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2018 Top 58 Fantasy Shortstop Prospects, Part 1

The Dynasty Guru recently released the annual, consensus rankings of the top 50 fantasy shortstops in dynasty leagues (#1-20 and #21-50), detailing several shortstop prospects. The following rankings focus upon, and dive deeper into, fantasy shortstop prospects.

Shortstop is arguably the most important and valuable defensive position in baseball. As such, major league organizations often attempt to develop as many prospects at shortstop as possible. Consequently, the list of shortstop prospects is expansive; so expansive it warrants two separate articles. Part 1 explores the cream of the crop, the top 20 shortstop prospects. Part 2 covers the remaining 38 shortstop prospects, from high upside, high risk teenagers to intriguing prospects on the cusp of majors, but often considered “organizational depth.”

Before delving into the rankings, here is a brief explanation of fantasy tool grades:

A Guide to Fantasy Tools

Publicly-available scouting reports and past production make up a player’s “grades” for each of his skills. Those grades help anticipate a player’s ceiling, which, in turn, helps assess value. For fantasy purposes, only a few grades matter.

Average Hit Tool: The fantasy hit tool is a mixture of contact (batting average) and plate discipline (walk percentage/on-base percentage, or OBP). In a 16-team dynasty league, the average batting average and on-base percentage is approximately .265 and .335, respectively. A well-disciplined player’s fantasy hit tool plays up a grade higher than otherwise expected. A change to a hit tool grade increases or decreases those averages by approximately .015 (i.e., an above-average hitter produces a batting average and on-base percentage of approximately .280 and .350, respectively).

Average Power Tool:  The fantasy power tool weighs realized or in-game power against potential or raw power. In a 16-team dynasty league, the league-average isolated power is approximately .175, which translates to approximately 20 home runs per season. A change to a power tool grade increases or decreases by approximately .025 for isolated power.

Speed Bonus:  The speed bonus only applies to players anticipated to accumulated stolen bases. Each incremental bonus accounts for approximately 10 stolen bases. For example, a player with a speed bonus of 5 likely will accumulate approximately 10-15 stolen bases.

Risk:  Risk considers a multitude of factors, including, but not limited to, fielding, level, opportunity, industry reputation, age, and injury history. In fantasy, fielding is only relevant to the extent it facilitates or hinders opportunity and eligibility.

Without further ado, the 2018 Top Fantasy Shortstop Prospects:

2018 Top 20 Shortstop Prospects

RankPlayerOpening Day AgeLevelETA
1Gleyber Torres NYY21.29AA/AAA2018
2Fernando Tatis Jr. SD19.24A/AA2019
3Brendan Rodgers COL21.64A+/AA2019
4Bo Bichette TOR20.07A/A+2019
5Royce Lewis MIN18.82R/A2021
6Willy Adames TB22.58AAA2018
7Jorge Mateo OAK22.77A+/AA2018
8Franklin Barreto OAK22.09AAA/MLB2018
9J.P. Crawford PHI23.22AAA/MLB2018
10Nick Gordon MIN22.43AA2019
11Carter Kieboom WAS20.57R/A-/A2020
12Ryan Mountcastle BAL21.11A+/AA2019
13Kevin Maitan LAA18.13R2021
14Wander Javier MIN19.25R2021
15Cole Tucker PIT21.74A+/AA2019
16Yu-Cheng Chang CLE22.61AA2018
17Wander Franco TB17.08N/A2022
18Andres Gimenez NYM19.57A2020
19Ryan Vilade COL19.11R2021
20Aramis Ademan CHC19.54A-/A2020

1. Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
21.2920186050050
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
AA/AAA0.2870.3830.4877

In 2013, the Chicago Cubs signed Gleyber Torres as a 16-year-old for $1.7 million. He ascended through the minors rapidly despite his youth. The Cubs traded him to the Yankees three years later as part of the package for Aroldis Chapman. Last year, at just 20 years old, Torres was on the fast track to the majors, lighting up Double- and Triple-A. On June 17th, however, his season was ended by a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow (due to an awkward, headfirst slide into home plate). After undergoing Tommy John surgery in June, Torres should be ready for the start of the season.

