Despite the talented group from the 2015 list only Rule V selection Odubel Herrera and reliever Jairo Diaz made a significant impact in the major leagues. They were the 9th and 10th best prospects in the National League. Orlando Arcia jumped from number two to one this year while last year’s number one dropped to two. There is some concern Venezuelans with talented baseball tools will be shutout of a major league opportunity because of the turmoil that exists in Venezuela. The summer league has been disbanded and any prospects now go to the Dominican Republic to play in their summer league.
Orlando Arcia SS (Brewers) - Jean Segura has been traded so the shortstop position is vacant in Milwaukee, with Jonathan Villar taking it over while Orlando plays in the minors to save his service time. He will be the National League version of Francisco Lindor when he is called up, though his defense may not be quite up to the Lindor standards. He does appear to show a better bat than Lindor did in the minor leagues, with a bit more pop to hit the gaps. His speed should make him a consistent 30 stolen base player. The Brewers are not going anywhere this year so expect Arcia to toil in AAA until September when he is called up.
Wilson Contreras C (Cubs) - One of the better catchers in the game. He has a mixture of solid defensive tools for a catcher with the bat to juice 20 plus homeruns. Last year he clubbed 8 with a .333 batting average. The injury and lack of defensive chops with Kyle Schwarber leaves Wilson as the catcher of the future for the Cubs. That future will begin next year, though it will probably start in September. The Cubs are in a playoff run so if at any time they feel that Wilson provides a better alternative behind the plate than what they have got Wilson will be promoted. This year Wilson continues to hit for average (.333) with an impressive 17/14 walk to whiff ratio.
Gleybar Torres SS (Cubs) - The Cubs find themselves a little crowded in the infield. Gleyber still has a few years to ascend the minor league ladder before they have to make a decision on him. The tools are there for him to stick at shortstop, but if Addison Russell continues to produce that position will not open up for him. The bat is restricted to gap hits, but this year his four homeruns is one more than he hit all of last year. His batting average (.244) needs some improvement. That may come with better discipline at the plate, cutting down on the strikeouts (34 in 34 games)
Jose Peraza 2B (Reds) - Two teams (Braves and Dodgers) have already traded him. At the lower levels he slashed hits like a player competing for a batting title hitting .339 at High A. The hits have not been as prevalent as he has faced more advanced pitchers. His power is non-existent and his stolen base totals have also dropped as he has faced pitchers with more deceptive moves in the stretch. It doesn’t mean he will not be a talented player in the major leagues, but he will not be the super prospect everyone thought he would be after the 2014 season. This year he is 6 for 11 in stolen base success at AAA, a number he needs to improve on if the Reds want to trust him stealing bases.
Jose Rondon SS (Padres) - The acquisition of Javier Guerra will make it more difficult for Jose to fill the shortstop job for the Padres. He has the tools to play the position, but there is nothing flashy about him. A move to second base is in his future, though this year at AA he has played every game at shortstop. His bat lacks power with even gap hits a difficult process. The speed is not there to steal bases so in order to make an impact Jose needs to get on base with an average between .270-.300. This year he is hitting .261. The Padres minor league system appears to be riddled with prospects but Jose is ahead of them as far as the level he is playing.
Carlos Tocci OF (Phillies) - Tocci is not a burner and lacks the power to move to a corner outfield spot. A fourth outfielder type could be his destiny. Last year he was only 3 for 12 in his success rate for stealing bases at High A. This year he is already 6 for 8. He will turn 21 in August so a promotion to AA could he his by mid-season. To date with his .262 average and one homerun he does not have the numbers to be promoted to AA.
Ricardo Sanchez LHP (Braves) - Ricardo throws his fastball in the mid-90s. The Braves acquired him from the Angels for Kyle Kubitza and pitcher Nate Hyatt. At 5′11 he is not a big guy, but his legs help him drive his pitch and could help him with his durability. Small lefthanders also have more success in the major leagues than small righthanders. His curveball has a sharp break and it has the potential to be a strikeout pitch. He struggled last year at Low A (1-6, 5.45) so the Braves are having him repeat at that level this year. His numbers are better but he still needs to get better separation with his walk to whiff numbers (15/26). He is still a teenager at 19 so the Braves will be patient with him.
Antonio Senzatela RHP (Rockies) - Antonio had a nice breakout season last year, especially in the strikeouts, going from 89 in 2014 to 143 in 2015. Moving from a curve to a slider helped the swing and miss rate, but his fastball also sits in the mid-90s, hitting the high 90s. An injury has created a delay to his pitching progress, putting him on the disabled list after his second start at 14. He only lasted two innings in that start. The Rockies have a number of hard throwers ahead of him on the depth chart, but the high altitude spits out pitchers with great regularity. If his injury is not too serious he should be available to be called up in September.
Eias Diaz C (Pirates) - The Pirates have extended the contract of Francisco Cervelli another couple years. If not for an elbow injury Diaz would be ready to run a major league pitching staff in 2016. His bat has always been a bit of a question mark, but last year in AAA he hit .271. The power is restricted to the gaps, with a career .364 slugging average keeping him lower in the order. If Elias remains on the disabled list for an extended period of time 2013 first round draft pick Reese McGuire could pass him on the depth chart. One of these catchers could be used as a trade chip, but first Diaz needs to show his elbow is healthy.
Yorman Rodriguez OF (Reds) - Yorman is out of options so the Reds put him on the disabled list to keep from losing him. When he is healed the Reds will use the full amount of rehab time before they decide to promote him to the major league roster. In 2014 he made his major league debut, hitting .222 in 11 games. Last year, despite their struggles the Reds had no room to call him up. Back in 2008 Yorman was the king of the 2008 international prospect class, signing for $2.5 million. The development in his tools has not been so great that he is a sure thing in the Reds outfield.