End of season Sally top 50 prospect list

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Hey guys, Monday marked the end of the 2017 regular season for all full season leagues in MILB.  Congratulations to the Greenville Drive, Charleston Riverdogs, Kannapolis Intimidators and Greensboro Grasshoppers on making it into the SAL league playoffs.

With the calendar now reading September it’s time for the end of season prospect lists to start rolling out.  With that in mind here’s my 1st ever, end of season Sally prospect list.  I wanted to make this one super deep so I stretched it out to a top 50 to include some of my favorite sleepers. Cheers.


CF) Leody Taveras- Hickory (Rangers)  Nice combination of power and speed to go with a potential plus bat. More here: My 1st look at Leody Taveras, CF, Hickory

2) CF) Cristian Pache- Rome (Braves) Same tier and very similar upside to Leody Taveras.  More here:  My 1st look at Cristian Pache, CF, Rome Braves

3) LHP) Jay Groome- Greenville (Red Sox) A 6’6″ left hander with a quality fastball, a put away curve and solid change. #2 SP upside, much more here: Scouting Jay Groome, LHP, Greenville

4) CF-LF) Adam Haseley- Lakewood (Phillies) A tough player to place,  You could make an argument for #1 overall because of the across the board skills and how quickly he should ascend to the big leagues.  Much more here:  My 1st look at Adam Haseley, CF/LF, Lakewood

5) CF) Mickey Moniak- Lakewood (Phillies) A tough 1st full year for Moniak but he’s got skills. I think I saw 15 at bats this year and he hit 10 line drives, almost all toward the center of the diamond.  290/15/30 upside is still in there, more here:  My 1st look at Mickey Moniak, CF, Lakewood

6) CF-LF) Estevan Florial- Charleston (Yankees).  Toolsy with a capital T, much more here:  My 1st look at Estevan Florial, OF, Charleston

7) LHP) Joey Wentz- Rome (Braves).  A 6’5″ lefty with a solid 3 pitch mix, pounds the zone.  Much more here:  Scouting Joey Wentz, LHP, Rome Braves

8) 3B) Colton Welker- Asheville (Rockies) Nice combination of hit and power potential.  More here: My 1st look at Colton Welker, 3B, Asheville

9) RHP) Alec Hansen- Kannapolis (White Sox) A 6’7″ power righty with 2 potential plus benders.  More here:  Scouting Alec Hansen, RHP Kannapolis

10) SS) Andres Gimenez– Columbia (Mets) An 18 year old SS promoted straight from the DSL.  Excellent bat control, a potential plus hitter, he should develop at least average pop.

11) 3B) Jake Burger- Kannapolis (White Sox) The 11th overall pick in the 2017 draft.  Nice combination of hit plus pop.  More here: Jake Burger, infectious enthusiasm and an impressive bat

12) RHP) Sixto Sanchez- Lakewood (Phillies) An explosive fastball and surprising command, Sanchez is blowing up prospect lists right now.  We’ll see how far the secondaries come.  More here:  Scouting Sixto Sanchez, RHP, Lakewood

13) CF) Blake Rutherford- Kannapolis (White Sox) A solid hitter with potential plus pop.  More here:  My 1st look at Blake Rutherford, CF, Charleston

14) RHP) Riley Pint- Asheville (Rockies) Drafted 4th overall in the 2016 draft.  Pint has an explosive fastball and developing secondaries.  More here:  Scouting Riley Pint, RHP, Asheville

15) RHP) Ian Anderson- Rome (Braves) Drafted 3rd overall in the 2016 draft, out of Upstate, NY.  A nice 3 pitch mix, a cold weather arm, they often take a little longer to figure it all out.  High upside though.  More here:  Scouting Ian Anderson, RHP, Rome

16) SS) Arquimedes Gamboa- Lakewood (Phillies).  One of the few tooled up young SS at the level this yr.  A switch hitter, He shows a fast bat,  decent pop, plus speed and while he’s still raw offensively.  He’s starting to show some pretty good bat to ball skills, fouling off some tough pitches to keep at bats alive.  The ball does jump off of his barrel.  Defensively he shows a strong arm plenty of range and good hands.

17) RHP) Dane Dunning- Kannapolis (White Sox) A lot of similarities to Mike Soroka last year, a fast worker and very tough on RHH.  More here:   Scouting Dane Dunning, RHP, Kannapolis

18) RHP) Adonis Medina- Lakewood (Phillies) One of the best change ups on the circuit.  Combined with a low to mid 90’s heater is a nice 1-2 punch.  The 11-5 curve is a work in progress.  It has nice shape and solid bite but he rarely finished the pitch.  Most were left at the belt.  Upside of a #3 with perhaps more if the bender becomes a weapon.

