Mid-Season Top 100 Prospects

I start this by saying I have never made a top prospects list. This is in by no ways a professional list. Just me trying my hand at a list and giving my opinion on some of my favorite prospects.

Players from this past years draft and signed IFAs are part of this list but as they are extremely unproven, they rank lower than what they will a year from now. This is a mid-season top 100 not a 2014 top 100 so I'm mostly basing my rankings on who I think are the best prospects right now, not at the beginning of next season, and its hard to judge guys with such little time in pro ball.

The list is less than 50 IP or 130 ABs in the MLB.

Here goes:

1. Oscar Taveras - OF/STL

2. Gerrit Cole - RHP/PIT

3. Taijuan Walker - RHP/SEA

4. Miguel Sano - 3B/MIN

5. Xander Bogaerts - SS/BOS

Comment: I like Taijuan Walker a lot, and will probably be number 1 going into next year. He absolutely dominated AA and in his 2 AAA starts he was lights out. Both Walker and Bogaerts are 20 years old and holding their own in AAA which is impressive to me.

6. Byron Buxton - OF/MIN

7. Dylan Bundy - RHP/BAL

8. Wil Meyers - OF/TB

9. Zack Wheeler - RHP/NYM

10. Archie Bradley - RHP/ARI

Comment: Not as big of a fan of Wil Meyers as most but I've got to give him top 10 love. The injury to Bundy is disappointing as I thought this was going to be a huge year for him. Still can't knock him off my top 10 though.

11. Jameson Taillon - RHP/PIT

12. Carlos Correa - SS/HOU

13. Fransisco Lindor - SS/CLE

14. Robert Stephenson - RHP/CIN

15. Noah Syndegaard - RHP/NYM

Comment: I feel Correa has more upside than Lindor, and his performance this year has been very good. I've been back and forth on who to rank higher for a while now. The trio of right-handers in this group are all still a good distance away from the MLB but I have loved what I've seen so far. Stephenson was on a lot of lists as a guy who would rank extremely high with a strong performance and he's had a great season so far.

16. Albert Almora - OF/CHC

17. Carlos Martinez - RHP/STL

18. Kyle Crick - RHP/SF

19. George Springer - OF/HOU

20. Javier Baez - SS/CHC

Comment: I've seen some people putting Springer and Baez even higher. I have been impressed with what I've seen from both this year but the K rates certainly scare me from ranking them higher. I really like Kyle Crick and Albert Almora. I think they are house hold names in the league in years to come.

21. Mike Zunino - C/SEA

22. Gregory Polanco - OF/PIT

23. Jorge Soler - OF/CHC

24. Danny Hultzen - LHP/SEA

25. Michael Wacha - LHP/STL

Comment: Ranking Hultzen over Wacha may seem strange, but Hultzen was dominating until his injury. When he comes back in a few weeks him and Walker and are going to destroy AAA hitters, it should be fun to watch. Zunino has struggled this year but he's had a lot to handle. Catchers are generally given lots of time to progress, he's been thrown right into the fire. Polanco and Soler are interchangeable. I like them both a lot.

26. Kris Bryant - 3B/CHC

27. Travis D' Arnaud - C/NYM

28. Mark Appel - RHP/HOU

29. Christian Yelich - OF/MIA

30. Billy Hamilton - OF/CIN

Comment: This group (wasn't intended this way I swear) represents both the dawning and the deflating. I believe a lot in Kris Bryant. Enough to put him ahead of what I believe is the safest bet at a major league regular you can find in a draft. I think Appel will soon be anchoring the staff in Houston. However, the other 3 members of group 26-30 are in my "Dog House". D'Arnaud has been hurt and I still believe in him, but I am losing faith quickly in Yelich and I was already very skeptical of Hamilton before the year began. No question they both have crazy good upside but neither have impressed me at all.

31. Alen Hanson - SS/PIT

32. Trevor Bauer - RHP/CLE

33. Taylor Guerrierri - RHP/TB

34. Kevin Gausman - RHP/BAL

35. Nick Castellanos - OF/DET

Comment: Bauer, of course, worries me. But I can't take a consesus top 15 prospect before the season and move him out of the top 40. I still believe in him though his command worries me. Guerrierri may seem low but his ceiling ins't as high as many of the other names before him on this list.

36. Aaron Sanchez - RHP/TOR

37. Brad Miller - SS/SEA

38. Joc Pederson - OF/LAD

39. Max Fried - LHP/SD

40. Lance McCullers - RHP/HOU

Comment: Brad Miller has been hitting leadoff in Seattle this year. I never would've thought he would be a leadoff hitter but he has looked very good. McCullers really impresses me which is why I have him as the highest rated Astro pitcher (besides Appel). Pederson still might be too low on this list. He's looked very good this year.

41. Jackie Bradley Jr. - OF/BOS

42. Jonathon Singleton - 1B/HOU

43. Gary Sanchez - C/NYY

44. Kyle Zimmer - RHP/KC

45. Addison Russel - SS/OAK

Comment: Russel and Zimmer have both been lower on lists I've seen. Russel just needs to cut down the strikeouts and he's a top 10 prospect. Zimmer, though his ERA is quite high, still really impresses me. His K's have still been there. Somebody who's K's scare me is Singleton (nice transition eh?). I was never big on Singleton, and I'm worried he's just going to become a 25 homer, .220 hitter.

46. Clint Frazier - OF/CLE

47. Matt Wisler - RHP/SD

48. Jake Odorizzi - RHP/TB

49. Mason Williams - OF/NYY

50-A. Alex Meyer - RHP/MIN

50-B. Zach Lee - RHP/LAD (Did this list over a few days, thought I had him in)

Comment: I really like Clint Frazier. This rank is probably too low. He hit a home run on his first professional at bat and its all been good since. Matt Wisler was my sleeper prospect coming into the year, and he's been very good this year again. I still believe in the tools for Mason Williams. He has a low strikeout rate which helps save his rank.

