with 11 walks and a 10.97 ERA.

Sent down
Adbert Alzolay, RHP (CHC No. 4); Justin Steele, LHP (CHC No. 8); Zack Short, SS (CHC No. 11); Trent Giambrone, 2B/SS (CHC No. 20); Oscar De La Cruz, RHP (CHC No. 22); Dakota Mekkes, RHP (CHC No. 24); Duane Underwood Jr., RHP (CHC No. 25); James Norwood, RHP; Mark Zagunis, OF

PIRATES (Top 30 Prospects)
Contenders
Kevin Newman, 2B/SS (PIT No. 9) -- Newman lost the competition for the starting shortstop job to Erik Gonzalez, but the rookie still has a chance to make the team as a reserve middle infielder. The 25-year-old, who made a 31-game big league debut in 2018, is hitting .242 with a home run in 33 at-bats this Spring Training.

Nick Burdi, RHP (PIT No. 24) -- Burdi is competing for an Opening Day bullpen spot after a two-game MLB stint last September following his recovery from Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old has had an encouraging spring, with a 2.16 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings over seven relief outings.

Long shots
Clay Holmes, RHP (PIT No. 23) -- Holmes, who had a 6.84 ERA in 11 big league outings (four starts) last year, is likely to go to Triple-A to start 2019. The 25-year-old has a 4.00 ERA and nine strikeouts in six outings (two starts) this spring.

Sent down
Mitch Keller, RHP (PIT No. 1, MLB No. 19); Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B (PIT No. 2, MLB No. 46); Cole Tucker, SS (PIT No. 5); Kevin Kramer, 2B (PIT No. 6); Bryan Reynolds, OF (PIT No. 8); Luis Escobar, RHP (PIT No. 10); Jason Martin, OF (PIT No. 11); Will Craig, 1B (PIT No. 15); Brandon Waddell, LHP; Dario Agrazal, RHP

REDS (Top 30 Prospects)
Sent down
Nick Senzel, 3B/2B/OF (CIN No. 1, MLB No. 6); Taylor Trammell, OF (CIN No. 2, MLB No. 16); Tony Santillan, RHP (CIN No. 5); Tyler Stephenson, C (CIN No. 6); Vladimir Gutierrez, RHP (CIN No. 8); Jose Siri, OF (CIN No. 10); TJ Friedl, OF (CIN No. 13); Keury Mella, RHP (CIN No. 17); Jimmy Herget, RHP (CIN No. 18); Alfredo Rodriguez, SS (CIN No. 29); Chris Okey, C (CIN No. 30)

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D-BACKS (Top 30 Prospects)
Contenders
Yoan Lopez, RHP (ARI No. 14) -- After pitching in Cuba and signing with the D-backs for more than $8 million in 2015, Lopez struggled initially and nearly retired. But a move to the bullpen in 2017 has worked wonders, and the right-hander could be a big part of Arizona’s relief corps in 2019.

Sent down
Jazz Chisholm, SS (ARI No. 1, MLB No. 60); Jon Duplantier, RHP (ARI No. 2; MLB No. 73); Taylor Widener, RHP (ARI No. 3; MLB No. 83); Daulton Varsho, C (ARI No. 4); Taylor Clarke, RHP (ARI No. 10); Andy Young, 2B (ARI No. 11); Emilio Vargas, RHP (ARI No. 16); Domingo Leyba, 2B/SS (ARI No. 26)

DODGERS (Top 30 Prospects)
Contenders
Alex Verdugo, OF (LAD No. 1, MLB No. 35) -- The Dodgers’ outfield depth has prevented the well-rounded youngster from earning a permanent home in the Majors in recent years. Although Los Angeles still has a deep group of outfielders, even after trading Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp in December, Verdugo could nonetheless land a spot on the Opening Day roster.

Long shots
Dustin May, RHP (LAD No. 3, MLB No. 69) -- May, who appeared on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospects list for the first time in 2019, could contribute for the Dodgers at some point this season, but he is expected to begin the year in the Minors.

Sent down
Keibert Ruiz, C (LAD No. 2, MLB No. 36); Gavin Lux, 2B/SS (LAD No. 4, MLB No. 70); Tony Gonsolin, RHP (LAD No. 5); Will Smith, C/3B (LAD No. 6); Dennis Santana, RHP (LAD No. 7); Mitchell White, RHP (LAD No. 9); DJ Peters, OF (LAD No. 11); Edwin Rios, 3B/1B/OF (LAD No. 13); Yadier Alvarez, RHP (LAD No. 17); Omar Estevez, SS/2B (LAD No. 20); Matt Beaty, 1B/3B (LAD No. 30)

GIANTS (Top 30 Prospects)
Contenders
Travis Bergen, LHP (SF No. 30)
-- Selected in the 2018 Rule 5 Draft, Bergen is projected to claim one of the final spots in the Giants’ bullpen. The southpaw has a spotless ERA in seven innings this spring.

