Where Are They Now? A Look at MLB’s Top Prospects in 2012
Five years ago, Jurickson Profar (!) was the top prospect in baseball, Nolan Arenado was still in the minors and Carlos Correa was the top pick in the MLB Draft. A lot has changed since 2012 and there are plenty of things to factor in when discovering a player’s success or failure. And if MLB.com’s top 100 prospects from 2012 shows anything, it’s that these big-name minor leaguers are sometimes nothing more than a lottery ticket. Here are the top 100 players from that class – with a lot of surprising names – and how their careers have fared since.
1. Jurickson Profar (SS/Texas Rangers)
The biggest highlight of Profar’s career was hitting a home run in his first major league at-bat, which happen in a 2012 game against Cleveland off of Zach McAllister. His career started by having his position blocked by Ian Kinsler and when the Rangers finally traded Kinsler in 2014, Profar wound up injuring his shoulder, which cost him his 2014 and 2015 seasons. During that time, Rougned Odor emerged as the Rangers everyday second baseman while Profar has become a utility player. He is hitting just .137 this season and his career slash line of .227/.308/.324 has been a disappointment. He is still only 24, but after injuries robbed him of two seasons, it’s hard to imagine he will ever live up to the lofty expectations placed before him.
2. Dylan Bundy (RHP/Baltimore Orioles)
Like Profar, Bundy was a top prospect whose career was derailed by injuries, but Bundy has fared much better at the major league level. Bundy first cracked the majors in 2012, making a pair of relief appearances, but lost his entire 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He made just nine minor league appearances in 2014 and 10 in 2015 before being shut down again. Bundy finally returned to the majors in 2016, where he operated as Baltimore’s swingman, going 10-6 with a 4.02 ERA. He has been a mainstay in the Orioles rotation in 2017 and has been their best pitcher, but that isn’t saying much.
3. Wil Myers (OF/Tampa Bay Rays)
Myers was acquired by Tampa Bay in a 2012 trade that sent James Shield and Wade Davis to Kansas City. The next year, he won AL Rookie of the Year, despite not joining the team until nearly midway through the year. In December 2014, Myers was traded again, this time to San Diego in a three-team trade that also sent Trea Turner to Washington. San Diego moved Myers to first base and it has [aid off for them as he hit a career-high 28 home runs last season and was named an All-Star for the first time. He is one pace to hit 32 home runs this year, despite playing half of his games in Petco Park.
4. Taijuan Walker (RHP/Seattle Mariners)
Another prospect who was shipped to the NL West, Walker was traded to Arizona before the season started in a deal that brought Jean Segura to Seattle. Walker was initially called up in 2013, but didn’t become a mainstay in Seattle’s rotation until 2015, where he experienced an up-and-down campaign. He was slightly better in 2016, but deal with a nagging foot injury. Finally healthy, Walker is 6-3 with a career-best 3.30 ERA, serving as an integral part of a Diamondbacks rotation that is among the best in baseball.
5. Trevor Bauer (RHP/Cleveland Indians)
Bauer initially began his career with Arizona, but was acquired by Cleveland in 2012 in a three-team deal that was headlined by Shin-Soo Choo going to Cincinnati. Bauer will inevitably be compared to Bundy and Walker. Inconsistency has doomed, his career, however, as he has never posted an ERA lower than 4.18. This year, however, he has posted a career-best 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
6. Zack Wheeler (RHP/New York Mets)
Acquired by the Mets for Carlos Beltran in 2011, this trade has been a win for the Mets due to the fact that Beltran left San Francisco after the season and the Giants fell apart after he was acquired, failing to make the playoffs after winning the World Series the year before. Wheeler showed promise in his early career with the Mets, but injuries have taken their toll on this prospect as well. Wheeler missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and only threw 17 pitches the following year before being shut down again. He is back in the Mets rotation, but is struggling, owning a 3-5 record and career-worst 5.01 ERA. His 1.514 WHIP and 1.4 home runs allowed per nine innings are both career-worsts.
7. Gerrit Cole (RHP/Pittsburgh Pirates)
Cole has been one of the Pirates best pitchers in recent years, being named an All-Star in 2015 and finished fourth in the Cy Young voting, but he is laboring through a career-worst 4.51 ERA in 2017, which hurts Pittsburgh even more as they are looking to trade him and rebuild.
8. Danny Hultzen (LHP/Seattle Mariners)
Once upon a time, Seattle was slated to have one of baseball’s nastiest rotations with ace Felix Hernandez along with prospects Walker, Hultzen and James Paxton, who was the No. 5 prospect in Seattle’s farm system at the time. Instead, Hultzen lost most of the 2013 season and all of 2014 after suffering shoulder injuries. The former No. 2 overall pick made five starts in the minors in 2015-16 before deciding to take 2017 off to go back to college. He is planning on returning to baseball in 2018. To date, he is yet to make an appearance at the major league level.
9. Tyler Skaggs (LHP/Arizona Diamondbacks)
Originally drafted by the Angels, Skaggs was dealt to Arizona for Dan Haren before being traded back to the Angels in a three-team deal that also involved the White Sox. In a somewhat recurring theme, Skaggs also underwent Tommy John surgery, robbing him of his 2015 season. He still hasn’t returned to full health and has made just five starts this year.
