Pre-Draft Player Rankings

1626 Anfernee Grier (Ari - 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: The Diamondbacks selected Grier with the 39th overall pick in the 2016 draft after he had a solid junior year at Auburn, finally tapping into the power potential scouts projected for him coming out of high school. After a quick stint in the Pioneer League, Grier played out the rest of his first professional season with short-season Hillsboro, where he seemed quite overmatched. The nine steals (on 11 attempts) were nice, but he struck out 26.6 percent of the time while notching just three walks in 79 plate appearances. If he were a prep bat, it would be understandable for him to be a bit overmatched in his first taste of the lower levels, but as a college hitter who received a $1.5 million bonus, it would have been nice to see more polish against short-season pitching. He has plus speed and the potential for average or better game power, but the early returns suggest his hit tool won't allow him to actualize that power/speed combo against upper level pitching.
1627 Francisco Mejia (Cle - C)
Healthy
ADP: 221.1
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 national spotlight was shown on Mejia when his hitting streak reached historic proportions (50 games) and he was brought up in reports of the nixed Jonathan Lucroy trade. Overall, Mejia hit for an .896 OPS between Low-A Lake County and High-A Lynchburg as a 20-year-old, establishing himself as one the top hitting catchers in the minor leagues. He put bat to ball with great consistency, striking out just 63 times in 443 plate appearances while flashing notable power. There are some growing concerns about his ability to stick behind the plate long-term, and while his bat would probably play at first base, his long-term keeper league appeal is tied closely with his current positional eligibility. If he sticks at catcher, he could eventually be a top-five fantasy option at the position.
1628 Chih-Wei Hu (TB - SP, 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
Outlook: Hu provided plenty of reason for optimism in 2016 at Double-A Montgomery, where he posted a 2.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and surrendered only seven homers over 142.2 innings. He didn't fare as well in one start with Triple-A Durham, giving up seven earned runs over 4.2 innings. The 23-year-old righty has posted impressive strikeout rates at stops in the lower levels, but last season's 18.4 percent rate is more indicative of the type of pitcher Hu projects to be in the big leagues. He pounds the zone with a low-90s fastball and plus changeup, which is his best pitch, while also mixing in three other change-of-pace secondaries. The Taiwanese righty has advanced pitchability and should be able to serve as a No. 4 or No. 5 starter in the big leagues by the end of 2017. He could also move to the bullpen if there is a greater need there, as his fastball would play up, giving him a nasty fastball/changeup combination that would give hitters fits from both sides of the plate.
1629 Domingo Acevedo (NYY - 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
Outlook: The Yankees may have found a diamond in the rough in Acevedo, who had been brought along slowly until having a breakout season in 2016. Acevedo tormented hitters at Low-A using a combination of a blazing fastball, stellar changeup and emerging slider. The fastball is his best pitch, and he can hit triple digits on the radar gun. He was just as dominant after a jump in levels, notching a 3.22 ERA and 54:15 K:BB in 50.1 innings. The impeccable control is particularly noteworthy given Acevedo's 6-foot-7 stature. The development of his slider, which improved in 2016, will go a long ways toward determining his future role. Acevedo also spent three separate stints on the disabled list in 2016, so his health is worth monitoring. For now, Acevedo will remain in the starting rotation and likely return to High-A to start the 2017 season, with a quick promotion in the works if he gets off to a fast start once again.
1630 Franklin Barreto (Oak - SS, 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-2
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Barreto, the second youngest player in the Texas League, got off to a slow start in 2016. However, his owners' disappointment quickly turned to relief, and then smug satisfaction, as he hit .337/.393/.490 with 22 extra-base hits and 16 steals (on 25 attempts) over his final 51 games with Midland. Barreto makes do with average raw power, using his strong forearms, excellent bat speed and leveraged swing to send balls out to the pull side. He should hit 15-20 homers annually at maturity, with the speed to steal 20-plus bases in his early seasons. A plus hit tool completes a well-rounded offensive package. Evaluators have been saying he might move off shortstop ever since he was signed in 2012, and he started 31 games at second base last year -- his first professional action at the keystone. Barreto will start the year at Triple-A, but could be turning double plays with Marcus Semien sometime this summer.
