TOP 5 PROSPECTS

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

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 fixture at first 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 Toffey, 3B: Toffey 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.

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