Updated Top 100 Prospects list May 2022

We haven’t altered the color. We haven’t rearranged all the image frames on the wall. But we’ve offered things a little a refresh.

As you might have observed, potential customers who started the 2022 season in the Majors and have actually existed since (without accumulating 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched) crossed the 45-day limit on Sunday, implying they’ve formally finished. Goodbye to the similarity Spencer Torkelson, Hunter Greene and Jeremy Peña.

Instead of just including 3 brand-new names to the Top 100, we’ve reassessed some elements of the list by reshuffling the Top 15 somewhat, moving some potential customers up/down considerably who have actually made it and including a variety of brand-new Top 100 names based upon early returns through the very first 2 months of the Major and Minor League seasons.

The Top 15
Previous at-bat-based graduations by Bobby Witt Jr. and Julio Rodríguez currently have the Top 15 sensation relatively brand-new — hi once again to Adley Rutschman in the No. 1 total area — and the loss of Torkelson includes a brand-new wrinkle. We’ve changed one Tigers possibility with another at No. 2.

There was some internal argument regarding whether to stick to Riley Greene (formerly No. 3), who has actually missed out on the start of the season with a fractured foot, or have the healthy and efficient Orioles right-hander Grayson Rodriguez dive over him, providing Baltimore the leading 2 potential customers on our list. We stuck to Greene in the meantime out of a belief he can choose right back up where he ended as an All-Star-quality daily gamer for Detroit, however keep in mind that Rodriguez has actually done more than simply held serve in his very first journey to Triple-A.

We’ve hung on the next piece of names also — No. 4 Gabriel Moreno, No. 5 Anthony Volpe, No. 6 C.J. Abrams and No. 7 Francisco Álvarez — although none because group has actually totally removed due to the fact that we still think in the long-lasting outlook of all 4. Giants shortstop Marco Luciano leaps 3 locations into the No. 8 area, thanks to an enhanced contact rate in his go back to High-A. No. 9 Noelvi Marte and No. 10 Marcelo Mayer provide us 3 straight shortstops to liquidate the Top 10.

The brand-new No. 11 total possibility is our most significant jumper in this group. Guardians right-hander Daniel Espino moved 38 areas up from No. 49 after revealing a few of the very best things in the Minors at Double-A Akron with a triple-digit heating unit and low-90s (you check out that right) slider. The 21-year-old fanned 35 in 18 1/3 innings previously striking the IL with a knee injury.

Shane Baz — presently returning from his elbow injury — slips behind Espino on the RHP list and into the No. 12 total slot. D-backs outfielder Corbin Carroll leaps 4 locations of his own to No. 13 as he looks totally recuperated and efficient at Double-A Amarillo. Triston Casas and Jack Leiter stay in their locations to complete the Top 15.

Brennen Davis was the only previous member of the Top 15 club to fall out, and he’s still banging on the door at No. 16. The Cubs outfielder has actually struck simply .195/.286/.299 with a 34.1 percent K rate in 22 video games at Triple-A Iowa. A back injury that presently has him on the IL might be to blame, which’s part of why his sluggish start hasn’t slipped him even more down the rankings.

Moving up
MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Padres (No. 81 to No. 34):
Gore was among the most significant enigma of the preseason Top 100 due to the fact that of previous disparities with his command and shipment. That all looks straightened out now, and the 23-year-old has actually worked with a 2.06 AGE, 1.14 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 35 Major League innings, thanks to a mid-90s fastball and complementary slider, curve and modification.

Bobby Miller, RHP, Dodgers (No. 53 to No. 37): Miller made just 3 Double-A begins in 2021. He’s back in Tulsa now and has actually been healthy and displaying high-octane things, highlighted by a fastball that can get up to 101. He still requires to work much deeper into video games, however Miller might be at Chavez Ravine by the end of the summer season.

Shea Langeliers, C, Athletics (No. 55 to No. 42): The 24-year-old backstop has actually made a huge impression given that signing up with the A’s system in the Matt Olson handle the Braves. Langeliers has actually been understood for his big-time arm and total protective work given that his college days and continues to reveal budding power with 11 homers, a .549 slugging portion and .913 OPS at Triple-A Las Vegas. Even baking in a few of the desert house results, Langeliers has actually revealed a few of the very best appear his brand-new system.

Kyle Harrison, LHP, Giants (No. 71 to No. 45): Harrison has actually put a plus heating unit and plus slider to operate at High-A Eugene, where he’s fanned 59 in just 29 innings. Put another method, he’s started out precisely half of the batters he’s dealt with to start the season. The southpaw might require a Double-An obstacle at simply twenty years old quickly.

Gunnar Henderson, SS/3B, Orioles (No. 60 to No. 48): The 2019 second-rounder has actually strolled more than he’s started out (35 vs. 27) while still pinching hit power (7 homers, .538 punching portion) over 36 video games at Double-A Bowie. He’s taken 12 bases also, assisting his case as a multi-tooled infielder prior to his 21st birthday.

Liover Peguero, SS, Pirates (No. 75 to No. 62): Already an above-average protector at a premium position, Peguero appears like he might be an above-average offending danger too after taking kindly to Double-A Altoona (.317 average, 139 wRC+) in his very first taste of the upper Minors.

