Pre-Draft Player Rankings

2062 Johnny Hellweg (Mil - SP)
DTD
ADP: 221.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 4 5 0 80.0 62 4.42 1.33
3 Year Average 1 4 0 30.7 9 6.75 2.15
Outlook: Hellweg’s 2014 season was over almost as soon as it started after he suffered an elbow injury in April and underwent Tommy John surgery. Hellweg was one of the Brewers’ better starting pitcher prospects, but he really struggled with the big club in 2013 and has a fastball that can reach the upper-90s, so it remains to be seen if he will remain in a starting role moving forward, particularly with him missing nearly all of last season.
2063 Phillippe Aumont (Phi - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 220.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season 0 1 0 5.7 6 19.06 3.35
2015 Projections 1 3 0 37.0 42 4.34 1.35
3 Year Average 0 2 1 13.3 13 6.08 1.88
Outlook: It is looking less and less likely that Aumont, a one-time top prospect, will ever live up to expectations that were placed on him earlier in his career. He has a mid-90s fastball and an excellent curve which helps him rack up strikeouts, but he rarely knows where his pitches are going. His 6.4 BB/9 ratio at Triple-A last season was actually an improvement over his walk rate from the prior year. However, he cannot be successful in the majors as long as he continues to grant free passes at such an alarming rate.
2065 Bryan Price (Cle - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 220.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season 0 0 0 2.7 1 20.25 3.38
2015 Projections 2 3 0 46.0 53 3.91 1.30
3 Year Average 0 0 0 2.7 1 20.25 3.38
Outlook: The 45th overall pick in the 2008 first-year player draft, Price reached the big leagues for the first time in 2014 at age 27. A September callup, Price appeared in just three games and tossed 2.2 innings for Cleveland, serving up six runs on eight hits (including three homers) and posting a 20.25 ERA. After being acquired by the Indians as part of the Victor Martinez deal in 2010, Price shifted from the rotation to the bullpen, but stalled out at Double-A for three seasons before getting the bump to Triple-A in 2012. The peripherals have been pretty good during that time, but he's always been old for his level and the Tribe have seemingly had little interest in putting him into their bullpen plans. He lost his 40-man roster spot in December but will still get a chance to compete for a bullpen spot in spring training.
2067 Jim Miller (TB - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 220.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season 0 0 0 2.7 2 20.25 3.38
2015 Projections 0 1 0 17.0 14 5.42 1.53
3 Year Average 1 0 0 17.7 15 4.08 1.47
2068 Eddie Butler (Col - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-4
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season 1 1 0 16.0 3 6.75 1.88
2015 Projections 10 11 0 178.0 139 4.01 1.29
3 Year Average 1 1 0 16.0 3 6.75 1.88
Outlook: Butler received his first call to the big leagues last June, with optimism abounding that he and, eventually, fellow top prospect Jon Gray, would immediately lock down spots in the Colorado rotation for seasons to come. Unfortunately, Butler barely had the chance to showcase his stuff. He fell victim to shoulder soreness following his debut and didn’t pitch for the Rockies again until September, making it difficult to glean much from his uneven three-start sample. That being said, the long-term outlook remains bright for the 24-year-old, whose plus fastball and quality secondary offerings have allowed him to thrive in offense-heavy environments during his minor league career. The Rockies’ need for high-upside starters gives Butler an inside track on an Opening Day rotation spot, but the concerns with pitchers who call Coors Field home still apply. In fact, even if Butler does become the frontline starter the Rockies are banking on, his real-life value would more than likely outstrip his fantasy utility. The righty mostly gets by on inducing weak contact rather than making batters whiff, as his pedestrian 5.2 K/9 rate with Double-A Tulsa last season would illustrate. It remains to be seen if he will change his approach to miss bats as frequently as he did at lower levels of the minor leagues.
2069 Robbie Ray (Ari - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 220.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season 1 4 0 28.7 19 8.16 1.88
2015 Projections 8 10 0 136.0 102 4.34 1.34
3 Year Average 1 4 0 28.7 19 8.16 1.88
Outlook: The Tigers were high enough on Ray to make him the key piece in the Doug Fister trade prior to the 2014 season. Unfortunately, Ray's lone season in the Tigers' organization was a rough one. The 23-year-old lefty split time between Triple-A Toledo and Detroit. In 20 appearances for the Mud Hens, Ray went 7-6 with a 4.22 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 75:44 K:BB ratio in 100.1 innings. His time in Detroit was even bumpier, but on the plus side, Ray did impress in the Arizona Fall League, allowing three earned runs and striking out 12 in 11 innings. Although it was a disappointing year, it was Ray's first taste of Triple-A and major league ball, and with a fastball that touches 93 mph, a changeup and an improving slider, there's reason for optimism heading into his first year with Arizona. Harnessing his control is the biggest obstacle Ray needs to hurdle before the start of the regular season. If Ray can nab the final spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation, he'll garner some interest in deep mixed and NL-only leagues.
