Pre-Draft Player Rankings

1476 R.J. Álvarez (Tex - 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 14.0 16 7.71 1.71
1477 Chris Volstad (CWS - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 220.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 2.0 0 0.00 1.00
1478 Erik Cordier (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 0 0 9.3 8 3.86 1.39
1479 Kevin Gregg (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 1 0 10.0 10 9.90 1.70
1480 Chad Jenkins (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 0 0 17.7 10 3.06 1.25
1481 Adam Plutko (Cle - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season 0 0 0 3.7 3 7.36 1.91
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 3.7 3 7.36 1.91
Outlook: Plutko was a minor league workhorse in the Indians' organization in 2016. The 25-year-old right-hander tossed 71.2 innings and 90.0 innings in Double-A and Triple-A respectively. After making 15 starts for Triple-A Columbus and earning a 3.97 ERA and 4.03 FIP, Plutko was called up to the Indians in late September, where he appeared in only two regular season games and pitched 3.2 innings. Plutko relies much more on pinpoint control as opposed to high velocity, which allows his fastball to still be an effective pitch despite sitting in the low 90's. Additionally, Plutko has been effective at consistently throwing strikes, which he demonstrated by his 130:46 K:BB in 2016. While he appears to be major-league ready and was developed as a starter, Plutko's best chance to make the Indians 2017 25-man roster will be via a spot in the bullpen. In order to do so, he will need to continue to demonstrate a high level of command.
1482 Adrian Houser (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 2.0 0 0.00 1.50
Outlook: Houser was just one of the many former Astros plucked away to Milwaukee by new(ish) Brewers general manager David Stearns, who worked under Jeff Luhnow in Houston's front office. Despite a 5.25 ERA, Houser had solid peripherals in his first 13 starts of 2016 down at Double-A, thanks to an acceptable 56:22 K:BB over 70.1 innings. Unfortunately his season was ended by Tommy John surgery in July, which will keep him out for most, if not all of 2017. He turns 24 in February, so Houser will have time to get his career back on track. However, this is a very untimely development for Houser, whose performance in the 2015 Arizona Fall League had many believing he could be a part of the Brewers future plans sooner rather than later. His likely future role is a back-of-the-rotation arm or middle reliever, so given the elbow surgery, he can be ignored in almost all dynasty leagues.
1490 Jarrett Grube (Tor - 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 0.7 0 13.50 1.50
1491 Mike Minor (KC - SP, RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: MR-3
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 6 12 0 145.3 120 4.77 1.44
Outlook: Signed by the Royals to a two-year deal in February, Minor never made it to the 25-man roster in 2016. Fortunately, he pitched in 10 minor league games, with the bulk of those outings coming as a starter with Triple-A Omaha. Unfortunately, he struggled with walks (4.4 BB/9) and was susceptible to the long ball (1.82 HR/9) during his time in the Pacific Coast League, and the Royals opted to play it safe with his workload rather than push him aggressively toward big league innings. Most likely, a move to the bullpen is in order, as keeping Minor healthy for 50-60 innings in a relief role is a better bet than trying to strengthen his arm for 150-plus frames as a starter. Now 29, the former first-round pick faces an uphill battle to earn a meaningful role in 2017.
1495 Tim Collins (Was - 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 21.0 15 3.86 1.38
1501 Zack Jones (Min - 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 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
1502 Mario Hollands (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 2 0 47.0 35 4.40 1.40
1506 Lisalverto Bonilla (Cin - RP, SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-5
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 3 0 0 20.7 17 3.05 1.21
Outlook: Claimed off waivers by the Reds in the offseason, Bonilla spent 2016 in the Dodgers organization, compiling a 4.28 ERA and a 9.7 K/9 as a starter for Triple-A Oklahoma City. This performance could help him climb up the Reds' pecking order, although the plethora of starters in camp this spring could land him in Triple-A once again.
1510 Ryne Stanek (TB - SP, 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 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Stanek spent most of 2016 in Double-A Montgomery before finishing the season with Triple-A Durham. With Tampa's Double-A affiliate, the 25-year-old right-hander showed some promising flashes in his 11 starts, posting a 3.79 ERA while registering a solid 10.5 K/9 in 78.1 innings of work. His performance took a turn for the worse when he got to Triple-A. While generating strikeouts was Stanek's calling card at Double-A, his strikeout rate decreased to a disappointing 8.1 K/9 albeit in a small sample size. Additionally, Stanek produced a 5.92 ERA during his stint with Triple-A Durham, the highest of any stop in his career. Nonetheless, he showed enough promise for the Rays to add him to their 40-man roster following the 2016 season and thus shield him from the Rule 5 draft. Stanek will likely begin the season at Triple-A, but could possibly earn an eventual promotion to Tampa's major league bullpen if he steps up his performance in 2017.
1519 Chris Lee (Bal - 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 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Lee was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 draft by Astros and was ultimately dealt to the Orioles during the 2015 season. He possesses a three-pitch repertoire that includes a powerful fastball capable of reaching 95 mph. His secondary pitches (slider and changeup) still require improvement before he's ready to become an effective big league arm. Lee began the 2016 campaign in the Double-A Bowie rotation but ended up missing a significant time with a shoulder injury. The young lefty posted a 4.57 FIP and only struck out 9.4 percent of batters faced there. The lack of a true strikeout pitch caused Lee to pitch to contact and he was assisted by an unsustainable .226 BABIP. He still has an MLB ceiling, but Lee will likely need some more minor league refinement before he's ready to contribute for the Orioles.
