Top third-base prospects 2023

MLB Pipeline will reveal its 2023 Top 100 Prospects checklist at 7 pm ET on Thursday, Jan. 26, with a one-hour present on MLB Network and MLB.com. Leading as much as the discharge of the Top 100, we’ll study baseball’s high 10 prospects at every place.

There are numerous modifications to this 12 months’s Top 10 third base prospects checklist in comparison with final 12 months. While there have been solely two graduations (Jose Miranda and Elehuris Montero), there have been a couple of place shifts, with Jordan Walker and Nolan Jones now outfielders and Elly De La Cruz extra of a shortstop.

That leaves Brett Baty, who was No. 1 on this checklist in 2022, because the highest-ranked hold-over, topping Curtis Mead, Josh Jung and Miguel Vargas. The new no. 1 is a position-changer himself. While Gunnar Henderson undoubtedly may nonetheless play a strong shortstop, he noticed extra time at third when he received to the massive leagues and that is seemingly the place he’ll play in 2023. He’s joined by a pair of 2022 first-round picks on the checklist together with a couple of different new names.

If you want change, you will not have to attend lengthy. Henderson and Baty ought to have loads of alternatives to be on their Opening Day rosters and Henderson is a front-runner for AL Rookie of the Year. The complete high 5 right here have ETAs of 2023, so there might be extra turnover because the 12 months goes on.

The Top 10 (ETA)
1. Gunnar Henderson, Orioles (2023)
2. Brett Baty, Mets (2023)
3. Curtis Mead, Rays (2023)
4. Josh Jung, Rangers (2023)
5. Miguel Vargas, Dodgers (2023)
6. Jacob Berry, Marlins (2025)
7. Cam Collier, Reds (2025)
8. Colt Keith, Tigers (2024)
9. Coby Mayo, Orioles (2024)
10. Deyvison De Los Santos, D-backs (2024)
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Top 10 prospects by place:
RHP | LHP | C| 1B | 2B | 3B
1/24: SS
1/25: OF
1/26: Top 100

Hit: Mead, Vargas (65)
All Mead has carried out is hit just about wherever he is been, with a .306/.376/.517 line. He had a .922 OPS on the higher ranges in 2022 after hitting .313 within the Arizona Fall League in 2021… sense a pattern? Vargas has equally mashed at each cease, with a Minor League profession line of .313/.390/.488. Rapidly advancing up ranges did not damage him — he hit .304 in Triple-A final 12 months — en path to his first callup to the massive leagues.

Power: Henderson, Vargas (65)
Henderson remains to be solely 21 and regardless that he slugged .531 within the Minors a 12 months in the past, he is simply scratching the floor of tapping into his energy from the left aspect of the plate and he hit the ball very exhausting throughout his huge league debut. Vargas’ pop began exhibiting up for actual in 2021 when he hit 23 homers and slugged .526, then slugged .511 in Triple-A final 12 months and that plus hit software means he will get to the facility constantly.

Run: Henderson (55)
Henderson is a shortstop enjoying third, so it needs to be no shock that he leads on this class. He’s able to registering plus run instances and went 22-for-25 in stolen-base makes an attempt within the Minor Leagues in 2022 and has not less than 20-20 potential.

Arm: Henderson, Mayo (70)
The two Orioles each have absolute hoses for arms. Henderson could make sturdy, correct throws from in all places on the infield and from all angles. If he is enjoying third, then Mayo might need to maneuver elsewhere, however for now followers can watch him throw lasers from the new nook within the Minors.

Field: Henderson (55)
This grade may be mild for Henderson at third. He’s a strong defender at shortstop however has the potential to finally be a plus defender from this spot on the diamond.

Highest ceiling: Henderson
He’s solely 21 and already clearly prepared for the massive leagues. There’s a Rookie of the Year Award doubtlessly in his fast future and a number of All-Star appearances and different {hardware} on the horizon.

Highest ground: Baty
Putting Henderson right here may additionally make sense, however the certainty individuals have in Baty’s bat will get the nod. It’s attainable he leads to the outfield, or finally first base, however that left-handed swing goes to play, very like it did when he posted a .943 OPS within the Minors final 12 months.

Rookie of the Year candidate: Henderson
Who else? Others on this checklist will play within the huge leagues, however Henderson goes to play day by day, in an ever-improving lineup, and has all the flexibility to stroll away with the award.

Highest riser: De Los Santos
De Los Santos wasn’t even on the D-backs’ Top 30 in the beginning of the 2022 season, however was on this Top 10 on the finish of the 12 months. He performed throughout three ranges of the Minors, ending in Double-A, and whereas he must work on his method, his .306/.348/.499 line with 22 homers and 106 RBIs as a youngster factors to a really vivid future .

Humblest starting: Mead
The Phillies signed Mead out of Australia near the tip of the 2017-18 worldwide signing interval for a comparatively humble $200,000 bonus. He hadn’t even left the Phillies’ advanced when he was traded to the Rays and he began taking off in his introduction to full-season ball in 2021 and hasn’t stopped hitting since.

Most to show: Jung
He turns 25 this 12 months and can get his likelihood within the huge leagues because the Rangers’ Opening Day third baseman. It’s not that he hasn’t carried out, with a .990 OPS in 2021 and slugging .540 in 2022 to earn his first name to the massive leagues. But he had hassle staying wholesome, with 78 video games performed in ’21 and solely 31 within the Minors final 12 months.

Keep an eye fixed on: Casey Schmitt, Giants
Schmitt’s first full season in 2021 was comparatively non-descript over 64 video games, however issues clicked offensively final 12 months, with 21 homers and a .293/.365/.489 whereas touching Triple-A to associate with simply plus protection at third.

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