Archive for Top 10 Lists

Top 10 Prospects (2017): Cleveland Indians: Do They Have The Next Great Catcher & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Indians made a bold move at the Trade Deadline, as they trade a prospect bounty to acquire Andrew Miller.  The move certainly paid off, as Miller helped them reach the World Series, and they actually didn’t leave the system bare in the process.  Who are the best prospects remaining?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Francisco Mejia – Catcher
Grade – A-
ETA – 2018

A switch-hitting catcher who showed a tremendous approach at the plate en route to a 50-game hitting streak?  All that he needs is a little bit of power upside…  He has that as well!  Splitting time between two levels of Single-A last season he posted 11 HR (as well as 29 doubles and 4 triples) in just 407 AB.  In other words we could ultimately talk about a 15-20 HR type catcher. Read more

Top 10 Prospects (2017): Chicago White Sox: A Surprising #1, Where Does Fulmer Fit & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Chicago White Sox have some top end talent in their farm system, but the two “premier” names also have significant questions hanging over them.  Thanks to several trades and the graduation of others, the farm system looks relatively barren of impact talent at the moment (though if the rumors are true these rankings will change dramatically over the coming weeks).  Is there anyone who could ultimately make a significant jump/impact in 2017, though?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Alec Hansen – Right-Handed Pitcher
Grade – B (borderline B+/A- upside)
ETA – 2019

All of the attention is going to be put on the “top” two names in the system, but right now you can argue that the team’s 2016 second round pick carries the most upside.  It was only 54.2 IP, but he certainly made an impressive impact in his first taste of professional baseball: Read more

Top 10 Prospects (2017): Toronto Blue Jays: Where Does Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Fit & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Toronto system certainly is not among the best in baseball, though they have a pitcher who appears to be on the verge emerging as one of the top prospects in the game.  Then you got the surprising signing of Lourdes Gurriel Jr., further deepening the system, as well as a few others with potential (like Anthony Alford) and there are some intriguing names on the list.  Who are the best?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Sean Reid-Foley – Right-Handed Pitcher
Grade – B+
ETA – 2018

While the Blue Jays’ system may lack star quality, laying in wait is someone who could quickly become a big pitching prospect.  Just look at his numbers (split between Single-A and High-A) in the three skills that we generally target from any pitcher:

  • Strikeouts – 10.1 K/9
  • Walks – 3.0 BB/9
  • Groundballs – 1.40 GO/AO

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Top 10 Prospects (2017): New York Yankees: Judge Falling Outside The Top 5 & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Yankees made a few bold trades leading up to the deadline, stockpiling their system in the process.  The improvement is obvious, with many of the names acquired littering the top spots on our rankings.  Couple the newbies with an impressive group of holdovers and you suddenly have a bright outlook for the future.  Who is the best of the group?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Gleyber Torres – Shortstop
Current Grade – A
ETA – 2018

The key acquisition in the Aroldis Chapman trade, one of his best attributes is his willingness to draw a walk.  It’s something he displayed both before and after the trade at High-A:

  • Cubs – 10.3%
  • Yankees – 11.6%

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Top 10 Prospects (2017): Baltimore Orioles: Is Chance Sisco The Next “Elite” Catching Prospect & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

To an extent the Baltimore Orioles system is lackluster, thanks to the seemingly endless injuries plaguing their top tier pitching prospects.  However, as you look down this list there is certainly some potential impact, some of which could arrive in short order.  Who are the top names to know?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Cody Sedlock – Right-Handed Pitcher
ETA – 2018
Grade – B+

The team’s first round pick this past year, he only tossed 27.0 innings in the minors this season and it will be interesting to see how quickly the team builds up his workload after operating as a reliever in college early in his career.  The big question that came about in his first taste of professional baseball is his control (13 BB), as he demonstrated strikeouts (25) and groundball stuff (2.00 GO/AO).  Obviously it was an extremely small sample size, though as we said that’s part of the problem. Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (May 31, 2016)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Which prospects are on the verge of making an impact in the Major Leagues? This weekly column will rank the ten who are closest (as well as other names that are being closely considered). Keep in mind that while talent is factored in opportunity plays a major role, so there may be some “lesser” prospects who rank fairly highly on the list (the number in parenthesis is their ranking from last week and all statistics are through Sunday unless otherwise noted):

