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 *Season 6 - Top 20 Prospects
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Welcome to another new thing! Starting this season, we will present top 20 prospect list every season (possibly more in the future). We had six voters this season who I thank very much for their help. The voters were iamslm22 majesiu Mavfatha ckroyal92 Beaver and myself.

This list is primarily based on the person, rather than the player, meaning their personality, their activity and all of that matters most for this list. This is supposed to be a list that shows how well someone might do in their career, in which activity is the biggest thing.

Please give SLM 50% of the payout for his write-ups and voting, beaver 25% for making the list of players, myself 10% and majesiu, mavfatha and ckroyal will get 5% for voting. Thank you.

The details on each player will be in two parts. First off, slm wrote a scouting report from the view of a scout. And secondly, I added some thoughts about the person behind the player and why they might have ended up whre they did.

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20) SP Jayran Mackson - cosbornballboy - 10 points

The first player on our prospect list is a true boom or bust prospect. Jayran Mackson has potential to flame out, or the potential to be a star. Right now Mackson has one skill that appears to translate to the majors, and that is speed. His fastball is excellent as he has the ability to touch 95 miles per hour, which is rare for a player of his age. Mackson throws a screw ball and a sinker, but neither pitch is near major league level. He has control issues as well, and will have to get those under control if he ever wants to pitch in New York.

Cosbornballboy is a well-known player who was previously the GM of the Death Valley Scorpions. If he comes back to full activity, he could be a big steal and has a high cieling, but the risk is that he would continue being semi-active like he was for a big part of the past.

19) SS Jimothy Kekton - Keksecutioner - 11 points

Fourth Round pick Jimmy Kekton is expected to start out the season in the major leagues for the Death Valley Scorpions. Right away his base line seems to be as a pinch runner, as that is the only part of his game that grades high. Kekton is already a solid base runner, and he’s fast, but he will struggle to get on base right away. Kekton has some strong platoon splits, as he hits for power much better against righties than against lefties. Defensively, Kekton is nothing special but he can work on his range to be better in the infield.

Keksecutioner is a fairly unknown name in the sim league world but he definitely has shown that he could be an interesting name going forward. He seems enthusiastic and is a regular in discord. While others are higher on the list, he has decent upside.

18) CL Mason Brown - Fire-Bred - 18 points

The 7th overall pick in the PBE S6 for the Vancouver Vandals is going to start out in the majors immediately. The team needs bullpen help, and Brown is going to have to show he has the control and movement on his pitches necessary for success. Right now Brown has a solid fastball and a good changeup, but his sinker needs more movement. Brown is going to walk a good amount of guys, but has a strong pedigree and a high ceiling to be a successful set up man for the Vandals a season or two down the road.

Surprising to see fire-bred this low on the list. The Vandals pick is someone that is quite well known and has been a regular in the discord. He seems excited about the league and has shown a good start TPE wise. He is a closer, which I suppose could lessen his impact a little, but overall, he should still be fantastic.

17) CF Kellen Buchanon - CactusLeague - 27 points

The uber talented Centerfield Prospect is ranked so low for the same reason he fell in the draft – character concerns. Prior to the draft, Buchanon declared he would only play for one team, the Outer Banks Aviators. Buchanon got his wish when he was selected with the first pick of the PBE S6 third round, and he will be starting in the majors on day 1. Though he is a centerfielder Buchanon does not have the ability to play center field right away, and would better be served in the corners as he completely lacks the range of a PBE Centerfielder. Buchanon’s bat is very strong against lefties for a rookie, and he certainly has a chance to prove why OBX was high on him. Were it not for character concerns, Buchanon would be higher on this list.

I think purely from a TPE perspective, CactusLeague will earn higher than this ranking shows. it is obvious that he is a bit of a controversial person, famously saying he would only play for the Outer Banks Aviators. While some voters have him quite decently, others had him lower. A potential reason for this could be his impact on free agents being turned off by Outer Banks due to his presence.

16) LF Jordan Von Matt - JVMjrDOT - 30 points

The fourth round pick for the Outer Banks Aviators is one of the true rookies who appear to be starting out in the major leagues. He projects as a potential middle of the order bat if he works hard. Von Matt will be a defensive liability if played in the outfield right away, however his bat alone projects him to be able to be a Designated Hitter at the major league level eventually. If he struggles this year, don’t be surprised for Outer Banks to send him down, as the rookie is right now not talented enough for the majors.

I have to admit, I do not know all that much about JVMjrDOT, but he has seemed quite active and his TPE count is pretty decent. I think most voters had him around the same rank, towards the lower end of the list, but there seemed to be a lot of consistency there. I'd argue this is a pretty safe pick but maybe slightly lower ceiling than some others.

