Top 250 Prospects Update: May 30, 2011

Top 250 Prospects Update: May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day! Here is this week’s version of the Top 250 Prospects. I have also been working on our updated Top 100 list, which we’ll release in a few days. Working on the Top 100 was helpful because it convinced me a few guys needed to be higher (or lower), but hopefully, I’ll    eventually get to where the moves are all based on events that happened the previous week.  We’ll keep updating each week and feedback is always 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   
6. Zach Britton—P, Orioles
7. Anthony Rendon—3B, Rice Univ.  
8. Julio Teheran—P, Braves  
9. Jesus Montero—C, Yankees   
10. Dustin Ackley—2B, Mariners (+2) 
After a slow start, Ackley is now hitting .346 in May with extra base hits in 5 of 6 games. 
11. Domonic Brown—OF, Phillies 
12. Mike Moustakas— 3B, Royals 
13. Desmond Jennings—OF, Rays  
14. Manny Machado—SS, Orioles 
15. Shelby Miller—P, Cardinals (+3) 
Miller was dominating this week …has now posted double digit k’s in three straight games.    
16. Jacob Turner— P, Tigers 
17. Jameson Taillon—P, Pirates  
18. Lonnie Chisenhall—3B, Indians  
19. Matt Moore—P, Rays (+4) 
20. Martin Perez—P, Rangers  
21. Brett Lawrie—3B, Blue Jays (+3)   
Lawrie’s impressive numbers in AAA (OPS: 1.065) is perhaps forcing a promotion. 
22. Gerrit Cole—P, UCLA (-6) 
23. Wil Myers—OF, Royals
24. Yu Darvish—P, Japan  
25. Manny Banuelos—P, Yankees 
26. Kyle Gibson—P, Twins (+3)   
27. Freddie Freeman—1B, Braves
28. Mike Minor—P, Braves   
29. Brett Jackson—OF, Cubs  
30. Kyle Drabek—P, Blue Jays
31. Brandon Belt—1B, Giants
32. Drew Pomeranz—P, Indians 
33. Anthony Rizzo—1B, Padres   
34. Jordan Lyles—P, Astros (+0)
Called up to the Major Leagues…making his debut on Tuesday night.
35. Miguel Sano—3B, Twins  
36. Dylan Bundy—P, HS (Ok) (+13)  
37. Jake Odorizzi—P, Royals   
38. Devin Mesoraco—C, Reds    
39. Dee Gordon—SS, Dodgers 
40. Craig Kimbrel—P, Braves
41. Robbie Erlin—P, Rangers (+5)  
42. Aroldis Chapman—P, Reds (-7)
43. Jarred Cosart—P, Phillies   
44. Zach Lee—P, Dodgers  
45. Hak-Ju Lee—SS, Rays   
46. Jurickson Profar—SS, Rangers (+23)   
Hit two more home runs this week, and his BA returned to a respectable .278 w/ power and discipline. 
47. Wilin Rosario—C, Rockies (-6)  
48. Mike Montgomery—P, Royals (-12)  
49. Nick Franklin—SS, Mariners  
50. Grant Green—SS, Athletics (-12)   
51. Danny Hultzen—P, UVA 
52. Danny Duffy—P, Royals (+3)                      
53. Bubba Starling—OF, HS (Kan) 
54. Casey Kelly—P, Padres (+4)   
55. Jarrod Parker—P, Diamondbacks   
56. Yonder Alonso—1B, Reds (-3)  
57. Randall Delgado—P, Braves (-13)    
58. Taylor Jungmann—P, Univ of Texas 
59. Aaron Hicks—OF, Twins   
60. Matt Barnes—P, UConn (
61. Tyler Skaggs—P, Diamondbacks (+35) 
An aggressive promotion, but at age 20, Skaggs is leading the Cal. League with 74 strikeouts. 
62. Dellin Betances—P, Yankees    
63. Jason Kipnis—2B, Indians   
64. Sonny Gray—P, Vanderbilt    
65. Carlos Martinez—P, Cardinals (+20)     
Expect a few more jumps for Martinez as the season continues. 
