Keith Law’s Prospect Rankings
In the top 100, Law ranks Jameson Taillon 30th, and Tony Sanchez 63rd. He also lists Luis Heredia in his ten prospects who just missed the top 100, mentioning that Heredia’s lack of experience, and questions about how good his off-speed stuff is, kept him off the list.
The number 30 ranking is probably the lowest we’ll see Taillon this off-season. MLB.com had him at #18, and considering Baseball America rated him as one of the top 20 draft prospects in the last 20 years, I’d say he will end up higher than 18 on their list. That might not be a surprise for Law. He rated Pedro Alvarez in the 30s last year, while everyone else had Alvarez in the top 15 or the top 10.
As for the top 10, after Taillon, Sanchez, and Heredia, Law has Stetson Allie, Rudy Owens, Jeff Locke, Justin Wilson, Bryan Morris, Starling Marte, and Zack Von Rosenberg.
There are a few surprises there. Having Bryan Morris behind Owens, Locke, and Wilson is the biggest surprise. Morris rated 6th in Baseball America’s top 10, with Owens and Locke directly following him, and Wilson off the list. You could make an argument for Owens and Locke right ahead of Morris, especially if you’re concerned about his health, but I can’t see an argument for Wilson ahead of Morris, due to Wilson’s control issues. Starling Marte rated 4th on the Baseball America list, but 9th on Law’s list.