2070 Mike Kickham (Tex - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 220.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season 0 0 0 2.0 1 22.50 4.50
2015 Projections 2 3 0 40.0 45 3.95 1.30
3 Year Average 0 2 0 15.3 15 10.57 2.15
Outlook: The last two seasons, Kickham has appeared in just 14 games for the Giants, but the results have been awful (10.98 ERA). In the upper levels of the Giants' system, he's looked like a potential back-end starter, but more realistically, Kickham projects as a reliever. If that role change materializes, he'll likely begin as a LOOGY or a long man, but the Mariners may have other plans after acquiring him in January. It may be more beneficial to the organization to simply have Kickham remain stretched out for emergency spot start duty. With nearly 260 innings already under his belt at the Triple-A level, Kickham may end up spending his 2015 bouncing between Seattle and Tacoma as an extra arm for his new club.
2071 Charlie Leesman (Pit - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 220.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season 0 1 0 2.7 0 20.25 3.75
2015 Projections 8 11 0 141.0 107 4.69 1.36
3 Year Average 0 0 0 9.0 6 9.00 2.22
2073 Josh Wall (Pit - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 220.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season 0 0 0 1.0 0 54.00 8.00
2015 Projections 1 2 0 36.0 43 3.92 1.31
3 Year Average 0 0 0 4.7 4 15.43 2.36
2074 Chad Bettis (Col - RP, SP)
Healthy
ADP: 220.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-5
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season 0 2 0 24.7 13 9.12 2.11
2015 Projections 0 2 0 34.0 22 7.15 1.85
3 Year Average 0 2 0 34.7 22 6.75 1.82
Outlook: The Rockies pulled the plug on grooming Bettis as a starter last spring, reasoning that his powerful fastball/slider mix would fare better in a max-effort relief role. While the right-hander was able to coax a good amount of velocity out of that combination, a lack of location and movement on those pitches made life easy for opposing hitters, who thumped Bettis to the tune of a 9.12 ERA over 24.2 frames. The 25-year-old rebounded swiftly (3.09 ERA, 8.9 K/9 rate in 55.1 innings) during his time at Triple-A Colorado Springs, but the dropoff in competition might have played a larger part in those successes than any adjustments he made. Bettis’ brutal results in relief prompted the Rockies to give him the opportunity to compete for a starting role during the upcoming season, but serious questions remain about whether he’ll ever be able to make good on the potential that once made him a top pitching prospect in the organization.
2075 Felipe Paulino (Bos - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 220.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season 0 2 0 18.3 14 11.29 2.56
2015 Projections 1 3 0 28.0 26 6.17 1.71
3 Year Average 2 2 0 28.0 26 4.82 1.68
Outlook: Paulino, one year removed from Tommy John surgery, was a low-risk, high-reward signing before the 2014 season. He opened the year as the team's No. 2 starter, but was placed on the DL after four poor starts and was not seen in the majors again. The White Sox declined his 2015 option after the season, but some other club may take a flier on him as a redemption project.
2076 Aaron Brooks (KC - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 220.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season 0 1 0 2.7 2 43.88 5.63
2015 Projections 1 2 0 36.0 44 4.05 1.31
3 Year Average 0 1 0 2.7 2 43.88 5.63
Outlook: Brooks was solid as a starter in 2014 for Triple-A Omaha, posting a 3.88 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 139 innings in the minors. The same cannot be said for his first career big league start, however, as he was unable to make it out of the first inning after allowing seven runs on five hits and three walks, while also hitting two opposing batters. The 6-foot-3 right-hander will likely start the season at Triple-A once again, though he should be on manager Ned Yost's short list of names to be called should the need for a spot starter arise. The 24-year-old used a 92 mph fastball, along with a slider and changeup, to some success in the minors, as he only walked 4.3% of the batters he faced. If he can put that rocky first start behind him, there should eventually be a role for him in the majors, though it's unclear if that will translate to much fantasy value.
2082 Raisel Iglesias (Cin - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 220.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: MR-5
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Outlook: Iglesias has precious little professional experience, having just signed as a Cuban defector in late June, but he could climb the ranks of the Reds' organization quickly. He was clocked at 92-94 mph with his fastball in the Arizona Fall League and displayed an excellent curve. Given his contract (seven years, $27 million) and experience in Cuba, it wouldn't be a shock if he were working out of the Reds bullpen at some point in 2015, if not even the beginning of the season.
2083 Miguel Castro (Tor - SP, RP)
DTD
ADP: 220.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2084 Matt Andriese (TB - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2087 Roberto Osuna (Tor - SP, RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: MR-2
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Outlook: After undergoing Tommy John surgery in July of 2013, Osuna surprisingly made seven starts for High-A Dunedin in the final month of the 2014 season. He continued to build his arm strength after the season, pitching in the Arizona Fall League, and he should be ready to pitch without significant restriction in 2015. Osuna shows significant polish for a 19-year-old, and before his surgery he had better control of his pitches than former Jays farmhand Aaron Sanchez. In his brief run at High-A to finish the season, Osuna had no problem missing bats, punching out 30 in 22 innings, but his control is clearly not all the way back. Following Tommy John surgery, control and command are often the last things to return, and this will need to be the primary area of focus for the young righty in 2015, when he will presumably return to Dunedin to start the season.