Torres is a potential plus hitter who utilizes his superb bat speed to spray line drives from gap-to-gap. He began to tap into his raw power as his body developed, and now projects to have at least average power.  In addition, Torres displays an advanced, patient approach at the plate, leading to healthy walk rates (12.8%).  Those bullish on Torres envision a complete hitter, providing batting average, on-base ability, and power.

An average athlete, Torres lacks ideal range for shortstop.  As such, he split time at both second and third base last year.  Torres handles all three positions well with a strong arm and good hands.  While Didi Gregorius has a firm hold on shortstop this year, current holes at second and third base provide an avenue to big-league playing time. Expect the Yankees to send Torres to Triple-A to begin the season with an immediate promotion when he satisfies service time considerations.

Peak Projection: .285/.365/.470, 20-25 home runs

2. Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
19.24201950601040
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
A/AA0.2780.3790.4982232

His father (and namesake) was a former major league third baseman who posted a 34/21 season for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999. Fernando Tatis Jr. has similar upside at shortstop. Signed by the Chicago White Sox in 2015, he changed clubs less than a year later (before even playing one professional game). After acquiring Tatis, the Padres aggressively promoted him all the way to the Northwest League at just 17 years old, where he held his own.

Last year, at just 18 years old, Tatis was one of the top performers in the Midwest League, slashing .281/.390/.520 with 21 home runs and 29 stolen bases. His performance is even more impressive considering he hit .230/.313/.345 in April. He was a world beater after the All-Star Break, hitting .311/.458/.650 with 12 home runs and 17 stolen bases in 51 games. Having clearly conquered Low-A, the Padres skipped him past High-A to Double-A. Playing only 14 games in Double-A at 18 years old, Tatis flashed his tantalizing tools, but understandably reverted to an aggressive approach.

An athletic 6’3” and 185 pounds, Tatis looks the part of a future star. He combines plus bat speed, plus raw power, and a leveraged swing to produce plenty of game power. Although he hits the ball with authority to all fields, he is currently pull-heavy. Further, Tatis struggles with contact (24.5 K%) and often expands the strike zone, especially on off-speed pitches. Finally, his 32 stolen bases came on an inefficient 47 attempts (68%). There is far more risk in Tatis’ profile than his lofty ranking may suggest.

The risk extends to the defensive side as well. Already oversized for shortstop, Tatis is a strong candidate to move to third base. Despite his athleticism, he already has below-average range, and his hands and footwork need a lot of work.

Likely to return to Double-A San Antonio, Tatis will almost certainly be the youngest player (19) in the Texas League. This writer will see Tatis live several times this year and will provide an update on his progress.

Peak Projection: .270/.330/.490, 30-35 home runs, 20-25 stolen bases

3. Brendan Rodgers, Colorado Rockies

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
21.6420195560045
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
A+/AA0.3360.3730.567182

A bat-first shortstop selected third overall by the Rockies is a fantasy baseball dream. Visions of Troy Tulowitzki, a former seventh overall pick, come easily when watching Brendan Rodgers. With a swing that is short, compact, quick, and powerful, Rodgers is a potential elite bat.

Last year, Rodgers demolished High-A, hitting .387/.407/.671 with 12 home runs in 51 games. Rodgers’ home ballpark, The Hangar at Lancaster, located in the windy Antelope Valley, aided much of his production. In fact, he posted an incredible .461/.488/.809 video game line at home. Outside Lancaster, Rodgers still performed well, hitting .308/.312/.523 with 4 home runs. After a slow start (9 for 49) upon his promotion to Double-A, he finished strong over his last 25 games, hitting .297/.355/.525 with 6 home runs.

Maybe it was a by-product of hitting at Lancaster, but Rodgers swung at everything last year. On the year, he only walked 14 times in 400 plate appearances (3.5%). His aggressive approach masked some contact issues, as he swung and missed at 15.1% of pitches in High-A, yet his strikeout rate was just 14.8%. In prior years, Rodgers displayed more patience (8.5 BB%) so last year may be an anomaly.

Defensively, Rodgers lacks the lateral quickness and range for shortstop, but his hands and footwork continue to improve. Many observers now believe he can stick at shortstop and provide passable defense. Nevertheless, Rodgers continued to see starts at second base last year. With D.J. LeMahieu’s contract expiring after this year and Trevor Story signed through 2021, Rodgers may provide an internal replacement for LeMahieu at second base.