1631 Joe Jiménez (Det - RP)
Healthy
ADP: 221.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: MR-5
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.00 0.00
1632 Norge Ruiz (Oak - SP)
Suspended
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: Ruiz was regarded as perhaps Cuba's top pitching prospect when he defected in May 2015. He won the rookie of the year award in the Serie Nacional in 2012-13. He has a fastball that can reach the mid-90s along with plus breaking pitches. After inking a minor league deal with Oakland, the 22-year-old could debut sometime in the next two years -- the organization likely hopes so as a starter. Keep him on AL-only fantasy watch lists.
1633 Yandy Díaz (Cle - 3B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-2
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: A cannon-armed third baseman signed out of Cuba in 2013, Diaz has raked his way through each level of the Indians' minor league system over the past three seasons. After posting a 144 wRC+ and walking more than he struck out (1.50 BB/K) at Double-A Akron, Diaz was promoted to Triple-A Columbus during the 2016 season. Though his walk rate slipped a bit, his bat stayed hot. In 416 plate appearances, the 25-year-old slashed .325/.399/.461 and posted a robust 11.3 walk rate to go along with his 16.8 percent strikeout rate. Having shown that he's a threat at the plate, Diaz has also been identified as one of the top defensive third basemen in the minor leagues. It shouldn't be too long before he makes his MLB debut with the Indians and he is a player worth keeping an eye in deeper leagues and dynasty formats.
1634 Chris Smith (Tor - 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
Outlook: After going undrafted, Smith began his professional career in the independent Frontier League. He eventually signed with the Yankees and pitched in their system for parts of two seasons before being released. The Jays then signed him to a minor league deal midway through the 2015 season. A hard-throwing righty, Smith dominated the minors last season before getting called up in September. Over 43 appearances at Double-A New Hampshire, Smith dealt 57 innings in relief and went 15-for-17 in save chances. He managed an impressive 1.89 ERA and 1.14 WHIP while notching a ridiculous 76 strikeouts and holding opposing hitters to a paltry .208 BAA. He experienced similar success in limited action (four games) with Triple-A Buffalo. Smith has yet to make his MLB debut, but he's not far off, and the 28-year-old will get a fair shot to crack the Opening Day roster in 2017.
1635 Steven Duggar (SF - CF)
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
Outlook: Duggar displayed his major-league ready approach at the plate in 2016, batting .321 while getting on base nearly 40 percent of the time with Double-A Richmond. While his contact is ready for the majors, his power is nearly non-existent. He hit just one home run in 276 plate appearances in 2016. If the power doesn't develop over time, then Duggar will be nothing more than an empty batting average for fantasy purposes as he doesn't project to be a big base stealer either. The 23-year-old will likely be promoted to Triple-A Sacramento to start the 2017 campaign.
1636 Garrett Stubbs (Hou - 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
Outlook: Stubbs put up fantastic numbers across stops at Lancaster and Corpus Christi last year, showing off a superb approach and potentially plus hit tool. Of course, Lancaster has propped up mediocre hitters before, but Corpus Christi skews more neutral and Stubbs was actually better after his promotion to Double-A, posting a 14:11 BB:K in 137 plate appearances. Stubbs' slight frame doesn't fit the prototype behind the dish but he is pretty athletic, grades out well as a pitch framer and has a good enough arm to not be a liability in the running game. He also has exceptional makeup, so there are signs that he could stick at catcher. The Astros have Brian McCann under contract for two more seasons, so Stubbs won't be rushed to fill a need. If he were larger, then there would be those who would label him as a top-100 prospect in the game. Instead he lingers on the periphery as a potential starting catcher with a plus hit tool, excellent approach and sneaky 10-15 homer pop.
