Pre-Draft Player Rankings

1451 Cesar Puello (NYM - RF)
DL15
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 40 108 13 3 15 0 .204
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: On the heels of a career-best 2013 season at Double-A that ended with a 50-game suspension for his connection to Biogenesis, Puello regressed in a big way upon getting his first taste of Triple-A. Across the board, his numbers more closely resembled his pre-breakout results, raising questions about the validity of his production prior to the suspension. On a positive note, Puello continued to show improved plate discipline, lowing his strikout rate (19.4%) for the second straight season and walking at the best clip of his career (8.1% BB%). Just 24, there may be moderate interest from other clubs if the Mets part ways with him, but Puello will have to repeat Triple-A and fare much better in order to get back on the big league radar.
1452 Trevor Reckling (Ari - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
1453 Casey Kelly (SD - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 4 4 0 74.0 56 4.22 1.31
3 Year Average 2 3 0 29.0 26 6.21 1.69
Outlook: Kelly, who missed the entirety of the 2013 campaign due to Tommy John surgery, emerged from last offseason with the hope of pitching in games by the end of April. He was only slightly off with his prediction, taking the mound twice for both High-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio in the first half of May on his way to an aggregate 2.21 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 17:1 K:BB in 20.1 innings. However, renewed discomfort in his right elbow wiped away all potential outings after May 19, and he’s now aiming to ramp up his throwing program in advance of spring training. Expect the Padres to exercise caution with Kelly again 2015, but he could emerge to make an impact at some point if he can finally shake the injury bug.
1454 Mike Montgomery (Sea - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 8 11 0 140.0 107 4.40 1.34
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Montgomery was once a highly-rated prospect for the Royals who ended up being a throw-in to the Wil Myers/James Shields trade. He has spent all of his time within the organization at Triple-A Durham, where he has posted a 4.98 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP over 44 starts. With better talent all around him, there is little chance Montgomery makes the Rays as a starter unless he has to fill in for an injury. His potential ceiling is that of a swing man that spot starts and works long relief, much like the recently-departed Cesar Ramos. Montgomery does do a good job of limiting home runs, but his walk rate is below average and his strikeout rate is barely league average. Leave him in the free agent pile.
1455 Chase d'Arnaud (Phi - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 220.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2015 Projections 46 125 18 2 11 0 .272
3 Year Average 4 3 1 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: The former 2008 fourth-round pick moved around the infield and outfield for Triple-A Indianapolis in an effort to save his career. Once looked upon as a possible solution for Pittsburgh at shortstop, d'Arnaud struggled to make consistent contact while suffering an assortment of injuries. He's a strong baserunner (as evidenced by his 30 steals in Indy) but the slash line of .250/.313/.356 in 376 at-bats isn't far off of his seven-season minor league average. The Pirates used him as a pinch runner in September and little else. The "other" d'Arnaud will look to impressive the Phillies after Pittsburgh released him in November of 2014.
1456 John Lamb (KC - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 9 10 0 137.0 104 4.04 1.28
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Lamb has been trying to work his fastball velocity back up to the lower-90s range since his 2011 Tommy John surgery, but simply hasn't been quite the same since the procedure. The left-hander did show a few encouraging signs in his 2014 performance, however, as he posted his highest innings total (138.1) and lowest ERA (3.97) since his pre-surgery days. He did have a tough time keeping the ball in the park, giving up 19 homers, and that's likely what kept him from seeing his first career taste of MLB action. If Lamb can continue to improve in his age-24 season, there's a chance he could represent a wild card candidate for an occasional spot start in 2015.
1457 Hak-Ju Lee (TB - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 36 96 14 1 8 0 .281
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Lee spent 2014 trying to make up for lost time after missing most of 2013 following surgery to repair a serious knee injury, and the results were alarmingly poor. He slashed .203/.287/.276 with four home runs and 12 steals in 357 plate appearances in his first full season at Triple-A Durham, essentially removing him from the discussion in most dynasty leagues. Lee had always profiled as a glove-first speed option at shortstop, so the fantasy upside hinged on his hit tool developing, which clearly has not happened. The Rays are weak at shortstop, but without massive improvements at the plate, Lee probably won’t get an opportunity in the big leagues anytime soon.
