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Posted: July 22, 2015, 2:54 PM Post
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#1 - Orlando Arcia, SS, Biloxi (AA), age 20.
.309 BA, .353 OBP, .808 OPS.
874 pts (34 first place votes) - 35 of 35 ballots
An outstanding 2015 campaign has landed the 20-year Arcia atop the BF.net fan poll (he snagged 34 of the 35 top votes). He has improved his batting average and slugging numbers all the while producing excellent defense. Arcia landed as Baseball America's #8 mid-season prospect as well #11 on John Sickels' mid-season report. Expect Arcia to be knocking at the big league door in the next year.

#2 - Gilbert Lara, SS, ARZ (Rookie), age 17.
.307 BA, .336 OBP, .732 OPS.
785 pts - 35 of 35 ballots
The 17-year old Lara has held his own in Arizona, hitting over .300. If he can keep up the exceptional numbers, don't be surprised if Lara ends up creeping into some top 100 lists this off season, especially when his power emerges. The Crew have kept Lara at SS for the time being, but a move to 3B (or other position) is probably in the cards down the road.

#3 - Kodi Medeiros, LP, Wisconsin (A-), age 19.
76.1 IP, 43 BB, 77K, 4.13 ERA, 1.270 WHIP.
736 pts - 35 of 35 ballots
The funky throwing lefty was challenged by Milwaukee with an assignment to Wisconsin and he has not disappointed. Medeiros, only 19, has been erratic with his control, but has still managed to produce a respectable 4.13 ERA with more than a strikeout an inning. He's held lefties to a paltry .190 BA and has not surrendered an HR. Kodi's ceiling is really linked to how he can command his pitchers.

#4 - Clint Coulter, OF, Brevard County (A+), age 21.
.257 BA, .341 OBP, .762 OPS.
727 pts - 35 of 35 ballots
On the surface, Coulter's numbers appear like a step back from last year's breakout performance, but look closer and in the context of the environment (the notoriously pitching-friendly FSL), Clint has been solid. His 11 HRs are 2nd in the league and his OPS is 14th. While his numbers aren't earth-shattering, they are a solid step forward. Coulter landed at #73 of John Sickels' mid-season list.

#5 - Trent Clark, OF, ARZ (Rookie), age 18.
.293 BA, .397 OBP, .863 OPS.
661 pts - 35 of 35 ballots
The team's top draft pick in the June draft has not disappointed in his short time at Maryvale. Clark has perhaps the best hit tool in the entire system. Scouts don't see him producing a lot of power, and there's some question as to his ultimate position - CF or a corner OF spot. Either way, his sweet swing should carry him through the minor league system. Clark is the first rookie to be named on every ballot of a community poll.

#6 - Jorge Lopez, RP, Biloxi (AA), age 22.
96.2 IP, 36BB, 92K, 2.70 ERA, 1.138 WHIP.
644 points - 35 of 35 ballots
The improvements just keep coming for the tall right hander. Always a project when he was drafted out of Puerto Rico, Lopez has done exactly what the team wanted from him in 2015. He has shown consistency from start-to-start, improving his numbers in just about every way despite the better competition. Lopez's eight spot climb was one of the best improvements in the BF.net propsect listing.

#7 - Tyrone Taylor, CF, Biloxi (AA), age 21.
.259 BA, .312 OBP, .647 OPS.
604 pts - 34 of 35 ballots
Taylor has dropped in our rankings after failing to step forward in his first taste of the upper minors (he even failed to make one of our posters top 25). Many felt Taylor's offense would improve once he escaped the FSL, but his numbers (power, BA, walks) have all slipped slightly this year at Biloxi. Scouts praise his defense and raw tools, but Taylor's fast track to Milwaukee has stalled a little. Taylor is still only 21, so a little patience is in order.

