With the MLB Draft less than two weeks away, there are stars that are already developing in the minor leagues. Catchers are one of the most important positions in all of baseball. Two catchers have been called up from the minors this season to the majors and have made an immediate impact. Adley Rutschman of the Baltimore Orioles and Gabriel Moreno of the Toronto Blue Jays. Who are some of the other catching prospects currently in the minors waiting to be called up though?
Francisco Alvarez, New York Mets
Francisco Alvarez is the top prospect in the New York Mets farm system and he is the sixth overall prospect in the MLB Top 100. Alvarez was just recently called up from Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies to the Triple-A Syracuse Mets. He has a powerful bat who can hit home runs out of the ball and can throw out runners.
New York Mets fans are raving about him. Alvarez is only 20 years old. He is projected to reach the big leagues in 2023 but could be called up in September though. Francisco Alvarez in the minors so far has played in 68 hames. His batting average is .277 with 18 home runs and 48 RBIs, along with zero stolen bases. Alvarez’s on-base percentage is .370 and was signed as an international free agent during the 2018-2019 signing period though.
Henry Davis, Pittsburgh Pirates
Henry Davis is the second-best prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system and is quickly climbing his way through the rankings and is the 18th ranked prospect in all of baseball. He is currently in Double-A with the Altoona Curve. Davis was the first overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft though. Pittsburgh is turning the corner as well with its prospects. His estimated time to reach the majors is in 2024, but it could be as soon as next season.
Henry Davis has pop in his bat and his fielding is good as well. He was recently with the Greensboro Grasshoppers in High-A and is 22 years old. Davis has played for four different minor league teams this year. In 41 games, his batting average is .268 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs, along with five stolen bases. Davis’s on-base percentage is .399.
Diego Cartaya, Los Angeles Dodgers
Diego Cartaya is one of the top prospects in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system and is the 22nd-ranked prospect in all of baseball. With Will Smith as the Dodgers catcher, Cartaya might have to be a catcher elsewhere in the big leagues though. Cartaya is currently in High-A with the Great Lakes Loons. Back in 2018, he was signed as an international free agent.
Diego Cartaya is only 20 years old and his estimated time to the big leagues is 2023 though. In 56 games in the minor leagues so far this season, his batting average is .283 with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs, along with zero stolen bases. Cartaya’s on-base percentage is .421.
Shea Langeliers, Oakland Athletics
Shea Langeliers is one of the top prospects in the Oakland Athletics farm system and is the 36th-ranked prospect on MLB.com. He was acquired in the Matt Olson trade that sent him to the Atlanta Braves this past offseason. Langeliers was the ninth overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. He is 24 years old and is projected to be in the majors at some point this season in 2022, if not at the start of next season in 2023 though.
Shea Langeliers is currently in Triple-A with the Las Vegas Aviators. In 67 games so far this season, his batting average is .273 with 14 home runs and 37 RBIs, along with four stolen bases. Langeliers’s on-base percentage is .366.