Pre-Draft Player Rankings

1501 Max Fried (SD - SP)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 5 5 0 84.0 75 4.00 1.35
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Fried, the Padres' 2012 first-round pick, exhibited some control issues in his first full professional season at Low-A Fort Wayne, posting a 4.3 BB/9 over 23 starts (118.2 innings). Drafted out of high school, Fried is polished for his age and he offers an outstanding arsenal -- featuring an elite curveball and developing changeup as secondary offerings that he utilizes effectively off of his four-seam and two-seam fastballs. He's also a very projectable left-hander with a 6-foot-4 frame. The left-hander posted a shiny 2.09 GO/AO mark in his full-season debut, which offsets his 7.6 K/9, although he's expected to miss more bats as he continues to refine his stuff.
1502 Lucas Giolito (Was - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 5 5 0 89.0 78 3.87 1.35
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: The Nationals' 2012 first-round pick made an impressive return from Tommy John surgery, albeit in very limited work, and struck out 39 batters in 36.2 innings between rookie ball and Low-A while flashing the same high octane fastball, power curve and developing changeup that made him a much-ballyhooed high schooler prior to his surgery. The Nats are notoriously conservative with recovering pitchers so expect Giolito to be on a strict innings cap this season, but even in limited work he's more than capable of emerging as one of the game's elite pitching prospects. A violent delivery and spindly frame, the usual recipe for control and injury issues, might be the only thing keeping him from tearing into the majors as soon as 2015.
1503 Marcus Stroman (Tor - SP, RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-4
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 3 3 0 63.0 55 3.88 1.32
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: A first-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, Stroman put together a fantastic 2013 campaign for Double-A New Hampshire after serving a 50-game drug suspension to start the season. His 3.30 ERA was backed by 10.4 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 rates, and he even finished on a high note with an 11-strikeout gem in his final start. The 5-foot-9 Stroman boasts a mid-90s fastball with plus command, and he is one of the top prospects in the Toronto organization, despite murmurs that he may eventually wind up in the bullpen. Having already proven his merit at the Double-A level, Stroman will likely join the starting rotation at Triple-A Buffalo to open 2014. Don't be surprised if he earns his first call-up before the end of the year.
1504 Lance McCullers (Hou - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 5 4 0 80.0 71 3.72 1.31
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: McCullers, a second-generation hurler, performed exceptionally well in his first full season in the minors. In 25 appearances (19 starts) for Low-A Quad Cities, McCullers went 6-5 with a 117:49 K:BB over 104.2 innings. His walk rate (4.2 BB/9) was a little high, but he more than made up for it by keeping the ball on the ground (2.00 GO/AO) and inside the park (0.3 HR/9). The 20-year-old's aggressive three-pitch arsenal includes an upper-90s fastball with excellent movement, an above-average slider and changeup. While his future as a big league starter or closer remains uncertain, how McCullers fares this season - most likely in Double-A - should give the Astros a better read regarding his path to the majors.
1505 David Dahl (Col - CF)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 49 126 17 5 18 2 .262
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: A team-mandated suspension for an apparent lack of maturity and a hamstring injury suffered shortly thereafter amounted to a lost season for Dahl, who appeared in just 10 games for Low-A Asheville in 2013. Neither issue is expected to be a concern for Dahl entering the spring, but he’ll need to perform well at Asheville right away to validate the impressive marks he received from talent evaluators following his outstanding professional debut with rookie-level Grand Junction in 2012. Still just 19 years old, Dahl already possesses natural hitting skills and a keen understanding of the strike zone, with more power likely to come as he develops. Health permitting, expect Dahl to establish himself as one of the better lower-level outfield prospects in the minors.
1506 Andrew Heaney (Mia - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 5 5 0 87.0 79 4.09 1.38
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: With Jose Fernandez and Christian Yelich locked into the Opening Day roster, Heaney rises to the top of the Marlins' organizational prospect rankings. He breezed through High-A Jupiter early in 2013, smothering opposing hitters to the tune of a 0.88 ERA with 66 strikeouts over 61.2 innings pitched (12 starts, one relief appearance) to go along with a 1.01 WHIP. Heaney advanced to Double-A Jacksonville for his final six starts and was equally impressive -- 4-1 with a 2.94 ERA over 33.2 innings pitched -- before making a splash in the Arizona Fall League (1.95 ERA in seven starts). Displaying steady command, the lefty works a 93 mph heater, while using his slider and curveball as out pitches. While Heaney is likely headed back to the minors to open the 2014 season, he will find his spot near the top of the Marlins' rotation sooner than later.
