Prospects Archive 2015 By mlbtopprospects MLB Top Prospects Stock Up-Stock Down With the first month of the 2015 baseball season in full swing, we have compiled a list of prospects who have improved their prospect status and others who have not lived up the hype. It’s the first 2015 season “Stock Up/Stock Down”. In case you are curious, here are the top 10 prospects by team & the top 100 in all of baseball. Prospects who made their MLB Debuts in April: Kris Bryant Addison Russell AJ Cole Max Muncy Kevin Plawecki Carlos Rodon Yasmany Tomas Raisel Iglesias Archie Bradley Devon Travis Micah Johnson Michael Lorenzen Asher Wojciechowski MLB Top Prospects Whose Stock is Up- Peter O’Brien The Arizona Diamondbacks catcher grabbed headlines for his prodigious during spring training and has continued to impress. Reno Aces (AAA) Mike Foltynewicz Folty came over to the Braves as part of package for Evan Gattis from the Astros. He has been absolutely dealing and should receive the call to the bigs sometime this year. Gwinnett Braves (AAA) Zach Davies The Orioles right-hander has steadily improved while progressing through the Minors. He’s off to the best start in his career show great poise, command and it’s only a matter of time before we see him at Camden Yards this year. Norfolk Tides (AAA): 4G/4GS, 1.25ERA, 21.2IP, 16H, 3ER, 7BB, 21K Eduardo Rodriguez Rodriguez came over to the Red Sox from the Orioles in return for Andrew Miller in 2014. Since joining the Red Sox he has been nearly unhittable. He’s off to a tremendous start in Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA): 3G/3GS, 1.93ERA, 18.2IP, 12H, 4ER, 1BB,16K Brian Johnson The Red Sox first rounder from 2012 has excelled at every level, this year he is a dominant force who has been mowing down hitters. Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA): 4G/4S, 0.86ERA, 21IP, 12H, 2ER, 9BB, 24K Michael Kopech The 2014 first round pick has allowed just two hits in each of his outing so far this season. Kopech shows great command of his fastball for a guy who was playing High School baseball last year. Greenville Drive (A): 3G/3GS, 1.98ERA, 13.2IP, 6H, 3ER, 2BB, 11K Dan Vogelbach Standing out on a Double-A squad that is loaded with prospects might be tough for some people but not for Vogelbach. He has demolished Southern League hitting and shown great plate discipline. Tennessee Smokies (AA): 18G, 65AB, .369 AVG, 24H, 11R, 3HR, 13RBI, 14BB Kyle Schwarber All Schwarber has done since being drafted in the first round last year has been hit. He picked up where he left off last year and has been a solid defender as a catcher. Which is good news for Cubs fans. Tennessee Smokies (AA): 16G, 53AB, .377 AVG, 20H, 12R, 4HR, 13RBI, 11BB Jace Fry A third round draft pick by the White Sox in 2014 was aggressively sent to High-A after his pro debut in 2014 in Short-Season A Ball. He’s been sensational so far. Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv): 4G/4GS, 2.49ERA, 21.2IP, 21H, 6ER, 9BB, 18K Jordan Guerrero The Sox bounced Guerrero between starting and relieving last year, it looks like starting might be his best bet. His 2015 season has him piling up the strikeouts including an 11K, 6ip performance on 4/15 vs Delmarva. Kannapolis Intimidators (A): 4G/4GS, 0.69ERA, 26IP, 15H, 2ER, 5BB, 26K Phil Ervin This speedster is in the process of rebuilding his draft stock after a very disappointing 2014 campaign. The Reds drafted him because of his bat, surpising pop and speed. All of which have been on full effect this year. He’s a top of the order threat that is getting more comfortable as the season progresses. His 6HR are tied for the league lead, not bad for a guy who is only 5’10”. Daytona Tortugas (A Adv): 20G, 74AB, .351 AVG, 26H, 21R, 6HR, 14RBI, 11BB, 5SB Adam Plutko A great word to describe Putko this year has been stingy. The Indians 11th round pick back in 2013 has allowed 1ER or less during each of his four starts this year while barely walking anyone and striking out just about everyone. Lynchburg Hillcats (A Adv): 4G/4GS, 1.14ERA, 23.2IP, 12H, 3ER, 3BB, 19K Kevin Ziomek The durable right-hander is a guy fills up the strike zone and racks up