Top 250 Prospects Update: March 17, 2011

Top 250 Prospects Update: March 17, 2011

The following is an update of the top 250 prospects.  I focused more on the college and international rankings because many prospects are not playing. I also made one change: the “bold” listings now indicate the players who made significant jumps.  But at this point, many changes (especially near the bottom of the list) are still more attributable to me learning more about the player than recent performance.  Therefore, the moves not in bold are mostly just getting the list in proper order (i.e., not based on any event) or minor changes.  Hopefully, by the time the season starts, the list will be well-reasoned enough so all changes will be caused by something that happened.

Feedback is always appreciated.  So definitely let me know if you see a prospect who has not moved that has been doing well, struggling, injured, etc.

1.  Bryce Harper—OF, Nationals
2.  Mike Trout—OF, Angels
3.  Anthony Rendon—3B, Rice Univ
4.  Jeremy Hellickson—P, Rays
5.  Aroldis Chapman—P, Reds
6.  Julio Teheran—P, Braves
7.  Eric Hosmer—1B, Royals (+1)
8.  Jesus Montero—C, Yankees
9.  Dustin Ackley—2B, Mariners
10.  Mike Moustakas— 3B, Royals
11.  Gerrit Cole—P, UCLA (+1)
12.  Domonic Brown—OF, Phillies
13.  Yu Darvish—P, Japan
14.  Michael Pineda—P, Mariners
15.  Brandon Belt—1B, Giants
16.  Kyle Drabek—P, Blue Jays
17.  Wil Myers—OF, Royals
18.  Matt Moore—P, Rays
19.  Desmond Jennings—OF, Rays
20.  Jameson Taillon—P, Pirates
21.  Freddie Freeman—1B, Braves
22.  Mike Minor—P, Braves (+1)
23.  Zach Britton—P, Orioles
24.  Jarrod Parker—P, Diamondbacks
25.  Shelby Miller—P, Cardinals
26.  Lonnie Chisenhall—3B, Indians
27.  Manny Machado—SS, Orioles
28.  Jacob Turner— P, Tigers
29.  Kyle Gibson—P, Twins
30.  Brett Jackson—OF, Cubs
31.  Matthew Purke—P, TCU
32.  Mike Montgomery—P, Royals
33.  Nick Franklin—SS, Mariners
34.  Manny Banuelos—P, Yankees
35.  Sonny Gray—P, Vanderbilt
36.  Martin Perez—P, Rangers
37.  Wilin Rosario—C, Rockies
38.  Grant Green—SS, Athletics
39.  Jordan Lyles—P, Astros
40.  Brett Lawrie—3B, Blue Jays (+5)
41.  John Lamb—P, Royals
42.  Jennry Mejia—P, Mets
43.  Miguel Sano—3B, Twins
44.  Jonathan Singleton—1B, Phillies
45.  Aaron Hicks—OF, Twins
46.  Simon Castro— P, Padres
47.  Jarred Cosart—P, Phillies
48.  Chris Carter—1B/OF, Athletics
49.  Dee Gordon—SS, Dodger
50.  Chris Archer—P, Rays
51.  Devin Mesoraco—C, Reds (+4)
52.  Tyler Matzek—P, Rockies
53.  Chris Sale—P, White Sox (-5)
54.  Jackie Bradley, Jr—OF, South Carolina
55.  Casey Kelly—P, Padres
56.  Alex White—P, Indians
57.  Jason Kipnis—2B, Indians
58.  Taylor Jungmann—P, Univ of Texas (+4)
59.  Randall Delgado—P, Braves
60.  Bubba Starling—OF, HS (Kan)
61.  Dellin Betances—P, Yankees
62.  Drew Pomeranz—P, Indians
63.  Matt Barnes—P, UConn (+3)
64.  Craig Kimbrel—P, Braves
65.  Yonder Alonso—1B, Reds (-7)
66.  Zach Cox—3B, Cardinals
67.  Billy Hamilton—2B, Reds (-4)
68.  Derek Norris—C, Nationals
69.  Hank Conger—C, Angels
70.  Jake McGee—P, Rays
71.  Jose Iglesias—SS, Red Sox (+2)
72.  George Springer—OF, UConn (-6)
73.  Danny Duffy—P, Royals
