RANKINGS
2034 Minor League System Rankings: #24 - #16
Cave Dameron's minor league system rankings for 2034, starting with the bottom nine.
by CAVE DAMERON
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System Rankings: #1 - Seattle

#24 - Boston Red Sox

23rd in OSA’s rankings, 2 OSA Top 100 (#59 P Vasquez, #76 P Yamashita)

SP Ricardo Vasquez, 18, #59 OSA, 59 POT, 40 FV - Getting destroyed in AAA, although that’s expected since he’s 18 years old. No velocity. Control is all projection at this point. Potential for three plus-plus pitches, although the changeup has a long way to go. Doesn’t have the velocity to be a reliever if/when he fails as a starter.

SP Yukinari Yamashita, 20, #76 OSA, 56 POT, 45 FV - Struggling in R as a 20 year old. Control is underdeveloped but has potential to be plus. Movement is already plus. Potential for four plus pitches, although three is more likely. Has the velocity and movement to make it as a reliever, it all just depends on his control.

SP Edward Santos, 24, NR OSA, 48 POT, 40 FV - Struggling in AA as a 24 year old. Has four near-average pitches now, all four could be at least plus. Great stamina, and enough velocity to make it as a reliever in case his control never comes around.

SP Wilfredo Cebreros, 18, NR OSA, 47 POT, 40 FV - Basically the exact same player as Ricardo Vasquez. Also 18, also getting killed in AAA. Just read the writeup on Vasquez and apply it to Cebreros.

SP Yale Cook, 23, NR OSA, 34 POT, 40 FV - Pitching well in AAA for the past two years. FIP is 3.26 this year. Has three plus-plus pitches, with a longshot for a fourth. The movement is bad, and he’ll give up a ton of homers, but he might make a decent spot starter one day. If not, he should be a serviceable lefty specialist.


#23 - Vinson Emperors

22nd in OSA's rankings, 1 OSA Top 100 (#34 CF Rojas)

CF Gabe Rojas, 21, #34 OSA, 62 POT, 55 FV - One of the best values in this year’s draft after falling to #22 overall. Legitimate five tool prospect. Defensively will be very good in a corner outfield spot, although he might stick in CF. Eye and gap power are already developed, bat and power are mostly just projections. Playing well this year, but he’s 21 years old in R-ball. Need to see him at a higher level to put more than 55 FV on him.

SP Gus Soberanis, 23, NR OSA, 46 POT, 45 FV - Has good stuff and average velocity. The movement isn’t great, but he’s never given up many HRs. Likely average control. Pitching well this year in AA. At worst he’ll be a long reliever, but might crack a rotation one day.

LF Tadatoshi Shimizu, 21, NR OSA, 50 POT, 40 FV - Another 21 year old in Rookie ball. Will be average at best in a corner outfield spot. Has the bat and power potential to make for an everyday LF. Below average eye. No speed. Low floor/average ceiling prospect. Need to see him perform at least in AA.

SP Brian Hofelich, 23, NR OSA, 53 POT, 40 FV - Second round pick in this year’s draft. Struggling heavily in R as a 23 year old. Good velocity. Three already average pitches, potential for five above average, with two plus-plus. Has the stamina to be a starter, but the control isn’t there yet. The velocity is enough to make a good reliever. Projects best as a long-reliever.

SP Claas De Pree, 25, NR OSA, 34 POT, 40 FV - Already has three plus pitches, potential for four, with two being plus-plus. Extreme flyball pitcher with little movement, but he’s not giving up too many HRs right now in AAA. The stuff and control are already there. Most likely a reliever.

RP Gilberto Pena, 20, NR OSA, 66 POT, 40 FV - Pretty well developed for a 20 year old. Stuff and movement are already about average, and control isn’t too far off. Two already average pitches, with both projected to be plus-plus. Velocity isn’t great, but enough stamina to make for a very good reliever.


