Sons of ’84 Top 100 MLB Prospects for 2016

Seager, Corey rail.jpgWelcome to my favorite blog entry of the year, my Top 100 Major League Baseball Prospect list for 2016.  Building on last year’s list, we once again look at the top prospects in baseball right now.  The list doesn’t necessarily focus on player’s impact this season as quite a few of these players are years away from the Majors.

Things to clear up on my list eligibility is that the player cannot surpass their rookie limits at the Major League level and will not include international signings of players who have experience at their countries top level.

A couple things to keep an eye out for as you look through the list, the Braves, Dodgers, Red Sox, Phillies and Cubs remain loaded and take a look at all the shortstop prospects.  There are 19 shortstops on this list and that’s after we saw the debuts of Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor last season.  The shortstop era is coming…

For the list, you’ll find the player’s name, their position/team/and last year’s ranking for this list

  1. Corey Seager, SS/LAD/6 – Top ranked prospect no matter what site you go to. Doesn’t hurt that he hit .337 in his debut
  2. Byron Buxton, OF/MIN/2 – Struggled in his call-up last season when healthy and with injuries. Still has very strong tools to  be a major threat and AL ROY contender
  3. Lucas Giolito, RHP/WAS/5 – Ace material in the making with a strong fastball/curveball mix. 10k per 9 in the minors with decent control.  Will start most likely in Triple-A this season.
  4. J.P. Crawford, SS/PHI/21 – Smooth both at the plate and on defense, Crawford most likely ends up in the Phillies starting lineup at some point this season and could be as early as Opening Day
  5. Julio Urias, LHP/LAD/9 – Urias has been pitching in the Minors since he was 16-years old and tearing up every league. He’s yet to pitch 100 innings in any season as the Dodgers have been easing him along.  In 2015, he missed a month due to surgery in removing a benign mass above his left eye.  To date (19-years old this season), Urias has made it up to Triple-A and has average 10.7 K’s per 9 and 3 walks per 9 to go with a 2.91 ERA in 56 minor league starts (61 appearances)
  6. Tyler Glasnow, RHP/PIT/15 – The 6’8” righty continued his assault on the Minors last season, making it up to Triple-A for 8 starts. For his Minor League career, Glasnow has 2.07 ERA, 1.059 WHIP and 11.8 K per 9 rate
  7. Yoan Moncada, 2B/BOS/12 – Moncada will have a tough time living up to the $31.5m the Red Sox coughed up to get him as the 20-year old hit a disappointing .278 with only 8 home runs. Still Moncada had a .817 OPS and stole 49 bases in 81 games last season and could be just getting comfortable to life in the states
  8. Joey Gallo, 3B/TEX/8 – Dude just has ridiculous power but strikes out a ridiculous amount as well (57 times in 123 plate appearances). Gallo is just 22 this season and has time to work on his strike recognition but at what point will the power be too tempting to keep him in the minors.
  9. Alex Reyes, RHP/STL/68 – Suspended 50-games for weed, Reyes has a mean fastball/changeup combination that lead strikeout rates of 13.5 in A+ and 13.6 per 9 in Double-A last season. If he can stay healthy and out of trouble, he’s the future ace of the Cardinals