74.  Gary Sanchez—C, Yankees
75.  Nick Weglarz—OF, Indians
76.  Michael Choice—OF, Athletics (+13)
77.  Archie Bradley—P, HS (Okl) (-4)
78.  Trey McNutt—P, Cubs
79.  Matt Dominguez—3B, Marlins
80.  Anthony Rizzo—1B, Padres
81.  Brody Colvin—P, Phillies
82.  Yasmani Grandal—C, Reds
83.  Zach Lee—P, Dodgers
84.  Jurickson Profar—SS, Rangers
85.  Jean Segura—2B, Angels
86.  Danny Espinosa—SS, Nationals
87.  Trayvon Robinson—OF, Dodgers
88.  Jerry Sands—OF, Dodgers
89.  Chris Dwyer—P, Royals
90.  Jake Odorizzi—P, Royals
91.  Anthony Gose—OF, Blue Jays
92.  Tanner Scheppers—P, Rangers
93.  Tony Sanchez—C, Pirates
94.  Christian Colon—SS, Royals
95.  Alexander Colome—P, Rays
96.  Wilson Ramos— C, Nationals
97.  JP Arencebia—C, Blue Jays
98.  Arodys Vizcaino—P, Braves
99.  Tyler Chatwood—P, Angels
100.  Zach Wheeler—P, Giants
101.  Tsuyoshi Nishioka—SS, Twins (+5)
102.  Wilmer Flores—SS, Mets
103.  Anthony Ranaudo—P, Red Sox
104.  Deck McGuire—P, Blue Jays
105.  Dylan Bundy—P, HS (Ok)
106.  Robbie Erlin—P, Rangers
107.  Tyler Skaggs—P, Diamondbacks
108.  Daniel Norris—P, HS (Tenn)
109.  Carlos Perez—P, Braves
110.  Zach Stewart—P, Blue Jays
111.  Trevor Bauer—P, UCLA
112.  Travis D’Arnaud—C, Blue Jays
113.  Nick Castellanos—3B, Tigers
114.  Karsten Whitson—P, Univ of Florida (2013)
115.  Josh Sale—OF, Rays
116.  Engel Beltre—OF, Rangers
117.  Austin Romine— C, Yankees
118.  Kenley Jansen—P, Dodgers
119.  Oswaldo Arcia—OF, Twins
120.  Adeiny Hechavarria—SS, Blue Jays
121.  Ben Revere—OF, Twins
122.  Brian Goodwin—OF, Miami-Dade CC
123.  Nolan Arenado—3B, Rockies
124.  Carlos Perez—C, Blue Jays
125.  Matt Harvey—P, Mets
126.  Jaff Decker—OF, Padres
127.  Michael Kirkman—P, Rangers
128.  Brandon Beachy—P, Braves
129.  Guillermo Pimentel—OF, Mariners
130.  Kenny Diekroeger—INF, Stanford Univ (2012)
131.  Reymond Fuentes—OF, Padres
132.  Andrew Brackman—P, Yankees
133.  Carlos Matias—P, Cardinals (+9)
134.  Brent Morel—3B, White Sox
135.  Felix Doubront—P, Red Sox
136.  Rubby De La Rosa—P, Dodgers (+5)
137.  Delino Deshields—2B, Astros
138.  Reese Havens—2B, Mets
139.  Jordan Walden—P, Angels
140.  Alex Wimmers—P, Twins
141.  Donavan Tate—OF, Padres
142.  Aaron Crow—P, Royals (+23)
143.  Liam Henricks—P, Twins
144.  Norichika Aoki—OF, Japan
145.  Garrett Richards—P, Angels
146.  Joe Benson—OF, Twins (-10)
147.  Christian Friedrich—P, Rockies
148.  Matt  Lipka—SS, Braves
149.  Drake Britton—P, Red Sox
150.  Stolmy Pimentel—P, Red Sox (-4)
151.  Juan Francisco—3B, Reds
152.  Jared Mitchell—OF, White Sox (-7)
153.  Ivan Nova—P, Yankees (+29)
154.  Hak-Ju Lee—SS, Rays
155.  Jason Esposito—3B, Vanderbilt (+19)
156.  Stetson Allie—P, Pirates
157.  Corey Luebke—P, Padres
158.  Jason Knapp—P, Indians
159.  Miguel De Los Santos—P, Rangers
160.  Alfredo Despaigne—OF, Cuba (-25)
161.  Gary Brown—OF, Giants
162.  Johnny Giavotella—2B, Royals
163.  Alexander Torres—P, Rays
164.  Chad James—P, Marlins
165.  Drew Cumberland—SS, Padres
166.  Austin Wilson—OF, Stanford Univ  (2013) (-8)
167.  Michael Taylor—OF, Athletics
168.  Kaleb Cowart—3B, Angels
169.  Alex Dickerson—OF, Univ of Indiana
