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MLB Top 100 Prospects (May 2016)

by FantasyPros Staff | @fantasypros | Featured Writer
May 4, 2016

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MLB’s crop of prospects has already produced quality big leaguers this season

I heard your plea for help. You hate waiting until July for the mid-season top 100 lists and worse, having to use the same tired top prospect lists. As always, there have been some huge risers in the prospect world, and this list will enable you to grab that information each month while your competitors are shuffling through the same outdated lists from February.

This league doesn’t include international players or high school and college amateurs, like my preseason Worldwide Top 400 Prospects list, but you can find separate lists below the top 100 with those names and where they would fit into the top 100 today. Now be mindful, if a guy like Alfredo Despaigne leaves Cuba and is declared a free agent, he would immediately jump from ~160 to ~20, so those rankings take into account the likelihood (and timing) that they might make the jump to the big leagues.

Next week I’ll be highlighting a dozen of the top risers thus far in the season, so keep an eye out for that, especially if you have no idea who Yohander Mendez is and want to know why he was even mentioned in this piece. Before I give you the top 100, these are the players I am graduating from consideration and where they would rank, had they been eligible for the list today.

Graduates

Rank Name Position Team
4 Corey Seager SS Dodgers
5 Nomar Mazara RHP Rangers
14 Jose Berrios LHP Twins
20 Trevor Story LHP Rockies
22 Sean Manaea OF A’s
23 Steven Matz RHP Mets
25 Archie Bradley RHP Diamondbacks
36 Kenta Maeda RHP Dodgers
41 Michael Fulmer OF Tigers
59 Jon Gray OF Rockies
72 Mallex Smith SS Braves
83 Robert Stephenson RHP Reds
87 Aaron Blair RHP Braves
88 Max Kepler OF Twins
~120 Aledmys Diaz SS Cardinals
~120 Byung-Ho Park 1B Twins
~140 Trayce Thompson OF Dodgers
~180 Tyler White 3B Astros
~240 Joey Rickard OF Orioles
~300 Jeremey Hazelbaker OF Cardinals

The Top 100

Rank Name Position Team ETA
1 Lucas Giolito RHP Nationals July
2 Tyler Glasnow RHP Pirates June
3 Julio Urias LHP Dodgers August
4 Yoan Moncada 2B Red Sox 2017
5 Victor Robles OF Nationals 2018
6 Brendan Rodgers SS Rockies 2017
7 J.P. Crawford SS Phillies 2017
8 Byron Buxton OF Twins June
9 Joey Gallo 3B Rangers July
10 Alex Reyes RHP Cardinals September
11 David Dahl OF Rockies September
12 Jose De Leon RHP Dodgers September
13 Andrew Benintendi OF Red Sox 2018
14 Blake Snell LHP Rays June
15 Dansby Swanson SS Braves 2017
16 Sean Newcomb LHP Braves September
17 Trea Turner SS Nationals July
18 Orlando Arcia SS Brewers August
19 Anderson Espinoza RHP Red Sox 2020
20 Rafael Devers 3B Red Sox 2019
21 Lewis Brinson OF Rangers September
22 Gleybar Torres SS Cubs 2019
23 Kyle Tucker OF Astros 2018
24 Alex Bregman SS Astros 2018
25 Ozahino Albies SS Braves 2017
26 Jameson Taillon RHP Pirates August
27 Bradley Zimmer OF Indians August
28 A.J. Reed 1B Astros June
29 Phil Bickford RHP Giants 2017
30 Willy Adames SS Rays 2017
31 Franklin Barreto SS A’s 2017
32 Jorge Mateo SS Yankees 2018
33 Brent Honeywell RHP Rays 2017
34 Jesse Winker OF Reds September
35 Raul Mondesi Jr. SS Royals September
36 Cody Reed LHP Reds September
37 James Kaprielian RHP Yankees 2018
38 Austin Meadows OF Pirates 2017
39 Lucas Sims RHP Braves September
40 Clint Frazier OF Indians August
41 Dylan Bundy RHP Orioles July
42 Kolby Allard LHP Braves 2020
43 Hunter Harvey RHP Orioles 2018
44 Jeff Hoffman RHP Rockies September
45 Kohl Stewart RHP Twins 2017
46 Jose Peraza 2B Reds July
47 Domingo Acevedo RHP Yankees 2017
48 Nick Williams OF Phillies September
49 Lucius Fox SS Giants 2020
50 Yadier Alvarez RHP Dodgers 2018
51 Brady Aiken LHP Indians 2019
52 Yusniel Diaz OF Dodgers 2018
53 Josh Bell 1B Pirates May
54 Bobby Bradley 1B Indians 2018
55 Mitch Keller RHP Pirates 2019
56 Albert Abreu RHP Astros 2018
57 Wilson Contreras C Cubs August
58 Brett Phillips OF Brewers September
59 Amir Garrett LHP Reds July
60 Dillon Tate RHP Rangers 2018
61 Ronald Guzman 1B Rangers 2017
62 Ian Happ OF Cubs 2018
63 Aaron Judge OF Yankees September
64 Garrett Whitley OF Rays 2020
65 Anthony Alford OF Blue Jays 2018
66 Luis Ortiz RHP Rangers 2019
67 Mike Soroka RHP Braves 2019
68 Cody Bellinger 1B Dodgers 2019
69 Jake Bauers 1B Rays September
70 Josh Hader LHP Brewers September
71 Albert Almora OF Cubs September
72 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. OF Blue Jays 2021
73 Andy Ibanez 2B Angels 2017
74 Stephen Gonsalves LHP Twins 2017
75 Triston McKenzie RHP Indians 2020
76 Francis Martes RHP Astros August
77 Franklyn Kilome RHP Phillies 2018
78 Junior Fernandez RHP Cardinals 2019
79 Daz Cameron OF Astros 2019
80 Donnie Dewees OF Cubs 2018
81 Yohander Mendez LHP Rangers 2019
82 Tim Anderson SS White Sox 2018
83 Forrest Wall 2B Rockies 2017
84 Max Fried LHP Braves 2017
85 Kyle Freeland LHP Rockies September
86 Manuel Margot OF Padres September
87 Alex Jackson OF Mariners 2017
88 Matt Chapman 3B A’s 2017
89 Joe Musgrove RHP Astros September
90 Grant Holmes RHP Dodgers 2018
91 Jacob Nottingham C A’s 2017
92 Braden Shipley RHP Diamondbacks 2017
93 Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B Pirates 2019
94 Nick Gordon SS Twins 2019
95 Ronald Acuna OF Braves 2019
96 Matt Olson 1B A’s September
97 Tyler Jay LHP Twins 2019
98 Edwin Diaz RHP Mariners September
99 Travis Demeritte 2B Rangers 2018
100 Mike Nikorak RHP Rockies 2019

