TOP 5 PROSPECTS

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - Chris Bless­ing

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 reflexes 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 ter­rific 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 fields 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.

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