Who are the top 10 prospects in the Minors?
Despite recent callups of Buxton, Correa and Lindor, there's still plenty in the pipeline
With the way the past week has gone, fans would understand if there wasn't a whole lot left in the pipeline. With Carlos Correa, Byron Buxton and Francisco Lindor, the game's top 3 prospects all getting the call to the Major Leagues, expecting more any time soon would be a bit greedy.
Those, of course, are only three of what's been a promotionpalooza in 2015. Kris Bryant was the No. 2 prospect when he was called up by the Cubs in April, No. 5 prospect Addison Russell got the call from Chicago just a few days later, No. 10 Noah Syndergaard was brought up last month by the Mets and No. 9 Joey Gallo made his Major League debut with the Rangers earlier this month.
And that's just those who were ranked in the top 10. Joc Pederson (13), Archie Bradley (15), Daniel Norris (17), Blake Swihart (18), Jorge Soler (22), Michael Taylor (42), Dalton Pompey (43) and Aaron Sanchez (44) round out a robust list of prospects who began the year in the Top 50 and who have seen the big leagues this season.
But here's the amazing thing: There's still plenty of talent to be found on the farm. Some could very well join their contemporaries above in the Major Leagues, some may have further to go. But here's a look at the top 10 players in the Minor Leagues, as currently ranked on the Top 100 list (which will be updated after the Draft signing deadline), with their rankings in parentheses. That's through Sunday. Who knows what the next week will bring?
1. Lucas Giolito, RHP, Nationals (4): The 2014 Futures Gamer was held back in extended spring training until May 8 mostly to monitor his workload. He's had one really bad start, leading to a 4.08 ERA in seven starts. But he's missing bats (11.6 K/9) and not walking many (1.8 BB/9), which is usually a good recipe for success.
2. Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers (5): Seager is the candidate most likely to next join the others at the highest level, especially after earning a promotion from Double-A to Triple-A at the beginning of May. Combined, he's hit .325/.373/.535, and he's just 21 years old.
3. Julio Urias, LHP, Dodgers (6): Seager's 18-year-old organization-mate had been pitching well during his first taste of Double-A before heading to the disabled list for elective left eye surgery in mid-May. He was expected to miss about a month, then return to continue to befuddle Texas League hitters (11.5 K/9, .194 batting average against).
4. Yoan Moncada, 2B, Red Sox (7): The Cuban teenager made his highly anticipated pro debut on May 18. The multitooled infielder has been trying to get his feet under him, hitting .208/.296/.306 over his first 20 games.
5. Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins (10): Buxton got called up from Double-A; could Sano join him? It might seem less likely given that the slugging third baseman didn't play a single game in 2014 after needing Tommy John elbow surgery. After shaking off the rust and hitting .153 in April, Sano hit .303/.374/.556 in May with five homers and 22 RBIs and has put up a .313/.425/.563 line in 10 games this June. Maybe he's not so far behind after all.
6. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates (11): Glasnow was doing what he typically does -- missing bats -- early in his Double-A debut when he went down with an ankle sprain and landed on the disabled list on May 20. He's expected back in the next couple of weeks.
7. Jon Gray, RHP, Rockies (13): Gray nearly made the Rockies rotation out of Spring Training, then really struggled out of the gate in Triple-A. He's been much better since, with a 2.68 ERA through eight starts in May and June.
8. Daniel Norris, LHP, Blue Jays (14): Norris made five starts in the big leagues but was sent down after walking 12 batters in 23 1/3 innings. Command is still an issue (4.9 BB/9) for him in Triple-A, though he is still striking out nearly a batter per inning.
9. Henry Owens, LHP, Red Sox (16): Owens continues to be tough to hit in Triple-A, holding International League hitters to a .195 batting average. But the lefty has struggled with his command (5.5 BB/9), perhaps a reason he hasn't been asked to help out in Boston yet.
10. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Orioles (17): Bundy was working on putting Tommy John surgery in his rear-view mirror and was striking out 10.2 per nine in Double-A through eight starts. But a shoulder issue put him on the shelf and he hasn't pitched since May 21. The Orioles are hopeful it's just tendinitis.
The next five:
11. J.P. Crawford, SS, Phillies (18)
12. Luis Severino, RHP, Yankees (19)
13. Robert Stephenson, RHP, Reds (20)
14. Andrew Heaney, LHP, Angels (21)
15. Jesse Winker, OF, Reds (22)