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    Top 100 prospect lists thread.

    I was asked to start this thread so when a top 100 list get's posted it doesn't get buried and lost in the thread.

    So i'll start with BA!

    1. Ronald Acuna | OF | Braves 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 70 | Speed: 70 | Fielding: 70 | Arm: 60

    2. Shohei Ohtani | RHP | Angels 
    Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Speed: 60 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 70
    Fastball: 80 | Curveball: 45 | Slider: 60 | Chanegup: 45 | Splitter: 70

    3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. | 3B | Blue Jays 
    Hit: 80 | Power: 70 | Speed: 40 | Fielding: 40 | Arm: 55

    4. Eloy Jimenez | OF | White Sox 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 70 | Speed: 40 | Fielding: 45 | Arm: 45

    5. Victor Robles | OF | Nationals 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | Speed: 70 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 60

    6. Gleyber Torres | SS | Yankees 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Speed: 40 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 60

    7. Nick Senzel | 3B | Reds 
    Hit: 70 | Power: 60 | Speed: 55 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 60

    8. Bo Bichette | SS | Blue Jays 
    Hit: 70 | Power: 60 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 45 | Arm: 60

    9. Fernando Tatis Jr | SS | Padres 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 60

    10. Forrest Whitley | RHP | Astros 
    Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 60 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Cutter: 50 | Control: 55

    11. Michael Kopech | RHP | White Sox 
    Fastball: 80 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45

    12. Mitch Keller | RHP | Pirates 
    Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 60

    13. Walker Buehler | RHP | Dodgers 
    Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 60 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 60

    14. Brent Honeywell | RHP | Rays 
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 60 | Screwball: 70

    15. Kyle Tucker | OF | Astros 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 50

    16. J.P. Crawford | SS | Phillies 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 45 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 60

    17. Alex Reyes | RHP | Cardinals 
    Fastball: 80 | Curveball: 70 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 50

    18. Lewis Brinson | OF | Brewers 
    Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Speed: 60 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 60

    19. Willy Adames | SS | Rays 
    Hit: 55 | Power: 45 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 60

    20. Francisco Mejia | C | Indians 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 45 | Speed: 40 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 80

    21. Austin Hays | OF | Orioles 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 60

    22. Brendan Rodgers | SS | Rockies 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 60

    23. Luiz Gohara | LHP | Braves 
    Fastball: 80 | Slider: 70 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45

    24. Royce Lewis | SS | Twins 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Speed: 60 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 55

    25. Sixto Sanchez | RHP | Phillies 
    Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: | Changeup: 60 | Control: 60

    26. MacKenzie Gore | LHP | Padres 
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 60

    27. Mike Soroka | RHP | Braves 
    Fastball: 60 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 60

    28. Michel Baez | RHP | Padres 
    Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 60

    29. Hunter Greene | RHP | Reds 
    Fastball: 80 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55

    30. A.J. Puk | LHP | Athletics 
    Fastball: 70 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45

    31. Scott Kingery | 2B | Phillies 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Speed: 60 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 50

    32. Luis Urias | 2B | Padres 
    Hit: 70 | Power: 40 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 55

    33. Triston McKenzie | RHP | Indians 
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 55

    34. Kyle Wright | RHP | Braves 
    Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 60 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50

    35. Franklin Perez | RHP | Tigers 
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Slider: 45 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 60

    36. Willie Calhoun | OF | Rangers 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Speed: 30 | Fielding: 30 | Arm: 40

    37. Alex Verdugo | OF | Dodgers 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 70

    38. Estevan Florial | OF | Yankees 
    Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Speed: 70 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 70

    39. Brendan McKay | LHP/1B | Rays 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | Speed: 30 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 60
    Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 55

    40. Keibert Ruiz | C | Dodgers 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 45 | Speed: 40 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 50

    41. Justus Sheffield | LHP | Yankees 
    Fastball: 70 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50

    42. Ian Anderson | RHP | Braves 
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50

    43. Franklin Barreto | SS | Athletics 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | Speed: 55 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 50

    44. Austin Meadows | OF | Pirates 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Speed: 60 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 50

    45. Jake Bauers | 1B | Rays 
    Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 45

    46. Jo Adell | OF | Angels 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 70 | Speed: 70 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 60

    47. Keston Hiura | 2B | Brewers 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Speed: 45 | Fielding: 45 | Arm: 45

    48. Taylor Trammell | OF | Reds 
    Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Speed: 60 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 40

    49. Jesus Sanchez | OF | Rays 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Speed: 55 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 50

    50. Alex Faedo | RHP | Tigers 
    Fastball: 60 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 55

    51. Leody Taveras | OF | Rangers 
    Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Speed: 60 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 60

    52. Cal Quantrill | RHP | Padres 
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 45 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 70 | Control: 50

    53. Jack Flaherty | RHP | Cardinals 
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55

    54. Austin Riley | 3B | Braves 
    Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Speed: 40 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 70

    55. Carson Kelly | C | Cardinals 
    Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Speed: 20 | Fielding: 70 | Arm: 60

    56. Juan Soto | OF | Nationals 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 50

    57. Alec Hansen | RHP | White Sox 
    Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 40 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 45

    58. Luis Robert | OF | White Sox 
    Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Speed: 70 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 60

    59. Miguel Andujar | 3B | Yankees 
    Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Speed: 40 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 60

    60. Anthony Alford | OF | Blue Jays 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | Speed: 60 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 40

    61. Brandon Woodruff | RHP | Brewers
    Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55

    62. Yordan Alvarez | 1B | Astros 
    Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 45

    63. Ryan McMahon | 1B | Rockies 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Speed: 45 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 55

    64. Jorge Mateo | SS | Athletics 
    Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Speed: 80 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 55

    65. Kolby Allard | LHP | Braves 
    Fastball: 50 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 60

    66. Adrian Morejon | LHP | Padres 
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 55

    67. Kyle Lewis | OF | Mariners 
    Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 55

    68. Chance Sisco | C | Orioles 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 45 | Speed: 40 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 50

    69. Mitchell White | RHP | Dodgers 
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50

    70. Sandy Alcantara | RHP | Marlins 
    Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 40 | Control: 45

    71. Ryan Mountcastle | 3B | Orioles 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Speed: 45 | Fielding: 45 | Arm: 30

    72. Max Fried | LHP | Braves 
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45

    73. Jon Duplantier | RHP | D’backs 
    Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 60

    74. Corbin Burnes | RHP | Brewers 
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55

    75. Monte Harrison | OF | Brewers 
    Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Speed: 60 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 60

    76. J.B. Bukauskas | RHP | Astros 
    Fastball: 60 | Slider: 70 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50

    77. Albert Abreu | RHP | Yankees 
    Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50

    78. Matt Manning | RHP | Tigers 
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 45

    79. Heliot Ramos | OF | Giants 
    Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Speed: 60 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 55

    80. Brett Phillips | OF | Brewers 
    Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Speed: 60 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 80

    81. Chance Adams | RHP | Yankees 
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 45 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50

    82. Dane Dunning | RHP | White Sox 
    Fastball: 60 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 55

    83. Jay Groome | LHP | Red Sox 
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Cutter: 55

    84. Adonis Medina | RHP | Phillies 
    Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 55

    85. Michael Chavis | 3B | Red Sox 
    Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Speed: 45 | Fielding: 45 | Arm: 55

    86. Tyler O’Neill | OF | Cardinals 
    Hit: 45 | Power: 70 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 55

    87. Jorge Guzman | RHP | Marlins
    Fastball: 80 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50

    88. Dustin Fowler | OF | Athletics 
    Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Speed: 60 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 50

    89. Jahmai Jones | OF | Angels
    Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Speed: 60 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 50

    90. Tyler Mahle | RHP | Reds 
    Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 40 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 60

    91. Nate Pearson | RHP | Blue Jays
    Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 45 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45

    92. Brent Rooker | OF | Twins 
    Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Speed: 40 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 45

    93. Nick Gordon | SS | Twins 
    Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 55

    94. Andres Gimenez | SS | Mets
    Hit: 55 | Power: 40 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 60

    95. Wander Javier | SS | Twins 
    Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Speed: 60 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 70

    96. Wander Franco | SS | Rays 
    Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 50

    97. Stephen Gonsalves | LHP | Twins 
    Fastball: 50 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 45 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 55

    98. Jesse Winker | OF | Reds 
    Hit: 60 | Power: 45 | Speed: 45 | Fielding: 40 | Arm: 40

    99. Riley Pint | RHP | Rockies 
    Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45

    100. Adam Haseley | OF | Phillies 
    Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Speed: 50 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 50

    Read more at https://www.baseballamerica.com/mino...preR8CrwgE0.99


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    Keith Law 51-100:

    Keith Law's Top 100 Listing!
    52. Yadier Alvarez, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
    Age: 22 (3/7/1996)
    Bats: R | Throws: R
    6-foot-3 |175 pounds
    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: 46

    On pure quality of pitches, Alvarez would be in the top 20, but man shall not live by stuff alone, and Alvarez remains a work in progress as a pitcher.

    He has hit 100 mph and will work with an upper-90s fastball and upper-80s slider that can show plus. He'll show a curveball and changeup but can slow his arm enough on the latter to tip better hitters off that he's throwing it.

    His arm is loose, and his high slot can make it tough for right-handers to see the ball. He doesn't repeat his delivery well yet, leading to below-average command and control, exacerbated by a pitching style that emphasizes throwing everything hard rather than locating pitches and changing speeds.

    Alvarez got off to a late start in 2017 when he showed up to spring training out of shape, and his control issues may eventually force him to the bullpen. The Dodgers see the upside he'd have as a starter, with three or four pitches that can overpower hitters even if his command is average at best.

    53. Chance Sisco, C, Baltimore Orioles
    Age: 23 (2/24/1995)
    Bats: L | Throws: R
    6-foot-2 | 195 pounds
    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: 69

    Sisco had a bit of a down year with the bat in his first full season in Triple-A, although he was still 22 and started to drive the ball a little more than he had at lower levels.

    An infielder for much of his high school career, Sisco has taken well to the receiving and blocking aspects of catching, with an average-ish arm being his one drawback, although that's become less important in today's homer-happy environment.

    At the plate, Sisco has a short, strong swing that produces a lot of hard contact without much power, but he has enough raw juice to get to 15-20 homers if he gets more aggressive in hitters' counts and lets it rip.

    He has a high floor as at least a platoon catcher -- he has never hit lefties well, but also hasn't faced many as Baltimore chose to give starts against southpaws to Francisco Pena last year -- but there's above-average regular upside if Sisco can unlock some of that home run potential in games.

    54. Miguel Andujar, 3B, New York Yankees
    Age: 23 (3/2/1995)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot | 215 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: Unranked

    For all the hype Yankees prospects can get -- and all the complaining fans of other teams offer about this -- Andujar has avoided the publicity machine while quietly moving up the chain for the Bombers since he signed as an amateur in 2011.

    He always has been a good hitter for contact but got a bit stronger and started making better contact in 2017, setting career highs in doubles, homers, and his triple-slash stats without an increase in his strikeout rate.

    He has a rifle of an arm and has improved his footwork to the point that he should be an average defender at third. Perhaps the lack of hype is because other than the arm, Andujar doesn't really have a plus tool -- he does everything well, but nothing superbly.

    I think he's no worse than a solid-average regular at third, probably a grade 55 at his peak, hitting around .300 with 15-20 homers, average defense and maybe a lower OBP than you'd like. The Yankees seem inclined to give him a shot to win the third base job this spring, and all signs right now are that he's ready to take it.

    55. Jo Adell, OF, Los Angeles Angels

    Age: 19 (3/8/1999)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-2 | 195 pounds

    Top level: Rookie | 2017 rank: Not eligible

    Adell was the 10th overall pick in the draft in June after a spring that divided scouts: Many teams loved his power and athleticism, while others worried about swinging and missing as well as a sudden loss of arm strength during the season.

    The Angels have to be thrilled with the early returns, however, as Adell, who played high school ball outside of Louisville, was better than anticipated. He showed an advanced approach and ability to make adjustments even within games. The Halos promoted him to the Pioneer League during the season, yet Adell posted a .325/.376/.532 line for the whole summer with just a 22 percent strikeout rate as a true 18-year-old.

    He didn't play the field because of the arm issue, but if he's recovered by spring, he should go out as a center fielder thanks to his plus speed and what was a plus throwing arm as well. Even if he has to move to left -- an absolute worst-case scenario -- his bat looks like it's going to profile there with 80 raw power and huge exit velocities already in pro ball, as well as the aptitude to adjust to the challenges he'll face when he sees better pitching in the Midwest League this year.

    56. James Kaprielian, RHP, Oakland Athletics

    Age: 24 (3/2/1994)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-4 | 200 pounds

    Top level: High-A | 2017 rank: 28

    Kaprielian missed much of the 2016 season with an elbow injury, was lights out in the Arizona Fall League and then blew out in the spring, needing Tommy John surgery in April 2017. That will keep him out of action until a little after the start of this season.

    In the fall of 2016, Kaprielian showed top-of-the-rotation stuff: a 94-97 mph fastball with a plus slider up to 89 mph and a plus changeup in the mid-80s. He also has bulked up to the point that he at least looks ready for a full starter's workload. His delivery had a little effort to it but no obvious red flags, and he has always been a strike-thrower when healthy.

    We'll see how the stuff returns, but Oakland was confident enough to take him in the Sonny Gray deal, buying low on a guy with No. 1 starter potential.

    Keith Law's 2018 prospect rankings

    Which talented stars of tomorrow found a home on this year's list?

    • Top 100: Nos. 100-51 | 50-1 (Jan. 23) | Just missed (Jan. 25) | Top systems (Jan. 26) | Team-by-team (Starting Jan. 29).

    57. Cristian Pache, OF, Atlanta Braves

    Age: 19 (11/19/1998)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-2 | 185 pounds

    Top level: Class A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Pache has yet to hit a home run in pro ball so this might sound a bit odd, but I think he's going to end up a 20-homer guy who plays elite defense in center field. He was the youngest position player to play at least 100 games in the Sally League -- he didn't turning 19 until November -- yet still finished ninth in the league in batting average and 18th in OBP, thanks to his plus bat speed and high contact rate.

    Pache came into the organization as a contact and ground-ball hitter, but has worked on putting the ball in the air more often, which is why many scouts believe (as I do) that he's going to come into power as he gets older.

