Top 2017 MLB Prospects

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Rank Pos Player Comments Overall Risk
1 OF Andrew Benintendi He might have an 80 bat and he’s going to be a top hitter for many years too come with his sweet lefty swing 75 Medium
2 2B Yoan Moncada This guy has legit five tools and they are all potentially above average, 30-30 future if he can pan out 70 High
3 SS Dansby Swanson He can have the same impact on the Braves that Correa has had with the Astros, game changer 65 Low
4 SS Gleyber Torres He’s been young at every level and impressed, he can stick at SS and will provicde elite offense there 65 Medium
5 1B Cody Bellinger I think he’s underrated, his power is being slept on and he’s athletic enough for LF or 1B where he’s GG caliber 65 Medium
6 SP Alex Reyes He would’ve been a ROY candidate if not for TJ, he has a blazing fastball and great stuff to fool hitters 65 Medium
7 OF Eloy Jimenez He finally broke out, he’s nothing special on defense but his bat his elite with power and overall ability 60 Medium
8 SS Amed Rosario Like Moncada he has above average tools across the board, just with less upside, still a future all-star 60 Medium
9 OF Victor Robles The rate this guy has grown has been exponential, he’s physically a specimen who can hit, field and run 60 Medium
10 OF Clint Frazier The man with legendary bat speed can play any OF position and is close to MLB ready, power will play in NYY 60 Medium
11 SS JP Crawford He can be an impact top of the order hitter but has no standout speed, power, etc. 60 Low
12 SP Tyler Glasnow He should break with PIT, has nothing left to prove in minors, has three above average pitches 60 Low
13 SP Lucas Giolito Fell due to being jerked around by WAS, lack of third pitch, he can still be a top of the rotation arm 60 Medium
14 3B Nick Senzel He was the best player in last years draft, should be a franchise 3B complete with power, hit and glove 60 Medium
15 OF Mickey Moniak Has really good raw ability but he’s still a few years away could grow into being a great pure hitter 60 High
16 OF Austin Meadows He’s about to push McCutchen out of PIT, on the offensive side he’s a complete player 60 Low
17 3B Rafael Devers One of the better power hitting in prospects in baseball still has a few things to work on but he’s getting there 60 Medium
18 2B Ozzie Albies He moved to 2B for Swanson but looks good there and figures to be a top of the order bat with speed 60 Medium
19 SP Michael Kopech He gets the Syndergaard comps and rightfully so, 80 grade fastball, just needs fine tuning 60 High
20 SS Willy Adames He doesn’t always catch your eye on the field but he has steadily improved and has all-around skills 60 Medium
21 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr You know his dad and he has uber potential, he’s the best prospect yet to hit a full season league 60 High
22 SS Brendan Rodgers He’s not going to be rushed through the system but he’s the next Colorado offensive superstar 60 Medium
23 SP Brent Honeywell He has a screwball, which almost nobody throws to mix with fastball and cutter, he will keep hitters guessing 55 Medium
24 SP Anderson Espinoza He’s young but dominated in A ball and looks beyond his years, another guy with a blazing fastball 55 Medium
25 SP Jose DeLeon He maxes out in the mid-90s but he knows how to pitch and profiles as a no. 2 at worst 55 Low
26 OF Lewis Brinson Toolsy and has a great swing that can generate all fields power,think Carlos Santana on offense but as athletic OF 55 Medium
27 OF Kyle Lewis He’s kind of like Brinson but with more upside to hit for average but is more likely to move to a corner, big arm 55 Medium
28 SP Jason Groome Was once considered number one pick but fell, already shows great stuff, control and ability at just 18 55 High
29 OF Kyle Tucker He’s a smart player with a grea left handed swing and some power and speed sprinkled in the mix 55 Medium
30 SP Francis Martes Could really help HOU this year, has four plus pitches and has potential to get a lot of strikeouts 55 Low
31 OF Blake Rutherford Was one of the top HS bats last draft and has a chance to develop into a toolsy Cfer, debut was great 55 Medium
