Major League Baseball is always thinking about its future and if the MLB top prospects are a sign of what’s to come, America’s Pastime will be in great hands for years.
Few things get baseball fans more excited than potential talent. Whether a team is rebuilding, plans to be sellers at the MLB trade deadline or hopes to be a dynasty in the making, everyone loves prospects.
The devotion is even stronger thanks to players like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (No. 1 prospect in 2018), Fernando Tatís Jr. (No. 2 prospect in 2018), Shohei Ohtani (No. 1 prospect in 2018) and Ronald Acuña Jr. (No. 6 prospect in 2017) making the transition from top prospect to MLB star.
- Top MLB prospects sidelined by injuries: Sixto Sanchez, Royce Lewis, Corbin Carroll, Pete Crow-Armstrong, Nate Pearson
Bookmark this page for weekly updates on how top MLB prospects are performing in the minors. If a player is in the majors, they are removed from the list. We’ve also included some of the top prospects from the 2021 MLB Draft.
1. Adley Rutschman, C, Baltimore Orioles (AA)
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|Feb. 6, 1998||2021 stats||75|
The No. 1 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the former Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Award recipient is making quick work of the minors. He’s phenomenal behind the dish, profiling as a catcher who can compete for the Gold Glove. If he lives up to his potential, the Orioles will have a perennial All-Star catcher for years.
- Adley Rutschman call-up projection: 2022
2. Julio Rodriguez, OF, Seattle Mariners (AA)
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|Dec. 29, 2000||2021 stats||75|
Signed out of the 2017-’18 international class, Rodriguez quickly elevated his stock to become a top prospect. Seattle takes it slow with international players, especially after COVID-19 wiped out the 2020 MiLB season. While Rodrigez is repeating High-A, after ending the 2019 season at the level, he has proven his tools are ready for higher competition.
Rodriguez is currently playing for the Dominican Republic in the Olympic qualifiers.
- Julio Rodriguez call-up projection: 2022
3. Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Detroit Tigers (AA)
|Spencer Torkelson age:||Spencer Torkelson stats:||Grade:|
|Aug. 26, 1999||2021 stats||75|
After dominating at Arizona State, breaking Barry Bonds’ school record for home runs by a freshman (25), Torkelson was the No. 1 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. Selected as a third baseman, he profiles long-term at first base and his outstanding hit tool (60-grade potential) and power (70-grade potential) could make him an AL MVP candidate one day.
- Spencer Torkelson call-up projection: 2022
4. CJ Abrams, SS, San Diego Padres (AA)
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|Oct. 3, 2000||2021 stats||75|
Among the MLB top prospects, Abrams is one of the most exciting. Drafted with the No. 6 overall pick in 2019, San Diego’s 6-foot-2 shortstop is a future leadoff hitter in the making. He already has elite speed on the base paths and his ability to make contact is outstanding.
Abrams suffered a fractured left tibia and sprained MCL in July, ending his 2021 season. The 20-year-old infielder will likely begin his 2022 season back at the Double-A level, but should make his MLB debut a few months later.
- CJ Abrams call-up projection: 2022
5. Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Kansas City Royals (AAA)
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|June 14, 2000||2021 stats||70|
The son of Bobby Witt Sr., Kansas City’s No. 1 prospect created a lot of buzz during spring training. He was assigned to Double-A and has shown there is still a lot of growth before he is ready for the majors. But this is a player capable of becoming a perennial All-Star infielder for the Royals. Before being promoted to Triple-A Omaha, Bobby Witt Jr. posted a .331/.401/.623 slash line with nine home runs in his final 154 ABs at the Double-A level.
- Bobby Witt Jr. call-up projection: 2022
6. Marco Luciano, SS, San Francisco Giants (A)
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|Sep. 10, 2001||2021 stats||70|
If you’re projecting who among the MLB top prospects will be No. 1 in 2023, Luciano is the best bet. San Francisco signed Luciano for $6 million in 2018, recognizing a player with the tools to become a star. We’re talking about a player with outstanding, raw power a quick bat and who can handle himself defensively at shortstop. A potential star in the making.