    He's a plus runner who also has great instincts in center, gliding to fly balls in a manner somewhat reminiscent of another great center fielder who came through the Atlanta system. Pache will go to high-A and play in a tough league for home runs this year at age 19, but as long as he progresses in hitting fly balls and line drives, he'll stay on a path to his ceiling as a 70 defender who hits for average with some power.

    58. David Peterson, LHP, New York Mets

    Age: 22 (9/3/1995)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    6-foot-6 | 240 pounds

    Top level: Class A (Short) | 2017 rank: Not eligible

    The 20th overall pick in the 2017 draft, Peterson is 6-foot-6 but more of a command lefty than the power guy you might expect from his frame. He racked up a 20-strikeout game during a junior season at Oregon when he struck out more than 34 percent of batters he faced while walking only one batter per start.

    Peterson's fastball comes in at 90-92 on average and touches 94 when he needs a little more, but the grade 55 slider is his out pitch, and he can throw both for strikes. He takes advantage of his height with huge extension toward the plate and has a little funk in the back of his delivery to give him some more deception. He struck out every left-handed batter he faced in pro ball last year. OK, it was only two guys because the Mets limited him to 3.2 innings due to a heavy spring workload and late signing date.

    He'll need to throw his changeup, which is fringe-average to average, more in pro ball to stay ahead of right-handed hitters, and as with most deception guys he might run into trouble with smarter hitters at the upper levels. He should sail through A-ball given his ability to throw two pitches where he wants them and the difficulty hitters have seeing the ball; he has a high floor as a back-end starter, but there's a little Chris Sale/Alex Wood potential here if he adds velocity when he fills out.

    59. JoJo Romero, LHP, Philadelphia Phillies

    Age: 21 (9/9/1996)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    6-foot | 190 pounds

    Top level: High-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    The Phillies took Romero in the fourth round in 2016 out of Yavapai Junior College in Arizona, only to have him fly past many of their better-known prospects and spend half of his first full year in the minors in High-A Clearwater.

    Romero will sit 94-96 with his four-seamer but can also throw a low-90s sinker, and he held his velocity well deep into the season. He has a cutter and changeup, showing an advanced feel for how and when to use all of his pitches with minimal platoon split this year. The delivery is quick and compact with a slight cutoff in his landing, probably adding to his deception but limiting his glove-side command.

    He's a bit undersized, but the four-pitch mix, command and ability to miss bats all point to a future as a starter, probably a good No. 3 or a little above average.

    60. Mike Soroka, RHP, Atlanta Braves

    Age: 20 (8/4/1997)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-5 | 225 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Soroka was the team's second pick in the 2015 draft that included lefty Kolby Allard, with whom Soroka jumped from low-A to Double-A last year.

    Soroka will show a three-pitch mix with a solid-average fastball up to 94, an above-average slider, and a fringy changeup; he comes from a low three-quarters arm slot that gives his fastball some sinking life and helps him get angle to the slider, although it also gives left-handed hitters a longer look at the ball. He showed a modest platoon split in Double-A last year -- small enough that he'll be able to stay in the rotation if it doesn't widen.

    He has average command and above-average control already at age 20, and could see the majors soon despite his youth, especially since the Atlanta coaches love his makeup and intelligence on the mound. There is mid-rotation upside but there is also reliever risk here because of the delivery and risk that lefty-heavy lineups will get to him.

    61. Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Age: 21 (1/28/1997)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-1 | 210 pounds

    Top level: High-A | 2017 rank: 74

    Hayes can really play defense, and he can hit, at least in the sense of putting the ball in play with enough impact to get his base hits.

    Hayes, the son of that guy who caught the final out in the 1996 World Series, played the full year at age 20 in the Florida State League, yet struck out just 76 times in 482 plate appearances. That ranked 50th in the league and was behind a lot of players who were there only half a season or less.

    He's not a plus runner but has outstanding instincts on the bases, finishing fourth in the FSL in triples and fifth in stolen bases (84 percent success rate). He's a 60 defender -- and trending toward 70 -- with a plus arm at third right now, and I think he'd adjust quickly to the slightly quicker pace of the major league game. That kind of glove with a high average, contact rate and added value on the bases would make him a regular.

    The power output is the main question here, as Hayes has some loft in his swing but so far has focused his conditioning on getting leaner rather than adding muscle. Even 10 homers a year would make him a good regular, and I think there's 15-20 potential in there; we should see more of it in 2018 as he escapes the Florida State League for a more hitter-friendly environment.

    62. Jaime Barria, RHP, Los Angels Angels

    Age: 21 (7/18/1996)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-1 | 210 pounds

    Top level: Triple-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Barria's stuff had been ahead of his results before last year, when the Panamanian-born right-hander, who signed with the Angels in 2012, raced through three levels while improving his strikeout rate over his low-A performance in 2016.

    He is a three-pitch command-and-control starter, working in the low 90s with an above-average changeup and average slider. He did hit 95 mph in the Futures Game in an inning of work, showing good fade on the changeup that day with a somewhat slurvy but hard breaker. Barria comes from a high slot that gives him some added deception, and he has consistently shown the ability to throw everything for strikes. His 5.8 percent walk rate in his dozen starts in Double-A was actually the highest of any stop in his career.

    His ceiling is somewhat limited by the lack of a grade 60 pitch, but he's still just 21 and has already succeeded through Triple-A, so there's a good fourth starter floor here and some chance he finds another weapon to become more.

    63. Peter Lambert, RHP, Colorado Rockies

    Age: 21 (4/18/1997)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-2 | 185 pounds

    Top level: High-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Lambert doesn't get the hype of fellow Rockies prospect Riley Pint, who can hit 100 mph as a starter, but he's the better prospect right now thanks to a broader mix of stuff, command and feel for pitching.

    Lambert is a four-pitch guy who'll touch 94-95 mph but sits mostly at 90-91 mph on a fastball he throws for strikes. He's very athletic with some projection left in his body, so those 94s and 95s on the fastball should become more frequent as he gets older. He also mixes in an above-average changeup, a curveball and a cutter with potential for all four of his pitches to be average or better.

    He had a tremendous year pitching for Lancaster -- one of the worst pitchers' parks in baseball -- as a 19-year-old and actually boosted his strikeout rate and cut his walk rate even with the promotion from low-A. If he stays healthy, he looks like a good bet for a No. 4 starter floor but given his feel for pitching and athleticism, I believe he'll keep improving enough to become an above-average starter after a little time in the majors.

    64. Jon Duplantier, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks

    Age: 23 (7/7/1994)

    Bats: L | Throws: R

    6-foor-4 | 225 pounds

    Top level: High-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Arizona's third-round pick in 2016, Duplantier might have been a first-rounder had he not been a Rice product (Owls pitchers have an abysmal track record of injuries in pro ball) who missed his sophomore season with a shoulder injury that didn't require surgery.

    The pick was a risk that looks to be paying off now, as Duplantier finished the year by dominating high-A with a four-pitch mix that features a new slider he uses to terrorize right-handed batters. Righties hit just .184/.235/.255 against him on the year. Even if we ignore his low-A tenure, since he was too experienced for the level, he punched out 37 percent of right-handers in the high-A Cal League. His changeup can show above-average as well, and so far he hasn't had much of a platoon split in pro ball.

    Duplantier is an above-average athlete with a slightly long arm action, at least in back, where he started to develop a stabbing motion midyear at the same time that his velocity dipped before the fastball returned later in the summer. His durability is still a question even though he was healthy all of 2017. But the best news for Arizona is that he has shown the assortment of pitches and control to offer a pretty high floor as a starter -- as long as he stays healthy -- with a chance for a No. 3 starter and a high probability he's at least solid-average.

    65. Shane Baz, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Age: 19 (6/17/1999)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-3 | 190 pounds

    Top level: Rookie | 2017 rank: Not eligible

    The No. 12 overall pick in 2017, Baz boasted the best full arsenal of any pitcher in the draft class. He hit 98 as an amateur, but the Pirates saw a bit less velocity in pro ball, which is a good thing, as he can work with a 92-95 mph fastball without much effort and should be able to command it better.

    He has a comically big arsenal for an 18-year-old, bringing four- and two-seam fastballs, a curveball, a change, and either a cutter/slider or two distinct pitches that just run into each other.

    Baz probably doesn't need all of those weapons, at least not yet, and I expect the Pirates to try to simplify his mix in the short term and have him work on fastball command and developing the change, as both breaking balls can already flash plus. Some scouts raised concerns pre-draft about his four-seamer being too straight, so it will be interesting to see how that plays in full-season ball and whether he switches to throwing more two-seamers, working with a bit less velocity but more life and a looser, more fluid delivery.

    There's a lot of variance in his outlook, but also a lot of different ways he could turn all of his skills into major-league production as a No. 2 starter or maybe even something more.

    66. Lucas Erceg, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers

    Age: 23 (5/1/1995)

    Bats: L | Throws: R

    6-foot-3 | 200 pounds

    Top level: Triple-A | 2017 rank: 70

    Erceg's full-season debut in 2017 was a mixed bag. He had a miserable start to the year but improved as the summer progressed, hitting .285/.339/.468 from June 1 on after entering the month with an OBP below .260.

    He did show the ability to make consistent hard contact -- although the consensus remains that he'll be a high-doubles guy with 10-20 homer power -- and was surprisingly good against left-handed pitchers. (Scouts joked that the Carolina League, where Erceg spent almost the entire season, had so many southpaws that it should have been called the Caro-lefty League.)

    In the field, Erceg might have an 80 arm, and his hands and feet are more than good enough to make him a plus defender, but he tends to play too aggressively, even going for ground balls that should be fielded by the shortstop, and he'd benefit just by slowing things down a bit.

    I'd love to see him walk more, but he's got enough plate coverage that he tends to see something early in the count that he (thinks he) can hit. Even as a .330-.340 OBP guy, he'll be an above-average regular with 40-odd doubles and added value on defense.

    67. Franklin Perez, RHP, Detroit Tigers

    Age: 20 (12/6/1997)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-3 | 197 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: 66

    Perez was the headliner in the Justin Verlander trade at the end of August as a 19-year-old right-hander who has already had success in low- and high-A as a starting pitcher.

    Perez throws his fastball 92-96 with control (rather than command). He also has a hard 83-84 mph changeup with great action that mitigates the fact that you can see him turn it over that serves as his best off-speed pitch. His 80-83 curveball is fringy, as he tends to baby it rather than throw it full bore, but it could be a third above-average pitch for him if he learns to let it go.

    Despite his youth, he doesn't offer much physical projection, as he's already well filled out, but his present velocity is more than enough to keep him a starter.

    The Astros were cautious with his workloads, keeping him under 100 pitches all year and letting him complete only six innings twice in 19 starts so he might be a few years from being ready for a full starter's workload, but he has No. 2-3 upside when he gets there.

    68. Bryse Wilson, RHP, Atlanta Braves

    Age: 20 (12/20/1997)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-1 | 225 pounds

    Top level: Class A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Wilson was Atlanta's fourth-round pick out of a North Carolina high school in 2016, a kid with arm strength but a violent delivery that seemed as if it would preclude him from throwing strikes if it didn't first result in an injury. The team has done a tremendous job cleaning him up, so while there's still some effort, he now looks as if he'll be able to hold up as a starter and repeat his delivery enough to throw plenty of strikes.

    His fastball ranges from 90-95 with a hard slider that flashes plus but can also get slurvy, and a below-average present changeup that projects to average as he gets used to throwing it. He's 6-foot-1 and well put together, bringing upside because he has limited mound experience as a former two-sport guy (he also played linebacker) in high school.

    Wilson is athletic and already throws strikes with a good chance for two above-average pitches and no platoon split. He could be anywhere from a No. 2 starter to an eighth-inning reliever, but I believe in his combination of athleticism, aggressiveness, and present stuff.

    69. Tyler Mahle, RHP, Cincinnati Reds

    Age: 23 (9/29/1994)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-3 | 210 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: Just missed

    Mahle can touch 94-95 with good command on his fastball, sitting around 90-92 until he needs something extra, and will try to pitch to all four corners of the strike zone. He'll work with four pitches, including an above-average slider and average or better changeup, and shows exceptional feel for pitching and poise on the mound.

    He doesn't have a clear swing-and-miss pitch and instead gets strikeouts by changing speeds and locations while working to the edges of the zone, although he had unusual trouble with lefties in his brief major-league call-up. He has posted outstanding results at every stop in the minors with a high floor as a back-end starter; his ceiling is probably that of a No. 3 barring an unexpected improvement in his stuff.

    70. Austin Meadows, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Age: 23 (5/3/1995)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    6-foot-3 | 200 pounds

    Top level: Triple-A | 2017 rank: 9

    Meadows had a bad year in 2017 on two fronts: He couldn't stay healthy, again, and he didn't hit well when he did play. It was the second straight year he failed to even reach 90 games played, a threshold he has reached only once (2015) as a pro.

    He still has a good eye at the plate and a simple, line-drive swing that has led to a lot of contact but not enough impact for a player of his size. He had a rough April at the plate before he started to come around in May and early June, only to tear a hamstring, miss two months, and then strain an oblique muscle just eight games into his return to Triple-A.

    The Pirates have had Meadows play all three outfield spots, and he has above-average speed so he could potentially stay in center, though his frequent injuries might get in the way of that as well.

    Meadows did try to be more aggressive at the plate last year after concerns his approach was too passive, which should help him get to at least average power. He will turn 23 in May, which isn't old, but he is reaching a point when his chance of becoming a regular - much less the star ceiling he seemed to have - is dimming.

    71. Carson Kelly, C, St. Louis Cardinals

    Age: 23 (7/14/1994)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-2 | 220 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: 51

    Kelly has gone from suspect to prospect behind the plate even though he has spent only four years at the position, reaching the majors last summer so that Mike Matheny could play him sparingly. He has become an above-average catcher across the board, in receiving, framing, and throwing, receiving praise from Cardinals staff for how he works with pitchers.

    At the plate, Kelly will show occasional power but overall he has been a high-contact, lower-impact hitter who might benefit from focusing less on contact and more on looking for pitches to drive.

    Kelly is already better than a typical major league backup but has the upside to be a star if he can make better quality contact ... and if he gets the chance to play.

