MLB’s Top 50 Prospects (Preseason 2017 Edition)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We’ve broken down the top prospects for each team (click here for the index) and we’ve broken them down by position (click here for the index), so all that’s left to do is throwdown our Top 50 Prospects!  There’s little question regarding who the top prospects around the game are, but how do they rank?

It shouldn’t be surprising that the list is once again dominated by Pitchers, Shortstops and Outfielders, as that is clearly where the talent is focused.  With that said, how do things shake out?  Where do the top prospects at the other positions fit in?  Let’s take a look:

1)Victor RoblesWashington NationalsOFA
2)Yoan MoncadaChicago White Sox2BA
3)Lucas GiolitoChicago White SoxRHPA
4)Tyler GlasnowPittsburgh PiratesRHPA
5)Gleyber TorresNew York YankeesSSA
6)Alex ReyesSt. Louis CardinalsRHPA
7)Dansby SwansonAtlanta BravesSSA
8)Andrew BenintendiBoston Red SoxOFA-
9)Brendan RodgersColorado RockiesSSA-
10)Nick SenzelCincinnati Reds3BA-
11)Manuel MargotSan Diego PadresOFA-
12)Brent HoneywellTampa Bay RaysRHPA-
13)Eloy JimenezChicago CubsOFA-
14)Amed RosarioNew York MetsSSA-
15)Anderson EspinozaSan Diego PadresRHPA-
16)Franklin BarretoOakland A'sSSA-
17)Francis Martes Houston AstrosRHPA-
18)Jose DeleonTampa Bay RaysRHPA-
19)Francisco MejiaCleveland IndiansCA-
20)Ozzie AlbiesAtlanta Braves2BA-
21)Willy AdamesTampa Bay RaysSSA-
22)Rafael DeversBoston Red Sox3BA-/B+
23)Cody BellingerLos Angeles Dodgers1BA-/B+
24)Clint FrazierNew York YankeesOFA-/B+
25)Austin MeadowsPittsburgh PiratesOFB+
26)Mitch KellerPittsburgh PiratesRHPB+
27)Michael KopechChicago White SoxRHPB+
28)Josh BellPittsburgh Pirates1BB+
29)Lewis BrinsonMilwaukee BrewersOFB+
30)A.J. PukOakland A'sLHPB+
31)Jason GroomeBoston Red SoxLHPB+
32)Kyle TuckerHouston AstrosOFB+
33)Kolby AllardAtlanta BravesLHPB+
34)Erick FeddeWashington NationalsRHPB+
35)Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Toronto Blue Jays3BB+
36)Amir GarrettCincinnati RedsLHPB+
37)Kyle LewisSeattle MarinersOFB+
38)Triston McKenzieCleveland IndiansRHPB+
39)Bradley Zimmer Cleveland IndiansOFB+
40)Domingo AcevedoNew york YankeesRHPB+
41)Fernando RomeroMinnesota TwinsRHPB+
42)Corey RayMilwaukee BrewersOFB+
43)Ian HappChicago Cubs2BB+
44)J.P. CrawfordPhiladelphia PhilliesSSB+
45)Sean Reid-FoleyToronto Blue JaysRHPB+
46)Yadier AlvarezLos Angeles DodgersRHPB+
47)Jorge MateoNew York YankeesSSB+
48)Dominic SmithNew York Mets1BB+
49)Dylan CeaseChicago CubsRHPB+
50)Delvin PerezSt. Louis CardinalsSSB+



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Grading System:
Grade A – Elite Prospects (aka potential future perennial All-Stars)
Grade B – Above Average Prospects (aka above average Major Leaguers, could develop into a potential All-Star)
Grade C – Average Prospects (aka solid, though unspectacular)
Grade D – Nothing More Than Roster Filler
Grade F – Move On

Make sure to check out all of our 2017 Prospect Rankings:

AL EastAL CentralAL West
Baltimore OriolesChicago White SoxHouston Astros
Boston Red SoxCleveland IndiansLos Angeles Angels
New York YankeesDetroit TigersOakland A's
Tampa Bay RaysKansas City RoyalsSeattle Mariners
Toronto Blue JaysMinnesota TwinsTexas Rangers
NL EastNL CentralNL West
Atlanta BravesChicago CubsArizona Diamondbacks
Miami MarlinsCincinnati RedsColorado Rockies
New York MetsMilwaukee BrewersLos Angeles Dodgers
Philadelphia PhilliesPittsburgh PiratesSan Diego Padres
Washington NationalsSt. Louis CardinalsSan Francisco Giants


  1. MJ says:

    Robles has shown nice plate discipline for such a young guy. But outside of that, he has a lot yet to prove before I would put him inside my top 20, let alone #1. His offensive numbers were nothing special. I’d like for my #1 to be able to dominate the lower levels. Not saying he can’t get there, but he’s no where close as of today.

  2. Biff Malibu says:

    Saw him play in htown. Incredible talent. I urge you to form such strong opinion after having seen someone in person. A lot of these critics have and many have him top five

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