Top 250 Prospects Update: May 23, 2011

Top 250 Prospects Update: May 23, 2011

Here is this week’s version of the Top 250 Prospects. In this version, we spent some extra time finding players we have been slow to demote.  Five prospects we considered removing are Andrew Brackman, Yorman Rodriguez, Marcell Ozuna, Engel Beltre, and Jared Mitchell.  Here is a feedback question: are we better being patient w/ these players or replacing them with other prospects?  We’ll definitely keep updating the list 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
5. Michael Pineda—P, Mariners (+2)
In his last two starts, Pineda has thrown 14 innings w/ 16 k’s, 1 BB, and 0 ER’s.
6. Zach Britton—P, Orioles (+2)
7. Anthony Rendon—3B, Rice Univ. (-0)
We are showing faith not dropping Rendon b/c most reports are not rating him the best player in the 2011 draft.
8. Julio Teheran—P, Braves
9. Jesus Montero—C, Yankees
10. Domonic Brown—OF, Phillies
11. Mike Moustakas— 3B, Royals
12. Dustin Ackley—2B, Mariners
13. Desmond Jennings—OF, Rays
14. Gerrit Cole—P, UCLA (-1)
15. Manny Machado—SS, Orioles
16. Jacob Turner— P, Tigers (+1)
17. Jameson Taillon—P, Pirates
18. Lonnie Chisenhall—3B, Indians
19. Shelby Miller—P, Cardinals
20. Martin Perez—P, Rangers (+3)
21. Wil Myers—OF, Royals
22. Yu Darvish—P, Japan (+2)
After a rough debut, Darvish has returned to dominant form his last five starts.
23. Matt Moore—P, Rays
24. Brett Lawrie—3B, Blue Jays
25. Manny Banuelos—P, Yankees
26. Freddie Freeman—1B, Braves
27. Mike Minor—P, Braves
28. Brett Jackson—OF, Cubs
29. Kyle Gibson—P, Twins (-5)
Gibson’s last four starts have been consistently average…5-6 innings and 3-4 ER’s.
30. Kyle Drabek—P, Blue Jays
31. Brandon Belt—1B, Giants
32. Drew Pomeranz—P, Indians
33. Anthony Rizzo—1B, Padres (+7)
34. Jordan Lyles—P, Astros (+3)
35. Aroldis Chapman—P, Reds (-5)
36. Miguel Sano—3B, Twins
37. Jake Odorizzi—P, Royals (+2)
38. Mike Montgomery—P, Royals
39. Devin Mesoraco—C, Reds (-3)
40. Dee Gordon—SS, Dodgers
41. Craig Kimbrel—P, Braves
42. Jarred Cosart—P, Phillies
43. Wilin Rosario—C, Rockies (-8)
44. Alex White—P, Indians
45. Randall Delgado—P, Braves
46. Grant Green—SS, Athletics
47. Zach Lee—P, Dodgers
48. Hak-Ju Lee—SS, Rays
49. Dylan Bundy—P, HS (Ok) (+30)
Bundy is rising quickly w/ many draft reports valuing him equally with Rendon and Cole.
50. Robbie Erlin—P, Rangers (+9)
51. Jonathan Singleton—1B, Phillies (-14)
The .339 slugging percentage this season is a real concern…but he homered on Saturday.
52. Nick Franklin—SS, Mariners (-10)
53. Danny Hultzen—P, UVA (+15)
54. Yonder Alonso—1B, Reds (+8)
55. Bubba Starling—OF, HS (Kan)
56. Jarrod Parker—P, Diamondbacks (-10)
57. Danny Duffy—P, Royals
58. Casey Kelly—P, Padres (-10)
59. Taylor Jungmann—P, Univ of Texas (-2)
60. Aaron Hicks—OF, Twins (+6)
61. Matt Barnes—P, UConn
62. Dellin Betances—P, Yankees
63. Hank Conger—C, Angels
64. Jason Kipnis—2B, Indians
65. Sonny Gray—P, Vanderbilt (-8)
66. Rubby De La Rosa—P, Dodgers (+4)
67. Jordan Walden—P, Angels
68. Trey McNutt—P, Cubs
69. Jerry Sands—OF, Dodgers (-15)
70. John Lamb—P, Royals (-9)
Lamb was pulled in the first inning of this week’s start w/ an elbow issue (not sure it’s serious).
