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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobthe4th View Post
    Yeah but that’s because Ohtani isn’t in 3 of them. So if he isn’t being penalised then the only 3 that both appear in, Ohtani has the better ranking.
    You're way overthinking this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P2F View Post
    You're way overthinking this.
    I know, it doesn’t really matter, he’s not really a prospect and will never appear in the minors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobthe4th View Post
    I know, it doesn’t really matter, he’s not really a prospect and will never appear in the minors.
    I'm guessing he's going to have options so they can option him to the minors and hence you could see him in the minors
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    Quote Originally Posted by flafson View Post
    I'm guessing he's going to have options so they can option him to the minors and hence you could see him in the minors
    i can totally see him blowing out his arm and then going to the minors to develop the bat

    he pitched 140 and 25 innings the last two seasons
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    Team farm rankings from BP! Jays top 10

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    30. Seattle Mariners (Last Year: 25)
    The Mariners were strong contenders for the ignominious end of the list even before dealing presumptive top ten prospects for Dee Gordon and trading further prospect inventory for international slot money as part of their ultimately quixotic pursuit of Shohei Ohtani.

    Now?

    /casually gestures to screencap above

    I’d like to say this will look better in a year, that this is just a cyclical thing. It’s possible that Kyle Lewis finally comes back healthy, Evan White figures out how to lift the ball more, and Sam Carlson turns into a Top 101 arm. These are all possibilities, but we live in an entropic universe, so that’s not an enticing parlay. The Mariners do have a good 2017 J2 class that will make their pro debut—though perhaps not stateside yet. They have the 14th overall pick in the draft. And well, it’s unlikely to be any worse next year. It’s hard to see where the breakouts are coming though, and they’ll need more than one.


    29. Kansas City Royals (Last Year: 27)
    28. New York Mets (Last Year: 12)
    27. Arizona Diamondbacks (Last Year: 28)
    26. San Francisco Giants (Last Year: 24)
    The Mariners are a tier of their own. These are more the regular “bad” systems. The names at the top of the team lists are more interesting, there’s a 101 guy, maybe another name or two in consideration, more obvious 2018 breakout candidates (Khalil Lee, Mark Vientos, Marcus Wilson, Jacob Gonzalez), and just more system depth overall. It’s not great depth. There’s too many maybe-fifth-starters or fifth infielders in their top tens. The Giants have the greatest depth in terms of future major league pieces, while the Diamondbacks have the most intriguing upside plays in their next ten. The Mets prospects are—surprise, surprise—mostly injured, and the Royals are just kind of blah past their intriguing top three.

    25. Chicago Cubs (Last Year: 13)
    24. Boston Red Sox (Last Year: 21)
    23. Baltimore Orioles (Last Year: 23)
    The Cubs and the Red Sox has graduated a ton of top talent over the last few years, have drafted late in the first round—plus sacrificed top picks to sign free agents—and traded top tier prospects for premium major league players in the successful pursuit of pennants and rings. It’s not a surprise they are towards the bottom of their organizational cycle. The Orioles…uh…well Trey Mancini had a solid debut?

    Both the Sox and the Cubs have a single back-end Top 101 arm (Adbert Alzolay, Jay Groome), a prospect that just missed (Jose Albertos, Michael Chavis), and a less-than-inspiring list of names past their fifth-best prospect or so.

    Baltimore actually has the best system of the three—cold comfort of course—after breakout years from Ryan Mountcastle and Austin Hays. The system will likely get an additional infusion in 2018 from a Manny Machado trade return, but the lack of pitching development continues to be an issue, and their refusal to play in the IFA market limits their upside in our org rankings.


