Mike Trout (LAA) -105
Not much to say here. 3x AL MVP winner, 7x Silver Slugger, 8x All-Star, AL ROY 2012. The most dominant player on both sides of the field since Barry Bonds, Trout is already in the talks of the Greatest of All Time. The Angels added Anthony Rendon, giving Trout protection at the plate and added overall production. Oh, did we mention he’s only 28 years old? Yeah, take that in.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR) +2800
The most anticipated prospect in 2019, Vladdy Jr. delivered a solid rookie performance on both sides of the field. He’s been working all offseason in the Dominican republic to refine his skills and get in better shape. He gave us a sneak peek of his future stardom in the 2019 Home Run Derby.
Eloy Jimenez (CWS) +3500
The #3 ranked prospect in 2019, Eloy put together a fantastic rookie season, batting .267 with 31 HR’s and 79 RBI’s. He showcased his skills at the plate but needs refinement on his defensive abilities. Jiminez is already looking to the stars as he has been quoted as saying that his goal is to have better numbers than the year prior.
Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL) +550
The 2018 Rookie of the Year, Acuna is quickly turning his phenom projections into superstar status. The #2 rated prospect in 2018 has asserted himself into one of the favourites to win the 2020 NL MVP. In 2019 he batted .280 with 41 HR, 101 RBI, .883 OPS, finishing 5th in MVP voting. Look for those numbers to only improve as the 22 year old progresses towards his peak.
Bryce Harper (PHI) +1200
You don’t get named “The Chosen One” on the cover of Sports Illustrated for no reason and only LeBron James and Bryce Harper have. One of the strongest and most powerful athletes in the MLB, Harper is still only 27 years old. The 2012 Rookie of the Year, 6x All Star, 2015 Silver Slugger, 2015 NL MVP, can turn it on with his dangerous yet beautiful swing anytime. Firmly in the beginning of his prime, Harper could easily win many more MVP’s.
Manny Machado (SDP) +3500
I think everyone needs a reminder on who Machado is and what he’s capable of doing. One of baseballs superstars, the 4x All-Star and 2x Gold Glove winner has finished in the top 10 MVP voting 3 times with two of those being top 5. Machado came into the MLB as a highly touted, #6 prospect in the MLB. Since then, his 162 game averages are: .279 BA, 31 HR and 90 RBI, .818 OPS. At 27 years old, he’s just coming into his prime. His eye at the plate and his hands in the field could propel him into MVP status in 2020.
Gerrit Cole (NYY) +250
Arguably one of baseballs best pitchers, Cole is the favourite to win the Cy Young in the AL. It’s not always wise and fun to pick top favourites for futures but Cole is definitely worthy of it. Already successful in two different franchises, he joins his third team in the MLB, the New York Yankees. Cole has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the MLB over the past 7 seasons. He just came off the best season of his career finishing with 20 wins, 2.50 ERA, 326 SO, 0.895 WHIP. Backed by a star-studded lineup in 2020, Cole is in for another huge season with the Bronx Bombers.
Lucas Giolito (CWS) +900
At only 25 years old, Giolito is quickly progressing into baseballs top-shelf of pitching talent. Coming off the best year of his short career in 2019, Giolito and the White Sox in general are slated to improve in 2020. Standing in at 6’6” 245lbs he’s a mountain of a man on the bump and his potential ceiling might be even larger. With his advancing skills, the Ace of the Sox’s rotation will find himself in many winning situations with the high powered offense they bring to the batter’s box.
Sean Manaea (OAK) +3300
Sean Manaea returned from an injury that ended his 2018 season and shined down the stretch for the A’s in 2019. Manaea went 4-0 in five starts, recording a brilliant 1.21 ERA, and striking out 30 batters in 29.2 innings. He’s one of baseballs rising stars and at only 28 years old, Manaea is in line as baseballs next wave of elite pitching. At 6’5” 245lbs, he throws the ball effortlessly in his delivery with precision and accuracy. He will find himself as the immediate Ace of the rotation in 2020. With a full season of production backed by a productive hitting lineup, Manaea will be in the year-end voting discussion.