15) C Refugio Castro - evryday - 31 points

San Antonio Selected Castro in the third round of the draft, and he will spend his first professional season in the minor leagues. Offensively Castro is a boom or bust type prospect as he projects as a three true outcomes type hitter. He already has a strong power bat, but is very prone to strikeouts. Defensively Castro is a solid receiver, but projects as below average at dealing with baserunners. Castro will have to work on his arm if he wants to catch at the major league level, but his power alone should find him a spot if he continues work.

Evryday had previously been in the PBE for a minute, before returning a few weeks ago. He has been active ever since and I think there is little risk of him retiring again, which makes this lower ranking a bit disappointing. Castro has a lot of upside.

14) SP Anderson Pooper - Anderson Pooper - 43 points

The Alcatraz Sentinel Veteran is ready to spend his second season in the minor leagues after being selected in the third round by the San Antonio Sloths. Pooper was very solid in the minor leagues last year, as he had a 3.84 ERA. Pooper’s issue is that he’s not specatacular at anything in particular. He does not throw that hard, and lacks true strikeout stuff. If he works hard, he has the potential to increase his movement and control to a point where his lack of velocity doesn’t hinder him, however it would be wise for Pooper to work on his strength and improve that velocity.

Pooper has been a pretty good pick-up for the Sloths, as someone who was taken late in the draft, but has been active ever since. He may not earn 200 TPE per season but he seems like a very decent active regular earner who can be a decent player in this league. High floor-low ceiling kind of player who should be in the majors next season.

13) SP Brett Smoky - OBESE - 54 points

Brett Smoky is going to be a true rookie for the State College Swift Steeds in the S6 season, after being picked in the second round by the Death Valley Scorpions. Smoky is not the hardest thrower, nor does he project to have a true strikeout pitch, but his calling card is his control, which grades out as 80 potential right now. If Smoky wants to make an impact on a Death Valley team that needs starting pitching, he needs to improve the movement that his Curveball and Slider have.

Obese is well known from other leagues and was a highly touted prospect in the draft. There is some concern about how much he will enjoy this league and whether he will be hyper active which I think explains the slightly lower ranking. Still, Obese has a very high ceiling and could end up a huge steal.

12) 3B A.J. Robertson - Nathan_Hall - 55 points

Swiftie Alumna A. J. Robertson is our 12th ranked prospects in the PBE. Initially not highly regarded, he was sent down towards the end of the season in S5 to work on his hitting and learn how to play first base. Robertson projects as an above average defensive first baseman (of course everyone remembers his series winning double play), with the ability to play third if needed. His hitting is projected to be at least league average if he keeps up his improvement. In 11 major league games in S5 he hit .085, but in his 19 minor league regular season games, he hit 384.

Here is a ranking that I vehemently disagree with. Robertson had a period of inactivity last season where he was on vacation which has caused him to fall down this ranking a bit, but if you look at his activity ever since, he has been one of the most active guys around. His ceiling is extremely high and I could see him becoming a huge steal in the end.

11) C Huki Hawaii - rog - 63 points

This Vancouver Prospect, and State College Swift Steeds Rookie was drafted second overall by the Vandals in the S6 PBE Draft. Hawaii projects as an elite defensive catcher, who can gun down base runners at an already extraordinary rate. He has some gap ability, but will need to improve his eye and his power if he wants to be an impact hitter. He’ll spend his first year as the catcher and designated hitter in State College.

Another player who I thought would be much higher. Hawaii has been incredibly active and a great addition for the Vandals in the draft. His backstory articles are awesome and will get him the money needed to pay for training and possibly some equipment. Rog could end up being a very good player.

10) SP Ace Faulker - Ace - 68 points

Outer Banks First round pick Ace Faulker will be spending his first professional season in the major leagues. Though he has high potential in some areas, he is certainly going to struggle immediately. He has decent velocity, with the ability to touch 91, and so-so control but he does not have strong stuff. In addition to his four seamer he throws a knuckle curve and a slider, but neither one is a major league level pitch. Except Faulkner to struggle this year, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be a bust.

Another well-known sim-league guy, Ace has a very good ranking in this list. I think some concerns about hyper-activity may exist, given that other leagues may be more important to him, but he still has a ton of potential and a very high ceiling.

9) C Catolo Kittone - andybj - 70 points

The highest of the three catchers in this prospect ranking (though this writer disagrees), Kittone has one of the highest floors of any prospect, if not a super high ceiling. He projects as an above average defensive catcher with solid receiving and a good arm. At such a young age, he shows a surprisingly high level of plate discipline, striking out less often and walking more than other hitters of his age. Drafted by Death Valley in the second round, Kittone could be called up in the middle of the season, as he might just be the best catcher the Scorpions have.

