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“Tranquilo”- Outfield Ranks: 21-40

The middle third of our Minor League Marauders Outfield series is filled with a variety of options to choose from. The decision you need to make as an owner is how much risk you are willing to assume. On one hand, there is a mix of high risk, high upside talent in the low levels of the minors. These players are inherently more risky due to their youth and proximity to the league, but some of them will blossom into superstars. On the other hand, there are prospects in Double-A and Triple-A that are closer to joining their MLB affiliate but do not offer as high of a ceiling.

As a fantasy owner, you need to decide which direction you want to pursue. Do you want to roll the dice on a high-upside youngster that comes with increased risk? Or is it a better decision to take the safer bet that has a lower ceiling? You’ll need to make this decision for yourself and it will depend on your roster construction and whether your championship aspirations are in the short term or the long term.


21) Tyler O’Neill (SEA)

Age: 21 Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 5-10 Weight: 205 ETA: Late 2017

Last year’s Southern League Most Valuable Player is an absolute behemoth with elite raw power to all fields. The knock on him, like most power hitting prospects, has been his strikeout rate. However, O’Neill made encouraging strides at the plate this past season and looks to have made adjustments to his approach but reducing the strikeouts remains a work in progress and he needs more time on the farm. With the Mariners in win-now mode, it is difficult to imagine O’Neill in a regular position until at least 2018 but he could earn himself a debut later this year depending on how the season unfolds for both him and the Mariners.

22) Aristedes Aquino (CIN)

Age: 22 Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 6-4  Weight: 190 ETA: 2019

Aquino is a five-tool talent that has yet to fully put together his game. He is comfortable spraying line drives to all fields and his power has primarily come to the pull side, but his power to center and the opposite field projects to develop as he matures. One flaw in his game has been his raw approach at the plate but he made improvements to both his walk and strikeout rates last season during his time in Class A – Advanced Florida State league. He will need a couple more years of development on the farm but could become a superstar if and when he figures it all out.

23) Anthony Alford (TOR)

Age: 22 Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 6-1 Weight: 215 ETA: 2018

A former college football player, Alford is an elite athlete that possesses a rare combination of impact speed and plus raw power at the plate. His development thus far has been plagued by injuries including a knee sprain and a concussion, and his primary focus this year is shaking this injury bug. Alford needs more at-bats to refine his approach and his development is dependent on staying healthy, but if he can stay on the field he offers a dynamic offensive skill set. 

24) Juan Soto (WAS)

Age: 18 Bats/Throws: L/L Height: 6-1 Weight: 185 ETA: 2020

Soto was signed out of the Dominican Republic during the 2015 signing period and skipped last year’s Dominican Summer League to make his full-season debut. He is a natural pure hitter that drives the ball to all parts of the field, and evaluators have been impressed with his advanced approach at such a young age. Try to grab him now while he’s still flying under the radar because by this time next year he could be a household name on prospect lists.

25) Derek Fisher (HOU)

Age: 23 Bats/Throws: L/R  Height: 6-3 Weight: 205 ETA: Late 2017

A former first round pick in 2014 out of Virginia, Fisher has the outstanding power and speed combination thanks to his plus-plus bat speed and smooth swing from the left side. The area of his game that needs focus now is his fringy pitch recognition and control of the strike zone which often has him flailing at breaking balls. If he addresses this deficiency he has the tools become a special player at the next level. He is unlikely to break camp with the Astros this year but could earn a promotion at some point later in the season.

26) Alex Kirilloff (MIN)

Age: 19 Bats/Throws: L/L Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 ETA: 2020

The 15th overall selection in the 2016 MLB Draft made a very impressive debut in Rookie League this past season for the Twins. He is a left-handed hitter that sprays line drives to all fields and has plus raw power that should translate into games as he polishes his approach and adds muscle to his frame. He has a natural feel for hitting and profiles as a middle of the order bat. He needs time to mature and develop his game but is a high ceiling talent that could blossom into an All-Star caliber hitter.

