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About Joshua Schwager - Baseball Ranks

The owner and editor of He is an avid fan of minor league baseball and has one of the deepest prospect rankings publically available on the internet.

Joshua Schwager - Baseball Ranks has written 97 articles so far, you can find them below.

Ian Anderson- 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Ian Anderson’s best asset is a lively fastball. He has wicked arm speed and generates a lot of power in the release. As he cleans up his mechanics and gains velocity, you could see his 90-94 mph fastball turn into a 93-97 mph fastball. He isn’t close to that at the moment but could get... Read More

3 years ago

Luiz Gohara - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Luiz Gohara made history at the beginning of his career when he received an $880,000 bonus for signing with the Mariners in 2012. It was not long before he was called stateside and made his debut as a 16-year-old in the Appalachian League. Atlanta was impressed enough to trade for him in January 2017, as... Read More

3 years ago

Travis Demeritte- 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Offensively, Travis Demeritte holds some of the best individual upside as a potential 30-30 player down the line if he were to become an everyday player. However, to become that regular option, he needs to improve his contact skills and shorten his swing at the plate. It is Demeritte’s defense though, that could result in... Read More

3 years ago

Kolby Allard - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Kolby Allard continues the list of valuable pitching prospects within this deep Atlanta farm system. Allard was one of the more highly touted prospects in the 2015 draft before losing value because of back issues in high school. The Braves took a chance on the southpaw with the 14th pick in that draft, and it... Read More

3 years ago

Sean Newcomb - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

The upcoming season is crucial for the 23-year-old who is looking to prove he can be a starter at the major league level. Sean Newcomb has already improved his command and stamina, but consistency with the action on his pitches will be crucial if he is to find success at the higher levels. While it is... Read More

3 years ago

Mike Soroka - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Mike Soroka has the ability to develop into the top pitching prospect within the current minor league system. At only 19 years old, he’s already proven he can strike out batters while also knowing how to pitch deep into games. He’s allowed only three home runs in 35 appearances and is able to pitch to... Read More

3 years ago

Max Fried - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Max Fried has some serious upside as a big-time lefty capable of whiffing elite batters and potentially pitching late into the game. Fried can hit 96 mph on the gun with a devastating curve as a left-handed pitcher. He lacks control of the strike zone, but that is likely mainly due to him cleaning up... Read More

3 years ago

Kevin Maitan- 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Kevin Maitan comes stateside from Venezuela as one of the highest-touted prospects in recent memory. He almost has the hype around him that Yoan Moncada carried with him. The 16-year-old shortstop has more than enough to offer to the Braves in the coming years. He has massive power potential, great contact ability and defensive prowess... Read More

3 years ago

Ronald Acuna - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Ronald Acuna checks every box. He has top-tier speed, a steady glove, a great arm, patient at the plate, high contact, great bat path and is still growing. A question mark surrounding the 6-foot, 180-pound Venezuelan is how much power he can develop into. This somewhat baffles me, as that power question doesn’t come into play... Read More

3 years ago

Ozzie Albies - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Ozzie Albies uses a short swing in which his back elbow rarely extends to be level with his shoulder, but it allows him to adjust to the ball much quicker. He hangs in the air temporarily as he assesses the pitch and then quickly places his front foot and extends through the ball. His swing... Read More

3 years ago

Rhys Hoskins - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Rhys Hoskins hit 17 homers in 2015 and then more than doubled that amount at a higher level with 38 dingers. Hoskins is not the traditional low average power hitter, though; he hit over .300 in Low-A and just under .300 in Double-A. Hoskins will more than likely begin 2017 in Triple-A after raking in... Read More

3 years ago

Franklin Kilome - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Franklin Kilome possesses a fastball in the mid-90s, and he complements that with a curveball and a changeup. His curveball is a plus pitch and his go-to secondary pitch. He throws two different types of curve -- one that he uses to get over the plate and locate well, and he has one that he... Read More

3 years ago

Sixto Sanchez - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Sixto Sanchez has a very easy and repetitive delivery, which is impressive considering he is only 18. Also impressive is that his fastball velocity is in the high-90s despite having a low-effort delivery. In the Dominican, Sanchez was in the low-90s with his fastball, but last season he was clocked as high as 99 mph.... Read More

3 years ago

Roman Quinn - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

You can’t discuss Roman Quinn without discussing his injury history. He hasn’t played more than 90 games in a single season in his entire minor league career. His injury list consists of a ruptured Achilles, a fractured wrist, a concussion, a strained quadriceps and most recently a strained oblique. If not for all of these injuries,... Read More

3 years ago

Nick Williams - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

In the box, Nick Williams has to fix his aggressiveness if he wants to excel in the bigs. His strikeout rate was at an awful 28.7 percent in 2014, then it appeared he honed it in with a 18.6  percent strikeout rate in 2015, but he took a big step back last season at Triple-A... Read More

