Below are our 2017 Top 100 players (#26 through #100).
|1.||Andrew Benintendi||Bos||OF||It just comes so easy for him|
|2.||Alex Reyes||St||RHP||He’s a grade of control away from being special|
|3.||Yoan Moncada||CHW||3B||Eilte skills but swing and miss starting to be a concern|
|4.||Lucas Giolito||CHW||RHP||Don’t worry, he’s going to be very good|
|5.||Brendan Rodgers||Col||SS||A chance to be an impact player at short|
|6.||J.P. Crawford||Phi||SS||Can really hit but secondary skills have been slow to develop|
|7.||Dansby Swanson||Atl||SS||Solid, solid, solid…|
|8.||Rafael Devers||Bos||3B||Impact bat and soon|
|9.||Gleyber Torres||NYY||SS||The most exciting player in the top ten|
|10.||Cody Bellinger||LAD||1B||Almost ready and could come up as an outfielder|
|11.||Tyler Glasnow||Pit||RHP||Control took a step backwards. Still crazy upside|
|12.||Victor Robles||Was||OF||Ok, I was too light on him last year. Happy now?|
|13.||Lewis Brinson||Mil||OF||I still believe there is star potential|
|14.||Nick Senzel||Cin||3B||Don’t be surprised if he is in the majors in 2017|
|15.||Manuel Margot||SD||OF||Speed is at a premium…well, here you go|
|16.||Josh Bell||Pit||1B||He can hit with power…not sure why he doesn’t get much “love”|
|17.||Anderson Espinosa||SD||RHP||Petco is only going to make him better|
|18.||Ozzie Albies||Atl||2B||I think I like him more than Swanson|
|19.||Austin Meadows||Pit||OF||Really, really good in a kind of boring way…|
|20.||Eloy Jimenez||CHC||OF||30 home runs…minimum|
|21.||Kyle Tucker||Hou||OF||I predict he’s a Top 10 prospect next year|
|22.||Franklin Barreto||Oak||SS||He’s going to be better than everyone thinks|
|23.||Clint Frazier||NYY||OF||Crazy bat speed should produce 25 plus home runs|
|24.||Ian Happ||CHC||2B||He can really hit|
|25.||Brad Zimmer||Cle||OF||If he can solve hitting against lefties, he’ll be a star|
|26.||Michael Kopech||CHW||RHP||Hardest thrower on this list. When he becomes a pitcher, watch out|
|27.||Amed Rosario||NYM||SS||He’s not far behind the other SS on this list|
|28.||Francisco Mejia||Cle||C||A catcher who can hit this well are incredibly valuable|
|29.||Corey Ray||Mil||OF||Highest upside bat from last year’s draft|
|30.||Wily Adames||TB||SS||I was too light on him last year…no more|
|31.||Hunter Renfroe||SD||OF||Country strong power who is ready|
|32.||Jason Groome||Bos||LHP||Ace potential, but let’s give him some time|
|33.||Brent Honeywell||TB||RHP||Nice pitcher who pitches for a pitcher-friendly organization|
|34.||Mitch Keller||Pit||RHP||Could move to Mt. Rushmore of pitching very soon|
|35.||Triston McKenzie||Cle||RHP||Making a statement here|
|36.||Anthony Alford||Tor||OF||Ignore the box scores from last year, he can play|
|37.||Jose De Leon||LAD||RHP||Needs a better curve but is going to be very solid|
|38.||Francis Martes||Hou||RHP||Big time arm with premium stuff|
|39.||Kolby Allard||Atl||LHP||One of the best lefties in the minor leagues|
|40.||Alex Verdugo||LAD||OF||Sneaky good with not a lot of fanfare|
|41.||Sean Reid-Foley||Tor||RHP||I like him a lot despite the hyphenated name|
|42.||Raimel Tapia||Col||OF||Still don’t like the swing but love the raw skills|
|43.||Tyler O’Neill||Sea||OF||Needs to watch getting too muscle-bound, otherwise, big HR potential|
|44.||Vlad Guerrero Jr.||Tor||OF||His dad should be in the HOF|
|45.||Luis Castillo||Mia||RHP||One of my big jumpers from last year|
|46.||Blake Rutherford||NYY||OF||He’s old for a HS draftee but should move fast|
|47.||Mickey Moniak||Phi||OF||Safe #1 overall pick last year|
|48.||Dominic Smith||NYM||1B||Power is starting to come…told you…|
|49.||Jorge Alfaro||Phi||C||Just walk a little, would you….|
|50.||Tyler Beede||SF||RHP||Step-up year puts him back in the Top 100|
|51.||David Paulino||Hou||RHP||Big, strong, and really good|
|52.||Kyle Lewis||Sea||OF||Still recovering from ACL surgery, but I like him|
|53.||Nick Gordon||Min||SS||After a slow start to his career, starting to come on.|