32 OF Tyler O’Neil Broke out last year and he strikes me as the type of hitter who will last in the middle of the order 55 Low
33 SP Riley Pint Throws really hard and could really develop into an ace pitcher if he’s handled with care 55 High
34 OF Hunter Renfroe Has massive power, a bit old for a prospect but he has a promising career ahead even at PETCO 55 Low
35 OF Manny Margot Has a ton of speed and is an above average fielder but his bat has kept him at the top of these lists 55 Low
36 SP Josh Hader A lefty who throws hard and has some good secondary stuff, he walks too many but can overcome that 55 Medium
37 OF Bradley Zimmer He struggled a bit last year but his power-speed combo is among the best in the MiLB 55 Medium
38 C Francisco Meija He won’t have 50+ game hitting streaks at majors but has proven his bat to go with an eite defensive package 55 High
39 SP Mitch Keller He had a true breakout season last year and was really hard to hit, just needs to continue making steps 55 Medium
40 SP Reynaldo Lopez The ball explodes out of his hand and he’s learning to pitch well to go with his natural ability 55 Medium
41 1B Josh Bell Hasn’t developed the power he could have yet but even if he doesn’t can handle 1B and swing a good bat 55 Medium
42 2B Jorge Mateo Speed is his best tool but his bat is starting to lag a bit, he can handle either MI position with ease 55 Medium
43 SP Sean Newcomb He had an average year after having a few really good ones, I buy into him and his three solid pitches though 55 Medium
44 OF Aaron Judge He still has the upside of being a near Stanton but same K issues plague him even worse, still sexy in NYY though 55 High
45 SS Franklin Barreto He’s good with everything besides fieldeing, he may just be an average fielding SS, ETA is late this season 55 Medium
46 SS Nick Gordon He isn’t Dee, he doesn’t have the speed but defensively he’s great and he’s going to be a good lead-off man 55 Medium
47 2B Ian Happ Best comp is Ben Zobrist but he needs to improve his defense everywhere to match his good bat 55 Medium
48 OF Nick Williams Has a bit of upper cut but can still spray ball with power to all fields, I really buy into him 55 Medium
49 SP Justus Sheffield Has made steps forward but also still needs to work on walks, overal he can be a really good 2 or 3 55 Medium
50 OF Alex Verdugo Has a funky swing but he makes it work and he has a lot of tools, I think his bat could shine brightest though 55 Medium
51 SP Kolby Allard Has a smooth, powerful delivery to go along with good stuff, his debut season couldn’t have gone better 55 Medium
52 SP Yaider Alvarez Tall, lanky pitcher who lets the ball loose could become a great guy in the middle of the Dodgers rotation 55 Medium
53 SP Erick Feede He’s the reason the Nats could afford to trade Giolito, he has almost nothing left to prove in the minors 55 Medium
54 SP Luke Weaver Got his first taste of the majors last year, not a power pitcher but solid velo+control+stuff will make him good 55 Low
55 OF Anthony Alford Has a little bit of power but another guy who projects as a first division CFer that can lead-off 55 Medium
56 C Jorge Alfaro His two big calling cards are his power and arm, the rest is kind of up in the air but will be a good everyday guy 55 Medium
57 C Zach Collins Quick moving catcher who could be first all-star from 2016 draft class: patient, has pop, is great behind plate 55 Medium
58 SP Braxton Garrett Crafty and despite being a high schooler, I have confidence that he won’t flop despite that high risk 55 Medium
59 1B Jake Bauers Could move to a corner OF spot, but his bat is going to be elite, his approach reminds me of Votto 55 Low
60 SP Sean Reid-Foley I think he has a chance to be an ace, he has real swing and miss and overpowering stuff, he’s getting better too 55 Medium
61 OF Corey Ray Another guy who can play anywhere in the OF has power, speed and hit ability but bat sticks out as strength 55 High
62 SP David Paulino Increasing velocity, great results and fast moving may make him a top rookie at some point this year 55 Medium
63 SP Matt Manning Power pitcher with a lot of potential, has leverage on mound and already has shown advanced ability for his age 55 High
