With no minor league season in 2020, prospect-watching turned a way more troublesome process for baseball followers. Whereas most of the sport’s high prospects have already seen time within the majors this yr, others have been anxiously biding their time at their dad or mum membership’s alternate coaching website for greater than a month.
With the minor league common season set to start, we thought it is likely to be a good suggestion to look again at our annual record of 100 Names to Know for 2021 and see which of the present crop of minor leaguers may nonetheless make an influence within the majors this yr.
Gamers are listed with their opening day minor league project.
What we stated: “The Phillies’ high pitching prospect … has an opportunity to be an influence pitcher within the rotation this season however the crew may put an innings restrict on him.”
Replace: Howard made three aid appearances for the Phillies in April, however will start the minor league season at Class AAA Lehigh Valley to be stretched out as a starter.
RHP Kyle Wright, Braves
What we stated: “Whereas he has struggled by way of rising pains, the Braves nonetheless consider he could have a superb season.”
Replace: Wright made a spot begin April 16 for the Braves, however struggled along with his management. He’ll look to enhance at Class AAA Gwinnett.
OF Jarred Kelenic, Mariners
What we stated: “Kelenic, 21, is likely one of the high prospects in baseball. Plus energy performs in-game and must be a weapon early on. He … has an opportunity to succeed in the majors by the summer season.”
Replace: With the Mariners off to a quick begin, the stress to advertise Kelenic may improve significantly. He’ll be solely abut 30 miles away if/when the M’s want him at Class AAA Tacoma.
What we stated: “This slight (5-foot-9) but promising 21-year-old began the 2019 MLB Futures Sport and went 3-2 with 33 strikeouts over 34 ⅓ innings as a starter in 2020.”
Replace: He made one spot begin April 26 and was optioned instantly afterwards. There isn’t any room within the massive league rotation proper now, so he’ll take his common turns at Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
INF Nick Allen, Athletics
What we stated: “The 22-year-old is a gifted defender however the group will wish to see his bat catch up this yr.”
Replace: Oakland’s commerce for Elvis Andrus made positive Allen would not must make the leap from Excessive-A to the majors. He is anticipated to begin at Class AA Midland.
RHP Logan Gilbert, Mariners
What we stated: “Gilbert, who’s 6-foot-6, has showcased 4 pitches within the minor leagues. He might be a part of Seattle’s rotation quickly if he cruises by way of Class AAA.”
Replace: The M’s wish to see Gilbert pitch the majority of his innings within the second half of the season, ideally in Seattle. Count on his workload at Triple-A Tacoma to be restricted.
LHP Brailyn Marquez, Cubs
What we stated: “(T)he lanky left-hander will get loads of swings and misses on his upper-90s fastball. Marquez, 22, may make an influence … if his secondary pitches proceed to enhance.”
Replace: Having by no means pitched above Class A when he made his MLB debut on the ultimate day of the 2020 common season, Marquez will start this season at Class AA Tennessee.
RHP Josiah Grey, Dodgers
What we stated: “The Dodgers have a ton of depth within the rotation, so there’s no must rush the 22-year-old who has by no means pitched above Class AA.”
Replace: That Dodger pitching depth is noticeably thinner than it seemed this spring. With Dustin Could, David Worth and Tony Gonsolin at the moment on the injured record, Grey may get a fast call-up with a robust begin at Class AAA Oklahoma Metropolis.
SS Jose Garcia, Reds
What we stated: “Garcia, 22, appears to be like very very similar to the Reds’ shortstop of the longer term. The issue is, they don’t appear to have their shortstop of the current.”
Replace: Shortstop continues to be a difficulty in Cincinnati with longtime third baseman Eugenio Suarez getting the vast majority of begins. If Garcia hits properly at Class AAA Louisville, he might be up quickly to take that spot.
LHP Matthew Liberatore, Cardinals
What we stated: “It’s method too quickly to say the Cardinals bought the brief finish of the commerce that despatched (Randy) Arozarena to Tampa Bay, however it should seem that method not less than till Liberatore, 21, makes his MLB debut.”
Replace: The Playing cards’ high pitching prospect was fairly spectacular this spring. He’ll start at Class AA Springfield.
3B Nolan Jones, Cleveland
What we stated: “The membership’s high position-player prospect, Jones, 22, can afford to clean out his offensive edges whereas Jose Ramirez holds down third base.”
Replace: Jones’ bat can be his ticket to the majors, so if there is a want (or an harm) in Cleveland he may get the decision. He’ll open at Class AAA Columbus.
LHP MacKenzie Gore, Padres
What we stated: “Gore is taken into account one of many high left-handed prospects within the sport and has drawn comparisons to Clayton Kershaw because of his supply.”
Replace: The 22-year-old must ramp up his stamina earlier than he’ll be able to make his MLB debut with the Padres, but it surely’s coming quickly. He is the probably opening day starter for Class AAA El Paso.
What we stated: “Downs hit 37 dwelling runs between his first two full seasons within the minors (2018-19) and was a non-roster camp invitee earlier than the shutdown in 2020.”
Replace: The Pink Sox have gone by way of a number of second basemen already this season. Downs might be the reply later this summer season if he performs properly at Class AAA Pawtucket.
SS Wander Franco, Rays
What we stated: “Franco is broadly thought of the highest prospect in baseball. He’s anticipated to make his main league debut this season, however the timing stays unsure.”
Replace: The 20-year-old phenom has but to play a sport above Excessive-A, however the Rays have him opening the season at Class AAA Durham. Willy Adames is a succesful MLB shortstop, however Franco might be one thing particular.