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Updated: 2017-01-18T16:04:00-05:00

 



Index for Top 20 MLB prospect lists for 2017, per organization

2017-01-18T16:04:00-05:00

Here is an index for all the Minor League Ball Top 20 Prospects lists for all 30 MLB organizations. This will be updated each time a new team is added. AMERICAN LEAGUE EASTBaltimore Orioles (posted January 13, 2017)Boston Red Sox (posted December 29, 2016)New York Yankees (posted December 6, 2016)Tampa Bay Rays (posted December 19, 2016)Toronto Blue JaysAMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRALChicago White Sox (posted January 3, 2017)Cleveland Indians (posted November 30, 2016)Detroit Tigers (posted January 18, 2017) Kansas City Royals (posted November 21, 2016)Minnesota Twins (posted November 8, 2016)AMERICAN LEAGUE WESTHouston Astros (posted December 12, 2016)Los Angeles AngelsOakland Athletics (posted January 9, 2017)Seattle MarinersTexas Rangers (posted December 23, 2016) NATIONAL LEAGUE EASTAtlanta Braves (published November 18, 2016)Miami MarlinsNew York Mets (published January 12, 2017) Philadelphia Phillies (published December 27, 2016)Washington Nationals (published December 9, 2016)NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRALChicago Cubs (published November 26, 2016)Cincinnati RedsMilwaukee Brewers (published January 17, 2017)Pittsburgh Pirates (published December 31, 2016)St. Louis Cardinals (published December 15, 2016) NATIONAL LEAGUE WESTArizona Diamondbacks (published December 2nd, 2016)Colorado RockiesLos Angeles Dodgers (published January 6, 2017)San Diego PadresSan Francisco Giants (published December 20, 2016) [...]



Detroit Tigers Top 20 prospects for 2017

2017-01-18T15:56:31-05:00

Detroit Tigers Top 20 Prospects for 2017 The list and grades are a blending of present performance and long-term potential. Comments are welcome, but in the end all analysis and responsibility is mine. All of these grades are subject to change as the winter progresses. The final grades will be finished sometime in February when all 30 teams are complete. QUICK PRIMER ON GRADE MEANINGS Grade A prospects are the elite. In theory, they have a good chance of becoming stars or superstars. Theoretically, most Grade A prospects develop into stars or at least major league regulars, if injuries or other problems don’t intervene. Note that is a major "if" in some cases. Grade B prospects have a good chance to enjoy successful careers. Some will develop into stars, some will not. Most end up spending several years in the majors, at the very least in a marginal role. Grade C prospects are the most common type. These are guys who have something positive going for them, but who may have a question mark or three, or who are just too far away from the majors to get an accurate feel for. A few Grade C guys, especially at the lower levels, do develop into stars. Many end up as role players or bench guys. Some don’t make it at all. Finally, keep in mind that all grades are shorthand. A Grade C prospect in rookie ball could end up being very impressive, while a Grade C prospect in Triple-A is likely just a future role player. 1) Matt Manning, RHP, Grade B+: Age 18, first round pick in 2016 from high school in California; posted 3.99 ERA in 29 innings in rookie ball with 46/7 K/BB; very athletic and well-coordinated for a 6-6 pitcher due to superior athleticism; fastball 92-96 with peaks at 97-98; mixes power knuckle-curve and change-up; secondaries inconsistent but he showed better control in rookie ball than anticipated; number two starter upside if that stays true. ETA: 2020. 2) Christin Stewart, OF, Grade B: Age 23, first round pick in 2015 from University of Tennessee; hit .255/.386/.517 with 30 homers, 86 walks, 131 strikeouts in 443 at-bats between High-A and Double-A; 60-grade power with patient approach will make him productive even with a low batting average; I believe in the bat, but everyone questions his glove and they are right to do so; lacks speed/range, lacks instincts, arm mediocre; doesn’t make tons of errors but definitely limited to left field and can’t afford to lose more mobility; ETA 2018. 3) Beau Burrows, RHP, Grade B-: Age 20, first round pick in 2015 from high school in Texas; posted 3.15 ERA in 97 innings in Low-A with 67/30 K/BB, 87 hits; hit 98 in high school but is more 91-95 in pro ball; such velocity declines are normal and not worrisome in and of themselves; mixes in curve, slider, change-up, usually throws strikes but secondary pitches were erratic,, reflected in low strikeout rate, and everything including fastball unexpectedly played down; he certainly wasn’t bad last year, but looked more like solid inning-eater than future ace. ETA 2020. 4) Joe Jimenez, RHP, Grade B-: Age 22, signed out of Puerto Rico as undrafted free agent in 2013; posted 1.51 ERA with 78/17 K/BB in 54 innings between High-A, Double-A, and Triple-A with a mere 26 hits allowed; can hit 100 and works at 95-97; no change-up worth mentioning but features solid-average-to-plus slider; command draws negative reviews from scouts but his walk rates are low and the dominance ratios are strong; closer potential and ready soon. ETA 2017. 5) Tyler Alexander, LHP, Grade B-: Age 22, second round pick out of Texas Christian in 2015; posted 2.44 ERA with 105/20 K/BB in 136 innings between High-A and Double-A, 123 hits; command/control southpaw, fastball tops at 93 but works most commonly right around 89, plays up a bit due to movement and ability to locate spots; uses slider, curve, change-up, nothing plus but nothing weak, either; strong instincts, future number four/five starter. ETA 2018. 6) Kyle Funkhouser, RHP, Grade B-: Age 22, fourth round pick in 2016 as a senior from Louisv[...]