- Marco Luciano call-up projection: 2023
7. Jo Adell, OF, Los Angeles Angels (AAA)
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|April 8, 1999||2021 stats||60|
Jo Adell made his MLB debut in 2020, but things went poorly for the outfielder. While he homered three times in 38 games, he also struck out in 41.7% of his plate appearances and reached base just 21.2% of the time. He’s one of the best power hitters in baseball, but he must learn to make consistent contact and better diagnose the zone to hit his potential.
- Jo Adell call-up projection: Summer 2021
8. Grayson Rodriguez, SP, Baltimore Orioles (AA)
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|Nov. 16, 1999||2021 stats||65|
Baltimore’s right-handed pitcher, taken with the No. 11 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, shows the makings of a future ace. He offers a four-pitch mix, is flashing easy ability to generate whiffs and will have great chemistry with Rutschman.
- Grayson Rodriguez call-up projection: 2022
9. Riley Greene, OF, Detroit Tigers (AA)
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|Sep. 28, 2000||2021 stats||60|
The No. 5 pick in 2019, Greene is likely headed for a corner outfield spot in his MLB career. Detroit loves his swing and his eye at the plate could lead to plenty of seasons with 20-plus home runs.
- Riley Greene call-up projection: 2022
10. Austin Martin, IF, Minnesota Twins (AA)
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|March 23, 1999||2021 stats||65|
The highest-ranked player among the MLB top prospects to be dealt at the trade deadline, many around baseball are split about Austin Martin. Coming away from the Futures Game, there were raised doubts about his ability to ever hit for power. But even if that element of his offensive game never comes, Martin can be a reliable leadoff hitter. Minnesota did extremely well landing him from Toronto.
- Austin Martin call-up projection: 2022
11. Drew Waters, OF, Atlanta Braves (AAA)
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|Dec. 30, 1998||2021 stats||55|
While not quite on Cristian Pache’s level, Drew Waters is another outfielder the Braves are very excited about. He’s always demonstrated the ability to hit. He offers the athleticism to be a quality center fielder, but could be special in left field.
- Drew Waters call-up projection: July 2021
12. Robert Hassell II, OF, San Diego Padres (A)
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|July 15, 2001||2021 stats||55|
San Diego drafted Hassell with the No. 8 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, identifying a player widely viewed as the best high school hitter in the class. The 6-foot-2 outfielder is already showing great bat-to-ball skills and pairs it with a nice eye at the plate. He profiles as a corner outfielder and the Padres are counting down the days until he is ready.
- Robert Hassell II call-up projection: 2023
13. Francisco Alvarez, C, New York Mets (A+)
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|Nov. 19, 2001||2021 stats||55|
Álvarez, signed out of Venezuela, could be the best catching prospect in MLB a year from now. He started the year in A-Ball and wreaked havoc, quickly earning a promotion to Brooklyn. It’s going to take time for the 19-year-old to adjust, but his bat profiles incredibly well for his position.
- Francisco Alvarez call-up projection: 2023
14. Max Meyer, SP, Miami Marlins (AA)
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|March 12, 1999||2021 stats||55|
If not for his size (6-foot), Meyer would likely receive even more praise. Scouts graded both his fastball and slider at a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale and his electric stuff is already overwhelming batters in the minors. A 2021 debut is possible, but Miami’s pitching depth likely pushes him to 2022. Keep an eye on him as a potential trade candidate, with the Miami Herald reporting the Marlins discussed a Meyer for Brandon Marsh trade in July.
- Max Meyer call-up projection: 2022
15. MacKenzie Gore, SP, San Diego Padres (AAA)
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|Feb. 24, 1999||2021 stats||60|
Gore, the top MLB pitching prospects, has the potential to be the ace of San Diego’s rotation. But the southpaw is struggling with his command and the issues have dated back to the 2020 alternate site. The former No. 3 overall pick’s repertoire (fastball, slider, curveball, changeup) can be great, if he learns how to command the strike zone.