Jacob deGrom (NYM) +350
deGrom is arguably baseballs best pitcher at the moment. Coming off back to back NL Cy Young deGrom is in the prime of his career. There’s actually room for improvement for deGrom’s statistics if the Mets can get the bats going in 2020. In the past two years, he has a combined total of only 21 wins. If the run support comes around, deGrom could easily run away with the award.
Stephen Strasburg (WSH) +900
One of the most coveted pitching prospects to come out of the draft 1st overall in 2009, Strasburg is finally living up to the superstar potential. Fresh off a World Series title, World Series MVP, Strasburg finished 2019 with a career high in wins and strikeouts. Look for that upward trend to continue in 2020, as the 31 year old is in line for a huge season.
Clayton Kershaw (LAD) +2000
Hands down the best pitcher in the MLB since over the past 12 seasons, Kershaw will go down as one of the greatest pitchers of all time. A career 2.44 ERA, 2464 SO, 1.008 WHIP pitcher, Kershaw is showing no signs of decline in his performance and has no injury risks. The 32 year old is still in the prime of his career and to count him out of the Cy Young picks at his price is unimaginable.
Luis Robert (CWS) +250
The #3 ranked prospect in all of baseball, Luis Robert is the betting favourite to win the AL ROY award in 2020. He joins a Chicago White Sox club that’s projected to significantly improve this season. The 6’3” 185lber has a superb mix of power and speed, as he’s capable of hitting bombs and stealing bases. The 22 year will have a chance to make a significant impact on this roster.
Jo Adell (LAA) +1400
The 10thoverall pick in the 2017 draft and 6thoverall prospect in 2020, Jo Adell is an athletic, power hitting outfielder. At 6’3” 215lbs, Adell is a physical specimen. His eye at the plate and ability to hit for contact along with power will have him an every day starter in LA. With a powerful lineup, Adell will have many chances at the plate to drive-in and score runs. Along with his defensive ability, Adell will be on the highlight reels in 2020.
Wander Franco (TB) +2200
Wander Franco is the #1 ranked prospect in the MLB. The only reason he’s not at the top of this list is because he doesn’t have a clear cut starting role on Tampa Bays roster. He could however come out of spring training as a starter and if that happens bettors who took Franco to win the award will be ecstatic. Either way, he will be playing in 2020 at some point. Wander Franco is an electrifying talent on both sides of the field and could be a future superstar in the MLB.
Gavin Lux (LAD) +200
Lux is the second best prospect in all of baseball heading into the 2020 season. He’s the clear-cut favourite in the NL and already has Major League experience under his belt. Batting in the top half of the lineup, Lux will have ample opportunities to produce on the star-studded Dodgers roster. After not meeting the rookie threshold in 2019, Gavin Lux is in prime position to win this seasons award.
MacKenzie Gore (SDP) +1100
With the expanded rosters during opening day, Gore will be a lock in the starting rotation for the Padres. His debut is highly anticipated, as he was drafted with the 3rdoverall pick in the 2017 MLB draft. He was named 2019 minor league pitcher of the year and is the 5thranked prospect in baseball. It looks as though MacKenzie Gore has a bright future as the potential Ace of the rotation.
Joey Bart (SF) +2200
The 2ndoverall pick in the 2018 draft, Joey Bart is ready to take over the reigns as the Giants’ starting catcher. The 14thranked prospect in the MLB has massive shoes to fill as he takes over Buster Posey’s role during his transition to first base. Posey is considered the best catcher in the major leagues since his debut in 2009, winning 3 world series, 4 silver sluggers, MVP, Rookie of the Year and a Gold Glove. Bart will certainly receive world class mentorship from Posey and will no doubt be successful within the organization that won 3 world series’ within 5 seasons after selecting Posey 5thoverall in 2008.