Longtime ESPN scouting and MLB writer Keith Law joined The Athletic this winter, and today he published his preseason 2020 top-100 prospects list there. The list includes four Mariners prospects, led by Jarred Kelenic. The rankings are as follows:
No. 8 - OF Jarred Kelenic
No. 19 - OF Julio Rodriguez
No. 59 - RHP Logan Gilbert
No. 86 - 1B Evan White
The spots are, generally, in line with where most evaluators have had Seattle’s top prospects. Kelenic and Rodriguez are among the game’s elite, with the former appraised as having “the power to get to 30 bombs already and the speed to steal 20-plus bases and likely stay in center.” Gilbert is rising quickly and seen as a high-floor starter. White shares the high-floor, with notes to how his power numbers were the best of nearly any player in half a decade at Arkansas, but not enough confidence to put him higher. None of Justin Dunn, Noelvi Marte, George Kirby, or Justus Sheffield crack this list, but they make appearances in the back end of various other lists.
The greater variations on this list seem to come for prospects from other organizations - LHP Daniel Lynch, for instance, comes in at No. 13 overall. The Royals prospect flashed 97-99 mph velocity in the MLB Futures Game, and has come in amidst the top 35-80 range on most lists. On the other end, Athletics LHP Jesus Luzardo has been on the back end of the top-10 in multiple lists, but finds himself in the late-20s for Law. Both pitchers have had injury issues, but looked dominant when healthy, so it’s an interesting divergence. As with all prospect lists, it’s valuable to remember there’s generally more separation in talent projection between 1-25 than there is from 40-100.