FanGraphs 2013 Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects

The mid-season Top 50 prospects list is here as we celebrate the most exciting players at the minor league level. There is lots of room for debate and I’m excited to hear what others have to say about the players listed below. For a refresher, check out the pre-season Top 100 prospects list here.

Prospects considered for this list must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched at the big league level. Players selected in the 2013 amateur draft were not considered for this list.

 

#1 Byron Buxton (OF)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
19 386 110 17 9 49 68 35 .333 .418 .533 .429

Buxton takes the top spot on the mid-season top prospects list after ranking 16th overall on the preseason Top 100. The hype surrounding the young outfielder is justified and he projects to develop into a true five-tool player — even though he has yet to fully develop over-the-fence pop. You can’t ask much more from a 19 year old in his first full pro season.

Prior to the 2012 amateur draft, I ranked the first round based on where I would have selected the players. I chose Houston’s Carlos Correa first, followed by Buxton (which is the order they happened to go in). At that time, this is what I said about the Twins prospect: “Buxton oozes athleticism and has an effortless, smooth swing. He’s raw, though, and has holes in his game.”

Well, Buxton closed those holes. 

 

#2 Xander Bogaerts (SS)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
20 378 95 12 13 50 72 7 .294 .390 .489 .396

The 20-year-old Aruba native has already reached Triple-A and has seven home runs in just 29 games at that level. Even with fellow young shortstop Jose Iglesias playing well, the Red Sox will find a spot for him at the big league level in 2014. Bogaerts has a chance to hit 25-30 home runs and with more than .300 at the big league level.

 

#3 Oscar Taveras (OF)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
21 186 53 12 5 9 22 5 .306 .341 .462 .352

Taveras is still one of the purest hitters in the minors, even if he hasn’t been able to show it much in 2013. Injuries have limited him to just 46 games and he’s been dogged by a high ankle sprain. Just 20, he’s more than held his own at the Triple-A level and is close to competing in the big league with the Cardinals.

 

#4 Archie Bradley (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
20 18 18 104.2 83 4 9.89 3.78 2.15 2.90

A high school friend of Baltimore’s Dylan Bunny, Bradley’s breakout 2013 season helped him surpass his fellow Oklahoma native in terms of prospect value. The 20-year-old pitcher has logged 13 games at the Double-A level this season and he should be ready for The Show in ’14 where he’ll join an exciting young Diamondbacks staff that could also include Tyler Skaggs, who recently lost his eligibility for this list, but would have ranked in the Top 10.

 

#5 Taijuan Walker (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
20 17 17 100.0 69 7 10.08 3.15 2.16 3.10

The 20-year-old Louisiana native spent the majority of the first half of 2013 in Double-A but he’s held his own in three starts at the Triple-A level since a recent promotion. Walker should be ready to join Felix Hernandez in Seattle’s starting rotation in 2014 and he has the upside of a No. 1 or 2 starter.

 

#6 Francisco Lindor (SS)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
19 373 100 19 1 35 39 20 .306 .373 .410 .362

One of the youngest player on this list behind Byron Buxton and ahead of Raul Mondesi of the Royals, Lindor was recently promoted to Double-A in just his third pro season after signing as the eighth overall selection in the 2011 draft. The Puerto Rico native has the makings of a plus defensive shortstop for the Indians and the only thing keeping him from being a five-tool player is his lack of power.

 

#7 Jameson Taillon (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
21 18 17 98.1 103 8 8.51 3.11 3.75 3.56

It’s been a dream season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are legitimately in the playoff race in the National League Central. With a young starting rotation that can be built around Gerrit Cole and Taillon — as well as an exciting wave of offensive prospects on the way — the club is sure to be competitive for years to come.

 

#8 Dylan Bundy (P)


Age IP K/9 BB/9 GB% ERA FIP xFIP RA9-WAR WAR
19 1.2 0.00 5.40 20.0 % 0.00 4.89 8.42 0.1 0.0

Bundy was the undisputed top pitching prospect in the game until his career trajectory was sent off course by Tommy John surgery. The right-hander won’t return to action until mid-2014 and probably won’t see the Majors with the Orioles again until 2015 at the earliest. There is no reason to rush to talented arm, who won’t turn 21 until November.

 

#9 Robert Stephenson (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
20 14 14 77.0 56 5 11.22 2.34 2.57 2.45

Of the Top 5 pitchers on this list, Stephenson may have the least recognizable name but his stuff is just as good. The Reds organization has been cautious with this valuable commodity and spent the first half of 2013 in Low-A ball level where he’s whiffed 96 batters in 77 innings of work. A promotion to High-A was just announced this week on the heels of a 1.51 ERA in his last 10 starts.

 

#10 Miguel Sano (3B)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
20 348 86 19 22 43 91 9 .293 .388 .609 .436

Sano’s 80-grade power (20-80 scouting scale) is arguably the best in the minor leagues, and he’s an extremely dangerous hitter despite being just 20 years old. The Twins’ third base prospect hit .330 with 16 home runs in 56 games to earn a promotion from High-A to Double-A ball. He has yet to adjust to the more advanced pitchers and is hitting just .202 with six homers in his first 28 games.

 

#11 Carlos Correa (SS)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
18 324 89 17 5 42 51 8 .324 .421 .455 .404

Houston’s Correa isn’t as far along in his development as Bogaerts or Lindor but he has a chance to be as good or better than his fellow shortstop prospects. After a slow first month to the 2013 season, the Puerto Rico native has been on fire and could probably handle the jump from Low-A to High-A ball but he’s just 18 so there’s no reason to rush him.

 

#12 Christian Yelich (OF)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
21 248 56 12 8 27 63 4 .257 .339 .486 .372

Yelich, 21, has a nice swing from the left side of the plate and should produce a high average but injuries have not been his friend. He’s turned himself into a solid defensive center-fielder but questions remain about how much power the Marlins prospect will develop despite his 6’4” 195 lbs frame.