27) Jesse Winker (CIN)

Age: 23 Bats/Throws: L/L Height: 6-3 Weight: 200 ETA: Late 2017

Winker is a left-handed hitter that has demonstrated an advanced approach and has a natural feel for hitting at the plate during his time on the farm. His above-average raw power that has not translated into the game setting and he had a dismal year at the plate from a power perspective in 2016. Some of this power shortage is due to nagging wrist injuries which have become a real concern.  But if he can stay healthy he offers high average and on-base upside with the potential to tap into his power at the friendly Great American Ballpark.

28) Taylor Trammell (CIN)

Age: 19 Bats/Throws: L/L Height: 6-2  Weight: 195 ETA: 2020

Trammell was drafted 35th overall in the 2016 MLB draft by the Cincinnati Reds after speculation that he would honor his commitment to Georgia Tech. Instead, he signed with the Reds. A star high school athlete in both football and baseball, Trammell offers impact speed on the base paths and a line drive swing at the plate. While he has only average power now, his 6-2 frame offers the potential for growth and he could add above-average power to a plus hit tool. Trammell has a very high ceiling due to his combination of elite athleticism with double plus makeup.

29) Desmond Lindsay (NYM)

Age: 20 Bats/Throws: R/R  Height: 6-0 Weight: 200 ETA: 2019

Lindsay is a true five-tool prospect that dropped in 2015 MLB Draft only because of a nagging hamstring injury that plagued his senior season. He has plus power, is adept at hitting the ball to all fields, has demonstrated a mature approach at the plate, and when he’s healthy his speed is a threat on the base paths. The injury history makes him a risky pick, but if he can stay on the field there’s a potential superstar in the making here.

30) Dylan Cozens (PHI)

Age: 22 Bats/Throws: L/L Height: 6-6 Weight: 235 ETA: 2018

Cozens is a physically imposing player at 6-6, 235 and has the plus-plus raw power one may expect from someone with that frame. Last season he led minor league baseball in home runs with the Reading Phillies. He can hit the ball out of the park to all fields with a long, uppercut swing. Like many young power hitters, Cozens has struggled with the swing and miss and strikes out too often but balances that approach with a strong walk rate. This skill set offers a three true outcomes type of bat. Cozens will likely spend one more year refining his approach in Triple-A before getting an opportunity to prove himself in Philadelphia.

31) Albert Almora (CHC)

Age: 22 Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 6-2 Weight: 190 ETA: 2016

Almora debuted last season for the Cubs’ in their historic World Series thanks to his elite defense in center field. As a hitter, he possesses average raw power and the ability to hit for a strong average with his gap-to-gap doubles approach, but his aggressiveness and unrefined approach at the plate limits his on-base ability. He is an average runner with excellent baseball IQ that offers some stolen base potential. His defense in center field is of no use to fantasy owners but will allow him the opportunity to win the starting job out of spring training and get consistent plate appearances. His offensive tools don’t offer an enticing ceiling but his high floor makes him a worthy, low-risk pick.

32) Nick Williams (PHI)

Age: 23 Bats/Throws: L/L Height: 6-3 Weight: 195 ETA: Late 2017

A polarizing prospect that you either love or you hate, Williams is a toolsy player with all the potential to become an above-average regular. The problem is his dismal approach at the plate and inability to make adjustments throughout his career. Last year in his first full season Triple-A he had 136 strikeouts and only 19 walks. The Phillies added him to their 40-man roster this offseason and he’ll likely make his debut at some point this season, but without the necessary adjustments to his approach, he may have trouble solidifying an everyday role. This is a crucial season for Williams.

33) Billy Mckinney (NYY)

Age: 22 Bats/Throws: L/L Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 ETA: 2018

McKinney’s offensive strength is his plus hit tool. He has plus bat speed and an advanced, patient approach at the plate that yields a strong walk rate. Some are concerned about a deteriorating approach as his strikeout rate took a climb for the first time in his career during his debut in Double-A, but I believe all prospects have growing pains. McKinney has only average power and is a doubles hitter that hits to all fields.  But he has the makings of an OBP league darling that will carry a strong batting average even if the power lags behind. He’ll likely need another stint in Double-A to begin the season but should debut in the Yankee’s outfield in 2018.

