Ray Butler’s 2019 MLB Draft Top 65 Prospects: February

Written by: Ray Butler

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Welcome to my first-ever MLB Draft prospect list. It’s a mess, but it’s my mess.

I learned a ton in this process. I had the opportunity to evaluate a level of player I don’t have too much experiencing evaluating. To say creating this list was a learning experience for me is a massive understatement. As with any draft prospect list, I’d expect there to be significant changes made throughout the spring.

I can’t promise I’ll update this list every month, but I’ll certainly publish a few more versions before this summer’s MLB draft.

This is not a mock draft. I’m not predicting where a player will be taken in this summer’s MLB draft. I’ve simply, to the best of my ability, ranked the top-65 draft prospects (from a fantasy perspective) for the 2019 season.

It’s never too early to begin preparing for the future.

Without further ado….

1. Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State. Age: 21

In my opinion, it’s undeniable that Rutschman is currently the best player in the 2019 draft class. I’ve got the 21-year-old. switch hitting catcher at 60-hit and 55-raw, not to mention he’s a plus defender with elite makeup. He’s the odds-on favorite to be 1.1 this summer, and he’ll likely progress quickly through the minor leagues.

2. Riley Greene, OF, HS, Oviedo, FL. Age: 18

If the Orioles shy away from selecting Rutschman at 1.1 (they do have a checkered history with drafting switch-hitting catchers in the first round), then it’s Greene, not Bobby Witt Jr., who has the inside track at being the top pick of the 2019 draft. Holistically, Greene could be the best prep hitter in this class. At 6’2, there’s more power on its way.

3. Bobby Witt Jr., SS, HS, Colleyville, TX. Age: 18

For a prep infielder, Witt is arguably plus-to-elite in four different categories: raw power, speed, fielding ability and throwing arm. The tool that will ultimately determine Witt’s draft stock, though, is the hit tool. You hear varying opinions on where exactly the tool stands, but most evaluators agree it’s currently below average.

4. C.J. Abrams, SS, HS, Roswell, GA. Age: 18

A 70-grade runner with above average bat-to-ball skills, Abrams is the seemingly safe, high-floor counterpart to Bobby Witt’s high-ceiling, high-variance profile amongst prep shortstops in the 2019 class. At 6’2, I find it hard to believe Abrams won’t eventually get to average raw power.

5. Brennan Malone, SP, HS, Bradenton, FL. Age: 18

Malone possesses clean mechanics, athleticism and plenty of polish for a prep arm. But none of the aforementioned traits compare to the right-hander’s stuff, which is headlined by a fastball that should touch triple digits in pro ball someday. Malone also throws a curveball, slider and changeup that all project at average or better. In my opinion, the 18-year-old is currently the top pitcher in this draft class.

6. Andrew Vaughn, 1B, California. Age: 21

If Riley Greene is currently the best hitter in this season’s prep class, Vaughn is currently the best hitter in this year’s college class. The plate discipline, bat-to-ball skills, raw power and defensive skills mean the first baseman could move quickly through the minor leagues once he’s drafted.

7. Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech. Age: 21

College pitching has simply been no match for Jung, who slashed .392/.491/.639 last season with 12 home runs and only 32 strikeouts in 316 plate appearances (10.1 K%). I don’t see much of argument against Jung being a 60-hit, 60-raw prospect heading into the 2019 draft, though there are some concerns he’ll eventually transition from the hot corner to first base.

8. Shea Langeliers, C, Baylor. Age: 21

Rutschman will get all the hype this spring, but in any other class, Langeliers would practically be a shoe-in as the first catcher off the board. I’ve got the 21-year-old at 55-hit, 55-raw, and he should have no problem sticking at catcher throughout his career. If he can finish his college experience with a solid 2019 campaign, Langeliers should be one of the more underrated prospects in FYPDs this summer and next offseason.

9. Daniel Espino, SP, HS, Statesboro, GA. Age: 18

I’m in love with Espino’s mechanics and arsenal, which are both needed for a pitching prospect who doesn’t necessarily physically project as well as his draft counterparts. The right-hander’s movements and use of his lower body help me believe he could maintain his high-90s fastball velocity throughout the course of a long professional season.

