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An Update On The Farm: Yoan Moncada & More

As Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees is demonstrating this season, young players can often provide a huge boost to their big league clubs. Judge, a home grown product, is currently batting .330/.433/.818 with an MLB best 13 home runs.

Judge is a centerpiece on a Yankees team that is set to take over the league with a dizzying array of young talent. This begs us to ask- how are other top prospects performing around the minor leagues? And furthermore, how soon could they help their big league teams?

Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox

Position: 2B ranking: 1

Current level: AAA

MLB comparison: Robinson Cano


Rightfully so, Moncada is the topped ranked prospect in baseball. He is currently dominating for the AAA Charlotte Knights, batting .330/.406/.532 with 5 home runs and 12 walks. The White Sox received Moncada from Boston in the Chris Sale trade, and should reap the benefits soon. Moncada is Major League ready and will likely be Chicago’s every day second baseman before the end of this season.

Amed Rosario, New York Mets

Position: SS ranking: 3

Current Level: AAA

MLB comparison: Francisco Lindor


David Wright’s health issues and Jose Reyes’s prolonged slump could bring Rosario to Queens sooner than expected. At the very least, Rosario projects to be an elite defender at a premium position. Rosario’s offensive skills have shot up in the last two years, as he’s currently batting .402/450/.526 in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Rosario will surely be the Mets everyday shortstop next season.

J.P. Crawford, Philadelphia Phillies

Position: SS ranking: 4

Current Level: AAA

MLB comparison: Brandon Crawford


At just 22 years old, Crawford is set to become the Phillies shortstop for the next decade. He possesses elite defensive skills and is a lock to emerge as a Gold Glove caliber shortstop. Although his offensive talent has yet to fully develop, many players such as Brandon Crawford and Addison Russell have proven that an advanced defensive skill is extremely valuable. His bat should pick up as he matures.

Victor Robles, Washington Nationals

Position: OF ranking: 5

Current level: A+

MLB comparison: Andrew McCutchen


It’s interesting that Robles was the player the Nationals refused to give up in a potential trade for Andrew McCutchen given that McCutchen is the player he compares most to. Robles is a five tool talent who has all the makings to be a franchise player in center field. His speed tool stands out to scouts, as Keith Law of ESPN rates Robles a 70 on a scale to 80. Robles is currently just 19 years old but should help relieve the pain of possibly losing Bryce Harper in the future.

Brendan Rodgers, Colorado Rockies

Position: SS/2B ranking: 13

Current level: A+

MLB comparison: Josh Donaldson


Rodgers is the reason the Rockies may have to eventually move Trevor Story to third base. He is a right handed middle infielder with pop, a rare and welcomed commodity. Rodgers also has a strong arm which makes him more likely to play shortstop than second base in the future. He will most likely make his debut in 2018 and add to an impressive core of offensive talent in Colorado.

Clint Frazier, New York Yankees

Position: OF ranking: 21

Current level: AAA

MLB comparison: Christian Yelich


A quick search of Frazier will reveal that he drew many comparisons to Mike Trout coming into the draft, but a safer bet is more likely to draw parallels with Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. Frazier is capable of playing all three outfield positions. His bat speed is the stuff of legend, making him capable of hitting Major League pitching immediately. He projects to be a 20-25 home run hitter and will likely join the Yankees at some point this season, helping Judge and the Baby Bombers make a push for October.

Michael Kopech, Chicago White Sox

Position: RHP ranking: 14

Current level: AA

MLB comparison: Noah Syndergaard


Kopech was another piece the White Sox reeled in for Chris Sale. His fastball receives an 80 grade, the highest possible grade a scout can give. He reportedly hit 105 MPH on a fastball in an Arizona Fall League game, which naturally draws comparisons to New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard. Kopech should be dominating the big leagues full time come the 2018 season.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays

Position: 3B ranking: 30

Current level: A

MLB comparison: Edwin Encarnacion


Guerrero’s frame and batter profile compare similarly to his father’s, a nine-time All-Star. Guerrero is still a long way from the Major Leagues but should headline the future for the Blue Jays in a few years. He has elite hit and power tools, making him one of the of promising offensive prospects in the minor leagues.

Mitch Keller, Pittsburgh Pirates

Position: RHP ranking: 42

Current level: A+

MLB comparison: Chris Archer


Some people within the Pirates organization actually feel that Keller has more upside than the highly touted Tyler Glasnow, who has appeared with the big league club this season. Keller’s best pitch is his fastball, which sits at 93-95 MPH with a lot of life. His next best pitch is his slider which he uses to put away hitters. Keller should join Glasnow in Pittsburgh in 2018, forming an imposing 1-2 punch for years to come.

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Max is a student at Saint Joseph's University where he is a Communication Studies major. He is a contributing writer for Baseknock MLB and the host of the Payoff Pitch Podcast, which airs every Tuesday morning.

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