Reviewing MLB Top 30 LAD Prospects

We have reviewed Baseball America top 30 LAD prospects and Baseball America top ten MidSeason ranking, now let us turn to MLB and see how they did.

Hits:

  • Bellinger was nails. Looks like everyone got that right with Fangraphs being the only main publication to go with Yadier Alvarez instead of Bellinger as the top prospect.
  • The had Buehler at five to begin with,  so not such a big jump to number one.
  • Almost no change between 2 – 6 other than placement so that was solid.
  • They were in on Mitch White before anyone except David Hood.
  • At least they had Dennis Santana ranked even if only at 25.
  • They were in on Heredia and Ruiz before anyone except Fangraphs. Excellent work here.

Misses:

  • Lux seems like a whiff in pre-season but you had to put him high just based on his draft position. He has dropped to eleven but is that far enough? With the draft pedigree in the back window, I’m not sure why he’s still considered the better prospect over Brendon Davis.  Scouts know stuff but the stats tell a different story.
  • Sborz has disappointed everyone and is no longer ranked
  • Dustin May wasn’t ranked very high and probably continues to be under valued by MLB

How about the midseason rankings.

  • 2017 draft picks show up.  Jeren Kendall pops in at 5, James Marinan at 24, and Morgan Cooper at 27.
  • Caleb Ferguson cracks the list at 25
  • Kyle Farmer cracks the list at 30
  • Dropping off the list are Sopko, Sborz, Mieses, and Rhame
  • Dennis Santana looks to be the biggest gainer going from 25 to 14
  • AJ Alexy moved from 29 to 18
  • Keibert Ruiz and Will Smith are neck and neck at 8 and 9 respectively
  • Might be missing the boat on Cristian Santana
  • I have no idea why Drew Jackson is still on any ranking list. I hope to be shown why but I’ve yet to see it. He’s old for his age in A+, is repeating the league, and still can’t hit.
ProspecName BirthDate AGE League MLBSpring MLBMidSeason
Cody Bellinger 7/13/1995 22 Majors 1 Graduated
Yadier Alvarez 3/7/1996 21 AA 2 3
Alex Verdugo* 5/15/1996 21 AAA 3 2
Willie Calhoun* 11/4/1994 22 AAA 4 4
Walker Buehler 7/28/1994 22 AAA 5 1
Yusniel Diaz 10/7/1996 20 A+ 6 6
Gavin Lux 11/23/1997 19 A 7 11
Brock Stewart 10/3/1991 25 Majors 8 10
Jordan Sheffield 6/1/1995 22 A 9 12
Mitchell White 12/28/1994 22 AA 10 7
Omar Estevez 2/25/1998 19 A+ 11 15
Starling Heredia 2/6/1999 18 Rookie 12 13
Keibert Ruiz 7/20/1998 19 A+ 13 8
Will Smith 3/28/1995 22 AA 14 9
Imani Abdullah 4/20/1997 20 A 15 23
Josh Sborz 12/17/1993 23 AA 16  NR
Trevor Oaks 3/26/1993 24 AAA 17 16
Drew Jackson 7/28/1993  23 A+ 18 21
D.J. Peters 12/12/1995 21 A+ 19 20
Ronny Brito 3/22/1999 18 Rookie 20 26
Oneil Cruz 10/4/1998  18 A 21 22
Edwin Rios* 4/21/1994 23 AAA 22 19
Dustin May 9/6/1997 19 A 23 17
Carlos Rincon 10/14/1997 19 A 24 29
Dennis Santana 4/12/1996  21 AA 25 14
Johan Mieses 7/13/1995 22 A+ 26  NR
Brendon Davis 7/27/1997 20 A+ 27 28
Andrew Sopko 8/7/1994 22 AA 28 NR
AJ Alexy 4/21/1998 19 A 29 18
Jacob Rhame 3/16/1993 24 AAA 30  NR
Jeren Kendall 2/4/1996 21 A NA 5
James Marinan 10/10/1998 18 NA 24
Morgan Cooper 9/12/1994 22 NA 27
Caleb Ferguson* 7/2/1996 21 A+ NR 25
Kyle Farmer 8/17/1990 26 AAA NR 30
Andrew Toles* 5/24/1992 25 Majors NR
Austin Barnes 12/28/1989 27 Majors NR
Grant Dayton* 11/25/1987 29 Majors NR
Yaisel Sierra 6/5/1991 26 AAA NR
Mitch Hansen* 5/1/1996 21 A NR
Cody Thomas* 10/8/1994 22 A NR
Jacob Scavuzzo 1/15/1994 23 AA NR
Devin Smeltzer 9/7/1995  21 A+ NR
Scott Barlow 12/18/1993 23 AAA NR
Cristian Santana 2/24/1997 20 A NR
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