MWBL TOP 100 RIGHT NOW

This Year the Mid-West Baseball League is starting a new feature to start the season off.

This new project was put together by our very own Brandon Hogan & we must thank him for his work on this new “MWBL TOP 100 RIGHT NOW” list.

Who are the 100 best players in MWBL right now? MLB Network revealed its list through this year’s Top 100 Players Right Now series, which reached its conclusion with the much-anticipated Top 10 on Wednesday 02/21/2024, and thus the Mid-West Baseball League Picked up on this & decided to make it “Futures Like”.

The formula used for the “MWBL TOP 100 RIGHT NOW” list is based on a 100-point system. The Top Player, according to mlb.com receives 100 points, the second-rated player receives 99 points, and this continues until the #100th player, who receives 1 point.

Each MWBL franchise will then have the points totaled for their prospects, which gives us an overall number and produces our “MWBL TOP 100 RIGHT NOW” list. Here is the much-anticipated list for “MWBL TOP 100 RIGHT NOW”.

 

2024 TOP 100 PLAYERS & POINTS RIGHT NOW
2024 TOP 100 PLAYERS & TOTAL TEAM POINTS RIGHT NOW
2024 TOP 100 TEAM & DIVISION YEARLY RANKING RIGHT NOW

2024 FUTURES

This Year once again the Mid-West Baseball League will be supporting MLB Pipelines Top 100 Prospects.
Former MWBL owner of the Iron City Yinzers Jonathan Mayo, along with his colleague Jim Callis – will bring us the 2024 MWBL FUTURES.

Thanks, Jonathan & Jim, you guys do a great job at mlb.com & the Mid-West Baseball League is once again proud to have called one of you our own.

The MWBL always has an eye toward the future, & looks at which MWBL Franchises may have the brightest future ahead of them. The formula used for the “MWBL FUTURES” list is based on a 100-point system. The Top Prospect, according to Jonathan Mayo & Jim Callis of mlb.com receives 100 points, the second-rated prospect receives 99 points, and this continues until the #100th prospect, who receives 1 point.

Each MWBL franchise will then have the points totaled for their prospects, which gives us an overall number and produces our “MWBL FUTURES” list. Here is the much-anticipated list for “MWBL FUTURE”.

2024 PROSPECTS & POINTS / 2024 TOTAL TEAM POINTS / 2024 DRAFT POINTS
2024 PRE-DRAFT RANKINGS2024 YEARLY RANKING 

MLB Pipeline team compiles the rankings using input from industry sources, including scouts, scouting directors, and other evaluators. The rankings are an aggregate analysis, taking the players’ skill set, upside, proximity to the Majors, and potential immediate impact on their teams into account.

The list only includes players with rookie status in 2024, meaning players who debuted in ’23 but did not accumulate the service time (45 days on the active roster), at-bats (130), or innings pitched (50) to graduate are eligible again this year. First-year players who fall outside of the international pool money rules laid out in the Collective Bargaining Agreement — that is, who are at least 23 years old and played in international leagues deemed professional — are not eligible. That excludes some older rookies debuting after careers in places like Japan, Korea, and Cuba.

NICK KURTZ GOES #1 TO THE DALLAS COUGARS

2024draft-UpdatedWith the first pick in the 2024 Mid-West Baseball League Draft, the Dallas Cougars select from the University of Wake Forrest – left-handed-hitting first baseman Nick Kurtz.

Throughout the off-season, Dallas’s management was indecisive between two players, ultimately determining that Kurtz possesses superior power and talent. Kurtz showcases exceptional power across all fields, a testament to his rapid bat speed, robust strength, and left-handed swing tailored for lofting the ball. He is much more than a mere power hitter; Kurtz stands out as a well-rounded batter who dominates both left and right-handed pitching without any glaring weaknesses. His proficiency extends to all pitch types, he exhibits excellent command of the strike zone, and he consistently makes authoritative contact across the entirety of the field.

Defensively, Kurtz is adept at playing first base and boasts arm strength that meets the standards. The primary drawbacks in his game are his less-than-ideal speed—which is not critical given his role and offensive contributions—and a history of injuries, including a broken rib that sidelined him from the final stages of the 2023 College World Series. Should he live up to the expectations set by scouts, Kurtz has the potential to emulate Jim Thome’s impact, coupled with defensive merit.

Nick_Kurtz-Scouting-ReportFROM THE MWBL SCOUTING BUREAU: NICK KURTZ

  • Offensive Profile: Kurtz is a complete hitter with no discernible weakness. He possesses exceptional bat speed, strength, and a left-handed stroke designed to drive balls in the air. He controls the strike zone, covers the entire plate, and hits the ball with authority all over the ballpark.
  • Power: Kurtz’s signature tool is his well-above-average power to all fields. He has double-plus raw power and ranks among college baseball’s elite in terms of average exit velocity and 90th percentile exit velocity.
  • Defensive Versatility: Kurtz is a solid defender at first base with average arm strength. Some scouts believe he could even play in the outfield at the professional level due to his all-around athleticism.
  • Overall Summary:  Kurtz is a potential superstar with a rare combination of power, hitting ability, and defensive versatility. He has the potential to be a force in a big-league lineup and could anchor a team’s offense for years to come.
  • Risk/Reward Profile:  Kurtz has a high ceiling but also carries some risk due to his injury history and below-average speed. However, his offensive upside is so significant that he is worth the risk for any team looking to add a middle-of-the-order slugger.
  • ETA to the Mid-West Baseball League:   Kurtz is eligible for the 2024 MLB Draft and is expected to be one of the top overall picks. If he continues to produce at a high level in his junior season at Wake Forest, he could be ready to make his MWBL debut in 2026 or 2027.

2024 DRAFT DAY

2024draft-UpdatedThe 2024 Mid-West Baseball League Draft is now Scheduled for Saturday, February 10th, 2024 at 10:00 AM ET.

The 2024 MWBL Draft Order has now been posted (Including the adjusted lottery Order), – 336 Picks are available in the 12 Rounds.

New this year First Pick will be at the time of 10:15 AM ET.    Please be advised of this change.

Due to circumstances beyond the control of the MWBL Commissioner’s Office, Draft Day has been moved to a week earlier than originally planned based on an MLB work weekend scheduled for the MWBL Commissioner.

2024 GENERAL MANAGERS MEETING

 
The 2024 PRE-DRAFT GENERAL MANAGERS MEETING is Scheduled
for Tuesday night – 02/06/2024 – at 8:30 PM ET. 
 

This event is three days away from the 2024 MWBL Draft!

While it’s not mandatory, it’s a great opportunity to join online and engage in trade discussions with over 20 GMs.
It’s undoubtedly a refreshing experience for all involved.

Save the Date:  Be sure to mark your calendar for Monday night, 02/06/2024 at 8:30 PM ET.

We congregate within the MWBL Slack Room and on Zoom.

This serves as a precursor to Draft Day, ensuring that everyone can access the Slack Room seamlessly.
The Commissioner’s Office will be present in the Slack Room around 8:15 PM, while General Managers are welcome to join or leave as they please.
Try to attend and ensure that everything is functioning on your end before Draft Day!

2024 MWBL DRAFT DAY is Scheduled for Saturday, February 10th, 2024 – at 10:00 AM ET.

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