Congratulations to Stuart Turner who, with 35% of the vote, topped the other three candidates on the ballot for prospect number 24 this season! We're adding a trio of players to the ballot, but I've changed my mind about one thing: I may still add a prospect in every round through the end of the voting process. In other words, a few prospects being voted on may not make our Top 30.
Here we go!
Players up in Round 24: D.J. Baxendale, Amaurys Minier, Taylor Rogers, Mason Melotakis, Niko Goodrum, Adrian Salcedo
Melotakis was rated higher last season (#16), but after being thrust into a starter's role for much of 2013 it's not a surprise that his rate stats took a dip. So it's not that he had a bad season, but that quite a few prospects took a step forward. Melotakis is just 23 this season and should step up to Fort Myers, and if he continues to be an effective pitcher he could be pushed to Double-A by the end of the season. And of course he's a lefty, which helps, even if he doesn't have a great ceiling.
Niko Goodrum, SS
2014 Age: 22
2013 High Level: Cedar Rapids, 455 PA (Single-A)
After three seasons stuck in Rookie ball, Goodrum finally escaped last season and displayed the solid all-around skills that scouts have been hoping for. He continues to have a few issues at the high-responsibility position and he'll never develop any real power, but he's capable of being a decent contact hitter with good strike zone judgment and on-base skills, and he knows how to use his speed both in the field and on the bases. Can he make the most of a couple of plus tools? Or will he continue to toil away in the minors and hope for a bench or fringe role three or four years down the road?
Adrian Salcedo, RHP
2014 Age: 23
2013 High Level: Fort Myers, 58.1 IP (Advanced-A)
Salcedo has been off of our list for the last couple years after making appearances earlier in his history with the organization. It's been a slow move through the ranks so far, but with his move to the bullpen his rate stats have improved and, with them, the front-line stats like ERA and WHIP. It's helped him to be a more efficient and effective pitcher, and as a result we see him on our list towards the end of our voting. He's a borderline Top 30 guy, so where he lands is up to you.