    72. Adrian Morejon, LHP, San Diego Padres

    Age: 19 (2/27/1999)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    6-foot | 165 pounds

    Top level: Class A | 2017 rank: 80

    San Diego signed Morejon for $11 million in its spending spree after July 2, 2016, and the left-hander's pro debut was delayed by a sore shoulder last spring. He came back in mid-June without any loss of stuff, sitting 92-95 with a plus changeup and a short-breaking curveball that came and went start to start.

    He's 6-foot or a shade over but gets on top of the fastball well. He dominated short-season hitters for seven starts so the Padres bumped him up to low-A Fort Wayne, where he still missed bats but started to walk guys as the better hitters there didn't chase pitches out of the zone. Morejon will pitch this whole year at 19, probably returning to the Midwest League to start the year, with eventual mid-rotation upside.

    73. Freicer Perez, RHP, New York Yankees

    Age: 22 (3/14/1996)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-8 | 190 pounds

    Top level: Class A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    A 6-foot-8 right-hander from the Dominican Republic who signed for a pittance in 2015, Perez has leapfrogged most of the higher-dollar signings from the Yankees' huge international free agent class that winter and emerged as a potential front-line starter.

    Perez pitches at 94-98 now and shows a plus curveball and projectable slider along with a changeup that he's still learning to use. His arm is loose and easy, while his delivery is clean but inconsistent, as if he's still growing into his huge frame and working on getting his coordination. There's a longstanding maxim in scouting about how very tall pitchers take longer to control their limbs and learn their deliveries, so the fact that Perez is already this good might be a huge positive sign.

    I'd like to see him extend more toward the plate at release, but the bigger priorities for him are staying healthy and working on using all of his pitches. You can see a No. 1 or 2 starter in a best-case scenario while you'll also hear Dellin Betances comparisons because of his size - Perez is a better athlete, though - which gives Perez a nice floor as a high-value reliever.

    74. J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, Houston

    Age: 21 (10/11/1996)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot | 196 pounds

    Top level: Class A (Short) | 2017 rank: Not eligible

    Bukauskas was one of the top college pitchers in the 2017 draft class and one of the youngest, having graduated early from high school to matriculate to North Carolina at age 17.

    A 6-foot right-hander with a strong build, Bukauskas will touch 98 and pitch at 94-95 with a plus slider and some feel for a changeup that projects to above average. He showed above-average control and average command for most of his tenure as a Tar Heel but seemed to wear down a little before the draft, which might be how the Astros landed him at pick No. 15.

    Bukauskas doesn't use his lower half much in his delivery, and his fastball can come in flat, leading to concerns that he'll end up in the bullpen or hurt rather than staying in the rotation. Houston seems ready to exhaust the latter possibility first, as he has as much pure stuff as other diminutive right-handers like Marcus Stroman and Sonny Gray did out of college, with a dominant relief role always there as a backup plan.

    75. Jahmai Jones, OF, Los Angeles Angels

    Age: 20 (8/4/1997)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot | 215 pounds

    Top level: High-A | 2017 rank: 90

    The Angels' top prospect coming into 2017, Jones got off to a horrid start as a 19-year-old in the low-A Midwest League, where he hit .167/.211/.292 in April and whiffed in a quarter of his PA. The Angels gave him a few days off before May began, after which he settled down at the plate and started to rake, hitting .299/.369/.460 with a much lower strikeout rate (16 percent) from his return until his promotion to high-A in late July, where he then hit .302/.368/.488 in a better hitters' park.

    Jones was the Angels' second-round pick in 2015 as a high school outfielder from Georgia with a broad mix of tools -- including plus raw power -- and exceptional makeup. He's a 55 runner who can handle center field, although the presence of Brandon Marsh in the system might push Jones to a corner, where Jones' power and above-average defense should still allow him to profile as a good regular.

    76. Michael Chavis, 3B, Boston Red Sox

    Age: 22 (8/11/1995)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    5-foot-10 | 210 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Chavis played most of 2016 with a broken finger but didn't disclose the injury to the Red Sox, so his awful performance for low-A Greenville at least had an explanation. Fully healthy in 2017, Chavis exploded for 31 homers between high-A and Double-A while cutting his strikeout rate at both levels and looking a lot more like the player Boston thought it was getting with its first-round pick in 2014.

    He has big-time pull power, but one key for him last year was working more towards left-center to open up more of the field and make him less vulnerable with two strikes or against soft away pitches.

    A fringy defender at third, he lacks the agility to be more than a good 45 there and may end up at first base between that and the presence of Rafael Devers ahead of him.

    Chavis has made up for lost time in a huge way and should start 2018 in Double-A at age 22, still needing some work on his approach, but he's already progressed so far by not trying to kill the ball every time he swings that you can project him as a solid regular with some upside if he keeps his average and OBP up.

    77. Max Fried, LHP, Atlanta Braves

    Age: 24 (1/18/1994)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    6-foot-4 | 200 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: 50

    Fried's results didn't quite match his stuff or pedigree last year, but he did throw well enough in the second half to earn a pair of call-ups to the majors. In his nine appearances with the Braves, he showed off the three-pitch repertoire and promise that led Atlanta to acquire him in a trade while he was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

    Fried developed a blister on his throwing hand in May and couldn't shake it until he took about three weeks off in early July. After that, he began to throw more strikes even while bouncing from Double-A to the majors to Triple-A. He was particularly good in the Arizona Fall League, walking just five men in four starts and 19 innings.

    When he's right, he'll show three pitches that can all be above average: a fastball up to 95, a true curveball in the mid-70s and a solid mid-80s changeup that he didn't throw enough in the majors.

    Fried is an excellent athlete who should have better command than he has had post-TJ, and that's really the last piece for him to put together to be a mid-rotation starter. A healthy year without blisters or yoyo-ing between levels should bring that version of Fried back.

    78. Aramis Ademan, SS, Chicago Cubs

    Age: 19 (9/13/1998)

    Bats: L | Throws: R

    5-foot-11 | 160 pounds

    Top level: Class A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Ademan has emerged as the top position player prospect in a system thinned by promotions and trades. He signed with the Cubs for $2 million as a projectable middle infielder in the 2015 July 2 signing period and should fill out in time to turn his tools into real offensive production. He made his U.S. debut last year, playing the whole summer at age 18, and showed some of that promise in the Northwest League before a late promotion to low-A South Bend, where he was a little overmatched.

    He is still very slight but has sneaky strength in his hands and wrists for some extra-base power you that wouldn't expect from his size. That latter factor gives reason to believe that when he fills out he'll be a hard-contact hitter capable of 20-plus home run seasons. He did hit 27 extra-base hits in 317 plate appearances last season despite his youth and size.

    Ademan's a solid-average runner now but may slip a bit as he adds weight, and he's more likely to move to second base than stay at short, where he'll be the classic "offensive second base" type who plays adequate defense.

    79. Austin Hays, OF, Baltimore Orioles

    Age: 22 (7/5/1995)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-1 | 195 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Hays mashed at two levels in his first full pro season, culminating in a surprise call-up (and addition to the 40-man roster) in September when he got all of three plate appearances in his first eight days before getting some regular chances to start.

    He has a quick bat and very good plate coverage, showing plus power to his pull side but also some juice going the other way for at least some doubles potential. But Hays will have to tighten up his approach at the plate, as he has had so much success at putting the ball in play that he hasn't worked deep counts or shown much patience to date - evidenced by his finishing with just 25 walks and 85 strikeouts in 563 minor-league PA last year.

    In the field, I saw Hays play a competent left field and got below-average run times from him, but I have had other scouts report above-average times from home to first along with claims he can stay in center field. He's most likely a left fielder, perhaps a better one than I saw, and with his ability to hit for average and power should be a solid average or better regular there.

    80. Nolan Jones, 3B, Cleveland Indians

    Age: 20 (5/7/1998)

    Bats: L | Throws: R

    6-foot-4 | 185 pounds

    Top level: Class A (Short) | 2017 rank: Just missed

    Jones played baseball and ice hockey for three years at Holy Ghost Prep outside of Philadelphia, but ditched his skates his senior year to focus exclusively on baseball, where he played shortstop and mashed his way to a first-round bonus of $2.25 million as the 55th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

    After a tough first summer in pro ball, Jones bounced back in 2017 even with the promotion to advanced short season, leading the New York Penn League in OBP and finishing third in slugging percentage and second in doubles.

    He has a sweet left-handed swing that gives him projection to hit and to hit for power with the ability to drive the ball to all fields, and he has a good idea of the strike zone as well. In a tiny sample last year, he wasn't overmatched by left-handed pitching, a small but still positive sign given how many good left-handed-hitting prospects need time to close their platoon splits.

    Jones was too big for shortstop even in high school, but he has the arm strength and athleticism for third base right now with a decent chance that he even outgrows that position and has to move to first.

    There's still a lot of variance in Jones' potential outcomes due to his position, youth and lack of full-season experience, but there's too much offensive upside here to ignore.

    81. Cal Quantrill, RHP, San Diego Padres

    Age: 23 (2/10/1995)

    Bats: L | Throws: R

    6-foot-2 | 165 pounds

    Top level: Double-A| 2017 rank: 23

    Quantrill's full-season debut was good, maybe better than good if you consider that it was also his first full year back after Tommy John surgery in 2016.

    The Stanford product would show three plus pitches at times the summer after signing, but in 2017 the changeup was his only plus pitch. It was at times a 70, but still the one true swing-and-miss weapon he has. His velocity was still fine -- up to 95 most games -- but the fastball doesn't play that well in the upper part of the zone. He has had a plus slider in the past, but last year he threw both a slider and curveball, and the slider seemed worse off for the addition of the second breaking ball.

    Quantrill's delivery isn't perfect, and he has some trouble keeping his timing when coming down the hill toward the plate that leads to some of his fastball command and contact issues. However, there's still a good starter package here: an out pitch, above-average velocity, a chance for a plus slider, and above-average control right now. I think he offers a high floor, probably a fourth starter/league-average type, but we have seen better from him and there's still reason to hope it returns as he gets further away from the knife.

    82. Chris Rodriguez, RHP, Los Angeles Angels

    Age: 19 (7/20/1998)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-2 | 185 pounds

    Top level: Class A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    The Angels nabbed Rodriguez in the fourth round in the 2016 draft, as he was the rare pop-up Florida kid who came on very late that spring and the Halos were one of the few teams still on him when he peaked closer to the draft.

    The pick already seems prescient, as Rodriguez has continued to pick up velocity, averaging nearly 95 mph as a starter in 2017, to go with the best slider in the Angels' system and an above-average changeup. He'll mix in four- and two-seamers, with very good sink on the latter, and even has a curveball that's good enough to keep in his repertoire at least as a show-me pitch.

    His delivery is sound, with improved extension over his front side since he got into pro ball, but he'll need to work on consistency and command as he continues to fill out. He was hurt by his defense last year, as he got ground balls but gave up a ton of singles and doubles that might have been converted by better infields.

    There's still a lot of projection in this ranking as Rodriguez has growth remaining, but he's here because he has No. 2 starter upside and many ways to become at least a league-average starter even if he doesn't fulfill all of his potential.

    83. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

    Age: 19 (11/18/1998)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-3 | 215 pounds

    Top level: Class A (Short) | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Ortiz signed with the Phillies for just over $4 million in July 2015, but at the time was seen primarily as a bat-first guy without a position. After two summers in short-season leagues, he has emerged as an offensive prospect while also shocking scouts and even Phillies coaches with his athleticism, running speed, and plus arm.

    He is a hitter first with an advanced approach at the plate and has shown some power in games with more likely to come down the road. He tied for third in the NY Penn League in homers and finished sixth in OBP even though he was one of just three 18-year-olds in the league to get 100 PA.

    While Ortiz's swing is big, he will go the other way and has already shown some power to the opposite field. He'll show 70 raw in BP, and projects to 30-plus homers in the big leagues.He is a very long way away, having yet to play a game in a full season league but the early returns are very promising.

    84. Adbert Alzolay, RHP, Chicago Cubs

    Age: 23 (3/1/1995)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot | 179 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    At age 21, Alzolay had a nondescript year in low-A South Bend's rotation and didn't even merit a mention in my Cubs org write-up last winter. He took a huge step forward across the board, finishing the 2017 season with a strong stint in Double-A and allowing the Cubs to deal right-hander Dylan Cease to the White Sox in the Jose Quintana trade.

    Alzolay is mostly a fastball/curveball guy, 92-96 mph, with good command of his fastball to both sides of the plate working with a plus breaking ball that gets swings and misses. He also has a changeup that's less consistent than his other two pitches but is at least average when it's on.

    He's on the smaller side and doesn't get much downhill plane on his fastball, so he's been a fly ball pitcher in the minors and could become homer-prone in the big leagues. But he rarely walks guys and is very aggressive on the mound, so as long as he can maintain that velocity he can get away with a few solo homers. He projects as an above-average starter but perhaps one who goes less than 200 innings. If his velocity doesn't hold up, he could be a dominant reliever with the curve as his out pitch.

    85. Monte Harrison, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

    Age: 22 (8/10/1995)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-3 | 220 pounds

    Top level: High-A | 2017 rank: unranked

    Harrison was the Brewers' second-round pick and third overall pick in a 2014 draft class that also placed Brandon Woodruff on this year's top 100, and he has surpassed the two players taken ahead of him now that he's had a healthy season and been able to work on his approach.

    Harrison played baseball, basketball, and football in high school, committing to the University of Nebraska as a wide receiver, so he came into pro ball without a ton of experience on the diamond. His early results showed it with a 32 percent strikeout rate over 2015-16 around various injuries. But Harrison has shortened his swing so he's less long to and around the ball and it has led to more contact.

    He's a plus runner with below-average instincts on the bases, while his speed and strong arm make him a candidate to play anywhere in the outfield, including center. There's still risk here with the bat -- he still has a tendency to chase off-speed stuff -- and 2017 was the first full, healthy season he'd had in pro ball, but Harrison possesses power/speed/defense upside here along the lines of Mike Cameron if it all comes together.

    86. Daz Cameron, OF, Detroit Tigers

    Age: 21 (1/15/1997)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-2 | 185 pounds

    Top level: Class A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Cameron went from Houston to Detroit in the August deadline deal for Justin Verlander that also included top-100 prospect Franklin Perez, just two years after the Astros paid the son of longtime MLB outfielder Mike Cameron a $4 million bonus out of high school.

