My World’s Top 100 Prospects - 90-81

A continuation of our top 100 list based on the ratings of five other Top 100 lists.

90. Brian Goodwin OF (Washington Nationals) 1.84 - With the acquisition of Denard Span there is no rush to promote Brian to the major leagues.  He also has Eury Perez ahead of him in AAA.  He will hit for more power than Eury and has a stronger arm, but he has less speed.  Since he only hit .223 in AA last year another year in AA will not do him any harm.  Brian was a supplemental first round pick in 2011.

89. Adam Eaton OF (Arizona Diamondbacks) 1.84 - The Diamondbacks were so confident in Adam’s ability to handle their centerfield job they traded Chris Young to the Oakland Athletics give him the centerfield job.  He is not a big guy, standing only 5′9″, but he shows some gap doubles power, stroking 46 in AAA.  He also has excellent speed to steal bases and play defense in centerfield and an excellent eye to fill the leadoff position.  Despite his .259 average in 100 at bats he still had a .382 OBA, which was less than his .456 OBA in AAA.

88. Allen Webster RHP (Boston Red Sox) 1.9 - The Red Sox acquired him in their salary dump from the Dodgers. Allen was an 18th round pick of the Dodgers in 2008 when he was a shortstop with a good arm.  The Dodgers converted him to a pitcher where he has rewarded their patience.  Now the Red Sox must show the same patience. His fastball hits 92-95 and his change is a plus pitch.  He needs to improve on his slider to ensure success in the major leagues as a mid-rotation starter.

87. Lucas Giolito RHP (Washington Nationals) 1.92 - Since he only pitched in one professional game before having to undergo Tommy John surgery, his reputation is based on his high 90s fastball he threw in high school.  Most teams stayed away from him because he did not pitch his senior year because of arm problems.  The Nationals still made him their first round pick in 2012 and signed him for a $2.9 million.

86. Avisail Garcia OF (Detroit Tigers) 1.92 - They call him Little Miggy because of his similarities to Miguel Cabrera.  The Tigers played him in CF in AA but he just doesn’t have the range to play there.  He will be a right fielder and hope his power develops to play the position.  He has the arm.  Avisail hits for a pretty good average, hitting .319 in 50 plus major league at bats, but with a little more patience he could hit better.  He only walked 21 times in over 500 at bats.  There is some talk of him being a 20/20 hitter, but his body is getting thick and he will lose a lot of speed as he matures.

85. Zach Lee RHP (Los Angeles Dodgers) 2.02 - He signed for $5.25 million from a team that at the time was struggling financially.  Zach has yet to meet that hype.  In his two years his ERA is 3.95 with 7.6 K’s per nine innings.  Many expect more missed bats with the stuff he has.  He’s graded as having the best change-up in the system, his fastball hitting the low 90s and he has good break on his breaking pitches.  He is probably more a mid-rotation starter than an ace now.

84. Christian Bethancourt C (Atlanta Braves) 2.06 - The Braves traded fellow Panamanian Randall Delgado eliminating any hope for an all Panamanian battery.  Christian is excellent defensively, but some have questioned his work ethic.  His bat may also not be enough to make it as a starter.  He only hit .243 in AA last year, limited to 71 games because of injuries.  If he finds his bat he can be a starter.  If his bat remains lost he has the defensive chops to be a backup.

83. Cody Buckel RHP (Texas Rangers) 2.1 - Cody was a second round pick in 2010.  His name gets lost with the bevy of prospects ahead of him, especially Jurickson Profar.  He also has a strong build at 6′1″ so there is concern whether he has the strength to remain a starter.  He is not overpowering, hitting the low 90s so he needs command and more consistent breaking pitches to achieve success in the major leagues.

82. Kyle Crick RHP (San Francisco Giants) 2.18 - Kyle was the Giants first round pick in 2011.  The Giants seem to have great success with developing their number one picks into aces.  At 6′4″ he has good pitcher’s height with a fastball sitting in the mid-90s but visiting the high 90s with regularity.  His curveball was voted as the best in the South Atlantic League and his change is coming along.  A 67/128 walk to whiff ratio shows he needs improvement on his command.

81. Aaron Hicks OF (Minnesota Twins) 2.18 - The Twins traded their starting centerfielder Denard Span and his backup Ben Revere, leaving an opening for Aaron to take.  He’s in his sixth season with the Twins, hitting .286 in AA with 13 homeruns and 32 stolen bases.  A good spring will give him the centerfield job where his five tools will be on display.

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