Sent down
Joey Bart, C (SF No. 1, MLB No. 22); Shaun Anderson, RHP (SF No. 4); Logan Webb, RHP (SF No. 5); Chris Shaw, OF (SF No. 11); Ray Black (SF No. 14); Melvin Adon, RHP (SF No. 15); Abiatal Avelino, SS/2B (SF No. 17); Garrett Williams, LHP (SF No. 21); Aramis Garcia, C (SF No. 22); Tyler Beede, RHP (SF No. 24); Ryan Howard, SS/2B (SF No. 28)

PADRES (Top 30 Prospects)
Locks
Fernando Tatis Jr., SS (SD No. 1, MLB No. 2)
-- Sources confirmed Tuesday that Tatis Jr. will be on the club's Opening Day roster. Tatis will be the youngest player since Adrian Beltre in 1999 -- the year Tatis was born -- to play on Opening Day. Tatis will also be the youngest player in Padres history to play on Opening Day.

Luis Urias, INF (SD No. 3, MLB No. 23) -- One of a record 10 Padres prospects on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 list, Urias is expected to begin this season as San Diego’s starting shortstop, next to the newly signed Manny Machado. Urias, a 21-year-old whose approach, plate discipline and pitch recognition are all well regarded, will likely move over to second base once top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. is ready.

Francisco Mejia, C (SD No. 4, MLB No. 26) -- Manager Andy Green confirmed Tuesday Tuesday that Mejia will be included on the Opening Day roster and split time with Austin Hedges to begin the season. Mejia still has strides to make on defense, but his bat is MLB ready, as evidenced by an OPS north of 1.100 this spring.

Chris Paddack, RHP (SD No. 5, MLB No. 34) -- Paddack will start the four-game series finale against the Giants at Petco Park. He received the news on Tuesday after striking out four of the 10 Mariners he faced over 2 2/3 innings.

Contenders
Logan Allen, LHP (SD No. 9, MLB No. 74) -- When Spring Training began, Allen seemed like a long shot to earn a rotation spot, but the competition is still ongoing as Opening Day looms. The left-hander posted a 2.54 ERA in the Minors last season, including a 1.63 mark over five starts in Triple-A.

Cal Quantrill, RHP (SD No. 12) -- Quantrill, like Allen, has lingered in the rotation competition until the final days of Spring Training.

Long shots
Jacob Nix, RHP (SD No. 19)
-- Despite posting a 7.02 ERA with 21 K’s in 42 1/3 innings for the Padres last season, Nix was in the mix for a big league rotation spot until he was shut down Saturday with right arm soreness. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but San Diego could turn to one of its other young arms to start early in the year rather than rushing Nix back.

Sent down
Josh Naylor, 1B/OF (SD No. 11); Anderson Espinoza, RHP (SD No. 13); Hudson Potts, 3B (SD No. 15); Buddy Reed, OF (SD No. 17); Austin Allen, C/1B (SD No. 20); Edward Olivares, OF (SD No. 23)

ROCKIES (Top 30 Prospects)
Locks
Garrett Hampson, 2B/SS (COL No. 3) -- Hampson, a middle-infield prospect with elite speed and solid contact skills, has enjoyed an outstanding spring (three homers, six steals, .996 OPS). He’s expected to split time with Ryan McMahon at second base and could also get work in the outfield for the Rockies.

Sent down
Brendan Rodgers, INF (COL No. 1, MLB No. 10); Colton Welker, 3B (COL No. 2, MLB No. 95); Peter Lambert, RHP (COL No. 4); Tyler Nevin, 1B/3B (COL No. 7); Sam Hilliard, OF (COL No. 10); Josh Fuentes, 1B/3B (COL No. 11); Ryan Castellani, RHP (COL No. 12); Justin Lawrence, RHP (COL No. 13); Yonathan Daza, OF (COL No. 15); Ben Bowden, LHP (COL No. 17); Jesus Tinoco, RHP (COL No. 20); Rico Garcia, RHP (COL No. 22); Bret Boswell, 2B (COL No. 26); Brian Mundell, 1B (COL No. 30)

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.