    Daz has his father's height but a slightly smaller frame and shows the same overall mix of tools with just a little less power and speed. He's an above-average runner who should be a plus defensive center fielder with an above-average arm. At the plate, he came out of high school with a short, somewhat flat swing that produced contact but not power. He has worked on hitting the ball in the air more, producing more fly balls and fewer ground balls thanks to more hip rotation and some added loft in his finish.

    Cameron started slow in 2017, coming off a broken finger that ended his 2016 season in early July, but hit .329/.408/.542 after the Midwest League All-Star break with improved walk and strikeout rates. He might be a "post-hype" guy now, having fallen off the radar a bit after his huge bonus and modest early returns in the minors, but he looks as if he's growing into an even better player than projected when the Astros drafted him.

    87. Sandy Alcantara, RHP, Miami Marlins

    Age: 22 (9/7/1995)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-4| 170 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Alcantara was the main prospect sent to the Marlins in the deal that brought Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis. He is a huge right-handed starter who works at 94-100 mph and shows four pitches with none of the secondary offerings very consistent, which in turn lets hitters cheat a little on the big fastball.

    Alcantara's curveball and slider can both show plus, with the curveball at 79-84 better than the cutter-like slider when I saw him, and he has a changeup that he doesn't use enough to have much feel for it. The changeup was too firm when he worked in relief in the majors, but he created more separation between the change and the fastball in the Arizona Fall League and there's hope it can be a solid-average pitch for him.

    He's 6-foot-4 with clear starter stuff and arm strength, and looks bigger than his listed 170 pounds with clear starter stuff and arm strength, but he's only 21 and really hasn't gotten his timing or delivery down yet to the point where he can command his stuff.

    Many pitchers like this never figure it out, but if they do, they can pitch at or near the top of a rotation or in the highest leverage roles in the bullpen. Alcantara should go to Triple-A this year to start, with an emphasis on throwing all of his pitches and trying to command his fastball in the lower half of the zone.

    88. Brandon Marsh, OF, Los Angeles Angels

    Age: 20 (12/18/1997)

    Bats: L | Throws: R

    6-foot-4 | 210 pounds

    Top level: Rookie | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Angels' 2016 first-round pick Matt Thaiss has lost some luster since the selection, but the rest of that draft class is more than making up for it, placing two players on the top 100 and another already cashed in to help acquire Ian Kinsler.

    Marsh was the team's second-round pick, and nearly failed to agree on a contract after his physical revealed a back injury, but fortunately for everyone, he came to terms and has emerged as one of the team's most exciting prospects. He is a great athlete with plus speed and above-average range in center field and the potential for 20-odd homers.

    He missed a month with a thumb injury last summer, playing just 39 games in the Pioneer League, but when he played, he raked with 22 extra-base hits in that span. Those are still Marsh's only official games in the year and a half since he signed so he's behind other players his age in experience, and his approach at the plate is going to need some work when he faces better pitching in 2018.

    Marsh isn't as advanced a prospect as fellow Angels outfielder Jahmai Jones, but offers more ceiling due to his speed and better chance to stay in center, and could end up No. 2 in the Angels' system with a good and healthy year in the Midwest League.

    89. Logan Allen, LHP, San Diego Padres

    Age: 21 (5/23/1997)

    Bats: R | Throws: L

    6-foot-3 | 200 pounds

    Top level: High-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    The Padres traded Craig Kimbrel to the Red Sox before the 2016 season in exchange for four prospects. One, Manuel Margot, is their center fielder right now, and Allen has emerged as the second-best part of the deal as shortstop Javier Guerra has struggled with medical issues.

    Allen gets some angle from his three-quarters slot, coming down the hill well at 90-95 while showing an above-average slider and traditional curveball as well an average changeup. Allen punched out 142 men in 124 innings across both levels of Class A ball last year, and in 22 of his 24 starts surrendered three earned runs or fewer. His Cal League line was wrecked by disaster starts at Lancaster and Rancho Cucamonga, both big hitters' parks, but without those outings, he had a 1.95 ERA for high-A Lake Elsinore.

    Scouts love his feel for pitching and the way he talks about and wants to understand his craft. They do differ on his ceiling, though, as he has some projection but not a ton left and has already gained velocity since signing. I see a good fourth-starter package now, but someone with the athleticism and command to end up above-average even if he never adds any pure stuff.

    90. Touki Toussaint, RHP, Atlanta

    Age: 22 (6/20/1996)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-3 | 185 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Toussaint was a first-round pick by the Diamondbacks, but then-GM Dave Stewart used him to dump a bad contract off the books, which has turned out to be Atlanta's gain as Toussaint has made slow but significant progress turning his ridiculous arm into something like a major league pitcher.

    He was raw as a high school pitcher but had a very quick arm and lots of athleticism for scouts to dream on. He's simplified his arm action since going to Atlanta, helping him reduce some of his wildness -- although he can still spray the ball, with four starts last year of five or more walks. He'll show a plus curveball that could even be a 70, and has developed a changeup that's average trending towards plus.

    Toussaint's future is all about command and control, and there's no physical reason he can't get to average in both over time. If he does, it's No. 1-2 starter stuff, and if he doesn't, which is probably still the safer bet, he could be an Edwin Jackson-type fourth starter or a high-leverage reliever capable of going more than an inning per game.

    91. Bobby Bradley, 1B, Cleveland (Last year: Unranked)

    Age: 22 (5/29/1996)

    Bats: L | Throws: R

    6-foot-1 | 225 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Bradley dropped some weight last year, helping him regain some lost athleticism and show better defense around the bag at first base, which helped address one of the main concerns around him coming into 2017.

    The Mississippi high school product also cut his strikeout rate from 30 percent to 23 percent despite moving up a level from high-A to Double-A, finishing second in the Eastern League in homers and 13th in slugging as a 21-year-old.

    At the plate, Bradley still swings hard, producing plus power even though he's not very long from load to contact. He can overstride and end up losing some balance as a result, which I think will make him more vulnerable to off-speed stuff.

    He's never going to be svelte, but as long as he maintains his conditioning, he should be able to stay at first, where a .260/.340/.500 line is very possible and would allow him to profile as a regular.

    92. Pavin Smith, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks

    Age: 22 (2/6/1996)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    6-foot-2 | 210 pounds

    Top level: Class A (Short) | 2017 rank: Not eligible

    Arizona took Smith with the seventh overall pick in the 2017 draft -- one pick ahead of his Virginia teammate Adam Haseley -- after a tremendous junior year vaulted him from possible first-round pick to the top ten.

    Smith makes a lot of contact with a moderate-length swing and very upright stance, so he doesn't get much hip rotation and can put the ball on the ground more than most first basemen, which leads to a higher average but fewer extra-base hits. The biggest question around Smith is his power. While he homered more than he struck out for Virginia in the spring, his swing is more geared for contact than big power and he didn't homer in 223 plate appearances after he signed.

    There's a good floor of a high-OBP, moderate-power first baseman, similar to Dave Magadan, but the power spike Smith showed as an amateur may mean there's enough juice to come to make him a fringe star.

    93. Brandon Woodruff, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers

    Age: 25 (2/10/1993)

    Bats: L | Throws: R

    6-foot-4 | 215 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: 100

    Woodruff doesn't overpower anyone with pure stuff, but throws three solid to above-average pitches: a sinking fastball that averaged 94 mph in the majors, a hard slider, and mid-80s changeup that is the least advanced of his offerings.

    He's very competitive and boasts above-average control with good feel, and he has a delivery he can repeat that puts him on line to the plate.

    He missed about five weeks with a hamstring injury that cost him his first major league start, but he returned in August and posted three quality starts in eight tries, with left-handed batters giving him the most trouble. He's a major-league-ready, fourth-starter type who should pitch above the level of his stuff because of his aptitude for pitching and aggressive style.

    94. Franklin Barreto, SS/2B, Oakland Athletics

    Age: 22 (2/27/1996)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    5-foot-10 | 190 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: 56

    Barreto's year was disappointing all around, although he was one of the youngest regulars in the Pacific Coast League at 21 and certainly has time to fix what's wrong.

    He saw a huge drop in his contact rate, striking out nearly 28 percent of his plate appearances in Triple-A and then doing so in 43 percent in his major league stint. His recognition of breaking stuff is still not where it should be, and he will chase fastballs up above the middle of the zone more often than he should, as well.

    He's still a plus runner and has come into some power now that he's gotten stronger, although he's probably maxed out his body and will settle into this 15-20 homer range.

    Barreto is a natural shortstop whose defense hasn't been as advertised the past year or two, but he could slide to second base or even move to center field, where his speed might lead to plus range. He still has youth on his side, as well as that speed and a swing that should, in theory, produce more contact than this, but he has clear areas for improvement heading into 2018.

    95. Heliot Ramos, OF San Francisco Giants

    Age: 18 (9/7/1999)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-2 | 185 pounds

    Top level: Rookie | 2017 rank: Not eligible

    Call him Heliot, call him Oliver, Ramos had one of the best pro debuts of any member of the 2017 draft class. Drafted out of a Puerto Rican high school, Ramos is a physically mature kid with present plus raw power and some feel to hit already, although he didn't show much patience or ability to work deep counts in rookie ball.

    An average runner now, Ramos is likely to fall below that and end up in right field rather than center. That puts some pressure on his bat, which so far at least looks up to the task, as scouts were impressed by the quality of contact he'd make and his ability to drive the ball in the Arizona Rookie League last year.

    He is the best prospect in a bad system, which can color perceptions of a player, although I had several people outside of the Giants org push for him to make the top 100. He will have to make adjustments to his approach to keep getting to the power, but the hit tool looks like it will be good enough, and he'll get to the 25-30 homers that he'll need to be a regular in right.

    96. Joey Wentz, LHP, Atlanta Braves

    Age: 20 (10/6/1997)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    6-foot-5 | 210 pounds

    Top level: Class A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Wentz was part of Atlanta's big haul of prep arms in the 2016 draft class, three of whom are on this top 100 list, and had a great first full season as a 19-year-old in low-A.

    He has great deception in his delivery, extending well out front and getting great ride on his 89-92 mph fastball so that it plays up like he's throwing 95. He'll pair it with a curveball and changeup, both of which will flash above-average, and repeats his delivery well with very little effort unless he reaches back for a little more velocity.

    He's a very unsexy prospect since he doesn't have a plus pitch or huge projection or something else to make him jump out of the team photo, but he does the little things well and hitters really do not see the ball well enough out of his hand to do damage. His stuff would peg him as a fourth or fifth starter, but his command and deception will make him more than that in the end.

    97. Keibert Ruiz, C, LA Dodgers (Last year: Unranked)

    Age: 19 (7/20/1998)

    Bats: S | Throws: R

    6-foot-0 | 200 pounds

    Top level: High-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Ruiz can really hit, enough that he'd be a prospect at any position, but as a solid receiver with elite framing skills, he sneaked onto the back of the top 100 after a great year at age 18 in Class A ball.

    At the plate, Ruiz is nominally a switch-hitter, but he's much better batting left-handed, shorter to the ball, more rotational, and showing more bat speed -- all eight of his homers last year came from the left side, and he hit just .240/.280/.310 right-handed.

    His catching skills are all average or better except for his fringy arm, which is probably good enough to play given how many other things he does well.

    Ruiz won't turn 20 until July and should spend at least part of 2018 in Double-A, as his bat seems advanced enough that he'll need the challenge of facing better pitching. The Dodgers signed Ruiz for just $140,000, which looks like a screaming bargain for a guy who profiles as an everyday catcher and could turn into quite a bit more.

    98. Jorge Alfaro, C, Philadelphia Phillies

    Age: 25 (6/11/1993)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-2 | 225 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: 45

    At any other position, Alfaro would probably have fallen off the prospect map by now given his allergy to the base on balls and modest batting averages, but he is a catcher with an 80 arm and 80 power so we'll have to let him slide another year.

    He has bat speed and will show that power at times in games, taking advantage of the 2017 baseball for five homers in 114 MLB plate appearances last year, one of which was the hardest-hit ball by any Phillies player all season. He does not walk easily; he has drawn 39 unintentional walks in more than 900 plate appearances over the past two calendar years, and he had the second-worst K/BB ratio of any MLB player to get at least 100 PA last year.

    Behind the plate, he has improved his receiving and blocking but struggled badly with framing after his call-up. His arm strength is elite, enough so that he should be effective against the running game, but he could still improve his transfer to reduce his throw times to second. Alfaro has so much unfulfilled potential with the bat, glove and even the arm, and even though he has been around forever (he signed with Texas in 2009), he'll play this season at 25. He'll play a long time as a backup but still has star upside if he improves on either side of the ball.

    99. Albert Abreu, RHP, New York Yankees

    Age: 22 (9/26/1995)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-2 | 175 pounds

    Top level: High-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    The Yankees acquired Abreu from the Astros as part of last winter's deal for Brian McCann. Abreu missed two months in 2017 because of shoulder soreness but came back strongly, showing some starter potential and a chance for three above-average pitches.

    He pitches at 94-96 with a power curveball in the low 80s and a solid changeup in the mid-80s that has good action rather than deception. His arm action is short and he doesn't repeat it very well, but he's on line to the plate and seems athletic enough to learn some consistency in his arm swing, which should help improve his control and command.

    Abreu needs to stay healthy, of course, but he has a starter's build and frame, and even has a little projection remaining. This is a nice league-average starter kit with very little pro experience to date, enough for the Yankees to dream on keeping him in the rotation for the long term.

    100. Nate Pearson, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays

    Age: 21 (8/20/1996)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-6 | 245 pounds

    Top level: Class A (Short) | 2017 rank: Not eligible

    Pearson had a circuitous route to the 2017 first round, as he was undrafted out of high school, pitched for one year at Florida International and then transferred to Central Florida Junior College to become draft-eligible a year earlier. He showed well in early-season matchups against fellow first-round pick Brendon Little (Cubs), but really spiked at the end of the spring when he hit 100 mph in a well-attended workout for scouts.

    Pearson is huge and already built for the major-league rotation with a good delivery and arm action that he can repeat. He's been up to 99 in pro ball and can elevate the ball for swings and misses. He has a slider, curve, and changeup, but as a whole his secondary stuff is still well behind, although he will flash a plus slider at times thanks to his tremendous arm speed.

