Top 5 for every MLB team

I have never made my own Top 100 prospect list & I don't really have much interest in doing that.  Many of you guys (& girl) do an excellent job of preparing a list and trying to defend your opinions & perspectives.  I am very thankful for all the input as it allows me to generate my own opinions.  Life in general keeps me from being able to see many of these prospects with my own eyes so I enjoy hearing many of you discuss prospects that you are able to see on a daily basis.


I basically spend time researching many sites & then I compile my list & sort it by team.  I wanted to post my top 5 for every team.  I usually end up with a list of about top 30 for every team (with much help from John!)  Feel free to discuss, debate, disagree, & shoot down my opinions.  I can handle it.  I have not seen most of these players with my own eyes so I am simply ranking them based on reading a ton of info on the internet.


Here it goes:

Arizona--Jarrod Parker, Matt Davidson, Tyler Skaggs, Bobby Borchering, Brandon Allen  (HM:  Marc Krauss)

***EDIT*** Brandon Allen has graduated.

Atlanta--Julio Teheran, Freddie Freeman, Mike Minor, Randall Delgado, Craig Kimbrel  (HM:  Vizcaino & Lipka)

Baltimore--Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Xavier Avery, Ryan Berry, Wynn Pelzer  (HM:  Mychal Givens)  **Difficult system to find 5 that I like.

Boston--Casey Kelly, Ryan Kalish, Anthony Ranaudo, Anthony Rizzo, Jose Iglesias  (HM:  Brandon Workman)  **So many to choose from.

***EDIT*** Ryan Kalish graduated (163 AB's).  I would add Workman to the top 5 & then my HM would probably be Lars & Pimentel.  So many others in the discussion (Doubront, Britton, Vitek, Fuentes, Reddick).

Chicago Cubs--Brett Jackson, Chris Archer, Trey McNutt, Josh Vitters, Hak-Ju Lee  (HM:  Jay Jackson & Chris Carpenter)

Chicago White Sox--Chris Sale, Jared Mitchell, Brent Morel, Addison Reed, Jacob Petricka  **Really struggled after the top 3.  Does Flowers belong in top 5?  Viciedo?

Cincinnati--Aroldis Chapman, Yonder Alonso, Devin Mesoraco, Yasmani Grandal, Todd Frazier  (HM:  Hamilton & Yorman Rodriguez)

Cleveland--Lonnie Chisenhall, Jason Kipnis, Nick Weglarz, Drew Pomeranz, Carlos Carrasco  (HM:  White & Knapp)

***EDIT*** Carrasco has graduated.

Colorado--Tyler Matzek, Christian Friedrich, Nolan Arenado, Willin Rosario, Chris Nelson

Detroit--Jacob Turner, Nick Castellanos, Andy Oliver, Daniel Fields, Casey Crosby  **Not much after top 3.  A healthy Crosby could be very good, but can he stay healthy?

Florida--Chad James, Matt Dominguez, Kyle Skipworth, Christian Yelich, Brad Hand  **Worst system??  I only see 2 prospects here!  Finding 5 was not easy.

Houston--Jordan Lyles, Delino DeShields, Mike Foltynewicz, Jonathan Villar, Tanner Bushue  (HM:  Jay Austin)  **This system is hard to swallow, just not as bad as Florida.

Kansas City--Mike Moustakas, Wil Myers, Eric Hosmer, Mike Montgomery, John Lamb  (HM:  Danny Duffy)  AMAZING!

LA Angels--Mike Trout, Hank Conger, Kaleb Cowart, Garrett Richards, Jean Segura  (HM:  Fabio Martinez-Mesa)

LA Dodgers--Dee Gordon, Jerry Sands, Chris Withrow, Trayvon Robinson, Aaron Miller  (HM:  Zach Lee)  **There are a bunch of RHP here to choose from.  Miller looks like the lone LHP there.

Milwaukee--Jake Odorizzi, Brett Lawrie, Jeremy Jeffress, Zach Braddock, Lorenzo Cain  (HM:  Cody Scarpetta & Kentrail Davis)

***EDIT*** Lorenzo Cain graduated (147 AB's) so I would move Scarpetta to #5 & HM would be Davis & Mark Rogers or Wily Peralta.  Dylan Covey sure would look nice in their top 5 wouldn't he?

Minnesota--Kyle Gibson, Aaron Hicks, Miguel Sano, Alex Wimmers, Ben Revere  (HM:  Hendriks & Arcia)

NY Mets--Jenrry Mejia, Wilmer Flores, Fernando Martinez, Matt Harvey, Aderlin Rodriguez  (HM:  Reese Havens)  **Looks like Alderson will take over and change this system for the better.

NY Yankees--Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances, Austin Romine, Manny Banuelos, Gary Sanchez  (HM:  Andrew Brackman)

Oakland--Grant Green, Chris Carter, Michael Choice, Michael Taylor, Jemile Weeks  (HM:  Yordy Cabrera & Ian Krol)  **Will the real Michael Taylor please report immediately to Oakland?

Philadelphia--Domonic Brown, Jonathan Singleton, Trevor May, Jarred Cosart, Brody Colvin  **Was the Cliff Lee trade a failure?

Pittsburgh--Jameson Taillon, Tony Sanchez, Stetson Allie, Rudy Owens, Bryan Morris  (HM:  ZVR & Brad Lincoln)  **If their arms stay healthy, this system could have one of the deepest SP staffs in 3 or 4 years.

***EDIT*** Brad Lincoln has graduated.

San Diego--Jaff Decker, Simon Castro, Corey Luebke, James Darnell, Donavan Tate  (HM:  Drew Cumberland)

San Francisco--Brandon Belt, Zach Wheeler, Thomas Neal, Gary Brown, Jarrett Parker  **Struggled to find #5 here.

Seattle--Michael Pineda, Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak, Nick Franklin, Alex Liddi  (HM:  Halman & Walker)  Top 4 are exciting but who should be #5?

***EDIT*** Justin Smoak has graduated.  How did I miss that one??

St. Louis--Shelby Miller, Zack Cox, Lance Lynn, Carlos Martinez, Tyrell Jenkins  **Huge dropoff after Cox.

Tampa Bay--Jeremy Hellickson, Desmond Jennings, Matt Moore, Jake McGee, Alex Colome  (HM:  Take your pick!  Torres, Barnese, Sale, Romero, Cobb, Lobstein, Wilking Rodriguez, Beckham)  **What a strong system!

Texas--Martin Perez, Jurickson Profar, Engel Beltre, Robbie Erlin, Robbie Ross  (HM:  Tanner Scheppers)

Toronto--Kyle Drabek, Zach Stewart, Carlos Perez, Deck McGuire, Anthony Gose  (HM:  D'Arnaud)  **I think this system is underrated & has solid depth throughout both pitching & hitting.

Washington--Bryce Harper, Danny Espinosa, Derek Norris, Wilson Ramos, AJ Cole  (HM:  Burgess & Marrero)

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