#22 - Birmingham Barons

21st in OSA's rankings, 2 OSA Top 100 (#49 P Ortiz, #82 1B Barber)

SP Martin Ortiz, 18, #49 OSA, 61 POT, 45 FV - Undersized for a pitcher. Low velocity. Getting killed in R-ball. Potential for three plus-plus pitches, but none are even close to average right now. Giving up a ton of homeruns for how developed his movement is, especially for being in R.

1B Justin Barber, 20, #82 OSA, 56 POT, 45 FV - Struggling to hit in S A as a 20.5 year old. The power is mostly projection at this point. Only has seven HRs through 185 ABs. Shockingly low average as well. Will never be more than average defensively at 1B. Likely a DH.

SP Noe Zavala, 18, NR OSA, 55 POT, 45 FV - Third round pick in this year’s draft. Pitching better than Ortiz and Orona at the same level. Has the potential for three plus-plus pitches, with the curveball and slider in particular being game-changing. The velocity isn’t great, and the movement will never be more than average, but he’s got the look of a future starter.

C Tokinari Matsumoto, 21, NR OSA, 47 POT, 45 FV - Has the tools to make a good defensive catcher, although the arm isn’t great just yet. Hitting pretty well in S A, but he is already 21 years old. The power is mostly potential at this point, as he only has 6 HRs so far this year. Looks to be average everywhere else at the plate.

SP Leo Velarde, 23, NR OSA, 54 POT, 45 FV - Has pitched well every year so far in the minors, although he’s been old at every level. The K rate this year is pretty good, and the BB and HR rates aren’t bad either. Potential for three plus-plus pitches, with the changeup potentially being one of the best around. Will make at least a decent reliever, if not more.

SP Alex Orona, 19, NR OSA, 56 POT, 40 FV - Second round pick in this year’s draft. Also getting killed in R-ball. Movement is already developed and he’s keeping the ball in the park so far this year. Not a very good K/BB rate. Projects to have three plus to plus-plus pitches. Great stamina.

SP Mitchell Keevil, 18, NR OSA, 49 POT, 40 FV - Pitching surprisingly well as an 18 year old in A-ball. Potential for five plus pitches, with the changeup potentially plus-plus. The stuff and movement is already pretty developed, but the control needs some work. Should make a decent reliever, with the potential to be an average SP.

CF Dave Egger, 25, NR OSA, 46 POT, 40 FV - Good defensively, could probably make a good-if-not-great CF. Extremely fast, but looks lost on the basepaths. The bat will never be more than average, nor will the power, but he’s got a decent eye and doesn’t strike out. Playing pretty well this year, but he’s 25 and in AA. The defense and eye give him the floor of a utility OF.

2B Mario Tacoronte, 25, NR OSA, 42 POT, 40 FV - Has the tools to be one of the best defensive 2B or 3B in the game. Can run a bit as well. Average hit tool with some good power, both raw and game. No eye whatsoever. About as developed as he’ll ever be. Looks like a utility infielder, but the power gives him a chance to be more than that.

SP Willie Partida, 23, NR OSA, 42 POT, 40 FV - Has bounced around for the past few years, going from AA to TNBL last year, now back to AAA. Pitching very well in AAA as a 23 year old. Good K rate, decent enough BB and HR rates. One of the best knuckleballers in the game, also has a good splitter, with the potential for a plus curveball as well. Haven’t seen many knuckleballers in TNBL so hard to comp him. He’ll either be a 5th starter or career minor leaguer.

RP Salvador Duran, 26, NR OSA, 39 POT, 40 FV - Average or above in everything. Four above average pitches, with two of them being plus. Decent velocity, so he can probably make it as a reliever. Does have the potential to be a starter, but he’s about as developed as he’ll ever be. Doing well in AAA this year. Looks like a 5th starter or long-reliever.


