This is It: The Pinnacle of the Farm System (Mid-season Rank) | Disciples of Uecker

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With numerous outlets sharing their top-100 prospects, we figured that it was time to take a look into our own.  But something more caught our eyes – our winning season.  Because of this, looking at a prospect system this plum-full with talent should warrant some type of celebration; that – or a list of 51 prospects to salivate over for one last time.

PLEASE NOTE: I love doing prospect rankings – I really do.  However, in order to avoid the inevitable “Why is __ higher than __!” arguments, think of the numerical ranks as my method of proving to you I have 50 (or 51) names listed.  Anything beyond the upper-tier of the 45 OVR prospects, I began to simply list the names with little remorse for personal rankings.

60 OVR Prospects (All-Star Potential)

1) OF Lewis Brinson: There’s not much left for Brinson to prove at the minor league level, as the 6’3″, 195 lbs. outfielder has clobbered Triple-A pitching while playing solid defense.  Though his numbers are inflated by his home splits (.373/.433/.608 line in 176 PA), he still owns a pretty solid .292/.346/.447 line 162 PA.  A true five-tool guy, he could put up a 30-30 season at his peak – something only three Brewers have done (Tommy Harper, Hank Aaron, and Ryan Braun twice).  Trend: Steady

-) LHP Josh Hader (Graduated as of 7/24/17): It is a bit foolish to leave Hader’s name on this list, as his rookie-status has been relinquished just the other day.  However, the southpaw still has a ton left in the tank as both a reliever and potential starter.  His lower arm slot gives his slider incredible horizontal movement, and he can clock it consistently in the mid-to-upper 90’s.  As a reliever thus far (16.2 IP, 12 appearances), he’s done very well as a multi-inning reliever, and his 9.2 K/9 is solid for his first taste in the majors.  There’s no question he can relieve, but his fringy control is the only thing that could prevent him from becoming a dynamic starter. Trend: Steady

55 OVR Prospects (Above-Average/Eventual All-Star Potential)

2) RHP Luis Ortiz: Since coming over in the Lucroy deal last season, the 6’3″, 230 lbs. righty has performed pretty well for being in his early 20’s for his levels (over 3 years younger than competition).  While his dip in strikeout rates may be something to watch (9.1 in High-A, 7.8 in Double-A since coming over), his performance has been moderately increasing.  Known as a bigger guy, he doesn’t have much more projection, but can hit mid-90’s deep into games with a plus-slider and potentially-average changeup.  He’s definitely on the path to become a mid-rotation starter, so all the Crew has to do is wait.  Trend: Steady

3) OF Corey Ray: Fan were elated to nab another power-speed outfielder to add to the farm system by the end of the 2016 draft, but his first 615 PA haven’t really produced as eye-popping of numbers.  What is perhaps the most concerning is his increase in strikeout rate (31.9%), which was something not too many had expected.  However, his power potential is definitely still there, as he’s already smacked 27 extra-base hits (70 total hits) alongside his 18 stolen bases.  The 25-25 potential is still there for Ray, but some scouts point to his inability to see spin as his biggest detractor.  He could definitely be a top-option for center field, but he’ll have to work out his kinks to reach that enormous potential.  Trend: Slight Decrease

4) SS/2B Isan Diaz: After breaking out last season at Low-A Wisconsin, Diaz has a chance to become an intriguing power middle infield bat – a rarity for those positions.  Simple stat-scouts may point to his 2017 struggles at High-A (.231/.335/.384 line in 391 PA), and they wouldn’t be completely wrong – he’s hitting less line drives (18.9%, down 6%), and has started pulling the ball a bit more (45.5%, up from 40.9%).  The 5’10”, 185 lbs. right-handed hitter is still getting used to the level – which appears to have finally taken a positive turn (.293/.404/.427 line in his last89 PA).  Fans shouldn’t worry too much about him, as he could grow into an above-average second baseman.  Trend: Steady


52.5 OVR Prospects (Impact Major Leaguers on the fringe of 55 OVR)

5) RHP Brandon Woodruff: Finally returned to the play after getting few-hour brief tease on the active roster before his DL-stint, Woodruff could become a solid mid-rotation arm.  Sitting in the mid-90’s with his fastball and owning two above-average-to-average offerings  (slider and changeup), the righty never completely skipped a beat outside of Colorado Springs (3.69 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 10.2 K/9 in 31.2 IP).  The biggest concern for him at this point is getting back on track after the hamstring injury.  Trend: Steady

