2017 Top 100 Prospects

Below are our 2017 Top 100 players (#26 through #100).

Player Team Pos  Quick Thoughts
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

32 comments on “2017 Top 100 Prospects

  1. Hey Rich,

    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.

  2. Great stuff as always. Thanks Rich!

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Rich would Phil Bickford be on this list if he wasn’t suspended for 50 games. Is he worth keeping in a dynasty league?

  6. 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?


  7. Where would you put Shohei Otani on this list if he gets a MLB contract?

  8. Would you hold onto Jorge Lopez and Gilbert Lara for 1 more year in a dynasty?

  9. 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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  11. 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.

  12. 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.)

  13. This telling me to go out and get Trishton McKenzie

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  16. When will the next set of 25 be published? Is there a schedule of when each segment is to be published?

  17. 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.

  18. Really admire your work & this is where it all comes together. Much thanks!

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