Welcome to the Inaugural Make Prospects Great Again Top 100 Fantasy Prospect Rankings!
Criteria for Hitters:
- Power Potential
- Hit Tool
- Plate Discipline
- Proximity to Majors
Criteria for Pitchers
- Fastball Command
- Out Pitch
- Durability/Innings Potential
- Third Pitch Control
- Proximity to Majors
Comps are based solely on offensive ability (don’t take them too seriously – they are just for fun). Please comment and let me know what you think (especially if you disagree)!
1) Yoan Moncada (White Sox)
Wonder Wrists (Muñecas de Extrañar)
The man that will deliver the Red Sox the 2017 World Series Championship…by hitting a triple in the bottom of the 9th of a tied Game 7…followed by a walk-off steal of home. Just kidding, he was traded to the White Sox for Chris Sale with Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz. Taters and steals are the name of Yoan’s game. There will be swings and misses in this switch hitters’ future but he will also take his walks to generate a high OBP. Señor Moncada’s power and speed take the day in fantasy baseball. These U18 highlights date back to 2013 when Yoan was 17 and playing for Team Cuba (vs Team USA). This video highlights this young man’s generational talent. He goes 3-4 with a BB and showcases his speed in his 1st AB with an infield single batting right handed. With first base open in his 2nd AB, Team USA intentionally walks him. In his 3rd AB, Moncada strokes the ball to left field for a single from the leftside (showcasing his wonderful approach). He strikes out in his 4th AB swinging at a fastball up and away out of the zone. His 5th AB is my favorite; on the first pitch his pushes a bunt to the 3rd baseman and hauls ass to first (the 3rd baseman doesn’t even bother making a throw). Since the previous highlight doesn’t showcase his prodigious power, check it out in this video: Futures Game MVP Bomb. Prepare to hear a lot of YOU CAN PUT IT ON THE BOARDDDDD YESSSS! from Hawk Harrelson in 2017 and beyond. ETA: Now (might simmer with the Charlotte Knights for a month in AAA), Comp: Eddie Murray with speed.
2) Andrew Benintendi (Red Sox)
Watching Benintendi hit is an absolute thing of beauty. The man can rake and an approach that cannot be matched by any other prospect. The Red Sox preferred to keep him and include Moncada in the Chris Sale trade because he has the potential to flash 5 tools that will show up on the stat sheet. He is ready to be an impact major league player. YOU’VE BEEN HIT BY, YOU’VE BEEN STRUCK BY, A SMOOTH CRIMINAL. Also, no big deal, but he went 3-3 in his major league debut last August with majestic dinger to center field ETA: Now, Comp: Christian Yelich.
3) Victor Robles (Nationals)
The 5 Tool Mystical Beast
The guy that the Nationals kept. They were willing to unload 3 of their top 4 pitching prospects for Adam Eaton but not their future All-Star center fielder. Robles displays an elite hit tool, elite speed and developing power and plate discipline. Dynasty fantasy baseballers that own him should hold him and owners that don’t should target him. He is still raw, so I’m going out on a bit of a limb by ranking him this high, but his potential is just too epic for me to resist. This video showcases The 5 Tool Mystical Beast smacking a triple to deep left field after going down in the count 0-2. ETA: Late 2018, Comp: AJ Pollock.
4) Austin Meadows (Pirates)
The Satin Hammer
Mr. Meadows was drafted in the first round by the Pirates for his super silky left handed stroke. Rick Hahn demands him for Quintana and Neal Huntington continues to tell Rick to pound sand. When Andrew McCutchen is traded to the Blue Jays, The Satin Hammer will be ready to take over in right field to hit .280, smack taters, steal a few bases, take a few walks, and just overall fill up the stat sheet for fantasy owners. There is very little complexity in his swing, is passionate about hitting and has already made adjustments to his swing. Here are those lower hands in action on a frozen rope to right field. ETA: Mid 2017, Comp: Wil Myers.
5) Cody Bellinger (Dodgers)
The power that Bellinger is able to generate through his hips, strong wrists and massive swing is simply prodigious. Power is the name of the game in fantasy baseball and Bellinger is the best power hitting prospect in the minor leagues. He drastically cut down his strikeout rate in 2016, will steal about 10 bases and post a high OPS. This Tulsa Driller absolutely annihilates the ball. ETA: Mid 2017 or Beginning 2017 if Adrian Gonzalez isn’t ready, Comp: Yoenis Cespedes.
