Honorable Mentions (Future Value: 35+)
SS Tyler Fitzgerald, SS Dilan Rosario, 3B Sean Roby, 3B David Villar, RHP Caleb Kilian, LF/1B Chris Shaw, OF/1B Garrett Frechette, 2B Jalen Miller, OF Jacob Heyward, OF Mike Gerber
Tyler Fitzgerald, Dilan Rosario, Caleb Kilian, and Garrett Frechette were all mid-round picks in this year’s draft and you can read more on them in my original draft review. Fitzgerald and Kilian both had very solid NCAA careers at two baseball powers. They are considered relatively safe bets to reach the major leagues, but also aren’t considered to have very high ceilings.
Rosario and Frechette were two big over-slot bonus signings. Rosario was considered one of the best defensive prep shortstops, but since turning pro he has put up surprising power numbers. Frechette had flashed elite bat speed, but after missing time with mono, he struggled to drive the ball. So far, the power has yet to return, but he’s shown solid bat-to-ball skills.
While Sean Roby has taken a much more unique path to prospect status than David Villar, both are fringe defenders at third base with potential raw power. Villar put together a solid offensive season with High-A San Jose, but given his strikeout rate (over 30%), he’ll need to tap into more power. Roby earned a promotion from Low-A Salem-Keizer to Single-A Augusta and showed off impressive power. However, he really struggled to make consistent contact.
Chris Shaw and Mike Gerber have been overshadowed by the emergence of Jaylin Davis. However, both have put together all-around solid campaigns with at least 25 home runs and an average around .300. Gerber is better defensively, but he doesn’t have as consistent an offensive track record.
Jalen Miller and Jacob Heyward both got off to hot starts at Double-A, but as the season went on they both faded. Miller is still young and the Eastern League—especially Richmond’s park—is notoriously pitcher-friendly. Don’t underrate their chances to have breakout years if they receive a promotion to Triple-A next season.