34) Trent Clark (MIL)

Age: 20 Bats/Throws: L/L Height: 6-0 Weight: 205 ETA: 2019

Drafted 15th overall in the 2015 MLB Draft, Clark impressed scouts with his plus bat speed and run tool combination. However, this past season both seemed to take a turn for the worse. Some of this regression could have been caused by a hamstring injury that hindered Clark throughout the year but the struggles are a concern for many evaluators. If he can regain his previous form, he projects for strong production in the ratio categories with an average home-run contribution and close to twenty stolen bases. His poor performance last season offer a great opportunity for patient owners to buy low on a former first round pick with plenty of talent.

35) Cornelius Randolph (PHI)

Age: 19  Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 5-11 Weight: 205 ETA: 2019

Heralded as one of the best hitters in the 2015 draft, Randolph has not yet lived up to the potential. He sprays line drives to all fields but struggled a little at the plate last season as his advanced approach regressed and his strikeout rate rose. However, at only 19 years old, he has plenty of time to figure it out. He has a natural feel for hitting and the power is expected to grow as he continues to add strength. Randolph’s below average speed and fringe-average arm limit him to left field so his bat needs to carry him, but the hit tool profiles as a middle of the lineup contributor.

36) Greg Allen (CLE)

Age: 23 Bats/Throws: S/R Height: 6-0 Weight: 175 ETA: Late 2017

Allen was an unsung draftee out of San Diego State in the 2014 MLB Draft but has proven his doubters wrong and turned some heads with his performance in the Indians’ farm system. He’s a grinder who never gives away an at-bat and has boasted strong walk rates so far in his minor league career. He won’t hit for power but has an above average hit tool and plus speed on the basepaths. His glove will carry him through the minors and once he arrives he projects as a ratio category contributor that will add stolen base and run production.

37) Justin Williams (TAM)

Age: 21 Bats/Throws: L/R Height: 6-2 Weight: 215 ETA: 2019

Acquired by the Rays in the Jeremy Hellickson deal, Williams has a smooth swing from the left-handed batter’s box. He’s shown plus raw power in batting practice and he started to translate that power into games last year due in part to adjustments he has made to his approach at the plate. Instead of being over-aggressive, last year he was more selective in his approach which allowed him more opportunity to see and drive pitches on the inner half of the plate. He’ll likely start this year in Double-A where the Rays expect him to continue refining his approach, but his knack for hard contact offers a potential middle of the order, run-producing hitter.

38) Will Benson (CLE)

Age: 18 Bats/Throws: L/L Height: 6-5 Weight: 215 ETA: 2021

Benson is an elite that starred in both baseball and basketball in high school before the Indians selected him 14th overall in the 2016 MLB Draft. At only eighteen years old, he is 6-5, 225 lbs and has plus-plus bat speed from the left side of the plate with plus raw power to all fields. However, he does not possess a natural feel for hitting and his long, choppy swing needs refinement. If he can iron out the kinks and make the necessary adjustments, Benson could become a prolific power hitter. However, with the current state of his swing, there’s a chance he never hits. It’s a risk but the ceiling here is enticing.

39) Jahmai Jones (LAA)

Age: 19 Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 5-10 Weight: 210 ETA: 2020

Jones is one of the few noteworthy prospects in the depleted Angels farm system. He is a great athlete with plus speed on the basepaths and above average hit tool in the batter’s box. Throughout his career, he’s shown the ability to drive the gaps to all fields.  While he has not displayed much power yet, there is room for growth if he adds some loft to his swing.

40) Brett Phillips (MIL)

Age: 22 Bats/Throws: L/R Height: 6-0 Weight: 175 ETA: 2019

Phillips is an above average runner with raw power potential that has not made enough contact at the plate to tap into his potential. Last year he struggled mightily in Double-A to the tune of a 30% strikeout rate. The tools are present to become a regular outfielder that can supply some power and stolen bases, but he won’t reach that potential if he does not make the necessary adjustments to his approach. He’s young so don’t give up on him yet.  But given the Brewers’ outfield outlook he has plenty of work to do if he wants to earn a regular job in that outfield.

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