6) Brendan Rodgers (Rockies)
The Holy Trinity at the top of the 2015 MLB Draft: Dansby Swanson, Alex Bregman, and Brendan Rodgers. I’ve read that he hit too many groundballs last year but he also hit 19 home runs in 442 at bats in his first full minor league season (the article mentioned his poor batted ball ratio and compared it to George Springer – which has worked out for fantasy owners). Rodgers has an elite hit tool and super power potential – both of which will be amplified by the massive outfield and thin air in Denver. This video of him in a Home Run Derby in 2014 makes me drool: It’s Tater Time. The swing is beautiful, the bat speed is elite and the sound off the bat is epic. Rodgers should be ready to take over at the keystone once DJ Lemahieu’s contract is up after the 2018 season. ETA: 2019, Comp: Troy Tulowitzki.
7) Eloy Jimenez (Cubs)
This 20 year old phenom has a ceiling at the plate that maybe no one else on this list can match. The combination of borderline elite hit tool and 70 grade power is enough to make any dynasty league fantasy baseballer drool. I traded him and Gleyber Torres for Wonder Wrists a few weeks ago and it hurt more to trade Eloy than the Arizona Fall League MVP. I really think he has a chance to be a .300 hitter with 40 home run guy in his prime. Check out this moonshot he hits to left field in June of last year and his highlights from a huge performance in the 2016 Futures Game (Easy EJ’s highlights are the final minute of the huge performance link). ETA: 2019, Comp: Kris Bryant.
8) Tyler O’Neill (Mariners)
O’Neill is a super athlete and with great power (56 homers in 2015/2016), improving plate discipline, an above average hit tool and the ability to snag 10+ bases a year. He strikes out a little more than you would like, however, his improving plate discipline allows him to post a high OBP and also make consistent hard contact. I love the intensity that he plays the game with and it is showcased in this walk-off laser beam he hit for the Jackson Generals back in September. I think O’Neill will have a great first half and get the call for the win-now Mariners this year. I value O’Neill more than most so he is a guy that you can target in trades for your dynasty teams. ETA: Mid-2017, Comp: Carlos Gomez with less speed.
9) Bradley Zimmer (Braves)
Classic mix of power and speed. Lots of swing and miss and currently can’t hit lefties but he should make improvements at AAA this year. Easy 20/20 potential with above average plate discipline and patience gives Zimmer a high floor. A strong showing in the Arizona Fall League (with too many Ks) gives Zimmer some very solid momentum entering 2017. He barrels the ball often and it sounds great off his bat. He also runs extremely well and it shows as he easily legs out a double after working the count to 2-0. ETA: Late-2017, Comp: Grady Sizemore.
10) Dansby Swanson (Braves)
Derek Jeter. Dansby Swanson. Too Much Sauce. The man is already doing work in the majors. ETA: Now, Comp: Jeter, Derek
11) Brent Honeywell (Rays)
Consistent, non-max effort, repeatable mechanics and delivery allow Honeywell to command his pitches and limit the walks. He just makes it look nonchalant and easy out there on the mound. He also gassed Gleyber Torres upstairs, made Franklin Barreto look silly with off-speed in the dirt, and froze Bradley Zimmer with some stinky cheese in the Fall Stars Game. The Screwpiece. ETA: Late-2017, Comp: Tanner Roark.
12) Lewis Brinson (Rangers)
Fire and Brinson
Elite tools. Lew had a bit of a down year at AA Frisco until he was traded to the Brewers in the Jonathan Lucroy deal. Subsequently he went on to rake for 89 AB at AAA hitter friendly Colorado Springs. He hits the ball far, really far. He also has 85 career minor league SB. His shimmer has worn off a bit but I’m not willing to give up on his superstar fantasy potential. ETA: Mid-2017, Comp: George Springer.
13) Gleyber Torres (Yankees)
The Dalai Lama (Big Hitter, The Lama, Long)
MVP of the AFL. Just flat out raked. He plays baseball like a cheetah glides across the African Savanna. Everything about his game is so calm, easy, and efficient. I see more power/taters as he continues to mature and probably less speed/SB. Should hit close to .300 annually with 20 homers and 10 steals. The AFL MVP. ETA: Mid-2018, Comp: Jose Altuve.