10. Graeme Stinson, SP, Duke. Age: 21

In a rather putrid year for college arms who are draft eligible, Stinson tops the list. The gigantic southpaw (6’5, 250 lb.) is transitioning to the rotation from the bullpen, and all eyes will be on how Stinson handles the increase in workload. The mechanics are a tad unusual, but no one can argue the notion the 21-year-old possesses perhaps the best two-pitch combo in this draft class (fastball and slider).

11. Jerrion Ealy, OF, HS, Jackson, MS. Age: 18

Ealy recently signed with Ole Miss on a football scholarship, and word is slowly circulating that the decision actually increases the chances Ealy opts to declare for this summer’s MLB draft (signing with Alabama or Clemson would have a converse effect). The 18-year-old is well-rounded prospect whose profile should be filled with 55s and 60s if he elects to play baseball.

12. Corbin Carroll, OF, HS, Seattle, WA. Age: 18

It’s easy to examine Carroll’s 5-foot-10, 160 pound frame and assume we’re discussing a prospect with limited projection. I’m not sure that’s the case with Carroll, who could eventually possess plus hit and run tools with average power. The 18-year-old has a reliable floor with sneaky upside that should become more evident this spring.

13. Hunter Barco, SP, HS, Jacksonville, FL. Age: 18

I found Barco especially hard to rank in my first-ever draft class list, a little because of the low arm slot but a lot because of the way the southpaw projects. As you can see, I’m a believer. It’s certainly feasible that Barco is the first left-handed prep pitcher off the board this summer, though we won’t get a sense of the true upside until the 18-year-old officially becomes a P.O.

14. Carter Stewart, SP, East Florida State JC. Age: 19

You’re probably aware of the background here: Stewart was drafted 9th overall by the Braves last season only to never sign a contract largely due to a wrist injury. Some failed litigation later, the right-hander elected to attend junior college in lieu of Mississippi State. Draft eligible once again this summer, Stewart is simply ‘proving durability’ away from likely being a top pick once again.

15. Zack Thompson, SP, Kentucky. Age: 21

If Stinson isn’t the first college arm taken in the draft this summer, Thompson should be considered the favorite to accomplish the feat. The southpaw spent most of last season sidelined with an elbow injury, but it didn’t seem to sour most scout’s outlook on the 21-year-old. If Thompson lowers his walk rate this spring, he’ll border on being a top-10 pick in 2019.

16. Matthew Thompson, SP, HS, Houston, TX. Age: 18

A plus athlete from the mound, Thompson has already touched 96 mph with his fastball despite just beginning to skim the surface of his immense potential. The 18-year-old also throws a slider and curveball; Thompson’s elite arm speed makes me think a changeup could eventually become a viable part of the right-hander’s arsenal.

17. Rece Hinds, 3B, HS, Bradenton, FL. Age: 18

If potential for 80-grade raw power arouses you (and it better), Hinds is a prospect you should be very aware of. Of course, the profile is not without some swing-and-miss tendencies that will also play a role in deciding where Hinds is drafted this summer. It should also be noted that Hinds must improve his defensive skills to remain at the hot corner as a professional.

18. Will Holland, SS, Auburn. Age: 21

A high-variance middle infielder with a ton of upside, Holland has the tools to someday be an impact player at the big league level. The 21-year-old is far from a finished product, though, and needs to learn to show patience in his plate approach to reach his gaudy offensive potential. There will be questions about Holland’s ability to stick at shortstop, but I’m optimistic he will with a little more refinement.

19. Ryne Nelson, SP, Oregon. Age: 21

Nelson is the epitome of high-variance as a draft prospect, but he legitimately has the upside to be the first pitcher off the board this summer. The 21-year-old has never started at the collegiate level, but he’s expected to move from his role as closer (he has also played shortstop at Oregon) into the starting rotation this spring. With a fastball that should sit in the mid-90s in longer appearances and an above average slider and changeup, Nelson is one of the more exciting prospects I evaluated in this process.

20. Tyler Dyson, SP, Florida. Age: 21

Next in a long line of impact pitchers from UF, Dyson missed some time last season with a shoulder injury and needs to prove his durability in 2019. The right-hander’s arsenal currently consists of a fastball, slider and changeup, all of which grade at 55 in my eyes. Dyson was recruited by some schools to play shortstop at the collegiate level, so he’s certainly got the athleticism that offers plenty of projection with his 6’3, 210 lb. frame.

