8 Toolsy Outfielders to target before opening day:
Edward Olivares – SD (22)
Olivares was acquired from the Blue Jays in the Yangervis Solarte deal this offseason after a breakout 2017. Olivares tore up the Midwest league with 17 HR, 18 SB, a sub 20% K-rate and an .830 OPS before running out of gas after being promoted to High-A Dunedin in the Florida State League. Olivares has a very smooth load that should continue to yield power going forward and a solid batting average. Eddy O should feast on California League pitching for Lake Elsinore the first couple months of 2018 and earn a promo to the AA-Texas League San Antonio Missions. He will get lost in the shuffle with all the hot San Diego prospects. Get him on the cheap while you still can. Thanks to Nathan Graham for the video clip.
The Son of Mike was drafted in the sandwich round between the 1st and 2nd back in 2015 by the Astros and they stroked a massively over slot 4-million-dollar check to sign the young man with great bloodlines. Daz will forever get partial credit for the ‘stros 2017 WS ring since he was part of the Tigers’ return for the now legendary Justin Verlander. After some subpar statistical season in ’15 and ’16, Daz really put it all together in 2017 with 14 bombs, 29 doubles, and 32 steals. He is still a bit of a post-hype sleeper going into 2018 and could vault onto some Top-100 lists by midseason or Pre-2019. Full count bomb. Thanks to minorleaguebaseball for the video clip.
Top prospect in the Royals system that is still raw but the potential is limitless. Another young player that could end up on future Top-100 lists. Will make his full season debut in 2018 after 2 very productive years of development in the DSL, AZL, and Short-Season Appalachian League.
Big loud tools that need to stay on the field in 2018. When he was on the field last year for Short-Season Orem with fellow top prospect Jo Adell it was a treat for those Utah fans. Tons of XBH/HR power potential to go with an aggressive approach on the bases. He has more work to do with his swing that continues to be tinkered with. The Angels system has recovered wonderfully after being ranked dead last just a season or two ago.
2017 Brewers switch-hitting J2 signing whose swings I just love. Decide for yourself. Thanks to Baseball America for the video clip.
Clemson star that has worked his way all the way through the Giants’ system in 2.5 years. Great athlete that has some sneaky power that seems to be ignored by many. He is battling for a spot on the Giants’ opening day roster and if he gets off to a fast start he could see as many as 500 at bats in 2018.
2017 was a very tough year for Moniak as it appeared he wasn’t physically prepared for a full season of professional baseball. I expect a big bounce back after an offseason spent working on his strength and conditioning. This young man can hit and is out to prove it in 2018.
Heredia ripped apart the AZL and the Pioneer league before a promotion to the Midwest League where he flamed out in 99 at bats. He is a physical specimen and plays the game like a bulldog. When you watch him, he looks like a man on a mission that refuses to be denied. Expect big power/speed numbers in 2018 as he embarks on his first year of 400 professional at bats.