#8 - Monte Harrison, OF, Helena, (Rookie), age 19.
.299 BA, .410 OBP, .884 OPS, 14 SB - Helena
.148 BA, .246 OBP, .493 OPS - Wisconsin
548 points - 33 or 35 ballots
Harrison tumbled several spots in our poll after struggling badly at Wisconsin. However, the toolsy OF flourished after moving down to Helena. He still struggled with strikeouts, but the walks and speed returned (14 SBs). Unfortunately, Harrison recently suffered a broken ankle, ending his season prematurely. Harrison's lack of experience was exposed at low A ball, but the tools and skills are evident.

#9 - Devin Williams, RP, Wisconsin (A-), age 20.
62.1 IP, 28BB, 61K, 3.18 ERA, 1.235 WHIP, only 1 HR allowed.
536 points - 35 of 35 ballots
After an extended spring training, Williams arrived at Wisconsin and proceeded to have the finest campaign of his young career. Like Jorge Lopez, Williams has improved his game in just about every phase - exactly what you look for from a raw but talented player. The control is still spotty at times, but it's improving. Allowing only one HR all season is impressive.

#10 - Michael Reed, OF, Biloxi (AA), age 22.
.273 BA, .374 OBP, .419 OPS, 23 SB.
519 points - 34 of 35 ballots
Reed spent much of 2015 hitting over .300, only to slump over the past month. He's still putting up some impressive numbers, especially the .374 OBP. Also, his slugging percentage is the best of his career, which is important since Reed will need to show some more pop if he's going to be a regular in the majors. It's been a steady march through the minors for Reed. At this point, he looks like a major leaguer - how much power he develops will dictate his future role.

#11 - Taylor Jungmann, RP, MIL, age 25.
53 IP, 15BB, 39K, 2.04 ERA, 1.019 WHIP - Milwaukee
59.1 IP, 29BB, 54K, 6.37 ERA, 1.517 WHIP - Colorado Springs
498 points - 26 of 35 ballots
A tale of two seasons. Jungmann struggled at AAA, but has thrived (not just thrived, but excelled) after his promotion to Milwaukee. The key for Jungmann is control. He's been erratic at times in the minors, but what we've seen so far in Milwaukee has been stellar. The big Texan has topped the 50 inning mark in his last outing, officially taking him out of rookie status.

#12 - Jacob Gatewood, SS, Helena (Rookie), age 19.
.232 BA, .285 OBP, .722 OPS - Helena
.227 BA, .288 OBP, .592 OPS - Wisconsin
426 points - 34 of 35 ballots
Like fellow sophomore Monte Harrison, Gatewood struggled when posted to low A- ball. A move to Helena has helped, as Gatewood is hitting for more power (11 doubles and 4 HR in 112 ABs). Making contact continues to be a huge problem for Gatewood, and fans will need to be patient with him. He has a ton of raw power, but harnessing it is going to be a challenge.

#13 - Tyler Wagner, RP, Biloxi (AA), age 24.
99.2 IP, 28BB, 75K, 2.53 ERA, 1.154 WHIP.
425 points - 34 of 35 ballots
Wagner has built on a promising 2014 season with an excellent campaign at Biloxi, even earning a one game call up to Milwaukee. Wagner is consistent and an aggressive pitcher who doesn't walk a lot of batters and limits HRs. He'll need to maintain all those attributes as he advances since his stuff is good, but not great. But for now, no one can argue with Wagner's results.

#14 - Nathan Kirby, LP, age 21.
Has not played this season.
402 points - 30 of 35 ballots
An advanced college pitcher from Virginia, many thought Kirby would be gone before Milwaukee could take him in the competitive balance round. He sports a solid fastball to go with a good slider and changeup. A note of caution - Kirby waited until the last moment to sign Milwaukee, reportedly due to a previously unknown health issue. No matter, Kirby immediately becomes one of the top two left handed starters (along with Medeiros) in the system.

