With top picks from the 2022 MLB Draft now ready to take their place among Major League Baseball’s top prospects, it’s time for a midseason update to the Stadium Rant Top-100 prospects. Here’s the top 100, plus a few guys to know!
Earlier this summer, the top prospects from the High School and College ranks set their sights on the MLB Draft. This year’s draft — part of the summer’s All-Star festivities — took place in Los Angeles and featured the game’s premier young talent ready to enter the sport’s next level. Now that most of the top prospects have signed and are entering the minor league systems that they’ll call home for the next year or two, it’s time to get a clearer picture of where the talent stands on the league’s top-100 prospects list.
When ranking prospects, it takes a complex algorithm to determine where these prospects rank. By combining multiple factors such as positional value, 2022 performance, physical tools, and projectability — among other factors as well — it’s possible to get an idea of who the game’s premier prospects truly are. Which prospects will become the next potential first-time all-stars in the coming seasons? Without further delay, here are your 2022 Stadium Rant top-100 prospects at the mid-season mark.
If you missed the first prospect update, you can find it here for a deeper look at the league’s top 10 prospects.
MLB’s Top Prospects Receive An Update After This Year’s Draft
One. Francisco Alvarez, Catcher, New York Mets
Two. Corbin Carrol, Outfielder, Arizona Diamondbacks
Three. Gabriel Moreno, Catcher, Toronto Blue Jays
Four. Grayson Rodriguez, LHP, Baltimore Orioles
Five. Jordan Walker, Third Baseman, St. Louis Cardinals
Six. Gunnar Henderson, Third Baseman, Baltimore Orioles
Seven. Daniel Espino, RHP, Cleveland Guardians
Eight. Anthony Volpe, Shortstop, New York Yankees
Nine. Henry Davis, Catcher, Pittsburgh Pirates
10. Eury Perez, RHP, Miami Marlins
11. Termarr Johnson, Shortstop, Pittsburgh Pirates
12. Marco Luciano, Shortstop, San Francisco Giants
13. Marcelo Mayer, Shortstop, Boston Red Sox
Mayer was the fourth overall selection by the Red Sox in last year’s 2021 MLB Draft. At six-foot-three and 180 pounds — and just 19 years old — he’s a blank canvas. He should grow into his frame to further expand his game. He figures to have plus power and an even better hit tool. He’s proven a great eye in limited minor league action thus far. At Low-A in 2022, he slashed .286/.406/.504 with a robust 150 wRC+. With another strong showing next year, he could easily move even higher on this list.
14. Noelvi Marte, Shortstop, Cincinnati Reds
15. Triston Casas, First Baseman, Boston Red Sox
16. Diego Cartaya, Catcher, Los Angeles Dodgers
17. Josh Jung, Third Baseman, Texas Rangers
18. Jordan Lawler, Shortstop, Arizona Diamondbacks
19. Max Meyer, RHP, Miami Marlins
Meyer was drafted third overall by Miami in the 2020 amateur draft. He was the first pitcher taken in that year’s draft haul and has shot his way through the system since then. He has upper-90s heat with his fastball and also throws a dominant slider, his best pitch. He’s currently on the shelf after undergoing Tommy John surgery earlier this season. If he can continue to improve his changeup and command, he has ace upside. Otherwise, his floor is that of a nasty late-round reliever.
20. Brett Baty, Third Baseman, New York Mets
21. Druw Jones, Outfielder, Arizona Diamondbacks
22. Brennan Davis, Outfielder, Chicago Cubs
23. Jack Leiter, RHP, Texas Rangers
24. Kyle Harrison, LHP, San Francisco Giants
25. Robert Hassell III, Outfielder, Washington Nationals
Hassell has some serious chops at the plate. He’s got an outstanding hit tool and has shown it throughout the minors so far, with a .323/.415/.482 slash line in 92 games at Low-A in 2021. He also slashed .299/.379/.467 in 75 High-A games this year before being included as compensation in the Juan Soto trade. Now in Double-A with the Nationals system, Hassell will need to prove he has major league power if he wants to become an All-Star at the next level.
