BERNIE'S BASEBALL WORLD

MY TOP 50 BASEBALL PROSPECTS

Vlad Jr
Bernie Pleskoff
Written by Bernie Pleskoff

Predicting baseball player success is beyond difficult. There are tremendous variables that contribute to the success or lack of success of baseball prospects.

When all is said and done, the talent of the individual may only take the player to the top ranks of the minor leagues. Baseball organizations are loaded with talented players that have caught the eye of evaluators at some point in the player’s life. The difference between a minor league player and a major league player may reside in a number of factors.

First and foremost, can the player’s talent translate to a playing field at the big league level among the best players in the world? Most professional baseball players can hit a fastball. That has been their bread and butter through the ranks of high school or college. But can a hitter succeed against major league quality breaking balls? Cutters, sliders, curveballs and changeup success or failure determines the future of many, many young professional players.

Can the hitter adjust to the pitches he is seeing? Does the hitter possess power? How about speed? How about eye-hand coordination? Bat speed? Pitch recognition? Patience and selectivity? Can a hitter take a pitch where it is thrown and use the entire field? No, not all major league hitters can do all the above. But chances are they are better at executing those skills than players still waiting for their turn in the minor leagues.

Can a pitcher throw strikes? Does a starter have a complete repertoire that includes more than a fastball and one secondary pitch? Does a reliever have an “out” pitch that can end an inning or a game right now? Can the pitcher control his pitches and repeat his delivery pitch after pitch? Can a pitcher command his pitches and hit his spots? Can a pitcher keep runners from stealing by using a quick enough release to the plate? Can a pitcher throw inside to a hitter? Can a pitcher use all four quadrants of the plate effectively? Can a pitcher field his position? If a pitcher gets in trouble, can he get himself out? Can a pitcher pitch under stress and in high leverage situations?

But beyond skill, other factors come into play.

Does the player’s organization have a need at the player’s position? Being a first baseman playing behind Paul Goldschmidt or Anthony Rizzo isn’t very promising for a career. A good player may be stuck in the minor leagues if he is behind a star or superstar in the organization. Unless he changes positions, which isn’t always easy.

Is the player able to stay healthy or is he a visitor to the disabled list far more often than the average player?

Does the player’s temperament and attitude mesh with the team’s major league clubhouse? That’s an important issue that cannot be glossed over.

I have seen countless highly ranked players linger in the minor leagues due to one or a combination of factors. One’s rank by baseball scouts and analysts doesn’t always guarantee success.

Every one of us has been wrong at some point in our career. The hope is that we are right far more frequently than we are wrong. I have often said my biggest “miss” in my career was predicting stardom for left-handed hitting outfielder Nate Schierholtz. Schierholtz was a 2nd round 2003 draft prospect of the San Francisco Giants. He had one of the sweetest left-handed swings I had seen in a long time when I graded him a 55-which is a grade that means he is above the skill level a regular starting outfielder. He went on to hit .253 in parts of 8 seasons. Not bad. But not what I projected from that swing.

Thankfully, I have had lots of good calls through the years with proper grading.

Today I will provide my annual ranking of baseball prospects.  I am listing my Top 50. With a few honorable mentions noted as well. But that list could become endless. There are lots of good baseball prospects out there.

Placement of some of my selections may disagree with rankings you will read elsewhere. That difference will be seen right at the top of my list when I venture away from the most common No. 1 prospect listed on almost every analyst’s rankings. It isn’t that I like being different. I do like calling it as I see it. For me, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. isn’t the best baseball prospect.

In each case I will list the name, the position, the organization, batting and throwing arms, age, and then the projected year of major league arrival. I will end the line with a scouting grade.

MY 2019 TOP 10 PROSPECTS

1- Eloy Jimenez-OF-Chicago White Sox

B/T: R/R Age: 22 Scouting Grade: 70 ETA: 2019

Few players have the complete package of tools Jimenez brings to the White Sox. In time and after some major league adjustment, I believe he will become a lethal hitter in the middle of the White Sox lineup and in the corner of their outfield. He has outstanding power that will play very well on the South side of Chicago. His ability to get on base and drive in runs with power throughout his huge, thick 6-4, 205 pound frame will make a tremendous impact in the game. The key to Jimenez could well be his ability to hit for both a good batting average in tandem with that awesome power. Jimenez will bring fear to the opposition and when his teammate Yoan Moncado begins to hit to his potential, Jimenez will be even more dangerous. He will eventually join Jose Abreu in the White Sox lineup at some point this season. He and future big league outfielder Luis Robert will bring some exciting play to the American League Central division. Once Jimenez settles in, I look for him to be headed for the All-Star Game year after year.