|54.||Jorge Mateo||NYY||2B||Overshadowed now in the Yankees organization|
|55.||Yohander Mendez||Tex||RHP||I wish he didn’t pitch in Texas|
|56.||Nick Williams||Phi||OF||His approach is starting to become a problem…he’s dropping|
|57.||Jeff Hoffman||Col||RHP||Will the ground baller make it in Coors?|
|58.||Amir Garrett||Cin||RHP||He’s better than I thought – #2 upside|
|59.||Delvin Perez||Stl||SS||Huge steal by St. Louis in last year’s draft|
|60.||Leody Taveras||Tex||OF||His skills will play-up in Texas|
|61.||Zack Collins||CHW||C||Like the bat, like it better if he stays behind the plate|
|62.||Erick Fedde||Was||RHP||He’s not as good as Giolito, but he’s no slouch either|
|63.||Riley Pint||Col||RHP||I might be too aggressive here but wow…what an arm|
|64.||Dylan Cease||CHC||RHP||Flying way under the radar. He’s good.|
|65.||Brock Stewart||LAD||RHP||The Dodgers have had numerous chances to trade him. They haven’t.|
|66.||Fernando Romero||Min||RHP||One of the big movers this year|
|67.||Willie Calhoun||LAD||2B||I’m still not completely sold but he’s looking more legit|
|68.||Braxton Garrett||Mia||LHP||Nice grab for Marlins during last year’s draft|
|69.||Matt Manning||Det||RHP||One of the best athletes in last year’s draft|
|70.||Luiz Gohara||Atl||RHP||He’s finally putting it together|
|71.||Derek Fisher||Hou||OF||I love his guy but I seem to be the only one. Add him to your fantasy teams!|
|72.||Robert Gsellman||NYM||RHP||Proved a lot last year|
|73.||Robert Stephenson||Cin||RHP||It’s the last time he will be on this list|
|74.||Aaron Judge||NYY||OF||Ok, I’m worried…he might not hit enough to get to power|
|75.||Tom Szapucki||NYM||LHP||Another Mets pitcher…guess what? He can pitch|
|76.||Justin Dunn||NYM||RHP||I bet you he makes my mid-season Top 50|
|77.||Michael Gettys||SD||OF||Some of the best skills on this list. Just needs to improve his hit-tool|
|78.||Luis Ortiz||Mil||RHP||Ortiz might finally break the pitcher drought in Milwaukee|
|79.||Kevin Newman||Pit||SS||He can really hit|
|80.||Franklin Perez||Hou||RHP||If you’ve never heard of him…time to get cracking|
|81.||Luke Weaver||Stl||RHP||Might be a little high on this list|
|82.||Hunter Dozier||KC||3B||Will not be a star but has a chance to be very solid|
|83.||Ramon Laureano||Hou||OF||Exciting skills but needs to learn to lay off breaking pitches|
|84.||Max Fried||Atl||LHP||TJ Survivor that should start to move quickly in 2017|
|85.||A.J. Puk||Oak||LHP||Big guy with a big arsenal with 30-grade control|
|86.||Conner Greene||Tor||RHP||I thought he was a top 150 prospect, he’s not…he’s a Top 100|
|87.||Chance Sisco||Bal||C||Needs to show more power but he’s about ready|
|88.||Tyler Jay||Min||LHP||The Twins really like him. He’s good but not an impact pitcher|
|89.||Josh Hader||Mil||LHP||Could be a dominant reliever|
|90.||Ian Anderson||Atl||RHP||Surprise pick last year. I’ve heard nothing but good things|
|91.||Trent Clark||Mil||OF||Dropping but still has great skills|
|92.||Yadier Alvarez||LAD||RHP||Everybody wants him around baseball. There’s a reason|
|93.||Cal Quantrill||SD||RHP||One of the better pitchers drafted last year|
|94.||Alec Hansen||CHW||RHP||Got off to a great start and I think the White Sox really help him|
|95.||Carson Fulmer||CHW||RHP||Great arm but I still wonder if he’s a reliever|
|96.||Sean Newcomb||Atl||LHP||Tough season. Talent is there but needs work|
|97.||James Kaprielian||NYY||RHP||Impressive in the AFL. I became a believer|
|98.||Mike Soroka||Atl||RHP||Highest floor of all pitchers in the Braves system|
|99.||Isan Diaz||Mil||SS||I got a ton of great reports on him from first-hand observers|
|100.||Miguel Andujar||NYY||3B||Big step-up last year and could soon see New York|
Love your columns and really appreciate all the hard work you put into your content, I use your list, MLB pipeline and BA when preparing for my dynasty draft. I’m a huge fan.
