TOP 5 PROSPECTS
Excerpted from BaseballHQ.com’s 2019 Minor League Baseball Analyst. To order: https://www.baseballhq.com/ mlba2019
1. Royce Lewis, SS: The top overall pick in the 2017 draft, Lewis has incredible hand-eye coordination, quick reflexes and natural line-drive loft. The 19year-old has a plus-plus run tool with raw control of the barrel. He hit .292 with 14 home runs and 28 steals last year and should jump to Class AA.
2. Alex Kirilloff, OF: Kiriloff dominated both levels of Class A with a .348 average and 20 home runs. His quick wrists and compact swing are ideal for contact, while his average raw power plays up due to swing trajectory and lower-half leverage. The 21-year-old will head to AA.
3. Brusdar Graterol, RHP: A powerful pitcher with a mid- to high 90s fastball that has arm-side run. His tight, two-plane slider is his best secondary pitch, while his changeup has solid fading action. The 20-year-old should jump to AA.
4. Wander Javier, SS: Javier missed 2018 with a torn labrum in his nonthrowing shoulder. The 20-year-old is a terrific defender and plus runner whose power will come. He showed good bat control in his 2017 debut. Look for him to start 2019 at Class A.
5. Trevor Larnach, OF: A contact-oriented prospect who peppers all fields with a short and compact swing. He’s a patient hitter who makes hard contact, though his raw plus power didn’t show through in his pro debut. The 22-yearold has 25-30 homer potential and should start in high Class A.