Plum Prospects: Volume 5 (41-50)

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 2018 performance to date 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.

#41 – Ryan McMahon – 1B/2B/3B – Colorado Rockies

PG: Lefty-hitting corner infielder advanced from AA (Hartford) to AAA (Albuquerque) before getting a brief cup of coffee in the Show. Finished with an outstanding .986 OPS across all levels, with 20 HR, 39 2B, and 88 RBI in 119 games. Selected for the All-Star Futures Game in Miami. 2-time Prospect of the Week winner.

Update: McMahon is now getting regular at-bats in the majors with the Rockies.

#42 – Austin Hays – OF – Baltimore Orioles

PG: 2016’s 3rd round pick showed fantastic skills consolidation this season. Moved from A-Advanced (.956 OPS) to AA (.960 OPS) and didn’t lose a step. Hit 32 HR, 32 2B, and knocked in 95 runs in 128 games. Carolina League Mid-Season All-Star. Earned a September call-up with the Orioles. 2-time Prospect of the Week Winner.

#43 – Austin Meadows – OF – Pittsburgh Pirates

PG: Pittsburgh’s 1st-round pick in the 2013 draft is still only 22, and is flush with advanced hitting and speed tools. That being said, he had a disappointing year at AAA last season, posting a .250/.311/.359 slash line. This might be a make or break season for Meadows, who is pushing for a big league job out of spring training.

#44 – Jesus Sanchez – OF – Tampa Bay Rays

PG: Big (6-3, 210) athletic outfield prospect has a promising power/speed profile which is pushing him up Top-100 prospect boards. Had a great full season debut last summer, posting a .369 wOBA, 130 wRC+, 15 HR, and 7 SB for Low-A Bowling Green.

#45 – Franklin Barreto – SS – Oakland Athletics

PG: Still only 22 years old, Barreto is no stranger to top prospect lists. A solid all-around game is his hallmark, as he displayed at AAA last summer, posting a .290/.339/.456 slash line with 15 HR and 15 SBs. Also played 25 games for Oakland in 2017. Probably in the running for an opening day roster spot if he can continue his hot start to spring training.

#46 – Michel Baez – RHP – San Diego Padres

PG: Possibly baseball’s biggest pitching prospect in terms of size (6-8, 220), Baez’s stock soared with an incredible 10 game performance for Low-A Fort Wayne last summer. Baez went 6-2 with a 2.45 ERA, 12.6 K/9 and 1.2 BB/9. Padres fans are drooling.

#47 – Jack Flaherty – RHP – St. Louis Cardinals

PG: 21-year old who advanced from AA to AAA to a MLB cup of coffee this season. Finished his minor league season with a 14-4 record, 2.18 ERA, and 1.04 WHIP. Voted Texas League Post-Season All-Star. Represented the Cardinals at the Futures Game in Miami. 1-time Prospect of the Week Winner.

#48 – Jorge Mateo – SS/OF – Oakland Athletics

PG: Dominican speedster came over to Oakland in the Sonny Gray trade. 80-grade speed is his calling card, and he swiped 52 bags in 65 attempts across all levels last season. However, Mateo’s overall game continued to grow last season as well, posting a .906 OPS in the AA Eastern League and a .852 OPS in the AA Texas League.

#49 – Franklin Perez – RHP – Detroit Tigers

PG: After coming over in the Justin Verlander trade, Perez is the leading arm in a Tigers system that is suddenly full of pitching depth. Mixes his plus fastball with a curve, slider, and change, posting a 3.02 ERA in 16 starts between High-A and AA last season.

Update: Perez suffered a lat strain this spring. The injury won’t require surgery, but he could miss up to 3 months.

#50 – Estevan Florial – OF – New York Yankees

PG: 20 year old Dominican prospect earned a non-roster invite to the Yankees spring training after a fantastic 2017 campaign. Florial posted an .850 OPS between A-Full Season and A-Advanced ball last year, adding 13 HR and 23 SB in a 110 game breakout campaign. If he can get his K% under control (generally over 25%), he could be a future leadoff hitter for a young Yankees team that appears to be loaded.

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