Pre-Draft Player Rankings

1676 Harrison Bader (StL - LF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
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2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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Outlook: The dominant narrative with Bader seems to be his dramatic decline in production after being promoted from the Texas League (143 wRC+) to the Pacific Coast League (74 wRC+). However, his splits against right-handed pitching should be what really troubles his dynasty league owners. He rode a 1.375 OPS against lefties at Low-A to prominence last offseason, and boosted his mark against southpaws even further to 1.485 OPS at Double-A in 2016. All the while, Bader was a middling hitter against righties, putting up splits of .270/.337/.399 and .249/.319/.377 at Low-A and Double-A, respectively. His solid defense in center field, above-average speed and ability to crush left-handed pitching will undoubtedly get him to the big leagues at some point in the next year or two, but it seems likely that he will be limited to a part-time role. Look to deal him before this reality becomes common knowledge.
1677 Josh Staumont (KC - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
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2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: Staumont has an 80-grade fastball, a plus curveball, shaky command, and no reliable third pitch. He could probably skip Triple-A and thrive in the Royals' bullpen for all of 2017, as his stuff is that good. However, the move to a full-time relief role should be put on hold for at least another year, given how tantalizing his tools are. In addition to having two monster pitches, he has a starter's body and is entering his age-23 season while already having 50.1 innings at Double-A under his belt. If his changeup can become at all serviceable and he can develop fringe-average command, Staumont could be a No. 2 starter. He showed some encouraging signs down the stretch, posting a 1.84 ERA and 49:10 K:BB in 29.1 innings over his final five starts -- two of which came in the Texas League playoffs.
1678 Scott Kingery (Phi - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
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2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Kingery, a 2015 second-round pick out of college, opened last season at High-A Clearwater. He earned a promotion to Double-A at the end of July after slashing .293/.360/.411 with 14 extra-base hits and 26 stolen bases (on 31 attempts) in the Florida State League. The competition at Double-A proved to be more challenging, as Kingery hit just .250/.273/.333 with two homers in 156 at-bats. Kingery does not project to hit for much power, but he does have good speed and has been a good contact hitter prior to his difficulties at Double-A. His fantasy value is going to be tied to his legs, which could produce 30-plus stolen base seasons in the majors. He will also need to hit enough to profile as an everyday second baseman, otherwise his role would be capped as a utility infielder, and he would be quite unappealing in fantasy. He will open this season back at Double-A and could push for a promotion to Triple-A by midseason if he starts hitting again.
1679 Andrew Stevenson (Was - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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1680 Kyle Lewis (Sea - RF)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
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2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: The Mariners selected Lewis, the college hitter with the most realistic in-game power in the class, with the 11th overall pick in the 2016 draft. He got off to a great start to his career before everything came to a screeching halt in late July. He required ACL reconstruction surgery after suffering a horrific right knee injury that also included tears to his medial and lateral meniscus during a slide in a game for short-season Everett. In the 20 games before the injury, Lewis hit .364 with a 1.114 OPS and was likely on the verge of a promotion to Low-A Clinton. His offseason recovery is on track, and he is expected to be back to full strength in July or August of this season. There will be some rust to knock off, and he may have less than two months of minor league game action waiting for him when he returns, so 2017 could amount to a lost season. However, the upside of a cleanup-hitting outfielder with an all-fields approach remains, and dynasty league owners would be wise to take the long view.
1681 Donnie Dewees (KC - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
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2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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Outlook: A second-round pick out of North Florida in 2015, Dewees is a speedy center fielder with a leadoff hitter-type build. The left-hander slashed .284/.338/.416 in 129 games across two levels, finishing the season at High-A. Dewees does not draw quite as many walks as hoped, though he also does not strike out a ton. In addition, the 23-year-old swiped 31 bases while being caught just five times in 2016. While power is not one of his main assets, Dewees did club five home runs, and was still productive in driving in runs, tallying 73 RBI in those 129 contests. The outfield for the Cubs is certainly crowded for the foreseeable future, but Dewees is still a couple of years away from making a big-league impact. He will return to High-A to begin the 2017 season, with the chance to end the year at Double-A if he shines.
