The AL East is filled with many intriguing prospects. Let’s take a look at several that could break through in 2019.
One of the more intriguing aspects of baseball is keeping tabs on your teams prospects. Sure, it can be rigorous, but that’s your team’s future, someone who could possibly put your team over the top.
Last season, we saw one of the best seasons out of rookies than we have in a long time.
Ronald Acuna, baseball’s number one prospect going into the 2018 season, showed why he was ranked at the very top. Finishing the season with a .298 batting average, .917 OPS, 143 wRC+ and 26 home runs, which vaulted him to a first place finish in the NL Rookie of the Year race.
Juan Soto, who turned 20 in October, finished second place in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. Soto got on base at an incredible .406 clip, with 22 home runs and a 146 wRC+.
Shohei Ohtani, who came into the 2018 season as maybe the most hyped prospect we have season, lived up to it by playing both ways incredibly well and winning the AL Rookie of the Year award. The 23-year-old star had a .925 OPS with a 152 wRC+ in the box, and a 3.31 ERA with a 10.9 K/9 on the mound.
This season will be no different, coming with hyped prospects all over the field. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who is the number one prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, is one of the best pure hitting prospects we’ve seen in a long time. He won’t be on this list. He’s technically not a breakout because, well, he already did that.
Let’s get started.