For this list, I used the players’ ages as of today: July 9, 2023.
The cut-off lines for eligibility were 130 at bats for hitters and 50 innings for pitchers.
Biggest gap I can remember between the top guy and any contenders.
Takes the two spot thanks to an elite synthesis of safety and topside.
Season-long line (.245/.344/.459) doesn’t tell the full story: Lawlar has seven homers and fifteen steals in his last 31 games, slashing .318/.392/.576 with a 14.9 percent strikeout rate.
Has ten strikeouts (13.7%) and eight walks (11%) through 19 major league games.
Went toe-to-toe with Atlanta last time out after stifling the Royals and debuting against the A’s, leaving Williams with a 0.95 WHIP through three big league starts.
The rich get richer, on the field and in the owners’ suites. Caminero has as much ability in the batter’s box as any player in the minors right now.
7. OF Dylan Crews | 21 | NCAA | 2024
Hit 40 homers in 133 games the last two seasons. Had a 46-to-71 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2023, slashing .426/.567/.713 in 344 plate appearances.
Wood just puts the ash to the rawhide, if you know what I mean. He’s struggling in Double-A, slashing .223/.319/.446 with a 30.5 percent strikeout rate, but six homers and five steals is a pretty good haul for a tough month (33 games) at a new level.
I’m a little worried about the organization’s track record with actualizing internal hitting talent. Chourio won’t turn 20 until March, so he’s lightyears ahead of the age-to-level curve, so I’m probably making mountains out of molehills here.
Detroit’s season is clearly not revolving around Colt Keith. If it were, they’d have fired him into the middle of that lineup a month ago. Instead, we were getting Schoop night after night like we’re Salt-N-Pepa hosting a throwback trivia show. Today, however, Schoop has been designated for assignment. Time to load that Colt.
Some people struggle to pronounce even the simplest names. I get it. Names don’t necessarily follow the phonetic rules of letters as we currently know them. Kjerstad is a salt for this sore spot. Can’t wait to hear all the different sounds those letters might make.
Not many questions left about Cowser. He has a .500 on base percentage through ten big league plate appearances, and while I’ll take the under on a .500 OBP, it’s not a surprise that he looks good early. He’s looked good at every level.
Yarrr. Sounds like the Pirates are making Dylan Crews walk the plank at pick 1.1 in this year’s draft, perhaps to take another Henry Davis type who’ll sign for slot value or less. Worked last time, I guess, but Crews feels like the kind of guy you’re just glad to have on the board. Don’t get one every year.
I’m encouraged that he went on the developmental list, figured something out (feels to me like he came back more aggressive), and is back on the field getting results. That’s huge for any player but especially one so young at an advanced level. The Texas front office and developmental team have earned a lot of trust over the past couple years.
15. RHP Paul Skenes | 21 | NCAA | 2024
At 6’6” with upper nineties heat that touches the low hundreds deep into his starts, Skenes comes into professional baseball with big league stuff and a 0.75 WHIP across 122.2 major-college innings in 2023. That’s a double-edged sword, of course. He’s as durable as any arm in the minors, and his drafting team could push him toward 180 innings and set him up to fight for a rotation spot next spring. Or they could do the hip-kid thing and pump the brakes, disrupting his rhythm in favor of saving 17 dollars seven years from now.
Hello. Kind of an inverse Texas in that Amador locks down this spot despite his home organization. The devout Rockies prospect investor is the cocaine-iest rat in the lab.
Redraft players have been left stranded, but C E-S remains an adaptable power bat in a great setting.
Elevation questions remain, but Merrill has been listening to the old U2 songs that Apple keep forcing into his phone, so he’s been banging the gong a bit more often even as he still hasn’t found what he’s looking for.
19. Rangers SS Sebastian Walcott | 17 | CPX | 2027
My favorite player in the lower minors, Walcott is hitting .385 with five home runs in nine ACL games.
Without the meticulous shifting behind it, Dodgers pitching looks downright beatable. Previous generations of young Dodgers have had to work their way into a starting gig over the course of a couple seasons. Kids today just get rushed right in there.
The future is trickling into that Baltimore lineup. Westburg doesn’t have the neon topside of some names below him on this list, but he’s here now, and he’s pretty shiny himself.
22. OF Wyatt Langford | 21 | NCAA | 2024
Tough beats for this kid in Ozark. Happy to see him bouncing back.
At 6’7” with good balance throughout a three-quarters whip delivery, J-Mizz is a nightmare factory for hitters. Kinda like that one night I went to an opera: real nightmare factory for me.
Has come screaming off the injured list like a peak drunken boxer, slashing .333/.400/.600 with three strikeouts and four walks in eight games.
Frelick’s on a seven-game hitting streak, but he’s batting .258 with a 69 wRC+ during the streak. I think his power will tick up in major league settings, but he’s only got one in 31 games this year, and I’m having developmental doubts again.
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The list continues next week.