10. Nick Castellanos (OF/Detroit Tigers)
Castellanos initially converted to the outfield as Miguel Cabrera was playing third base, but Cabrera shifted back to first when Prince Fielder was traded to Texas, opening the door for Castellanos to be an everyday player at third base. He was seen as one of the best hitting prospects of the 2010 MLB Draft, but hasn’t lived up to those expectations in the MLB level. Last year was his finest year as the pro, when he has a slash line of .285/.331/.496 with 18 home runs, but he has taken a step back in 2017.
11. Travis d’Arnaud (C/New York Mets)
D’Arnaud’s bat was a major reason why he was the centerpiece in two separate trades for a Cy Young winner (Roy Halladay and R.A. Dickey), but he has become nothing more than a AAAA player. The Mets have demoted him before when he struggled, only for him to tear the cover off the ball in a rehab stint. He has shown flashes of his potential, but has never put it together on a regular basis. He also struggled with throwing base stealers out, gunning down just 22 percent of them in his career.
12. Oscar Taveras (OF/St. Louis Cardinals)
Taveras would eventually become the top prospect in baseball, and was called up for 80 games in 2014, where he struggled both on the mount and in the field. Unfortunately, Taveras was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic shortly after the season ended.
13. Francisco Lindor (SS/Cleveland Indians)
Lindor didn’t make his MLB debut until 2015, but he has been arguably the best player on this list so far. He is a two-time All-Star and won a Gold Glove last season while helping the Indians win the AL pennant. He is batting just .246 this year, easily the worst of his career, but he already has 14 home runs and will easily surpass the career-best 15 he hit last season.
14. Billy Hamilton (OF/Cincinnati Reds)
Speed kills. Hamilton isn’t great at getting on base, but he has been a terror on the base paths ever since getting called up in 2013. He has stolen at least 56 bases in the last three seasons and already has 33 in 2017. He was caught 23 times in 2014, the most in the league, but has only been caught 21 times in the three seasons since.
15. Jameson Taillon (RHP/Pittsburgh Pirates)
Taillon didn’t reach the major league level until 2016, where he pitched to a 3.38 ERA across 18 starts. He missed a month this year after undergoing a procedure for testicular cancer, but he has been stellar this season, going 5-2 with a 2.73 ERA and 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings.
16. Mike Olt (3B/Texas Rangers)
Olt was once seen as a potential replacement for Michael Young, but he never found his stroke at the MLB level, where he owns a career batting average of .168 across 352 at bats. He has bounced across the league, first going to the Cubs in a trade that landed the Rangers Matt Garza, then to the White Sox after being designated for assignment by the Cubs before being designated for assignment again. He spent 2016 in the Padres system and plays for the Red Sox farm system now. At age 28, his window is closing on him.
17. Christian Yelich (OF/Miami Marlins)
Yelich has been a mainstay for the Marlins, winning a Gold Glove in 2014 and a Silver Slugger last season. He owns a career slash line of .290/.367/.425 while primarily playing in center field.
18. Archie Bradley (RHP/Arizona Diamondbacks)
Bradley struggled as a starter, pitching to a 5.02 ERA across 26 starts in 2016, but has found new life as a reliever after losing his spot in the rotation to Patrick Corbin in Spring Training. This year, Bradley has appeared in 30 games and owns a solid 1.23 ERA across 36 2/3 frames and 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings. He may never be the solid starting pitcher his position as a prospect suggests, but bullpen depth is always a need.
19. Shelby Miller (RHP/St. Louis Cardinals)
Miller has had a pretty interesting career. He was successful in St. Louis, going 26-18 with a 3.33 ERA across three seasons before being dealt to Atlanta in a deal for Jason Heyward. In his only season with the Braves, Miller was named an All-Star and had an ERA of 2.07 by the All-Star break, the third-best in baseball. Unfortunately, the Braves bats never showed up when he pitched and his run support average of 2.38 was the 10th worst in MLB history, leading him to having a 6-17 record at the end of the year despite a 3.02 ERA. He was traded to Arizona the following offseason for former first overall draft pick Dansby Swanson, but he was miserable in 2016, going 2-9 with a 7.14 ERA by the All-Star break and being sent to the minors for a bit. He lasted just three weeks this season before undergoing Tommy John surgery and ending his season.
20. Miguel Sano (3B/Minnesota Twins)
Sano wasn’t called up until 2015 and struggled a bit last year, but he seems to have found his groove in 2017 as he was named an All-Star for the first time in his career. He hit 25 home runs last year and already has 20 this season to go along with a slash line of .277/.372/.544. He has also spent time at first base and right field for the Twins.
21. Bubba Starling (OF/Kansas City Royals)
Drafted fifth overall by Kansas City in 2011, Starling was considered the most athletic player of the draft and was a local product. Since then, however, he has been a disappointment. He is yet to make the majors, though he has bounced back from 2016’s putrid .183 batting average to a respectable .253 this year, his on-base percentage is still weak as he doesn’t draw many walks and strikes out a ton. Six years after he was drafted, it is looking less and less likely that he won’t make an MLB roster.