#21 - Los Angeles Earthquakes

24th in OSA’s rankings, 3 OSA Top 100 (#78 CF Carrion, #85 3B Camacho, #93 3B Mendivil)

CF Manny Carrion, 22, #78 OSA, 58 POT, 55 FV - Legitimate 5-tool prospect, although he’s struggled this year in AA as a 22 year old, and last year as a 21 year old in S A. The power is almost entirely raw right now. His speed and defense give him a high floor, but he needs to turn his highly rated bat into on-field production.

3B Felix Camacho, 22, #85 OSA, 54 POT, 45 FV - #7 overall pick in this year’s draft, although I thought he should’ve gone a round or two later. Lacks the arm to play on the left side of the infield, and lacks the quickness to play 2B. Will most likely end up as a corner OF or 1B. Good hit tool, but only average raw power and absolutely no eye. No speed whatsoever.

3B Jose Mendivil, 21, #93 OSA, 53 POT, 40 FV - LA’s second round pick in this year’s draft. Has only three ABs all year which will hurt his development. Decently developed for his age, has above average hit and power tools. Has the tools defensively to stick at 3B, and will be above average there. No speed, and has character concerns.

SP Danny Castillo, 21, NR OSA, 52 POT, 45 FV - Destroying rookie ball right now, would like to see how he does at a higher level. Already has three average or better pitches, with potential for all three to be plus or higher. Good stuff and movement, but needs to work on his control.

SP Hector Cruz, 22, NR OSA, 53 POT, 45 FV - Already has three plus pitches, potential for a fourth. Movement is average, and control is bad, although the walk rate isn’t terrible. Playing well in AA, especially for a 22 year old. Has character concerns.

SP Dave Romero, 24, NR OSA, 46 POT, 45 FV - Three plus pitches, potential for two of them to be plus-plus. Good velocity, average movement and control. Will make a good reliever if he doesn’t make it as a starter. Playing well in AAA, could likely contribute in TNBL this year as a reliever.

RF Miguel Nunez, 24, NR OSA, 58 POT, 40 FV - Very underdeveloped for his age. Highest level he’s ever been in is A this year. Not dominating A-ball like a 24 year old should be. One of the best arms in the minor leagues with good range, but average at best at everything else.


#20 - Myrtle Beach Mermen

20th in OSA's rankings, 2 OSA Top 100 (#57 P Tyler, #63 RF Mata)

SP Thurman Tyler, 21, #57 OSA, 57 POT, 50 FV - One of the strangest players I’ve ever seen. Only 5’7 and 160lbs, but can throw 96-98mph sidearm as a lefty. Already has three plus pitches, with all three having plus-plus or better potential. The slider and changeup in particular could be some of the best in TNBL. Has almost no control at this point, but the BB rate isn’t terrible. The K rate isn’t as high as expected for someone with three plus pitches in A-ball. Legitimate ace ceiling with absolutely no floor.

RF Jose Mata, 18, #63 OSA, 58 POT, 50 FV - #17 overall pick in this year’s draft. Has the tools defensively to make a decent LF or passable RF. Tremendous hitting potential, plus-plus in everything but drawing walks. Struggling so far this year in R-ball. Isn’t great on the basepaths.

SP Roger Kruis, 26, NR OSA, 43 POT, 45 FV - Has two developed pitches already - a plus fastball and a plus-plus curveball. The forkball is about average. The slider and changeup have plus potential, but at 26 years old it’s unlikely he develops them now. Terrible movement, although it’s not like he’s getting shelled. Putting up monster numbers in AAA this year, and did well last year. The two good pitches will transition well to the bullpen, where he’ll likely end up.

CF Danny Juarez, 18, NR OSA, 52 POT, 45 FV - Second round pick in this year’s draft. One of the faster players, but looks lost on the bases from time to time. Doesn’t really have a future position. Has the range for CF but not the glove or arm. Most likely a below average LF, or a DH. Pretty developed with the bat for an 18 year old, but the power is a complete projection and he has very little plate discipline. He’s struggling in R-ball as an almost 19 year old.

