Bleacher Report just published its Top 100 MLB prospects at the start of the 2021 season and they list seven Mariners. Although there aren’t drastic changes, there are some notable differences between the MLB prospects list, so let’s dive into it.
The seven Mariners on Bleacher Report’s prospect list
Bleacher Report has Jarred Kelenic, Julio Rodriguez, Logan Gilbert, Taylor Trammell, Emerson Hancock, Noelvi Marte, and George Kirby in their top 100. As you might remember, Marte wasn’t a part of the MLB’s top 100 prospects so it’s nice to see him getting some recognition.
Starting at the top, Jarred Kelenic is the third-ranked prospect according to Joel Reuter of Bleacher Report. The Mariners outfielder is just behind Wander Franco and Ke’Bryan Hayes. It’s pretty interesting to see the differences between B/R and the MLB’s prospect lists at the top.
The MLB had Wander Franco, Adley Rutschman, Spencer Torkelson, and then Kelenic. But B/R moved Rutschman and Torkelson down a few spots and moved Kelenic up. Hayes also moved up seven spots from the MLB list.
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Julio Rodriguez is fifth on the MLB list but was moved down to eighth by Joel Reuter. JROD is behind Adley Rutschman and in front of Bobby Witt Jr.
The next Mariners prospect on the list is Logan Gilbert, at no. 26. Reuter says Gilbert looks like the future ace of the Mariners and has him in front of last season’s draft pick Emerson Hancock. The Georgia product is 31st on the MLB list while Gilbert is 33rd.
For Bleacher Report, Gilbert is way ahead of Hancock who is ranked 55th. But Reuter says Hancock could easily be the best pitcher from last year’s draft class.
In between Gilbert and Hancock, Taylor Trammell is ranked as the 41st prospect. This is a huge contrast from the MLB list because the Mariners outfielder is the 100th ranked prospect. But for Bleacher Report, they view him as a bigger deal. Part of the reason must have been his breakout Spring Training performance.
After Trammell and Hancock, we go down to no. 73, who was awarded to Noelvi Marte. The 19-year-old infielder is one of my candidates to break out this year and could take a huge step forward.
Last but not least, George Kirby is the 86th ranked prospect on Bleacher Report’s latest list. On the MLB list, he is the 92nd MLB prospect so not much has changed. Reuter says Kirby is a high ceiling arm that is capable of climbing the list.
Just outside the top 100 / next 50
Mariners catching prospect Cal Raleigh is one of the players Bleacher Report left out of the top 100 but is on the “next 50” list. There are six other catching prospects also on the next 50 and I wouldn’t be surprised if Raleigh finds himself making the top 100 by the end of the season.