Pre-Draft Player Rankings

1526 Raul Mondesi (KC - SS)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
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
Outlook: Mondesi may be one of the more promising prospects in the Royals' organization, but the Dominican native largely struggled at the plate in 2014 for High-A Wilmington. He showed flashes of potential, however, as the switch-hitting infielder was able to tally five home runs over a seven-game stretch in mid-August. Though he hasn't been able to hit for average just yet, Mondesi will be just 19 years old for the majority of 2015, so there remains plenty of time to work on his pitch recognition, an area that has given him trouble in the past. Regarded as one of the better defensive infielders in the organization, he has the potential to challenge Alcides Escobar for a job as early as 2017, placing him firmly on the radar in dynasty formats.
1527 Matt Wisler (Atl - 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
Outlook: Wisler started his 2014 campaign at Double-A San Antonio, but needed just six starts to prove that he was ready to move up to Triple-A. In 26 starts between 2013 and 2014 in the Texas League, Wisler carried a 138:33 K:BB with a 2.80 ERA and 1.067 WHIP over 135 innings, and he posted equal or better numbers at each of his previous two full-season stops. The Pacific Coast League brought new challenges, as he became much more susceptible to the long ball in the hitter-friendly parks on the circuit, and was forced to improve his changeup when his slider was ineffective in the dry conditions of El Paso. He still maintained an impressive ability to miss bats for a pitcher his age (7.8 K/9) and his walk rate was still acceptable (2.8 BB/9), but the Padres held off on giving him a taste of the big league action late last season despite adding him to the roster in September. Wisler set a new career-high with 146.2 innings last season, making it likely that he'll be on a limit in the 180-inning range in 2015, but he could be the first starter called up to San Diego if he fails to secure a rotation spot during spring training.
1528 Tim Berry (Bal - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 1 3 0 37.0 44 4.29 1.32
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: The Orioles kept Berry in their rotation at Double-A for all of 2014, where he held his own during his first prolonged exposure to the level. A 50th-round pick in 2009, Berry overcame Tommy John surgery in high school to make it this far, and he's been rising up the ranks within the organization over the past couple of seasons. At Bowie, right-handed hitters gave Berry fits, as all 12 of the home runs he allowed came to righties. Lefties couldn't touch him (23.3% K%, 3.4% BB%), setting the floor at quality LOOGY if he's unable to develop a changeup and keep righties off balance more effectively. Look for Berry to take the next step in his development at Triple-A Norfolk in 2015, while a September callup to help in the bullpen could be on the horizon if injuries don't give him a look as a spot starter before then.
1529 Orlando Arcia (Mil - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
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
Outlook: Arcia entered last season as one of the Brewers’ better prospects based almost on defense alone, but a big year with the bat and on the bases has solidified him as one of the team’s most promising youngsters. Arcia increased each of his slash stats last season and showed improved power with a career-best 29 doubles. He also was successful on 31 of his 42 stolen base attempts -- all in his age-19 season while playing in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. Arcia is a few years away from making an impact at the big league level, but his development as an all-around shortstop has earned him a spot at or near the top of the Brewers’ prospect rankings heading into 2015.
1530 C.J. Edwards (ChC - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections 5 6 0 99.0 76 4.21 1.30
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Edwards, the Cubs' top pitching prospect, appears to have the 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame that he's credited with. He's very skinny, and most of that frame comes from Edwards' long legs. If he were graded purely off of stuff and production to this point in his career, Edwards would likely be much higher on prospect lists. Walks have been an occasional issue for Edwards, as he's issued 73 free passes in 182 innings, but he's offset that with 220 strikeouts and just two home runs allowed as a professional. It's also worth noting that Edwards has been excellent against Top 20 prospects, carrying a 26.1% K% and allowing a .188 average against them over the past two seasons. Durability is the primary concern with Edwards, especially after a right shoulder strain cost him nearly four months to begin the 2014 season. He'll likely return to Double-A to start 2015, with the hope of pushing his way to the big leagues before season's end, but a strict innings cap seems likely.
