Seven of baseball’s top 10 prospects played in the MWL

Blue Jays farmhands Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette are two of seven ex-Midwest Leaguers ranked among baseball’s top 10 prospects. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Some highly-touted prospects have played in the Midwest League in recent years, and top-prospect lists reflect this.

Take, for example, Baseball America‘s top prospects list. Seven of the top 10 prospects are Midwest League alumni. Neither of the top two prospects (Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna and Los Angeles Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani) played in the MWL, but seven of the next eight did.

Here they are, including when you could have seen them play in the MWL, and how they did in the Class-A league:

3) Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (.316 BA, 7 HR, 45 RBI in 71 games with the 2017 Lansing Lugnuts)

4) Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez (.329 BA, 14 HR, 81 RBI in 112 games with the 2016 South Bend Cubs; he won MWL MVP and Prospect of the Year honors)

Chicago White Sox prospect Eloy Jimenez starred in the Midwest League in 2016, when he played for the South Bend Cubs. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

6) New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (.293 BA, 3 HR, 62 RBI, 22 SB in 119 games with the 2015 South Bend Cubs; he was named MWL prospect of the year)

7) Cincinnati Reds third baseman Nick Senzel (.329 BA, 7 HR, 36 RBI, 15 SB in 58 games with the 2016 Dayton Dragons)

8) Toronto Blue Jays shortstop/second baseman Bo Bichette (.384 BA, 10 HR, 51 RBI, 12 SB in 70 games with the 2017 Lansing Lugnuts; he won MWL MVP and Prospect of the Year awards)

9) San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (.281 BA, 21 HR, 69 RBI, 29 SB in 117 games with the 2017 Fort Wayne TinCaps)

Last year Fernando Tatis Jr. set a new Fort Wayne franchise record for home runs in a single season. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

10) Houston Astros RHP Forrest Whitley (2-3, 2.91 ERA, 67 Ks in 46.1 IP for the 2017 Quad Cities River Bandits)

Who will be the next top prospects to play in the Midwest League? I’ll take a look at which notable players are assigned to each of the 16 teams after rosters are announced prior to the start of the MWL season.

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