Updated Top-10 Prospect Lists: NL East

Below are the updated summer top-10 prospect lists for the orgs in the National League East. I have notes beneath the top 10s explaining why some of these prospects have moved up or down. For detailed scouting information on individual players, check out the player’s profile page which may include tool grades and/or links to Daily Prospect Notes posts in which they’ve appeared this season. For detailed info on players drafted or signed this year, check out our sortable boards.

Atlanta Braves (Preseason List)

1. Ronald Acuna, CF
2. Ozzie Albies. 2B
3. Kyle Wright, RHP
4. Luiz Gohara, LHP
5. Kolby Allard, LHP
6. Kevin Maitan, SS
7. Ian Anderson, RHP
8. Mike Soroka, RHP
9. Joey Wentz, LHP
10. Cristian Pache, CF

Albies hasn’t moved down so much as Acuna has simply moved up with his dominant performance in the upper minors at age 19. Wright is throwing harder as a pro than he was at Vandy earlier this year, but that’s probably because he’s letting it fly in short stints. Gohara is touching 99 in Triple-A but has been uncharacteristically wild there, as well. Reports on Maitan have been mixed (there are some concerns about how quickly his body has matured, for one), but it’s just his first season. Wentz has had success while competing with just two pitches at times as he focuses on pitch development.

Miami Marlins (Preseason List)

1. Braxton Garrett, LHP
2. Brian Anderson, 3B
3. Trevor Rogers, LHP
4. Edward Cabrera, RHP
5. Merandy Gonzalez, RHP
6. James Nelson, 3B
7. Dillon Peters, LHP
8. Brian Miller, CF
9. Thomas Jones, OF
10. Tyler Kolek, RHP

We won’t see Garrett for a while, as he’s working his way back from Tommy John. Tyler Kolek has returned from his but has walked 14 in 3.2 GCL innings. That’s not a typo. Anderson is still having throwing accuracy issues but the rest of the profile is stable. Nelson’s game is still rather inelegant, but he hits the ball hard to all fields. Cabrera is young, has physical projection, and misses bats. After missing two-and-a-half months with a fractured thumb, Peters is back and his workload is slowly increasing.

New York Mets (Preseason List)

1. Amed Rosario, SS
2. Dom Smith, 1B
3. Andres Gimenez, SS
4. David Peterson, LHP
5. Justin Dunn, RHP
6. Ronny Mauricio, SS
7. Mark Vientos, SS
8. Chris Flexen, RHP
9. Thomas Szapucki, LHP
10. Peter Alonso, 1B

Rosario is arguably the best prospect in baseball. Smith got his first taste of the majors last week and has done nothing but hit since turning pro. Gimenez has kept his head above water as a teen in full-season ball. Peterson was one of the draft’s best picks, and Dunn’s growing pains can be attributed to his first full year transition to starting. Szapucki will miss time recovering from Tommy John and moves down. Mauricio and Vientos are high-risk prospects with promising size and athleticism.

Philadelphia Phillies (Preseason List)

1. J.P. Crawford, SS
2. Sixto Sanchez, RHP
3. Mickey Moniak, OF
4. Scott Kingery, 2B
5. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
6. Jorge Alfaro, C
7. Adonis Medina, RHP
8. Adam Haseley, CF
9. Nick Williams, OF
10. Franklyn Kilome, RHP

This is one of the tougher systems to line up right now, as one is forced to decide what to think of J.P. Crawford, who has suddenly begun hitting a bit after a horrendous first half. He looks very comfortable at the plate right now, grinding out long at-bats before either walking or hitting the ball hard somewhere. Sixto Sanchez is throwing strikes with elite velocity and flashing impact secondary stuff. Kingery’s early-season power spike was a caricature of actual improvements he has made to hit for more of it. Hoskins is going to be an everyday big-league first baseman. Williams and Alfaro are frustrating at times but talented enough to play a big-league role anyway and potential stars if they ever remedy their ills. Adonis Medina has a chance for three plus pitches. Kilome has pitched his way to Double-A. RHP Seranthony Dominguez, who was sitting 94-97 before injury, also garnered heavy consideration.

Washington Nationals (Preseason List)

1. Victor Robles, OF
2. Juan Soto, OF
3. Carter Kieboom, SS
4. Luis Garcia, SS
5. Erick Fedde, RHP
6. Seth Romero, LHP
7. Andrew Stevenson, OF
8. Kelvin Gutierrez, 3B
9. Daniel Johnson, OF
10. Wil Crowe, RHP

Robles was moved to Double-A after tallying 39 extra-base hits in 77 games at High-A. He’s 20. Soto has had a broken ankle and hand surgery this year but was raking as an 18-year-old in full-season ball. He’d be an interesting prospect to challenge in the Fall League. Kieboom missed two-and-a-half months due to a hamstring injury but looked like a slam-dunk top-100 prospect before he went down. I had a source slap a Tulo comp on him. Johnson is the big mover, having turned his promising tools into on-field performance.

Eric Longenhagen is from Catasauqua, PA and currently lives in Tempe, AZ. He spent four years working for the Phillies Triple-A affiliate, two with Baseball Info Solutions and two contributing to prospect coverage at ESPN.com. Previous work can also be found at Sports On Earth, CrashburnAlley and Prospect Insider.

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6 years ago

Typo or is Tyler Kolek switching positions?

Carson Cistullimember
6 years ago
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