SP Nelson Cabral, 23, NR OSA, 35 POT, 45 FV - His future is in the bullpen. Fastball touches 101 with slightly-below-average movement. If he can develop his slider a bit, he’d have two plus-plus pitches. If the changeup comes around, he’s got a shot to be a starter, but he’ll have the most value coming out of the pen for a few innings.

CF Denzel Davis, 24, NR OSA, 27 POT, 45 FV - Can play at a high level anywhere in the outfield. Runs well, too. Switch hitter who is about average in every category offensively, except for his complete lack of power. Regardless, he has an OPS of .891 in AAA this year as a 24 year old, and hit well last year in AA too. The defense and baserunning give him a decent floor, and if the bat stays this hot, he could be a 4th outfielder for most teams.

2B Marcos Hernandez, 26, NR OSA, 39 POT, 40 FV - Putting up big numbers in AAA, although he is 26. Has been good every year in the minors. Just about average in everything offensively, although he won’t walk much. He’ll hit a few doubles and won’t strikeout. Defensively very good, can play an above average 2B or SS. Fine on the basepaths. Looks like a decent utility guy.

3B Antonio Ramirez, 26, NR OSA, 35 POT, 40 FV - Big guy - 6’3, 230. Has good power and above average bat. Will basically never walk. Has a good arm and a decent glove, and projects well as an above average 3B defensively. Likely will never be a starter, but at least has the tools to be a bench player.


#19 - Washington Nationals

16th in OSA's rankings, 1 OSA Top 100 (#12 CF Rogers)

CF Kevin Rogers, 18, #12 OSA, 69 POT, 60 FV - Somehow fell to #15 in this year’s draft, making him the best value pick in my opinion. Legit power potential to go along with plus everything else. Already pretty developed for an 18 year old. Wish he was getting ABs this year -- only has 2 in R. The speed is definitely a plus, and he’s got the range to stick in CF, although not quite the arm you’d like. Looks like a future stud.

RF Phil Fortin, 22, NR OSA, 55 POT, 50 FV - Another legit power bat. Extremely developed already in every tool. Doesn’t have the arm to stick in RF, but he’ll make a good LF. Putting up good numbers in A-ball, but I’d like to see him in AA before raising his FV any more.

CL Armando Gonzalez, 23, NR OSA, 80 POT, 50 FV - Already extremely developed. Everything you want in a closer. Fastball touches 97 from sidearm. Already has one plus pitch, with the potential for it to be plus-plus, with another elite one on the way. Movement and control are good. Playing well in AAA. Looks like a future stud closer.

SS Richard Berrios, 20, NR OSA, 20 POT, 40 FV - Listed as a SS, although his future is in the bullpen. Fastball sits in the mid 90’s, has the potential for two elite pitches. The control is average at best, but the movement is already above average. Needs to be pitching every few days. Right now he’s not even playing at all.

SP Tamio Osaka, 19, NR OSA, 52 POT, 40 FV - Has the potential for three plus-or-better pitches. Doesn’t have the velocity you’d want, and the movement and control aren’t great either. Stamina is borderline reliever territory, and honestly unless he hits on all three of his pitches, his future is likely there.

SP Chris Bremer, 24, NR OSA, 47 POT, 40 FV - He’s 24 years old and beating up on kids in S A. I’ll need to see him do it in AAA before I put more than 40 FV on him. Still, has the potential for six above average pitches, with only the splitter not being plus. The slider in particular could be plus-plus. All six pitches are pretty developed. Velocity isn’t great, and stamina is borderline. Might make it as a 5th starter, or maybe a lefty specialist.

SP Shu-Yaan Joo, 22, NR OSA, 43 POT, 40 FV - Struggling this year in A ball as a 22 year old. Small frame: 5’7, 165 lbs, and just ok velocity. Has two above average pitches already, with the potential for three plus pitches eventually. Very good stamina. Might make the back end of a rotation one day, but more likely a spot starter/reliever.


