As someone who has never pitched an inning in the majors, lefty Kwang Hyun Kim, despite a hearty resumé in the KBO, technically qualifies for this list, and there’s argument to be had that he should be No. 2 on it. When ranking prospects, I try to keep in mind the Four Ps: Potential, Performance, Position, and Proximity. Kim covers all four as well as any of the above candidates and arguably better than all but Carlson.

Elehuris Montero, 3B: Standout power. Coming back from a wrist injury that slowed his ascent in 2019, Montero is ahead of Gorman in the minors, just behind him on the depth chart.