30. San Francisco Giants
Combined ’18 WAR: 0.9
Between the three projected starters — Austin Slater, Steven Duggar, Chris Shaw — the Giants outfield has combined to make only 171 appearances. All three young players rank near the top of San Francisco’s prospect ranking, with Shaw leading the way. Shaw has the most potential of the three, Slater is the most proven, and Duggar has the tools to be the best defender. Slater played well in the outfield a season ago, but didn’t provide much with his bat. This young trio should have ample opportunity this year to make a mark as the Giants rebuild.
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29. Chicago White Sox
Combined ’18 WAR: 0.7
After failing to land Bryce Harper, the White Sox fanbase will turn their attention to top prospect Eloy Jimenez. While Jimenez is a big part of Chicago’s future, he will not start the season in the lineup. Jon Jay will bring a veteran presence to the field and clubhouse for the Sox, while third-year pro Nicky Delmonico will hope to regain his confidence at the plate. Though he hit eight homers a season ago, Delmonico hit a paltry .215. Adam Engel will start in center. He is a good defensive player and possesses very good speed. It is unlikely that he will ever become a threat at the plate, but he did show a steady improvement in his second season with the Sox.
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28. Miami Marlins
Combined ’18 WAR: 1.4
The Marlins had the option to start two MVPs and another All-Star in their outfield a little over a year ago. Instead, they will call on 38-year-old Curtis Granderson, journeyman Peter O’Brien, and Lewis Brinson — the most valued player acquired in the Christian Yelich trade. At this point of his career, Granderson is nothing more than a role player. He is still a viable option in left, but doesn’t garner much attention. O’Brien has displayed plenty of power in the Minors and could be an impact player for the Fish down the line. Brinson is a polarizing prospect. Some question whether he will ever be able to hit in the Majors, while others see All-Star potential. Brinson posted a .199/.240/.338 line with 11 HR in ’18.
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27. Baltimore Orioles
Combined ’18 WAR: 0.1
If the Orioles decide to bring back Adam Jones, they may jump a few spots in the rankings. As it stands, the O’s come in at No. 27 due to Winter Haven’s own, Trey Mancini. Mancini has hit 24 HR in back-to-back years, and will be an organizational focal point moving forward. Cedric Mullins is a dynamic athlete who should be able to cover a lot of ground in center. He has shown good plate discipline in the Minors and has some pop as well. Joey Rickard, entering his fourth season, is a decent option in right. A lifetime .252 hitter, Rickard will provide a little bit of offense but likely isn’t a long-term option for the Orioles. Yusniel Diaz — the top prospect acquired in the Manny Machado trade — will be pushing for playing time this year.
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