6) RHP Corbin Burnes: Exploding onto the scene after being drafted in the 4th round last season, Burnes continued his success all the way through Double-A so far this season.  In just 148 IP, the 6’3″, 205 lbs. righty has compiled a 1.52 ERA with a 9.1 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9.  Though the effort in his delivery is a cause of concern for some, he’s been able to maintain a 93-95 mph fastball throughout starts with control.  Pair that with three secondary pitches that all offer plus-to-average ceilings, and Burnes could push into serious consideration as a mid-rotation type.  Trend: Rising

7) DH/INF Keston Hiura: Keston Hiura hasn’t really slowed down after going 9th overall in the 2017 draft.  He’s already amassed a .432/.480/.773 with 20 extra-base hits (out of 38 hits) in just 98 PA split between Rookie League Helena and Low-A Wisconsin.  His hit tool is his obvious sticking point, as his quick hands and bat speed give him a chance to hit for high average and average power.  His biggest knock is on his defense, where we still haven’t really seen him play the field due to his injured elbow.  He may slot in at either 2B or LF, but for now he’s relegated to DH duties.  He could skyrocket up the list if he can continue his hitting ways while finally playing the field near the end of the season.  Trend: Rising

8) INF Mauricio Dubon: Being the coveted prospective piece in the Thornburg-to-Boston trade, Dubon has continued flash a plus hit tool with a little pop for a middle infielder.  He’s got quick hands and good eye-coordination, which allows him to hit the ball wherever it is pitched.  Still just 22, Dubon is just now getting his first taste in Triple-A, hitting .280/.306/.421 in 112 PA.  Defensively, he has the arm strength and athleticism to play anywhere in the infield, so it would make sense that he’ll mold himself around Orlando Arcia if he isn’t the team’s utilityman on the bench.  Trend: Steady

9) OF Brett Phillips: I’ll be honest in saying I was a little worried about the 6’0″, 185 lbs. 23-year old going into the season.  He had struggled a bit last season in his extended stay in Biloxi, but he has since proven doubters wrong offensively in Colorado Springs (though the air has surely helped).  Even as he raked at home, his .267/.323/.506 line with 9 HR in 199 plate appearances away was still a nice improvement from the season he had last season.  A sweet and short left-handed swing provides him with solid hard-contact rates, but he had become a little pull-happy – something that has decreased in Triple-A.  He’s quick with one of the strongest arms in the system, so he has all the tools to be an effective middle-of-the-order bat with solid defense in center or right field.  Trending: Steady

10) OF Trent Clark: Last year’s top draft selection, Trent Clark has quietly produced at a positive clip in his first two years despite being over 2 years younger than his competition.  He’s not as statistically flashy as other prospects, but he continues to have positive value.  With an unorthodox golf grip on the bat, Clark draws solid hard-contact rates along with some power that could translate into 15-20 home runs at his peak.  He also features above-average speed to pair with his plate discipline – as seen in his career .381 OBP.  Still only 20, Clark will have a multi-year trek to the majors.  However, he may switch to left field by that time due to the sheer depth of more athletic outfielders in the system.  Trend: Steady

50 OVR Prospects (Potential Big Leaguers)

11) RHP Freddy Peralta: One of three players to come over from the Adam Lind deal a couple of years ago, the undersized righty (5’11”, 175 lbs.) has come a long way in just two full seasons in the system.  Clocking his fastball between 91-94 mph, he adds some nice movement on it to keep hitters off-balance.  Alongside it, he has both a changeup and curveball that could be major-league average or better.  On an even brighter side, he’s generating a ton of strikeouts – 219 in 167.2 IP the last two seasons.  Even with size concerns, he has maintained his high ceiling as a potential mid-rotation arm.  Trend: Increasing

12) RHP Cody Ponce: An imposing presence on the mound (6’6″, 265 lbs), Ponce owns a low-to-mid 90’s fastball with the ability to push it into the upper-90’s on occasion.  Aside from that, he’s continued to flash potential with all three of his off speed pitches – though his upper-80’s cutter has always looked the best.  he has future starter written all over him so long as he can maintain his durability and continue to refine his repertoire.  At age 23, he’s faring much better in his second turn in High-A – though you’d like to see more strikeouts.  Either way, he could become a solid back-end rotational piece with a slightly higher ceiling.  Trend: Steady

