This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
The final barometer of the season will highlight the prospects that have either helped or hurt their cause the most in 2018. As always, this list is not exhaustive, and these are not rankings by any means. In addition, I will not include prospects that have already found their way to the big leagues — everyone knows about Juan Soto and Gleyber Torres unless they've been living under a rock.
Thanks again for reading this year. As always, happy prospecting.
Jesus Luzardo, P OAK – Though his first few starts in Triple-A weren't so great, Luzardo remains one of the biggest risers of the 2018 campaign. He fanned 25 batters in 14.2 innings to begin the season at High-A, resulting in a quick promotion to Double-A. He held opposing batters to a .204 average at Double-A, posting a 2.29 ERA while striking out 86 in 78.2 innings. The southpaw has three pitches, throws strikes and keeps the ball down. Considering he had Tommy John surgery in 2016 as a teenager, Luzardo's rapid rise is quite the story. He will likely begin the 2019 campaign in Triple-A as one of the top arms in all of baseball.
Wander Franco, SS, TB – In larger, deeper dynasty leagues, fantasy owners have been falling all over themselves to acquire Franco. The 17-year-old is the nephew