Top 100 Prospects (51 – 100)
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To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service.
This list doesn’t include players in the 2014 Draft nor the 2014 international signing period.
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Players 51 – 100
51. Jose Rondon SS SD- The Angels stupidly gave up Rondon in the package for Street whose a player that can hit for average, stick at SS, and seal some bases. His lack of power will force him to be at the top or bottom of a lineup. PS: If the Angels gave up Cowart instead of Rondon the Street trade would be a big win for them.
52. Rob Kaminsky P STL- You can look at this kid and tell he’s from Jersey. I am a big fan of him and think that he has a long major league future even though he is under 6 feet.
53. Blake Swihart C BOS- He is the last high end Red Sox prospect before a major drop off and the Red Sox are patiently waiting for him as they have nothing at catcher in the major leagues right now. Swihart will have power and a high average at the major league level. Swihart would fit perfectly in a 5-7 spot in the lineup due to his low strikeout rate and quality ball to bat skills.
54. Colin Moran 3B HOU Moran the number 6 overall pick last year will absolutely hit for average but none of his other tools really stand out. He will need to develop Power to become a major organizational asset. Recently traded to the Astros w/Jake Marisnick. , for Jarred Cosart.
55. Raimel Tapia OF COL- Tapia may become a five tool player and has shot up my rankings. He won the Pioneer league batting title last year and has always possessed the speed but the power is really starting to show. If his walk rate and power increase he will be a top 20 prospect. I think he is ready for a promotion to high A.
56. A.J. Cole P WAS- Cole was acquired by the Nationals twice first by being drafted and second by being traded back from Oakland. A wirey frame but Cole possess a quality fastball.
57. Marco Gonzalez P STL- Marco just flew through the minors this year and started some games for the Cardinals before being sent back to Memphis. One of my favorite pitchers in last years draft with possession of 4 solid pitches.
58. Michael Taylor OF WAS- What a surprise Taylor has been this year! In line for a possible 30-30 season with the ability to play a good center field.
59. Trevor May P MIN- May is already 24 years old and may not have dominating stuff but he can be a really good #3 starter. He might get promoted this year and will be in the mix to win a job out of spring training next year.
60. Taylor Guerrieri P TB- Taylor is recovering from TJ surgery but looked like he was on the fast track to the big leagues before. 3 pitch mix & will rack up the strikeouts.
61. Stephen Piscotty OF STL- Corner outfield bat with a good hit tool projections and power expected to come soon. If he doesn’t hit he will have no value.
62. Arismendy Alcantara SS/2B CHC- AA is now the Cubs starting 2B and I expect him to stay in the big leagues although the Cubs have a middle infield glut. I can see him being a 20-20 guy eventually.
63. Jake Thompson P TEX- A outstanding pickup in the Soria trade with the Tigers. Thompson is only 20 years old and possesses 3 above average pitches.
64. David Dahl OF COL- An interesting prospect that’s had some off the field issues. I think he can hit, will develop power and has above average speed with the ability to play center field.
65. Reese McGuire C PIT- I did expect more from the Washington product this year but he is a catcher and will not make the big leagues for years. The bat and the power will tell his value.
66. Matt Wisler P SD- Wisler has struggled in the hitter friendly PCL yet is very young to be at that level being only 21 years old. I have a feeling he will be pitching for the Friars in June.
67. Lucas Sims P ATL- The Braves took this kid right out of their own backyard. A talented mix of pitches but I want to see better command.
68. Tim Anderson SS CHW- I was wrong about this kid coming out of JuCo but he absolutely looks like Ramirez’s replacement. He will stick at short, hit for a high average, and have nice gap power.
69. Kyle Crick P SF- The Giants top prospect has a number 2 ceiling but a high floor as well. I can see him in a Giants uniform right out of the gate next year.
70. Luke Jackson P TEX- Luke started the season very well in AA but has struggled in AAA so far this year. He is extremely important for the Rangers as they need his innings in the majors quite soon.
71. Vincent Velasquez P HOU- Currently VV is the Astros top arm due to Appel flat-out sucking, Aiken not signing and Vinny having a good year. Vinny has a 3.00 ERA in Lancaster which is probably the biggest hitters park in the entire country.
72. Kennys Vargas 1B MIN- A switch hitter with power to all fields is not a common occurrence. It is important for him to keep his OBP up as he only offers below average defense and zero speed.
