MLB.com releases top 100 prospect list for 2019

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MLB Pipeline revealed their top 2019 100 prospect list on Saturday night. Unsurprisingly, Toronto third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. once again topped the list as the no. 1 talent in the league, closely followed by Fernando Tatis Jr., Eloy Jimenez, Victor Robles, and Royce Lewis to round out the top five.

Last season, the Braves led all MLB organizations with eight top 100 players, but this year, the Padres pulled ahead with a league-leading 10 names on the top prospect list: Tatis (#2), Mackenzie Gore (#15), Luis Urias (#23), Francisco Mejía (#26), Chris Paddack (#34), Luis Patino (#48), Adrian Morejon (#49), Michel Baez (#72), Logan Allen (#74), and Ryan Weathers (#93). Every other team garnered at least one selection this time around, though the Brewers, Red Sox, Marlins, and Royals skated by with just one top prospect apiece.

These are MLB.com’s top ten prospects for 2019:

  1. 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR)
  2. SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD)
  3. OF Eloy Jimenez (CWS)
  4. OF Víctor Robles (WSH)
  5. SS Royce Lewis (MIN)
  6. 2B/3B Nick Senzel (CIN)
  7. RHP Forrest Whitley (HOU)
  8. OF Kyle Tucker (HOU)
  9. OF Alex Kirilloff (MIN)
  10. SS Brendan Rodgers (COL)

Guerrero, Tatis, Jimenez, Robles, Senzel, and Whitley are all top 10 holdovers from 2018’s preseason list, and many of the others have held their rankings since the list was updated last summer. Guerrero jumped from the no. 3 spot to the top of the list following Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuña’s MLB promotions and stunning rookie performances, Tatis was bumped from no. 8 to no. 2 after another strong year in Double-A, Senzel and Whitley climbed two rungs each, and Jimenez and Robles were promoted one spot higher on the top 10 list.

You can find the full rankings and players analyses over on MLB Pipeline here.

MLB crowds jump from ’21, still below pre-pandemic levels

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PHOENIX — Even with the homer heroics of sluggers like Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols, Major League Baseball wasn’t able to coax fans to ballparks at pre-pandemic levels this season, though attendance did jump substantially from the COVID-19 affected campaign in 2021.

The 30 MLB teams drew nearly 64.6 million fans for the regular season that ended Wednesday, which is up from the 45.3 million who attended games in 2021, according to baseball-reference.com. This year’s numbers are still down from the 68.5 million who attended games in 2019, which was the last season that wasn’t affected by the pandemic.

The 111-win Los Angeles Dodgers led baseball with 3.86 million fans flocking to Dodger Stadium for an average of 47,672 per contest. The Oakland Athletics – who lost 102 games, play in an aging stadium and are the constant subject of relocation rumors – finished last, drawing just 787,902 fans for an average of less than 10,000 per game.

The St. Louis Cardinals finished second, drawing 3.32 million fans. They were followed by the Yankees (3.14 million), defending World Series champion Braves (3.13 million) and Padres (2.99 million).

The Toronto Blue Jays saw the biggest jump in attendance, rising from 805,901 fans to about 2.65 million. They were followed by the Cardinals, Yankees, Mariners, Dodgers, and Mets, which all drew more than a million fans more than in 2021.

The Rangers and Reds were the only teams to draw fewer fans than in 2021.

Only the Rangers started the 2021 season at full capacity and all 30 teams weren’t at 100% until July. No fans were allowed to attend regular season games in 2020.

MLB attendance had been declining slowly for years – even before the pandemic – after hitting its high mark of 79.4 million in 2007. This year’s 64.6 million fans is the fewest in a non-COVID-19 season since the sport expanded to 30 teams in 1998.

The lost attendance has been balanced in some ways by higher viewership on the sport’s MLB.TV streaming service. Viewers watched 11.5 billion minutes of content in 2022, which was a record high and up nearly 10% from 2021.