2017 Midseason Top 75 Prospects

I’m a little beyond the midpoint in preparing this, but…life. Find an updated list of my original 2017 prospect list below:

  1. Yoan Moncada, 2B/3B, Chicago White Sox

    One of several pieces from the Sale trade, Moncada is a freak
    Courtesy: Zimbio
  2. Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees
  3. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
  4. Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago White Sox
  5. Amed Rosario, SS, New York Mets
  6. Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox
  7. Victor Robles, OF, Washington Nationals
  8. Brendan Rodgers, SS, Colorado Rockies
  9. Ronald Acuna, OF, Atlanta Braves
  10. Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians
  11. Nick Senzel, 3B, Cincinnati Reds
  12. Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston Astros
  13. Brent Honeywell, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
  14. Lewis Brinson, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
  15. Alex Reyes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
  16. Juan Soto, OF, Washington Nationals
  17. Willy Adames, SS, Tampa Bay Rays
  18. Mitch Keller, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
  19. Walker Buehler, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
  20. Michael Kopech, RHP, Chicago White Sox
  21. Austin Meadows, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
  22. A.J. Puk, LHP, Oakland Athletics
  23. Triston McKenzie, RHP, Cleveland Indians
  24. Nick Gordon, SS, Minnesota Twins
  25. Kolby Allard, LHP, Atlanta Braves
  26. Chance Sisco, C, Baltimore Orioles
  27. Ozzie Albies, 2B, Atlanta Braves
  28. Franklin Barreto, SS, Oakland Athletics
  29. Sixto Sanchez, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies
  30. Fernando Tatis, Jr., SS, San Diego Padres
  31. Bo Bichette, SS, Toronto Blue Jays
  32. J.P. Crawford, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
  33. Alex Verdugo, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
  34. Cal Quantrill, RHP, San Diego Padres
  35. Mike Soroka, RHP, Atlanta Braves
  36. Hunter Greene, RHP, Cincinnati Reds

    The Reds got the best player in the draft at No.2 overall.
    Courtesy: MLB.com
  37. Leody Taveras, OF, Texas Rangers
  38. MacKenzie Gore, LHP, San Diego Padres
  39. Blake Rutherford, OF, New York Yankees
  40. Yadier Alvarez, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
  41. Franklin Perez, RHP, Houston Astros
  42. Carson Kelly, C, St. Louis Cardinals
  43. Chance Adams, RHP, New York Yankees
  44. Sandy Alcantara, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
  45. Royce Lewis, SS, Minnesota Twins
  46. Ryan Mountcastle, SS, Baltimore Orioles
  47. Sean Newcomb, LHP, Atlanta Braves
  48. Kyle Wright, RHP, Atlanta Braves
  49. Brendan McKay, LHP/1B, Tampa Bay Rays
  50. Isan Diaz, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
  51. Jorge Alfaro, C, Philadelphia Phillies
  52. Jason Groome, LHP, Boston Red Sox
  53. Luis Robert, OF, Chicago White Sox
  54. Riley Pint, RHP, Colorado Rockies
  55. Justus Sheffield, LHP, New York Yankees
  56. Dominic Smith, 1B, New York Mets
  57. Scott Kingery, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies
  58. Ian Anderson, RHP, Atlanta Braves
  59. Reynaldo Lopez, RHP, Chicago White Sox
  60. Derek Fisher, OF, Houston Astros
  61. Jack Flaherty, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
  62. Alex Faedo, RHP, Detroit Tigers
  63. Kyle Lewis, OF, Seattle Mariners
  64. Anthony Banda, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
  65. Estevan Florial, OF, New York Yankees
  66. Kevin Maitan, SS, Atlanta Braves
  67. Lucas Giolito, RHP, Chicago White Sox

    Giolito hasn’t lived up to the hype, but the stuff is still there – and unharnessed.
  68. Beau Burrows, RHP, Detroit Tigers
  69. Dylan Cease, RHP, Chicago White Sox
  70. Adrian Morejon, LHP, San Diego Padres
  71. Chris Shaw, 1B/OF, San Francisco Giants
  72. Michael Chavis, 3B, Boston Red Sox
  73. Lourdes Gurriel, SS, Toronto Blue Jays
  74. Jesus Sanchez, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
  75. Willie Calhoun, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers

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2017 Top 100 MLB Prospects

Below is a list of the top 100 prospects in MLB, as compiled by a non-scout. With spring training starting up, what better time to begin prospecting for your fantasy teams than right now. Click on the links below to view each player’s Baseball Reference page. Brief writeups for top 25 only. Enjoy, comment, and share…share a lot!