19) SS) Anderson Tejeda- Hickory (Rangers) Super toolsy but raw, premium bat speed, pitch recognition skills are a work in progress.  The swing has some length to it but the ball jumps off of his barrel.  A plus runner, I like his actions at SS, a very good 1st step and a strong arm. Not sure why but no write up on Tejeda this year.

20) RF) Sandro Fabian- Augusta (Giants) He shows a fast bat and excellent bat to ball skills.  More here:  My 1st look at Sandro Fabian (RF) Augusta Greenjackets

21) 3B) Bobby Dalbec- Greenville (Red Sox) Light tower power, the all field approach makes me think the power will play.  An ugly box score but lost 3 months to a shoulder injury.  More here:  My 1st look at Bobby Dalbec (3B) Greenville

22) 1B) Gavin Sheets-  Kannapolis (White Sox) Similar profile to Dalbec, can hit the ball a country mile but shoots enough balls to left and left center, so the hit can play.  More here:  My 1st look at Gavin Sheets, White Sox, 2nd round pick

23) CF) Daniel Johnson- Hagerstown (Nats) A lot of 55’s hit, power and speed.  It’s possible he can be a regular but my money is on 4th OF

24) RHP) Bryan Mata- Greenville (Red Sox) A solid 3 pitch mix and advanced strike thrower at a young age, really commands the fastball well down and away to righties.  More here:  Scouting Bryan Mata, RHP, Greenville

25) Merandy Gonzalez- Columbia (Mets) traded to the Marlins at the deadline. A solid 3 pitch mix, pounds the zone.  More here:  Merandy Gonzalez scouting report

26) Desmond Lindsay- Columbia (Mets).  He struggled in his 1st look at full season ball.  The skills are there to be an above average regular.  He did lose some development time last year with hammy trouble.  One thing I noticed, he sees a lot of pitches, I wonder he’s a little too passive and hitting from behind in the count too often.  More here: My 1st look at Desmond Lindsay (CF) Columbia Fireflies

27) C) Donny Sands- Charleston (Yankees) Sands a converted 3B, is a good receiver and blocker of balls in the dirt. And is solid against the run game.  Offensively he handles the bat well but he isn’t showing much power yet.  In time there could be 15 HR’s in the bat.

28) RF, CF) Randy Ventura- Rome (Braves) traded to the Reds at the deadline.  Not a big guy, 5’5″ about 160 lbs, Ventura can fly, 70 grade speed.  Very good bat speed but the swing is a little long for the style of player he is.  He has his detractors but I’m a fan  and I think there could be double digit HR’s in there too.  More here:  Two under the radar toolsy OF’s Randy Ventura and Manuel Melendez

29) 2B) Daniel Brito- Lakewood (Phillies) Brito has excellent bat speed and bat to ball skills.  The approach is on the aggressive side and he’s hitting a lot of fly balls which probably doesn’t suit his game very well.  An above average runner and a very good glove.  He could be an everyday 2B but a super utility of 2B-SS-3B-CF in the Mauricio Dubon mold is possible too.  More here:    Thoughts on Lakewood 2B, Daniel Brito

30) 2B-SS) Hoy Jun Park- Charleston (Yankees) I was very high on Park last year and I still like him.  He’s got a fast bat and plus speed a solid glove and plenty of arm for either middle infield position.   The approach is extremely patient bordering on passive though.  More here:  My 1st look at Hoy Jun Park, SS/2B, Charleston

31) 2B/SS) Jose Gomez- Asheville (Rockies) Traded to the Phillies at the deadline.  Gomez isn’t overly toolsy, at the dish he has an aggressive approach but he shows excellent bat to ball skills, his game is spraying sharp grounders and low line drives between the gaps. It’s gap power right now raw power could approach 50 at peak. Very good glove man at 2B/SS/3B.

32) C)  Seby Zavala- Kannapolis (White Sox) Serious pop from the catchers position.  Much More here:  Scouting Seby Zavala, C, Kannapolis

33) SS) Diego Castillo- Charleston (Yankees), Castillo is a steady defensive SS with a quick bat and very good bat to ball skill.  A lot of oppo contact.

34) C-1B-3B) Drew Lugbauer- Rome (Braves) A rugged lefty with a long swing, the ball explodes off of his barrel with a .253 ISO across 2 levels.  It’ll be interesting to see how the hit plays at the higher levels.  Nice find in the 11th round.

35) CF) Lorenzo Cedrola- Greenville (Red Sox) A speedy CF, who handles the bat well, minimal load. More here: Scouting Lorenzo Cedrola, CF, Greenville

36) C, DH) Brett Cumberland- Rome (Braves) A rugged catcher with big time pop.  Some question whether he can stay behind the plate.  Could be a candidate for a trade to the AL.

