David Laurila of Fangraphs reached out to the Midwest League broadcasters after the season. He asked each for a list of seven players, in order, who were the top players in the league. Seven of those asked, responded. Cincinnati Reds prospect Jose Siri showed up on many of the lists after performing well for the Dayton Dragons in 2017.

Among the seven responders, Josi Siri was the fourth ranked player on three different lists, the sixth prospect on one list and seventh on another list. Two lists didn’t have him listed, but he was listed as an honorable mention on another. Teammate Taylor Trammell was named the fifth prospect on two lists, but didn’t show up anywhere else.

I spent a lot of time watching the Dayton Dragons play in 2017. Between my trips to the field and MiLB.tv, I’m sure that I watched over 50 games during the year. Based on what I saw, here is the list.

The Top 7 Prospects I saw from the league in 2017

  1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  2. Bo Bichette
  3. Taylor Trammell
  4. Tyler Stephenson
  5. Tony Santillan
  6. Jose Siri
  7. Isaac Paredes

I didn’t get a chance to see every player in the league. I also saw far more of the Dragons guys than anyone else. While I don’t believe I am biased towards the Reds guys, it doesn’t hurt that I likely saw them all at their best because I simply saw them more often than I did other teams players. Some other players that stood out: Dustin May, Daz Cameron, Jordan Sheffield. I didn’t get a chance to see Fernando Tatis Jr. play, but heard people raving about him throughout the year. I also didn’t get a chance to see Michel Baez, who I also heard outstanding things about. Those two were the ones that I didn’t see, but heard the most about.


4 Responses

  1. The Duke

    4 Reds in the top 7 of a 16 team league. Nope, no bias at all there, haha.

    • Doug Gray

      As I noted – I didn’t get a chance to see some of the guys play – including plenty of the pitchers because they only go every 5 days. But, 3 Reds were in the BA Top 20 in the league, and the 4th that wasn’t, was Santillan, and, well, I have a tough time saying that guy is on there from a bias lol. When you throw three pitches at 90+….. that’s skill coming through.

  2. dbfromnva

    From BA print edition: 1. Senzel 2.Greene 3. Trammell 4. Mahle 5. Winker 6. Santillan 7. Siri 8. Long 9. Gutierrez 10. Stephenson

  3. MK

    Isaw them all,12 in person the rest on tv. I would have Tatis at 4 . i really liked Marcus Greene and Michel Baez of Fort Wayne.