Pre-Draft Player Rankings

1451 T.J. House (Cle - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-6
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 0 1 0 43.0 34 6.07 1.58
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
1452 Anthony Ranaudo (Bos - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-5
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 2 7 0 76.0 53 6.44 1.72
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: If they hand out an award for comeback player of the year in the minor leagues, Ranaudo would be a finalist. His 2012 season was lost before it began. A spring training groin injury delayed his start at Double-A Portland and he was eventually shutdown in July with a dead arm. In between, he battled with his mechanics and lacked the command he showed in his impressive 2011 debut. In 2013, Ranaudo burned through the Eastern League in April and May, striking out 58 and walking 15 while yielding a 1.45 ERA in 56 innings, and eventually earned a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket. Ranaudo maintained his fastball velocity and command throughout the season. With a plus breaking ball that he can locate for strikes, Ranaudo needs to develop a better changeup. Adding a third pitch will be a key to any success he achieves at upper levels and the majors. He'll open the season at Triple-A.
1453 A.J. Cole (Was - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 6 4 0 84.0 81 3.46 1.20
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Re-acquired from the A's last offseason in the Mike Morse deal, Cole put together a sharp 151:33 K:BB ratio in 142.2 innings between High-A and Double-A and vaulted back towards the top of the Nationals' prospect list. He seemed to need a bit of time to adjust to a new level, which means you shouldn't expect him to make much of an impact in the majors for a couple of seasons yet, but Cole's lanky frame, big fastball and curveball/changeup offspeed arsenal can still evoke Justin Verlander comparisons if you catch him on the right day and squint really hard.
1454 Gary Brown (SF - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: LF-2
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 37 91 9 3 10 0 .231
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Brown, a former top prospect, got a full year with Triple-A Fresno in 2013 and saw his numbers drop across the board. His .231/.286/.375 line was uninspiring, and his 72 wRC+ reflected that. The only positive was that his power numbers (13 homers, .143 ISO) improved from 2012, but that was aided by playing in the hitter-friendly PCL. While he stole 17 bases with Fresno, he was also thrown out 11 times. The 2010 first-round draft pick is starting to look more and more like a bust as he progresses through the Giants' minor league system. He was selected primarily for his defense and speed, but the organization was hoping to see a little more out of him offensively at this point in his career. 2014 will be a make-or-break season for Brown, as the Giants were forced to add him to their 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. San Francisco has a black hole at offense in left field, so Brown will have a shot at a midseason call-up, if he can fix his offensive issues in his likely return to Fresno.
1455 Aaron Sanchez (Tor - SP, RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: MR-3
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 3 4 0 63.0 51 4.34 1.38
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Sanchez spent nearly all of 2013 at High-A Dunedin, finishing with a 3.34 ERA, 7.8 K/9, and 4.2 BB/9 over 83.1 innings, as a shoulder injury cost him part of the season. The walk rate, while still not very good, reflects improved control compared to 2011 and 2012. Meanwhile, Sanchez couldn't carry over his strikeout totals to the next level, after posting a 9.7 K/9 for Low-A Lansing in 2012. Poised to open 2014 at Double-A New Hampshire, Sanchez is considered a potential frontline starter for the Jays down the line, but it would be encouraging to see him miss bats at an elevated clip again in the Eastern League this season.
1456 Kyle Parker (Col - LF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: LF-2
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 29 75 10 2 8 1 .280
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Moving up to Double-A Tulsa last season, Parker came close to maintaining the power production he displayed in the California League, finishing 2013 with 23 homers and a satisfying .288/.345/.492 batting line. He didn’t stop hitting in the Arizona Fall League, but what was more significant was that he saw most of his AFL duty at first base instead of the corner outfield spot he manned throughout the minors. With Todd Helton’s retirement creating an opening at first base for the first time, it appears the Rockies view Parker as a worthy long-term successor, though he probably won’t be handed the gig out of spring training this season. Instead, the Rockies will likely have Parker begin 2014 at Triple-A Colorado Springs to gain more defensive experience at first and improve his pitch recognition after his walk rate noticed a sizable dip at Tulsa. He should make his debut with the big club at some point later in the season.
