Midseason Top 100 Prospects

Last year, BA’s Midseason Update was a near-complete rework of the preseason Top 100 Prospects. At this time last year, seven of the Top 10 and 14 of the Top 20 preseason prospects had graduated to the major leagues. This year, with a thinner crop, just six of the Top 20 had graduated.

To be eligible, players had to be in the minor leagues on June 21 (the midway point of the minor league season) and not exceed Major League Baseball rookie at-bat (130) or innings (50 innings) requirements. To be eligible, relievers cannot have more than 30 big league appearances. As this is aimed in part as a preview of the non-waiver trade deadline, 2016 draftees and July 2 international signees are not eligible for the Midseason Top 100.

Player Pos Org Skinny Video
1. Yoan Moncada 2b Red Sox So far, Moncada has managed to live up to the hype generated by his $31.5 million signing bonus.  Link
2. Alex Reyes rhp Cardinals Back from suspension, Reyes and his bat-missing stuff are just as good as ever.  Link
3. J.P. Crawford ss Phillies Crawford has gotten into some bad habits at the plate but the tools are the same.  Link
4. Lucas Giolito rhp Nationals Giolito’s stuff remains exceptional, earning him a big league callup, but scouts worry about his command.  Link
5. Trea Turner ss Nationals Free Trea Turner! He’s doing everything he can to earn a spot in D.C., including now a move to center field.  Link
6. Tyler Glasnow rhp Pirates Glasnow’s control still wavers, but almost no one ever squares him up.  Link
7. Dansby Swanson ss Braves Swanson has gone from Diamondbacks’ No. 1 overall pick to the Braves’ hope for the future.  Link
8. Alex Bregman ss Astros The Swanson-Bregman debate has raged for years, and Bregman is still making a strong case.  Link
9. Andrew Benintendi of Red Sox Benintendi’s combination of batting eye, power and defense is pretty special.  Link
10. Austin Meadows of Pirates Meadows is almost big league-ready, although it’s hard to figure where the Pirates can fit him in.  Link
11. Joey Gallo 3b Rangers He’s still striking out a ton, but he’s also still walking and homering. So, he’s still Joey Gallo.  Link
12. Brendan Rodgers ss Rockies No. 3 overall pick last year has been a bit dinged up but has provided plenty of offense when healthy.  Link
13. Victor Robles of Nationals One of the most dynamic prospects in the game, Robles has the potential to be a true five-tool player.  Link
14. Orlando Arcia ss Brewers Hasn’t overwhelmed in Triple-A, but he’s holding his own in the Pacific Coast League as a 21-year-old. Link
15. Anderson Espinoza rhp Red Sox (traded to Padres) The youngest player in the South Atlantic League has flashed brilliance; remember, he’s just 18.  Link
16. David Dahl of Rockies Despite playing on a team without a home park, Dahl has shown power and speed in his return to Double-A and earned a Triple-A promotion.  Link
17. Ozzie Albies ss Braves Has made it to Triple-A just a year after being named a South Atlantic League all-star  Link
18. Amed Rosario ss Mets Mets’ top prospect blitzed the Florida State League and ascended to Double-A as a 20-year-old.
19. Jorge Mateo ss Yankees Had been having a solid season showing speed, versatility and offensive upside before being suspended for two weeks by the Yankees in July.  Link
20. Jose Berrios rhp Twins After a humbling stint in majors, Berrios is back to dominating in Triple-A with a three-pitch mix.  Link
21. Clint Frazier of Indians Dynamic outfielder continues to improve power production, plate discipline at Double-A.  Link
22. Josh Hader lhp Brewers Opposing managers hide their lefthanded batters against low-slot southpaw who sits mid-90s.  Link
23. Willy Adames ss Rays Powerful 20-year-old ranks among Southern League elite for slugging, walks in breakout year.  Link
24. Cody Bellinger 1b Dodgers Leveraged lefthanded swing produces 30-homer power potential, while his glove draws Gold Glove raves.
25. Jose De Leon rhp Dodgers Limited to seven Triple-A starts thus far, he still misses bats with premium stuff.  Link
26. Bradley Zimmer of Indians While his average has plummeted to .240 at Double-A, his secondary skills and glove shine bright.  Link
27. Gleyber Torres ss Cubs Hit just .179 at high Class A in April before reverting back to the mature young hitter we love.  Link
28. Brent Honeywell rhp Rays Missed much of May and June with sore elbow, but stuff and performance upon his return earned a promotion to Double-A.  Link
29. Francis Martes rhp Astros Looks like himself after rough start at Double-A: 1.80 ERA, .213 AVG and 8.6 SO/9 since mid-May.  Link
30. Lewis Brinson of Rangers Two trips to disabled list muddles outlook, but power and defense still present—as is more contact.  Link
31. Amir Garrett lhp Reds Athletic lefty dominated with a 1.75 ERA in 13 games at Double-A, earned promotion to Triple-A.  Link
32. Joe Musgrove rhp Astros Pinpoint control has been taken to a new level this season, with just nine walks in 71 1/3 innings.
