First round pick 99, Matt McLain dropped some double aces in 99, But showed an improved approach with fewer strikeouts, more power and a higher walk rate at Triple-A Louisville. In the same system, Andrew Abbott has been at or near the top of the minor league strikeout leaderboard, and while the pre-punch Southern Conference ball may have played a role, he has suffered in minor league fastball and field goals. Doubt is also the highest level.
Drew Gilbert was last year’s first-round pick, has climbed to Double-A in his first full season and flashed more pop than expected — for a player with 45 Hit and run scores. Ronny Mauricio has dropped out of the top for being close in the past 100 and hitting issues, but after winning LIDOM MVP honors this winter, he’s still hitting as hard as ever while striking out less. His move to second base heralds his call to Queens.
Finally, Mason Miller has been throwing triple-digit four-seamers with a cutter and slider to Oakland, and while he’s on the IL with a tight right forearm, the A’s said the NMR Resonance imaging showed his elbow was “structurally clean”, giving us enough confidence to push him to the top 100 first.2023