Prospects are the future of baseball. These 5 athletes have potential that is through the roof and if they can live up to the hype, they will be the faces of Major League Baseball before you know it. I wanted to make this list different however. I could of done the easy approach and just looked at the MLB Top 100, and picked the top 5 of the list. Instead I wanted to really examine the list and pick out 5 guys that I think will be absolute stars in this league and have an unimaginable upside. We start our list with a prospect out of the Dominican Republic who is only 19 years old, but is already getting comparisons to guys like Pedro Martinez.
5. Sixto Sanchez – PHI Phillies
Sixto Sanchez is only 19 years old, the same age as me. What’s the difference between us you ask? He’s going to be making millions of dollars one day and be one of the faces of the Phillies franchise and I am just a college student. Now is this a some what of a biased opinion? Absolutely as Sixto is part of my teams organization but I truly believe that this kid is special. Sanchez’s fastball can reach up to speeds of 102 MPH and a slider that will absolutely freeze you. The hard throwing righty is already being compared to the hall of famer, Pedro Martinez and some say he can even be better. Now we won’t see Sanchez is the majors for awhile barring that he is so young, but the wait is going to be more than worth it and Sanchez is going to be lighting it up in the majors and has potential to special.
4. Hunter Greene – CIN Reds
Hunter Greene is going to be a name you will be hearing a lot and in the near future. Greene was taken with the second overall pick in the 2017 Draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Greene is a multitalented athlete as he can play the infield, outfield, is a hell of a hitter and is also very talented on the mound. The prospect out of Notre Dame High School is only eighteen years old, but I think he is talented to make his major league debut by 20, which would make him one of the youngest players to ever play in the majors. Greene has potential to have a long, successful career and an insanely athletic talent like him is a one you find once in a blue moon.
3. Shohei Ohtani – LAA
They are calling him the next Babe Ruth. Shohei Ohtani is one of if not the most anticipated prospect of all time. He is a guy that they think can win a Cy Young and a Silver Slugger in the same year. So why is he not number one on my list? Well it was discovered early on after signing with the Los Angeles Angels that he had a small injury in his UCL joint. This joint is in the pitching elbow and if serious could be a major problem. They found that it was nothing serious and he is participating in full physical activities, but that injury still scares me a lot. UCL injuries or any injuries in the throwing elbow for that matter are nothing to mess with and I just hope that there is nothing that is being undisclosed to the general public. That being said, this guy is an insanely talented baseball player and if he can stay healthy he is gonna have one hell of a career in the major leagues.
2. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – TOR Blue Jays
Heads, shoulders, knees and toes Jr. is almost ready to make his major league debut and his arrival has been long awaited. Now let’s put this into realistic context. When I say almost ready I am most likely referring to the 2020 season. Why so far away you ask? Guerrero Jr. is only 18 years old and although his bat is most likely ready to face major league hitting, the other tools to his games are no where near ready. I also mentioned that his debut has been long awaited and you are probably thinking “How is that even possible, he’s only 18 years old?” Well fast forward 3 years ago to the Dominican Republic when a video surfaced of a 15 year old Vladdy Jr. hitting home runs, and I mean HOME RUNS with a wooden bat. Oh and one more thing he did it off of a bounce. Yes you heard that right he was hitting home runs off of a bounce. Like father like son to the max. This kid is going to be a special hitter and I think he has potential to be better than his Hall Of Fame father, Vlad Guerrero. I think when he gets called up, he will hit 40 homers a year consistently and I truly believe we are looking at the future of power hitting in Major League Baseball.
1. Ronald Acuña – ATL Braves
Mark my words, Ronald Acuña is going to be a superstar in this league and in the very near future. This dude is the prospect you can only paint a picture of. He is everything you want in a prospect. The Venezuelan OF can field his position at an extremely high rate, can hit for both power and to get on base, can run the bases well and is overall a freak of nature when it comes to his athleticism. It is still left to be unknown if Acuna will make his major league debut to start the 2017 season, or if he will be a midseason call up. Either way, the Braves and the fans know that they have something special in this guy. This is a very bold prediction and it might draw some hate in the comments, but I think we are looking at the next Ken Griffey Jr.