Top 100 Prospects - 100-91

The countdown begins. Myworld will start with number 100 and wind our way down to number 1. You can see past top 100 picks at the link below. As noted in previous Top 100s we use a collection of Top 100 lists, rank them, assign them values and then put together this list. Since it is impossible for me to see every player in the minor leagues myworld relies on the opinions of others, but what we see of a player carries the greatest weight. The Top 100s of Baseball America., and others were used in coming up with this list. If we were to rate the top prospect in baseball not in the major leagues for 2016 it would be Shohei Otani, but he is playing in Japan and not eligible for this list.

100, Brandon Drury (3B/2B) Arizona Diamondbacks (1.02 points) - The Braves traded Drury to the Diamondbacks for Justin Upton prior to the 2013 season, when the Braves were focused on winning. They have since traded Upton to the Padres and focused on rebuilding. They were probably too embarrassed to ask for Drury back in any subsequent trades the Braves make with the Diamondbacks when they were acquiring prospects for veterans. The Diamondbacks have moved Drury to second since John Lamb seems to have claimed the third base job. Drury lacks the range to play second base but his bat could force the Diamondbacks to play him there. His power numbers dropped off a bit from last year, though he did make his major league debut and bombed two balls over the fence in 56 at bats. His overall slugging average was under .400 last year when the previous two years he hovered around .500. Expect him to be with the Diamondbacks by mid-season.

99. Taylor Guerrieri (RHP) Tampa Bay Rays (1.05 points) - A first round pick in the 2011 draft, Taylor was dominant in the starting rotation at High A and AA. There have been bouts with Tommy John surgery and 50 game suspensions because of recreational drug use, but all appears good now. His fastball measures in the low 90s with good downward movement generating a lot of ground ball outs and his secondary pitches (slider, curve and change) are quality pitches that will allow him to survive in a major league rotation. He reached AA last year and dominated in eight starts with a 1.50 ERA and a .206 opposition average. Expect him to start the season in AA and with an uptick in velocity find himself in the Rays rotation by mid-season.

98. Jacob Nottingham (C) Milwaukee Brewers (1.1 points) - The Athletics traded Nottingham to the Brewers for Khris Davis. Expect a lot of bullpens to nickname him “Sheriff”. He was drafted by the Astros in the sixth round of the 2013 draft, traded to the Athletics in the Scott Kazmir trade, then shipped this year to the Brewers. At 6′3″ he is big for a catcher. Currently he is noted more for his power than his catching prowess at this point. Last year he slugged 17 homeruns with a batting average over .300 at two different levels and with three minor league teams. His arm is strong, throwing out 38 percent of those runners who attempted to steal against him, but the other parts of his game need work. If catching does not work out Jacob will have enough power to make a move to first base. Expect him to start the season in AA after his success at High A last year.

97. Tyler Kolek (RHP) Miami Marlins (1.1 points) - Tyler was one of the largest players ever selected in the first round, chosen with the second pick in the draft. He stands at 6′5″ and 260 pounds with a fastball hitting regularly in the triple digits. The draft is filled with high school kids who can throw high 90s/triple digits drafted in the first round who never make it to the major leagues because they did not develop their secondary pitches. Tyler needs to develop his secondary pitches (slider and change) and improve his command (61 walks in 109 innings) or he will join this long list of high velocity fastball pitchers who never smelled the major leagues. To date, the high velocity does not allow him to miss a lot of bats, with the opposition hitting him at a .258 clip with Tyler only averaging about 6.7 whiffs per nine innings. Spring training will determine whether he repeats Low A or is promoted to High A.

96. Matt Olson (1B/OF) Oakland Athletics (1.12 points) - Matt is a slugger drafted in the supplemental portion of the 2012 draft. At 6′5″ 230 pounds, when he gets his arms extended and makes contact with the ball it will go a long ways. In 2014 37 balls carried over the fence. Last year only 17 balls went over the fence. It resulted in his slugging average dropping by more than 100 points. In addition to his homerun totals Matt shows a lot of patience at the plate, walking over 100 times in his last two seasons. Those walks do not come with a baggage full of strikeouts, with just one whiff per game. Matt is a gifted defensive player at first base, but in the outfield his slow foot speed makes covering a lot of ground a challenge. With a glut of potential first baseman in the minor leagues it may benefit the Athletics if Matt could learn the outfield.

95. Forrest Wall (2B) - Colorado Rockies (1.12 points) - Forrest was a supplemental first round pick in the 2014 draft. The Rockies drafted him for his one skill - the bat. He rakes line drives and as he gains strength some of those gap shots could shoot over the fence. A weak arm restricts him to second base, so a utility role would not be an option. There was enough speed in his legs last year to steal 23 bases in just 99 games. A shoulder injury ended his season after July. He hit .280 with 33 of his 101 hits going for extra bases. Expect a promotion to High A to begin the 2016 season. A high OBA (.381) and good speed make him an ideal leadoff hitter.

94. Jack Flaherty (RHP)- St. Louis Cardinals (1.12 points) - Not really too sure what happened to the Cardinals high 90s to triple digit fastball pitchers. Jack Flaherty was drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft, but his fastball is not overpowering, sitting mostly in the low 90s. At 6′4″ the fastball could show some tick upward in velocity as he fills out. Currently a command pitcher, the next best pitch for Jack is his change. Last year his pedestrian stuff averaged 9.2 whiffs per nine innings, but the opposition hit him at a .251 clip. Next year he will see some time in High A, where he will work on improving his secondary pitches. He was a third baseman on his high school team when Max Fried and Lucas Giolito were the star pitchers. He moved to the mound after they got drafted in the first round in 2012. The talent package is not quite as strong for Flaherty, though unlike his two high school teammates he has avoided Tommy John surgery.

93. Alex Jackson (OF) - Seattle Mariners (1.18 points) - Alex had one of the most feared high school bats attracting the Mariners to draft him in the first round of the 2014 draft. Originally a catcher, the Mariners moved him to the outfield. His speed will deny him any Gold Glove consideration but his strong catcher’s arm will make right field an easy fit for him. Last year he struggled to hit over .200, a .157 average in Low A resulting in a demotion to a short season league where he hit just .239. There were 96 whiffs in just 76 games. There is power in his bat. With better contact and recognition of breaking pitches Alex will be a middle of the order hitter. Expect him to begin the 2016 season in Low A.

92. Cornelius Randolph (OF) Philadelphia Phillies (1.28 points) - With a lower finish in the standings the Phillies will start picking higher in the draft, ensuring their opportunity to acquire more talented players. Cornelius Randolph hopes to be one of those players, drafted in the first round of the 2015 draft. There is power in his left handed swing, though it manifested itself into just one ball flying over the fence. His eye is excellent with 32 walks to go with just 32 strikeouts. His defense is a little below average with an arm restricting him to left field so if he makes the team his bat will have to produce. Next year he should begin the season in full season ball.

91. Austin Riley (3B) Atlanta Braves (1.32) - The Braves have a pretty stocked minor league system, much of that invested in pitchers. Austin was a first round supplemental pick in the 2015 draft who smoked the rookie leagues for 12 homeruns and Danville for a .351 average. Currently a third baseman, his 230 pounds may make a move to first base inevitable. Considered by some teams as a more promising pitcher out of high school, he has a good arm for third base but 16 errors in 53 games draws some questions about his ability to play there. Expect him to start the 2016 season in Low A.

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