Mid season Sally top 25 Prospect List

Leoday Taveras, photo courtesy of:

Hey guys, we reached the halfway point of the 2017 season in the Sally. 70 games down and 70 to go. It’s been a fun ride so far but it’s going by too fast.  A lot of talent in the league this year and ranking the top 25 was a challenge.

I’ll be around all day to answer comments/questions either at the bottom of the page or on Twitter @AshevilleSoxFan.  Cheers


1) CF) Leody Taveras, Hickory (Rangers)

My 1st look at Leody Taveras, CF, Hickory


2) CF) Mickey Moniak, Lakewood (Phillies)

My 1st look at Mickey Moniak, CF, Lakewood


3) CF) Cristian Pache, Rome (Braves)

My 1st look at Cristian Pache, CF, Rome Braves


4) RHP) Riley Pint, Asheville (Rockies)

Scouting Riley Pint, RHP, Asheville


5) CF) Blake Rutherford, Charleston (Yankees)

My 1st look at Blake Rutherford, CF, Charleston


6) OF) Estevan Florial, Charleston (Yankees)

My 1st look at Estevan Florial, OF, Charleston


7) RHP) Ian Anderson, Rome (Braves)

Scouting Ian Anderson, RHP, Rome


8 LHP) Joey Wentz, Rome (Braves)

Scouting Joey Wentz, LHP, Rome Braves


9) RHP) Alec Hansen, Kannapolis (White Sox)

Scouting Alec Hansen, RHP Kannapolis



10) RHP) Sixto Sanchez, Lakewood (Phillies)

Scouting Sixto Sanchez, RHP, Lakewood


11) 3B) Colton Welker, Asheville (Rockies)

My 1st look at Colton Welker, 3B, Asheville



12) RHP) Dane Dunning, Kannapolis (White Sox)

Scouting Dane Dunning, RHP, Kannapolis


13) CF) Desmond Lindsay, Columbia (Mets)

My 1st look at Desmond Lindsay (CF) Columbia Fireflies




14) LHP) Braxton Garrett, Greensboro (Marlins)

Scouting Braxton Garrett, LHP, Greensboro


15) 3B) Bobby Dalbec, Greenville (Red Sox)

My 1st look at Bobby Dalbec (3B) Greenville


16) RF-CF) Randy Ventura, Rome (Braves)

Two under the radar toolsy OF’s Randy Ventura and Manuel Melendez


17) RF) Sandro Fabian, Augusta (Giants)

My 1st look at Sandro Fabian (RF) Augusta Greenjackets


18) OF) Jake Ring, Delmarva (Orioles) One of the best BP rounds I’ve seen all year + Raw power.  Long swing with above average bat speed.  Will write up soon as part of a piece titled “5 under the radar power bats”


19) RHP) Merandy Gonzalez, Columbia (Mets)

Merandy Gonzalez scouting report


20) RHP) Bryan Mata, Greenville (Red Sox)

Scouting Bryan Mata, RHP, Greenville


(21-25) I need to see (or see again) these players before I can rank but they’re slam dunks for the list.

Juan Soto, Jason Groome, Carter Kieboom, Michael Matuella, Khalil Lee

The next 5: Daniel Brito, Lorenzo Cedrola, Manuel Melendez, James Nelson (probably deserves to be higher, I just didn’t get a great look at him.  Ditto for #5 Michael Paez.   I will look to remedy that for the end of season list.

This next group probably would have been in consideration for the list but I’ve missed them to date: Jordan Humphreys, Thomas Szapucki, Adonis Medina, Mike Shawaryn, Tyler Watson, Luis Escobar, CJ Chatham, Jojo Romero, and Matthias Dietz.  I saw Tyler Nevin and Arquimedes Gamboa once apiece.  I want to see some more before I write.

Leody Taveras vs Mickey Moniak was a difficult decision.  They’re both very talented and similar in so many ways. I leaned Leody because I’m slightly more confident in his power potential.  More on how Pache and Rutherford stack up with the 1st two in a separate piece (link below).

I also had some difficulty ranking the arms from Ian Anderson – Sixto Sanchez. I feel like they’re all potential mid rotation arms with perhaps more in there.  If Hansen was a sure fire starter he would have been a top of this group.  Dunning falls just behind this tier because while I think he has potential to be a solid #3.  He doesn’t have the same upside.

Braxton Garrett would be 5th on the list if not for the unfortunate news that he needed TJ.

For a much deeper look at the top 5 Sally Center Fielders ( Leody Taveras, Mickey Moniak, Cristian Pache, Blake Rutherford and Estevan Florial) click here.

A deeper looks at the top 5 Sally CF’ers




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