1682 David Fletcher (LAA - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
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2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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1683 Christin Stewart (Det - LF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
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2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Stewart led the pitcher-friendly Florida State League in every notable power category despite receiving a promotion to Double-A in early August. This has always been an all-offense package, meaning Stewart would have to hit a ton at every stop to profile as a regular. So far he has held up his end of that bargain. There is some swing-and-miss in his game that could become more of a problem at Triple-A or the big leagues, but over stops at High-A and Double-A he kept his strikeout rate below 25 percent while walking almost 15 percent of the time. His numbers in the Eastern League were dragged down by some bad luck on balls in play (.232 BABIP), but he was still an above-average hitter (109 wRC+) thanks to the fact that he continued to send balls over the fence at an outstanding clip. Stewart, who hits left-handed, appears on track to offer 25-plus homer power while occupying the strong side of a left field platoon for the Tigers in early 2018.
1684 Taylor Ward (LAA - C)
DL7
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
1685 Yadier Alvarez (LAD - SP)
Healthy
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: Alvarez has yet to pitch above Low-A, but he already demonstrates all of the qualities one looks for in a future ace. He has an 80-grade fastball, plus curveball, above-average changeup and average slider. The three secondary pitches all have the projection to jump a grade in the coming years, which would leave him with a monstrous repertoire. Alvarez also has prototypical size and athleticism. He pitched as a 20-year-old at 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, but he should add a bit more muscle to that frame by the time he reaches the majors. Poor control was a bit of an issue in his first five professional starts in the Arizona League, but he posted a quality 6.9 percent walk rate after a promotion to the Midwest League, while also upping his strikeout rate from 32.1 percent to 34.6 percent against more advanced hitters. He will receive an assignment to the California League, with the stuff and polish to move quickly and finish the year as a top-10 prospect in the game.
1686 Miguelangel Sierra (Hou - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
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2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: For someone just glancing at Sierra's production in the Appalachian League, it would seem that he is one of the more exciting shortstop prospects in the lower levels of the minors. After all, he hit 11 home runs with a 170 wRC+ in 144 plate appearances, and his .343 BABIP suggests his .289 average was somewhat sustainable. Unfortunately, that stat line oversells the power potential, so Sierra might be a bit overvalued right now in dynasty leagues. He sold out a little for that pop, and projects to offer closer to average power in the majors, not plus power, which his 31-game run with Greenville hints at. He has solid tools across the board, and has a good shot at sticking at shortstop, so he is certainly a player of interest in deeper dynasty leagues if he is not being treated like a future 30-homer bat, which he is not.
1687 Roniel Raudes (Bos - 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: Raudes earned the Boston organization's pitcher of the year honors for his work at Low-A Greenville. The right-hander from Nicaragua won 11 of his 24 starts for the Drive while becoming a South Atlantic League All-Star. Not bad for an 18-year-old who was the second-youngest player in that league. There isn't much power in his arsenal, but he has a feel for pitching, an advanced curve and, as of 2016, an improved changeup, which enabled him to strike out 104 batters in 113.1 innings. Pitchers whose fastball lives in the high 80s need impeccable control, and Raudes has it, walking just 1.8 per nine innings last year. He can get by at the lower levels of the minors, but will he have what it takes as he progresses through the system? If his fastball velocity increases in the coming years, which would not be unheard of for a pitcher his age, he will start to look like a future mid-rotation starter. Otherwise, his lack of even above average velocity would leave him with a back-of-the-rotation ceiling. These next few years could be critical for his prospect stock.
