Our new 2019 pro-side video, scouting report, and spotlight libraries are now live! Check out the links below–and you can always refer to our 2018 libraries for even more player info:
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MacKenzie Gore, LHP, San Diego Padres
Gore’s mix of youth, present polish, and plus stuff makes him one of baseball’s best pitching prospects. He was a bit rusty in his Futures Game look, but showed the composure and pitchability that make scouts rave about his mound presence. His frame has added good strength, and while he’s still a wiry build, there’s more lean muscle throughout. Gore’s delivery has a ton of natural deception, and that carries over to his pickoff move. He walked Jo Adell (Angels) to begin his inning, promptly catching him sleeping at first base for the first out. Gore mixed four and two-seam variants on his 92-to-94 mph fastball, sprinkling in a mid-80s changeup, true curveball, and cutter/slider hybrid at 85 mph. He wasn’t at his best, but the simple fact he has so many workable pitches at his disposal—and knows how to operate without his best stuff at this age—hints at how advanced Gore really is.
Dustin May, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
May’s outing in Cleveland wasn’t long, working a speedy inning and inducing ground ball contact on a bowling ball heater. The fastball was an impressive 97-to-98 mph with heavy sink and run. He mixed a cutter at 91-92 mph, though that’s far from all he has in his off-speed arsenal. Over a full outing, May also has a power slurve at 83-to-86 mph and a developing change. He ranked within our top 50 prospects entering 2019, and his performance this year likely will push him in to top 30 consideration when we reshuffle the list. Barring an injury, May could see the big leagues by late-2019 or early next season.
Gavin Lux, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
Lux is having a career year at the plate, producing power average and power while reaching Triple-A in his third full pro season. He showed an efficient swing in BP, spraying hard contact around the field while also opening up on a few with pull power. Lux pinch hit in the fourth inning and remained at shortstop for the duration of the contest. He has answered all questions about his bat this year while looking better defensively at shortstop—a good way to move up prospect lists.
Luis Patino, RHP, San Diego Padres
We were among the earliest to get public video out on Patino early in his breakout 2018 season, which started in Extended Spring Training before getting more buzz in the Midwest League. I’m a believer in Patino’s ability to start long term, but as a shorter righty with big velocity, questions about a move to the ‘pen exist in the scouting world. He showed what he can do if ever in short stints, keeping the game alive in a situation where it looked like the NL team could have blown a 2-0 lead and been walked off. Patino’s electric fastball exploded through the zone at 98-to-99 mph, backed up by a power slider (86-to-88 mph) and changeup (88-to-89 mph) that both flashed swing/miss upside. His outing was arguably the most impressive of any pitcher in the Futures Game, showing premium stuff while not allowing a run in two big spots with runners on base.
Joey Bart, C, San Francisco Giants
Ht/Wt: 6’2” / 235 lbs. B/T: R/R Highest Level: A+ Age (as of July 7, 2019): 22y, 6m
Bart didn’t get into a groove during BP, but it’s easy to see the strength and size that fuel his plus power potential. He showed off a strong arm, throwing out a runner with a pop time in the 1.8 second range. More mobile than most backstops, I timed him getting down the line in roughly 4.3 seconds—not great, but respectable for a catcher. He checks the boxes of a player capable of providing big league value for a long time.
Ian Anderson, RHP, Atlanta Braves
Anderson worked a quick inning, operataing in the 92-to-95 mph range with his fastball. His signature curveball came and went a bit this outing, but it’s generally is a hammer with bite and depth that grades as a 55/60 pitch. He threw a firmer variant at 79-80 mph when ahead, showing the ability to take something off early in counts for get-me-over strikes at 77-78 mph. Though his change is improving, it’s still behind the rest of his arsenal. He missed below the zone with a few changeups at 84-to-86 mph.
Nolan Gorman, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals
Ht/Wt: 6’1” / 210 lbs. B/T: R/R Highest Level: A+ Age (as of July 7, 2019): 19y, 1m
Gorman had a good BP, finding a groove in the middle rounds and putting balls out with regularity. His strength and swing lift are advanced, combining for big power potential considering how frequently he puts the ball in the air. He wasn’t a starter in the Futures Game, entering as a pinch runner and remaining in the game to strike out in his lone at-bat. No one questions Gorman’s potential offensive impact, but he’ll need to keep improving defensively at 3B and take steps forward against same-side pitching to reach his ceiling.
Miguel Amaya, C, Chicago Cubs
Amaya took a bit to get going in BP, but settled in and showed off his above-average pullside raw in his later rounds. He’s very muscular—likely thicker than his 185-pound listing—but that strength creates ability to drive the ball even without tons of whip or batspeed in his swing. During the game, Amaya caught three innings and went hitless in his one plate appearance. Amaya’s bat has scuffled somewhat as a 20-year-old in High-A, though his advanced glove/throw tools and chance for power could make him a solid everyday catcher.
Anthony Kay, LHP, New York Mets
After missing significant time with injury early in his pro career and turning in a so-so 2018, Kay has had a resurgent season in 2019. He cruised to through the Eastern League and made a few starts in Triple-A before the Futures Game. His stuff was as aired out in a one-inning stint as any pitcher that took the hill, though the silver lining is that we got a sense of what his stuff might look like if ever in a relief role. Kay’s fastball worked in the 93-to-96 mph range with hop and run to his armside. His low-80s slider showed tighter bite and longer tilt than I’d seen in the past.
Devin Williams, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
Ht/Wt: 6’3” / 165 lbs. B/T: R/R Highest Level: AA Age (as of July 7, 2019): 24y, 9m
Williams was Milwaukee’s lone representative at the Futures Game. He was one of the most unknown players in the contest, a former high-round pick in 2013 who has battled injuries early in his pro career. Now in the ‘pen full-time, Williams has turning things around in his first taste of Double-A. He worked a quick outing, only coming in to get the last out of an inning. The fastball worked in the 96-to-97 mph range, backed up by a solid changeup with good separation and flashes of dive at 85-to-86 mph.