66. Rubby De La Rosa—P, Dodgers
67. Jordan Walden—P, Angels
68. Trey McNutt—P, Cubs 
69. Jerry Sands—OF, Dodgers
70. Matt Harvey—P, Mets (+10)  
71. Tyler Chatwood—P, Angels
72. Yasmani Grandal—C, Reds 
73. Deck McGuire—P, Blue Jays    
74. Leonys Martin—OF, Rangers (+30)    
An aggressive promotion for Martin, who is now hitting .355 in AA w/ 8 BB’s and 2 K’s.
75. George Springer—OF, UConn (+16)    
76. Tony Sanchez—C, Pirates  
77. Anthony Ranaudo—P, Red Sox 
78. JP Arencibia—C, Blue Jays 
79. Derek Norris—C, Nationals  
80. Hank Conger—C, Angels (-18)
81. Travis D’Arnaud—C, Blue Jays (+30)   
One of the hottest hitters in the minor leagues, D’Arnaud is now hitting .481 in May. 
82. Gary Sanchez—C, Yankees
83. Zach Wheeler—P, Giants  
84. Alexander Colome—P, Rays  
85. Trevor Bauer—P, UCLA    
86. Wilson Ramos— C, Nationals (-8)
87. Jonathan Singleton—1B, Phillies (-37) 
The drop is based on more than this week…gotta drop Singleton until the slugging percentage rises. 
88. Zach Cox—3B, Cardinals (+3)   
89. James Darnell—3B, Padres (+20)
90. Brandon Beachy—P, Braves
91. Jean Segura—2B, Angels (-19)  
92. Jose Iglesias—SS, Red Sox (-4)  
93. Matt Dominguez—3B, Marlins   
94. Arodys Vizcaino—P, Braves 
95. Chris Dwyer—P, Royals  
96. Jaff Decker—OF, Padres (-2)  
97. John Lamb—P, Royals (-26)  
Still waiting to learn how long the shoulder injury will keep him sidelined. 
98. Michael Choice—OF, Athletics (+8)  
99. Brody Colvin—P, Phillies  
100. Alex White—P, Indians (-57)
A severe middle finger strain could keep White sidelined for the entire season. 
101. Liam Henricks—P, Twins                                    
102. Archie Bradley—P, HS (Okl)                              
103. Matthew Purke—P, TCU                                     
104. Nick Castellanos—3B, Tigers (+30)               
105. Juan Nicasio—P, Rockies (+32)
Nicasio was called up to the major leagues, and allowed only one unearned run in his debut.
106. Jed Bradley—P, Georgia Tech                         
107. Danny Espinosa—2B, Nationals (-4)    
108. Oswaldo Arcia—OF, Twins                               
109. Nick Weglarz—OF, Indians                               
110. Gary Brown—OF, Giants (+8)                         
111. Josh Sale—OF, Rays                                            
112. Bryce Brentz—OF, Red Sox (+30)                 
113. Christian Colon—SS, Royals (-10)                 
114. Zach Stewart—P, Blue Jays (-8)                     
115. Trayvon Robinson—OF, Dodgers (-20)      
116. Aaron Crow—P, Royals                                      
117. Jake Marisnick—OF, Blue Jays                       
118. Anthony Gose—OF, Blue Jays (+5)              
119. Chris Archer—P, Rays (-26)                             
120. Carlos Perez—C, Blue Jays (-4)                      
121. Neil Ramirez—P, Rangers                                 
122. Paul Goldschmidt—1B, D’backs (+15)         
123. Wilmer Flores—SS, Mets                                   
124. Billy Hamilton—2B/SS, Reds (-19)                
125. Jedd Gyorko—3B, Padres (+18)                     
126. Keyvious Sampson—P, Padres (+9)            
127. Garrett Richards—P, Angels                          
128. Alex Cobb—P, Rays (+20)                              
129. Jackie Bradley, Jr—OF, South Carolina     
130. Chris Sale—P, White Sox
131. Kenny Diekroeger—INF, Stanford Univ (2012)            
132. Austin Romine— C, Yankees (-9)                                         
133. Allen Webster—P, Dodgers (+19)                               
Webster just earned a promotion to AA w/ his solid early-season performance. 