13) RHP Marcos Diplan: A long-time oddity, the 20-year old continues to clock his fastball in the upper 90’s while sitting between 92-96 mph.  Alongside his first offering, the 6’0″ righty has a solid feel for both his above-average slider and changeup.  I won’t mention his struggles in High-A, but it’s worth noting he’s been a little more inconsistent with his mechanics.  But the strikeout totals (92 K in 90 IP) are definitely still there – enough to maintain his mid-rotation ceiling.  Trend: Steady

14) OF Monte Harrison:  Some folks may have given up on the 2014 draftee – his profile has always been toolsy, but he’s never been able to maintain health to get regular PA’s.  But 2017 has been a big season for right-handed  hitter.  He’s put his power-speed combination to good use, smacking 32 extra base hits (16 HR) to add to his 17 SB split between Low-A and High-A.  His line between the two have been much more palatable than in years prior (.258/.346/.471 line in 352 PA) – quite possibly due to his health.  He’ll need to make sure he maintains a solid walk-rate from here on out, and not get too hit-happy, but he’s done a much better job at High-A to spray the ball to all fields.  Though he’s just 21-years old, the Crew may see him continue to blossom into a toolsy outfield option. Trend: Slightly Increasing

15) 3B Lucas Erceg:  After the Menlo College graduate exploded onto the scene in Low-A last season, he’s struggled a bit so far this season (.236/.277/.377 line in 404 PA) in High-A.  The left-handed hitter has legitimate power potential to go with a good feel with the bat.  Defensively, he has the arm to play third base, as he continues to display hard throws from the hot corner.  The primary issue is surely making adjustments to adversity – a change which he’s only just new to.  Trend: Steady

16) OF Tristen Lutz:  The second selection by the Crew this season, Lutz has legitimate offensive tools.  He’s only 18, but the 6’3″, 210 lbs outfielder already has some considerable size to him – something he utilizes when swinging the stick.  The right-handed hitter can definitely hit for power, but has an advanced feel for the zone which makes him more than just a slugger.  Defensively, he has a strong arm in center field with good instincts which allow him to play-up his average speed. He’s low on my lost solely because he hasn’t had many reps in the majors – otherwise he has top-10 written all over him if he finds early success.  Trend: Increasing

-) OF Ryan Cordell (Traded to CWS for RP Anthony Swarzak on 7/25/17)

17) Trey Supak:  Thank the Heavens, he’s finally getting some love! He’s slowly risen on prospect ranks ever since he was the second player acquired in the Jason Rogers trade.  Standing at 6’5″ and weighing 235 lbs, the right-hander is yet another big-bodied pitcher.  However, he sits in the lower 90’s with his fastball, yet owns solid feels for both an above-average 12-6 curveball and an average changeup. Though he can be inconsistent at time, the 21-year old utilizes his big frame by throwing at a higher arm angle, helping him to generate more swings and misses.  A durable starter could be his ceiling, but a mid-rotation arm with three legitimate pitches could be just as likely.  Trend: Slow Increase


45 OVR Prospects and Lower

Because this section will be so big, I’ve decided to put some abbreviations to decipher what type of prospect each player is.  They are as follows:

A) High-Ceiling Depth (HC) (7 total)
B) Intriguing Organizational Depth (IOD) (14 total)
C) Recent Draftee (RD) (5 total)
D) International Prospect (IP) (4 total)

18) 1B/3B Jacob Gatewood (HC): Some fans may have already given up on him coming into 2017, but Gatewood’s offensive season has boosted his stock considerably.  A few interesting bits: 44 of his 102 hits have already gone for extra bases (11 HR), while his walk rate (9.4%) has increased 6% since last season.  The corner infielder – if he can continue his trend – can still reach that plus-offensive potential people have been dreaming about for so long.  Trend: Rising

19) RHP Jorge Lopez (IOD): After being a top-quality pitching prospect in the 2015, Lopez – like his impressive curveball – has seemingly fallen off the table.  He’s recently been moved to the bullpen this season, where he’s posted a 2.76 ERA, 14-4 K-BB ratio, and a 58% ground ball rate in just 16.1 IP.  Though he could still easily make it as an effective reliever with a mid-90’s fastball and solid off-speed pitches, his stock as a starter may be depleted.  Trend: Decreasing