Peak Projection: .290/.350/.520, 30-35 home runs

4. Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
20.0720195555545
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
A/A+0.3620.4230.5651422

Like his fellow stud Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette is part of a baseball dynasty. His father, Dante Bichette, was a four-time All-Star, and his brother, Dante Bichette Jr., is a prospect for the Yankees. However, Bo may be the best Bichette.

Drafted by the Blue Jays in the second round of the 2016 draft, Bichette took to professional baseball immediately by hitting .427/.451/.732 over his first 22 games. Aggressively assigned to the Midwest League a month after his 19th birthday, Bichette made it look easy. By far the best hitter in the league, Bichette slashed an incredible .384/.448/.623 with 10 home runs, earning the MVP award. The Blue Jays saw enough and promoted Bichette to High-A in July. In the pitcher-friendly Florida State League, he simply kept hitting (.323/.379/.463).

Blasting line drives (up to 31% in Low-A) from gap-to-gap, Bichette hits for power to all fields. His swift bat and impeccable bat to ball skills allow his violent, aggressive swing to work. An advanced hitter with huge raw power, Bichette may develop a plus hit tool with plus game power. Meanwhile, he is unlikely to provide more than average speed as he continues to mature.

Most observers do not believe Bichette will play shortstop at higher levels. His arm strength and range fit much better at second base. Regardless of where Bichette ends up in the field, the bat will play. Over the next few years, the journey of Bichette and Guerrero will be a fun ride.

Peak Projection: .290/.345/.490, 25-30 home runs, 10-15 home runs

5. Royce Lewis, Minnesota Twins

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
18.82202155451540
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
R/A0.2790.3810.407418

The Twins surprisingly selected Royce Lewis, instead of Hunter Greene or Brendan McKay, first overall in the 2017 Amateur Draft. Early returns on the decision are promising. At just 18 years old, Lewis advanced all the way to Low-A in his professional debut. In his 18 games in the Midwest League, he flashed his enormous upside, slashing .296/.363/.394 with a home run and 3 stolen bases.

Lewis is an outstanding, graceful athlete. A lean and muscular 6’2” and 188 pounds, he is a plus runner with above-average power projection. At the plate, Lewis already displays excellent discipline and patience, walking (10.5%) nearly as much as he struck out (13.8%). Further, he flashes all-fields power with the frame to add more.

Observers question whether Lewis is a shortstop long-term, with many already considering him a center fielder. In his debut, he showed well at shortstop, with solid range, hands, and instincts. With an average arm, Lewis may eventually move to second base or the outfield. However, expect him to stick at shortstop for the immediate future.

Peak Projection: .280/.350/.440, 15-20 home runs, 30-35 stolen bases

6. Willy Adames, Tampa Bay Rays

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
22.5820185550050
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
AAA0.2770.360.4151011

In 2014, the Detroit Tigers traded Willy Adames to the Rays as part of the package for David Price. Now, Adames is on the verge of his major league debut. One of the youngest players in the International League, Adames survived a slow start to have a nice season. After a terrible April and May in Triple-A, Adames hit .300/.377/.455 with 8 home runs the rest of the year.

Remarkably consistent throughout his career, Adames performed solidly above-average at every level. Only a .268 career hitter, his hit tool plays up due to his patient approach (12.7% career walk rate). He pairs his polished approach with plenty of line drives and latent raw power. Observers see more power in his bat, but it has yet to actualize in games.

Meanwhile, Adames also is a consistently average defensive shortstop. Since 2014, each year his fielding percentage vacillated between .948 to .953. A mediocre athlete, Adames has poor range. Although he may provide average defense at shortstop, his plus arm and athleticism play far better at third base. On the 40-man roster and with only Adeiny Hechavarria in his way, Adames will make his debut early this year.

Peak Projection: .275/.365/.455, 20-25 home runs

7. Jorge Mateo, Oakland Athletics

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
22.77201845452045
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
A+/AA0.2670.3220.4591252

At the trade deadline last year, the New York Yankees traded Jorge Mateo to the Athletics as part of the package for Sonny Gray. At the time, Mateo was crushing Double-A pitching, a surprise after stagnating in High-A. Following the trade, his Double-A success continued. Mateo closed the season hitting .296/.357/.521 with 8 home runs, 10 triples, and 24 stolen bases over 60 Double-A games. Reincorporation of a leg kick in Double-A, which he dropped in the Spring, may be responsible for his newfound success.

