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Top 100 Prospects Position Rankings: Righthanders

Now that we’ve wrapped up the Top 10 Prospects lists and The Top 100, we turn our attention to how the best of the best stack up against each other with our position rankings. Quality Of The Class: Talent around the minors is down thanks to the impressive rookie classes of 2014 and 2015 but the depth of righthanders in the minors is still outstanding. There’s top end talent (Lucas Giolito, Alex Reyes and Tyler Glasnow) and a whole lot of depth. The 50th prospect on this list is a better prospect than the 20th best lefty or catcher. Highest Ceiling: Lucas Giolito, Nationals. Giolito’s combination of a potentially 80 fastball with a potentially 80 curveball makes you expect to see a no-hitter when he’s locked in. He only flashes those 80-grade pitches, but if you’re talking ceiling you are projecting those flashes become more consistent. If you took a pitching machine and dialed it up to the max and watched what it produced, it would come pretty close to Giolito at his best. Lowest Risk: Jose Berrios, Twins. Starting pitchers are risky by their very nature, but Berrios has demonstrated excellent durability, above-average control and very solid stuff in his four years in the minors. He’s athletic and has a compact delivery. No pitcher is ever a safe bet, but Berrios is safer than most. Bursting On The Scene (Someone who could leap up this list in 2016): Albert Abreu, Astros. If you’re looking for who could be the next Francis Martes or David Paulino, Abreu is a pretty good candidate. The 6-foot-2, 20-year-old has a mid-90s fastball and above-average changeup already. If he can refine his breaking balls he could turn into another Astros’ front-line starter prospect.
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1. Lucas Giolito, Nationals51. Keury Mella, Reds
2. Alex Reyes, Cardinals52. Edwin Diaz, Mariners
3. Tyler Glasnow, Pirates53. Ashe Russell, Royals
4. Anderson Espinoza, Red Sox54. Antonio Senzatela, Rockies
5. Francis Martes, Astros55. Domingo Acevedo, Yankees
6. Jose De Leon, Dodgers56. Sean Reid-Foley, Blue Jays
7. Jose Berrios, Twins57. Nolan Watson, Royals
8. Robert Stephenson, Reds58. Jon Harris, Blue Jays
9. Jon Gray, Rockies59. Sam Coonrod, Giants
10. Michael Fulmer, Tigers60. Yaisel Sierra, Dodgers
11. Kenta Maeda, Dodgers61. Lucas Sims, Braves
12. Jorge Lopez, Brewers62. Jharel Cotton, Dodgers
13. Aaron Blair, Braves63. Junior Fernandez, Cardinals
14. Dillon Tate, Rangers64. Jacob Faria, Rays
15. Brent Honeywell, Rays65. Oscar de la Cruz, Cubs
16. Carson Fulmer, White Sox66. A.J. Cole, Nationals
17. Jeff Hoffman, Rockies67. Jake Woodford, Cardinals
18. Jake Thompson, Phillies68. Sandy Alcantara, Cardinals
19. Luis Ortiz, Rangers69. Marcos Molina, Mets
20. Grant Holmes, Dodgers70. Ray Black, Giants
21. Braden Shipley, D-backs71. Kohl Stewart, Twins
22. Erick Fedde, Nationals72. Joe Jimenez, Tigers
23. Joe Musgrove, Astros73. Yoan Lopez, Diamondbacks
24. Kyle Zimmer, Royals74. Rookie Davis, Reds
25. Michael Kopech, Red Sox75. Albert Abreu, Astros
26. Touki Toussaint, Braves76. Michael Matuella, Rangers
27. David Paulino, Astros77. Cody Ponce, Brewers
28. Archie Bradley, D-backs78. Mike Soroka, Braves
29. Reynaldo Lopez, Nationals79. Sam Tuivailala, Cardinals
30. Jameson Taillon, Pirates80. Mychal Givens, Orioles
31. Dylan Bundy, Orioles81. Scott Blewett, Royals
32. Hunter Harvey, Orioles82. Tyler Mahle, Reds
33. Phil Bickford, Giants83. Kendry Flores, Marlins
34. Frankie Montas, Dodgers84. Justin Maese, Blue Jays
35. James Kaprielian, Yankees85. Victor Alcantara, Angels
36. Spencer Adams, White Sox86. Nick Burdi, Twins
37. Duane Underwood, Cubs87. Alex Meyer, Twins
38. Tyler Kolek, Marlins88. Sal Romano, Reds
39. Mark Appel, Phillies89. Zach Lee, Dodgers
40. Tyler Beede, Giants90. Gabriel Ynoa, Mets
41. Conner Greene, Blue Jays91. Chase Johnson, Giants
42. Dylan Cease, Cubs92. Mike Nikorak, Rockies
43. Jack Flaherty, Cardinals93. Ricardo Pinto, Phillies
44. Beau Burrows, Tigers94. Nick Neidert, Mariners
45. Michael Feliz, Astros95. Joan Baez, Nationals
46. Miguel Almonte, Royals96. Travis Lakins, Red Sox
47. Taylor Guerrieri, Rays97. Jake Jewell, Angels
48. Nick Travieso, Reds98. Josh Staumont, Royals
49. Luke Weaver, Cardinals99. Jordan Johnson, Giants
50. Franklyn Kilome, Phillies100. Jandel Gustave, Astros

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