#15 - Tyler Cravy, RP, Colorado Springs (AAA), age 26.
15 IP, 4BB, 9K, 3.60 ERA, 1.267 WHIP - Milwaukee
78.1 IP, 26BB, 66K, 3.79 ERA, 1.226 WHIP.
343 points - 29 of 35 ballots
Cravy was one of the only starters to produce at Colorado Springs this season, which has earned him a couple of short stints with the big league club thus far. Cravy doesn't sport any great tools, but he has a nice array of pitches and shows solid control. Cravy could slot into the rotation in the future, or be long reliever.

#16 - Marcos Diplan, RP, Helena (Rookie), age 18.
24 IP, 7BB, 26 IP, 3.00 ERA, 1.208 WHIP
338 points - 33 of 35 ballots
Flashing a plus fastball, the slight Diplan (only 160 pounds) jumped to Helena this season and has done well, limiting his walks and striking out more than a batter per inning. Diplan has been somewhat forgotten due amid the additions of Medeiros, Kirby and Ponce, plus the emergence of Williams and Lopez (to name a few). Diplan fetched a $1.3M bonus in 2013 due to his superior arm.

#17 - Cody Ponce, RP, Wisconsin, age 21.
17 IP, 2BB, 14K, 2.65 ERA, 0.882 WHIP - Helena and Wisconsin combined
271 points - 30 of 35 ballots
Ponce fell to the Brewers in the 2nd round, and the club was happy to scoop him up. As an advanced college arm, he's been moved aggressively by the organization. Ponce has a variety of pitches in his arsenal, including a mid-90s fastball. He missed some of the 2015 college season due to tendinitis. My fearless prediction: Cody Ponce will be the top pitcher in the Milwaukee system at this time next year.

#18 - Victor Roache, OF, Biloxi (AA), age 23.
.220 BA, .309 OBP, .711 OPS - Biloxi
.259 BA, .326 OBP, .773 OPS - Brevard County
268 points - 31 of 35 ballots
BF.net fans like power potential, which means Victor Roache hangs onto a top 25 slot in our latest poll. In a second go around at A+ ball, Roache produced solid numbers in the hitting-starved FSL. A move to Biloxi has started slow, but the power potential is still there. Roache offers little outside of his power, so he's going to have to start producing if he wants to eventually reach the majors.

#19 - Demi Orimoloye, OF, ARZ (Rookie), age 18.
.328 BA, .348 OBP, .942 OPS.
232 points - 24 of 35 ballots
Milwaukee's 4th round pick from Canada is a powerful, raw hitter with lots of potential. Many considered Orimoloye a potential 1st or 2nd round pick. Thus far he hasn't disappointed in his limited action, pounding the ball (almost half of his hits have gone for extra bases). Red flag: Orimoloye hasn't walked in 66 plate appearances thus far in 2015.

#20 - Corey Knebel, RP, Milwaukee, age 23.
23.1 IP, 8BB, 22K, 3.09 ERA, 1.200 WHIP - Milwaukee
15.1 IP, 7BB, 22K, 4.70 ERA, 1.370 WHIP - Colorado Springs
224 points - 24 of 35 ballots
Knebel has bounced between AAA and the big league club, showing he is destined to be a fixture in the Brewer bullpen for years to come. He has shown some wildness in the past, but those tendencies have mellowed this season. The organization has been cautious with Knebel, avoiding overuse after he experienced some elbow issues in 2014.

#21 - Taylor Williams, RP, age 24.
Has not played in 2015.
200 points - 21 of 35 ballots
Williams slid down the BF.net top 25 list due to injuries in 2015. Entering spring training, the club was high on Williams due to his electric fastball, which hit in the upper 90s. It's not known if Williams will play this season, but count this as one of the biggest disappointments for the entire organization this year. Right now, the club (and fans) are simply hoping surgery isn't in the cards, which could sideline Williams not just for 2015, but maybe some or all of next season as well.