2-Vladimir Guerrero Jr.-3B-Toronto Blue Jays

B/T: R/R Age: 19 Scouting Grade: 65 ETA: 2019

For me, the difference between Jimenez and Vlad Guerrero Jr. is thisclose. Guerrero is already a lethal hitter. He’s the type of force at the plate that we may not have seen since Mike Trout. But I am worried-very worried-about Guerrero’s physicality. Every time I saw him play in the Arizona Fall League, and that was plenty of times, he reminded me of what happened to Prince Fielder, Miguel Sano and Pablo Sandoval. I can’t get that out of my mind. He simply must control the depth of his frame, his lower half to be specific, to insure he meets expectations. Make no mistake, Guerrero can pound the ball. In the fall, he was a “doubles machine”. He did not hit a home run in the Fall League. I found that to be surprising. He doesn’t miss many pitches, either. He is a “barrel of the bat” type hitter. He recognizes pitches, is more selective than his Hall of Fame father and hits the ball as hard as anyone I have seen in the game, including Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, Miguel Cabrera and Dick Allen, each of them lethal right-handed hitters with extreme power and bat speed. While he is adequate at third base, Guerrero may well be shifted to first base at some point in his career-as was Miguel Cabrera. Bottom line: Guerrero Jr. is a generational hitter. He’s probably better overall than Jimenez. I just think Jimenez will have a longer and even better career than Guerrero Jr., unless Guerrero Jr. can slim some of the bulk from his caboose and lower body.

3-Fernando Tatis Jr.-SS-San Diego Padres

B/T: R/R Age: 20 Scouting Grade: 65 ETA: 2019

Tatis Jr. is the son of former major leaguer Fernando Tatis. Jr. He has learned the game well. He is an outstanding five-tool player with an outstanding hit tool, very good power, some speed and an ability to play high quality, but average defense at shortstop. If pressed, I would say his offensive game will help lead him to become a consistent All-Star. He’s that good. I’m not sure, however, that Tatis Jr. will react well and consistently when he sees a steady diet of breaking balls day in and day out. Clearly, he will have to adjust to major league quality sliders, cutters and curves. I know he has the ability and desire to adjust. He’s got a tall frame at 6-3, 185 pounds. It is possible that he will be hunting home runs at the major league level and find contact a bit more difficult to come by than when he was in his development days in the Padres organization. Formerly a defense first shortstop from the Dominican, Tatis Jr. has made himself into a very solid hitter. If he continues to grow a bit more (he’s still only 20) and his power plays on the biggest stage, he could find himself playing some at third base.

For now, however, he is in the Padres plans as their shortstop of the future. And he’s a good one.

4- Jo Adell-OF-Los Angeles Angels

B/T: R/R Age: 19 Scouting Grade: 60 ETA: 2020

Watch out for Jo Adell! When I saw him in Spring Training last year he stood out as one of the guys that makes me sit up and take notice. The guy can play. He is a complete player with an outstanding bat, good power, speed, an arm that is well above average and he plays very good defense. In short, he has it all and he can do it all. Many will say I have him ranked way too high. I disagree. Once he gets a chance to play, he will be a tremendous compliment to Mike Trout and Justin Upton in the Angels outfield. I worry that the Angels will rush him. That will be tempting, as he will continue to grow and show progress in his 2019 season. However, I don’t think he’ll be ready for prime time until 2020. Adell is an elite player. He is an elite athlete. He has outstanding range in the outfield and he makes everything look easy. Power may be his last big mountain to climb. But his swing is so good and his 6-3, 209 pound frame is so strong and lithe, I think he will be a terrific big league player with an impact game.