22. Jose Fernandez (RHP/Miami Marlins)
Fernandez set the baseball world on fire as a rookie, being named to his first of two All-Stars and winning NL Rookie of the Year and was absolutely dominant in Miami, where he was 29-2 with a 1.49 ERA for his career. He missed most of 2014 and 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but bounced back to another All-Star campaign in 2016. Unfortunately, at the end of last season, Fernandez died following a boating accident. The team has announced that they will build a memorial for him, and owner Jeffery Loria has said that he doesn’t anticipate someone ever wearing Fernande’z No. 16 for the Marlins again, but the number is yet to be officially retired.
23. Javier Baez (SS/Chicago Cubs)
Baez was initially called up in 2014, but didn’t get consistent playing time until last year. In the first game of 2016 NLCS, he stole home, becoming the first Cubs player to steal home in a postseason game since 1907. His heroics allowed him to be named co-MVP along with pitcher Jon Lester.
24. Julio Teheran (RHP/Atlanta Braves)
Teheran actually made his MLB debut in 2011, but kept his rookie eligibility until 2013, when he made 30 starts for the Braves. He was named an All-Star in 2014 and 2016, but has struggled in 2015 and 2017 as his ERA and WHIP have ballooned.
25. Jonathan Singleton (1B/Houston Astros)
Originally a part of the Phillies farm system, they traded Singleton to Houston to acquire Hunter Pence. But he struggled tremendously as a pro. In 2014, he hit 13 home runs in 95 games, but also batter .168 and struck out 134 times in only 310 at bats. He wasn’t much better in 2015 and Houston sent him back to the minors, where he has remained since.
26. Carlos Martinez (RHP/St. Louis Cardinals)
Called up in 2013 as a reliever, Martinez found his calling as a starter for St. Louis, where he has been named an All-Star twice, once in 2015 and against this season. He is averaging career-high 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings this season and has shown ace potential.
27. Nolan Arenado (3B/Colorado Rockies)
Although Carlos Gonzalez is still in Colorado, the real face of the franchise is now Arenado. He was just named to his third consecutive All-Star game, has won four Gold Gloves, two Silver Sluggers and led the National League in home runs and RBIs twice. He is arguably the best third baseman in the league today.
28. Byron Buxton (OF/Minnesota Twins)
Buxton was taken second overall in the 2012 and eventually became the top prospect in baseball. Unfortunately for Minnesota, has hasn’t lived up to expectations, owning a career slash line of .216/.277/.364 and 17 home runs in 218 career games. He’s young and can easily improve, but the early showings haven’t been promising.
29. Nick Franklin (SS/Seattle Mariners)
Franklin was initially called up in 2013, but has not fared well in the major league level. He went to Tampa Bay as a part of the three-team trade in 2014 that sent David Price to Detroit, but has been disappointing ever since. He hit a career-best .270 in 60 games last year, but owns a career batting average of .216. He was cut by Tampa Bay at the beginning of the season before being claimed off of waivers by Milwaukee. Last week, the Angels acquired him for cash or a player to be named later, making it his fourth major league team in five seasons.
30. Jake Odorizzi (RHP/Tampa Bay Rays)
Originally a part of the Brewers farm system, he was shipped to Kansas City in the 2010 trade that sent Zack Greinke to the Brewers. He would make his debut in 2012 with Kansas City before being traded to the Rays along with Wil Myers in the James Shields trade. He became a full-time starter for the Rays in 2014 and owns a 3.78 ERA during his time with the Rays. He struggled with the long ball last season, allowing 29 home runs and is allowing 2.0 home runs per nine innings this season.
31. Xander Bogaerts (SS/Boston Red Sox)
Bogaerts was named an All-Star last year and has already won a pair of Silver Sluggers. He hit 21 home runs last season and 34 doubles while batting .294 He does need to improve on his glove, however, as his -2.9 UZR ranked just 15th last season.
32. Hak-ju Lee (SS/Tampa Bay Rays)
Originally a part of the Cubs farm system, he was traded along with Chris Archer and Robinson Chirinos for Sam Fuld and Matt Garza in 2011. He advanced through the minor league ranks until he tore ligaments in his knee, which cost him his 2013 season. In 2015, the Rays designated him for assignment and latched onto the San Francisco farm system before being released in June. He is currently playing in Shikoku Island League Plus, an independent league in Japan, while he awaits to be eligible for the KBO draft.
33. Anthony Rendon (3B/Washington Nationals)
Rendon was called up in 2013 and has been stellar ever since. While his primary position is third base, he has filled in at second and, for four games in 2013, shortstop. He won a Silver Slugger in 2014 and owns a career slash line of .277/.352/.448. He owns two 20 home run reasons and is on pace for 30 this year.
34. Carlos Correa (SS/Houston Astros)
Houston surprised everyone when they selected Carlos Correa first overall in the 2012 MLB Draft, but they have looked like the smartest people in the room since. Correa has been a star for Houston. He won AL Rookie of the Year in 2015 and made this year’s All-Star team. This is his best season yet as he has a slash line of .320/.397/.553 with 17 home runs. He may eclipse 30 home runs for the first time in his career.
