Top 10 Young Players To Keep An Eye On In 2017

Meanwhile MLB.COM presented a list of the top 100 prospects in all of MLB, here is a top ten list of players who are not in the best 10 prospects list that you may want to keep an out on this upcoming season….according to Sportsnext co-host Eriq.

10) Kendall Graveman – Oakland Athletics, RHP. 

Graveman (26) started 31 games last year for Oakland posting a 10-11 record and a 4.11 ERA while striking out 108 hitters. He’s slowly but surely becoming the A’s most consistent pitcher as he started 21 games in 2015. Graveman was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 8th but was part of the Josh Donaldson-Brett Lawrie trade in November of 2014. This Spring he’s recorded a 2.84 ERA, a 1-1 record and a WHIP of 0.87.

9) Mitch Haniger – Seattle Mariners, CF

A first round pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012, Haniger (26) is already well traveled. He was part of the trade that sent Gerardo Parra to the Brewers and eventually sent Jean Segura to Seattle. The outfielder played in 34 games last year with the Arizona Diamondbacks, tallying up 5 HRs, 17 RBIs, and a batting AVG of .229. His Springs stats so far are 2 HRs, 7 RBIs and an AVG of .409 in 44 ABs. He’s 5th place in hit leaders.

8) Sal Romano – Cincinnati Reds, RHP

Sal (23) was a late pick in the 2011 draft, picked 715th overall. He has not yet pitched in the Big Leagues but he is having an impressive Spring Training with an 1.17 ERA, 1-0, in 5 games played and 1 start. Romano leads all Spring pitchers in ERA.

7) Peter O’Brien – Kansas City Royals, LF

O’Brien (26) is also well traveled, he was originally drafted by the New York Yankees 94th overall in 2012. He was then traded to the DBacks for 3B Martin Prado. He made his major league debut in 2015 hitting .400 in 8 games. In 2016, he played in 28 games but hit only .141. In December of 2016, the Kansas City Royals acquired O’Brien for minor leaguer Sam Lewis.  He is hitting .341 with 6 HRs this Spring. He’s tied with former MVP Bryce Harper for 1st place in HRs this Spring.

6) Stephen Cardullo – Colorado Rockies, 1B

Cardullo (29) is looking into being the starting first-baseman after an injury to new Rockies 1B Ian Desmond. He was the 721st overall pick in the 2010 draft by the DBacks. He played two seasons for them until he was eventually released. The Rockies picked him up and made his MLB debut in September 2015.  In 2016, he hit .214 in 27 games. This spring he’s hitting .361, with 3 HRs in 36 ABs.

5) Ryon Healy – Oakland Athleitcs, 3B

Healy (25) was drafted 100th overall by the A’s in the 2013 draft. He played 72 games last year for Oakland, hitting .305, 13 HRs and 37 RBIs. His spring is also coming along nicely as he’s hitting .323, 4 HRs and 13 RBIs. He’s tied with two others for 2nd place in RBIs this spring.

4) Jesus Aguilar – Milwaukee Brewers, 1B

Aguilar (26) has spent several seasons with the defending AL Champ Cleveland Indians as he was originally signed by them from Venezuela as an amateur free agent. After hitting on .172 in 58 career MLB at-bats, the Indians designated him for assignment. Milwaukee signed him in January of 2017. He’s hitting .417, with 4 HRs in 36 ABs this spring.

3) Eddie Butler – Chicago Cubs, RHP

Butler (26) is a former 1st round pick in 2012 by the Rockies. He never found success in a hitter-friendly ballpark like Coors Field as he posted a career ERA of 6.50 in 28 starts. But he is impressing the defending World Series champs with his 4-0 record and 2.70 ERA.

2) Guillermo Heredia – Seattle Mariners, LF

After defecting from Cuba in 2015 to pursue a contract with Seattle, Heredia (26) has been a Mariner favorite. He played 45 games last year while hitting .250, in 45 games. He’s raking this Spring with a .459 average and 9 RBIs in 37 ABs.

1) Brandon Drury – Arizona Diamondbacks, 3B

Drury (24) played in 134 games last year for Arizona hitting .282, 16 HRs and driving in 53 runs. He’s had 37 Spring ABs and is hitting .459 with 5 RBIs.



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