20) LHP Kodi Medeiros (HC): Similar to Lopez, the southpaw’s chances at becoming a starter may be all but over – though he’s continued to get chances.  However, he’s succeeded as a reliever so far this season (32 IP, 2.25 ERA, 34-10 K-BB ratio, 9.6 K/9, 1.00 WHIP).  The former first-round selection could be best-suited in a later-inning role unless he can maintain command of his pitches and regain some deceptiveness in his delivery.  Even if he can’t he could still become a dynamic reliever with his low arm slot and sharp-breaking slider. Trend: Steady

21) C Jacob Nottingham (HC): Is it too soon to write off the Sheriff of Nottingham as the catcher of the future?  Some scouts believe it may be time to shift him to first base, especially given his underwhelming traditional numbers this season (.229/.337/.390 line in 227 PA), but his walk rate (8.3%) and strikeout rate (20.3%) have trended in very positive directions.  Defensively, he can still perform despite the below-average blocking with his solid arm.  Is it too soon to give up on a player with raw power and average defense behind the dish?  We’re betting yes.  Trend: Steady

22) RHP Josh Pennington (IOD): Yet another product from the Thornburg-to-Boston trade, Pennington has just begun to return from surgery where they removed bone chips from his elbow.  Despite being only 6’0″ and weighing 175 lbs, there’s a good chance that the right-hander has the best fastball in the farm system.  Typically sitting between 94-98 mph, he compliments his hard stuff with a potentially-above average curveball and a work-in-progress changeup.  Scouts worry about his command and messy mechanics, but for now he’ll continue to log starts to compile innings.  Trend: Steady

23) KJ Harrison (RD): The 3rd round selection of the 2017 draft came as a surprise – not in the player, but as a specific position.  Though Harrison played sparingly behind the plate at Oregon State, the Crew see him as a potential backstop.  His primary tools are in his bat, as he owns some power potential.  Combine that with the fact that he grew as a more patient hitter due to the way teams threw him, and the 6’0″, 208 lbs. righty could become a bat-first catcher.  It also helps that he’s currently hitting .325/.471/.400 in his first 51 PA’s in Rookie League Helena.  Trend: Slowly Increasing

24) C Mario Feliciano (HC): Though he’s cooled in the second half (.181/.260/.234 in 105 PA), the 18-year old catching prospect was displaying some strong tools both with the stick and the glove.  Scouts still believe he’s destined to move into left field, but either way his bat will carry him.  Trend: Steady

25) OF Demi Orimoloye (HC):  A big and burly presence, the outfielder has maintained a shocking combination of raw power and speed for a man of his size (6’4″, 225 lbs).   His biggest test will be coming in the constant mechanical fixes he’ll need to react to his own growth alongside adjusting to opposing pitchers.  He’s a ticking prospective time bomb that could yield some really crazy outcomes, but he needs to put it all together to reach any major league potential.  But for now, he’s making those adjustments in Low-A – and struggling in doing so.  Trend: Slight Decrease

26) Caden Lemons (RD): Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2017 draft, the lanky Lemons has some really trendy potential with his wiry frame (6’6″, 175 lbs).  His fastball – which is slowly rising in speed (now low-90’s reaching 97 mph) is aided by a three-quarter slot delivery which allows plenty of angles for hitters to adjust to.  He possesses three offspeed pitches in his repertoire, with some believing his slider and curveball could become average pitches while his changeup will lag a bit behind.  But youth will be a factor, as he sometimes doesn’t stay on top of his breaking pitches and is inconsistent in his mechanics.  Filling out his frame and working on the mechanical inconsistencies will be the bulk of his work in order for the organization to realistically project his wide-ranging potential of a mid-rotation to electric relief arm.  Trend: Steady

27) RHP Taylor Williams (IOD):  What once was the top pitching prospect in the system, the 26-year old still has some nice potential left in the tank.  He’s been starting and continues to pump mid-90’s with his fastball.  Not only that, but he does still have a feel for both his slider and changeup on occasion.  They’re taking their time with him by giving him prolonged rest periods to maintain his arm a little more.  I still see Williams as an effective bullpen option, though it appears the organization still wishes to pump him out to see if he still has starter potential – which hasn’t failed yet.  Trend: Steady

28) 3B Chad McLanahan (HC):  Given a large bonus to sign in last season’s MLB draft, the corner infielder has a lot of raw power and talent with his bat.  However, it hasn’t really surfaced so far in the nascent stages of his career (.205/.292/.319 in 288 Rookie League PA).  He had an advanced feel for hitting in high school, and a 6’5″ left-handed corner infielder still has to grow into his own frame.  There’s no reason to think he doesn’t have some really intriguing potential, but he’ll need to grow some more for us to get a really solid grasp of him. Trend: Decreasing

29) RHP Braden Webb (HC): A high-ceiling relief arm, the 22-year old features a low-to-mid 90’s fastball with a true 12-6 curveball and fringe changeup.  Has the solid swing-and-miss rate, but lacks in control and refinement.