Andy is a well known guy in this league, previously and still the co-GM of the Death Valley Scorpions. As a GM, you obviously see his player as someone who has a very high ceiling. Why only 9th then? Well, even as a GM, his player only ever reached about 500 TPE previously as a season 1 guy, so clearly there are some concerns there. His new job of featuring game threads and posting videos of the shown games on stream, as well as recreating may have gotten back some of his activity though and maybe he can reach higher TPE counts with this player.

8) 3B George McBash - Isaac - 73 points

The Second round pick of the New York Voyagers, McBash is starting out in the majors right away. He projects as a potential home run king, as he’s got great power and a decent ability to hit the ball for contact as well. McBash projects about average to below average defensively in the infield, but if his power keeps improving he has the potential to be an All Star level player. He doesn’t quite have the plate discipline to succeed immediately, but since New York needs bats he will be playing every day right away.

Isaac was one of my personal favorites in the last draft. He has a ton of potential as a guy who is active in other OOTP leagues and who has created some fun backstory articles already as well. I think McBash could end up as a huge steal and a great prospect, deserving of this spot in the ranking.

7) CL Adam Squiggly - Grapehead - 76 points

The first round pick of San Antonio is coming back to State College after a pretty successful stint. Squiggly pitched in only 8 regular season games for the Swifties and was mediocre, but improved dramatically in the playoffs pitching 6 great innings in relief and allowing only one run. Squiggly has excellent control for such a young player, and very good off speed stuff as he throws a solid slider and a solid curveball with good control. If he wants to be great in the majors he is going to have to improve his movement on those two pitches.

Grapehead was a very good prospect in this past draft, a guy several teams had considered with their first round pick. He is well known from other leagues and should be a fantastic guy in the bullpen. His role as a closer and the fact that some other leagues may come first to him, caused his stock to fall slightly in this list, but 7th is still a great spot.

6) RF Godfrey Bowman - Frozen Rope - 86 points

Bowman is one of the few prospects on this list with major league experience, as he hit .360 in 8 games for the Vancouver Vandals after being called up in the middle of the season in S5. Bowman is already a very good defender in the corner outfield, and is absolutely major league ready. He projects as a gold glover in the corner, and if he can improve vs left handed pitching, Bowman is a potential silver slugger. Bowman has definite all-star potential and is going to have the potential to be a contributor on a playoff team in S6 thanks to his plus glove and solid hitting v Righties.

Bowman was drafted last season and has very quietly gained a lot of TPE, a lot more than most people assume I think. Frozen Rope seems like a solid guy, who can regularly gain TPE and get better in his career. Very high-floor kind of guy who can surprise people.

5) SP Damien Walec - Muf BeatsBy Crit Feinstein - 88 points

The first rounder for the Death Valley Scorpions is going to be a starting pitcher from day 1 in the majors. Walec’s best pitch his is slider, which projects as his eventual strikeout pitch. The lefty throws decently hard but will have to work on velocity long term. He actually has reverse platoon splits, and is slightly better v Right Handed batters than Lefties. He will struggle to pitch late into games early in his career, but he has about as high of a ceiling as any player in the draft.

Walec is another guy who is known from other leagues and who should have a great career here. His TPE count is already pretty decent and he seems like a very big earner, who should find success in the league.

4) SP Lucas North - Dawegg - 89 points

Another First round pitcher who will be starting right away, Lucas North also has a very high ceiling. North is not quite as polished as Walec, however the voters viewed him as having a higher ceiling. North has solid control right away, and can also touch 91 but he will struggle this year for sure. North has low stamina, and does not have a strikeout pitch. His fastball will be decent enough thanks to the velocity and North’s work ethic and projection certainly make him a potential star in S8 or 9, but he is going to be struggling in S6.

Yet another Starting Pitcher, one who is only barely above Walec. Dawegg is a well-known sim league guy who will be able to impress with activity and who for a while was an option to be picked first overall in this draft as well. I think he has a very high ceiling and could have a great career.

3) SP Bobby Hill - Whatistheinternet - 107 points

The number 1 ranked starting pitching prospect was a second round pick in the PBE draft. Bobby Hill will be spending his first season in the minor leagues in State College. Bobby Hill projects as an elite strike out pitcher eventually, as he already has a strong fast ball and excellent movement. Hill might just be the front runner for pitcher of the year in the minor leagues as he has elite off speed pitches (a curveball and a screwball) to go with his fast ball. Hill certainly has to work on pitching further into games and he walks a lot of batters, but his stuff and potential is undeniable.

Bobby Hill has been one of the most impressive new draftees around, leading to this very high spot. Even just a couple weeks ago at the draft, he was still available in the 2nd round and now he is already third best prospect. His stock has been rising every day. A guy who is extremely active and enthuasistic about this league, he originally comes from other OOTP leagues and knows what it takes to be active and improve. I expect huge things from him and think he could end up being a hyper-earner and an all-time great.

