This year there was both consensus and chaos in the voting. Victor Robles was the undisputed #1 pick, Carter Kieboom was voted #2 on nine of ten ballots, as was Luis Garcia for the #3 spot (one voted flip-flopped the two). Telmito Agustin was the only other player named on all ten ballots.
Sixteen other players were named for a total of 23 players for the ten 10 spots, which broke down as…
- Victor Robles
- Carter Kieboom
- Luis Garcia
- Raudy Read
- Telmito Agustin
- Yasel Antuna
- Gage Canning
- Israel Pineda
- Jake Noll
- Tres Barrera
Others receiving votes: Jose Sanchez, Drew Ward, Yadiel Hernandez, Jose Marmolejos, Alec Keller, Blake Chisholm
Pablo O’Connor, Austin Davidson, Aldrem Corrdeor, Andruw Monasterio, K.J. Harrison, Rhett Wiseman, Braian Fernandez
For the fourth straight year, there were five holdovers (Robles, Kieboom, Garcia, Read, Antuna). Two players were traded away (Daniel Johnson, Blake Perkins) one graduated (Andrew Stevenson) while the “Orange” got, um, squeezed out after appearing to hit his ceiling this year.
During the voting, I resisted the urge to remind folks that Yasel Antuna will most likely not play a game north of Florida in 2019 (and if he does, it’ll be in Auburn in August). This, I believe, illustrates the “cavernous gaps” between the slots: a guy who’s injured and not guaranteed to recover from his surgery still has more promise than the next spot on the list.
Next up: the pitchers, which should be really be interesting because last year’s Top 10 has been savaged by injuries, trades, and age.