1457 Mike Foltynewicz (Hou - SP, RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: MR-4
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 5 7 0 99.0 81 4.59 1.42
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Foltynewicz, the Astros' 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, turned in a fine season for Double-A Corpus Christi after a brief stint with Houston's High-A affiliate. The 22-year-old flamethrower appeared in 23 games (16 starts) for the Hooks and went 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA over 103.1 innings. Opposing batters hit a mere .207 against the right-hander, but they also took 52 free passes as Foltynewicz's control problems remained. If he improves his walk rate (4.5 BB/9 in Double-A), Foltynewicz's stock will go up even higher as he emerged as one of the better pitching prospects in the minors last season. He will likely make the jump to Triple-A this season, while the possibility of a late-season callup is not out of the question if he performs well there.
1458 Mason Williams (NYY - CF)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 36 94 10 2 8 0 .245
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Williams' prospect status lost a good bit of its luster in 2013, thanks to mediocre on-field performances (he hit just .261 in High-A, and only .153 in a 72 at-bat sample in Double-A) and to off-field troubles, capped by a DUI arrest. The 22-year-old Williams has excellent speed, but is a poor basestealer, consistently being caught approximately 40 percent of the time throughout his minor league career. He also doesn't show great hitting mechanics, as he tends to shift his weight forward too early, which can sap his power potential. Williams can be an elite defender in center field, and he still has the tools that scouts get excited about, but he needs to take a step forward in his return to Trenton in 2014 to regain the hype.
1459 Delino Deshields Jr. (Hou - 2B)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 29 77 7 1 7 0 .260
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: With 19 stolen bases in the month of July alone, DeShields recovered from a somewhat sluggish first half to finish the season strong at High-A Lancaster. No, he didn't come close to the 101 steals that he recorded in 2012 (he finished 2013 with 51), but his elite speed combined with his ability to get on base (.405 on-base percentage) almost assures him a promotion to Double-A this season. DeShields even got some extra time in this offseason during the Arizona Fall League, where he continued to get on base and steal bases at an extraordinary clip. While there is still plenty of room for development, as Jose Altuve continues to hold down the fort at second base for the Astros, DeShields appears to have a very bright future ahead of him as a leadoff hitter in the major leagues. There are some questions, however, as to where he may fit defensively and a conversion to center field started in the fall league.
1460 Jesse Biddle (Phi - SP)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 3 3 0 64.0 49 3.91 1.30
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Biddle entered last season as the Phillies' top prospect but will likely rank second or third on most lists this year. He'll slip because Maikel Franco broke out as one of the better prospects in the game, but he also raised some concerns with a BB/9 that jumped to 5.3 last year, after he had made progress the past few seasons at cutting back on his walk rate. However, Biddle struggled with whooping cough for most of the season and pitched the final month of the season with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, two issues that could have had some impact on his numbers. The positive sign is that his K/9 went up nearly half a strikeout to 10.0 in 2013. Given the higher level of competition at Double-A, the development is a positive sign for his future. The Phillies will likely start Biddle out a Triple-A this season, and at just 22 years old, his future remains bright.
1461 Luke Jackson (Tex - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 5 4 0 83.0 72 3.66 1.29
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Jackson began the year repeating a stint at High-A, but ended the year with 27 innings at Double-A Frisco. There are questions about the repeatable nature of his high-effort delivery, and some related questions about the consistency of his breaking pitches as a result, which could limit his future to a late-inning option out of the bullpen. It's a role that he might eventually pitch his way into, but he'll be given every opportunity to succeed in the rotation first. He's expected to begin the year in the rotation at Double-A Frisco.
