Where do top prospects come from, you ask? Six of these 20 were first-round picks this past June in the draft, and 14 were first- or sandwich-round picks. Mixed in we also have two second-rounders and an 11th-rounder who was barely good enough to pitch for his college team but dominated Double-A in just his second full year in pro ball.
Editor's note: Age is the player's age as of July 1, 2017.
100. Brandon Woodruff, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
Age: 24 (2/10/93) | B/T: L/R
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 215
Top level: Double-A | 2016: NR
The Brewers took Woodruff in the 11th round in 2014 out of Mississippi State, where he threw all of 90 innings over three seasons for the Bulldogs, who must have had Spahn and Sain on their pitching staff to find no use for this guy. Woodruff was one of the minors' biggest breakout guys in 2016, starting out as a High-A repeater but ending up the Brewers' pitcher of the year after dominating the Double-A Southern League all summer.
Woodruff has touched 98 mph but works more in the low- to mid-90s with good sink, generating a 50 percent ground-ball rate across all of last season, and an above-average slider that helped him finish fifth in the Southern League in strikeouts despite making only 20 starts there. He's a three-pitch guy with above-average control and a clean delivery that keeps him on line to the plate; given the Brewers' current rotation it seems very likely he'll get a chance to join it this season if he can survive the challenge of pitching in Colorado Springs.