With the shutout victories by the Cubs and Astros over the Pirates and Yankees, all eight teams left in the playoffs have had at least one player rated in myworld’s 2015 top 100 prospects filling their roster and making an impact in the playoffs. Of the 10 teams who appeared in the playoffs seven of them finished in the top 11 of teams who had the best farm teams. The Yankees, Royals and Cardinals are the three teams who fell out of the top ten. Of those three teams the Cardinals and the Royals were listed in the top ten in 2014. Below are the names of the top 100 prospects of each of the eight remaining teams in the playoffs who have made a contribution to the playoffs.
Kris Bryant 3B - He was rated as the top prospect entering the 2015 season. He has not disappointed hitting in the middle of the order to drive in runs. He is one of the favorites to win the Rookie of the Year Award.
Addison Russell SS - He was the fourth rated player on the 2015 list. When he was first promoted he played second base, but with the slump of Starling Castro he became the Cubs starting shortstop. Castro eventually moved to second base. Russell solidifies the infield from a defensive standpoint. He and Bryant will make the Cubs playoff contenders for many years to come filling the left side of the infield.
Kyle Schwarber LF/C - He has provided the Cubs some big time bop in the lineup. His defense is not that strong behind the plate or in left field, but his bat more than makes up for his defensive inefficiencies. He hit a big homerun in the Cubs wild card playoff win over the Pirates. Expect him to settle in left field.
Carlos Correa SS - He was rated third on the list. An injury to Jed Lowries forced the Astros to call him up earlier than they expected. The midseason callup has given the Astros the push to make it into the playoffs. Once Jed Lowries became healthy the Astros moved him to third. Carlos is the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year Award.
Domingo Santana OF - He was one of the players traded to the Brewers for Carlos Gomez, who has fit in centerfield for the Astros. So while he has not contributed himself to the Astros championship run, they may not have made the playoffs without having him to make the Carlos Gomez acquisition.
Jorge Alfaro C - One of the players included in the trade to acquire Cole Hamels, who is now the ace of the Rangers staff as they head into the playoffs.
Jake Thompson RHP - Another player traded to the Phillies for Cole Hamels. The previous year he was a Tiger traded to the Rangers to acquire Joaquin Soria in the Tigers playoff run of 2014.
Alex Gonzalez RHP - Referred to as Chi Chi injuries forced him into the starting rotation where he has made ten starts and four relief appearances.
Nick Williams OF - The number 100 prospect on this list he was the third player traded to the Phillies for Cole Hamels.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Corey Seager SS - An injury to Jimmy Rollins forced the Dodgers to call up the younger brother of Kyle earlier than they expected. With Rollins healthy the Dodgers are trying to find ways to get his bat in the lineup, including putting him at third and short, where Corey is a more productive hitter than their current alternatives. Seager was the fifth rated prospect on the top 100 list.
Joc Pederson OF - He has had his struggles hitting for average, but he has solidified the centerfield position from a defensive standpoint. He has taken his share of walks and hit for power but his batting average has been something the Dodgers would like to see improved next year. Too many swings and misses in his at bats.
New York Mets
Noah Sydergaard RHP - They call him Thor and outside of Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom he may be one of the best pitchers in the starting rotation. He will fill the back end of the rotation in the playoffs.
Kevin Plawecki C - Injuries to Travis d’Arnaud have left the Mets short at catcher. Kevin has stepped in and filled the position well while Travis is on the mend.
Steven Matz RHP - Another rookie to fill the Mets starting rotation. Injuries have limited his impact but his success has put him on the playoff roster.
Michael Conforto OF - The Mets would not have made the playoffs without his power production in the outfield. Prior to his promotion the Mets were one of the weakest hitting teams in the National League. After his promotion and the trade to acquire Yoenis Cespedes they have one of the strongest offenses in the National league.
Toronto Blue Jays
Daniel Norris RHP - He was one of the players traded so the Blue Jays could acquire David Price, who has become the ace in their rotation.
Aaron Sanchez RHP - Last year he made his contributions in the bullpen. This year he has gotten 11 starts in the rotation, including 30 appearances in the bullpen.
Dalton Pompey OF - He started the season for the Blue Jays in the outfield but a lack of offense saw a demotion to the minors. While he has not made a big contribution, he did see significant centerfield time for the Blue Jays.
Jeff Hoffman RHP - He was one of the many prospects the Blue Jays sent to the Rockies for Troy Tulowitski.
Kansas City Royals
Sean Manaea LHP - He was one of the pitchers traded to the Athletics for super utility man Ben Zobrist.
Brandon Finnegan LHP - He was one of three lefthanders traded to the Reds for ace Johnny Cueto. While Cueto has had his struggles during the regular season for the Royals he should make an impact in the playoffs.
St Louis Cardinals
Stephen Piscotty OF/1B - Injuries to Matt Holiday and Matt Adams has given Piscotty a number of opportunities to prove himself. Now with both healthy the Cardinals will try to find opportunities to get his .300 bat in the lineup.