1458 Alex White (Hou - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 3 8 0 87.0 54 5.59 1.63
3 Year Average 2 9 0 98.0 64 5.51 1.68
Outlook: White completed his recovery from 2013 Tommy John surgery last May, and while he's projected to be a starter long-term for the Astros, the team took a cautious approach by starting him off in the bullpen at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 26-year-old right-hander transitioned to a starting role in July, however, and made 25 appearances (10 starts) for the RedHawks, going 3-6 with a 6.50 ERA, 1.72 WHIP and a 53:31 K:BB over 63.2 innings. Since White finished last season as a starter in Triple-A, there's a good chance he'll compete for a rotation spot in camp with the Astros.
1459 Matt Purke (Was - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 1 2 0 31.0 34 3.85 1.26
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Drafted by the Nationals in 2011 despite known arm issues, Purke has so far been a medical risk that hasn't panned out for the club. Between his 2012 shoulder surgery and 2014 Tommy John procedure, the left-hander managed to throw just 136.2 mostly-ugly and ineffective innings, and the Nats elected to outright him off the 40-man roster this offseason. They kept him in the fold on a minor league deal, and will give him one more shot to prove he was worth their initial investment, but given that he'll turn 25 around the All-Star break, it's pretty much now or never for Purke. If he can't show some glimmer of potential when he gets back on the mound, it could be the end of the road.
1460 Andy Oliver (FA - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
1461 Brett Jackson (SF - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 7 4 0 0 0 0 .000
2015 Projections 26 62 6 1 4 0 .161
3 Year Average 26 62 7 2 4 0 .161
1462 Slade Heathcott (NYY - RF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 34 90 11 3 12 0 .211
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Heathcott missed almost the entire 2014 season after undergoing surgery on his right knee, which had bothered him at the end of the 2013 season as well. Injuries have been a big part of the 6-foot-1 center fielder’s minor league career, but he will presumably enter camp healthy in 2015. A lot of Heathcott’s potential value to the Yankees comes from his up-the-middle defense. Theoretically, the elite speed that allows him to cover so much ground in center field should also allow him to be a threat on the bases. However, having good speed, and actually racking up high stolen base totals are two different things. He attempted just 23 steals (successful on 15) in 103 games at Double-A in 2013, so he may lack the natural instincts to be a high-end contributor in that department. Denard Span would be a best-case outcome for Heathcott, but staying healthy in 2015 will be the biggest key to him regaining some of his prospect shine.
1463 Steven Matz (NYM - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 4 5 0 81.0 59 4.08 1.28
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Tommy John surgery prevented Matz, a 2009 second-rounder, from debuting as a pro until 2012. He wouldn’t make his full season debut until a year later, and while the numbers were impressive, he was as a 22-year-old in A-ball. Matz took a big step forward in 2014, not only with another injury-free season during which he managed a career-high innings total (141), but he dominated yet again, splitting time between High-A and Double-A with a low-2.00s ERA in both. He works at 92-94 mph from the left side with solid command. His slow curve can be a plus pitch and should also miss bats regularly. The growth of his changeup will determine his future. When right, it looks great, but it is inconsistent. He has made up for the missed time and now sits on the doorstep of the big leagues, but the Mets may not have a need anytime soon. Consider Matz a worthwhile pick in leagues with minor league focus, otherwise wait until he is in the majors to act on him.
1464 Tommy Joseph (Phi - C)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 33 90 5 0 1 0 .178
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Joseph was once considered one of the top prospects in the Phillies' system, but that was due more to a dearth of talent than his actual potential. He has struggled with numerous injuries since he was acquired from the Giants in the Hunter Pence deal, and was limited to 27 games in 2014 due to complications from another concussion in addition a wrist injury that ultimately required season-ending surgery. It is hard to recommend him as a dynasty prospect given his inability to stay on the field, but the tools that once made him a decent prospect are still there. The Phillies will likely be happy if they can just keep Joseph on the field for a full season this year.
