Melotticus' Top 20 NL East Rankings

This is actually my first attempt at listing players in a top X list or organizational list, so here goes.

Atlanta Braves

Rank Name Pos Age Level
1 Lucas Sims RHSP 19 A
2 Cody Martin RHSP 23 AA/AAA
3 Christian Bethancourt C 21 AA
4 Jose Peraza SS 19 A
5 Tommy La Stella 2B 24 A+/AA
6 JR Graham RHSP 23 AA
7 Kyle Wren CF 22 R+/A/A+
8 Jason Hursh RHSP 21 A
9 Josh Elander LF 22 A/A+
10 Mauricio Cabrera RHSP 19 A
11 Wes Parsons RHSP 20 A
12 Victor Caratini 3B 19 R+
13 Edward Salcedo 3B 21 AA
14 Robby Hefflinger LF 23 A+/AA
15 Sean Gilmartin LHSP 23 R/A/AAA
16 Shae Simmons RHP 22 A/AA
17 Victor Reyes LF 18 R/R+
18 Johan Camargo SS 19 R+
19 Aaron Northcraft RHSP 23 AA
20 Felix Falcon LHP 17 R (DSL)
HM Aldo Silva RHP 17 R (DSL)
HM Patrick Scoggin RHSP 22 A

Notes: Wes Parsons is a name fans need to familiarize themselves with. He was fantastic out of the Rome rotation this year as a 20 year old, posting a 2.63 ERA with a modest 8.29 K/9, and a nice 4.81 K/BB. Those numbers combined with a .220 average against, .280 BABIP and 67.5 % strand rate left him with a 2.77 FIP. Shae Simmons is another arm to watch for after posting a combined 1.69 ERA between Low A Rome and AA Mississippi. He dominated hitters with a 13.84 K/9, 3.73 K/BB, 0.99 WHIP and .160 average against while racking up 24 saves. He could make an impact on Atlanta's pen as early as next year with continued success. Simmons is also a representative of Atlanta in the AFL this fall.

Graduations - RHP Julio Teheran, LHP Alex Wood, 1B Joey Terdoslavich, C/OF Evan Gattis

Miami Marlins

Rank Name Pos Age Level
1 Andrew Heaney LHSP 22 A+/AA
2 Colin Moran 3B 20 A
3 Justin Nicolino LHSP 21 A+/AA
4 Jose Urena RHSP 21 A+
5 Adam Conley LHSP 23 AA
6 Brian Flynn LHSP 23 AA/AAA
7 Brent Keys CF 22 A+/AA
8 Anthony DeSclafani RHSP 23 A+/AA
9 Avery Romero 2B 20 A-/A
10 Jesus Solorzano RF 22 A
11 Jarlin Garcia LHSP 20 A-
12 Nick Wittgren RHP 22 A+/AA
13 Trevor Williams RHSP 21 R/A-/A
14 Viosergy Rosa 1B 23 A
15 Ryan Newell RHSP 22 A
16 Josh Easley RHP 22 R/A-/A+
17 Felix Munoz 1B 21 A-
18 Colby Suggs RHP 21 R/A-/A+
19 Domingo German RHSP 20 R/A-
20 Kyle Jensen RF 25 AA/AAA
HM Yeims Mendoza RHSP 20 DSL
HM Blake Barber 2B 23 A-/A

Notes: Jarlin Garcia is steadily moving up the Marlins chain, and improving every year. He posted a 3.10 ERA in 15 starts for short season Batavia as a 20 year old. He struck out 9.56 batters per 9 innings while only allowing 7.5 hits per 9 and a .220 opponents batting average. He also posted an impressive 4.11 K/BB ratio with a 1.09 WHIP. Nick Wittgren has a career 0.91 ERA in 75 pro games spanning 89 innings with a 6.8 H/9, 11.1 K/9 and 1.5 BB/9. Let that sink in a moment. This past season the 9th round pick of the 2012 draft posted a 0.77 ERA with 26 saves, 10 BB and 63 K in 58.1 IP. He only allowed 42 hits and 1 HR.

Graduations - RHP Jose Fernandez, LF Christian Yelich, CF Jake Marisnick, SS Adeiny Hecchavaria, CF Marcell Ozuna, 2B Derek Dietrich, C Rob Brantly

New York Mets

Rank Name Pos Age Level
1 Noah Syndergaard RHSP 20 A+/AA
2 Travis d'Arnaud C 24 R/AA/AAA
3 Cesar Puello RF 22 AA
4 Wilmer Flores 2B 21 AAA
5 Rafael Montero RHSP 22 AA/AAA
6 Kevin Plawecki C 22 A/A+
7 Dominic Smith 1B 18 R/R+
8 Dilson Herrera 2B 19 A
9 Jayce Boyd 1B 22 A/A+
10 Robert Gsellman RHSP 19 A-/A/A+
11 Gabriel Ynoa RHSP 20 A
12 Steven Matz LHSP 22 A
13 Brandon Nimmo CF 20 A
14 Luis Cessa RHSP 21 A
15 Michael Fulmer RHSP 20 R/A+
16 Gavin Cecchini SS 19 A-
17 Robert Whalen RHSP 19 R+
18 Chris Flexen RHSP 19 R+
19 Logan Verrett RHSP 23 AA
20 Jack Leathersich LHP 22 AA/AAA
HM Dustin Lawley LF 24 A+/AAA
HM Jon Leroux 1B 22 R+