21. Will Wilson, 2B, North Carolina State. Age: 20

Wilson might not be the five-tool player you dream of selecting in FYPD, but he’s an offense-first middle infielder with a high floor; there’s something to be said for that. The 20-year-old has played shortstop during his time at North Carolina State, but it’s widely believed he’ll shift to second base at the professional level. Positionally and statistically, Wilson reminds me a little of Keston Hiura Lite.

22. Braden Shewmake, 3B/SS, Texas A&M. Age: 21

Shewmake is above average at just about everything he does on the diamond, currently sporting 55-hit, 55-raw, 55-speed and 55-field (from third base) in my opinion. The question surrounding the 21-year-old seems to be his future defensive home. I think he shifts from shortstop (which he played exclusively last season at Texas A&M) to third base as a professional. With a solid spring, the raw power could be evaluated as plus when Shewmake is selected this summer.

23. Zach Watson, OF, LSU. Age: 21

When he was a draft prospect in high school, it was widely assumed Watson would be shortstop throughout his career. Instead, the 21-year-old has found a home in center field while at LSU. The upside is gaudy here, and Watson has hit 16 home runs and stolen 25 bases in two college seasons. There’s a chance for 55-hit, 55-raw, 60-speed here.

24. Brett Baty, 1B, HS, Austin, TX. Age: 19

If Rece Hinds doesn’t possess the most raw power of any prep prospect in this draft class, it’s likely Baty that assumes that title. I’m learning the many nuances of ranking and evaluating high school players, but I wonder if Baty’s age (he’ll be 19 1/2 years old this summer) will affect his draft stock. The teenager has mostly played third base during his prep career, but he’ll likely shift to first base as a professional.

25. Tyler Callihan, 2B/3B, HS, Jacksonville, FL. Age: 18

A powerful left-handed hitter, Callihan makes the most of his 5’11, 210 lb. frame offensively. Defense is another story, with recent reports currently hypothesizing there’s work to be done for the 18-year-old to stick at the hot corner. I think it’s more likely Callihan eventually finds a home at second base, where he projects just fine.

26. Alek Manoah, SP, West Virginia. Age: 21

A large human being at 6’6, 260 lbs., Manoah will slot into the rotation this spring for the first time in his collegiate career. The right-hander has a splendid arsenal consisting of a mid-90s fastball, a plus slider and an above average changeup. With a simple delivery predominantly made from the stretch, I’m very interested to see how Manoah performs in longer appearances this season.

27. Spencer Jones, SP/1B, HS Carlsbad, CA. Age: 18

If any prospect in this draft is given the opportunity to be a two-way player, I think it should be Jones. At 6’7, 210 lbs., the 18-year-old is surprisingly athletic (especially for his size) and has showed potential to be an above average first baseman as a professional. But it’s the pitching upside that has Jones ranked on this list, with a plus fastball and curveball highlighting the arsenal.

28. Michael Busch, UTIL, North Carolina. Age: 21

A shortstop in high school, Busch has since transitioned to first base at the college level. However, standing only 6’0, 210 lbs., some scouts think Busch could potentially profile adequately at other positions once he’s drafted. It’s at least 55-hit and 55-raw, with both skills possibly getting to plus at some point.

29. Matthew Allan, SP, HS, Seminole, FL. Age: 18

With a 6’3, 210 lb. frame, a fastball that has potential to someday touch triple-digits and a plus curveball, the intrigue surrounding Allan should be obvious. But it’ll be the right-hander’s ability to consistently throw strikes this spring (and the continued development of his changeup) that will ultimately decide Allan’s draft stock.

30. Maurice Hampton, OF, HS, Memphis, TN. Age: 17

Named Mr. Football in the state of Tennessee last fall, Hampton is currently committed to LSU to play both baseball and football. It’s currently unknown whether the outfielder will declare for the MLB draft or elect to go to college (as it typically does, the decision will likely hinge on dollars and cents). On the diamond, Hampton possesses both above average raw power and speed. The 17-year-old would likely rank higher on this if his future were more certain.

31. Chris Newell, OF, HS, Malvern, PA. Age: 18

Along with the build of a prototypical athlete (6’3, 190 lbs.), Newell possesses above average contact skills, raw power and speed. The outfielder has already gone Tommy John surgery, though at full health his arm and fielding skills are also considered advanced. He should profile well from both center field and right field.