1531 Jon Gray (Col - 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
Outlook: Though their battered rotation presented several openings by midseason, the Rockies resisted the temptation to call up Gray and begin his service clock in the midst of a non-contending year. Gray likely would have forced the Rockies’ hand if he dominated in his first full season in the minors, but he was merely only very good at Double-A Tulsa, submitting a 3.91 ERA and 14.2 K%-BB% over 124.1 innings. It won’t preclude him from competing for an Opening Day starting gig with the Rockies this spring, but the organization probably prefers to give him a little more time in the minors to raise his performance before joining the big club later in the season and assuming his destiny as an anchor in their rotation. Having Coors Field as his eventual home park dampens Gray’s appeal more than most prospects of his caliber because of the expected ERA and WHIP hits, but the right-hander probably has a rosier fantasy outlook than the Rockies’ other highly-touted hurler, Eddie Butler, on the basis of his stronger strikeout rates.
1532 Clint Frazier (Cle - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
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
Outlook: Invariably, any scouting report on Frazier will start by mentioning his elite bat speed. It’s the reason the Indians took him with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft, and it’s the reason some people see Frazier as an eventual star. After struggling in his first couple months of pro ball, Frazier slashed .282/.367/.448 with nine home runs and five steals in 65 games in the second half for Low-A Lake County. The biggest concern with the 20-year-old center fielder is the 29.7% strikeout rate that he posted in his first year as a professional. Fortunately, Frazier also showed some patience at the plate, taking a walk in 10.3% of his plate appearances at Low-A. There is a lot of risk here, and Frazier is at least two years away from the big leagues, but few minor leaguers can match his upside, which is why he remains a top-50 prospect in dynasty leagues.
1533 Austin Meadows (Pit - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
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
Outlook: The ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Meadows got off to a late start in 2014. After suffering a hamstring injury early in spring training, the outfielder didn't make his season debut until June 30th. He did little to jeopardize his elite prospect status, though, hitting .322/.388/.486 in 165 plate appearances with Low-A West Virginia. Meadows put up a 1.065 OPS against right-handers but struggled against lefties (.466). While he has plenty of work to do with same-sided pitching, he's still just 20 years of age and posted a .784 OPS vs. southpaws in rookie ball in 2013. Meadows will continue to learn the pro game for the next couple years. At that point, he could push the trio of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.
1534 Colin Moran (Hou - 3B)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
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
Outlook: Moran, the sixth overall pick by the Marlins in the 2013 draft, was traded to the Astros at the deadline last season as part of the Jarred Cosart deal. Rather than send him to the California League, Houston felt Double-A would be a better challenge, and he responded by slashing .304/.350/.411 with two home runs and 22 RBI in 28 games with Corpus Christi. Moran's doesn't possess the raw power that you often see with top corner-infield prospects, and rival organizations have complained about his lack of energy and inconsistent approach to the game, but his upside compares to Matt Carpenter or Bill Mueller. A return to Double-A to open 2015 appears likely, with a promotion to Triple-A expected at some point during the season.
1535 Kohl Stewart (Min - SP)
DL7
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
Outlook: Stewart, the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft, is regarded as one of Minnesota's top pitching prospects after a promising first full season of professional baseball. Stewart had a 2.59 ERA for Low-A Cedar Rapids and more than held his old as a 19-year-old. While his strikeout rate wasn't spectacular (6.4 K/9), there's reason to think it will improve since he hits 95 mph with his fastball. He also kept the ball on the ground with a 52 percent groundball rate and only four home runs allowed in 19 starts. Right shoulder inflammation ended his season in August, but Stewart is expected to be ready for spring training. He'll likely begin the season in High-A and could be on track to reach the majors as early as 2017.
1536 Braden Shipley (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
Outlook: The converted shortstop displayed an impressive combo of stuff, size and athleticism in his first season in pro ball, allowing him to climb two full levels, finishing the year at Double-A Mobile. Many saw the potential for Shipley to be a future frontline starter when he was taken with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 draft, but it would have been hard to envision him moving this fast. Shipley posted a 3.86 ERA and a 127:42 K:BB ratio in 126 innings over his three stops, and a case could be made that he has surpassed Archie Bradley as the team’s most appealing prospect moving forward. It’s no surprise that his diabolical fastball/changeup combo embarrassed hitters at the lower levels. If he can develop his curveball into a third plus offering, his numbers at Double-A and Triple-A will have dynasty league owners salivating throughout the 2015 season.
