Baseball America has published their first significant update to their Top 100 Prospect rankings this season with a certain slugging first baseman making a huge leap up the board.
Nate Lowe, who in the last update was ranked 90th, has shot up all the way to 67th on the list.
This is coming off the heels of his promotion to the big leagues. Prior to his call-up to the show, Lowe had hit .300/.444/.543 with 3 home runs over 90 plate appearances with Triple-A Durham.
The other Rays prospects included on the Top 100 list include: Wander Franco (4th), Brent Honeywell (28th), Brendan McKay (38th), Ronaldo Hernandez (51st), Matt Liberatore (55th), Jesus Sanchez (59th), and Vidal Brujan (61st).
The Baseball America staff have all but named Wander Franco the top prospect in all of baseball as they’re waiting for the imminent graduations of Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Fernando Tatis Jr, and Eloy Jimenez.
Josh Norris, during a Q&A session yesterday, declared that Wander would be the top prospect by the season’s end.
With all the publicity and hype around the debut of Vladdy Jr. due to him being one of the best prospects in sometime, do you see the same sort of thing happening with Wander Franco in a few years? Basically do you see Franco as being a Vlad level prospect by the time he debuts?
Josh Norris: In a few years? Why not now? Franco is obviously a different type of prospect than Vladdy, but he’s already that caliber. He’s one of the few prospects in the minor leagues for whom I’d shed my media credential and pay money go see in-person. Barring anything silly, he’ll be the No. 1 prospect on our Top 100 at season’s end (or at least he’ll have my vote)
Baseball America will continuously update their prospect rankings as the season progresses, with plans for significant updates at least a few more times this season.