14) Nick Senzel (Reds)
Big time 20/20 potential. I love his approach at the dish and he was super impressive in his debut after the 2016 draft at Full Season A-ball in Dayton. Seems to have excellent makeup, mental acuity and elite ability to make adjustments. Look at this guy talking about hitting as a Freshman cleanup hitter at the University of Tennessee. He didn’t even play baseball at ages 13/14 because he was living in Europe! I wanted to rank him higher. ETA: 2018, Comp: Anthony Rendon
15) Ronald Acuna (Braves)
Ranking him here because the talent screams. It seems some of the big ranking houses are afraid to rank him this high due to the considerable amount of uncertainty. I think the talent is worth the risk. He missed a lot of time at low-A Rome in 2016 with a thumb injury. However, he made up for lost time by going down-under to play in the Australian Winter League and boomeranged it by posting an OPS of 1000. Acuna will be the Braves top prospect going into 2018. Check out this Sci-Fleet Toyota Home Run. Lets put another shrimp on the barbie…lets not. ETA: 2019, Comp: Andrew McCutchen.
16) Reynaldo Lopez (White Sox)
Power fastball that needs some refinement and command improvement. Curveball at 80 mph and changeup at 88 mph are effective out pitches and pair very nicely with his 98 mph fastball. Apparently there is some bullpen risk…I don’t see it. ETA: Now/Mid-2017, Comp: Danny Salazar.
17) Kyle Tucker (Astros)
“It just makes a different sound off his bat” – Bill Ripken. Bill Ripken knows all and He.Ain’t.Lyin. The sound of Kyle Tucker’s bat is special. His swing isn’t Austin Meadows’s but it definitely works. In my opinion, Tucker has one of the best power/speed combos in the minor leagues and might come fast. Another guy that I wanted to rank higher. ETA: Late 2018, Comp: Charlie Blackmon.
18) Michael Kopech (White Sox)
This guy works his ass off and has supreme confidence in himself. He doesn’t seem like a fun guy to be in the box against. He needs to refine his power fastball command and continue to develop his slider and changeup. Don Cooper is a guru and I think he’ll be able to convince/teach Kopech to become a pitcher and not just a thrower. Sky is the limit and I’m not betting against this guy. ETA: Late 2018, Comp: Noah Syndergaard.
19) Francisco Mejia (Indians)
Reminds me of Vic Nasty Martinez. Smooth swinging switch hitting catcher that had a 50 game hit streak. Andddd he has .300 average/20 homer potential from the catcher position wasteland. “Nuff Said” ETA: Mid-2018, Comp: Victor Martinez.
20) Tyler Glasnow (Pirates)
The ceiling is so high. At 6’8” with an overhand delivery, the plane he generates on his pitches makes it extremely difficult for the hitter to barrel the ball. He is virtually unhittable but walked 81 in 139 IP last year. First he needs to harness and control his stuff. Second he needs to command it. There have been some dominant stretches. He should spend all of 2017 at AAA but he won’t. ETA: Mid-2017, Comp: Justin Verlander.
21) Josh Bell (Pirates)
He rakes, has a great understanding of the strike zone, and has some ceiling that he still hasn’t reached in the power department. This man child is dangerous at the plate – it’s not easy doing this as a pinch hitter. He really is the total package and should post big OPS seasons for a long time. ETA: 2017, Comp: Joey Votto
22) Mitch Keller (Pirates)
Great command, above average stuff and 2 eerily consistent years of dominance. Extremely high floor and ace upside. Keller just flat out looks the part Definitely could be the top pitching prospect on this list next year. ETA: Late 2018, Comp: Zach Greinke
23) Rafael Devers (Red Sox)
Sweet swing switch hitter that took some time to put up the numbers to match his skill level. Second half of 2016 was fire (906 OPS). Has wonderful bat control, quick hands and untapped power potential. ETA: Late 2018, Comp: Robinson Cano
24) Franklin Barreto (A’s)
Bulldog in the box. Very aggressive at the plate but it plays because his contact skill are elite. Good pop, good speed, and improving plate discipline make Barreto a very attractive dynasty league option (and he’s consistently been the youngest guy at each level along the way). ETA: Late 2017, Comp: Jean Segura
25) Kyle Lewis (Mariners)
11th overall pick by the Mariners in the 2016 Rule 4 Draft last year. He piled up the XBH at Short Season Everett prior to blowing out his knee. See him as a guy that can hit 30 homers and steal 10-15 bases in his prime (assuming no complications with the knee). Here he spanks a standup triple oppo. Additionally, saw his interview on draft night and he seems like a kid that has excellent makeup and is a student of the game. ETA: 2019, Comp: Jose Bautista
26) Jorge Mateo (Yankees)
Took a step back last year after an eye-opening 2015. There are some character concerns but the talent is overwhelming in my opinion. Call me crazy but I see 20 tater power in this guy will 40 SB. I own him in my main dynasty league, never get offers for him, and like it. ETA: Late 2018, Comp: Starling Marte.