1523 Ray Black (SF - 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 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: The oft-injured flamethrower finished the 2016 campaign in a familiar place, on the disabled list. The Giants moved him to the 60-day DL after he proved ineffective at Double-A Richmond, posting a 4.88 ERA in 35 appearances out of the bullpen. The reason the Giants keep rolling Black out there despite an atrocious 7.2 BB/9 career mark is his strikeout potential (17.2 K/9) and ability to hit triple digits with his fastball. It is also the reason they moved him to the 60-day DL when they needed roster space; they did not want other teams claiming Black off of waivers in case he finally figured out how to control his overpowering arsenal. Even though the Giants struggled closing out games in 2016, it is unlikely they call up Black until he gets his minor league walk rate down to a reasonable level.
1527 Jarlin García (Mia - 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 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Fans hoping to get a glimpse of Garcia in the MLB will have to wait another year. Widely regarded as one of the Marlins' top prospects, the young southpaw was called up to the big leagues in May, but he never made an appearance on the mound. In a 2016 season shortened by a triceps injury suffered in late May, Garcia finished with a 3.73 ERA, though his ERA in Double-A ended at 4.54. Garcia has struggled to strike out hitters since signing with Miami as a 17-year-old in 2010. This past season was more of the same in that regard, as he struck out just 6.2 hitters per nine. In 2015, he posted a 6.40 K/9 rate in 97 High-A innings and a 8.70 K/9 rate in Double-A. Garcia pounds the zone, posting a strong 2.53 BB/9 walk rate in his 39.2 Double-A innings. Garcia should make his way to the big leagues again at some point in 2017.
1542 Adam Ravenelle (Det - 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 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
1551 Luis Castillo (Cin - 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 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Best known for being traded to San Diego and then sheepishly traded back to Miami when Colin Rea's elbow gave out after the trade, Castillo has emerged as one of the best prospects in a desolate Marlins system. He sports an 80-grade fastball with an above-average changeup and two breaking balls that are works in progress, but there is still plenty of time for refinement in the upper levels of the minors. That incomplete repertoire was still more than enough to dominate Florida State League hitters. The lack of strikeouts despite cheddar that touches triple digits illustrates his lack of a consistent out pitch, so he will need to continue to improve those offerings if he hopes to have success as a starter at Double-A and Triple-A. He is relatively new to starting, having worked exclusively as a reliever from 2012 to 2014, so becoming more adept at sequencing will also help him miss more bats. This is an arm that could take a big jump up prospect lists this year, especially now that he's in a Reds' system in the middle of a complete rebuild.
1581 Sam Moll (Col - 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 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
1587 Francis Martes (Hou - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: MR-6
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: After bursting onto the prospect radar as a high-upside but relatively untested pitching prospect in 2015, the 6-foot-1 righty followed that up by dominating over 125.1 innings as the youngest starting pitcher in the Texas League. He has two potential double-plus pitches in his fastball and curveball, with his changeup lagging well behind as his third best offering. His command and control are perhaps even less refined than his nine percent walk rate with Corpus Christi suggests. Here is where things get a little tricky from a fantasy perspective. Martes might be a better fit as a super reliever than as a starter with a questionable third pitch who might not locate well enough to consistently go deep into games. He could be borderline unhittable out of the bullpen, recording three to six outs in high-leverage situations over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. The Astros do not have to make that decision now, but a need in the rotation or bullpen this year could force their hand.
1602 Jimmie Sherfy (Ari - 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 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Sherfy began 2016 in High-A Visalia, but that didn't stop him from rising through the ranks and finishing the season with 23.1 Triple-A innings. He earned this promotion due to an absolute domination of High-A and Double-A Mobile, over which he also saved 18 games with a 14.62 K/9. Triple-A Reno, however, was not kind to Sherfy. His walk rate rose sharply to 5.01 and his strikeout totals dropped to 10.41. Triple-A hitters teed off on Sherfy, hitting 1.93 HR/9 against him. He should make his major league debut at some point in 2017 and has a chance for some high-leverage opportunities -- and potential future fantasy value -- in a relatively inexperienced Arizona bullpen, but he's going to have to adjust in his second go-round with Reno.
1629 Domingo Acevedo (NYY - 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 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: The Yankees may have found a diamond in the rough in Acevedo, who had been brought along slowly until having a breakout season in 2016. Acevedo tormented hitters at Low-A using a combination of a blazing fastball, stellar changeup and emerging slider. The fastball is his best pitch, and he can hit triple digits on the radar gun. He was just as dominant after a jump in levels, notching a 3.22 ERA and 54:15 K:BB in 50.1 innings. The impeccable control is particularly noteworthy given Acevedo's 6-foot-7 stature. The development of his slider, which improved in 2016, will go a long ways toward determining his future role. Acevedo also spent three separate stints on the disabled list in 2016, so his health is worth monitoring. For now, Acevedo will remain in the starting rotation and likely return to High-A to start the 2017 season, with a quick promotion in the works if he gets off to a fast start once again.
1631 Joe Jiménez (Det - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
1634 Chris Smith (Tor - RP)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: After going undrafted, Smith began his professional career in the independent Frontier League. He eventually signed with the Yankees and pitched in their system for parts of two seasons before being released. The Jays then signed him to a minor league deal midway through the 2015 season. A hard-throwing righty, Smith dominated the minors last season before getting called up in September. Over 43 appearances at Double-A New Hampshire, Smith dealt 57 innings in relief and went 15-for-17 in save chances. He managed an impressive 1.89 ERA and 1.14 WHIP while notching a ridiculous 76 strikeouts and holding opposing hitters to a paltry .208 BAA. He experienced similar success in limited action (four games) with Triple-A Buffalo. Smith has yet to make his MLB debut, but he's not far off, and the 28-year-old will get a fair shot to crack the Opening Day roster in 2017.
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