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Baseball Factory Alumni on Baseball America’s 2018 Top 10 Prospect List: NL East

With the spring training for all 30 major league teams in full swing, it’s a renewal of not only baseball for athletes and fans alike, but the promise of summer soon to come.

For minor league prospects, it’s the time to come in and experience big league camp and make a name for yourself. For the prospects listed in Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects List by division, they are already on the radar of their parent club, so, it’s interesting to see how each year’s Prospect List is constructed and who is considered the next big thing after a 2017 season that raised their prospect status.

We begin our look through the divisions, beginning with the NL East. Rankings are prioritized by Baseball America and numbered 1 through 10 for each team. This week, there are 14 Baseball Factory alums on the NL East Top 10 Prospect Countdown.

Atlanta Braves

Kyle Wright

Kyle Wright, RHP (BA’s Rank: #4)

In his first pro season, the fifth overall selection advanced quickly from rookie level to High-A, making a combined nine starts with a 2.65 ERA. He did so after making 16 starts, striking out 121 hitters in 103 innings for the Vanderbilt Commodores in 2017. He’s been rewarded this spring with an invite to big league camp. Wright participated in the 2012 Team One Futures Texas Showcase.

Austin Riley, 3B (BA’s Rank: #6)

Riley received an invite to big league camp in January after a successful 2017 campaign where he hit .315 at Double-A. Overall, Riley hit 20 homers and drove in 74. Riley played in the 2014 Under Armour Baseball Factory All-America Game.

Alex Jackson, C (BA’s Rank: #10)

Jackson, the two-time Under Armour Baseball Factory All-American, comes into 2018 big league camp as a non-roster invitee. He rebounded nicely in 2017, hitting a combined .267 with 21 doubles, 19 homers and 65 RBI between High-A and Double-A Braves’ affiliates. Jackson was a UA BF Pre-Season All-American and part of the UA BF All-America Game in 2013.

Miami Marlins

Lewis Brinson

Lewis Brinson, OF (BA’s Rank: #1)

The 2011 UA BF All-American is the man now in Miami, returning home after an off-season trade from the Brewers. Brinson made his ML debut on June 11th last year and hit two homers in 47 at-bats.

Monte Harrison, OF (BA’s Rank: #3)

Harrison was also involved in the Marlins trade of Christian Yelich and could soon find himself in the outfield of the Marlins. The second round selection in 2014 out of Lee’s Summit West HS, hit a combined .272 with 28 doubles, 21 homers, 67 RBI and 27 stolen bases last season in the Brewers organization.

New York Mets

David Peterson, LHP (BA’s Rank: #2)

The 20th overall pick in last year’s draft quickly ascended the Mets top prospect board as he rounded out ’17 with three, albeit, short starts with short-season Brooklyn Cyclones. He pitched 3 2/3 innings and striking out six to give him a taste of pro ball after a successful junior season at Oregon where the lefty went 11-4, struck out 140 in 100 innings pitched with a 2.51 ERA. Peterson already has the experience having pitched college ball, so he should continue rising through the ranks in ’18. Peterson attended a UA BF College PREP event in 2011 and was a 2013 UA BF All-American.

Mark Vientos

Peter Alonso, 1B (BA’s Rank: #4)

Second round pick in 2016, Alonso had a really nice season at two levels in 2017, hitting .289 with 27 doubles, 18 homers and 63 RBI. Alonso first attended a 2010 UA BF College PREP in Tampa, Florida, later participating in the 2010 Freshman/Sophomore Fall Classic in Arizona and at the 2011 Team One South event.

Thomas Szapucki, LHP (BA’s Rank: #5)

Thomas made six starts at A-ball in ’17, pitching to a 2.79 ERA in 29 innings pitched. Szapucki has participated in numerous Factory events, culminating with an invite to the 2014 UA BF All-America Game at Wrigley.

Luis Guillorme

Mark Vientos, SS/3B (BA’s Rank: #6)

The Mets selected Vientos in the second round last year out of American Heritage HS in Florida, playing in 51 games at two rookie levels, hitting .262 with 14 doubles and 26 RBI. Vientos participated in a 2015 UA BF College PREP and later in Baseball Factory’s Futures East and National Florida Showcases.

Desmond Lindsay, CF (BA’s Rank: #8)

Yet another second round pick (2015) with a world of talent, Lindsay may have hit just .220 but, he’s shown a great eye at the plate and has been solid defensively, so the Mets will be patient with his bat. Desmond participated in a UA BF National Tryout in 2015 and went on to play for Baseball Factory’s Team One Florida.

Luis Guillorme, 2B/SS (BA’s Rank: #10)

Guillorme played 128 games at Double-A Binghamton in 2017, hitting .283, scoring 70 runs and drawing 72 walks to just 55 strikeouts. Excellent eye at the dish and ability to make contact, although it’s his defense that is his calling card. Guillorme was the Mets 10th round pick in 2013 out of Coral Springs Charter HS and played in the 2011 Team One South and Futures East Showcases.

Philadelphia Phillies

JP Crawford, SS (BA’s Rank: #1)

Crawford got his first taste of the majors, called up last September where he showed great defensively and is now firmly entrenched as the Phillies short stop as they look to quickly reload in the NL East. JP first attended an Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout back in 2009 and ultimately ended up as a standout at the 2012 UA BF All-America Game at Wrigley.

Mickey Moniak, OF (BA’s Rank: #9)

Moniak played a full season with Single-A Lakewood in the SALLY League, hitting .236 with 22 doubles and six triples in 2017. There’s plenty of time for Moniak to right the ship; he doesn’t turn 20 until May and was much younger (over two years) than the average age of a South Atlantic League player. Moniak participated in the 2014 Under Armour Futures West Showcase where he was one of the best bats that we have seen and had an advanced eye at the plate.

Carter Kieboom

Washington Nationals

Carter Kieboom, SS (BA’s Rank: #4)

The 28th overall selection in 2016 advanced to Class-A Hagerstown last season, where he hit .296 with eight homers. We saw Carter at both the 2015 UA BF All-America Pre-Season Tournament and at the Under Armour Baseball Factory All-America Game at Wrigley

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