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The 2015 Top 100 Prospects

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For an explanation on the CAL, the Comparison And Likeness prospect classification system I derived, click here.

 

 

 

Rank Player Team POS Top CALs
1 Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins CF Justin Upton, Colby Rasmus, Mike Trout, Christian Yelich, Billy McKinney
2 Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs 3B George Springer, Pedro Alvarez, Mark Reynolds, Mike Olt, Miguel Sano
3 Noah Syndergaard New York Mets RHP Robbie Erlin, Tyler Skaggs, Johnny Cueto, Danny Duffy, Andrew Bellatti
4 Carlos Correa Houston Astros SS J.P. Crawford, Manny Machado, Jurickson Profar, Yamaico Navarro, Jorge Polanco
5 Lucas Giolito Washington Nationals RHP Michael Bowden, Robbie Erlin, Hunter Harvey, Johnny Barbato, A.J. Cole
6 Jorge Soler Chicago Cubs RF Aaron Cunningham, Nick Weglarz, Oswaldo Arcia, Domonic Brown, Aaron Luna
7 Julio Urias Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Jason Knapp, Tyler Skaggs, Julio Teheran, Roberto Osuna, Trevor Cahill
8 Carlos Rodon Chicago White Sox LHP N/A
9 Henry Owens Boston Red Sox LHP Eduardo Sanchez, Randall Delgado, Luke Jackson, Trevor Bauer, Homer Bailey
10 Tyler Glasnow Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Henry Owens, Jake McGee, Omar Poveda, Alexander Reyes, Jeremy Jeffress
11 Addison Russell Chicago Cubs SS Corey Seager, Xander Bogaerts, Javier Baez, Alen Hanson, Nick Franklin
12 Jesse Winker Cincinnati Reds LF Aaron Hicks, Estarlin Martinez, Austin Dean, Justin Upton, Andrew Lambo
13 Mark Appel Houston Astros RHP Josh Rainwater, Danny Miranda, Devin Anderson, Eric Gonzalez, Richard Castillo
14 Daniel Norris Toronto Blue Jays LHP Mauricio Robles, Eduardo Sanchez, Luke Jackson, Henry Sosa, Thomas Palica
15 Robert Stephenson Cincinnati Reds RHP Steve Johnson, Mauricio Robles, Isaiah Froneberger, Omar Poveda, Kasey Kiker
16 Miguel Sano Minnesota Twins 3B Jay Bruce, Giancarlo Stanton, Joey Gallo, Chris Carter, Chris Parmelee
17 Archie Bradley Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Aaron Sanchez, Cody Scarpetta, Enny Romero, Jesse Biddle, Trevor Reckling
18 Francisco Lindor Cleveland Indians SS Tyler Pastornicky, Carlos Sanchez, Jak-Ju Lee, Jonathan Mota, Alen Hanson
19 Corey Seager Los Angeles Dodgers SS Xander Bogaerts, Javier Baez, Nick Franklin, Reid Brignac, Addison Russell
20 Aaron Nola Philadelphia Phillies RHP Polin Trinidad, Lester Oliveros, Guido Knudson, Stephen Fife, Rudy Owens
21 Jon Gray Colorado Rockies RHP Nick Tropeano, Amalio Diaz, Chaz Roe, Jarrod Parker, Dae-Eun Rhee
22 Tyler Kolek Miami Marlins RHP N/A
23 J.P. Crawford Philadelphia Phillies SS Manny Machado, Tyler Pastornicky, Jorge Polanco, Derrik Gibson, Gavin Cecchini
24 Dylan Bundy Baltimore Orioles RHP Julio Teheran, Jose Fernandez, Carlos Martinez, John Lamb, Joseph Ortiz
25 Brandon Finnegan Kansas City Royals LHP N/A
26 Matt Wisler San Diego Padres RHP Tyler Skaggs, Eduardo Rodriguez, Jair Jurrjens, Randall Delgado, Jon Niese
27 Austin Meadows Pittsburgh Pirates CF Dylan Cozens, Zach Larson, Matthew Duran, Austin Dean, Exicardo Cayones
28 Luis Severino New York Yankees RHP Drew Hutchison, Brett Anderson, Chih-Wei Hu, Mat Latos, Noah Syndergaard
29 Joey Gallo Texas Rangers 3B Miguel Sano, Giancarlo Stanton, Michael Burgess, Kris Bryant, Jay Bruce
30 Kyle Crick San Francisco Giants RHP Chris Archer, Luke Jackson, Henry Owens, Aaron Sanchez, Zack Wheeler
31 Hunter Harvey Baltimore Orioles RHP Johnny Barbato, Jake Thompson, Lucas Giolito, Robbie Ray, Henry Owens
32 Rusney Castillo Boston Red Sox CF N/A