#18 - Fargo Rage

15th in OSA's rankings, 5 OSA Top 100 (#48 CF Hartling, #64 P Botello, #65 3B Chavez, #89 RF Zamora, #91 P Bueno)

CF John Hartling, 19, #48 OSA, 61 POT, 50 FV - Top ten pick in this year’s draft, although I thought it was a bit of a reach. Enormous power potential, although he hasn’t shown it at all this year. Playing horribly in R ball so far. Doesn’t have the range for CF or the arm for RF. Has all the tools offensively to make a stud, but the floor is basically non-existent.

SP Julio Botello, 22, #64 OSA, 60 POT, 55 FV - Fargo’s second rounder in this year’s draft. Has the tools to be a legitimate ace, with good movement and command and four potential plus pitches, although only one is very close. Fastball touches 98 and he has good stamina, so he’s got the floor of a very good reliever, but he could be so much more.

3B Gerardo Chavez, 23, #65 OSA, 58 POT, 45 FV - Might be blind. Very little power, but he can hit for contact. Putting up good numbers across AA and AAA this year. Has the tools to be a fantastic defensive 3B, and maybe an average SS. The non-existent eye and lack of power limit his value in a corner IF spot, though, which is where he’ll likely end up.

RF Orlando Zamora, 23, #89 OSA, 56 POT, 45 FV - Could probably stick in CF, but more likely a fantastic corner OF. Like Chavez, the eye just isn’t there. Unlike Chavez, he’s at least got some pop to his bat, and can hit for contact. The injury concerns drop him from 50 FV to 45.

SP Tomas Bueno, 19, #91 OSA, 56 POT, 45 FV - Signed for $6M in last year’s IFA period. Has the potential for three plus-plus pitches, although only one is near average right now. Velocity isn’t great, although he’s only 19. The movement and control are good enough to make him a #3 on most staffs provided he reaches his potential.

SP Eddy Gomez, 20, NR OSA, 50 POT, 45 FV - Already has two above average pitches. Could potentially have three plus, with two of them being plus-plus. Velocity is below average. Movement is already there, and control looks to be on the way. It all just comes down to the development of the curveball for him. If it develops, he’s a #4. Otherwise, he’s a long-reliever.

SP Joaquin Gordillo, 22, NR OSA, 54 POT, 45 FV - Already has three developed pitches. All three could be plus to plus-plus one day. The velocity isn’t great, and the control is still further away than you’d like for a 22 year old. Struggling in A this year, which is concerning for his age. Potential to be a #4, floor of a mop-up man.

SP David David, 25, NR OSA, 35 POT, 45 FV - Not sure which is his first name. High velocity, can touch 99 with average life. The fastball is already elite, and the curveball is getting close. Has a third plus pitch as well (the changeup.) Control is his biggest weakness, and he’s walking close to 6 per 9 this year in AAA. If he can’t keep the walks down, he’s likely to move to the bullpen, where he’ll be a decent late-innings guy.

SP Brian Hunt, 23, NR OSA, 49 POT, 45 FV - His future is in the bullpen. Throws low 90’s from sidearm. Has two pitches already with an outside shot at three plus pitches. Decent movement on the fastball, and the control could be an asset. Played well as a starter in A this year, although that’s expected for a 23 year old. His time in AAA is inconclusive. Looks like a long reliever.

2B Kaja Soukup, 17, NR OSA, 58 POT, 40 FV - Fargo really loves the blind guys. Maybe so they don’t know they’re living in Fargo of all places? Legit power potential and decent contact rate give him some upside, but the eye will hold him back from being more than average. Doesn’t really have the tools to make it at 2B, will likely end up at 1B or in the DH spot. Need to see him play before I give him higher than 40 FV.

SP Miguel Melendez, 20, NR OSA, 42 POT, 40 FV - The changeup is still miles away, but he does have to average pitches with a chance for both to be plus. Velocity is good enough to make for a decent reliever. It all just comes down to the control for him. Would like to see him play at a higher level than R.

