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
Bookmark this page for weekly updates on how top MLB prospects are performing in the minors. If a player is in the majors or is sidelined by an injury, they are excluded from the list.
1. Wander Franco, SS, Tampa Bay Rays (AAA)
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Wander Franco, the top prospect in baseball, is the youngest player in Triple A. Signed out of the 2017 international class, the Tampa Bay Rays assigned Franco to Triple-AAA Durham after he posted a .327/.398/.487 slash line and .885 OPS with nine home runs and 18 stolen bases in A-ball during the 2019 season. He offers the potential to be a future MVP candidate, drawing MLB comparisons to Cleveland Indians star Jose Ramirez.
- Wander Franco call up projection: June 2021
2. 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
3. Julio Rodriguez, OF, Seattle Mariners (A+)
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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
4. Jarred Kelenic, OF, Seattle Mariners (AAA)
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|July 16, 1999||2021 stats||75|
Jarred Kelenic’s first taste of the majors didn’t go well, but that says nothing about his future. Mike Trout and Alex Bregman both experienced cold stretches to open their careers and look where they are now. After some more seasoning in Triple-A, Kelenic will return to Seattle.
- Jarred Kelenic call-up projection: July 2021
5. Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Detroit Tigers (A+)
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|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
6. 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.
- CJ Abrams call-up projection: Aug. 2021
7. Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Kansas City Royals (AA)
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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. Over his last six games (May 23 – June 3), Witt Jr. has hit six home runs.
- Bobby Witt Jr. call-up projection: 2022
6. 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
9. 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
10. 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
11. Nate Pearson, SP, Toronto Blue Jays (AAA)
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|Aug. 20, 1996||2021 stats||60|
The Blue Jays have twice given Pearson a quick look in the majors, both in 2020 and the current season. Neither trip worked out for the 6-foot-6 righty, but the skills are electrifying. Scouts believe his fastball-slider combo can be elite, he just needs to refine his command and further development with his curveball would go a long way.
- Nate Pearson call-up projection: June 2021
12. Austin Martin, IF, Toronto Blue Jays (AA)
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|March 23, 1999||2021 stats||65|
Austin Martin, the former Vanderbilt star, was considered a top-three talent in the 2020 MLB Draft. He fell into Toronto’s lap at the fifth spot and the organization took advantage. Capable of playing either middle infield spot or center field, he’ll eventually be a versatile weapon for the Blue Jays.
- Austin Martin call-up projection: 2022
13. Grayson Rodriguez, SP, Baltimore Orioles (A+)
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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
14. Vidal Brujan, IF, Tampa Bay Rays (AAA)
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|Feb. 9, 1998||2021 stats||60|
A top-50 prospect before the 2021 season, Brujan is destroying the Triple-A level. He never hit more than five home runs (2018, A-ball) in a full season and is already at seven just 20 games into this season. It won’t be long before he makes his MLB debut.
- Vidal Brujan call-up projection: July 2021
15. Matt Manning, SP, Detroit Tigers (AAA)
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|Jan. 26, 1998||2021 stats||60|
Detroit’s collection of young pitching is outstanding and this right-hander is just another reason to be optimistic about the future. The No. 9 pick in 2016, Manning has dominated at nearly every level. He still needs some time, as his stats show, but there is a front-line starter here.
- Matt Manning call-up projection: Sept. 2021
16. Daniel Lynch, SP, Kansas City Royals (AAA)
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|Nov. 17, 199||2021 stats||60|
Daniel Lynch recently made his MLB debut and his three starts (15.75 ERA) went about as poorly as one could imagine. Kansas City still has every reason to feel confident in its 6-foot-6 southpaw, who has three above-average pitches.
- Daniel Lynch call-up projection: July 2021
17. 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
18. 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
19. 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
20. Joey Bart, C, San Francisco Giants (AAA)
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|Dec. 15, 1996||2021 stats||60|
San Francisco got aggressive with Bart in 2020, giving him a shot in the majors after Buster Posey opted out. While the former No. 2 pick has struggled, he is showing in 2021 that Triple-A pitching is no problem for him. Bart’s contact issues are a concern, but his power and arm strength are undeniable.
- Joey Bart call-up projection: August 2021
21. 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.
- Max Meyer call-up projection: 2022
22. Jasson Dominguez, OF, New York Yankees (EST)
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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. But Dominguez also just turned 18 and won’t face pro pitchers until the summer.
- Jasson Dominguez call-up projection: 2025
23. 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
24. 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
25. 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
26. Brandon Marsh, OF, Los Angeles Angels (AAA)
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|Dec. 18, 1997||MiLB stats||50|
The Angels’ future in the outfield is bright, with Marsh joining Adell in Salt Lake. The 23-year-old packs solid power and more could still come thanks to his 6-foot-4 frame. Marsh has always demonstrated the ability to work counts and with more experience, he’ll be ready for the majors.
- Brandon Marsh call-up projection: August 2021
27. Luis Patiño, SP, Tampa Bay Rays (AAA)
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|Oct. 26, 1999||2021 stats||55|
The centerpiece of the Blake Snell trade, Patino has the stuff and command to make it as a mid-rotation starter before long. There are some concerns about his size (6-foot) and consistency, but he is in the perfect spot to grow as a pitcher.
- Luis Patiño call-up projection: June 2021
28. Nolan Gorman, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals (AA)
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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
29. 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
30. 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
31. 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
32. 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
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. 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
35. 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