1462 Eddie Rosario (Min - 2B)
Suspended
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 30 80 8 2 7 0 .250
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Rosario is one of Minnesota's best prospects after hitting .329/.377/.527 in 52 games at High-A Fort Myers and then .284/.330/.412 in 70 games at Double-A New Britain. He was moved to second base from the outfield for 2013, which should increase his chances to find a job with the Twins thin on infield talent. However, he had 14 errors at second base last year and it's not sure if he'll stay at the position. Rosario draws walks at a decent rate, makes good contact and has shown good power through his minor league career. He would have been a candidate to be called up early in 2014, but he was suspended 50 games by MLB for violating the minor league drug policy. He's appealing the suspension, but if it holds up, the missed time may hurt his development and will likely delay his debut with the Twins. He could still be with the team in September if the time off doesn't hurt him, and he may be Minnesota's starting second baseman or left fielder in 2015.
1463 Nick Kingham (Pit - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 6 4 0 79.0 79 3.21 1.18
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Kingham ranks in the top five among Pittsburgh's starting pitching prospects after a breakout season split between High-A and Double-A in 2013. He compiled a 3.09 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 70 innings for Bradenton, earning a promotion to Altoona, where he posted a 2.70 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 73.1 frames. He utilizes a three-pitch arsenal, including a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s, curve and changeup. Kingham featured a combined 144:44 K:BB ratio and will likely start 2014 in Double-A. If he can improve upon the 69:30 BB:K ratio he registered for Altoona, then a move to Triple-A could follow later in the summer.
1464 Garin Cecchini (Bos - 3B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-2
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 48 125 14 3 11 1 .248
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Cecchini's sound plate approach continued to show in 2013. He blistered the Carolina League, slashing .350/.469/.547 for High-A Salem before a mid-season promotion to Double-A Portland. He slowed down at Portland, but still managed to post respectable numbers. The power isn't there for him yet, as he had just seven homers in 454 at-bats last season, but he has excellent pitch recognition and manages the strike zone well. Defensively, he can handle the hot corner, but he may not emerge with the kind of slugging ability normally associated with a corner infield spot. Still, his advanced hitting and on-base skills project him as an everyday big leaguer. Third base at the major league level underwent some churn in 2013 with Will Middlebrooks stagnating and the late-season emergence of top prospect Xander Bogaerts, who added the hot corner to his resume. Cecchini will probably start 2014 at Double-A and move to Triple-A, with a shot at seeing some time in Boston.
1465 Justin Nicolino (Mia - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 8 6 0 97.0 99 2.95 1.13
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Nicolino struggled to get going following a promotion to Double-A last season, posting a 4.96 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in nine starts (45.1 innings ) compared to the sparkling 2.23 ERA and 1.11 WHIP he posted over 18 starts (96.2 innings) at High-A Jupiter. The blame cannot entirely be placed on the pitcher as he suffered an unfortunate 97-point spike in his BABIP to .388 during his time at Double-A. Lacking elite strikeout ability, Nicolino leans on steady command (3.16 K/BB in 2013) and an advanced approach, frequently mixing location and velocity, to get by. Another trip through Double-A is the likely course of action for Nicolino in 2014 with the chance for a second-half promotion if he pitches well down on the farm.
1466 Joc Pederson (LAD - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: RF-2
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 32 85 10 2 8 0 .259
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Pederson solidified his status as arguably the organization's top position prospect, batting .278/.381/.497 for Double-A Chattanooga. That line included 22 home runs and 31 stolen bases to go with 70 walks. Pederson was considered for a 2013 callup at times, but his big league debut will instead likely come in 2014. The Dodgers have a crowded outfield, but Pederson's ability to play center field should get him a look at some point this season, a timetable that could move up if the front office finds a taker for one of the team's high-priced veterans currently on the roster.