71. Tyler Chatwood—P, Angels
72. Jurickson Profar—SS, Rangers (+9)
73. Jean Segura—2B, Angels (-5)
74. Yasmani Grandal—C, Reds
75. Deck McGuire—P, Blue Jays (+10)
76. Tony Sanchez—C, Pirates
77. Anthony Ranaudo—P, Red Sox
78. Wilson Ramos— C, Nationals
79. JP Arencibia—C, Blue Jays
80. Matt Harvey—P, Mets
81. Derek Norris—C, Nationals (+3)
82. Gary Sanchez—C, Yankees
83. Zach Wheeler—P, Giants
84. Alexander Colome—P, Rays (+9)
85. Carlos Martinez—P, Cardinals (+20)
Martinez was dominant in his third start w/ 9 k’s in five shutout innings hitting 100 mph and issuing zero walks.
86. Jose Iglesias—SS, Red Sox (-5)
87. Trevor Bauer—P, UCLA
88. Brandon Beachy—P, Braves (-12)
89. Chris Archer—P, Rays (-15)
90. Matt Dominguez—3B, Marlins
91. Zach Cox—3B, Cardinals (+6)
92. George Springer—OF, UConn
93. Trayvon Robinson—OF, Dodgers (-11)
94. Jaff Decker—OF, Padres
95. Arodys Vizcaino—P, Braves (+10)
96. Chris Dwyer—P, Royals
97. Brody Colvin—P, Phillies (-8)
98. Liam Henricks—P, Twins (+4)
99. Tyler Skaggs—P, Diamondbacks
100. Christian Colon—SS, Royals (-12)
Despite hitting .267 in May, Colon has not recorded an extra base hit since April 28.
101. Billy Hamilton—2B/SS, Reds
102. Danny Espinosa—2B, Nationals
103. Archie Bradley—P, HS (Okl)
104. Matthew Purke—P, TCU
105. Zach Stewart—P, Blue Jays
106. Michael Choice—OF, Athletics
107. Jed Bradley—P, Georgia Tech (+10)
108. Leonys Martin—OF, Rangers (+12)
109. Oswaldo Arcia—OF, Twins
110. Nick Weglarz—OF, Indians
111. James Darnell—3B, Padres (+5)
112. Josh Sale—OF, Rays
113. Carlos Perez—C, Blue Jays
114. Travis D’Arnaud—C, Blue Jays (+20)
D’Arnaud has been on fire the past two weeks, hitting .448 since returning from the DL.
115. Aaron Crow—P, Royals
116. Jake Marisnick—OF, Blue Jays (-6)
117. Austin Romine— C, Yankees
118. Gary Brown—OF, Giants (+20)
119. Neil Ramirez—P, Rangers
120. Anthony Gose—OF, Blue Jays (+8)
121. Wilmer Flores—SS, Mets (-10)
122. Alexander Torres—P, Rays (-7)
123. Garrett Richards—P, Angels (+15)
124. Jackie Bradley, Jr—OF, South Carolina (-10)
125. Chris Sale—P, White Sox (+2)
126. Kenny Diekroeger—INF, Stanford Univ (2012)
127. Ben Revere—OF, Twins (-6)
128. Reymond Fuentes—OF, Padres
129. Keyvious Sampson—P, Padres
130. Nick Castellanos—3B, Tigers (+15)
After starting slowly, Castellanos is batting .324 in May while hitting in 13 of his past 14 games.