CF Peyton Klockow, 25, NR OSA, 38 POT, 40 FV - Will hit .270 and draw a few walks. Won’t hit for power at all. Almost all of his value will come from the defensive side and on the basepaths. Fantastic runner with good instincts, and enough range to stick in CF. He’ll likely end up as a utility OF.

SP Tim Sproul, 22, NR OSA, 40 POT, 40 FV - Not a big guy, so the 98 mph fastball might not stick around as he ages. The movement is good, and he’s got a very good shot at having three elite pitches. The only thing that could hold him back from being a mid-rotation starter is his control, which is terrible. Playing well enough in A, would like to see him in AA.

SP Alex Figueroa, 24, NR OSA, 38 POT, 40 FV - Played well in AAA last year and was promptly demoted to S A. Not sure why. He’s got two developed pitches already, with the chance for two plus-plus pitches and an average third. Good velocity, can touch 96 with decent movement. The control isn’t great, but it won’t kill him. If the changeup develops, he’s a #4. If not, he’s a long reliever.

CF Melvin Capilla, 24, NR OSA, 36 POT, 40 FV - Putting up monster numbers this year, albeit in AA as a 24 year old. Struggled last year in AAA. The floor is decent since he’s a fantastic baserunner and can play elite defense anywhere in the OF. The below-average eye and complete lack of power will keep him from ever being a starter.

CL Wayne Renaud, 23, NR OSA, 56 POT, 40 FV - Already has two plus pitches, with the curveball having the potential to be elite. Decent velocity, touches 96 with above average movement. Good stamina. If his control ever comes around, he’ll make a good long-reliever, with the change to be a late-innings guy.


#17 - Kansas City Centaurs

19th in OSA's rankings, 3 OSA Top 100 (#47 P Pedro de la Torre, #68 P Knowles, #83 P Bechthold)

SP Pedro de la Torre, 21, #47 OSA, 59 POT, 50 FV - I was high on him coming out of the draft. Big body, good velocity, potential for four plus pitches. Only 21 and already has three average pitches and good movement. Started the season in S A and didn’t perform well, then missed six weeks with an injury. Not quite as high on him as I was, but he’ll still be an average starter one day.

SP Berry Knowles, 19, #68 OSA, 58 POT, 45 FV - It all comes down to the changeup developing. If it does, he’s a #2 on most staffs. Otherwise, he’s a long-reliever, or maybe a stopper-type. Fastball and movement are pretty well developed for a 19 year old. Hasn’t had the best start in R-ball, but the BABIP is insanely high. FIP looks good. He’s a toss up.

SP Dave Bechthold, 17, #83 OSA, 59 POT, 45 FV - Signed for $5.8M last IFA period. He’s only 17 and is still in the international complex, so we have no stats to go off of. The velocity is very low, but he’s got the potential for two plus pitches and another game changer (the curveball.) Even more of a toss up.

SP Tomas Ocon, 20, NR OSA, 52 POT, 50 FV - Has two developed pitches as a 20 year old, with the curveball almost there as well. If the changeup comes around he’ll have a good enough arsenal to be a #2 or 3 starter. Otherwise, he’d be a #4 or 5. Lower velocity than you’d like, but his movement and control are solid. Pitching well this year in A.

SP Dionisio Calzolai, 25, NR OSA, 47 POT, 50 FV - Has really broken out over the past two years. Putting up a 182 ERA+ so far this year in AAA with a 2.92 FIP. Very good last year as well, with a 135 ERA+ and 3.45 FIP in AA. Gets strikeouts, doesn’t give up walks or homers. Four average or above pitches, with two of them having plus-plus potential. Good velocity. Will be a #4 or #5 on most staffs, or a good bullpen piece.

CL Jim Ford, 21, NR OSA, 74 POT, 50 FV - Absolute unit: 6’7, 225 lbs. Fastball touches 99 with good movement. Both of his pitches project as some of the best in the game. Is absolutely dominating S A right now, although that’s to be expected at 21 years old. If he can do it in AA, he’d move up to 55 FV, maybe higher. Regardless, he’ll be a closer one day.

