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1) Kyle Tucker OF
Tucker has been a steady rise in production, growth and prospect ranks. ‘17 saw his AVG dip in place of a boost in power. His speed held strong posting a 20/20 season. Tucker spent time in the AFL where I had the chance to watch him a lot. His performance wasn’t great, and he wasn’t exactly pressing himself out of it. He admitted to during the Fall Stars game that results weren’t a concern for him in the AFL, just reps. Tucker has a looping loft to his swing which generates solid power, but some decent swing and miss. I think Tucker is a pro, and though he may need some adjustment time in the majors, will succeed. Easy top 10 prospect.
— The Welsh (@IsItTheWelsh) October 11, 2017
2) Forrest Whitley SP
There aren’t many pitchers that are more exciting from an ownership standpoint than Whitley. He has 2 plus offerings, and 4 overall solid pitchers. His FB and Curve are where the money is made, but the change-up and slider are no joke. Whitley was near the top of SKO’s and K/9 across the minors in ‘17. He moved three levels in the same year, and seems to be primed to hit the majors within the next year or so. I have a tier of about five or six pitchers near the top of my ranks that I view in the ace category, and Whitley is one. Draft and know you have a future potential stud.
3) Yordan Alvarez 1B/LF
Alvarez is a big dude. I myself am 6’4 and it felt like Alvarez was towering over me. His AFL stind was short, but I did catch a game, and he’s got some decent bat speed for his size to go with big power. More impressive was the .300 AVG he maintained throughout the ‘17 season. Regardless of where he ends up playing, he’s a classic four or five hitter with 30+ power and good AVG. He’s one of the top 1B choices out there.
4) J.B. Bukauskas SP
Bukauskas has two top pairings with his mid 90’s FB and 80’s slider. These two alone should keep him an intriguing SKO option. His change might be the thing that determines if he stays in the rotation long term. It’s possible he could go to the 9th, but I’d bank on his SP ability in the rotation.
5) Gilberto Celestino OF
Though ‘17 wasn’t a huge breakout for Celestino, I believe he may on his way to that in ‘18. He’s an advanced hitting prospect that may project 15+ power while stealing 20+. He’s shown a solid tendency to limit the SKO’s, even walking more than SKO in the DSL. Celestino is in the 150 rank range, and this is the later lottery tick you buy, as it might pay off in 2018.
6) J.J. Matijevic 2B
7) David Paulino SP/RP
8) Cionel Perez SP
9) Rogelio Armenteros SP
10) Miguelangel Sierra SS
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