1465 Gary Sanchez (NYY - C)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 32 88 5 0 1 0 .170
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Sanchez feels like he has been on the prospect landscape forever. Yet, he will only be 22 years old when he presumably gets his first taste of Triple-A at some point in the 2015 season. That said, 2014 can only be described as a disappointment for the former top prospect in the Yankees’ system. He hit 13 home runs with a .270/.338/.406 slash line in 110 games at Double-A Trenton. To put that in perspective, former pseudo catching prospect for the Yankees and current bust with the Mariners, Jesus Montero, hit .317/.370/.539 with nine home runs in 44 games at Double-A Trenton as a 19-year-old in 2009. For a player who probably won’t be able to stick at catcher, Sanchez isn’t hitting enough to be an average first baseman or designated hitter. He still has enough raw power to keep him on the map, but he is now a fringe top-5 prospect in the system.
1466 Manny Banuelos (Atl - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 1 2 0 35.0 39 4.14 1.31
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: It was only a few years ago that Banuelos was considered the top prospect in the Yankees’ system, and after posting an unexpectedly high 4.32 combined ERA in short stints at Triple-A in 2011 and 2012, he blew out his elbow and was shelved for almost 23 months. Fast forward to 2014, and Banuelos pitched 12.2 innings at High-A, 49 innings at Double-A and finished the season with 15 innings at Triple-A. He displayed excellent ratios at High-A and dreadful ratios at Triple-A, with a middling 44:19 K:BB ratio at Double-A, where the 49-inning sample size was largest. All told, his 2014 season should be considered a positive step forward, as he put up a 4.46 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP with 71 strikeouts in 76.2 innings across all three levels. After an offseason trade to Atlanta, he may compete for a rotation spot in spring training. However, the Braves will likely want to see better results in the upper levels of the minors before promoting Banuelos to the big league club.
1467 Brian Moran (Sea - SP)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 1 2 0 35.0 41 3.95 1.31
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Moran was traded to the Angels for an international bonus slot after being a Rule 5 selection by the Blue Jays in 2013. Initially expected to be little more than bullpen depth, Moran emerged as a candidate to begin the season as a lefty specialist after allowing one run in four appearances in Cactus League play. Unfortunately for Moran, his chance to break into the major leagues was put on hold, as he developed elbow soreness in late March which eventually led to Tommy John surgery in April. Moran was returned to the Mariners, the team that selected him in the seventh round of the 2009 draft, but there has been no word on when he may be able to return from the procedure. Moran could potentially see time in the bullpen if he is able to pitch this season, after tallying a 3.45 ERA in 62.2 innings at Triple-A Tacoma in 2013.
1468 A.J. Cole (Was - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 5 6 0 99.0 76 4.02 1.27
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Splitting the season between Double-A and Triple-A, Cole did enough to solidify his status as the likely next Nationals' starting pitching prospect to get the call to the big leagues, posting a combined 3.16 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 134 innings with a strong 3.5 K/BB ratio. Despite his size, the tall right-hander doesn't have the overpowering raw stuff of fellow Nats prospect Lucas Giolito, which is reflected in Cole's relatively pedestrian 7.5 K/9 rate across the two levels in 2014, but he pounds the zone well with his 92-95 mph fastball while mixing in a slider and curve. His breaking pitches are both works in progress, which could make his transition to the majors a bumpy one. If general manager Mike Rizzo elects to trade one of his soon-to-be free agent starting pitchers, Cole could be at the head of the line for an audition as the new fifth starter.
