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Legends On Deck’s Top 25 Prospects: No. 25-16

(Gabe Rodriguez)

Just in time for a new season, Major League Baseball released their Top 100 Prospects list, so we decided once again to release our own Top 25 list and then see how we match up with the pros.

We will release our list in two parts starting with #25-16 below. Check back with us to see who lands in our Top 15.

25. Bradley Zimmer, OF (Cleveland Indians)

The Indians’ first round draft pick in 2014 had a stellar start to last season and was even selected to play in the MLB All-Star Future’s Game and was promoted to Double-A Akron. His second half of the season slump has said to be the result of a foot injury and nothing worth worrying about long-term.

24. Andrew Benintendi, OF (Boston Red Sox)

The Red Sox are known for scouting and believing in players who aren’t the overall biggest in stature but have high baseball IQ’s, for instance Dustin Pedroia. Like the Red Sox vet, Benintendi is good at the plate and also has superior base running skills and could be a dminant figure in the Fenway outfield by 2017.

23. Jose De Leon, RHP (LA Dodgers)

The right-handed starter has high potential and could be in the Majors by the end of the 2016 season depending how the Dodgers’ rotation fares.He has three effective pitches that include a fastball that is capable of hitting 96mph, a strong change-up and a slider that sits in the low 80’s.

22. Jose Berrios, RHP (Minnesota Twins)

There is no doubt that Berrios will be making his debut at Target Field by the end of 2016. The young righty has three solid pitches in the fastball, curveball and changeup.

21. Austin Meadows, OF (Pittsburgh Pirates)

A 2013 draft pick, Meadows has at least another year before his big league debut but that doesn’t negate what he has done so far. He was able to impress those around him this past year in the Arizona Fall League and is still working on his skills at the plate to become even more efficient as a hitter.

20. Alex Bregman, SS (Houston Astros)

Bregman was an offensive standout at LSU which made him an obvious draft choice in 2015 for the Astros. He has an unusual swing but it allows him to be a force at the plate. He is also a solid shortstop with a strong arm that helps makes plays happen.

19. Nomar Mazara, OF (Texas Rangers)

The Rangers signed Mazara in 2011 and in the seasons since has improved to an even better player than expected. He has a lot of power and a big arm which helps his hitting as well as his outfield skills.

18. Sean Newcomb, LHP (Atlanta Braves)

A recent addition to the Braves’ system, Newcomb is a powerful lefty who has a fastball that hits the high 90’s. His curve is a true “swing and miss” pitch and his changeup is good enough to be a third option pitch.

17. Franklin Barreto, SS (Oakland Athletics)

Barreto has had many struggles at shortstop with thirty-four errors last season. He did hit .302 in ninety games in 2015, showing that a change of position, if possible, may increase his chances at making it to the Majors sooner, rather than later.

16. Steven Matz, LHP (New York Mets)

The young lefty made a big impact on the Mets’ pitching staff as they made a run in the World Series. Although Matz could be considered a prospect, the postseason experience he now has could say otherwise.

 

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Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

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Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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