 

#13 Javier Baez (SS)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
20 373 89 19 20 23 88 12 .267 .330 .529 .382

The 20-year-old Baez flashed some real power during his stay in High-A ball. Forty of his 82 hits went for extra bases, including 17 home runs. The Cubs prospect earned a recent promotion to Double-A but his aggressive ways at the plate will certainly create a speed bump.

 

#14 Michael Wacha (P)


Age IP K/9 BB/9 GB% ERA FIP xFIP RA9-WAR WAR
22 17.2 7.13 2.04 47.3 % 4.58 3.63 3.82 0.1 0.2

The 6’6” Wacha has breezed through the minors and made three MLB starts earlier this season. He’s spent the majority of the year at the Triple-A level. The development of a consistent breaking ball is the only thing holding this Cardinals prospect back.

 

#15 Taylor Guerrieri (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
20 13 13 65.0 53 5 6.92 1.52 2.08 3.63

The Rays organization really knows how to develop pitching, but it’s also quite conservative in its development plan. As a result, Guerrieri is still at the Low-A ball level despite being selected in the first round of the 2011 amateur draft. He’s shown the ability to strike out a healthy number of batters while also inducing a plethora of ground-ball outs.

 

#16 Albert Almora (OF)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
19 192 59 13 3 8 23 4 .331 .366 .489 .387

An injury kept Almora on the shelf until late May but he’s been on fire with the bat since taking the field. The Cubs prospect has a chance to be a plus defensive player at the big league level and his bat looks better than advertised.

 

#17 Addison Russell (SS)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
19 358 83 25 9 34 91 12 .263 .341 .478 .356

Russell had a rough introduction to High-A ball when he was rushed to the level by the A’s to begin the 2013 season. He struck out 57 times in the first two months but has done a nice job of making adjustments. He’s also flashed some solid pop with 42 extra base hits in 77 games. The shortstop has a chance to be a solid defender.

 

#18 Aaron Sanchez (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
20 13 13 55.2 36 3 7.92 3.72 3.23 3.49

Sanchez has electric stuff but he’s struggled to command it at times. He also went down with a shoulder injury in May and concerns remain about his body’s ability to hold up to his mid-to-high-90s fastball. The Jays’ top pitching prospect has the chance to be a frontline starter if he can avoid the knife and continue to refine his changeup. 

 

#19 Gregory Polanco (OF)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
21 338 93 20 8 25 49 28 .305 .363 .456 .373

Polanco is still learning to tap into his raw power on a consistent basis but he has the potential to develop above-average, in-game power. He’s also a good base runner despite his size (6’4”, 170 lbs) and should be a solid defender. The Pirates organization is no doubt excited to have him as their right-fielder of the future.

 

#20 Kyle Crick (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
20 7 7 29.2 21 1 13.35 5.76 1.21 2.59

With Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito all aging noticeably, the Giants’ starting rotation could use an infusion of youth to help support Madison Bumgarner. The hard-throwing Crick, 20, is the highest-ceiling arm in the system and he’s neutered the High-A California League since returning from the disabled list. He could see Double-A by the end of the year.

 

#21 Noah Syndergaard (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
20 16 16 83.2 79 5 9.68 2.15 2.69 2.58

Syndergaard, who has been known to tickle triple digits with his fastball, recently received the start for the U.S. club at the annual Futures Game, which features the top prospects from around the game. He’s been as good as advertised since coming over to the Mets from the Jays in the off-season trade of R.A. Dickey. The development of his breaking ball is the only thing holding him back at this point.

 

#22 Nick Castellanos (3B/OF)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
21 434 108 29 12 44 72 3 .281 .353 .455 .360

Detroit fans keep asking: “When is Castellanos getting the call?” The 21-year-old prospect has spent the entire season in Triple-A while producing respectable numbers but he’s scuffled in July. The third baseman-turned-outfielder was moved due to the presence of Miguel Cabrera but the prospect’s versatility could be of value to the Tigers in the second half of the year — especially if the club wants to rest its all-star for the playoffs.

 

#23 Danny Hultzen (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
23 6 6 33.2 22 1 10.43 1.87 2.14 1.98

Hultzen would probably be higher on this list if not for the worrisome shoulder injury that currently has him on the disabled list. The talented lefty has made just one appearance since April and he’ll want to do everything he can to avoid the knife because shoulder surgery ends a lot more careers than elbow surgery. When healthy, the Mariners prospect has the ceiling of a No. 2 starter.

 

#24 Travis D’Arnaud (C)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
24 49 9 5 1 12 8 0 .250 .429 .472 .391

Like Danny Hultzen above him, d’Arnaud has missed a great deal of the season due to injury. Now 24 and in his seventh season (second at Triple-A), the catcher is almost MLB ready despite the missed time and should develop into a solid big league regular, if not a star.

 

#25 Jorge Soler (OF)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
21 236 59 13 8 21 38 5 .281 .343 .467 .364

Soler, of the Cubs, and Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers are both Cuban natives that were signed midway through the 2012 season. Puig has risen to national acclaim but Soler has toiled away in the High-A Florida State League. The Cubs prospect has all the tools to be a star at the big league level and the slower developmental pace should not be seen as a detractor.

 

#26 Austin Hedges (C)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
20 211 50 17 3 21 33 2 .273 .352 .426 .346

Coveted for his bat as an amateur, Hedges has also shown a competent offensive game. He probably won’t ever hit for big power but he shows solid line-drive pop and a good eye at the plate.

 

#27 Alen Hanson (SS)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
20 351 88 20 5 29 64 21 .278 .341 .427 .350

Hanson was the breakout star in the Pirates’ system in 2012 but his solid play has been overshadowed by Gregory Polanco, who has been the surprise player in ’13. Hanson is currently playing shortstop but he’s expect to slide over to second base in the Majors. The switch-hitter has solid line-drive pop, the ability to hit for average and good speed. 

 

#28 Kyle Zimmer (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
21 18 18 89.2 81 9 11.34 3.11 5.02 3.12

Zimmer, Baltimore’s Kevin Gausman and Houston’s Mark Appel (who went unsigned when selected by the Pirates after his junior year at Stanford) were the consensus Top 3 college arms in the 2012 amateur draft — and all three were selected within the first eight picks. The Orioles product has already reached the Majors but the Royals right-hander has moved at a slower pace thanks to a rough first three months of the year at the High-A level. The right-hander’s mechanics kicked in during the month of July when he struck out 30 batters with just one walk in 18 innings of work. He was just promoted to Double-A.

