By Richard Birfer and Peyton Traywick

Every now and then I would reach out to Peyton on a school night at 2 or 3 in the morning and ask him a simple question:

“Hey man, have you seen Jarred Kelenic swing?”

Probably not the most ideal time to discuss prospects, but, with our busy schedules and borderline insomnia, it’s always important to leave some time in the 24-hour day to discuss a random 19-year-old’s bat speed.

But then, a genius idea popped into both our minds.

It’s prospect ranking season after all, so why not take the late-night conversations, the hours of breaking down video, and the never-ending procrastination on FanGraphs and put it all together on the 2019 version of paper: a google document.

And so, after an obnoxious amount of minute disagreements and getting helplessly sidetracked by Vladdy Guerrero swing videos time and time again, the first official Evolution Metrix Top-100 MLB Prospects List has been completed and here it is!

1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays
Pos: 3B Age: 19
Highest Level: Triple-A
2018 Stats (AA): 61 G, .402/.449/.671, 14 HR, .481 wOBA, 203 wRC+, 7.9 BB%, 10.2 K%

2. Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres
Pos: SS Age: 20
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats: 88 G, .286/.355/.543, 16 HR, .379 wOBA, 133 wRC+, 8.4 BB%, 27.7 K%

3. Jo Adell, Los Angeles Angels
Pos: OF Age: 20
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (A+): 57 G, .290/.345/.546, 12 HR, .384 wOBA, 135 wRC+, 5.7 BB%, 24.0 K%

4. Forrest Whitley, Houston Astros
Pos: RHP Age: 21
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats: 26.1 IP, 3.76 ERA, 3.34 FIP, 11.6 K/9, 3.8 BB/9, 7.1% HR/FB

5. Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox
Pos: OF Age: 22
Highest Level: Triple-A
2018 Stats (AAA): 55 G.355/.399/.597, 12 HR, .434 wOBA, 179 wRC+, 6.1 BB%, 13.2 K%

6. Wander Franco, Tampa Bay Rays
Pos: SS Age: 17
Highest Level: Rookie
2018 Stats: 61 G, .351/.418/.571, 11 HR, .446 wOBA, 159 wRC+, 9.9 BB%, 7.0 K%

7. Victor Robles, Washington Nationals
Pos: OF Age: 21
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (AAA): 40 G,.278/.356/.386, 3 HR, .332 wOBA, 109 wRC+, 9.9 BB%, 14.3 K%

8. Royce Lewis, Minnesota Twins
Pos: SS Age: 19
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats (A): 75 G, .315/.368/.485, 9 HR, .386 wOBA, 141 wRC+, 7.3 BB%, 15.0 K%

9. Nick Senzel, Cincinnati Reds
Pos: INF Age: 23
Highest Level: Triple-A
2018 Stats: 44 G, .310/.378/.509, 6 HR, .389 wOBA, 149 wRC+, 9.8 BB%, 20.2 K%

10. Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays
Pos: SS Age: 20
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats: 131 G, .286/.343/.453, 11 HR, .355 wOBA, 120 wRC+, 8.1 BB%, 17.0 K%

11. Alex Kirilloff, Minnesota Twins
Pos: OF Age: 21
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats (A+): 65 G, .362/.393/.550, 7 HR, .424 wOBA, 168 wRC+, 5.0 BB%, 13.9 K%

12. Taylor Trammell, Cincinnati Reds
Pos: OF Age: 21
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats: 110 G, .277/.375/.406, 8 HR, .366 wOBA, 129 wRC+, 12.6 BB%, 22.8 K%

13. Jesus Luzardo, Oakland Athletics
Pos: LHP Age: 21
Highest Level: Triple-A
2018 Stats (AA): 78.2 IP, 2.06 ERA, 2.89 FIP, 9.84 K/9, 2.06 BB/9, 7.2% HR/FB

14. Carter Kieboom, Washington Nationals
Pos: SS Age: 21
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (AA): 62 G, .262/.326/.395, 16 HR, .328 wOBA, 102 wRC+, 8.1 BB%, 21.6 K%

15. MacKenzie Gore, San Diego Padres
Pos: LHP Age: 19
Highest Level: Single-A
2018 Stats: 60.2 IP, 4.45 ERA, 3.25 FIP, 11.0 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 7.4% HR/FB