I was recently offered a trade in a dynasty keeper league. The trade is to give up Zach Britton to obtain Lucas Giolito.
We have 25-man rosters with 20-keepers each year. Head-to-Head pitching categories are: IP, W, L, CG, SHO, SV, HR, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, QS.
I like Giolito, but is he worth Britton straight up? I’m not strong in SP or RP and hope to snag a premium SP prospect (Kopech, Groome, Pint, McKenzie, Keller, or Allard are the top 6 available in my league) in the first round and then snag Zach Burdi in one of the later rounds. I don’t think that closers have all that much value in this league, but I want to make sure I’m not making a terrible mistake.
Great stuff as always. Thanks Rich!
I have a keeper draft of prospects coming up, some players gone already (1,2,3,4,6,7,11 & 12). who would you take with the most possible adbvantage of playing in 2017 and really contribute?
Bellinger, Senzel or Albies
Given the (horrible) news that Reyes will likely need TJ surgery – does this change his ranking among the top 100 prospects? You figure he won’t pitch again until sometime in 2018 and likely won’t contribute fantasy-wise until 2019. Plus the added inherent risk going forward after this surgery.
I only have 3 spots on my farm team roster and now I’m debating on whether or not I should keep him.
Rich would Phil Bickford be on this list if he wasn’t suspended for 50 games. Is he worth keeping in a dynasty league?
Rich, Appreciate your hard work. Don’t see last year’s darling Harrison Bader? I am hearing 4th outfielder from some but really hard worker from others. You thoughts?
Where would you put Shohei Otani on this list if he gets a MLB contract?
Likely number one
Would you hold onto Jorge Lopez and Gilbert Lara for 1 more year in a dynasty?
I see them as Top 200 prospects. I still find Lopez intriguing despite his bad year. Good arm.
I’d swap Acuna, Maitan, R. Lopez and C. Kelly for Gettys, Dozier, Greene and Andujar and then call this a pretty perfect list
Thanks…I thanks. I love Acuna and he just got caught up in a numbers game. Maitan…well, he just turned 17 and hasn’t played in North America or even the DSL, so it’s hard. I just didn’t get enough feedback from people who had seen him to justify a mention. I know there are one or two writers who have and they clearly like him. I have heard the hype. Lopez…I debated him or Hader as both are relievers in my opinion. Kelly…maybe…hard to make my list as a catcher since so many leagues play one catcher. Gettys…love him…sorry. Dozier…yeah, you have a point there. Greene…saw him and he’s better than you think. Andujar…same as Greene. Got to go with my convictions and not what other sites are doing. Anyway, thanks for the feedback.
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Is Acuna close?
All I read and saw in stats was Brinson going nuts in Mil. Then I saw his BB% decline at every promotion. I’ve always comp’d him to myself as Melvin Upton hoping he proved me wrong and came up with a 8+% BB%.
Do you see a double digit BB% as it seemed he was heading at HiA?
I don’t. The early Melvin Upton isn’t bad. I think he’ll make better contact though. You can also argue Carlos Gomez. Scary skills but the hit tool will always be a concern. However, and have this on very good authority that he works his ass off and is very “techable”…slightly different than coachable. That’s a really good thing.
Rich, thanks for all of your hard work. Since you admit that you throw stuff on the site without an editor, I believe #83 Ramon “Lauerano” is spelled Laureano. (I apologize for the annoying distinction.)
Done. I did a lousy job on proof reading the Top 100 as I spent many, many hours moving the names around and just forgot to…thanks for the eagle eye.
This telling me to go out and get Trishton McKenzie
I think that’s a smart thing to do.
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When will the next set of 25 be published? Is there a schedule of when each segment is to be published?
Friday, then next Tuesday, the 31st and finishing up on Thursday…ground hog day.
I don’t know how this will all turn out in 3-8 years from now, but there’s some wicked (potential) talent on your 91-100 here. Overall, I think it reflects the increase in IFA markets. Bodes well for MLB, if at the cost of other pro leagues around the world.
I’m curious where would you immediately rank Jae-Gyun Hwang? Cheers.
Really admire your work & this is where it all comes together. Much thanks!
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