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After I finished my Top 100 Prospects post, I had a whole lot of leftovers of players who didn’t quite make the cut. The thing is many of these players were at one point in my Top 100, and therefore had a write up. Today’s post is those leftovers, it’s the turkey sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving, or the album a band releases a year after a successful album of all the songs that didn’t make the cut. It’s me being lazy, but also kind of wanting you to have as much of my info as possible. I get a chance to go into detail on a few last minute subtractions, and get you familiar with some players that will be jumping into my top 100 by mid-season. These are the bubble players, those that are every bit a top 100 level player as those that just limboed under the line, some flameouts looking for redemption in 2017, and everything in between. There’s a little bit of everything! I hope you enjoy, it’s the Leftovers.

 

101.  Sandy Alcantara, RHP | Age: 21 | Cardinals | 2016 Level: A+/A

Triple digit fastball, average change, fringe curve, and mechanics issues. If he can iron out the kinks, he could end up a front end starter, if not he’ll end up in the pen. ETA: 2019

102.  Lucas Erceg, 3B | Age: 21 | Brewers | 2016 Level: A-/ RK

Slashed .400/.452/.552 with 9 homers in his pro debut, stand out for Cal his sophomore year but some academic issues forced him to little Menlo College. He’s drawn comps to Chase Utley and Matt Carpenter. Should move fast, could be this year’s Willie Calhoun, even the story is similar. ETA: 2018

103.  Yusniel Diaz, OF | Age: 20 | Dodgers | 2016 Level: A+/Rk

Diaz’s quick righthanded swing, and remarkable hand eye coordination has scouts drooling over his offensive potential. Add in the plus speed, and mid teen power ceiling, and you have a five category contributor coming from one of the top player development organization’s of late. ETA: 2019

104.  Brandon Nimmo, OF | Age: 23 | Mets | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA

If you squint hard enough you’ll see a guy who could win a batting title. The skills are all there, more of a floor player than a ceiling guy, but he’s better than you think. Slashed .352/.423/.541 with 11 homers and 7 steals for AAA Reno ETA: 2017

105.  Justin Dunn, RHP | Age: 21 | Mets | 2016 Level: A-

His loose athletic delivery and live arm saw him rise up draft boards, but the questions remain if he’ll ultimately progress as a starter. His plus fastball and slider mix looks a lot like an elite pen 1-2 punch, Dunn’s future role will be determined by his fringe change or curve developing into an average major league offering. ETA: 2019

106.  Matt Thaiss, 1B | Age: 21 | Angels | 2016 Level: A-/Rk

Advanced college hitter with great on base skills, and a keen eye at the plate. Power ceiling is up for the debate, moved off of catcher for first base in debut, but the talk is he’s not done with catching. Skillset really plays if he’s behind the dish. ETA: 2018

107.  Stephen Gonsalves, LHP | Age: 22 | Twins | 2016 Level: AA/A

Breakout season in 2016, going 13-5 with a 2.06 ERA, a 10.0 K/9, and a .179 BAA. Thin athletic, 6’5 lefty with a smooth delivery, and clean mechanics. Induces weak contact in bunches, somehow he missed my Top 100. ETA: 2018

108.  Will Craig, 3B | Age: 22 | Pirates | 2016 Level: A-

One of the top college hitters in last year’s draft, Craig is known for his bat speed and sweet righty swing. He’s had trouble hitting for power with wood bats though, and it’s the biggest question hanging over Craig. ETA: 2019

109.  Trey Mancini, 1B | Age: 24 | Orioles | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA/AA

After a huge 2015, slashed .282/.357/.458 with 13 homers, in a notoriously pitching friendly home park. Saw promotion to the big league club toward the end of 2016, playing in 6 games, homering in three of them. The problem is where does he play? ETA: 2017

110.  Alex Kirilloff, OF | Age: 19 | Twins | 2016 Level: Rk

Won the Appy League MVP slashing .306/.341/.454 with 7 homers, and more runs (33) and RBIs (33), than strikeouts (32). Shows the ability to hit to all fields, and should continue to develop power as he matures. Kid can hit, nuff said. ETA: 2020

111.  Walker Buehler, RHP | Age: 22 | Dodgers | 2016 Level: A/Rk

TJ Survivor with 3 plus pitches, and a spike in velocity. Former ace of the Vanderbilt staff, and carried one-one buzz going into the 2015 season. Could be another in a long line of good Dodgers pitching prospects. ETA: 2019

112.  Nick Williams, OF | Age: 23 | Phillies | 2016 Level: AAA

Once my prospect crush, now in the back of the shop covered in rust. If he could work a count or take a walk, it would make a difference. No joke, walked 19 times in 497 PA’s at AAA ETA: 2017

113.  Franklin Perez, RHP | Age: 19 | Astros | 2016 Level: A

Solid pitcher’s build at 6’3, with a mid-90’s fastball, an above-average curve that flashes plus, and a developing change. Super young, with oodles of upside, inside a lot of Top 100 lists this off-season. ETA: 2019