16. Nick Madrigal, Chicago White Sox
Pos: 2B Age: 21
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats (A+): 26 G, .306/.355/.347, 0 HR, .331 wOBA, 103 wRC+, 4.7 BB%, 4.7 K%

17. Jarred Kelenic, Seattle Mariners
Pos: OF Age: 19
Highest Level: Rookie
2018 Stats (APPY): 44 G, .253/.350/.431, 6 HR, .361 wOBA, 107 wRC+, 11.0 BB%, 19.5 K%

18. Luis Urias, San Diego Padres
Pos: 2B Age: 21
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (AAA): 120 G, .296/.398/.447, 8 HR, .380 wOBA, 127 wRC+, 12.6 BB%, 20.5 K%

19. Mitch Keller, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pos: RHP Age: 22
Highest Level: Triple-A
2018 Stats (AA): 86.0 IP, 2.72 ERA, 3.74 FIP, 8.0 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 9.2% HR/FB

20. Keston Hiura, Milwaukee Brewers
Pos: 2B Age: 22
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (AA): 73 G, .272/.339/.416, 6 HR, .344 wOBA, 116 wRC+, 7.2%, 18.2 K%

21. Michael Kopech, Chicago White Sox
Pos: RHP Age: 22
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (AAA): 126.1 IP, 3.70 ERA, 3.30 FIP, 12.1 K/9, 4.3 BB/9, 7.9% HR/FB

22. Alex Reyes, St. Louis Cardinals
Pos: RHP Age: 24
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (MLB): 4.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 4.41 FIP, 4.50 K/9, 4.50 BB/9, 0.0% HR/FB

23. Kyle Tucker, Houston Astros
Pos: OF Age: 22
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (AAA): 100 G, .332/.400/.590, 24 HR, .423 wOBA, 155 wRC+, 10.3 BB%, 18.1 K%

24. Jonathan India, Cincinnati Reds
Pos: 3B Age: 22
Highest Level: Single-A
2018 Stats (A): 27 G, .229/.339/.396, 3 HR, .344 wOBA, 114 wRC+, 11.6 BB%, 25.0 K%

25. Danny Jansen, Toronto Blue Jays
Pos: C Age: 23
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (AAA): 88 G, .275/.390/.473, 12 HR, .386 wOBA, 146 wRC+, 12.1 BB%, 13.6 K%

26. Chris Paddack, San Diego Padres
Pos: RHP Age: 23
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (A+): 52.1 IP, 2.24 ERA, 1.79 FIP, 14.3 K/9, 0.7 BB/9, 9.7% HR/FB

27. Nate Pearson, Toronto Blue Jays
Pos: RHP Age: 22
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats: 1.2 IP, 10.80 ERA, 10.08 FIP, 5.4 K/9, 0.0 BB/9, 33.3% HR/FB

28. Mike Soroka, Atlanta Braves
Pos: RHP Age: 21
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (MLB): 25.2 IP, 3.51 ERA, 2.85 FIP, 7.36 K/9, 2.45 BB/9, 5.0 HR/FB%

29. Brent Honeywell, Tampa Bay Rays
Pos: RHP Age: 23
Highest Level: Triple A:
2018 Stats: Did not Pitch (Tommy John Surgery)

30. Brendan Rodgers, Colorado Rockies
Pos: SS Age: 22
Highest Level: Triple-A
2018 Stats (AA): 95 G, .275/.342/.493, 17 HR, .369 wOBA, 129 wRC+, 7.5 BB%, 18.9 K%

31. Casey Mize, Detroit Tigers
Pos: RHP Age: 21
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats (A+): 11.2 IP, 4.63 ERA, 5.02 FIP, 7.7 K/9, 1.5 BB/9, 22.2% HR/FB

32. Joey Bart, San Francisco Giants
Pos: C Age: 22
Highest Level: Low-A
2018 Stats (A-): 45 G, .298/.369/.613, .427 wOBA, 166 wRC+, 13 HR, 5.9 BB%, 19.7 K%