the K’s. He’s a polished pitcher from a heralded baseball university (Vanderbilt). The Tigers have something special in Ziomek Lakeland Flying Tigers (A Adv): 4G/4GS, 3.22ERA, 22.1IP, 22H, 8ER, 4BB, 25K Lance McCullers McCullers has started and relieved so far this season, the result equally the same – zeros. He has yet to allow an earned run this season and it looks like the reliever role might put him on the fast track. Corpus Christi Hooks (AA): 3G/2GS, 0.00ERA, 14.0IP, 10H, 0ER, 6BB, 21K Preston Tucker The Minors leading home run hitter continues to deliver, on top of that he also hits for average. He’s forcing the Astros hand to make a decision. Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): 20G, 82AB, .329 AVG, 27H, 18R, 9HR, 29RBI, 6BB Joe Musgrove At 6’5″, 230lbs, Musgrove is a physically imposing figure. He has taken a little bit to develop but the Blue Jays really like what they see. A guy with impeccable control and challenges hitters. Quad Cities River Bandits (A): 4G/2GS, 0.87ERA, 20.2IP, 17H, 2ER, 1BB, 20K Zach Lee Has Zach Lee finally figured it out? The 23 -year old has been overmatching hitters this year in his return to Triple-A. His command was a concern last year but the improvements has has made have been plentiful. Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA): 4G/4GS, 1.80ERA, 25IP, 19H, 5ER, 5BB, 24K Jacob Rhame Rhame is one of the fastest moving pitchers in 2015. We wouldn’t be surprised if we see him in the Bigs by the All-Star break. He’s THAT outstanding. He’s already been promoted to Double-A after allowing just two hits in seven outings in High-A. Tulsa Drillers (AA) & (A): 7G/0GS, 0.00ERA, 10IP, 3H, 0ER, 4BB, 18K Nick Wittgren A power reliever who has already been promoted from AA to AAA. The Marlins have another young arm that piles up strikeouts. New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA): 8G/0GS, 2.35ERA, 7.2IP, 3H, 2ER, 2BB, 14K Clint Coulter After smacking 22 homers last season in Wisconsin, Coulter is back at it again. Coulter will continue to rise up the Brewers prospect list as long as he continues to deliver. Brevard County Manatees (A Adv): 19G, 74AB, .324 AVG, 24H, 13R, 6HR, 15RBI, 9BB Stephen Gonsalves Now this guy is a stud. Sure Berrios, Sano, Buxton get all of the publicity as the Twins top prospects but Gonsalves has been an on the rise since being drafted in the 4th round in 2013. He’s just as scary as Berrios. Cedar Rapids Kernels (A): 3G/3GS, 0.90ERA, 20IP, 11H, 2ER, 2BB, 30K Chih-Wei Hu The Twins have stock-piled young, extremely talented starting pitching and Hu is another one on that list. He’s been mowing down hitters and improving his command and this year he has taken a huge leap forward. Fort Myers Miracle (A Adv): 4G/4GS, 1.50ERA, 24IP, 14H, 4ER, 3BB, 28K Dillon Overton Overton was outstanding in college and found the spotlight majority of the time on his teammate Jon Gray at Oklahoma. Now Overton has quickly made a name for himself. Most die-hard A’s fans know of him but all of baseball will soon know exactly who he is. A crafty-lefty that offers above-average breaking stuff and knows exactly what he is doing on the mound. Stockton Ports (A Adv): 4G/3GS, 2.20ERA, 16.1IP, 14H, 4ER, 5BB, 12K Billy Burns Burns made his MLB debut last year mainly because of his speed. This year his bat has finally caught up with those speedy legs. Nashville Sounds (AAA): 20G, 84AB, .324 AVG, 28H, 18R, 0HR, 3RBI, 9BB, 5SB Ben Lively Lively came over to the Phillies in exchange for Marlon Byrd last year. He dominated the California league in 2014. He is a major part of the future of the Phillies. Reading Fightin Phils (AA): 3G/3GS, 1.42ERA, 19IP, 14H, 3ER, 6BB, 15K Ricardo Pinto Pinto is another guy that the Phillies are high on. He started opening day for the BlueClaws and has not looked back. A no.2 starter in the making. Lakewood BlueClaws (A): 4G/4GS, 2.42ERA, 26IP, 22H, 7ER, 3BB, 23K Brandon Leibrandt The son of a former big leaguer can carry a bit of expectations. Brandon has shown poise, command and a keen understanding way beyond his years. He’s a fast-moving prospect. Clearwater Threshers (A Adv): 4G/4GS, 1.80ERA, 25IP, 18H, 5ER, 