Detroit Tigers preliminary prospect grade breakdown

2017-01-18T10:44:49-05:00

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Here's the preliminary prospect grade breakdown distribution for 46 Detroit Tigers prospects, listed below.

Grade A: Zero
Grade A-: Zero
Grade B+: One
Grade B: One
Grade B-: Four
Grade C+: 16
Grade C: 24

There are some C+ or C decisions to make but the final breakdown should be close to this.

Ruben Alaniz, RHP
Victor Alcantara, RHP
Tyler Alexander, LHP
Jose Azocar, OF
Sandy Baez, RHP
Beau Burrows, RHP
William Cuevas, RHP
Mark Ecker, RHP
Jeff Ferrell, RHP
Kyle Funkhouser, RHP
Bryan Garcia, RHP
Michael Gerber, OF
Daniel Gonzalez, RHP
Grayson Greiner, C
Matt Hall, LHP
John Hicks, C
Derek Hill, OF
Zac Houston, RHP
Myles Jaye, RHP
Joe Jimenez, RHP
JaCoby Jones, OF
Jason Krizan, OF
Austin Kubitza, RHP
Jairo Labourt, LHP
A.J. Ladwig, RHP
Artie Lewicki, RHP
Dixon Machado, INF
Matt Manning, RHP
Hector Martinez, 2B
Gerson Moreno, RHP
Steven Moya, OF
Arvicent Perez, C
Daniel Pinero, SS
Wladimir Pinto, RHP
Adam Ravenelle, RHP
Jacob Robson, OF
Warwick Saupold, RHP
Zac Shepherd, 3B
A.J. Simcox, SS
Drew Smith, RHP
Austin Sodders, LHP
Christin Stewart, OF
Daniel Stumpf, LHP
Spencer Turnbull, RHP
Paul Voelker, RHP
Kevin Ziomek, LHP




Detroit Tigers preliminary prospect list

2017-01-17T16:46:22-05:00

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Here's the working research list of 47 Detroit Tigers prospects, listed below. There will be a lot of Grade C here.

Ruben Alaniz, RHP
Victor Alcantara, RHP
Tyler Alexander, LHP
Jose Azocar, OF
Sandy Baez, RHP
Beau Burrows, RHP
Anthony Castro, RHP
William Cuevas, RHP
Mark Ecker, RHP
Jeff Ferrell, RHP
Dominic Ficociello, 1B
Kyle Funkhouser, RHP
Bryan Garcia, RHP
Michael Gerber, OF
Daniel Gonzalez, RHP
Grayson Greiner, C
Matt Hall, LHP
John Hicks, C
Derek Hill, OF
Zac Houston, RHP
Myles Jaye, RHP
Joe Jimenez, RHP
JaCoby Jones, OF
Jason Krizan, OF
Austin Kubitza, RHP
Jairo Labourt, LHP
A.J. Ladwig, RHP
Artie Lewicki, RHP
Dixon Machado, INF
Matt Manning, RHP
Hector Martinez, 2B
Gerson Moreno, RHP
Steven Moya, OF
Arvicent Perez, C
Wladimir Pinto, RHP
Adam Ravenelle, RHP
Jacob Robson, OF
Warwick Saupold, RHP
Zac Shepherd, 3B
A.J. Simcox, SS
Drew Smith, RHP
Austin Sodders, LHP
Christin Stewart, OF
Daniel Stumpf, LHP
Spencer Turnbull, RHP
Paul Voelker, RHP
Kevin Ziomek, LHP




Colorado Rockies organization discussion

2017-01-17T14:59:56-05:00

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I am now working on the Detroit Tigers Top 20 prospects list for 2017. The next team in the queue is the Colorado Rockies, to be followed by the Los Angeles Angels, Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, the Cincinnati Reds, the Seattle Mariners, and finally the San Diego Padres.