    The development of his repertoire will determine his future role, but his size, control, and arm speed give him a pretty high ceiling, and the Blue Jays might have caught themselves quite a fish with the 28th pick.

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    1. Ronald Acuna, CF, Atlanta Braves

    Age: 20 (12/18/1997)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6 feet | 180 pounds

    Top level: Triple-A | 2017 rank: 36

    Acuna got off to a slow start in high-A in 2017 and didn't seem to be playing at full effort until Atlanta promoted him to Double-A in early May, after which he exploded, hitting .335/.384/.534 in 486 plate appearances for Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. He even led the Arizona Fall League in homers with seven. And he did all of this at age 19, turning 20 well after the season ended.

    Acuna's bat is electric. He's short and quick to the ball with exceptional hand strength providing average power already even though he's not particularly big. He's also a plus runner whose speed helps cover plenty of ground in center, although he's only the third-best defensive center fielder in Atlanta's system (counting Ender Inciarte).

    What sets Acuna apart from most other prospects in the minors, beyond his youth, is his approach at the plate, including outstanding plate coverage and very good ball-strike recognition. He was the only teenage position player to play in Triple-A in 2017, and his average, OBP and slugging all ranked in the top five in the International League (minimum 141 at-bats).

    If Acuna stays in center and maxes out his power, he's going to be among the best players in baseball, with a Mike Trout-ish profile. Even if Acuna hits "only" about 20 homers a year, it'll come with 40-50 doubles, huge contact rates and solid OBPs. The presence of Inciarte and Cristian Pache may push Acuna to a corner for Atlanta, but he could play center field for many clubs, and it's reasonable to think he'll be a plus defender in right field anyway. There's still a little variance in how the bat projects, but there's a higher probability of Acuna being an above-average regular for a long time than any other player in the minors.

    2. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Toronto Blue Jays

    Age: 19 (3/16/1999)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-1 | 200 pounds

    Top level: high-A | 2017 rank: 48

    The Baby Impaler -- no, wait, that doesn't sound right -- Baby Vlad has his father's face, but he's already more physical than his dad ever was, and he's showing something his father never did in pro ball: exceptional patience. It was a great year for teenage hitting prospects in the minors, and Guerrero's rampage through low-A and high-A was among the highlights.

    No one in the Florida State League came close to Guerrero's .450 OBP, and he walked more than he struck out both there and in low-A. In fact, his 76 walks on the season would have been the second-highest number of Vlad Sr.'s entire pro career. And Vlad Jr. can hit -- he has his dad's loose, whippy wrists, great plate coverage and plus raw power, although in games he shortens up and gives back some power for contact.

    He's playable at third right now, but given his size, there's a good chance he ends up at another position, possibly first base. With huge OBP skills already and 40-homer potential, it's not going to matter much where he plays.

    3. Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, San Diego Padres

    Age: 19 (1/2/1999)

    Bats: R | Throws R

    6-foot-3 | 185 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: 47

    The Padres have spent far and wide in the international free-agent market, signing players from all over Latin America for six- and seven-figure bonuses, with a couple of those million-dollar bonus babies already on this top 100. Their best prospect is also Latin American, and signed for six figures as an amateur ... with the White Sox, who traded Tatis Jr. (for James Shields) to San Diego before he played a professional game, only to have him turn the scouting world on its head after the deal.

    Tatis looks like Manny Machado did at age 18 and has similar gifts at the plate. His approach is very advanced -- he led the Midwest League in walks and OBP even though he was promoted out to Double-A in August -- and he already has above-average raw power, projecting comfortably to 30 homers in the big leagues. His swing is simple but explosive with good loft for that power to translate into homers. He has plenty of arm for the left side of the infield, and right now his hands and footwork are fine for shortstop.

    The only question about Tatis is his position; he's more than adequate at shortstop now, but he's going to be a big kid, even just based on his current frame, and if he bulks up like his father did, he'll end up at another position sooner rather than later. I would still give him even money to stay at short, but third base or even right field are possibilities and factor into estimates of his future value. He's still a star even in an outfield corner, but on the dirt he could be an MVP candidate.

    4. Victor Robles, CF, Washington Nationals

    Age: 21 (5/19/1997)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6 feet | 185 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: 8

    Signed in 2013 for $225,000, Robles has raced through the Nationals' farm system, reaching the majors briefly last year at age 20. The five-tool prospect has performed from his first pro game, providing high contact rates and stellar defense. His power is still rising, as he set career bests in doubles and homers in 2017.

    Robles has a very balanced stance and swing with some loft in his finish for power that is likely to increase as he gets stronger and makes harder contact. He's a 70 runner and plus defender in center with a plus arm. He could easily step in to the Nats' outfield right now and provide value with his glove, but after only 37 games in Double-A and a September cup of coffee in the majors, Robles might benefit from more reps facing high-minors pitching before he comes to the majors for good. Michael Taylor is a fine stopgap, but that role should belong to Robles for the next six years.

    5. Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees

    Age: 21 (12/13/1996)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-1 | 175 pounds

    Top level: Triple-A | 2017 rank: 4

    Torres came to the Bronx in the July 2016 trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs, one of several trades the Yankees made that month that helped turn the team's farm system into one of the best in baseball. Originally signed for $1.7 million in 2013, he raced up to Triple-A in his first full season in the Yankees' system, hitting .287/.383/.480 at two levels before his season ended in late June because of an elbow injury.

    Torres' swing is very direct, and he has excellent bat control, with a willingness to use the whole field and -- dare I say it? -- a Jeter-esque approach with two strikes. He's willing to run deep counts and take his walks, projecting to high OBPs, but probably just 10-15 homers a year. Torres is a below-average runner, but his hands and instincts are so good that he's still an above-average to plus defender at short, although the Yankees have indicated they will look at him at third or second.

    Torres was on track for a promotion to the majors when he suffered a freak injury to his non-throwing elbow on June 17; the injury required Tommy John surgery, ending his season. He's expected to be ready for spring training and could compete for a job there, although he'd probably benefit from a month in Triple-A to shake off any rust and to get more exposure to that level of pitching before he reaches the Bronx for good. He should stay in the middle infield for the long term, and a high batting average and OBP could make him a potential All-Star.

    6. Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago White Sox

    Age: 21 (11/27/1996)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-4 | 205 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: 5

    Signed by the Cubs in the same international class as Gleyber Torres, Jimenez ended up crossing town last summer in the trade that sent Jose Quintana to the North Side, giving the White Sox -- whose farm system was already among the game's strongest -- another top-flight prospect.

    Jimenez is huge, and he hits like you'd expect him to hit: often and far. The right fielder also rarely swings and misses, thanks to a swing that is quick and short to the ball, so he can let the ball travel deep before committing.

    He has already shown some patience at the plate as well, giving hope that he'll be a well-rounded hitter who gets on base while also hitting for big power. Jimenez is a solid-average defender in right field, a below-average runner who gets decent jumps and has plenty of arm.

    He's a middle-of-the-order bat, maybe a full year away from becoming a big league regular, and can be part of what looks to be a very potent 2020 White Sox roster.

    Law's prospect methodology
    As always, these rankings combine my first-hand evaluation of players, copious input from MLB scouts and executives, and the player's performance to date. Age and position also factor heavily into rankings, as players up the middle are more valuable (as they're scarcer) than those on the corners, and players who succeed while young for the levels where they play tend to become better big leaguers.

    Player rankings are team-agnostic: A prospect would get the same ranking or evaluation if he played for Miami that he would if he played for Colorado. Any numerical grades assigned to players are on the 20-80 scouting scale, where 50 is major-league average and 80 is Billy Hamilton's speed or Joey Gallo's power.

    7. Francisco Mejia, C/3B, Cleveland Indians

    Age: 22 (10/27/1995)

    Bats: S | Throws: R

    5-foot-10 | 180 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: 18

    Mejia has raked for two solid years across three levels in Cleveland's system, posting a .321/.365/.503 line from low-A through Double-A along with just a 14 percent strikeout rate, which would make him an elite prospect at almost any position. When you consider that he's a switch-hitting catcher, you can see why he's in the top 10 and why people in the industry talk about his MVP upside.

    He is a true switch-hitter but better from the right side, where he stays more upright through contact and shows better bat control. His hand-eye coordination is excellent and he's able to put a lot of pitches in play that would get past most hitters, even when he's batting left-handed. He tends to get low from that side, which limits his ability to drive the ball compared to what he does right-handed.

    Mejia's hit tool is far enough ahead of his defense that it might behoove Cleveland, which already has Yan Gomes behind the plate, to try him at another position to get his bat into the lineup sooner. He played a handful of games at third base in the Arizona Fall League and at least has the arm for the position. He has improved on defense as a catcher, however. He has always had that 70 arm, but his receiving has come a long way since he signed, and he has been better at working with pitchers as well. Wherever he plays, he should be worth a couple of wins with his bat alone.

    8. Forrest Whitley, RHP, Houston Astros

    Age: 20 ( 9/15/1997)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-7 | 195 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: 78

    Whitley is the best pitching prospect in the minors right now, less than two years after the Astros took the San Antonio right-hander with the 16th pick in the 2016 draft. A soft-bodied kid with arm strength as a junior in high school, Whitley got his body in tremendous shape before his senior season started, showing a plus fastball, power breaking ball and improved command, although the general industry bias against high school right-handers -- especially those from Texas -- probably kept him out of the top 10.

    Now 6-foot-7 and closer to 240 or so pounds than his listed weight, Whitley can flash four above-average pitches, with a plus fastball up to 97, helping him punch out 38 percent of batters he faced across three levels in his first full pro season. His changeup has progressed to the point that he was even better against lefties than against righties last year.

    He turned 20 in September and has the risk that all young arms bring, especially those who throw this hard, but otherwise looks like an ace in the making.

    9. Nick Senzel, 3B, Cincinnati Reds

    Age: 23 (6/29/1995)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-1 | 205 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: 15

    Senzel continues to hit, now boasting a .315/.393/.514 line across 187 games and four levels, including a strong finish in 2017 at Double-A, and he's probably going to finish the upcoming year somewhere in Cincinnati's lineup.

    The No. 2 overall pick in 2016, Senzel has a no-load swing with tremendous hand acceleration, so he still makes hard contact despite being exceptionally short to the ball; it's not a swing that is likely to produce much power, but he could end up with 15-20 homers just on the basis of how hard he hits the ball. Once a below-average defender at any position, Senzel has worked to become above average at third, and he is even a bit of a base-stealing threat despite being an average or slightly above-average runner.

    The Reds have talked about trying Senzel at other positions, given the presence of Eugenio Suarez at third, but I think moving him again entails needless risk given how far Senzel has come defensively since his sophomore year at Tennessee. He's a player you build your lineup around, and if that means moving Suarez back to his natural position of shortstop, so be it.

    10. J.P. Crawford, SS, Philadelphia Phillies

    Age: 23 (1/11/1995)

    Bats: L | Throws: R

    6-foot-2 | 180 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: 5

    Crawford's 2017 season started out miserably, as he wasn't hitting, running or fielding well, and he entered July with a .203/.321/.276 line in Triple-A. Something lit a fire under him after that, however, and he started to play like his old self again, hitting .285/.385/.544 in the next two months with much improved defense at short, earning a call-up to the majors, where he shifted to third and flashed even better defense despite being new to the position. This is the player the Phillies thought they were getting in the first round in 2013.

    Crawford has long been a disciplined hitter, working deep counts and showing comfort hitting with two strikes. He posted high OBPs his first three years in pro ball before a slight dip to .349 in 2016. His power surge of a career-best 15 homers in Triple-A this year was a small surprise, but his rangy defense and sure hands were as advertised. I've seen Crawford run plus, but he doesn't show it regularly and probably won't be a big stolen-base threat in the majors.

    Only three MLB shortstops qualified for the batting title in 2017 and posted an OBP above .350, so even if Crawford is just a 10-12 homer guy in the majors, he's still a well-above-average regular because of how much he projects to get on base. And if the newfound power sticks around, he'll be a player worth 5-6 wins for a long time.

    11. Michael Kopech, RHP, Chicago White Sox

    Age: 22 (4/30/1996)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-3 | 205 pounds

    Top level: Triple-A | 2017 rank: 7

    Kopech came to the White Sox in the Chris Sale deal, along with Yoan Moncada (since graduated), Luis Basabe (still very young), and Victor Diaz (who missed most of 2017 because of a sore shoulder). He was the best prospect in the trade at the time and remains a potential No. 1 overall starter -- boasting size, athleticism, a solid delivery and enormous raw stuff.

    He pitches comfortably at 94-99 mph and regularly hits 100 or more even as a starter, while his slider is frequently plus and his changeup can flash above average, although neither off-speed pitch is very consistent just yet.

    Kopech has been wild for most of his pro career and early last season was spinning off his front heel when he landed, leading to a 15 percent walk rate in the first half. After the White Sox helped him correct the delivery flaw, he went on a tear to finish the season, walking just 12 men over nine starts for a 5.5 percent rate.

    He's an intense guy and a hard worker, modeling himself after Noah Syndergaard -- another tall, athletic, power right-hander from Texas who had a lot of development to do when he was drafted. He picked a pretty good guy to emulate.

    12. Walker Buehler, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

    Age: 23 (7/28/1994)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-2 | 175 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: 40

    Buehler was drafted in 2015, came back from Tommy John surgery in July 2016, threw five innings in games that entire season, and debuted in the majors this past September with all of 93 career pro innings under his belt.

    Buehler struggled in his cup of coffee after some members of the Dodgers' staff tried to change his approach, but as a starter in the minors he was electric, touching 98 mph with a plus breaking ball and above-average to plus changeup.

    His arm is incredibly fast, and between that and his slight frame, there's some question about his durability as a starter, and he hasn't been tested at any point with workloads that would even be light for a starter in our current twice-through-the-order environment. But he does have a full starter's arsenal and an arm action he can repeat, with what should be at least solid-average command. If he holds up, he could be a No. 1 starter, with a very good chance he's a quality No. 2.