2088 David Rollins (Sea - SP)
Suspended
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2089 Sean Gilmartin (NYM - SP, RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: MR-3
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Outlook: The Braves' first-round pick in 2011, Gilmartin appeared poised to make a major league rotation in 2013, but a poor year in Triple-A that season saw him traded to Minnesota and he surprisingly began last year at Double-A. Gilmartin responded by going 7-3 with a 3.13 ERA and 74:16 K:BB ratio in 72 innings, but that's not overly impressive since it was his second trip through Double-A. He was promoted to Triple-A in June and had lackluster numbers with a 4.28 ERA and 7.3 K/9. As a lefty with lower velocity (low-90s fastball), Gilmartin's path to the majors may be in the bullpen. That outcome became more likely after the Mets selected him in the Rule 5 draft in December, as he'll likely be bypassed by the team's more talented young starters to handle the final spots in the rotation.
2090 Dan Winkler (Atl - SP)
DL60
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Outlook: Winkler will likely miss the 2015 season after having Tommy John surgery as a member of the Rockies organization in 2014. Despite the expected absence, the Braves selected him in the Rule 5 Draft, which is a savvy move since he can be stashed away on the disabled list for the entire year without being offered back to Colorado. Most likely, Winkler push his way toward the big league roster in Atlanta in the second half of 2016.
2108 Kyle Davies (NYY - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2125 Severino Gonzalez (Phi - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-5
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Outlook: Gonzalez put himself on the prospect radar after a solid 2013 season, but scouts questioned whether his stuff was good enough to play at the higher levels. His first full season at Double-A would seem to justify those concerns, as Gonzalez saw his strikeout rate drop significantly. He also struggled with the long ball seeing his HR/9 balloon to 1.3. The bright spot for Gonzalez is his command. He walked just 34 in 158.2 innings. If he continues to command his pitches and can keep hitters off balance with his off-speed stuff, Gonzalez should continue to advance up the ladder, eventually reaching the majors. He's not much of a fantasy prospect given his risky profile as a pitcher that does not possess a true put-away pitch.
2128 Tim Cooney (StL - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Outlook: Cooney proved to be a solid innings eater for Triple-A Memphis, posting a 14-6 record with a 3.47 ERA in 158 innings. The 23-year-old prospect will likely get a shot at the Cardinals rotation this spring but doesn't project to be much more than a back of the rotation starter long term. Given the Cardinals' current rotation depth, it's unlikely that Cooney cracks the rotation. If he does pitch well enough he could earn a long relief role in the bullpen, but the Cardinals may opt to give him another year racking up Triple-A innings. Either way his fantasy contributions will probably be negligible.
2130 Michael Lorenzen (Cin - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-5
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Outlook: Lorenzen doesn't fit the mold of most prospects. Many organizations were interested in the Cal-State Fullerton attendee as an outfielder, but the Reds drafted him in the supplemental first round in 2013 as a relief pitcher, then converted him into a starter beginning at the Arizona Fall League. He got pounded there, but that frequently happens in a high-offense environment against many advanced hitting prospects, especially with pitchers with less experience like Lorenzen. The Reds quickly got him out of High-A Bakersfield, instead allowing him to develop at a higher level in Double-A Pensacola, albeit at a much friendlier ballpark for pitchers. He blossomed there, posting a 3.13 ERA over 120.2 innings while allowing just nine homers all season. The one question is whether Lorenzen can convert his stuff (94 mph fastball, good slider) into a better strikeout rate as he becomes more experienced. Thus, the Reds aren't likely to promote Lorenzen aggressively to the majors in order to get him to learn how to employ his range of pitches better.
2143 Andrew Bellatti (TB - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2145 Mike Wright (Bal - RP, SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-5
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Outlook: 2014 was looking like a lost season for Wright at the All-Star break, as he was 1-8 with a 6.15 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in his first 18 starts for Triple-A Norfolk. The 6-foot-6 right-hander salvaged his campaign in the second half (1.90 ERA), thanks in large part to a dominant final month. In five August starts spanning 35.1 innings, Wright allowed all of three earned runs (0.76 ERA), with a .176 BAA and 27:8 K:BB. He allowed just 10 homers last season despite a 0.73 GO/AO, and while he's not an overpowering pitcher, his overall body of work was enough to convince the Orioles that he warranted protection from the Rule 5 draft. A third-round pick in the 2011 first-year player draft, Wright may not have the upside of some of his organization mates, namely Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey, but he's someone to keep in mind in case there are several injuries to the Orioles' rotation in 2015.
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