64 SP AJ Puk At 6’7″ he could really make an impact, already has nasty pitches with movement, could be an ace if all works out 55 Medium
65 SP Ian Anderson He has a great package to be a good starter, he has the tools but he’s raw and it’ll take him time to develop 55 Medium
66 SP Amir Garrett He worked himself into what at minimum should be a really good mid-rotation power lefty 55 Medium
67 SP James Kaprielian Has a big league fastball and now that he’s pitching a full season he can really impress, will be top end 55 Medium
68 OF Leody Taveras Had a pretty solid debut after being a top international prospect, has a ways to go but has plus ability 55 High
69 SP Jeff Hoffman Few through the minors but a career at Coors is super concerning with walks and fly balls but has good stuff 55 Medium
70 OF Albert Almora We know his glove is there and that he can run the bases, his bat just needs to live up to it’s big upside now 55 Medium
71 2B Willie Calhoun Has no defensive position but has moved quickly and deserved all promotions, his power excites me 55 Medium
72 SP Stephen Gonsalves Needs to work on adding one more pitch and on control but is starting to look like a top end propsect 55 Medium
73 OF Alex Kirilloff Reminds me of a speedy version of Nick Markakis, great swing and can generate some pop for HRs and XBHs 55 Medium
74 OF Raimel Tapia He can just flat out hit and he got a taste of the majors in 2016, he could do big things in Corrs despite avg pop 50 Medium
75 1B Dominic Smith Protype 1B with power, can really try and make it up to the MLB with Mets 1B troubles, could be their answer 50 Medium
76 SS Kevin Newman He’s one of the best pure hitters on this list even if he doesn’t develop other tools, he’s already better than Jordy 50 Medium
77 SP Triston McKenzie He’s got to be given time but he has really good stuff and movement and will be a K machine 50 High
78 SP Grant Holmes He’s got a lot floor but I believe in his higher ceiling to become a 2 or 3 with a legit fastball 50 High
79 SP Dylan Cease He’s the Cubs top pitching prospect in a system with a lot of raw talent, upper 90s is really impressive 50 Medium
80 SP Mike Soroka He gets outs and has developed well thus far, he has a high ceiling 50 Medium
81 SP Carson Fulmer Might end up as a late innings guy or take Chris Sale route to the rotation, has stuff but needs some time 50 High
82 SP Yohander Mendez A lanky lefty who is built like Sale has electric stuff and could be a solid number two man 50 Medium
83 1B Rowdy Tellez Looks like a protype 1B, but he has shown the ability to hit very well along with power, eye, just no good on D 50 Medium
84 SP Robert Gsellman Has snuck up the list and earned poor mans DeGrom comps, could have a solid rookie season 50 Low
85 1B Casey Gillaspie Great switch hitting 1B who can be an above average 1B with above average power, looks promising 50 Medium
86 SP Max Fried He looked so good but health has knocked him down on this list, results and stuff have been there though 50 Medium
87 SS Richard Urena I was impressed with his power in Lansing and he keeps improving at more advanced levels, could really breakout 50 Medium
88 SP Tyler Beede Kind of an underrated prospect has a good set of stuff and a low floor, has always had good track record 50 Medium
89 SS Delvin Perez He has really good upside but he’s still kind of raw, has the glove and speed and could end up very toolsy 50 High
90 SS Christian Arroyo He’s been impressive at every level despite never jumping off the charts, he’s going to make a good MLB IF 50 Medium
91 SP Cal Quantrill He was one of the top draft arms, son of Paul he has the pedigree and the stuff to make it work 50 Medium
92 SS Kevin Maitan Has a chance to be biggest jump on this list from 16 to 17, will grow into body as dangerous hitter 50 High
93 OF Ronald Acuna If the Braves challenge him again and he succeeds he will start to go from raw to a legit top prospect 50 High
94 SP Luiz Gohara He is only beginning the jounrey through the minors but if he develops fully he could be a top lefty starter 50 Medium
95 SP German Marquez He keeps getting better and he might be the best player in the Dickerson deal, he could be a great no. 2 50 Medium
