2019 Top 100 MLB Prospects: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Is No. 1
Picking the No. 1 prospect in baseball was easy this year.
Last season, the debate between Ronald Acuna, Vladimir Guerrero and Shohei Ohtani was extremely difficult, with some Baseball America staffers making the case for each of the talented trio. There was no wrong answer last year--Acuna was named the National League Rookie of the Year while Ohtani was the American League Rookie of the Year and Baseball America’s Rookie of the Year.
And Guerrero is the top prospect in baseball this year after he hit .382 with 20 home runs between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo.
Amazingly, Guerrero becomes the first player from the Dominican Republic to rank No. 1 on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list. There have been No. 1 prospects from Venezuela (Acuna), Curacao (Andruw Jones and Jurickson Profar) and Japan (Daisuke Matsuzaka), but this is the first time a player from the Dominican Republic ranked No. 1. And since he was born in Canada (when his father was playing for the Expos), Guerrero Jr. is also the first player from Canada to rank No. 1.
Not only is this the first time a player from the Dominican Republic ranks No. 1, players from the Dominican Republic dominate the top of the list by holding the top four spots.
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The Padres and Rays each placed nine players on the Top 100 (tying the all-time record for most players on the Top 100) while the Braves placed eight and the Blue Jays have seven. The Cubs, Red Sox and Yankees were the three teams that lack a Top 100 Prospect.
Pitchers fill 42 of the 100 spots on the list (32 righthanders and 10 lefthanders). There are 16 outfielders, 14 shortstops and 11 third baseman who make the rankings. First base is the least represented spot with four players.