Rays Plethora of Top Prospects
MLB Pipeline released their top 100 list last week, which is my favorite time of the year. This signals the ramp up to spring training and the start of a new year. Given last years weird season (among everything else) the list hasn’t really fluctuated. What sticks out to me the most is the sheer amount of prospects the Rays have. They feature eight players in the top 100, and after coming off a World Series run, they’re poised to stick around for a while. Here’s a quick profile on each player:
(1) Wander Franco, SS, Expected 2021, Future Value 80/80
For the second year in a row, Wander Franco tops the MLB’s prospect list. This switch hitting shortstop has all of the tools to be the centerpiece of an offense. He’s averaged more walks than strikeouts and hits most of his homers from the left side of the plate. Defensively, Franco plays an above average shortstop, but with his compact build, he may shift over to third or second later in his career. When a prospect grades at an 80, it's the best possible grade you can have. This means, the prospect is expected to have around a 7 WAR per season, making them an MVP candidate for years to come.