1537 Reese McGuire (Pit - C)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
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
Outlook: A former first-round draft pick (14th overall in 2013), McGuire put up spotty offensive numbers for Low-A West Virginia last season. He batted .262/.307/.334 with three homers in 389 at-bats, showing little extra-base power. McGuire is a premier defensive handler, and Pittsburgh is focusing on his defensive skills first because, at age 20, he has plenty of time to worry about offense. He collected just one extra-base hit (a triple) versus left-handed pitching in 110 plate appearances last season, compiling a .520 OPS against southpaws. McGuire is looked upon as the team's primary catcher of the future, but he has plenty of areas to improve upon.
1538 D.J. Peterson (Sea - 3B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.1
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
Outlook: The top position prospect in the organization, Peterson could see Seattle this season. The Mariners desperately need right-handed power and first base is open for Peterson. Unless he forces the team's hand, he won't make the roster out of spring training, but a callup at some point is expected. Peterson was one of six minor league players to finish with at least 30 homers and 100 RBI last season, batting .297 with 31 homers and 111 RBI in 123 games between Double-A Jackson and High-A High Desert. The Mariners likely will want to get him some seasoning at Triple-A Tacoma before a promotion, which also will allow them to delay his arbitration clock. Peterson might need more time, too, after slumping in the Arizona Fall League. In any event, the 12th overall pick in the 2013 draft is close to seeing the big leagues.
1539 Sean Manaea (KC - SP)
DTD
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
Outlook: Manaea put together a solid 25 starts in his first year at High-A Wilmington, posting a 3.11 ERA (supported by a 2.79 FIP) and a K/9 of 10.8. Some questions about his health caused his stock to slip a bit in the 2013 first-year player draft, but he was able to return from hip surgery and toss 121.2 innings during his age-22 season. The 6-foot-5 southpaw mixes a mid-90s fastball with an above-average slider, and also has a changeup in his arsenal. That combination of weapons prevented left-handed hitters in the Carolina League from homering off him in 2014, as Manaea was able to limit them to a .211 batting average. The sky is the limit for Manaea, who certainly has potential to rise quickly though the minor league ranks in the coming season. He'll look to build off the momentum generated from a strong second half, a period in which he limited opposing batters to a .180 average and posted a 1.01 WHIP over 73.1 innings.
1540 Dominic Smith (NYM - 1B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
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
Outlook: First base prospects that sign for $2.6 million out of high school are typically worth monitoring, and Smith is no different, although his 2014 numbers may not back that up. If one ignores the fact that he is a first baseman, a .271 average with a .344 OBP in a full season at Low-A looks pretty good for someone who turned 19 this past summer. But the fact that he hit just one home run in 518 plate appearances signals that the power may always be below average relative to Smith’s position. The 26 doubles he hit give hope for an eventual 10-20 home run season in the minor leagues, especially if he can add more muscle to his six-foot, 185-pound frame. However, he is still at least a couple years away from the big leagues, and projects as more James Loney than Prince Fielder, meaning he is only worth holding in deeper formats.
1541 J.P. Crawford (Phi - SS)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
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
Outlook: Crawford has steadily climbed through the Phillies' minor league system since he was selected in the first round of the 2013 draft. He spent the first half of last season at Low-A Lakewood before earning a promotion to High-A Clearwater to close out the season. Crawford has impressive tools. He has shown an excellent eye at the plate, makes contact at a good clip and keeps his strikeouts in check. He showed some signs of power growth in the second half of last season with eight home runs in 271 at-bats for Clearwater. If Crawford continues his progression, he'll likely hit Double-A by the middle of 2015, with the hope of a late 2016 or early 2017 arrival to Philadelphia.
1542 Jon Denney (Bos - C)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
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
1543 Phillip Ervin (Cin - RF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
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
Outlook: Ervin came flying out of the gate after being taken in the first round of the 2013 draft by the Reds, but took a big step back at Low-A Dayton last season. While he made the same amount of contact, his walk rate plummeted as did his average. Granted, his numbers in rookie ball and his first exposure to Low-A were fueled by a very high BABIP, so some regression was already expected. Offseason wrist surgery prior to the 2014 season appeared to leak into his regular season performance, so he gets a pass for one bad season -- in keeper leagues with deep farm systems, you might be able to buy him at a discount. He still projects to give you plus speed, if not much power.