5- Nick Senzel-3B-Cincinnati Reds

B/T: R/R Age: 23 Scouting Grade: 60 ETA: 2019

Senzel will be returning from a 2018 season spent on the sidelines with a fractured right index finger that required surgery. If he is healthy, Reds fans are in for a treat. Senzel has huge upper-body strength with broad shoulders and a big chest. He should hit plenty of long, long home runs in his home park in Cincinnati, a home run haven. Combining that power with the ability to hit for average, Senzel should be among those considered for Rookie of the Year honors in the National League for the 2019 season. Senzel is a smart hitter with enough bat speed and loft to hit the ball a long way. There are questions about where he will play with the Reds, as they will likely try to give him playing time this spring at second base or shortstop as well as the outfield. They need his bat in the lineup. Along with Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, Senzel will bring some firepower to a Reds lineup that was formidable last year, but has improved for the coming season. His home park is one of the reasons I have ranked Senzel as highly as I have. He will be making plenty of pitchers turn their head around and watch the ball fly out of the park.

At this point in the offseason, I really believe Senzel will get plenty of playing time in center field during spring training. With the departure of Billy Hamilton, it might make sense to try Senzel in that role. Time will tell where he winds up-but I’m not ruling out center field.

6- Kyle Tucker-OF-Houston Astros

B/T: L/R Age: 22 Scouting Grade: 60 ETA: 2019

Tucker really needs a chance to show the type of power he can generate from the left side of the plate. At 6-4 and 190, he is long and lean with a huge uppercut swing. Its tough to watch Tucker’s swing at the plate, as he almost starts down at his knees and brings his bat well above his head. While it isn’t an ordinary hitting approach, his power is real. He should be able to shine in Minute Maid Park and in the American League West. Tucker has a very solid combination of power, speed, offensive ability and a good enough arm to remain in right field. He isn’t the best outfielder, but he gets to balls with a quick first step and can make up for mediocre fielding with his strong arm. It would not surprise me to see Tucker exceed my high expectations for him if he gets the chance to play regularly. But getting playing time with a superb Houston team may not be easy.

7-Victor Robles-OF-Washington Nationals

B/T: R/R Age: 21 Scouting Grade: 60 ETA: 2019

Robles actually made his major league debut in 2017. He played some in 2018 as well, but he retains his rookie status heading into 2019. Robles is a pesky hitter with blazing, grade 70 type speed. When he gets on base he is a candidate to steal or take an extra base. Robles missed time with a hyperextended elbow, but he should be able to stake claim on the center field job with the Nationals for the coming season. I rate him lower than most analysts because I am not convinced he will be able to get on base often enough to use his lightning speed on offense. When I saw him in the 2017 Arizona Fall League, I was not convinced enough that he can be an “over the top” talent with game-changing impact. I think he’ll be very, very good. He has some sneaky power and a good, solid bat, but I still have my doubts. A Top 10 talent without a doubt, Robles will bring value to the Nationals by providing some stability in center field and becoming the captain of the outfield. He will help his pitchers and he may make more difference on defense than offense in his first couple seasons. Offensively, if he can hit slow rollers or grounders to the infield, he will get plenty of hits. I do want to see him getting away from pulling the ball and use the entire field to help put his speed in play. He’s a solid player.

8- Forrest Whitley-RHP-Houston Astros

B/T: R/R Age: 21 Scouting Grade: 60 ETA: 2019

It certainly wouldn’t surprise me to see Whitley claim a rotation spot with the Astros at some point this coming season. He has all the ability of a top-notch right-handed starter. He has the knack of being able to climb the ladder during an at-bat and get a good hitter to swing and miss at a two-strike fastball up in his eyes. Whitley knows how to pitch. When I saw him in the Fall League he was mowing down hitters with a repertoire of a terrific fastball, a curveball that was well above average and a slider and changeup that were above average as well. It is that complete arsenal that he throws for strikes that will have the hitter off balance. Changing the eye level of the hitter may well depend upon his command and control on a given day. He can deploy the high heat only if he gets ahead in the count and stays there. I think he can do it.

Coming back after a 50-game suspension for violating the minor league drug program last year, Whitley has shown that he can pitch with the best and make quite a good living with his craftiness and pure stuff.

