2019 Top 100 MLB Prospect Rankings 3.0 (Late-Season)

Julio Rodriguez (SEA), the #8 overall prospect in the MLB

About two months have gone by since my Mid-Season Rankings, so the third installment of my MLB Prospect Rankings is here. This list consists of any player who qualifies as a “rookie” according to MLB’s rules (under 130 ABs/50 IP in MLB games). This is the final update for the 2019 season. Coming up in the next few weeks my 2019 Minor League Farm Systems Rankings will be updated, ten teams at a time, so stay tuned for those 3 articles. Looking ahead to 2020, expect to see three new Top 100 Prospect updates in April, July, and September.

The Top 100:

  1. Luis Robert, OF, CHW
  2. Wander Franco, SS, TB
  3. Jo Adell, OF, LAA
  4. Gavin Lux, SS/2B, LAD
  5. MacKenzie Gore, SP, SD
  6. Casey Mize, SP, DET
  7. Nate Pearson, SP, TOR
  8. Julio Rodriguez, OF, SEA
  9. Jesus Luzardo, SP, OAK
  10. Brendan McKay, SP/DH, TB
  11. Adley Rutschman, C, BAL
  12. Bobby Witt Jr., SS, KC
  13. Royce Lewis, SS, MIN
  14. Cristian Pache, OF, ATL
  15. Jared Kelenic, OF, SEA
  16. Marco Luciano, SS, SF
  17. Kyle Tucker, OF, HOU
  18. Alex Kirilloff, OF, MIN
  19. Joey Bart, C, SF
  20. Alec Bohm, 3B, PHI
  21. Matt Manning, SP, DET
  22. Luis Patino, SP, SD
  23. Sixto Sanchez, SP, MIA
  24. Michael Kopech, SP, CHW
  25. Brendan Rodgers, INF, COL
  26. Carter Kieboom, SS, WSH
  27. Drew Waters, OF, ATL
  28. Nick Madrigal, 2B, CHW
  29. Taylor Trammell, OF, SD
  30. Jasson Dominguez, OF, NYY
  31. Kristian Robinson, OF, ARI
  32. Jesus Sanchez, OF, MIA
  33. Andrew Vaughn, 1B, CHW
  34. Matthew Liberatore, SP, TB
  35. Ian Anderson, SP, ATL
  36. Jazz Chisholm, SS, MIA
  37. Josh Jung, 3B, TEX
  38. Alek Thomas, OF, ARI
  39. Riley Greene, OF, DET
  40. Logan Gilbert, SP, SEA
  41. Heliot Ramos, OF, SF
  42. Forrest Whitley, SP, HOU
  43. CJ Abrams, SS, SD
  44. JJ Bleday, OF, MIA
  45. Dylan Carlson, OF, STL
  46. Nolan Jones, 3B, CLE
  47. Grayson Rodriguez, SP, BAL
  48. Nolan Gorman, 3B, STL
  49. Vidal Brujan, 2B, TB
  50. Hunter Greene, SP, CIN
  51. Shane Baz, SP, TB
  52. Hans Crouse, SP, TEX
  53. Ryan Mountcastle, 3B, BAL
  54. Nico Hoerner, SS, CHI
  55. Brady Singer, SP, KC
  56. Jackson Kowar, SP, KC
  57. Dustin May, SP, LAD
  58. Deivi Garcia, SP, NYY
  59. Keibert Ruiz, C, LAD
  60. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, PIT
  61. Jonathan India, 3B, CIN
  62. Nick Lodolo, SP, CIN
  63. Oneil Cruz, SS, PIT
  64. Sean Murphy, C, OAK
  65. Colton Welker, 1B/3B, COL
  66. AJ Puk, SP, OAK
  67. Brusdar Graterol, SP, MIN
  68. Estevan Florial, OF, NYY
  69. Jeremiah Jackson, SS, LAA
  70. DL Hall, SP, BAL
  71. Evan White, 1B, SEA
  72. Trevor Larnach, OF, MIN
  73. Seth Beer, 1B/OF, ARI
  74. Tyler Freeman, CLE
  75. Leody Taveras, OF, TEX
  76. Bobby Dalbec, 3B, BOS
  77. Tristan Casas, 1B/3B, BOS
  78. Corbin Carroll, OF, ARI
  79. Edward Cabrera, SP, MIA
  80. Kris Bubic, SP, KC
  81. Shane McClanahan, SP, TB
  82. Monte Harrison, OF, MIA
  83. Ronaldo Hernandez, C, TB
  84. Ronny Mauricio, SS, NYM
  85. Daniel Lynch, SP, KC
  86. Spencer Howard, SP, PHI
  87. Noelvi Marte, SS, SEA
  88. Khalil Lee, OF, KC
  89. Travis Swaggerty, OF, PIT
  90. Calvin Mitchell, OF, PIT
  91. Jorge Guzman, SP, MIA
  92. Jonathan Stiever, SP, CHW
  93. Braxton Garrett, SP, MIA
  94. Cole Winn, SP, TEX
  95. Luis V. Garcia, SS, WSH
  96. Brent Honeywell, SP, TB
  97. Jordan Groshans, SS, TOR
  98. Kyle Wright, SP, ATL
  99. Freudis Nova, SS, HOU
  100. Jeter Downs, SS, LAD
Heliot Ramos (SF), the #41st overall prospect

