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2017 DRaysBay Community Prospect special election

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Jose De Leon is going to shake up the list

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks
Jose De Leon could be part of a deep Triple-A Durham rotation to start the season
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After narrowly losing to Justin Williams in the race for the No. 16 spot, Taylor Guerrieri fends off Ryan Yarbrough for No. 17.

2017 Community Prospect List

Player Votes Total Percentage
Player Votes Total Percentage
SS Willy Adames 22 35 62.9%
RHP Brent Honeywell 36 37 97.3%
RHP Jose De Leon
1B/OF Jake Bauers 22 38 57.9%
1B Casey Gillaspie 24 34 70.6%
RHP Chih-Wei Hu 16 38 42.1%
3B Joshua Lowe* 20 32 62.5%
RHP Jacob Faria 24 41 58.5%
OF Jesus Sanchez 19 37 51.4%
IF Daniel Robertson 15 34 44.1%
IF Adrian Rondon 16 40 40.0%
RHP Jaime Schultz 13 43 30.2%
SS Lucius Fox 11 32 34.4%
3B Kevin Padlo 10 37 27.0%
OF Garrett Whitley 13 36 36.1%
RHP Hunter Wood 12 37 32.4%
OF Justin Williams 17 39 43.6%
RHP Taylor Guerrieri 15 31 48.4%
LHP Ryan Yarbrough 26 38 68.4%
RHP Ryne Stanek 14 35 40.0%
C David Rodriguez 14 32 43.8%
RHP Austin Franklin 10 32 31.3%
LHP Genesis Cabrera 9 30 30.0%
C Nick Ciuffo 12 34 35.3%
OF Joe McCarthy* 25 34 73.5%
C Brett Sullivan 10 37 27.0%
IF Carlos Vargas 11 36 30.6%
OF Jake Fraley 17 37 45.9%
RHP Kevin Gadea 16 36 44.4%
C Chris Betts 13 31 41.9%

The newly acquired righty Jose De Leon is the only prospect up for debate in this poll.

I’m asking where you think he should be placed on this list. If you say No. 1, obviously he’s above Willy Adames as the top prospect. If you were to say No. 4, he would be after Jake Bauers but before Casey Gillaspie.

RHP Jose De Leon (6'2 190, 24 in 2017)

2016 statistics with Triple-A Oklahoma City: 86 1/3 IP, 2.61 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 5.8 BB%, 32.5 K%

2016 statistics with Los Angeles: 17 IP, 6.35 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 8.8 BB%, 18.8 K%

Except for his first taste of pro ball in 2013, De Leon has been incredibly effective at every level in his minor league career. His plus changeup is his best pitch, and it's effective against lefties and righties alike. Maybe he shouldn't be able to blow anyone away with his low-90s fastball, but his deceptive delivery and great velocity separation from his changeup help make it another quality pitch. His slider could be average, and he throws a ton of strikes. With a career-high of just 114 1/3 innings, he still has to prove his durability.