 

#29 George Springer (OF)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
23 392 104 22 26 52 115 28 .315 .418 .624 .450

Springer offers an intriguing combination of speed and power — and his game has taken a big step forward in 2013, even though he may strike out 150 or more times in a full big league season. All ready a 20-20 (HR-SB) player in 2013, the Astros prospect is a true threat to become a 30-30 player and is currently hitting .404 with seven home runs in his first 17 Triple-A games.

 

#30 Carlos Martinez (P)


Age IP K/9 BB/9 GB% ERA FIP xFIP RA9-WAR WAR
21 10.0 9.90 2.70 60.0 % 3.60 2.36 2.92 0.0 0.1

Martinez has a plus fastball and good breaking ball but there are questions about his ability to develop a third reliable pitch and about his durability because of his smallish frame. The Dominican right-hander received his first taste of big league action in 2013 with eight bullpen appearances but the Cardinals clearly hope his long-term role is in the starting rotation.

 

#31 Jonathan Singleton (1B)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
21 195 39 8 8 29 61 0 .238 .349 .445 .356

A suspension ensured that Singleton’s season did not begin until June but he’s already played and three levels this year, topping out at Triple-A. The Astros prospect has spent a little time in the outfield during his career but his long-term home should be first base. He has the talent necessary to settle into the middle of Houston’s lineup for years to come.

 

#32 Yordano Ventura (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
22 18 17 92.1 73 5 10.72 3.61 3.41 2.92

Another smallish right-hander, Ventura is working hard to shake the stigma that causes some prospect watchers to doubt that his future lies in a big league starting rotation. The Royals prospect has split the 2013 season between Double-A and Triple-A, and should be ready for big league action once he harnesses his fastball command and polishes his secondary offerings.

 

#33 Maikel Franco (3B)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
20 368 110 26 21 21 42 0 .321 .359 .598 .422

Just 20 years old, Franco is one of the breakout prospects of 2013. The Phillies’ third baseman of the future, he had more extra base hits than strikeouts in 65 games at the High-A ball level. Since being promoted to Double-A, he’s hitting .392 with 10 extra base hits in 19 games. Holes remain in his game, and his defense is questionable, but he has lots of time to iron out his wrinkles.

 

#34 Gary Sanchez (C)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
20 334 80 20 13 27 57 1 .267 .329 .463 .357

Sanchez’s bat has stalled a bit at the High-A ball level but he’s still young and has shown enough potential to suggest that he’ll develop into an above-average player at the big league level. With a lack of catching depth in the system, the Yankees are probably hoping that he’ll jump on the fast track.

 

#35 Trevor Bauer (P)


Age IP K/9 BB/9 GB% ERA FIP xFIP RA9-WAR WAR
22 17.0 5.82 8.47 35.3 % 5.29 7.06 6.66 -0.1 -0.3

The third overall selection in the 2011 amateur draft by Arizona, Bauer has experienced a tumultuous career to date. Now a product of the Cleveland Indians, the right-hander’s talent is still without question but maturity issues continue to cloud his results. Despite that, he has the talent to be a solid No. 2 or 3 starter at the big league level.

 

#36 Alex Meyer (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
23 11 11 61.0 53 3 10.77 3.98 3.69 2.82

Traded from Washington to Minnesota in the offseason for talented outfielder Denard Span, Meyer become one of the top arms in the Twins system. He suffered a shoulder injury in June but it’s not considered serious but the organization will be cautious with the talented 6’9” right-hander, who has a bright future.

 

#37 Andrew Heaney (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
22 9 8 39.2 32 2 11.34 2.95 1.13 2.62

The Marlins’ 2012 first round draft pick, Heaney did not begin his 2013 season until May but he’s been lights-out since that time. The southpaw should be due for a promotion from High-A to Double-A any day now and could eventually slide into the No. 2 or 3 slot in a big league rotation.

 

#38 Jackie Bradley (OF)


Age PA BB% K% AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ Fld BsR WAR
23 66 10.6 % 30.3 % .155 .258 .310 .258 54 -2.4 0.0 -0.4

Bradley earned a spot on the big league roster with a strong spring but he has yet to secure a full-time gig at that level and he’s spent most of the year back in Triple-A. He has a chance to be a plus defender and top-of-the-order threat if realizes his potential. Bradley could be a key player for the Red Sox in 2014 if Jacoby Ellsbury leaves through free agency.

 

#39 Jesse Biddle (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
21 18 18 97.1 70 7 9.89 4.53 3.33 3.48

Biddle continues to struggle with his control but the southpaw has struck out 107 batters in 97.1 innings of work. Once he becomes more consistent, the Phillies pitcher could develop into a durable No. 2 or 3 starter.

 

#40 Mike Foltynewicz (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
21 22 14 90.0 78 8 9.50 4.60 2.80 3.84

Foltynewicz needed two season in Low-A ball but he’s split the 2013 season between High-A and Double-A. The right-hander’s 100-mph fastball is his meal ticket and the development of his secondary stuff will go a long way to determining his future role: starter or reliever.

 

#41 Max Fried (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
19 15 15 73.1 68 5 8.59 4.42 3.93 3.90

Still a teenager at 19, Fried is advanced for his age and has produced excellent numbers in Low-A ball. The Padres organization is brimming with intriguing pitching talent and the southpaw leads the way.

 

#42 Tyler Glasnow (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
19 17 17 76.1 40 7 12.97 5.07 2.48 3.48

Like Gregory Polanco, Glasnow has been one of the top breakout prospects in 2013 — not just for the Pirates, but for all of Major League Baseball. The tall right-hander has 110 strikeouts in 76.1 innings of work and could eventually settle in at the top of a big league rotation if his secondary stuff rounds into shape.