131. Chris Carter—1B/OF, Athletics
132. Paul Goldschmidt—1B, Diamondbacks (+4)
133. Felix Doubront—P, Red Sox
134. Guillermo Pimentel—OF, Mariners
135. Juan Nicasio—P, Rockies (+10)
136. Tsuyoshi Nishioka—SS, Twins
137. Norichika Aoki—OF, Japan
138. Jedd Gyorko—3B, Padres (+32)
The streak continues w/ Gyorko hitting 5 more HR’s last week.
139. Tyler Matzek—P, Rockies (-14)
140. Nolan Arenado—3B, Rockies (-9)
141. Starling Marte—OF, Pirates
142. Francisco Linder—SS, HS (Fla) (+19)
143. Bryce Brentz—OF, Red Sox (+14)
144. Simon Castro— P, Padres (-10)
145. Alex Cobb—P, Rays (+9)
146. Daniel Norris—P, HS (Tenn)
147. Tim Beckham—SS, Rays (+15)
Beckham’s recent numbers are great…only mild concern is rising K:BB recently over small sample size.
148. Alex Meyer—P, Kentucky
149. Alfredo Despaigne—OF, Cuba
150. Allen Webster—P, Dodgers
151. Delino Deshields—2B, Astros
152. Stetson Allie—P, Pirates
153. Adrian Salcedo—P, Twins
154. Jason Knapp—P, Indians
155. Adeiny Hechavarria—SS, Blue Jays (-6)
156. Oscar Tavares—OF, Cardinals
157. Reese Havens—2B, Mets
158. Johnny Giavotella—2B, Royals
159. Chad James—P, Marlins (-4)
160. Michael Taylor—OF, Athletics (+25)
Taylor is hitting .371 since returning from the DL last week.
161. Jake McGee—P, Rays (-25)
162. Juan Francisco—3B, Reds
163. Kyle Parker—OF, Rockies
164. Tyson Ross—P, Athletics
165. Luis Heredia—P, Pirates
166. Kaleb Cowart—3B, Angels
167. Joe Benson—OF, Twins (-24)
168. Karsten Whitson—P, Univ of Florida (2013)
169. Matt Lipka—SS, Braves (+11)
Lipka recorded multiple hits in four of his past five games w/ 6 doubles.
170. Yamaico Navarro—2B, Red Sox
171. Donavan Tate—OF, Padres
172. Jennry Mejia—P, Mets
173. Tanner Scheppers—P, Rangers
174. Eric Thames—OF, Blue Jays (+27)
175. Fernando Salas—P, Cardinals (+30)
It looks like Salas is the Cardinals’ closer…but moving him slowly after we promoted Sanchez too quickly.
176. Hisashi Iwakuma—P, Japan
177. Zach Cozart—SS, Reds
178. Christian Friedrich—P, Rockies (+8)
179. Mikie Mahtook—OF, LSU
180. Will Middlebrooks—3B, Red Sox
181. Fernando Martinez—OF, Mets (+20)
182. Drake Britton—P, Red Sox
183. Charlie Blackmon—OF, Rockies (+65)
Wow…Seven consecutive multi-hit games have pushed Blackmon’s BA in AAA above .350.
184. Mark Trumbo—1B, Angels (+5)
185. Thomas Neal—OF, Giants
186. Jose Altuve—2B Astros (+25)
We are almost into June and Altuve is still hitting .382.
187. Andy Oliver—P, Tigers
188. Lance McCullers, Jr —P/INF, HS (Fla) (2012)
189. Drew Cumberland—SS, Padres
190. Edward Salcedo—SS, Braves
191. Darwin Barney—2B, Cubs (new)
Had forgotten Barney was eligible for this list, but Chicago’s starting 2B should be here somewhere.
192. Kirk Niewenhuis—OF, Mets (+5)
193. Brad Meyers—P, Nationals (new)
Amazing: Meyers has 53 innings, 54 k’s, and 1 BB this season pitching in AA and AAA.