He has filled out and will fill up the stat sheets in 2017 Courtesy: Boston Herald
He has filled out and will fill up the stat sheets in 2017
Courtesy: Boston Herald

1. Andrew Benintendi, OF, BOS: Added muscle to an already incredibly talented skill-set could lead to immediate stardom in 2017.

2. Alex Reyes, RHP, STL: Suspensions are behind him. It won’t be long until he’s 1b behind Carlos Martinez.
3. Lucas Giolito, RHP, CHW: Remember the elbow issues and the babying. He’ll get a grasp on location and he’ll take off.
One of several pieces from the Sale trade, Moncada is a freak Courtesy: Zimbio
One of several pieces from the Sale trade, Moncada is a freak
Courtesy: Zimbio

4. Yoan Moncada, 2B, CHW: Freak athlete. The numbers from a 2B will make fantasy players drool.

5. J.P. Crawford, SS, PHI: Don’t expect Jimmy Rollins in his game. He’ll begin to impress as soon as he gets his first shot due to a solid approach and all-around game.
6. Dansby Swanson, SS, ATL: Atlanta will be better in their new stadium. Swanson will be one of the reasons why. Getting him for Shelby Miller will be the Braves’ version of the Jeff Bagwell deal.
7. Rafael Devers, 3B, BOS: Power potential for days. He’s going to be special.
8. Gleyber Torres, SS, NYY: The power is coming. At 19 in A+, he had 11 HR and 29 doubles. It’s a race to SS between Torres and Mateo in NY.
9. Brendan Rodgers, SS, COL: There is a lot more swing and miss in his game than Troy Tulowitzki’s, but he’ll be compared to him his entire career – and for good reason.
10. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, PIT: The control can still be an issue, but Glasnow has the right pitching coach to make him an elite arm.
Robles is still in the Nats' organization for a reason Courtesy: MiLB.com
Robles is still in the Nats’ organization for a reason
Courtesy: MiLB.com

11. Victor Robles, OF, WAS: A gifted athlete with a crazy contact rate (especially for a 19-year-old in A+), he’ll utilize the entire field and be a threat on the bases.

12. Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, LAD: He has nowhere to play until Adrian Gonzalez leaves after the 2018 season, but he’s nearly ready. Maybe they’ll make room for him in the OF.
13. Austin Meadows, OF, PIT: All of the McCutcheon rumors will lead to a lot of focus on Meadows. He won’t be a star but can do a lot of things well.
14. Bradley Zimmer, OF, CLE: The strikeouts are a huge concern but Zimmer is a unique talent and brings a skill-set that will improve an already impressive roster in Cleveland.
The Reds need a quick moving power bat. He's the guy Courtesy: redsminorleagues.com
The Reds need a quick moving power bat. He’s the guy
Courtesy: redsminorleagues.com

15. Nick Senzel, 3B, CIN: Think of Ryan Zimmerman when you think of how quickly a player can reach the majors here. He could also produce at the same level…hopefully without the injuries.

16. Anderson Espinoza, RHP, SD: There are still a lot of things that can go wrong (he doesn’t turn 19 until March), but there are so many things that are already intriguing here.
17. Lewis Brinson, OF, MIL: Making contact consistently is a concern, but, when he does, Brinson is capable of superstardom in Milwaukee.
18. Eloy Jimenez, OF, CHC: 40 doubles at 19 in the midwest league. He’s going to turn those into HR in 2017 and he’ll be a top 5 prospect in 2018.
19. Manuel Margot, OF, SD: His numbers won’t pop and he may never lead the league in any statistic, but Margot is a smooth baseball player. He can do it all.
20. Josh Bell, 1B/OF, PIT: He never showed the power potential he was supposed to have in the minors, but he’s still a work in progress – one with an approach beyond his years.
Frazier will be an asset for the Yankees, even if it hurt to give up Miller Courtesy: Stack.com
Frazier will be an asset for the Yankees, even if it hurt to give up Miller
Courtesy: Stack.com

21. Clint Frazier, OF, NYY: The hair may be what many know him for right now. The ability will make others wish that they had curly red hair.

