As the 2020 season is about to take off, we are going to find a lot of youth coming into the Major League scene. A few will start off the year in the starting lineup, some fighting for an everyday spot, and then some will be called up mid-year. The Athletics are going to have a couple of young arms in the rotation, and both Los Angeles teams have young stars ready to roll. Luis Robert is the big name to keep an eye out for, as he is a mix of above average power and speed. He will also be in one of the more exciting lineups for 2020. His ADP is already on the rise as the hype train has left the station.
Luis Robert - OF - Chicago White Sox
Luis Robert already signed his extension with the White Sox, and is a top 20 prospect overall. Robert carried a modest strikeout rate in the minors, and a below average walk rate. However he had over a .300 ISO in 2019 at the Triple-A level, and had a .204 ISO down in Double-A. Over the course of the 2019 season he had 28 steals and 24 home runs. Robert has 20-20 upside in his rookie season, and should boast strong numbers overall. I wouldn't look for a high OBP right off the bat, but that will come with more experience.
Gavin Lux - 2B/SS - Los Angeles Dodgers
At just 22 years old, another young Dodger is about to break onto the scene. He played 23 games last season in the majors, and struggled quite a bit. However, this is someone who shows strong contact numbers, and has the tools to excel at the next level. Lux projects for over 450 plate appearances, and 25 home runs + stolen bases. He should see a dip in his strikeout rate, as it was a small sample size and somewhat uncharacteristic.
Jesus Luzardo - SP - Oakland Athletics
Oakland is turning to their young arms, as they will look to field a rotation with all the talent they have. Jesus Luzardo is one of them. He had a major shoulder injury last year, but we saw his potential late in the year and into the playoffs. Luzardo has a fastball, slider, changeup combo, and brings electric strikeout stuff. He projects to be an above average strikeout guy, with an average walk rate. He should flirt around 150 innings and a 4.00 ERA. Luzardo also benefits from a friendly home ballpark.
Jo Adell - OF - Los Angeles Angels
Playing time is a bit more of a concern with Jo Adell, who has massive power. Jo Adell is currently ranked as the 5th best prospect, behind Luis Robert, Gavin Lux, and Wander Franco. Adell is likely going to be more of a bench bat, and could still start the season down in the minors. With Brian Goodwin not being a sure thing, and both Upton and Trout missing time over the last few seasons, Adell could be see at-bats that way as well.
Brendan McKay - SP - Tampa Bay Rays
Brendan McKay is a former top five pick back in 2017, and quickly made his way up to the Major Leagues. Technically he is still a rookie as he made the cutoff last season. McKay had a 10.2 K/9 in 49 innings, starting 11 of his 13 games. He allowed a hefty amount of home runs, which is his only knock. McKay had a double-digit K/9 in the minors since being drafted, and can miss bats with ease. He is going late in drafts and will offer up plenty of strikeouts and will see a drop in his ERA.
Dustin May - SP - Los Angeles Dodgers
The big red head out of Texas is likely to earn himself a starting spot, but at just 22 years old they are going to also be cautious with his innings. May isn't a strikeout machine, but he induces a ton of weak content, and showed a solid groundball rate in the minors. It was at 44% last season in the majors. He had a 3.70 xFIP and 3.63 ERA in 34.2 innings. He also has elite control. May is a nice backend of the rotation guy who can help even out those high risk strikeout arms.
Carter Kieboom - 2B/3B - Washington Nationals
Washington's going through some changes with Anthony Rendon gone. The Nationals did bring in Starlin Castro, Eric Thames, and still have Howie Kendrick and Ryan Zimmerman. Steady playing time is a concern, but there is no doubt Carter Kieboom is going to be a long-term star in Washington. He can play both second and stands a better chance at playing the hot corner this upcoming season. He spend last season in Triple-A and had 79 runs, 79 RBI, 16 RBI, and had over a .400 OBP.
Nate Pearson - SP - Toronto Blue Jays
Nate Pearson is a former first round pick, and a big hard throwing right-hander. He is the next piece of the puzzle as Toronto is building a terrific young team. Pearson is likely going o be a summer call up where they limit his Major League innings a bit. The strikeout potential is there, and he has decent control as well. In addition to his fastball, he has a solid slider, curveball, and changeup.
Casey Mize - SP - Detroit Tigers
It feels like Casey Mize was drafted years ago, as Detroit selected him first overall back in 2018. He throws a fastball, slider, splitter, and cutter. Mize was excellent in Double-A last season, sitting with an 8.7 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, and 3.13 xFIP. Mize is going to be called up for the bigs this season, as Detroit is in a rebuilding process. Look for him to emerge over the summer.