Christian Binford, RHP, Kansas City Royals
Comparison: Kyle Lohse
Explanation: Binford’s three-pitch mix is far from overpowering but plays up thanks to plus command and overall advanced feel for pitching.
Lucas Giolito, RHP, Washington Nationals
Comparison: Kerry Wood
Explanation: Giolito has the potential to an absolute monster once fully developed, with two future 80-grade offerings (fastball/curveball) that will allow him to pile up strikeouts like they're going out of style.
Hunter Harvey, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
Comparison: Jordan Zimmermann
Explanation: Still only 19, Harvey’s plus fastball/curveball combination is among the best in the low minors and should help him reach the major leagues ahead of schedule.
Alex Meyer, RHP, Minnesota Twins
Comparison: Randy Johnson
Explanation: I’ll just state the obvious: Meyer is a 6’9” right-hander—yes, I know The Big Unit was a lefty—with a mid- to upper-90s fastball and swing-and-miss slider.
Daniel Norris, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays
Comparison: Scott Kazmir
Explanation: Norris features a deep, four-pitch mix, with each offering grading as average or better, and he knows how to miss bats and avoid hard contact while executing a game plan.
Henry Owens, LHP, Boston Red Sox
Comparison: Chuck Finley
Explanation: Like Finley, Owens is a 6’6” left-hander who will miss bats and eat innings when he’s at his best, which is enough to warrant a projection as a No. 2 or 3 starter.
Braden Shipley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Comparison: Kevin Gausman
Explanation: Shipley is a highly athletic and projectable right-hander with a good feel for two plus pitches (fastball/changeup) and little mileage on his arm.
Noah Syndergaard, RHP, New York Mets
Comparison: Josh Johnson
Explanation: Syndergaard compares to Johnson for his durable build and power arsenal, both of which should help him realize his potential as a front-of-the-rotation starter.
Robert Stephenson, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
Comparison: Brandon Morrow
Explanation: Stephenson is an athletic right-hander with an absolutely electric arm, as he overpowers opposing hitters with an effortless, upper-90s fastball and piles up strikeouts when he’s around the zone with his secondary offerings.
Jake Thompson, RHP, Detroit Tigers
Comparison: Corey Kluber
Explanation: Thompson, 20, gives me a strong Kluber vibe—which definitely is a good thing—as he’s a 6’4” right-hander with a four-pitch mix that includes two 60-grade offerings in a low-90s fastball and a nasty, swing-and-miss slider.