73. Danny Hultzen P SEA- Hultzen was the second overall pick in the 2011 draft and seemed like he was on a fast trace to the show until shoulder issues forced him to miss time. He still seems likely to be a 2-3 guy if he can get healthy which i have confidence that he can.
74. Max Fried P SD- Fried has also been hurt most of this year but the young lefty can possess a heavy arsenal when healthy. Watch for him to make the jump next year.
75. Rio Ruiz 3B HOU- Ruiz was given a large bonus when he signed after being picked the 1st pick of the 4th round. He will be at the hot corner for the Stros in a couple of years pairing with Correa.
76. Jimmy Nelson P MIL- A middle of the rotation arm but fits well in Miller park because he is a ground ball pitcher. If the change up is on its likely he has a good day.
77. Dan Vogelbach 1B CHC- Vogelbach will be a home run hitter for the Cubs. A prototypical built first baseman with high grade power and an above average hit tool.
78. Hunter Renfroe OF SD- Renfroe should amount to an above average right fielder. 25 HR potential and could possibly hit .280. He will steal some but his real value in Petco will come from doubles.
79. Hunter Dozier 3B KC- Dozier was taken 8th overall last year because he would sign below slot and that would allow them to draft Sean Manea. Dozier has played better than expected and can soon put some pressure on Mike Moustakas to perform better.
80. Chance Sisco C BAL- Chance has had a spectacular year in full season A ball and can soon be promoted to high A. HE needs more seasoning behind the plate but his bat will carry him far.
81. Jonathon Crawford P DET- Out of the University of Florida Crawford is having a good year in a level he shouldn’t be in. A prime candidate for a promotion to high A or even AA.
82. Gabriel Guerrero OF SEA- The Nephew of the great Vladimir Guerrero and an outstanding hitter. It wouldn’t shock me one bit if he was in my top 40 next year. He has all 5 tools and will continue to develop power. One of my personal favorites.
83. Clayton Blackburn P SF- Blackburn has long been on my radar even when i think he has flown under the radar of others. A three pitch mix and he knows where to throw them.
84. Sean Manaea P KC- Manaea had a rough start to the season trying to recover from his hip injury. He will continue to improve and develop into a possible frontline arm.
85. Alex Gonzalez P TEX- “Chi Chi” was the Rangers first round pick last season. His fastball and slider are his two main pitches but he mixes in an additional 2 secondary offerings that are ok.
86. Jesse Winker OF CIN- Winker will be a corner outfielder that should hit around the 6 hole. He has a decent bat and decent power but nothing that really wows me.
87. Christian Binford P KC- This has been an excellent year for Binford as he was named to be in the futures game. He has used his three pitch mix very well and can start in the majors possibly soon.
88. Nick Williams OF TEX- I see Nick in a corner spot but as an above average fielder there. I really like his bat and know that the power will eventually come.
89. Ryan Brett 2B TB- Brett was suspended last season for 50 games but has had quite a nice season and will take over for Zobrist in the near future. Nice bat and good speed.
90. Kevin Plawecki C NYM- Named to the futures game Plawecki has surprised a lot of people and can be a major league catcher in about a year.
91. C.J. Edwards P CHC- The Cubs top pitching prospect has only thrown limited innings this season due to a shoulder issue. He was acquired from Texas last season and has a wiry frame.
92. Dominic Smith 1B NYM- Smith the Mets first round pick last year possesses a nice bat and a lot more power than he has shown this year with his zero HRs.
94. Mason Williams OF NYY- Mason was always a prospect favorite of mine but he is having a very poor season in the minors. He will always play an outstanding center field.
95. Luis Severino P NYY- The Yankees breakout prospect this year. He has somehow gotten better at each level he has been promoted to.
96. Avery Romero 2B MIA- Romeros bat will carry him a long way as i believe he will hit for a high average at every single level. The power will come but it may take time.
97. James Paxton P SEA- Paxton is a number 3 starter for me as i think his stuff and control are ok but he has a high floor.
98. Eric Jagielo 3B NYY- Drafted last year out of Notre Dame he seems to have a projection to be a league average 3B with growing power potential and average defense.
99. Lewis Brinson OF TEX- Brinson went to my rival high school so I am very familiar with his past. HE should hit for a nice average and the power will come. A very dedicated and committed kid.
100. Mark Appel P HOU- Appel got throttled in Lancaster and was recently promoted to AA. It is important that he finishes the season well and my expectations for him have been dramatically lowered.
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