  10. Orlando Arcia, SS/MIL/97 – Keith Law believes he could possibly be an Omar Vizquel type with more pop. Good enough for me.
  11. Dansby Swanson, SS/ATL/NR – Swanson the 1st pick in the 2015 draft out of Vanderbilt was part of the Shelby Miller trade with Arizona. In his debut season, he hit .284 with 11 extra base hits in 22 Low-A ball games.  Look for a good average and extra base (not necessarily home run) potential, with low strike out totals
  12. Trea Turner, SS/WAS/92 – Skyrocketed up from last year’s list where he was rated 92nd as he shot through 2 Double-A teams, Triple-A, and made his Major League debut in late August. His first cup of coffee didn’t go as well as he would hope where a .225 average and .620 OPS were disappointing.  Washington does have high hopes for Turner this year as they let Ian Desmond walk and are essentially handing the starting spot to Turner
  13. Nomar Mazara, OF/TEX/60 – Mazara made it all the way to Triple-A last year as a 20-year old and he crushed pitching to a tune of a .358 average in 88 plate appearances. Prior to that, in Double-A Mazara hit .284 with 36 extra base hits and a reasonable strike out rate.  Look for good power and a solid average as Mazara continues to develop
  14. Brendan Rodgers, SS/COL/NR – Rogers was the 3rd pick in last year’s draft out of Lake Mary’s HS and showed why very quickly as an 18-year old with a developed bat, as he hit .273 with 13 extra base hits in 159 PA’s.
  15. Blake Snell, LHP/TB/NR – Snell was untouchable last season as he pitched at three different levels (A+, AA, AAA) for a combined 1.41 ERA and 1.022 WHIP to go with 10.9 K’s per 9. He has significantly improved his control issues (still averages 4.5 walks per 9) to 3.6 walks per 9 in 2015, and amazingly only allowed 5.6 hits per 9 last season (wow!).  Look for 3 plus pitches this spring including a fastball, change, and curve.
  16. Steven Matz, LHP/NYM/53 – Matz came out strong in his first two Major League starts to only be sidelined by a lat muscle tear for 40 days. His stuff is not of concern, but his durability certainly is
  17. Jose Berrios, RHP/MIN/44 – Expected to be in the rotation at some point this season, Berrios has put together a very solid 4 seasons in the minors, where his ERA was 2.98, he struck out more than 1 batter an inning and walked 2.5 per 9, including a minuscule 1.7 in Triple-A in 2015
  18. Rafael Devers, 3B/BOS/94 – Just 19-years old this season, Devers shot up prospects lists this year due to a very good year in Single-A, where Devers hit .288 with 11 homers and collected 38 doubles. Still a few years away from a Major League debut, expect a power potential to grow along with the hype
  19. Jose De Leon, RHP/LAD/NR – De Leon is an interesting prospect as he wasn’t drafted highly (24th round), but has pitched very well his last two seasons to debut high on this list. He was hit hard in 2013, however since that first season, he ERA has been in the 1’s and 2’s for the most part outside of Double-A last year, which was 3.64.  I would expect he starts back out in Double-A this season to see how he adjusts after giving up 11 homers in 16 starts
  20. Lewis Brinson, OF/TEX/NR – A power/speed guy who is a plus defender in Centerfield, jumped on prospect radars after his 2015 season where Brinson went through 3 levels and hit a combined .332 with 20 homers and 18 steals. I would expect Brinson to start out in Triple-A in 2016, but could see time in the Majors based on health of the Rangers outfield