    22. Cleveland Indians (Last Year: 19)
    21. Detroit Tigers (Last Year: 25)
    20. Houston Astros (Last Year: 11)
    These systems aren’t “bad” per se. Cleveland has one of the best position player/pitcher combos around with Francisco Mejia and Triston McKenzie. The Tigers are littered with power arms, as the Tigers usually are, and the Astros have an even better one-two punch in Forrest Whitley and Kyle Tucker. All three systems lack depth in the role 5 types, and I suspect there are prospects here we like less than other places (Matt Manning, Alex Faedo, J.B. Bukauskas, Nolan Jones, Will Benson). Detroit is the most likely of the three to take a big jump in 2018. Faedo may put together a healthy season with “potential first-overall pick Alex Faedo” stuff. Matt Manning might put it together. Isaac Paredes is a potential 2019 Top 101 name. They could still trade off more major league pieces at the deadline—plenty of teams will be interested in Michael Fulmer. And oh yeah, they will be adding the first-overall pick in the 2018 draft. As for Cleveland and Houston, they are likely to be down this end for a few more years while they continue to pick at the end of the first round and try and supplement playoff-caliber rosters any way they can.


    19. Milwaukee Brewers (Last Year: 3)
    18. Los Angeles Angels (Last Year: 29)
    17. St. Louis Cardinals (Last Year: 14)
    16. Colorado Rockies (Last Year: 9)
    15. Pittsburgh Pirates (Last Year: 8)
    This is the mushy middle this year, but these five organizations got here in very different ways. The Angels are the big riser of the group. The addition of Jo Adell gives them a top-50 talent and 2016 prep picks Chris Rodriguez and Brandon Marsh started to put themselves on national radars as well. Jaime Barria and Michael Hermosillo are nice player development wins. Griffin Canning in intriguing if he stays healthy. And of course they benefited from the Braves transgressions in the IFA market, picking up top 2016 July 2 prospects Kevin Maitan and Livan Soto as free agents. It’s still a little on the shallow side, but their next ten is loaded with potential high-upside arms. It’s not a good system yet, but it’s a far more fun system than it has been post-Mike-Trout. And we expect it to improve further in 2018.

    The Cardinals and Brewers both traded from their stockpile of Top 101 talent to acquire Marlins outfielders. The Cardinals still have impressive system depth, but the top-end talent has thinned out. The top of the system is major-league-ready, but while we still love Alex Reyes, he’s risky until we see him on a mound, airing it out post-TJ. Meanwhile Carson Kelly doesn’t exactly have a road to playing time with Yadier Molina still a fixture behind the plate. The Brewers parted with three high-upside, Top 101 prospects for Christian Yelich and that will take a bite out of any system. The top of their org is now composed mostly of third or fourth starters (Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, Luis Ortiz) and first-round picks that have underperformed a little in the pros (Trent Clark, Corey Ray). We do love this year’s first rounder, Keston Hiura, and he could move quickly in 2018.

    The Rockies drop a bit due to the graduations of their best pitching prospects (Jeff Hoffman, Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela, and German Marquez). Those arms helped them to a surprise wild card birth last year, so I imagine they will take the dip with a modicum of good cheer. Anyway, they still have more arms almost ready to toe the rubber in Coors (Yency Almonte, Ryan Castellani, and Sam Howard) along with one of the best prospects in baseball in Brendan Rodgers.

    The Angels are an improving system, the Cards, Brewers, and Rockies used their system to improve their major league rosters. The Pirates…well, we just aren’t as high on the system this year. They did graduate two top-30 prospects in Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow. Bell was steady in his major-league debut, while Glasnow continued to struggle with the strike zone. Austin Meadows had another lost year. Kevin Newman and Will Craig look less like potential above-average starters. This isn’t a bad system by any means. Mitch Keller has a top-of-the-rotation ceiling. We might be saying the same thing about Shane Baz in a year. Cole Tucker and Ke’Bryan Hayes do look like potential above-average starters. And hey, maybe Colin Moran is the latest minuteman of the launch angle revolution. We’re just not feeling it as much this year.


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    14. Texas Rangers (Last Year: 16)
    13.Washington Nationals (Last Year: 20)
    And now two systems that I suspect we will be higher on than the rest of the prospect-ranking industrial complex (although I am terrible at those kind of predictions). The Rangers put four prospects in our Top 101, the Nationals, five. We are bullish on Washington’s Juan Soto and Carter Kieboom despite their injury-marred 2017. We see Texas’ Cole Ragans and Kyle Cody as potential 2019 Top 101 arms. And I don’t know if any org outside of the Padres has as many 2018 breakout candidates as these two. Both are likely to take a hit at the top as Victor Robles, Erick Fedde, Willie Calhoun, and Ronald Guzman are all potential graduates, but there are reinforcements waiting.