35. Jake Marisnick (OF/Miami Marlins)
Marisnick made his debut in 2013 with Miami before being sent to Houston a year later in a trade that brought Jarred Cosart to the Marlins. He’s operated mostly as a reserve outfielder in his career, but 2017 is his best season. His 10 home runs are already a career-high and his slash line is .258/.333/.523.
36. Gary Sanchez (C/New York Yankees)
It felt like Sanchez was a top prospect forever, he made a pair of plate appearances in 2015, but his real debut came last season and tore the cover off of the ball, slugging 20 home runs in just 53 games, finishing second in AL Rookie of the Year voting. He was named an All-Star this season and looks like he could necome a regular at the mid-summer classic for years to come.
37. Matt Barnes (RHP/Boston Red Sox)
Drafted 19th overall in the 2011 MLB Draft, Barnes has become a reliever for Boston who has improved each season. He is fanning batters at an alarming rate, punching out 11.0 per nine innings this season while owning a career-best 3.52 ERA.
38. Aaron Sanchez (RHP/Toronto Blue Jays)
Sanchez was initially called up as a reliever in 2014 before being moved to the rotation in 2015, a move that paid dividends for the Blue Jays as he was named an All-Star in 2016 and had an AL-best 3.00 ERA. He has struggled with a finger injury this year, which has limited him to five starts.
39. Jackie Bradley Jr. (OF/Boston Red Sox)
Bradley was called up in 2013 and despite a poor beginning to his career, he has improved every year since with his batting average rising each season. Last year, he was named an All-Star for the first time.
40. Mason Williams (OF/New York Yankees)
Williams has never really picked up as a Yankees prospect, getting nothing more than a couple of cups of coffee. He has hit for a healthy average and his biggest asset is his speed, but he has zero pop to his bat, which has held him back. He was recently designated for assignment, but generated zero trade interest and was ultimately sent back to the minors.
41. Matt Davidson (3B/Arizona Diamondbacks)
Davidson had an extended debut in 2013 with Arizona, appearing in 31 games before being traded to the White Sox for Addison Reed. He toiled in the minors for three more seasons, playing in just one game since 2013, before becoming the White Sox everyday third baseman this year. He has hit .247/.286/.519 this year with 18 home runs. In fact, 28 of his 59 hits have gone for extra bases.
42. Zach Lee (RHP/Los Angeles Dodgers)
Lee was selected by the Dodgers in the first round in 2010, but he only made one start with the team, where he allowed seven runs in just 4 2/3 innings. He was traded to Seattle last year for Chris Taylor, but had a rough stay with Triple A Tacoma, going 0-9 with a 7.74 ERA. Last December, the Padres claimed him off of waivers and he appeared in three games at the MLB level, including one start before being designated for assignment. He is just 25, but he may be running out of chances in the MLB.
43. Martin Perez (LHP/Texas Rangers)
Perez was called up in 2012 and was supposed to be a mainstay in the Rangers rotation before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014. Despite the surgery, it didn’t stop him from making 14 starts in 2015 and he has been healthy since. In 97 career starts, Perez is 32-36 with a 4.34 ERA and 5.6 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
44. Mike Zunino (C/Seattle Mariners)
Zunino received his call up in 2013, but his bat has kept him from consistent playing time and has caused him to bounce back and forth between Triple A and the majors. He has shown raw power, evidenced by his 22 home run season in 2014 and 12 already this year, but he is also a career .199 hitter strikes out a ton. Zunino is the starting catcher for the Mariners this season, but he has been splitting a lot of time with backup Carlos Ruiz.
45. Albert Almora (OF/Chicago Cubs)
Almora has shown talent, and his base running skills were a key factor in the Cubs Game 7 World Series win last year, but he has been blocked but the glut of talent the Cubs have in the outfield. He has played in 72 games this season, mostly as a pinch-hitter, owning a slash line of .268/.335/.381.
46. Kaleb Cowart (3B/Los Angeles Angels)
The 18th overall selection of the 2010 draft, Cowart is a switch-hitting third baseman who seemed to have all the tools to be successful, but it all hasn’t clicked for him. He was called up in 2015 and only has 143 career at bats, with a career slash line of .187/.225/.284. He has had better power numbers against righties while getting on base more against lefties.
47. Alen Hanson (SS/Pittsburgh Pirates)
Hanson showed a lot of promise until he reached Triple A and then his production fell off. He played sparingly in the majors in 2016 and was out of options this season, forcing the Pirates to keep him on the Opening Day roster in 2017 before waiving him last month. The White Sox claimed him, where his offensive numbers have looked well in 21 games so far.
48. George Springer (OF/Houston Astros)
Springer was called up in 2014 and has been a mainstay in the Astros outfield ever since. He played all 162 games last season and has been on fire this season, earning his first career All-Star nod. He has crushed 27 home runs already this season, two away from matching his career-high of 29. But he isn’t just a power hitter, he is batting .307 this season as well.
49. Kolten Wong (2B/St. Louis Cardinals)
Wong was first called up in 2013 and became the team’s everyday second baseman in 2014, finishing third in the race for NL Rookie of the Year. He was given an extension last season, but his bat went cold shortly after, causing him to be temporarily demoted to the minors. The team started platooning Wong this year, something he made obvious that he wasn’t happy about and responded by having a career year despite missing some time on the disabled list.