33 Andrew Heaney Los Angeles Angels LHP David Huff, Brad Mills, Brandon Workman, Alex Cobb, Jeffrey Johnson
34 Blake Swihart Boston Red Sox C J.T. Realmuto, Austin Romine, A.J. Jimenez, Josmil Pinto, J.R. Murphy
35 Daniel Robertson Tampa Bay Rays SS Jorge Polanco, Jose Pirela, Yamiaco Navarro, J.P. Crawford, Marcus Lemon
36 Clayton Blackburn San Francisco Giants RHP Matt Wisler, Edwin Escobar, Jon Niese, Noah Syndergaard, Jhoulys Chacin
37 Joc Pederson Los Angeles Dodgers CF Brett Jackson, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Trayvon Robinson, Joe Benson, Adam Jones
38 Alex Jackson Seattle Mariners LF/RF N/A
39 Yasmany Tomas Arizona Diamondbacks 3B N/A
40 Francellis Montas Chicago White Sox RHP Andrew Bellatti, Johnny Cueto, Jose Ortegano, Brooks Pounders, Jose Guzman
41 Dalton Pompey Toronto Blue Jays CF Dan Brewer, Casey Craig, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Cunningham, Byron Buxton
42 D.J. Peterson Seattle Mariners 1B/3B Nick Evans, Christian Marrero, Josh Bell, Ryan Braun, Jerry Sands
43 Josh Bell Pittsburgh Pirates RF Gregory Polanco, Aaron Cunningham, Brandon Drury, Jake Marisnick, Mitch Einertson
44 Jose Berrios Minnesota Twins RHP Eduardo Rodriguez, Jake Thompson, Sean Gallagher, Jacob Turner, Jordan Walden
45 Trea Turner Washington Nationals SS Ehire Adrianza, Jose Javier, Jason Donald, Jordany Valdespin, Jason Altenhof
46 Austin Hedges San Diego Padres C J.R. Murphy, Alex Monsalve, Austin Romine, A.J. Jimenez, Roberto Pena
47 Alexander Reyes St. Louis Cardinals RHP Randall Delgado, Frank Lopez, Jake Thompson, Blake Thompson, Fabian Williamson
48 Tyler Beede San Francisco Giants RHP N/A
49 Spencer Adams Chicago White Sox RHP N/A
50 Braden Shipley Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Dylan Axelrod, Donald Julio, Sammy Solis, Mike Tarsi, Eddie Butler
51 Sean Manaea Kansas City Royals LHP Kevin Ziomek, Jake Arrieta, Cody Martin, Barrett Loux, Andrew Chafin
52 Orlando Arcia Milwaukee Brewers SS Jorge Polanco, Carlos Triunfel, Jose Pirela, Wilmer Flores, Reegie Corona
53 Jake Thompson Texas Rangers RHP Arodys Vizcaino, Eduardo Sanchez, Luke Jackson, Mike Montgomery, Phillippe Aumont
54 Jameson Taillon Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Eduardo Rodriguez, Jon Niese, Randall Delgado, Carlos Martinez, Shairon Martis
55 Alex Meyer Minnesota Twins RHP Greg Holland, Bud Norris, Cody Martin, Jake Arrieta, Brad Mills
56 Aaron Judge New York Yankees RF Sebastian Elizalde, Marvin Lowrance, Sergio Pedroza, Brian Van Kirk, Byron Wiley
57 Lucas Sims Atlanta Braves RHP Clayton Cook, Mike Foltynewicz, Paul Denny, Omar Poveda, Colton Cain
58 Nick Kingham Pittsburgh Pirates RHP James Parr, Matt Harrison, Zach Britton, David Cales, Aaron Laffey
59 Chi-Chi Gonzalez Texas Rangers RHP Jesse Beal, Brian Flynn, Josh Rainwater, Devin Anderson, Luis Diaz
60 Dilson Herrera New York Mets 2B Rougned Odor, Nick Franklin, Eddie Rosario, Adrian Cardenas, Chris Bostick
61 Steven Souza Jr. Tampa Bay Rays OF Matt LaPorta, Andrew Lambo, Scott Van Slyke, Joe Mather, Alex Castellanos
62 Kyle Schwarber Chicago Cubs C/LF Brett Jackson, Rainel Rosario, Domonic Brown, Oswaldo Arcia, Tyler Townsend
63 Clint Coulter Milwaukee Brewers C Juan Apodaca, Carlos Perez, Jacob Nottingham, Jobdaun Morales, Sebastian Valle
64 Kyle Zimmer Kansas City Royals RHP Yordano Ventura, Robert Hinton, Clay Buchholz, Wade Davis, Danny Gutierrez
65 Aaron Sanchez Toronto Blue Jays RHP Manny Banuelos, Oswaldo Sosa, Mike Foltynewicz, Dan Cortes, Rafael Dolis
66 Michael Lorenzen Cincinnati Reds RHP Stolmy Pimentel, Michael O’Brien, Brett Marshall, Alvis Ojeda, Anthony Ortega