27) Vlad Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays)
The genes of my favorite hitter in major league baseball history were definitely passed down to his tank of a son. Vlad Jr. has incredible bat control, big power potenital and better plate discipline than his future Hall of Fame father, all as a 17 year old. Don’t be surprised if he burns through the minors and makes his debut before his 20th birthday. Nonsense – 15 years old. ETA: 2019 0r 2020, Comp: Albert Pujols
28) Clint Frazier (Yankees)
Frazier just comes across as an above average ball player across the board that has a relentless work ethic and desire to win games and become a star. I think he is the type of guy that will relish playing in New York and thrive in the pressure cooker environment. Very nice power speed combo with the ability to be selective and take his walks. Strikeouts are high but not overly concerning. He just hits the ball hard. ETA: Late 2017, Comp: Josh Donaldson.
29) Derek Fisher (Astros)
Reminds me a lot of Austin Meadows. Very sweet left-handed stroke with above average power and the ability to swipe 20 bags. Solid ballplayer that can contribute to a fantasy squad in a lot of ways. Will battle for an OF in Houston in Spring Training next year after spending 2017 in AAA. ETA: 2018, Comp: Jacoby Ellsbury.
30) Hunter Renfroe (Padres)
Big time power that was super impressive in his 35 at-bat September debut with the big club. Yeah, OH YEAH. Feel like there is a lot of negativity surrounding Renfroe for some reason and I can’t figure it out. ETA: Now, Comp: Paul Goldschmidt – Yes – Maybe – Can dream.
31) Ian Happ (Cubs)
Has any team in Major League Baseball done a better job of hitting on their top picks/finding international talent the last few years than the Cubs? Currently, it seems their organizational philosophy is drafting college hitters that have shown above average hit tools and plate discipline. Happ fits that mold and has performed excellently in the minor leagues. When he’s in the box, it just looks like he belongs and has incredible confidence in his abilities. ETA: Late 2017/2018, Comp: Alex Bregman
32) Willy Adames (Rays)
Shortstop that is starting to develop some pop – oppo bombs just really get me excited. He will also swipe you double digit bags. ETA: Late 2017, Comp: Addison Russell
33) Amed Rosario (Mets)
Hasn’t show a ton of home run or stolen base ability in the minors but he sure can hit and manage the strike zone. Even though he hasn’t exhibited much home run power in the minors, he does have pop and will hit more homers as he matures. Probably a better player in real life than fantasy at the end of the day. ETA: Late-2017, Comp: Didi Gregorious.
34) Ozzie Albies (Braves)
60 hit tool, 65 wheels, 30 power. He will be a serviceable fantasy contributor when he comes up this year but I think his ceiling is higher as he matures. The hope is that he can develop average power over the next few years. Expect a lot of 2 and 3 baggers ETA: Late-2017, Comp: Dexter Fowler
35) Yadier Alvarez (Dodgers)
Electric. It looks too easy. ETA: 2019, Comp: Carlos Martinez
36) Manuel Margot (Padres)
Doesn’t strikeout, swipes bags, and had 39 XBH in 2016 at AAA El Paso. Should win the Padres CF job in Spring Training and provide fantasy owners with very nice predictable value. There is power potential…that ball was walloped. ETA: Now, Comp: Denard Span
37) Zach Collins (White Sox)
Best power prospect in the 2016 draft. Had a phenomenal career at the University of Miami and it carried over to his pro debut. Lots of bombs, lots of walks, lots of strikeouts…AKA not a bad situation for fantasy owners. His first pro homer was smashed to left center. ETA: Late-2018, Comp: Adam Dunn
38) Anthony Alford (Blue Jays)
His inability to stay healthy has made many cool on this prime athlete. However, he is an exciting prospect because in the limited time he has been on the field the results have been very good. I think he can be an elite OBP guy with above average power and speed. Here he has a nice AB against one of the most uncomfortable adversaries in the minors – Tyler Glasnow. He didn’t give him a pitch to hit and he didn’t chase. ETA: Late 2018, Comp: Gregory Polanco.
39) J.P. Crawford (Phillies)
He just doesn’t excite me for some reason, BUT it’s easy to see that Craw Carlford’s cousin has the potential to be an impact bat in the major leagues. His plate discipline is dominant and he is one of those guys that has the ability to walk more than he strikes out. 15 homers and 15 steals with a nice OBP is a fair projection. Take a look at his nice compact swing. ETA: 2018, Comp: Placido Polanco
40) Alex Reyes (Cardinals)
Devastating start to the 2017 season for the Cardinals. Would be ranked in my top 5 if healthy. The stuff is undeniable and it’ll just be a long road back. ETA: Late-2018, Comp: Felix Hernandez.
