By: Noah Wright
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Every pre-season, mlb.com releases a list of top 100 prospects from all 30 teams. While most of the prospects they list deserve a spot, they miss a handful of players that have more than deserved a spot on the top 100 list. Let's look at 5 that just missed it. How will I decide this list: They are not on mlb.com’s top 100 prospects of 2018 list as of 4-10 They have not played more than 20 MLB games, or pitched more than 50 innings
5.) Pittsburgh Pirates: Ke’Bryan Hayes (rated #4 on Pirates’ top 30 list) (3B):
Hayes seems to have just missed the top 100 list. The 3rd basemen showed a good contact bat, and eye at the plate in 2017, hitting .278/.345/.363 in 482 PA’s in high-A ball. Hayes also showed good speed, with 27 stolen bases, and is regarded as an above average defender at the hot corner.
4.) LA Dodgers: Yadier Alvarez (rated #8 on Dodgers’ top 30 list) (P):
Alvarez was listed as a top 100 prospect last year according to mlb.com, but did not make their list this year. While he struggled in high-A ball last year, he was promoted to double-A, and performed much better there. Alvarez racks up a lot of strikeouts, but has run into troubles with his control though, having a 4.9 walks/9 in 92 innings between High-A and double-A ball last year.
3.) Cleveland Indians: Bobby Bradley (Rated #3 on Indians’ top 30 list) (1B/DH):
Bradley had a decent year at the plate in 2017, where he batted .251/.331.465, with 23 home runs, and driving in 89 runs in 532 PA’s. While he’s not much known for his speed, or his fielding, his bat greatly makes up for the lack of.
2.) SF Giants: Chris Shaw (rated #2 on Giants’ top 30 prospects) (RF/1B):
Shaw, like Bradley, is not much known for his speed or fielding, but more known for his bat. The lefty slugger hit for a good .292/.346/.525 last year, while hitting 24 home runs and getting 79 RBI’s in 514 PA’s split between Double-A and Triple-A. Though he isn’t rated as a speed threat, Shaw made the move to left field last year, and has rated with an ok arm.
1.) Houston Astros: Rogelio Armenteros (#12 on Astros’ top 100 list) (P):
How this guy didn’t make the top 100 blows my mind. Last year, Armenteros pitched in 24 games (20 being starts) and in 123.2 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, recording a 2.04 ERA, 1.043 WHIP, .6 HR/9, 2.8 walks/9, and a 10.6 K/9. His ERA, WHIP, and most of his per 9’s are better than other non-2-way prospects like Michael Kopech, Mitch Keller, and Chance Adams.