3 years ago

Jorge Alfaro - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Jorge Alfaro has two tools that stand out among the rest. Those tools would be his power and his arm. Offensively, Alfaro has the potential to be a 20-plus home run hitter at the very least and will be a middle-of-the-order bat. He has a lot of pop in his bat and will always be... Read More

3 years ago

Mickey Moniak - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Moniak was drafted in June last season, so he only has half of a season of professional ball under his belt. In that half of a season, he slashed .284/.340/.409 in 194 plate appearances. Not terrible for an 18-year-old’s first taste of pro ball. Moniak faced fierce competition in Southern California but still raked in... Read More

3 years ago

J.P. Crawford - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

In 2014, J.P. Crawford split the season between Low-A Lakewood and High-A Clearwater. He had a very solid season, slashing .285/.375/.406 along with hitting 11 home runs and stealing 24 bases. He would follow that season up with a very similar slash line when he played the majority of the season in Double-A, slashing .288/.380/.414.... Read More

3 years ago

Jose Albertos - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Jose Albertos is the headline name of a myriad of Mexican prospects signed by Chicago over the past few years. The fair-sized right-hander has seen limited exposure as a professional, but his greatest asset is potential at only 18 years old. His development over the next few seasons will determine if he can reach his... Read More

3 years ago

Eddy Martinez - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Eddy Martinez saw a controversial arrival into the Cubs system when the team signed him as a free agent in October of 2015. Though reports had indicated he had signed with the San Francisco Giants, the international prospect was on the receiving end of a $3 million signing bonus from Chicago. Only one season into... Read More

3 years ago

Mark Zagunis - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Mark Zagunis was a name forgotten in the 2014 draft behind the exciting Kyle Schwarber. The third-round pick was selected out of Virginia Tech as a catcher, though he has seen a full transition to the corner outfield positions. Offering questionable value from the plate, his steady performance across all levels of the minor leagues... Read More

3 years ago

Oscar De la Cruz - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Oscar De la Cruz has gained more and more attention in scouting circles since coming over from the Dominican league. The most notable part of his game is a fastball that offers lethal velocity and movement. Only a few years into his pitching career, De la Cruz is still gaining speed on a pitch that... Read More

3 years ago

Jeimer Candelario - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Jeimer Candelario checks a lot of boxes on the offensive side of the ball. He is a smooth swinger from both sides of the plate with minimal drop from one side to the other. His mechanics at the plate are sound in the lower half and balanced with a smooth transfer of weight on a... Read More

3 years ago

Trevor Clifton - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Trevor Clifton has shown great promise with a steady ascent through the lower levels. Coming off consecutive seasons with 100-plus innings of work, Clifton has proven he has the durability to deliver through the long season. He has cleaned up his mechanics to mirror the similar compact design of many other Cubs prospects. While the... Read More

3 years ago

Dylan Cease - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Still a few years away, Dylan Cease currently offers the potential to be a front-of-the-rotation starter or dangerous weapon in the bullpen with his velocity if he is unable to withstand the long innings on his repaired elbow. Cease has created a large amount of excitement with extreme success in his 23 starts for the Cubs.... Read More

3 years ago

Ian Happ - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Ian Happ offers strong potential on both sides of the ball that project him into a valuable contributor down the line. Offensively there were concerns with Happ’s call-up to Double-A ball last season, though the back end of a first full season rarely yields top results. Happ noticeably expanded his zone and saw his walk... Read More

3 years ago

Eloy Jimenez - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Eloy Jimenez’s early claim to fame is his exceptional skill with the bat. Expectations were high for him when he was signed by the team and continued development within the organization has yielded top results. Playing his first full season in 2016, Jimenez projected to nearly 60 doubles, 20 home runs and 117 RBI over... Read More

3 years ago

Dane Dunning - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Dane Dunning was the “third piece” in the Adam Eaton trade to the Nationals. The two prospects have no similarities beyond this. Dunning appears to be a low-floor,high-ceiling starter who was selected 29th overall in 2016’s MLB draft. Listed at 6-foot-4, Dunning is built like a starter and has the arsenal to boot. He was... Read More

3 years ago

Carson Fulmer - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

Carson Fulmer, the pitcher, took a step backward in 2016 despite Fulmer the person taking multiple steps forward. He was promoted twice, from Double-A to Triple-A and then from Triple-A to the pros. He made his debut on July 17 out of the bullpen against the Angels and would go on to pitch in relief in... Read More

3 years ago

Zack Burdi - 2017 MLB Prospect Outlook

There was chatter when Zack Burdi was drafted 26th overall last year that he could be stretched out to start some day, but the Chicago White Sox appear to have no such plans, and they shouldn’t, considering the electric fastball and slider combination that Burdi wields. He routinely rings radar guns with triple digits. Burdi... Read More

3 years ago

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