1688 Travis Lakins (Bos - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
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2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
1689 Bryan Reynolds (SF - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
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2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Reynolds was one of the surprises of the draft. Pegged as a clear first-round talent, he fell to the Giants at pick 59, receiving an over-slot $1.35 million bonus. He lived up to his billing as a quality hitter, particularly with short-season Salem-Keizer (141 wRC+), but after getting promoted to Low-A Augusta in August, some strikeout issues began to surface. A 30.3 percent strikeout rate and 4.5 percent walk rate would not be overly alarming for a prep hitter getting his first taste of pro ball, but it was less excusable for a bat-first player from the SEC. His 124 wRC+ in a small sample at Low-A looks solid, but a .452 BABIP was largely to blame for his success there. Reynolds is destined for left field, as he lacks the tools and instincts for center field and lacks the arm for right field. This means he will have to really hit in the coming years while also improving his approach. There's a 20-homer/20-steal left fielder here if you squint hard enough, and that's enough to warrant ownership in leagues where 200 prospects are rostered.
1690 Franklin Perez (Hou - SP)
DTD
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
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2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: In a system that seems to consistently churn out intriguing power arms, Perez may get a little overlooked, but that won't be the case for long. He has all the ingredients one looks for in a future frontline starter. His mid-90s fastball requires little effort as a plus pitch. He also features a hammer curveball that projects as a plus offering, and his changeup could be the best pitch in his repertoire -- a potentially double-plus monster. Perez also has advanced control, feel and pitchability, leading to future plus grades on his command. He has yet to post a K-BB% south of 20 percent as a professional, offering the best of both worlds when it comes to missing bats and limiting baserunners. In addition to his filth and precision, Perez's 6-foot-3, 197-pound frame is prototypical for a starter. He gave up more than two earned runs just three times in 15 appearances as an 18-year-old in the Midwest League, and he's poised to establish himself as one of the game's elite pitching prospects in 2017.
1691 Keegan Akin (Bal - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
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2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
Outlook: A polished 21-year-old lefty out of Western Michigan, Akin is a strike thrower whose best pitch is his fastball, though his changeup has improved dramatically, and he can even mix in a slider now and again. After being drafted in the second round of last year's draft, Akin had a successful stint for Aberdeen in the short-season New York-Penn League. Opposing batters hit a putrid .161 against him. The continued development of his changeup and slider will go a long ways towards determining Akin's future path. He could still end up in the bullpen, but for now, Akin will continue his development as a starter. Akin will likely begin the 2017 campaign at Low-A, though he could advance quickly with a fast start.
1692 Nick Banks (Was - 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
1693 Cody Sedlock (Bal - 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: Sedlock has the size (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) and four-pitch repertoire to make him a good bet to stick in a rotation. However, like most college arms who come off the board in the back half of the draft's first round (27th overall), his realistic ceiling is capped at No. 3 or No. 4 starter. Sedlock's fastball sits in the mid-90s and is a real worm killer, serving as the top pitch in his arsenal. If his curveball or slider were to jump a grade (possible in both cases), there might be a bit more to get excited about, but neither is a true out pitch at the moment. His changeup is solid enough but lacks plus projection. He earns raves for his makeup and mound demeanor, which is another mark in favor of him making it as a starter. The one blemish after his first taste of pro ball is that he walked 13 batters over nine three-inning starts. A full season, during which he may split time between Low-A Delmarva and High-A Frederick, will provide better evidence as to whether control issues should be a major concern going forward.
1694 Kyle Tucker (Hou - RF)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
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2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Drafted fifth overall in 2015, Tucker spent much of last season with Low-A Quad Cities but reached the High-A level for the final 16 games of his age-19 campaign. The brother of Preston Tucker (also in the Astros organization), Kyle didn't miss a beat following the promotion. In fact, he surged at the dish, going 20-for-59 (.339 average) with 11 extra-base hits and a 10:6 BB:K with Lancaster. Not only does Tucker demonstrate an advanced approach and discerning eye for his age, he has plus speed and there's plenty of room for power growth as he fills out his 6-foot-4 frame. He is already a top-20 prospect for fantasy purposes and he has the skill set to rise quickly through the system, so Tucker should be treated as a hot commodity in any long-term keeper league with minor league roster spots.
