The MLB introduced the Pipeline Poll, where GMs and scouts choose the top prospects, last year. Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the polls last year via landslide. This year, prospects from the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals were named the top young players heading into the 2017 season.
Here are the top five prospects and young players of the 2017 MLB season, according to MLB GMs and scouting executives, per MLB.com.
Alex Reyes, SP – St. Louis Cardinals
The top pitching prospect of 2017 is Alex Reyes of the St. Louis Cardinals as he received 15 out of the possible 19 votes cast. Reyes made his major league debut last season, appearing in 12 games and starting in five. He posted an impressive record of 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 52 strikeouts.
Andrew Benintendi, OF – Boston Red Sox
Out of the 20 possible votes, Andrew Benintendi of the Boston Red Sox received 10 to become the top hitting prospect in baseball. Just like Reyes, Benintendi made his MLB debut last season. In 34 games, he hit .295 with two home runs and 14 RBIs.
Yoan Moncada, 2B – Chicago White Sox
Moncada had a rough major league debut last season but many scouts voted him as one of the best prospects. Scouts still love his potential on offense with his power and speed despite the questions about his defense at second base.
“His upside at the plate is unparalleled for a middle infield prospect, and he has elite ability on the basepaths. Even with some defensive questions, the offensive potential separates him from a guy like J.P. Crawford,” one GM told MLB.com.
Dansby Swanson, SS – Atlanta Braves
The 2015 first overall pick, Dansby Swanson, made it into the top five. He also got a taste of the major leagues last season. In 38 games last year, he had a batting average of .302 with three home runs and 17 RBIs.
Tyler Glasnow, SP – Pittsburgh Pirates
Finally, Tyler Glasnow of the Pittsburgh has spent the last five years in the minor leagues. However, he is still one of the best prospects in baseball. He appeared in seven games last season and starting in two but he did not win a game while posting a 4.24 ERA.
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