33. Brendan McKay, Tampa Bay Rays
Pos: LHP/1B Age: 21
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats (A+): 47.2 IP, 3.21 ERA, 2.51 FIP, 10.2 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, 4.1% HR/FB (As Pitcher)
32 G, .254/.484/.333, 5 HR, .401 wOBA, 151 wRC+, 18.2 BB%, 21.5 K% (As
Hitter)

34. Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pos: 3B Age: 22
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats: 117 G, .293/.375/.444, 7 HR, .369 wOBA, 129 wRC+, 11.2 BB%, 16.5 K%

35. Touki Toussaint, Atlanta Braves
Pos: RHP Age: 22
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (AAA): 50.1 IP, 1.43 ERA, 2.18 FIP, 10.0 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 0.0% HR/FB

36. Nolan Gorman, St. Louis Cardinals
Pos: 3B Age: 18
Highest Level: Single-A
2018 Stats (R): 38 G, .350/.443/.664, 11 HR, .487 wOBA, 183 wRC+, 14.4 BB%, 22.2 K%

37. Sixto Sanchez, Philadelphia Phillies
Pos: RHP Age: 20
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats: 46.2 IP, 2.51 ERA, 2.66 FIP, 8.7 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, 2.6% HR/FB

38. Peter Alonso, New York Mets
Pos: 1B Age: 24
Highest Level: Triple-A
2018 Stats (AAA): 67 G, .260/.355/.585, 21 HR, .399 wOBA, 139 wRC+. 13.2 BB%, 22.3 K%

39. Tristan McKenzie, Cleveland Indians
Pos: RHP Age: 21
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats: 90.2 IP, 2.68 ERA, 3.62 FIP, 8.6 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 6.8% HR/FB

40. Dylan Cease, Chicago White Sox
Pos: RHP Age: 23
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (AA): 52.1 IP, 1.72 ERA, 2.39 FIP, 13.4 K/9, 3.8 BB/9, 10.0% FB/HR

41. Andres Gimenez, New York Mets
Pos: SS Age: 20
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (A+): 85 G, .282/.348/.432, 6 HR, .357 wOBA, 124 wRC+, 6.3 BB%, 19.9 K%

42. Trevor Larnach, Minnesota Twins
Pos: OF Age: 21
Highest Level: Single-A
2018 Stats (A): 24 G, .297/.373/.505, 3 HR, .398 wOBA, 149 wRC+, 10.8 BB%, 16.7 K%

43. Alex Verdugo, Los Angeles Dodgers
Pos: OF Age: 22
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (AAA): 91 G, .329/.391/.472, 10 HR, .382 wOBA, 128 wRC+, 9.0 BB%, 12.4 K%

44. Cristian Pache, Atlanta Braves
Pos: OF Age: 20
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (A+): 93 G, .285/.311/.431, 8 HR, .335 wOBA, 109 wRC+, 3.9 BB%, 17.8 K%

45. Keibert Ruiz, Los Angeles Dodgers
Pos: C Age: 20
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats: 101 G, .268/.328/.399, 12 HR, .328 wOBA, 100 wRC+, 6.3 BB%, 8.0 K%

46. A.J. Puk, Oakland Athletics
Pos: RHP Age: 23
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats: Did not Pitch (Tommy John Surgery)

47. Joshua James, Houston Astros
Pos: RHP Age: 25
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (AAA): 92.2 IP, 3.40 ERA, 3.39 FIP, 12.9 K/9, 3.8 BB/9, 11.0% FB/HR

48. Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros
Pos: 1B/OF Age: 21
Highest Level: Triple A
2018 Stats (AAA): 45 G, .259/.349/.452, 8 HR, .355 wOBA, 111 wRC+, 12.2 BB%, 24.9 K%

49. Kyle Wright, Atlanta Braves
Pos: RHP Age: 23
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (AA): 109.1 IP, 3.70 ERA, 3.34 FIP, 8.6 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 7.2% FB/HR

50. Gavin Lux, Los Angeles Dodgers
Pos: SS Age: 21
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stat (A+): 88 G, .324/.396/.520, 11HR, .402 wOBA, 147 wRC+, 10.6 BB%, 16.8 K%

51. Sean Murphy, Oakland Athletics
Pos: C Age: 24
Highest Level: Triple-A
2018 Stats (AA): 68 G, .288/.358/.498, 8 HR, .376 wOBA, 131 wRC+, 8.0 BB%, 16.3 K%

