The list of players I wanted to include in the Top 100 hit 118, so I decided to produce a list of 10 players who just missed the list. These players are NOT in any order but are simply names of deserving players for inclusion.
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Josh James (Hou, RHP)
Yes, I’m aware of the sleep apnea correction that Josh James had and that apparently has gone a long way to his current success. I’m truly happy for him. But, the delivery still points to a reliever and not a starter for me.
Bo Naylor (CLE, C)
Bo Naylor is the younger brother Josh Naylor and while he doesn’t have the double-plus power of his brother, he’s a better athlete with a better hit tool.
Marco Luciano (SF, SS/OF)
Arguably the number one international prospect after Victor Victor last season, Marco Luciano is already getting helium. In fact, he has yet to even play in the DSL and is already on our “Just Missed” list. You can call it FOMO (fear of missing out) based on the success of Vlad Jr. and Wander Franco. I don’t care, the tools are exciting and Giants fans and fantasy owners need to get excited.
George Valera (CLE, OF)
I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about George Valera. Sure, he just turned 18 and only has 18 at-bats to his name, but he can really hit with some exciting tools.
Shane Baz (TB, RHP)
While the stat line for Shane Baz was not stellar last season, the kid can really pitch. Stick with the scouting report on this one as the results will eventually be there.
Nolan Jones (CLE, 3B)
Nolan Jones will be a solid major leaguer performer. He doesn’t have that true double-plus tool but instead does it with a nice approach and plus power.
Kristian Robinson (Ari, OF)
Kristian Robinson was the big International sign for the Diamondbacks in 2017 and is already starting to pay dividends. He looks the part with plus bat speed that should translate into double-plus power down the road.
Ronny Mauricio (NYM, SS)
I love Amed Rosario, but Ronny Mauricio might be better. He’s a great defender with a chance for plus power with some speed. He’s a long way off as he doesn’t turn 18 until April.
Ryan Weathers (SD, LHP)
The Padres system is so deep that one of the best left-handers in last year’s draft did not make the Top 100 list. Ryan Weathers already has an advanced arsenal and should move quickly through the system.
Daz Cameron (Det, OF)
Daz Cameron is starting to make real progress and while he’ll likely never duplicate the career of his father, he has a chance to be a solid major league regular.