*All qualified players must be in the minors as of August 6th*
C- Francisco Mejia, San Diego Padres
This 22-year-old catcher out of the Dominican Republic is is estimated to arrive in the majors later this year. Mejia is batting .289 with 8 home runs, 49 RBIs and 24 doubles in both Columbus and El Paso and he can also play outfield and even has reps at third base. He shows promising power from both sides of the plate as a switch hitter, and can blossom into great player with All-Star potential. He may not quite amount to a Buster Posey or Yadier Molina, but nonetheless Mejia is a solid player behind the plate and in the box.
MLB Comparison: J.T. Realmuto
1B- Brendan McKay, Tampa Bay Rays
McKay has been rated as the top two-way player in baseball since Dave Winfield. As a left handed pitcher and a first baseman, McKay earned the title of Top MLB Prospect at first base. He has struggled at the plate this season, but his smooth swing makes him look like a very promising bat, and he has shown great patience in the box with an OBP of .384 for the season (McKay has been walked 37 times this season on 156 at bats). A good eye at the plate could be deadly if this first baseman can develop the power potential that he has shown in his young career.
MLB Comparison: Carlos Santana
2B- Nick Senzel, Cincinnati Reds
This one is tough given the way Brendan Rodgers has been playing in the minors for the Colorado Rockies this year, but Senzel gets the nod. Senzel is batting .310 with 25 RBIs. Senzel has amazing speed on the base path and his defense has a lot of potential. Getting reps at third and shortstop, we could have moved him to one of those spots but the Reds intend on keeping him at second. Senzel isn’t much of a power hitter but rather a contact hitter. That said, he racked up 57 XBH in 2017 and had 10 home runs.
MLB Comparison: Daniel Murphy
3B- Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays
This one is a no brainer. The no. 1 prospect in baseball has a total skill set that is unmatched by anyone in the minors right now. His defense at third has developed to an above average level and his arm has come a long way since signing with Toronto in 2015. Batting an incredible .395 in 261 at-bats with 14 home runs and 64 RBIs, it is hard to find anyone that could match up with Guerrero. He has walked and struck out the same amount of times (30) and ended 2017 with 14 more walks than strikeouts. Being the son of former MVP Vladimir Guerrero, Junior may one day find himself with that same distinction given his current trajectory.
MLB Comparison: Kris Bryant
SS- Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres
The Padres’ second player on this list was shipped from the White Sox in 2017. Tatis’ all around style of play is crazy. His defense is outstanding, while hitting has promising potential. Tatis is batting a .286 with 16 home runs and 43 RBIs in 353 at-bats. The only thing worrying scouts is his plate discipline. Tatis has struck out 109 times this season and only walked 33 times. While this ratio could be a worry for the Padres, his defense and hitting should make up for these shortcomings.
MLB Comparison: Trevor Story
LF- Jo Adell, Los Angeles Angels
Jo Adell’s combination of speed, arm strength and defense earns him this spot. At the plate he is fantastic, hitting .299 with 17 home runs and 73 RBIs. Being a pitcher in high school, Adell fired upper-90s fastballs, which translates to his game in left today. Adell is a tremendous athlete who can cover his ground in the outfield. Like Tatis, one worry is his discipline. Adell has struck out 90 times this year in the minors, but his awareness should improve as he gets more experience.
MLB Comparison: Justin Upton
CF- Victor Robles, Washington Nationals
Robles is a very promising all-around center fielder. His defensive ability and incredible speed allows him to cover all of his ground in center. Robles has gotten it done at the dish as well, hitting .295 with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs. Robles also added 34 stolen bases during his 2017 minor league season. He had a 13-game stint in the major leagues in 2017, where he batted a .250 in 24 at-bats. Robles could be one of the first on this list to see more permanent action in the bigs, and is a fixture on this list.
MLB Comparison: Lorenzo Cain
RF- Kyle Tucker, Houston Astros
Earning a call-up in July before being sent back down, Tucker is an unconventional lefty. His swing is a bit awkward, but he makes it work with a .303 batting average, 14 home runs and 68 RBIs in 346 at-bats. Although playing mostly center field, his powerful arm will most likely force the Astros to move him to right field, especially with perennial All-Star George Springer in center. Tucker has excellent pitch recognition for someone that possesses his kind of power.
MLB Comparison: J.D. Martinez
DH- Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox
Jimenez is too good of a hitter to keep off of this list. Acquired from the Cubs in last summer’s blockbuster for Jose Quintana, his impressive .338 average and 18 home runs with 60 RBIs doesn’t go unnoticed. Jimenez’s average defense puts him at the designated hitter spot, but his power is not matched by many and is a clear choice for this spot. There have been plenty of rumblings suggesting that Jimenez could make his MLB debut in Chicago before long.
MLB Comparison: Khris Davis
Starting Pitcher- Michael Kopech, Chicago White Sox
This is the most difficult choice to make of all the positions on this list, but Kopech came out on top. His 152 strikeouts in 113 innings is incredible shows the kind of power stuff that could make him a future ace. His fastball regularly sits around 97 mph, and even hits triple digits late in games. A viral video surfaced of Kopech hitting an astonishing 110 mph off of a hop:
The velocity on his fastball paired with a hard-biting slider that figures to be a great out pitch make Kopech a hot pitching commodity.
MLB Comparison: Noah Syndergaard
Overall, this team has some serious potential. Many other players could stake a claim to a spot on the roster, but these are the players that were deemed to be the most deserving. Let us know what you think! What would you change?