1544 Hunter Harvey (Bal - SP)
DTD
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
Outlook: There are two major bullet points attached to Harvey’s 2014 season. The first is that he was awesome, and pitched himself into the discussion of best young arms in the minor leagues. The second is that he was shut down in late July with a strained flexor mass in his throwing elbow. Baltimore is confident Harvey will avoid surgery, but in addition to preventing the 6-foot-3 righty from possibly getting a taste of High-A before the end of the season, it also leaves a slight cloud hanging over his 2015 outlook. In 87.2 innings at Low-A Delmarva, Harvey posted a 106:33 K:BB ratio and a 3.18 ERA. Assuming he enters camp rested and healthy, Harvey could rise like a rocket through the Orioles’ system. If his changeup can develop into a useful complement to his already plus fastball/curveball combo, Harvey is someone with the ability to finish the year as the No. 1 pitching prospect in baseball.
1545 Aaron Judge (NYY - RF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
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
Outlook: At 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, Judge was understandably labeled a high-risk/high-reward proposition when he was drafted by the Yankees with the 32nd pick in the 2013 draft. Now, following an excellent first full season as a professional, the idea of Judge actualizing his immense potential is starting to look a lot more realistic. He has 80 raw power, which one might expect out of such a herculean specimen. But, somewhat surprisingly, he also had no problem hitting for average and getting on base in 131 games between Low-A and High-A. He split his time right down the middle between the two stops, and combined to post a .308/.419/.486 slash line with 17 home runs. There’s no doubt that more power will come in time, and by showing good on-base skills in 2014 he has earned the label of best position player prospect in the Yankees’ system. After capping his impressive debut season by putting on a show in the Arizona Fall League, few prospects will enter 2015 with more helium.
1546 Hunter Renfroe (SD - RF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
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
Outlook: Renfroe's 2014 campaign was split nearly evenly between High-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio, but his numbers post promotion featured a .660 OPS after he punished Cal League pitching at a .935 clip. One particularly encouraging sign is that Renfroe showed improved plate discipline following the promotion, and it may not be long before he's ready to contribute in San Diego. Although he finished the season as RotoWire's 27th ranked prospect, Renfroe seems to get overlooked by some owners due to his future home park in San Diego. As a right-handed bat with pop to all fields, the cavernous nature of Petco Park won't be as damaging to his production as it is for left-handed hitters. Renfroe and Rymer Liriano appear to be the long-term future at the corner-outfield spots for the Padres, but the additions of Matt Kemp and Justin Upton in the offseason have clouded things a bit.
1547 Billy McKinney (ChC - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
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
Outlook: Though Addison Russell was the big prize in the July trade for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, savvy dynasty leaguers noted the change of scenery for McKinney, a first-round draft pick in 2013. Still just 20, McKinney already has almost 800 plate appearances in the minors and has a good power/speed combination. Coupled with a decent batting eye (61:100 BB:K ratio in High-A last year), he has the potential to be a star for the Cubs if they can find room for him.
1548 Aaron Blair (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
Outlook: The No. 36 pick in the 2013 draft, Blair climbed two full levels during the 2014 season, finishing his campaign at Double-A Mobile. Like fellow Mobile righty Braden Shipley, Blair’s repertoire is highlighted by a plus fastball/changeup combo. Over 154.1 innings, he posted a 171:51 K:BB ratio, making him a player to watch in the Diamondbacks’ system. Blair’s 4.35 ERA at High-A Visalia can be largely ignored, as he was pitching in the California League, a rough environment for any pitcher. His peripheral numbers suggest he was much better than that. He also probably wasn’t as good as his 1.94 ERA over 46.1 innings at Double-A, as he was stranding a whopping 87.3% of baserunners. Blair should return to Mobile for the start of 2015, but look for him to be promoted aggressively if he picks up where he left off in 2014, with the potential to join the D-Backs’ rotation in the dog days of summer.
1549 Hunter Dozier (KC - 3B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
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
Outlook: Dozier produced a .826 OPS with four homers and seven steals over 276 at-bats for High-A Wilmington in 2014, which eventually earned him a mid-June promotion to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. In an equal amount of at-bats at the Double-A level, he was largely disappointing, batting just .209 and striking out at a rate of 22.6%. He'll need to improve his contact rate at that level if he has intentions of making another jump in 2015, but the Royals remain confident the 6-foot-4 infielder will continue to develop the power they thought he would when they drafted him eighth overall in the 2013 first-year player draft. Triple-A Omaha seems to be the likely ceiling for Dozier in the coming season, and he'll still have to compete with several other intriguing prospects in the farm system if he plans on seeing infield work in the big leagues by 2016.
1550 Christian Arroyo (SF - SS)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
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
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