32. J.J. Bleday, OF, Vanderbilt. Age: 21

A 55-hit, 60-raw, left-handed right fielder, Bleday is a well-rounded prospect who provides value on both sides of the ball. For now, the 21-year-old doesn’t possess the physical projection and upside of a typical first round pick, but Bleday is capable of taking the next step this spring.

33. Judson Fabian, OF, HS, Ocala, FL. Age: 18

Considered one of the more advanced bats in this season’s prep class, Fabian has exhibited an ability to consistently hit the ball hard to all fields. The early reports of the 18-year-old’s bat speed and hands are droolworthy, which is furthered by the assumption Fabian should continue to develop physically for the next few seasons.

34. Kameron Misner, OF, Missouri. Age: 21

The toolsy outfielder missed a huge chunk of last season due to a fractured foot, but Misner still makes this list thanks mostly to his athleticism–especially relative to his 6’4, 219 lb. frame. Despite the size, the 21-year-old is still tapping in to what is perceived to be at least above average raw power. Let’s hope Misner can stay healthy in 2019.

35. Logan Wyatt, 1B, Louisville. Age: 21

I always feel a little slimy hyping a 1B-only prospect, but Wyatt possesses the plate discipline and raw power to project well at the position. The heir to the Brendan McKay throne at Louisville, Wyatt is a decent bet to ascend this list as he unlocks more of his power in-game in 2019.

36. Jack Leiter, SP, HS, Morristown, NJ. Age: 19

A legacy prospect, Leiter possesses, in my opinion, the best curveball in this draft class from anyone not named Carter Stewart. Which is good, considering the right-hander’s fastball and changeup may never exceed 55. You’ll hear a lot about Leiter’s polish leading up to this summer’s draft, which pairs with the 19-year-old’s hammer to quell a lot of the concerns that are naturally associated to a 6’0 pitching prospect.

37. Nick Lodolo, SP, TCU. Age: 21

Ranked highly more so because of the upside than the track record of performance, Lodolo needs to show a propensity to limit baserunners (he’s given up 156 hits in 155.2 IP in college) this spring. However, the 21-year-old has the frame (6’6, 180 lbs.) and stuff (10.87 K/9 last season) to battle Graeme Stinson and Zack Thompson for the title of top college pitcher in this class.

38. Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV. Age: 21

He doesn’t yet possess the in-game power we normally desire from a 6’3 middle infielder, but Stott is a well-rounded prospect who could take a big step forward this spring. The 21-year-old slashed .365/.442/.556 last season at UNLV, but it’s the lackluster home run output (4 last season) that will be under the microscope in 2019. More power would likely make Stott a top-15 pick this summer.

39. Kendall Williams, SP, HS, Bradenton, FL. Age: 18

An IMG Academy prospect, Williams has a frame (6’6, 190 lbs.) that dreams are made of. It’s expected that the right-hander adds more good weight as he finalizes his physical development, and with it should come an uptick in fastball velocity. The 18-year-old also features a curveball and changeup, and both project as future above average offerings.

40. Will Robertson, OF, Creighton. Age: 21

The 21-year-old made huge strides last season, slashing .333/.412/.641 with 12 home runs and only 31 strikeouts in 225 plate appearances. Robertson may never be a reliable contributor in the stolen base department, but I’ve got the outfielder at 55-hit and 55-raw, which provides a study floor that helps us forget about the unastronomical upside.

41. Cade Doughty, SS, Denham Springs, LA. Age: 18

The shortstop isn’t below average at anything he does on a baseball field, which is scary when you consider he hasn’t really tapped into his raw power yet. Doughty could eventually play either second or third base in lieu of shortstop, though the arm strength profiles well at that position. If the power output begins to show this spring, Doughty should climb this list.

42. Ricky DeVito, SP, Seton Hall. Age: 20

With potential to throw three plus pitches and being a draftable college arm despite only being 20 years old, there’s a lot to like about the profile DeVito brings to the table. At 6’3, 175 lbs., I wonder if it’s possible the stuff takes another step as the right-hander finalizes his physical development.

43. J.J. Goss, SP, HS, Cypress Ranch, TX. Age: 18

I’m not in love with what I’ve seen from Goss’s mechanics, but the stuff and projectability makes the right-hander an intriguing prospect to watch. At only 170 lbs., Goss’s fastball and slider are already plus offerings, and the changeup has a chance to get there as well. As the 18-year-old continues to fill out, the upside should become evident.