30) LHP Brendan Murphy (RD): Drafted in the 4th round this season, Murphy has a phenomenal changeup with solid control for an 18-year old. However, his fastball and curveball aren’t as dynamic despite his command.

31) 3B Gilbert Lara (IOD): The former international signee has had quite the fall from grace, as he’s struggled to adjust in the states.  Nonetheless, the SS – who may profile more as a 3B – has offensive upside if he can find success with his new batting stance.

32) OF Larry Ernesto (IP): Signing for a cool $1.8 million, the switch-hitting 16-year old has a bunch of loud tools that could turn him into a quality prospect in just a couple of years.  Though known as a better left-handed hitter, he displays contact and power potential on both sides to pair with his plus-running ability.  He’ll need plenty of more reps – especially in the outfield – for us to really get a feel for him as a true prospect.

33) OF Je’Von Ward (RD): The Crew took a gamble with the 17-year old, drafting him in the 12th round to see if he would sign.  The 6’5″, 190 lbs. outfielder decided to forgo his college commitment, and the Crew adds another versatile outfielder with blazing speed and some raw power potential.  Age and growth will be the key factors for Ward if he hopes to exceed expectations of having a unique tool set of power and speed.

34) RHP Carlos Herrera (IOD): One of the players involved in the Adam Lind-to-Seattle trade, Herrera is more of a soft-tossing (low 90’s), control pitcher.  Listed at 6’2″ and a measly 150 lbs, he has a four-pitch mix with starting with a potentially above-average curveball, but is still only 19.  With more growth (and a bit of luck), scouts believe he may walk a similar path to RHP Freddy Peralta.

35) SS Jean Carlos Carmona (IP): Another 2016 international draftee, the middle infielder boasts that ever-intriguing power-speed combination.  He’s a switch hitter that displayed power form both sides, but he’s still incredibly raw at age 17.  Some believe he could be destined to move to CF.

36) RHP Aaron Wilkerson (IOD): Acquired in the deal for Aaron Hill, the former Boston Red Sox prospect is a little older than you might expect (28), but still could have some value as a high organizational arm.  He sits typically in the low-90’s with a decent repertoire of offspeed (changeup, curveball, slider).

37) RHP Jordan Yamamoto (IOD): The lesser-known Hawaiian has really come alive in the past couple of seasons, especially in the strikeout department (220 in 200.1 IP last two seasons).  With a legitimate four-pitch mix and a low-90’s fastball, his ceiling looks more and more like a back-end rotational piece with each successful start.

38) RHP Bubba Derby (IOD): The second piece to come over with Nottingham, Bowdien “Bubba” Derby has seen a few ups-and-downs since coming into the system.  Falling off the table in 2016, his resurgent start this season in both Double-A and Triple-A has given him a chance to hit that long relief/emergency starter potential we saw when he came over in the Khris Davis deal.

39) SS/3B Nick Egnatuk (RD): Selected in the 5th round this year, Egnatuk has a solid feel for hitting despite lacking the raw power during games.  He’ll most likely head to third base after playing shortstop his entire career in high school.

40) RHP Jon Perrin (IOD): After a breakout 2016 campaign (3.06 ERA, 144-23 K-BB, 150 IP in Low-A to Double-A), the 6’5″, 220 lbs. starter has maintained his similar strikeout rates (9.1) in his second taste of Biloxi.  He’s got a big frame and three average or better offerings, but little projection from here on out at age 24.  His max ceiling could be as an effective innings-eater in the organization; maybe even at the major league level.

41) SS Devin Hairston (RD): Drafted in the 6th round, the middle infielder appears to be a solid – albeit unspectacular – prospect.  He has solid defensive abilities despite owning a weaker arm at shortstop.  He doesn’t have much power to his profile, so he’ll be best suited as a defensive utilityman or potential second base regular.

42) 2B Franly Mallen (HC): ALways known for his abstract projections, the middle infielder has finally sputtered a bit as a prospect.  Still only 6’1″, 160 lbs, the right-handed bat has solid contact abilities at the plate but lacks serious power.  He’s versatile enough to move around in the infield, so perhaps a ceiling could become more of an organizational utilityman at his peak.

