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“Tranquilo” – Outfield Rankings: 41-60

One dollar scratch tickets are tricky. Sure, there is always the chance you’ll strike it big and win the grand prize, however you get what you pay for and the jackpot isn’t usually a realistic outcome. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing the occasional one dollar scratcher, but you just have to be realistic about what you’re working with. There are quite a few players in this last third of our Minor League Marauders series for whom this is a fitting metaphor.

These are players that aren’t allowed to legally drink a beer yet. They have flashed some intriguing tools on the baseball field but have yet to consistently produce in the lower levels of the minors and need to take the next step in their development if they want to become legit. If they put it together they could become stars but many of them will never reach that ceiling.

Sprinkled in amongst this crop of boom or bust talent are some low ceiling, high floor prospects. These guys will never become superstars but could offer some decent value to the less risk-averse fantasy owners that are looking to fill out the latter part of their MiLB roster with some consistency.

Finding a balance between these two types of prospects was very difficult in writing this article and I undoubtedly missed some players on either end of the spectrum that you feel deserve recognition. I have a few in mind already that I’d add if I had more time. So please, if you think of some, let’s talk about them on our Reddit post in /r/fantasybaseball.

41) Jesus Sanchez (TAM)

Age: 19 Bats/Throws: L/R Height: 6-2 Weight: 185 ETA: 2020

Sanchez has gone somewhat overlooked since signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2014 and has yet to play above rookie league, but he could become one of this year’s breakout prospects. His offensive skill set showcases an above average hit tool as he sprays the ball to all fields and he projects to have plus raw power later in his career. He has a polished awareness of the strike zone and pitch recognition skills far beyond his years in addition to having above average speed on the bases.

42) Luis Alexander Basabe (CWS)

Age: 20 Bats/Throws: S/R Height: 6-0 Weight: 180 ETA: 2019

Basabe was shipped from Boston to Chicago as one of the non-headliners in the Chris Sale deal. He is a toolsy young player with vast potential but has yet to add any polish to his game. Most notably, he needs to establish some sense of plan and approach in the batter’s box from both sides of the plate. His ability to hit and run offers promise but he needs to make some strides this season to solidify his prospect stock. 

43) Harrison Bader (STL)

Age: 22 Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 6-0 Weight: 195 ETA: 2018

Bader has a smooth swing that could hit for average at the next level and is developing the type of power that could add fifteen home runs. He has an aggressive approach at the plate that has contributed to a poor strikeout rate and slightly below average walk rate. But he is a plus runner if he gets on base. He profiles as a center fielder that can play all three outfield spots which will help his ascendance through the minors, but he will likely begin this season at Triple-A. Given the Cardinals outfield situation and winning aspirations, he could be a year or two away from making an impact.

44) Josh Lowe (TAM)

Age: 19 Bats/Throws: L/R Height: 6-4 Weight: 190 ETA: 2020

Drafted thirteenth overall out of high school, Lowe was drafted as a third baseman but the Rays have since moved him to center field due to his plus speed and great athleticism. At the plate, Lowe demonstrates above-average power from the left side and an average hit tool that could improve with more plate appearances. Lowe will need plenty of time on the farm to get accustomed to the outfield but has a chance to become a dynamic offensive player for the Rays.

45) Jorge Ona (SD)

Age: 20 Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 6-0 Weight: 220 ETA: 2020

A native Cuban, Ona signed with the Padres this past year as a member of their stacked international free agent class. Ona is a very raw hitter with outstanding plus, plus power. His development will be dependent on his ability to round out the other facets of his game, most notably his hit tool. He’s a fringe-average runner and will never have much speed on the base paths, but profiles as a power hitting right fielder with a chance to become a pure hitter if he can add polish to his swing and approach. Ona is a lottery ticket type prospect but offers the chance to catch lightning in a bottle.