52. Austin Riley, Atlanta Braves
Pos: 3B Age: 21
Highest Level: Triple-A
2018 Stats (AAA): 75 G, .282/.346/.464, 12 HR, .357 wOBA, 127 wRC+, 8.0 BB%, 29.3 K%

53. Nico Hoerner, Chicago Cubs
Pos: 3B Age: 21
Highest Level: Single-A
2018 Stats (A): 4 G, .400/.471/.667, 1 HR, .508 wOBA, 222 wRC+, 11.8 BB%, 5.9 K%

54. Justus Sheffield, Seattle Mariners
Pos: LHP Age: 22
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (AAA): 88.0 IP, 2.56 ERA, 3.13 FIP, 8.6 K/9, 3.7 BB/9, 3.9% FB/HR

55. Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox
Pos: OF Age: 21
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats (A+): 32 G, .244/.317/.309, 0 HR, .309 wOBA, 81 wRC+, 5.7 BB%, 26.4 K%

56. Matt Manning, Detroit Tigers
Pos: RHP Age: 21
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (A+): 51.1 IP, 2.98 ERA, 3.13 FIP, 11.4 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 8.7% FB/HR

57. Ian Anderson, Atlanta Braves
Pos: RHP Age: 20
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (A+): 100.0 IP, 2.52 ERA, 2.64 FIP, 10.6 K/9, 3.6 BB/9, 2.5% FB/HR

58. Francisco Mejia, San Diego Padres
Pos: C Age: 23
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (MLB): 21 G, .179/.258/.375, 3 HR, .277 wOBA, 73 wRC+, 8.1 BB%, 30.6 K%

59. Dustin May, Los Angeles Dodgers
Pos: RHP Age: 21
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (A+): 98.1 IP, 3.29 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 8.6 K/9, 1.6 BB/9, 13.8% FB/HR

60. Hunter Greene, Cincinnati Reds
Pos: RHP Age: 19
Highest Level: Single-A
2018 Stats: 68.1 IP, 4.48 ERA, 3.29 FIP, 11.7 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 7.9% FB/HR

61. Cole Winn, Texas Rangers
Pos: RHP Age: 19
Highest Level: –
2018 Stats: Did not Pitch (De-load Program)

62. Griffin Canning, Los Angeles
Pos: RHP Age: 22
Highest Level: Triple-A
2018 Stats (AA): 59.0 IP, 5.49 ERA, 4.42 FIP, 9.8K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 10.9% FB/HR

63. Victor Victor Mesa, Miami Marlins
Pos: OF Age: 22
Highest Level: –
2018 Stats (MLB): Did not Play

64. Bubba Thompson, Texas Rangers
Pos: OF Age: 20
Highest Level: Single-A
2018 Stats : 84 G, .289/.344/.446, 8 HR, .352 wOBA, 125 wRC+, 6.3 BB%, 28.7 K%

65. Jesus Sanchez, Tampa Bay Rays
Pos: OF Age: 21
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (A+): 90 G, .301/.331/.462, 10 HR, .360 wOBA, 125 wRC+, 4.0 BB%, 18.8 K%

66. Logan Allen, San Diego Padres
Pos: LHP Age: 21
Highest Level: Triple-A
2018 Stats (AA): 121.0 IP, 2.75 ERA, 3.20 FIP, 9.3 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 6.6% FB/HR

67. Yusniel Diaz, Baltimore Orioles
Pos: OF Age: 22
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (A+): 97 G, .285/.392/.449, 11 HR, 135 wRC+, 14.2 BB%, 16.1 K%

68. Adonis Medina, Philadelphia Phillies
Pos: RHP Age: 22
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats (A+): 111.1 IP, 4.12 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 9.9 K/9, 2.9 BB/9, 9.9% FB/HR

69. M.J. Melendez, Kansas City Royals
Pos: C Age: 20
Highest Level: Single-A
2018 Stats: 111 G, .251/.322/.492, 19 HR, .357 wOBA, 128 wRC+, 9.1 BB%, 30.3 K%

70. Jazz Chisholm, Arizona Diamondbacks
Pos: SS Age: 20
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats (A): 76 G, .244/.311/.472, 15 HR, .353 wOBA, 119 wRC+, 8.8 BB%, 28.4 K%

