2018 Top 100 Prospects 1-10

1. Ronald Acuna, OF ATL

During his 2017 breakout campaign, Acuna’s K rate and OPS improved at each level and capped his season off with a 1.053 OPS and 7 HR in 23 games in the Arizona Fall League

2.  Vladimir Guerreo, Jr., 3B TOR

Scouts have compared him to a young Pujols at the plate, giving him an 80 grade hit tool and 70 grade power.  As a teenager, he led all of MiLB in OBP and walked more than he struck out.

3. Shohei Ohtani, DH/SP LAA

The Japanese Babe Ruth has the potential to strike out 200 batters while hitting 20 HR as soon as this season.  On the mound, he should provide similar value to Yu Darvish in his first year.

4. Eloy Jimenez, OF CWS

Jimenez has shown a mature approach at the plate with light tower power.  Posted a 1.120 OPS in the Dominican Winter League to go with his 2017 .947 OPS in High A/AA.

5. Nick Senzel, 3B CIN

One of the highest floor bats in the minors.  57 XBH at High A/AA with improved long ball power in AA, slugging .560 while improving his K/BB rates.

6. Victor Robles, OF WAS

Excellent athlete with plus speed.  Power will develop over time but is a safe bet for 40 2B and 30 SB at the MLB level right now.

7. Bo Bichette, SS TOR

Slashed .372/.448/.591 in 132 career MiLB games.  Excellent plate coverage with a mature two strike approach.  

8. Fernando Tatis, Jr., SS SD

One of the most dynamic athletes in MiLB after swatting 22 HR and stealing 32 bases.  Mature approach for a teenager at the plate drawing 77 walks.  An evaluator I trust has referred to Tatis as a perennial MVP candidate.

9. Gleyber Torres, SS NYY

Recovering from Tommy John surgery, Torres remains a high floor bat that should slot nicely into the top of the Yankees lineup.

10. Forrest Whitley, SP HOU

Reached AA as a teenager in 2017, striking out 143 batters in 92.1 IP over 3 levels.  Features 5 pitches that can be thrown for strikes with a plus fastball and curve.

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