    12. Miami Marlins (Last Year: 30)
    The Marlins were at the bottom of our org rankings last year. Going into the offseason they were a decent candidate to repeat. They remade their organization by trading their entire starting outfield plus a guy who’s going to move to the outfield. If you are reading this article, you likely don’t need the refresher. The White Sox did something similar last offseason. Chicago was starting from a higher point—although still a bottom five system—but it’s hard to say Miami extracted better value, despite trading more players, including the reigning MVP. In fact the reigning MVP brought back the worst return of the four players. The White Sox’s deals were a tacit indictment of their inability to build around Chris Sale, one of the best pitchers in baseball and on a below market pre-arb extension. The Marlins deals were merely a way to shed priority debt.

    Jeremy Bentham wrote: “Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.” The Marlins appear to be ignoring both. Might be time for Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter to ponder what we owe to each other.


    11. Cincinnati Reds (Last Year: 17)
    10. Minnesota Twins (Last Year: 22)
    While it might not be fair to lump these two together from a major-league perspective, they make a lot of sense when looking at the state of their minor league systems. Both are led by top tier guys at the very top (Nick Senzel, Royce Lewis), have strong top fives, and then things get…both fun and messy at the same time. The Twins go about their 2-5 set in pretty Twinsian fashion. Stephen Gonsalves has produced prolific strikeout rates at the minor-league level, but we’re less confident that a changeup-first arsenal works so well at the major-league level. Nick Gordon is substance over flash, but we’re buoyed by his ability to introduce more game power into his game in 2018. Wander Javier is the outlier in this grouping, as an extreme upside play, but he’s not the only one in the Twins system.

    The Reds have something of the inverse in their 2-5 grouping: Hunter Greene was the no. 2 pick in the draft on the back of a triple-digit fastball and elite athleticism. We’re cautious in regards to his risk factors but the upside is undeniable. Taylor Trammell has seen his profile rise significantly this offseason on the back of a dynamic 2017 season, where showcased power and speed at 19 years old in the Midwest League. Winker is a divisive prospect because he’s never really hit for the power you’d want out of a corner outfielder, but has had some injuries that explain some of that away. Mahle might be underrated, and is more Twinsian in terms of profile: nothing special, some above-average pitches, good command and control.

    Then things get fun, but also open-ended. Brusdar Graterol, Akil Baddoo, Shed Long, Jose Siri, Antonio Santillan… these guys (among others) have significant tools and significant upside, with the commensurate risks. Some of the issues: Long might be more fun than he is good, Siri is a bucket of tools but there are concerns about his approach, in more ways than one, and Santillan desperately needs an effective third offering. Baddoo raked at Elizabethton—more than people anticipated in terms of power output—but it’s worth noting that E-Town is a good place to hit, while Graterol was off many people’s radar, despite peppering the upper 90s consistently on radar guns. The Twins edge out Cincinnati because the depth of their next ten is significant (and even beyond that), but much of that considerable pipeline is at the lowest levels, where the delta in potential outcomes is at its widest.



    9. Toronto Blue Jays (Last Year: 18)
    8. Oakland Athletics (Last Year: 10)
    7. Tampa Bay Rays (Last Year: 15)
    These three systems go about landing in this tier in very different ways. The Jays have two of the top prospects in all of baseball in Vladito and Bo Bichette, two high-upside guys in Alford and Pearson, and something of a drop-off depending on your feelings on Danny Jansen’s breakout season. Oakland has more depth in the system than we’ve seen in a long while, and their top 10 vacillates between high-risk/high-reward types (Barreto, Mateo, Luzardo, Beck, Lazarito, Kaprielian) and safer, higher-floor options (Fowler, Holmes, Murphy) with Puk straddling both categories. Tampa’s system continues to be headlined by a dynamic one-two punch in Honeywell and Adames, and to them they add fourth-overall pick and two-way sensation Brendan McKay, and breakout prospect Jesus Sanchez.

