Sons of ’84 Top 100 MLB Prospects for 2017

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Welcome once again to my favorite blog entry of the year, my Top 100 Major League Baseball Prospect list for 2017. My list consists of the top prospects in baseball right now and doesn’t necessarily focus on player’s impact this season as these players are in various stages of their Minor League and and possibly Major League career.

Team breakouts for players on the list include: 8 – ATL 7 – NYY, 6 – MIL 5 – CWS, LAD, Pit, TB  4 – CHC, Col, Hou, NYM, Oak, Phi, SD 3 – Bos, Cin, Cle, Min, Tor, Was 2 – Sea, Tex 1 – Bal, Det, LAA, MIA, SF

Position breakouts for players on the list look like: C – 5, 1B – 4, 2B – 5, 3B – 4, SS – 12,  OF – 25, LHP – 13, RHP – 32

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

  1. Andrew Benintendi, OF/BOS/27 – The 7th pick in the 2015 draft made shot his way up to the Major’s last season, where he played in 24 games, hit .295, with a 14 extra base hits in 118 PA’s.
  2. Dansby Swanson, SS/ATL/11 – Similar to Benintendi, Swanson, the number one draft pick in 2015 made it to the Major’s for a 38 game audition.  Without a doubt, Dansby held his own, hitting .302 with 11 extra base hits in 129 AB’s
  3. Alex Reyes, RHP/STL/9 – The fireballer threw 46 innings for the Cardinals in 2016, striking out 52 and holding a 1.57 ERA.  Unfortunately, it was just announced that Reyes will miss the entire 2017 season with a torn UCL in his throwing elbow
  4. Yoan Moncada, 2B/CWS/7 – Moncada is one of the better known prospects in baseball and was acquired by the White Sox from Boston in the Chris Sale trade.  The Cuban defector was a huge get for Boston in 2015 as he is known for his speed and potential power.  Yoan made the Major’s last year, where he struggled a bit in Boston, as he hit .250 in 19 at bats and struck out 12 times.
  5. Gleyber Torres, SS/NYY/31 – Torres was the key prospect in the trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs last season.  Entering his age 20 season, he’s still probably a year away from being in the Bronx, but expect solid 5-tool capability with power developing still.
  6. J.P. Crawford, SS/PHI/4 – The time is now for the 22-year old who regressed a bit in Triple-A Lehigh Valley last season, but a strong spring training could force the issue.  Look for a guy who is going to get on base, get some extra base hits, and play very good defense
  7. Amed Rosario, SS/NYM/74 – Rosario skyrocketed up this list from last year, as a 2016 season that saw him hit a combined .341 across two leagues, collect 42 extra base hits, and swipe 19 bases, has a lot of fans excited in New York
  8. Victor Robles, OF/WAS/45 – Robles is another 5-tool guys who signed very early (16-years old) and developed nicely with great speed, a strong arm, a ton of power potential.
  9. Austin Meadows, OF/PIT/21 – Meadows split most of his time between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, where we saw a jump in extra base hits, as he collected 25 doubles, 11 triples, and 12 homers in a season that saw him loose 40 games to injury
  10. Lucas Giolito, RHP/CWS/3 – Another White Sox score, this time in trading Adam Eaton to Washington.  Giolito has been a top prospect for some time and made it to DC last season where he started 4 games and pitched in relief a couple times.  The results weren’t very good, as Giolito had a 6.75 ERA with 12 walks (only 11 strike outs) in 21.1 innings, to go along with the 7 home runs he gave up.  There is no doubt however that Lucas will bounce back and has potential to pitch in Chicago this season
