As a second part to my series I first wrote a while back, I will be going over every teams top prospect in the middle of the pack. A lot of these guys seem like future stars, some might blossom, and some could disappoint.
#19: Carter Kieboom (Washington Nationals)
Carter Kieboom is a middle infielder that plays very similarly to Trea Turner, who mans shortstop for the Nat's now. A hamstring injury limited Carter in his first full season, but he bounced back in 2018 with a breakout campaign that saw him reach Double-A at age 20 en route to winning the Nationals Minor League Player of the Year Award. In 2019 he continued to move quickly, getting called up to AAA, and ultimately playing in the majors due to Trea Turner's injury. Last year, Kieboom slashed .128/.209/.282 and was sent back down to AAA. However, this year Kieboom is having a much more successful year hitting .200 with 5 RBI. In the field, Kieboom can make quality plays since he does have an exceptionally strong arm.
MLB Pipeline rank: #23
#18: Dylan Carlson (St. Louis Cardinals)
Dylan Carlson is an outfielder in the St. Louis Cardinals with exceptional power and fielding ability. Although Carlson is a switch hitter, Carlson, last year in the minors discovered his power as a left-handed hitter in 2019, slugging .551 with 18 homers in the upper minors, a marked improvement compared to his previous year (.327 SLG, 4 HR). He continued his reign of terror as a left, hitting a home run every 15.5 AB in the high minors which is insane. To put that into perspective, at that rate if Carlson played about 160 games in an MLB season he would hit around 42-45 home runs on about 650 AB. Those home run numbers are Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger type numbers. This year, however, Carlson hasn't displayed that power, going 12/68 with just one home run. Carlson does have the talent to be the next great outfielder, he just needs to tap into that power that he has.
MLB Pipeline rank: #18
#17: Forrest Whitley (Houston Astros)
Regarded to be the best HS pitcher in the 2016 draft, the Astros took a chance on him, selecting him with the 17th overall pick. Whitley has had a rocky time in the minors however, after making it to AA as a high schooler, in 2019 he was suspended for 50 games after violating the MiLB drug rules and had an oblique injury which resulted in command issues which still affect Whitley today. Whitley throws four pitches primarily, including a fastball, curveball, slider, and a changeup. All his pitches have good movement, and spin rate but lack control due to his injury.
MLB Pipeline rank: #21
#16: Cristian Pache (Atlanta Braves)
Cristian Pache in the Braves organization is a force to be reckoned with in the field. He's got a perfect mix for all things needed in the outfield. He's a great fielder, with a strong arm with blazing speed. Pache has been chosen by baseball executives as the best defensive prospect two years in a row, and he will be a Gold Glove-caliber center fielder in the big leagues. In 4 AB with the Braves this year he's gone 1/4, and in the AAA he's got a career batting average of .274 with 26 hits over 105 PA.
MLB Pipeline rank: #14
#15: Alec Bohm (Philadelphia Phillies)
Unlike a lot of these other prospects, Alec Bohm has proven to be a phenom for Philadelphia. Slashing .323/.374/.458 with 17 RBI is exactly what you want from your #1 prospect. Bohm's combination of approach at the plate, bat speed, and strength provide him the potential to be a true impact bat in the midst of a lineup. He can handle pitches in all parts of the strike zone, consistently barreling up the baseball and driving it to all fields.
MLB Pipeline rank: #31
#14: Joey Bart (San Francisco Giants)
Joey Bart is a catcher in the Giant's organization that just recently got called up. He's slashing a solid .270/.333/.349 with 17 hits and 5 RBI. Bart has more raw power than most catchers, the product of bat speed, strength, and leverage in his 6-foot-2 frame. Though most of the righty-hitting slugger's homers come to his pull side, he has legitimate pop to all fields.
MLB Pipeline rank: #15
#13: Sixto Sanchez (Miami Marlins)
Sixto Sanchez is a right-handed pitcher who pounds the strike zone tremendously. He has already played two games in the major leagues, and he's gotten 14 strikeouts, only giving up one walk in 12 innings. His four-pitch repertoire is elite, consisting of four, and two-seam fastballs, sliders, and curveballs. His four-seamers park at around 97mph, while his two-seamers and sliders both have good movement and delivery. In the majors, Sanchez boasts a 10.5 SO/9, and a 0.8 BB/9 which is promising as a rookie pitcher despite the small sample size we've had.
#12: Jarred Kelenic (Seattle Mariners)
Kelenic was the best pure high school bat in his Draft class and he’s shown no problems transferring it to the pro game. He has a very advanced approach from the left side of the plate and consistently barrels up the baseball. Concerns about Kelenic’s ability to stay up the middle long-term have dissipated, though he does have a very strong arm that would work well in right field.
MLB Pipeline rank: #12
#11: Jesús Luzardo (Oakland Athletics)
Luzardo has been the starting pitcher the A's have relied on this season with a pretty weak starting rotation. His fastball is top-notch, ranking in the 84% in fastball velocity, and is in the 79% in fastball spin. Luzardo 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 11 appearances. He pounds the strike zone well, resulting in a 9.5K/9 and a 1.4HR/9.
MLB Pipeline rank: #13
#10: Nate Pearson (Toronto Blue Jays)
The 24-year old notched his first MLB win tonight (9/25, yes it takes me very long to write these articles) but has struggled mightily. He's got a 6.00 ERA, and a miserable 2.8HR/9 and a 7.6K/9. With only 16 SO in 18 IP, he raises concerns from me but was reliable throughout the minors. Similar to top pitcher, Casey Mize he's flashed some great pitching, but hasn't been able to maintain it. It will be interesting to see how well Pearson does in the postseason and next season with Toronto
MLB Pipeline rank: #9