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MLB Future Prospects Rankings: Amateur & International

by FantasyPros Staff | @fantasypros | Featured Writer
Aug 8, 2016

Yu Darvish

We all know Yu Darvish, but who’s the next top SP prospect from Japan?

Before Lucas Giolito and Yoan Moncada were top-five prospects, Giolito was a can’t miss, flame-throwing high school kid who was expected to go No. 1 in the MLB Draft, while Moncada was shredding up the Cuban National Series as a teenager, and experts expected him to immediately do the same when he came to America. Now that I’ve introduced you to the top 200 prospects currently owned by Major League teams, I want to tell you which amateur and international stars are set to join the club in the next few seasons. You will notice that some players (Seth Beer — perhaps the best college hitter of all-time) and (Shohei Otani – the next Babe Ruth?) are graded rather high for having never played an inning in the minor leagues, but seeing that Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg would have received similar rankings in their time, these aggressive grades are by no means reckless. If your dynasty league doesn’t prohibit adding such players, allow no hesitation is doing so.

Amateur Stars

*This list shows where current college and high-school players would rank if they were currently signed by an MLB organization.

Rank Player Pos Draft  Team
 4  Seth Beer OF 2018 Clemson
 12  Luken Baker 1B/RHP 2018 TCU
 54  Mark Vientos SS 2017 HS (FL)
 56  J.B. Bukauskas RHP 2017 UNC
 61  Tanner Houck RHP 2017 Missouri
 65  J.J. Schwartz C 2017 Florida
 82  Kyler Murray SS/*QB 2018 Texas A&M
 86  Jaren Kendall OF 2017 Vanderbilt
 103  Hagen Danner RHP 2017 HS (CA)
 107  Alejando Toral 1B 2017 HS (FL)
 110  Alex Lange RHP 2017 LSU
 111  Chandler Day RHP 2018 Vanderbilt
 129  Cole Sands RHP 2017 Florida St.
 145  Alex Faedo RHP 2017 Florida
 159  Kumar Rocker RHP 2019 HS (GA)
 174  Alonzo Jones SS 2018 Vanderbilt
 191  Brendan McKay LHP 2017 Louisville
 HM  Justin Hooper LHP 2018 UCLA
 HM  Caydn Grenier SS 2018 Oregon St.

 

International Prospects

*This list shows where international free agents and potential future free-agents would rank if they were currently signed by an MLB organization

Rank Name Position Country ETA
 1  Shohei Otani RHP Japan 2018
 7  Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 2B/CF Free Agent 2017
 38  Shintaro Fujinami RHP Japan 2022
 62  Vladimir Gutierrez RHP Free Agent 2017
 88  Norge Luis Ruiz RHP Free Agent 2017
 93  Tetsudo Yamada 2B Japan 2020
 117  Randy Arrozarena 2B Free Agent 2019
 124  Yoshitomo Tsutsugo OF/3B Japan 2018
 135  Yuki Yanagita OF Japan 2019
 136  Luis Yander La O 2B/3B Free Agent 2019
 151  Alfredo Despaigne OF Cuba 2018
 156  Tomohiro Anraku RHP Japan 2022
 160  Ruben Paz OF Free Agent 2019
 164  Alexei Bell OF Free Agent 2017
 172  Cionel Perez LHP Cuba 2018
 173  Yusei Kikuchi LHP Japan 2019
 184  Takahiro Norimoto RHP Japan 2019
 191  Jose Miguel Fernandez 2B Free Agent 2017
 HM  Ha-Seong Kim SS South Korea 2021
 HM  Takayuki Kishi RHP Japan 2017

 

Corresponding Links:

Top 200 Prospects
Top Organizational Farm Clubs
Bold Prospect Hot Takes
Prospect Questions and Answers
Why we are bullish on certain prospects (To be released Wednesday, August 24th)

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