67 Matt Olson Oakland Athletics 1B Anthony Rizzo, Nelson Rodriguez, Chris Carter, Jonathan Rodriguez, Chris Marrero
68 Nick Gordon Minnesota Twins SS Adrian Marin, Gian Guzman, Cory Thompson, Humberto Arteaga, Edwin Garcia
69 Hunter Renfroe San Diego Padres RF Zoilo Almonte, Christian Marrero, Mike Daniel, Brandon Jones, Jacob Brugman
70 Michael Conforto New York Mets LF Tyler Naquin, David Thomas, Ronard Castillo, Bryson Myles, Bradley Zimmer
71 Aaron Blair Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Jose Guzman, Tyler Thornburg, Chad Thall, Scott Mitchinson, Adalberto Flores
72 Bradley Zimmer Cleveland Indians CF Josh Richmond, Jordan Perez, Grant Kay, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto
73 David Dahl Colorado Rockies CF Mason Williams, Josh Reddick, Oscar Taveras, Jake Marisnick, Raimel Tapia
74 Gary Sanchez New York Yankees C Austin Romine, Wilson Ramos, J.R. Murphy, Sebastian Valle, Juan Apodaca
75 Kyle Freeland Colorado Rockies LHP Justin Shafer, Will Savage, Timothy Dupuis, Austin Davis, Jeony-Hyeon Yoon
76 Max Pentecost Toronto Blue Jays C Richard Stock, Cael Brockmeyer, Danny Santin, Miguel Sanchez, Rafael Gil
77 Casey Gillaspie Tampa Bay Rays 1B Luke Hopkins, Tyler Burnett, Matt Clark, Matthew Curry, Leonardo Castillo
78 Kohl Stewart Minnesota Twins RHP Marwin Vega, Clayton Cook, Nathan Eovaldi, Jonathan Martinez, Joe Wieland
79 Luke Jackson Texas Rangers RHP Dan Cortes, Hector Santiago, Jordan Walden, Billy Buckner, Wade Davis
80 Jeff Hoffman Toronto Blue Jays RHP N/A
81 Lance McCullers Houston Astros RHP Jordan Norberto, Henry Owens, Adys Portillo, Victor Payano, Aaron Sanchez
82 Roberto Osuna Toronto Blue Jays RHP Michael Main, Daniel Missaki, Arodys Vizcaino, Ty Boyles, Luis Lugo
83 Willy Adames Tampa Bay Rays SS Wendell Rijo, Carlos Correa, Jonathan Galvez, Andrew Velazquez, Dilson Herrera
84 Erick Fedde Washington Nationals RHP N/A
85 Ryan McMahon Colorado Rockies 3B Zach Shepherd, Josh Bell, Dylan Cozens, Travis Snider, Miguel Sano
86 C.J. Edwards Chicago Cubs RHP Beau Jones, Adrian Rosario, Neftali Feliz, Matthew Daly, David Quinowski
87 Eduardo Rodriguez Boston Red Sox LHP Randall Delgado, Sean Gallagher, Brett Oberholtzer, Jair Jurrjens, Jon Niese
88 Edwin Escobar Boston Red Sox LHP Zach Putnam, A.J. Cole, Vin Mazzaro, Rafael Montero, Patrick Corbin
89 Mike Foltynewicz Atlanta Braves RHP Cody Scarpetta, Dan Cortes, Enny Romero, Jeurys Familia, James Houser
90 Nick Burdi Minnesota Twins RHP N/A
91 Andrew Susac San Francisco Giants C Lou Palmisano, Jose Lobaton, Ryan Lavarnway, Michael McKenry, George Kottaras
92 Jorge Alfaro Texas Rangers C Gary Sanchez, Kellin Deglan, Sebastian Valle, Alex Lavisky, Andrew Knapp
93 Albert Almora Chicago Cubs CF Jae-Hoon Ha, Teodoro Martinez, Engel Beltre, Yefri Carvajal, Gerardo Parra
94 Rio Ruiz Atlanta Braves 3B Edinson Rincon, Jeimer Candelario, Koby Clemens, Johnny Whittleman, Corban Joseph
95 Sean Newcomb Los Angeles Angels LHP N/A
96 Jake Stinnett Chicago Cubs RHP N/A
97 Tyrone Taylor Milwaukee Brewers CF Danry Vasquez, Cedric Hunter, Albert Almora, Ramon Flores, Gorkys Hernandez
98 Tyler Marlette Seattle Mariners C J.R. Murphy, Ryan Casteel, Luis Exposito, Gary Sanchez, Travis d’Arnaud
99 Christian Arroyo San Francisco Giants SS Jorge Polanco, Marco Hernandez, Zhi Fang Pan, Starlin Castro, Michael Antonio
100 Adalberto Mejia San Francisco Giants RHP Eduardo Rodriguez, Matt Harrison, Steve Garrison, Jameson Taillon, Wesley Parsons

 

 

 

 

 

 



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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.


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