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Prospects who narrowly missed the 2022 Top 100 Prospects list

MLB Pipeline just ranked baseball’s top 100 prospects. That’s a lot of hope. Of course, we could have done a lot more because the game is so loaded.

We’ve broken down the Top 100 in several ways, including by top tools and busiest farm systems. But what about those who missed the Top 100? We could have easily added 25-50 names that received Top 100 consideration from ourselves and reviewers across the game. For now, here are 10 notable names out there looking to start 2022:

Aaron Ashby, LHP, Brewers
Your view on Ashby’s top 100 chances depends on how you view his future role. His supporters point to three above-average throws in his fastball, slider and changeover – each of which has already MLB whiffs – and say he could return to starting for Milwaukee. The mid-90s fastball and biting slider, in particular, make him one of the hottest left-handed pitching prospects right now. His detractors would say command issues will knock him out of the bullpen, as he did for part of last summer (including the playoffs) with the Brewers. is now Major League ready and is likely to graduate before we get a definitive answer on his future status.

Sam Bachman, RHP, Angels
The Halos appear to have struck gold with Reid Detmers, the 10th overall pick in 2020 and a 21st overall prospect. Bachman sits in the mid-90s with his fastball and can hit triple digits. Its mid-80s slider is another no-plus possible, while the shift shows above-average potential. 100 spot for now because his size and short arm action increase his risk as a reliever in the pro ranks, but if he takes off like Detmers has – and Bachman has notably seen High-A before – he could easily pass on the roster in its first full season.

Jordan Balazovic, RHP, twins
Ontario’s 2016 fifth-rounder has been in and out of the Top 100 since its 2019 season, and with a mid-90s fastball, above-average slider, and improved improved finger change, there’s a good argument he should always be An early shoulder problem limited him to 97 innings with Double-A Wichita in 2021, and it’s worth noting that his strikeout rate dropped from 33.9% in 2019 at 23.8 once it hit the upper tiers for the first time. was heading to the Triple A for the first time. Consistent success and a few more puffs there could get him into the Top 100, if not Minnesota’s rotation first.

Curtis Mead, 3B/1B, rays
A year ago, the Australia native, who was acquired in a minor deal from the Phillies in November 2019, appeared to be far down the depth chart of a loaded Rays system. Now he is one of his most prominent talents and arguably one of the best Mead hit .321/.378/.533 with 55 extra hits in 104 games across three levels last season and looked about the same hitter as one of Arizona’s youngest Fall League entrants. Batting from a straight stance with good bat control, Mead is already making good contact, and he should hit for more power as his doubles turn to homers with extra experience. His defensive home remains in question. An average-at-best arm and reach is tested at third base, and he also saw significant time early. The Rays can move him to second in time, or he could become the organization’s latest Swiss army knife. If Mead keeps hitting like this, everyone will be paying attention to his bat anyway in 2022 and beyond.

Ryne Nelson, RHP, D-backs
Arizona had several candidates close to the Top 100, including Drey Jameson and Geraldo Perdomo. We’ll focus here on Nelson for his mid-to-late 90s fastball, above-average slider and curveball, and promising control. out of 163 batters in 116 1/3 innings between High-A and Double-A last season, and his 34.7% K-rate was fourth-best among minor leaguers with at least 100 frames. a cause for concern, though Nelson seemed to have worked that out as his first dip in the upper minors progressed. The hitter’s haven that is Triple-A Reno will provide his next challenge.

Cristian Pache, OF, Athletics
Pache dropped out of the Top 100 from No. 38 to one spot on this list. The 23-year-old remains one of the most defensively gifted center players in the minors, earning 70-80 ratings on his glove, his arm and his speed. tools. His range and barrel would help any Major League side right now. However, reviewers are beginning to wonder if Pache will ever hit enough to earn an All-Day spot. He was outplayed in the Majors (7 for 63, 25 strikeouts) and was just average with the bat at Triple-A (.265/.330/.414, 100 wRC+). Also for a player with plus-plus speed, he’s not much of a stolen base threat, having gone just 9 out of 16 steal attempts with Gwinnett. Pache’s defensive gifts give him a huge floor, but leaving him out of the Top 100 (for now) reflects the diminishing likelihood of him hitting his once sizable ceiling.

Jeremy Pena, SS/2B, Astros
If not for a left wrist injury suffered in the spring of 2021, there’s a much better chance that Peña would have cracked our version of the Top 100. As things stand, the 2018 third-rounder is known as a gifted defender in the middle, so much so that he could be Houston’s heir apparent to Carlos Correa at 6. Long-term at-bat questions fuel our concerns, and 133 board appearances at Triple-A haven’t quite been enough to soothe them. of Maine helped Peña’s ability to impact the ball, as he showed with a .579 hitting percentage during his brief stint with Sugar Land in 2021. If that power continues in a larger sample in 2022, expect Peña to slip into the Top 100 and stay there until he graduates.

Drew Romo, C, Rockies
This is perhaps the deepest group of capture perspectives in recent memory. Twelve of MLB Pipeline’s top 100 players live behind the plate. Romo is about to make a dozen bakers out of them. The 35th overall pick in 2020 is an arguably more behind-the-flat defender, earning good reviews for his receiving, blocking and strong arm. He’s faster and more athletic than your typical backstop and took advantage of Low-A rules to sweep 23 bases last season, second among Minor League catchers and accomplished in just 79 games. The switch-hitter makes a good amount of contact, leading to an average of .314 with Fresno in 2021, so while he might not be throwing more than average power, he could also defend offensively. about the 20-year-old batting out of the Texas prep ranks, and the more he proves he can hold his own, the more Top 100 attention he’ll get.

Jordan Westburg, SS/3B, Orioles
Baltimore already has five Top 100 prospects, and is about to add a sixth. more than 112 matches on three levels. He dominated at Double-A Bowie, no mean feat for a player seeing the pros for the first time, and made raucous contacts almost everywhere he went. Although most of his starts have come at shortstop, he projects more as a third baseman, where his above-average arm should play well. There’s no 60 on the report Westburg scouting, but there are enough 55s for him to be a regular contributor on the field at some point.

Brandon Williamson, LHP, Reds
A 6-foot-6 southpaw with 153 strikeouts in 98 1/3 innings? Yeah, that will get our attention. TCU’s second round of 2019 saw its first full season delayed due to the pandemic and made up for the lost time at High-A and Double-A pretty well last season. It boasts a full four-pitch mix, highlighted by a faster ball and above-average curve, and he threw a good number of shots, especially for someone his size.

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