MLB Pipeline will air its 2023 Top 100 Prospects list tomorrow at 7 pm ET in a one-hour show on MLB Network and MLB.com. Leading up to the Top 100 release, we examine baseball’s top 10 prospects at each position.
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Corbin Carroll (D-backs) offers the best hitting ability and speed of all prospects, not far behind Sal Frelik (Brews). Jordan Walker’s (Cardinals) jaw-dropping combination of raw power and arm strength can’t be beat.
Jackson Churio (Brewers) was the breakout prospect of the 2022 season, and James Wood (Nationals) was right there with him. Drew Jones (D-backs), no. 2 overall pick in July, he has the best chance of all of these guys — and perhaps of all prospects — to have at least some plus tools across the board. Pete Crowe-Armstrong (Cubs) is the best defender in all of the minors.
Top 10 (ETA)
1. Corbin Carroll, D-Backs (2023)
2. Jordan Walker, Cardinals (2023)
3. Jackson Churio, Brewers (2024)
4. Drew Jones, D-Backs (2026)
5. James Wood, Citizenship (2025)
6. Zach Vein, Rockies (2024)
7. Pete Crowe-Armstrong, Cubs (2024)
8. Will Freelick, Brewers (2023)
9. Robert Hassell III, The Citizen (2024)
10. Colton Cowher, Orioles (2023)
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Hit: Frelik (70)
Freelick has as much hitting potential as any college player out of the 2021 draft, and all he’s done since turning pro is bat .331 in 154 games — including .365 in 46 Triple-A contests last year. In fact, his left-handed swing catches all kinds of pitching barrels over and over again, and his plus-plus speed allows him to turn ground balls into hits.
Power: Walker (65)
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Walker not only has the bat speed, strength and energy to generate tremendous raw power, but he also has the hitting ability and zone control to translate into production. He went deep an age-matching 20 times in Double-A last season and could double that total in the big league premiership.
Run: Carroll (80).
After being called up by Arizona in August, Carroll showed off his top speed, posting the highest average velocity of any major leaguer in 2022 (30.7 feet/second). He uses his quickness to full advantage, hitting groundouts, stealing bases (in 39 attempts between the majors and minors last season) and chasing fly balls from gap to gap.
Field: Crowe-Armstrong (80).
Scouts rate Crowe-Armstrong highly for his centerfield ability. He covers a lot of ground with a combination of plus speed and accurate reads and routes, and his strong arm strength ranks among the best players at his position.
The highest ceiling: Jones
MLB Pipeline’s top-rated prospect in the 2022 draft, Jones recalls his father, Andrew Scout, who made five All-Star games in the big leagues and won 10 Gold Gloves in 17 seasons. He is a potential five-tool center fielder with excellent hitting instincts, plus power and above-average speed, defense and arm strength.
Top Floor: Carol
At the very least, Carroll should hit for average, create offense on the bases and contend for Gold Gloves in center field. How much power he generates determines how big a star becomes — and he hit four homers in his first 32 majors.
Best of the year nominee: Carol
Carroll is the front-runner to win National League Rookie of the Year honors, while Walker and Frelick could both make a run at the award. Cowser has lost sleep in the American League.
High rise: Chourio
In the year Chourio had yet to make his American debut in early 2022. Once the Scout community did, it didn’t take long for him to jump on board. As an 18-year-old, he became one of baseball’s top prospects after slashing .288/.342/.538 with 20 homers and 16 steals while rising from Single-A to Double-A. He is an electric athlete who can wield four additional weapons with his single arm.
Humble Beginnings: Chourio
There are no truly humble beginnings on this roster, which boasts eight first-round picks, a second-round draft pick and a seven-figure international signing. With an average bonus of $4.08 million, Chourio is the lowest prospect in the Brewers’ 2021 international class at $1.8 million.
To confirm the majority: Hassell
Hassell, who the Padres sent to the Nationals in the Juan Soto trade in the 2022 season, hit .273/.357/.407 with 11 homers and 24 steals between High-A and Double-A, then broke his rights. hamate in the Arizona Fall League. Some evaluators are on the bat and believe he’ll develop at least 20-homer power in center field, though others question whether he has less pop and is better suited to the corners.
Watch: Elijah Green, National
Green had the highest ceiling in the 2022 draft with double-plus raw power and speed along with center field range and arm strength. Former NFL Pro Bowl tight end Eric Green’s son comes with swing and miss issues and had a strikeout rate of 40.4 percent in his rookie-ball debut.