9- Royce Lewis-SS-Minnesota Twins

B/T: R/R Age: 19 Scouting Grade: 60 ETA: 2021

Lewis is an outstanding athlete who was drafted out of high school as the No. 1 pick in the 2017 First Year Player Draft. He has a complete skill set that includes a good hit tool and some power. But it is his grade 70 speed that has scouts excited about his future. Lewis is a good fielder with an average arm and good range. He isn’t going to make the outstanding play, but he certainly has enough defensive ability to remain at shortstop. However, if the need arises, Lewis is the type of outstanding athlete with the type of great speed that can play very well in center field. So the Twins have themselves a player with skills and versatility and a speed tool that is disruptive on both sides of the ball. But it isn’t only his speed that makes him special. Lewis has the type of bat speed and bat control that can result in a very good on-base percentage. The net result? He’ll steal bases and score runs.

10- Michael Kopech-RHP-Chicago White Sox

B/T: R/R Age: 22 Scouting Grade: 60 ETA: 2020

Kopech came to the White Sox in the trade with the Boston Red Sox that sent Chris Sale to Boston. Kopech has recently undergone Tommy John surgery and will be out of action until the 2020 season. However, this ranking of Kopech assumes he can return to the form that I saw repeatedly before his surgery. He had the ability to throw his fastball at 100 miles per hour with ease. That may or may not be there any longer following his surgery, but his secondary pitches including a slider and changeup are each well above average. Especially his late breaking slider. At times he had trouble commanding his pitches, but as he matures that will become a thing of the past. Frankly, once his rehab is over, I feel Kopech has enough in his tank to be a No. 1 or No. 2 starter for the White Sox for years to come. He is a dominant pitcher with the mound presence and competitive edge that sets him apart. I just hope the velocity returns in full once he is ready to pitch regularly again.

MY SECOND TIER

11- Bo Bichette-SS-Toronto Blue Jays

B/T: R/R Age: 20 Scouting Grade: 60 ETA: 2019

Solid hitter with excellent bat to ball skills. Can center the ball and power it out of the park. Excellent plate coverage, pitch recognition and barrel approach. Bichette is the son of Dante Bichette, former major league player. Can work the count and look for his pitch with advanced hitting technique. Below average defender with good arm strength. I project him as an eventual second baseman.

12-MacKenzie Gore-LHP-San Diego Padres

Age: 19 Scouting Grade: 60 ETA: 2020

Gore brings some left-handed pitching hope to a Padres roster that needs help on the mound. His complete repertoire includes a fastball, curveball, slider and changeup, each of which is well above average in quality. He has better control than many left-handers have at his young age. He has advanced feel for pitching and will continue to develop in the Padres system.

13- Taylor Trammell-OF-Cincinnati Reds

B/T: L/L Age: 21 Scouting Grade: 60 ETA: 2019

Trammell is an outstanding athlete. When I saw him play in this past Arizona Fall League I was impressed with his desire, his skill and his overall athletic ability on both sides of the ball. He is close to a Top 10 player for me, and I think there is a good chance he plays for the improving Reds as soon as the coming season. I think his power will sneak up on teams and his speed can really change a game. He will be tough to throw out on the bases. He reminds me of Michael Brantley with speed.

14- Dylan Cease-RHP-Chicago White Sox

Age: 23 Scouting Grade: 60 ETA: 2019

Cease is one of my most under the radar players for the coming season. I rank him this highly due to a blazing fastball that I believe will lead to strikeouts by the bushel. I think he is a closer in waiting. He throws a curveball and changeup in addition to that high heat. If he can harness his control, he can jump up the ranks and land in the bullpen as soon as this season. If and when he repeats that delivery, he will blow away hitters. Watch out for Cease.

15- Wander Franco-SS-Tampa Bay Rays

B/T B/R Age: 17 Scouting Grade: 60 ETA: 2022

The switch-hitting shortstop has many scouts thinking he can make the big league club when he is only 20 years old. That will be a tough feat, but Franco brings a combination of power and speed to go along with a solid hit tool. When I have watched him on tape I have seen athletic moves that are far beyond his 17 years. There is always some caution needed ranking a player this young this highly. But from what I have seen, Franco is deserving of such a rank.

16- Jesus Luzardo-LHP-Oakland Athletics

Age: 21 Scouting Grade: 60 ETA: 2020

The Athletics are very high on this lefty. He has a blazing fastball and a repertoire of pitches that include a solid curveball and an average changeup. He has excellent control of all his pitches and it would not surprise me to see him pitching for the parent A’s at some point in the coming season. He is smooth, knows how to pitch and is well ahead of his projections in his development.