134. Reymond Fuentes—OF, Padres                                            
135. Alexander Torres—P, Rays (-11)                                        
136. Chris Carter—1B/OF, Athletics                                            
137. Felix Doubront—P, Red Sox                                                 
138. Tim Beckham—SS, Rays (+13)                                              
139. Guillermo Pimentel—OF, Mariners                                    
140. Tsuyoshi Nishioka—SS, Twins                                             
141. Norichika Aoki—OF, Japan                                                   
142. Nolan Arenado—3B, Rockies                                               
143. Ben Revere—OF, Twins (-12)                                                
144. Starling Marte—OF, Pirates                                                  
145. Francisco Linder—SS, HS (Fla)                                            
146. Simon Castro— P, Padres                                                       
147. Darwin Barney—2B, Cubs (+45)                              
Not based on this week…but Barney should be higher based on his solid rookie season. 
148. Charlie Blackmon—OF, Rockies (+40)                             
149. Michael Taylor—OF, Athletics (+11)                               
150. Daniel Norris—P, HS (Tenn)                                                
151. Fernando Salas—P, Cardinals (+30)                      
Looks to be solidifying his role as the Cardinals’ closer.
152. Alex Meyer—P, Kentucky                                                    
153. Alfredo Despaigne—OF, Cuba                                             
154. Delino Deshields—2B, Astros                                             
155. Brad Peacock—P, Nationals (+70)                        
The Nationals have two of the games fastest-rising pitching prospects in Brad Meyers and Brad Peacock.   
156. Stetson Allie—P, Pirates                                                      
157. Joe Benson—OF, Twins (+14)                                            
158. Jason Knapp—P, Indians                                                     
159. Oscar Tavares—OF, Cardinals                                           
160. Reese Havens—2B, Mets                                                     
161. Johnny Giavotella—2B, Royals                                        
162. Chad James—P, Marlins                                                       
163. Jake McGee—P, Rays                                                            
164. Jose Altuve—2B Astros (+27)                                  
Unbelievable…Altuve is now hitting well over .400 in A+ after another great week. 
165. Brad Meyers—P, Nationals (+31)                                    
166. Juan Francisco—3B, Reds                                                  
167. Adeiny Hechavarria—SS, Blue Jays (-7)                     
168. Tyson Ross—P, Athletics                                                    
169. Luis Heredia—P, Pirates                                                      
170. Kaleb Cowart—3B, Angels                                                  
171. Karsten Whitson—P, Univ of Florida (2013)               
172. Matt Lipka—SS, Braves                                                         
173. Yamaico Navarro—2B, Red Sox                                       
174. Jonathan Schoop—3B, Orioles (+44)                            
175. Donavan Tate—OF, Padres                                                 
176. Taylor Guerreri—P, HS (S.C.) (+40)                               
177. Jennry Mejia—P, Mets                                                         
178. Tanner Scheppers—P, Rangers                                         
179. Eric Thames—OF, Blue Jays                                              
180. Hisashi Iwakuma—P, Japan                                               
181. Zach Cozart—SS, Reds                                                          
182. Kyle Parker—OF, Rockies (-15)                                         
183. Tyler Matzek—P, Rockies (-40)                              
Ouch…another awful start w/ 1 IP, 5 ER’s, and 5 BB’s.
184. Mikie Mahtook—OF, LSU                                                     
185. Chris Owings—SS, Diamondbacks (+24)                       
186. Adrian Salcedo—P, Twins (-30)                                        
187. Drake Britton—P, Red Sox                                                  
188. Mark Trumbo—1B, Angels                                                 
189. Blake Tekotte—OF, Padres (+7)                                       
190. Thomas Neal—OF, Giants                                                  
191. Andy Oliver—P, Tigers                                                        
192. Lance McCullers, Jr —P/INF, HS (Fla) (2012)         
193. Drew Cumberland—SS, Padres                                        
194. Edward Salcedo—SS, Braves                                            
195. Joe Wieland—P, Rangers (+44)                                      
196. Kirk Niewenhuis—OF, Mets                                               
197. Blake Swihart—C, HS (NM)                                                
198. Jose Fernandez—P, HS (Fla)                                              
199. Chris Marrero—1B, Nationals                                           
200. Todd Frazier—OF, Reds (+25)                                        
201. Robinson Yambati—P, Royals                                         
202. Francisco Peguero—OF, Giants                                      
203. LJ Hoes—2B, Orioles                                                          
204. Josh Vitters—3B, Cubs                                                     
205. Jeurys Familia—P, Mets                                                   
206. Barrett Loux—P, Rangers                                                
 207. Fernando Martinez—OF, Mets (-24)                           
208. Brent Morel—3B, White Sox                                          
209. Enny Romero—P, Rays                                                    
210. Jeremy Jeffress—P, Royals (-13)                                  
211. Drew Vettleson—OF, Rays                                               
212. Charlie Furbush—P, Tigers (new)                     
Furbush had a great start against Boston throwing 5 IP’s w/ 0 ER’s. 
