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Each MLB Team’s Breakout Prospect of 2019 | Bleacher Report

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Arizona Diamondbacks: CF Alek Thomas

The D-backs scooped up Thomas with the 63rd pick in the 2018 draft, and he could prove to be one of the steals of the class.

After hitting .333/.395/.463 in rookie ball after signing, the 19-year-old made the leap to full-season ball and broke out in a big way, batting .300/.379/.450 with 40 extra-base hits and 15 steals. With a 60-grade hit tool, 60-grade speed and a plus glove, he has the tools to be a prototypical table-setting center fielder.

Right-hander Levi Kelly (2.15 ERA, 126 K, 100.1 IP at A) also belongs in the breakout category.


Colorado Rockies: SS Terrin Vavra

After a standout junior season at Minnesota, Vavra jumped straight to Low-A Boise upon signing and hit .302/.396/.467 with 16 extra-base hits in 44 games.

The 22-year-old was even better this year, making the jump to Single-A and hitting .318/.409/.489 with 32 doubles, 10 home runs and as many walks as strikeouts (62). He has also shown the glove to play on both sides of second base, and the Rockies have valued defensive versatility in recent years.


Los Angeles Dodgers: RHP Josiah Gray

Acquired from the Reds in the deal that sent Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, Matt Kemp and Kyle Farmer to Cincinnati, Gray emerged as an elite-level pitching prospect in 2019.

The 21-year-old posted a 2.28 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 147 strikeouts in 130 innings over three levels while reaching Double-A. With a dynamic four-pitch mix and solid command, he looks like a future middle-of-the-rotation starter with the potential to be better.

He didn’t become a full-time pitcher until 2017 after beginning his college career as a shortstop, so there’s a lot of upside to tap.


San Diego Padres: C Luis Campusano

The first catcher chosen in the 2017 draft at No. 39 overall, Campusano hit .288/.345/.365 with just 14 extra-base hits in 284 plate appearances at Single-A in 2018.

With the jump to High-A, his offensive game took off, as he hit .325/.396/.509 with 31 doubles, 15 home runs and 81 RBI in 110 games. With a cannon arm, strong pop times and good receiving skills, he also profiles as an above-average defender.

Still just 21 years old, he could soon push the tandem of Austin Hedges and Francisco Mejia in San Diego.


San Francisco Giants: LHP Seth Corry

The Giants went way over slot to sign Corry with a $1 million bonus as a third-round pick in 2017, and after he had command issues early in his career, everything clicked this season.

He finished with a 1.76 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 172 strikeouts in 122.2 innings at Single-A, showing better control of his electric repertoire while lowering his walk rate (5.0 to 4.3 BB/9) and raising his strikeout rate (9.2 to 12.6 K/9).

The 20-year-old still has work to do, but few pitching prospects took a bigger step forward.


Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted.

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