Top 100 Prospects - 100-91

Myworld has put together the top 100 prospect lists from MLB.com, scouting book, baseball haven and baseball america, averaged them out and come up with our own top 100 list.  Below myworld will start with 100 - 91 and work our way to number 1.  If you want to take a look at previous top 100 lists for myworld you can go to http://www.myworldofbaseball.com/id13.html.

!00. J.P Crawford SS (Phillies) - Who says the Phillies do not have any prospects?  Crawford was their number one pick in 2013 and is the cousin of Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford.  His father also played in the Canadian football league, which could make him eligible for the Canadian WBC team.  He has the defensive actions to stick at shortstop and hit .345 in 142 Gulf Coast League at bats.  The one thing he appears to lack is power, but at 6′2″ he could mature late.  Jimmy Rollins is getting a bit long in the tooth and Crawford is poised to take his place at shortstop.

99. Jonathan Schoop 2B/SS (Orioles) - The Curacao native played for the Netherlands in the last WBC.  In 2014 he could be playing utility or second base for the Orioles.  Last year he was plagued by injuries which limited him to just 80 games.  He did make his major league debut with a September callup.  He is expected to hit for 20 plus homeruns and could start at the major league level if Manny Machado is not ready to answer the bell on opening day.  If Ryan Flaherty can’t handle second base he could be called on to fill that role.  Expect a .270 hitter with 20 plus homeruns who can play a solid second base.  He also has the ability to play short with a strong arm.

98. Braden Shipley RHP (Diamondbacks) - The Diamondbacks 2013 first round pick finds himself on the inner edges of the top 100.  He started as a shortstop in college but with a rifle for an arm moved to pitcher with the University of Nevada where his fastball hits the mid-90s.  He also has a good changeup and quality curveball, the three pitches needed to become an effective starting pitcher.  He should rise quickly.  In his major league debut he reached low A going 0-3, 4.99, but his innings per outing should be stretched out in 2014 giving him more opportunities to see some wins on his ledger.

97. Blake Swihart C (Red Sox) - Drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft out of New Mexico Swihart made himself the Red Sox catcher of the future with his .298 average and a .366 OBA in High A.  He did not hit for a lot of power with only two homeruns, but it is anticpated he could reach the double digits in that area as he matures physically and learns to pull the ball and get some lift on his line drive gappers.  He moves well behind the plate, has a good arm and calls a good game.

96. J.R. Graham RHP (Braves) - Myworld became aware of Graham when we saw him hit 100 miles per hour in spring training last year.  Arm injuries limited him to just eight starts and a 4.04 ERA with just 28 whiffs in just 36 innings of work.  J.R. was a fourth round 2011 pick from Santa Clara.  Standing only 6′0″ his best bet may be to pitch out of the bullpen.  In addition to the three digit fastball which sits in the high 90s, he also throws a slider and change, the three requisite pitches needed from starters.  He can also throw two and four seam fastballs, giving him four pitches.  He should start in AA and given some success could see a mid-season callup.

95. Michael Choice OF (Rangers) - Myworld thought it was an odd trade for the Athletics to trade one of their top prospects for a fourth outfielder type who can provide depth at centerfield.  The Rangers have hopes that Choice will see some time in right field for them in 2014.  Michael was a first round pick in 2010 out of Texas-Arlington.  He has had some seasons where he has hit for power (2011 - 30 homeruns) and average (2013 - .302).  That potential power should play better in Texas.  The big swing will give him 100 plus strikeouts per season but he should also get 20 plus homeruns with a .280 average.  His defense is good enough to play centerfield, but with a solid arm and not blazing speed he is better suited for right field.

94. Chris Owings SS (Diamondbacks) - The Diamondbacks traded a pretty good pitching prospect (Trevor Bauer) to get a pretty good shortstop in Didi Gregorius.  Chris Owings gives them a better shortstop who may be just a tad short of Didi on defense but Chris can hit much better.  Chris was a first round supplemental pick in 2009.  He hit .330 in AAA, leading to a major league call up where he hit .291.  One of his weaknesses is very few walk totals and high strikeouts which could result in low OBAs at the major league level.  If the Diamondbacks do not want to move Didi from short they can put Chris at second, but that would mean trading Aaron Hill.  They could also settle for Chris as a super utility player for third, short and second in 2014 and find him a more permanent position in 2015.

93. Joey Gallo 3B (Rangers) - The 2012 first round pick out of Las Vegas led all of minor league baseball with 40 homeruns, despite missing most of July with a groin injury.  He also set the Nevada high school record with 65 career homeruns.  If that is not impressive enough, Joey also sent out a tweet of a picture of him in a youth all star game on the mound with then catcher Bryce Harper.  With that power comes a plethora of whiffs, 165 of them in just 106 games last year.  Other problems are a lack of foot speed, which creates a lack of range for the hot corner.  A possible move to first base could be in his future.

92. Brian Goodwin OF (Nationals) - Brian was a first round supplemental pick in 2011 out of Miami Dade Junior College.  He comes with the speed to play centerfield.  That speed has not generated a lot of stolen bases, going just 19 for 30 in his success rate in 2013.  Brian also has the bat speed to generate a lot of power, hitting in the triple doubles last year with 19 doubles, 11 triples and 10 homeruns.  The strikeouts (121) need to be reduced if he wants to fulfill a leadoff spot in the order, but Brian shows enough patience to draw walks (66 last year for a .355 OBA).  The Nationals have Denard Span for centerfield in 2014 but 2015 should be the opportunity for Brian to claim the centerfield position.  He will have to look into the rear view mirror for the equally talented Michael Taylor coming from the lower minor league levels to keep his job in centerfield.

91. Erik Johnson RHP (White Sox) - The 2011 second round pick out of the University of California made his major league debut last year, getting five starts and handling himself well (3.25 ERA).  With that success he should find himself in the White Sox starting rotation in 2014.  Erik comes with a fastball in the low 90s that can hit 95.  He also throws a slider.  His other two pitches, a curveball and change need to be improved if he wants to stay in the starting rotation.  If those pitches do not improve, he could find himself in the bullpen or never get beyond being a mid-rotation starter.  Despite his major league success Erik only had a 11/18 walk to whiff ratio, something a bit below what you want to see from a pitcher.  Major leaguers also hit him at a .281 clip compared to his under .200 average in the minors and 40 to 131 walk to shiff ratio.

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