71. Matthew Liberatore, Tampa Bay Rays
Pos: LHP Age: 19
Highest Level: Rookie Ball
2018 Stats (GCL): 27.2 IP, 0.98 ERA, 2.86 FIP, 10.4 K/9, 3.6 BB/9, 0.0% FB/HR

72. Brusdar Graterol, Minnesota Twins
Pos: RHP Age: 20
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats (A+): 60.2 IP, 3.12 ERA, 2.82 FIP, 8.3 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 0.0% FB/HR

73. Luiz Gohara, Atlanta Braves
Pos: LHP Age: 22
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (AAA): 54.2 IP, 4.94 ERA, 4.45 FIP, 9.1 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 14.8% FB/HR

74. Estevan Florial, New York Yankees
Pos: OF Age: 21
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats (A+): 75 G, .255/.354/.361, 3 HR, .336 wOBA, 110 wRC+, 13.0 BB%, 25.7 K%

75. Eric Pardinho, Toronto Blue Jays
Pos: RHP Age: 18
Highest Level: Rookie Ball
2018 Stats : 50.0 IP, 2.88 ERA, 64K/16BB

76. Tony Gonsolin, Los Angeles Dodgers
Pos: RHP Age: 24
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (A+): 83.2 IP, 2.69 ERA, 2.93 FIP, 11.4 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 5.7% FB/HR

77.  Julio Pablo Martinez, Texas Rangers
Pos: OF Age: 22
Highest Level: Low-A
2018 Stats (A-): 60 G, .252/.351/.436, 8 HR, .357 wOBA, 121 wRC+, 12.5 BB%, 25.3 K%

78. Bryse Wilson, Atlanta Braves
Pos: RHP Age: 21
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (AA): 77.0 IP, 3.97 ERA, 2.73 FIP, 10.4 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 4.2% FB/HR

79. Jon Duplantier, Arizona Diamondbacks
Pos: RHP Age: 24
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (AA): 67.0 IP, 2.69 ERA, 3.50 FIP, 9.1 K/9, 3.8 BB/9, 7.4% FB/HR

80. Jonathan Loaisga, New York Yankees
Pos: RHP Age: 24
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (MLB): 24.2 IP, 5.11 ERA, 3.53 FIP, 12.0 K/9, 4.4 BB/9, 20.0% FB/HR

81. Franklin Perez, Detroit Tigers
Pos: RHP Age: 21
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats (A+): 11.1 IP, 7.94 ERA, 6.30 FIP, 7.2 K/9, 6.4 BB/9, 12.5% FB/HR

82. Seuly Matias, Kansas City Royals
Pos: OF Age: 20
Highest Level: Single-A
2018 Stats (A): 94 G, .231/.303/.550, 31 HR, .372 wOBA, 138 wRC+, 6.4 BB%, 34.8 K%

83. Drew Waters, Atlanta Braves
Pos: OF Age: 20
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats (A): 84 G, .303/.353/.513, 9 HR, .383 wOBA, 145 wRC+, 5.8 BB%, 19.7 K%

84. Alec Bohm, Philadelphia Phillies
Pos: 3B Age: 22
Highest Level: Low-A
2018 Stats (A-): 29 G, .224/.314/.290, 0 HR, .296 wOBA, 87 wRC+, 8.3 BB%, 15.7 K%

85. Luis Patino, San Diego Padres
Pos: RHP Age: 19
Highest Level: Single-A
2018 Stats (A): 83.1 IP, 2.16 ERA, 2.33 FIP, 10.6K/9, 2.6 BB/9, 1.4% FB/HR

86. Brady Singer, Kansas City Royals
Pos: RHP Age: 22
Highest Level: –
2018 Stats: Did not Pitch (Load Management)

87. Jordyn Adams, Los Angeles Angels
Pos: OF Age: 19
Highest Level: Rookie
2018 Stats (ARIZ): 20 G, .243/.354/.329, 0 HR, .339 wOBA, 103 wRC+, 12.2 BB%, 28.0 K%

88. Michael Chavis, Boston Red Sox
Pos: 3B Age: 23
Highest Level: Triple-A
2018 Stats (AA): 33 G, .303/.388/.508, 6 HR, .402 wOBA, 151 wRC+, 9.4 BB%, 25.2 K%

