Top Baseball Prospects for 2016
Now updated for 2016's Top Prospects
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Overall SB ranking shown in parentheses.
An advanced prospect who's ready to step into MLB right now, Jorge Polanco is a strong middle infielder competent who looks best at second base but is also competent at shortstop. A switch hitter with a short powerful swing and very quick hands, he's added strength and power in the years since the team signed him out of the Dominican Republic. Polanco slashed .288/.339/.386 (with 19 steals) in a season split between AA and AAA. With Brian Dozier blocking him for the forseeable future at second base, the Twins plan to keep developing Polanco as a shortstop, where he still needs practice. He's very ready to go, but will probably spend most of 2016 the same way he spent the last two seasons: idling in the minors, waiting for an opportunity.
Full Scouting Report for Jorge Polanco
SB 105 BA 99 SC BP SN ES 66 ML 97
SB 122 BA SC 77 BP 101 SN ES ML 90
An IFA from Cuba who remains a mystery to most American scouts, Andy Ibanez is known for being a top-shelf line-drive hitter from his days in Cuba, with so-so power but excellent strike zone judgment. He'll be tested in various minor league situations early in the year, after which we'll all have a better handle on what he can bring to US baseball.
Full Scouting Report for Andy Ibanez
SB 141 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The MVP of 2012's College World Series, Rob Refsnyder was drafted by the Yankees in the fifth round that season. He's a compact corner-outfield type who can also play second base, and that's where the Yanks used him in 2015 as he tasted a dozen MLB games after a full-season in AAA Scranton. A sweet-swinging line-drive type at the plate, he won't be a light-tower threat, but he should hit for average, even if that .302/.348/.512 September line is a bit optimistic, long-term. He'll compete for a bench spot on the Yankee roster all year long, and he's the most-ready in event of injury.
Full Scouting Report for Rob Refsnyder
SB 223 BA SC BP SN ES ML
While he stumbled a bit in AAA last season, infielder Ryan Brett is still a top hitting prospect. With a short, powerful swing that seems to produce consistent hard contact, he looks like an ideal number two or six hitter, though his plus speed makes most scouts want to see him lead off ballgames. To do that, he'll need to recapture the on-base skills he flashed earlier in his career. Still, streakiness aside, there's not much to fault here, and he could very well fill a roster spot full-time at any moment.
Full Scouting Report for Ryan Brett
SB 259 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A University of Arkansas infielder known for good batting tool, Miami prospect Brian Anderson fell short of expectations in 2015, posting a sad 235/.304/.344 slash line in high-A ball. He's a better player than this, but he'll need to improve on those numbers quickly if he's going to move up. In the field, he looks as solid as he did in college, so at least there's that.
Full Scouting Report for Brian Anderson
SB 329 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An up-and-coming second base prospect whose development went off the tracks during an injury-plagued 2015, Boston infielder Sean Coyle still has the makings of a quality everyday player if he can stay on the field long enough to prove it. With a good eye at the plate and explosive bat speed, he's the kind of player who can erupt for extra-base hits at any time. If he's truly recovered from last season, we may see that again. He'll probably spend most of the year in AA, but if he's back to good, he could see time on the Red Sox bench, as well.
Full Scouting Report for Sean Coyle
SB 363 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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