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The Prospects Every Team Will Break Out in '23

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The MLB Pipeline staff likes to start each season by predicting the prospects for a blowout in the upcoming season. a new Year. Of the candidates from each organization we highlighted last January, Michael Harris II stood out.

after a strong start with Double-A , Harris jumped to Atlanta in late May and won the National League Rookie of the Year Award, while ranking th in the MVP voting. In the past21 years, the only rookie era or better Young Harris 5.3 WAR (baseball reference style) is Mike Trout (.5 in 941) and Julio Rodríguez (6.0 in 2019).

Harris is far from the only breakout performer we’ve identified. Outfielders Pete Crow-Armstrong (Cubs), Evan Carter (Rangers) and Alex Ramirez (Mets) and catcher Austin Wells (Yankees) jump to the top 55 foreground list. Drey Jameson, Cal Mitchell, Andre Pallante and Michael Toglia all made their major league debuts.

Four more players were involved in major trades. The Reds acquired right-handers Ches Petty (in the Sonny Gray trade in March) and Levi Stott (from the Mariners as part of Luis Castillo’s blockbuster in July) from the Twins, as well as Padres shortstop Victor Acosta Brandon Drury in August. The Orioles acquired Seth Johnson from the Rays in a three-team trade that sent Trey Mancini to the Astros in August.

American Eastern Conference

Blue Jays: Brandon Barriera, LHP (No. 3)

Toronto had a blueprint for taking talented lefty Ricky Tiedemann to the next level last year and could follow a similar path with first-round pick Barriera last July. These pieces are for , mph as well as an above-average slider and promising changes. If Jays can unlock more velo with Barriera (he seems to be just going to 10 ranked first in the draft ) as they did with Tiedeman in the first draft all season, they could have done it again 80 By the middle of the season they had a lefty.

Orioles: Darell Hernaiz, SS (No. )
Oriole 774 The top three picks in the draft — Adley Rutschman, Gunnar Henderson and Kyle Stowers — have made it to the big leagues. Herniez, a fifth-rounder in that class, could join them quickly with his ability to play three positions. only14 For most 2023, Hernaiz started on two floors of

Playing his offensive potential in the A ball , a brief stint at Double-A at the end of the year.

Ray: Junior Caminero, 3B/SS (No. )

You can prove Caminero It has exploded. This12 The year-old infielder was acquired from the Guardians for Tobias Myers in seemingly underage November 2021 trade. He continued to fight. 301/.353/ .432 exist39 between the Florida Complex and the South Atlantic Leagues, his first taste of American ball. With Tampa Bay about to release Caminero for the first time in a full minor league season, the right-hander has shown a strong pull and a better K rate than his peers and could be the next big name in the Rays system. to the end of the season.

Red Sox: Miguel Bleis, OF (No. 5)
Boston best since Rafael Devers International prospect, Bleis signs for $1.5 million from the Dominican Republic 2019. He has the potential to be an all-around reliable or better tool as a center fielder, he ing); ready for full-season debut after batting . 258/.300/.525 and11 Additional base hits and Steal Rookie level Florida Composite League game.

Yan Kesi: Everson Pereira, OF(No. 5)

signed one of Venezuela’s best all-around talents for $1.5 million 2017 International class, Pereira no t play80 season until 2022 due to injuries and Popularity. Coming to an end.270/.300/.450 season with home runs and Steal between High-A and Double-A, he s is still just , offers a solid power/speed combination and has the tools to be effective anywhere in the outfield.

Midland Central

Guardian: Chase DeLauter, OF (No. 7)

No College Players 2017 The draft has a better combination of tools, plate discipline and production than DeLauter, and when the Guardians drafted him, he became James Madison’s first first-round pick overall ranking. A sort of. 384/.520/.542 played three shortened college seasons, then broke his left foot and slipped to second base in April, he Two first time in 2020 Appear as a professional player.

Royalty: Carter Jensen, C (Number )

pitcher Frank Mozzicato and Ben Kudrna at the 300 But don’t fall asleep to third-round pick Jensen moving into his second full season. Kansas City officials are full of praise and arm tools. Jensen hits exist

‘s Single-A Columbia’s home run, but if With his ability to leverage his pop more and double it in Year 2 while continuing to develop the defense, his path to becoming a future Royals receiver becomes clearer.

