MLB.com recently released their newest top 100 prospect list. Several teams have two prospects in the top 25 like the Pirates, Tigers, Orioles and even the Red Sox. But, only one team has three prospects in the top 25, and that team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. Therefore to celebrate this achievement, I decided to give our Diamondback fans an introduction to each of them as we grow our farm system, and if you see one of them during spring training, you can make sure you get their autograph while everyone else just stares and wonders who they are.
In the top 25 there are 7 prospects whose positions are shortstop and one who is listed as a SS/3B and he, Bobby Witt Jr. is the top prospect on the list and is going to play third base for the Royals, so I did not count him in the 7. But someone who I did count, and is the 23rd rated prospect on the list is Jordan Lawlar.
He began playing varsity baseball his sophomore year where he batted .409. His junior season was abruptly ended by the COVID-19 pandemic after only 12 games. But in those 12 games he hit .485 with a home run and 13 RBI's. That same summer he played in the Perfect Game All-American Game Classic and was named the Jackie Robinson Perfect Game Player of the Year. Then, as a senior he was finally able to play a full season and hit .412 with six home runs, 37 RBI's and 32 stolen bases.
Lawlar is more of a gap to gap hitter and excels at inside-outing pitches. He has plus speed, plenty of range, quick hands and a strong arm that scouts believe will allow him to stick at shortstop as he climbs in the minors and when he makes it to the majors more than likely in the 2024 season.
Lawlar was ranked as the #23 prospect, now let's turn our attention to the #19th ranked prospect, outfielder Corbin Carroll.