Pre-Draft Player Rankings

1576 Grayson Long (LAA - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
1577 Ronald Guzman (Tex - 1B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Guzman has finally been able to tap into his power potential over the last year or so. The left-handed slugger belted a career-high 15 home runs in 102 games at Double-A in 2016. Perhaps most importantly, he saw a rise in the number of free passes drawn while his strikeout ratio fell. The improvement in plate discipline also resulted in a .288 batting average, along with a .348 on-base percentage -- the highest OBP for Guzman at any level of full-season ball during his minor league career. The 22-year-old did struggle a bit at Triple-A to end the season, though, so that is where he will begin the 2017 campaign. The Rangers don't exactly have a rousing set of options at first base, so despite Guzman's rather mediocre power numbers, he could get a crack at first base in the big leagues by the end of the 2017 season, especially after getting added to the 40-man roster this offseason.
1578 Harold Ramírez (Tor - RF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Ramirez was part of the haul that brought Francisco Liriano to Toronto in August. He was an above average hitter (112 wRC+) in the Eastern League for Double-A Altoona while smashing 29 extra-base hits, including 17 doubles and seven triples. From 2012 to 2015, he stole 66 bases in 100 attempts. However, in his first Double-A season, Ramirez was only successful on seven of 17 attempts, evidence that he is not going to be much of a threat in that department going forward. His bat-to-ball skills are excellent, but the power has not come and plus speed is a thing of the past, so there is not much left to get excited about. He could offer a high batting average with minimal counting stats in the coming years if the Blue Jays ever run out of superior options, but he is starting to look like a fourth outfielder long term.
1579 Phillip Ervin (Cin - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Ervin is a toolsy outfielder who has not quite lived up to his potential since being drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft, largely due to his inability to hit for average. Ervin has not hit above .245 at any level since the beginning of the 2014 campaign. However, he's swiped over 30 bases in each of the last three seasons while hitting double-digit home runs in each of the last two years. In addition, Ervin has shown the ability to take a walk, including posting a .362 on-base percentage at Double-A in 2016 despite the low batting average. Ervin is certainly not the prototypical corner outfielder, though his home run totals will certainly be aided by playing in the hitter-friendly confines of the Great American Ball Park. Ervin should begin the 2017 campaign at Triple-A, though it remains to be seen if the 24-year-old will ever make consistent enough contact to become a reliable everyday player.
1580 Jaime Schultz (TB - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: The 25-year-old right-hander made 27 starts for the second straight season, posting a 3.58 ERA and 163 whiffs in just 130.2 innings with Triple-A Durham. Although his control issues were prominent once more (4.7 BB/9), his superior K/9 figure (11.2) certainly helped bail him out on many occasions. He also continued his stellar track record of limiting the long ball, as his HR/9 remained a solid 0.83. Despite standing just 5-foot-10, he is still being developed as a starter, but for fantasy purposes, he might actually be more interesting as a grip-it-and-rip-it reliever. His plus-plus fastball and plus curveball would play up in the bullpen to the point that he could eventually profile as a closer. A September DL stint put an end to any chance of him making his major league debut in 2016, but a callup in 2017 certainly seems to be in the cards, but it remains to be seen whether he will debut as a starter or reliever.
1581 Sam Moll (Col - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
1582 Luiz Gohara (Atl - SP)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Gohara is listed at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, which seems sort of like the inverse of Andre the Giant being billed at 7-foot-4, 520 pounds. That is to say, Gohara looks suspiciously larger than his listed size. There's certainly talent here, though, as evidenced by his tremendous success at the lower levels as a 19-year-old in 2016. He followed that up with a very respectable showing against more advanced hitters in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 19:3 K:BB in 11.2 innings. The lefty's fastball sits comfortably in the low-to-mid 90s and his slider is a weapon against same-handed hitters, but Gohara's size has been an impediment to consistent repetition of his throwing motion. There's mid-rotation upside here, but there's also enough uncertainty with Gohara to where he can probably be left alone outside of deep keeper leagues (with 150-plus prospects rostered) even after the move to the Braves organization.
