We move on to the American League and the 2015 Top 10 Prospects in each division. The AL Central has some teams with loaded farm systems, and a few left rather depleted. I am looking at you Detroit. The last few seasons left Detroit refilling their system by drafting pitching. The Twins have what many consider to be the second best Minor League system and I agree. Twins fan bias aside, they have six players ranked 70th or better in my Top 109 Prospects list.
After the Central there remains the East and the West. I will work on these over the next week and officially divert full attention to the regular season. It is truly around the corner and I can’t wait! It is also exciting to keep tabs on injuries, call-ups and trades, because as the season trudges along, so too do the opportunities for these prospects I have been writing about. There will be plenty more to come during the regular season at SCFE so stay tuned, including weekly Prospect reports and Rookie reports.
As always thanks for reading. Feel free to comment, dispute my rankings or whatever you feel inclined to. I also utilized Devin Jordan’s fantastic Prospect comparison tool and encourage you to do the same here.
Finally, don’t forget to check out the other divisions I’ve previewed from a top-10 prospects perspective!
2015 Top 10 Prospects AL Central
Chicago White Sox Top 10 Prospects
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) April 1, 2015
1. Carlos Rodon, LHP (Overall Rank 22)
2. Tim Anderson, SS (Overall Rank 83)
3. Micah Johnson, 2B (NR)
4. Spencer Adams, RHP (NR)
5. Francellis Montas, RHP (NR)
6. Tyler Danish, RHP (NR)
7. Trey Michalczewski, 3B (NR)
8. J.B. Wendelken, RHP (NR)
9. Nolan Sanburn, RHP (NR)
10. Jace Fry, LHP (NR)
There were essentially two storylines this spring involving phenom Kris Bryant and Carlos Rodon. Both showed they were more than ready and yet both will start in the minors in 2015. Bryant won’t be there for long, while Rodon is more of a mystery. Clearly the most elite prospect in the Sox system, Rodon will be stashed aplenty. Micah Johnson will be on plenty of teams as the starter in the bigs, but his peripherals leave much to be desired. He has speed, some power potential and plate discipline so he won’t hurt owners, but he just won’t wow them. Spencer Adams is young and was the second round pick last season. He dominated in High School and also put forth a dominant showing in the Arizona Summer League. He will be one I watch very closely this season.
Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects
1. Francisco Lindor, SS (Overall Rank 10)
2. Clint Frazier, OF (Overall Rank 48)
3. Bradley Zimmer, OF (Overall Rank 54)
4. Mitch Brown, RHP (NR)
5. Luis Lugo, LHP (NR)
6. Mike Papi, 1B/OF (NR)
7. Bobby Bradley, 1B (NR)
8. Francisco Mejia, C (NR)
9. James Ramsey, OF (NR)
10. Tyler Naquin, OF (NR)
Lindor has been called a better real shortstop than Fantasy shortstop, but with his defense and respectable batting average should make the majors sooner than later. I am letting others draft him in Dynasty leagues, however. Frazier is still a few years away, but has shown flashes of being a five tool player already. As a 20-year-old he has time to reduce his somewhat scary 30% strikeout rate. Zimmer is another toolsy outfielder who is likely a year closer to the majors than Frazier. He has exhibited patience and a developing skill set to watch as well. Aside from Lindor, the Indians have potential but it is a few years away in Frazier, Zimmer and right-hander Mitch Brown.
Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects
1. Kevin Ziomek, LHP (NR)
2. Buck Farmer, RHP (NR)
3. Austin Kubitza, RHP (NR)
4. Steven Moya, OF (NR)
5. Joe Jiminez, RHP (NR)
6. Derek Hill, OF (NR)
7. Dixon Machado, SS (NR)
8. Kyle Lobstein, LHP (NR)
9. Javier Betancourt, IF (NR)
10. Zach Shephard, 3B (NR)
Detroit has a few players who have debuted already and are biding some time in Moya, Farmer, and Lobstein. Steven Moya has raw power but with a K rate of 29.3% it is concerning. He did manage to slaughter pitching in 2014 and actually remained healthy. He could make an appearance again in 2015. Farmer is likely a bullpen arm or a possible fifth starter going forward. The Tigers are clearly a win now organization and it is apparent without too many prospects in proximity of value.
Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects
1. Raul Mondessi, SS (Overall Rank 26)
2. Kyle Zimmer, RHP (Overall Rank 50)
3. Sean Manaea, LHP (Overall Rank 55)
4. Hunter Dozier, 3B (Overall Rank 61)
5. Brandon Finnegan, LHP (Overall Rank 91)
6. Christian Binford, RHP (NR)
7. Miguel Almonte, RHP (NR)
8. Christian Colon, 2B/SS (NR)
9. Foster Griffin, LHP (NR)
10. Reymond Fuentes, OF (NR)
Mondessi took a step back somewhat in 2014, but still is very young and has 20/20 potential going forward. I have been strongly considering moving him down my rankings for the Royals however.
Finnegan was very good out of the bullpen last season, and he may stay there in 2015 as well, but the potential to be a high-end starter is there. A 9.8 K/9 and a miniscule 3.6% walk rate is appetizing.
Manaea and Zimmer are incredible talents and should be with the Royals in some capacity in late 2015 or next season. Zimmer is posting elite K rates to pair with a sub 2.00 era. Manaea has a higher K rate but along with it more walks and higher era. Still nothing to scoff at. The Royals future is indeed bright.
Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects
1. Byron Buxton, CF (Overall Rank 2)
2. Miguel Sano, 3B (Overall Rank 8)
3. Jose Berrios, RHP (Overall Rank 32)
4. Alex Meyer, RHP (Overall Rank 37)
5. Kohl Stewart, RHP (Overall Rank 43)
6. Nick Gordon, SS (Overall Rank 74)
7. Max Kepler, OF (NR)
8. Nick Burdi, RHP (NR)
9. Michael Cederoth, RHP (NR)
10. Trevor May, RHP (NR)
I could write my own post about my beloved Twins. Aside from the Cubs, there isn’t a team with more promising young players in close proximity to the major leagues. Buxton essentially lost 2014 due to wrist injuries and a freak collision in the outfield. His tools aren’t going away and is easily the second best prospect in the league currently.
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) March 28, 2015
Sano is another talent who lost a season due to Tommy John surgery. He has elite power potential and has been compared to Joey Gallo, Giancarlo Stanton, and Jay Bruce to name a few. Although he may not be at third for long, it is the most likely spot for the young slugger in 2015 should he get the call.
Berrios leap frogged Meyer for me late last season and he has continued to dominate veteran hitters this spring. Berrios should make an appearance in 2015 at some point and if he can stifle his free passes somewhat, an appearance is a certainty. Meyer and May also are likely to see the majors in 2015, likely out of the bullpen with Meyer being the most likely to remain a starter.
I also previewed the top 10 prospects for each team in these three divisions, too!
Byron Buxton Photo Credit: Tom Hagerty
He is a die-hard Minnesota sports fan, and equally as extreme when it comes to Fantasy Sports. When Chris isn't participating in Fantasy Sports, he is writing about them at SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FakePigskin.com and FakeTeams.com. He also enjoys reading, spending time with his family and music -- but is commonly known as a music snob. He has a degree in Child Development, but is not working in the field, but in Supply Chain currently.
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