Future Stars Series Alums Make Big Impact In New Baseball America Top 100 Prospects List

The highly anticipated latest installment of Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list just came out, and as expected, Future Stars Series alums were prominently featured.

The list, which can be seen here (behind subscriber paywall), is one of the most highly respected in the industry, and has often been a loose guide of sorts to future success at the major-league level.

Here’s a quick look at each player, with their ranking on the BA Top 100 next to their name.

GRAYSON RODRIGUEZ (6)

Rodriguez was one of the standouts at the inaugural International Week event in 2017, held in Sugar Land, Texas.  He’s since gone on to become universally regarded as the top pitching prospect in baseball yet to make his big league debut, the latter of which could change as early as this upcoming season.

ZAC VEEN (22)

Veen was a major attraction at both the 2019 National Tournaments with the Scorpions and International Week later that year, and turned in a huge season in the Colorado Rockies farm system at Single-A Fresno, playing alongside fellow FSS alumni Drew Romo and Mateo Gil with the Grizzlies en route to become the top prospect in the organization.

MICK ABEL (51)

After a standout showing at the first-ever National Tournaments back in 2017, Abel became a three-time invitee to International Week — he missed actually pitching in 2019 due to illness, but still made the effort to show up and learn anyway — and emerged as a first-round draft pick for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2020.  He had a successful pro debut in Low-A Clearwater, and is now considered the top prospect in the Phillies system.

DANIEL ESPINO (65)

Espino turned in one of the most dazzling performances in the five-year history of International Week/the Main Event back in 2018, striking out eight batters over a nearly spotless three frames, a record that held up until Anthony Solometo recorded nine K’s in 2020 at Fenway Park.  The Panama-born righty was a first-round pick of the Guardians back in 2019, and has further developed into their top pitching prospect heading into the 2022 season.

Mike Ashmore

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