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2015 Top 25 Midseason Prospects

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Note: This list does not include players who are projected to lose their rookie eligibility in the near future (the players listed are expected to remain prospect- eligible through the rest of 2015, by most reasonable guesses at least). Also, the list does not include 2015 draftees. These qualifications are the same that have been used in most other midseason lists by major publications.

1. Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers: Has been truly spectacular in both AA and AAA, and is the obvious choice for the top spot. Seager could be a monster at the plate in the bigs soon, and his strong arm may allow him to stay at short in the long term.

2. Julio Urias, P, Dodgers: Despite missing time due to an eye surgery, Urias has wowed in Double A, a spectacular feat for an 18 year old. His 46/9 K/BB ratio in 36 IP in AA speaks for itself.

3. Lucas Giolito, P, Nationals: Could make a case for Giolito as the top pitcher above Urias, but Urias gets the edge here since Giolito has yet to pitch in AA. However, with his stuff, it would be surprising if Giolito didn’t dominate all through the minors.

4. J.P. Crawford, SS, Phillies: He might not have the absolute highest ceiling, but he should for a high average (he rarely strikes out), and plays above average defense at short. Gives meaning to “the whole is greater than the sum of his parts”

5. Kyle Schwarber, C, Cubs: Even if he doesn’t stick at catcher in the long term, Schwarber has tons of power and has truly mashed at every level. This guy can hit.

6. Tyler Glasnow, P, Pirates: The 6’8” Glasnow has taken AA by storm in 2015, with a 51/13 K/BB ratio in 44 IP there, to go along with a 2.45 ERA at that level (not including his two rehab starts in Short A ball). Clearly has potential to be an ace.

7. Trea Turner, SS, Nationals: Turner is showing why he was in consideration for the #1 pick overall in the 2014 Draft before injuries lowered his status somewhat. Looking more and more like the Nats’ future SS, as he has been terrific so far this year, and his total package is hard to ignore.

8. Alex Reyes, P, Cardinals: Reyes compiled an incredible 90 Ks in 60.2 IP in Hi A ball before going down with an injury. Made a GCL rehab start on Monday, and he will hopefully be able to pick up where he left in his breakout campaign. His stuff is on par with almost anybody.

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9. Joey Gallo, 3b, Rangers: I’m not as high on Gallo as most due to the obvious inherent risk with a player who strikes out so much. Yes, we all know he’ll hit for power. However, the Ks may prove to be too much at the big league level, as he struck out 43 times in 98 PAs during his major league cameo earlier this year. However, his upside is still tremendous.

10. Orlando Arcia, SS, Brewers: Terrific glove at short pairs nicely with a .812 OPS in his first 80 games in AA.

11. Aaron Nola, P, Phillies: May not have the type of upside that pitchers like Giolito and Glasnow have, but combines solid stuff with exceptional control to get good results. Should translate to a reliable major league starter, despite not being an ace.

12. Nomar Mazara, OF, Rangers: Mazara has demonstrated a much improved hitting ability to go with his trademark power as a 20 year old in AA.

13. Michael Conforto, OF, Mets: The lefty corner outfielder has hit the ball well in all levels since being drafted in 2014, and has managed to improve most of his statistics since being promoted to AA in late May, despite hitting a few less HRs. He has a very, very polished bat.

14. Bradley Zimmer, OF, Indians: Zimmer has been hitting extremely well in Hi- A ball, and is seemingly deserving of a promotion to Double A. The young center fielder could end up being a 5-tool player in the big leagues one day.

15. Luis Severino, P, Yankees: Severino has followed up his breakout 2014 campaign with another strong one in 2015, this time reaching Triple A. Despite only being listed at 6 feet tall, Severino can easily get his fastball up to the mid/high 90s. Could reach the big leagues soon.

The Yankees No. 2 Prospect Aaron Judge is just one player that will be playing in the 2015 Future's Game. (Gabe Rodriguez)

Aaron Judge – Photo By: Gabe Rodriguez

16. Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees: The 6’7”, 275 lb right fielder is faster and more athletic than he appears. This, coupled with his strong power and plate discipline, makes Judge a very interesting prospect to watch.

17. Jose Berrios, P, Twins: Like Severino, Berrios can easily get his fastball up to the mid 90s, despite being only listed at 6’0”. Although he still needs some refinement, his 3 pitch mix, combined with his solid control should lead to him making a big league impact.

18. Manuel Margot, OF, Red Sox: Margot combines speed in the outfield and on the base paths with a strong ability to make contact. He has continued to hit well since being promoted to AA, which is impressive for a 20 year old.

19. Rafael Devers, 3b, Red Sox: Despite a recent slump, Devers is only 18 and playing in full season ball. His offensive upside is almost limitless, as his bat has caught the admiration of many scouts.

20. Daniel Norris, P, Blue Jays: After a truly tremendous 2014, the 22 year old lefty’s strikeouts have declined in 2015, to go along with increasing walk totals. However, the package is still there for a #2 starter one day, as his 4 pitch mix is still impressive.

21. Yoan Moncada, 2b, Red Sox: Hasn’t lived up to the incredibly lofty expectations placed on him, both statistically and in the eyes of scouts. However, the 20 year old infielder has been heating up in the past 3 weeks, raising his batting average and other stats considerably. The adjustment period may finally be over.

22. Jose De Leon, P, Dodgers: The 22 year old has arguably been 2015’s breakout prospect, with a 122/31 K/BB ratio in 89 innings, split between Hi A and AA.

23. Jose Peraza, 2b, Braves: The lack of Ks (along with his obvious speed) should allow him to hit for a high batting average in the big leagues. That, along with his defense, should make up for the obvious lack of power potential. Along with Simmons, Peraza could form an incredible double- play combo for years to come in Atlanta.

24. Gleyber Torres, SS, Cubs: The 18 year old has impressed in his full season debut with a .768 OPS through 79 games. Should take a few years to be ready for the bigs, but looks like another legit top infield prospect for the Cubs, as scouts love him.

25. Sean Newcomb, P, Angels: Newcomb’s big frame and low effort (yet effective) delivery from the left side has led him to amass 106 Ks in only 83.1 IP between the A and Hi- A ball levels in 2015. His BB% has been somewhat higher than one would like, but Newcomb still has a ton of upside from a college pitcher drafted in the first round last year.

Just missed the cut: Franklin Barreto, SS, A’s;
Robert Stephenson, P, Reds;
Brett Phillips, OF, Astros

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Steve Berlin

Steve Berlin

Steve is a diehard baseball fan (Lets Go Mets!) who lives in New Jersey. Originally from Brooklyn, hegraduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics. Steve loves to focus on the sabermetrics side of baseball, as he grew up in the so- called "Moneyball era".He is also an avid music listener, and is always willing to debate music or sports.
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