Use this thread to discuss the Colorado Rockies organization. Possible points for discussion include, but are certainly not limited to:

****The Rockies finished 75-87 in 2016, third place in the National League Central Division. What's a realistic expectation for 2017? Can they get to .500?

****Jon Gray: have the Rockies found a pitcher who can actually be a long-term ace despite playing half his games in Coors Field? Does the 29/6 K/BB in his last three starts of the season herald a massive breakthrough, or does the 6.41 ERA in his final 10 starts give you pause?

****Assuming his thumb is OK, what do you expect from Trevor Story in a full season? Does the league adjust to him?

****He didn't get as much national attention as Gray or Story, but lefty Tyler Anderson had a very strong rookie campaign as well. Repeatable?

****Nolan Arenado: 2018 National League MVP?

****What do you expect from Jeff Hoffman and German Marquez in a full season?

****As always, feel free to discuss your sleeper prospects or anything else Rockies-oriented.




Milwaukee Brewers Top 20 prospects for 2017

2017-01-17T12:15:11-05:00

Milwaukee Brewers Top 20 Prospects for 2017 The list and grades are a blending of present performance and long-term potential. Comments are welcome, but in the end all analysis and responsibility is mine. All of these grades are subject to change as the winter progresses. The final grades will be finished sometime in February when all 30 teams are complete. QUICK PRIMER ON GRADE MEANINGS Grade A prospects are the elite. In theory, they have a good chance of becoming stars or superstars. Theoretically, most Grade A prospects develop into stars or at least major league regulars, if injuries or other problems don’t intervene. Note that is a major "if" in some cases. Grade B prospects have a good chance to enjoy successful careers. Some will develop into stars, some will not. Most end up spending several years in the majors, at the very least in a marginal role. Grade C prospects are the most common type. These are guys who have something positive going for them, but who may have a question mark or three, or who are just too far away from the majors to get an accurate feel for. A few Grade C guys, especially at the lower levels, do develop into stars. Many end up as role players or bench guys. Some don’t make it at all. Finally, keep in mind that all grades are shorthand. A Grade C prospect in rookie ball could end up being very impressive, while a Grade C prospect in Triple-A is likely just a future role player. 1) Lewis Brinson, OF, Grade B+: Age 22, first round pick by the Rangers in 2012, acquired in Jonathan Lucroy deal; hit .268/.305/.468 with 15 homers, 17 steals, 21 walks, 87 strikeouts in 406 at-bats between Double-A and Triple-A; excellent tools with speed, power, and throwing arm all impressive; offensive production remains erratic with pitch recognition that comes and goes, increasing his risk premium and keeping him from truly elite prospect status; 20/20 upside but expect some inconsistency. ETA 2017. 2) Josh Hader, LHP, Grade B+: Age 22, originally drafted by Orioles in 19th round in 2012, treaded to Astros, then traded to Brewers; 3.29 ERA in 126 innings between Double-A and Triple-A with 161/55 K/BB, 101 hits; persistently excellent strikeout ratios at every level; fastball 93-97 combined with plus slider and delivery funk makes him tough to square up; change-up has made enough progress that I think he can remain a starter; inconsistent command remains biggest problem but he may very well put up better numbers in the majors than he does at Colorado Springs. ETA 2017. 3) Corey Ray, OF, Grade B+: Age 22, first round pick in 2016 from University of Louisville; hit .247/.307/.385 with five homers, nine steals, 20 walks, 54 strikeouts in 231 at-bats in High-A; was challenged with jump from college to Florida State League; didn’t thrive but wasn’t bad enough to lower his stock given circumstances; above-average power and speed, weakest tool is throwing arm; another guy with 20/20 potential assuming off-season surgery to repair torn meniscus works out; ETA 2018. 4) Isan Diaz, INF, Grade B/B+: Age 20, comp round pick in 2014 by Diamondbacks, traded to Brewers in Jean Segura deal; hit .264/.358/.469 with 34 doubles, 20 homers, 72 walks, 148 strikeouts in 507 at-bats in Low-A; unusual left-side power from a middle infielder, ball jumps off the bat; works counts and hits fearlessly but there are some contact issues which could inhibit batting average at higher levels; not terrible at shortstop but range and arm will work better at second long-term; ETA 2019. 5) Mauricio Dubon, SS, Grade B: Age 22, drafted by Red Sox in 26th round in 2013, born in Honduras but went to high school in California, came to Milwaukee in Tyler Thornburg deal; hit .323/.379/.461 wth 31 doubles, 30 steals, 44 walks, 61 strikeouts in 486 at-bats between High-A and Double-A; line drive hitter with career .306 average, makes contact, can swipe a base, showed more pop in ’16; s[...]