- MacKenzie Gore call-up projection: Sept. 2021
16. Jasson Dominguez, OF, New York Yankees (A)
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|Feb. 7, 2003||N/A||60|
Signed for $5 million, Jasson Dominguez is one of the most hyped international prospect in years. He’s drawn comparisons to Mike Trout and Bo Jackson. There are reasons behind it, with 70-grade raw power and 70-grade speed, plus an advanced feel at the plate and massive power. Dominguez appeared in the MLB Futures Game and is now off to a hot start after being promoted to Low-A ball.
- Jasson Dominguez call-up projection: 2025
17. JJ Bleday, OF, Miami Marlins (AA)
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|Nov. 10, 1997||2021 stats||50|
Drafted No. 4 overall in 2019, Bleday’s off to a rough start at Double-A. He doesn’t have any outstanding tools, but a move to right field should allow him to become an above-average regular if he reaches his potential.
- JJ Bleday call-up projection: 2022
18. Triston Casas, 1B, Boston Red Sox (AA)
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|Jan. 15, 2000||2021 stats||50|
The Red Sox snagged Casas with the No. 26 pick in 2018, hoping the left-handed slugger would turn his raw power into production. He did just that in 2019, hitting 20 homers in 120 games. As his eye in the batter’s box improves, Casas has the strength and bat speed to have a 30-homer season in his prime.
- Triston Casas call-up projection: 2023
19. Nolan Gorman, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals (AAA)
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|May 10, 2000||2021 stats||50|
The No. 19 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Gorman flashed outstanding power out of high school. The 6-foot-1 slugger has a lot of swing-and-miss to his game, but he is starting to make some strides. With Nolan Arenado at the hot corner in St. Louis, Gorman could shift to second base as he nears the majors.
- Nolan Gorman call-up projection: 2022
20. Noelvi Marte, SS, Seattle Mariners (A)
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|Oct. 16, 2001||2021 stats||55|
Signed in 2018 as an international free agent, Noelvi Marte is one of the fastest rising prospects in MLB. Seattle exercised caution with its top signee, but there is tremendous excitement for his potential. With lightning-quick bat speed and tremendous athleticism, he could be a top-20 overall prospect a year from now.
- Noelvi Marte call-up projection: 2023
21. Jordan Groshans, IF, Toronto Blue Jays (AA)
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|Nov. 10, 1999||2021 stats||50|
The Blue Jays boast one of MLB’s best farm systems and they are insanely rich with infield prospects. Groshans, taken seven picks ahead of Gorman, broke out in 2019 before suffering a season-ending foot injury. He’ll be moved to third base before long and his power profiles nicely at that spot.
- Jordan Groshans call-up projection: 2023
22. Cade Cavalli, SP, Washington Nationals (AA)
|Born:||Cade Cavakku stats:||Grade:|
|Aug. 14, 1998||2021 stats||50|
Cade Cavalli is the Washington Nationals top prospect and projects to be the team’s future ace. The No. 22 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, this 6-foot-4 righty is tearing through the minors. With an electric fastball and curve, paired with his improved command, we should see him in D.C. before long.
- Cade Cavalli call-up projection: 2022
23. Jeter Downs, 2B. Boston Red Sox (AAA)
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|July 27, 1998||2021 stats||50|
It won’t be long before Red Sox fans are rooting for a player named after Derek Jeter. Downs, a key piece in the Mookie Betts trade, Downs flashes well-rounded skills. He’s capable of hitting 20-plus home runs and stealing double-digit bases in his peak seasons and Boston can’t wait to have stability at second base.