2) CF Speedy Boi - caltroit_red_flames - 111 points

The number one ranked position player was the second ranked prospect in our rankings. He was drafted first overall by the Death Valley Scorpions and will spend a full season batting leadoff for the State College Swift Steeds after helping them win a title last season. Speedy Boi has a full 80 on base running and fielding as he is a rangy outfielder who can get on his horse. Speedy Boi projects as a perennial gold glove winner in the outfield and a potential leadoff hitter if he can hit better. He is already a patient hitter, and if he spends a full season in the minors in S6 an MVP is certainly possible.

Speedy Boi has obviously been one of the most active guys around and has huge potential. The consensus best player in this last draft, Caltroit is well-known from other leagues and has already gotten an immense amount of TPE for someone who only just got drafted. His archetype could make him struggle for a while, but overall it is easy to imagine he will cross the 1000 TPE mark easily one day.

1) CL Chris Bennett - Doctor Topher - 120 points

The unanimous number one player on our list was a dominant pitcher in the minor leagues in S 5 before getting called up and struggling in the majors. Still, Bennett’s talent is undeniable as he is the first player in history to win 2 rings in one season (one with Vancouver and one with State College). Bennett’s best calling card is his off-speed pitches. His Changeup especially projects to be one of the best pitches in the game, and he throws a solid knuckle curve. Though he’s not the hardest thrower in the league, Bennet’s ability to throw solid off speed pitches with great control and movement make him a potential reliever of the year award winner, and if needed a possible eventual starting pitcher. Bennett’s floor seems like a multiple time all-star. His ceiling is even higher.

It is easy to imagine why Topher was the unanimous pick to be the number 1 prospect. Already a member of Head Office, Bennett is someone who should have a hall-of-fame career. A hyper-active, he also shines with great articles, league jobs and other factors that easily put him on top of this list.

Enjoy and look forward to next season!

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QUOTE (iamslm22 @ Aug 8 2018, 09:22 AM)
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you failed on some 6) RF Godfrey Bowman - @[frozen_rope] - 86 points

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QUOTE (Evok @ Aug 8 2018, 09:26 AM)

you failed on some 6) RF Godfrey Bowman - @[frozen_rope] - 86 points


Idk what you're talking about

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“Hyper active, sure fire hall of fame”

Yet to crack top 10 in his class in TPE.

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Interesting list, quite different from my own in several places.

2 offseasons ago if you told me it'd be hard to cobble together a top 20 list of prospects I would've rolled my eyes but we've had some great draft classes back to back.

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QUOTE (Evok @ Aug 8 2018, 08:26 AM)

you failed on some 6) RF Godfrey Bowman - @[frozen_rope] - 86 points

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QUOTE (Keygan @ Aug 8 2018, 09:47 AM)
“Hyper active, sure fire hall of fame”

Yet to crack top 10 in his class in TPE.


Dude hasn't bought equipment yet. He'll be up there. There's a reason every single one of us ranked him first.

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QUOTE (iamslm22 @ Aug 8 2018, 04:17 PM)


Dude hasn't bought equipment yet. He'll be up there. There's a reason every single one of us ranked him first.


To add to this, he also apparently hasnt claimed several AC's and other stuff either.

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The awkward moment when they realize you earn more TPE than anyone in sim leagues. Also when the salt is real haha. Half these guys have very poor pedigrees in sim leagues

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QUOTE (CactusLeague @ Aug 8 2018, 05:38 PM)
The awkward moment when they realize you earn more TPE than anyone in sim leagues. Also when the salt is real haha. Half these guys have very poor pedigrees in sim leagues



You are counting yourself to that half right?

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came in fiery thinking I'd be too low but I'm pleasantly surprised, thanks

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You are counting yourself to that half right?

Why would I? I have HOF'ers in 4 sim leagues. I have a history of earning a lot of TPE. You on the other hand seem to think your pedigree is higher?

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There's no doubt that SHL is more important to me, but I can assure you, I won't let OBX regret the pick in regards to my development.

I'm already at the high end of development as a late joiner, and I'll only improve from here.

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QUOTE (CactusLeague @ Aug 8 2018, 04:57 PM)

Why would I? I have HOF'ers in 4 sim leagues. I have a history of earning a lot of TPE. You on the other hand seem to think your pedigree is higher?


Personally for my rankings you were low because of your desire to only play for one team, the fact that you turn people off, and the likelihood that you retire. I understand your pedrigree, and if you're not counting NSFL you are an HOF in 5 leagues since Jackson likely will be there. I just wouldn't rank Buchanon top 15

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