The first pitcher to grace the LGT top prospect rankings is Triston McKenzie, who eked out a victory over Yandy Diaz by 32 total votes.
A former 2014 first round competitive balance pick, McKenzie's 2016 campaign was the stuff of legends. The 19-year old right-handed starter absolutely blew away opposing hitters for both Low-A Mahoning Valley and Single-A Lake County.
Due to his lanky 6'5" frame and weighing just 165 pounds, McKenzie has earned the nickname "Sticks" from some of his teammates, but he's plenty imposing on the mound. McKenzie earned a promotion to Single-A after just nine starts for Mahoning Valley because he had an ERA of 0.55 and was striking out 10 batters per nine innings.
Perhaps most impressive was the fact that McKenzie's numbers actually improved after being promoted. He bumped his strikeout rate to 12 per nine innings while dropping his walk rate from 2.9 to 1.5 per nine and he's already being stretched out to six innings per start despite his young age.
McKenzie already can touch 95 with his fastball and he compliments it with a plus curveball and a decent change-up. He could easily add some more zip to his fastball as he fills out his frame.
Depending on how aggressive the Indians are with promoting him, McKenzie could potentially begin 2016 in High-A Lynchburg and the sky is the limit as long as he keeps completely overmatching the opposition.