Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Baseball America Releases Midseason Top 50 Prospects List

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Rank Player Pos. Team The Skinny
1 Corey Seager ss Dodgers The Dodgers are being patient with Seager, but few doubt he’ll make a big league impact
2 Lucas Giolito rhp Nationals Baseball’s best pitching prospect is on a steady climb to the Nationals’ rotation
3 Joey Gallo 3b/of Rangers Back afer a major league cameo, Gallo needs only to improve his approach against lefties
4 Julio Urias lhp Dodgers Scouts and coaches can’t believe someone this polished is only 18 years old
5 J.P. Crawford ss Phillies Much like Francisco Lindor, Crawford’s defense and hitting ability make him a low-risk prospect
6 Kyle Schwarber c Cubs Has already shown the bat is big league ready, but the catcher’s defense still needs work
7 Tyler Glasnow rhp Pirates Talk about unhittable. For his career, Glasnow has allowed just 176 hits in 312 innings
8 Orlando Arcia ss Brewers Arcia has hit and everyone loves the glove. He’s the best player in the Southern League as a 20-year-old
9 Trea Turner ss Nationals It won’t be long before Turner is remembered for much more than being a player to be named later
10 Alex Reyes rhp Cardinals He is sidelined briefly with a shoulder problem, but Reyes’ fastball/curveball combo isn’t far off Giolito’s
11 Yoan Moncada 2b Red Sox Scouts who have seen him in Greenville have been underwhelmed, but blame that on a long layoff
12 Aaron Nola rhp Phillies Nola is like investing in Treasury bills. He’s a very safe starting pitching prospect who is big league ready
13 Aaron Judge of Yankees There aren’t many 6-foot-7, 270-pound outfielders, but Judge’s plate discipline adds to his power
14 Michael Conforto of Mets Conforto and Schwarber are having a fun duel to see who is the best college bat from last year’s draft
15 Rafael Devers 3b Red Sox Scouts love, love, love his bat. He may not be a third baseman, but his bat will play anywhere
16 Hector Olivera 2b Dodgers Where is Olivera going to play in Los Angeles? It’s a true puzzle, but he’s big league ready now
17 Luis Severino rhp Yankees Yes he’s undersized, but Severino’s stuff matches up against almost anyone in the minors
18 Daniel Norris lhp Blue Jays Norris’ speedy ascent to the big leagues suffered a setback, but he only needs improved control to return
19 Jose Berrios rhp Twins Scouts wish Berrios’ fastball had more plane, but he’s nearly ready to be a solid mid-rotation starter
20 Jose De Leon rhp Dodgers De Leon has already wrapped up the award for being the best 24th-round pick from the 2013 draft
21 Brett Phillips of Astros Phillips adds to a great problem for the Astros—too many outfielders for too few big league spots
22 Franklin Barreto ss Athletics Is he a shortstop? Probably not. But Barreto’s advanced hitting approach will play after a position switch
23 Bradley Zimmer of Indians An athletic center fielder who has hitting ability and power, Zimmer is the Carolina League’s first-half standout
24 Manuel Margot of Red Sox It’s hard strike him out at the plate or to sneak a line drive past him in the center-field gap
25 Raul Mondesi ss Royals The tools are still exceptional, but his lack of plate discipline and his lingering back injury are concerns
26 Jose Peraza 2b Braves Scouts worry how much impact a slap hitter who doesn’t walk can have, but they love his speed and defense
27 David Dahl of Rockies The well-rounded Dahl is enduring a second nearly lost season after injuring his spleen in an outfield collision
28 Gleyber Torres ss Cubs Yes, the Cubs have another smooth-swinging, above-average hitter to fit into a crowded infield
29 Dalton Pompey of Blue Jays Pompey quickly showed he’s not ready for Toronto, but he’s bounced back following a demotion to Double-A
30 Billy McKinney of Cubs Yes, the Cubs have another smooth-swinging, above-average hitter to fit into a crowded outfield
31 Joe Ross rhp Nationals A solid three-start major league cameo has shown what the Nationals can expect to see regularly before long
32 Ozzie Albies ss Braves He’s undersized, but Albies has an exceptional feel for getting the barrel of the bat on the ball
33 Jeff Hoffman rhp Blue Jays It’s early in his return, but his stuff has bounced back nicely from last spring’s Tommy John surgery
34 Nomar Mazara of Rangers Mazara has turned a big leg kick into a small toe tap, and in the process found his timing at the plate
35 Jon Gray rhp Rockies Scouts who have seen Gray wish they saw dominant outings on a more consistent basis
36 Robert Stephenson rhp Reds At his best, Stephenson is unhittable and has three double-digit strikeout games. At his worst, he walks everyone
37 Sean Newcomb lhp Angels A big, powerful lefthander, Newcomb has struck out more than 11 batters per nine innings as a pro
38 Brian Johnson lhp Red Sox He doesn’t miss bats like teammate Henry Owens, but Johnson is more consistent
39 Mark Appel rhp Astros Appel has three above-average pitches at his best, but he struggles to put them all together consistently
40 Brent Honeywell rhp Rays Honeywell has three average or better pitches he throws consistently and a screwball he mixes in occasionally
41 Blake Snell lhp Rays Snell didn’t allow a run in his first eight starts this season. Even after a so-so June, his ERA stood at 1.69
42 Tim Anderson ss White Sox Anderson jumped from junior college to Double-A in just a year, and he’s hitting .304 in his return to Birmingham
43 Alex Jackson of Mariners His first taste of the Midwest League was a disaster, but it’s too soon to get too worried about last year’s sixth pick
44 Willy Adames ss Rays The well-rounded, 19-year-old shortstop doesn’t run all that well, but every other tool projects average or better
45 Josh Bell 1b Pirates He’s hit and he’s shown he can hit for power, but so far he’s struggled to do both at the same time
46 Tyler Kolek rhp Marlins The fastball has backed up a little from the triple digits he showed last year, and he needs refinement
47 Henry Owens lhp Red Sox Yes, his control needs improvement. But when Owens throws strikes he can still be difficult to hit
48 Brandon Nimmo of Mets Nimmo isn’t a sexy prospect, but he plays center field, gets on base and shows occasional pop
49 Jake Thompson rhp Rangers Much like Adames (No. 45), Thompson is a former Tigers prospect picked up in a deadline deal
50 Ketel Marte ss Mariners The 21-year-old Marte doesn’t have much power, but his put-the-ball-in-play approach makes him tough to strike out.

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