    Toronto’s aforementioned drop-off belies a lot of depth in terms of guys who check in at Role 45 types in the next ten, with some legitimate breakout types in Eliser Medrano and Felipe Castaneda. The A’s depth is palpable: Chalmers has impressive stuff when he’s healthy and the same goes for Jefferies, while Shore is another high pick who could slot in at the back of a rotation. Laureano and Neuse are both major-leaguers, but probably not starters on a good team, and Deichmann, Merrell, and Meisner each inject some chance for upside.

    There are going to be places and people who like Jake Bauers more than we do; it’s just not a persuasive profile within our walls. The same can’t be said for Ronaldo Hernandez, who could be an offense-first catcher with the ability to stick behind the plate. With Hernandez, the rest of the Rays Top 10 contains ample upside, but none played at a higher level than Low-A in 2017, so there’s the requisite risk that comes with those types of lead time. We’ve already praised the depth of the other two systems in this tier, and as you’d expect of an organization on the precipice of the top five, the Rays fall in line well in this regard. Vidal Brujan and Brandon Lowe were popular names in the BP Prospect Team slack channel, Justin Williams is an under-the-radar guy, and Garrett Whitley started converting his prodigious tools into production for the first time. Plus, there’s extreme question mark Jose De Leon, who threw only 40 innings, getting hammered at the upper levels while dominating the lower levels.


    6. Chicago White Sox (Last Year: 6)
    5. Los Angeles Dodgers (Last Year: 7)
    4. New York Yankees (Last Year: 2)
    The White Sox put the most prospects on our Top 101—eight—but it’s a rather precipitous dropoff after that. They balanced graduating Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito, and Reynaldo Lopez by dealing Jose Quintana across town for Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease and Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson, and Todd Frazier to the Bronx for Blake Rutherford. The Next Ten is better than last year, but it’s still not a system I’d consider deep, no matter how many times Jarrett Seidler tries to sell me on Micker Adolfo and Yeyson Yrizarri.

    The Dodgers put a lie to league-wide rebuilding efforts as they continue to win divisions, run a payroll large enough to launch and electric car into low-earth orbit, and maintain a top-five farm system. They don’t have an elite prospect at the top of their team list this year, but they check in with seven 101 names, and that doesn’t even include their last two first round picks. Walker Buehler and Alex Verdugo likely won’t be eligible for the 2019 lists so it remains to be seen if they can refill this prospect pipeline indefinitely, but Keibert Ruiz and Yadier Alvarez could seamlessly slide into those slots next year, and I am sure Wilson will find another three or four Dodgers arms to swoon over in Rancho.

    The Yankees drop a bit as they switched to deadline buyers this year—as if slipping on an old pair of comfortable slippers you lost under the bed for a while. They also traded for Giancarlo Stanton, but that barely moved the needle on system flush with young Latin talent. Gleyber Torres is one of the best prospects in baseball and it was only a UCL tear on his non-throwing arm that kept him from graduating (or perhaps being the best prospect in baseball. They only put five names on the Top 101 this year, but Miguel Andujar just missed, and the balance of their top ten would have landed in the next 50 names. There’s substantially more risk in the Luis Medinas and Matt Sauers of the world though.



    3. Atlanta Braves (Last Year: 1)
    2. Philadelphia Phillies (Last Year: 5)
    1. San Diego Padres (Last Year: 4)
    I’m less confident about the order at the top then I have been in recent years. Really all the way down to the Dodgers you could make a case for best system in baseball. The Braves slip to three this year, but it’s only partially due to losing their 2016 J2 class. They graduated Dansby Swanson, Ozzie Albies, and Sean Newcomb as well, so it’s actually kind of amazing they are still in the top tier. Ronald Acuña turning into a destroyer of worlds and the best prospect in baseball helped. There were strong full-season debuts from 2016 picks Ian Anderson, Joey Wentz, and Bryse Wilson. Kolby Allard and Mike Soroka skipped right to Double-A and thrived. Luiz Gohara continued to give glimmers of hope that he might be able to stick as a starter. They do have a little less depth now then the two teams ahead of them though.