50. Alex Meyer (RHP/Minnesota Twins)
Originally drafted by the Nationals, Meyer went to the Twins in the trade that gave Washington Denard Span. He made his debut in 2015, but was ineffective in limited action before being sent to the Angels at the trade deadline last year in a deal that landed Minnesota Hector Santiago. He spent time in Triple A this season, but has still made 12 starts for the Angels in 2017, going 3-5 with a 4.18 ERA.
51. Rymer Liriano (OF/San Diego Padres)
Liriano played in 38 games for San Diego in 2014, but hasn’t returned to the majors since. A bad sign for Liriano considering how bad San Diego has been in recent years. He was traded to the Brewers last year and was waived after the season, where the White Sox claimed him.
52. Jedd Gyorko (3B/San Diego Padres)
Gyorko has shown some versatility, as he can play all four spots of the infield and even the corner outfield spots in a pinch. Gyorko’s bat never reached it’s potential in San Diego, owning a slash line of .236/.293/.395 before being traded to the Cardinals for Jon Jay. This trade, however, backfired for San Diego as Gyorko emerged from being a backup utility player to instead having a breakout year in 2017 as the Cardinals starting third baseman. He is hitting .308/.370/.532, all career-highs along with 13 home runs after belting 30 last year.
53. Christian Bethancourt (C/Atlanta Braves)
Bethancourt made his debut in Atlanta in 2013, but never saw consistent playing time as he was constantly blocked from the plate by the likes of Brian McCann, Evan Gattis and A.J. Pierzinski. He would eventually be traded to San Diego, where he earned the backup job to Derek Norris. He batted .228 with six home runs in 73 games last year, but he has only played in eight games this season.
54. Max Fried (LHP/San Diego Padres)
Fried was drafted seventh overall by San Diego in the 2012 draft and was eventually traded to the Braves as part of the package for Justin Upton. He missed the end of the 2014 season and all of 2015 after getting Tommy John surgery and is still yet to make his major league appearance and in fact has not made it past the Double A level. He is currently the No. 90 overall prospect in baseball.
55. Robert Stephenson (RHP/Cincinnati Reds)
Not to be confused with the author of “Treasure Island,” this Robert Stephenson was drafted in the first round by Cincinnati in 2011 out of high school and didn’t make his MLB debut until 2016. He made eight starts last season, but his 6.08 ERA wasn’t encouraging. This year, he has come back as a reliever, but the results aren’t much better with an 8.03 ERA.
56. Kevin Gausman (RHP/Baltimore Orioles)
Gausman was called up in 2013 and has pretty much been a mainstay in the rotation since. Career-wise he hasn’t been terrible and was named the Opening Say starter this year, but 2017 is an absolute down year for him. He is 5-7 on the season with a dreadful 5.85 ERA as a part of the worst rotation in baseball, though he has strung together a few good outings. Hopefully he can carry that momentum with him after the All-Star break.
57. Tony Cingrani (LHP/Cincinnati Reds)
Cingrani made his debut in 2012 in a trio of relief appearances before putting together a solid rookie season in 2013 that saw him go 7-4 with a 2.92 ERA in 23 appearances. The baseball gods, however, haven’t been so kind to him since then. He was 2-8 with a 4.55 ERA in 2013 before being converted to a reliever. Despite a poor 2015, he became the Reds closer in 2016, converting 17 saves despite a 4.14 ERA. No longer the ninth-inning guy, Cingrani seems to have found his groove again in 2017, owning a 2.70 ERA in 18 appearances.
58. Tyler Austin (OF/New York Yankees)
A 13th round draft pick by the Yankees in 2010, Austin took his time to develop in the minors due much in part to the loaded outfield the Yankees consistently brought in each year. He finally received his call up in 2016 but has just 105 career plate appearances. He has hit just .229 in his limited opportunity while Aaron Judge and Clint Frazier have quickly passed him by in the prospect rankings and on the depth chart.
59. Aaron Hicks (OF/Minnesota Twins)
Hicks was acquired by the Yankees for John Ryan Murphy and currently serves as the team’s left fielder. With a combination of speed and arm strength, he can play all three parts of the outfield and is a plus defender. His bat seems to have finally caught up to him as well, evidenced by his .290/.398/.515 slash line in 2017 before a rib injury sidelined him.
60. Trevor Rosenthal (RHP/St. Louis Cardinals)
Rosenthal was called up in 2012 as a reliever and he has remained there since. In 2015, he was named an All-Star, earning 48 saves along with a 2.10 ERA. Since then, his ERA has inflated and he has lost his job as the team’s closer to Seung-hwan Oh, who has kept the job since.
61. Kyle Zimmer (RHP/Kansas City Royals)
Zimmer was drafted fifth overall in 2012, but much like Bubba Starling, he has yet to make his MLB debut for the Royals. He reached the Triple A level for the first time this season, but has struggled at the top minor league level, owning a 5.50 ERA in nine appearances.
62. Taylor Guerrieri (RHP/Tampa Bay Rays)
Guerrieri still hasn’t made his MLB debut and just reached the Triple A level this season. His career was derailed by Tommy John surgery in 2013 and a 50-game suspension for drug abuse the same year. He is currently ranked 17th in the Rays farm system which easily keeps him out of the top 100.