1507 Stephen Piscotty (StL - RF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 38 97 13 2 12 1 .278
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Piscotty had an excellent season between High-A and Double-A in his transition from third base to the outfield hitting .295/.355/.464. He kept it going during the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .371/.430/.506 and stole seven bases in nine attempts. Unfortunately for Piscotty, the Cardinals' outfield is very crowded and there likely won't be a spot for him until Matt Holliday retires or finds a new team which could be another few seasons. Piscotty still has some work to do in at the Triple-A level, and it's possible that he'll return to Springfield before a promotion to Memphis given that he only played 49 games at Double-A after his promotion last season.
1508 Corey Seager (LAD - SS)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 49 126 17 5 17 2 .254
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: The organization's first-round pick (No. 18 overall) in 2012, Seager's professional career has gotten off to a strong start. Seager swatted 16 homers in 372 overall at-bats in 2013, though after domination in the Low-A Midwest League (.918 OPS), Seager posted just a .566 OPS in 100 at-bats in the High-A California League. He will likely be a third baseman long-term, but for now he appears to be sticking at shortstop in the lower levels of the minors. Look for Seager to conquer High-A in 2014 and finish the season in Double-A, with a mid-to-late 2015 debut possible.
1509 Lucas Sims (Atl - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 5 4 0 72.0 63 3.50 1.28
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Considered the top pitching prospect in the Braves organization, Sims was dominant in his first season at Low-A Rome (2.62 ERA, 10.3 K/9, 3.5 BB/9). When the 2014 season opens, Sims will still be just 19 years old, and while those in dynasty leagues will likely want to pick him up, those in re-draft leagues can leave him be, as it's hard to imagine he'd get a run with the big club in 2014, given the team's pitching depth. It's believed that Sims could be future option in the front of the Atlanta rotation, however, so patience in dynasty formats could pay significant dividends.
1510 Addison Russell (Oak - SS)
DTD
ADP: 221.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 45 116 15 5 18 2 .267
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Russell was selected 11th overall in the 2012 draft and is universally considered the top prospect in the A's system. The fact that he plays a premium position makes his star burn even brighter. After an electrifying debut in 2012, Russell encountered a bit more trouble in 2013, hitting only .269, but he still contributed 29 doubles, 10 triples, 17 home runs and 21 stolen bases, all very impressive numbers for a 19-year-old in his first full season, and at High-A, no less. Russell has a ton of talent, but he needs to work on cutting down his strikeouts (he had 116 in the minors in 2013), but he did start to improve upon that in the 2013 Arizona Fall League, striking out only 15 times in 85 at-bats. Russell will likely start the 2014 season at Double-A Midland, but he certainly is on the fast track for the A's and will rise through the organization quite rapidly.
1511 Stryker Trahan (Ari - C)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 42 107 14 5 15 2 .252
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Trahan, Arizona's first-round pick in 2012, did not see action with any of the organization's full-season affiliates in 2013, instead spending the year between extended spring training and in the Pioneer League with Missoula. Considered a long-term project as a player drafted out of high school, Trahan will likely move up to Low-A South Bend in 2014, but he may be a player who requires a full season at each of the first three full-season minor league levels before he is considered an option at the big league level. The Diamondbacks want to keep him behind the plate, and the pace with which he picks up the crucial elements of playing the position will dictate his move through the minors more so than his bat, which has shown plenty of pop (.266/.370/.467) through his first two professional seasons.
1512 Joey Gallo (Tex - 3B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 44 112 15 5 17 2 .259
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Gallo's name was all over the prospect radar after his short-season debut in 2012, following his selection in the first round of the draft that June, but the shine has faded a bit after the 2013 campaign. Yes, the power is very much legit (40 homers), but there's considerable debate as to whether the approach at the plate (172 strikeouts against Low-A pitching) will work against advanced pitching. He could end up like Russell Branyan or Adam Dunn, and anywhere in between. Believed to be previously untouchable in trade talks, rumors persist that he's a player Texas is willing to dangle to acquire a known major league talent.