1583 Amed Rosario (NYM - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Patience is often preached when analyzing toolsy high-pedigree prospects who are not producing in the lower levels, and with good reason. Rosario posted a 97 wRC+ with zero home runs and 12 steals as a 19-year-old at High-A St. Lucie in 2015, but he broke out in a major way last year, as the production finally started to match the talent. A 132 wRC+ and 36:21 K:BB in 66 games at High-A earned him a midseason promotion to the Eastern League, and that is when things started to get a little absurd. His numbers as a 20-year-old with Double-A Binghamton can almost be thrown out, considering his .433 BABIP. However, even when accounting for luck, that kind of success means something, given his age, level and defensive home. Scouts agree, as there are few players in the minors who receive the rave reviews that follow whenever Rosario's name gets brought up. He should offer across-the-board production in his prime years, with batting average, steals and runs being his top contributions. He could take over at shortstop for the Mets as early as this summer.
1584 Jose Azocar (Det - RF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1585 Domingo Leyba (Ari - 2B)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Acquired in 2014 as part of a three-team deal that also netted Robbie Ray, the young Dominican batted .296/.355/.429 across High-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile last season. Once considered a top-10 prospect with the Tigers, Leyba blasted 10 home runs after never hitting more than two home runs in any of his previous full minor league seasons. Leyba also showed a good eye at the plate, particularly after making the jump to Double-A, where he posted a 9.8 percent walk rate and 12.6 percent strikeout rate in 174 plate appearances. Heading into 2017, the team will likely want to see Leyba sustain the success at Double-A Jackson for a full season. At 21 years old, Leyba is a young hitter to watch, especially if he sticks at shortstop, which has been his primary position since the trade to Arizona.
1586 Willy Adames (TB - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: The 21-year-old enjoyed a strong year at Double-A Montgomery, slashing .274/.366/.409 with career highs in homers, walks and stolen bases. His numbers were up across the board from his 2015 campaign at High-A Charlotte, and he now looks to take the next step at Triple-A Durham in the coming season. Part of his improvement was in the area of plate discipline, as he lowered his strikeout rate almost a full six percentage points to 21.3 percent. Adames was added to the Rays' 40-man roster on Nov. 18, and if he continues to thrive in Triple-A, he could potentially see the field with the big league club before the end of the 2017 campaign. Based on his body of work to date, Adames projects as an excellent multi-category fantasy producer whenever he does settle in with the Rays for good.
1587 Francis Martes (Hou - RP)
DTD
ADP: 221.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: After bursting onto the prospect radar as a high-upside but relatively untested pitching prospect in 2015, the 6-foot-1 righty followed that up by dominating over 125.1 innings as the youngest starting pitcher in the Texas League. He has two potential double-plus pitches in his fastball and curveball, with his changeup lagging well behind as his third best offering. His command and control are perhaps even less refined than his nine percent walk rate with Corpus Christi suggests. Here is where things get a little tricky from a fantasy perspective. Martes might be a better fit as a super reliever than as a starter with a questionable third pitch who might not locate well enough to consistently go deep into games. He could be borderline unhittable out of the bullpen, recording three to six outs in high-leverage situations over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. The Astros do not have to make that decision now, but a need in the rotation or bullpen this year could force their hand.
1588 Edmundo Sosa (StL - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: The 20-year-old Sosa remains mostly projection at this point, as he was unable to build off a breakout 2015 campaign. In the 2016 season, his first year in full-season ball, Sosa slashed .270/.307/.343 in 97 games, mostly at Low-A. Sosa should stick at shortstop, but he did not show quite the power potential he flashed in 2015 and he swiped just five bases. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sosa's plate discipline and contact rate slipped against higher-level competition. Sosa did spend the last month of the season on the disabled list, cutting short any chance at a strong finish. He'll start at High-A to begin the 2017 campaign, hoping to tap into his significant upside.
