Top 250 Prospects Update: May 16, 2011

Top 250 Prospects Update: May 16, 2011

Here is this week’s version of the Top 250 Prospects.  In this week’s version, I spent a little more time adjusting the rankings of the draft prospects and also adjusted some of the rankings for the relief pitchers, who have been the hardest to rank thus far.  The feedback on the prospect-ranking game has been really good, and it looks like we’ll try to get that started in the next few weeks.  We’ll definitely keep updating throughout the season and feedback is appreciated.

1. Bryce Harper—OF, Nationals
2. Mike Trout—OF, Angels
3. Eric Hosmer—1B, Royals
4. Jeremy Hellickson—P, Rays (+1)
5. Anthony Rendon—3B, Rice Univ.
6. Julio Teheran—P, Braves
7. Michael Pineda—P, Mariners
8. Zach Britton—P, Orioles
9. Jesus Montero—C, Yankees (-2)
10. Domonic Brown—OF, Phillies
11. Mike Moustakas— 3B, Royals
12. Dustin Ackley—2B, Mariners
13. Gerrit Cole—P, UCLA (-5)
The UCLA numbers are a slight concern (3.42 ERA w/ 93 k’s in 92 innings) but he offers potentially dominating stuff.
14. Desmond Jennings—OF, Rays
15. Manny Machado—SS, Orioles
16. Jameson Taillon—P, Pirates
17. Jacob Turner— P, Tigers
18. Lonnie Chisenhall—3B, Indians
19. Shelby Miller—P, Cardinals
20. Wil Myers—OF, Royals
21. Matt Moore—P, Rays (+3)
22. Kyle Gibson—P, Twins
23. Martin Perez—P, Rangers
24. Yu Darvish—P, Japan
25. Brett Lawrie—3B, Blue Jays
26. Manny Banuelos—P, Yankees
27. Freddie Freeman—1B, Braves
28. Mike Minor—P, Braves
29. Aroldis Chapman—P, Reds (-25)
The first top 10 prospect to drop significantly…really struggling and it’s not looking like he’ll start or close.
30. Brett Jackson—OF, Cubs
31. Kyle Drabek—P, Blue Jays (-8)
32. Brandon Belt—1B, Giants
33. Drew Pomeranz—P, Indians
34. Wilin Rosario—C, Rockies
35. Devin Mesoraco—C, Reds
36. Jordan Lyles—P, Astros
37. Miguel Sano—3B, Twins
38. Jonathan Singleton—1B, Phillies (-3)
39. Mike Montgomery—P, Royals (-7)
40. Dee Gordon—SS, Dodgers
41. Jake Odorizzi—P, Royals (+11)
Odorizzi has produced double-digit strikeouts in three of his past four starts…the 41% k rate is unreal.
42. Anthony Rizzo—1B, Padres (+13)
43. Nick Franklin—SS, Mariners
44. Craig Kimbrel—P, Braves
45. Jarred Cosart—P, Phillies (-5)
46. Alex White—P, Indians
47. Randall Delgado—P, Braves
48. Jarrod Parker—P, Diamondbacks (+4)
49. Grant Green—SS, Athletics
50. Zach Lee—P, Dodgers
51. Hak-Ju Lee—SS, Rays (+9)
52. Casey Kelly—P, Padres
53. Jerry Sands—OF, Dodgers (-4)
54. Bubba Starling—OF, HS (Kan) (+6)
55. Sonny Gray—P, Vanderbilt (-9)
56. Taylor Jungmann—P, Univ of Texas (+4)
57. Danny Duffy—P, Royals
58. Robbie Erlin—P, Rangers (+12)
59. John Lamb—P, Royals
60. Matt Barnes—P, UConn
61. Dellin Betances—P, Yankees
62. Yonder Alonso—1B, Reds (+5)
Alonso is on a nice streak w/ five multi-hit games in his past six appearances.
