4) Best National League East prospect: Nationals, Robert Hassell III, OF
Yet another Nationals prospect that can play the outfield, Robert Hassell III is projected to make the major leagues in 2023. He hasn’t had spectacular numbers in the minor leagues. Don’t be fooled. Time is on his side.
Hassell was one of the big pieces traded to Washington in the Juan Soto trade. Although he hasn’t taken off since joining his new organization, the Nationals are a team that can afford to be patient. They can even fast-forward him to the majors and see what he can do there once deemed ready.
There might not be as much hype for Hassell as there could end up being for a few other Nationals prospects. As one of several outfielders on the farm within the organization, he’ll have plenty of competition pushing him to be his best.
3) Best National League East prospect: Mets, Brett Baty, 3B
Mets fans got to see Brett Baty close-up in late 2022 when he was first promoted to the majors in August. Things started off slowly for Baty after hitting a home run in his first major league plate appearance. Despite this, he should remain as one of the best prospects within the division.
There is a clear path for Baty to play regularly in 2023. Perhaps it begins with a platoon alongside veteran Eduardo Escobar. Maybe he even wins a bulk of the starts in the spring.
Baty is one of several Mets prospects fans have been eagerly awaiting to see make it to the major leagues. The franchise has been slow to promote in recent seasons because of how hard they have pushed to add major leaguers instead. With the MLB service clock already ticking, it’s hard to imagine him getting sent down for a prolonged period of time barring some kind of major slump.