MLB Top Prospects (2017 Edition)

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Feb 23, 2016
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Move over Clayton Kershaw, there is a new ace headed for Dodger Stadium

Your eyes read that correctly. This is the first 2017 edition of MLB Prospects that you can find anywhere. You might be wondering why this information is useful, or even worth trusting. If you only play in re-draft leagues, then it is really nothing more than a fascinating article to you, but for the many of you that play in deep keeper leagues or dynasty leagues, this original idea may help spur numerous championships in your future. You see, the only current value of a prospect is his trade value because he isn’t going to hit you 30 homers or win you 15 games. At that point, he would no longer be a prospect. Many of the players that will appear on this list are hardly respected as prospects yet, so they have little or no trade value. My goal is to help you target which players will see their stocks boom as their trade value soars forward next season. If you buy a guy extremely low now, then trade him for quite a bit more next season, then it was a perfect draft pick. If you want to see where the top 400 prospects are currently ranked, take a look at the list I posted earlier this month.

So how do we know this works? I have studied the ebb and flow of prospect rankings from month to month and year to year for a very long time. Prospect movement up and down these charts is so consistent that it has become easily predictable. No, I am not suggesting that I will get the rankings exactly right, or that I will even be able to avoid missing on a dozen players who breakout or fall apart, but you can be sure I’m following the general trends, which will give you far more information than you had before. Everyone that I anticipate will lose their rookie eligibility this season, from Corey Seager and Lucas Giolito, all the way to Luis Yander La O and Socrates Brito, will be removed from the list, as well as some players (Billy McKinney, Phil Bickford, Daniel Robertson, etc.) that I expect to either regress, or be passed up by players who breakout. Between 15-25 players from the MLB Draft are always added, along with a handful of international free agents that are making the move to the big leagues. Many players will realize their potential and move from No. 200, and even No. 450, all the way up into the top 150.

If you have any questions regarding why I see a player moving into the top 150, being excluded from it, or perhaps why someone is ranked as high/low as they are, don’t hesitate to shoot me an e-mail at bobby@fantasypros.com and I’ll be quick to answer. With that being said, I hope you all enjoy this and find success as a result of the projections.

2016 MLB Draft Additions

Pick Team Player Rank
1 PHI A.J. Puk 23
2 CIN Delvin Perez 26
3 ATL Riley Pint 38
4 COL Alec Hansen 34
5 MIL Blake Rutherford 90
6 OAK Ron Washington Jr. 70
7 MIA Corey Ray 63
8 SDP Nick Banks 95
9 DET Jason Groome 44
10 CHW Seth Beer 145
11 SEA Cal Quantrill 130
12 BOS Buddy Reed 51
14 BAL Willie Abreu 99
15 CLE Kyle Lewis 66
18 HOU Will Benson 112
19 NYY Kevin Gowdy 82
21 NYM Robert Tyler 84
22 LAD Connor Jones 93
25 STL Mickey Moniak 148
30 WAS Kyle Funkhouser 139
39 ARZ Austin Bergner 126

Often times, better talents will drop down into the late first round or early second round because of signability issues, where big market teams like the Yankees, Dodgers and Nationals will scoop them up and pay the ransom. Likewise, teams like the Marlins and A’s are notorious for “reaching” in the first round to save money and reallocate their allotted bonus budget to players in other rounds. There is a little risk with prospects that haven’t been drafted, so don’t be surprised if one or two of these names disappears because of injury, regression, or signability issues, and when we see a few fresh names burst their way into the top of mock drafts.

Top International Free Agent Additions

Rank Player Pos Team ETA
3 Lourdes Gourriel Jr. SS Nationals 2017
30 Kevin Maitan SS Braves 2020
37 Vladimir Gutierrez RHP Padres 2017
74 Abraham Gutierrez C Braves 2024
89 Norge Luis Ruiz RHP Cubs 2017
143 Takayuk Kishi RHP Pirates 2017

None of these players have signed yet, and in Kishi’s case, we don’t even know for sure that he is coming over next season. Gurriel and his brother defected earlier this month and are primed to be perennial all-stars. Maitan and Abe Gutierrez are just 15 years old, but are elite talents. Vlad and Ruiz are older Cuban imports that were considered the two top pitchers on the island before they left. All five are expected to sign July 2nd, and the four teams listed are expected to be major players. In Maitan’s case, he is nearly certain to sign with the Braves.