63. Hank Conger—C, Angels
64. Jason Kipnis—2B, Indians
65. Aaron Hicks—OF, Twins
66. Jordan Walden—P, Angels
67. Jean Segura—2B, Angels (-6)
68. Trey McNutt—P, Cubs
69. Danny Hultzen—P, UVA
70. Tyler Chatwood—P, Angels
71. Rubby De La Rosa—P, Dodgers (+15)
72. Yasmani Grandal—C, Reds
73. Chris Archer—P, Rays
74. Tony Sanchez—C, Pirates
75. Brandon Beachy—P, Braves (-7)
76. Anthony Ranaudo—P, Red Sox
77. Wilson Ramos— C, Nationals (-15)
Ramos went cold after we jumped him last week based on the good start.
78. JP Arencibia—C, Blue Jays
79. Matt Harvey—P, Mets (-9)
Slowing down a little bit after the amazing start.  Surrendered 12 ER’s in his last 13 innings, but should be alright.
80. Jurickson Profar—SS, Rangers
81. Jose Iglesias—SS, Red Sox
82. Dylan Bundy—P, HS (Ok)
83. Gary Sanchez—C, Yankees
84. Trayvon Robinson—OF, Dodgers
85. Zach Wheeler—P, Giants (+7)
86. Derek Norris—C, Nationals
87. Deck McGuire—P, Blue Jays
88. Trevor Bauer—P, UCLA
89. Brody Colvin—P, Phillies
90. Christian Colon—SS, Royals
91. Matt Dominguez—3B, Marlins
92. George Springer—OF, UConn (-20)
93. Alexander Colome—P, Rays
94. Jaff Decker—OF, Padres
95. Chris Dwyer—P, Royals
96. Tyler Skaggs—P, Diamondbacks (+13)
97. Billy Hamilton—2B/SS, Reds (-17)
Hamilton is struggling lately w/ two hits in his past 30 AB’s…strikeout totals are also too high.
98. Zach Cox—3B, Cardinals (-15)
99. Danny Espinosa—2B, Nationals (-27)
It’s a concern his batting average is sitting below .200 six weeks into the season.
100. Archie Bradley—P, HS (Okl)
101. Liam Henricks—P, Twins
102. Matthew Purke—P, TCU
103. Zach Stewart—P, Blue Jays
104. Michael Choice—OF, Athletics
105. Carlos Martinez Matias—P, Cardinals (-5)
106. Arodys Vizcaino—P, Braves
107. Oswaldo Arcia—OF, Twins
108. Jake Marisnick—OF, Blue Jays
109. Nick Weglarz—OF, Indians
110. Josh Sale—OF, Rays
111. Wilmer Flores—SS, Mets
112. Carlos Perez—C, Blue Jays
113. Aaron Crow—P, Royals
114. Jackie Bradley, Jr—OF, South Carolina
115. Alexander Torres—P, Rays
116. James Darnell—3B, Padres
117. Austin Romine— C, Yankees
118. Jed Bradley—P, Georgia Tech
119. Ben Revere—OF, Twins
120. Neil Ramirez—P, Rangers
121. Leonys Martin—OF, Rangers (+30)
Even though it’s only three games, Martin has looked great in his AA debut (power, speed, defense, etc).
122. Kenny Diekroeger—INF, Stanford Univ (2012)
123. Reymond Fuentes—OF, Padres
124. Tyler Matzek—P, Rockies (-6)
125. Chris Sale—P, White Sox (-30)
Sale is cruising along, but dropped him b/c it doesn’t look like he’ll start or close.
126. Keyvious Sampson—P, Padres
127. Nolan Arenado—3B, Rockies
128. Chris Carter—1B/OF, Athletics (-15)
129. Anthony Gose—OF, Blue Jays
130. Simon Castro— P, Padres
131. Felix Doubront—P, Red Sox
132. Guillermo Pimentel—OF, Mariners
133. Travis D’Arnaud—C, Blue Jays
134. Paul Goldschmidt—1B, Diamondbacks (+35)
Besides the power, but what’s really impressive is 30 BB’s and 23 K’s in transition from Cal League to AA.