Joey Wiemer, OF, Brewers (No. 94 to No. 82): Questions about the total hit tool stay, however whatever else in Wiemer’s ability has actually had no problem moving to Double-A for the very first time. He’s currently midway to a 20-20 season in Biloxi and declares 5 helps from ideal field, where his plus-plus arm is a natural fit.

Andrew Painter, RHP, Phillies (No. 100 to No. 74): Painter was our latest addition to the Top 100, and we’ll utilize this chance to rise him even higher. The 2021 13th total choice owns a 1.35 period with 53 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings at Single-A Clearwater, where he’s revealed a heating unit that touches 101 and has actually gotten a lots of swings and misses by itself. Standing at 6-foot-7, Painter moves previous Mick Abel as the Phils’ leading pitching possibility.

Moving down
Josh Jung, 3B, Rangers (No. 26 to No. 38):
Jung hadn’t gone through shoulder surgical treatment when we initially secured our list. He is anticipated to return in mid-August at the earliest and might still be a qualified possibility throughout his age-25 season in 2023.

Edward Cabrera, RHP, Marlins (No. 30 to No. 49): A biceps injury got Cabrera off to a late start in April, and he’s been irregular to discover success (and control) in a go back to Triple-A Jacksonville. Max Meyer and Eury Pérez now sit above him on the Miami list.

Cade Cavalli, RHP, Nationals (No. 35 to No. 50): Last year’s Minor League strikeout leader has actually had problem with constant command in a go back to Triple-A Rochester, where he owns a 6.75 AGE, 1.44 WHIP and .246 average-against through 33 1/3 innings. The things stays top-of-the-rotation quality, however Cavalli will require to find his pitches much better to discover his method to Washington this summer season.

Cole Winn, RHP, Rangers (No. 44 to No. 54): The 22-year-old is at Triple-A earlier than the majority of pitchers his age however is almost strolling (23) as lots of batters as he’s starting out (24) through 36 1/3 innings at Round Rock — not motivating numbers for a right-hander with 4 above-average pitches. Plenty of time stays for a 2022 turn-around.

Austin Martin, OF/SS, Twins (No. 48 to No. 63): Minnesota returned Martin to Double-A for his 2nd complete season in hopes that his plus struck tool would shine rapidly. That hasn’t taken place. Martin has actually made a great quantity of contact (13.6 percent K rate) however has actually handled simply a .257 average through 35 video games with Wichita. He worryingly continues to reveal little power too (one homer amongst 35 hits). On the favorable side: his 18 takes are currently 4 more than his 2021 overall.

Moving out
Sixto Sánchez, RHP, Marlins (formerly No. 54):
The 23-year-old missed out on all of 2021 with shoulder concerns and still hasn’t returned for 2022 due to more issues. Evaluators are more worried than ever that he won’t be the ace he when appeared, and it’ll take a healthy return for him to leap back into Top 100 factor to consider.

Emerson Hancock, RHP, Mariners (formerly No. 78): Hancock struggled with arm and shoulder issues that kept him to just 44 2/3 innings last season, and a stretched right lat slowed him once again to start what was suggested to be his 2nd complete project. He’s back with Double-A Arkansas now with something to show in regards to constant health and leads to the pros.

Greg Jones, SS, Rays (formerly No. 86): The 24-year-old switch-hitter has actually started out 34.8 percent of the time over 24 video games at Double-A Montgomery, deepening issues about his hit tool. On the favorable side, he’s gone 17-for-19 in taken base efforts, revealing he can still put his 70-grade speed to great usage when he does reach base.

New deals with
Brayan Bello, RHP, Red Sox (No. 84): The 23-year-old right-hander made an early-season promo to Triple-A Worcester, thanks to a fastball-slider-changeup mix that grades out above-average to plus throughout the board. Bello sports a 1.82 AGE, 0.88 WHIP and 52 strikeouts over 39 2/3 innings throughout 2 levels to start the season.

Ken Waldichuk, LHP, Yankees (No. 91): We covered Waldichuk’s deep four-pitch toolbox here. (Check out the Whirly, in specific.) Since that story ran, he’s been promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre having actually fanned 41.1 percent of the Double-A batters he dealt with.

Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Cubs (No. 97): The 2020 19th total choice, who was obtained from the Mets while hurt at last year’s Trade Deadline, has actually been off to an intense start at Single-A Myrtle Beach, where he’s striking .372/.463/.584 through 33 video games. Crow-Armstrong is a plus runner and plus-plus protector in center on top of that.

Zack Gelof, 3B, Athletics (No. 98): The A’s got aggressive by sending out Gelof to Double-A to start his very first complete season, and he’s reacted by striking .327/.383/.477 over 35 video games with Midland. He’s a quality protector at 3rd base too and has actually even completed in center field, putting his athleticism to great usage.

Iván Herrera, C, Cardinals (No. 99): Herrera’s defense behind the plate currently had him on track to be a possible Yadier Molina replacement prospect in St. Louis. Now, he’s appeared like an even much better well-rounded player at Triple-A Memphis, where he owns a .310/.405/.493 slash line through 20 video games.

Hunter Brown, RHP, Astros (No. 100): Following Peña’s graduation, the Astros still declare a Top 100 agent in the 23-year-old right-hander with an upper-90s fastball and 2 appealing breakers in his slider and curve. Brown has actually fanned 46 batters through 33 1/3 innings in his go back to Triple-A Sugar Land.

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