Top MLB prospects likely to debut in 2021

Wander Franco has All Star potential.

Wander Franco has All Star potential.

Tyler Cosier, Staff Writer

With the 2021 season being around the corner, there are some top prospects likely to debut this season. This includes Wander Franco, Adley Rutschman, Forrest Whitley, Jarred Kelenic, and Francisco Morales.

Franco, 20, is the 1st ranked prospect with the Rays and in MLB. He is a shortstop and will likely make things tough for Willy Adames and Joey Wendle when he makes the big leagues. Adames may have to be a backup to Franco. In 2018, with the Princeton Rays, he played in 61 games, he hit 11 home runs, 57 RBI, and 46 runs. In 2019, he played in two levels of baseball. With the Bowling Green Hot Rods, he played in 62 games, he hit six home runs, 29 RBI, and 42 runs. With the Charlotte Stone Crabs, he played in 52 games, he hit three home runs, 24 RBI, and 40 runs.

Rutschman,23, is the 2nd prospect overall and 1st with the Orioles. He is a catcher in the Orioles organization. In 2019, he played in three levels of baseball. With the Gulf Coast League Orioles, he played in five games, he hit one home run, 3 RBI, and 3 runs. With the Delmarva Shorebirds, he played in 12 games, he hit two home runs, 8 RBI, and 5 runs. With the Aberdeen IronBirds, he played in 20 games, he hit one home run, 15 RBI, and 11 runs.

Kelenic,21, is the 9th ranked prospect and 1st overall with the Mariners. He is a centerfielder. In 2018, he played in two levels of baseball. With the Gulf Coast League Mets, he played in 12 games, he hit one home run, 9 RBI, and 9 runs. With the Kingsport Mets, he played in 44 games, he hit five home runs, 33 RBI, and 33 runs. In 2019, he played in three levels of baseball. With the West Virginia Power, he played in 50 games, he hit 11 home runs, 29 RBI, and 33 runs. With the Modesto Nuts, he played in 46 games, he hit six home runs, 22 RBI, and 36 runs. With the Arkansas Travelers, he played in 21 games, he hit six home runs, 17 RBI, and 11 runs.

Morales,21, is the 4th ranked prospect overall. In 2017, with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, he pitched in 10 games, and earned a 3-2 record with a 3.05 ERA. In 2018, with the Williamsport Crosscutters, he pitched in 13 games, and earned a 4-5 record with a 5.27 ERA. In 2019, with the Lakewood BlueClaws, he pitched in 27 games, and earned a 1-8 record with a 3.82 ERA.

These prospects likely to make an impact on their respective teams. Franco has an All-Star caliber ceiling. Rutschman is the best all-around catching prospect since Joe Mauer and has the same All-Star potential. Kelenic is a plus runner who knows how to steal a base and that speed allows to him to run down fly balls in centerfield. He also has a very strong arm that would work well in right field. Morales has the makings of turning into a rotation workhorse.