Roster Resource’s MiLB Power Rankings are based on 2015 regular season performance with age and level being major factors in how each statistical category was weighted.
Here’s everything you need to know before proceeding …
*Each player was graded on a scale of 0-10 with “10” being the best possible outcome. Astros first baseman A.J. Reed (1.044 OPS, 34 HR, 30 2B, 86 BB between Double-A and High-A; age-22 season) and Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios (2.87 ERA, 166.1 IP, 136 H, 38 BB, 175 K between Triple-A and Double-A; age-21 season) were the closest to reaching that “perfect” score.
*Click HERE to view the notable omissions with an explanation of why they didn’t make the cut.
*For those of us who do not have access to extensive scouting reports on most minor leaguers, all we have to go on are statistics and whatever we’ve heard from credible sources who are knowledgable on prospects through scouting or gathering information from scouts and front office personnel. These statistics don’t come close to telling the whole story when it comes to predicting future success, which is why I’ve added a few other important factors (age and level) to the equation. My rankings should give you a very good idea of which “Minor Leaguers You Should Know” heading into the offseason.
*In order to qualify, a player must have been under the age of 26 on 9/15/15. While it’s certainly possible for a 26+ year old minor leaguer to make an impact in the majors and possibly have a long and successful career, the odds of that player becoming anything more than a role player (back-of-rotation starting pitcher, middle reliever or bench player/occasional starter) are very low. Therefore, I have eliminated them from these rankings altogether. Some of the more notable players who would’ve been high on the list are Matt Duffy (Triple-A Astros), Matt Hague (Triple-A Blue Jays), Brock Stassi (Double-A Phillies), Colin Walsh (Double-A Athletics) and Jamie Romak (Triple-A Diamondbacks).
*The minimum number of at-bats or innings pitched in order to receive a score at any particular level is 12 and 9, respectively.
*The pre-season organizational rankings from Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus are displayed, along with the mid-season overall rankings from MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus.
*Wondering why a particular player isn’t higher? I figured that, which is why I’ve included the number of at-bats or innings pitched at each level. If a player did not play a full season in the minors due to injury or because they played in the majors (points were not rewarded for major league performance or for reaching the majors), this could be the reason.
*I will be adding notes in the near future that will give you a better indication of why a player is ranked where they are ranked (i.e. player missed 2 months due to elbow injury) and will include a list of notable omissions with the reason they didn’t make the cut (i.e. poor performance, injury, etc.).