1B Tony Verduzco, 21, NR OSA, 52 POT, 45 FV - Last year’s first round pick for KC. Tremendous power potential, although it’s mostly raw at this point. Isn’t a good defender at 1B, and is more likely a DH. If the bat and power develop fully, he’ll be a very good hitter. If not, his average-at-best eye will hold him back. Would like to see him play above R-ball, especially as a 21 year old, to give him higher than 45 FV.

SP Marco Escobedo, 20, NR OSA, 44 POT, 45 FV - Having a decent year so far in S A, with a 3.14 FIP. Has the potential for three plus-plus pitches, with two of them already average. Decent velocity for a starter and has average movement on the fastball. Will need to work hard on his command.

SP Ramon Batista, 22, NR OSA, 45 POT, 40 FV - Performing well enough in AAA as a 22 year old. Has three already average or better pitches, with the potential for all three to be plus. The curveball in particular could be a dominant pitch. Has above average movement, and projects for average control. Might not make a starting rotation, but he’ll be in the TNBL one day.

SP Edwin Cosme, 24, NR OSA, 41 POT, 40 FV - His future is in the bullpen. Has a dominant fastball that touches 98 with good movement. Two more pitches could be average. If both develop, he might make the back end of a rotation, but probably projects better as a late innings guy. The command is inconsistent, and he walks too many batters. Health is a concern with him, otherwise he’d be 45 FV or higher.

SP Gabe Gutierrez, 23, NR OSA, 45 POT, 40 FV - If the changeup develops he’ll be a #4 or 5 starter. Two above-average pitches already, with the potential for all three to be plus. Walks too many batters right now, but isn’t giving up too many homers. Putting up decent numbers in AA. Good stamina and decent velocity. Most likely a spot starter or reliever.

2B Joel Peraza, 23, NR OSA, 40 POT, 40 FV - Putting up good numbers in AAA as a 23 year old. Can play a very good 2B, or an adequate SS. Runs well. Good bat, hits a lot of doubles. Power is below average, and eye is almost non-existent. The defense and baserunning give him the floor of a bench bat. If this good offensive performance continues, he could be a utility man.


#16 - Atlanta Braves

17th in OSA's rankings, 5 OSA Top 100 (#50 P Cruz, #70 CF Alcock, #75 P Fairn, #79 RF Pile, #96 1B Velasquez)

CL Jorge Cruz, 23, #50 OSA, 75 POT, 55 FV - Struggling heavily in AA as a 23 year old. Fastball touches 99 throwing sidearm. Control has a long way to go still. The cutter is elite, but the slider and changeup are average at best, and the knuckle curve isn’t developed. Has the potential for four plus pitches, with two being elite, but it’s more likely he’ll end up with one elite and two average. Projects as a mid-rotation starter, or a closer/setup man out of the bullpen.

CF Thomas Alcock, 24, #70 OSA, 58 POT, 45 FV - Has the tools to be a very good defensive CF. Also has the arm to make an elite RF. Elite speed as well, and baserunning instincts. The power projects as elite, although it’s never shown up in game. The most HRs he’s ever hit was 13 last year. This year he’s only on pace for 12. Having an average year in AA at 24 years old. The eye is average, and the bat is below average. Right now projects as a bench bat, with the potential to make an average CF if he ever starts producing the way scouts believe he can.

SP Ed Fairn, 23, #75 OSA, 56 POT, 50 FV - Another hard-throwing righty. First round pick from last year. Fastball touches 98, with decent movement. Four average or above pitches, with a fifth somewhat likely. Won’t walk many batters. If all the pitches develop, he’ll be a #2. Could also make it as a late-innings reliever.