Graduates

  • Yordan Alvarez, OF, HOU (4)
  • Keston Hiura, 2B, MIL (5)
  • Bo Bichette, SS, TOR (9)
  • Luis Urias, SS/2B, SD (22)
  • Dylan Cease, SP, CHW (26)
  • Zac Gallen, SP, MIA (78)
  • Jordan Yamamoto, SP, MIA (82)

Risers

  • Julio Rodriguez, OF, SEA (34 to 8) – One of the best teenage talents in all of MiLB, Rodriguez is one of my personal favorites. Having seen him play multiple times throughout 2019, I recognized that he was way too good for Class-A West Virginia. After a promotion to A-Advanced Modesto, Rodriguez really broke out hitting over .450 in 16 games there. His ceiling is higher than any other prospect, so Rodriguez could wind up as the #1 prospect by 2021.
  • Jorge Guzman, SP, MIA (Unranked to 91) – Though Guzman had been having a respectable 2019, what really caught my attention was his recent performances. During the month of August, Guzman notched a 1.20 ERA while only allowing 6 hits in 30 innings (.066 AVG). With such elite velocity, Guzman’s floor is a high-leverage reliever, but his ceiling of front-line starter is becoming more and more likely.
  • Marco Luciano, SS, SF (52 to 16) – For my Mid-Season ranking, slotting Luciano at 52 was more of a guess than anything, considering he hadn’t played a single MiLB game. So far it seems as if #52 was too conservative. Luciano exceeded my original expectations, hitting 10 HRs (179 ABs) while batting just a tad over .300. Another youngster, Luciano played all of 2019 at age 17.

Fallers

  • Forrest Whitley, SP, HOU (19 to 42) – After a breakout 2017 season, many experts considered Whitley to be the best pitching prospect in baseball. His 2018 season was cut short by a drug related suspension, but his numbers were still respectable. 2019 was supposed to be a bounce-back year for Whitley, but it has been anything but that. After a promotion to Triple-A, Whitley posted a terrible 12.21 ERA across 8 games. After a stint on the IL, Whitley was demoted to Double-A, but not before another 2 poor rehab outings in the low-level Gulf Coast League. Hovering around an 8.00 ERA on the season, it’s safe to say 2019 has been a year to forget for Whitley. If 2020 is anything close to 2019 for Whitley, it’s possible to see him slide out of the top 100.
  • Mitch Keller, SP, PIT (47 to Unranked) – I’ve never been as high on Keller as some others, but I can’t say I expected him to do so poorly in his short MLB stint. In 7 starts, Keller posted a 8.62 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .362 against him. Keller should see a decent amount of innings in September, so he has a chance to turn things around.
  • Kyle Wright, SP, ATL (69 to 98) – Former 5th overall pick, Wright, dropped in my rankings for the same reasons as Mitch Keller. Wright didn’t have a bad season in Triple-A, but after receiving the call to Atlanta, Wright struggled mightily, posting an ERA above 9.00. Like Keller, Wright should see some innings as a September call-up, but he needs a few quality outings to make 2020’s list.

Overview

This update includes 2019 draftees and international signees, so the class is a bit stronger than the Mid-Season list. We will get a chance to see many of the top 100 prospects in the majors, as many big names are to be September call-ups. Gavin Lux, AJ Puk, Sean Murphy, and Brusdar Graterol are highlights of early call-ups. It will be interesting to see if guys like Luis Robert or Jo Adell are called up, since their teams would be giving up an extra year of contract control by brining them up this season.

The two Florida teams, Miami and Tampa, have the most players on the list. Miami drastically improved their system before the trade deadline, and they will be making a huge jump in my Farm System Rankings update. The Brewers are the only team not represented on the list, as Keston Hiura is no longer a prospect and Bryce Turang has not impressed this season. There shouldn’t be too many players losing prospect-status before my 1st 2020 list, so expect to see a lot of the same names, but the Arizona Fall League can be a make-or-break for many of the players involved.

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