The following is a list of some prospects whose status has been increasing this season. The list is definitely non-exlusive, and the best information regarding prospect rankings comes before the season. During mid-season, some great sources for evaluating how prospects are performing are: (1) Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet, (2) Kevin Goldstein’s reporting at baseball prospectus, and (3) the forums over at rotoworld.com and projectprospect.com. Deep Leagues also updates our top 100 list continuously. While proving more difficult than expected (so many good players), we will have a full update of our top 100 prospects posted by July 1st.
1. Mike Trout (OF—Angels)—everybody knew Trout was a great player coming into the season, but the numbers he is posting are absolutely ridiculous. Trout is establishing himself as one of the elite prospects in the game.
2. Michael Pineda (P—Mariners)—after struggling with injuries last season, Pineda has been absolutely tearing up the Texas League, posting the exact numbers you would want to see in an elite pitching prospect.
3. Eric Hosmer (1B—Royals)—people came into the season concerned that Dayton Moore’s substantial investment in Hosmer was a mistake, but any concerns have been largely alleviated by Hosmer’s performance this season.
4. Mike Moustakas (3B—Royals)—what I’d say about Moustakas is about the same as Hosmer.
5. Jonathan Singleton (1B—Phillies)—one of the breakout prospects of 2010, Singleton is absolutely dominating right now and impressing scouts along the way. Ranked by baseball America as the Phillies’ 20th best prospect coming into the season, Singleton has arguably moved up prospect rankings more than any other player this season.
6. Julio Teheran (P—Braves)—already considered an elite prospect coming into the season, the 19-year old Teharan has been totally unhittable between two levels this season, as his 1.38 ERA in high-A is just slightly above the 1.14 he posted in A ball.
7. Nick Franklin (SS—Mariners)—the Mariners look to have made an excellent late-first round pick last season with Franklin, who is performing extremely well, blasting 13 homers while hitting .307.
8. Grant Green (SS—Athletics)—Green was an elite talent in college and his talent is carrying over into the minor leagues. His performance in high-A this season has been impressive, and he should move quickly through Oakland’s farm system.
9. Jordan Lyles (P—Astros)—As a 19 year old in AA, Lyles is not only holding his own, he is establishing himself as one of the Texas League’s best pitchers, posting a 2.46 ERA and a decent strikeout to walk ratio.
10. Dayan Viciedo (1B—White Sox)—Viciedo isn’t always pretty but he gets the job done. He’s still not a fan of walking, but as a 21 year old in AAA, Viciedo already has 13 homers.
11. Nolan Arenado (3B—Rockies)—Arenado has been awesome since starting in low-A after extended spring training, showing the Rockies made an excellent selection last season.
12. Jarred Cosart (P—Phillies)—another Phillies long-term prospect with tremendous upside having a breakout season, Cosart is putting together impressive numbers for A Lakewood and striking out hitters with relative ease.
Some other names: Wil Myers (C-Royals), Derrick Robinson (OF-Royals), Mike Montgomery (P-Royals), Brandon Belt (OF-Giants), Matt Davidson (3B-Diamondbacks), Alex Colome (P-Rays), Alex Torres (P-Rays), Alex Liddi (3B-Mariners), Koby Clemens (1B-Astros), Tyler Matzek (P-Rockies), Simon Castro (P-Padres), Reese Havens (2B-Mets), Devin Mesorasco (C-Reds), Lorenzo Cain (OF-Brewers), Mike Minor (P-Braves), Kyle Gibson (P-Twins),