17- Casey Mize-RHP-Detroit Tigers

Age: 21 Scouting Grade: 60 ETA: 2020

Mize was the 1st round draft pick of the Tigers in 2018.  He has above average stuff with a fastball, slider, and a split finger as his top three pitches. Crafty with good control, the Tigers really need starting pitching and I believe he’s on their fast track. Rushing him may not be the right approach, but he has the ability to be consistent on the mound and repeat his delivery. A flexor strain and arm issues in his past have caused concern. That could present a huge red warning flag.

18- Luis Urias-2B/SS-San Diego Padres

B/T: R/R Age: 21 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

Urias and teammate Fernando Tatis Jr. should provide an outstanding combination at second base and shortstop for the Padres. I rank Urias highly because of the damage I have seen him do with the bat. He can hit quality pitching for both average and power while playing very well in the middle-infield. He lacks a bit of game finesse and he isn’t the fastest runner, but his hit tool is real. Urias is a type of player that may be under the radar until everyone in the league sees him play.

19-Alex Kirilloff-OF-Minnesota Twins

B/T: L/L Age: 21 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2020

A former Tommy John patient, Kirilloff hit 20 homers this past season playing at two classifications in the Twins system. Big and strong at 6-2, 195 pounds, he has a good hit tool that should result in a solid batting average to go with his power. For a big man he runs well and can play solid defense in the outfield. If he is solid physically, he should be able to contribute to the Twins offense in a big way in another year.

20-Keston Hiura-2B-Milwaukee Brewers

B/T: R/R Age: 22 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

I got to watch Hiura hit in the Arizona Fall League. He has a nice, short swing that finds the barrel with consistency. He can power doubles to the gaps and will get over the fence upon occasion as well. Defensively, he is a work in progress at second base, but I think he’ll be fine. He’s going to make things happen with the Brewers as soon as sometime this year. He’s a tough out, a scrappy player and a very solid hitter. He’s really fun to watch play the game.

ROUNDING OUT THE TOP 50

21- Luis Robert-OF-Chicago White Sox

B/T: R/R Age: 21 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2020

Terrific athlete, good defender.

22- Sixto Sanchez-RHP-Philadelphia Phillies

Age: 20 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

Blazing fastball, three solid pitches.

23- Mike Soroka-RHP-Atlanta Braves

Age: 21 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

Commands three above average pitches.

24- Mitch Keller-RHP-Pittsburgh Pirates

Age: 22 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

Has it all, but has to hold runners on.

25- Brendan Rodgers-SS/2B-Colorado Rockies

B/T: R/R Age: 22 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

Still a bit inconsistent.

26- Brent Honeywell-RHP-Tampa Bay Rays

Age: 23 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019 late (Tommy John)

Superb screwball.

27- Yusniel Diaz- OF-Baltimore Orioles

B/T: R/R Age: 22 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

Under the radar, excellent athlete.

28- Francisco Mejia-C-San Diego Padres

B/T: S/R Age: 23 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

Hit tool is fine, catching an issue.

29- Alex Verdugo-OF-Los Angeles Dodgers

B/T: L/L Age: 22 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

Needs to get his time to shine.

30- Alex Reyes-RHP-St. Louis Cardinals

Age: 24 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

Elbow surgery has set him back.

31- Jesus Sanchez-OF-Tampa Bay Rays

B/T: L/R Age: 21 Scouting Report: 55 ETA: 55

Complete player, big bat.

32- Yordan Alvarez-OF/1B–Houston Astros

B/T: L/R Age: 21 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2020

More offense than defense.

33  Austin Riley-3B-Atlanta Braves

B/T: R/R Age: 21 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

I like everything about his game.

34- Jazz Chisholm-SS-Arizona Diamondbacks

B/T: L/R Age: 20 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2021

I love this guy. Watch out!

35- Kyle Wright-RHP-Atlanta Braves

Age: 23 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

All four pitches are well above average.

36- Triston McKenzie-RHP-Cleveland Indians

Age: 21 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

Should be next up in Tribe rotation.

37- Brendan McKay-LHP/1B-Tampa Bay Rays

Age: 23 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2020

Very good two-way player.

38- Carter Kieboom-SS-Washington Nationals

B/T: R/R Age: 21 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2020

Nice shortstop bat.