Lightning fast, Mateo earns 80 grades on his speed from most observers. Most importantly, he is not afraid to run, stealing 82 bases in 2015, 36 in 2016, and 52 last year. Further, Mateo is highly efficient, succeeding on 80% of attempts last year. Add fringe average power with a leveraged swing to the speed and he is a potential elite fantasy performer. Unfortunately, Mateo remains an aggressive hitter, prone to swing-and-miss. If everything falls right, however, he has as much upside as anyone on this list.

On defense, Mateo saw time at second base, shortstop, and centerfield last year. After the trade to the Athletics, he only played shortstop. Since defense is not a priority of the Athletics, Mateo likely will remain at shortstop where he has good range, a strong arm, and improving fundamentals (but is maddeningly inconsistent). On the 40-man roster, Mateo likely will begin the season in Triple-A and debut later this year.

Peak Projection: .260/.310/.420, 15-20 home runs, 40-45 stolen bases

8. Franklin Barreto, Oakland Athletics

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
22.0920185050550
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
AAA/MLB0.2780.3280.4431717

In 2014, the Toronto Blue Jays traded Franklin Barreto, among others, to the Athletics for Josh Donaldson. The next year, the Athletics aggressively assigned a 19-year-old Barreto to High-A, where he flourished (.302/.333/.500). Since then, Barreto hit at every spot and debuted last year at just 21 years old.

A steady line drive hitter with a quick bat, Barreto makes hard, all-fields contact. His significant raw power plays below-average in games and likely average at peak. Barreto is an aggressive and impatient hitter with poor pitch selection. His approach leads to low walk totals (5.5%), and last year a lot of swing-and-miss (174 strikeouts, 29.7%). Despite uncharacteristic contact issues, Barreto still earns high praise for his hitting ability and projects as a high average, low on-base hitter. Meanwhile, he is unlikely to provide the same stolen base figures he accumulated in the minors as he is inefficient (70% success rate) and only has slightly above-average speed.

Unlike Mateo, Barreto is less likely to remain at shortstop, even though he plays for the Athletics. With below-average range and mediocre hands and footwork, he fits better at third base, where his big arm profiles well. With Matt Chapman occupying third base, Barreto instead split time between second base and shortstop the last two years. Although his future defensive home is unclear, Barreto has the bat to play just about anywhere.

Peak Projection: .275/.325/.450, 20-25 home runs, 10-15 stolen bases

9. J.P. Crawford, Philadelphia Phillies

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
23.2220186045050
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
AAA/MLB0.2390.3520.392156

Ranking as high as 6th overall on Baseball America’s 2016 Top 100 Prospects list, J.P. Crawford has lost some luster. The 16th overall pick in the 2013 Amateur Draft, Crawford exploded onto the scene with exceptional seasons in 2014 (.285/.375/.406 in Low-A and High-A at 19 years old) and 2015 (.288/.380/.414 in High-A and Double-A at 20 years old). His meteoric rise to the majors slowed after a poor performance in 2016 (.250/.349/.339 in Double-A and Triple-A) and a terrible start last year (.203/.321/.276 through June). After June, Crawford took off, hitting .285/.385/.544 with 13 home runs over 61 Triple-A games. In September, he finally earned a long-awaited promotion to the majors, where he struggled (.214/.356/.300).

Extremely patient at the plate, Crawford is a walking machine (14.8%). Further, he is a high contact hitter and pitch spoiler. On a good day, Crawford is a gap-to-gap, line drive hitter with solid power. On a bad day, he battles until he either walks or produces weak contact. It is unclear which Crawford to expect moving forward, but he has top of the order potential.

Where he truly shines is in the field. A potential plus defender, Crawford is a rangy, strong armed shortstop with great hands and actions. While his defense drives much of his ranking on prospect lists, it only serves to reduce risk in his fantasy profile. After the trade of Freddy Galvis to the San Diego Padres, the new-look Phillies have Crawford penciled in at shortstop this year.

