Top 10 Prospects: June 7

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·6 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.


This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.


The App is Back! Don’t forget to download the NBC Sports EDGE app to receive real-time player news, mobile alerts and track your favorite players. Plus, now you can check out articles and player cards. Get it here!

1. Wander Franco, SS, Tampa Bay Rays

2021 stats: 27 G, .313/.365/.557, 5 HR, 4 SB, 9 BB, 14 SO at Triple-A Durham.

If you are looking for something to nitpick with Franco’s hot run -- and it’s very hot, more on that in just a second -- it’s that he hasn’t drawn a walk since May 25. Negatives done. Franco is blistering the baseball in Triple-A right now, and over his last ten games, he’s slashing .386/.426/.636 with two homers and three stolen bases. We have to be getting closer. We have to. For my sanity and yours.

2. Jackson Kowar, RHP, Kansas City Royals

2021 stats: 5 G, 26.2 IP, 1.01 ERA, 9 BB, 36 SO at Triple-A Omaha.

After five more shutout innings on Wednesday for the Storm Chasers, the Royals are giving Kowar his MLB debut on Monday against the Angels tonight. That’s not the easiest landing spot -- although not the toughest, either -- but there’s reason to believe he has a chance to succeed in his time with Kansas City. He has an elite change that at times gets 80 grades from scouts, and he has a hard fastball that can get into the mid-to-high 90s with a decent curve, as well. There’s risk with any prospect, but those looking for some upside should take a look at Kowar. There’s certainly a reward potential with the volatility.

3. Vidal Brujan, INF/OF, Tampa Bay Rays

2021 stats: 22 G, .315/.407/.543, 7 HR, 13 SB, 18 BB, 20 SO at Triple-A Durham.

Next week, we’ll see the Rays have the top two prospects on this list, after opening the year with the top prospect in Randy Arozarena. Crazy. Brujan isn’t hitting for much power right now, but the pop is honestly just an added bonus. He stole four bases over the weekend against Norfolk, and he’s getting on base at a high clip to suggest he can put his speed to use. It’s the same case as Franco -- to a lesser extent in terms of talent, to be sure -- in that it’s just a matter of when.

4. Jarren Duran, OF, Boston Red Sox

2021 stats: 18 G, .278/.366/.625, 7 HR, 4 SB, 10 BB, 21 SO at Triple-A Worcester.

If you’re paying close attention, you might note that Duran’s stats are the same as they were last week. It’s not injury-related, but due to the fact that Duran is currently on Team USA’s baseball roster while trying to qualify for the Olympics. Now, the question I get asked all the time is how this affects his chances of getting a promotion, and while the answer isn’t clear, it’s fair to say that it doesn’t help. Still, because of Duran’s ability to hit for average, power and steal bases, he still belongs in this fourth spot -- even if you may have to wait a little longer for him to help your fantasy roster.

5. Nate Pearson, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays

2021 stats: 4 G, 13.2 IP, 7.24 ERA, 6 BB 27 SO at Triple-A Buffalo

It was another mediocre start for Pearson on Friday, as he gave up five runs and went just four innings against Syracuse. He also struck out eight, and the 27/6 K/BB ratio is much more indicative of Pearson’s talent than his 7.24 ERA. The Blue Jays are going to make sure Pearson is right before adding him to the roster, but there is opportunity in this rotation, and his struggles shouldn’t scare fantasy managers too much. He’s worth an add when Toronto makes that decision.

Editor’s Note: Drafting is only half the battle! Get an edge on your competition with our MLB Season Tools - available in our EDGE+ Roto tier for $3.99/mo. (annually) or $9.99/mo. (monthly) - that are packed with rankings, projections, a trade evaluator, start/sit tools and much more. And don't forget to use promo code SAVE10 to get 10% off. Click here to learn more!

6. Cal Raleigh, C, Seattle Mariners

2021 stats: 23 G, .361/.409/.691, 6 HR, 2 SB, 7 BB, 13 SO at Triple-A Tacoma.

Raleigh continues to obliterate Triple-A pitching, and over his last 10 games, the former Florida State star is slashing .419/.447/.791 with four homers. That’ll do. The Mariners catchers have been a little bit better as of late, but still are more detrimental than positive in both the short and long-term. The Mariners have plenty of young players getting time in the majors right now. It would be a surprise if Seattle didn’t give their backstop of a future in Raleigh a look very soon.

7. Drew Waters, OF, Atlanta Braves

2021 stats: 25 G, .263/.365/.414, 3 HR, 7 SB, 11 BB, 34 SO at Triple-A Gwinnett.

These two players don’t have a ton to do with each other, but they kinda do: Jo Adell would be number two on my list if he actually counted as a prospect, but he doesn’t, so I can’t. Anywho. Waters has been just so-so in Triple-A, but he’s a prospect who makes hard contact -- when he does make contact, anyway -- and is more than capable of stealing bases. He’s going to need to show more consistency to get that call-up, but those looking for help in that steals category should look at Waters when he does move from Gwinnett to Atlanta.

8. Deivi Garcia, RHP New York Yankees

2021 stats: 5 G, 21 IP, 4.71 ERA, 15 BB, 28 SO at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre; 2 G, 8.1 IP, 6.48 ERA, 4 BB, 7 SO at New York (AL).

Garcia was ok in his start against Lehigh Valley, allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven. The concern is that he once again walked three, and as you can see from those walk totals, command has been a problem for the 22-year-old right-hander. It’s understandable if fantasy managers are wary of this type of profile, but Garcia has outstanding stuff, and if he can figure out the control issues -- and he did for most of 2019 and 2020, to be fair -- he has a chance to be a solid fantasy contributor this summer. I’m not giving up.

9. Jesus Sanchez, OF, Miami Marlins

2021 stats: 28 G, .374/.427/.692, 8 HR, 1 SB, 8 BB, 23 SO at Triple-A Jacksonville.

Sanchez’s numbers are excellent, and the crazy thing is, these are his stats despite slashing just .257/.366/.371 over his last 10 games. There was going to be some regression because baseball is too hard to see you hit .421/.450/.816 like Sanchez was on May 27, but it’s been excellent to see a reminder of just how talented the 23-year-old is over the first month of the season. Sanchez struggled mightily in his 25 at-bats in 2020, but don’t hold that against him too much. He has a chance to be a five-category contributor someday, and he can help in a few when he comes back to Miami this summer.

10. Hunter Greene, RHP, Cincinnati Reds

2021 stats: 6 G, 35 IP, 2.31 ERA, 10 BB, 51 SO at Double-A Chattanooga.

So, this is fun. Greene was one of the best amateur pitching prospects these eyes ever saw, and after not having a chance to pitch in games the last two years in part due to injury and the pandemic, he has been sensational for the Lookouts this spring. He has an 80-grade fastball, a plus breaking-ball, a solid change and the ability to repeat his delivery with a very athletic delivery. The Reds may treat Greene with kid gloves because of his lack of innings, age (21 until August), and history. But if they give him a chance to pitch, there are no prospects in baseball -- repeat, none -- who have a better chance of missing bats than Greene.

Next in line: MacKenzie Gore, LHP, San Diego Padres; Jeter Downs, INF, Boston Red Sox; Bobby Witt Jr., INF, Kansas City Royals; Riley Greene, OF, Detroit Tigers; Daniel Lynch, LHP, Kansas City Royals