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2017 Top 50 International Prospects For July 2

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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, PlayerPos.CountryTeamVideo
1. Wander FrancossDRRaysbba_video_icon_red
2. Daniel FlorescVZRed Soxbba_video_icon_red
3. Ronny MauriciossDRMetsbba_video_icon_red 
4. Everson PereiraofVZYankeesbba_video_icon_red 
5. George ValeraofDRIndiansbba_video_icon_red 
6. Julio RodriguezofDRMarinersbba_video_icon_red 
7. Danny DiazssVZRed Soxbba_video_icon_red 
8. Carlos RodriguezofVZBrewersbba_video_icon_red 
9. Kristian RobinsonofBahamasD-Backsbba_video_icon_red 
10. Raimfer SalinasofVZYankeesbba_video_icon_red 
11. Ronny RojasssDRYankeesbba_video_icon_red 
12. Luis GarciassDRPhilliesbba_video_icon_red 
13. Jelfry MartessDRRaysbba_video_icon_red 
14. Eric PardinhorhpBrazilBlue Jaysbba_video_icon_red 
15. Antonio CabellocVZYankeesbba_video_icon_red 
16. Adrian HernandezofDRMetsbba_video_icon_red 
17. Aaron BrachossVZIndiansbba_video_icon_red 
18. Ynmanol MarinezssDRMarlinsbba_video_icon_red
19. Trent DeveauxofBahamasAngelsbba_video_icon_red 
20. Roberto ChirinosssVZYankeesbba_video_icon_red
21. Juan QuerecutossVZMarinersbba_video_icon_red
22. Ezequiel TovarssVZRockies
23. Miguel HiraldossDRBlue Jaysbba_video_icon_red 
24. Keyber RodriguezssVZRangersbba_video_icon_red 
25. Victor VargasrhpColombiaPhillies
26. Larry ErnestoofDRBrewersbba_video_icon_red 
27. Wilderd PatinoofVZDiamondbacksbba_video_icon_red
28. Anthony GarciaofDRYankeesbba_video_icon_red
29. Florencio SerranorhpMexicoCubs
30. Carlos AguiarofVZTwinsbba_video_icon_red 
31. Julio MachadossVZMarlinsbba_video_icon_red 
32. Alejandro MeleanrhpVZBlue Jaysbba_video_icon_red 
33. Fadriel CruzssDRRockiesbba_video_icon_red 
34. Mauro BonifacioofDRbba_video_icon_red 
35. Antoni FloresssVZRed Soxbba_video_icon_red 
36. Leonardo JimenezssPanamaBlue Jaysbba_video_icon_red 
37. D’Shawn KnowlesofBahamasAngels
38. Alberto RodriguezofDRBlue Jaysbba_video_icon_red 
39. Alvaro GonzalezssVZTigersbba_video_icon_red 
40. Stanly ConsuegraofDRMetsbba_video_icon_red 
41. Carlos BetancourtrhpVZPhillies
42. Cesar RodriguezcVZPhilliesbba_video_icon_red 
43. Carlos IrigoyenssVZTigersbba_video_icon_red
44. Jorge BarrosaofVZD-Backsbba_video_icon_red 
45. Juan PieofDRPiratesbba_video_icon_red 
46. Osleivis BasabessVZRangersbba_video_icon_red 
47. Luis VerdugossMexicoCubs
48. Karlo SeijasrhpVZNationalsbba_video_icon_red 
49. David MarcanorhpVZMets
50. Heitor TokarrhpBrazilAstrosbba_video_icon_red 
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