 

#43 Raul Mondesi (SS)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
17 346 83 11 5 21 85 16 .266 .312 .381 .318

The son of former Dodgers’ outfielder Raul Mondesi Sr., this Royals shortstop prospect is the youngest player on the Top 50 and doesn’t turn 18 until later this month but he’s more than held his own in full-season ball. He has a chance to develop into both an impact hitter and fielder.

 

#44 Corey Seager (SS)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
19 246 64 10 8 29 45 8 .300 .386 .488 .393

The brother of Seattle’s Kyle Seager, Corey could end up being even more successful. Just 19, he’s an advanced hitter for his age, although it remains to be seen if he can stick at shortstop as he moves up through the Dodgers’ system.

 

#45 Garin Cecchini (3B)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
22 348 101 26 6 57 51 14 .353 .468 .535 .456

Cecchini doesn’t have the power that teams typically covet from a third baseman but he certainly knows how to hit — not unlike a former Red Sox great named Wade Boggs. The left-handed hitter has split the 2013 season between High-A and Double-A, and is hitting .353 with more walks than strikeouts in 82 games.

 

#46 Jake Marisnick (OF)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
22 291 75 12 10 16 63 11 .287 .349 .471 .375

An injury prevented Marisnick from playing until May and he got off to a slow start but has heated up since then. The plus defender is hitting more than .300 on the year even though his approach at the plate still needs some work. He has the potential to develop into a 20-20 threat.

 

#47 Lance McCullers Jr. (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
19 20 14 77.1 69 1 10.13 4.07 3.03 2.59

The son of Lance McCullers Sr., a talented reliever from the ’80s and ’90s, McCullers Jr. is slowly proving to his doubters that his future belongs in the starting rotation. Just 19, he’s dominated the older competition in Low-A ball with a plethora of ground balls and strikeout. He’s a true rising star in the Astros organization.

 

#48 Billy Hamilton (SS)


Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
22 369 82 11 5 28 73 51 .243 .300 .331 .291

The Reds prospect shattered records by stealing 155 bases in 132 games in 2012, invoking memories of past speedsters such as Rickey Henderson and Vince Coleman. The Reds prospect has nabbed another 55 bases in 83 games in 2013 but he’s shown holes in his game that his 80 speed just can’t hide. His outfield defense is coming along nicely after he moved off shortstop at the end of 2012.

 

#49 Anthony Ranaudo (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
23 16 16 91.0 63 6 9.30 3.16 2.67 3.15

One of the top arms in the 2010 amateur draft, injuries have plagued Ranaudo throughout his amateur and pro career. After making just nine appearances in 2012, the right-hander has broken through for the Red Sox system in ’13 with a strong showing at the Double-A level. He could turn into a No. 3 starter the MLB level.

 

#50 Henry Owens (P)


Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP
20 17 17 86.0 62 6 10.15 4.50 3.14 3.53

It was a tough decision for the final spot on the Top 50 list and Owens narrowly beat out the likes of third baseman Mike Olt (Rangers), outfielder Joc Pederson (Dodgers) and pitcher Rafael De Paula (Yankees). The Red Sox southpaw has flashed an above-average fastball for a left-hander and he’s posted solid results in Low-A ball. His command and control both remain a work-in-progress, but that’s to be expected from a pitcher that stands 6’6”.



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Scott
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Scott
2 years 10 months ago

No Gausman? Is he out of the Top 50, or just an oversight that he’s back at AAA?

shibboleth
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shibboleth
2 years 10 months ago

I thought the IP restriction but he only has 30 in the bigs. Maybe the performance pushed him out?

Great read as always, Marc. Maybe next time a bubble list for those didn’t quite make the cut?

Marc Hulet
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Marc Hulet
2 years 10 months ago

I meant to say in the intro that any current MLBers are also omitted regardless of innings/at bats.

E-Dub
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E-Dub
2 years 10 months ago

Gausman has been in the minors for a week or so I think. Maybe he was up when you started this?

bdsparty32
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bdsparty32
2 years 10 months ago

I would also be curious as to where Gausman would be ranked on this list, if at all…

Lukas
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Lukas
2 years 10 months ago

Any idea where Rafael Montero would slot in? He was electric at AA and solid in the awful environment that is Vegas at AAA. Seems like he’s got a decent ceiling and is very close to MLB ready.

LaLoosh
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LaLoosh
2 years 10 months ago

and Wilmer Flores?

za
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za
2 years 10 months ago

The list is mostly understandable but I’m just confused by Guerrieri at #15 – he’s ranked pretty high for a 20 year-old putting up Jeremy Hefner peripherals in low-A whereas Syndergaard, ranked 9 behind him, is 4 months older but putting up video game numbers in AA. I can’t understand the logic here.

Frankly, on numbers alone, Guerrieri would be hard-pressed to break the Mets’ pitching prospects top-5 and yet is #15 on this list. I’d put Syndergaard, Montero, Matz, Fulmer, Cessa, and Ynoa all ahead of him. Every single one of those guys has similar or better velocity along with much better results.

LaLoosh
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LaLoosh
2 years 10 months ago

I thought Guerrieri was a stretch at 15 too.

Bubbles
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Bubbles
2 years 10 months ago

I agree on Syndergaard, but if you just wanted a list based on numbers we could all do that ourselves.

Cliff
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Cliff
2 years 10 months ago

No way you’re a Mets fan, right?

Marc Hulet
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Marc Hulet
2 years 10 months ago

It’s not all about velo, though. Guerrieri’s secondary stuff grades out better present and future.

Marc Hulet
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Marc Hulet
2 years 10 months ago

Flores is maybe a Top 100

Marc Hulet
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Marc Hulet
2 years 10 months ago

Montero just missed the cut.

JT Grace
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JT Grace
2 years 10 months ago

Lucas Sims made the Baseball Prospectus top 50 prospect list. How close was he to your top 50? What about Alex Wood? I don’t think he was in the majors long enough to lose his status as a prospect.