1695 Cornelius Randolph (Phi - LF)
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: Randolph had a tough 2016. The 10th overall pick in the 2015 draft got off to a slow start at Low-A Lakewood before hitting the disabled list in late April with a left shoulder strain. That injury lingered for longer than initially expected and cost Randolph more than two months of at-bats. It wasn't until August that Randolph started to hit like one of the top high school bats from his draft class. He has yet to show much in-game power, but that may come later as he continues to develop physically and as a hitter. He has shown a solid feel for the strike zone, and scouts throw above average to plus future grades on his hit tool. Right now, he just needs more at-bats. The Phillies could opt to send him back to Low-A to start the 2016 season, but he could be at High-A Clearwater by his 20th birthday in June.
1696 Tyler Stephenson (Cin - C)
DL7
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
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2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1697 Josh Naylor (SD - 1B)
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: Naylor was one of the more desired pieces in the infamous Andrew Cashner-Jarred Cosart deal, which nearly fell through due to alleged misinformation provided by the Padres. The Padres were able to keep Naylor, though, and he more than held his own during his first season of full-season ball. In 122 games between Low-A Greensboro and High-A Lake Elsinore, the left-handed hitting Naylor batted .264/.302/.407 with 12 home runs, 75 RBI and 11 steals. Naylor needs to work on his patience at the dish, as he only drew 25 walks in 481 at-bats. However, he also does not strike a ton, as evidenced by his 84 strikeouts over the above-referenced 122-game span in 2016. The Padres are banking on Naylor's home run totals eventually catching up to his massive raw power. He may only be starting to scratch the surface of his enormous power potential.
1698 Garrett Whitley (TB - LF)
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 19-year-old Whitley had what would be considered a breakout season in 2016 at Low-A Hudson Valley, slashing .266/.356/.379 with a homer, 30 RBI and 21 stolen bases over 292 plate appearances. The numbers were up across the board for the 13th overall pick of 2015, who saw the most extensive playing time of his young career after making his season debut on June 17. One of the more intriguing aspects of his game to monitor in 2017 will be his power, which has been virtually non-existent to date. Improved plate discipline should also be an area of improvement as Whitley gets more seasoning throughout the coming season, as he's posted a 71 percent contact rate in each of his last two minor league stops, along with strikeout rates above 25 percent in both stints. Given his pedigree and stellar high school career, he certainly makes for an intriguing dynasty league candidate, with his talent level likely to enable him to bolster his present weaknesses over time.
1699 Kolby Allard (Atl - 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: Pitching depth is typically the first thing mentioned when the Braves' farm system gets brought up. It's worth keeping that depth in mind when noting that no pitcher in that system offers the combination of floor and ceiling that Allard brings to the table. The projectable southpaw missed the first two months of the season with a back injury and then gave up 11 runs in 12 innings over his first three starts with Low-A Rome, leading to a demotion to the Appalachian League. However, he made the necessary adjustments and returned to the Sally League in mid-July, using a plus fastball and plus curveball to cruise to the finish with a 2.63 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 50:16 K:BB over his final eight starts (48 innings). It's scary to think what he might do this year as a 19-year-old in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League.
1700 Trent Clark (Mil - 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: Clark was dominant in rookie ball in 2016, but elevation to full-season ball in the Midwest League exposed the 19-year-old's weaknesses. He struck out 62 times in just 59 games for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, was caught stealing 10 times and succeeded on just five attempts, and mustered just a .231/.346/.344 batting line. Still, Clark remains one of Milwaukee's most promising prospects -- an athletic outfielder with the ability to stick in center field and a promising hit tool that has drawn comparisons to Michael Brantley, another former Brewers outfield prospect. He's still a few years away, but his stock will be worth watching.
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