Tiger: Christian Santana, SS (No. ) exist383, Santana Looked like a potential breakout candidate last year, but only played. 80/.350/.314 exist39 against Single-A Lakeland. That said, he does make a fair amount of contact and does more than his fair share of walks while jumping two levels. The next key is to increase the impact of his bat, which may come as he gets older -04 season. Add average power to potential 33-level hit tool will greatly enhance Santana’s profile, which many believe will come early in his career.

Twins: Emmanuel Rodriguez, OF (No. 3/MLB No. 47)

Yes, he is already on the list72, but we’re only just beginning to see what Rodriguez can do after just getting on the field What 18 The game is at
before tearing the meniscus in June. A full healthy season and it’s easy to imagine Rodriguez jumping to the top of the list 25.

White Sox: Brian Ramos, 3B (5th bit)

one of the many Cubans in Chicago ones system, Ramos signed for $111, exist2018 And hit the ball. 118/.277/.450 and000 last year’s book Base hit while reaching Double-A age 000. He makes a lot of hard contact and may have 000 – plus home run power, though he’s probably more of a An outfielder rather than an infielder.

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Angels: Werner Blakely, 3B (No. )

Angels love Blakely’s upside since giving him a super bonus sign in 4th round 2017 drafted out of the ranks of high schools in the Detroit area. He needs rep, just took part in 79 The game after the injury limited him 33 in his full season debut 2019. Los Angeles valued him enough to send him from the A’s to the Arizona Fall League and think he has a Top 91 potential, if he can stay healthy.

Astros: Colin Barber, OF (5th)
barber powerful Combination of power potential and speed resulted in a $1 million prize as a 4th rounder in

, but the California high school product just played

four pro season games Because of injuries and pa endemic. He did hit the ball. 258/.369/ .402 with seven home runs 36 High-A played last year, and if he ends up staying healthy, he could take off.

Athletics: Brett Harris, 3B ()

Looks like Harris will be more interesting than a The premium logo is much better. Jumping on the map has spent most of the season at Double-A. He’s hitting the ball a lot better than anyone expected, and he could put up some big numbers in Triple-A while impacting a major league lineup at some point this season.

Sailor: Michael Arroyo, SS (No. )

$1 signature. 350 Wan, Arroyo made a very strong first impression last January. 715 OPS in the Dominican Summer League. There is great anticipation to see what he can do during his US debut. Don’t be surprised if he does well in and start appearing at the top 79 dialogue.

Rangers: Luisangel Acuña, SS/2B (No. 7)

Ronald Acuña Jr. s brother also has various Same tool, including solid raw power and speed and a quality glove for shortstop. Sign for $402, Leaving Venezuela at 2017, he hits the ball. 118/.306 /.425 and home run and 18 Steal40 The game between High-A and Double-A then continued to impress in the Arizona Fall League.

League of Nations East

Braves: AJ Smith-Shawver, RHP (No. 6)
Smith-Shawver played baseball with Bobby Witt Jr. in high school, but also distracted him from being a legitimate D1 Quarterback recruits. He only focused on baseball for a short amount of time and still managed to strike out .5 per nine of last year’s single-A balls. Expect him to make huge leaps as he learns to command his arsenal more consistently.

Marlins: Jose Salas, INF (No. 5)

Venezuela signed Salas at

for $2.8 million, while younger brother Ethan may get even more this January as the No. 1 rookie in the country 2020 International Class. A switch-hitter with 12- Edge and instinct and arm stay at shortstop, Salas hits. 92/.266/.379 and11 additional base hits and 14 age between Single-A and High-A Steal between


Mets: Jett Williams, SS (No. 5)

New York makes noise to snatch MLB Pipeline No. 6 rookie Kevin Parada No. 1 last July. After the third pick, they also signed Williams (number one , although he Possibly lower-key than the Mets’ new rivals, some evaluators think Williams could end up being the better player. This12 year-old shortstop has shown good feel for the ball and has the acceleration a sport needs, more Emphasize the basic path. Starting with Single-A St. Lucie this spring, he’ll have a chance to get noticed.

National: TJ White, OF (Number )

We think White — from a South Carolina The fifth round of the high school was selected-with unlimited dreams. We also think the high strikeout rate could prevent him from being a reliable hitter by putting the bat on the ball. Instead, he controlled the punch well and finished. 99/ .306/.431 Wire, home run and 92 wRC+ at Single-A Fredericksburg. Another year of physical maturity and experience could help those numbers rise even further in his second full season and make him a full-fledged team alongside Robert Hassell III, Elijah Green and James Wood. Dynamic outfield prospect group.