Top 150 Prospects

–The ages listed here reflect what each prospect’s age will be this time next season.

Rank Player Pos Team ETA Age
1 Julio Urias LHP Dodgers 2017 20
2 Anderson Espinoza RHP Red Sox 2020 18
3 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. SS Nationals 2017 22
4 Alex Reyes RHP Cardinals 2017 22
5 Victor Robles OF Nationals 2019 19
6 Rafael Devers 3B Red Sox 2019 20
7 Sean Manaea LHP A’s 2017 24
8 Yoan Moncada 2B Red Sox 2018 21
9 Gleybar Torres SS Cubs 2019 20
10 Jose Berrios RHP Twins 2017 22
11 J.P. Crawford SS Phillies 2017 22
12 Nomar Mazara OF Rangers 2017 21
13 Brendan Rodgers SS Rockies 2018 20
14 Hunter Harvey RHP Orioles 2018 22
15 Dansby Swanson SS Braves 2017 22
16 Austin Meadows OF Pirates 2018 21
17 Sean Newcomb LHP Braves 2017 23
18 David Dahl OF Rockies 2017 22
19 Jose De Leon RHP Dodgers 2017 24
20 Lewis Brinson OF Rangers 2017 22
21 Bradley Zimmer OF Indians 2017 24
22 Bobby Bradley 1B Indians 2019 20
23 AJ Puk LHP Phillies 2018 21
24 Kyle Tucker OF Astros 2019 20
25 Kolby Allard LHP Braves 2020 19
26 Delvin Perez SS Reds 2021 18
27 Franklin Barreto SS A’s 2019 20
28 Jeff Hoffman RHP Rockies 2017 24
29 Triston McKenzie RHP Indians 2020 19
30 Kevin Maitan SS Braves 2020 16
31 Yadier Alvarez RHP Dodgers 2019 20
32 Clint Frazier OF Indians 2017 22
33 Daz Cameron OF Astros 2019 20
34 Alec Hansen RHP Rockies 2018 21
35 Andrew Benintendi OF Red Sox 2018 22
36 Domingo Acevedo RHP Yankees 2017 22
37 Vladimir Gutierrez RHP Padres 2017 21
38 Riley Pint RHP Braves 2021 18
39 Jorge Mateo SS Yankees 2019 21
40 Tyler Kolek RHP Marlins 2018 21
41 Garrett Whitley OF Rays 2020 19
42 Brett Phillips OF Brewers 2017 22
43 Austin Riley 3B Braves 2020 19
44 Jason Groome LHP Tigers 2020 18
45 Franklyn Kilome RHP Phillies 2018 21
46 Michael Fulmer RHP Tigers 2017 23
47 Orlando Arcia SS Brewers 2017 22
48 Stephen Gonsalves LHP Twins 2017 22
49 Josh Hader LHP Brewers 2017 22
50 Buddy Reed OF Red Sox 2019 21
51 Lazaro Armenteros OF Phillies 2022 17
52 Tim Anderson SS White Sox 2018 23
53 Brady Aiken LHP Indians 2019 20
54 Dillon Tate RHP Rangers 2018 22
55 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. OF Blue Jays 2021 17
56 Grant Holmes RHP Dodgers 2020 20
57 Jorge Ona OF Padres 2020 20
58 Matt Olson 1B A’s 2017 22
59 Ozahino Albies SS Braves 2018 20
60 Cody Bellinger 1B Dodgers 2018 21
61 Alex Bregman SS Astros 2018 22
62 Jacob Nottingham C A’s 2018 21
63 Kyle Lewis OF Indians 2020 21
64 Corey Ray OF Marlins 2018 21
65 Ronald Washington OF A’s 2021 17
66 Cody Reed LHP Reds 2018 23
67 Raimel Tapia OF Rockies 2018 22
68 Jameson Taillon RHP Pirates 2017 25
69 Lewis Thorpe LHP Twins 2019 21
70 Frankie Montas RHP Dodgers 2017 23
71 Isan Diaz 2B Diamondbacks 2019 20
72 Ronald Guzman 1B Rangers 2017 22
73 Brent Honeywell RHP Rays 2018 21
74 Abraham Gutierrez C Braves 2024 16
75 Anthony Alford OF Blue Jays 2018 22
76 David Paulino RHP Astros 2019 22
77 Jose Peraza 2B Reds 2017 22
78 Kevin Gowdy RHP Yankees 2021 18
79 Raul Adalberto Mondesi SS Royals 2018 21
80 Robert Tyler RHP Mets 2018 21