RF Cole Pile, 21, #79 OSA, 54 POT, 50 FV - #13 overall pick in this year’s draft, although I wasn’t that high on him. Projects as a corner outfielder. Will likely never be more than average defensively, and his below average eye will keep him from being an elite hitter. The rest of the batting profile does look good, though. Played pretty well in A this year before being promoted to AAA, which seems aggressive at 21. Low-risk/low-reward, slightly-above-average corner OF at best.

1B Juan Velasquez, 21, #96 OSA, 52 POT, 50 FV - Second round pick in this year’s draft by CC, acquired by Atlanta in the Pak deal. Has the tools to make a decent 1B or a below average 3B. The power potential is there, but it’s mostly raw at this point. Only has 6 HRs through 181 ABs in S A as a 21 year old. Strikes out way too much. Has the ceiling of a very good 1B, although average seems more likely.

3B Rodolfo Reyes, 21, NR OSA, 44 POT, 50 FV - Slight build at only 5’11, 170 lbs. Has a near-elite arm, and plenty of range to make one of the better defensive 3B. Won’t draw many walks, and strikes out too much, but the bat is average and the power is already very developed for a 21 year old. Has performed well at every level, including this year as a relatively young player in AAA. Defense keeps his floor high, and if he keeps performing with the bat, he’ll be an above average 3B.

1B Juan Davila, 18, NR OSA, 51 POT, 45 FV - Another “1B Juan X” drafted by CC in this year’s draft before being part of the Pak deal. This Juan’s a bit further away. I called him a future DH coming out of the draft, although he might just make for an average 1B. Offensively, the tools are all there to be an elite hitter. He’s almost 19, though, and struggling heavily in R-ball.

SS Antonio Silva, 20, NR OSA, 42 POT, 45 FV - Hard to judge his offensive performance in the minors so far, since he’s only had 10 ABs above R. His real value comes on the defensive side, where he has the tools to win Gold Gloves at every single position (not including catcher.) Will provide positive value on the bases as well. Will likely never hit for .270, or even have a .330 OBP, but there are worse batters in the TNBL.

RP Jon Cervantes, 23, NR OSA, 62 POT, 45 FV - I view him as a future starter, although Atlanta doesn’t seem to think so. He’s got two plus pitches already, with the potential for a third elite one (the changeup, which is coming along nicely.) It’s hard to judge his stats, since I think he’s being played in the wrong role. Certainly has the stamina to start, just needs to work on his control. 45 FV for now, but could be 50 if he shows he can perform as a starter.

SP Alejandro Mondragon, 24, NR OSA, 50 POT, 45 FV - Big frame, good velocity. Fastball touches 98 with life. Control is still a ways off. Has two plus-plus pitches already, with a potential third still pretty early on in development. As a starter, he’s not striking enough guys out and walking far too many, but he doesn’t allow HRs and will likely make a good reliever.

1B Tainafi Warrain, 21, NR OSA, 41 POT, 40 FV - Listed as a 1B, although 2B might be his path to the big leagues. Doesn’t have the range you’d want there, but everything else looks good. He’s got fantastic speed and decent baserunning instincts. The bat is average and the eye is terrible. Any future value for him will come from his power, which right now is average with the potential to be very good.

2B Eric Ayotte, 23, NR OSA, 51 POT, 40 FV - Projects to be average or above in every offensive tool. Baserunning is good as well. Hasn’t performed all that well so far this year as a 23 year old in A. He’s striking out way too often. Has the tools to be a good defensive 2B, but that’s the only place he can play. Projects best as a bench bat.

CF Calvin Dewar, 25, NR OSA, 29 POT, 40 FV - Has the tools to play anywhere in the OF. Will make a very good CF. The batting profile doesn’t look great, although he’s performed at a high level in AA for two years now. Would like to see him get some time in AAA. Projects as a utility OF/pinch runner.

SP Carlos Avalos, 25, NR OSA, 37 POT, 40 FV - Fastball touches 96 as a starter. Look for that to increase with his eventual move to the bullpen. Has one plus pitch and two more near average ones. He’s performed pretty well in AAA for three years straight now. He’ll make a good middle or long reliever.