We’re just about a month and a half into the minor league season, which is not a huge sample, but it’s enough time to start getting data collected, video digested, and more scouting looks at prospects. That means we will start to see some meaningful prospect re-rankings.
For example, the Chicago Cubs’ top 30 list at Baseball America has been adjusted:
The Cubs Top 30 Prospects Update is live. Pete Crow-Armstrong, Caleb Kilian, Alfonso Rivas and Christopher Morel headline the risers.https://t.co/kq0K7mTDF6
— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) May 18, 2022
You can see a lot of the movement on the updated list below, but make sure you read the full article for the scouting reports on all the players.
As Glaser mentions, you can see a big jump for Pete Crow-Armstrong, who moves ahead of Cristian Hernández (on whom BA is very, very high), and Caleb Kilian, who is now just on the outside of the overall top 100 (well, I’m speculating a little, but Hernández is ranked 78th overall). Meanwhile, BA remains high on lefties Jordan Wicks and D.J. Herz, as well as young outfield prospects Kevin Alcántara, Owen Caissie, and Yohendrick Pinango.
Where you see some less optimistic takes are for guys like James Triantos and Reggie Preciado, who are very young and making their first jump to full-season ball. As we’ve discussed, each had a very slow start (expected!) and has since turned it out (desired!), but there are concerns. For example, with Triantos, there are still questions about whether he can realistically play third base or second base at the higher levels, let alone in the big leagues. If he can’t, that puts a whole lot more pressure on his offensive potential. With Preciado, who is now waaaay down there in the rankings, the questions are about the chase rate and being too aggressive at the plate overall. Of course, he only just turned 19, so there’s time.