46) Randy Arozarena (STL)

Age: 21 Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 ETA: 2018

Arozarena signed this past June out of Cuba and may take a fast track to Busch Stadium given his age and experience in Cuba’s Serie Nacional. He is a contact-oriented hitter with an above average hit tool and a patient approach at the plate that adds value for OBP leagues owners. He can also play the infield which could lend itself to multi-position eligibility. He’s not a high ceiling type of prospect but provides a safe floor with the possibility of becoming a top of the lineup hitter for the Cardinals.

47) D.J. Wilson (CHC)

Age: 20 Bats/Throws: L/L Height: 5-8 Weight: 175 ETA: 2019

Wilson may only stand 5’8″ but he is a speed demon on the base paths with surprising power for his size. The Cubs signed him out of his commitment to Vanderbilt after selecting him in the 2016 MLB Draft, and he showed not only the willingness but also the ability to make adjustments in his professional debut. He needs to continue improving against left-handed pitching, which will help boost his overall average and on-base abilities, but the tools are there for a promising career. His youth increases his risk but with more development time he could become the real deal.

48) Bryan Reynolds (SF)

Age: 22 Bats/Throws: S/R Height: 6-3 Weight: 200 ETA: 2019

Reynolds was projected as a 1st round talent out of Vanderbilt in the 2016 MLB Draft but slipped to the 2nd round due to signability concerns. Ultimately, the Giants did ink an over-slot deal with the switch-hitting outfielder. He has a smooth stroke from both sides of the plate and while the power is only average, his frame offers room for added strength. In college, Reynolds was known for his ability to draw walks but this skill did not translate in his professional debut. He’ll look to get back on track this season. Reynolds does not feature any overwhelming tools but he offers a well-rounded skill set that projects four average or better tools.

49) Garrett Whitley (TAM)

Age: 19 Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 6-0 Weight: 200 ETA: 2020

Whitley was drafted 13th overall in the 2015 MLB Draft.  At only 19 years old he is extremely raw, but exhibits the tools to become a star. His plus bat speed produces above average raw power and he is a plus runner on the base paths. He needs to work on his pitch recognition and command of the strike zone as he has a tendency to chase pitches out of the zone. Whitley is a boom-or-bust prospect that will need at least a few more years of development before he cracks the Rays’ roster.

50) Jeisson Rosario (SD)

Age: 17 Bats/Throws: L/L Height: 6-1 Weight: 175 ETA: 2021

One of the many international signees for the Padres in this most recent class, Rosario is a small statured outfielder with average or better tools across the board. He has an extremely selective approach at the plate and has the potential to become a plus hitter with more development time. His raw power is only average and he lacks in-game power. But he is an above average runner that could become a four-category, top of the lineup contributor for the Padres in the future. 

51) Daz Cameron (HOU)

Age: 20 Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 6-2 Weight: 185 ETA: 2019

Daz, the son of former big leaguer Mike Cameron, had a disappointing first season as a professional. The Astros assigned him to full season ball last year and it proved an overaggressive assignment that has left some evaluators pondering his ability to hit. The tools are still intact as his speed hasn’t faded and he generates above-average bat speed.  But he needs a bounce-back campaign this season. He’s a risky pick that may never make it if the bat doesn’t come around. But this season may provide a buy low opportunity on a prospect with plenty of time to right the ship.

52) Jameson Fisher (CWS)

Age: 23 Bats/Throws: L/R Height: 6-2 Weight: 200 ETA: 2019

Fisher played catcher in college until shoulder surgery forced him to move to the outfield. Defensively, lack of speed and arm strength limit him to left field which puts immense pressure on his bat.  The good news is that he’s done nothing but mash at every level of baseball in which he’s played. He’s a natural hitter with plus pitch recognition and control of the strike zone and has average power that could add double-digit home runs. His ascendance is heavily dependent on his bat but there are no signs to he won’t continue to produce at the plate. 

