We kicked off our 2023 MLB Pipeline Poll with who workforce executives — from normal managers to farm administrators, from scouting administrators to analytics specialists — thought could be the Rookie of the Year in every league within the coming season. Now it is time to dig a little bit deeper.
Among the questions we requested front places of work had been ones that required them to take a look at at the moment’s prospects a little bit extra intently. That offers us a greater sense of who the business values probably the most on either side of the ball.
Who is baseball’s finest hitting prospect?
Also obtained votes: Sal Frelick, OF, Brewers; Termarr Johnson, 2B/SS, Pirates; Jordan Lawlar, SS, D-backs; Anthony Volpe, SS, Yankees
Not surprisingly, the 2 picks for Rookie of the Year, Henderson and Carroll, led the ballot about who was one of the best place participant prospect. It is attention-grabbing to notice, although, that it was Henderson who gained this vote simply. There is not all that a lot separating the 2 top prospects, however Henderson’s energy plus his capacity to play on the filth had been among the many causes execs picked him over Carroll.
De La Cruz and Chourio each had large seasons final yr, charging up our Top 100 and by way of pure ceiling, they is likely to be onerous to beat, whereas Henderson and Carroll have each reached the large leagues and appear a greater wager to succeed in their respective ceilings as of proper now. Walker and Álvarez are thought-about to have very spectacular energy potential (More on that in Part 3.).
Who is baseball’s finest pitching prospect?
Also obtained votes: Taj Bradley, RHP, Rays; Hunter Brown, RHP, Astros; Kyle Harrison, LHP, Giants; Roki Sasaki, RHP, Chiba Lotte Marines
Sometimes you go right into a survey anticipating one end result however you get one other. That was the case right here, the place I figured Rodriguez, our top pitching prospect on the finish of 2022, would lead the voting. But the mix of him lacking appreciable time with a lat pressure and Painter dominating throughout three ranges en path to capturing MLB Pipeline Pitching Prospect of the Year honors, landed the Phillies younger right-hander within the top spot. Pérez, the 6-foot-8 Marlins righty, wasn’t far behind, though his numbers weren’t fairly as eye-popping as Painter’s final yr.
Harrison was the one left-hander to get any consideration, however probably the most intriguing identify talked about could have been Sasaki, the Japanese right-hander who dominated for Chiba Lotte in 2022 however is not even eligible to signal with an MLB workforce but.
Who is one of the best defensive prospect?
14% — Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Cubs
11% — Drew Jones, OF, D-backs
9% — Anthony Volpe, SS, Yankees
9% — Masyn Winn, SS, Cardinals
6% — Corbin Carroll, OF, D-backs
6% — Marcelo Mayer, SS, Red Sox
6% — Johan Rojas, OF, Phillies
6% — Drew Romo, C, Rockies
Also obtained votes: Edwin Arroyo, SS, Reds; Eric Brown, SS, Brewers; Elly De La Cruz SS/3B, Reds; Branden Fryman, SS, Mets; Noelvi Marte, SS/3B, Reds; Joey Ortiz, SS, Orioles; Oswald Peraza, SS, Yankees; Jefferson Quero, C, Brewers; Brayan Rocchio, SS, Guardians; Ezequiel Tovar, SS, Rockies; Brice Turang, SS, Brewers
There is much more knowledge than there was concerning defensive capacity, however that did not result in any nice consensus amongst executives. One factor that was clear: front places of work love up-the-middle protection. A complete of 20 prospects obtained votes on this every body of them are catchers, heart fielders or guys who’ve performed shortstop. Many really feel PCA is one of the best defender within the sport proper now, however it’s attention-grabbing to see Jones, final yr’s No. 2 total decide the Draft who has but to play knowledgeable sport, get as a lot recognition for his excellent work in heart subject already.
Which prospect has one of the best baseball IQ?
26% — Anthony Volpe, SS, Yankees
23% — Corbin Carroll, OF, D-backs
10% — Brooks Lee, SS, Twins
6% — Jackson Holliday, SS, Orioles
6% — Marcelo Mayer, SS, Red Sox
Also obtained votes: Diego Cartaya, C, Dodgers; Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Cubs; Henry Davis, C, Pirates; Elly De La Cruz, SS/3B, Reds; Ceddanee Rafaela, OF/SS, Red Sox; Brayan Rocchio, SS, Guardians; Brice Turang, SS, Brewers; Nick Yorke, 2B, Red Sox
Volpe has lengthy gotten excessive marks for his make-up and his instincts, which can proceed to assist him play above his strong all-around instruments. It’s a purpose why he is thought-about to be one of many top prospects in baseball. Like with the defensive voting, there are a number of up-the-middle gamers right here, with Carroll simply behind Volpe. Let the character vs. nurture debate continues with two gamers receiving a number of votes being the son of a school coach (Lee) and the son of a giant league All-Star (Jackson Holliday).
Which pitching prospect is one of the best future nearer?