44. Bryant Packard, OF, East Carolina. Age: 21

An advanced hitter with untapped power potential, Packard slashed an unconscious .406/.462/.671 with 14 home runs last season at East Carolina. The hit tool is a 60, and the raw power is currently 55 with an outside shot at getting to plus as Packard continues to develop.

45. Matt Wallner, OF, Southern Miss. Age: 21

For a position player to be included on this list, they have to possess above average tools in at least 2 of the 3 fantasy-relevant, offensive categories: hit, power and speed. Wallner possesses the latter two skills, though it’ll be the development of the hit tool that will ultimately determine the outfielder’s draft stock.

46. Jimmy Lewis, SP, HS, Austin, TX. Age: 18

A bulldog of a pitcher at 6’6, 200 lbs., Lewis has potential to eventually showcase a 60 fastball, 55 curveball and 55 changeup. Despite the solid arsenal, it’s the right-hander’s projectability that have scouts drooling as we head into the 2019 season. Lewis could be one of the first prep right-hander’s drafted this summer.

47. George Kirby, SP, Elon. Age: 21

Statistically, the 21-year-old isn’t even the best pitcher on his own team (Kyle Brnovich), but scouts seem to have definitively picked Kirby as their favorite arm in the Elon rotation. With a four-pitch arsenal headlined by a plus fastball, mechanics that are hard to criticize and a 6’4 205 lb. frame, Kirby is a solid bet to remain in the rotation throughout his professional career.

48. Chase Strumpf, 2B/OF, UCLA. Age: 21

Strumpf made a gigantic leap forward last season, pacing UCLA in AVG, OBP and SLG. He also hit 12 home runs and walked in 16% of his plate appearances. While the offensive tools hold their own to most prospects in this draft class, the defensive skills lag behind. Strumpf is currently viewed with fringe ability at second base, and a move to left field at some point in his career is certainly possible.

49. Logan Davidson, SS, Clemson. Age: 21

The raw power, frame and athleticism alone make Davidson an intriguing prospect, though there’s still some questions that must be answered prior to this summer’s draft. The shortstop has some swing-and-miss tendencies, and his showings during summer ball in the Cape Cod League have raised some concerns as well. Scouts are split on whether Davidson will stick at shortstop in pro ball, and the eventual answer to that question will likely determine the 21-year-old’s draft stock.

50. Blake Sabol, C/OF, USC. Age: 21

An above average athlete who spends time at different positions, I think Sabol currently projects as an outfielder at the professional level. The raw power and speed currently grade at 55, and the hit tool and plate approach took solid steps forward in the Cape Cod League last summer.

51. Tyler Nesbitt, SP, HS, LaBelle, FL. Age: 17

A huge summer helped Nesbitt ascend the ranks of prep pitchers in this draft class, and the right-hander could easily take another step forward this season. One of the youngest players on this list, Nesbit’s arsenal features both a fastball and slider that have plus potential. At 6’2, 183 lbs., we can dream on Nesbit filling out and climbing into the upper-echelon of draft rankings this season.

52. Will Rigney, SP, HS, Waco, TX. Age: 18

A 6’5 right-hander, Rigney features an arsenal that includes three pitches that have 55 potential or better. The 18-year-old has solid mechanics, and while his secondary pitches (slider and changeup) certainly need refinement for the pitcher to reach his potential, there’s plenty of projection within this profile.

53. Brady McConnell, SS, Florida. Age: 20

A currently-underrated draft prospect thanks to a poor showing last season, McConnell has potential to possess above average hit, raw power and run tools. Unfortunately, those tools have struggled to manifest themselves in-game to this point of McConnell’s college career. The ship should be righted in 2019.

54. Myles Austin, INF, HS, Atlanta, GA. Age: 18

Upside is mandatory when evaluating prospects for a FYPD in your fantasy league, and Austin oozes it. Plus athleticism, plus raw power and plus speed. At 6’3, 185 lbs., Austin should continue filling out physically, which could mean eventually moving away from shortstop as a professional. The hit tool is infantile, but Austin is a prospect worth dreaming on anyways.

55. Michael Limoncelli, SP, HS, Horseheads, NY. Age: 19

With two plus pitches (fastball and curveball) and above average command already, Limoncelli is polished for a prep arm. The right-hander’s stock could take another step forward this spring if he shows improvements with his changeup. Limoncelli should also continue to add weight and strength, and his fastball could eventually sit in the mid-90s.

