In recent years we have seen a surge of amazing prospects at the shortstop position. Trea Turner, Corey Seager, Francisco Lindor, the list goes on. These guys turned what was a weak position into one of the strongest positions in baseball. Not that the SS prospect position is bare now, not by a long shot, guys like Bo Bichette and Brendan Rodgers lead a group of great young shortstop prospects. History, however, is about to repeat itself, but instead of shortstop, outfield is the next big revolution. Let’s take a look at some of the major standouts.
- Victor Robles
Robles just got the phone call today in the 7th of September that he was going to play for the Washington Nationals, this after only 139 at bats above Single A. His slash line on the season is an .300/.382/.493 with 10 bombs and 27 steals. One could make the case that Robles is the best outfield prospect in the game, though he has some stiff competition. If Bryce Harper indeed walks once his contract is up, Robles will be a stepping stone to filling that void.
- Ronald Acuna
When you look at the Braves Minor league system, they are stacked, Kolby Allard looks like an ace in the making, but the real star is Ronald Acuna, possibly the MILB player of the year. In 2017 he batted .325/.374/.522 with 21 homers and 44 steals. His base stealing abilities need some polish, as he was caught 20 times, but the 5 tool ability is undeniable. He certainly could be the #1 prospect going into 2018.
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
At only 18, Guerrero is making waves through the prospect community. He spots a amazing .323/.425/.485 slashline with 13 homers and 8 steals. This all done in A ball, he may be a year or two away, but Guerrero has already solidified a spot in the top five prospects for next year. He is currently a Third Baseman in the system, but profiles as a future Left Fielder in my view. The biggest take away? His advanced batting eye, walking 76 times while only striking out 62.
- Eloy Jimenez
Traded from the Cubs to the White Sox in the Jose Quintana deal, Eloy is the real deal with it comes to prospects. Between the two systems, Jimenez has gone .312/379/.568 with 19 homers. He has taken Double A by storm, hitting .353 there with 3 homers in 18 games. Paired with the breakout Avisail Garcia, the White Sox are shaping up to have a powerful outfield.
- Kyle Tucker
Tucker is perhaps the better version of Derek Fisher, who has already been called up this season. Tucker is batting .274/.346/.528 with 25 home runs and 90 RBI, he’s not just a home run specialist though as he has mixed in 21 steals. An outfield that consists of George Springer, Derek Fisher, and Kyle Tucker? That is not to be messed with.
Special mentions: Kyle Lewis, Tyler O Neill, Jahmai Jones, Alex Verdugo.
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