51. Corey Seager - SS/LAD

52. Max Fried - LHP/SD

53. Kohl Stewart - RHP/MIN

54. Kyle Gibson - RHP/MIN

55. Austin Hedges - C/SD

Comment: Yes, having Wisler in front of Fried will surely get me reprimanded. Don't get my wrong I like Fried, but I think Wisler is going to be very good. I really like the Seager family. Kyle has, quietly, been one of the most productive 3B in the league. And youngest brother, Justin Seager, was just drafted in the 12th round by Seattle in this past draft. The Seager family is going to take over the MLB mark my words. Oh, and I think Kohl Stewart is the best pitcher in the draft.

56. Jesse Biddle - LHP/PHI

57. Eddie Rosario - 2B/MIN

58. Andrew Heaney - LHP/MIA

59. Matt Davidson - 3B/ARI

60. Justin Nicolino - LHP/MIA

Comment: A trio of lefties is the most notable thing about this group. I like Biddle a lot. Heaney over Nicolino isn't always popular belief but Heaney's K/9 has been outstanding while Nicolino's has not, but you can't go wrong with either.

61. Garin Cecchini - 3B/BOS

62. Tyler Austin - OF/NYY

63. Kolten Wong - 2B/STL

64. Delino DeShields - 2B/HOU

65. Jose Berrios - RHP/MIN

Comment: Berrios and Cecchini are probably too low, while Tyler Austin may be too high. Berrios is one of my favorite pitchers from last years draft, highest ceiling of all the Twins pitchers.

66. Luis Heredia - RHP/PIT

67. Brian Goodwin - OF/WAS

68. David Dahl - OF/COL

69. Matt Barnes - RHP/BOS

70. Jonathon Gray - RHP/COL

Comment: Goodwin and Dahl are interchangeable. You can see the tools with both but Dahl has been hurt and Goodwin hasn't been as good as I hoped. Not a big fan of Gray, don't ask me why, I just get that feeling with him. Not sure what to make of Matt Barnes at this point.

71. J.R. Graham - RHP/ATL

72. Wilmer Flores - 3B/NYM

73. Kyle Parker - OF/COL

74. Allen Webster - RHP/BOS

75. Clayton Blackburn - RHP/SF

Comment: Everybody else seems to be a bigger Blackburn fan than I am, but I do have him in my top 100. Flores has been quite impressive. He would've been higher but Cecchini had to rank above him. I still like Kyle Parker and his bat will play well in Colorado .

76. Michael Choice - OF/OAK

77. Jake Marisnick - OF/MIA

78. Gleybar Torres - SS/CHC

79. Maikel Franco - 3B/PHI

80. Marcus Stroman - RHP/TOR

Comment: You'll notice Torres is the only IFA on this list. I usually don't like picking young, raw, unproven, and a good 4 years away prospects to be on my top 100 but I think Torres is a Venezuelan Troy Tulowitzki.

81. Grant Green - OF/OAK

82. Dan Vogelbach - 1B/CHC

83. Henry Owens - LHP/BOS

84. Austin Meadows - OF/PIT

85. Trevor Story - SS/COL

Comment: I haven't given up on Story, he just needs to cut down the K's.

86. Jesse Winker - 1B/CIN

87. Yordando Ventura - RHP/KC

88. Sonny Gray - RHP/OAK

89. Mike Foltynewicz - RHP/HOU

90. Victor Sanchez - RHP/SEA

Comment: I guess I'll jump on the Winker bandwagon too. I like Gray and Foltynewicz a lot. I think Sanchez is going to be a very solid pitcher in a few years, deserves more attention.

91. Chris Owings - SS/ARI

92. Lucas Giolito - RHP/WAS

93. Hak-Ju Lee - SS/TB

94. Josh Bell - OF/PIT

95. Eddie Butler - RHP/COL (I originally had Yodando Ventura twice, so I replaced him with another guy I was back and forth on putting in my top 100.)

Comment: Giolito could be a top 10 guy when healthy. I still want to see what he can do before ranking him higher. Chris Owings too low? He's having a great year so far, but I haven't read to much about him yet.

96. Rymer Liriano - OF/SD

97. Tim Anderson - SS/CWS

98. Stefen Romero - OF/SEA

99. Tyler Pike - LHP/SEA

100. Blake Snell - LHP/TB

Comment: This last group has a lot of surprises. First of all, I was thinking Liriano would have a "George Springer-like" year this year until the injury. You also might have seen that I do not have many of the past draft members in my top 100, however I do like Tim Anderson a lot and I thought he was a perfect pick for the White Sox. Stefen Romero rarely gets the attention he deserves. Would probably be higher if he had a sure position but for now Seattle will probably just run him out in LF. Tyler Pike and Blake Snell are 2 of my favorite lefties in the minors. Neither get any love, so I'm showing them some right here.

Missed the list: Bubba Starling, Mike Olt, Jonathon Schoop, Roberto Osuna, Courtney Hawkins, Colin Moran, Dorssys Paulino, Bruce Rondon, Jared Cosart, Kaleb Cowart, James Paxton, Cesar Puello, Michael Fulmer, Ethan Martin, A.J. Cole, Daniel Corcino, Casey Kelly, Robbie Erlin, Chris Stratton, Gary Brown

Like I said this list isn't perfect. This is my first attempt at putting a list on paper. I'd love to hear your feedback, if I missed anybody let me know, and I'll tell you why they aren't on their, or if I just forgot them (see 50-B Zach Lee heh heh) I'll add them in.

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