Top 21 List

Today’s Update: July 30, 2017 (After the Wilson/Avila Trade)
Previous Update: July 13 (After the Quintana Trade)
Next Update:  After a trade or the end of the minor league season


16 – 21. Ala Carte Menu – Pick Your Own Six
Mesa – Nelson Velazquez – Outfield; Jonathan Sierra – Outfield; Delvin Zinn – Shortstop; Yonathan Perlaza – Second Base; Luis Vazquez – Shortstop
Eugene – Chris Singleton – Outfield; Jesus Camargo – Pitcher; Bailey Clark – Pitcher; Gustavo Polanco – 1B/C; Jhonny Bethencourt – Infielder, Brandon Hughes – Outfielder; Keegan Thompson – Pitcher; Cory Abbott – Pitcher
South Bend – Bryan Hudson – Pitcher; DJ Wilson – Outfielder; Jose Paulino – Pitcher; Kevonte Mitchell – Outfield; Luis Ayala – Outfield; Erling Moreno – Pitcher; Jose Paulino – Pitcher
Myrtle Beach – Michael Rucker – Pitcher; Carlos Sepulveda – 2B; Eddy Martinez – Outfielder; PJ Higgins – Catcher;  Zack Short – Shortstop; Trent Giambrone – 2B; Duncan Robinson – Pitcher
Tennessee – Zach Hedges – Pitcher; Preston Morrison – Pitcher; Jake Stinnett – Pitcher; Charcer Burks – Outfield; Jason Vosler – 3B; David Bote – 2B; Yasiel Balaguert – 1B/OF
Iowa – Chesny Young – Utility; Ryan Williams – Pitcher; Alec Mills – Pitcher; Bijan Rademacher – Outfield; Rob Zastryzny – Pitcher; Jose Rosario – Pitcher; Dillon Maples – Pitcher

…Or Whomever You Choose


Photo Credits

Iowa – Dylan Heuer/Iowa Cubs Flickr Account
Tennessee – MiLB, Brian Goodwin/MILB.com, Knoxville Sentinel, Tennessee Smokies
Myrtle Beach – Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans, MLB Pipeline
South Bend – Rikk Carlson, Emma Reece, Todd Johnson
Eugene – Eugene Emeralds Facebook Account, Eugene Register Guard


16. Ian Rice

Age – 23
2017 Affiliate: Tennessee
Top Skills: Power, Great approach, on-base percentage, improving defense
ETA – 2019

 

15. Duane Underwood

Age – 23
2017 Affiliate: Tennessee
Top Skills: Power Arm, Power Curve
ETA – 2018

14. Jen-Ho Tseng

Age – 22
2017 Affiliate: Tennessee/Iowa
Top Skills: Change of Speeds, Command
ETA – 2018

13. Dakota Mekkes – Relief Pitcher


Age – 23
2017 Affiliate: South Bend/Myrtle Beach
Top Skills: Deceptive Delivery
ETA – 2018

12. Miguel Amaya – Catcher

Age: 18
2017 Affiliate – Eugene
Top Skills – Great receiver, great arm, and a developing power bat
ETA – 2020
He is a great defender with a great arm. This spring in EXST, he showed he some power in that bat. Premium skills at a premium position move him way up the board. The bat could take a few years.

11. Justin Steele – Pitcher

Age: 22
2017 Affiliate: Myrtle Beach
Top Skills: plus curve, live mid 90s fastball, improving every month in 2017
ETA: 2019

10. Wladimir Galindo – Third Base

Age: 19
2017 Affiliate – South Bend
Top Skills – Power and lots of it, Improving Plate Discipline, Doing well hitting for average. Suffered a broken leg and had surgery. He is out for the rest of the year.
ETA – 2019/20

9. Brendon Little – Pitcher

Age: 20
2017 Affiliate: Eugene
Top Skill – 97 mph fastball as a lefty
I am looking forward to see if he starts or relieves in the future.
ETA – 2020 as a starter, 2019 as a reliever

8. Alex Lange – Pitcher

Age: 21
2017 Affiliate: Eugene
Top Skills: 93-96 mph fastball, plus curve, super-competitive. I think he will blossom as a pro.
ETA – 2019/2020

7. Mark Zagunis – Outfielder

Age: 24
2017 Affiliate – Iowa/Chicago
Top Skills: pitch recognition, power potential, on-base machine
ETA – Late 2017

6. Oscar de la Cruz – Pitcher

Age: 22
2017 Affiliate – Myrtle Beach
Top Skills – Commanding presence, fastball, curveball
ETA – 2018/2019
Sometimes, he makes it look so effortless. I often wonder how effortless it is for him. He could have been at AA Tennessee in early July. Things were going extremely well for him at Myrtle Beach before he skipped a start and went on the DL. He needs to stay healthy to build up that arm strength. Innings are what he needs.

5. Trevor Clifton – Pitcher

Age: 22
2017 Affiliate – Tennessee
Top Skills – 3 plus pitches, improving command, pick-off move, pitchability, work ethic
ETA – 2018
I still think efficiency should be the thing he works on most. He needs to get to seven innings pretty consistently.

4. Tom Hatch – Pitcher

Age: 21
2017 Affiliate – Myrtle Beach
Top Skills – 4 pitch repertoire, command and control, ridiculous armside run on his FB
ETA – 2019
He had a rough adjustment period in April through mid-May. After that, he’s been throwing darts including a 13 K affair.

3. Aramis Ademan – Shortstop

Age – 18
2027 Affiliate – Mesa
Top skills – Defense, deft hands
ETA – 2021
He skipped rookie ball and is playing in short season Eugene in 2017. Defensively, he is leaps and bounds above every shortstop in the system. The bat is slowly coming around and has more pop than first thought.

2. Adbert Alzolay – Pitcher

Age: 22
2017 Affiliate – Myrtle Beach/Tennessee
Top Skills – 96/97 mph fastball that he can sustain and maintain deep in the game.
ETA – 2019
He’s really come on in 2017 by quickening his pace. He still needs work on his change, but his FB is c’est magnifique. His curve is improving with a nice 2-7 arc.

1. Jose Albertos – Pitcher

Age: 18
2017 Affiliate – Mesa/Eugene
Top Skills – 97 mph fastball, command, plus changeup
ETA – 2020
The young 18-year-old out of Mexico throws between 95-97. He has elite command of his fastball and employs a plus changeup. The curve, when developed, will give him three plus pitches.The ball just flies out of his hand.


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