Top Baseball Prospects for 2016
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That was quick. The Red Sox farm system, battered and beaten in recent years, has been rebuilt swiftly by new management, with infielder Yoan Moncada the jewel of the new system.
The first legal Cuban immigrant to join MLB since the Revolution, Red Sox superprospect Yoan Moncada put on showcases for a dozen MLB ballclubs before landing in Boston, who signed him to a record-shattering $31.5 million dollar deal... and that's not even counting the penalty the Sox paid for going way, way over baseball's spending rules. In joining the Red Sox, Moncada joins fellow new-American Rusney Castillo, and both players should be a part of Boston baseball for a long time to come. Moncada, who's nominally a shortstop but likely to outgrow the position, is a very strong switch hitter who drives the ball to all fields, with very advanced plate discipline for a Cuban player. His speed is plus, and while some scouts see him converting to an outfield corner, he looks better as a third baseman from here. He'll get a look in 2016, and with a strong performance, could run away with a starting job somewhere on the diamond.
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SB 3 BA 3 SC 8 BP 7 SN ES 17 ML 10
A nominal third baseman, Texas prospect Joey Gallo should probably be considered a first base or DH prospect, as his fieldwork isn't anything that will get him close to anything golden anytime soon.
His bat is tremendous though, with huge power to all fields, more than any other prospect in the system: in a season split between AAA Round Rock and AA Frisco, Gallo smacked 23 homers in 87 games, slashing .240/.342/.520 along the way. With a long swing and iffy judgement, though (139 strikeouts in those same 87 games), he's got some development to do before he's ready to really join in on the Texas thunder.
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SB 11 BA 10 SC 11 BP 8 SN ES 12 ML 9
A hard-hitting corner ballplayer, Rafael Devers could be Boston's next great third baseman, or perhaps a new Baby DH. Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2013 for $1,500,000, Devers destroyed the DSL and the Gulf Coast League soon thereafter, posting a combined .322/.404/.506 slashline and announcing himself to the Boston Faithful.
While he doesn't yet shown the ability to harness his raw plus power consistently, when he does do is make very good contact time after time, which suggests that the power will come as his body fills out. On defense he's not special, but he seems capable of playing a league-average third base sometime soon, which is more than enough to ensure him a productive career in MLB.
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SB 20 BA 18 SC 22 BP 35 SN ES 7 ML 17
A little-known prospect when he was acquired by the Athletics as part of the Josh Donaldson trade, Franklin Barreto won't be able to hide from the spotlight much longer. He's succeeded at every level of pro ball since his signing back in 2012, and looks like a very capable everyday MLB infielder in the near future. While he could probably handle shortstop at the major league level, his bat is good enough to play anywhere, including third base, which means the A's might forgive Billy Beane soon for shipping All-Star Donaldson.
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SB 29 BA 35 SC 30 BP 26 SN ES 22 ML 23
An offense-first third baseman that some scouts think could make even Nolan Arenado expendable, Rockies prospect Ryan McMahon hasn't done much other than hit at every level of baseball he's sampled. His loose, whiplike swing and excellent plate coverage can drive even good pitches to almost any part of the field, and the slight upswing projects to excellent power numbers as he continues to grow. In the field he's a good athlete with a strong arm, though his fielding isn't quite as advanced as the rest of his game. He's a solid prospect who needs another year or so in the minors, but a big-league injury or trade could propel him into the Coors Field spotlight sooner than that.
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SB 50 BA 43 SC BP 36 SN ES 62 ML 48
A forgotten 13th round pick in 2010, third baseman Brandon Drury wound up MVP of the Appy League in 2011 as an 18 year old slugger. While he looked a lot more mortal at higher levels since, that's just reality setting in. The fact is, he's a top corner prospect, a gritty player who could become a fan favorite. As much an all-around infielder as he is a well-rounded hitter, he doesn't have any dazzling tools, and he isn't always pretty in the field, but he almost always gets the job done. Fans will like him.
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SB 53 BA 94 SC 76 BP 72 SN ES ML
A mature Cuban prospect originally signed by the Dodgers as an IFA, Hector Olivera slashed a capable .253/.310/.715 for Atlanta after the Braves acquired him at the 2015 trading deadline. Olivera has a quick bat from the right hand side, and his swing has just enough natural loft that he should nail a few dingers here and there, but for the most part he'll be an all-fields hitter with better strike zone management than most Cuban imports. In the field, he's nothing special, but can handle either second or third base adequately, thanks to a solid glove and a pretty strong arm. He's no game-changer, but he's MLB-capable and ready to go for 2016.
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SB 99 BA 55 SC BP SN ES ML
A supplemental-round pick in the 2015 draft, third base prospect Austin Riley slashed .255/.331/.500 in the GCL, following that up with an Appy-League .351/.443/.586. He's a power hitter, obviously, and will strike out quite a lot, but he does show good bat control in the hitting zone and seems to have the grinding work ethic needed to get better in the field. At present, he's only passable at third.
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SB 138 BA SC 44 BP 79 SN ES ML
A big, athletic third base prospect from UNC who just happens to be BJ Surhoff's favorite nephew, slugger Colin Moran was selected sixth overall in the 2013 draft, then shipped to Houston at 2014's trade deadline. Moran is a line-drive contact hitter with a sweet left-handed swing, and when he slashed .365/.434/.494 for the Tarheels in 2012, he locked down national attention. While he hasn't shown much power in professional ball yet, he has the frame (and the genes) to develop at least average pop in the future. Not a bat-only type, Moran has also shown the sort of quickness and arm strength necessary to stick at third base.
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SB 153 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The proud recipient of a $3.9 million signing bonus as an IFA in 2015, the son of ex-MLB star Vlad Guerrero is built differently than his father, stronger and less lean, though watching his swing does bring back memories. He also inherited his father's gift for chasing and usually squaring up even bad pitches, which makes for some highlight-reel pokes, though it also brings a share of highlight-reel strikeouts. He's not fleet of foot, and while he could probably man third base successfully, the Blue Jays are also considering planting Little Daddy in the outfield, in order to hasten his development. Because his arm isn't very special, that probably means left field.
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SB 169 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A mystery prospect who has shown flashes of brilliance mixed with downright awful play in recent years, Rio Ruiz alternated between being a .300 hitter and a sub-.200 one all season long in 2015. A hard-hitter who (sometimes) shows an exceptional batting eye, Ruiz is not much in the field, making him pretty much locked into a 1B/DH career, which means he'd better find some consistent power soon, or else.
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SB 176 BA SC BP SN ES ML
SB 206 BA SC 57 BP SN ES ML
A small but strong corner infielder with true plus power that so far seems constrained to batting practice, Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis will spend 2016 trying to transition that power to actual game situations. While he paced all Red Sox prospects with 16 homers at A-level Greenville, he also led the team with 144 strikeouts. In the field he's a bit squat for third base, but could fit easily into a second base or left field role. He's a few years away from that, though.
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SB 209 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An infielder with all-fields power and an advanced plate approach, Jomar Reyes is a gap hitter whose well-hit balls should be clearing fences soon. While he's been slowed by hand injuries, he remains a bona fide top prospect who could be contributing serious numbers in MLB in another year or three. In the field he's not great, but he has soft enough hands and good enough footwork to remain at third base for the time being. He'll start 2016 in high-A ball, but should move to AA before summer breaks.
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SB 210 BA SC 78 BP SN ES ML
SB 223 BA SC 71 BP SN ES ML
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