- Jeter Downs call-up projection: September 2021
24. Cristian Pache, OF, Atlanta Braves (AAA)
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|Nov. 19, 19998||2021 stats||55|
The Braves have given Cristian Pache a few opportunities in the majors, but things haven’t gone well (.366 OPS). While the numbers are a bit concerning, this is still a 22-year-old outfielder with supreme gifts. He profiles as a future Gold Glove winner in center field and the bat should come along with time.
- Cristian Pache call-up projection: August 2021
25. Nick Gonzales, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates (A+)
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|May 27, 1999||2021 stats||50|
Before suffering a shoulder injury, Gonzales was crushing High-A pitchers to the tune of a .917 OPS through his first 51 at-bats. The No. 7 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, Gonzales boasts a tremendous bat and should hit for a high average in his MLB career. It won’t be long before the Pirates have their second baseman of the future.
- Nick Gonzales call-up projection: 2022
26. Zac Veen, OF, Colorado Rockies (A)
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|Dec. 12, 2001||2021 stats||50|
Drawing some comparisons to Cody Bellinger, Colorado drafted Veen with the No. 5 pick in 2020. MLB.com graded him at a 60-hit tool with 55-power and that could climb even higher with some added muscle to his 6-foot-4 frame. We won’t see him at Coors Field for a few years, but he’ll post All-Star numbers when that day comes.
- Zac Veen call-up projection: 2024
27. Marcelo Mayer, SS, Boston Red Sox
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|Dec. 12, 2002||2021 HS stats||55|
The Boston Red Sox were hoping Jack Leiter fell to them with the No. 4 pick, he didn’t. While they might have lost out on a front-line pitcher, No. 4 pick Marcelo Mayer could be a star in the making. MLB Pipleline projects his future hit, field and arm at a 60 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He’s drawn comparisons to Corey Seager and could be a future star at Fenway.
- Marcelo Mayer call-up projection: 2025
28. Jordan Lawlar, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
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|July 17, 2002||2021 HS stats||55|
After Bobby Witt Jr. was drafted in 2019, scouts turner their attention to the next shortstop phenom out of Texas. Jordan Lawlar, the No. 6 pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, slid to the Arizona Diamondbacks due to signability concerns. Arizona landed an elite prospect, someone more than capable of becoming a perennial All-Star infielder. He’s several years away, but the Diamondbacks landed a great talent.
- Jordan Lawlar call-up projection: 2025
29. Nick Lodolo, SP, Cincinnati Reds (AA)
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|Feb. 5, 1998||2021 stats||50|
The No. 7 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Nick Lodolo is in the midst of a breakout season. The 23-year-old’s slider is electrifying and both his fastball and changeup project to be ‘plus’ pitches. Most importantly, the southpaw shows outstanding command with everything.
- Nick Lodolo call-up projection: 2022
30. Jack Leiter, SP, Texas Rangers
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|April 21, 2000||2021 stats||55|
Jack Leiter, the No. 2 pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, surpassed Kumar Rocker thanks to a brilliant season at Vanderbilt. The 6-foot-1 righty throws a 70-grade fastball, one that generates plenty of whiffs. He comes with a deep repertoire, including a 60-grade curveball and 55-grade slider and changeup. There are concerns about the number of home runs allowed in college, but all the tools are here to be an ace for the Texas Rangers.
- Jack Leiter call-up projection: 2023
31. Luis Campusano, C, San Diego Padres (AAA)
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|Sep. 29, 1998||2021 stats||50|
San Diego struck gold in Round 2 of the 2017 MLB Draft, potentially landing its catcher of the future. Campusano packs outstanding strength in his 5-foot-11 frame and has demonstrated an above-average hit tool compared to his peers. He’ll never be great defensively, but that might not be necessary with the electronic strike zone in MLB’s future.
