Baseball season is right around the corner, and it's never too early to begin thinking about next season and all the new young rookies who will inevitably make an impact. Here are four prospects who should be considered early favorites to take home Rookie of the Year in 2019.
4. Josh James
Josh James is the Astros' No. 4 prospect and got some run in the big leagues towards the end of last season, and he even earned a spot on their postseason roster. If a rotation spot is open for James, he'll have a great shot at the award.
3. Kyle Tucker
Tucker played in 28 games last season for the Astros and didn't look very good, but his production as a 22-year-old in Triple-A last season may earn him more time in the Astros outfield this year, especially with Marwin Gonzalez likely departing in free agency. Tucker had back-to-back 20-homer/20-steal seasons in the minors and is primed for a breakout in the majors.
2. Eloy Jimenez
As the No. 1 prospect in the White Sox system, Jimenez has drawn eyes throughout his development. He may be ready for the big leagues this year. In splitting last year between Double- and Triple-A, the 21-year-old outfielder hit a combined .337 with a .961 OPS. The corner outfield spots in Chicago may be up for grabs, so it would be shocking if Jimenez wasn't given a chance to start and soar.
1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Here's the guy. We've all seen the videos of Vlad Jr. 's insane power on social media. He hits absolute tanks. The son of Hall-of-Famer Vladimir Guerrero plays a solid third base and almost hit .400 for much of the season as he reached Triple-A at age 19. He also finished the year with an OPS over 1.000 across four levels in the minors. Vlad Jr. has all the hype, and if he lives up it, watch out for him in Toronto.