213. Will Middlebrooks—3B, Red Sox (-28)            
Middlebrooks has trailed off after great April w/ a .263 OBP in May. 
214. Yulieski Gourriel—3B, Cuba                                             
215. Dayan Viciedo—OF, White Sox                                      
216. Mike Olt—3B, Rangers (+11)                                            
217. Chad Bettis—P, Rockies                                                     
218. Jared Mitchell—OF, White Sox (+17)                
Still struggling…but showing signs of life this week w/ a few big games (two HR’s, etc). 
219. Hector Noesi—P, Yankees                                                
220. AJ Cole—P, Nationals                                                        
221. Justin O’Connor—C, Rays                                                  
222. Kolbrin Vitek—3B, Red Sox                                              
223. Joshua Bell—OF, HS (Tex.)                                                
224. Brad Boxberger—P, Reds                                                   
225. Christian Friedrich—P, Rockies (-39)                           
226. Jason Esposito—3B, Vanderbilt                                     
227. Nick Williams—OF, HS (Tex) (2012)                              
228. Casey Crosby—P, Tigers (new)                              
Crosby is having an impressive bounce-back season in AA…only slight concern are his BB totals.
229. Eric Surkamp-P, Giants (new)                                
Surkamp is posting unbelievable numbers in AA…a 1.33 ERA w/ 69 k’s in 61 innings. 
230. Robbie Ross—P, Rangers                                                  
231. Stolmy Pimentel—P, Red Sox (-30)                               
232. Tyrell Jenkins—P, Cardinals                                              
233. Jose Dariel Abreu—1B, Cuba                                            
234. Yoennis Cespedes—OF, Cuba                                           
235. Marcell Ozuna—OF, Marlins                                               
236. Slade Heathcott—OF, Yankees                                          
237. Brian Goodwin—OF, Miami-Dade CC                             
238. Andrew Brackman—P, Yankees                                       
239. Matthew Davidson—3B, Diamondbacks                        
240. Dave Sappelt—OF, Reds                                                       
241. Matt Scurzur—OF, Cubs                                                        
242. Christian Yelich—OF, Marlins (-10)                                 
243. Trevor Reckling—P, Angels                                                 
244. Scooter Gennett—2B, Brewers (-40)                              
245. Tim Collins—P, Royals                                                          
246. Cesar Puello—OF, Mets                                                         
247. Yorman Rodriguez—OF, Reds                                           
248. Alex Wimmers—P, Twins (-19)                                 
Wimmers is still yet to pitch since his tough outing on opening day. 
249. Carlos Perez—P, Braves (-40)                                             
250. Noel Arguelles—P, Royals                                                  

Removed: Fabio Martinez-Mesa-P, Angels (#235), Austin Wilson—OF, Stanford Univ. (2013) (#243), Engel Beltre—OF, Rangers (#246)

Also considered: Peter Tago (P, Rockies), Jae-Hoon Ha (OF, Cubs), Yordy Cabrera (SS, Athletics), Hiroyuki Nakajima (SS, Japan), JD Martinez (OF, Astros), Ariel Ovando (OF, Astros), TiJuan Walker (P, Mariners), Eury Perez (OF, Nationals), Aaron Sanchez (P, Blue Jays), Jake Thompson (P, Rays), Chen-Wei Yin (P, Japan), and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (P, Cuba).