  11. Brendan Rodgers, SS/COL/14 – The 3rd pick in the 2015 draft was at it again in 2016, as he hit .281, with 31 doubles, and 19 homers, wtih a .821 OPS at A-ball Asheville.  We did see Rodgers who was drafted as a shortstop, split time between short and 2nd base.
  12. Cody Bellinger, 1B/LAD/NR – Bellinger rates out by Baseball America as a 7o potential out of 70 for power, 60 for hitting, and 70 for fielding, which means, he’s a protypical first baseman who has potential to hit for power (56 homers combined the past 2 seasons) and won’t be held back because of defense.  Expect Bellinger at some point in 2017 (most likely in the outfield)
  13. Eloy Jimenez, OF/CHC/NR – Besides Gleyber Torres, the Cubs also signed Jimenez from the international market in 2013 as a 16-year old.  Eloy really turned it on in 2016 (his first full season) as a 19-year old in South Bend (A-ball), as he hit .329 with 40 doubles and 14 homers.  Look for Jimenez to be a Major power threat, with just ok speed and arm, meaning he’ll most likely be slotted in left.
  14. Rafael Devers, 3B/BOS/18 – Devers, probably still a year away from the hot corner in Boston, can rake and potentially rake for power.  In2016, Devers played for High-A Salem, in the Carolina League, and hit .282 with 51 extra base hits, to go along with 18 steals, and just 94 K’s in 546 plate appearances
  15. Tyler Glasnow, RHP/PIT/6 – A very tall (6’8″) right handed flame thrower, Glasnow made it to the Major’s in 2016, but like so many pitching prospect who did, struggled, in 7 games (4 starts), as he had a 4.24 ERA in 23.1 innings, mostly because of control (5 BB per 9).  Thre is no doubt though, that Glasnow will bounce back in 2017 and find himself in the Pirates rotation at some point.
  16. Nick Senzel, 3B/CIN/NR – The 2nd pick in the 2016 draft out of the University of Tennessee, Senzel could start out in High-A in 2017
  17. Ozhaino Albies, 2B/ATL/36 – It seems like we’ve been hearing about Albies for years, however he’s just completed his year 19 season which was split between Double-A and Triple-A.  Albies and is expected to shift fully to second base and will spend many years as a double play combo in Atlanta with Dansby Swanson.  Albies rates out as a 70 (out of 70) hit ability, along with 70 speed, and 65 fielding
  18. Anderson Espinoza, RHP/SD/37 – Once a top prospect in the Red Sox organization, Epinoza was part of the trade that brought Drew Pomeranz to Boston from San Diego.  Baseball America rates Espinoza as a 70 fastball, 70 changeup, 60 Curve, and 55 control.  Not bad for a guy who is entering his year 20 season
  19. Lewis Brinson, OF/MIL/20 – Brinson was traded to Milwaukee after a breakout season in 2015 for catcher Jonathon Lucroy.  Brinson struggled in a repeat Double-A season for Texas, hitting .237 before being traded.  After the trade, Brinson found new life and hit .382 in 23 games in Colorado Springs (Triple-A).  2017 looks to be a defining season for Brinson and his potential
  20. Willy Adames, SS/TB/72 – Adames, could be moved from the shortstop position, however Tampa will give him every opportunity to stay at short.  All of Willy’s offensive numbers moved in an upward trajectory for ’16 including power that looks to be developing at age 20.