41) Sean Reid-Foley (Blue Jays)
Great stuff, great delivery, great makeup, great numbers great moustache. Excited to see what he can do at AA this year. ETA: 2018, Comp: Marcus Stroman.
42) Kolby Allard (Braves)
The changeup is plus plus and the fastball command was very solid and consistent in his return from back injury that delayed his professional debut. It’s rare for a pitcher so young to have such advanced touch and feel for a pitch that many pitchers can never fully develop. Rome’s jerseys are luscious. ETA: 2019, Comp: Marco Estrada.
43) Isan Diaz (Brewers)
Pretty pretty swing. Showed a lot of power in Low-A in 2016. That came with a lot of strikeouts but also a lot of walks. Arrow is pointing way up for Mr. Diaz. ETA: Late 2018, Comp: Rougned Odor with walks.
44) Josh Hader (Brewers)
Big time strikeout artist with a nice deceptive delivery. He is one of the Brewers top 5 pitchers right now and is ready to be in the big league rotation now. ETA: Mid-2017, Comp: Patrick Corbin
45) Raimel Tapia (Rockies)
He is ready to play in the majors. He is blocked. Awesome hit tool and will obviously be elevated by playing at Coors field. I don’t see that power without a big adjustment to the swing. However, doubles will be there and so will double digits steals. Expect a lot of this. ETA: 2018, Comp: Nick Markakis
46) Mickey Moniak (Phillies)
The hit tool is elite and the speed is above average. He seems like a guy that will be able to steal bases without top level speed (Scotty Pods? Charlie Blackmon?). The question is what kind of power potential does he have? Either way he is going to fill up the stat sheet. ETA: 2020, Comp: Andrew Benintendi.
47) Harrison Bader (Cardinals)
The swing is so compact and powerful. He has a Mike Trout face and a Stephen Piscotty game. If he gets off to a hot start at AAA he could show up in St Louis soon. ETA: Late-2017, Comp: Stephen Piscotty
48) Adrian Morejon (Padres)
This is my biggest reach and prospect man crush. I just love the delivery and think that he can come relatively fast despite only being 17 years old. Watch for him to have a great 2017 that lays the foundation for a great career. ETA: Late 2019, Comp: Julio Urias
49) Kevin Maitan (Braves)
Phenom. I believe the hype. Switch hitting wunderkind that projects to have above average power and above average hit tool. Is he too low? Is he too high? Will he debut before 2020? ETA: Late-2019, Comp: Carlos Beltran
50) Walker Buehler (Dodgers)
In his super limited debut in 2016 and return from Tommy John surgery he was unhittable. The stuff is just so dirty. He has 4 legitimate pitches that he just needs time to refine. I expect a big performance in 2017 and a potential debut in the Dodgers bullpen to limit his innings. Just Bombs. ETA: Late-2017, Comp: Matt Harvey.
51) Francis Martes (Astros)
Electric, heavy fastball (97) but still developing the secondary pitches and command. Have heard rumors that he could be in the majors in 2017. I’m not buying it. Expect arrival sometime in 2018. ETA: 2018, Comp: Johnny Cueto.
52) Lucas Giolito (White Sox)
Hopefully I don’t look dumb ranking Giolito this low. Apparently, his mechanics got out of whack at some point last year. Don Cooper will fix him. We have to assume he regains his excellent fastball to pair with an excellent curveball. Still work to be done on the changeup to neutralize lefties. I think it’s safe to say he wore down in late September. ETA: Late 2017, Comp: Taijuan Walker
53) Matt Chapman (A’s)
Lots of power. Has a lot of competition for the 3B job in Oakland. However, a big spring could help vault him over a group of average MLB third basemen. ETA: Mid-2017, Comp: Mark Trumbo
54) Erick Fedde (Nationals)
Here’s a guy that has above average stuff and above average command. Excellent fastball with movement and slider (changeup is developing). Definitely could see Fedde up in the majors this year if a Nats starter goes down. ETA: Late 2017, Comp: Jake Odorizzi
55) Lucas Erceg (Brewers)
No batting gloves and professional hitter. I’m taking him in dynasty leagues. He looks very smooth in the cage and also has a nice couple ABs v Anderson Espinoza. ETA: Late 2018, Comp: Eric Hosmer
56) Anderson Espinoza (Padres)
Not as high on Espinoza as most. Regardless, the fastball is heavy and the curveball is a legitimate out pitch. Further development of the changeup will be the key to his success as he moves through the minors. Has a nice clean delivery. ETA: 2019, Comp: Raisel Iglesias.