96 SP Domingo Acevdo He has a big fastball and frame, if he can work out a good out pitch he might have best NYY SP prospect ceiling 50 Medium
97 SP Albert Abreu He’s still establishing himself but he’s been pretty solid and has a good set of pitches to work with 50 Medium
98 SP Robert Stephenson Is starting to outgrow prospect status, has some big tools like a fastball but is having trouble putting it together 50 Medium
99 1B Bobby Bradley Big left handed power bat, kind of blocked in CLE but he looks like he could carve out a career with his power 50 Medium
100 OF Christin Stewart He has moved fast and his bat hasn’t followed too far behind his awesome raw power, fielding is the issue 50 Medium
101 OF Jesse Winker He’s about major league ready, he needs to grow into his power to be really good though, solid hitter 50 Medium
102 3B Matt Chapman He’s a great defender with power and he really has a chance to grow into a successful major leaguer 50 Medium
103 2B Isan Diaz At second base he has a unique tools set and he’s been proving it at a high level, don’t expect .300 though 50 Medium
104 SP Jharel Cotton Already reached the majors and looks to stick as a number three, will devestate with change-fastball combo 50 Low
105 SP Forrest Whitley Probably the most raw pitcher on the list when you’re 6’7″ and have dominated HS you deserve attention 50 High
106 SP Justin Dunn At worst he could be a late innings guy, at best he could be a Stroman like pitcher 50 Medium
107 OF Lourdes Gurriel Not as hyped as Moncada out of Cuba, but you just kind of have to see him versus US competition at this point 50 High
108 OF Hunter Dozier He has no position but I think he can hit and if you can hit they’ll find somwhere for you, looks like he be RF 50 Low
109 SP Luis Ortiz I see him as a guy who can be a solid number three for the Brew Crew, he’s close to ML ready 50 Medium
110 OF Jahmai Jones LA Angels might actually have a top 100 prospect soon, his toolset plays and he could breakout big 50 Medium
111 SP Touki Touissant He dropped a lot on many lists but despite a so-so year I still believe he can become a good starter 50 Medium
112 SP Anthony Banda He’s not the most exciting prospect but he’s a guy who will likely reach the majors and can help ARZ 50 Medium
113 SP Dane Dunning He could be one of the first from 2016 draft to make the Show as an SP, he profiles as a good number 3 50 Medium
114 SP Jordan Sheffield Justus big brother is just starting his career but the Dodgers found a guy who can really work with what he’s got 50 Medium
115 SP Dakota Hudson Has a big arm and was a safe bet, really fell in the draft but debut seems to suggest he’s what scouts thought 50 Medium
116 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes Looks like he could be a solid everyday 3B with some potential to really break out 50 Low
117 SP Eric Lauer Another 2016 first rounder, he had a great debut and works as the crafty lefty who could at worst be a solid 4 50 Medium
118 1B Rhys Hoskins You can’t ignore him after his 2016 season even if it was helped by his ballpark he might force Philly’s hand 50 Medium
119 1B Don Vogelbach His power has always impressed me,  if he can grow out of the platoon he can be a legitmate slugging 1B 50 Low
120 OF Harrison Bader Started to really hit last year and seems like he’s a safe bet to be another Cardinal homegrown contributor 50 Medium
121 SP Jon Harris Looked too advanced for Midwest League, really knows how to pitch, think he has a long, consistent career ahead 50 Medium
122 SP Jake Faria Looks like the next Rays pitching prospect who will turn out to be very good, isn’t flashy but is very solid 50 Medium
123 1B Trey Mancini Could really use his power at Camden and has a chance to be a middle of the order hitter with plus game pop 50 Medium
124 SP Walker Buehler Has a funky delivery but it works really well to go with electric stuff, comes out of Vandy, who has a good rep 50 Medium
125 OF Mark Zagunis He’s a solid hitter who has grown and he’s another guy who I think is a safe bet to be contributor for the Cubs 50 Medium

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