1637 Rhys Hoskins (Phi - 1B, LF)
Healthy
ADP: 221.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 1B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2016 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Hoskins had a monster year at Double-A Reading where he hit .281/.377/.566 with 38 home runs in 498 at-bats. He took advantage of a hitter-friendly park in Reading where he slashed .292/.396/.636 with 25 of his 38 home runs. Hoskins does have a solid eye at the plate and a simple but effective swing, which should allow him continued success as he advances. He hit .282 with a .920 OPS against righties and .277 with a 1.024 OPS versus lefties, but there are questions regarding whether he will hit enough when he gets to the majors and has to face better offspeed stuff. His floor is likely a platoon bat at first base, and making it as an average or better everyday first baseman is not out of the question. His hit tool is certainly a better bet to play against big league pitching than Reading teammate Dylan Cozens, who led the minors with 40 home runs. A strong start to the season at Triple-A could have Hoskins pushing for a look in the majors by midseason.
1638 Kevin Newman (Pit - SS)
DTD
ADP: 221.1
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: Newman is arguably Pittsburgh's most promising middle-infield prospect. After playing well for more than half of a season for Double-A Altoona, he will likely move to Triple-A Indianapolis in 2017. That would set himself up for a major-league debut in September or 2018. The 23-year-old University of Arizona product began 2016 with High-A Bradenton. He hit .366/.428/.494 in 189 plate appearances before earning a promotion to Altoona. While his numbers dropped off (.288/.361/.378), he maintained his plate discipline with a 26:24 BB:K. Defensively, he committed only two errors in 257 chances. The only real knock on Newman is his lack of power. He's totaled seven homers in two seasons. Still, he's positioned himself well as a solid batting-average prospect with a major league future on tap.
1639 Greg Allen (Cle - 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: Allen posted a 124 wRC+ and stole 46 bases in 2015, but considering he was 22 and at Low-A, it was easy to overlook. He then bested those numbers across stops at High-A, Double-A and the Arizona Fall League en route to being one of the top pop-up prospects of 2016. Despite his age and draft slot (sixth round in 2014), this is a legitimate high-end prospect. He walked more than he struck out at High-A and maintained an excellent approach at Double-A. His success rate on the bases jumped from 74.2 percent to 77.6 percent while running against more advanced batteries. He sold out for power in the AFL, hitting three home runs in 22 games, but that is not his game. The determining factor for his fantasy value will be his hit tool. If it is a 50 grade, he is Michael Bourn. If it is a 60 or better, he might be Kenny Lofton. Look for him to make his big league debut sometime this summer.
1640 Kyle Funkhouser (Det - 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
1641 Luis Carpio (NYM - 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
1642 Albert Abreu (NYY - SP)
DL7
ADP: 220.9
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: Abreu came over from Houston as part of the trade for Brian McCann. He has four pitches but struggles to locate them. His fastball can overwhelm opposing batters, but he needs to show much more consistency with his curveball, slider and changeup. The 21-year-old righty out of the Dominican Republic had a 3.72 ERA and 115:58 K:BB in 101.2 innings between Low-A and High-A in 2016, getting by on raw stuff alone -- needs to work on pitchability. While the strikeout stuff is there, Abreu's success or lack thereof at the higher levels will depend on whether he's able to clean up his delivery and refine his offspeed pitches. He could still end up as a power reliever, but the Yankees will likely start him at High-A as a starter to begin the 2017 campaign.
1643 Sandy Alcantara (StL - SP, 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
1644 Luis Urías (SD - 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: Signed out of Mexico in late 2013, Urias has been an above-average hitter at every stop as a professional, but 2016 served as his coming out party. He was the youngest player in the California League, but was arguably the league's best hitter despite not turning 19 until June 3. Urias is on the right track to be an above-average contributor in the power department, showing excellent barrel control and the ability to drive the ball to all fields. It's very difficult to find past players who match his age, position and level, but consider that Rougned Odor, who is also similar to Urias from a physical standpoint, hit five home runs as a 19-year-old at High-A in 2013. The key here is the age, the hit tool and the approach, all of which are huge marks in his favor. If he handles Double-A the same way he handled High-A, he'll be in the big leagues before his 21st birthday.
