TOP 5 PROSPECTS
Excerpted from BaseballHQ.com’s 2019 Minor League Baseball Analyst. To order: https://www.baseballhq.com/mlba2019
1. Peter Alonso, 1B: Alonso had a monster 2018 with 36 home runs and a .395 on-base percentage at Classes AA and AAA. The 24-year-old doesn’t have the liveliest bat, but he has a great plate approach and feel hitting for power and average. He should be a fixture at first base for New York in 2019.
2. Andres Gimenez, SS: Gimenez, 20, is a defensive shortstop with good tools across the board. He is a good baserunner and should hit well enough to play every day but gets into trouble when trying to hit for power. He hit .277 with 10 steals in 137 at-bats at Class AA.
3. Thomas Szapucki, LHP: Szapucki missed all of 2018 after Tommy John surgery. The 22-year-old appears to have the ingredients of a major league starter with size, strength and a solid arsenal, but he’s had trouble staying healthy. He’ll probably start at advanced Class A and needs to prove he can pitch an entire season.
4. David Peterson, LHP: At 6-6, Peterson is a sturdy lefty but is more of a command pitcher than a stuff guy. The 23-year-old knows how to pitch and mix but has no plus pitches. He posted a 3.16 ERA with 115 strikeouts in 128 innings across two levels of Class A last year and will likely jump to AA.
5. Will Toffey, 3B: Toffey is a strong player with a good eye. He should be able to hold his own at third base but can have issues when he tries to hit for too much power. The 24-year-old will likely move to AAA after hitting .254 with four homers in 134 at-bats in AA.