135. Tsuyoshi Nishioka—SS, Twins
136. Jake McGee—P, Rays
137. Norichika Aoki—OF, Japan
138. Gary Brown—OF, Giants
139. Garrett Richards—P, Angels
140. Starling Marte—OF, Pirates (+12)
141. Daniel Norris—P, HS (Tenn) (-35)
142. Nick Castellanos—3B, Tigers
143. Juan Nicasio—P, Rockies (+30)
144. Alex Meyer—P, Kentucky (+35)
145. Alfredo Despaigne—OF, Cuba
146. Allen Webster—P, Dodgers (+10)
147. Delino Deshields—2B, Astros
148. Adeiny Hechavarria—SS, Blue Jays
149. Stetson Allie—P, Pirates
150. Adrian Salcedo—P, Twins
151. Jason Knapp—P, Indians
152. Alex Cobb—P, Rays (+45)
Cobb has pitched great (no runs allowed) in his two starts since returning to AAA.
153. Chad James—P, Marlins (+8)
154. Oscar Tavares—OF, Cardinals (+20)
Tavares’ numbers through 56 AB’s in A-ball are unreal (OPS 1.228).  Expect a drop, but he’s a legit prospect.
155. Bryce Brentz—OF, Red Sox (+79)
The minor leagues’ hottest hitter returned to his ’09 college form, hitting in almost 30-straight w/ excellent power.
156. Reese Havens—2B, Mets
157. Johnny Giavotella—2B, Royals
158. Francisco Linder—SS, HS (Fla)
159. Tim Beckham—SS, Rays (+8)
160. Juan Francisco—3B, Reds
161. Kyle Parker—OF, Rockies
162. Tyson Ross—P, Athletics (+20)
163. Luis Heredia—P, Pirates
164. Kaleb Cowart—3B, Angels
165. Joe Benson—OF, Twins (-24)
166. Karsten Whitson—P, Univ of Florida (2013) (-20)
167. Jedd Gyorko—3B, Padres (+50)
2010 first-rounder continues his terrific season, hitting .375 w/ power and decent plate discipline.
168. Yamaico Navarro—2B, Red Sox
169. Donavan Tate—OF, Padres
170. Jennry Mejia—P, Mets
171. Tanner Scheppers—P, Rangers (-20)
172. Hisashi Iwakuma—P, Japan
173. Zach Cozart—SS, Reds
174. Carlos Perez—P, Braves
175. Stolmy Pimentel—P, Red Sox
176. Mikie Mahtook—OF, LSU
177. Will Middlebrooks—3B, Red Sox
178. Matt Lipka—SS, Braves (-25)
179. Drake Britton—P, Red Sox
180. Thomas Neal—OF, Giants
181. Andy Oliver—P, Tigers
182. Lance McCullers, Jr —P/INF, HS (Fla) (2012)
183. Enny Romero—P, Rays (+12)
184. Engel Beltre—OF, Rangers
185. Christian Friedrich—P, Rockies
186. Michael Taylor—OF, Athletics
187. Andrew Brackman—P, Yankees (-15)
188. Mark Trumbo—1B, Angels
189. Drew Cumberland—SS, Padres
190. Edward Salcedo—SS, Braves (+30)
191. Scooter Gennett—2B, Brewers
192. Robinson Yambati—P, Royals
193. Blake Tekotte—OF, Padres
194. Blake Swihart—C, HS (NM)
195. Jose Fernandez—P, HS (Fla)
196. Kirk Niewenhuis—OF, Mets
197. Chris Marrero—1B, Nationals
198. Eric Thames—OF, Blue Jays
199. Francisco Peguero—OF, Giants
200. Fernando Martinez—OF, Mets (+17)
201. LJ Hoes—2B, Orioles
202. Fernando Salas—P, Cardinals
203. Josh Vitters—3B, Cubs
204. Chris Owings—SS, Diamondbacks
205. Jeurys Familia—P, Mets (new)
A reduction in walks is turning from Familia from a project into one of the fastest-rising prospects in the minors.