22. Kyle Tucker, OF, HOU: As this guy grows into his 6’4″ frame, he’s going to be a monster. He had 41 XBH and 32 SB while reading A+ at 19 in 2016.
23. Michael Kopech, RHP, CHW: He throws really hard and he’s on a team that is going to give him an opportunity sooner than later. If for no other reason than these, he’s an intriguing prospect. He’s also very good.
24. Willy Adames, SS, TB: He’ll make the David Price trade look silly at some point when he debuts in 2017. He is extremely talented and will quickly become one of the Rays’ top players.
25. Francis Martes, RHP, HOU: Strikeouts jumped a bit (as did the walks) in AA last year, a wonderful sign for a 20-year-old. He throws extremely hard and is capable of becoming a frontline starter.
26. Amed Rosario, SS, NYM
27. Ian Happ, 2B/OF, CHC
28. Ozzie Albies, 2B/SS, ATL
29.  Kyle Lewis, OF, SEA
30. Mickey Moniak, OF, PHI
31. Franklin Barreto, 2B/SS, OAK
32. Francisco Mejia, C, CLE
33. Jose De Leon, RHP, TB
34. Corey Ray, OF, MIL
35. Hunter Renfroe, OF, SD
36. Brent Honeywell, RHP, TB
37. Josh Hader, LHP, MIL
38. Jason Groome, LHP, BOS
39. Jeff Hoffman, RHP, COL
40. Tyler O’Neill, OF, SEA
41. Reynaldo Lopez, RHP, CHW
42. Kolby Allard, LHP, ATL
43. Raimel Tapia, OF, COL
44. Mitch Keller, RHP, PIT
45. Blake Rutherford, OF, NYY
46. Braxton Garrett, LHP, MIA
47. Jorge Alfaro, C, PHI
48. Yohander Mendez, LHP, TEX
49. Anthony Alford, OF, TOR
50. Carson Kelly, C, STL
51. Luis Castillo, RHP, CIN
52. Yadier Alvarez, RHP, LAD
53. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., 3B/OF, TOR
54. Jorge Mateo, SS, NYY
55. Leody Taveras, OF, TEX
56. Riley Pint, RHP, COL
57. Dominic Smith, 1B, NYM
58. Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, TOR
59. Nick Gordon, SS, MIN
60. David Paulino, RHP, HOU
61. Amir Garrett, LHP, CIN
62. Aaron Judge, OF, NYY
63. Triston McKenzie, RHP, CLE
64. Kevin Newman, SS, PIT
65. Alex Verdugo, OF, LAD
66. Nick Williams, OF, PHI
67. Zack Collins, C, CHW
68. Delvin Perez, SS, STL
69. A.J. Puk, LHP, OAK
70. Grant Holmes, RHP, OAK
71. Brady Aiken, LHP, CLE
72. Robert Stephenson, RHP, CIN
73. Jesse Winker, OF, CIN
74. Erick Fedde, RHP, WAS
75. Willie Calhoun, 2B, LAD
76. Dylan Cease, RHP, CHC
77. Jake Bauers, 1B/OF, TB
78. Luke Weaver, RHP, STL
79. Justus Sheffield, LHP, NYY
80. Sean Newcombe, LHP, ATL
81. Matt Manning, RHP, DET
82. Brock Stewart, RHP, LAD
83. Max Fried, LHP, ATL
84. Derek Fisher, OF, HOU
85. Ian Anderson, RHP, ATL
86. Chance Sisco, C, BAL
87. Forrest Whitley, RHP, HOU
88. Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, MIN
89. Kevin Maitan, SS, ATL
90. Matt Chapman, 3B, OAK
91. Tyler Jay, LHP, MIN
92. Cal Quantrill, RHP, SD
93. Bobby Bradley, 1B, CLE
94. Christian Arroyo, INF, SF
95. Mike Soroka, RHP, ATL
96. Isan Diaz, SS, MIL
97. Ramon Laureano, OF, HOU
98. Tyler Beede, RHP, SF
99. German Marquez, RHP, COL
 100. James Kaprielian, RHP, NYY

2016 Midseason Top 100 Prospects

At the beginning of the 2016 season, I prepared a prospect list. Now, at the mid-point of the season, it is time to look at how that list has changed; whether because of performance or promotions, you’ll see a drastically different list of players to keep an eye on over the remainder of the 2016 season. (Click on the hyperlink to view the player page through Baseball Reference)