1467 Noah Syndergaard (NYM - SP)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 5 6 0 99.0 79 4.29 1.37
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Syndergaard, who was traded to the Mets along with Travis d'Arnaud for R.A. Dickey, has surpassed d'Arnaud as the Mets' top prospect. Syndergaard went 9-4 with a 3.06 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 10.2 K/9 rate in 23 starts between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton and also started the Futures Game for Team USA. He has a mid-90s fastball that bears in hard on righties and mixes in a 12-to-6 hard-biting curveball, and but his changeup is still a major work in progress. Syndergaard should follow the same path as fellow top prospects Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler the past two years; beginning the year at Triple-A before receiving a summer call-up. Syndergaard projects to be a No. 2 or No. 3 starter, but his ceiling may hinge on the development of his changeup.
1468 Alfredo Silverio (Mia - LF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 37 95 8 4 11 0 .189
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1469 Oscar Taveras (StL - RF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: RF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 45 114 19 2 10 2 .272
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Taveras saw his 2013 dramatically altered by a nagging ankle injury, an ailment that eventually ended his season after just 188 plate appearances in the minor leagues. A healthy season for Taveras probably would have seen him receive significant playing time at the major league level, but now with the acquisition of Peter Bourjos, Taveras may struggle to find at-bats in 2014, a year in which most expected him to take on a full-time role with the Cardinals. A strong showing during spring training could easily vault Taveras into a starting spot, but it is going to be hard for the Cardinals to justify sitting Bourjos much. Taveras still remains an excellent long-term option in fantasy leagues, but owners may have to wait longer than expected.
1470 Rougned Odor (Tex - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 220.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 38 100 12 2 10 1 .260
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Odor rocketed all the way to Double-A Frisco as a 19-year-old, slashing .306/.354/.530 in 30 games after a nice season at High-A Myrtle Beach (.305/.369/.454 in 100 games). He's a top fantasy prospect at second base as a result, and the trade of Ian Kinsler this winter to Detroit removed one obstacle in Odor's way. He still has Jurickson Profar and Elvis Andrus ahead of him up the middle, so questions remain as to whether his future is with Texas or another team. He has All-Star upside regardless of what team he plays for, and could be as ready for a full-time role as early as 2015.
1471 Miles Head (Oak - 3B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 32 83 7 2 10 0 .253
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1472 Danny Hultzen (Sea - SP)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 6 1 0 60.0 64 2.12 1.02
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Hultzen will miss the 2014 season after undergoing surgery in October to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder. He was limited to 35.2 innings in 2013, but impressed at Triple-A Tacoma over six starts before getting injured. While he's still a good prospect, Hultzen has lost a bit of his luster in the wake of a serious shoulder injury. At best, he'll show up in Seattle in the summer of 2015 if he proves healthy and effective once more after the procedure.
1473 Jed Bradley (Mil - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 4 3 0 70.0 60 3.55 1.27
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
1474 Archie Bradley (Ari - SP)
DL7
ADP: 221.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 6 5 0 98.0 87 4.00 1.36
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Bradley is the top prospect in Arizona's farm system. In 152 innings, he posted a 1.84 ERA between High-A and Double-A, with 21 of his 26 starts coming at the latter. Control is the biggest hurdle he needs to overcome, as he carried a 4.3 BB/9 with Mobile last season. Bradley throws a live, high-90s fastball, a hard-breaking knuckle curveball, and a changeup. It's expected that he'll eventually become the D-Backs' No. 1 starter, and an arrival to the big leagues could take place during the second half of 2014.
1475 Taylor Guerrieri (TB - SP)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 8 2 0 82.0 90 2.14 1.00
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Guerrieri, one of the Rays' top pitching prospects, had a scorching start to the season at Low-A Bowling Green. Over 14 starts, he went 6-2 with a 2.01 ERA and 51:12 K:BB ratio. He has a big fastball with a curveball that can miss bats with frequency. In July, he had some elbow soreness, and it was determined he would need Tommy John surgery. He also had a second positive test for recreational drug use that will be 50 games long. Due to the recovery of the ligament replacement surgery, he will not miss any games due to suspension, but it does put him on the watch list for potential future off-field issues. Guerrieri will likely only see minimal game action, if any, off the mound in the 2014.
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