By: Noah Wright
We’re in the final week in the first month of the MLB season. After nearly 5 weeks of play, we have seen a good sample size of MLB’s finest prospects come to the majors and see what they could do. So how as some of MLB’s top 100 prospects done after nearly a month.
- Fernando Tatis Jr.:
Tatis Jr. already looks like another Francisco Lindor type player. He’s showing power, speed, and great fielding. In just 101 PA’s, Tatis Jr. has 6 home runs and 5 stolen bases to go with a .286/.347/.560 line, and his 138 wRC+ is one of the highest among all rookies. The shortstop looks like a Gold Glove candidate. He has already racked up 4 DRS, -.6 UZR, and a .5 dWAR. Tatis is currently MLB.com’ second best prospect.
- Pete Alonso:
Pete Alonso has looked like one of the best future power hitters in the MLB. Alonso has blasted 8 home runs. He also has a .652 slugging %, .292 batting average, and .394 OBP. Like Tatis Jr., he’s within the top rookies in wRC+ at 177. While Alonso isn’t going to be among the top defenders at first base, he does have a solid 1 DRS and 0.0 dWAR.
- Chris Paddack:
MLB’s #31 top prospect was brought to the Padres when the Marlins traded Paddack for relief pitcher Fernando Rodney in 2016. While Paddack missed all of 2017, Paddack did fantastic in 2018. In just 90 innings split between AA and low-A, Paddack struck out 120 batters, all with beyond elite control. He walked just 8, (yes, less than 1 every 10 innings) in the same 90 innings. In the majors, Paddack has been pretty similar to the minors. He has struck out 10.0 batters per 9, while walking only 2.7 per 9 in 27 innings. He is leading the league in WHIP at .667, and has an elite ERA (1.67) and FIP (2.87).
- Victor Robles:
Robles may have lost his prospect status, but still entered 2019 as a top 5 prospect. Robles looked really good in the MLB during ‘18 (.874 OPS, 131 wRC+ in 66 plate appearances), but has gotten off to a so-so start in 2019. While he is showing some pop with a .457 slugging percentage, he’s not getting on base too much. The speedy outfielder has just a .261 batting average and .306 OBP. He also has done so-so with the bat having -2 DRS in CF. But he is leading the league in steals, and had positive defensive numbers in the outfield last year.
- Eloy Jimenez:
The White Sox future slugger was absolutely obliterating minor league pitching in 2018. After an extension before the 2019 regular season, Jimenez came to the majors, but has pretty much struggled in his brief MLB time. He has an OPS of .674, and negative defensive numbers in left field. Right now, Jimenez is on the 10-Day IL.
- Luis Urias:
The Padres could potentially have the best up the middle combo in all of baseball in the next 3 years. While Tatis Jr. is going to man shortstop, Luis Urias looks to be the second baseman of the future for the Friars. In the high minors, Urias has a .303/.406/.481 batting line to go with some solid speed, and great defense up the middle. However, the middle infielder has struggled in his first taste of MLB action. This year, Urias has had only 2 hits and 4 walks in 29 plate appearances. While he has shown that good defense, he has been optioned to AAA for now.
- Josh James:
Josh James was even vying for a rotation spot in Spring Training this year. Afterall, his sample size of 23 innings during 2018 where he posted 2.35 ERA, 3.51 FIP, and .957 WHIP with good strikeout and control numbers showed good promise. However James hasn’t been as great in 2019 as to 2018. Sure he’s still striking out batters at a great rate (13.2 K/9), he has given up 4 home runs, 9 walks, and 12 earned runs in 13 and two thirds innings.