39- Peter Alonso-1B-New York Mets

B/T: R/R Age: 24 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

In time, he’ll surprise with his bat.

40- A J Puk-LHP-Oakland Athletics

Age: 23 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019 late (Tommy John)

Huge frame w/upside.

41- Austin Hays-OF-Baltimore Orioles

B/T: R/R Age: 23 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

Injuries have set him back.

42- Hunter Greene-RHP-Cincinnati Reds

Age: 19 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2021

I’m not as bullish as some.

43- Ke’Bryan Hayes-3B-Pittsburgh Pirates

B/T: R/R Age: 22 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

Lacks power, but can hit.

44- Keibert Ruiz-C-Los Angeles Dodgers

B/T: B/R Age: 20 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2020

The next solid Dodgers catcher.

45- Sean Murphy-C-Oakland Athletics

B/T: R/R Age: 24 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2019

Excellent defensive catcher.

46- Nick Madrigal-2B-Chicago White Sox

B/T: R/R Age: 21 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2020

Lacks power but can hit.

47- Estevan Florial-OF-New York Yankees

B/T: L/R Age: 21 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2020

Has to show more than speed.

48- Andres Gimenez-SS-New York Mets

B/T: L/R Age: 20 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2021

Best Mets prospect. Needs work.

49- Cristian Pache-OF-Atlanta Braves

B/T: R/R Age: 20 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 55

Tremendous athlete but raw.

50- Nolan Jones-3B-Cleveland Indians

B/T: L/R Age: 20 Scouting Grade: 55 ETA: 2020

Indians 3B of the future can hit.

RANKING NOTES:

It is never easy for me to complete my rankings. I never have enough room for players like the Marlins Monte Harrison, Isan Diaz and Sandy Alcantara. Or even their newest prospect, Victor Victor Mesa who I saw in Cuba. I think each of them could have made my list, but I didn’t have enough room.

For me, the same could be said for the Yankee pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Domingo Acevedo and Albert Abreu. Each has a bright future. I am particularly high on Acevedo, who is 6-foot-7 and can throw over 100 miles per hour with ease.

“BERNIE’S GUYS”-My next group of special players I love to watch.

I spend hours on this project, going back and forth on players. But there are some guys I am really most excited to watch as they progress in their careers. Each of these guys I have likely rated much higher than other prospect analysts. But I don’t rank players without having seen them and without taking their entire body of work and skill set into consideration:

JAZZ CHISHOLM

JO ADELL

YUSNIEL DIAZ

KESTON HIURA

MICHAEL KOPECH

DYLAN CEASE

TAYLOR TRAMMELL

ELOY JIMENEZ

They are the next group of “Bernie’s Guys

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Every week I give my rankings for fantasy baseball positions. This week I share my 3B rankings.

Third Base Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Nolan Arenado

Alex Bregman

Jose Ramirez

Manny Machado

Vlad Guerrero Jr.

Kris Bryant

Anthony Rendon

Eugenio Suarez

Miguel Andujar

Matt Carpenter

Josh Donaldson

Travis Shaw

Matt Chapman

Justin Turner

Kyle Seager

Wil Myers

Eduardo Escobar

Jeimer Candelario

Nick Senzel

Rafael Devers

Mike Moustakas

Matt Duffy

Yandy Diaz

Jed Lowrie

Miguel Sano

Evan Longoria

Maikel Franco

Eduardo Nunez

Brandon Drury

Johan Camargo

Renato Nunez

Hunter Dozier

Martin Prado

Last week, Jackie Robinson would have been 100 years old. I can’t say enough about how great a player he was and how difficult it must have been for him to endure all the hatred and bigotry. But I am forever grateful he didn’t give up and allowed fans to see such greatness. Even if we had to watch on film. He is an inspiration and an icon

Every Friday you can hear my take on the previous week in baseball at our Short Hops podcast powered by ClubhouseCorner.com. Host Doug Hall and I break down the week and provide fantasy baseball information at iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, all other major podcast outlets and of course, right here at ClubhouseCorner.com. The podcast is available at all times and you can catch previous editions as well.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Bernie Pleskoff

Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Bernie's work has been featured on MLB Pipeline, MLB.com and FanRag Sports, among others. You can follow Bernie Pleskoff on Twitter @BerniePleskoff

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