33. Sean Newcomb lhp Braves Walk rate still high, but premium swing-and-miss stuff remains with 80 strikeouts in first 78 2/3 innings.  Link
34. Nick Gordon ss Twins Continues to progress offensively, on track for career highs in on-base percentage and slugging.  Link
35. Kyle Tucker of Astros First full season a smash for last year’s No. 5 overall pick, on pace for a .300 average and 47 steals.  Link
36. Gary Sanchez c Yankees Was off to torrid start before fracturing thumb on a foul ball, hasn’t quite regained form.  Link
37. Ian Happ 2b Cubs Threatening for a 20-20 season, earned promotion to Double-A after posting .885 OPS in first half.  Link
38. Josh Bell 1b Pirates Defense remains in question, but offensively Bell remains a force with .324/.407/.535 slash line.  Link
39. Manuel Margot of Padres Was leading PCL with 14 outfield assists after working on arm, offensively shining with .349 OBP, 23 SB.  Link
40. Nick Williams of Phillies Benched for lack of hustle multiple times, but excelling at Triple-A when actually on the field.  Link
41. Rafael Devers 3b Red Sox Boston’s No. 2 prospect entering the season has shown ability to rebound after slow start; still just 19.  Link
42. Aaron Judge of Yankees Red-hot June papered over some early contact issues, but controlling a huge strike zone will be an issue.  Link
43. Tyler Jay lhp Twins Transition to starting has been smooth for former Illinois closer, thanks to wipeout slider; promoted to Double-A.  Link
44. Alex Verdugo of Dodgers Compact lefthanded swing has movements that tend more toward hit over power, and 20-year-old has .150 ISO in Double-A.  Link
45. Tyler O’Neill of Mariners The British Columbia bomber makes up for lack of height with premium bat speed and strength, and he’s making more contact too.  Link
46. Eloy Jimenez of Cubs Huge Dominican started performing like the No. 1-ranked prospect in the 2013 international class.  Link
47. David Paulino rhp Astros Once a throw-in in Jose Veras trade, his fastball and 11-to-5 curveball draw plus grades. Like Jorge Mateo, he’s serving a team suspension as well.
48. Reynaldo Lopez rhp Nationals Shot up this list—and to Triple-A—after posting four double-digit strikeout games since May 29, thanks to great fastball-curve combo.  Link
49. Jeff Hoffman rhp Rockies Just two years after Tommy John surgery, the key piece in the Tulowitzki deal is on the brink of the majors thanks to a mid-90s fastball and power curve.  Link
50. Phil Bickford rhp Giants The two-time first-round pick has dominated in high Class A, spotting his moving fastball and devastating-when-on slider.  Link
51. Kevin Newman ss Pirates Questions about his shortstop and power remain, but Newman’s contact-heavy approach may play at second base.  Link
52. Mitch Keller rhp Pirates One of the stories of the first half, Keller went from pitching little in 2015 to starring in the Sally League in 2016.
53. Franklin Barreto ss Athletics Barreto has struggled in the Texas League, but it’s worth remembering he’s still only 20.
54. Jake Bauers 1b/of Rays One of the youngest players in Double-A continues to show a sharp batting eye and is developing power while shifting mostly to right field.  Link
55. Raul A. Mondesi ss Royals Performance has finally started to match the tools, but Mondesi is just getting back after a 50-game PED suspension.  Link
56. Christian Arroyo ss Giants The Giants are working on getting Arroyo comfortable at multiple positions in Double-A.
57. Trent Clark of Brewers Injuries have nearly ruined Clark’s first full pro season but he’s held his own when he’s not on the DL.  Link
58. Brett Phillips of Brewers Phillips has sacrificed batting average and contact for improved power in his first season at Double-A.  Link
59. Brady Aiken lhp Indians He’s just returning to action after Tommy John surgery. The results have been poor but his velocity is back.  Link
60. Grant Holmes rhp Dodgers Scouts who love him see a future No. 2 or No. 3 starter. Those more skeptical see a power reliever future.  Link
61. Erick Fedde rhp Nationals Fedde doesn’t have to be rushed in a system that has Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez leading the way.  Link
62. Jake Thompson rhp Phillies Thompson lacks star potential, but he’s a nearly ready to fill a back-of-the-rotation role.
63. Braden Shipley rhp Diamondbacks In a very barren Diamondbacks’ farm system, Shipley is the hope for the future, morphing into a command-oriented starter.  Link
64. Bobby Bradley 1b Indians First basemen have to hit. With 50 home runs in two and a half pro seasons, Bradley fits the bill.  Link
65. Robert Stephenson rhp Reds Stephenson’s climb to the big leagues has been a slow one, but he still flashes frontline potential.  Link
66. Hunter Renfroe of Padres Renfroe’s arm and power are both plus tools, but Triple-A El Paso is a much more offensive environment than Petco Park and the National League West.  Link
67. Jorge Alfaro c Phillies Healthy after a lost 2015, Alfaro is starting to live up to lofty expectations as his defense is catching up to his bat.  Link
68. Jesse Winker of Reds A wrist injury has toyed with Winker’s season for a second consecutive year. He can hit, but can he hit for power?  Link
69. Justus Sheffield lhp Indians The Indians’ system is getting better and better. Sheffield’s continued climb as a power lefty is one of the reasons why.  Link
70. Francisco Mejia c Indians If you’re asked to repeat a league, dominate it. Mejia did to earn a midseason jump to high Class A.