  1. Julio Urias, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

    Dodgers LHP phenom Julio Urias
    Dodgers LHP phenom Julio Urias
  2. Lucas Giolito, RHP, Washington Nationals
  3. Yoan Moncada, 2B, Boston Red Sox
  4. J.P. Crawford, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
  5. Alex Reyes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
  6. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
  7. Alex Bregman, 3B/SS, Houston Astros
  8. Brendan Rodgers, SS, Colorado Rockies
  9. Trea Turner, SS/CF, Washington Nationals
  10. Orlando Arcia, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
  11. Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves
  12. Austin Meadows, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
  13. Joey Gallo, 3B, Texas Rangers
  14. Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox
  15. Victor Robles, OF, Washington Nationals
  16. Anderson Espinoza, RHP, Boston Red Sox
  17. David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies
  18. Amed Rosario, SS, New York Mets
  19. Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox
  20. Ozzie Albies, 2B/SS, Atlanta Braves
  21. Manuel Margot, OF, San Diego Padres
  22. Clint Frazier, OF, Cleveland Indians

    Indians Ginger Clint Frazier
    Indians Ginger Clint Frazier
  23. Lewis Brinson, OF, Texas Rangers
  24. Jeff Hoffman, RHP, Colorado Rockies
  25. Jorge Mateo, SS, New York Yankees
  26. Jose Berrios, RHP, Minnesota Twins
  27. Willy Adames, SS, Tampa Bay Rays
  28. Nick Williams, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
  29. Raul A. Mondesi, SS, Kansas City Royals
  30. Bradley Zimmer, OF, Cleveland Indians
  31. Raimel Tapia, OF, Colorado Rockies
  32. Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago Cubs
  33. Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees
  34. Gleyber Torres, SS, Chicago Cubs
  35. Jose De Leon, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
  36. Josh Bell, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates
  37. Amir Garrett, LHP, Cincinnati Reds

    Reds' LHP Amir Garrett is still transitioning from basketball - even with his outrageous numbers. Courtesy: Reds Reporter
    Reds’ LHP Amir Garrett is still transitioning from basketball – even with his outrageous numbers.
    Courtesy: Reds Reporter
  38. Francis Martes, RHP, Houston Astros
  39. Brent Honeywell, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
  40. Reynaldo Lopez, RHP, Washington Nationals
  41. Joe Musgrove, RHP, Houston Astros
  42. Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston Astros
  43. Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
  44. Ian Happ, 2B/OF, Chicago Cubs
  45. Sean Newcomb, LHP, Atlanta Braves
  46. Jake Thompson, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies
  47. Nick Gordon, SS, Minnesota Twins
  48. Luis Ortiz, RHP, Texas Rangers
  49. Tyler Jay, LHP, Minnesota Twins
  50. Brett Phillips, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
  51. Hunter Renfroe, OF, San Diego Padres
  52. Franklin Barreto, SS, Oakland Athletics
  53. Yohander Mendez, LHP, Texas Rangers"Texas
  54. Alex Verdugo, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
  55. Josh Hader, LHP, Milwaukee Brewers
  56. Jorge Alfaro, C, Philadelphia Phillies
  57. Kevin Newman, SS, Pittsburgh Pirates
  58. David Paulino, RHP, Houston Astros
  59. Phil Bickford, RHP, San Francisco Giants
  60. Tyler O’Neill, OF, Seattle Mariners
  61. Mitch Keller, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
  62. Christian Arroyo, SS, San Francisco Giants
  63. Grant Holmes, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
  64. Brady Aiken, LHP, Cleveland Indians
  65. Jake Bauers, 1B/OF, Tampa Bay Rays
  66. Robert Stephenson, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
  67. Erick Fedde, RHP, Washington Nationals
  68. Braden Shipley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
  69. Jesse Winker, OF, Cincinnati Reds
  70. Justus Sheffield, LHP, Cleveland Indians
  71. Trent Clark, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
  72. Jack Flaherty, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
  73. Bobby Bradley, 1B, Cleveland Indians
  74. Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians
  75. Gavin Cecchini, SS, New York Mets
  76. Dominic Smith, 1B, New York Mets

    Smith is a 1B-only prospect who is actually worth monitoring Courtesy: metsmorizedonline.com
    Smith is a 1B-only prospect who is actually worth monitoring
    Courtesy: metsmorizedonline.com
  77. Mike Soroka, RHP, Atlanta Braves
  78. Carson Fulmer, RHP, Chicago White Sox
  79. Andrew Knapp, C, Philadelphia Phillies
  80. Luke Weaver, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
  81. Frankie Montas, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
  82. Mike Clevinger, RHP, Cleveland Indians
  83. Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
  84. Kolby Allard, LHP, Atlanta Braves
  85. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates
  86. Anthony Alford, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
  87. Chris Shaw, 1B, San Francisco Giants
  88. Jorge Polanco, 2B, Minnesota Twins
  89. Hunter Harvey, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
  90. Javier Guerra, SS, San Diego Padres
  91. Tyler Beede, RHP, San Francisco Giants
  92. Adalberto Mejia, LHP, San Francisco Giants
  93. Derek Fisher, OF, Houston Astros
  94. Conner Greene, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
  95. Touki Toussaint, RHP, Atlanta Braves
  96. Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Minnesota Twins

