Pre-Draft Player Rankings

1260 Jason García (Bal - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 1 0 0 29.7 22 4.25 1.42
1261 Zach Phillips (StL - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 0 0 6.7 6 2.70 1.35
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 6.7 6 2.70 1.35
Outlook: Phillips has bounced around the majors and minors since 2011 and has just 22.1 innings in the big leagues since turning pro in 2004. He landed on Pittsburgh's roster for the final three weeks of 2016. The left-hander, who had last pitched in the majors with the Marlins in 2013, gave up two earned runs in eight contests. He used four pitches in an effort to trick batters, throwing his 90.1 mph fastball only 36.3 percent of the time while trying to keep opponents off-balance. Phillips will look to find work as a middle-innings reliever when injuries strike.
1263 Dan Winkler (Atl - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: MR-6
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 0 0 2.3 4 0.00 0.43
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 2.0 3 4.50 1.00
1265 Tom Gorzelanny (NYM - RP)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 1 0 0 3.0 4 21.00 3.00
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 1 1 0 21.0 21 5.14 1.71
1267 Drew VerHagen (Det - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: MR-2
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 1 0 0 19.0 10 7.11 1.84
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 1 0 0 16.7 9 4.32 1.50
1277 Rafael Montero (NYM - RP, SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-4
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 1 0 19.0 20 8.05 2.05
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 2 0 24.3 25 5.18 1.64
Outlook: Having worked him mostly as a starter throughout the minors, the Mets planned to use Montero in that capacity in the majors should they need any reinforcements in their rotation. Though he struggled badly enough that he was demoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to Double-A Binghamton midseason, Montero got his chance this season in the form of three spot starts with the parent club. Though his first two starts were decent, he didn't perform well overall, yielding 14 walks and three home runs over 11 innings as a starter. That was actually better than his performance out of the bullpen, though, as the once highly regarded prospect allowed a .371 batting average against en route to a 9.00 ERA in six relief appearances. Unless injuries hinder it again, it's not clear if Montero will get a look in the rotation this season. His stock has fallen far enough that it would be difficult to count on him even if he is tabbed for spot duty.
1278 Jake Smith (SD - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 1 0 0 4.0 3 4.50 1.50
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 1 0 0 4.0 3 4.50 1.50
Outlook: With a late-season promotion, Smith reached the big leagues for the first time in his career, but there is little reason to believe that he will be on an Opening Day roster in 2017. Smith had a 10.2 BB/9 in 20.1 innings at Double-A Richmond before getting designated for assignment by the Giants last summer. While he turned things around after the Padres picked him up (3.2 BB/9), his strikeout rate plummeted. Working mostly with a fastball, cutter and changeup, Smith has the tools to become a useful bullpen arm down the road, but he is no lock to retain a 40-man roster spot throughout the year as he's 26 years old and was much older than the competition when he had an impressive run with High-A San Jose in 2015 (12.6 K/9, 2.2 BB/9 in 56 appearances). A prolonged stretch at Triple-A is his most likely destination to start the season.
1279 Joe Beimel (FA - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 2 1 0 46.0 24 3.13 1.28
1280 Jordan Walden (FA - RP)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 2 2 30.0 37 2.40 1.20
Outlook: Walden last pitched in April of 2015, and he has been out with a strained lat ever since. There had been hopes that he would begin a rehab assignment at the end of the 2016 season, but those plans never came to fruition. He'll now aim to return in 2017, but his health is a mystery. At his best, Walden is a lock-down reliever capable of striking out nearly 30 percent of the batters he faces and chucking fastballs over 95 miles per hour, but he's over a year removed from such form. If he does in fact return in 2017, Walden would be a late-round gamble with a high ceiling, capable of scooping up holds and strikeouts. However, prospective buyers with risk-aversion tendencies will likely want to look elsewhere, as Walden's return has been riddled with setbacks. He'll look to resurrect his career in 2017, although it'll be tough to find work after his contract with Atlanta was voided due to health concerns.
1281 Austin Adams (LAA - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 0 0 18.3 17 9.82 1.85
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 1 0 0 19.7 15 6.41 1.58
Outlook: Adams has bounced around between Triple-A Columbus and the Indians over the past two seasons, registering 48 appearances in a middle relief role during that time. The righty struggled throughout 2016, especially near the end, posting a 24.00 ERA in four appearances in September to bring his season ERA to an abysmal 9.82 in 18.1 innings. The numbers just aren't there for Adams, really. His inability to make people miss is an issue, as his strikeout rate has never carried over from the minors and his .373 BABIP is worrisome at any level. It would seem as if there is little to look forward to with the 30-year-old, whose ailing numbers are rightfully neglected in the middle of the best bullpens in the league. Adams regressed in most statistical categories from 2015 to 2016, although a move to the Angels could bode well for him, as their bullpen situation is dire enough that he could carve out a decent role with enough solid outings.