43) OF Kyle Wren (IOD): There’s not much left to be seen from the son of former manager Frank Wren.  He can hit for contact, has some speed, and owns some defensive abilities.  He profiles as a career 4th outfielder or defensive replacement, and is ready for a call-up at any point.  The only unfortunate part is the organization is plum-full of high-ceiling talent at his position.

44) OF Troy Stokes (IOD): I always think of “Mighty Mouse” when I think of Stokes: a 5’8″ guy with some really sneaky pop.  He’s always had speed and solid defense, but his gap power has turned into over-the-fence (14 HR in High-A).  He really only projects to become a 5th outfielder, but he could still sneak in as an intriguing option as a left fielder.

45) OF Pablo Abreu (IP): A 2016 international signee, Abreu has a fair bit of skill – ranking as owning average-to-above average tools in all but power. Defensively, the right-handed hitter has the arm and speed to stick in center field.  He’s still just 17-years old, so we’ll have a long wait until we truly know what he could do.

46) OF Carlos Rodriguez (IP): Another 2017 international signee, the 5’10 center fielder is more of a contact and speed oriented player. His strong defensive abilities paired with polish at the plate make some scouts draw rough comparisons to Ender Inciarte and Gerardo Parra – though he’ll need years more of seasoning to tell what he really could become.

47) INF Nate Orf (IOD): The 27-year old is similar to that of Kyle Wren: he doesn’t have that much more to prove with his bat, but is seen as a fringe prospect due to his low-ceiling.  He’s a pretty small guy (5’9″), but is versatile on defense – playing 2B, 3B, SS, and occasionally in the OF.  He could profile as the team’s organizational utility prospect.

48) OF Michael Reed (IOD): The former major league call-up has since fallen from grace as a prospect.  He still has solid eye at the plate, though his power tool hasn’t come to fruition and he’s still strikeout prone at-times.  The right-handed outfielder has also run into the injury bug as of late, so it’s just been a rough season overall.

49) INF Javier Betancourt (IOD): What was to be the headliner in the Fransisco Rodriguez trade, Betancourt had a rough start to his Brewer career.  But 2017 has been more promising for the defensive-first middle infielder – especially when he has a bat (.252/.299/.376 line in 269 PA).

50) RHP Zach Brown (IOD): The right-hander has enjoyed his first full season in the system after being drafted in 2016.  Reaching te mid-90’s with his fastball, the 6’1, 180 lbs. sophomore has good feel for a changeup and curveball.  He has swing-and-miss potential, but will need to work on his command possibly stemming from the effort in his delivery.

51) SS Yeison Coca: The final piece that came in the Thornburg deal, the 18-year old switch hitter has a long way to go to be seen as a legitimate prospect.  However, he flashes average potential in every category but power, so stashing him in the system could prove to be beneficial.

Other Names To Note:

-Nate Griep, OF Clint Coulter, OF Tyrone Taylor, 2B Wendell Rijo, RHP Jayson Rose, LHP Nash Walters, Trey York, RHP Daniel Missaki, C Payton Henry, 1B/3B Gabriel Garcia, RHP Nick Ramirez, RHP Angel Ortega, 3B Weston Wilson, LHP Quentin Torres-Costa, 2B Trey York

Of these other names, there are still some bright spots.  Clint Coulter could still have some value to him – though it’s hard envisioning him ever getting a chance with so many outfield prospects above him.  I have been really interested to see where LHP Nash Walters has been, but he hasn’t pitched for the organization this year.  RHP Nick Ramirez (think Brooks Kieschnick?) and LHP Quentin Tores-Costa (lefty-specialist) could end up as interesting bullpen types.  Sophomores Payton Henry, Gabe Garcia, and Trey York could all have some value to them if they continue to gain reps in the system.  Even Daniel Missaki – who needs to log some innings upon return from Tommy John – could easily rank in this bunch.

Injured: RHP Phil Bickford, RHP Adrian Houser (just began rehabbing), RHP Devin Williams, LHP Nathan Kirby

Of these names, I would most likely rank three of the four as top-50 worthy.  Though Bickford has a lot to prove after being suspended/injuring his hand, I would consider him a fringe top-30 prospect at the least.  Devin Williams is in a similar boat with his Tommy John surgery earlier this season – though I would place him somewhere between 18-25 range as just outside of a 50 OVR rank.  LHP Nathan Kirby also has some potential to him, but durability issues have been a huge question mark for him.

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