    The Phillies are loaded to the gills. They have a more balanced mix of arms and bats than the Braves and a great one-two punch at the top of their team list—and the top of the 101—in Sixto Sanchez and J.P. Crawford. We might be down on Adam Haseley and Mickey Moniak, but they’d likely be better than fringe-top ten prospects in most systems. We think Daniel Brito is a good bet to break out in 2018. Jhailyn Ortiz could see his stock rise with a good full-season debut, and I don’t even really have the space to do more than namecheck Francisco Morales, Jonathan Guzman, JoJo Romero and Enyel de los Santos. There are prospects that didn’t even make their top 20 that I like (Jose Gomez, McKenzie Mills, Felix Paulino, Trevor Bettencourt)

    But in the end it was the Padres year. They were just off the top tier last year, graduated two Top 101 prospects in Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe, and still got better. Fernando Tatis, Jr. is a top ten prospect in baseball. Luis Urias proved his hit tool would work in the upper minors. Cal Quantrill proved he was healthy. Oh hey, Michel Baez is apparently awesome. The Friars added arguably the best prep arm in the 2017 draft class in southpaw MacKenzie Gore. And when I wrote that the Phillies “are loaded to the gills,” I did not mean to suggest they were a deeper system than the Padres. No one is right now. The scary thing is the only looming graduations here are maybe Luis Urias and Eric Lauer. They have another high draft pick in 2018. You can look forward to the return of Anderson Espinoza (remember him?). And their bumper crop of 2015 IFAs will start landing in full-season ball.

    They might only get better.

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    So the Top 30 prospects for each AL East team was supposed to get updated today, but the Jays, Yankees, and Rays page didn't get updated. Apparently Top 10 farm systems don't get released until later, so it basically means we have a Top 10 farm system according to MLB Pipeline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray View Post
    So the Top 30 prospects for each AL East team was supposed to get updated today, but the Jays, Yankees, and Rays page didn't get updated. Apparently Top 10 farm systems don't get released until later, so it basically means we have a Top 10 farm system according to MLB Pipeline.
    8th overall, I posted it a few weeks ago... Law had us at 17 and BA/BP had us 7/8 respectively...IIRC