- Luis Campusano call-up projection: August 2021
32. Gabriel Moreno, C, Toronto Blue Jays (AA)
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|Feb. 14, 2000||2021 stats||55|
The Toronto Blue Jays signed Gabriel Moreno in 2016 and after a few years of development he is one of the biggest breakout prospects in 2021. Moreno rocks a cannon behind the plate and has made strides keeping pitches in front of him. He is the Blue Jays’ catcher of the future and could develop into an All-Star in a loaded lineup
- Gabriel Moreno call-up projection: 2022
33. Asa Lacy, SP, Kansas City Royals (A+)
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|June 9, 1999||2021 stats||50|
Asa Lacy one of the top 2020 MLB draft picks, is struggling in his first taste of pro ball. Command is the concern for the 6-foot-4 southpaw, but no one can fault the Royals for being very high on a pitcher with the potential for three ‘plus’ pitches (fastball, slider, changeup).
- Asa Lacy call-up projection: 2023
34. Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Rangers (AA)
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|Feb. 12, 1992||2021 stats||50|
Josh Jung, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, packs massive power in his 6-foot-2 frame. He receives 60-grade hit and power tools from Baseball America and there is confidence he can stay at the hot corner for years to come.
- Josh Jung call-up projection: 2022
35. Tyler Freeman, SS, Cleveland Indians (AA)
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|Feb. 21, 1999||2021 stats||50|
A competitive balance pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, Tyler Freeman has steadily made progress since being drafted out of high school. He received a future 60-grade hit tool from MLB.com and profiles nicely at either middle infield spot in the Cleveland Indians lineup for years to come.
- Tyler Freeman call-up projection: 2022
36. Vidal Brujan, IF, Tampa Bay Rays (AAA)
|Born:||Vidal Brujan stats:||Grade:|
|Feb. 9, 1998||2021 stats||55|
Vidal Brujan made his MLB debut in July with the Tampa Bay Rays, but it didn’t last long. While it was a short stay for one of the MLB top prospects, his future is incredibly bright. A 75-grade run tool with a potential 60-hit grade, Brujan’s talent is beginning to blossom and the upside is exciting.
- Vidal Brujan call-up projection:
37. Keibert Ruiz, C, Washington Nationals (AAA)
|Born:||Keibert Ruiz stats:||Grade:|
|July 20, 1998||2021 stats||50|
The centerpiece of the Max Scherzer, Trea Turner blockbuster trade, Keibert Ruiz is a player for the Washington Nationals to be rightfully excited about. He boasts a 1.012 OPS this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City and with a new club, there is a clear path to immediate playing time.
- Keibert Ruiz call-up projection: August 2021
38. Matthew Liberatore, SP, St. Louis Cardinals (AAA)
|Born:||Matthew Liberatore tats:||Grade:|
|Nov. 6, 1999||2021 stats||50|
Pitching is not the St. Louis Cardinals strength right now. Fortunately, Matthew Liberatore is closing in on his MLB debut. A 2018 first-round pick by the Rays, St. Louis acquired the 6-foot-4 southpaw in the Randy Arozarena trade. More than likely, he’ll be in the Cardinals’ rotation next season.
- Matthew Liberatore call-up projection: 2022
39. Tyler Soderstrom, C, Oakland Athletics (A)
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|Nov. 24, 2001||2021 stats||55|
The Oakland A’s struck gold in the 2020 MLB Draft, landing Tyler Soderstrom with the No. 26 pick. If teams got a second chance, he’s likely a top-10 pick. The 6-foot-2 catcher swings a quick bat, generating high exit velocity when he makes contact. We’re talking about a perennial All-Star behind the plate if he develops.
- Tyler Soderstrom call-up projection: 2023
40. Shane Baz, SP, Tampa Bay Rays (AAA)
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|June 17, 1999||2021 stats||55|
Arguably the most talented player pitching for Team USA in the Olympics, Baz’s fastball, receiving 70-plus grades, is electrifying and it pairs with an outstanding slider. Before competing for a gold medal in the Olympics, Baz struck out 35.9% of batters faced at the Triple-A level and should be in the Rays’ bullpen by September.
- Shane Baz call-up projection: September 2021