We put together our ‘Plum Prospect’ ranks by aggregating the rankings of the top prospects across several major, publicly available top-100 prospect lists. These are not our personal prospect picks. Rather, think of these rankings as measuring the ‘pulse’ of the current thinking among experts on prospect rankings. Use them as you would use ADP rankings in your fantasy league, to identify potential bargains on draft day or in trades. Additionally, you can use these rankings to double check your own rankings to figure out if you are too high or too low on a certain prospect.
Included for each prospect is a ‘player card’ summarizing his recent performances and some brief notes from the Baseball Farm Staff.
Check out Plum Prospects: Volume 1 (#1-10) here.
Check out Plum Prospects: Volume 2 (#11-20) here.
Check out Plum Prospects: Volume 3 (#21-30) here.
Check out Plum Prospects: Volume 4 (#31-40) here.
Check out Plum Prospects: Volume 5 (#41-50) here.
#51 – Anthony Alford – OF – Toronto Blue Jays
PG: A ‘toolsy OF’ prospect that looks like he could pan out. Drafted in the 3rd round back in 2012, Alford got a brief stint in the Majors last season before injuring his hand. Advanced stats at AA last season are very encouraging: 12.% BB rate, .379 wOBA, 135 wRC+, 18 SBs. Still waiting to see if his potential 60-grade power will develop, but there’s time.
#52 – Justus Sheffield – LHP – New York Yankees
PG: 2014’s 1st round pick gets lost in the SP prosepect shuffle at times due to his size (5’11”) but remember, Pedro Martinez was 5’11” too. A lefty with 3 effective pitches, Sheffield excels when he can get his K:BB ratio at or above 3:1. 7-6 with a 3.18 ERA as a 21 year-old in the AA Eastern League last summer. Could rise quickly.
#53 – Ian Anderson – RHP – Atlanta Braves
PG: Another solid starting pitcher prospect in Braves system that seems loaded with them, Anderson was taken 3rd overall in the 2016 draft. He spent the entire season in the Class A Sally League as a 19 year-old last summer, punching out batters at a 10.95 K/9 rate.
IJR: Loses his release point. Mechanics appear repeatable but he seems to tip his breaking ball, and change seemed just okay.
#54 – Jo Adell – OF – Los Angeles Angels
PG: Only 18 years old and very raw, but Adell has a power/speed profile that has scouts and dynasty owners drooling. Adell posted a .254 ISO, .394 wOBA, and 133 wRC+ in Rookie ball last summer, and also stole 5 bags in 31 games. How quickly will the ‘win now’ Angels push him up the ladder?
IJR: Taken 10th overall – college bat. I like where he starts his hands, right at the letters. Anything over his hands is a ball. Looks like good hand-eye coordination but might be a bit of a free swinger.
#55 – Kolby Allard – LHP – Atlanta Braves
PG: Another 1st round pick for the Braves, Allard is a lefty who has great ‘pitchability’. His curveball is already a plus pitch with some projection, and his changeup could develop into a plus offering as well. Started 27 games at AA as a 20 year-old last summer, posting a 3.27 FIP on the back of 7.74 K/9 rate combined with a 2.70 BB/9 rate.
#56 – Corbin Burnes – RHP – Milwaukee Brewers
PG: 2016’s 4th-round draft pick dazzled at both A-Advanced and AA last season. Finished 8-3 with a minuscule 1.67 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Posted a 140:36 K:BB ratio over 145.2 innings of work. Minor league career ERA is now 1.74.
#57 – Alec Hansen – RHP – Chicago White Sox
PG: Towering righty put it all together this summer, advancing 3 levels to AA Birmingham. Went 11-8 with a 2.80 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 26 starts across all levels. His 191 Ks led all of the Minors this year, and were the most Ks by a minor leaguer in a single season since 2011. Mid-season Sally League All-Star. 2-time Prospect of the Week Winner.
IJR: 2nd rounder was considered 1-1 before his mechanics flew apart. Currently appears to have clean motion but needs to repeat it. Big and tall – throws mid 90s. Breaking ball/command needs work. Health (elbow) concerns, but he has front line potential.
#58 – Cal Quantrill – RHP – San Diego Padres
PG: 23 year-old performed very well at A-Advanced last summer (6-5, 3.67 ERA) but backslid a bit upon his promotion to AA (4.38 FIP). Has a plus fastball and a plus change-up which flashes double-plus at times. Will get an opportunity to keep climbing up in the young Padres organization.
IJR: 8th overall in 2016 draft, he underwent TJS in ’15. Throws 4 pitches but none of them are exceptional.
#59 – Nick Gordon – SS/2B – Minnesota Twins
PG: 2014’s 5th overall pick, Gordon is a well-rounded player who looks consistently above-average. Last summer at AA, Gordon recorded a .344 wOBA and 117 wRC+ in 122 games, hitting 9 dingers and stealing 13 bags. At this point in his career he looks like a high floor, low ceiling prospect who will likely receive everyday at-bats in the Bigs.