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Top 205 MLB prospects for 2017 (Opening Day version)

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One final cleanup of the top prospect list as the season begins

Yoan Moncada
Yoan Moncada
Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Last week I posted a revised Top 200 prospects list incorporating what we learned from spring training. To celebrate Opening Day, here is one final revision of the list.

The main change from last week is Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. Many people felt his ranking was too low, so the last few days I’ve been studying him closely and have determined that yes, indeed, he was too low. I think there's a decent chance that the changes he has made to his approach will stick, at least most of the time.

The other major change was to clean up some of the record-keeping errors that had resulted in rankings like 75-A and 75-B on the older versions of the list.

As with the last week version, think of this as tiers rather than exact placement the further down the list you go. We will revisit the list at mid-season.

1) Andrew Benintendi, OF, Red Sox, Grade A
2) Yoan Moncada, INF, White Sox, Grade A
3) Dansby Swanson, SS, Braves, Grade A
4) Gleyber Torres, SS, Yankees, Grade A/A- (previously 7th)
5) Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates, Grade A/A- (previously 6th)
6) Amed Rosario, SS, Mets, Grade A/A- (5th)
7) Austin Meadows, OF, Pirates, Grade A- (20th)
8) Franklin Barreto, SS-2B, Athletics, Grade A- (12th)
9) Eloy Jimenez, OF, Cubs, Grade A- (11th)
10) Ozzie Albies, INF, Braves, Grade A-

11) Rafael Devers, 3B, Red Sox, Grade A- (9th)
12) Cody Bellinger, 1B, Dodgers, Grade A- (13th)
13) Lucas Giolito, RHP, White Sox, Grade A-/B+ (14th)
14) Jose De Leon, RHP, Rays, Grade A-/B+ (8th)
15) Michael Kopech, RHP, White Sox, Grade A-/B+
16) Willy Adames, SS, Rays, Grade B+/A-
17) Francisco Mejia, C, Indians, Grade B+/A- (19th)
18) Brendan Rodgers, SS, Rockies, Grade B+/A- (17th)
19) Yadier Alvarez, RHP, Dodgers, Grade B+/A- (18th)
20) Bradley Zimmer, OF, Indians, Grade B+/A- (32nd)

21) Anderson Espinoza, RHP, Padres, Grade B+/A-
22) Victor Robles, OF, Nationals, Grade B+/A-
23) Nick Senzel, 3B, Reds, Grade B+/A-
24) Brent Honeywell, RHP, Rays, Grade B+/A-
25) Mitch Keller, RHP, Pirates, Grade B+/A-
26) Kolby Allard, LHP, Braves, Grade B+/A-
27) Clint Frazier, OF, Yankees, Grade B+ (34th)
28) J.P. Crawford, SS, Phillies, Grade B+ (27)
29) Josh Bell, 1B, Pirates, Grade B+ (28)
30) Francis Martes, RHP, Astros, Grade B+ (29)

31) Luke Weaver, RHP, Cardinals, Grade B+ (30)
32) Reynaldo Lopez, RHP, White Sox, Grade B+ (31)
33) Lewis Brinson, OF, Brewers, Grade B+
34) Manny Margot, OF, Padres, Grade B+ (35)
35) Kyle Tucker, OF, Astros, Grade B+ (36)
36) Josh Hader, LHP, Brewers, Grade B+ (37)
37) David Paulino, RHP, Astros, Grade B+ (38)
38) Ronald Acuna, OF, Braves, Grade B+ (68)
39) Amir Garrett, LHP, Reds, Grade B+ (50)
40) Blake Rutherford, OF, Yankees, Grade B+ (39)

41) Mickey Moniak, OF, Phillies, Grade B+ (40)
42) Vladimir Guerrero Jr, OF, Blue Jays, Grade B+ (41)
43) Nick Gordon, SS, Twins, Grade B+ (42)
44) James Kaprielian, RHP, Yankees, Grade B+ (62)
45) Robert Gsellman, RHP, Mets, Grade B+ (59)
46) Triston McKenzie, RHP, Indians, Grade B+ (43)
47) Kyle Lewis, OF, Mariners, Grade B+ (44)
48) Jason Groome, LHP, Red Sox, Grade B+ (45)
49) Jeff Hoffman, RHP, Rockies, Grade B+ (46)
50) Erick Fedde, RHP, Nationals, Grade B+ (47)

51) Corey Ray, OF, Brewers, Grade B+ (48)
52) Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, Blue Jays, Grade B+ (49)
53) Alex Reyes, RHP, Cardinals, Grade B+ (4)
54) A.J. Puk, LHP, Athletics, Grade B+ (51)
55) Jake Bauers, OF-1B, Rays, Grade B+ (63)
56) Alex Verdugo, OF, Dodgers, Grade B+ (52)
57) Tyler O’Neill, OF, Mariners, Grade B+ (53)
58) Justus Sheffield, LHP, Yankees, Grade B+ (54)
59) Zack Collins, C, White Sox, Grade B+ (55)
60) Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Twins, Grade B+ (56)