1589 Magneuris Sierra (StL - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Sierra has been an enticing prospect ever since he made his stateside debut in 2013, but last year was the first time he lived up to that promise in a full-season league. He showed that he wasn't ready for Low-A in 2015, but he spent all of 2016 with Peoria and the results were outstanding. Sierra stole 31 bases while notching 36 extra-base hits. He is one of those players whose movements on the field stand out, even to the untrained eye. Sierra combines plus-plus speed with an all-fields approach. As he continues to mature physically, more of his doubles will start going for home runs. The primary concern regarding his chances of being a leadoff hitter at the highest level is his low walk rate, but he is such a good baserunner that he still led the Midwest League with 78 runs. This is a prospect worth targeting in dynasty leagues before the entire package starts to come together as he moves closer to the big leagues.
1590 Luis Alexander Basabe (CWS - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Basabe changed colors in the offseason, going from the Red Sox to the White Sox in the Chris Sale deal. As a 19-year-old in the Low-A South Atlantic League, he held his own in his first year at a full-season affiliate. After a terrible start, the switch-hitting prospect hit .264/.328/.452 with 12 homers and 25 stolen bases for Greenville against competition at least two years older on average. He's raw, only taking up the sport within a couple of years prior to signing, but the White Sox are getting a plus defender in center field with beguiling upside. A 6-foot, 160-pounder, he possesses plus speed and good instincts on the basepaths. He has surprising power, grading out as average-to-plus, and his ability to square up the ball to all fields. Where Basabe's game falls down is in his contact rate and overall hit tool. He's struck out 27.5 percent of the time the last two seasons. The uncertainty with the bat opens up a wide spectrum of future outcomes.
1591 Javier Guerra (SD - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Quite simply, Guerra had the most disappointing season of any hitting prospect in baseball last year. He had the third-worst slugging percentage (.325) among qualified California League hitters and the fifth-most strikeouts (141) in the league, which is obviously an awful combination. He is not a particularly great defender at shortstop or an asset on the bases, so if he is not getting on base at a solid clip or hitting for power, it is awfully hard for him to impact the game in a positive way. As Guerra will be 21 heading into next season and assigned to either High-A or Double-A, he can hardly be written off. That said, it would be incredibly difficult to get anything of value for him in a dynasty league this offseason despite the fact that he opened 2016 as a consensus top-60 prospect. Despite the Padres adding him to the 40-man roster this offseason, he can be cut loose in fantasy leagues where 200 or fewer prospects are rostered.
1592 Oscar De La Cruz (ChC - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Forearm soreness kept De La Cruz on the shelf until mid-July, but he was stellar across three stops, making the majority of his starts with Low-A South Bend. He gave up more than one run in just three of his nine starts and struck out six or more on six occasions despite never logging more than five innings. While De La Cruz is entering his age-22 season, he only has 198 innings of game pitching under his belt, as the Cubs converted him from shortstop to pitcher after signing him in 2012. His low-to-mid-90s fastball is a plus offering with late life that he commands well. An above-average curveball is his second best pitch. Given his lack of experience, it is not surprising that his changeup is still a work in progress, lagging behind the rest of his repertoire. His athletic 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame leads to projected gains in command and possibly velocity. De La Cruz has the ceiling of a No. 2 starter and floor of a setup man. Next up will be showing he can push 100 innings in a season.
1593 Ariel Jurado (Tex - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Jurado has shown advanced control for his age, along with the ability to keep the ball down in the zone. Using his best pitch, the sinking two-seam fastball, Jurado posted a 2.0 GB/FB ratio between High-A and Double-A in 2016. Jurado also walked just 34 batters in 123 innings. He does not have massive strikeout potential, and he does not have a huge frame, though he did fan 106 batters in those 123 innings. Jurado also has improving secondary pitches, most notably a changeup and curveball. Overall, the 6-foot-1 righty notched a 3.66 ERA last season, but his most impressive feat was posting a 3.86 ERA in the California League while pitching half his games at High Desert, one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the minors. Jurado will pitch in the majors, perhaps as early as the second half of this season, and he has all the tools to make it as a back-end starter.
