The Top 100 MLB Prospects In 2015
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Top 100 Prospects
These are my top 100 prospects in baseball. There is a lot of talent in the minor leagues right now across almost all levels. Yoan Moncada signed after I wrote this but he would slot in the 8th slot right ahead of Joey Gallo and I do believe Moncada will be a stud.
1. Kris Bryant 3B CHC – He will hit for power and hit for a high average at what is an underrated position. He was the 2nd overall pick in 2013 and has the looks of a perennial all star.
2. Carlos Correa SS Hou- He was having a very nice season at the best hitters park in the minors in Lancaster before he broke his leg. I think he can stay at SS with almost all five tools with power rapidly emerging. He’s the future face of the Astros.
3. Corey Seager SS LAD- There are people who think he may get too big for SS and have to transfer to 3B but I think he has much more value at SS and can stick there for at least a few years. He should have an elite bat with plus plus power. Possibly the next Troy Tulowitzki with a slightly worse glove.
4. Byron Buxton CF MIN- He was the near unanimous top prospect entering last season and fairly so since he dominated the minors after being drafted 2nd in 2012 with a 6M bonus. When you talk about five tools Buxtons name easily pops into my head but he has to rebound from what was a lost season last year. He can be called up as soon as June if all goes well.
5. Jorge Soler RF CHC- Soler is a favorite of mine as I love his bat and the power that he will bring. I can see him starting in RF as soon as opening day and a middle of the order bat as soon as midseason.
6. Joc Pederson CF LAD- He was part of the reason that Matt Kemp was traded. He will combine with Seager to form a potent duo at the top of the Dodgers lineup. He possesses plus plus power a plus bat and 20-30 Stolen base speed. I think he will start from opening day.
7. Aaron Judge RF NYY- I have him ranked higher than almost anyone else as he has been a favorite of mine since before he was drafted. He is 6 foot 7 and is built like an NFL Linebacker so the key for him will be to tap into his full power. I do like the bat and I love the potential which can be a franchise type player.
8. Joey Gallo 3B TEX- The power potential is Massive and I’m talking 80 but he strikes out a little too much for my liking. He has a relatively high floor but he needs to keep improving his bat to ball skills. You will see battles between Gallo and Giancarlo for the Home Run title.
9. Addison Russell SS CHC- I think he can stick at short and has two major tools to offer. He will have a 6 or 7 bat from the SS position. He will also have power which is coming on to produce about 25 HRs potentially a year.
10. Franklin Barreto SS OAK- He was a favorite since he was signed by the Blue Jays. I do believe he is a couple years away but his tools specifically his bat can make him extremely valuable.
11. Julio Urias SP LAD- Signed out of Mexico at 16 I believe he will make the Majors before he turns 20 years old. He has a nice 3 pitch mix and very advanced control for his age. The only knack on his would be his height which is under 6 feet tall but he might still be growing.
12. Francisco Lindor SS CLE- He might be the best defensive player in the minors and thats at a premium positions. I think that the bat is extremely important with Lindor as his power is unproven yet and his ability to take walks is unrefined. I would like to see more power as well which could put him in the 2 hole in the lineup.
13. Dylan Bundy SP BAL- Now that he is fully recovered from TJ surgery I expect a big year from him with a push to enter the Majors this season. He basically uses 3 pitches starting with a high octane fastball.
14. Miguel Sano 3B MIN- Another Twins prospect who had a lost season due to injury. I believe Sano can one day hit 35-40 Home Runs. I would like to see the bat play up a little more to make sure he’s not a one tick pony.
15. Lucas Giolito SP WAS- He was taken 16th in a year that he was injured but I would’ve liked him to go top 5. One trend you’ve seen is many of the top pitching prospects posses high power fastball as MLB shortens the strike zones or lowers the laces secondary pitches will become less effective. He has a couple years but will be the ace of the Nationals in due time.
16. Jorge Alfaro C TEX- “The Legend” is the top catching prospect in baseball and will likely be in the majors this season around june. I think he will hit for a pretty good average and the power will come over the years.
17. Jon Gray P COL- A pure power pitcher who will shove his blazing fastball down your throat. His out pitch would be his outstanding slider and also possesses an average change up. As his Control and command improves he will as well and I believe he can succeed even in Coors Field.
18. D.J. Peterson 3B SEA- I will rank him higher than many other evaluators as I truly love what he can do at the plate. I see some very good power in his bat along with some good contact. I do question where he can play in Seattle with Kyle Seager locked up long term for 3B and Nelson Cruz just receiving a multi year deal to be DH.Maybe he can transition to 1B. If he is on the block this deadline I would be eager to snatch him up.
19. Jameson Taillon P PIT- He missed last season after getting surgery but should be ready to go and possibly make the majors at some point this season. He was taken before Manny Machado and I expect big things from him.