57) Luis Urias (Padres)
Elite, top of the scale, hit tool (that guy that walks more than he strikes out). He is only 19 years old and has a lot of work to do in the weight room but the ceiling and floor are high. Look for him to tear up AA in 2017 and rise up this list in the future. I asked Kyle Glaser at Baseball America about Urias’s absolute ceiling and his response was, “Absolute ceiling? Runs away with a batting title hitting .335 plus with 30 2B, 8-10 HR (altho considering Didi Gregorious and Freddy Galvis are 20 HR hitters now, you never know).” YES HE CAN HIT OPPO BOMBS! (during his brief AAA visit last year no less!) ETA: Mid-2018, Comp: Placido Polanco
58) Max Schrock (A’s)
Very underrated player. I like guys that just hit. I see double digit homers and steals with a very nice average and obp. He is a guy that has already put up excellent numbers in the minors league and held his own against elite competition in the AFL. ETA: 2018, Comp: Dustin Pedroia
59) Kevin Newman (Pirates)
Another guy that just hits and needs to develop more power. Will be a better player in real life than fantasy but should be a top of the order guy that posts a high obp and scores a lot of runs. Also can post double digit steals. ETA: 2018, Comp: Joe Panik
60) Chance Sisco (Orioles)
Catchers that bat 300. Very rare and Sisco has the ability to do it. He showed very well in the Futures Game on All Star weekend at Petco Park last year. He has made great strides since he pumped this home run out to right field in the summer of 2015. ETA: Late-2017, Comp: JT Realmuto.
61) Yohander Mendez (Rangers)
Solid and consistent lefty that should have a long major league career. Blasted from High-A all the way to the majors in 2016. He will start 2017 back at AAA Round Rock. His separator is an excellently deceptive changeup. Where did these first two pitches to Bader miss? ETA: Mid-2017, Comp: Jose Quintana.
62) Jason Groome (Red Sox)
Power LHP with nice clean mechanics that was in the conversation for the #1 in the 2016 Draft. However, character concerns and the high school pitcher stigma dropped him to 13th overall where the Red Sox snatched him up. Curveball is already a plus pitch but he will take some time to build up innings and find a changeup. Ace potential. ETA: Late-2019, Comp: Steven Matz.
63) Franklyn Kilome (Phillies)
This high ranking is courtesy of Brent Hershey and Chris Blessing at Baseball HQ (I love the Minor League Baseball Analyst). Kilome was pretty dominant at Low A after a rocky April. He wields a power fastball and curveball with a developing changeup. ETA: 2019, Comp: Michael Pineda.
64) Sixto Sanchez (Phillies)
He is new to pitching and thoroughly dominated for the Rookie League GCL Phillies. He didn’t give up much hard contact and showed very impressive command. He is undersized and will take some time to develop. ETA: Late-2019, Comp: Carlos Martinez.
65) Dylan Cozens (Phillies)
Inflated home run numbers last year in the bandbox at AA Reading. However, he also stole 20 bases and took 61 walks (continuing his trend of improved plate discipline). Bottomline he hits the ball hard and far (kinda like Cody Bellinger?). 186 Ks is concerning but 20 homers and 10 steal floor with a 330-350 obp ain’t bad. As Carlos Pena would say on MLB Network….PLAKATA! ETA: Late-2017, Comp: Jay Bruce
66) Willie Calhoun (Dodgers)
Compact powerful hitter that is all bat. Needs to show more at 2B or move to LF to reach the majors. Busted out last year with 27 homers in 2016 with 503 at-bats and only 65 strikeouts. A repeat with an improved OBP should place him on track for a major league debut sometime in 2018. This video of his 2 home run night back in July really showcased how powerfully he loads his hips and explodes with his hands. ETA: 2018, Comp: Rougned Odor.
67) Jose De Leon (Rays)
MLB ready with some durability concerns. Great minor league track record. Can throw his fastball, slider, and changeup for strikes and pile up the strikeouts. The music in this video dominates. ETA: Late-2017, Comp: Ervin Santana
68) Blake Rutherford (Yankees)
Arguably the best hitter in the 2016 draft that fell to the Yankees and got bonus money significantly over slot. He is an above average athlete with lots of power potential. Watch him strikeout and then hit a home run vs. the top prospect in the 2017 draft – Hunter Greene. ETA: Late-2019, Comp: Jacoby Ellsbury.
