6. Erisbel Arruebarrena
Signed during Spring Training, Arruebarrena was labeled an all-glove, no-bat shortstop during his first season. Thanks to Albuquerque’s offense-friendly environment, his stats look good but he’s still a work-in-progress at the plate. His defense, however, is first class and should provide him with a long major league career.
7. Scott Schebler
The 2013 Branch Rickey Award winner was met with skepticism after his breakout campaign in Rancho. Now in Chattanooga, Scehbler continues to hit with an .884 OPS and double-digit doubles, triples and home runs. His shot will likely come with another club, as he’s fairly far down on the organizational depth chart.
8. Darnell Sweeney
Sweeney was another player who wasn’t highly rated coming into the year but has made strides offensively and has shown some versatility with the glove. Drafted as a shortstop, he’s seen time this year at second and center field. He’s also hit 30 doubles and 10 home runs, as well as stealing 10 bases.
9. Alex Verdugo
It wasn’t a surprise when the Dodgers took Verdugo in the second round this June, but it was surprising that they announced him as an outfielder. So far, it looks like a brilliant decision as the 18 year old has shown preternatural plate discipline, with 15 walks compared to nine strikeouts in his debut. He also has projectable power and at least average speed.
10. Chris Reed
Reed continues to eschew the critique that he’ll end up in the bullpen as he’s done fairly well against Double-A hitting. The 24 year old has posted a 3.32 ERA in 130 innings with strong groundball tendencies. While he doesn’t have the upside of other prospects, his floor is definitely higher than most.
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