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Top 100 Prospects for 2014

The 2014 season is drawing near and it is time to put up my First Top 100 Prospect list here at Fantasy Assembly. Our team has shared some prospect ranking up until this point and you can read more player descriptions here. Prospect ranks are a fluid project, as you can see some rankings have changed from our earlier positional ranks. There often isn’t a lot of difference between similarly ranked players, ie player #35 and player #50 either. What the rankings do is hopefully create interest in some lesser known prospects and create dialogue on others.

I hope this list can be of some value to you with your fantasy leagues. We will be showcasing a consolidated top 50 Prospect List later in the week. Check back for it.

Note: I included Tanaka against my better judgement, as he’s surely the target in many minor league drafts for fantasy leagues right now. He is the only unsigned player listed.

Rank Name Comments Team Position
1 Xander Bogaerts We’ve only seen a glimpse of this future top 3 SS RedSox SS
2 Miguel Sano Awesome power and should stick at 3B Twins 3B
3 Byron Buxton Voted most likely to resemble Mike Trout Twins OF
4 Oscar Taveras Awesome hit-tool. Ankle injuries derailed 2013 Cardinals OF
5 Javier Baez 30 HR power from MI slot. Yes, please Cubs SS
6 Addison Russell All-around athlete, can run and hit for some power Athletics SS
7 Carlos Correa Just 18, he showed his skills in A ball. Future star Astros SS
8 Taijuan Walker Future Ace, can produce for you in 2014. Mariners SP
9 Francisco Lindor Not all-glove. Can be a top of the lineup bat. Indians SS
10 Masahiro Tanaka Could have the best splitter in the world.   SP
11 Archie Bradley Plus fastball and curve. Ace ceiling Diamondbacks SP
12 George Springer Awesome power and speed combo. Ks are still a concern Astros OF
13 Gregory Polanco True 5-tool talent. Sweet swing Pirates OF
14 Lucas Giolito By next year, he’ll be best SP prospect in baseball Nationals SP
15 Noah Syndergaard With Harvey, Wheeler much better than Gen K Mets SP
16 Kris Bryant Plus power may stay at 3B Cubs 3B
17 Robert Stephenson 2011 1st round pick quietly dominant throughout minors. Reds SP
18 Nick Castellanos Solid hit tool, value way up with move back to 3B Tigers 3B
19 Kevin Gausman Struggled in first go with O’s. Could be a #2 Orioles SP
20 Billy Hamilton I heard this guy’s quick, but can he hit? Reds OF
21 Carlos Martinez Some of the nastiest stuff you’ll ever see. Cardinals RP
22 Jameson Taillon Top of the rotation stuff. Results haven’t matched. Yet Pirates SP
23 Travis d’Arnaud 15-20 HR potential with good average. All-star ceiling Mets C
24 Clint Frazier Awesome bat speed with plus power potential Indians OF
25 Jorge Soler Plus power with above average speed. Exciting athlete. Cubs OF
26 Jose Abreu Very good power. Could break into the top 10 1B WhiteSox 1B
27 Raul Adalberto Mondesi Just 18, very advanced with some pop, good speed Royals SS
28 Dylan Bundy Will miss most of ’14. Ceiling still there to be a #1 Orioles SP
29 Jonathan Gray Throws 100mph, great slider. Legit ace ceiling even in Coors Rockies SP
30 Jonathan Singleton Tough year in 2013, but could hit 30 HR in the mlb Astros 1B
31 Albert Almora Great hit tool, looks like a solid #2 hitter in stacked Cubs lineup Cubs OF
32 Kyle Zimmer Big RH touches high 90s, awesome curve. Looks like a #2 Royals SP
33 Mark Appel 6’5″ RHP likely to contribute in 2015. Solid arsenal Astros SP
34 Julio Urias Urias could hit bigs before 20. LHP hits 93mph with solid change Dodgers SP
35 Kyle Crick Frame, mid 90s FB, hard slider. High ceiling if command comes Giants SP
36 Corey Seager Just 19, could move to 3B. 20 HR, good OBP potential Dodgers SS
37 Yordano Ventura 100MPH fastball, needs to improve change, curve. Royals SP
38 Kohl Stewart 4th pick in 2013 draft looking like a future ace. Twins SP
39 James Paxton 25yr old LHP throws mid-90s with sinker and plus curve. Sleeper! Mariners SP
40 Andrew Heaney Named mlb.com’s top LHP prospect. 3 potential plus pitches Marlins SP
41 Garin Cecchini High AVG, High OBP, power is question. 15 HR .300/.400 valuable RedSox 3B
42 Marcus Stroman Just 5’9″, everything else screams T.O.R. starter BlueJays SP
43 Alex Meyer 6’9″ 24 yr old has #2 ceiling. Plus fastball/curve, shoulder concerns Twins SP
44 David Dahl A lost 2013, but still an exciting 5 tool talent Rockies OF
45 Aaron Sanchez Plus fastball and curve, big year ahead in AA for this 21yr old BlueJays SP
46 Rougned Odor Awesome hit tool. Good speed and some mid power potential Rangers 2B
47 Max Fried Fried, 19, has a plus FB and curve. As command improves, Ks will Padres SP