Peak Projection: .275/.375/.425, 15-20 home runs

10. Nick Gordon, Minnesota Twins

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
22.4320195545545
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
AA0.270.3410.408913

The son of former major league pitcher Tom Gordon and the brother of speedster Dee Gordon, Nick Gordon is from yet another baseball family. Since the Twins selected Gordon with the fifth overall pick in 2014, he moved steadily through the system, one level at a time. Last year, Gordon lit up Double-A in the first half, hitting .315/.376/.504 with 6 home runs, looking like the player the Twins envisioned back in 2014. His second half, however, rivals J.P. Crawford’s first half, as he limped to a .221/.304/.305 finish to the season.

Although he scuffled to close the year, Gordon made substantial progress. Previously driving too many pitches into the ground, he added more loft to his swing and turned those hard grounders into line drives to all fields. In fact, Gordon led the Southern League in line drive percentage (28%). In turn, he produced 46 extra-base hits and nearly doubled his career home runs (9). A notable and concerning trend, however, is that Gordon is a left-handed hitter who mightily struggles against left-handed pitching (.174/.273/.240).

Gordon is solid defensively, with the arm and actions for shortstop. Observers question his range, however, and he saw more time at second base last year. With Royce Lewis hot on his tail, Gordon will need to continue to make adjustments on both offense and defense to remain the shortstop of the future in Minnesota.

Peak Projection: .285/.345/.430, 15-20 home runs, 10-15 stolen bases

11. Carter Kieboom, Washington Nationals

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
20.5720205555040
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
R/A-/A0.2970.3960.49393

Carter Kieboom’s bat delivers what the 80-grade baseball name promises. Prior to suffering a hamstring injury in May, he lowered the Kieboom on Low-A South Atlantic League, hitting .333/.398/.586 with 6 home runs in 29 games. He is a disciplined hitter who demonstrates an advanced feel for hitting, pairing his patience (13.3 BB%) with power (17.8 HR/FB). The only red flags are a pull-heavy approach (56.8%) and swing-and-miss issues in his 2016 debut (27.7 K%). Although played exclusively at shortstop, he has average athleticism and many believe he ultimately will move to third base.

Peak Projection: .275/.360/.470, 25-30 home runs

12. Ryan Mountcastle, Baltimore Orioles

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
21.1120195055045
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
A+/AA0.2870.3120.489188

At just 20 years old, Ryan Mountcastle arrived at Double-A on the heels of an excellent .314/.343/.542 performance in the Carolina League. A pure hitter with plus bat speed, he generates tons of hard contact to all fields. His emerging power and leveraged swing led to 15 home runs and 51 extra-base hits in 88 High-A games. Unfortunately, Mountcastle is very aggressive, walking just 17 times in 538 plate appearances on the year (3.2%). In addition, his poor range and a well below-average arm means he is not long for shortstop. Although he began to see time at third base, his arm likely relegates him to second base or left field long-term.

Peak Projection: .280/.320/.475, 25-30 home runs

13. Kevin Maitan, Los Angeles Angels

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
18.1320215560030
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
R0.2410.290.3422

A long-time favorite of international scouts, Kevin Maitan signed with the Atlanta Braves in 2016 for $4.25 million. Maitan did not live up to his immense hype in his debut, arriving overweight and hitting just .241/.290/.340. Following the season, he became a free agent as part of the Braves’ punishment for violating international signing rules and the Angels signed him for $2.2 million.

Opinion of Maitan rightfully lessened, but he still possesses sky high upside. Remember: he was just 17 years old last year and adjusting to his first exposure to professional baseball. A switch-hitter with huge raw power and bat speed from both sides of the plate, Maitan could develop into a plus hitter with plus-plus power. Already weighing well over his listed 190 pounds, he is almost certainly a lock to move off shortstop. His strong arm profiles very well at third base.

Peak Projection: .285/.335/.510, 30-35 home runs

14. Wander Javier, Minnesota Twins

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
19.2520215550535
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
R0.2990.3830.47144

Signed by the Twins in 2015 for $4 million, Wander Javier is a potential all-around player. With a slight, but projectable, 6’1” frame, Javier already produces surprising pop. His quick bat creates hard contact with pull-side power. Further, Javier exhibits a patient approach, leading to both walks (10.6%) and strikeouts (27.2%). He remains raw on defense, but he draws praise for his arm strength and athleticism.