63. Michael Choice (OF/Oakland Athletics)
Selected in the first round by Oakland in the 2010 MLB Draft, Choice made his MLB debut with the A’s in 2013 before being shipped to Texas as a part of the Josh Lindblom trade. Choice made the Rangers Opening Day roster, but struggled with a .177 batting average that got him eventually demoted. He played sparingly in 2015 before being traded to the Indians, who eventually waived him. He is now in the Brewers farm system and has not made a major league appearance since 2015.
64. Casey Kelly (RHP/San Diego Padres)
Kelly was initially drafted by Boston in 2008, but was traded along with Anthony Rizzo to San Diego for Adrian Gonzalez. He made his MLB debut with the Padres in 2012, but did not return to the majors until 2015. He would eventually be traded to Atlanta for Christian Bethancourt, who is also on this list. He signed a minor league deal with the Cubs last offseason and has not made a major league appearance in 2017.
65. Luis Heredia (RHP/Pittsburgh Pirates)
Heredia has toiled in the minors, never pitching above Double A. After pitching to a 5.44 ERA in 21 starts in 2015, he lost his top prospect ranking and was moved to the bullpen. He has yet to make his MLB debut and is not even on the Pirates top 30 prospects list.
66. Brett Jackson (OF/Chicago Cubs)
Jackson made his debut with the Cubs in 2012, but had an incredibly poor showing, batting .175 with 59 strikeouts in just 120 at-bats. He was traded to Arizona in 2014, but only played seven games before being outrighted off of the 40-man roster. The Giants would eventually take him in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft, but he was released in 2015 and hasn’t latched on to another team since.
67. Brian Goodwin (OF/Washington Nationals)
Drafted in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft, Goodwin would make his debut last August. He has shown promise, batting .269/.328/.491 over 189 plate appearances. Goodwin has taken advantage of the increased playing time he has received with Adam Eaton shelved.
68. Arodys Vizcaino (RHP/Chicago Cubs)
Vizcaino was signed by the Yankees in 2007 before being traded to the Braves along with Melky Cabrera for Boone Logan and Javier Vazquez. From there, he made his MLB debut in 2011 before being traded to Chicago for Paul Maholm after he underwent Tommy John surgery. He would make his Cubs debut in 2014 during the September roster expansion before winding up back in Atlanta, this time in a trade form Tommy La Stella. Vizcaino has been a solid reliever for Atlanta this year, owning a 2.38 ERA in 34 innings pitched as a reliever.
69. Jorge Soler (OF/Chicago Cubs)
Soler is the third Cubs outfielder to be featured on this list. He was impressive in his debut in 2014, hitting .292/.330/.573 with five home runs in 89 at-bats. His power, however, decreased once he got expanded opportunities and the Cubs would eventually trade him to Kansas City for Wade Davis. After an inconsistent showing on his new team, the Royals demoted him to Triple A.
70. Bryce Brentz (OF/Boston Red Sox)
Brentz is known for pulling a Plaxico Burress in 2013 when he shot himself in the leg while cleaning his handgun in 2013. He would make his MLB debut as a September call up a year later, and impressed in 25 games in 2016, but he was outrighted off of the 40-man roster in 2017, placing him back in the minors.
71. Daniel Corcino (RHP/Cincinnati Reds)
Corcino would made a five game appearance for the Reds in 2014, finishing with a 4.34 ERA before being designated for assignment in April 2015. The Dodgers scooped him up off of waivers, but he was injured for most of 2015. He signed a minor league deal with the Cubs last winter, but was released in April and ultimately went back to the Dodgers.
72. Allen Webster (RHP/Boston Red Sox)
Webster’s MLB career has been an absolute disaster. He was called up in 2013 and rewarded the Red Sox with a 8.60 ERA across eight appearances, seven of which were starts. He “improved” to a 5.03 ERA the following year in 11 starts before the Red Sox traded him to Arizona for Wade Miley. The new scenery didn’t serve him much better as he gave up 20 earned runs in 31 innings before the team traded him to Pittsburgh after the year. Less than a month after the trade, he was released and quickly signed with the Samsung Lions of the KBO, where his high ERA followed him. He pitched to a 5.70 ERA in 12 starts. He is now in the Rangers minor league system.
73. Dan Straily (RHP/Oakland Athletics)
Straily debuted in 2012 and served as a solid mid-rotation piece in 2012 and 2013. In fact, he was the Opening Day starter in 2013. He struggled in 2014 and was ultimately sent with Addison Russell to Chicago in the Jason Hammel/Jeff Samardzija trade. He was then traded to Houston for Dexter Fowler, and traded again to San Diego for Erik Kratz. The Padres would eventually designate him for assignment and the Red claimed him, where he started as the team’s long reliever before re-entering the rotation. Last winter, he was traded again, this time to Miami for Luis Castillo, Austin Brice and Isaiah White. Straily has pitched well for the Marlins and is their top rotation arm this year, going 7-4 with a 3.31 ERA across 103 1/3 frames.
74. James Paxton (LHP/Seattle Mariners)
While Danny Hultzen never reached his potential, Paxton has exceeded his. Across 64 starts since 2013, he is 25-18 with a 3.38 ERA and has shown that he is more than capable of being the No. 2 arm behind Felix Hernandez in this rotation.