37) CF) Manuel Melendez- Asheville (Rockies) A speedy young CF, who handles the bat pretty well, an aggressive hitter.  More here:  Two under the radar toolsy OF’s Randy Ventura and Manuel Melendez

38) RF) Jake Ring- Delmarva (Orioles) Ring has a long swing and above average bat speed, the ball jumps off of his barrel.  Plus raw power, there’s going to be swing and miss but as long as he continues to use all fields the hit has a chance to play.  Nice find in the 31st round.

39) 1B) Darick Hall- Lakewood (Phillies) Hall is a rugged young man, he led the Sally in HR’s in 2017. Long swing, with above average bat speed.  The ball explodes off of his barrel.  He’s a little pull heavy currently, need to see him incorporate LF a bit more so he’ll less susceptible to off speed.

40) RF) Micker Adolfo-  Kannapolis (White Sox) A large man with a long levers, he can hit the ball a long way.  More here:  A look at Kanny hitters, Mitch Roman and Micker Adolfo

41) LF-RF) Vince Fernandez- Asheville (Rockies) A rugged young man with a long swing.  A patient hitter with a lot of long counts and a lot of swing and miss. Plus raw power he can hit the ball out of any part of the park.  A pull heavy approach.

42)1B-3B) Tyler Nevin– Asheville (Rockies) A long swing with a lot of center of the diamond contact.  Current 55 raw, its possible the hit gets to 55 as well as the game power.  2nd division regular at 3B or utility bat.

43-47  all have high ceiling back end of the bullpen upside

43) RHP) Freicer Perez- Charleston (Yankees)

44) RHP) Bryse Wilson- Rome (Braves)

45) RHP) Kyle Cody- Hickory (Rangers)

46) RHP) Lucas Humpal- Delmarva (Orioles)

47) LHP) Darwinson Hernandez- Greenville (Red Sox)

48) CF) Ryan McKenna- Delmarva (Orioles) An athletic CF with above average speed.  The swing is a little long for the style of player he is but he’s got a fast bat.  More here:  My 1st look at Ryan McKenna, (CF) Delmarva Shorebirds

49) SS, Yeyson Yrizarri- Hickory (Rangers) traded to the White Sox at the deadline.  A rugged SS with a rocket for an arm, looks like a young Hanley.  At the dish he’s extremely aggressive.  He’s starting to put a few more balls in the air up from 15% to 26% this year.  There’s a chance for 20 HR.  Needs to tone down the aggressiveness to get himself into hitters counts.  Not a runner.

50) LHP) Braxton Garrett- Greensboro (Marlins) A high profile lefty drafted 8th overall in the 2016 draft I took a run over to see him in May, he was very good.  Soon after unfortunately I heard he had Tommy John surgery.  If he were healthy he would be around #10 on the list.  Much more on the start I watched here: Scouting Braxton Garrett, LHP, Greensboro


These players weren’t considered because I either never saw them or I didn’t get a good enough look……..

Juan Soto- RF, Hagerstown

Carter Kieboom- SS, Hagerstown

Khalil Lee- RF, Lexington

Adrian Valerio- SS, West Virginia

Oniel Cruz- 3B, West Virginia

Yohel Pozo- C, Hickory

Yanio Perez- 1B, Hickory

Brian Miller- CF, Greensboro

James Nelson- 3B, Greensboro

Isiah Gilliam- RF, Charleston


Dylan Cease- RHP, Kannapolis

Thomas Szapucki- LHP, Columbia

Bernardo Flores- LHP, Kannapolis

Jordan Humphreys- RHP, Columbia

Mike Shawaryn- RHP- Greenville

Stephen Woods- RHP, Augusta

Garrett Williams- LHP, Augusta

McKenzie Mills- LHP, Hagerstown

Tyler Watson- LHP, Hagerstown

Jojo Romero- LHP Lakewood

Matthias Dietz- RHP- Delmarva


Up next at Notes, I’ll get into further detail as to why I ranked some of the pitchers where I did. Look for that over the weekend.
















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4 thoughts on “End of season Sally top 50 prospect list”

    1. Highest ceiling in the Sally, that can’t be ignored I don’t care if he’s a Yankee.

      A long swing and he’ll expand the zone with 2 strikes. Unlikely to drop below 25%
      I don’t see plus hit in his future but 50 could happen and if it does that could come with 25-20

  1. Did you see Ryan McKenna in the second half of the season? It looks to me like he shortened up his swing, and much better results followed.

    Also, any thoughts on Alex Wells, the CB has improved and he just doesn’t walk anyone?

    1. Hi Luke, no both of my McKenna looks came early. Nice player, happy to hear he’s getting quicker to the baseball. I saw Wells once in May and the fastball was 86-88. Not sure that will work in the high minors

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