48 Jorge Alfaro Plus power with speed at C pos. Contact is a problem. Insane arm Rangers C
49 Alexander Guerrero Looking like Opening Day 2B, good power, questions on hit tool Dodgers 2B
50 Gary Sanchez Bat could play at 1B even (and might need to) Offense first C Yankees C
51 Eddie Butler Electric stuff. Dominant in 3 levels in 2013. Rockies SP
52 Maikel Franco One of 2013 biggest breakouts. Power is huge, moving to 1B Phillies 3B/1B
53 Tyler Glasnow 6’7″ RHP broke out in 2013. If command improves, look out Pirates SP
54 Henry Owens Tall LHP with potential 3 plus pitches. Some control issues RedSox SP
55 Kolten Wong Not terribly exciting, but good speed and average from 2B slot Cardinals 2B
56 Lucas Sims Just 19, Sims broke out in 2013 with 10.3 K/9 Devastating CB Braves SP
57 Austin Hedges A lot tied into his D, bat could become league average C or more Padres C
58 Austin Meadows Just 18, a lot of projection. Good power with speed. Big 2014 on tap? Pirates OF
59 DJ Peterson Not a lot of power yet. If he’s a 3B bat will play. at 1B trickier Mariners 3B
60 Chris Owings Aggressive hitter could be a 15/15 SS in bigs. Lack of patience a worry Diamondbacks SS
61 Dominic Smith Should hit for average and power with a good OBP. Mets 1B
62 Miguel Almonte Good fastball, plus change. Will likely climb list in 2014 Royals SP
63 Matthew Wisler Not electrifying stuff, but good control. FB pitcher will like Petco Padres SP
64 Nick Williams Awesome potential for avg, power and speed. Risk is there too. Rangers OF
65 Alen Hanson At SS or 2B he’ll be a fantasy asset. 10HR 25SB potential Pirates SS
66 Taylor Guerreri TJS put an abrupt end to 2013. Buy-low on possibly #2 ceiling Rays SP
67 Mookie Betts Incredible offensive season in 2013. Size limits power. Speed not elite. RedSox 2B
68 Hak-Ju Lee Defense first SS, makes good contact with excellent speed. Rays 2B
69 Hunter Harvey Just 18 in 2013, Harvey intrigues with plus FB and plus curve Orioles SP
70 Brian Goodwin Very good speed, power potential with improved BB rate Nationals OF
71 CJ Edwards 6’2″ 155lbs makes projection tough, but real breakout in 2013 Cubs SP
72 Arismendy Alcantara Middle Infielder with 20/20 potential. Contact rate concern and poor D Cubs 2B
73 A.J. Cole Plus fastball and a good curve. 22 yr old may see time in ’14 Nationals SP
74 Amed Rosario Very young, but crazy tools. All projection, watch him Mets SS
75 Roberto Osuna 18 yr old had TJS in 2013. Has high ceiling, significant risk BlueJays SP
76 J.P. Crawford Just 19, Crawford has good contact skills, average power. Climber Phillies SS
77 Lance McCullers Plus FB and slider, might be destined for RP role. Astros SP
78 Rafael Montero Excellent command, #3 ceiling. (will be a nice NYM rotation) Mets SP
79 Raimel Tapia Just 19, power speed combo with solid hit tool. Watch him closely Rockies OF
80 Dan Vogelbach Big guy without a position. Lots of power, excellent OBP guy Cubs 1B
81 Joc Pederson Good power speed combo. Can’t hit LHP which drops his floor Dodgers OF
82 Colin Moran Very good hit tool, lacks power. Unique profile for 3B Marlins 3B
83 Mike Foltynewicz FB can touch 100. Command and secondary stuff is issue Astros SP
84 Josh Bell Can’t forget about this guy. Power should play. Pirates OF
85 Jake Marisnick Power speed combo is there. Wasn’t ready in 2013, may not be in 14 Marlins OF
86 Rymer Liriano A lost 2013 with TJS. High ceiling remains. Padres OF
87 Luis Sardinas Lacks power, excellent speed and D. Sound familiar in Texas? Rangers SS
88 Jesse Biddle Control problems for this LHP with great K rates. Looks like a #3 Phillies SP
89 Jackie Bradley Jr Over-matched in bigs, has mid-range power and speed. RedSox OF
90 Jose Peraza Defense-first SS with very good speed. Floor low but watch Braves SS
91 Taylor Lindsay Good power for a 2B. Not a star, but can hit 20HR, .280 Angels 2B
92 Reese McGuire Just 19, defense-first catcher for now. I like him to move up. Pirates C
93 Braden Shipley SS turned SP, still raw, but has pretty cool arsenal Diamondbacks SP
94 Bubba Starling Natural talent with swing problems. High risk, mid-to-high reward Royals OF
95 Jonathan Schoop Decent power and average. Could be ’14 contributor Orioles 2B
96 Sean Manaea Hip injury kept him out of 2013 1st round. Risky but upside Royals SP
97 Allen Webster May end up in pen, real control issues with plus stuff RedSox SP
98 Stephen Piscotty 23 year old has great contact skills with gap only power for now Cardinals OF
99 Blake Swihart Solid hit tool, lacks power. Should provide decent avg at C RedSox C
100 Phil Ervin Good power and speed combo. Good floor. 20/20 ceiling Reds OF