61) Mike Soroka, RHP, Braves, Grade B+ (57)
62) Sean Newcomb, LHP, Braves, Grade B+ (58)
63) Dylan Cease, RHP, Cubs, Grade B+ (60)
64) Max Fried, LHP, Braves, Grade B+ (61)
65) Jesse Winker, OF, Reds, Grade B+ (64)
66) A.J. Reed, 1B, Astros, Grade B+ (NR)
67) Carson Fulmer, RHP, White Sox, Grade B+
68) Hunter Renfroe, OF, Padres, Grade B+ (71)
69) Richard Urena, SS, Blue Jays, Grade B+ (66)
70) Matt Manning, RHP, Tigers, Grade B+ (69)

71) Jorge Mateo, INF, Yankees, Grade B+ (70)
72) Riley Pint, RHP, Rockies, Grade B+/B
73) Trevor Clifton, RHP, Cubs, Grade B+/B
74) Ian Happ, 2B-OF, Cubs, Grade B+/B
75) Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees, Grade B+/B (143)
76) Luiz Gohara, LHP, Braves, Grade B+/B
77) Raimel Tapia, OF, Rockies, Grade B/B+
78) Brady Aiken, LHP, Indians, Grade B/B+
79) Jharel Cotton, RHP, Athletics, Grade B/B+
80) Chance Adams, RHP, Yankees, Grade B/B+

81) Domingo Acevedo, RHP, Yankees, Grade B/B+
82) Matt Chapman, 3B, Athletics, Grade B/B+
83) Yulieski Gurriel, 3B-1B-OF, Astros, Grade B/B+
84) Tyler Beede, RHP, Giants, Grade B/B+
85) Jorge Alfaro, C, Phillies, Grade B/B+
86) Carson Kelly, C, Cardinals, Grade B/B+
87) Fernando Romero, RHP, Twins, Grade B/B+
88) German Marquez, RHP, Rockies, Grade B/B+
89) Casey Gillaspie, 1B, Rays, Grade B/B+
90) Yohander Mendez, LHP, Rangers, Grade B/B+

91) Ian Anderson, RHP, Braves, Grade B/B+
92) Isan Diaz, INF, Brewers, Grade B/B+
93) Yandy Diaz, 3B, Indians, Grade B/B+ (NR)
94) Bobby Bradley, 1B, Indians, Grade B/B+ (65)
95) Cal Quantrill, RHP, Padres, Grade B/B+ (91)
96) Alex Kirilloff, OF, Twins, Grade B/B+ (92)
97) Franklin Perez, RHP, Astros, Grade B/B+ (93)
98) Tom Murphy, C, Rockies, Grade B/B+ (94)
99) Josh Staumont, RHP, Royals, Grade B/B+ (95)
100) Forrest Whitley, RHP, Astros, Grade B/B+ (96)

101) Ariel Jurado, RHP, Rangers, Grade B/B+ (97)
102) Kevin Maitan, SS, Braves, Grade B (98)
103) Tyler Jay, LHP, Twins, Grade B (99)
104) Andrew Toles, OF, Dodgers, Grade B (100-A)
105) Frankie Montas, RHP, Athletics, Grade B (100-B)
106) Albert Abreu, RHP, Yankees, Grade B
107) Albert Almora, OF, Cubs, Grade B
108) Willie Calhoun, 2B-OF, Dodgers, Grade B
109) Kevin Newman, SS, Pirates, Grade B
110) Lourdes Gurriel, Jr, INF-OF, Blue Jays, Grade B:

111) Anthony Alford, OF, Blue Jays, Grade B
112) Dominic Smith, 1B, Mets, Grade B
113) Hunter Dozier, 3B-OF, Royals, Grade B
114) Robert Stephenson, RHP, Reds, Grade B
115) Harrison Bader, OF, Cardinals, Grade B
116) Chance Sisco, C, Orioles, Grade B
117) Delvin Perez, SS, Cardinals, Grade B
118) Roman Quinn, OF, Phillies, Grade B
119) Christian Arroyo, INF, Grade B
120) Jack Flaherty, RHP, Cardinals, Grade B

121) Dakota Hudson, RHP, Cardinals, Grade B
122) Yusniel Diaz, OF, Dodgers, Grade B
123) Mauricio Dubon, SS, Brewers, Grade B
124) Cody Sedlock, RHP, Orioles, Grade B
125) Luis Ortiz, RHP, Brewers, Grade B
126) Brandon Woodruff, RHP, Brewers, Grade B
127) Magneuris Sierra, OF, Cardinals, Grade B
128) Touki Toussaint, RHP, Braves, Grade B
129) Phil Bickford, RHP, Brewers, Grade B
130) Anthony Banda, LHP, Diamondbacks, Grade B