    Gonsalves could be a top 50 prospect by the end of the year Courtesy: milb.com
    Gonsalves could be a top 50 prospect by the end of the year
    Courtesy: milb.com
  97. Michael Kopech, RHP, Boston Red Sox
  98. Yusniel Diaz, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
  99. Josh Naylor, 1B, Miami Marlins
  100. James Kaprielian, RHP, New York Yankees

 

2015 Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects

I published my Top 100 prospect list for the 2015 season in late October. Since then, we’ve seen numerous players jump to the majors to be contributors at the big league level. As you likely heard a million times during All-Star Week, there are a lot of very good young players in MLB right now. Fortunately, there are still many to come, and here are the top 50 prospects remaining in the minors:

NOTE: Since this is a mid-season list, I am not going to go in-depth with reporting at this time. If you’d like to see more, follow the link to the statistics from Baseball Reference and view how each prospect is performing, or feel free to comment for specific questions on players and I’ll provide a response.

Seager could make the same type of impact as Joc Pederson, only at SS
Seager could make the same type of impact as Joc Pederson, only at SS Courtesy: CBS Sports

1. Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers

2. Lucas Giolito, RHP, Washington Nationals

3. Julio Urias, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

4. J.P. Crawford, SS, Philadelphia Phillies

5. Joey Gallo, 3B, Texas Rangers

6. Kyle Schwarber, C, Chicago Cubs (on his way to the majors to fill in for the injured Miguel Montero)

7. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

8. Nomar Mazara, OF, Texas Rangers

9. Trea Turner, SS, Washington Nationals

10. Aaron Nola, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies

11. Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox

12. Yoan Moncada, 2B, Boston Red Sox

13. Brendan Rodgers, SS, Colorado Rockies

14. Bradley Zimmer, OF, Cleveland Indians

Cards future ace?  Courtesy: MLB.com
Cards future ace?
Courtesy: MLB.com

15. Alex Reyes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

16. Michael Conforto, OF, New York Mets

17. Robert Stephenson, RHP, Cincinnati Reds

18. Jose Berrios, RHP, Minnesota Twins

19. Orlando Arcia, SS, Milwaukee Brewers

20. Nick Williams, OF, Texas Rangers

21. Austin Meadows, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

22. Jose De Leon, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

23. Daniel Norris, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays

24. Gleyber Torres, SS, Chicago Cubs

25. Raul Mondesi, SS, Kansas City Royals

26. Luis Severino, RHP, New York Yankees (could be a reliever long-term)

Rockies' OF Tapia may be small, but he can HIT - and to all fields
Rockies’ OF Tapia may be small, but he can HIT – and to all fields

27. Raimel Tapia, OF, Colorado Rockies

28. Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees

29. Billy McKinney, OF, Chicago Cubs

30. Dansby Swanson, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks (remains unsigned prior to Friday’s deadline)

31. Jon Gray, RHP, Colorado Rockies

32. Jeff Hoffman, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays

33. Sean Newcomb, LHP, Los Angeles Angels

34. Josh Bell, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates

35. Joe Ross, RHP, Washington Nationals

36. Brett Phillips, OF, Houston Astros

37. Franklin Barreto, SS, Oakland Athletics

38. David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies

39. Blake Snell, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays

40. Jesse Winker, OF, Cincinnati Reds

41. Aaron Blair, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks

42. Ryan McMahon, 3B, Colorado Rockies

43. Henry Owens, LHP, Boston Red Sox

Is Appel an ace or a bust?  Courtesy: Baseball America
Is Appel an ace or a bust?
Courtesy: Baseball America

44. Mark Appel, RHP, Houston Astros

45. Reynaldo Lopez, RHP, Washington Nationals

46. Tim Anderson, SS, Chicago White Sox

47. Willy Adames, SS, Tampa Bay Rays

48. Jorge Alfaro, C, Texas Rangers

49. Ozhaino Albies, SS, Atlanta Braves

50. A.J. Reed, 1B, Houston Astros

 

 

2015 Season Previews: Boston Red Sox

Over the next several weeks, The Baseball Haven will be creating season previews for all 30 MLB teams. You’ll find their projected records (based on PECOTA records from Baseball Prospectus, as of 2/15/2015), each team’s top three players (based on Steamer WAR projections from FanGraphs), and some valuable notes on each team, including likely bounce-back candidates, potential breakout players or fantasy sleepers, as well as a look back at offseason transactions which led to each team’s projections. Stop back frequently to see where your favorite team ranks! 