1594 Jaime Barria (LAA - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
1595 Phil Bickford (Mil - SP)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: At first glance, Bickford seemed like a steep price for the Giants to pay to acquire reliever Will Smith. But Bickford's recent performance, most notably at the 2016 Futures Game, left many observers unimpressed. Rather than showing the mid-90s fastball that intrigued scouts, Bickford has been sitting 88-92 with his fastball. And while his slider is devastating, he lacks a secondary pitch like a changeup he can use to challenge left-handed hitters. Bickford is only 21 years old and has plenty of time to develop and fix these flaws, but it's rare for teams to give up first-round talents like him without having an inkling that something is off. His control in particular was off in 2016; he walked five batters per nine innings after the Brewers acquired him. He'll have to figure that part of his game out before he can regain his top prospect status.
1596 Travis Demeritte (Atl - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Demeritte's game is all about extremes, and in 2016 he was treated to some extreme park factors to complicate his profile. The Rangers traded him to the Braves for pitching help in late July, moving Demeritte from High Desert, one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the minors, to Carolina, a pitchers' paradise compared to any Cal League park. While his numbers predictably dipped after the trade, the fact that he managed to post a 138 wRC+ and .860 OPS in the Carolina League should stabilize his dynasty league value, as he proved that High Desert was not playing kingmaker. He has plus power, specifically to the pull side, and enough speed to steal double-digit bases annually. Unfortunately, major contact issues that typify his below-average hit tool have been apparent ever since he got into pro ball. Demeritte is a worthwhile lottery ticket in deeper dynasty leagues, but nobody should be surprised if he flames out in the upper levels.
1597 Taylor Williams (Mil - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
1598 Cody Bellinger (LAD - 1B, LF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: LF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: With Corey Seager and Julio Urias both graduating last year, Bellinger now stands as the top prospect in the Dodgers' system. After getting off to a slow start in 2016, the 21-year-old first baseman finished with 26 home runs, slugging 19 of them from July 1 on. Bellinger ended the season with a surge, playing three games at Triple-A where he tallied three home runs and six RBI. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Bellinger has a sweet left-handed power stroke, and he is athletic enough to play first base or the outfield. His final slash line for the 2016 campaign shows his impressive combination of power and plate discipline. Bellinger will begin the 2017 campaign at Triple-A. Adrian Gonzalez is signed through the 2018 season, so Bellinger's path would appear to be blocked in the short term, though his athleticism could allow him to get some at-bats in the outfield.
1599 Jacob Nottingham (Mil - C)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Nottingham is just one of the many former Astros acquired by Brewers general David Stearns, who arrived in Milwaukee via Houston's front office in 2015. It's easy to see why Stearns was enamored enough to give up Khris Davis's big bat to acquire Nottingham from the Athletics. Nottingham, blessed with a football player's body, has power to all fields while flashing a good enough arm and glove to be a decent major league catcher. Unfortunately, elevation to Double-A Biloxi did not treat him well. Nottingham struck out 138 times in just 112 games and managed just 11 home runs compared to the 17 he hit in 2015. It's important to keep perspective, though. At just 21, Nottingham was about three years younger than his typical opponent at Double-A last season, and he has plenty of time to work out the kinks in his swing.
1600 Jake Bauers (TB - 1B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Bauers' 2016 numbers with Double-A Montgomery may not jump out at a glance, but considering his age relative to level, it was a highly successful campaign. The 21-year-old outfielder/first baseman's OBP represented a 41-point improvement over the number he generated in his 285-plate appearance sample at the Double-A level in 2015 -- a product of Bauers walking a career-high 73 times over 581 plate appearances (pushing his walk rate from 7.4 percent to 12.6 percent). He also showed an ability to make consistent contact, striking out at just a 15.3 percent clip. Bauers figures to start 2017 back at Montgomery, and whether he will stick at his corner infield spot or settle permanently in the outfield remains in question. He may have better overall long-term viability in the latter role, as the lefty hitter doesn't project to hit for elite power at the highest level, although there is still room for projection in that department.
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