Marc Hulet
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Marc Hulet
2 years 10 months ago

Sims would be in the Top 75.

whonichol
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whonichol
2 years 10 months ago

Just a quick note on Owens – he’s in High-A ball (Salem), not Low-A ball.

jon
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jon
2 years 10 months ago

Great job (only nit-pick is it would be nice to have their level in the line with their stats, even if its split (ie: A/AA)

Jonathan
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Jonathan
2 years 10 months ago

That and a reference to their franchise for the purposes of getting an idea of one’s own farm.

Marc Hulet
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Marc Hulet
2 years 10 months ago

The list tool was created with the Top 15s in mind last offseason so the teams weren’t include since the name was in the title. I didn’t realize it for this use until it was too late.

Cardsfan
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Cardsfan
2 years 10 months ago

Has Kolten Wong’s season been a positive or just neutral? I see he’s gone from #58 to not in the top 50.

JN
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JN
2 years 10 months ago

So he dropped from outside the top 50 to outside the top 50? You’re hurting my brain, man.

Preston
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Preston
2 years 10 months ago

If he was standing pat, he’d have moved up based on graduations alone.

Marc Hulet
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Marc Hulet
2 years 10 months ago

I’d grade his season as neutral.

Drakos
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Drakos
2 years 10 months ago

I think you meant that Hedges was coveted for his glove as an amateur.

Preston
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Preston
2 years 10 months ago

I don’t think Sanchez’s bat has “stalled” at High A, he’s significantly lowered his K’s while upping his BBs and ISO. It seems like some BABIP bad luck to me.

Jonathan
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Jonathan
2 years 10 months ago

Wow, five in the top fifty for the Red Sox. That’s a phenomenal turnaround from last year.

Dash
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Dash
2 years 10 months ago

“A high school friend of Baltimore’s Dylan Bunny”

Think there might be a slight typo in #4. Unless of course it’s a comment on Bundy’s toughness. Or maybe he’s just soft and fluffy.

ettin
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ettin
2 years 10 months ago

Give him a break Dash, he just missed it by a hare.

Cookierojas16
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Cookierojas16
2 years 10 months ago

Yeah, it’s not fair to hop on him for that.

MSom13
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MSom13
2 years 10 months ago

No need to give him a thumping over it.

Matt Hunter
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2 years 10 months ago

This is just begging for an awful NotGraphs photoshop.

Peter Cottontail
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Peter Cottontail
2 years 10 months ago

Bop!

Ivdown
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Ivdown
2 years 10 months ago

I think it’s a mistake not to have Joc Pederson on the list, he’s been incredible over the last year as one of the youngest guys in AA, and he’s putting up what I believe is still the highest OPS by a good margin of anyone in the Southern League. Pederson is definitely an oversight.

Another you should consider is Julio Urias.
10.44 K/9 3.31 BB/9 1.02 HR/9 2.80 ERA in 35.1 IP.

He is only 16 years old in LoA, doesn’t turn 17 until mid August.

I wouldn’t have brought him up except you had Mondesi Jr on there and he’s only 17.

Marc Hulet
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Marc Hulet
2 years 10 months ago

What Urias has done is nothing short of amazing but we need to avoid overhyping such a young player. There’s a lot of time for him to develop but he may end up more of a 3/4 arm as opposed to a 1/2. He’s a shorter pitcher, not a huge frame and has only been pitching short outings so it’s not like he’s consistently going through orders 3 times.

E-Dub
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E-Dub
2 years 10 months ago

Completely agree after seeing video. Urias doesn’t have much projection, and is in distinct peril of being overhyped.

Zach
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Zach
2 years 10 months ago

Urias is actually 6’1″ now, not 5’11”

winnetkatwins
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winnetkatwins
2 years 10 months ago

Completely agree, Joc Pederson has the look of a very good player in the MLB sooner rather than later.

Two guys on the list I disagree completely are Gary Sanchez and Billy Hamilton. Sanchez’s upside is an average starting catcher and Billy Hamilton can’t hit and has poor plate discipline.

Cool Lester Smooth
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Cool Lester Smooth
2 years 9 months ago

“Sanchez’s upside is an average starting catcher.”

Any evidence or source for that? Because literally every scouting report I’ve read says he can be an All-Star if he sticks at catcher.

Scott
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Scott
2 years 10 months ago

Hmmmm, Wong, Osuna, Barnes, Ross, Butler, Berrios, Heredia, Giolito, Dahl, Ranaudo, Urias Sims seem to be the biggest snubs. However, none of those are glaring at all.

Clifford
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Clifford
2 years 10 months ago

yeah cept Ranuado was not really a snub since hes on the list

Scott
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Scott
2 years 10 months ago

Whoops, overlooked him. Good catch.

Ben
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Ben
2 years 10 months ago

Renaudo is on the list (49)

Marc Hulet
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Marc Hulet
2 years 10 months ago

And all received consideration.

Turtle
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Turtle
2 years 10 months ago

If Taveras had W. Flores numbers, analysts on this site would be going bananas. It’s a shame that Flores, though being the same ages as Taveras and playing in the same league, is so under-appreciated.

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IZZY2112
2 years 10 months ago

I’m a Mets fan, so I’ll just say that a) Oscar Taveras has defensive value b) Taveras has a better track record of performance and c) park effects

LaLoosh
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LaLoosh
2 years 10 months ago

Flores has been raking since last season and seemingly getting better every month. It’s been popular to say that he’s w/o a position, but at this point he could even project at 1B.

Brian
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Brian
2 years 10 months ago

Here’s Anthony Rizzo’s half season PCL line from last year (in a worse home environment) .357/.405/.696. Also the year before .331/.404/.652.

While Flores numbers are impressive, I think it’s a stretch to say that line, in the PCL, in Vegas would get him on a top 50 prospect list as poor defensive 1b.

LaLoosh
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2 years 10 months ago

no one is saying “poor defensive 1Bman.” He played mostly at SS thru the minors (first 3 yrs) and then moved to 3B bc he’s big and lacks range. Problem is that he’s blocked at 3B in the majors so he’s been playing 2B so far this season. He has good hands and arm. In fact, he profiles as a very good defensive 1Bman. The issue has been that he may not have the HR power that many crave in a 1Bman.