75. Jesse Biddle (LHP/Philadelphia Phillies)
Biddle received a ton of hype as a top prospect who was from just outside of Philadelphia. There were highlights, he once struck out 16 batters in a Double A start, breaking Reading’s previous record of 13. Injuries, however, have kept him off of the field. He was traded to Pittsburgh last season for Yoervis Medina and a month later was claimed by the Braves off of waivers. He has not made his MLB debut.
76. Jarred Cosart (RHP/Houston Astros)
Cosart was drafted by the Phillies and became another trade chip for the team in the Hunter Pence trade with the Astros, where he made his MLB debut in 2013. The next year, however, he was dealt to Miami for Jake Marisnick and Francis Martes. In 2016, Miami would trade him to San Diego for Andrew Cashner. Cosart’s career began on a high note, but he has struggled since 2015 and has seen his playing time decrease as a result.
77. Delino DeShields Jr. (2B/Houston Astros)
Selected eighth overall in the 2010 MLB Draft by the Astros, Houston exposed DeShields in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft and interstate rival Texas plucked him away. He was converted back to the outfield and has remained there since. He is batting a career-best .284 in 2017.
78. Trevor Story (SS/Colorado Rockies)
The heir to Troy Tulowitzki’s throne, he won the starting shortstop job on Opening Day last year in the wake of Jose Reyes’ suspension and never looked back. In fact, he did so well that is caused the Rockies to release Reyes. Story his seven home runs in his first six games, a MLB record and finished 2017 with 27 home runs while batting .272 in just 97 games after a thumb injury cut his season short. He has struggled in 2017, however, batting just .223 although he has swatted 11 home runs.
79. Gary Brown (OF/San Francisco Giants)
Brown made his MLB debut during September call up in 2014 where he recorded three hits in seven at-bats. A rough spring training in 2015, however, caused the Giants to designate Brown for assignment, where he was claimed by the Cardinals only to be designated again and then claimed by the Angels. Los Angeles released him in 2016 and defected to the Atlanta League before formally announcing his retirement last week.
80. Eddie Rosario (2B/Minnesota Twins)
Rosario got his first big league call up in 2015and wound up serving as the team’s fourth outfielder. Despite the limited role and late call up, he led the America League with 15 triples. After Hicks was traded to the Yankees and Torii Hunter retired, Rosario started 2016 as the starting left fielder, but poor play caused him to be demoted to Triple A before a strong finish. This year, he owns a slash line of .292/.331/.468 and 10 home runs.
81. Chris Archer (RHP/Tampa Bay Rays)
Believe it or not, Archer was drafted in 2006 by the Indians. He would be traded in 2008 to the Cubs for Mark DeRosa before being sent to Tampa Bay in 2011 as a part of the Matt Garza trade. Archer was called up in 2012 and became a permanent part of the rotation in 2013. He is a two-time All-Star and finished fifth in the Cy Young race in 2015. He has been incredibly frustrating for batters as well, striking out more than nine batters per nine innings in each of the last three seasons.
82. Austin Hedges (C/San Diego Padres)
Hedges bat hasn’t been great, be he has been a very good defensive catcher, tossing out one-third of potential base stealers, but he has always been known for his defensive skills. His bat is slowly coming along, but he is 24 so there is still time to improve.
83. Noah Syndergaard (RHP/New York Mets)
The Blue Jays drafted Syndergaard in 2010 and traded him along with Travis d’Arnaud for R.A. Dickey. Syndergaard has been an absolute stud for the Mets and looked like a serious contender for the Cy Young award this year before going down with a torn lat muscle. Syndergaard has a career ERA of 2.92 with 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
84. Tyler Thornburg (RHP/Milwaukee Brewers)
Thornburg debuted in 2012 for the Brewers and became a regular in the bullpen two years later. He had an excellent showing in 2016, where he pitched to a 2.15 ERA in 67 innings. He was traded to Boston for Travis Shaw, but a shoulder injury followed by a June diagnosis for thoracic outlet syndrome has cost him his 2017 season.
85. Kyle Crick (RHP/San Francisco Giants)
It seems like Crick has been a top prospect for the Giants for an eternity and he was finally called up last month. Crick struggled in recent years, causing him to bounce back-and-forth between the rotation and bullpen, but it seems the Giants are now content with keeping him as a relief arm. He was the 25th-ranked prospect in the Giants farm before falling out of the top 30.
86. Justin Nicolino (LHP/Miami Marlins)
Nicolino was called up in 2015, but he has gotten worse in each year with his ERA rising from 4.01 to 4.99 and 5.31 in each season. He’s also terrible at punching out batters, racking up just 3.8 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
87. Gregory Polanco (OF/Pittsburgh Pirates)
Polanco was called up in 2014 and has been a regular in the outfield since, but 2016 was truly his breakout season, hitting a career-high 22 home runs and owning a career-best .258/.323/.463 slash line. His power numbers in 2017, however, have taken a bit of a dip.
