Each Baseball America prospect team participates in a comprehensive reporting process, polling front office personnel, scouts, and analysts throughout the game to provide the most accurate prospect rating possible. What is shown is a wide range of ratings. Our team narrows down a roster of over 200 players to form the Pre-Season’s Top 100 Players. Because of this narrow pool, many talented prospects miss out on inclusion. Below, we’ve highlighted 15 prospects who got serious consideration for our annual pre-season Top 100.
Furthermore, we have listed every player who received the top 150 votes from our team and their sources in alphabetical order.
Edward Julien, 2B, twins: One could argue that Julian has the best on-base ability in the minor leagues. Over the past two seasons, Julian’s 20.4% walk average leads all hitters in minor league baseball with 750 or more appearances. It’s not just Julian’s base ability that he’s the first player in over 20 years to have career starts with consecutive seasons with a 40,000 or better percentage, 15 or more home runs and 15 or more stolen bases. . A dynamic offensive player, Julian’s limitations on the field propelled him outside the top 100.
Dalton Rushing, C, Dodgers: Simply put, Rushing dominated the lower California league outside of the draft. Louisville’s second-round hit of .424/.539/.778 with eight home runs over 28 games. Few players have increased the likelihood of standing up after the draft the way Rushing did. He fits into the missing roster just now and will likely jump into the top 100 once a few of the first weeks of the season prospects graduate.
Wilmer Flores, RHP, Tigers: The younger brother of the Giants’ Wilmer Flores, the Tigers’ right-hander is starting to carve out his place among the game’s top prospects. A non-development free agent in 2020, Flores has already ascended to Double-A. Flores uses a low-to-mid-90s fastball, a sweeping slider in the mid-80s, and a two-plane curveball from the 70s, and he will occasionally throw a high-80s cutter and a mid-to-high 80s changeup. Despite his below-average fastball form, Flores had a two-tier performance in 2022, posting a 2.79 ERA over 103.1 innings pitched, while striking out 130 batters in just 23 walks.
Reyn Nelson, RHP, D-Backs: Nelson made his major leagues debut in late 2022 with D-backs, making three starts and allowing just three earned runs over 18.1 innings of work. 2019 second round starter Oregon State, Nelson spent the majority of 2022 with Triple-A Reno, navigating the batter’s paradise that is the Pacific Coast League. While his performance was up and down during his Triple-A tenure, he made a veritable four-note flash. Nelson combines a four-seam fastball at 93-94 mph, a touchdown of 98 mph in the peak, with a great slider, and a mid-70s curveball with depth and changeup. Nelson will likely be vying for a spot in the D linebacker rotation outside of spring training.
Luisangel Acuna, 2B, Rangers: The younger brother of Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr., Luisangel ranked as a top 10 prospect in the Rangers system in four consecutive seasons. An explosive midfielder with a first bat profile, Acuña possesses a promising combination of above-average strength and pace. Acuña impressed 54-plus games with High-A Hickory last season, hitting . 317/. 417/. 483 over 54 games. He struggled the last two months after being promoted to Double-A Frisco and is likely to return there to start 2023.
Yosefer Zolota, RHP, Blue Jays: After an injury-plagued first three seasons in the Blue Jays organization, Zulueta enjoyed a healthy and productive 2022. The right fielder is armed with a fastball that reaches speeds of 96-97 mph and reached 101 mph in 2022. Four-seam, two-seam variation. While his speed is notable, Fastball isn’t Zulueta’s strongest offering—this is his sweeping mid-80s slider that boasts well over a foot of horizontal drop with some late falls. In addition to combining fastball and slider plus, Zulueta offers two other mid-range offerings in curveball and changeup in the low 80s. While Zulueta has a deep supply of mediocre or better performances, his below-average control has asked enough questions to keep him out of the Top 100.
Gordon Grisfo, RHP, Cardinals: Going into Round 5 in 2021, Graceffo has had consistent speed gains in fastball over the past year as well. He sat 94-95 mph all of 2022 and has been clocked at 100 mph on the backcourts in spring training and during the season per accumulator. He dominated the Midwest Higher League after spring training before putting in a solid showing at Double-A. Graceffo marries the mid-’90s fastball with an overdrive slider, above-average changeup, and a medium curveball. Graceffo has found success thanks to his lead shot and knack for strikes that rarely go. If Graceffo can prove he can miss out at bat at higher levels, he could jump back into the Top 100.
