MINORS: The HQ100: 2019's top prospects

Well, the 2019 BaseballHQ.com Organization Reports were completed last week, which means only one thing ... it's HQ100 Time!

The HQ100 is BaseballHQ.com's annual top 100 fantasy prospect list, chosen by a six-person panel of writers and analysts, designed to guide you and your keeper-league team through the 2018 season and beyond.

Before you scroll through to the list, a couple IMPORTANT housekeeping details that could answer some questions as you digest the list. First, the list is a compilation of six individual Top 100 lists, and is meant build a bit of consensus among BHQ writers. Participants were all BHQ writers who are well-known to avid readers of this site and contribute in some way to prospect and young player analysis: Rob Gordon, Chris Blessing, Alec Dopp, Nick Richards, Matthew St-Germain and Brent Hershey. The diversity of perspectives and opinions in the group (some see many of the players in person, others have strong statistical backgrounds, and all follow the minor leagues very closely) only strengthens the overall compiled list. As a reader, you make come to a different conclusion about the rankings here—but that's the fun of it. It would be a dull list if all six of us, and you as well, agreed on every player.

Second, because of the nature of how this list differs from our Organization Reports, we present this yearly caveat: In several instances, players from the same MLB team may be ranked differently in the HQ100 list than in the team Organization Report. This is a feature, not a bug: The team reports are written, ranked and graded by one author, who is solely responsible for all aspects of that team list. The HQ100, however, is a compilation of six different personal lists and is an objective exercise. So that's how Mike Soroka, #2 in the Braves Organization Report, ranks ahead of Ian Anderson (#1 in the Braves list) in the HQ100. Again, it's the strength of the diversity of opinions. 

Third, know that while the rankings below are intriguing and fun to talk about, the details is where the meat is. For additional information on each player, follow the links from each player's team designation to this year's Organization Reports for that team. Here, you'll find commentary, development path, and specific future fantasy impact information that adds layers of color to this black-and-white list. In addition, if you need even more info, our 2019 Minor League Baseball Analyst book is the perfect companion and will be released later this month. If you haven't done so already, grab a copy to be fully prepared (1000+ player profiles) for the 209 season.

TUESDAY UPDATE: Big news! Thanks to our friends at 2080Baseball.com, most players on the list now include a video link. Most all of these videos taken within the last year or two, and will give you a fuller picture of a player’s mechanics—as well as just what he looks like—from multiple angles. Along with the player description in the linked Organization Reports page, these provide yet another tool in strengthening your own fantasy farm system. Once you’re done with the HQ100, be sure to visit 2080 Baseball’s extensive video library (like the page for 2018 Draft Prospects) for even more looks at a host of minor league and amateur players. 

Get ready to discuss—we expect your feedback in the comments below and/or on the subscriber forums. And get ready for even more HQ100 coverage during our writer roundtables throughout the week.

Now go grab that next great prospect for your team!

The 2019 HQ100

1.  Vladimir Guerrero Jr., (3B, TOR)  video
2.  Eloy Jimenez, (OF, CHW)  video
3.  Fernando Tatis Jr., (SS, SD)  video
4.  Victor Robles, (OF, WAS)  video
5.  Royce Lewis, (SS, MIN)  video
6.  Kyle Tucker, (OF, HOU)  video
7.  Forrest Whitley, (RHP, HOU)  video
8.  Bo Bichette, (SS, TOR)  video
9.  Nick Senzel, (2B, CIN)  video
10.  Alex Kirilloff, (OF, MIN)  video

11.  Jo Adell, (OF, LAA)  video
12.  Wander Franco, (SS, TAM)  video
13.  Jesus Luzardo, (LHP, OAK)  video
14.  Brendan Rodgers, (SS, COL)  video
15.  Michael Kopech, (RHP, CHW)  video
16.  MacKenzie Gore, (LHP, SD)  video
17.  Taylor Trammell, (OF, CIN)  video
18.  Keston Hiura, (2B, MIL)  video
19.  Sixto  Sanchez, (RHP, PHI)  
20.  Casey Mize, (RHP, DET)  video