For access to other great Top Prospect Lists online please visit Fantasy Rundown’s Prospect Page.

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14 comments on “Top 100 Prospects for 2014

  1. WOW
    BUXTON & TAVERAS 3RD & 4TH
    I WOULD NOT TRADE THEM FOR BO & SANO, BUT THATS ME.

  2. Buxton is #1 almost everywhere. Could be here too, it’s splitting hairs for me.
    I completely respect that viewpoint of yours!
    For me, I’m a SS and a power junkie. Gives them tiniest of edge.
    Thanks for reading.

  3. This may be the first prospect website that I agree with almost completely. Buxton is not proven enough to be #1 yet especially with his BABIP. I like that you have guys like Raimel Tapia and Amed Rosario on here too. Good list, Thanks!

  4. Great list. I too don’t believe Buxton should be #1 until he proves himself at the higher levels. I’d actually have Russell ahead of him since he seems almost certain at this point to stick at short. Same can’t be said for either Bogaerts or Correa.

    • Buxton has the “five tools,” and I think a lot of people are hoping that Mike Trout Syndrome strikes. His upside is nearly that good, so on one hand that’s one reason to rank a prospect that high — sites often look at ceiling value in his prime, not necessarily out of the gate.

      I do agree with the thought that he needs to do it at the high minors before he’s crowned king. But then, Trout didn’t get much time at the high levels either — only 400 PA at Double-A.

      Individually, a lot of the top prospects have something over Buxton. Sano has immense power… but his contact rate is dangerously low, even in the minors. Bogaerts seems polished and ready now… but he doesn’t necessarily project to be stellar in any one category (monster HR power, extremely great BA, not much SB). Taveras has high BA and maybe HR potential, but he’s not fast and needs to be more selective. Everyone loves Lindor, but I’m not crazy about him due to him primarily being a BA/SB guy, at least until/unless he develops power.

      However, Buxton seems most likely to contribute strong numbers in every category. At his peak he could be a 20/40 threat with a BA near .300. That’s why many sites are ranking him at the top of prospects list.

      Myself, I’ll go with Baez because he’s a touted Cubs prospect not named Brett Jackson or Josh Vitters. Oiy, those were painful years when they were the best we had.

      • As a die hard Cubs fan I am excited and terrified about Baez. I want to believe he will succeed, but am doubtful. I actually have more faith inBryant then I do in Baez.

        • As a fellow Cubs fan, I hear ya. I saw a post somewhere recently that looked at prospect K% and BB% over the last 15 years or so, and ones with high K% and low BB% had the biggest bust rate. Guys like Springer (high K% and high BB%) have a much better chance of making it.

          That said, Baez has been showing the ability to quickly adjust as he moves up, and his K% and BB% improve the longer he stays at a level, while he begins dominating. So, I still believe in him (while holding onto a bit of doubt – after all, it’s been a long time since a Cubs prospect amounted to much of anything)

  5. Pederson in the 60′s and TONS of question marks in front of him, with no counting numbers to speak of. Prob my last read on this site. I would list the others I think you are way off on …(Mookie Betts a top 50? yeah right) but Id be numbering pretty much your whole list.

  6. I wish I was a Cubs fan! Such an exciting time for sure.
    Chris St.John from BTB did that research… Some of it here… http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2013/12/16/5212234/minor-league-prospects-double-a-walk-strikeout-rates-success
    Really impressive work!
    Baez is young enough to not be concerned yet imo. Tremendous talent! :)

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