88. Cody Buckel (RHP/Texas Rangers)
Buckel has been through hell. A once promising prospect who looked like he wound become a future starter for Texas, he suddenly lost the strike zone. His first three seasons in the minors, he owned a 2.45 ERA, with 10.5 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings until the yips destroyed him. Buckel saw therapists, hypnotists and even pitched in Australia to try to fight through it, but still couldn’t return to form, causing Texas to release him in 2016. The Dodger then signed him, but he was released shortly after. Now, he is starting over with the Angels. The O.C. Register ran a fantastic story on his struggles last March.
89. Addison Russell (SS/Oakland Athletics)
Russell was Oakland’s top draft pick in 2012, but he didn’t last long with the organization as he was traded to the Cubs in 2014 along with Dan Straily in the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel deal. Russell was the No. 3 prospect in baseball entering 2015 and made his big league debut that year. He made the All-Star team in 2016, slugging 21 home run and driving in 95 runs while playing second base for the World Series champions.
90. A.J. Cole (RHP/Washington Nationals)
Cole was drafted by Washington and then dealt to Oakland for Gio Gonzalez in 2011. Washington, however, was re-acquire him two years later as a part of a three-team trade that brought Michael Morse to Seattle and John Jaso to Oakland. He started eight games last season, pitching to a 5.17 ERA and has started one game this year, which caused him to surpass the 50-innings threshold, eliminating his prospect status. Regardless of this, he is still pitching in the minor leagues.
91. Daniel Norris (LHP/Toronto Blue Jays)
Norris made his debut during September call ups in 2014 and was the center piece of the Blue Jays deal for David Price in 2015. Norris struggled with a lower back injury that sidelined him at the beginning of 2016, but he eventually found his place back in the rotation and has remained there since. He is laboring through a rough 2016, however, with his ERA nearly two runs higher than his 2016 total along with a decrease in strikeouts and an increase in walks per nine innings.
92. Yasiel Puig (OF/Los Angeles Dodgers)
Puig came out swinging, making his MLB debut in 2013 and setting the baseball world on fire. He finished second in the rookie of the year voting behind Jose Fernandez after hitting .319/.391/.534 and 19 home runs in 104 games, serving as a catalyst for the Dodgers offense. He made the All-Star team in 2014. Nagging hamstring injuries plagued his 2015 and 2016 campaigns, however, causing the Dodgers to acquire Josh Reddick and demote Puig to the minors last season. He is back this year and while his batting average is down, he’s already clubbed 16 home runs and should easily pass the career-best 19 he hit as a rookie.
93. Mikie Mahtook (OF/Tampa Bay Rays)
Mahtook was called up in 2015 and played well, slashing .295/.351/.619, but his batting average plummeted by a full .100 in 2016. He was traded to Detroit last winter for Drew Smith. Mahtook has rebounded in 2017, hitting .271 in 41 games.
94. David Dahl (OF/Colorado Rockies)
Dahl, the Rockies top draft pick in 2012, made his debut in 2016 and played great, owning a .315/.359/.500 slash line. He is yet to play for Colorado in 2017 as he was placed on the 60-day disabled list due to a fractured rib.
95. Yordano Ventura (RHP/Kansas City Chiefs)
Ventura made his debut in 2013 and won the spring training battle for the final spot in the rotation in 2014. He wound up becoming the No. 2 starter for the Royals during their World Series run. Ventura struggled in 2015 and was sent to the minors to work on his mechanics, but the demotion lasted just a day as injuries forced Kansas City to recall him. Last January, Ventura was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic.
96. Wily Peralta (RHP/Milwaukee Brewers)
Peralta was promoted to the majors in 2012 and became a regular in the rotation in 2013. This year, however, Peralta has been hit hard, forcing the Brewers to push Peralta to the bullpen. Peralta has a career record of 47-52 with a 4.42 ERA.
97. Jeurys Familia (RHP/New York Mets)
Familia was called up by the Mets in 2012 and after becoming the setup man, he was named the Mets closer in 2015. Familia made the All-Star team last year, but has missed most of 2017 with an arterial clot in his right shoulder.
98. Grant Green (OF/Oakland Athletics)
Oakland called up Green in 2013, but he didn’t record a hit in the five games that he played that season. On the trade deadline that year, he was acquired by the Angels for Alberto Callaspo. Green would shuffle between Triple A and the Angels over the next two years before the team designated him for assignment after the season. He then latched on with the Giants and spent a month on their major league roster before being sent back to the minors. He spent the first part of 2017 with Washington and filled in for Trea Turner and Stephen Drew when they were injured, but he was ultimately released last month before signing with the White Sox a week later.
99. Cory Spangenberg (2B/San Diego Padres)
The emergence of Spangenberg helped spearhead the Padres decision to trade Jedd Gyorko. Spangenberg had a breakout season in 2015 when he hit .271 while playing second base, third base and all three outfield positions. He offers no power, however, as his career isolated slugging percentage is just .124.
100. Manny Banuelos (LHP/New York Yankees)
Banuelos received a ton of hype, especially after Mariano River claimed that Banuelos was the best pitching prospect he has ever seen. Tommy John surgery, however, hurt his progress as he missed all of 2013. Banuelos was traded to Atlanta in 2015 for Chasen Shreve and David Carpenter. It was in Atlanta where he made his MLB debut where he went 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA in seven appearances (six starts). Last year, the Braves designated him for assignment and he latched onto the Angels system.