Plum Prospects: Volume 7 (#61-70)

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.

Check out Plum Prospects: Volume 6 (#51-60) here.

#61 – Miguel Andujar – 3B – New York Yankees

PG: Andujar has been called up to the Bronx, where he is making semi-regular appearances for a contending Yankees club. Posted an .850 OPS, hit 16 dingers and 36 2B between AA and AAA last season. Yankees organizational All-Star at 3B in 2017. It looks like he’s the future at the hot corner for the Yankees.

#62 – Monte Harrison – OF – Florida Marlins

PG: ‘Stat sheet stuffer’ who came over to the Marlins in the Christian Yelich trade. He has 5-category contributor potential. Last season he split time between Low-A (136 wRC+) and High-A (133 wRC+), performing well at both stops. Speed is legit, evidenced by the fact that he swiped 27 bags in 31 attempts. Only hit 2 HR last year, but 28 2B in 453 ABs suggests that he could grow into some power as he continues to develop.

#63 – Yadier Alvarez – RHP – Los Angeles Dodgers

PG: Cuban pitching phenom has never posted a K/9 rate below 9.0 at any stop. Combines a plus fastball with a potential plus slider, also mixes in a curveball and changeup for good measure. Started 2018 at AA, where he will make his case as a potential rotation piece for the Dodgers in the future.

#64 – Jay Groome – LHP – Boston Red Sox

PG: Beastly (6-6, 220) 19 year-old lefty is Boston’s top pitching prospect. Made 14 starts in the minors last season, but struggled, posting a 5.69 ERA. However, a deeper dive shows his potential: posted a 3.44 xFIP in 11 starts in Full-Season A ball as an 18 year-old. Give him time.

IJR: Picked 12th overall in ’16 – rated #1 LH SP by pipeline. Could be front of the rotation guy. Athletic lefty, repeats motion and has + pitches. Doesn’t really hide the ball w/ his body.

#65 – Keibert Ruiz – C – Los Angeles Dodgers

PG: Ruiz is an incredibly advanced catching prospect out of Venezuela. Still only 19 years old, he started 2018 at AA Tulsa. Posted an .813 OPS between A-Full and A-Advanced ball in 2017. Catching prospects usually take longer to develop, especially when it comes to the power tool. What Ruiz has accomplished thus far is very incredible. Must watch.

#66 – Adrian Morejon – LHP – San Diego Padres

PG: He’s an electric lefty out of Cuba that could rise these prospect rankings quickly in 2018. Made 13 starts between A-Short and A-Full last season, starting 2018 at A-Advanced ball in the California league, where he will be tested.

IJR: I really like this kid! Signed for $11 mil. Front of rotation potential. Left handed, throws low mid 90s w/ control (#2 international FA in July 2016). Smooth mechanics, very polished for a pitcher as young as he is. Decent curve and fastball.

#67 – Yordan Alvarez – 1B/OF – Houston Astros

PG: Cuban bomber gives the Astros system even more hitting depth. Showed his power potential by posting a .297 ISO in 32 Sally League games last season. Starting 2018 in AA as a 20 year-old. Has the potential for advanced plate discipline with plus power. Some question as to what position he will play, but his bat is going to force the issue at some point.

#68 – Jake Bauers – 1B/OF – Tampa Bay Rays

PG: Power hitter who spent all of 2017 at AAA as a 21 year-old and held his own (.148 ISO, .352 wOBA, 120 wRC+). Shows advanced plate discipline (13.6% BB rate vs. 19.5% K rate last year), and the potential for a plus hit-tool in the future.

#69 – Chance Adams – RHP – New York Yankees

PG: Looked like a consistent future mid-rotation performer in 21 starts at AAA last season. 8.0 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 11-5 record, 2.89 ERA (3.76 FIP) will play basically everywhere. Could be knocking on the door of the Yankees rotation very soon.

#70 – Heliot Ramos – OF – San Francisco Giants

IJR: I like his setup. Good hand speed, little reminder moves to keep his elbows in, slightly knock kneed, weight transfer looks slow. Ball really jumps off his bat, sound is different when he hits it. Kinda reminds me of Sammy Sosa pre toe tap. Legit swing and miss issues, looks to struggle picking up spin. Almost 32% k rate just in rookie ball. Killed the other stats though and those merit top 5 easily – not sure anyone had a slugging percentage even near 600, let alone 645.

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