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    Rank Player Name Team Pos BA BP FG KATOH KL MiLB MLB Avg Points
    141 Josh Lowe TB OF 199 199 199 54 199 199 174.8 47
    142 James Kaprielian OAK RHP 199 199 199 199 56 199 175.2 45
    143 D.J. Stewart BAL OF 199 199 199 56 199 199 175.2 45
    144 Magneuris Sierra MIA OF 199 56 199 199 199 199 175.2 45
    145 Jacob Stallings PIT C 199 199 199 57 199 199 175.3 44
    146 David Peterson NYM LHP 199 199 199 199 58 199 175.5 43
    147 Garrett Hampson COL 2B 199 199 199 58 199 199 175.5 43
    148 JoJo Romero PHI LHP 199 199 199 199 59 199 175.7 42
    149 Kyle Young PHI LHP 199 199 199 59 199 199 175.7 42
    150 Tanner Scott BAL LHP 199 199 199 60 199 199 175.8 41
    151 Charcer Burks CHC OF 199 199 199 61 199 199 176.0 40
    152 Jaime Barria LAA RHP 199 199 199 199 62 199 176.2 39
    153 Peter Lambert COL RHP 199 199 199 199 63 199 176.3 38
    154 Ryan Castellani COL RHP 199 199 199 63 199 199 176.3 38
    155 Chris Flexen NYM RHP 199 199 199 65 199 199 176.7 36
    156 Lucas Erceg MIL 3B 199 199 199 199 66 199 176.8 35
    157 Tristen Lutz MIL OF 199 199 68 199 199 199 177.2 33
    158 Franklyn Kilome PHI RHP 199 68 199 199 199 199 177.2 33
    159 Dustin May LAD RHP 199 69 199 199 199 199 177.3 32
    160 Dylan Cozens PHI OF 199 199 199 70 199 199 177.5 31
    161 Oscar Mercado STL OF 199 199 199 72 199 199 177.8 29
    162 Freicer Perez NYY RHP 199 199 199 199 73 199 178.0 28
    163 Lolo Sanchez PIT OF 199 199 199 73 199 199 178.0 28
    164 Yusniel Diaz LAD OF 199 73 199 199 199 199 178.0 28
    165 Daulton Varsho ARI C/OF 199 199 199 75 199 199 178.3 26
    166 Seuly Matias KC OF 199 75 199 199 199 199 178.3 26
    167 Seth Romero WAS LHP 199 76 199 199 199 199 178.5 25
    168 Aramis Ademan CHC SS 199 199 199 199 78 199 178.8 23
    169 Zac Lowther BAL LHP 199 199 199 78 199 199 178.8 23
    170 Nolan Jones CLE 3B 199 199 199 199 80 199 179.2 21
    171 Brett Sullivan TB C 199 199 199 80 199 199 179.2 21
    172 Christian Arroyo TB SS 199 199 199 199 199 81 179.3 20
    173 Yairo Munoz STL SS 199 199 199 81 199 199 179.3 20
    174 Sean Murphy OAK C 199 199 81 199 199 199 179.3 20
    175 Chris Rodriguez LAA RHP 199 199 199 199 82 199 179.5 19
    176 Brian Anderson MIA 3B 199 199 82 199 199 199 179.5 19
    177 Jhailyn Ortiz PHI OF 199 199 199 199 83 199 179.7 18
    178 Jake Burger CWS 3B 199 84 199 199 199 199 179.8 17
    179 Kevin Maitan LAA 3B 199 199 199 199 199 87 180.3 14
    180 Erick Fedde WAS RHP 199 87 199 199 199 199 180.3 14
    181 Mickey Moniak PHI OF 199 199 199 199 199 88 180.5 13
    182 Logan Allen SD LHP 199 199 199 199 89 199 180.7 12
    183 Zack Burdi CWS RHP 199 199 89 199 199 199 180.7 12
    184 Eric Skoglund KC LHP 199 199 199 90 199 199 180.8 11
    185 Zack Collins CWS C 199 199 91 199 199 199 181.0 10
    186 Arquimedez Gamboa PHI SS 199 92 199 199 199 199 181.2 9
    187 Brent Rooker MIN OF 92 199 199 199 199 199 181.2 9
    188 Jordan Humphreys NYM RHP 199 199 199 93 199 199 181.3 8
    189 Braxton Garrett MIA LHP 199 199 94 199 199 199 181.5 7
    190 Ronald Guzman TEX 1B 199 94 199 199 199 199 181.5 7
    191 Freddy Peralta MIL RHP 199 199 199 95 199 199 181.7 6
    192 Wander Javier MIN SS 95 199 199 199 199 199 181.7 6
    193 Zack Littell MIN RHP 199 199 199 96 199 199 181.8 5
    194 Wander Franco TB SS 96 199 199 199 199 199 181.8 5
    195 Pedro Avila SD RHP 199 199 199 97 199 199 182.0 4
    196 Andy Yerzy ARI C 199 199 199 98 199 199 182.2 3
    197 Alex Kirilloff MIN OF 199 199 99 199 199 199 182.3 2
    198 Mauricio Dubon MIL SS 199 199 199 100 199 199 182.5 1

    Note: I treated Ohtani slightly different, wherein I decided that he wouldn't be punished for the fact that some publications ruled him ineligible for their lists, so I ignored those lists to determine his average ranking. He did not accumulate any points for those lists, though, which explains the discrepancy in the leaderboard.
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    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic--The rosters for Major League Baseball's annual international amateur showcase are stacked with most of the top players in the 2018 class.

    The event, which is Wednesday and Thursday at Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo, typically has not included Cuban players. This year, the showcase includes two big arms from Cuba--righthanders Osiel Rodriguez and Sandy Gaston--who will be eligible to sign on July 2.

    Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez, the top international player subject to the bonus pools, won't be there, since he turns 22 in April. He's not yet a free agent, so he could figure into either the current 2017-18 signing period or the upcoming 2018-19 class.

    The rosters are mostly players from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, but the showcase will also include prospects from Brazil, Curacao, Mexico, Colombia and Panama.

    These are 12 of the key players to watch at the showcase, with the full rosters below. All of the highlighted players are 16, unless noted otherwise.

    Osiel Rodriguez, rhp, Cuba
    Rodriguez dazzled at the Nations Baseball Showcase in San Pedro de Macoris in November, reaching 96 mph and flashing a sharp, above-average curveball, all shortly before his 16th birthday later that month. Before he left Cuba, Rodriguez led the country's 15U national league in ERA (0.39) in 2016, with 127 strikeouts and 27 walks in 69 innings.