21.  Dylan Cease, (RHP, CHW)  video
22.  Mike Soroka, (RHP, ATL)  video   
23.  Joey Bart, (C, SF)  video
24.  Carter Kieboom, (SS, WAS)  video
25.  Alex Reyes, (RHP, STL)  video
26.  Luis Urias, (2B, SD)  video
27.  Ian Anderson, (RHP, ATL)  video
28.  Brent Honeywell, (RHP, TAM)  video
29.  Mitch Keller, (RHP, PIT)  video
30.  Keibert Ruiz, (C, LA)  video

31.  Peter Alonso, (1B, NYM)  video
32.  Chris Paddack, (RHP, SD)  video
33.  Hunter Greene, (RHP, CIN)  video
34.  A.J. Puk, (LHP, OAK)  video
35.  Austin Riley, (3B, ATL)  video
36.  Kyle Wright, (RHP, ATL)  video
37.  Alex Verdugo, (OF, LA)  video
38.  Luis Robert, (OF, CHW)  video
39.  Jesus Sanchez, (OF, TAM)  video
40.  Nick Madrigal, (SS, CHW)  video

41.  Triston McKenzie, (RHP, CLE)  video
42.  Yordan Alvarez, (OF, HOU   
43.  Brendan McKay, (1B/LHP, TAM)  video(HIT)  video(PIT)
44.  Jonathan India, (3B, CIN)  video
45.  Touki Toussaint, (RHP, ATL)  video
46.  Matt Manning, (RHP, DET)  video
47.  Francisco Mejia, (C, SD)  video
48.  Ke'Bryan Hayes, (3B, PIT)  video
49.  Nolan Gorman, (3B, STL)  video
50.  Adrian Morejon, (LHP, SD)  video

51.  Danny Jansen, (C, TOR)  video
52.  Alec Bohm, (3B, PHI)  video
53.  Justus Sheffield, (LHP, SEA)  video
54.  Yusniel Diaz, (OF, BAL)  video
55.  Jarred Kelenic, (OF, SEA)  video
56.  Andres Gimenez, (SS, NYM)  video
57.  Estevan Florial, (OF, NYY)  video
58.  Luis Garcia, (SS/3B, WAS)  video
59.  Jon Duplantier, (RHP, ARI)  video
60.  Luis Patino, (RHP, SD)  video

61.  Leody Taveras, (OF, TEX)  video
62.  Nolan Jones, (3B, CLE)  video
63.  Gavin Lux, (SS, LA)  video
64.  Adonis Medina, (RHP, PHI)  video
65.  Michel Baez, (RHP, SD)  video
66.  Brusdar Graterol, (RHP, MIN)   
67.  Julio Pablo Martinez, (OF, TEX)  video
68.  Matthew Liberatore, (LHP, TAM)  video
69.  Cristian Pache, (OF, ATL)  video
70.  Dustin May, (RHP, LA)  video

71.  Josh James, (RHP, HOU)   
72.  Jonathan Loaisiga, (RHP, NYY)  video
73.  Sean Murphy, (C, OAK)  video
74.  Brady Singer, (RHP, KC)  video
75.  Dane Dunning, (RHP, CHW)  video
76.  Khalil Lee, (OF, KC)  video
77.  Ryan Mountcastle, (3B, BAL)  video
78.  Heliot Ramos, (OF, SF)  video
79.  Nate Pearson, (RHP, TOR)  video
80.  Drew Waters, (OF, ATL)  video

81.  Jazz Chisholm, (SS, ARI)  video
82.  Hans Crouse, (RHP, TEX)  video
83.  DL Hall, (LHP, BAL)  video
84.  MJ Melendez, (C, KC)  video
85.  Oneil Cruz, (SS, PIT)  video
86.  Kristian Robinson, (OF, ARI)  video
87.  Ronaldo Hernandez, (C, TAM)  video
88.  Vidal Brujan, (2B, TAM)  video
89.  Colton Welker, (3B, COL)  video
90.  Franklin Perez, (RHP, DET)  video

91.  Travis Swaggerty, (OF, PIT)  video
92.  Daz Cameron, (OF, DET)  video
93.  Griffin Canning, (RHP, LAA)  video
94.  Bryse Wilson, (RHP, ATL)  video
95.  Brandon Marsh, (OF, LAA)   
96.  Bubba Thompson, (OF, TEX)  video
97.  Logan Allen, (LHP, SD)  video
98.  Justin Dunn , (RHP, SEA)  video
99.  Miguel Amaya, (C, CHC)  video
100.  Dakota Hudson, (RHP, STL)  video

 


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