Jacob Perry, 3B, Marlins: The sixth overall pick in the 2022 draft, Perry fell out of the draft, hitting . 264/. 358/. 392 over 33 games with Low-A Jupiter. Berry’s combination of on-base ability, at-bat skills, and power make the switch hitter one of the most interesting college bats in recent draft class. With a potential move to first base at long runs, Perry added pressure to his bat to bring his pitching profile higher. Despite the warts, smooth power hitters are a rare breed.
Quinn Priester, RHP, The Pirate: After spending all of 2021 at the A level, Priester spent the majority of his 2022 season with Double-A Altoona, reaching Triple-A Indianapolis by season’s end. He made six starts in the Arizona Fall League but struggled, allowing 16 earned runs over 23 innings pitched. When Priester is on the run, he can mix a low to mid-90s fastball with a trio of minor favorites. His curveball is his best pitch, a low 80s ball with depth and a late sweep. Curveballs generated hurls at a rate of 50% in 2022 and globes generated an average of 65%. Both his mid-80s slider and his high-80s changeup are averages that could flash above average on their best days. Priester is an above-average strikeout pitcher with an average triple or better secondary staff masking dead zone figure on his fastball.
Chasing Celseth, RHP, Angels: It’s no exaggeration to say that Silseth’s debut with the Angels in mid-May was one of the biggest shocks of the first half of 2022. Less than a year after being selected in the eleventh round, Silseth was the first player from his preliminary class to play in the big leagues. . He played seven games for the Angels over two stints with the major league club. However, he spent the majority of the righthander’s season at Double-A Rocket City, where Silseth dominated. Over 15 starts, Silseth has gone 7-0, striking 34.4% of the batters he faced. Silseth combines a mid-1990s fastball with a slider, curveball, and breaker, with his curveball ranked as the best secondary. Silseth has a knack for keeping the ball on the ground with just enough objects and pitch shapes to generate whets at an above-average rate.
Matt Mervis, 1B, Caps: After a standout in 2022 and a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League, Mirvis garnered serious attention from top 100 teams but ultimately fell short. In 2020, an undrafted free agent, Mirvis rebounded from his poor start to the full season in 2021 to hit the third-most home runs in the minor leagues in 2022. Across three levels, Murvis hit 36 home runs while Cuts .309/.379/. 605 over 137 games. He pairs above-average bat-to-ball skills (76% contact rate) with power-hitting overs (105 mph 90 percent) and has the profile of a hard hitting everyday first baseman.
Junior Walker3B, Rays: The Guardians’ hitting hitter was acquired on 40-man roster deadline day in 2021. Caminero made his all-state debut in June, hitting .326/.403/.492 with five home runs over 36 games . He saw a promotion to Low-A Charleston in mid-August and hit . 299/. 359/. 505 with six home runs over the final month. About to head out for his first full season in 2023, Caminero could move up the list.
Mason Orr, of Rise: Drafted in the fifth round of the 2021 draft from juco powerhouse San Jacinto (Texas), Auer hit .290/.372/.487 with 15 home runs and 48 stolen bases while leading the minor leagues with 12 triples. Auer is a shed with 55 or better tackles across the plate and a true throwing arm with a score of 80. With double speed, above-average power, and hitting ability, Auer could explode into the top 100 early in 2023 and stay there.
Casey Schmidt, 3B, Giants: One of the best defensive third basemen in the minor leagues, Schmidt has shown improvement with the bat in 2022. Over 126 games played across three minors levels, Schmitt hit .293/.365/.489 with 21 home runs. A well-rounded player, Schmitt provides above-average offensive potential with an elite defense that will earn him daily opportunities. Schmitt finished the season with Triple-A Sacramento and could return to form to start 2023. A strong early offensive performance by Schmitt could propel him into the top 100 and possibly the Giants’ active roster.