    13. A.J. Puk, LHP, Oakland Athletics

    Age: 23 (4/25/1995)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    6-foot-7 | 220 pounds

    Top level: high-A | 2017 rank: 93

    Puk was a potential No. 1 overall pick in 2016, had a good but not great junior year for Florida, and ended up going No. 6 to the A's, who were surprised to get him there after assuming all spring he'd be gone before their pick. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good: Puk very quietly had one of the best years of any pitcher in the minors, with improved stuff and mechanics that back up the performance.

    He finished third in the minors in strikeouts with 184 (the two guys ahead of him are also in the top 100) and gets a ton of swings and misses on his plus fastball thanks to deception in his delivery provided by his 6-foot-7 frame. His curveball is plus and has long been a weapon for him, while his changeup, lightly used in college, has improved to the point where it's occasionally above average and good enough that he showed almost no platoon split this year.

    Puk is huge, not terribly athletic and has some stiffness to the delivery, but he has been very durable and is around the plate enough that it shouldn't be a problem for him in the long term. He may not have No. 1-starter upside, as he probably won't have the command for it, but he's a comfortable No. 2 and should be among the best southpaws in the game at his peak.

    14. MacKenzie Gore, LHP, San Diego Padres

    Age: 19 (2/24/1999)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    6-foot-3 | 180 pounds

    Top level: Rookie | 2017 rank: Not eligible

    Gore had the most meteoric rise of any draft prospect last spring, going from first-round consideration to the third overall pick in the draft.

    The left-hander comes from Whiteville, North Carolina -- population 5,394 -- so he wasn't widely seen before his senior year and didn't face any great competition, but scouts loved his combination of athleticism, feel for pitching and stuff.

    Gore will pitch at 90-93 mph now and has plenty of projection to gain some velocity in time. His curveball is a mid-70s hammer with very tight rotation that is already a plus pitch, and he shows an average changeup around 80-81 mph.

    Gore's athleticism is elite, and while his delivery is unorthodox -- he has a very high, abrupt leg kick -- he repeats it and finishes well out over his front side to help his stuff play up. High school pitchers are a risky class overall, and Gore might progress slowly as the Padres try to keep him healthy, but his stuff and command would otherwise put him on the fast track to Double-A. There's midrotation floor here and substantial ceiling beyond that if his velocity and/or changeup improve.

    15. Brent Honeywell, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays

    Age: 23 (3/31/1995)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-2 | 180 pounds

    Top level: Triple-A | 2017 rank: 54

    Honeywell is "the screwball guy" in both senses of the term, although as a pitcher he has become much more than that and doesn't rely on the novelty pitch much at all at this point. Taken in the second round in 2014, Honeywell has flashed plus stuff since he signed, but 2017 was the year he put it together enough with command and a pitching plan for success on the field. He finished the season with 172 punchouts, among the top five in the minors in the category last year.

    Honeywell will work at 92-95 mph, and his out pitch now is his changeup, which is at least plus and probably better than that. He also throws a hard slider/cutter and will indeed flash that screwball a few times a game, even if it's just to mess with hitters' heads.

    After a minor injury scare in 2016, Honeywell stayed healthy all year and could have helped the Rays in September if the team had been in the playoff hunt. He's a different sort of character and was even suspended briefly in late August by the team (not the league) for undisclosed reasons, although the Rays universally praise his competitiveness and work ethic.

    He's a good No. 4 starter right now, but there are plenty of ways for him to exceed that, from tightening the slider to improving his command, and now that he's fully healthy, I expect him to get to that No. 2-3 starter range in time.

    16. Justus Sheffield, LHP, New York Yankees

    Age: 22 (5/13/1996)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    5-foot-11 | 200 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: 88

    The Yankees have a Giving Tree in their farm system, except this Giving Tree gives their prospects an extra grade or two of velocity. Sheffield was at 92-94 mph with a good changeup and fringy breaking ball when New York acquired him in the 2016 Andrew Miller trade with Cleveland, and he was at about the same velocity early in 2017 before missing almost three months because of an oblique injury. When he returned for one late-season start for Trenton and then went to the Arizona Fall League, he was a new man, hitting 94-96 with a wipeout slider at 86-87 and still had that above-average changeup at 86-89.

    He's very athletic and his arm has always worked well, but everything was just faster for him after his return. Replacing the curveball with this new power slider changes his profile and upside, and now the one remaining question is how good his control will be -- whether he was working out of the zone before because he lacked a viable breaking ball, or he just hasn't gotten the command yet to put the ball where he wants it. Given his athleticism and delivery, I'm willing to bet on the latter and have Sheffield among the best left-handed pitching prospects in the minors.

    17. Bo Bichette, SS, Toronto Blue Jays

    Age: 20 (3/5/1998)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot | 200 pounds

    Top level: high-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Toronto took Bichette, son of Dante, in the second round in 2016, and all he has done since then is rake, posting a .372/.427/.591 slash line in 132 pro games from the Gulf Coast League to high-A, and he still has yet to strike out 100 times in his career. (He's at 98, with a 16.6 percent rate of strikeouts per plate appearance.) Bichette has an unusual, noisy approach, but he has insanely good hand-eye coordination and excellent bat speed from his quick hands so he can get the bat to the ball on time consistently and with enough angle to drive it to the gaps. He's also very athletic, an above-average runner who might be a tick better underway, adding value on the bases.

    The Blue Jays have primarily played Bichette at his natural position of shortstop, but it's more likely he'll move to second base at some point and be an above-average defender there. To stay at short, he'll have to really improve his footwork and slow himself down on routine plays.

    He's a very hard worker and plays as if his hair is on fire, which might help him if he ever slumps ... which so far he hasn't. He's going to hit for enough average and OBP to be an above-average regular anywhere, probably with 15-20 homers at his peak; if he stays at short or works himself into plus defense at second, he's a superstar.

    18. Mitch Keller, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Age: 22 (4/4/1996)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-3 | 195 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: 16

    Keller followed up his breakout 2016 season with a 2017 campaign that was almost as impressive, spending most of the year in high-A and finishing in Double-A without any drop in performance.

    He will run his fastball up to 98 mph, and it sits at 94-95. He also has a curveball that ranges from a grade 60 to 70, coming in at 79-83 mph with tight rotation, and he throws both pitches for strikes. His arm is extremely quick, and while his delivery is compact for a starter, he gets to his landing spot on time with some extension over his front side. He can lose his release point on occasion, and his fastball command is still a tick below average.

    The biggest knock on Keller is his lack of a true changeup. He throws what amounts to a BP fastball now, too hard and straight at 90-91 mph, so hitters get to time his fastball after a few looks. It may also be a problem for him against left-handed batters, although he showed no platoon split this year.

    Keller's arm health has been fine, but he missed a month last year with a back injury, and his 2015 season was cut very short by another back problem.

    Keller has the two plus pitches and control to be a No. 1 or 2 starter, but at the moment he's more of a No. 4 because of the lack of a third pitch and the gap between his control and his command.

    19. Triston McKenzie, RHP, Cleveland Indians

    Age: 20 (8/2/1997)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-5 | 165 pounds

    Top level: high-A | 2017 rank: 85

    Hitters simply don't see the ball out of McKenzie's hand. It's kind of a marvel to watch. He'll pitch at 88-92 mph, and hitters will cut through it, under it and around it like they have holes in their bats.

    McKenzie finished second in the minors in strikeouts in 2017 despite averaging fewer than six innings per start as Cleveland worked to keep the now-20-year-old pitcher healthy. He's still slight, but it hasn't held him back yet, and he gets such great extension from his delivery and 6-foot-5 frame that right-handed hitters must think the ball is coming from behind their left ears.

    He can really spin the ball, with an 11-5 curveball at 78-79 mph that he can control and bury as needed. His changeup is still below average, 82-86 mph and too firm. I could see him turn the pitch over when I saw him in July, which could be a tip to hitters as well. He destroyed right-handed batters in 2017 (.175/.235/.259, 39 percent strikeout rate), but the lack of an average changeup meant lefties got to him a bit (.239/.305/.400, 25 percent strikeout rate), so the development of his changeup is key going forward.

    He'll pitch at 20 this year, still has barely begun to fill out and is athletic and flexible enough that you can safely project quite a bit of improvement. He doesn't need to add much velocity to be effective, although if he does, he'll be in the discussion for the top pitching prospect in the minors. McKenzie is probably a fourth starter right now, a worst-case scenario other than injury, but you can really dream based on his package of athleticism, stuff and deception.

    20. Willy Adames, SS, Tampa Bay Rays

    Age: 22 (9/2/1995)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot | 200 pounds

    Top level: Triple-A | 2017 rank: 43

    Adames continued his steady march to the majors last year with a solid season in Triple-A at age 21, making him the fourth-youngest regular in the International League.

    Acquired what feels like a half-century ago in the deal that sent David Price to Detroit, he is a wide-shouldered shortstop with an advanced feel for the bat, and he has shown consistent patience throughout the minors, even though he has always been young for the levels he has been at.

    Given his frame and the angle of his follow-through, it looks like he should have power, but so far it has manifested itself in doubles rather than home runs. He may still come into 20-25 homer power as he fills out and catches up with the age of his opponents.

    In the field, he's still almost exclusively a shortstop, and the Rays believe Adames has the hands and instincts for the position, but he looks like someone who'll eventually be bumped to another position by a plus defender who can offer more range and agility -- especially if he fills out as expected.

    If he stays at short, he has All-Star upside with the bat, and if he packs on too much muscle to stay there, he may end up a 30-homer third baseman with OBP skills and an above-average glove instead.

    21. Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston Astros

    Age: 21 (1/17/1997)

    Bats: L | Throws: R

    6-foot-4 | 190 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: 57

    Tucker was the Astros' second first-round pick in 2015, taken three picks after Alex Bregman, and has already had success in Double-A before his 21st birthday. Tucker was seen as a top-10 talent in his draft class because of his bat, both in his potential to hit for average and for power, which so far has not disappointed -- he hit 25 bombs across two levels in 2017, with a .379 OBP in high-A and a strikeout rate just a shade over 20 percent for the year.

    His power output is surprising given how little Tucker has filled out his frame -- he looks as if he's still less than 200 pounds. He has excellent strength in his hands, which lets him drive the ball to all fields despite loading his hands well away from his body.

    Tucker has played all over the outfield for the Astros and has made himself playable in center, showing more range in the Arizona Fall League than he ever had as an amateur. It still seems more likely he'll be pushed to a corner by a truly plus defender in center, but even in right field, he might still be a star because he projects to hit for average and power, get on base and have value on defense.

    22. Hunter Greene, RHP, Cincinnati Reds

    Age: 18 (8/6/1999)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-4 | 197 pounds

    Top level: Rookie | 2017 rank: Not eligible

    The second overall pick in the June 2017 draft, Greene was a two-way player at Notre Dame HS in Sherman Oaks, California, also the alma mater of reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton. Greene played shortstop with plus defense and a strong arm, but his future was always going to be on the mound, where he regularly hit triple-digit velocity as a starter -- even touching 102 mph in a scrimmage -- before he was shut down to preserve his arm after five starts and 28 innings.

    Greene was one of the youngest players in the draft, as he didn't turn 18 until November. His velocity comes without visible effort, but his secondary stuff lags behind his fastball. In high school, he threw a curveball and slider which ran together, but the Reds have had him put the curveball away to focus on throwing the slider harder, and it ticked up to the 88-90 mph range during instructional league.

    Greene's fastball can also be straight, and he will have to improve his command, although scouts believe he will because he's so athletic. He's high-risk as top prospects go -- he could get hurt, fail to develop the slider, never develop enough command and so on -- but he has top-of-the-rotation ceiling if he stays healthy and the Reds are patient enough.

    23. Sixto Sanchez, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies

    Age: 20 (7/29/1998)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot | 185 pounds

    Top level: high-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Sanchez is unassuming to look at on the mound, standing about 5-foot-10 or so and 175-180 pounds, but once he starts throwing, he'll get your attention.

    With what looks like zero effort, Sanchez can hit 100 mph even as a starter; I saw him do it six times in 65 pitches one night in June, with nothing under 95. He throws it for strikes, too -- he didn't issue his 10th walk last year until mid-August, by which point he had thrown 77 innings on the season.

    His secondary stuff isn't that far along yet, with a changeup that's solid-average now and a curveball that he can flip in for strikes but that isn't very tight or hard; he might be a candidate to try a slider at some point just because his arm is so fast. His fastball command isn't quite where his control is, but he's still only 19 and won't turn 20 until July.

    The main task for the Phillies in the short term is keeping Sanchez healthy, and they've done so with a very conservative plan for building up his innings. If he develops as expected and somewhere along the way finds an above-average or better breaking pitch, he'll be a No. 1 starter. At worst, as long as he stays healthy, he looks like a solid No. 2 in the making.

    24. Corbin Burnes, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers

    Age: 23 (10/22/1994)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-3 | 205 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Burnes was the Brewers' fourth-round pick in 2016, taken 111th overall, but he'd probably go about a hundred spots higher if we redid the draft today after a full-season debut split between high-A and Double-A and featuring 140 strikeouts, 36 walks and a 1.67 ERA over 145 2/3 innings total in 2017.

    He has the command of a finesse guy, but the stuff of a No. 2 starter. He has shown five different pitches, including a four-seamer up to 97 mph, a plus changeup at 88-90 and an above-average slider. His low-90s two-seamer has helped him keep his ground ball rate around 50 percent in Class A and Double-A.

    Burnes is competitive and aggressive on the mound, filling up the strike zone and rarely giving in to hitters. He repeats his delivery well, with a three-quarter slot and very quick arm acceleration as his front foot lands.

    The Brewers will have a dilemma this spring with Burnes, as he pitched too well in Double-A to return him there, but their Triple-A affiliate, high-altitude Colorado Springs, is one of the worst pitching environments in the minors. While they don't need him right now, he's not that far off from a big league rotation spot.

    25. Royce Lewis, SS, Minnesota Twins

    Age: 19 (6/5/1999)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-2 | 188 pounds

    Top level: Class A | 2017 rank: Not eligible

    Lewis was the first player taken in the 2017 draft and hit very well for an 18-year-old in the Gulf Coast League. The Twins challenged him with a promotion to low-A Cedar Rapids, where he continued to get on base and make far more contact than you'd expect from a kid who was barely two months out of high school.