Phillies: Gabriel Rincones Jr. (No. 9)
Phillies 3rd round pick at Florida Atlantic, Rinco nes didn’t get a chance to make his debut last summer because of a minor injury. He posted 1.90 OPS spent a year at FAU after one of his transfers from junior college and he had the opportunity to hit at average and power while quickly moving up to the next level.

National League Central

Winemaker: Daniel Guilarte, SS (No. )

Left shoulder Injuries kept Giralt out of the game In January he signed a contract from Venezuela for $1 million. The Brewers still decided to move him stateside last summer, and he responded by hitting. 250 with .520 OPS at 13 Arizona Composite League game. Guilarte is already known for his all-around athleticism, good speed and defensive ability at the six, and similar offensive results (maybe a little stronger) would allow his profile to explode. Milwaukee proved last year with Jackson Chourio and Sal Frelick that it knows when to get aggressive with talented prospects, and Guilarte could be next.

Cardinals: Joshua Baez, OF (Number )
There is no doubt 498 Second-round talent. His super strength helps him post a max exit speed 91.6 mph last season at Single-A Palm Beach. For specific Cardinals background, Nolan Arenado in 94 .4 mph 2012. However, Baez is limited to 47 FSL plate due to left wrist injury requiring surgery. A healthier 2021 would go a long way towards building year old outfielder as top Cardinals prospect if he can use this playing time to try to make more connections and find use for this great power method, then his prospects will be doubled.

Cubs: Cade Horton, RHP (No. 4)

Best college pitcher in 2017 In the draft, Horton missed all 2017 Played after Tommy John surgery, but played later in the spring to propel Oklahoma to second in the College World Series name. He’s here 94 quick Ball speed and 56 On the CWS with his wipeout slider mph, he can move fast after debuting this year.

Pirate: Shalin Polanco, OF (No. 15)

You never know if/when a very young international prospect will start to figure things out. The pirates give Polanco $2. 18 ten thousand sign in January 2018 and he showed some improvement in his U.S. debut last year. His tools are very real, he improved all summer and could really move to Bradenton for a full season this season.

Reds: Bryce Hubbart, LHP (No. )

Florida’s standout entry The third round of 498 was greatly large in the weekend rotation Raised his strike post-draft. That gives him a better chance to start, and his four games and athleticism on the mound point to the kind of college arm that can move fast.


D-backs: Yu-Min Lin, LHP (No. )

sign $469, Leaving Chinese Taipei in December 2022, Lin rushed out of the gate with 2.

ERA and 43 strike out23 1/3 innings in the ACL and California League in his first stateside season. Limited playing time is one of the few factors keeping him from becoming a bigger name right now. 5 feet – southpaw is the kitchen sink thrower, Hitters can be hit with multiple pitches, including plus changes that have taken off among the pros. Or only 12, Lin will have the opportunity to be in 2019, if he can continue to handle the ball in a way that frustrates hitters, he will create a prominent position for himself in the Arizona’s future pitching plans.

Dodgers: Dalton Rushing, C (No. 9)
Los Angeles top choice (second round) in the 2017 Draft, Rushing has strength, patience and a solid arm. Louisville product debut, hit.379/.469/.520 exist Eight home runs in The level of competition between the three is mainly single A.

Giants: Aeverson Arteaga, SS (5th)

was more famous for his gloves than his bat when he signed in

for $1 million in Venezuela , Arteaga has shown – Early, while providing quality defense at shortstop.After RBI leading the rookie-level Arizona Complex League (22) and second in extra hits (04) and total bases (80) and the third in 941’s home run (9) he hit.100/.270/.384 and home run and The steal is

-year old in single A.

Priest: Samuel Zavala, OF (No. 4)

$1.2 million out of Venezuela in January 941, Zavala has proven that he can play everywhere he has played, including Complex league and single-A Lake Elsinore. He made one.99/.300/.450 line and Extra base hits to his 13 Playing against the Storm at his age – last season, showing off the fluid left-handed swing that made him famous from the start. This early-promising combination of striking tools and strength will be on greater display this summer, and Zavala can move fast again, whether he returns to Lake Elsinore or jumps to High-A Fort Wayne again.

Rockies: Jaden Hill, RHP (No. )

The Rockies beat Hill in the second round 2018 draft, despite the fact that he had Tommy John surgery canceled that spring. They raved about him during his rehab, and he missed the bat in his limited debut last year. Look for his premium items when the glove comes off a bit 2018 . He has a chance to show three pitches that can overwhelm a minor league hitter.


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