21% — Daniel Espino, RHP, Guardians
15% — Max Meyer, RHP, Marlins
12% — DL Hall, LHP, Orioles
12% — Bobby Miller, RHP, Dodgers
6% — Jarlin Susana, RHP, Nationals
Also obtained votes: Hunter Brown, RHP, Astros; Zach Brzykcy, RHP, Cubs; Jeremiah Estrada, RHP, Cubs; Wilmer Flores, RHP, Tigers; Tink Hence, RHP, Cardinals; Ben Joyce, RHP, Angels; Jack Leiter, RHP, Rangers; Griff McGarry, RHP, Phillies; Mason Miller, RHP, A’s; Daniel Palencia, RHP, Cubs; Eury Perez, RHP, Marlins
There’s a theme that stands out amongst those that obtained votes. Most are ones who’ve actually good uncooked energy stuff that misses a ton of bats, however have some mixture of dimension considerations, well being points or command issues. The top two vote-getters, Espino and Meyer, have each missed a number of time and are not the most important guys on the planet. All 5 of the primary recipients of votes have largely been starters up to now of their profession, though Hall did transfer final yr to the bullpen and reached the large leagues in 2022 as a reliever.
Who is probably the most underrated prospect?
Also obtained votes: Kevin Alcantara, OF, Cubs; Samuel Basallo, C, Orioles; Eric Brown, SS, Brewers; Alexander Canary, OF, Cubs; Corbin Carroll, OF, D-backs; Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Cubs; Harry Ford, C, Mariners; Druw Jones, OF, D-backs; Edouard Julien, 2B, Twins; Orelvis Martinez, SS, Blue Jays; Curtis Mead, 3B/2B, Rays; Connor Norby, 2B, Orioles; Logan O’Hoppe, C, Angels; Joey Ortiz, SS, Orioles; Endy Rodriguez, C/2B/OF, Pirates; Gavin Stone, RHP, Dodgers; Brice Turang, SS, Brewers; Austin Wells, C, Yankees; Carson Williams, SS, Rays; Nick Yorke, 2B, Red Sox; Samuel Zavala, OF, Padres
Of the 26 whole prospects named right here, 15 had been on our Top 100 listing on the finish of the 2022 season. After many scouts felt Merrill was one of the best prospect within the Arizona Fall League, he will not be thought-about underrated for for much longer. Gavin Stone of the Dodgers was the one pitcher who obtained a vote.
Who is probably the most overrated prospect?
14% — Henry Davis, C, Pirates
10% — Anthony Volpe, SS, Yankees
7% — Drew Jones, OF, D-backs
7% — Marco Luciano, SS, Giants
7% — Noelvi Marte, SS/3B, Reds
Also obtained votes: Brett Baty, 3B, Mets; Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Cubs; Jason Dominguez, OF, Yankees; Elijah Green, OF, Nationals; Jackson Jobe, RHP, Tigers; Termarr Johnson, 2B/SS, Pirates; Josh Jung, 3B, Rangers; Matt Liberatore, LHP, Cardinals; Marcelo Mayer, SS, Red Sox; Matt McLain, SS, Reds; Bobby Miller, RHP, Dodgers; Robert Poisson, SS, A’s; Daniel Susac, C, A’s; Kahlil Watson, SS, Marlins; Masyn Winn, SS, Cardinals; Nick Yorke, 2B, Red Sox
Being the No. 1 total decide within the Draft comes with an enormous highlight and expectation to carry out proper out of the gate. Davis was banged up for a lot of his first full season and did not produce as a lot as a top decide “ought to,” which is why he probably led this ballot. Just to point out how subjective participant analysis could be, Cubs outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong obtained votes for each the underrated and overrated query.
Who is one of the best beginner prospect you have ever seen?
13% — Bryce Harper, OF, Phillies
13% — Adley Rutschman, C, Orioles
10% — Byron Buxton, OF, Twins
6% — Alex Rodriguez, SS, Mariners
Also obtained votes: Brady Aiken, LHP, Guardians; Javier Baez, SS, Tigers; Dylan Bundy, RHP, Orioles; JD Drew, OF, Cardinals; Prince Fielder, 1B, Brewers; Hunter Greene, RHP, Reds; Josh Hamilton, OF, Rays; Luis Hernandez, INF, Ven.; Druw Jones, OF, D-backs; Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Dodgers; Casey Mize, RHP, Tigers; Rick Porcello, RHP, Tigers; Mark Prior, RHP, Cubs; Corey Seager, SS, Rangers; Juan Soto, OF, Padres; Stephen Strasburg, RHP, Nationals; Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Royals
Players are listed by the workforce they’re at the moment on or which workforce signed them initially if they do not at the moment have a house and/or have retired. This one sort of ran the gamut, a bit based mostly on the era of govt and whether or not they’ve centered on home or worldwide beginner prospects. The top 5 vote-getters had been all taken within the top two of their respective Drafts. The most attention-grabbing decide? That is likely to be Venezuelan infielder Luis Hernandez, who’s slated to be a part of the 2026 worldwide signing class.