    A 70 runner with a quick bat, Lewis projects to come into above-average power as he fills out. He was a well-below-average defender at shortstop in high school, although the Twins were pleased enough with what they saw from him this summer that they'll try to develop him at the position, with center field always there as a backup option given his speed.

    Lewis earned raves from scouts before the draft for his makeup, including his aptitude for the game, and the Twins indicated that was part of why they were comfortable taking him with the first pick. His bat may be even more advanced than it looked last spring, in which case he could move quickly through the low minors.

    If he stays at shortstop, he has superstar upside with his speed and on-base skills; even in center field, he wouldn't lose much value because he's likely to be such a good defender out there.

    26. Kyle Wright, RHP, Atlanta Braves

    Age: 22 (10/2/1995)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-4 | 200 pounds

    Top level: high-A | 2017 rank: Not eligible

    Wright was the best pure college pitcher in the draft class last year and went fifth overall to Atlanta, one pick behind Golden Spikes winner and two-way player Brendan McKay. He had a rough start to his junior year at Vanderbilt but turned his season around in early April, starting with a complete game, 13-strikeout performance against Florida.

    Wright is typically throwing at 92-94 mph but can run it up to 96, and his slider is his out pitch, reaching 86 with bite and tilt. He'll use that slider against both right- and left-handed hitters, even in typical changeup counts. He has a change that he didn't use much in college, which should be a developmental priority for him in pro ball.

    While his arm swing is sound, his arm can be late relative to his front leg when he's too quick off the rubber. Wright looks built for innings, and if the changeup is even an average pitch for him, he should be a solid midrotation starter with No. 2 upside thanks to the effectiveness of his slider.

    27. Alex Reyes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

    Age: 23 (8/29/1994)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-3 | 175 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: 10

    Reyes missed all of 2017 after Tommy John surgery but is expected to return sometime in May and could end up in the Cardinals' big league rotation this summer.

    Before the surgery, Reyes worked at 94-98 as a starter and touched triple-digits in shorter outings, showing a grade-70 changeup with good arm speed and an average curveball that looks hard but plays down because he casts the breaking ball instead of finishing it out in front of his delivery.

    Reyes has always had a shorter stride with a stiff landing on his front leg, which gave him a higher release point and more stress on his arm. He missed a chunk of 2015 with a sore shoulder, and then blew out his elbow before last season.

    That delivery also meant his fastball could come in flat, without much downhill plane, which could be an issue in today's homer-happy environment. But it is frontline stuff if he can stay healthy, making Reyes a potential No. 1 or 2 starter or, at worst, a high K-rate reliever.

    28. Brendan McKay, LHP/1B, Tampa Bay Rays

    Age: 22 (12/18/1995)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    6-foot-2 | 212 pounds

    Top level: Class A (Short) | 2017 rank: Not eligible

    He's a floor wax *and* a dessert topping! McKay won the 2017 Golden Spikes Award after completing one of the greatest two-way seasons in college baseball history, and the Rays, after taking him with the fourth overall pick, seem inclined to let him both pitch and hit as he starts out in pro ball. His future truly could come either way, although I think the path of least resistance has him on the mound.

    As a pitcher, McKay will show three average or better pitches with solid present command. He has had days when his curveball is better and days when his changeup is his best pitch, and he throws all three for strikes. He was better early in the season in 2017 but seemed to wear down by the end of the spring, perhaps from handling a full starter's workload while also hitting whenever he wasn't on the mound.

    There were scouts who saw McKay as the best pure bat in the draft class, and others who liked his power more than his hit tool. He seems as if he could go either way as a hitter, becoming a high average/OBP guy or a 30-plus homer guy, but perhaps not both. He's an above-average defender at first with, obviously, a plus arm.

    McKay could benefit from picking one path, but he has enough potential either way that the Rays plan to let him pitch on a regular rotation and hit on some of his days off to see if one becomes the clearly superior option. He could be an above-average starting pitcher in the majors or a middle-of-the-order bat at first base. My money is very slightly on the former.

    29. Brendan Rodgers, SS, Colorado Rockies

    Age: 21 (8/9/1996)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6 feet | 180 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: 19

    Rodgers was the third overall pick in the 2015 draft and the first high school player taken, having shown as an amateur that he could hit the best prep pitching the country could throw at him.

    The Rockies' top prospect has great feel to hit, with a smooth, balanced right-handed swing that also provides some pull power. He has a good eye at the plate but has yet to walk much or show he can work deep counts, perhaps in part because he had so much success in the low minors before a July promotion to Double-A.

    Rodgers has hit at every level so far in pro ball, but his first three stops were all in good hitters' parks -- he hit .461/.488/.809 at Lancaster last year -- so his return to Double-A Hartford this year will tell us more about how advanced he is at the plate and whether there's more than average power there.

    Rodgers is a 40 runner with some stiffness in his hips, so there's some question whether he'll have the lateral quickness to have above-average range at shortstop. His hands work well, his instincts at the position are good, and he has a plus arm, but there's a longstanding bias in the industry against below-average runners at short. The Rockies have played him a little at second base, but they'll likely exhaust the shortstop possibility before considering a switch.

    He also needs to stay healthy for a full season, with just 199 games played over the past two years around a bunch of minor nicks and cuts.

    He could be anything from a solid-average regular at second base who makes a lot of contact with average power to a fringe star at shortstop who hits 20-some homers without hurting anyone on defense.

    30. Jay Groome, LHP, Boston Red Sox

    Age: 19 (8/23/1998)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    Top level: Class A | 2017 rank: 20

    Groome's season couldn't have gone much worse. He started out hurt, tried to pitch through it, gave up a nine-spot in his first start of the year and then went on the shelf for two months. When he did reach the mound, the results were inconsistent, but his stuff has already started to justify his pre-draft projections.

    The 2016 first-rounder worked at 92-95 as a starter last year and still has a grade-70 curveball as a put-away pitch that he can throw for strikes and even for swings and misses in the zone. He has been working on his changeup -- during some outings it would flash above average and in others it was a nonfactor for him. He also may eventually be a candidate for a cutter, especially if the change doesn't come along all the way.

    Groome is a lean 6-foot-6 and should put on more muscle as he gets into his 20s, but the priority for him now is conditioning rather than weight training, so he can have a full, healthy 2018 and continue to work on his control and changeup. Few starter prospects can boast a breaking ball like Groome's, and despite all of the missed time, his arm is still healthy, so his upside of a No. 2 starter remains intact.

    31. Ryan McMahon, 3B/2B/1B, Colorado Rockies

    Age: 23 (12/14/1994)

    Bats: L | Throws: R

    6-foot-2 | 185 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: Unranked

    McMahon made the top 100 at No. 62 before the 2016 season but dropped off last year after a tough Double-A debut in a season when Hartford had no home games because of stadium construction delays. He returned to Hartford to start 2017, destroyed the level, then moved up to Triple-A Albuquerque -- likely the best hitters' park above Class A with an elevation of 5,312 feet -- and hit .374/.411/.612 there, earning a September call-up to Denver.

    While his stat line was inflated by his environment, McMahon made some real adjustments to his swing coming into 2017 by getting rid of some loop length he'd developed that the year before while also using the opposite-field gap more frequently.

    He is a good enough athlete to handle third base, but he's not unseating the Rockies' incumbent there, so he played more first base than anywhere else in 2017 while also starting 35 games at second base, where he's a work in progress.

    The bat should play even at first, where he should be a high-average hitter with plus power and adequate on-base skills. If he manages to become playable on defense at second, he could be a Jeff Kent type of player -- without the motorcycle antics.

    32. Lewis Brinson, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

    Age: 24 (5/8/1994)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-3 | 195 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: 38

    Brinson has huge upside and showed flashes of it again in 2017 -- when he was able to get on the field. A first-round pick by Texas in 2012, Brinson shows 70 defense in center and 80 raw power that is starting to show up more in games. What isn't showing up more in games is Brinson himself: He played in 97 games in the regular season, and the last time he played in at least 105 games was 2012.

    He seems to have made progress in cutting down on his swing when he falls behind in the count, but he needs more reps to show if this is true and/or to develop further if it's an artifact of playing in a hitter's haven.

    His glove would play right now in the majors, and even if he doesn't make more contact, he has the power to be a low-average, 25-homer regular. There's just so much potential here if he can get a full season or two of at-bats to continue his development.

    33. Scott Kingery, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies

    Age: 24 (4/29/1994)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    5-foot-10 | 180 pounds

    Top level: Triple-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Kingery hit five home runs in a full season in 2016, splitting time between high-A and Double-A, but a small change in where he starts his hands led to a power explosion: 26 bombs between Double-A and Triple-A in 2017, which took him from an isolated power figure of .107 in 2016 to .226.

    He was already a prospect because he's a 70 runner and a plus defender at second base, and he had bat speed with high contact rates, although he rarely walked because he would attack early in the count. If he's even a 20-homer guy in the majors, his defense, speed, and ability to hit for average would make him an above-average regular who'll make some All-Star teams. I can't project more power than that, but then again, I didn't even think his 2017 output was possible before it happened.

    34. Jesus Sanchez, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

    Age: 20 (10/7/1997)

    Bats: L | Throws: R

    6-foot-3 | 210 pounds

    Top level: Class A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Sanchez, who signed in the same July 2 class as fellow Rays minor leaguer Adrian Rondon, finished in the top five in the Midwest League in doubles and homers this year as a 19-year-old while striking out fewer than 100 times in a full season at the level.

    A good bad-ball hitter who elicits frequent comparisons to the late Oscar Taveras, Sanchez has very fast hands, allowing him to cover more of the strike zone and pitches beyond the zone than most hitters do. He'll show plus raw power that started to show up more in games this year. He has 25-30 homers very much within his reach as he fills out.

    The Rays moved Sanchez out of center this year, mostly playing him in left field, which is his most likely position. He has the athleticism and arm to play anywhere, but his reads and instincts are still below average. Even in left, he profiles as an above-average regular who hits for a high contact rate and power, and there's still hope that his defense can improve with reps and better coaching as he approaches the majors.

    35. Keston Hiura, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers

    Age: 21 (8/2/1996)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    5-foot-11 | 190 pounds

    Top level: Class A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Hiura was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 draft, and many scouts and teams viewed him as the best pure hitter in the class. He didn't play the field this spring for UC Irvine because of an elbow injury that many teams believed would require surgery, but the Brewers believe he can rehab it and avoid the knife, even giving him a few games at his natural position of second base in low-A Wisconsin last summer.

    Hiura can hit and didn't miss a beat in pro ball, hitting .333/.374/.476 with 11 doubles in his 27 games during his month in the Midwest League. He loads his hands a little deep, but his path to the ball is extremely consistent, and he should come into 10-15 homers of power given his hand strength and weight transfer from his lower half.

    The biggest question on Hiura is in the field. He has never had a great arm or glove and hasn't played defense much in the past calendar year, so the Brewers are hoping he can just play an adequate second base and rake his way to the majors. It's not an easy profile -- Dustin Ackley was supposed to be that kind of player -- but Hiura has such a long track record of hitting that he seems like as good a bet as any prospect to pull it off.

    36. Alex Verdugo, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

    Age: 22 (5/15/1996)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: 31

    Verdugo was the youngest regular in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League and hit .314/.389/.436 even though Oklahoma City isn't one of the circuit's many extreme hitter's parks.

    He has great hand-eye coordination to go with his selectivity, which showed in the stat line as he walked more than he struck out last year and was one of only two PCL regulars to pull off the feat. He is an average runner who can handle center field but will probably be bumped by a superior defender; he has also played quite a bit of right field in pro ball, where his range is above average and his 80 arm helps as well.

    He has been dinged in the past for immaturity, but it hasn't affected his play on the field, and there's going to be above-average power down the road, given his swing angle and habit of making hard contact.

    He looks like a solid regular in right field who could be more if he exceeds power expectations or shows such great patience that he ends up a .400 OBP guy, either of which is at least in play for him.

    37. Nick Gordon, SS/2B, Minnesota Twins

    Age: 22 (10/24/1995)

    Bats: L | Throws: R

    6 feet | 160 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: 53

    Gordon is nearly ready to step into a big league lineup somewhere, just needing to get stronger so he can hold up for the longer major league season before the Twins can commit to him as an everyday player.

    The son of Flash Gordon, Nick was the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft out of an Orlando-area high school. He was a two-way prospect who would regularly hit 90-91 mph off the mound, but his future was always with the bat, as he showed an advanced feel for all aspects of the game and projected to a plus hit tool with good on-base skills. He has a compact swing with very good hand-eye coordination that has led to high contact rates everywhere he played until last year. He spent 2017 in Double-A and went into the major league All-Star break hitting .297/.366/.455, but wore down physically and hit just .222/.297/.328 the rest of the way.

    Gordon could stick at shortstop if the Twins needed him to -- he has great instincts, good hands and an arm that flashes plus (although it's usually more above average now, as he rarely lets it fly). Because he's a below-average runner, he has always been a candidate to move to second base, and if Royce Lewis -- the Twins' first pick in last year's draft -- moves quickly while staying at short, that could also influence a move for Gordon to another position.

    His value would be higher at short, of course, but with Brian Dozier an impending free agent after 2018, Gordon's quickest path to playing time might be at second, and he projects as no worse than an average regular there, with more upside if he becomes the .300 AVG/.400 OBP player that he has the skills to be.

    38. Luis Urias, SS/2B, San Diego Padres

    Age: 20 (6/3/1997)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    5-foot-9 | 160 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Height doesn't measure the hit tool. Urias is listed at just 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, but all the Mexican-born middle infielder has done since entering pro ball is hit, including a standout 2017 season when he hit .296/.398/.380 and walked more than he struck out as a 20-year-old in the Double-A Texas League. That on-base percentage led the league, even though he was the circuit's youngest regular, and he had the fourth-best OBP in all of Double-A, behind three first basemen, aged 23, 25 and 28.

    Though Urias is small, he is fierce with a compact, quick swing that should continue to produce contact even as the pitching he faces improves. He doesn't project to hit for much power, but there's enough strength in his hands and arms to hit for average with plenty of doubles power.

    In the field, Urias split time in 2017 between short and second. He's probably an average defender at short, but above-average at second, and most organizations will have or want a rangier shortstop to slide him to another position anyway.

    His approach is so good that he profiles as at least a solid regular at either spot, perhaps not an All-Star in name but a player who's that valuable because of his on-base skills and position.

