2017 Top 50 International Prospects For July 2

The 2017 international signing class is a strong one. This year, two players—Dominican shortstop Wander Franco and Venezuelan catcher Daniel Flores—separated themselves at the top of the class.

While typically there are 5-10 players who emerge among the elite prospects in a signing class, the 2017 group has strong depth of top-end talent. Any of the players in the top 15 could fit into a top five in many years.

Players can sign once the 2017-18 international signing period opens on July 2. Prospects with the best combination of tools and skills push their way to the top of the list, particularly if they project to play a premium position and hit at the top or the middle of a lineup. Forecasting the futures of international amateur players who are 15 and 16 involves a tremendous amount of uncertainty, so the lower you go on the list, the thinner the spread in talent becomes, and the more teams’ internal preference lists diverge, particularly on pitchers.

Due to the unique nature of how Cuban players become available to sign, they are not included in these rankings, though they are subject to the bonus pools. We will take them on a case-by-case basis to write them up as they sign or become available to sign.

Full scouting reports on the Top 50 prospects and where they are each expected to sign are available here for BA subscribers.

Rank, Player Pos. Country Team Video
1. Wander Franco ss DR Rays bba_video_icon_red
2. Daniel Flores c VZ Red Sox bba_video_icon_red
3. Ronny Mauricio ss DR Mets bba_video_icon_red
4. Everson Pereira of VZ Yankees bba_video_icon_red
5. George Valera of DR Indians bba_video_icon_red
6. Julio Rodriguez of DR Mariners bba_video_icon_red
7. Danny Diaz ss VZ Red Sox bba_video_icon_red
8. Carlos Rodriguez of VZ Brewers bba_video_icon_red
9. Kristian Robinson of Bahamas D-Backs bba_video_icon_red
10. Raimfer Salinas of VZ Yankees bba_video_icon_red
11. Ronny Rojas ss DR Yankees bba_video_icon_red
12. Luis Garcia ss DR Phillies bba_video_icon_red
13. Jelfry Marte ss DR Rays bba_video_icon_red
14. Eric Pardinho rhp Brazil Blue Jays bba_video_icon_red
15. Antonio Cabello c VZ Yankees bba_video_icon_red
16. Adrian Hernandez of DR Mets bba_video_icon_red
17. Aaron Bracho ss VZ Indians bba_video_icon_red
18. Ynmanol Marinez ss DR Marlins bba_video_icon_red
19. Trent Deveaux of Bahamas Angels bba_video_icon_red
20. Roberto Chirinos ss VZ Yankees bba_video_icon_red
21. Juan Querecuto ss VZ Mariners bba_video_icon_red
22. Ezequiel Tovar ss VZ Rockies  
23. Miguel Hiraldo ss DR Blue Jays bba_video_icon_red
24. Keyber Rodriguez ss VZ Rangers bba_video_icon_red
25. Victor Vargas rhp Colombia Phillies  
26. Larry Ernesto of DR Brewers bba_video_icon_red
27. Wilderd Patino of VZ Diamondbacks bba_video_icon_red
28. Anthony Garcia of DR Yankees bba_video_icon_red
29. Florencio Serrano rhp Mexico Cubs  
30. Carlos Aguiar of VZ Twins bba_video_icon_red
31. Julio Machado ss VZ Marlins bba_video_icon_red
32. Alejandro Melean rhp VZ Blue Jays bba_video_icon_red
33. Fadriel Cruz ss DR Rockies bba_video_icon_red
34. Mauro Bonifacio of DR   bba_video_icon_red
35. Antoni Flores ss VZ Red Sox bba_video_icon_red
36. Leonardo Jimenez ss Panama Blue Jays bba_video_icon_red
37. D’Shawn Knowles of Bahamas Angels  
38. Alberto Rodriguez of DR Blue Jays bba_video_icon_red
39. Alvaro Gonzalez ss VZ Tigers bba_video_icon_red
40. Stanly Consuegra of DR Mets bba_video_icon_red
41. Carlos Betancourt rhp VZ Phillies  
42. Cesar Rodriguez c VZ Phillies bba_video_icon_red
43. Carlos Irigoyen ss VZ Tigers bba_video_icon_red
44. Jorge Barrosa of VZ D-Backs bba_video_icon_red
45. Juan Pie of DR Pirates bba_video_icon_red
46. Osleivis Basabe ss VZ Rangers bba_video_icon_red
47. Luis Verdugo ss Mexico Cubs  
48. Karlo Seijas rhp VZ Nationals bba_video_icon_red
49. David Marcano rhp VZ Mets  
50. Heitor Tokar rhp Brazil Astros bba_video_icon_red

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