1645 Marcos Diplan (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
Outlook: At just 19 years old, Diplan handled the Midwest League like an expert. He struck out 89 batters in just 70 innings en route to posting a 1.80 ERA and earning a quick promotion to High-A Brevard County. There, his inexperience and his difficulty with control were exposed. Diplan managed just a 4.98 ERA after his promotion, thanks in large part to a poor 3.7 BB/9 and 39 percent groundball rate. Considering Diplan was more than four years younger than his average opponent at Brevard County, it's no surprise he endured some struggles. If he can improve his command and the quality of his offspeed pitches, Diplan could shoot through the minor leagues.
1646 Brady Aiken (Cle - 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: Aiken undoubtedly appeals to a certain type of dynasty league owner. He oozes pedigree (17th overall pick) and is more projection than substance. The risk is through the roof, but if he comes close to hitting his ceiling, then he is a No. 1 or No. 2 starter. A more conservative owner would look at his uneven production in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, factor in that he is roughly three or four years away from sniffing the majors, and conclude that there are better ways to use a minor league roster spot. Fastball velocity and command will determine which outlook is correct. Aiken was sitting 89-91 mph with the pitch in 2016 as he worked on rebuilding arm strength. He also struggled to command the pitch. If he adds a couple ticks to his heater and demonstrates average or better command in his second season as a pro, then Aiken could finish the season as one of the top pitching prospects in the game. If not, the intrigue that surrounds his prospect star will start to give way to fatigue.
1647 Grant Holmes (Oak - 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: Even prior to coming over to the A's in the Josh Reddick/Rich Hill trade, Holmes struggled to command the ball the way a future No. 2 or No. 3 starter needs to, posting a career-worst 1.39 WHIP in 105.1 innings with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Part of that is the California League favoring offense but for a pitcher with Holmes' raw stuff and upside, it was not unreasonable to look for him to mow down High-A hitters with ease all summer long. His dynasty league value took a hit after he allowed 22 earned runs while posting a 24:10 K:BB and throwing 10 wild pitches in 28.2 innings with High-A Stockton. While some of that could be attributed to the harsh pitching conditions and potential mechanical adjustments suggested by his new team, it also has a whiff of the Dodgers cutting bait at the exact right time on an arm they perceived to be overvalued by the industry. On the bright side, he won't turn 21 until late March.
1648 Cole Tucker (Pit - SS)
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: Coming off shoulder surgery, Tucker started his season in May and batted .262/.308/.443 in 67 Low-A plate appearances before an injury to fellow shortstop prospect Kevin Newman gave him a shot with High-A Bradenton. Tucker did not hit well for the Marauders. He posted a .238/.312/.301 line and appeared overmatched. The lack of any semblance of power might be expected, but he only stole five bases (in 11 attempts). He hit .293 with 25 stolen bases in Low-A two seasons ago, so there's still plenty of hope for the 20-year-old. From a fantasy perspective, however, speed appears to be the switch-hitter's primary calling card and he hasn't excelled in that aspect of the game.
1649 Michael Chavis (Bos - 3B)
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
Outlook: Chavis' pro career has stalled since he was selected in the first round (26th overall) of the 2014 draft out of high school. He opened a second straight season at Low-A Greenville and was promoted to High-A Salem in August. His promotion was hardly earned, but after 783 plate appearances in the South Atlantic League, it was time to move on. In retrospect, perhaps the Red Sox were too aggressive in having him start at Low-A in 2015, when he had a .682 OPS in 109 games with the Drive. It hasn't been all doom-and-gloom for the Georgia native, who was having a monster April (.992 OPS) before injuring his thumb. His fade from June until the end of the season may have been the result of the thumb injury, but there are underlying concerns like his 30 percent career strikeout rate. At any rate, 2017 is an important year for Chavis, who at 21, is still young enough to develop a potential plus hit tool.
1650 Foster Griffin (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
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