56. Spencer Brickhouse, 1B, East Carolina. Age: 21

If you’re likely a 1B-only prospect, you better be able to rake. With plus raw power that’s not limited to his pull-side, Brickhouse can. The strikeout rate will steer the 21-year-old’s stock, and another solid season would likely mean Brickhouse is drafted inside the top-50. Oh, and the possibilities for a Brickhouse-related fantasy team name are basically endless.

57. Isaiah Campbell, SP, Arkansas. Age: 21

Campbell is an intriguing prospect for many reasons, and the way he’s evaluated and ranked throughout the spring will be a learning experience for me. He’ll be 22-years-old in his first full season of professional ball and has a history of elbow ailments, but the four pitch arsenal and frame makes Campbell a high-upside draft prospect nonetheless.

58. Drew Mendoza, 3B, Florida. State: Age: 21

There are some questions about his hit tool and ability to field his position from the hot corner, but Mendoza is one of the most high-upside prospects in this season’s draft. The raw power might be 70, but the 21-year-old could struggle to fully utilize it in games thanks to contact issues. A high-variance player, Mendoza could be a top-20 draft prospect a few months from now. He could also be non-existent on these lists by summer.

59. Michael Toglia, 1B/OF, UCLA. Age: 20

A #TTO darling, the combination of Toglia’s passiveness and some swing-and-miss tendencies cast a little bit of a shadow on the first baseman’s raw power. The 20-year-old is a switch hitter and probably athletic enough to play left field defensively if need be, though he projects as above average from first base.

60. Adam Laskey, SP, Duke. Age: 21

The college numbers don’t jump off the page at you, but Laskey’s performance in the Cape Cod League this summer has done wonders for his stock. The size, handedness and mechanics are all working in the southpaw’s favor, so scouts will focus on the intricacies and potential of Laskey’s three-pitch arsenal this spring.

61. Ryan Zeferjahn, SP, Kansas. Age: 21

Zeferjahn won’t be the safest pitching prospect (an oxymoron in and of itself) in this draft class, but the right-hander will offer as much upside as any college arm selected this summer. The 21-year-old has a 5.1 BB/9 throughout his career at Kansas, but a plus fastball and slider has scouts hoping Zeferjahn shows improved command this spring.

62. Kenyon Yovan, SP, Oregon. Age: 21

An athletic right-hander with a prototypical frame, Yovan could take a leap forward on this list in 2019 as he continues transitioning to a rotation arm from the bullpen. The right-hander has a four-pitch arsenal that currently features one 55 offering (fastball) and three 50 offerings (changeup, slider, curveball), but that’s mostly considered a starting point for the repertoire as Yovan prepares for a crucial 2019 campaign.

63. Nick Quintana, 3B, Arizona. Age: 21

As a 5’11 third baseman with swing-and-miss issues, I’m not in love with Quintana’s margin for error relative to other names on this list. But the 21-year-old gets the most out of his frame, hitting 20 home runs in 494 plate appearances in two seasons at the college level. The strikeout rate will be the deciding factor on Quintana’s eventual standing on draft lists.

64. Jason Hodges, 1B/OF, HS, Chicago, IL. Age: 17

There are certainly some things that need to be ironed out in the Hodges’s profile, but the 17-year-old has some of the best raw power in the 2019 draft class. It’s widely-assumed that his defensive skills and arm will force a relegation to either left field or first base, so Hodge’s draft stock will be determined by the development of his hit tool during his senior year.

65. Hayden Dunhurst, C, HS, Carriere, MS. Age: 18

Reports on the catcher continue to get better, and I’ve got Dunhurst at 55-hit, 55-raw heading into the spring. In a weak class for prep catchers, the 18-year-old has a chance to solidify his standing as one of the top catchers selected in this summer’s draft with a solid showing this spring.

If you’ve read this far in the list, you deserve a reward. So here you go: originally, I wanted this list to be a 2019-2020 First Year Player list. I quickly figured out I’m currently under-qualified and under-resourced to evaluate J2 players this early in the cycle, but I will say this: Dominican outfield prospect Jasson Dominguez is the real freakin’ dealAt the point of this process that I was still including J2 players, I had Dominguez ranked 2nd (behind only Adley Rutschman). There’s a chance that I wasn’t doing him justice. File the name away and buckle your seatbelt. Dominguez (who’s been heavily linked to the Yankees) will be one of the hottest names in the prospect world this summer.

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