81 Carson Fulmer RHP White Sox 2018 23
82 Justin Williams OF Rays 2019 21
83 Ryan McMahon 3B Rockies 2018 22
84 Willy Adames SS Rays 2018 21
85 Josh Staumont RHP Royals 2017 23
86 Blake Rutherford OF Brewers 2021 18
87 Wilkerman Garcia SS Yankees 2022 18
88 Francis Martes RHP Astros 2017 21
89 Norge Luis Ruiz RHP Cubs 2017 23
90 Demi Orimoloye OF Brewers 2020 20
91 Mike Nikorak RHP Rockies 2019 20
92 Rookie Davis RHP Reds 2017 23
93 Jake Thompson RHP Phillies 2018 22
94 Forrest Wall 2B Rockies 2017 21
95 Wendell Rijo 2B Red Sox 2019 21
96 Joe Musgrove RHP Astros 2017 24
97 Nick Banks OF Padres 2019 21
98 Yusniel Diaz OF Dodgers 2019 20
99 Connor Jones RHP Dodgers 2019 21
100 Jack Flaherty RHP Cardinals 2019 21
101 Tyler Stephenson C Reds 2021 20
102 Willie Abreu OF Orioles 2019 21
103 Jorge Alfaro C Phillies 2018 23
104 Sean Reid-Foley RHP Blue Jays 2019 21
105 Jermaine Palacios 3B Twins 2019 20
106 Braden Shipley RHP Diamondbacks 2017 24
107 Wilson Contreras C Cubs 2017 24
108 Ian Clarkin LHP Yankees 2020 21
109 Will Benson OF Astros 2021 18
110 Lucas Sims RHP Braves 2017 22
111 Jharel Cotton RHP Dodgers 2017 25
112 James Kaprielian RHP Yankees 2019 22
113 Andrew Moore RHP Mariners 2018 22
114 Bubba Starling OF Royals 2017 24
115 Edmundo Sosa SS Cardinals 2020 20
116 Kodi Medeiros LHP Brewers 2019 20
117 Albert Abreu RHP Astros 2019 21
118 Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B Pirates 2020 19
119 Junior Fernandez RHP Cardinals 2021 19
120 Connor Greene RHP Blue Jays 2019 21
121 Eloy Jimenez OF Cubs 2019 20
122 Michael Kopech RHP Red Sox 2019 20
123 Erick Fedde RHP Nationals 2018 23
124 Jario Beras OF Rangers 2018 22
125 Austin Bergner RHP Diamondbacks 2020 18
126 Josh Naylor 1B Marlins 2020 19
127 Walker Buehler RHP Dodgers 2018 22
128 Brandon Nimmo OF Mets 2017 23
129 Nathan Kirby LHP Brewers 2018 23
130 Cal Quantrill RHP Mariners 2018 21
131 Alex Jackson OF Mariners 2018 21
132 Adrian Rondon SS Rays 2021 18
133 Antonio Senzatela RHP Rockies 2018 21
134 Eddy Julio Martinez OF Cubs 2017 22
135 Renato Nunez 3B A’s 2018 22
136 Michael Matuella RHP Rangers 2018 22
137 Derek Fisher OF Astros 2017 23
138 Nick Pummer OF Cardinals 2019 20
139 Kyle Funkhouser RHP Nationals 2018 21
140 Drew Finley RHP Yankees 2021 20
141 Alex Verdugo OF Dodgers 2018 20
142 Kohl Stewart RHP Twins 2018 22
143 Takayuk Kishi RHP Pirates 2017 32
144 Gareth Morgan OF Mariners 2021 20
145 Seth Beer OF White Sox 2022 18
146 Drew Ward 3B Nationals 2018 22
147 Ronald Acuna OF Braves 2021 19
148 Mickey Moniak OF Cardinals 2021 18
149 Stone Garrett OF Marlins 2020 21
150 Thomas Szapucki LHP Mets 2019 20

If you want to know which players will have the biggest movement this season, you can compare this list to my worldwide top 400 prospects. Thanks for reading! Make sure to run through an auction mock draft when you have a few spare minutes today. It is our newest addition to the great Draft Wizard tool, and you will surely love it as much as I do.

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