Baseball America released its Top 100 Prospects list on Monday, and three Greenville Drive alums were recognized among the top prospects in Minor League Baseball.
Headlining the list was right-handed pitcher Michael Kopech (2015), who was ranked as the #11 prospect. Kopech was traded to the Chicago White Sox in December 2016 as part of the package for Chris Sale, and the 21 year-old dominated in his first season with the White Sox. He posted 172 strikeouts in 134 1/3 innings with a 9-8 record and a 2.88 ERA between AA-Birmingham and AAA-Charlotte in 2017.
Left-handed pitcher Jay Groome (2017) checked in at #83 on the list. Groome is coming off an injury-plagued first full season with the Drive, but he showed flashes of dominance, as evidenced by 72 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings between the Drive and Short Season-Lowell. He also took home a South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week nod after striking out eight in six scoreless innings on August 2nd vs. Asheville.
Infielder Michael Chavis also made the list at #85. Chavis is coming off a breakout campaign between A-Salem and AA-Portland that saw him blast 31 homers and drive home 94 runs to go with a .282 average, 133 hits and 35 doubles. He continued his progression with a strong Arizona Fall League, as he hit .261 with four homers and 17 RBI in 23 games to help lead the Peoria Javelinas to the AFL title.
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