26. Taj Bradley, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
27. Oswald Peraza, Shortstop, New York Yankees
28. Cade Cavalli, RHP, Washington Nationals
29. Colton Cowser, Outfielder, Baltimore Orioles
30. Mick Abel, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies
31. Bobby Miller, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
32. Jackson Chourio, Outfielder, Milwaukee Brewers
33. Jackson Holliday, Shortstop, Baltimore Orioles
34. Shea Langeliers, Catcher, Oakland Athletics
35. Brayan Bello, RHP, Boston Red Sox
36. Luis Campusano, Catcher, San Diego Padres
37. Ezequiel Tovar, Shortstop, Colorado Rockies
Ezequiel Tovar looked like a lost prospect after struggling as a 17-year-old in 2019 and then again as a 19-year-old in High-A last season. He showed impressive walk rates in rookie ball and then just stopped taking his walks. After walking just 3.6% between Low and High-A last season, he’s refound his approach in 2022. He’s found his power as well. In 2022 at Double-A, he owns an 8.5% walk rate with 13 home runs in just 66 games.
38. Sal Frelick, Outfielder, Milwaukee Brewers
39. Tyler Soderstrom, Catcher, Oakland Athletics
40. DL Hall, LHP, Baltimore Orioles
41. Jackson Jobe, RHP, Detroit Tigers
42. Zac Veen, Outfielder, Colorado Rockies
43. Royce Lewis, Shortstop, Minnesota Twins
44. Elly De La Cruz, Shortstop, Cincinnati Reds
45. Pete Crow Armstrong, Outfielder, Chicago Cubs
“PCR” has a sky-high ceiling thanks to his blazing speed and plus-plus defense in center field. There’s no doubt he can stick in center field as he progresses through the minor leagues and into the majors. Crow Armstrong was traded to the Cubs in the Javy Baez trade, and for good reason. Despite questions about his hit tool, he’s shown nothing but dominance at the plate so far in his professional career. In 38 games at Low-A this season, he slashed .354/.443/.557 with an impressive 12.0% walk rate while striking out only 18% of the time.
46. Luis Matos, Outfielder, San Francisco Giants
47. Khalil Watson, Shortstop, Miami Marlins
48. Andrew Painter, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies
49. Ken Waldichuk, LHP, Oakland Athletics
50. Elijah Green, Outfielder, Washington Nationals
51. Curtis Mead, Third Baseman, Tampa Bay Rays
52. Ricky Tiedemann, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays
53. Jasson Dominguez, Outfielder, New York Yankees
54. Andy Pages, Outfielder, Los Angeles Dodgers
55. Matt McLain, Shortstop, Cincinnati Reds
McLain was a first-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft out of high school. He decided to attend UCLA instead of signing and was then selected in the first round once again in the 2021 MLB Draft. In college, he built a resume of impressive plate discipline. After limiting his strikeouts in NCAA, he’s seen the strikeout rate increase some in his minor league career. Still, he’s walking at an impressive rate which has led to impressive on-base totals. Even more impressive, he’s added more power this season with a .230 ISO. He owns a strong arm and plus speed tool which should help him carry a solid floor to the major leagues.
56. Nick Pratto, First Baseman, Kansas City Royals
57. Ronny Mauricio, Shortstop, New York Mets
58. Michael Busch, Second Baseman, Los Angeles Dodgers
59. Matthew Liberatore, LHP, St. Louis Cardinals
60. Ezequiel Duran, Second Baseman, Texas Rangers
61. Brayan Rocchio, Shortstop, Cleveland Guardians
62. Justin Foscue, Second Baseman, Texas Rangers
63. Drew Romo, Catcher, Colorado Rockies
64. Logan O’Hoppe, Catcher, Los Angeles Angels
65. George Valera, Outfielder, Cleveland Guardians
66. Liover Peguero, Shortstop, Pittsburgh Pirates
67. Orelvis Martinez, Shortstop, Toronto Blue Jays
68. Harry Ford, Catcher, Seattle Mariners
Harry Ford is the most underrated catching prospect in the minor leagues. He’s a different breed of catcher, for sure. He’s athletic, can play all over the diamond, and features a true cannon for an arm. Due to his impressive speed and strong arm, it’s entirely possible that he eventually moves to the outfield. If he does, however, it will only be because his bat has become so advanced that Seattle wants to get him to the major leagues more quickly. In 84 games this year at Low-A, the 19-year-old has slashed .268/.420/.411 with a robust 17.6% walk rate.
