ESPN's prospect expert Keith Law published his updated Top prospects for 2015 today, and here is a quick look at his top 10:
1. Carlos Correa, Astros
2. Corey Seager, Dodgers
3. Byron Buxton, Twins
4. J.P. Crawford, Phillies
5. Francisco Lindor, Indians
6. Lucas Giolito, Nationals
7. Julio Urias, Dodgers
8. Joey Gallo, Rangers
9. Tyler Glasnow, Pirates
10. Miguel Sano, Twins
No real surprises in the top 10 really, except that Law has dropped Buxton to #3 overall behind Correa and Seager. You really can't blame him with the way both Seager and Correa dominated AA before their promotions to AAA this season. Both could be called up this season, and I think Correa gets the call in June sometime. The Astros are showing that their hot start is real, and Correa would be a huge improvement at shortstop over Jonathan Villar and Marwin Gonzalez. It will be interesting to see where Correa slots in the Astros lineup now that George Springer is leading off, with Jose Altuve batting second. Correa could bat third in the Astros lineup eventually, but I doubt they would throw him into that role right away. His spot in the lineup could also depend on whether Springer's stay in the leadoff spot is a short-term move or something more permanent.
Other notable rankings after the top 10:
Yoan Moncada, Red Sox - #11
Here is an excerpt on Law's writeup on Moncada:
Boston's low-A affiliate, the Greenville Drive, is one of the most prospect-laden rosters in the minors, with Moncada, Rafael Devers, Javier Guerra, former first-rounder Michael Chavis, former sandwich-round pick Michael Kopech, former second-rounder Williams Jerez (an ex-outfielder now throwing bullets as a relief pitcher) and more. Moncada is their big bonus baby from this winter, a switch-hitting Cuban shortstop who's playing second base for the Drive. He has barely begun to play, but there's broad consensus that he's going to hit for average and power, although he may ultimately be better defensively at third than second.
I am curious what the Red Sox will do with Pablo Sandoval or Dustin Pedroia once he gets called up, which could be next season if all goes well. In a recent chat, Law stated that Moncada could be up next year, but I wonder if that may be pushing things a bit.
Austin Meadows, Pirates - #13
Kyle Schwarber, Cubs - #15
Jose De Leon, Dodgers - #24
DeLeon has dominated the lower levels of the minors and was recently promoted to AA. In seven starts in High A, De Leon struck out 58 and walked 8 in 37.2 innings, and struck out 8 in his first start in AA. I wonder if he could be used as trade bait with the Dodgers coveting #7 ranked prospect Julio Urias.