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Prospect Roundup

Just Missed the 2020 Top 100

by Christopher Crawford
Updated On: February 27, 2020, 5:21 pm ET

One of the tough things about having a Top 100 prospect list is that you are literally limited to just 100 prospects. While comfortable with the names that were included in that list, there are certainly a lot more than 100 players that currently qualify as potential impact MLB players.

So, we thought we’d share a few of the names that just missed the list, and tell you why they have a chance to be top 100 prospects before the end of the season.

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Without further ado, here are the hitters and pitchers that just missed the top 100 prospect list.

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Jeter Downs, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers -- Downs is listed as a Dodger for now, but there's a very good chance by the time you read this that he'll be a member of the Boston Red Sox; he's reportedly headed to Boston in the deal for Mookie Betts. If you were curious -- and of course you were -- Downs was prospect 101, and it was a difficult choice between him and the prospect who ultimately ended up taking that final slot. The 32nd pick of the 2017 draft has a chance to hit for power from the right side, and while he's just a slightly above-average runner, his instincts give him a chance to steal 20-plus bases. He also should stick up the middle, with a move to second base a slight possibility. The only reason Downs doesn't make this list is my concerns over whether or not he can hit for average because of the length in his swing. Still, he's a prospect that you should look to target, and he could be playing everyday for the Red Sox next summer. 

Jose Urquidy, RHP, Houston Astros -- This list is in no particular order, but Urquidy was probably prospect 102, right behind Downs. He more than held his own with the Astros in his 41 innings with Houston with a 3.95 ERA and 40/7 K/BB ratio over 9 appearances -- seven of them starts. His change is an out-pitch, and while neither the fastball or curve are close to that level, they play up because he throws them for strikes. Urquidy doesn't have elite upside, but his high floor makes him a solid target in dynasty formats. He'll be a candidate for the Top 10 prospects to open the 2020 season, as well. 

Luis Campusano, C, San Diego Padres -- Campusano crushed High-A pitching last year with a .325/.396/509 line for Lake Elsinore along with 15 homers in 110 games for the Storm. The 39th pick of the 2017 draft, the 21-year-old has a chance to hit for both average and power, and his hand-eye coordination allows him to draw walks without the strikeouts that often come with them. The reason he falls short for the Top 100 is that there's a decent chance that Campusano won't be able to stay behind the plate, and if he has to move to first base, the bat doesn't profile at that position. That being said, if Campusano hits at Double-A the way he did in the Cal League, he'll move into this list, and quickly.

Clarke Schmidt, RHP, New York Yankees -- Hey, it's another member of the 2017 draft class. Schmidt was the 16th pick of that draft; despite the fact that he underwent Tommy John surgery a month before the event. The former South Carolina star was solid in 2019 with a 3.47 ERA and 102 strikeouts against 28 walks in 90 2/3 innings while reaching Double-A Trenton. The soon-to-be 24-year-old can get his two-seamer up to 96 mph -- occasionally touching the high 90s -- and he also has a sinker that is difficult for hitters to square up. Add in a solid curveball and above-average change, and Schmidt has the arsenal to start. His command needs work, however, and there are certainly questions about his durability. There's a lot to like, but there's just enough volatility to leave him off the initial Top 100.

Brett Baty, 3B, New York Mets -- Baty, 20, hit just .234 in his 51 games after being selected with the 12th pick in June, but he also posted a solid .362 on-base percentage with seven homers in his 188 at-bats. The left-handed hitting third baseman has a swing that suggests he'll be able to hit for power and average at the highest level, and his patience should allow him to draw a good deal of walks. The concern is whether or not he'll be able to stick at third, and the patience also means he's going to pile up the strikeouts. Still, a chance for 60 tools with both the hit and power make Baty one of the best offensive third baseman prospects in baseball.

Edward Cabrera, RHP, Miami Marlins -- Cabrera has intrigued with his talent since he signed back in 2015, but the 21-year-old right-hander appeared to put things together by posting a 2.23 ERA over 96 2/3 innings while reaching Double-A and striking out 116 hitters over 96 2/3 frames. He can get his fastball into triple-digits, and his slider and change both flash plus. The only reasons Cabrera doesn't make the Top 100 is that his command still has a ways to go, and his secondary pitches are still inconsistent. That could make Cabrera a reliever long-term, but there's no denying that on his best days the 6-foot-4 righty shows the type of stuff that you see from top-of-the-rotation hurlers.

Christopher Crawford
Christopher Crawford is a baseball and college football writer for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter @Crawford_MILB.