69. Austin Wells, Catcher, New York Yankees
70. Ivan Herrera, Catcher, St. Louis Cardinals
71. Quinn Priester, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
72. Michael Massey, Second Baseman, Kansas City Royals
Michael Massey slashed .325/.392/.595 over 142 plate appearances at Triple-A this season. Only 11 players since 2015, aged 24 or younger, have hit the same mark in a Triple-A season. Among those, include Massey, Yordan Alvarez, Gavin Lux, Trent Grisham, and Michael Conforto. Massey features a well-rounded game with a solid approach, hit tool, and good power for a second baseman. He also won a Minor League Gold Glove in 2021 at Double-A. He carries sneaky upside and could become an All-Star second baseman for Kansas City.
73. Cole Winn, RHP, Texas Rangers
74. Vaughn Grissom, Shortstop, Atlanta Braves
75. Nick Yorke, Second Baseman, Boston Red Sox
76. Miguel Vargas, Third Baseman, Los Angeles Dodgers
77. Bo Naylor, Catcher, Cleveland Guardians
78. Joey Wiemer, Outfielder, Milwaukee Brewers
79. Jace Jung, Second Baseman, Detroit Tigers
Jace Jung was drafted 12th overall in this year’s Amateur Draft by the Tigers. He’s the younger brother of Rangers prospect, Josh Jung. At Texas Tech, all he did was clobber baseballs. He boasts solid power, plus-plus plate discipline, and an above-average hit tool to boot. His ability with the glove should make him an average everyday second baseman and there’s some risk here that he moves to first base eventually. His senior year for the Red Raiders saw him slash .335/.481/.612 with more walks (59) than strikeouts (42).
80. Cristian Hernandez, Shortstop, Chicago Cubs
81. Ryan Pepiot, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
82. Brooks Lee, Shortstop, Minnesota Twins
83. Gavin Williams, RHP, Cleveland Guardians
84. Alex Ramirez, Outfielder, New York Mets
85. James Wood, Outfielder, Washington Nationals
86. Zack Gelof, Third Baseman, Oakland Athletics
87. Gabriel Gonzalez, Outfielder, Seattle Mariners
88. Benny Montgomery, Outfielder, Colorado Rockies
Benny Montgomery was drafted eighth overall by the Rockies in last year’s 2021 Amateur draft out of Red Land High School in Pennsylvania. He’s just 19 years old but should absolutely stick in center field long-term for the Rockies. He brings blazing 70-grade speed with a plus glove in center. He’s still very young at the plate, as to be expected, but could develop above-average power as well. The biggest question will be his hit tool and how he develops at the plate. Plate discipline could be the difference between an All-Star and a solid everyday regular.
89. Owen White, RHP, Texas Rangers
90. Hunter Brown, RHP, Houston Astros
91. Gabriel Arias, Shortstop, Cleveland Guardians
92. Gavin Cross, Outfielder, Kansas City Royals
93. Cam Collier, Third Baseman, Cincinnati Reds
94. Jordan Groshans, Shortstop, Miami Marlins
95. Kevin Alcantara, Outfielder, Chicago Cubs
96. Nick Loftin, Shortstop, Kansas City Royals
97. Jordan Westburg, Shortstop, Baltimore Orioles
98. Brady House, Shortstop, Washington Nationals
99. Edwin Arroyo, Shortstop, Cincinnati Reds
100. Kumar Rocker, RHP, Texas Rangers