MLB Pipeline will reveal its 2023 Top 100 Prospects list tomorrow at 7:00 PM ET in a one-hour show on MLB Network and MLB.com. Before the Top 100 is released, we’ll examine the top 10 prospects in baseball at each position.
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Corbin Carroll (D-backs) offers the best combination of hitting ability and speed among all prospects, and Sal Frelick (Brewers) isn’t far behind. No one can top Jordan Walker’s (Cardinals) impressive combination of raw power and arm strength.
Jackson Churio (Brewers) was the breakout prospect of the 2022 season, and James Wood (Nationals) was right there with him. Druw Jones (D-backs), the No. 2 pick for July, has the best chance of all of these guys, and perhaps all of the prospects, to have at least plus tools across the board. Pete Crowe-Armstrong (Cubs) is the best outfielder in all of the minors.
Top 10 (ETA)
1. Corbin Carroll, D-backs (2023)
2. Jordan Walker, Cardinals (2023)
3. Jackson Chourio, Brewers (2024)
4. Drew Jones, D-back (2026)
5. James Wood, Nationals (2025)
6. Zac Veen, Rockies (2024)
7. Pete Crowe-Armstrong, Cubs (2024)
8. Sal Frelick, Brewers (2023)
9. Robert Hassell III, Nationals (2024)
10. Colton Cowher, Orioles (2023)
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Hit: Frelick (70)
Frlick has as much hitting ability as any college player from the 2021 Draft, and all he’s done since turning pro is .331 in 154 games, including .365 in 46 Triple-A contests last year. He throws all kinds of pitches repeatedly with his compact lefty swing, and his plus-plus speed allows him to turn ground balls into strikes.
Power: Walker (65)
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Walker not only has the bat speed, power and leverage to generate tremendous raw power, but also the hitting ability and zone control to translate it into production. He went 20 times deep in Double-A last season, befitting his age, and he could double that total in his major league career.
Run: Carroll (80)
Carroll flashed his fastest speed since Arizona called him up in August, posting the highest average sprint speed (30.7 ft/s) of any major leaguer in 2022. for hits, stealing bases (33 of 39 attempts between the majors and minors last season) and chasing down fly balls.
Field: Crowe-Armstrong (80)
Scouts give Crowe-Armstrong top marks for his skills in center field. He covers a ton of ground with a combination of speed and accurate reads and routes, and his solid arm strength is also rated better than most players at his position.
Highest ceiling: Jones
MLB Pipeline’s top prospect in the 2022 Draft, Jones reminds scouts of his father, Andrew, who made five All-Star games and won 10 Gold Gloves over 17 seasons in the big leagues. He’s a potential five-tool center fielder with advanced hitting feel, plus power potential and above-average speed, defense and arm strength.
Top floor: Carol
At the very least, Carroll should hit for average, wreak havoc on the bases and compete for Gold Gloves in center field. How much power he produces will determine how big of a star he becomes, and he hit four homers in his first 32 games in the Majors.
Rookie of the Year nominee: Carroll
Carroll is the National League Rookie of the Year leader, and Walker and Frlick could both make a run at the award. Cowser is a sleeper in the American League race.
Highest Climber: Churio
At the beginning of 2022, Churio had yet to make his US debut. It didn’t take long for the scouting community to go crazy on him when he did. He became one of baseball’s top prospects after slashing .288/.342/.538 with 20 homers and 16 steals as an 18-year-old promoted from Single-A to Double-A. He’s an electric athlete who could have four plus tools, the lone exception being his curling arm.
The humblest of beginnings: Churio
There is no truly humble beginning on this roster, which includes eight first-round picks, a second-rounder who received first-round money and a seven-figure international signing. They average $4.08 million in bonus cash, and Chourio is the low man at $1.8 million as the top prospect in the Brewers’ 2021 international class.
To prove the most: Reach
Hassell endured a troubled 2022 season when the Padres sent him to the Nationals in the Juan Soto trade, slashing .273/.357/.407 with 11 homers and 24 steals in High-A and Double-A. between then broke his right. Play in the Arizona Fall League. Some evaluators are on board with his bat and believe he will develop at least 20-homer power by remaining in center field, though others wonder if he has less pop and is better suited to the corner.
Look out: Elijah Green, Nationals
Green had the highest ceiling in the 2022 Draft, with a combination of double-plus raw power and speed with center field range and arm strength. The son of former NFL Pro Bowl tight end Eric Green does come in with spin-and-miss issues and shot 40.4 percent with the Rookie ball in his debut.