#22 - Yadiel Rivera, INF, Colorado Springs (AAA), age 23.
.250 BA, .281 OBP, .611 OPS - Colorado Springs
.322 BA, .366 OBP, .818 OPS - Biloxi
127 points - 25 of 35 ballots
A hot start at AA got Rivera a pass to Colorado Springs, where he's put up pedestrian numbers ever since. Right now, Rivera projects as a utility IF unless he can improve his hitting. Adding a little bit of power and walking a little more would help his cause, but for now, he looks like a light hitting middle infielder ticketed for utility duty.

#23 - Cy Sneed, RHP, Brevard County (A+), age 22.
25 IP, 2BB, 17K, 2.88 ERA, 1.080 WHIP - Brevard County
77.1IP, 17BB, 67K, 2.68 ERA, 1.125 WHIP - Wisconsin
124 points - 20 of 35 ballots
The Brewers 3rd round pick in the 2014 draft, Sneed has progressed quickly this year by posting excellent numbers between A- and A+ ball. He doesn't sport any great pitches, but Sneed avoids walks, and shows a mature and consistent approach as a pitcher. For Sneed, the challenge will be testing his stuff against advanced pitching in 2016.

#24 - Carlos Leal, C, Wisconsin (A-), age 24.
.314 BA, .376 OBP, .799 OPS.
108 points - 23 of 35 ballots
Leal has flourished behind the dish after a stint as a pitcher in 2014. While he doesn't show much power, Leal has hit consistently well all year, and offers some hope at a position where the organization is lacking upside. While he's a little old for his league, Carlos will be an interesting player to watch going forward.

#25 - Jorge Ortega - RHP, Brevard County (A+), age 22.
106 IP, 8BB, 53K, 2.21 ERA, 0.981 WHIP.
101 points - 16 of 35 ballots
Welcome to the top 25, Mr. Ortega. That's what 8 walks in 106 IP will get you. Ortega is the stingiest pitcher in the system - he's never walked many, but this year he's been phenomenal, as his numbers attest to. He shows great control, allowing him to go deep into games (4 complete games). For all the success, it is important to note that Ortega is producing in one of the most pitcher friendly environments in baseball - the FSL. Also, he doesn't strike out many batters, so it will be fascinating to see how he does next season when he faces more advanced hitters.

The Rest

Wei-Chung Wang - 71
Troy Stokes - 51
Brandon Diaz - 47
Chris McFarland - 46
Joantgel Segovia - 44
Jason Rogers - 41
Nick Ramirez - 37
David Denson - 36
Hobbs Johnson - 29
Brent Suter - 28
Damien Magnifico - 27
Miguel Diaz - 26
Blake Allemand - 23
David Goforth - 18
Nash Walters - 18
Kyle Wren - 15
Tyrone Perry - 15
Tucker Neuhaus - 13
Dustin Demuth - 11
David Burkhalter - 11
Brooks Hall - 9
Ariel Pena - 7
Omar Cotto - 6
Franly Mallen - 6
Yerison Pena - 5
Nathan Orf - 5
Javi Salas - 2
Angel Ventura - 2
Austin Ross - 1
Adam Weisenberger - 1
Carlos Luna - 1
Clint Terry - 1

Stats were correct as of 7/21/15


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The 2015 Mid-Season BF.net Community Top 25 is complete. Thanks to everyone for participating. We had a record 35 ballots. Well done!

Orlando Arcia captured 34 of the 35 1st place votes as he nabbed the top spot again. Four draft picks entered the top 25, including Trent Clark nabbing the #5 spot.