170.  Fabio Martinez-Mesa—P, Angels
171.  Fernando Martinez—OF, Mets
172.  LJ Hoes—2B, Orioles (-13)
173.  Zach Cozart—SS, Reds (+15)
174.  Marcell Ozuna—OF, Marlins
175.  Enny Romero—P, Rays
176.  Tim Beckham—SS, Rays (+35)
177.  Jed Bradley—P, Georgia Tech (+6)
178.  Luis Heredia—P, Pirates
179.  Francisco Peguero—OF, Giants
180.  Allen Webster—P, Dodgers
181.  Mickie Mahtook—OF, LSU (-18)
182.  Thomas Neal—OF, Giants
183.  Kyle Parker—OF, Rockies
184.  Hisashi Iwakuma—P, Japan
185.  Adrian Salcedo—P, Twins
186.  Hector Noesi—P, Yankees
187.  Michael Kelly—P, HS (Fla) (-10)
188.  Yorman Rodriguez—OF, Reds
189.  Sterling Marte—OF, Pirates
190.  Xavier Avery—OF, Orioles
191.  Phil Evans—SS, HS (Cal) (-17)
192.  Jake Marinsick—OF, Blue Jays
193.  Josh Vitters—3B, Cubs
194.  Oscar Tejada—2B, Red Sox (+40)
195.  Max Stassi—C, Athletics
196.  Lance McCullers, Jr —P/INF, HS (Fla) (2012)
197.  Scooter Gennett—2B, Brewers
198.  Robinson Yambati—P, Royals
199.  Mark Trumbo—1B, Angels (+24)
200.  Lars Anderson—1B, Red Sox (-10)
201.  Jeremy Jeffress—P, Royals
202.  Yulieski Gourriel—3B, Cuba  (-23)
203.  Chris Marrero—1B, Nationals
204.  Chris Owings—SS, Diamondbacks
205.  Danny Hultzen—P, UVA (+25)
206.  Blake Swihart—C, HS (NM) (+20)
207.  Kolbrin Vitek—3B, Red Sox
208.  Michael Burgess—OF, Cubs (-10)
209.  Yamaico Navarro—2B, Red Sox
210.  Drew Vettleson—OF, Rays
211.  Alex Meyer—P, Kentucky (+28)
212.  Oscar Tavares—OF, Cardinals
213.  Andy Oliver—P, Tigers (+13)
214.  Hector Gomez—SS, Rockies
215.  Justin O’Connor—C, Rays
216.  Brad Boxberger—P, Reds
217.  Jed Gyorko—3B, Padres
218.  Addison Russell—SS, HS (Fla) (2012)
219.  Francisco Lindor—SS, HS (Fla) (new)
220.  Robbie Ross—P, Rangers
221.  Tyrell Jenkins—P, Cardinals
222.  Henry Owens—P, HS (Cal)
223.  Edward Salcedo—SS, Braves
224.  AJ Cole—P, Nationals
225.  Jose Dariel Abreu—1B, Cuba (-7)
226.  Matthew Davidson—3B, Diamondbacks
227.  Lucas Duda—OF, Mets
228.  Nick Williams, OF, HS (Tex) (2012) (+13)
229.  Trevor Reckling—P, Angels
230.  Yordano Ventura—P, Royals
231.  Hiroyuki Nakajima—SS, Japan
232.  Tyson Ross—P, Athletics
233.  Yoennis Cespedes—OF, Cuba (New)
234.  Cesar Puello—OF, Mets
235.  Brett Eibner—OF, Royals
236.  Travis Harrison—OF, HS (Cal) (-82)
237.  Eric Thames—OF, Blue Jays (new)
238.  Yordy Cabrera—3B, Athletics
239.  Christian Yelich—OF, Marlins (+9)
240.  Kirk Niewenhuis—OF, Mets (-21)
241.  Wilking Rodriguez—P, Rays
242.  Matt Lollis—P, Padres (new)
243.  Cameron Bedrosian—P, Angels
244.  Alex Cobb—P, Rays (new)
245.  Mike Foltywicz—P, Astros
246.  Randall Grichuk—OF, Angels
247.  Zach Cone—OF, Univ of Georgia
248.  Dave Sappelt—OF, Reds (new)
249.  Jemile Weeks—2B, Athletics
250.  TiJuan Walker—P, Mariners

Also Considered: Eury Perez (OF—Nationals), Aaron Sanchez (P—Blue Jays), Chris Withrow (P—Dodgers), Jake Thompson (P—Rays), Ariel Ovando (OF—Astros), Robinson Chirinos (C—Rays), Eduardo Escobar (SS—White Sox), Chen-Wei Yin (P—Japan), Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (P—Cuba), John Stilson (P—Texas A&M), Andrew Susac (C—Oregon State Univ.), Deven Marrero (SS—Arizona State), Joshua Bell (OF—HS, Tex).