MLB Pipeline will announce its 2023 Top 100 Prospects list on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET with an hour-long show on MLB Network and MLB.com. In advance of the release of the Top 100, we’ll be examining baseball’s top 10 prospects at each position.
Even with some big deals, the harvest for attracting potential clients is quite high.
The top two from last year’s list, Adleyrutschman and Gabriel Moreno, are no longer interested. A little further down the top 10 over the last year, Joey Bart, Luis Campusano, MJ Melendez and Shea Langeliers have all lost potential candidate status. But the list highlighted below has been regenerated with some exciting new names.
It starts, of course, with one of the best prospects in the game, the Mets’ Francisco Álvarez, and the roster features a nice mix of draft picks (six) and international signers (four). There’s a combination of first-round picks (four) and later-round finds, high-priced signs in the international market, and some real bargains that have jumped the map since joining the pro ranks.
The Top 10 (ETA)
1. Francisco Alvarez, Mets (2023)
2. Diego Cartaya, Dodgers (2024)
3.Kevin Parada, Mets (2025)
4. Harry Ford, Sailors (2025)
5. Logan O’Hoppe, Angel (2023)
6. Endy Rodriguez, Pirates (2023)
7. Henry Davis, Pirates (2024)
8. Bo Naylor, Guardian (2023)
9. Drew Romo, Rockies (2024)
10. Edgar Quero, Angel (2025)
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Top 10 prospects by position:
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Hit: Parada (60)
Parada, the first catcher of the 2022 draft and No. 11 overall in the Mets, keeps things simple on the plate and has a good feel for the run. He hit .361 with a .453 OBP at Georgia Tech his draft year and that approach could allow him to hit .300 with lots of pop as a big league.
Power: Alvarez (70)
There’s probably no other prospect in baseball with more power than Álvarez, both raw and in games. He hit 24 home runs as a teenager at the A-ball in 2021, then 27 more at the age of 20 at the upper levels last year. His whip-like swing and plus club speed will continue to spawn many home runs in the big leagues.
Barrel: Ford (60)
Ford, the Mariners’ first-round pick in 2021, isn’t just going “well for a catcher.” His plus-speed plays on the basepaths — he stole 23 bases in his first full season — and he’s athletic enough to play second base or midfield if ever the need arose.
Arm: Davis (70)
As he continues to work to improve the other parts of his defensive game, there are no questions with Davis’ arm, which could be the strongest of all prospects at any position. It plays well with its quick feet and transfer, as well as its accuracy.
Field: Romo (60)
Romo also has a plus arm to go along with his other outstanding defensive attributes. He is athletic and agile behind the plate with good hands and blocking abilities. Rockie’s pitchers have also liked throwing to him.
Highest ceiling: Álvarez
It could be argued to bring Cartaya and all of his skills here, but while Álvarez can be even just an average receiver, his offensive advantage should make him an all-star on multiple occasions.
Top Floor: O’Hoppe
While none of his individual tools are out of the ordinary, O’Hoppe does it all well and his work ethic points to a future where he plays a long time as a regular backstop in the big leagues above his tools.
Rookie of the Year Contestant: Álvarez
Assuming he gets enough attacks in New York, it’s easy to see Álvarez putting up the kind of numbers to draw a lot of attention from ROY voters.
Highest climber: Quero
The switch-hitter wasn’t even in the Angels top 30 by the end of the 2021 season, but has jumped on the radar with a very strong season-wide debut in 2022, where he finished with a .965 OPS.
Humblest beginning: Rodriguez
Rodriguez signed with the Mets in July 2018 for just $10,000 and is now knocking on the big league door after a massive 2022 season that saw him triple-A in his second season with the Pirates since signing the deal at three Teams had completed sending Joe Musgrove to the Padres.
Most to prove: Davis
There’s always a hotter spotlight on former No. 1 overall winners, and Davis showed plenty of glimpses of his offensive potential in his first full season in 2022, but he also only played in 59 games due to wrist problems. A full, healthy season should answer many questions.
Keep an Eye on: Yainer Diaz, Astros
He briefly made the big leagues in 2022, but he’s coming off a huge offensive season in the Minors (.306/.356/.542 with 25 homers and 96 RBIs in double- and triple-A’s). This is nothing new as he has done nothing but hit in his career, with a .321/.358/.510 line to prove it.