1283 Casey Janssen (FA - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 2 4 12 42.7 28 4.43 1.17
1284 Branden Pinder (NYY - RP)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 0 0 1.0 1 18.00 4.00
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 1 0 14.3 13 3.77 1.67
Outlook: Pinder enjoyed a surprisingly good 2015 stint with the Yankees (8.13 K/9). He was sent down to the minors toward the end of last spring training but didn't take long to earn his way up to the big league bullpen, as he got the call after two scoreless appearances at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. His season ended shortly after that, though, as he tore his UCL in his first game and underwent Tommy John surgery toward the end of April, putting his status for the start of 2017 in jeopardy. The 27-year-old has been an effective strikeout pitcher across most levels, mixing in a 95 mph fastball with a wipeout slider, but he's also frequently handed out too many free passes. Given the standard timetable for Tommy John surgery recovery, Pinder will probably be out until around the All-Star break. The Yankees designated him for assignment to free up space on the 40-man roster this offseason.
1285 Esmil Rogers (FA - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 2 0 0 39.3 38 5.95 1.58
1286 Dean Kiekhefer (Sea - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 0 0 22.0 14 5.32 1.41
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 22.0 14 5.32 1.41
Outlook: Kiekhefer unexpectedly made his MLB debut in 2016 when injuries in the Cardinals bullpen made it necessary to bring up another arm. On paper, it's hard to find positive signs from the 5.32 ERA and 1.41 WHIP that were built over 22 innings across 26 games, but there were flashes of promise from the 27-year-old lefty. Of the 46 left-handed hitters he faced, he gave up just five RBI and held them to a .209 batting average. Unfortunately, his stats against righties told an entirely different story. Against 52 right-handed hitters, Kiekhefer's ERA and WHIP shot up to 9.28 and 1.78, respectively, while he managed to pick up a mere two strikeouts. Prior to coming up to the majors, he'd been a surefire reliever at Triple-A Memphis, where he posted a sub-2.60 ERA three straight years, so it's entirely possible that he'll adjust to the higher level. He was claimed off waivers by the Mariners and then outrighted to Triple-A this offseason. Look for him to start the year with Triple-A Tacoma as left-handed relief depth.
1288 Nick Rumbelow (NYY - RP)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 1 1 0 15.7 15 4.02 1.34
Outlook: Rumbelow's season was a brief one. After being sent to Triple-A toward the end of spring training, he required Tommy John surgery after just one outing. While the lost year is obviously not ideal, the righty is still just 25 years old, so if he's able to come back from the surgery, he'll still have plenty of time to establish himself within the organization. Rumbelow made his big league debut in 2015, striking out 15 in 15.2 innings with a mid-90s fastball, so when healthy he will likely get another look in the major league bullpen somewhere down the line. Given the typical Tommy John surgery timetable, Rumbelow may be out until around the All-Star break, and given all of the missed time the club will likely send him back to the minors, at least at first, to get back in the swing of things.
1289 Jenrry Mejía (FA - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 4 3 14 50.7 52 3.38 1.44
1290 Matt Purke (CWS - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 1 0 18.0 15 5.50 1.78
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 1 0 18.0 15 5.50 1.78
Outlook: Injuries have largely hampered Purke's career thus far, although he finally got to show his stuff at the upper farm levels without inhibition. The left-hander started off the season with Triple-A Charlotte and had a fair amount of success, sporting a 3.52 ERA and an 8.9 K/9 through 38.1 innings pitched. This punched him a ticket to the big leagues, although his success didn't translate. Purke started out well enough, putting up zeroes in five out of his first six relief appearances, but then he proceeded to cough up seven earned runs over his next six outings, leading to a trip back to Charlotte. The 26-year-old struggled with control at both levels last season and has proved to be fairly inconsistent in terms of strikeout rate and strand rate, but he still has shown some glimpses of why he was drafted in the third round by the Nationals back in 2011. Purke was outrighted off the 40-man roster this offseason, so he will likely open the year back at Triple-A.