206. Marcell Ozuna—OF, Marlins
207. Yorman Rodriguez—OF, Reds (-20)
208. Jose Atulve—2B Astros (+30)
209. Brent Morel—3B, White Sox
210. Chad Bettis—P, Rockies
211. Jared Mitchell—OF, White Sox
212. Drew Vettleson—OF, Rays
213. Yulieski Gourriel—3B, Cuba
214. Jonathan Schoop—3B, Orioles (new)
Schoop probably deserved to be included a little sooner… has been consistently solid throughout the season.
215. Hector Noesi—P, Yankees
216. Austin Wilson—OF, Stanford Univ. (2013)
217. Taylor Guerreri—P, HS (S.C.) (new)
Guerreri offers an elite fastball, and is considered by many to be among the best HS pitchers in this year’s draft.
218. AJ Cole—P, Nationals
219. Justin O’Connor—C, Rays
220. Barrett Loux—P, Rangers (-5)
221. Jeremy Jeffress—P, Royals
222. Kolbrin Vitek—3B, Red Sox
223. Joshua Bell—OF, HS (Tex.)
224. Brad Boxberger—P, Reds
225. Jason Esposito—3B, Vanderbilt (-50)
226. Nick Williams—OF, HS (Tex) (2012)
227. Todd Frazier—OF, Reds (new)
The former top prospect is playing extremely well in AAA…now has 9 HR’s.
228. Alex Wimmers—P, Twins
229. Mike Olt—3B, Rangers
230. Robbie Ross—P, Rangers
231. Fabio Martinez-Mesa—P, Angels (-40)
Might be too much of a drop…based on the fact I don’t know why he’s not pitching.
232. Tyrell Jenkins—P, Cardinals
233. Christian Yelich—OF, Marlins (+15)
234. Jose Dariel Abreu—1B, Cuba
235. Yoennis Cespedes—OF, Cuba
236. Slade Heathcott—OF, Yankees (-45)
Wow. Heathcott started a massive brawl by fighting the opposing catcher (see video in link).
237. Brian Goodwin—OF, Miami-Dade CC (-30)
238. Michael Kirkman—P, Rangers
239. Matthew Davidson—3B, Diamondbacks
240. Dave Sappelt—OF, Reds
241. Matt Scurzur—OF, Cubs (new)
Former 1-AA football star having a solid season, hitting in 17 of his last 18 games.
242. Henry Owens—P, HS (Cal)
243. Eduardo Sanchez—P, Cardinals (-100)
Sanchez epitomizes why relievers are tough to rank.  Debuted 100 spots higher as the closer, then lost his job.
244. Trevor Reckling—P, Angels
245. Tim Collins—P, Royals
246. Yordano Ventura—P, Royals
247. Charlie Blackmon—OF, Rockies
248. Cesar Puello—OF, Mets
249. Yordy Cabrera—SS, Athletics
250. Noel Arguelles—P, Royals

Removed: Lars Anderson—1B, Red Sox, Max Stassi—C, Athletics, Andrew Susac—C, Oregon State, Xavier Avery—OF, Orioles, Hiroyuki Nakajima—SS, Japan,

Also considered: Joe Weiland (P, Rangers), Jarek Cunningham (2B, Pirates), Hiroyuki Nakajima (SS, Japan), JD Martinez (OF, Astros), TiJuan Walker (P, Mariners), Ariel Ovando (OF, Astros), Eury Perez (OF, Nationals), Aaron Sanchez (P, Blue Jays), Jake Thompson (P, Rays), Chen-Wei Yin (P, Japan), and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (P, Cuba).