1) Jameson Taillon – Pittsburgh Pirates – Starting Pitcher (1)
Taillon continues to bide his time at Triple-A, simply awaiting the opportunity to make his MLB debut.  The hype that surrounded Juan Nicasio (4.79 ERA) prior to the season is quickly disappearing and Jeff Locke is hardly a “lock” to keep his rotation spot (5.08 ERA).  Throw in the struggles of Francisco Liriano (4.63 ERA) and Jonathan Niese (4.42 ERA) and there are countless ways for the team to open up a rotation spot. Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (May 23, 2016)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Which prospects are on the verge of making an impact in the Major Leagues? This weekly column will rank the ten who are closest (as well as other names that are being closely considered). Keep in mind that while talent is factored in opportunity plays a major role, so there may be some “lesser” prospects who rank fairly highly on the list (the number in parenthesis is their ranking from last week and all statistics are through Sunday unless otherwise noted):

1) Jameson Taillon – Pittsburgh Pirates – Starting Pitcher (1)
He continues to marinate at Triple-A, waiting for an opportunity to present itself.  After the “concerns” were building, having allowed 3 ER in back-to-back starts, Taillon quieted them down in his last outing (6.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 8 K).  In 49.1 IP this season he now owns a 9.30 K/9, 0.91 BB/9 and 1.18 GO/AO (leading to a 1.82 ERA and 0.81 WHIP).  The once premier prospect has missed the past two seasons due to injury so an innings limit could be an issue, but for now it’s impossible to imagine him not making an impact soon. Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (May 18, 2016)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Which prospects are on the verge of making an impact in the Major Leagues? This weekly column will rank the ten who are closest (as well as other names that are being closely considered). Keep in mind that while talent is factored in opportunity plays a major role, so there may be some “lesser” prospects who rank fairly highly on the list (the number in parenthesis is their ranking from last week and all statistics are through Sunday unless otherwise noted):

1) Jameson Taillon – Pittsburgh Pirates – Starting Pitcher (4)
Is it possible that he has jumped back ahead of Tyler Glasnow in regards to who will arrive first in Pittsburgh?  The team has a need and Taillon has shown consistency every time he’s taken the mound.  Sure he’s allowed 3 ER in each of his past two starts, but he’s gone 6+ innings in six of his seven starts, posting an impressive 2.08 ERA and 0.81 WHIP.  Even better?  In his 43.1 innings he’s posted 43 K vs. 5 BB.  It’s been an incredibly long road (he missed all of 2014 and 2015), but at this point it’s getting hard to see what he has left to prove.  Once considered a Top 10 prospect in all of baseball, it’s simply a matter of when the team decides it wants to move on from either Jon Niese or Jeff Locke. Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (May 12, 2016)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Which prospects are on the verge of making an impact in the Major Leagues? This weekly column will rank the ten who are closest (as well as other names that are being closely considered). Keep in mind that while talent is factored in opportunity plays a major role, so there may be some “lesser” prospects who rank fairly highly on the list (the number in parenthesis is their ranking from last week and all statistics are through Tuesday unless otherwise noted):

1) Tyler Glasnow – Pittsburgh Pirates – Starting Pitcher (3)
There had been talk that Jameson Taillon could be the first Pittsburgh starter to arrive, but Glasnow has silenced that talk with his past three starts (18.0 IP, 0 ER, 8 H, 7 BB, 29 K).  Among the premier pitching prospects in the league, he has little left to prove at Triple-A having now thrown 74.0 innings at the level with 96 K and 35 BB.  Throw in an improved groundball rate this season (1.09 GO/AO) and the total package appears to be there. Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (May 5, 2016)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Which prospects are on the verge of making an impact in the Major Leagues? This weekly column will rank the ten who are closest (as well as other names that are being closely considered). Keep in mind that while talent is factored in opportunity plays a major role, so there may be some “lesser” prospects who rank fairly highly on the list (the number in parenthesis is their ranking from last week and all statistics are through Monday unless otherwise notes):

1) Blake Snell – Tampa Bay Rays – Starting Pitcher
Snell has gotten a taste of the Majors and with the Rays seemingly intent on keeping Erasmo Ramirez in the bullpen it’s a matter of when, not if, Snell returns.  Among the premier pitching prospects in the game, he certainly presented himself well in his first taste of the Majors (1 ER on 2 H and 1 BB, striking out 6, over 5.0 IP). That’s not to say that there aren’t concerns:

  1. Pitching in the AL East
  2. Control

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