Boston Red Sox

Courtesy: MLB.com
Courtesy: MLB.com

2015 Projected Record: 87-75 (1st in AL East, 5th in MLB)

Manager: John Farrell (168-156 in two seasons with Boston, 322-326 in four seasons overall)

Top Three Players: 2B Dustin Pedroia (4.8), 3B Pablo Sandoval (3.8), OF Hanley Ramirez (3.6)

Bounce-back Player: SS Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts will be the epitome of a post-hype sleeper after having watched him crash and burn during his age-21 season in 2014. It seems unreal that we hold players to such high expectations today – even Mike Trout hit just .220/.281/.390 in his first 135 plate appearances at the tender age of 19. Still, the Boston shortstop is someone to lookout for as we turn the page to the 2015 season. The positives: he still had 28 doubles, 12 home runs, walked in 6.6 percent of his plate appearances, and wasn’t benched to make room for Hanley Ramirez. The negatives: He hit just .153/.198/.221 over 254 plate appearances from June 1 through August 31. After finishing the season with a .313/.317/.490 in September, so, perhaps, that is a sign of things to come? Get back on board with Bogaerts.

Betts is a sure bet for your fantasy team Courtesy: Boston.com
Betts is a sure bet for your fantasy team
Courtesy: Boston.com

Fantasy Player to Watch: INF/OF Mookie Betts

Andrew McCutchen, Hanley Ramirez, and Derek Jeter…those are the recent comparisons that Betts received in a recent article, which is enough to stop most fans in their tracks and mock whoever said it, but those comparisons came from the mouths of veterans David Ortiz, Shane Victorino, and Hanley Ramirez, himself. Betts is an extremely athletic, versatile player, who will break camp and find a way to get 500 plate appearances while playing all over the field, but mostly center field. He may be listed at just 5’9″, 155 pounds, but he could eclipse 10 bombs and 30 stolen bases for the next several seasons, while showing impressive plate discipline. After playing in 52 games in his age-21 season and posting an .812 OPS over 213 plate appearances, he’ll establish himself as a “must-own” in fantasy leagues in his first full season in 2015.

Offseason Overview: The Red Sox were busy filling up their rotation in trades, acquiring Wade Miley from Arizona (for Rubby De La Rosa and Allan Webster) and Rick Porcello from Detroit (for Yoenis Cespedes). Beyond the offseason trades, Ben Cherington and company opened the checkbook, signing Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval through free agency, while continuing in the pursuit of international free agents by dropping $31.5 million (plus an additional $31.5 million in fines) on 19-year-old Cuban sensation Yoan Moncada. While Moncada will head to the minors, it will only be a matter of time before he makes an impact, as he’ll head to High-A to start his career. He joins fellow Cuban Rusney Castillo, who signed a seven-year, $72.5 million deal, within the Boston organization.

The Verdict: After dealing Jon Lester to Oakland and being unable to come up with a deal with Philadelphia for Cole Hamels, the Red Sox head into the 2015 season with a group of mid-rotation arms in one of the toughest divisions in baseball. Clay Buchholz isn’t what you’d call an “ace”, even if you’re dumb enough to think that he can duplicate the 16 starts he had in 2013. If he stays healthy, a big “if” since Boston should be ecstatic to get 30 starts and 190 innings out of him, he’ll just be serviceable. Miley can give Boston innings, but the 3.94 ERA and 1.36 WHIP show that he may have issues missing bats and keeping base runners at bay when you consider those numbers came while pitching in the NL West, where Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego’s stadiums kill baseballs – he likely won’t be so lucky facing New York, Toronto, and Baltimore’s sluggers. Porcello could be very good with a strong defense behind him, but, with this pitching staff, the Red Sox are going to need to outscore their opponents…something they should be able to do thanks to their collection of talented bats. This team is extremely deep offensively, but the pitching is the key here. Boston should win 90 to 93 game, but they’ll need a lot of luck out of that rotation. For that reason, I see Johnny Cueto in the Boston rotation, leading them to the title down the stretch.