Fact is that if he hits enough, and he’s giving every indication of that (leads PCL in XBs and rbi) and still one of the youngest in AAA that the bat may yet play at 1B. He doesn’t have to hit 30 HRs to be fine at 1B.

Dirck
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Dirck
2 years 10 months ago

Right handed hitter with below average power and no speed is not a very good resume for a major league 1B .

LaLoosh
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LaLoosh
2 years 10 months ago

Allen Craig begs to differ, Dirck.

Simon
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Simon
2 years 10 months ago

Except Allen Craig doesn’t have below average power.

LaLoosh
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LaLoosh
2 years 10 months ago

has 10 HRs and so projects to 17 this year. Freddie Freeman the same. Flores most likely projects 15-20 and maybe more once he fills out.

Brian
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Brian
2 years 10 months ago

Besides every scouting report I’ve read on him says he has stone hands. Not a great quality at 1b. But whatever.

Dirck
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Dirck
2 years 10 months ago

Not having a position you can play sort of deflates your value as a ballplayer .

Scott
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Scott
2 years 10 months ago

Flores is about a year older.

Alexander Nevermind
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Alexander Nevermind
2 years 10 months ago

It is almost like age isn’t an integer

za
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za
2 years 10 months ago

I think Flores’ age is less of an issue than his lack of defensive value. Flores is also way younger than league average, but he’s not a guy who could provide plus defense at any position but 1B.

Dave
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2 years 10 months ago

How is Wilmer Flores not on this list? .321/.357/.528 on the season all in AAA, if you take out his slow April, he’s hitting .338/.368/.572 and turns 22 in a few weeks. You can say he doesn’t have a position and is helped tremendously by his home park (Vegas – .995 OPS home, .774 away), but most of the guys on the list above have questions to answer. Billy Hamilton with his .661 OPS, Bauer with his 8 BB/9, Gary Sanchez with his “stalled bat in high-A”, injured guys like D’Arnaud and Hultzen, Yelich has struggled to stay healthy and be consistent with the bat. All these guys are great talents, but I’d suggest a 21/22-year old mashing (33 doubles) in AAA belongs in the top 50 somewhere.

Clifford
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Clifford
2 years 10 months ago

this isn’t a top 50 fantasy baseball prospects if im not mistaken. this is purely a top 50 prospects in baseball. when you profile as a well below-average 2B or 1B/DH type defensively, you better not have to present stats like “if you take out this whole month of games…”

not only that, but Flores’ bat could never be given the chance to flourish if he cant play in the field. I know he’s made improvements in the field at 2B, but everything ive read suggests that he is still below average at best.

Dave
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2 years 10 months ago

I get that. I’m saying a guy who can hit 50 doubles and 20 HR as a 22-year old in AAA should have a better outlook than a guy like Hamilton or even Yelich, even if he is below-average defensively. Historically, the Mets have looked at 2B as a place for a below-average fielder (Teufel, Kent, Murphy to name a few) so he should get a look. Also, if Ike continues to struggle, first base could well open up for him. As for his May-forward stats, his season-long stats are strong enough, but he’s been even hotter lately. Again, not arguing he’s a top-10 or even top-30. But I’d take him over 6-8 of the guys above on my major league team (if I had one).

Preston
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Preston
2 years 10 months ago

“is helped tremendously by his home park (Vegas – .995 OPS home, .774 away)”
You say it right there. He’s probably a 1b/DH type who doesn’t walk and who’s numbers are inflated by his home park. I don’t dislike Flores, he’d definitely be in my top 100, but he’s not the type of guy who I put into the top 50 unless he has some positional value or is a complete enough hitter (more walks/power potential) to be a great 1B/DH.

Cliff
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2 years 10 months ago

Yeah I stopped reading after you said he should have a better outlook than than Yelich.

Overall though, it would seem like you don’t quite fully understand the real-life value of fielding and base running. While I’m not saying they’re equal in terms of potential value/impact, but of you are well below average in 2 of 3 facets of the game(fielding and running), you better a damn good hitter with elite plate discipline and plus power. I’m not saying Flores can’t be elite with the bat, but how many guys can you think of in the show that compare to him?

His ultimate ceiling, IMO, is a (very)poor man’s Encarnacion with less power and athletiscm. And that’s prolly a big reach too. I just honestly can’t think of anyone quite like him. Guys that can’t run and have no position in the field either A.) are incredible hitters(Miggy), B.) have absurd power(Dunn, Fielder), or C.) aren’t everyday players(Kevin Frandsen?). Just my take.

Simon
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Simon
2 years 10 months ago

Many people have put up lines like that in the PCL, especially hitting in parks like Vegas. Not so many have proved to be good in MLB.

Marc Hulet
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Marc Hulet
2 years 10 months ago

Flores has limited defensive value, poor speed and his results are definitely impacted by his park and league. He’s a solid prospect, just not a brilliant one.

james
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james
2 years 10 months ago

Then why is Nick Castellanos rated so high? His defense right now is an embarrassment.

Matt
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Matt
2 years 10 months ago

If you’re upset that Flores didn’t make the list you must be beside yourself that Chris Owings didn’t make it. OPS is only .007 less, he plays SS, doesn’t have the home/road split, and is a week younger.

Although in fairness, he isn’t in the Mets organization so that’s a pretty big knock against him.

Pr
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Pr
2 years 10 months ago

what you guys think? now that i don’t know if he will play SS, should i trade Profar for Bogaerts?

STEALTH
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STEALTH
2 years 10 months ago

Yes. All day. Profar was never a better offensive prospect than Bogaerts.

Ill
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Ill
2 years 10 months ago

Great list, thank you. I’m curious where (if at all) Nick Franklin and Brad Miller would’ve slotted on here.

Jack Martelli
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2 years 10 months ago

love to see 2 phils

Rayser
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Rayser
2 years 10 months ago

lol at a biased Red Sox homer getting to decide prospect rankings.

Rayser
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Rayser
2 years 10 months ago

You can tell he threw in Owens and Ranuado there at the end just to make it look like his teams’ farm is better than it is.

