21. MacKenzie Gore, LHP SD
Gore, the 3rd overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft was nothing short of spectacular in 21.1 IP in Rookie Ball. He possessed 4 plus pitches with above average command. His FB sits mid 90’s and he backs that up with a 60 grade curve ball and a slider and change-up. Gore has the ceiling a top of the rotation starter and a multi year all star. He easily has 60+ future value.
22. Francisco Mejia, C CLE
The Indians trialed Mejia at 3B during the Arizona Fall League and while he didn’t receive rave reviews, by all accounts, he was solid. Listed at 5’10 and 180 lbs, Mejia has excellent hand eye coordination at the plate. His swing is balanced and he consistently finds the barrel. Mejia is also adept at working the count and hunting his pitch despite a traditionally low walk rate in the minors. Mejia will start at AAA and could stay there the bulk of the season as the Indians MLB roster is loaded.
23. Royce Lewis, SS MIN
The number 1 overall pick in the draft carries loud tools led by his 70 grade speed and 60 hit tool. Lewis can barrel balls and drive them to all field with power but may require a few years of growth and physical maturity before his power shows up in the HR column. A tremendous athlete with an even better baseball IQ, Lewis will be force up the middle, and may fly through the Twins system. A start in full season A is expected.
24. Brendan Rodgers, SS COL
The former 3rd overall pick in the MLB draft crushed High A in 2017 slashing .387/.407/.671 with 12 HR in 51 games. As a result, Rodgers started the Futures Game in 2017 at second base, showing off his versatility. At the time, Rodgers looked like the number 1 overall prospect in the game, but a promotion to AA exposed the flaws in his offensive game. Rodgers makes solid contact for a power hitter but his aggressiveness at the plate was used against him. A .726 OPS and 4.9% walk rate were cause for concern as well as injuries. Despite the struggles, Rodgers has premium power and the arm to stick at SS. A healthy 2018 at AA can cause Rodgers to shoot back up this list.
25. Michel Baez, RHP SD
Maybe I like Baez more than most. Most sites have him ranked in the 30-40 range. At 6’8 and 220, Baez is huge. Give him a 70 grade FB that easily sits in the mid 90’s and Baez becomes unhittable. For a big guy and more importantly a young guy, Baez is an athlete that can repeat his mechanics and has plus control. He issued 10 walks in 63.2 IP to go with 89 strikeouts and .188 average against. Baez also mixes in 3 average to above-average off speed pitches. A CB, CH, and a SL that has a chance to be a plus pitch.
26. A.J. Puk, LHP OAK
The 6th overall pick in the 2016 draft boasts 2 plus offerings. His FB and SL are 60 grade pitches that allowed Puk to strike out 184 hitters in 125 IP. The biggest issue for Puk is command. He has consistently posted 3.3-3.5 BB/9 rates and struggles to command a third pitch. His CB and CH are average at best but have room to grow. At 6’7 Puk has had trouble repeating his mechanics but did make great strides to clean it up a bit in 2017. Puk has the tools to be a top of the rotation starter.
27. Scott Kingery, 2B PHI
Kingery has always flashed plus speed and a mature hit tool. In 2017, he added power to his game, hitting 26 HR. Granted 18 of those HR were in AA at Reading, a notorious hitters park. However, even the addition of average power to his profile puts him in a unique category. A 2B that can hit .300 with 15 HR and 30 SB will be a nice addition to the Philadelphia lineup. Expect Kingery to start at AAA with a mid-season call up. If the power continues to develop, Kingery has a chance to become one of the best 2B in the National League.
28. Luis Urias, 2B SD
Urias is everything you want out of a young middle infielder. As a teenager at AA (turned 20 in June), Urias hit .296 with a .398 OBP. He displays a mature and advanced approach at the plate. Listed at 5’9 and 160 lbs, Urias may be on the small side but is built solid. Having seen him take BP in person, I think double-digit power will come. He profiles as a perfect number 2 hitter. Urias draws more walks than strikeouts and has very little trouble hitting with two strikes.
29. Luis Robert, OF CWS
Robert is the real mystery man on this list. Having only played in the Dominican Summer League due to visa issues, the Cuban import is one of more mercurial prospects on this list. I’ve seen him ranked ahead of Eloy Jimenez as the top prospect in the White Sox farm to the 50’s in Top 100 lists. The consensus reports indicate that Robert will be a true 5 tool power with plus power and speed. He will start the season in A ball and could fly through Sox system as well as become a consensus Top 5 prospect by years end.
30. Willie Calhoun, OF TEX
Acquired from the Dodgers in the Yu Darvish trade, Calhoun is a power hitting machine. He belted 32 HR at AAA/MLB in 2017. Unlike most power hitters, Calhoun is able to make solid contact and has a plus hit tool. His ceiling is .300 with 30 HR.