Spencer Jones, Yankees: The 6-foot-7 football player from Vanderbilt is likely to draw many Aaron Judge comparisons in years to come, but Jones is a unique talent in his own right. Few players have been as big and athletic as Jones in the history of the game. While questions persisted about his skills from bat to ball during the spring draft with Vanderbilt, post-draft Jones showed he could limit his hits and make contacts at an above-average rate (75.6% contact rate). His double plus power is indisputable—in his spring season with Vanderbilt, Jones recorded a 112-mile-per-hour exit speed of 90 percent. The Lasers’ showing continued after the draft with Jones recording a 90 percent exit speed of 106.8 mph. Outside of Jones’ skills with the bat, he is an above-average runner with above-average fielding ability. Jones has a chance to move up the list in 2023.
Angels: Ky Bush LHP, Edgar Quero C, Chase Silseth RHP.
Astros: Drew Gilbert, OF, Will Wagner, 2B/3B.
Athletics: Zach Geloff, 2B/3B, Mason Miller, RHP, Kyle Muller, LHP, Max Muncy, SS, Daniel Susac, C, Ken Waldichuk, LHP.
Blue Jays: Addison Barger, SS/3B, Brandon Barriera, LHP, Yosver Zulueta, RHP.
Brave: AJ Smith-Shawver, RHP.
Brewers: Eric Brown, SS, Robert Gasser, LHP, Jacob Misorovsky, RHB, Jarrett Mitchell, FO, Jefferson Cuero, C, Bryce Turang, SS, Joy Weimer, OR.
basics: Alec Burleson, OF, Gordon Graceffo, RHP, Cooper Hjerpe, LHP.
Cubs: Ben Brown, RHP, Christian Hernandez, SS, Cady Horton, RHP, Matt Mervis, 1B, Hayden Wisinski, RHP.
D-Backs: Davison Of The Saints, 3B, Drey Jameson, RHP, Ryne Nelson, RHP, Landon Sims, RHP, Blake Walston, LHP.
Dodgers: Joshua de Paula, OF, Andy Pages, OF, Dalton Rushing, C.
Giants: Iverson Arteaga, SS, Von Braun, OR Louis Matos, OR, Grant McCrae, OR, Casey Schmidt, 3b.
Guardians: Will Brennan, OF, Chase DeLauter, OF, Angel Genao, SS, Angel Martinez, SS, Jhonkensy Noel, OF/3B.
sailors: Michael Arroyo, SS, Prelander Berroa, RHP, Taylor Dollard, RHP, Gabriel Gonzalez, OF, Emerson Hancock, RHP.
Marlins: Jacob Perry, 3B, Love Cappe, SS, Jake Eder, LHP, Dax Fulton, LHP, Jose Salas, SS/3B, Sixto Sanchez, RHP.
Mets: Mark Vientos, 3B, Mets.
Citizens: Jeremy De La Rosa, Brady House, SS, Jackson Routledge, RHB, Garlin Susanna, RHB, Christian Vaquero, OF.
Orioles: Dylan Beavers, CF, Heston Kjerstad, OF, Kobe Mayo, 3B.
Parents: Luis Camposano, C, Samuel Zavala, A.
Phyllis: Justin Crawford, OF, Griff McGarry, RHP.
hacker: Bubba Chandler, RHP, Nick Gonzales, 2B, Liover Peguero, SS, Quinn Priester, RHP.
Notice: Luisangel Acuña, SS/2B, Anthony Gutierrez, OF, Jack Leiter, RHP, Brock Porter, RHP, Aaron Zavala, OF. rays: Mason Auerfrom, Junior Walker3b.
Reds: Christian Encarnación-Strand, 1B/3B, Chase Petty, RHP, Spencer Steer, 3B.
red socks: Mickey Romero2B/SS, Nick York2b.
Rocky: Warming Burnable, 3B, Gabriel Hughes, RHP, Penny Montgomery, OF, Sterling Thompson, 3B/OF. Tigers: Wilmer Flores, RHB, Peyton Graham, SS, Jess Jung, 2B, Colt Keith, 3B, Ty Madden, RHB.
twins: Edouard Julien, 2B, Connor Prielipp, LHP, Marco Raya, RHP, Matt Wallner, OF.
white socks: Christian Mina, RHP, Brian Ramos, 3B.
Yankees: Spencer Jones, Louis Serna, RHP.
Los Angeles Dodgers 2022 MLB draft report card
The 2022 Dodgers MLB Draft is reconsidered after the conclusion of the minor league season.