4BB, 19K Josh Bell Bell switched form outfield to the infield this season and he’s been getting very comfortable with his new position. No doubt about it, his bat will carry him to the bigs. Altoona Curve (AA): 18G, 75AB, .373 AVG, 28H, 10R, 0HR, 8RBI, 8BB, 3SB Elliot Morris Morris has been dealing at Double-A. He attacks hitters down in the zone and shows a bulldog mentality on the mound. He didn’t allow and earned run until his third outing of the season. He needs to cut down on the walks but he is on the right track. San Antonio Missions (AA): 4G/4GS, 2.66ERA, 20.1IP, 16H, 6ER, 12BB, 23K Steven Okert Okert is a tall skinny guy that has been a reliever his entire career in the Giants organization. He piled up 24 saves in 26 opportunities last year and has been a solid setup guy this year. This lefty may force the Giants hand as soon as an injury hits. Sacramento River Cats (AAA): 7G/0GS, 0.90ERA, 10IP, 8H, 6ER, 3BB, 12K Edwin Diaz Diaz has very unique background as he’s from Puerto Rico’s Caguas Military Academy. Not a very well known baseball school but it produced Diaz who has paid huge dividends so far for the Mariners. Bakersfield Blaze (A Adv): 5G/5GS, 1.44ERA, 25IP, 11H, 4ER, 8BB, 27K Alex Reyes A young flame-thrower who throws strikes and works quickly. Command of his fastball is an area that Reyes needs improving but he continues to rack up strikeouts. Palm Beach Cardinals (A Adv): 4G/4GS, 1.77ERA, 20.1IP, 12H, 4ER, 13BB, 35K Brent Honeywell A second round pick last year, Honeywell has shown pin-point control, ability to mix speeds and keep hitters off-balanced. Not bad for a guy drafted out of a Community College. Bowling Green Hot Rods (A): 4G/4GS, 0.82ERA, 22IP, 8H, 2ER, 6BB, 29K Ryan Cordell Cordell offers a rare combination of speed, power and a line-drive stroke. He’s excelled in his assignment in the most homer friend;y ballpark in the all of baseball. High Desert Mavericks (A Adv): 21G, 91AB, .341 AVG, 31H, 18R, 4HR, 17RBI, 4BB, 3SB Wilmer Difo We expected Difo to be a breakout candidate after his solid season in the South Atlantic League. He’s off to a great start in High-A showing encouraging signs of patience at the plate and ability to drive the ball to all parts of the field. Potomac Nationals (A Adv): 19G, 75AB, .320 AVG, 24H, 13R, 3HR, 14RBI, 8BB, 4SB Orlando Arcia Arcia has been a magician with the bat this season, posting a .400+ average all year long. Mostly a singles hitter, Arcia grinds out at-bats. This top of the order threat gives the Brewers something to look forward to. Biloxi Shuckers (AA): 20G, 66AB, .409 AVG, 27H, 14R, 0HR, 10RBI, 8BB, 1SB MLB Top Prospects Whose Stock is Down- Lucas Sims The Braves might have swung and miss on Sims. For the third year in a row he’s in Single-A and has shown flashes of brilliance but nothing consistent. The 2012 first round pick might go down as a bust so enough. Carolina Mudcats (A Adv): 4G/4GS, 8.59ERA, 14.2IP, 16H, 14ER, 13BB, 15K Henry Owens Arguably the Red Sox Top Prospect, Owens has looked more pedestrian than prospect this year. Issuing more walks than he should be resulting in high-leverage situations frequently. The talent is still there, it just needs refinement of the command. Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA): 4G/4GS, 4.29ERA, 21IP, 13H, 10ER, 17BB, 19K Jake Stinnett Stinnett was a second round pick by the Cubs in 2014 out of Maryland. He’s struggled with control issues this season and two outings he couldn’t get out of the third inning. It’s a rough start but there is still time for him. South Bend Cubs (A): 4G/4GS, 6.60ERA, 15IP, 15H, 11ER, 16BB, 12K Spencer Adams A less than stellar start for the White Sox second round pick in 2014. Adams has been giving up a ton of hits this year while throwing a lot of pitches in the first month of the season. The potential is there but the young righty needs more seasoning. Kannapolis Intimidators (A): 4G/4GS, 6.08ERA, 13.1IP, 23H, 9ER, 3BB, 11K Robert Stephenson Stephenson is a frustrating prospect. Reds fans still believe in the young right-hander as an ace in the future. It might be time to lower the expectations. He continues to give up too many runs per game. Good news is that he isn’t walking as many as he did in his previous years. Bad news is that he’s returned to Double-A for the third year in a row. Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA): 3G/3GS, 5.40ERA, 16.2IP, 16H, 10ER, 7BB, 21K Clint Frazier Big Red was drafted by the Indians because of his bat. An aggressive hitter by nature, pitchers have figured out Frazier already. It’s time for Frazier to start figuring things out. Lynchburg Hillcats (A Adv): 19G, 73AB, .247 AVG, 18H, 9R, 0HR, 5RBI, 7BB, 1SB Jon Gray The velocity is down for the first round draft pick. His command of pitches are also an area of concern. As a sure bet no. 2, he might be destined for a relief role. Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA): 3G/3GS, 10.70ERA, 17.2IP, 32H, 21ER, 8BB, 17K Alex Yarbrough Let’s get this out of the way, Yarbrough strikes out a lot. This year he is k’ing at an alarming rate, more than once per game. He still has age on his side but the aggressive approach at the plate has been getting the best of him already this season. Salt Lake Bees (AAA): 20G, 80AB, .250 AVG, 20H, 7R, 0HR, 10RBI, 5BB, 23K Michael Mader The supplemental first round pick from a year ago burst onto the season with a postive showing at Short-Season. His assignment this year at Low-A has yet to return the same results. The walks are killing Mader and so is the lack of command. Greensboro Grasshoppers (A): 3G/3GS, 8.80ERA, 15.1IP, 16H, 15ER, 9BB, 12K Monte Harrison Monte has eye-popping speed on the base paths problem is, he can’t get on. He’s proved to be overmatched in the start to his first full season. He’s a second round pick by a risk-taking Brewers club that likes athletes over sure bets. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A): 19G, 64AB, .156 AVG, 10H, 7R, 2HR, 7RBI, 7BB, 36K Alex Meyer Meyer was in the conversation in Spring Training to break camp with the big league as part of the bullpen. Perhaps that news didn’t sit very well with him as his start to the 2015 season has been terrible. Rochester Red Wings (AAA): 4G/4GS, 6.27ERA, 18.2IP, 22H, 13ER, 14BB, 22K Franklin Barreto Barreto came over to the A’s as part of the Josh Donaldson deal. Short in stature but a defensive whiz, Barreto has shown A’s fan absolutely nothing to be excited about this year. Stockton Ports (A Adv): 19G, 70AB, .171 AVG, 12H, 5R, 1HR, 6RBI, 3BB, 15K Franchy Cordero High expectations have been placed on Franchy’s shoulders from the moment the Padres signed him. A pure athlete who offers a ton of speed on the base paths. He’s been a disappointment so far. Fort Wayne TinCaps (A): 17G, 72AB, .194 AVG, 14H, 9R, 0HR, 5RBI, 3SB, 24K Chris Stratton A former first round pick for the Giants back in 2012. The Giants don’t swing and miss on first round picks, especially pitchers but Stratton might be the first. Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA): 4G/4GS, 5.31ERA, 20.1IP, 16H, 12ER, 12BB, 16K Gabriel Guerrero Now that Gabby is out of the California League and the extremely confines of High Deserts home park his numbers have came back to earth. Just like his Uncle Vlad, Gabby is a uber aggressive hitter who never saw a pitch he didn’t like. Jackson Generals (AA): 18G, 70AB, .214 AVG, 15H, 6R, 2HR, 9RBI, 3BB, 19K Oscar Mercado A second round pick by the Cardinals in 2013, Mercado has proven to be a solid defender but his bat is what many expected it to be -not anything special. Peoria Chiefs (A): 19G, 71AB, .239 AVG, 17H, 12R, 1HR, 6RBI, 11SB, 11K Justin O’Conner The Rays first round pick from the 2010 draft has sputtered his entire career with the bat. His prospect status has officially faded. Montgomery Biscuits (AA): 16G, 64AB, .188 AVG, 12H, 7R, 3HR, 6RBI, 4BB, 26K Luke Jackson As of the Rangers top pitching prospects he’s been a disappointment. His control has always been an issue. He has time to turn it around but his start to the 2015 season has been unpleasant. Round Rock Express (AAA): 4G/4GS, 5.19ERA, 17.1IP, 16H, 10ER, 12BB, 15K Want more Prospect Info? Grab the official Prospect Handbook. It’s loaded with info, scouting reports and more on all of MLB’s Top Prospects. It’s available through AMAZON.