71. Mike Clevinger rhp Indians Clevinger is one of the better stealth prospects in baseball. It’s easy to forget he’s a hard-throwing starter in Triple-A.  Link
72. Ke’Bryan Hayes 3b Pirates A very talented Pirates farm system got even better when they managed to swipe Hayes with a late first-round pick.  Link
73. Carson Fulmer rhp White Sox Scouts are getting more and more convinced now that his future role is as a high-energy late-inning reliever.  Link
74. Luis Ortiz rhp Rangers Few pitchers survive High Desert unscathed, but Ortiz thrived and quickly moved out and up to Double-A.  Link
75. Luke Weaver rhp Cardinals Weaver missed two months with a wrist fracture. He’s been exceptional in his first six starts back.  Link
76. Dominic Smith 1b Mets With a first-base only profile, Smith has to hit, and a recent recent power binge was a very welcome sign.  Link
77. Kolby Allard lhp Braves Like Brady Aiken, Allard is shaking off a lot of injury-induced rust; the stuff has bounced back quickly.  Link
78. Mike Soroka rhp Braves Soroka moved on the rubber, and the 18-year-old Canadian has thrown lots of quality strikes in his first full season in the Sally League.  Link
79. Raimel Tapia of Rockies Tapia is making more contact and walking more; he’ll need to hit for more power but may have the hitting skills to do so.  Link
80. Andrew Knapp c Phillies Knapp’s power has returned to Earth now that he’s no longer in Reading, but his bat remains promising for a catcher.  Link
81. Tyler Beede rhp Giants Beede’s velo dipped last year as he focused on a controlled delivery and two-seamers. He’s still under control but touching 97 again.  Link
82. Frankie Montas rhp Dodgers Rib injuries have ruined Montas’ season so far. He may not be much help in 2016 but still offers a very intriguing power arm.  Link
83. Chris Shaw 1b Giants Shaw’s part of a very impressive Giants’ 2015 draft class that has already sent three players to Double-A.  Link
84. Sean-Reid Foley rhp Blue Jays With a cleaned-up delivery and the same mid-90s fastball, Reid-Foley’s is dominating in his second try at the Florida State League  Link
85. Chance Sisco c Orioles Sisco has excellent bat-to-ball skills that give him a shot to have a long big league career; he still needs considerable defensive refinement.  Link
86. Anthony Alford of Blue Jays Alford has battled through a concussion, so his awful first half does have an explanation of sorts.  Link
87. Javier Guerra ss Padres Guerra’s 2016 season has been a disaster. He’s still ranked solely on the memory of the power and defense he showed in 2015.  Link
88. Jack Flaherty rhp Cardinals Flaherty is in just his second full year as a pitcher and has averaged more than a strikeout per inning as a pro.
89. Harrison Bader of Cardinals St. Louis has worked on improving his center field defense while letting his bat play, helping him reach Triple-A in his first full pro season.
90. Conner Greene rhp Blue Jays Greene’s 92-94 mph fastball is already plus, and his athleticism, projection and developing breaking balls give him long-term potential.  Link
91. Adalberto Mejia lhp Giants The Giants now have a lot of upper level prospect depth, with Mejia leading the way among big league-ready arms.
92. Ryan McMahon 3b Rockies McMahon’s very rough first half with the wandering Yard Goats, his first stint at Double-A, has shaken confidence in his bat.  Link
93. Michael Kopech rhp Red Sox Kopech has barely pitched this year thanks to hand and calf injuries, but when he has his fastball remains elite.  Link
94. Derek Fisher of Astros Fisher’s power-speed combo could play on a corner, and he’s continued to improve defensively, playing center field every day in Double-A.
95. Touki Toussaint rhp Braves A significant tweak to his arm slot and arm action has Touissant throwing more strikes and missing more bats.  Link
96. Franklyn Kiliome rhp Phillies Kilome has more potential and promise than current production, but there’s all kind of hope for the future.
97. Jorge Polanco 2b Twins Polanco’s bat-first profile would fit at second; with Brian Dozier blocking him, expect the Twins to mix in more time at third base and the outfield.  Link
98. Willie Calhoun 2b Dodgers Calhoun is proving he can hit. He’s got some work to do to prove he can stick at second base.
99. James Kaprelian rhp Yankees Kaprelian looked like one of the steals of the 2015 draft before an elbow injury derailed his season in late April.  Link
100. Josh Naylor 1b Marlins In a full-season debut interrupted by a prank gone wrong, Naylor has shown the expected power while struggling with southpaws  Link

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