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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 21)
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Birth Date8-2-1997
Height6' 5"
Weight165 lbs
Age23 years, 1 months, 17 days
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MLB Statistics

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2015 CLE Rk AZL 4 3 12.0 1 1 0 4 3 17 0 101 3.0 2.3 0.0 12.8 0% .174 0.58 1.72 0.75 72 0.50 11.0
2016 LKC A MID 6 6 34.0 2 2 0 27 6 49 2 95 7.1 1.6 0.5 13.0 40% .333 0.97 1.97 3.18 71 3.26 71.9
2016 MHV A- NYP 9 9 49.3 4 3 0 31 16 55 2 98 5.7 2.9 0.4 10.0 37% .248 0.95 2.65 0.55 81 1.84 40.7
2017 LYN A+ CAR 25 25 143.0 12 6 0 105 45 186 14 93 6.6 2.8 0.9 11.7 43% .283 1.05 3.03 3.46 85 3.21 68.3
2018 AKR AA EAS 16 16 90.7 7 4 0 63 28 87 8 87 6.3 2.8 0.8 8.6 34% .234 1.00 3.60 2.68 96 3.05 64.5

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YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%

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Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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2019 CLE $


Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d2020

  • 2020. Contract selected by Cleveland 11/20/19.
  • Drafted by Cleveland 2015 (1s-42) (Royal Palm Beach HS, Fla.). $2.3025M signing bonus ($1.4684M slot).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 20 0 0 18 18 100.0 79 31 97 14 .247 1.09 3.61 3.89 -6.9 -0.7
80o 17.8 0 0 17 17 92.8 79 31 90 14 .262 1.18 4.03 4.34 -10.8 -1.2
70o 16.4 0 0 16 16 87.7 79 31 85 14 .272 1.25 4.34 4.67 -13.3 -1.4
60o 15.1 0 0 15 15 83.4 78 31 81 14 .281 1.31 4.61 4.96 -15.2 -1.7
50o 14 0 0 15 15 79.5 78 31 77 14 .290 1.37 4.87 5.24 -16.8 -1.8
40o 13 0 0 14 14 75.7 77 30 73 14 .299 1.42 5.13 5.52 -18.3 -2.0
30o 11.9 0 0 13 13 71.7 77 30 69 14 .308 1.49 5.41 5.82 -19.6 -2.1
20o 10.6 0 0 12 12 67.1 75 30 65 14 .319 1.57 5.75 6.19 -21.0 -2.3
10o 9.1 0 0 11 11 61.0 74 29 59 14 .334 1.68 6.24 6.7 -22.4 -2.4
Weighted Mean1400141479.077307614.2881.354.835.19-16.3-1.8

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2020-09-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jesse! Love the rankings! I was wondering who the biggest risers and fallers where? Also is Luis Robert keeps this up for the rest of the season how high do you think he could rank?
(Alex from Texas)
I will list the risers/fallers in my upcoming article, but here is a sneak peak:

Risers: Kyle Lewis (+214), Anthony Santander (+170), Corbin Burnes (+135), Dominic Smith (+135)
Fallers: Kirby Yates (-260), Oscar Mercada (-250), Mallex Smith (-150), Tommy Pham (-125)

Plus, several players jumped from off to way up the rankings including Triston McKenzie (319) and Jake Cronenworth (354).

As for Robert, he could climb into the top 15 by season end if he continues to rake. (Jesse Roche)
2020-04-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jesse! Hope all is well and you are staying safe. When looking through reports are there physical attributes or scout type words that you look for when comparing deeper/younger prospects. IE physical projection vs already filled out. Thanks!
(coffeeguy8806 from Chicagoooo)
Thanks! Doing my best to stay safe here in Greensboro. Hope you're doing well in Chicago!

For deeper/younger prospects, I look for bat speed, bat-to-ball ability, raw power, and raw speed. In fact, the physical aspects that may be the easiest to scout for these prospects are what draws my eye. Things like strike zone judgment, plate discipline, all-fields ability, spin recognition, etc. are easier to develop over time and are extremely variable for young hitters.

As for pitchers, I want to see present fastball velocity and at least one promising secondary. Command and repertoire depth take time to develop. Athleticism and a good frame (6-foot-2 to 6-foot-5) is also ideal. Bigger/smaller often equates to relief risk in some shape or form. A clean, repeatable delivery is a plus, while balancing against deception.

I do not really ascribe by the physical projection mantra. It really needs a lot of context as some body types, while thin, are simply not likely to add impact weight as they mature. Guys like Triston McKenzie, for instance, are not going to suddenly not be pencil thin. I like high-waisted, long-legged, and broad-shouldered frames. An ideal scout frame is Fernando Tatis Jr. I am all about a foundation to build from rather than hoping that foundation eventually develops.