Shut Up
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Shut Up
2 years 10 months ago

You can tell he commented on his own comment to make it look like someone agreed with him.

Marc Hulet
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Marc Hulet
2 years 10 months ago

You must be a Yankees fan…

Casual Fan
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Casual Fan
2 years 10 months ago

Can you please include which team’s system each player is in? Would be a big help to those of us who aren’t familiar with half (or more) of the names.

Marc Hulet
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Marc Hulet
2 years 10 months ago

I mention the player’s team in every write up, unless I missed a couple by accident.

CabreraDeath
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CabreraDeath
2 years 10 months ago

Love the aggressive ranking of Alen Hanson. He’s a year younger than Polanco, playing MIF spots, and has produced both last year and this year in all categories, including some power.

Plus, this is based on him moving to 2B, which, while arguable, isn’t a sure-thing or even likely at this point. You put his numbers w/ a projection to stay at SS and I think he could be even higher.

Rizzo
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Rizzo
2 years 10 months ago

I agree Owens does not deserve to be in there. Joc Pederson does and I’m a cubs fan.

Shut Up
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Shut Up
2 years 10 months ago

What does your Cubs fandom have to do with either of those 2 prospects?

Preston
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Preston
2 years 10 months ago

Usually the inference of the “this prospect is under-rated” is they are a fan of the team that controls that prospect.

CheeseWhiz
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CheeseWhiz
2 years 10 months ago

Excellent job as always Marc, and thank you! Now to nitpick, specifically from a non-scout standpoint I don’t understand why you have Bradley ranked ahead of Walker (realizing of course that they are ranked right next to each other and that you are very high on both of them).

It’s just that they are the same age, they’re both right handed and Walker is more advanced and has produced better results (except for a tiny sample at A+ which Walker skipped). His projections are better as well. What am I missing? Looks to me like Walker is the better prospect.

Concerned Pirates Fan
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Concerned Pirates Fan
2 years 10 months ago

#27 Alen Hanson should enjoy the hype while it lasts. A friend of mine interned at West Virginia last summer, and she may or may not have had some intimate relations with him. Anyway, it turns out he is using a false identity and is actually 23. Apparently, he also confided this in several of his peers.

nate
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nate
2 years 10 months ago

Dejan?

Oh, Beepy
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Oh, Beepy
2 years 9 months ago

You should probably watch it with the libel there, bro.

Retirenutting
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2 years 10 months ago

NOM NOM NOM GAR GNASH SMASH — PUT MY TEAM’S PROSPECT IN YOAR LISTESES!!!!! GARGBABAGGLE RAOOOAG!

/ProspectAttentionMonster

mwash1983
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mwash1983
2 years 10 months ago

Taillon is grossly overrated, you have him at least 25 spots too high on your rankings. I saw him pitch a few weeks ago and I saw a guy who could throw it 94-96 but it was straight and had no swings and misses off his fastball. The curveball is a plus to plus plus pitch but his change up isn’t anything special. I also don’t like his mechanics as he has a motion that looks like a young Mark Prior. I also saw Sydergaard, and the breaking ball isn’t the problem it’s a 55 pitch, it’s that he throws a straight fastball and has a mediocre changeup. I thought both Taillon and Sydergaard could be both #3 starters and a chance at being a #2 with Taillon with more of any injury risk.

Leo Walter
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Leo Walter
2 years 10 months ago

Taillon ‘s mechanics have a much closer relationship to those of a drop and drive pitcher like Tom Seaver than to Mark Prior. His biggest problem right now is developing his changeup. I have seen him in three starts this season,and his 2 seam had a lot more movement on it than you describe.

E-Dub
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E-Dub
2 years 10 months ago

Yeah, ignore him, Leo. He’s already plied his shtick at minor league ball and gotten the same response. He has a track record of stating his opinion over-bearingly. There are ample reports, yours included, that contradict his.

E-Dub
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E-Dub
2 years 10 months ago

Sweet Baby Jesus. Are you going to run to every corner of the internet bashing Taillon under different names? lol

cthabeerman
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cthabeerman
2 years 10 months ago

Jeff Francoeur should be on this list.

I know he’s having trouble adjusting to AAA pitching, but it’s his first time playing at the level. He’s just a short streak away from making it to the bigs and proving all you shitbirds wrong.

-C

bdsparty32
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bdsparty32
2 years 10 months ago

Is it unrealistic to expect to see Buxton in the majors at some point in 2015?

Dayton Moore
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Dayton Moore
2 years 9 months ago

If he could help the Twins win games this year, he deserves a call up.

ALEastbound
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2 years 10 months ago

While I don’t want to completely write him off I don’t see how Trevor Bauer is ra.ked in te top 50. Second organization, attitude questions, awful MLB cameo, pedestrian AAA numbers. He looks lost.

ALEastbound
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2 years 10 months ago

*ranked in the

Undocorkscrew
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Undocorkscrew
2 years 10 months ago

Sorry for the rosterbation, but does a Corey Seager for Kyle Seager trade work for both the Dodgers and Mariners? Uribe hasn’t been useless at 3B, but Kyle Seager is a very likely upgrade and they could move Uribe to 2B.

Then again, they did trade Carlos Santana in a “win now” situation and ended up getting burned a bit.

JH
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JH
2 years 10 months ago

The Ms don’t have any incentive to trade Kyle Seager. He’s basically the only established home-grown big leaguer on a team with aspirations to be competitive in 2014 and beyond. Corey may have more upside than his brother, but Kyle’s good, cheap, and under control for 4 more years. He’s not the kind of player a rebuilding team trades for a guy with a higher theoretical upside who’s still several years away. If anything, he’s undervalued in the trade market (especially if you believe in the early-season power that has him on pace for a 6-win season).

Nick
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Nick
2 years 10 months ago

There is no clear-cut #1 prospect in baseball right now. The fact that Buxton is ending up at #1 on literally every list (especially when you consider he’s barely played above A ball) speaks volumes about the prospect coverage at most online outlets.

Cliff
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Cliff
2 years 10 months ago

Yet, apparently you still read and comment on them all.