Newcomers: Trent Clark, Nathan Kirby, Cody Ponce, Demi Orimoloye, Cy Sneed, Carlos Leal, Jorge Ortega
Exited the Top 25: Wang, Goforth, B. Diaz, Wren, Bradley, Rogers, Denson
Number of ballots: 35
Number of players on ballots: 57
Mr. Irrelevants (1 point): Austin Ross, Adam Weisenberger, Carlos Luna and Clint Terry
Risers: Lopez (8 spots), Reed (10 spots),
Fallers: Wang (15 spots), Goforth (15 spots), Wren (20 spots), Bradley (fell from 19th to off the list)
Players with the best chance to graduate off the top 25 by end of the year: Jungmann (guarenteed), Knebel, Cravy

If you see any mistakes, please let me know. I will update as needed.

We'll plan on doing a new top 25 after the season.


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Posted: July 22, 2015, 2:56 PM Post
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reilly thank you very much for the continual work you put into this process!

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Thanks for all the work!

Kodi Medeiros is LHP, thus nullifying the Kirby comment.

Also, who got the 1 first place vote that Arcia didn't?


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Rounded out as a pretty good list.


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Posted: July 22, 2015, 3:17 PM Post
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Thanks for all the work!

Kodi Medeiros is LHP, thus nullifying the Kirby comment.

Also, who got the 1 first place vote that Arcia didn't?


Not really, I think you missed the meaning there. I read it as he believes Kodi is still a project and Kirby will likely jump past him.

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CheezWizHed said:
Thanks for all the work!

Kodi Medeiros is LHP, thus nullifying the Kirby comment.

Also, who got the 1 first place vote that Arcia didn't?



Medeiros is THROWS flithy--Kirby PITCHES filthy. As if today, I'd agree Kirby is best LHP because of his polish. If you watched those last 2 innings of the CWS you could see that Braddock like slider tear Vanderbilt up. Not saying in long run Medeiros will not harness his stuff and be better however Kirby is older and is just a really good pitcher.


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CheezWizHed said:
Thanks for all the work!

Kodi Medeiros is LHP, thus nullifying the Kirby comment.

Also, who got the 1 first place vote that Arcia didn't?

Medeiros


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Thanks for putting in the time to do this Reilly! Always fun to do this, and see everyone else's lists.

Quick stats:
Even split between Pitchers/ Position players: 13/12
Fairly even split between High (A+ and above)/low minors: 14/11

First reaction, much deeper than last time. When you have bats like Rogers, Ramirez, and Denson that didn't even crack the top 30...not too shabby.

Million dollar question.... How many players acquired in year end trades will crack the next Top 25? My guess? Two.


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CheezWizHed said:
Thanks for all the work!

Kodi Medeiros is LHP, thus nullifying the Kirby comment.

Also, who got the 1 first place vote that Arcia didn't?


Not really, I think you missed the meaning there. I read it as he believes Kodi is still a project and Kirby will likely jump past him.

This is what I meant, but it didn't come across. I tweaked the copy - just made him (along with Kodi) one of the top two lefties in the system. How's that for a quick save.


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It's funny how far our system has come. Scooter and Khris Davis were top prospects, now the guys who IMO compare most to them (chris McFarland and Victor Roache) didn't make the list and the other was pretty low. I still feel McFarland doesn't get enough respect. His hit tool is a little below Scooter but his overall game with defense, base running, and fact I believe he does have the arm to at least play 3B or OF if needed gives him flexibility (that is based off old High School Draft reports though)


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Observations, thoughts, surprises, etc.:

1. We've lost a lot of fringy type players - Rogers, Wren, relievers. I think it's a testament to the improvement of the system. There's nothing wrong with guys like Rogers or Goforth - only their ultimate value isn't that special.

2. Jungmann's placement is really iffy since a bunch of people simply didn't vote for him. Irregardless, he'll be gone, probably along with Knebel and maybe even Cravy.

In the future, we can look at each player and determine if they are going to graduate in the near future and not include them in the poll.

3. Upside is big with the community group. I assume that's because a lot of us follow the minors and value that.

4. As I voted, I was happy to see the quality of guys as I went lower in the list. A lot of users made this same comment. Again, just shows you how much the system has improved.