1513 Pierce Johnson (ChC - SP)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 4 7 0 91.0 77 5.09 1.43
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: While the Cubs' hitting prospects get all the ink, they have a few good pitchers coming up through the ranks as well, and Johnson may be the best of them all. Between Low-A Kane County and High-A Daytona, he had a stellar 9.4 K/9 and only gave up five home runs in 118.1 innings. While his K:BB ratio declined when he was promoted to Daytona, it was still respectable. Johnson is probably a year or two away, but when he comes up to the Cubs, he should be solid.
1514 Albert Almora (ChC - CF)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 30 79 9 3 11 1 .266
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: In the fantastic offensive quartet in the Cubs' system, Almora is the youngest, as he's still only entering his age-20 season. A couple of injuries limited him to only 61 games with Low-A Kane County last year, making it difficult to draw any conclusions about his progress, but he played well in the AFL, and if the doubles and triples start turning into home runs, look out. The 2012 first-rounder needs another couple of years of seasoning, but when he hits the majors, he'll be there for good.
1515 Matt Olson (Oak - 1B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 31 81 10 3 11 1 .259
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Olson spent the 2013 season at Low-A Beloit and while the power numbers were impressive (23 homers and 93 RBI), Olson struggled to make contact, hitting only .225 and striking out 148 times. The 19-year-old possesses the power upside from the left side of the plate that teams drool over, but he will look to improve upon his contact in High-A in 2014. If he's able to cut back on the whiffs, Olson could make a significant push up the prospect charts as he ascends the Oakland system.
1516 Kevin Plawecki (NYM - C)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 37 98 13 3 13 1 .286
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Plawecki, selected as first-round supplemental pick in 2012 out of Purdue, had a breakthrough 2013 campaign. He posted a .311/.388/.492 line with six home runs and 43 RBI in 65 games at Low-A Savannah to earn a promotion to High-A St. Lucie. Plawecki continued his fine play at St. Lucie and finished the season with a 42:53 BB:K in 521 plate appearances, and that steady eye at the plate has been a hallmark of his career. He is solid defensively, receiving pitches well and calling games effectively, but is just mediocre in terms of throwing out runners. Plawecki should hit for average in his career and provide decent power, and he will likely start 2014 back at St. Lucie.
1517 Eddie Butler (Col - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 7 5 0 89.0 76 3.18 1.09
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Although he entered the past season as a highly-touted commodity within his own organization, Butler concluded 2013 as one of the more coveted prospects in all of baseball, after dominating at three different levels. It was at his last stop, Double-A Tulsa, where he was particularly unhittable, allowing just two earned runs over 27.2 innings, while striking out 25 and walking six. With a devastating three-pitch mix, highlighted by a fastball consistently clocked in the mid-90s, Butler is viewed as a potential top-of-the-rotation starter once he reaches his peak for the Rockies, who have lacked a legitimate ace since trading away Ubaldo Jimenez. The Rockies only have three rotation spots seemingly solidified at the moment, presenting Butler with an outside chance at grabbing a starting gig in the spring, but it's more likely that he opens 2014 in the high minors. If those levels continue to prove unchallenging for him, however, look for the 23-year-old to make his MLB debut at some point this season and remain a long-term fixture.
1518 Jesse Winker (Cin - LF)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 31 81 10 3 11 1 .259
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: The Reds' farm system lacks high-impact offensive players, but Winker demonstrated quite a bit of promise at Low-A Dayton in 2013, showing both power (his 16 homers were in the league's top-10 despite Dayton being a tough park to hit in) and patience (13% walk rate, 82% contact rate). Don't be surprised if the 2012 first-round supplemental pick out of high school in Florida takes a big leap in High-A in 2014.