114.  Travis Demeritte, 2B | Age: 22 | Braves | 2016 Level: A+

Another three outcome hitter for my OPS leaguers, Demeritte walks and strikes out in bunches. Averaging a 30% K rate, and walk rates over 10%. Where he plays in the field long term is up for debate. ETA: 2018

115.  Tyler Jay, LHP | Age: 22 | Twins | 2016 Level: AA/A+

Former college closer possesses two double plus pitches in his fastball and slider. The heater works in the mid-90’s, while the slider is an off the charts out pitch with Dracula bite. Generates groundballs at a plus 50% clip too. ETA: 2018

116.  Sean Newcomb, LHP | Age: 23 | Braves | 2016 Level: AA

A high octane fastball in the upper 90’s, a plus curveball, and average change give Newcomb a great set of baseline skills. The issue is, and always has been, his lack of control. If he can learn to harness it a little this season, he could breakout in a big way. ETA: 2017

117.  Touki Toussaint, RHP | Age: 20 | Braves | 2016 Level: A+

The sky is the limit for one of the best names in the minors. A devastating plus curveball, and a plus heater. Came on at the end the season, but there’s still pen risk and control issues. ETA: 2019

118.  Brady Aiken, LHP | Age: 20 | Indians | 2016 Level: A-/RK

The once top pick in the 2014 draft, Aiken is still getting his footing after 2015 TJ. Has all the upside in the world, but his “small” UCL, will remain a concern forever. ETA: 2020

119.  Roman Quinn, OF | Age: 23 | Phillies | 2016 Level: MLB/AA

SAGNOF!!! Will have value this year if he plays enough, and stays healthy. Those are big ifs though. ETA: 2017

120.  Brett Phillips, OF | Age: 22 | Brewers | 2016 Level: AA

After a terrible 2016 Phillips looks to rebound, I’m not against grabbing him as a buy low candidate. After all he’s a player with speed, power, an the ability to draw a walk. ETA: 2018

 

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  1. Andrew says:
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    Love the prospect write-ups but I have a keeper question if you don’t mind… My first three can be any player on my roster (Sale, Blackmon, Bogaerts) but the 4th keeper must be from round 16 or later or a free agent pick up… So I am deciding between Adam Duvall, Kevin Gausman Ender Inciarte and James Paxton. Thank you for the advice

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Andrew: I’d go Duvall gives you some power to go with your other options.

  2. Chud says:
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    Great work!

    I also drank from the Nick Williams Kool
    aid…..ugh. What are your thoughts on the development of Maikel Franco? Been offered a deal in my 10 team salary keeper for Franco ($10) and Cano ($38) for Donaldson ($24).

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chud: I think I’d do it just to dump Cano’s contract.

  3. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    Happy to see Phillips made the list!

  4. St.Steven says:
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    Great read. I think your ETA on Buehler is far too conservative. There’s been talk he could arrive already this year (klaw).

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @St.Steven: I assume he’s going to be limited in terms of innings this year. If it’s 2018, that makes sense, but a combo of his health plus a stacked Dodgers rotation tells me he might not surpass his limits until early 2019. Could be wrong, but that was my thinking.

  5. Frank says:
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    Thanks for the post Ralph!
    Trying to round up my keepers in a 16tm H2H OPS/QS keeper leage. Who do i take for last 2 spots? (already have trout, arenado, aroldis & Desmond):
    Franco $8, Santana $17, Urias $3, Cotton $3, Napoli$5, Gattis $5, Britton $19, Dozier $25, Beltran $6

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Frank: Urias and Franco.

  6. Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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    Squinting at Nimmo is the next Pixar feature

  7. Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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    With your other post I started at 100 counting backwards to see where you would have Gonsalves, and the lower the numbers went the more pumped I got, only to not see him at all. Sad Trumbone —<

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ra’zbahl Al Ghul: He could easily have been as high as 85. It’s splitting hairs city at the end.

  8. Richard Davis says:
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    Would you trade Schwarber for McCutchen and Eloy Jimenez in a Dynasty League? Everyone in my league seems to love Schwarber, and I’m not as high on him, unless he got C eligiblity back. But he is much younger than Cutch. I’m just thinking I can get similar production with Cutch the next few years, then hopefully Eloy becomes the Stud he’s projected to be. Thanks for you opinion

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Richard Davis: Yeah, I’m right with you on Schwarber. He’s going to be playing all season with a knee brace too…not good.

      So give me the either washed up MVP/rebound guy, and the best power tool in the minors.

  9. Schwab says:
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    Great prospect write-up. In an 8 team H2H point based dynasty league. Each team keeps 15 players. Was offered Story, Duffy and his 3rd for Correa. Thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Schwab: I love Correa, but Story + Duffy + a pick I’d do

  10. Landisimo3 says:
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    Another great write up Ralph… 12 teamer … roto keeper… we keep 10 and another 10 minors/stash… I have

    Crawford
    Albies
    Glasnow
    Tapia
    Maitan
    Morejon
    Martes
    Kyle Lewis
    Calhoun
    Gallo

    Is Gallo worth hanging on to ? Or do I replace him with someone like Murphy, Isan Diaz, Chapman, Puk, McKenzie, Weaver etc etc? All available … Thank you as always!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Landisimo3: If you need a catcher, I’d drop Morejon for Murphy and hold Gallo. Actually I’d drop Morejon for all of those guys but maybe Puk.