5. Only nine players remain from last year's mid-season Top 20 list. One graduated, one was traded, two released, and the rest have just dropped down and been replaced by new talent.

6. We like our new stuff - Ponce, Kirby, Orimoloye, Clark, Diplan, Gatewood, Harrison, Sneed, Kodi, Lara - all added in the last 14 months.


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Thanks Reilly! Very good write-ups too.


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I like McFarland, I still think there's potential there. However, if you compare him to Scooter:

Scooter A+ .740 A .817
McFarland A+ .683 A .719/.656 (2 seasons)

So Scooter was 100 points better than McFarland at the A level (even using McFarland's repeat year at that level.) Then Scoot was over 50 points better at the A+ level. Quite a wide gap there.


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This prospect list looks ALOT better than lists from two and three years ago. Much improvement. Hopefully we can add at least two or three more top ten prospects at the trade deadline.


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FVBrewerFan said:
Thanks for putting in the time to do this Reilly! Always fun to do this, and see everyone else's lists.

Quick stats:
Even split between Pitchers/ Position players: 13/12
Fairly even split between High (A+ and above)/low minors: 14/11

First reaction, much deeper than last time. When you have bats like Rogers, Ramirez, and Denson that didn't even crack the top 30...not too shabby.

Million dollar question.... How many players acquired in year end trades will crack the next Top 25? My guess? Two.


I'd guess quite a few more than two. Remember before the next BF.NET list we will have the deadline and off-season trades. Carlos Gomez better add two alone or something is seriously wrong. I'd guess at least 4.


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Also, who got the 1 first place vote that Arcia didn't?


I voted for Medeiros #1 over Arcia. Arcia is much closer to the majors, but I think he has a little too much helium (I was very surprised that BA ranked him as a top-10 prospect, since that seems like MVP-upside territory to me and Arcia's bat isn't good enough for that), whereas I think Medeiros is primed for a full-on breakout and has legit potential to be a frontline SP.

Thank you reillymcshane for compiling the list!


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Looking this over, it looks like I will either be a genius with some of my picks, or I'll be way off.

Based on the point totals, my votes for Omar Cotto (20) and Yerison Pena (21) provided all of their points. Adam Weisenburger was my 25th pick - I gave him the edge over Carlos Leal due to his OBP skills (Weisenburger's posted a .361 OBP against a .233 batting average). My 9th-place vote for Brent Suter provided 17 of his 28 points, and My 12th-place vote for Blake Allemand gave him 14 of his 23 points.

So, am I seeing something real in Cotto, Pena, Allemand, and Suter - or am I just seeing smoke and mirrors?


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It's certainly important to highlight the impact of recently added talent to turning things around. Even with a few graduations by the end of the season it's not too hard to imagine the top 25 being even more crowded after the deadline (at least we can hope). Just as importantly though has been the fact that very few guys have had poor seasons. Some have had breakout seasons like Arcia and Lopez, but even guys who had struggled out of the gate managed to get back on track. Even Taylor whose AA season has been so-so is not completely falling apart and is plenty young enough to absorb the hiccup without a huge blow to his prospect potential. Bottom line not losing guys along the way has been almost as important as the incoming talent in turning things around.


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So, am I seeing something real in Cotto, Pena, Allemand, and Suter - or am I just seeing smoke and mirrors?


We all have our own way of evaluating these players, have our pet projects, etc. Nothing wrong with that. Allemand, for example, is a guy who could easily be in the Top 25 down the road.

Heck, I had the only vote for Carlos Luna. But I looked at his stat line, and even with a small sample I felt I needed to reward him with a vote. The absolutely dominating complete game he threw sealed it.

Brandon Diaz is another I put on my list that didn't make the Top 25. His numbers aren't deserving, but I have seen him play enough that I think he's real close to breaking out. Nice, short swing, has some power, has speed...just a lot of tools to work with there.


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