Furthermore, your comment was just dumb. Someone has to be #1. How bout you make your own lists that starts with T-1st, T-1st, 3rd. Let me know how that goes.

And Buxton has a higher ceiling than OT(and every other prospect for that matter). Pretty sure the vast majority of people would agree with that. Throw in the fact that he’s simply been the most dominant all-around baseball player not in the majors all season, and it’s actually quite easy to see why he’s being ranked #1.

Kev
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Kev
2 years 10 months ago

I wouldn’t say he has a higher ceiling than every other prospect. That’s a bit presumptuous. He’s #1 because he has a high ceiling and because he’s polished for his age. There are several prospects in the top 25, though, that have a comparable ceiling to his, they’re just not as likely to hit it (from what we know so far).

Clifford
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Clifford
2 years 10 months ago

whose ceiling is as high as Buxton’s? How many guys in the top 25 can you look at and honestly say they have the potential to put up .300+/20-25+ HR/60+ SB with elite elite defense in CF and above average-to-elite plate discipline? Id like to hear which prospects you see as having a similar ceiling. OT, Xander, and Sano don’t have the speed or defensive potential.

Matty Brown
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Matty Brown
2 years 10 months ago

Hard pill to swallow as a Jays fan, seeing 3 top prospects we traded for a disastrous playoff run this season.

Leo Walter
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Leo Walter
2 years 10 months ago

I watched Miguel Sano in a series last week,and not only was he struggling with AA pitchers,he had even more problems with his defense. He has no feel for third base at all,and I wonder why the Twins don’t just bite the bullet and move him to 1st base after the EL season.

winnetkatwins
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winnetkatwins
2 years 10 months ago

How many ABs of Sano did you watch?

He just turned 20 and he is in AA and despite his slump his OPS is .769.

I’ll take Sano over Bogaerts and Lindor any day, as will Baseball America and Peter Gammons who is a huge Red Sox guy.

TKDC
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TKDC
2 years 10 months ago

I’m going to take one more opportunity to say how effing stupid Jonathan Singleton’s suspension was. Chewing tobacco, which players are allowed to do whilst running around the bases, is much more dangerous than weed.

JH
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JH
2 years 10 months ago

On a related note, I’m a big Singleton fan and supporter, but how many more games before we start holding his new massive K-rate against him? These things stabilize pretty quickly, and a K-rate north of 30% is not going to cut it.

Oh, Beepy
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Oh, Beepy
2 years 9 months ago

Colby Rasmus would like a word.

Will
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Will
2 years 9 months ago

Not arguing with your point (re: suspension) but I think smokeless tobacco has been banned from minor league fields and dugouts since 1993.

eddiegaedel
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eddiegaedel
2 years 10 months ago

I wasn’t sure if Bauer would stay in the top 50 after his rough year. Should the Indians sell him for Gallardo or would that be a mistake like the Jiminez trade.

yosoyfiesta
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yosoyfiesta
2 years 10 months ago

So a 21 year old kid who is ripping through AA pitching doesn’t make the top 50 because??? He doesn’t have projectable skills? He’s got power, speed, very good on base skills and a glove…but he’s outside the top 50? Ya, we’re talking Joc Pederson here, I know you gave him honorable mention, but he’s been far too good to get something as weak as honorable mention, he’s not 23 and mowing through AA, he’s 21…so what is it? Traditional baseball think doesn’t like him? I have an idea, I’ll take him, you can take Jackie Bradley Jr. and we’ll go wRC+ in a few seasons…like Bradley’s chances?

Allen
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Allen
2 years 10 months ago

Well, I’m rebuilding in a 15 team 45 player dynasty and I have 12 of the top 50 with 3 in the top 5. Add in Ozuna and I’m feeling I might just compete in ’15. This doesn’t include Schoop who was well on his way to a top 50 ranking w/great reports on his SS ability in AAA or Ronald Guzman in Hickory who’s hitting .330+ at 18 w/a great hit tool and obvious raw. I am pretty surprised to see Walker who’s dominating the PCL with 3 pitches below Archie who only has 2 in AA. I think Archie’s incredible body plays apart even though Walker has gained 30lbs and looks more like a man then just one year ago. Anyone see Walkers cutter in the Futures game? The damn thing doesn’t break until 2/3 of the way home and it’s sharp as hell.

anonymous
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anonymous
2 years 10 months ago

Billy Hamilton is a case of not being able to steal first base. He’s a side show attraction at this point…

Martin
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Martin
2 years 10 months ago

Zach Lee?

That Guy
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That Guy
2 years 9 months ago

Mark Appel is the most obvious omission – he hasn’t seen the majors yet, he was the number one pick in 2013, and has yet to tarnish whatever prospect status he has to this point with poor performance. I don’t know where he slots in terms of pitchers on this list, but I would personally rate him over Hultzen at least but maybe behind Guerrari (I would say here that I’m buying that Rays pitching prospects are worth the over-hyping).

That Guy
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That Guy
2 years 9 months ago

I could have read the article first, of course.

[i]Players selected in the 2013 amateur draft were not considered for this list.[/i]

The Caveman
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The Caveman
2 years 9 months ago

I have seen a lot of prospects this year but I am really surprised by how high Kyle Zimmer is on everyones list. I know that Coach Luebber with the Blue Rocks worked his weight on his front leg but he only had 4 good starts in the Carolina League and was called up to AA?! He couldn’t get into the 5th inning before the Carolina League All Star Game. I think he was called up way too quick and should have had some time to feel the success he was having late in the year. Just in my opinion!

CJ
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CJ
2 years 9 months ago

I have a HUGE problem with people ranking Buxton #1. Yes, he COULD BE a great player some day. But how about we let him actually have a solid season in high A before we move him to the top of any prospect list. I’d say Oscar Taveras (even with his injury shortened season) is the #1 prospect going into 2014. Bogaerts is #2 with Sano, Correa and Russell not far behind him (I think Russell is going to be a great major league shortstop). After those 5 I’d be fine ranking Buxton next for his potential five skill set. If he dominates high A and AA next season then he could move to #1.

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