Top 250 Prospects Update: March 30, 2011

Top 250 Prospects Update: March 30, 2011

Here is this week’s update of the top 250 prospects.  I am publishing a little early this week because I wanted to spend time tomorrow updating our spreadsheet after the rosters are finalized.  At the bottom of the list, I decided to try out a new feature called “sleeper of the week.” It discusses one relatively unknown (i.e., speculative) player with upside.  Exciting opening day is tomorrow!  We will update this list throughout the season, and the rankings should move more quickly after the season begins.

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

Also considered:  TiJuan Walker (P, Mariners), Jemile Weeks (2B, Athletics), Eury Perez (OF, Nationals), Aaron Sanchez (P, Blue Jays), Jake Thompson (P, Rays), Ariel Ovando (OF, Astros), Chen-Wei Yin (P, Japan), Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (P, Cuba), Zach Zone (OF, Georgia), John Stilson (P, Texas A&M), Deven Marrero (SS, Arizona State), Joshua Bell (OF, HS, Tex), and Addison Russell—SS, HS (Fla) (2012).

Sleeper of the Week: Ronald Guzman—OF, Dominican Republic.  The information about Latin American players is limited until they sign, but I spent a few minutes looking at some players, and Guzman really stood out.  He looks like he’s about 6’3, and built to remain a corner outfielder.  The swing is pretty awesome and shows huge future potential (here is a Dominican HR Derby, Guzman starts about 1:00 in).  Two things I cannot see: defense and plate discipline.  Plate discipline concerns me more than defense because, based on limited information, it looks like a slower swing meaning he’ll get himself into trouble if he doesn’t have a decent natural concept of the strike zone.  But on the whole, I was so impressed with Guzman that I almost placed him in the top 250 list. However, realizing it doesn’t make sense to place a 16 year old from the Dominican on a prospect list based on a few videos, I decided to try out a special feature where—every week—I’ll write about one relatively unknown player with some possible upside.