2017 Top Prospects

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2017 College Draft Profile: Logan Warmoth

School: University of North Carolina; Class: Junior Position: SS; B/T: R/R Height: 6-0; Weight: 190 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: After a lackluster freshman season in which he batted a paltry .246/.315/.282 with just five extra-base hits – four doubles and one homerun – the defensive-minded shortstop had a huge coming out party in 2016. In 53 games for the Tar Heels that year, Warmoth,…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Brent Rooker

School: Mississippi State University; Class: Redshirt Junior Position: 1B/RF; B/T: R/R Height: 6-4; Weight: 220 Previously Drafted: Minnesota Twins, 38th round, 2014   Background: It wasn’t too long ago that Padres rookie Hunter Renfroe was considered the pop-up guy in the MLB draft. Renfroe, the eventual 13th overall pick in 2013, made just 30 trips to the plate as a true freshman and then batted…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Brendan McKay

2017 Draft Profile: Brendan McKay School: University of Louisville; Class: Junior Position: 1B/LHP; B/T: L/L Height: 6-2; Weight: 220 Previously Drafted: San Diego Padres, 34th round, 2014   Background: Easily the most intriguing talent in college baseball in 2017 – and quite possibly over the past several seasons – McKay is not only in the running for the best hitter in this year’s draft class,…

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Predicting the 2017 Rookie of the Year Award Winners

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   American League Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox The former University of Arkansas outfielder has the perfect trifecta going…

The Most Underrated Prospects for 2017

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Matt Chapman, 3B, Oakland A’s As I’ve commented elsewhere, Chapman’s built in the traditional Oakland Athletic mold: he swings…

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The Top 25 Breakout Prospects for 2017

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Ofelky Peralta, RHP, Baltimore Orioles Since 2006, there have been only 38 teenage arms to post a strikeout percentage…

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The 2017 Top 100 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Rank Name Team POS 1 Austin Meadows Pittsburgh Pirates OF 2 Andrew Benintendi Boston Red Sox OF 3 Dansby…

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Ranking the 2017 Farm Systems

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     #1. Atlanta Braves (Last Year’s Rank: #13) Atlanta’s Top 10 Prospects Easily the best farm system in baseball…

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The 2017 Washington Nationals Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     1. Victor Robles, OF                                    Born: 05/19/97 Age: 20 Bats: R Top CALs: Jason Smit, Manuel Margot, Harold Ramirez,…

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The 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     1. Sean Reid-Foley, RHP                                             Born: 08/30/95 Age: 21 Bats: R Top CALs: Phil Bickford, Luke Jackson, Jake Thompson,…

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The 2017 Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     1. Yohander Mendez, LHP                    Born: 01/17/95 Age: 22 Bats: L Top CALs: Sean Gallagher, Nick Struck, Jared Lansford,…

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The 2017 Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     1. Jose De Leon, RHP                                                   Born: 08/07/92 Age: 24 Bats: R Top CALs:   Evan Scribner, Matt Garza,…

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The 2017 St. Louis Cardinals Top Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     1. Alex Reyes, RHP                                                   Born: 08/29/94 Age: 22 Bats: R Top CALs: Tyler Glasnow, Yovani Gallardo, Eduardo…

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The 2017 San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     1. Tyler Beede, RHP                                           Born: 05/23/93 Age: 24 Bats: R Top CALs: Carlos Hernandez, Rafael Dolis, Deunte…

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The 2017 Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   1. Austin Meadows, CF                                        Born: 05/03/95 Age: 22 Bats: L Top CALs: Gregory Polanco, Dorssys Paulino, Aaron Cunningham, Christian…