20. Carlos Rodon P CWS- The 3rd overall pick this past draft and my number 1 overall prospect from that draft. I expect him pitching at the major league level this season and think he has #1 upside.
21. Alex Jackson OF SEA- Top prep bat this past draft class and he has a high ceiling. I think he is pretty far away but the upside could be a face of the franchise stud.
22. Noah Syndergaard P NYM- The Mets prized pitching prospects could easily be a frontline arm this season although he had a down year last year. Fastball is fast and heavy but he’s effectiveness will depend on how far his curveball can progress.
23. Austin Meadows OF PIT- He will always be compared against Clint Frazier who was taken four spots ahead of him by the Indians in the 2013 draft. I think that the upside is great and he can make the majors in 2017 as a stud corner OF.
24. Kyle Freeland P COL- I have him ranked a lot higher than most but after last seasons dominant showing after he was drafted I think he’s the real deal. Watch him to move quickly through the minor leagues and pitch in his native state of Colorado quite soon.
25. Kyle Schwarber C CHC- They took him fourth overall which was a little bit of a surprise at then time but it will pay off. He is a big body hitting catcher that should have power to all fields.
26. Alex Meyer P MIN- He is really tall which helps his fastball and will be in the majors probably at the start of the season. The Twins will win the Denard Span trade easily if he can reach his potential.
27. Blake Swihart C BOS I like the bat of Swihart a lot but I do question how much power he really has. He will be starting for Boston in June and will supplant Vasquez as the starting catcher.
28. Robert Stephenson P CIN The Reds future ace has the look of one being tall and powerful. HE had a down season last year in AAA but will be needed this season as the Reds traded away Latos and Simon with Cueto a FA after this year.
29. Tyler Glasnow P PIT- He had an outstanding season last year and appears ready for the show with room to grow. The Bucs have a trio of starters in the high minors with very high ceilings that should make this team fun to watch for as long time.
30. David Dahl OF COL- I think Dahl could eventually have all five tools and be a ferociously dangerous weapon at coors field. The power still needs to grow but he should be able to man center field with a plus bat and plus speed.
31. Josh Bell OF PIT
32. Daniel Norris P TOR
33. Gabriel Guerrero OF SEA
34. J.P. Crawford SS PHI
35. Tyler Kolek P MIA
36. Aaron Sanchez P TOR
37. Luis Severino P NYY
38. Jose Peraza 2B ATL
39. Marco Gonzales P STL
40. Matt Olson 1B OAK
41. Brandon Finnegan P KC
42. Chance Sisco C BAL
43. Kyle Zimmer P KC
44. Bradley Zimmer OF CLE
45. Matt Wisler P SD
46. Stephen Piscotty OF STL
47. Dalton Pompey OF TOR
48. Archie Bradley P ARZ
49. Hunter Renfroe OF SD
50. Kohl Stewart P MIN
51. Daniel Robertson SS TB
52. Nick Kingham P PIT
53. Robert Kaminsky P STL
54. Clint Frazier OF CLE
55. Raul Adalberto Mondesi SS KC
56. Aaron Nola P PHI
57. Raimel Tapia OF COL
58. Jake Thompson P TEX
59. Gary Sanchez C NYY
60. Henry Owens P BOS
61. Eddie Butler P COL
62. Rymer Liriano OF SD
63. Yasmany Tomas OF ARZ
64. Dan Vogelbach 1B CHC
65. Jose Rondon SS SD
66. Nick Gordon SS MIN
67. Ryan McMahon 3B COL
68. Trea Turner SS WAS (Currently the PTBNL on the SD Wil Myers trade)
69. Vincent Velasquez P HOU
70. Reese McGuire C PIT
71. Steven Matz P NYM
72. Jose Berrios P MIN
73. Orlando Arcia SS MIL
74. Tim Anderson SS CWS
75. Casey Gillaspie 1B TB
76. Manuel Margot OF BOS
77. Jesse Winker OF CIN
78. Francisco Mejia C CLE
79. Jeff Hoffman P TOR
80. Christian Walker 1B BAL
81. Kyle Crick P SF
82. Alex Gonzalez P TEX “Chi Chi”
83. Andrew Susac C SF
84. Ian Clarkin P NYY
85. Hunter Harvey P BAL
86. Dilson Herrera 2B NYM
87. Kendall Graveman P OAK
88. Rafael Devers 3B BOS
89. Forrest Wall 2B COL
90. Tyler Naquin OF CLE
91. Rio Ruiz 3B ATL
92. Jack Flaherty P STL
93. Alex Verdugo OF LAD
94. Kevin Plawecki C NYM
95. Nomar Mazara OF TEX
96. Christian Binford P KC
97. Max Pentecost C TOR
98. Avery Romero 2B MIA
99. Albert Almora OF CHC
T100. Mark Appel P HOU
T100. Maikel Franco 3B/1B PHI
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