Milwaukee Brewers preliminary prospect grade breakdown

2017-01-16T11:29:35-05:00

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Here's the first run grade distribution of 55 Milwaukee Brewers prospects, listed below.

Grade A: Zero
Grade A-: Zero
Grade B+: Five
Grade B:  Five
Grade B-: Two
Grade C+: 16
Grade C: 27

There is a lot of play along the C+/B- boundary. I hope to have this finished tomorrow.

Tristan Archer, RHP
Yhonathan Barrios, RHP
Phil Bickford, RHP
Lewis Brinson, OF
Zack Brown, RHP
Corbin Burnes, RHP
Trent Clark, OF
Ryan Cordell, OF
Clint Coulter, OF
Isan Diaz, INF
Marcos Diplan, RHP
Mauricio Dubon, SS
Lucas Erceg, 3B
Mario Feliciano, C
Gabriel Garcia, 1B
Jake Gatewood, INF
Josh Hader, LHP
Monte Harrison, OF
Payton Henry, C
Adrian Houser, RHP
Nathan Kirby, LHP
Stephen Kohlscheen, RHP
Gilbert Lara, SS
Jorge Lopez, RHP
Damien Magnifico, RHP
Chad McClanahan, 3B
Kodi Medeiros, LHP
Jacob Nottingham, C-1B
Demi Orimloye, OF
Luis Ortiz, RHP
Josh Pennington, RHP
Freddy Peralta, RHP
Jon Perrin, RHP
Brett Phillips, OF
Cody Ponce, RHP
Corey Ray, OF
Michael Reed, OF
Wendell Rijo, INF
Victor Roache, OF
Forrest Snow, RHP
Joantgel Segovia, OF
Troy Stokes, OF
Trey Supak, RHP
Brent Suter, LHP
Tyrone Taylor, OF
Wei-Chung Wang, LHP
Braden Webb, RHP
Aaron Wilkerson, RHP
Devin Williams, RHP
Taylor Williams, RHP
Weston Wilson, 3B
Brandon Woodruff, RHP
Kyle Wren, OF
Jordan Yamamoto, RHP
Trey York, 2B




Milwaukee Brewers preliminary prospect list

2017-01-15T18:03:50-05:00

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Here's the preliminary working research list of 54 Milwaukee Brewers prospects under study for 2017, listed below.

Tristan Archer, RHP
Yhonathan Barrios, RHP
Phil Bickford, RHP
Lewis Brinson, OF
Zack Brown, RHP
Corbin Burnes, RHP
Trent Clark, OF
Ryan Cordell, OF
Clint Coulter, OF
Isan Diaz, INF
Marcos Diplan, RHP
Mauricio Dubon, SS
Lucas Erceg, 3B
Mario Feliciano, C
Gabriel Garcia, 1B
Jake Gatewood, INF
Josh Hader, LHP
Monte Harrison, OF
Peyton Henry, C
Adrian Houser, RHP
Nathan Kirby, LHP
Stephen Kohlscheen, RHP
Gilbert Lara, SS
Jorge Lopez, RHP
Damien Magnifico, RHP
Chad McClanahan, 3B
Kodi Medeiros, LHP
Jacob Nottingham, C-1B
Demi Orimloye, OF
Luis Ortiz, RHP
Josh Pennington, RHP
Freddy Peralta, RHP
Jon Perrin, RHP
Brett Phillips, OF
Cody Ponce, RHP
Corey Ray, OF
Michael Reed, OF
Wendell Rijo, INF
Victor Roache, OF
Forrest Snow, RHP
Joantgel Segovia, OF
Troy Stokes, OF
Trey Supak, RHP
Brent Suter, LHP
Tyrone Taylor, OF
Wei-Chung Wang, LHP
Braden Webb, RHP
Devin Williams, RHP
Taylor Williams, RHP
Weston Wilson, 3B
Brandon Woodruff, RHP
Kyle Wren, OF
Jordan Yamamoto, RHP
Trey York, 2B