Post-Draft Top 10 Prospects

KLewisChanges are afoot in the Seattle Mariners farm system.

The draft immediately impacts each club’s farm system and represents an opportunity for organizations to gain ground on their competitors across Major League Baseball.

The Seattle Mariners began 2016 with one of the worst five farm systems in the game. They may fare a bit better today thanks to some performances of Top 25 talents, but the acquisitions in the draft may make the biggest difference.

Here are my Top 10 Mariners Prospects including the draft picks. One note: Players currently in the major leagues do not qualify. This means Edwin Diaz, despite having not exhausted his prospect status, will not be included after chiming in at No. 3 to start the season. The Mid-Season Prospect Update will consist of a Top 30 and scouting notes. Coming next month. Click on player’s name for previous reports.

Post-Draft Top 10 Prospects
No. Player Pos. Note
1 Tyler O’Neill RF Best talent in system. Steady progress. Work ethic off charts.
2 Kyle Lewis OF If he stays in CF, may be all-star. If not, hit tool under fire.
3 Alex Jackson RF  Too much swing & miss early. Starting to hit. Ceiling still high.
4 Drew Jackson SS Swing holds him back at plate, but sound SS with plus speed. 
5 Boog Powell CF  Too selective at times. Enough glove for CF. Lacks power. 
6 Braden Bishop CF  Best defensive OF in system. Progressed at plate. Gap power.
7 Andrew Moore  RHP Plus command of average FB. Average CB flashes, 55 CH. 
 8 Joe Rizzo 3B Stick him in LF, let him hit his way to the MLB. Melky Cabrera?
9 D.J. Peterson 1B Mechanical fixes helping of late. Still collapses back side.
10 Chris Torres SS Switch hitter with tools, advanced skills. Star of summer?

Just missed the cut: Ryan Yarbrough, LHP; Nick Neidert, RHP; Brayan Hernandez OF; Luiz Gohara, LHP; Dylan Thompson, RHP; Greifer Andrade, SS.

Rising: Torres; Hernandez; Andrade; Emilio Pagan, RHP; Tim Lopes, 2B; Jio Orozco, RHP; Carlos Vargas, SS; Zack Littell, RHP; Moore; Joe DeCarlo, 3B; Tyler Herb, RHP; Guillermo Heredia, CF; Steve Baron, C; Marcus Littlewood, C.

Falling: Austin Wilson, OF; Tyler Marlette, C; Nick Wells, RHP; Gohara; Ramon Morla, RHP.

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Jason A. Churchill

Publisher, Executive Editor, Director of Analysis Jason founded Prospect Insider in 2006 after getting his start at Inside the Park three years prior. He spent years covering prep, college and pro sports for several news outlets, both local and national, including MLB.com and ESPN Insider. He served as co-host of the afternoon drive show on 1090 The Fan CBS Sports Radio from 2013-2015. He's not done podcasting yet and now serves as managing editor at HEROSports.com.

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9 thoughts on “Post-Draft Top 10 Prospects

  1. Your list looks entirely reasonable. I see in the others considered you have Neidert, Littell, and Wells. I’m curious about the other Lumberking 20 year old, Pablo Lopez. Have you got any reports on him yet?

  2. Jason A. Churchill

    Billy — No, I’d say Powell is closer, but it’s not by a wide margin at all. Heredia needs to be in AAA right now, where it’s not out of the question he’d pass Powell.

  3. Jason A. Churchill

    It’s something I have asked about, MarinerCoug. They seem to be focused on the bat right now. Going back to catcher may just slow the bat down even further.

  4. Billy

    Do you think Heredia might actually be closer to the big leagues right now than Boog? By virtue of being slightly older, and possibly having a little more pop while also exhibiting tremendous plate discipline? I guess the question is whether either of them could offer more potential production offensively and defensively than Nori Aoki? Both are on the 40 man, so if Nori keeps taking pitches in the knee we might find out sooner rather than later…

  5. MarinerCoug

    JAC- Since he is obviously no longer a fast-track candidate, would the M’s ever consider moving Jackson back to C..?

  6. Jason A. Churchill

    Zunino doesn’t qualify. He has too much service time and too many at-bats in the majors. Same with Taylor.

  7. Jason A. Churchill

    HAHA. That’s be some transition!

  8. Matt

    I read that as “CF: Steve Baron” for a second and wondered what happened there.

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