Notes: 20 year old Gabriel Ynoa was stretched out and continued to show outstanding control, only walking 16 batters over 135.2 innings. He struck out 106 and allowed 123 hits while posting a 2.72 ERA and 15-4 record. Rotation-mate Luis Cessa followed the same path, walking 19 in 130 innings with 124 K and a 3.12 ERA. He almost doubled his innings total from last year while reducing his walk rate 1.1% and striking out 7.7% more batters. (EDIT- Dilson Herrera added at #8, John Gant removed at #19)

Graduations - RHP Zack Wheeler, RHP Jeurys Familia, CF Matt den Dekker

Philadelphia Phillies

Rank Name Pos Age Level
1 Maikel Franco 3B 20 A+/AA
2 Jesse Biddle LHSP 21 AA
3 JP Crawford SS 18 R/A-
4 Severino Gonzalez RHSP 20 A/A+/AA
5 Adam Morgan LHSP 23 R/AAA
6 Hoby Milner LHSP 22 A+
7 Kelly Dugan RF 22 A+/AA
8 Mario Hollands LHSP 24 A+/AA
9 Nic Hanson RHSP 21 R/A/A+
10 Roman Quinn SS 19 A
11 Jeb Stefan RHP 23 A
12 Herlis Rodriguez CF 19 R/A-
13 Keivi Rojas RHP 20 A-
14 Mark Leiter RHP 22 R/A/A+
15 Dylan Cozens RF 19 A-
16 Anthony Hewitt RF 24 AA
17 Gabriel Lino C 20 A-/A
18 Mauricio Robles LHP 24 AA/AAA
19 Tyler Viza RHSP 18 R
20 Cameron Perkins RF 22 R/A+
HM Tommy Joseph C 21 R/A+/AA/AAA
HM Olvy Marte 2B 18 DSL

Notes: Mark Leiter started the year pitching for New Jersey Tech and was drafted in the 22nd round of this year's draft. He threw 11 impressive appearances out of the bullpen in the GCL (23 innings, 1.57 ERA) before making a 2 game stop at A+ Clearwater where he held his own then was then demoted to Low A Lakewood. On the year Leiter produced a 10 K/9 with 2.6 BB/9, and a 1.20 ERA in 45 innings. Carlos Tocci had a rough season but its almost to be expected of a 17 year old in full season ball. He only hit .209/.261/.249 with 17 doubles in 421 AB. He also posted a sub-par 3.5 K/BB ratio. I expect him to repeat next year at Low A Lakewood and show some type of progress.

Graduations - 3B Cody Asche, RHP Ethan Martin, RHP Jon Pettibone, 1B Darin Ruf, RHP Justin De Fratus

Washington Nationals

Rank Name Pos Age Level
1 Lucas Giolito RHSP 18 R/A-
2 Brian Goodwin CF 22 AA
3 Robbie Ray LHSP 21 A+/AA
4 AJ Cole RHSP 21 A+/AA
5 Michael Taylor CF 22 A+
6 Tony Renda 2B 22 A
7 Steven Souza RF 24 R/AA
8 Brett Mooneyham LHSP 23 A/A+
9 Billy Burns LF 23 A+/AA
10 Matt Skole 3B 23 AA
11 Matt Purke LHSP 22 A/A+
12 Austin Voth RHSP 21 R/A-/A
13 Randy Encarnacion RF 18 R
14 Jake Johansen RHSP 22 A-/A
15 Nate Karns RHSP 25 AA
16 Blake Schwartz RHSP 23 A/A+
17 Drew Ward 3B 18 R
18 Dakota Bacus RHSP 22 A
19 Zach Walters SS 23 AAA
20 Adrian Nieto C 23 A+
HM Robert Benincasa RHP 22 A/A+
HM Brandon Miller RF 23 A/A+

Notes: Austin Voth split time between 3 levels after being drafted in the 5th round out of the University of Washington. He posted a 1.75 ERA this year over 11 starts with fantastic rate stats of 10.7 K/9, 1.2 BB/9 and 6.4 H/9. Randy Encarnacion (or Randy Novas on FanGraphs) was brilliant in a short sample in the GCL. He made 126 trips to the plate in his stateside debut and hit .349/.437/.523 for a 185 wRC+ and .455 wOBA (granted it was buoyed by an unsustainable .432 BABIP). He also showed much improved plate discipline with 16 walks to 25 strikeouts.

Graduations - 3B Anthony Rendon, RHP Taylor Jordan

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