Honorable Mention: Angel Perdomo, Mark Appel, Tyler Stephenson, Jorge Alfaro, Carson Fulmer, Eloy Jimenez

International Prospects

*The year listed is when they are expected to reach the big leagues

Rank Name Position Country ETA
6 Shohei Otani RHP Japan 2018
9 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 2B/CF Free Agent 2017
22 Yuleski Gurriel 3B Free Agent 2016
25 Kevin Maitan SS Venezuela 2020
40 Shintaro Fujinami RHP Japan 2022
56 Lazaro Armenteros OF Free Agent 2020
61 Vladimir Gutierrez RHP Free Agent 2017
74 Jorge Ona OF Free Agent 2020
81 Abraham Gutierrez C Venezuela 2021
87 Norge Luis Ruiz RHP Free Agent 2017

Others in the top 200 (in order): Yuki Tangita, Ruben Paz, Jose Miguel Fernandez, Alfredo Despaigne, Tetsudo Yamada, Ha-Seong Kim, Luis Yander La O, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo

Amateur Prospects

Rank Name Position Level Draft Class
37 A.J. Puk LHP NCAA 2016
44 Jason Groome LHP HS 2016
65 Mark Vientos SS HS 2018
68 Corey Ray OF NCAA 2016
72 Kyle Lewis OF NCAA 2016
78 Delvin Perez SS HS 2016
79 Riley Pint RHP HS 2016
98 J.J. Schwartz C NCAA 2017

Others in the top 200 (in order): Tanner Houck, Dakota Hudson, Kumar Rocker, Zack Collins, Alec Hansen, Blake Rutherford, Ronald Washington, Alex Lange, Mickey Moniak, Hagen Danner, Connor Jones, Nick Senzel, Kevin Gowdy, Will Benson, Robert Tyler, Buddy Reed, Braxton Garrett

Want your prospect questions answered?

This Friday, I’ll be welcoming Jared Kwart of Moxyball.com onto the FantasyPros’ Baseball Podcast, that I host every week, to chat more about prospects. If you have a question, e-mail me at bobby@fantasypros.com or tweet me @bobbyfantasypro and we will either answer it on the show or I’ll reply Friday afternoon.

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