This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
The Baseball Gods answered our collective prayers and finally brought Yordan Alvarez up to the big leagues for the Astros. Alvarez rewarded our faith by slugging a home run in his first career game, a clear sign he will continue to serve his squad for the foreseeable future. On the flip side, we saw the end of the 2019 campaign for Brent Honeywell of the Tampa Bay Rays, who suffered a fractured elbow while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Once thought to be an impact prospect this season, Honeywell will have to wait until 2020, having not pitched in a live game since 2017.
What else does 2019 have in store for our minor league phenoms? Will Zac Gallen receive the inevitable call to the big leagues for the Marlins? Will the Tigers continue to sit by and let their prized neophytes toil below? Can Kyle Tucker follow the above-mentioned Alvarez's suit after being named Pacific Coast League Player of the Month? Let's take a deep dive in this week's Minor League Barometer.
Wander Franco, SS, TB – There should be little doubt as to which player is the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball now that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is in the big leagues. That honor goes to Franco, an 18-year-old wunderkind who is taking the Midwest League by storm. Franco is slashing .322/.389/.517 with six home runs, 28 RBI and 12 stolen bases through 49 games. He has been even better of late, hitting .343