69) Anthony Banda (Diamondbacks)
Banda is flat out not getting enough love. Big Tony has the makings of a middle of the rotation workhorse. He was throwing heat today (hit 97 with the fastball) and dominated in in his 2 innings against the Reds (2/27/2017). He broke out in 2016 with 152 strikeouts in 150 innings. His development path is almost complete. ETA: Mid/Late – 2017, Comp: Matt Moore.
70) Jesse Winker (Reds)
Hit tool guy that experienced a power outage as he dealt with injuries in 2016. However, you don’t give up on a guy that has a career 850 OPS in the minor leagues even with the struggles that he’s worked through. He makes it look easy and it sounds great off his bat. ETA: Late-2017, Comp: Daniel Murphy.
71) Alex Verdugo (Dodgers)
His swing is a slightly less exaggerated version of the Cody Bellinger uppercut whiplash. This grand slam that he hit back in May really highlights the Baby Bellinger Swing. ETA: 2019, Comp: Michael Conforto
72) Tyler Beede (Giants)
Clean mechanics and power power fastball, curveball, changeup that works. He is the 5th best starting pitcher on the Giants today. High floor guy that will have a long successful big league career if he stays healthy. ETA: Late-2017, Comp: Roy Oswalt.
73) Ryan McMahon (Rockies)
He strikes out a bit too much (a lot too much). However, he lit it up in 2015 with 18 homers and an almost 900 OPS. He is a very gifted athlete that I expect to bounce back this year after a rough year in 2016 for a AA Hartford team that spent the entire season on the road because of a stadium debacle. 25 homers and double digit steals in a AA repeat. Book it. ETA: 2019, Comp: Jake Lamb.
74) Lourdes Gurriel (Blue Jays)
He is on here because of this flashy AF oppo bomb. I love me some opportunities bombs. Lourdes has some very twitchy powerful wrists. ETA: 2018, Comp: Orlando Arcia.
75) Travis Demeritte (Braves)
Toolsy. Big homers, big strikeouts, big fantasy potential. Cut down on the strikeouts a bit and this guy will be a star. ETA: 2019, Comp: Dan Uggla.
76) Domingo Acevedo (Yankees)
6’7″, 100 mph, and doesn’t issue many walks. SIGN ME UP! It is very rare for a man of his size to repeat his delivery and not have an above average walk rate. He’s legit. ETA: 2019, Comp: Ubaldo Jimenez (when he didn’t suck).
77) Bobby Dalbec (Red Sox)
Big time power. Fell in the draft after a bad year at U of Arizona (4th round). Tore up short season A ball. Very interested to see what he can do in a full season league in 2017. The power upside is definitely enticing and potentially a poison apple. However, his swing is very compact and doesn’t scream high risk to me. ETA: 2019, Comp: Jonathan Schoop.
78) Nick Gordon (Twins)
Still has some development left but has the potential to be a dynamic impact player at the dish and on the bases. Seems to have more strength than his brother Dee and therefore a bit more power ceiling. ETA: 2019, Comp: Dee Gordon.
79) Ramon Laureano (Astros)
Pretty confused why this guy isn’t getting more love. He absolutely lit it up in 2016 with 18 homers, 70 walks and 40+ stolen bases. He has seems very patient and comfortable at the plate. What am I missing? ETA: 2018, Comp: Andrew McCutchen.
80) Taylor Trammel (Reds)
Absolutely love what I see. Performed excellently in his professional debut. He’s raw but of course he’s raw. Elite level athlete that has the potential to be a super impact player. ETA: 2020, Comp: Dexter Fowler.
81) Juan Soto (Nationals)
Lit it up in the 2016 debut. He is definitely polished beyond his years. Only struck out 29 times in 190 and hit 5 homers/14 doubles. High ceiling. Definitely a sleeper that most seem is very far away. I expect him to be a fast mover. ETA: Late-2019, Comp: Bobby Abreu.
82) Richard Urena (Blue Jays)
Very polished switch hitter that hasn’t put up big counting numbers in the minors. However, he has hit for a high average and limited the strikeouts. He’s a bit of a fantasy sleeper that might not reach his ceiling at the plate until in the majors. ETA: 2018, Comp: Francisco Lindor.
83) Rowdy Tellez (Blue Jays)
Here’s Rowdy ripping an oppo double lefty on lefty. Could see him in Toronto this year (Blue Jays can’t be happy with their 1B situation at the major league level). This is a guy that has just produced at every level. I like that guys that post a 900+ OPS. ETA: 2018, Comp: Lucas Duda.
