10 MLB Prospects Who Are Destined to be Stars
10 MLB Prospects Who Are Destined to be Stars
During the Major League Baseball offseason a lot of attention is given to each team’s top prospects. There are always a ton of promising prospects with a future as big as the sky. Obviously there would be no players less than great if every prospect realized their full potential. That means that some of the top prospects for each team will never fully be as good as they could be. So, which of the top prospects are destined to be MLB stars?
Clearly there is guess work to any such subject as this but also there are stats to pay attention to. For example, if a player dominates every level in the minor leagues, from Rookie leagues all the way up to triple-A, chances are they will find their way to a dominant future in MLB as well. From that perspective we can take a glance at the top prospects in the game and choose a few that are can’t-miss prospects.
This will cover several teams and a couple of teams will show up more than once. That shows the greatness of those particular organizations. Every team represented has done the best in baseball at building these prospects into future stars. Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have something to add or just a comment. That is certainly where to post if you think of another certain future star that I left out.
10 – George Springer
An outfielder in the Houston Astros organization, Springer has all of the tools needed to be the next big outfield bopper and then some. In 135 games at triple-A in 2013 he went .303 with 37 homers and 108 RBI. That level of dominance is rare at the triple-A level even among top prospects.
9 – Addison Russell
Russell will be the go-to shortstop for the Oakland Athletics within the next couple of years. He is as close to a five-tool player as any shortstop prospect ever needed to be. He is the real deal and has it all.
8 – Gregory Polanco
Polanco is the number one outfielder in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He has shown that he has all the tools to be superb at the MLB level. All he really needs is a little time to grow in triple-A and he’ll be ready to go.
7 – Noah Syndergaard
At this point I think the New York Mets are keeping this right-handed starter back just to be easier on the competition. He has consistently dominated in the minors and shows only signs that he will dominate in the majors as well. He should be ready to ride right alongside Matt Harvey in 2015.
6 – Carlos Correa
Correa is the top shortstop prospect for the Houston Astros and yet another sign that they really are building a strong future team. He blew up A-ball with a .320 batting average and 86 RBI in 117 games. All he needs is natural time to grow stronger and better and he’ll be ready.
5 – Archie Bradley
A right-handed starter for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, Bradley did extremely well upon getting his first glance at double-A. How about going 12 – 5 with a 1.97 ERA? Yes, he has all the tools to be an ace-level starter in the majors within a couple of years.
4 – Taijuan Walker
Walker, a right-handed starter for the Seattle Mariners, has already shown in a short September call-up that he is ready for MLB action. As far as his minor league numbers, his strikeouts per nine-innings stayed around double digits the entire time.
3 – Miguel Sano
Third base for the Minnesota Twins is in good hands with Sano. In 123 games split between A-ball and double-A he had a .280 average, .992 OPS, 35 home runs and 103 RBI. He is the third ranked prospect in baseball for a reason and certainly has a strong future.
2 – Oscar Taveras
The St. Louis Cardinals know how to pick ‘em and they chose a great young outfielder in Taveras. His numbers are certainly hefty enough to make any doubter believe that he will be the real deal as soon as he gets the permanent call to MLB.
1 – Byron Buxton
Buxton is the next huge outfield impact for the Twins. In the same way Torii Hunter made a permanent impact for the Twins, Buxton will certainly do the same in a couple of years. He is the top prospect in the game and deservedly so.
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