89. Andrian Morejon, San Diego Padres
Pos: LHP Age: 19
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats (A+): 62.2 IP, 3.30 ERA, 4.11 FIP, 10.1 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 10.7% FB/HR

90. Sandy Alcantar, Miami Marlins
Pos: RHP Age: 23
Highest Level: MLB
2018 Stats (AAA): 115.2 IP, 3.89 ERA, 4.46 FIP, 6.85 K/9, 2.96 BB/9, 8.6% FB/HR

91. Kevin Smith, Toronto Blue Jays
Pos: SS Age: 22
Highest Level: Single-A
2018 Stats (A-): 36 G, .288/.365/.453, 4 HR, .380 wOBA, 140 wRC+, 9.5 BB%, 25.3 K%

92. Travis Swaggerty, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pos: OF Age: 21
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats (A+): 83 G, .274/.332/.468, 18 HR, .363 wOBA, 127 wRC+, 6.2 BB%, 23.7 K%

93. Blake Rutherford, Chicago White Sox
Pos: OF Age: 21
Highest Level: High-A
2018 Stats (A+): 115 G, .293/.345/.436, 7 HR, .357 wOBA, 120 wRC+, 7.0 BB%, 18.5 K%

94. Jordan Groshans, Toronto Blue Jays
Pos: 3B Age: 19
Highest Level: Rookie
2018 Stats (GCL): 37 G, .331/.390/.500, 4 HR, .414 wOBA, 150 wRC+, 8.2 BB%, 18.2 K%

95. D.L. Hall, Baltimore Orioles
Pos: LHP Age: 20
Highest Level: Single-A
2018 Stats (A): 94.1 IP, 2.10 ERA, 3.67 FIP, 9.5 K/9, 4.0 BB/9, 7.1% HR/FB

96. Dane Dunning, Chicago White Sox
Pos: RHP Age: 24
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (AA): 62.0 IP, 2.76 ERA, 2.40 FIP, 10.0 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 0.0% HR/FB

97. J.B. Bukauskas, Houston Astros
Pos: RHP Age: 22
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (A+): 28.0 IP, 1.61 ERA, 3.00 FIP, 10.0 K/9, 4.2 BB/9, 4.8% HR/FB

98. Hans Crouse, Texas Rangers
Pos: RHP Age: 20
Highest Level: Single-A
2018 Stats (A-): 38.0 IP, 2.37 ERA, 2.63 FIP, 11.1 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, 4.9% HR/FB

99. Daz Cameron, Detroit Tigers
Pos: OF Age: 22
Highest Level: Triple-A
2018 Stats (AA): 53 G, .285/.367/.470, 5 HR, .376 wOBA, 134 wRC+, 11.1 BB%, 23.5 K%

100. Khalil Lee, Kansas City
Pos: OF Age: 20
Highest Level: Double-A
2018 Stats (A+): 37 G, .270/.402/.406, 4 HR, .382 wOBA, 136 wRC+, 15.9 BB%, 24.9 K%

The Process 

A lot goes into putting together a top-100 prospect list.

When it comes to picking out the game’s best young players from the abundance of prospects in the minor leagues, it is important to not only evaluate tools, but to also prioritize upside and risk factors. Moreover, a pitching prospect may have the raw tools that allow him to succeed in the pitcher-friendly confines of the Midwest League (Low-A), but would these same tools allow him to find success on higher levels?

What happens to some of these top hitting prospects when they move up to Double-A and Triple-A and begin to encounter pitchers with more pitchability, more off-speed stuff?

Scouting is more than just recognizing the tools that a player has – it’s also about projecting future value and recognizing whether or not the tools can ultimately play on the major league level.

A list that ranges from top-end talent with superstar ceilings such as the likes of Vlady Guerrero Jr., Jo Adell, and Forrest Whitley to recently drafted newcomers like Jarred Kelenic, Nick Madrigal, and Brady Singer.

The minors have no shortage of exciting and high-upside talent. The upcoming season will be another key year in their development and rise up the ranks.


Richard Birfer

Regional Supervisor of the Canadian and Midwest regions. Kinesiology graduate student, Biomechaincs and Neuroscience specialization, at Brock University.

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