Pre-Draft Player Rankings

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)
DL60
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
1300 Jack Leathersich (ChC - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 1 0 11.7 14 2.31 1.63
1301 Daniel Webb (FA - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 0 0 1.0 3 0.00 3.00
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 2 2 0 33.0 28 4.64 1.70
1302 Kevin McCarthy (KC - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: MR-6
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 1 0 0 8.3 7 6.48 1.92
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 1 0 0 8.3 7 6.48 1.92
Outlook: With the jump from Double-A to Triple-A in 2016, McCarthy’s walk rate more than doubled from 2.11 BB/9 to 4.35 BB/9, while his home run rate increased from 0.78 K/9 to 1.08 K/9. Regardless, the 6-3 right-hander earned a September call up to the Royals’ bullpen, where he walked five batters in eight and a third innings. Despite walk and home-run rate increases, McCarthy’s ERA dropped to from 3.12 in Double-A to 2.97 with Triple-A Omaha, which is a strong ERA considering it was his first shot at Triple-A. He did record 16 total saves in 2016 as well, with five of them recorded with Omaha. The former 16th round pick will be gunning for a spot in the Royals’ 2017 bullpen, though he’ll need to cut down on the walks if he wants to carve out a role with the team.
1305 Yoervis Medina (FA - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 3 2 0 39.0 38 3.23 1.44
1306 Conor Mullee (FA - RP)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 0 0 3.0 4 3.00 1.33
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 3.0 4 3.00 1.33
Outlook: Mullee entered 2016 as a mostly unheralded prospect, but he was extremely impressive in his first extended look at the Triple-A level. He worked to a 0.99 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 36.1 innings with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, en route to his first call up to the big leagues. The 28-year-old appeared in just three games before an injury sidelined him in the beginning of July, and he underwent season-ending surgery in August to address a nerve issue in his elbow. The righty has already had Tommy John surgery twice in his career, so any time he goes under the knife can be concerning, but he's expected to be back in time for the start of spring training. Mullee has an arsenal that consists of a fastball, slider and changeup, and he has displayed impressive command with that mix in the minors. He'll have a shot to win a bullpen spot to open the season but would likely be assigned more toward the middle innings than the end of a game.
1307 Logan Kensing (Det - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 0 0 4.7 1 1.93 2.14
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 1 0 0 10.0 7 5.40 1.40
1308 Frank Garcés (SD - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 23.3 20 4.63 1.54
1309 Matt Buschmann (Tor - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 0 0 4.3 3 2.08 0.69
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 4.3 3 2.08 0.69
1310 Silvino Bracho (Ari - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 220.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 2 0 24.7 17 7.30 1.66
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 1 0 18.7 17 5.30 1.45
Outlook: Bracho was one of many Arizona relievers to struggle last year. The young righty posted a 7.30 ERA (7.04 FIP) across 24.2 innings, and the results were only moderately better in 33.2 innings at Triple-A. Those stats were a far cry from 2015, when he posted sub-2.00 ERAs at both the Triple-A and MLB levels. So what happened to Bracho last year? The most noticeable change was a drop in his strikeout rate. After easily posting double-digit K/9s at the highest levels of the minor leagues and in 13 appearances with the Diamondbacks in 2015, Bracho saw his mark drop to just 6.2 in the majors last season. His average fastball velocity was basically the same in 2015 and 2016 (92.9 versus 92.7 mph), but his fastball usage declined and his swinging-strike rate plummeted. He will have to earn a spot in the Opening Day bullpen.
1311 Vicente Campos (LAA - RP)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 0 0 5.7 4 3.18 1.06
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 5.7 4 3.18 1.06
Outlook: Campos came over to the Diamondbacks at the trade deadline from the Yankees in exchange for Tyler Clippard. He made one long relief appearance for Arizona before being sent back to Triple-A, but his season was cut short when he was diagnosed with a fractured right arm in early September. His recovery from surgery will take about eight months, so Campos will not be ready for the beginning of the season. The role Campos fills when he does come back is unclear. The righty has shown good stuff, as evidenced by his 25 percent or better strikeout rate in the low minors between 2010 and 2012. And Arizona's rotation struggled mightily in 2015, so there could be an opening for Campos. However, this is his second major surgery as a pro (he underwent Tommy John in 2014), so it remains to be seen how his arm responds.
1318 Sam LeCure (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 3 0 38.3 32 3.76 1.43
1319 José M. Torres (SD - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: MR-5
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 0 0 3.0 3 0.00 1.67
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 3.0 3 0.00 1.67
Outlook: Torres turned 23 in September, just days after his late-season promotion to San Diego. Prior to getting the call, he spent most of the year working in the bullpen at Double-A San Antonio, supporting an excellent 1.24 ERA with an 8.9 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9. During his time at Double-A, Torres showed an aptitude for handling hitters on both sides of the plate, holding lefties to a .171 batting average against while righties hit .163 against him. In limited chances with the Padres, Torres leaned almost exclusively on his fastball (average: 94.6 mph), but his other two offerings include a slider and changeup. With a mere 5.2 innings above Double-A on his resume, Torres is likely to wind up in El Paso to begin the 2017 campaign, but there is little reason to think he won't be on the radar for low-leverage chances with the Padres if the team has the need for a fresh arm from the left side.
1320 Ben Heller (NYY - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 1 0 0 7.0 6 6.43 2.14
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 1 0 0 7.0 6 6.43 2.14
Outlook: He wasn't the headlining prospect in the deal, but Heller was sent over to the Yankees midseason as part of the return from Cleveland in the Andrew Miller trade. The 25-year-old was terrific in the minors, posting a combined 1.69 ERA between both the Double-A and Triple-A levels and held opposing batters to just a .156 average. The righty eventually pitched his way up to the big league club for the first time in his career, though things didn't go as smoothly there in a limited sample size. Heller is really only a two-pitch pitcher, but his fastball occasionally touches triple digits and his slider has proved effective in the minors. He'll enter spring training with an inside track toward winning a roster spot in the bullpen, and though he could be a solid source of strikeouts and holds, it's unlikely Heller gets thrust into many high-leverage situations.
1321 Yhónathan Barrios (Mil - RP)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 6.7 7 0.00 0.45
Outlook: Barrios missed the entirety of the 2016 season after he required surgery to repair his rotator cuff. Still, the Brewers liked what they saw in 2015 well enough to invite him to major league spring training in 2017. A converted infielder -- 2015 was Barrios' first season as a pitcher -- he dominated at Double-A, with a 1.46 ERA in 20 appearances. The 5-foot-10 righty has a mid-90s fastball and is working on a slider and changeup. Considering how little experience Barrios has and the fact that he missed valuable time in 2016, he'll have to show up big time in spring training to make the squad.
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