  11. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    what’s the juice with this ja garcia STL just signed?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: He’s Adonis’ brother, I hear long swing and swing and miss issues. Was ranked 20th best Cuban prospect last year by BA.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: ok, no big deal then. man they have a LOT of garcia’s now.

        • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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          @Eli Man Penguin Boy: oh yeah, they did dump one of them though.

  12. True and Correct says:
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    Any way Greg Allen makes it to the Show this year ? Not like the Indians have a great outfield.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @True and Correct: There’s a chance, while they aren’t stacked they have a ton of options. If he hits in Akron and then in Columbus, I think he could find his way up. They could use some speed, but I think Zimmer and Naquin get first cracks.

  13. Dale Coffin says:
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    I have an idea for a follow up post. There is always lots of momentum and downloads for the top prospect lists and the ones that just missed. In dynasty leagues there is a whole subset of folks looking for the next great thing before anyone else finds him. I wonder if a top 100 or perhaps top 50 list of players under 20 would provide a basis for comparing the guys that are really young. There would be lots of J2 folks in here and players that have yet to play in full season ball. Perhaps nobody else would be interested but I for one would devour every word of that type of post.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dale Coffin: I like that idea, I’ll throw it in the queue.

  14. For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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    12 team h2h dynasty. we just finished our NA guys draft (yahoo). 4 top names that won’t start year in majors don’t have NA tags in yahoo yet so they couldn’t be drafted. i have worst waiver as i won this mother last year. 28 roster active max, 5 NA max. rule also states you can’t hoard even one extra NA guy. if midseason a 6th or more than that guy gets tagged you have 2 weeks to make your roster only have 5 max NA guys. K’s, BB’s, Slugging, OPS, holds, QS, losses, HR’s against, OBPA

    C sanchez
    1B E5
    2B villar (could go in 3B/SS too)
    SS swanson
    3B franco world empire
    LF k.davis
    CF cain sugar (RF also)
    RF brocktune (polanco, LF also)
    util upton (CF/RF)
    BN forsythe/pedroia
    NA (besides zimmer all of these recently drafted) b.zimmer (CF) /acuna (CF) /fisher (RF)/calhoun
    SP carmart/carrasco/arrieta/kluber/hendricks/richards/V2/a.reyes (yeah still waiting on MF’ing DL slotting)/cotton/bauer/tomlin/j.guerra (MIL) (yeah this pitching is F’ing sick, i took this over less than 3 years ago)
    RP (max 5 slots for these): osuna/f-rod/bush/r.iglesias/n.jones
    NA keller

    1. drop either/both of tomlin/j.guerra for any (and is this order right) of: moore/nova/folty/cobb/finnegan/t.ross?

    2. drop forsythe for OBP wolf (i probably should’ve kept wolf over forsythe in the first place, didn’t realize i had 3 possible 2B guys, villar will be moved all over for injuries/off days)

    3. due to my exact roster should i drop acuna for best prospect 1B left b.bradley? (barely missed out on tellez)

      • For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: grandal, didn’t matter, i went with getting a backup 1B for E5 in thames, as those projection machines sure as F do like him more than my other options if E5 gets hurt (bird/cron/gurriel/gyorko etc)

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          @For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron: yeah i kept acuna too. i’m full of CF now though, it’s usually good to just go best player in those short drafts. bradley can maybe be obtained when he comes up at no real cost. i dropped forsythe for thames. man those projector machines love him.

  15. sh says:
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    Love the prospects posts Ralph.

    I have joined a 20 team dynasty, unlimited rosters as long as you are under the cap. My team is very poor, I have Kris Bryant and Roberto Osuna. I have a offer of Brendan Rogers, Brinson A.Riley, N.Senzel, K.Lewis, Z.Collins and C.Quantrill. Is that a fair deal for Osuna and Bryant???

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @sh: I’d hold Bryant like a Golden Ticket to Wonka’s Factory. Don’t let Slugsworth get that from you.

      • sh says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Would you deal Osuna for a package of any of those guys?

  16. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    on the cody reed thing:

    hmm, but in a league where we’re only gonna use innings cap not games on team where’d he go roughly. bout to slow draft a brand new 16 team dynasty with 7 man minor list, the minor list will be slow drafted as soon as we fill the league (hopefully by early march), and then regular roster will be online draft in late march. i went back and looked at just how long a slow draft for over 500 players might take and i don’t want to risk either starting way too early or not ending by start of season. we have lots of extra cats like OPS/XBH/QS/K per 9, K/BB, holds, etc. roto dynasty as well.

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