Baseball America has released their midseason Top-100 prospect list, following the controversial list released by Baseball Prospectus earlier this week.
This update also has Willy Adames falling out of the Top-10 and Brent Honeywell jumping into the Top-20, but Adames remains the top-Rays prospect overall.
No. 13 - SS Willy Adames (prev. No. 7)
No. 14 - RHP Brent Honeywell (prev. No. 22)
No. 40 - LHP/1B Brendan McKay (not ranked)
No. 66 - OF/1B Jake Bauers (prev. No. 64)
No. 100 - OF Jesus Sanchez (prev. No. 96)
Baseball America presents these updates without comment, so it’s hard to know exactly the reasons why players rise and fall.
Adames was hit with an April slump that mired his spring with a .210 batting average through his first 20 games. By the end of May, his batting line was only .230/.309/.344, but in BA’s May update Adames had jumped from No. 10 to No. 7. Adames went on to hit .358/.455/.561 from June 1 to July 6, and now he’s at No. 13.
At the end of the day, there are not large difference between these rankings.
Honeywell’s leap to No. 14 makes him the second highest pitching prospect on the list, while Brendan McKay settles alongside the 2017 first round picks, nestled between SS Royce Lewis (first overall, No. 39) and RHP Kyle Wright (fifth overall, No. 41).
Ranking McKay ahead of Wright is a deviation from Baseball America’s pre-draft rankings, as is ranking him after Lewis. All three rank behind RHP Hunter Greene (second overall, No. 31) and LHP MacKenzie Gore (third overall, No. 31). Just more proof the MLB Draft is a screwy process.
Baseball America is unique in that they introduce draft picks immediately into their Top-100, but as a consequence, you could consider the slight drops of Bauers and Sanchez on the list to actually be climbs, as the draft added 27 new names to their Top-100 prospect list.
Rays prospect to drop out of the Top-100 are RHP Jose De Leon (prev. No. 33), who has been sidelined with multiple injuries, and 1B Casey Gillaspie (prev. No. 69).