194. Blake Tekotte—OF, Padres
195. Blake Swihart—C, HS (NM)
196. Stolmy Pimentel—P, Red Sox (-18)
197. Jose Fernandez—P, HS (Fla)
198. Chris Marrero—1B, Nationals
199. Jeremy Jeffress—P, Royals (+22)
The recent demotion jumped Jeffress’ ranking because it appears he’ll eventually be in the rotation.
200. Carlos Perez—P, Braves (-22)
201. Robinson Yambati—P, Royals (-7)
202. Francisco Peguero—OF, Giants
203. Scooter Gennett—2B, Brewers (-7)
204. LJ Hoes—2B, Orioles
205. Josh Vitters—3B, Cubs
206. Chris Owings—SS, Diamondbacks
207. Jeurys Familia—P, Mets
208. Barrett Loux—P, Rangers (+11)
209. Brent Morel—3B, White Sox
210. Enny Romero—P, Rays (-25)
Two more rough starts have pushed Romero’s ERA above 6.75.
211. Drew Vettleson—OF, Rays
212. Yulieski Gourriel—3B, Cuba
213. Jonathan Schoop—3B, Orioles
214. Dayan Viciedo—OF, White Sox (new)
Viciedo is hitting .378 in May while showing surprising plate discipline w/ 8 walks.
215. Chad Bettis—P, Rockies (-6)
216. Hector Noesi—P, Yankees
217. Taylor Guerreri—P, HS (S.C.)
218. AJ Cole—P, Nationals
219. Justin O’Connor—C, Rays
220. Kolbrin Vitek—3B, Red Sox
221. Joshua Bell—OF, HS (Tex.)
222. Brad Boxberger—P, Reds
223. Jason Esposito—3B, Vanderbilt
224. Nick Williams—OF, HS (Tex) (2012)
225. Todd Frazier—OF, Reds
226. Alex Wimmers—P, Twins
227. Mike Olt—3B, Rangers
228. Robbie Ross—P, Rangers
229. Fabio Martinez-Mesa—P, Angels
230. Tyrell Jenkins—P, Cardinals
231. Christian Yelich—OF, Marlins
232. Jose Dariel Abreu—1B, Cuba
233. Brad Peacock—P, Nationals (new)
Pitching in AA, Peacock has a 2.05 ERA and 24 k’s over his last 13 innings.
234. Yoennis Cespedes—OF, Cuba
235. Marcell Ozuna—OF, Marlins (-28)
236. Slade Heathcott—OF, Yankees
237. Brian Goodwin—OF, Miami-Dade CC
238. Andrew Brackman—P, Yankees (-50)
239. Joe Wieland—P, Rangers (new)
Weiland is having a breakout season w/ 53 k’s, 3 BB’s, and a 1.62 ERA.
240. Matthew Davidson—3B, Diamondbacks
241. Dave Sappelt—OF, Reds
242. Austin Wilson—OF, Stanford Univ. (2013) (-27)
The highly-touted freshman is having a decent year, but 51:6 k/BB makes me think we  listed him too soon.
243. Matt Scurzur—OF, Cubs
244. Jared Mitchell—OF, White Sox (-30)
245. Trevor Reckling—P, Angels
246. Engel Beltre—OF, Rangers (-60)
247. Tim Collins—P, Royals
248. Cesar Puello—OF, Mets
249. Yorman Rodriguez—OF, Reds (-40)
250. Noel Arguelles—P, Royals

Removed: (#215), Henry Owens—P, HS (Cal) (#241), Eduardo Sanchez—P, Cardinals (#244), Yordano Ventura—P, Royals (#246), Yordy Cabrera—SS, Athletics (#248)

Also considered: Peter Tago (P, Rockies), Jae-Hoon Ha (OF, Cubs), Yordy Cabrera (SS, Athletics), Lars Anderson (1B, Red Sox), 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).