There are many prospects in the MLBPipeline’s list of prospects that possess the talents that are of MLB caliber. Many of the prospects in the first basemen category do have those talents.
Dodgers prospect, Cody Bellinger, earns the No. 1 spot in the 2017 Prospect Watch for first basemen. Bellinger received a grade of 65 of a 20-80 scouting scale.
The 21-year-old son of former Major Leaguer, Clay Bellinger, was a fourth-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013. Bellinger played the majority of the 2016 season with Double-A Tulsa with 23 home runs and 65 RBIs. He ended the season with a line of .267/.349/.507 with OKC and Tulsa.
He is mentioned to be a future Gold Glove winner due to his natural athletic ability and Bellinger will be waiting until there is an open spot at first base. Bellinger is also compared to former players Don Mattingly, J.T. Snow, Keith Hernandez, and Wes Parker.
Here is the list of the Top 10 first basemen prospects for 2017:
- Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Dodgers
- Josh Bell, 1B/OF, Pirates
- Dominic Smith, Met
- Bobby Bradley, Indians
- Casey Gillaspie, Rays
- Rowdy Tellez, Blue Jays
- Ronald Guzman, Rangers
- Matt Thaiss, Angels
- Rhys Hoskins, Phillies
- Sam Travis, Red Sox
In other categories, Jose De Leon landed in the No. 8 spot for right-handed pitchers with a 2.61 ERA with 111 strikeouts in 86 1/3 innings with a Major League debut on Sept. 4. The Dodgers backup catcher, Austin Barnes also receives the No. 8 spot as the oldest catcher at the age of 27.
The following prospects will be revealed on their respective days:
2B – List revealed on Mon., Jan. 23
3B – List revealed on Tue., Jan. 24
SS – List revealed on Wed., Jan. 25
OF – List revealed on Thu., Jan. 26
Top 100 – List revealed on Sat., Jan. 28