131) Juan Soto, OF, Nationals, Grade B
132) Andy Ibanez, INF, Rangers, Grade B
133) Zack Burdi, RHP, White Sox, Grade B
134) Rob Kaminsky, LHP, Indians, Grade B
135) Dane Dunning, RHP, White Sox, Grade B
136) Greg Allen, OF, Indians, Grade B
137) Domingo Leyba, INF, Diamondbacks, Grade B
138) Alec Hansen, RHP, White Sox, Grade B
139) Oscar De La Cruz, RHP, Cubs, Grade B
140) Jordan Sheffield, RHP, Dodgers, Grade B

141) Christin Stewart, OF, Tigers, Grade B
142) Matt Strahm, LHP, Royals, Grade B
143) Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Blue Jays, Grade B
144) Matt Thaiss, 1B, Angels, Grade B
145) Jahmai Jones, OF, Angels, Grade B
146) Grant Holmes, RHP, Athletics, Grade B/B-
147) Walker Buehler, RHP, Dodgers, Grade B/B-
148) Ryan McMahon, 3B-1B, Rockies, Grade B/B-
149) Adrian Morejon, LHP, Padres, Grade B/B-
150) Juan Hillman, LHP, Indians, Grade B/B-

151) Sandy Alcantara, RHP, Cardinals, Grade B/B-
152) Jacob Nix, RHP, Padres, Grade B/B-
153) Austin Riley, 3B, Braves, Grade B/B-
154) Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pirates Grade B/B-
155) Luis Urias, INF, Padres, Grade B/B-
156) Daniel Gossett, RHP, Athletics, Grade B/B-
157) Thomas Szapucki, LHP, Mets, Grade B/B-
158) Dinelson Lamet, RHP, Padres, Grade B/B-
159) Justin Dunn, RHP, Mets, Grade B/B-
160) Leody Taveras, OF, Rangers, Grade B/B-

161) Eric Lauer, LHP, Padres, Grade B/B-
162) Braxton Garrett, LHP, Marlins, Grade B-/B
163) Joey Wentz, LHP, Braves, Grade B-/B
164) Brandon Nimmo, OF, Mets, Grade B-/B
165) Ramon Laureano, OF, Astros, Grade B-/B
166) Chih-Wei Hu, RHP, Rays, Grade B-/B
167) Franklyn Kilome, RHP, Phillies, Grade B-/B
168) Desmond Lindsay, OF, Mets, Grade B-/B
169) Derek Fisher, OF, Astros, Grade B-/B
170) Gavin Cecchini, SS, Mets, Grade B-/B

171) Jacob Faria, RHP, Rays, Grade B-/B
172) Nick Niedert, RHP, Mariners, Grade B-/B
173) Jon Harris, RHP, Blue Jays, Grade B-/B
174) Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Mariners, Grade B-/B
175) Bryan Reynolds, OF, Giants, Grade B-/B
176) Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Astros, Grade B-/B
177) Ty Blach, LHP, Giants, Grade B-/B
178) Jaime Schultz, RHP, Rays, Grade B-/B
179) Rhys Hoskins, 1B, Phillies, Grade B-/B
180) Shed Long, 2B, Reds, Grade B-/B

181) Andrew Suarez, LHP, Giant, Grade B-/B
182) Brock Stewart, RHP, Dodgers, Grade B-
183) Trey Mancini, 1B, Orioles, Grade B-
184) Matt Olson, 1B, Athletics, Grade B-

185) Lucas Erceg, 3B, Brewers, Grade B- (200)
186) Marcos Diplan, RHP, Brewers, Grade B- (181)
187) Sixto Sanchez, RHP, Phillies, Grade B- (182)
188) Christian Pache, OF, Braves, Grade B- (183)
189) Yu-Cheng Chang, SS, Indians, Grade B- (184)
190) Lewin Diaz, 1B, Twins, Grade B- (185)

191) Jesus Sanchez, OF, Rays, Grade B- (186)
192) Max Povse, RHP, Mariners, Grade B- (187)
193) Cody Reed, LHP, Reds, Grade B- (188)
194) Renato Nunez, 3B, Athletics, Grade B- (189)
195) Daniel Robertson, SS, Rays, Grade B- (190)
196) Paul DeJong, 3B-SS, Cardinals, Grade B- (191)
197) Mark Zagunis, OF, Cubs, Grade B- (192)
198) Taylor Clarke, RHP, Diamondbacks, Grade B- (193)
199) Steven Okert, LHP, Giants, Grade B- (194)
200) Jeimer Candelario, 3B, Cubs, Grade B- (195)

201) Keibert Ruiz, C, Dodgers, Grade B- (196)
202) Joshua Lowe, 3B, Rays, Grade B- (197)
203) Nolan Jones, 3B, Indians, Grade B- (198)
204) Dawel Lugo, SS-3B, Diamondbacks, Grade B- (199)
205) Randy Arozarena, INF-OF, Cardinals, Grade B- (NR)