  21. Austin Meadows, OF/PIT/37
  22. Bradley Zimmer, OF/CLE/NR
  23. A.J. Reed, 1B/HOU/NR
  24. Sean Newcomb, LHP/ATL/82
  25. Alex Bregman, SS/HOU/NR
  26. Franklin Barreto, SS/OAK/NR
  27. Andrew Benintendi, OF/BOS/NR
  28. Robert Stephenson, RHP/CIN/25
  29. Aaron Judge, OF/NYY/55 – The 6’ 7” prospect is seemingly ready to make his Bronx debut at some point this season
  30. Jon Gray, RHP/COL/22
  31. Gleyber Torres, SS/CHC/NR
  32. David Dahl, OF/COL/28
  33. Manuel Margot, OF/SD/71
  34. Tim Anderson, SS/CWS/72
  35. Nick Williams, OF/PHI/NR
  36. Ozhaino Albies, SS/ATL/NR
  37. Anderson Espinoza, RHP/BOS/NR
  38. Clint Frazier, OF/CLE/67
  39. Josh Bell, 1B/PIT/45
  40. Raul Mondesi, SS/KC/27
  41. Brett Phillips, OF/MIL/NR
  42. Ryan McMahon, 3B/COL/95
  43. Jorge Mateo, SS/NYY/NR
  44. Jesse Winker, OF/CIN/38
  45. Victor Robles, OF/WAS/NR
  46. Cody Reed, LHP/CIN/NR
  47. Jameson Taillon, RHP/PIT/26
  48. Sean Manaea, LHP/OAK/62
  49. Aaron Blair, RHP/ATL/65
  50. Gary Sanchez, C/NYY/NR
  51. Jeff Hoffman, RHP/COL/73
  52. Max Kepler, OF/MIN/NR
  53. Dillon Tate, RHP/TEX/NR
  54. Willson Contreras, C/CHC/NR
  55. Francis Martes, RHP/HOU/NR
  56. Carson Fulmer, RHP/CWS/NR
  57. Jose Peraza, 2B/CIN/42
  58. Anthony Alford, OF/TOR/NR
  59. Archie Bradley, RHP/ARZ/18 – a line drive to the face seemingly changed the direction of Bradley’s first Major League season last year
  60. Javier Guerra, SS/SD/NR
  61. Jake Thompson, RHP/PHI/64 – Part of the Cole Hamels trade, on his 3rd team before Major League debut
  62. Brent Honeywell, RHP/TB
  63. Grant Holmes, RHP/LAD/98
  64. Raimel Tapia, OF/COL/76
  65. Dylan Bundy/RHP/BAL/20 – Has been a top 20 prospect in recent years, injuries have caused major concern over Bundy’s potential
  66. Braden Shipley, RHP/ARZ/29
  67. Dominic Smith, 1B/NYM/NR
  68. Michael Fulmer, RHP/DET/NR – Key piece to the Yoenis Cespedes trade. Averaged a strike out per inning
  69. Jorge Lopez, RHP/MIL/NR
  70. Kyle Tucker, OF/HOU/NR
  71. Ian Happ, OF/CHC/NR
  72. Willy Adames, SS/TB/NR
  73. Tyler Jay, LHP/MIN/NR
  74. Amed Rosario, SS/NYM/NR
  75. Luis Ortiz, RHP/TEX/NR
  76. Jorge Alfaro, C/PHI/39
  77. Nick Gordon, SS/MIN/50
  78. Mark Appel, RHP/PHI/34 – Former #1 draft pick, part of Cole Hamels trade. Struggling as a Minor Leaguer so far
  79. Trent Clark, OF/MIL/NR
  80. Kyle Zimmer, RHP/46
  81. Hunter Renfroe, OF/SD/66
  82. Hunter Harvey, RHP/BAL/23
  83. Kolby Allard, LHP/ATL/NR
  84. Taylor Guerrieri, RHP/TB/NR
  85. Billy McKinney, OF/CHC/NR
  86. Amir Garrett, LHP/CIN/NR
  87. Daz Cameron, OF/HOU/NR
  88. Jack Flaherty, RHP/STL/NR
  89. Brady Aiken, LHP/CLE/NR
  90. Alex Jackson, OF/SEA/33 – A lot of people giving up on Jackson (former 6th pick in draft) after a .207 average in 2015
  91. Christian Arroyo, SS/SF/NR
  92. Touki Toussaint, RHP/ATL/NR
  93. Cornelius Randolph, OF/PHI/NR
  94. Gave Cecchini, SS/NYM/NR
  95. Tyler Kolek, RHP/MIA/30 – Just 19, major concerns over control issues have scouts in doubt
  96. Bobby Bradley, 1B/CLE/NR
  97. Alen Hanson, 2B/PIT/99
  98. Brandon Drury, 3B/ARZ/NR
  99. Matt Olson, 1B/OAK/89
  100. Alex Verdugo, OF/LAD/NR

Just Missed: Albert Almora CHC, Tyler Stephenson CIN, Forrest Wall COL, Francelis Montas LAD, Jorge Polanco MIN, Daniel Robertson TB

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