    39. Jorge Mateo, SS, Oakland Athletics

    Age: 23 (6/23/1995)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6 feet | 190 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Mateo went from out-of-favor prospect to major trade piece in the span of about a month, going to Oakland in the Sonny Gray deal after 30 great games in Double-A. The irony is that Mateo had done nothing to earn the promotion; he moped in high-A Tampa, spending time at the level for the third straight year, and was hitting .240/.288/.400 when the Yankees bumped him up to Double-A Trenton, where he went off, hitting .300/.381/.525, running better, playing better defense and driving the ball for the first time in his pro career.

    A 70 runner who can show you 80 at times -- again, it can depend on his effort level -- Mateo has the feet and arm for shortstop, but needs to work on his consistency on routine plays, although he was better in Double-A than he had been at the level below. Quality of contact had been an issue for him in the low minors as well, but Mateo has gained some hand strength and even hit a career-best 12 homers on the season.

    He could still end up in center field if he doesn't improve enough defensively at shortstop, but he has a good chance to stay at short for now and projects as a high-average hitter with 50-plus steals and 10-15 homers a year at his peak, which should profile as a good everyday player at either position.

    40. Yordan Alvarez, 1B, Houston Astros

    Age: 21 (6/27/1997)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    6-foot-5 | 225 pounds

    Top level: high-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Alvarez was originally signed by the Dodgers as an international free agent, but they traded him to Houston before he ever played a game in their system. Alvarez made his U.S. debut in 2017 in the Midwest League at age 20, hit .360/.468/.658 there before a late-June move up to high-A, where he continued to hit for some average after a brief adjustment period but didn't show the same power.

    Alvarez is a big man with a fairly short swing for his size, showing more raw power in BP than in games. He can get long sometimes and wrap his bat, but most of the time, his game swings are shorter and more direct, without the huge finish he'll show in pregame. He has had no trouble at all with left-handed pitching so far at either level, and even when he wasn't hitting as well for Buies Creek he still rarely struck out. At 6-5, 225 pounds, he's big for anywhere but first base, but the Astros have tried him in left field in an attempt to add some versatility for whenever he's ready for the majors.

    The swing and the plate discipline are already solid for a 20-year-old who hadn't played regularly in two years before last May, but it's the power upside that makes him a top-100 prospect.

    41. Taylor Trammell, OF, Cincinnati Reds

    Age: 20 (9/13/1997)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    6-foot-2 | 195 pounds

    Top level: Class A | 2017 Rank: Not ranked

    Trammell was a two-sport player at a Georgia high school when the Reds took him with the 35th overall pick in the 2016 draft, but has proven to be more advanced as a baseball player than the stereotypical football/baseball athlete.

    Playing in the full-season low-A Midwest League at age 19, Trammell finished second in the circuit in walks and in triples, 11th in homers, and in the top ten in both OBP and slugging among qualifying batters.

    Trammell has a broad mix of tools with a lot of grade 55s, with more hit tool than power, above-average running speed, and very good instincts in the outfield and on the bases. He shows some raw power in BP but in games is more of a contact/line drive hitter with a good swing he can repeat and an excellent approach for such a young player.

    He may be a one-level-per-year prospect for the next few seasons and is more likely to end up in left field than center in the long term, but there's the potential here for a 6 bat with average power and good defense.

    42. Juan Soto, OF, Washington Nationals

    Age: 19 (10/25/1998)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    6-foot-1 | 185 pounds

    Top level: Class A | 2017 rank: Just missed/No. 101

    Soto went to low-A Hagerstown to start the year at age 18, hit like Mike Trout for a month ... and then he got hurt. Repeatedly. First, he fractured an ankle sliding into home plate. Then he broke a hamate bone while coming back from the first injury. He got into some Gulf Coast League games to rehab, and then pulled his hamstring. An anvil fell on him, and after that, he stepped on a rake ... It was just a tough year for the Nats' No. 2 prospect, who did at least end the season with a 5-for-5 day in the last game of the GCL season.

    When healthy, which he's supposed to be heading into spring training, Soto has good bat speed and exceptional bat control for his age along with an advanced approach way beyond what most 18-year-olds show. He'll flash plus raw power now and projects to 25-plus homers at his peak.

    He's a 45 runner with an average arm and will almost certainly be a right fielder in the long term, but that shouldn't be a problem for his profile given his on-base skills and power upside. Let's see him get a full healthy season in him before we get too chummy, but Soto could be a global top-20 prospect if he rakes in 2018 the way he did before he got hurt.

    43. Jack Flaherty, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

    Age: 22 (10/15/1995)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-4 | 205 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: 89

    Flaherty has made steady progress through the Cardinals' system since they took him with the 34th overall pick in the 2014 draft. He started out as a command/control right-hander with athleticism and projection before showing some expected growth in stuff last year.

    His fastball sits at 92-94 mph now and can reach 96, working together with an above-average slider, fringe curve, and a too-firm changeup that he'll have to improve to get lefties out in the majors.

    Flaherty is athletic and really repeats his delivery without much effort, giving cause to believe he'll continue to improve his off-speed stuff with repetition. If his fastball has maxed out, he's a solid league-average starter with the chance for more if his slider and/or changeup improve. And at 22 for all of 2018, he could still find a little more velocity before he's done.

    44. Anthony Alford, OF, Toronto Blue Jays

    Age: 23 (7/20/1994)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-4 | 205 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: 55

    Alford turned 23 in July, but in baseball terms, he's much younger than that because of how little he has played. A former college quarterback, Alford has pluses all over his scouting report, including speed, raw power and plate discipline, and he has shown a consistent ability to get on base and put the ball in play when he has been on the field. That last point is crucial. Alford has only played 100 games in one regular season since he signed in 2012, missing time while he was playing college football, then suffering injuries in each of the past two seasons that cut into his playing time.

    The other question about Alford is when and if the plus raw power he shows in BP will show up in games; His season high in homers is nine, and he hasn't even been a big doubles hitter so far. His physical age says he should be coming into more power by now; his limited baseball experience -- 308 regular-season games across six calendar years -- says to be patient. He looks like a sure regular, but some power could make him a star. Let's just hope Alford makes his plea to the baseball gods for a healthy season.

    45. Leody Taveras, OF, Texas Rangers

    Age: 19 (9/8/1998)

    Bats: S | Throws: R

    6-foot-1 | 170 pounds

    Top level: Class A | 2017 rank: 35

    Taveras spent all of 2017 in the full-season Sally League even though he didn't turn 19 until a few days after his last regular-season game with Hickory. He's already an above-average defender in center with the instincts and speed to develop into a future 70 glove.

    At the plate, he has already shown good strike-zone awareness for his age and can put the ball in play, but doesn't yet have the strength to translate that into medium-quality contact. His .249/.312/.360 line for Hickory is more an indication that he was physically overmatched than that he lacked the approach or swing to hit there.

    The Rangers typically push their top teenage position-player prospects aggressively; Nomar Mazara played in Hickory at age 18 too, hitting a very similar .236/.310/.382 and repeating the level at 19. Taveras doesn't have Mazara's power upside, but his superior defensive profile and contact skills make him a comparable prospect in future value. His glove will get him to the majors, and his role will depend largely on how much strength he adds for harder contact and whether he can get the raw power he displays in batting practice to translate to games.

    46. Luis Robert, OF, Chicago White Sox

    Age: 20 (8/3/1997)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-3 | 185 pounds

    Top level: Rookie | 2017 rank: Not eligible

    The White Sox signed the Cuban Robert (pronounced like the English name) for $26 million as an unrestricted free agent in May, shortly before new rules came into effect that would have classified Robert as an amateur and capped his bonus at about one-tenth of what he got.

    He's a big wild-card among prospects, boasting some huge tools with major questions about his hit tool. Robert shows 65 speed and 70 raw power with a quick bat and great athleticism on both sides of the ball. But he has a dead-hands start to his swing without a load and doesn't use his lower half well, so scouts had concerns about his ability to get to hard stuff in or up in the zone. In the field, he has the speed and range for center, but his arm might push him to left field, as teams saw some below-average throws from him in workouts.

    The history of Cuban free agents is not great, so Robert is in a high-risk category overall. That said, betting on athleticism and raw tools is generally a good way to go when you don't have data to support your decision, and there is certainly a chance that Robert -- who played very well against younger competition in the Dominican Summer League -- beats scouts' expectations and shows more of a hit tool, at which point he'd have an overall grade 60/All-Star kind of upside.

    47. Fernando Romero, RHP, Minnesota Twins

    Age: 23 (12/24/1994)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6 feet | 215 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: 65

    Romero signed in November 2011, threw 88 innings in parts of three seasons, and then blew out his elbow, missing most of 2014 and all of 2015 while hurt and then rehabbing. His 2016 season was a successful return, as he threw 90 innings without a setback and showed all of his preinjury stuff and more. His 2017 season was yet another step forward for the six-foot right-hander, who can show two plus pitches now with the makings of a third.

    He has hit 99 mph and pitches with a grade 60 fastball and plus sink, generating ground ball rates over 50 percent in every full-season league he has pitched. He pairs it with a hammer slider that's plus when he hits it and generates swings and misses. His changeup is behind the other two pitches, but projects to be plus in time.

    Romero is on the smaller side, and he did miss two starts at the end of the year with a minor shoulder injury, so durability will be a concern. But the upside here is exciting, and he doesn't have a ton of ground to cover to be at least a mid-rotation starter in the majors.


    48. Ian Anderson, RHP, Atlanta Braves

    Age: 19 (5/2/1998)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-3 | 170 pounds

    Top level: Class A | 2017 rank: 52

    Anderson was the third overall pick in 2016 out of a high school in upstate New York, so he came into pro ball without that much pitching experience and even today is still a projection right-hander. He can touch 94 mph but sits more 90-91 as he works deeper into games, showing an above-average changeup and average curveball.

    He has a lot of room on his frame to grow, both for future velocity and durability, but scouts like his athleticism and arm action as harbingers for improved control and command. There's still a lot of unrealized potential here with Anderson, who won't turn 20 until May 2. He'll have to fill out and show he can hold his velocity deeper into games, build up his innings total to be a full-season starter, get more power on his curveball, and work on his feel for using all three weapons to get hitters out.

    His range of outcomes is still very wide as he has the three pitches to eventually start, but could be anywhere from a below-average big league starter to a solid No. 2 depending on how he develops physically and as a pitcher.

    49. Alec Hansen, RHP, Chicago White Sox

    Age: 23 (10/10/1994)

    Bats: R | Throws: R

    6-foot-7 | 235 pounds

    Top level: Double-A | 2017 rank: Unranked

    Hansen led all of minor league baseball in strikeouts this year with 191, dominating low-A as a 22-year-old college product then continuing to rack up strikeouts after a midseason promotion to high-A, where his walk and home run rates crept up a bit.

    He had such a bad junior year at the University of Oklahoma that he fell from top-10 consideration to the second round of the 2016 draft, so the White Sox have handled him conservatively to try to rebuild his confidence and work with him on maintaining a consistent delivery. He's staying over the rubber better now and is working on separating his hands a little sooner so that his arm can be on time when his front leg strikes.

    When he syncs up, he can look like a future No. 2 starter or better thanks to a huge fastball that misses bats at the top of the zone and two above-average breaking balls. His command isn't there yet, but it's worlds improved from where it was when the White Sox selected him.

    Hansen finished the year with two starts in Double-A, striking out 17 of 48 batters he faced, and should be able to start 2018 at that level, with a big league call-up at least a possibility for later this year. His range of outcomes remains really wide, given his variable control and command, but you can see the ingredients of an above-average starter who handles 200 innings a year.

    50. Luiz Gohara, LHP, Atlanta Braves

    Age: 21 (7/31/1996)

    Bats: L | Throws: L

    6-foot-3 | 210 pounds

    Top level: MLB | 2017 rank: 77

    Gohara came to Atlanta in a relatively minor trade that sent Mallex Smith to Seattle last offseason, as a result of the Mariners seeming to sour on the Brazilian lefty's makeup and conditioning. Atlanta looks to have come out ahead in this deal, as Gohara posted huge strikeout rates at three levels before a September MLB debut when he showed huge velocity and a wipeout slider to go with iffy control.

    Gohara is huge, earning body comparisons to CC Sabathia -- and that's Sabathia now, not when he was Gohara's age -- and can sniff triple-digits with a fastball that averaged 96 mph in the majors. He threw a curveball when the Mariners first signed him in 2012 but has shifted to a tight mid-80s slider instead -- hitters swung and missed at a quarter of the sliders he threw in the big leagues. His changeup is below average, as he hasn't thrown it much in pro ball, and the lack of that third average pitch led to a wide platoon split in the majors.

    He has always lagged a bit behind other international players his age because of his limited amateur pitching experience and big frame, so there might still be quite a bit more development here, especially in command. If he gets to even 45 command and the changeup becomes just good enough to keep right-handed batters off his fastball, he has No. 2-starter upside -- though it's more likely he becomes an average starter with a lot of volatility to his performance.

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    Is Tatis Jr. really the #3 prospect? Seems a bit high to me.

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    So Law doesn't count Ohtani as a prospect although the rest of the industry does lol.

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    So Law doesn't count Ohtani as a prospect although the rest of the industry does lol.
    I've always hated how prospect sites consider Japanese imports prospects on these lists -- they've already played at the highest level of their respective leagues, they signed free agent contracts, they're usually in their late 20s (Ohtani excepted), and most of them will never spend a day in the minors. They aren't prospects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Dinger View Post
    I've always hated how prospect sites consider Japanese imports prospects on these lists -- they've already played at the highest level of their respective leagues, they signed free agent contracts, they're usually in their late 20s (Ohtani excepted), and most of them will never spend a day in the minors. They aren't prospects.
    It's not that I disagree with what your saying. But as long Major League Baseball qualifies him as a Rookie and prospect he should be listed as such. Keith Law is the only one who choose not and he did it because hes Keith Law. MLB's international free agent rule is dumb but he still fits under that threshold as well.

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    So who was 51 on his list? It's been omitted thus far.

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    So who was 51 on his list? It's been omitted thus far.
    lol, I was wondering this too
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    lol, I was wondering this too
    We need Terminator to investigate.

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    He reserves the right to fill spot 51 with a PTBNL.

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