1519 Nick Williams (Tex - LF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 49 126 17 6 19 2 .262
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Williams, a second-round pick by the Rangers in the 2012 draft, spent his first full season of professional baseball at Low-A Hickory in a loaded young lineup. Much like his teammate Lewis Brinson, Williams has outstanding tools that are still in need of refinement. As a 19-year-old, an .879 OPS in the Sally League is ultimately going to make people take notice, but the impressive power and speed are met with plate discipline (15:110 BB:K, 404 plate appearances) that must improve as Williams continues move through the organization. He'll likely spend all of 2014 at High-A Myrtle Beach, but Williams is the type of player capable of making a fast move up top prospect lists if he shows signs of putting everything together.
1520 Tom Murphy (Col - C)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 34 88 11 4 13 2 .273
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: The Sally League proved to be no challenge for Murphy, who slashed an impressive .288/.385/.590 with 19 homers before getting the call to Double-A Tulsa, skipping High-A entirely. He was able to maintain his success at the plate following the promotion, but still seems likely to spend most of the 2014 campaign at Tulsa for further defensive polish and some light refinement to his swing. Though Murphy doesn’t possess the game-changing power of Wilin Rosario, the Rockies’ anointed catcher of the present and future, he appears to be much more adequate as a game-caller and pitch-blocker, and has thus far proven capable with the bat. Colorado's pursuit of Carlos Ruiz in free agency in the offseason suggests the organization is somewhat skeptical Rosario can make the necessary defensive improvements to stay behind the plate long-term, which could open the door for Murphy at some point if he continues to thrive in the upper minors.
1521 Rio Ruiz (Hou - 3B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 39 102 13 4 14 2 .255
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Ruiz, a fourth-round pick by the Astros in 2012, hit the ball well in his first full minor league season, slashing .260/.335/.430 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI over 114 games for Low-A Quad Cities. The 19-year-old third baseman tallied 50 walks against 92 strikeouts and even contributed 12 steals. Ruiz is several years away making an impact in the majors, with likely stops at High-A and Double-A this season if all goes well at the former. His path to the big leagues may ultimately hinge on whether third base becomes the position of choice for top prospect Carlos Correa, but that issue is one that will be sorted out after it's determined if Ruiz can handle more advanced pitching as he moves through the Houston system.
1522 Gregory Polanco (Pit - CF, RF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: RF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 42 110 14 3 14 1 .282
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Polanco's estimated time of arrival is sometime in the summer of 2014, once the Super 2 arbitration deadline passes in June. Signed out of the Dominican Republic as a free agent, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound center fielder is blessed with a rare mix of speed and power. Polanco has averaged 25 steals in five minor-league seasons. He's also hit 28 homers in his last two years. The 22-year-old put together a .285/.356/.434 combined line between three levels -- High-A, Double-A and Triple-A -- in 2013. The left-handed hitting Polanco hit .366 against lefties last year and has always done well against southpaws, a rare commodity. Blessed with good plate discipline (52:73 K:BB ratio), the outfielder could impact fantasy teams as soon as June.
1523 Clayton Blackburn (SF - SP)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 7 5 0 88.0 101 3.04 1.10
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: The move from Low-A Augusta to High-A San Jose proved to be no challenge for Blackburn in 2013, as he maintained his excellent strikeout totals (9.3 K/9), while keeping his walks in check (2.4 BB/9). The big-framed righty (6-4, 225) showcases a sinking mid-90s fastball, as well as an above-average curveball and a solid changeup. He should start the season with Double-A Richmond, but there is a good chance he could be fast-tracked to Triple-A Fresno midseason, if he continues his dominance on the mound.
1524 J.R. Graham (Atl - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 5 5 0 85.0 76 3.92 1.33
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Shoulder troubles sent Graham to the shelf in mid-May, and the right-hander didn't even step onto a mound until five months later. The Braves are expecting the rather cautious approach to pay off, and that Graham will be ready for the start of spring training. The 24-year-old, widely considered one of the top pitching prospects in the Braves' organization, succeeds in pounding the strike zone and inducing a high volume of groundballs (2.24 GO/AO in 2012), so even with the pitching depth in Atlanta, Graham could potentially earn one of the final rotation spots.
1525 Ender Inciarte (Ari - CF, LF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: CF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Projections 38 98 13 0 7 0 .276
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
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