Peak Projection: .270/.350/.445, 20-25 home runs, 10-15 stolen bases

15. Cole Tucker, Pittsburgh Pirates

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
21.74201950401045
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
A+/AA0.2750.3580.408647

A 2014 first rounder out of high school, Cole Tucker finally broke out in High-A last year, hitting .285/.364/.426 with 36 stolen bases in 68 games. With a tall (6’3”) and projectable frame, Tucker is beginning to develop power to pair with his polished, patient approach. He is a future table setter with the ability to get on-base and use his plus speed. Furthermore, Tucker is an above-average, rangy defender at shortstop.

Peak Projection: .270/.340/.400, 10-15 home runs, 20-25 stolen bases

16. Yu-Cheng Chang, Cleveland Indians

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
22.6120184555045
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
AA0.220.3120.4612411

Last year, Yu-Cheng Chang led all minor league shortstops in home runs, all while hitting in the difficult Double-A Eastern League. Chang is a rare three-true-outcomes shortstop; he combines a patient approach that leads both walks (10.2%) and strikeouts (26.4%) with a quick, upper cut swing that generates a lot of fly balls. As such, his BABIP is consistently low (.254 last year). Without a Chang to his approach, he is unlikely to provide much batting average. He’s passable in the field, presenting as average across the board.

Peak Projection: .245/.320/.450, 25-30 home runs

17. Wander Franco, Tampa Bay Rays

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
17.08202255501025

The top international free agent not named Shohei Ohtani, Wander Franco signed with the Rays for $3,825,000. Turning 17 years old in March, Franco is light years away from the majors. He is a switch hitter who displays a quick bat from both sides of the plate, creating loft and hard all-fields contact. Franco is also fleet of foot with the hands and actions to play shortstop. Of course, his development is only just beginning and, as Kevin Maitan demonstrated last year, patience is necessary.

Peak Projection: Reply hazy, try again, or insert other non-committal Magic 8-Ball answer

18. Andres Gimenez, New York Mets

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
19.5720205535545
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
A0.2650.3460.349414

In 2015, the Mets signed Andres Gimenez for $1.2 million. The next year, Gimenez made quick work of Rookie ball, hitting .350/.469/.523 with a 23/46 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He held his own last year after an aggressive assignment to Low-A. As an advanced hitter who uses the whole field, he earns plus grades for his hit tool from many observers. Gimenez is unlikely to fill the box score at the plate due to only moderate pull-side power and speed that is only decent. In the field, however, he is excellent, with hands and actions belying his youth, great range, and a strong arm.

Peak Projection: .280/.360/.385, 5-10 home runs, 10-15 stolen bases

19. Ryan Vilade, Colorado Rockies

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
19.1120215555030
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
R0.3080.4380.49655

A 2017 second rounder, Ryan Vilade had an impressive debut, irrespective of the hitter-friendly Pioneer League. Three different percentages exemplify his unique debut: 18.5% walks, 26.3% line drives, and 45.8% opposite field contact. Such a disciplined, all-fields approach is rare for an 18-year-old. Additionally, Vilade surprised in the field with good hands and instincts at shortstop. An average athlete with a big arm, Vilade likely eventually moves to third base.

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Peak Projection: .265/.365/.455, 25-30 home runs

20. Aramis Ademan, Chicago Cubs

AgeETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
19.5420205045540
2017 StatisticsAVGOBPSLGHRSB
A-/A0.2670.3240.427714

Signed for $2 million by the Cubs in 2015, Aramis Ademan advanced all the way to full-season ball at just 18 years old. He impressed in the Northwest League prior to that promotion, hitting .286/.365/.465. Ademan has a smooth left-handed stroke with natural loft and pull-side power. Demonstrating a patient, all-fields approach in Rookie ball, he was far more aggressive and pull-heavy last year. Defensively, Ademan has solid range and actions, and is likely to stay at shortstop.

Peak Projection: .265/.335/.420, 15-20 home runs, 10-15 stolen bases

The Author

Jesse Roche

Jesse Roche

Jesse is an attorney, currently residing in Greensboro. An avid fantasy baseball player, Jesse has experience in a diverse range of leagues, including head-to-head, rotisserie, points, and simulation. Jesse is a five-time website-wide champion at Benchwarmer Baseball and a repeat champion of a dynasty league with John Sickels at Minor League Ball. With a specific interest in baseball prospects, Jesse plans to provide in-depth analysis of up-and-coming stars accessible to all league sizes and types.

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