84) Carson Fulmer (White Sox)
Had a bit of a rough first few months in 2016 and was definitely rushed to the majors. He’s not quite ready and has done some tinkering with his unorthodox delivery. There is some bullpen risk but I’m not ready to give up on him as a starter. He needs to get his swag back. His highlights at Vanderbilt are disgusting and this video is a must watch: Filthy Fulmer. ETA: Mid/Late-2017, Comp: Jacob DeGrom.
85) Dylan Cease (Cubs)
HAMMER CURVEBALL first pitch. Gas at 98 mph on the 3rd pitch. Beautiful delivery. Needs to stay healthy. ETA: 2019, Comp: Lance McCullers.
86) Thomas Szapucki (Mets)
Shredded up the lower levels of the minor leagues in 2016. Very intrigued and interested to see what this power lefty with a nice slider and changeup can do in 2017 at full season ball. ETA: 2019, Comp: Patrick Corbin.
87) German Marquez (Rockies)
Debuted last year in Denver after an excellent run at AA Hartford. Currently fighting for the 5th spot in the Rockies rotation and I expect him to win it. He has advanced feel for pitching and a plus fastball that he commands well. Curveball is a legitimate out pitch. Key is continued develop of his changeup. ETA: 2017, Comp: Ervin Santana.
88) Stephen Gonsalves (Twins)
Great feel for pitching and definitely underrated because he doesn’t have overpowering stuff. He had an incredible 2016 with phenomenal numbers across the board and should continue to develop at AAA in 2017. ETA: 2018, Comp: Dallas Keuchel.
89) James Kaprielian (Yankees)
Big time stuff that has struggled to stay healthy. Durability concerns probably should keep him off this list but it was just too enticing. Hitters seem to have an extremely hard time picking up the ball out of his hand. ETA: 2018, Comp: Matt Harvey
90) Eric Lauer (Padres)
The delivery is squeaky clean and he put up video game numbers in college, pitched well in the Cape Cod league, and had a very nice professional debut. His stuff isn’t good enough to be more than a 4/5? Just beat it. ETA: Late-2018, Comp: Jon Lester.
91) Justin Dunn (Mets)
Big Justin Dunn fan. The Mets really know how to develop pitching. Not a bad combo. He was exceptional at Boston College and had a very nice debut after the 2016 draft. Love the clean powerful delivery. ETA: Late-2018, Comp: Sonny Gray.
92) Jordan Stephens (White Sox)
Shoutout to Kim Contreras @FutureSox for this one. Read a lot about Jordan Stephens career at Rice and watched a good amount of video on him. The man is an absolute bulldog and is an unreal competitor. He led the Carolina league in strikeouts last year as he was finally fully recovered from TJ surgery. Big big fan of this guy. ETA: 2018, Comp: Jordan Zimmermann.
93) Patrick Weigel (Braves)
Very deceptive delivery with excellent plane on his pitches due to his 6’6″ frame. Power fastball with a big hammer curveball. Changeup is developing. Many say there is a lot of bullpen risk. ETA: 2018, Comp: Jeff Samardzjia.
94) Jake Bauers (Rays)
Tremendous plate discipline and developing power. Bat flip circa 2013. ETA: 2018, Comp: Kole Calhoun.
95) Leody Taveras (Rangers)
Switch hitter, bat speed guy. Hasn’t put up numbers yet but he really looks the part. He is definitely a long term play with 20/20 potential. Expect a big breakout in 2017. ETA: 2020, Comp: Victor Robles.
96) Dominic Smith (Mets)
Consistently a 300 hitter in the minor leagues that started to develop power in 2016 and also saw a boost in the walk/plate discipline department. Swing is nice and compact and he has the potential to be one of those rare hitters that walks more than he strikes out. Very likely will be the Mets first baseman for a long time. ETA: 2018, Comp: Prince Fielder.
97) Desmond Lindsay (Mets)
High ceiling prospect that has a lot to prove at full season ball this year. Must stay healthy for the full season to showcase he raw talent. ETA: Late-2019. Comp: Aaron Hicks.
98) Garrett Whitley (Rays)
See Desmond Lindsay. John Manuel is a big fan. ETA: 2020, Comp: Desmond Lindsay.
99) Luis Alexander Basabe (White Sox)
Great athlete with power and speed. Has impressed to this point but still has a lot to prove this summer with his new squad. ETA: 2019, Comp: Leonys Martin.
100) AJ Reed (Astros)
We know him well. Has consistently dominated every level of the minor leagues. Will do so again in 2017 and onward until 1B opens back up. Don’t make too much of his struggles in 122 major league ABs. Tater. ETA: 2018, Comp: Adam Dunn.