    Sandy Gaston, rhp, Cuba
    Gaston and Rodriguez are the two players who will be of the most interest to scouts at the showcase. Multiple scouts said they have seen Gaston touch the upper 90s, which is uncanny velocity for a 16-year-old. He has battled with his control at times, but he has shown enormous arm strength for his age. It's not clear where Gaston will end up yet, though the Marlins have shown interest.

    Orelvis Martinez, ss, Dominican Republic
    Martinez is expected to be the highest paid player this year, with a bonus likely to push past $3 million. He's 6-foot-1, 190 pounds with good bat speed, generating power with ease from right-center field over to his pull side. Martinez is a shortstop for now, though he projects to be a strong, physical player who would profile well at third base. The Blue Jays are the frontrunners.


    Noelvi Marte, ss, Dominican Republic
    Marte, who is linked to the Mariners, is one of the top offensive threats in the class. He has performed well in games, showing a sound sense of the strike zone and big power, though a position switch could be in his future.

    Misael Urbina, of, Venezuela
    Urbina, 15, is one of the better athletes in the class, a righthanded hitter with plus speed and good range in center field. The Twins are connected to Urbina.

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    Francisco Alvarez, c, Venezuela
    Alvarez has a stout build, and while some scouts think he will need to improve his defense to stay behind the plate, he has one of the best track records of hitting and hitting for power in games in Venezuela. The Mets are linked to Alvarez.

    Marco Luciano, ss, Dominican Republic
    Luciano is a premium prospect with a sound swing, good bat speed and plus power, driving the ball out of the park to all fields with ease during batting practice. He has taken it to the games as well, hitting opposite-field home runs against live pitching and pulling one over the fence in MLB's Dominican national showcase in November. The Giants are tied to Luciano.

    Diego Cartaya, c, Venezuela
    Cartaya looked as good as advertised at MLB's Venezuelan national showcase in Cartagena, Colombia last month, when he went 2-for-4 and drew three walks. Arguably the best Venezuelan prospect this year and one of the top overall 2018 prospects, Cartaya has a short swing, good plate discipline and strong defensive tools as well. The Dodgers are the favorites to sign him.

    Gabriel Rodriguez, ss, Venezuela
    Rodriguez, who turns 15 on Thursday, is one of the most advanced hitters from Venezuela. He has a simple swing from the right side and a long track record of hitting well in games, including at the COPABE 15U Pan American Championships last year. Rodriguez lacks speed and he could slide over to third base. Rodriguez is linked to the Indians.

    Alvin Guzman, of, Dominican Republic
    The Diamondbacks are the frontrunners to sign Guzman, who sticks out for the high physical upside in his athletic 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame. He has shown good defensive instincts, a plus arm and good bat speed from the right side.

    Jose Rodriguez, c, Venezuela
    While Rodriguez will have to improve his defense to remain at catcher, scouts highest on him see an offensive-minded catcher with an advanced bat from the right side of the plate. The Rangers are connected to Rodriguez.

    Eduardo Lopez, of, Dominican Republic
    Lopez, 15, is 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, and while he's not physically imposing, he's one of the most polished players in the Dominican Republic. He has a short, easy stroke from both sides, with feel for the barrel and the strike zone, and while he's not a burner, he has shown good defensive instincts. Lopez is linked to the Red Sox.

    Catchers
    Francisco Alvarez, Venezuela
    Diego Cartaya, Venezuela
    Antonio Gomez, Venezuela
    Agustin Ramirez, Dominican Republic
    Jose Rodriguez, Venezuela
    Fernando Villalobos, Mexico

    Infielders
    Jose Bonilla, Dominican Republic
    Warming Bernabel, Dominican Republic
    Marco Luciano, Dominican Republic
    Noelvi Marte, Dominican Republic
    Orelvis Martinez, Dominican Republic
    Adinso Reyes, Dominican Republic
    Junior Sanquintin, Dominican Republic
    Alexeis Azuaje, Venezuela
    Miguel Droz, Venezuela
    Eduardo Garcia, Venezuela
    Branlyn Jaraba, Colombia
    Rainer Polonius, Curacao
    Ryson Polonius, Curacao
    Gabriel Rodriguez, Venezuela