53) Ryan Cordell (MIL)

Age: 24 Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 6-4 Weight: 205 ETA: 2018

Cordell has made adjustments to his mechanics and approach at the plate that have translated to more power output and fewer strikeouts, both of which are encouraging for fantasy owners. Unfortunately for him, the Brewers are brimming with outfield prospects, which may end up boosting his fantasy value as Cordell may end up moving to a corner infield spot. He’s a plus runner capable of hitting for power which plays anywhere on the diamond, and it comes down to where the Brewers view him as the best fit for their ball club.

54) Michael Gettys (SD)

Age: 21 Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 6-1 Weight: 200 ETA: 2020

Gettys will put on the show in the showcase setting and during batting practice, but his skills have not yet materialized on the field. He possesses an exciting combination of power and speed but his pitch recognition has held back his development. Although he has shown the ability to make adjustments, he’ll need to continue to work on his approach at the plate. If he figures out how to hit he has the tools to become a star, but that big if looms large.

55) Akil Baddoo (MIN)

Age: 18 Bats/Throws: L/L Height: 5-11 Weight: 184 ETA: 2021

Baddoo was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 MLB Draft due to his strong offensive profile. He is a plus runner with above average bat speed that projects power growth has he adds muscle. His below average arm likely leaves him destined for left field and the power/speed offensive should carry him. If it all comes together, he is a potential five-category fantasy contributor but owners will need to exhibit excruciating patience as he is quite a few years away.

56) Franchy Cordero (SD)

Age: 22 Bats/Throws: L/R Height: 6-3 Weight: 175 ETA: 2019

Cordero was signed as a shortstop in 2011 out of the Dominican Republic but spent most of last season in the outfield where it appears he will stay. He is a tall, wiry prospect with room to add strength to his slender frame but generates impressive raw power. His Achilles heel has been an overaggressive approach and struggles against left-handed pitching. He is an above average runner and offers the potential for quality regular production if he continues to refine the flaws in his game.

57) Yusniel Diaz (LAD)

Age: 20 Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 ETA: 2020

Diaz signed a lucrative contract with the Dodgers after defecting from Cuba.  After an impressive spring training he was assigned to High-A where he was one of the youngest players in the league. He is a slightly above average runner with above-average raw power.  But his approach at the plate does not allow him to translate that power into games as he prefers to shoot the ball to the opposite field. This approach will need adjustment if he wants to become a power threat.  Yet, with his hit and run tools he profiles as a top of the order hitter and above average fantasy contributor at his peak.

58) Yoan Aybar (BOS)

Age: 19 Bats/Throws: L/L Height: 6-2 Weight: 165 ETA: 2021

Aybar is a toolsy, boom-or-bust type of teenage prospect in the lower levels of the minor leagues. His ability to hit and run is a coveted combination. His first order of business, however, will be discovering an offensive approach at the plate. He could also benefit from adding twenty plus pounds of muscle to his lean frame. The flaws in his game and distance from the big leagues make Aybar a risky prospect; nonetheless, he has the potential to become a superstar if he puts it all together.

59) Thomas Jones (MIA)

Age: 19 Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 6-4 Weight: 195 ETA: 2021

Jones is an extremely raw prospect taken by the Marlins in the 2nd round of the 2016 MLB Draft. A star in both football and baseball in high school, Jones is an elite athlete that has never fully dedicated himself to baseball–but he possesses five-tool potential. He is a plus runner with plus bat speed, but he has shown a lack of true power. However, his frame offers room to put on twenty-five plus pounds of muscle which could boost that power output. Jones is a boom or bust type of prospect that is a long way from the bigs, but his physical abilities are intriguing.

60) Eddy Julio Martinez (CHC)

Age: 22 Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 ETA: 2020

Martinez signed with the Cubs out of Cuba in 2015 due to his plus speed and power combination. The speed could play in centerfield but he’s most likely to end up in a corner where his bat will need to carry him. His downfall at the plate has been the swing and miss and he recorded a strikeout rate north of twenty percent in Low-A last season. Last year was his first full season of repetitions since his defection and part of his struggles could have resulted from a lack of experience. This coming season is vital to Martinez’s development as a true prospect but he has the necessary tools if he can figure out how to make contact at the plate.


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