Prospect Week 2015: Just Missed The Cut

Juan-De-Leon Because the top 30 list is compiled from multiple individual lists, there were more than 30 players who got selected.  I won't get into the full explanation of how the list was put together now, but as a final preview to the actual top 30 I wanted to give everybody a look at the players who just missed the cut.  This is an interesting collection of extreme highs and lows, in terms of level and experience at least, and I think it gives some insight into how our collective prospect ranking process ended up working out.  Upside and potential are recognized and valued, but it takes a lot more than that to make a true top prospect.  These are all players who appeared on at least 1 individual top 30 list but did not appear on the final top 30.

31) Dermis Garcia- 16, SS, 2014 International FA

He received the highest bonus of all the Yankees' 2014 international free agent signings (so far) at $3.2 million, and when you get the kind of praise he got from some scouts it's easy to understand why.  Ben Badler of Baseball America gave Garcia a 70 rating for raw power and said it "rates as the best in the class."  He also said Garcia had a plus arm, and at 6'2"/185 he's pretty well built for a 16-year-old kid.  Right now he doesn't project to stay at shortstop long-term, but he should have no problem finding a home with power like he has.  We'll start to get a look at his entire hitting profile when he comes over and starts facing American pro pitching.

32) Nick Rumbelow- 23, RHRP, Triple-A SWB

Drafted in the 7th round of the 2013 draft, Rumbelow got 20-some-odd innings of SS league de-rusting that year before making his full-season debut in 2014.  He spent time at 4 different levels last year, starting in Low-A Charleston and finishing at Triple-A SWB.  Overall Rumbelow was stellar, pitching to a 2.62 ERA with 81 K and 18 BB in 58.1 IP.  He got tagged for a few homers in Triple-A, but his K rate was strong at each level.  He's got legit mid-90s heat and a big curveball that can be unhittable when he's locating it.  He'll open this season in the SWB 'pen again and could be in line for a Major League call up at some point if he continues to miss bats.

33) Juan De Leon- 16, OF, 2014 International FA

The second of the big 3 FA signings from last year's crop, De Leon is an athletic outfielder with above-average tools across the board.  Badler loved his short swing and plus-plus bat speed, and his 6'1" frame should take well to adding some more muscle and increasing his power potential.  I believe De Leon plays center field right now, but he may profile as a right fielder long-term.  Like Garcia, he's a project and may not come stateside right away, but his advanced swing for his age could help him adjust quickly to low-level American pitching.

34) Tyler Webb- 24, LHRP, Triple-A SWB

Like Rumbelow, he shot up the system in 2014 after being drafted in the 10th round of the 2013 draft.  Unlike Rumbelow, he pitches with his left hand and is more of a command/strike thrower than a raw stuff guy.  Webb accumulated 94 strikeouts in 68.2 innings pitched spread across 3 levels last season, and proved to be capable of more than just lefty-lefty matchup work by racking up those 68.2 innings in 48 appearances.  He's been bumped down the depth chart ladder some by the addition of multiple Major League lefty relievers, but he probably still slots in 2nd behind Jacob Lindgren on the list of lefty relief prospects not expected to crack the Opening Day roster.

35) Nelson Gomez- 16, 3B, 2014 International FA

The last of the big 3 international guys, Gomez profiles as a traditional right-handed power bat who also might have the tools to play a decent third base.  He's the physically biggest of the big 3 at 6'2"/210, and multiple scouting reports give him plus raw power while also referencing a plus arm and good hands.  We'll see if he has the athleticism to play the hot corner as he gets older and his body matures, but if he can tap into his power potential he should still be a potential blue chip prospect as a first baseman or right fielder.

Also Received Votes: Jaron Long, Chris Breen, Taylor Dugas, Brady Lail, Jordan Foley

** Coming up tomorrow- Part I of the 2015 IIATMS Top 30: Spots 30-21. **