2015 Mid Season Top 50 Prospects

This year might be known as the year of the prospects. This season 14 out of the top 20 prospects on the preseason list debuted in the majors. With the trade deadline right around the corner for many dynasty leagues, now is the time to go searching for the next big thing.

No players currently in the majors were considered for the list – minus Kyle Schwarber who was slated to be called up as this list was being scheduled for press.  Links to previous articles on players ranked below are included in the comments.

Rank Player Team Pos Prv
 1 Corey Seager Dodgers SS  10
Would be in the majors if the Dodgers weren’t loaded.
 2 Lucas Giolito Nationals SP  6
Great fastball with a great curve.
 3 Julio Urias Dodgers SP  8
When you see his gaudy numbers, remember he is only 18.
 4 Kyle Schwarber Cubs C  17
He has a great bat. It will be elite if he can stay at catcher. More here and here. He is expected to get called up this weekend to replace an injured Montero.
 5 Yoan Moncada Red Sox 2B  18
The season numbers look bad, but he has been red hot lately.
 6 Joey Gallo Rangers 3B  7
Has the potential to hit 40 plus homers with 200 plus strikeouts.
 7 Aaron Judge Yankees OF 50
He could be another 40 homer guyMore here and here.
 8 Nomar Mazara Rangers OF 23
Hitting better in AA than he did in A.
 9 J.P. Crawford Phillies SS 20
His walk to strikeout rate is not normal, in a good way.
 10 Tyler Glasnow Pirates SP 22
Not sure what is the most impressive, the career 2.03 ERA, 1.03 WHIP or the 11.7 K/9.
11 Rafael Devers Red Sox 3B 42
Has performed well so far, and he still hasn’t shown his power potential.
12 Trea Turner Nationals SS 39
Breaking out in a big way. With Desmond’s struggles don’t be surprised is he takes over at short this season.
13 Hector Olivera Dodgers INF NR
He is mashing in the minors and definitely ready. Just don’t forget he isn’t a typical prospect, he’s 30. More here.
 14 Manuel Margot Red Sox OF 44
Striking out is a rarity for him. More here.
15 Raimel Tapia Rockies OF 34
Good hitter who should be able to get a few extra homers playing in Coors. More here.
16 Bradley Zimmer Indians OF NR
He has potential for a 20 homer, 50 steal season this year. More here.
17 Rusney Castillo Red Sox OF 19
He is still technically a prospect, and even though he has had a rough 2015 the ceiling is still very high.
18 Jose Berrios Twins SP 43
Off to a very rocky start in AAA, but there won’t be a better time to buy low.
19 Luis Severino Yankees SP 29
Not a strikeout machine like the next two guys on this list, but he isn’t walking batters or allowing runs. He has a good chance to get called up in the second half. More here.
20 Jose De Leon Dodgers SP NR
Not off to the best start in AA, but he is still striking out over 11 batters per nine innings.
21 Alex Reyes Cardinals SP 54
Currently striking out over 13 batters per nine innings.
22 Nick Williams Rangers OF 89
Cut down on the strikeouts while hitting for more homers and a better average.
23 A.J. Reed Astros 1B NR
Hitting for a lot of power this season.
24 David Dahl Rockies OF 21
Random injury will cost him most of the season.
25 Austin Meadows Pirates OF 61
He is healthy this season and hitting for a good average, but the power has been disappointing so far.
26 Aaron Nola Phillies SP 75 
He doesn’t have the crazy strikeout rates a lot of prospects do but he isn’t walking anyone.
27 Tim Anderson White Sox SS 67 
Hitting .300 with more than 30 steals already. More here.
28 Brett Phillips Astros OF NR
Figured it out last season. More on him here.
29 Jesse Winker Reds OF 41
Got off to a terrible start, but raised his average 40 points since the beginning of June. Next thing he has to do is improve his power numbers.
30 Josh Bell  Pirates 1B 40
His bat would play a lot better if he hadn’t moved to first. 
31 Ozhaino Albies  Braves SS 80
Good speed and a good bat, the size and power production is a cause for concern.  More here.
32 Jeff Hoffman  Blue Jays SP 85
The longer he goes after Tommy John Surgery the more appealing he is.
33 Sean Newcomb Angels SP 59
Still walking too many batters. 
34 Robert Stephenson Reds SP 33 
Like the guy ahead of him, if he can figure out his control he can make a big jump. 
35 Daniel Norris Blue Jays SP 11
Didn’t struggle as bad in the majors as it may have seemed. The walk rate needs to be worked on.
36 Raul Mondesi Jr. Royals SS 48 
Just the opposite of his dad.
37 Orlando Arcia  Brewers SS 91
Will probably cost a lot less than Mondesi with similar production.
38 Michael Conforto  Mets OF NR 
Moving slowly through the minors, although it isn’t for a lack of production. More here and here.
39 Franklin Barreto Athletics SS 86 
He can help the Oakland fans forget they could have had Addison Russell manning the position.
40 Gleyber Torres  Cubs SS NR 
In two seasons he has a career average over .300 and he’s only 18.
41 Hunter Harvey Orioles SP 36 
Health is the only think keeping him from being in the top 25 right now.
42 Jon Gray  Rockies SP 30 
Not as high on him as most. When has the last time a Colorado pitcher had a good season?
43 Blake Snell  Rays SP  NR 
Went from relatively unknown to one of the top lefties in the minors. More here.
44 Jorge Mateo Yankees SS 96 
A little better speed and a little more power than Albies. I feel a little safer with Albies batting average potential. More here.
45 Brent Honeywell Rays SP NR
The promotion to high A hasn’t been kind so far.
46 Brendan Rodgers Rockies SS NR
The only 2015 draftee on this list. Has an above average bat with projected plus power. Coors Field will only help.
47 Aaron Blair  Diamonbacks SP 68 
Some people in the organization view him as their best pitching prospect. More here.
48 Mark Appel  Astros SP 35 
His stuff might be great, but at some point he needs to really show it in his numbers. More here.
49 Henry Owens Red Sox SP 24
Walk rate is at a career high and the strikeout rate is a career low.
50 Trevor Story  Rockies 2B NR
Could be ready to start at short if Tulo gets moved this month. More here.

Honorable mentions in no particular order:

  • Willy Adames (Rays)
  • Grant Holmes (Dodgers)
  • Alex Jackson (Mariners)
  • Tyler Kolek (Marlins)
  • Ryan McMahon (Rockies)
  • Jacob Nottingham (Astros)
  • Matt Olson (Athletics)
  • Jose Peraza (Braves)
  • Stephen Piscotty (Cardinals)
  • Joe Ross (Nationals)
  • Jake Thompson (Rangers)

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