1469 Zach Lee (LAD - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 4 6 0 88.0 69 4.52 1.34
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Going into last season, Lee still profiled as a mid-rotation starter, but it’s hard to envision that outcome after his abysmal 2014 campaign. Lee was famously given a huge signing bonus after he was drafted in 2010 to pry him out of his commitment to play quarterback at LSU. But after posting a 5.38 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 150.2 innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City, the 6-foot-4 righty may want to consider going the Brandon Weeden route and picking up the pigskin again. Perhaps the most concerning development with Lee was his sharp decline in strikeouts. After putting up a 22.5% strikeout rate in 2013 at Double-A, he managed just a 14.5% rate last season at Triple-A. If he is not preventing runs and not missing bats, then there is really no reason for dynasty league owners to continue to hold Lee, especially given the team context.
1470 Asher Wojciechowski (Hou - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 2 3 0 45.0 53 4.07 1.31
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: After compiling a 3.75 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 35 wins in five minor league seasons, Wojciechowski was a strong candidate to make the Astros' Opening Day roster. Unfortunately, a strained lat muscle forced him to miss all of spring training and delays in his recovery sidelined him until late May. The right-hander felt stiffness after his first rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City and he was sent back to extended spring training as a result of a flexor strain. Upon his return from injury a few weeks later, Wojciechowski posted a 4-4 record with a 4.74 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 59:21 K:BB over 76 Triple-A innings. His 1.2 HR/9 was unusually high given his 0.7 HR/9 average in the minors, but his 7.0 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 fell in line with his career stats. Assuming he's fully healthy heading into 2015, Wojciechowski is expected to compete for a back-end rotation spot for the Astros in spring training.
1471 Jarrett Parker (SF - RF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 21 58 6 1 7 0 .190
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1472 Austin Wates (Mia - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1473 Mason Williams (NYY - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 29 77 11 0 5 3 .234
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Perhaps only Bubba Starling can match Williams’ fall from grace in recent years among outfield prospects. As a 22-year-old, Williams spent all of 2014 at Double-A Trenton, and slashed just .223/.290/.304 with five home runs and 21 steals in 563 plate appearances. His numbers ticked up to .259/.308/.367 in the second half of the season, but even that level of production leaves a lot to be desired from someone with his tools. The simple fact is Williams is no closer to being an everyday player in New York than he was prior to the 2014 season. If Williams’ name still carries some value in a deeper dynasty league, a trade would be the optimal route to go, but in shallower formats, it is time to move on.
1474 Delino DeShields (Tex - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: CF-2
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: DeShields struggled in spring training in his second year attending major league camp with the Astros before reporting to Double-A Corpus Christi, where he was moved to center field full-time after spending the previous four seasons in the minors at second base. Unfortunately, the 22-year-old suffered a scary injury in a mid-April game after being hit in the face by a 90 mph fastball. Luckily, he only missed three weeks with a sinus fracture in his left cheek before returning to the Hooks' lineup. The second-generation speedster swiped 54 bases in 114 games, but regressed with his bat, hitting .236/.346/.360 with 14 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 57 RBI over 411 at-bats. An elite walk rate (12%) maintained a respectable OBP, however, giving DeShields plenty of opportunity to do what he does best. The Rangers pounced on DeShields when the Astros left him unprotected for the Rule 5 draft, and he'll try to secure a bench role for Texas during spring training as a versatile speedster.
1475 Jesse Biddle (Phi - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 3 4 0 71.0 56 4.40 1.35
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Biddle will likely slip down prospect lists for the second straight year thanks to his struggles while repeating Double-A last season. He struggled with his command which led to a high number of walks, while his strikeout rate also dipped from 10.4 to 8.8 K/9. Biddle also missed time with a concussion that resulted from being hit in the head with a hail stone. He was later placed on the temporary inactive list for a "mental break" from pitching. During that time off, the Phillies had Biddle meet with Roy Halladay, who went through his own struggles as a young pitcher before turning into one of the game's more dominant pitchers. Biddle returned to the mound late in the year, but suffered a quad injury that ended up sidelining him for the rest of the season. He was able to get back on a mound in instructional ball, but Biddle experienced elbow tendinitis and was shut down in November. The Phillies likely will send him to Double-A for a third straight year with hopes that he can break through and make the jump to Triple-A by midseason.
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