1291 Nick Masset (FA - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 2 1 0 35.0 27 5.40 1.69
1292 Mitch Harris (FA - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 2 1 0 27.0 15 3.67 1.59
1293 Frankie Montas (Oak - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 2 0 15.0 20 4.80 1.53
Outlook: It might be wise just to think of Montas as a relief pitching prospect at this point. He has been traded three times and will not turn 24 until March 21, so several teams have likely come to this conclusion. The A's should reach the same verdict, if they have not already. Montas has a starter's frame, an 80-grade fastball, a plus slider, and a solid changeup. However, he has not thrown enough strikes to make it as a starter to this point, and with the tools in place to be a high-leverage reliever, a transition to the bullpen should be forthcoming. He was touching 102 mph in the Arizona Fall League, so he could take his fastball and slider to the bullpen on Opening Day and lay waste. Unfortunately, it is unclear how the A's will proceed with Montas, as they only recently acquired him from the Dodgers and may want to try their hand at developing him as a starter. If the transition to the 'pen does happen, however, Montas has the stuff to be a top-10 fantasy closer.
1294 Dustin Molleken (Det - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 0 0 8.3 8 4.32 2.04
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 8.3 8 4.32 2.04
Outlook: Molleken made his MLB debut as a 31-year-old in 2016, though he spent most of his time with Triple-A Toledo. In his 8.1 innings, he posted a 4.32 ERA, slightly higher than his 3.58 Triple-A ERA. Molleken's walk rate is obviously a factor in what is holding him back, as he failed to post a walk rate below 4.25 BB/9 in his last three seasons of Triple-A ball. His 2016 walk rate was 4.49 BB/9 with Toledo and 5.40 BB/9 with the Tigers. He elected for free agency this offseason after being sent outright to Triple-A, though it's doubtful many teams will be clamoring to get their hands on a 32-year-old who spent the last five seasons in Triple-A. If he can begin to lessen his walk totals, it would go a long way in helping him latch on with another major league club.
1295 Jayson Aquino (Bal - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 0 0 2.3 3 0.00 0.43
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 2.3 3 0.00 0.43
Outlook: The once-promising pitching prospect has struggled to find a home after the Rockies designated him for assignment in early 2015. Aquino was acquired and cut four times in just 14 months before being claimed by the Orioles at the on-set of the 2016 season. He spent the vast majority of the season with Double-A Bowie, while also making brief appearances with Triple-A Norfolk and tossing 2.1 innings with the big league club. The young lefty had mixed results during his time at Bowie, posting a 3.90 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 115.1 innings in the starting rotation. He has always displayed plus control of his pitches, as evidenced by his 6.6 percent walk rate, but he will need to improve his strikeout rate (15.4 percent in 2016) if he hopes to find consistent success at the higher levels. He likely won't be making any sort of fantasy impact in 2017.
1297 Warwick Saupold (Det - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: MR-4
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 1 1 0 9.7 10 7.45 2.07
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 1 1 0 9.7 10 7.45 2.07
Outlook: Saupold pitched quite well for Triple-A Toledo in 2016, holding a 2.30 ERA over 11 starts and 74.1 innings. He was called up to the Tigers in early May to serve in a bullpen role but imploded twice toward the end of May, allowing eight runs between two outings before being placed on the disabled list with a groin injury. His poor performance sent him back to Toledo upon regaining health, where he remained the rest of the season, save for an emergency call as the Tigers needed an extra arm in August. Saupold's arsenal is about 80 percent fastballs and cutters, suggesting he may be better destined for the bullpen, although he only tops out in the low 90s. He's shown flashes of decent strikeout rates throughout his minor league career, but it's actually been negatively correlated with his ability to get guys out, suggesting he's more of a contact pitcher going forward. Unless he's able to grab a fifth starter role, Saupold won't have much fantasy value as a low-strikeout reliever.
1298 Shae Simmons (Sea - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 220.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 0 0 6.7 3 1.35 0.90
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 1 0 14.0 13 2.57 1.14
Outlook: After an impressive major league debut in 2014 in which Simmons posted a 2.91 ERA, a 23:11 K:BB and nine holds over 21.2 innings as one of the Braves' primary setup men, he was forced to miss the entire 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He made his return to the big leagues in September after he experienced several setbacks in his rehab assignments earlier in the year. Though the sample size is small, Simmons appeared to be back to his old self in his seven relief appearances. The young righty, who features a blazing four-seam fastball that routinely sits at 97 miles per hour, finished the month with a 1.35 ERA and 3:0 K:BB over 6.2 innings. Following a trade to the Mariners, Simmons figures to be a factor in their bullpen going forward and could provide modest fantasy value in holds leagues if he works his way up the bullpen pecking order like he had in Atlanta.
1299 Sergio Santos (FA - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 2 2 18.7 24 6.75 1.82
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