This really should be an article for the prospect team. I'll pass the idea along. (Jesse Roche)
2018-02-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)Dustin May's ranking was a nice surprise. Though he's had good numbers I've read that people believe he isn't going to fill out and might be close to physically maxed out. This ranking implies differently, I guess?
(Sal from LAD)
Sure. Despite my attempts to make the Gingergaard nickname stick, he doesn't have Syndergaard's frame. I do think there is more in the tank, but the present stuff is better than he gets credit for, and that's all baked into the ranking. And you could rightly have the same concerns about Triston McKenzie for example. (Top 101 with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-09-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)In 2015 the Indians took 5 starters: Brady Aiken, Triston McKenzie, Juan Hillman, Matt Esparza and Brock Hartson. Triston looks like a future top 3 starter, but how would you rank the other 4? Is it possible Esparza or Hartson has passed Aiken and Hillman or am I overreacting to Aiken and Hillman's poor seasons given their age?
(matzabal from CO)
I mean maybe Aiken? But none of those three guys are really *prospects* at the moment. I will be one of the last guys to give up on Hillman, but it was not good this year. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-09-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rank these pitchers and if you keep two who do keep: Mitch Keller, Triston McKenzie, Chance Adams, Sixto Sanchez, Jason Groome? Thanks JP
(Jquinton82 from NY)
Based on my very limited expertise in fantasy/prospect stuff: Sixto, Keller, Groome, McKenzie, Adams. Keep an eye on Groome's injury, though. Keep Sixto and Keller. (Nicolas Stellini)
2017-07-25 20:00:00 (link to chat)Were you surprised Triston McKenzie wasn't assigned to the Midwest league this year? Doesn't seem like he needed it, now.
(Steve from CLEVELAND)
Mainly disappointed. He'd looked so good last year that it made sense Cleveland would want to push him.
-Emmett (Emmett Rosenbaum & Nathan Graham)
2017-07-06 12:00:00 (link to chat)Over under 1.5 guys from today's list being traded in the next month?
(Bwe206 from
We had a long discussion at the Camden Yards event about the highest prospect likely to get dealt. I think we came up with Triston McKenzie. Alex Verdugo might be the better answer, although the Dodgers sound inclined to hold onto him. I guess never bet against Dombrowksi going nuts, but I'm gonna take the under. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)So gut feeling who do you think will be the biggest prospect traded at the deadline?
(Mike from NY)
We had an interesting discussion at the Baltimore event about this. I think I landed on Triston McKenzie or Kyle Tucker. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-09-07 19:00:00 (link to chat)So where do you think Victor Robles starts next year in the minors and do you see another Robles guy coming up from rookie ball and SS-A?
(Mike from NY)
Love me some Victor Robles. The injury might mean he spends a couple months in High-A next year, but the Nats are aggressive and if he looks good enough in spring, he could get a Double-A assignment.

I don't think anyone exploded quite as much this year as Robles did last year. It's really, really, really hard for an short-season guy to jump from off the map to a global top 30 prospect. Maybe Triston McKenzie or Szapucki? (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Triston McKenzie has had a very nice start this season, and he was exceptional in AZL last year. He has a lot of projection, but where do you think he ends up as an OFP?
(Steve from Cleveland)
I haven't seen him in awhile, and he's the type of super-projectable player that holds the potential to make adjustments very quickly. I've heard positive things though, and especially if you're not concerned about the lankiness of the frame (if it is really "projectable" or just "skinny"), you got to be even more on board. He's a high-makeup guy who is very athletic and showed the arm-speed and crisp, lively movement on his pitches to project large when he was coming out of the draft. (Adam McInturff)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Which group sucks less? Anthony Alford, Rusney Castillo, Manuel Margot, Brett Phillips, Nick Williams,Spencer Adams, Mark Appel, Dylan Cease, Josh Hader, James Kapeielian, Triston McKenzie,Vince Velasquez or Blake Swihart, Jon Singleton, Dansby Swanson, Alex Jackson, Clayton Blackburn,Tyrell Jenkins, Rob Kaminsky, Zach Lee, Keuy Mella, Justin Nicolino, Aaron Nola, Tyler Jay. God these teams are awful.
(Clark from The 19th Hole)
The first group, but you're right, but they're both bad. (Mike Gianella)
2016-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mr. Karaman. Any chance you can shed some light on Michael Kopech, Triston McKenzie & Stephen Gonsalves. Or are these pitching prospects not worth the time.
(David from Atlantis)
Yep. Kopech's got the nastiest front to his arsenal:

Gonsalves didn't make our Twins list (that system is deeeep), but he's a guy that could emerge quickly if he can develop a breaking ball. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mr. Crawford. Any chance you can hit us with some knowledge on Michael Kopech, Triston McKenzie & Michael Gonsalves. Or was it stupid to even bother you with.
(David from Atlantis)
It's only stupid to bother me if I haven't eaten and/or am sleepy. I'm only one of the two right now so that's okay.

Kopech is fun; plus-plus fastball, plus slider, feel for missing bats. If the change can be more than a third pitch/he can throw enough strikes, he could be a No. 2. Nonzero chance he ends up in the bullpen, however.

McKenzie is almost entirely projection, but projection is fun. A chance for three above-average pitches, learning to repeat the delivery. I just don't know if he'll be durable enough to pitch in a rotation.

I assume you mean Stephen Gonsalves here, and he's also fun. Gets downhill with the fastball, plus change. Just needs to show more consistency with the breaking ball and he's a mid-rotation guy, too. (Christopher Crawford)

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