#26 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B, SF – Vlad must have picked up some of his dad’s rightfield ability through osmosis, but he’s currently one of the top 1B prospects in SSG. Also like his dad, Junior has plus contact (65) and power (60) grades on his swing. At 18 years of age he still has a lot of work to do to achieve those ratings, but his .302/.343./.540 line in the Dominican Summer League proved he’s got the swing to go with the name.
#27 Ozhaino Albies, SS, BAL – Albies is your prototypical shortstop prospect. He’s got the glove (70Rtg/70Rng/65Err), the arm (70), the gap power (60) and an advanced approach at the plate (Contact 60/ Eye 55/ Avoid Ks 60). If that wasn’t enough, he had plus-plus speed and great instincts on the basepaths and as a base stealer. Albies climbed as high as AAA in 2016 for the Braves, and posted a .300/.378/.424 line at AA Bowie last season in the Orioles farm system. This kid is going to be a star in Baltimore – perhaps as soon as 2018.
#28 Ricardo Sanchez, LHP, DET – Ricardo Sanchez is currently a two-pitch pitcher working on a third, a changeup (45/65), which flashes plus at times. Even without the changeup he has a plus fastball (65/65) that sits in the 96-98 mph range with a devastating 12-6 curve (60/75) that keeps getting better. As the stuff (65) improves expect to see Sanchez’ strikeout totals climb toward the 9-10 K/9 range. For now he’ll probably move on to honing his craft at Toledo for Detroit in 2018 and we should expect to see him in the Show at some point this year. He’s an exceptionally polished talent who should be a top of the rotation mainstay for the Tigers throughout the next decade.
#29 Jake Turnbull, C, SEA – Turnbull is an above average defender with a plus arm behind the plate. Because of these facts we can expect him to stay at catcher, which increases his prospect shine. The kid already has an advanced plate presence: 55/60 Contact, 55/60 Eye and he’s working on adding power to his game as he matures. His compact swing allows him to make great bat-to-ball contact, squaring up a high percentage of his swings. If you don’t believe it, maybe you’ll believe his .297/.379/.444 triple-slash from the PCL last year while with Tacoma. Suffice it to say there’s a chance this teenager breaks camp with the Mariners and debuts as the starting catcher this year.
#30 Luis Carpio, 2B, NYM – These 60/60/60 prospects don’t grow on trees. The contact, the eye and the ability to avoid strikeouts are the keys to being a successful major league player and Carpio (watch your misspellings!) has all this along with a good glove and decent range at second base. His stops at Brooklyn, Savannah and St. Lucie have all been smashing success stories. Carpio is already a career .300+ minor league hitter and at 20 years of age has plenty of ceiling left in his bat. He should get a shot to show off his skills this year for the Binghamton Mets in AA. His major league ETA is likely as a September callup in 2019 with a permanent slot in
Cooperstown New York sometime in 2020.