Top 20 Amateur and International MLB Prospects PREMIUM
Every year, there are 30+ new prospects who leap into the top 100. Often times, we can predict who these players will be because they come from amateur or international baseball. In fact, because we can anticipate them being top 100 prospects, or even top 30 in some cases, we ought to rank them as such. Today, I’ll introduce you to my top 20 who are likely to soon make the jump, that way you can add them before their stock is quite a bit higher. Their rankings in my Worldwide Top 500 Prospects are listed with the players.
Honorable Mention: Shintaro Fujinami (#127 overall), RHP, Japan
A year ago, he would have been in the top 10 on this list thanks to four strong seasons to kick off his career and a big 6’5″ frame, but last season he took a substantial step back. The 23-year-old dealt with an injury and struggled with his command as a result. He likely won’t come over for another three years, but there is a decent chance he realizes his potential before it comes to that point.
#20 Jackson Kowar (#125 overall), RHP, Florida
Florida has been churning out high-end pitchers yearly it seems, and this year, we get Kowar and someone even further down the list. The 6’5″ righty has a serious heater and his changeup is tremendous. This gives Kowar the floor of a lights-out closer, and if he can develop his breaking ball, we may be talking about a top 20 fantasy pitcher some day.