    Outfielders
    Jose de la Cruz, Dominican Republic
    Eduarqui Fernandez, Dominican Republic
    Alvin Guzman, Dominican Republic
    Eduardo Lopez, Dominican Republic
    Jose Lopez, Dominican Republic
    Freddy Valdez, Dominican Republic
    Deivis Alvis, Venezuela
    Gabriel Martinez, Venezuela
    Luis Matos, Venezuela
    Misael Urbina, Venezuela
    Eduardo Vaughan, Panama

    Pitchers
    Gabriel Barbosa, rhp, Brazil
    Lisander Brito, rhp, Dominican Republic
    Carlos Carballo, rhp, Nicaragua
    Juan Carela, rhp, Dominican Republic
    Starlyn Castillo, rhp, Dominican Republic
    Justino Dominguez, rhp, Dominican Republic
    Gabriel Jackson, rhp, Dominican Republic
    Andy Maldonado, rhp, Dominican Republic
    Fernando Ortega, rhp, Dominican Republic
    Carlos Reyes, rhp, Dominican Republic
    Jerming Rosario, rhp, Dominican Republic
    Jose Ruviera, rhp, Dominican Republic
    Arthur Sabino, rhp, Brazil
    Diomedes Sierra, lhp, Dominican Republic
    Joalbert Angulo, lhp, Venezuela
    Javier Atencio, lhp, Venezuela
    Abraham Calzadilla, rhp, Venezuela
    Luis Carrasco, rhp, Venezuela
    Richard Gallardo, rhp, Venezuela
    Sandy Gaston, rhp, Cuba
    Carlos Gimenez, rhp, Venezuela
    Jorman Gonzalez, rhp, Venezuela
    Wuilliam Hernandez, rhp, Venezuela
    Francisco Lucumi, rhp, Colombia
    Adrian Mendez, lhp, Venezuela
    Johangel Ramirez, rhp, Venezuela
    Angel Rivero, rhp, Venezuela
    Osiel Rodriguez, rhp, Cuba
    Rolando Sirit, rhp, Venezuela


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    Hopefully Martinez works out as well as the last guy that we gave the highest international bonus too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jays4life19 View Post
    Hopefully Martinez works out as well as the last guy that we gave the highest international bonus too.
    That would be lovely but even if it doesn't come close to that I love the Jays approach in IFA.

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    John Dillinger: Is Orelvis Martinez the top July 2 free agent or just one of the top guys? Where do you currently rank him?

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    Kiley McDaniel: He’s one of the 5 hitters that stood out to me most at the MLB event. Luckily after day one when I showed my list to a couple scouts, they said I had it lined up pretty well, since I hadn’t done a ton of prep work before getting down there

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    Kiley McDaniel: Those hitters:
    Diego Cartaya, C, VZ
    Noelvi Marte, SS, DR
    Marco Luciano, SS, DR
    Orelvis Martinez, SS, DR
    there’s a bunch of candidates for the 5th spot, but I’ll go with the guy that ran a 6.37 in the 60: Alexeis Azuaje, SS, DR

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    Man, just thinking of Jays prospects, what the hell happened to DJ Davis? He must be what, 23, and he's maybe in A+ ball. I remember when he was drafted he was a potential blue chip. He was seen as another Alford, right? What the hell...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaskJaysFan_2 View Post
    Man, just thinking of Jays prospects, what the hell happened to DJ Davis? He must be what, 23, and he's maybe in A+ ball. I remember when he was drafted he was a potential blue chip. He was seen as another Alford, right? What the hell...
    google and draft and there are busts everywhere. Look at Mark Appel and Brady Aiken..

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    Quote Originally Posted by burlingtonbandit View Post
    google and draft and there are busts everywhere. Look at Mark Appel and Brady Aiken..
    Stop labeling pitchers I own damn it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaskJaysFan_2 View Post
    Man, just thinking of Jays prospects, what the hell happened to DJ Davis? He must be what, 23, and he's maybe in A+ ball. I remember when he was drafted he was a potential blue chip. He was seen as another Alford, right? What the hell...
    Can't seem to be able to get on base and strikes out a ton (career 26%) .

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