  21. Clint Frazier, OF/NYY/38
  22. Michael Kopech, RHP/CWS/NR – Big time fastballer, was part of the Chris Sale trade
  23. Francis Martes, RHP/HOU/55
  24. Manuel Margot, OF/SD/33
  25. Josh Bell, 1B/PIT/39 – Looks to be the Pirates starting first basemen in 2017
  26. Jason Groome, LHP/BOS/NR
  27. Mitch Keller, RHP/PIT/NR – The next in line of amazing Pirates pitching prospects
  28. Francisco Mejia, C/CLE/NR
  29. Mickey Moniak, OF/PHI/NR – The #1 draft pick in 2016, will have a strong hit tool
  30. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B/TOR/NR
  31. Reynaldo Lopez, RHP/CWS/NR
  32. Brent Honeywell, RHP/TB/65
  33. Corey Ray, OF/MIL/NR
  34. Jose De Leon, RHP/TB/19 – Traded to Tampa for Logan Forsythe.  Will make an interesting tandom with Blake Snell
  35. Josh Hader, LHP/MIL/NR
  36. Franklin Barreto, SS/OAK/26
  37. Kyle Tucker, OF/HOU/70
  38. Kyle Lewis, OF/SEA/NR
  39. Kolby Allard, LHP/ATL/83
  40. Blake Rutherford, OF/NYY/NR
  41. Tyler O’Neill, OF/SEA/NR
  42. Yadier Alvarez, RHP/LAD
  43. Ian Happ, 2B/CHC/71
  44. Hunter Renfroe, OF/SD/81 – Looks to be the a starting outfielder in San Diego to start the season.  Big time power, hit a combined 34 homers last season
  45. Riley Pint, RHP/COL/NR
  46. Bradley Zimmer, OF/CLE/22
  47. Nick Gordon, SS/MIN/77
  48. Leody Taveras, OF/TEX/NR
  49. Carson Kelly, C/STL/NR
  50. Jorge Alfaro, C/PHI/76
  51. Alex Verdugo, OF/LAD/100
  52. Jeff Hoffman, RHP/COL/51
  53. Dominic Smith, 1B/NYM/67
  54. Jorge Mateo, 2B/NYY/43
  55. Kevin Newman, SS/PIT/NR
  56. Luke Weaver, RHP/STL/NR
  57. Yohander Mendez, LHP/TEX/NR
  58. Anthony Alford, OF/TOR/58
  59. Aaron Judge, OF/NYY/29
  60. Amir Garrett, LHP/CIN/86
  61. A.J. Puk, LHP/OAK/NR – 6th pick overall in the 2016 draft, originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 35th round in 2013
  62. Erick Fedde, RHP/WAS/NR
  63. Raimel Tapia, OF/COL/76
  64. David Paulino, RHP/HOU/NR
  65. Triston McKenzie, RHP/CLE/NR
  66. Luis Ortiz, RHP/MIL/75
  67. Braxton Garrett, LHP/MIA/NR
  68. Ronald Acuna, OF/ATL/NR
  69. Sean Reid-Foley, RHP/TOR/NR
  70. Mike Soroka, RHP/ATL/NR
  71. Delvin Perez, SS/STL/NR
  72. Cal Quantrill, RHP/SD/NR
  73. Matt Manning, RHP/DET/NR – The Tigers loan player on the list.  Manning was the 9th pick in the 2016 draft
  74. James Kaprielian, RHP/NYY/NR
  75. Chance Sisco, C/BAL/NR
  76. Sean Newcomb, LHP/ATL/24
  77. Franklin Perez, RHP/HOU/NR
  78. Ian Anderson, RHP/ATL/NR
  79. Robert Stephenson, RHP/CIN/28
  80. Willie Calhoun, 2B/LAD/NR
  81. Trent Clark, OF/MIL/79
  82. Tyler Beede, RHP/SF/NR
  83. Justus Sheffield, LHP/NYY/NR
  84. Dylan Cease, RHP/CHC/NR – Possibly one of the best nicknames in baseball…Dylan Cease-Fire
  85. Stephen Gonsalves, LHP/MIN/NR
  86. Matt Chapman, 3B/OAK/NR
  87. Isan Diaz, SS/MIL/NR
  88. Zack Collins, C/CWS/NR
  89. Jake Bauers, 1B/TB/NR
  90. Robert Gsellman, RHP/NYM/NR
  91. Jahmai Jones, OF/LAD/NR
  92. Luiz Gohara, LHP/ATL/NR
  93. Nick Williams, OF/PHI/35
  94. Walker Buehler, RHP/LAD/NR
  95. Grant Holmes, RHP/OAK/63
  96. Carson Fulmer, RHP/CWS/56
  97. Casey Gillaspie, 1B/TB/NR
  98. Tyler Jay, LHP/MIN/73
  99. Albert Almora, OF/CHC/NR
  100. Thomas Szapucki, LHP/NYM/NR

Just Missed: Brady Aiken (LHP/CLE), Justin Dunn (RHP/NYM), German Marquez (RHP/COL), Bobby Bradley (1B/CLE)

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