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Before 2019, the last time Garcia played in the Minors was 2013, topping out at Class A. Six years later, he signed with the Cubs after a spell playing ball in Italy and climbed from Double-A Tennessee all the way to the Majors, where he played 31 games. The 26-year-old utilityman is now firmly on the radar as Chicago's No. 26 prospect.
It's not often that first-rounders can be considered breakout prospects, but after what Rodriguez accomplished in 2019, he certainly ticks the box. The 19-year-old opened the season unranked among MLB.com's Top 100 prospects and finished at No. 44 after using a four-pitch mix to average 12.4 strikeouts per nine innings for Class A Delmarva.
A first-round pick in 2016, Carlson started his career slowly, failing to post an OPS above .738 in his first three seasons. But the 20-year-old switch-hitter broke out in 2019 with a 20-20 season that saw him hit .361/.418/.681 during an 18-game run at Triple-A. Outside the Top 100 to start 2019, he finished the year as MLB.com's No. 24 overall prospect.
Seattle got aggressive with the 18-year-old, sending him from the Dominican Summer League to Class A West Virginia. He responded with impressive power that he carried to Class A Advanced Modesto despite being the youngest player in the Cal League by far. Limited by a hairline fracture in his left hand, Rodriguez showed enough to jump to No. 25 in MLB.com's overall rankings.
A former Division II shortstop, Gray was included in the Dodgers-Reds swap last offseason that sent Yasiel Puig to Cincinnati, and he took off in his first season as a Los Angeles prospect. Taken 72nd overall in 2018, the 21-year-old showed a strong four-pitch mix that allowed him to climb three levels and finish out the season as MLB.com's No. 75 overall prospect.
Skubal fell all the way to the ninth round in the 2018 Draft coming out of Seattle University but made a lot of teams come to regret passing him over by fanning 36.5 percent of the batters he faced in his first full season. The 22-year-old now ranks only behind Casey Mize and Matt Manning among Tigers pitching prospects, slotting in at No. 74 overall.
Campusano started the season as the 18th-ranked prospect in a crowded Padres system, but after winning California League MVP honors, he's climbed to the No. 6 spot and No. 86 overall. The 21-year-old backstop showed off a solid bat with Lake Elsinore and boasts a plus arm as well, making him an all-around candidate to be San Diego's catcher of the future.
The Yankees righty may have stood out most for his 5-foot-9 stature entering 2019. That's no longer the case. Despite his size, Garcia was one of the Minors' most efficient strikeout pitchers, fanning 34 percent of the batters he faced across three levels. He is now considered the Yankees' top prospect while sitting among the Top 100 for the first time at No. 62.
Drafted with the 63rd overall pick in 2018 out of a Chicago high school, Thomas jumped to his current position as MLB.com's No. 59 overall prospect after showing off a plus bat, good speed and impressive defense in center field across two levels in 2019. He enters the offseason as Arizona's top prospect after opening 2019 ranked seventh in the system.
The Giants signed Luciano for $2.6 million out of the Dominican Republic in July 2018 and liked the shortstop enough to send him stateside for his first Minor League season. Luciano rewarded that confidence with a .322/.438/.616 line in 38 games in the Arizona League, and his above-average potential with his hit and power tools already make him MLB.com's No. 61 overall prospect.