Top 250 Prospects Update: June 12, 2011

Top 250 Prospects Update: June 12, 2011

Here is this week’s version of the Top 250 Prospects. After mostly following the draft last week, I spent some extra time this week keeping up with various MILB developments regarding promotions, injuries, etc.  I am currently working on locating prospects we should add, so if there are any prospects you are surprised are not listed, definitely let us know.

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. Julio Teheran—P, Braves (+0)
Didn’t move him higher, but Teheran had a terrific game this week in AAA (11 k’s, 0 BB’s).
7. Dustin Ackley—2B, Mariners
8. Domonic Brown—OF, Phillies
9. Desmond Jennings—OF, Rays (+1)
10. Mike Moustakas— 3B, Royals
11. Manny Machado—SS, Orioles
12. Zach Britton—P, Orioles
13. Shelby Miller—P, Cardinals
14. Gerrit Cole—P, Pirates
15. Jacob Turner—P, Tigers
16. Jameson Taillon—P, Pirates
17. Brett Lawrie—3B, Blue Jays (-2)
Bad luck for Lawrie…broken hand should delay call-up at least 4-6 weeks (no long-term concern).
18. Matt Moore—P, Rays
19. Jesus Montero—C, Yankees (-6)
Hitting .130 in June w/ strikeout rate hovering around 25%…starting to get a little worried.
20. Anthony Rendon—3B, Nationals
21. Martin Perez—P, Rangers
22. Lonnie Chisenhall—3B, Indians (-2)
23. Freddie Freeman—1B, Braves (+3)
24. Wil Myers—OF, Royals (-2)
25. Mike Minor—P, Braves (+1)
26. Yu Darvish—P, Japan (-4)
Interesting article.  How much will Dice-K’s departure affect teams’ unwillingness to invest heavily in Darvish?
27. Dylan Bundy—P, Orioles
28. Kyle Gibson—P, Twins
29. Manny Banuelos—P, Yankees (-5)
30. Drew Pomeranz—P, Indians
31. Anthony Rizzo—1B, Padres
32. Jordan Lyles—P, Astros
33. Devin Mesoraco—C, Reds (+6)
Aggressive ranking, but Mesoraco is now hitting .330 w/ a .981 OPS in AAA.
34. Brandon Belt—1B, Giants
35. Danny Hultzen—P, Mariners
36. Jurickson Profar—SS, Rangers
37. Jake Odorizzi—P, Royals
38. Miguel Sano—3B, Twins
39. Robbie Erlin—P, Rangers
40. Brett Jackson—OF, Cubs (-3)
41. Bubba Starling—OF, Royals
42. Jarred Cosart—P, Phillies
43. Hak-Ju Lee—SS, Rays (+2)
44. Dee Gordon—SS, Dodgers (+3)
45. Danny Duffy—P, Royals
46. Zach Lee—P, Dodgers
47. Trevor Bauer—P, Diamondbacks
48. Yonder Alonso—1B, Reds (+1)
49. Craig Kimbrel—P, Braves (-8)
A few bad games this week raises concerns…but Kimbrel should remain ATL’s closer.
50. Jarrod Parker—P, Diamondbacks
51. Carlos Martinez—P, Cardinals (+5)
52. Kyle Drabek—P, Blue Jays (-2)
53. Randall Delgado—P, Braves (+4)
54. Tyler Skaggs—P, Diamondbacks (+3)
55. Casey Kelly—P, Padres
56. Dellin Betances—P, Yankees (+4)
57. Aaron Hicks—OF, Twins (+2)
58. Mike Montgomery—P, Royals
59. Matt Harvey—P, Mets (+3)
60. Jason Kipnis—2B, Indians
61. Rubby De La Rosa—P, Dodgers
62. Nick Franklin—SS, Mariners (-3)
63. Wilin Rosario—C, Rockies
64. Jordan Walden—P, Angels
65. Aroldis Chapman—P, Reds (-5)
Really struggling.  Reluctant to move Chapman lower, but a 19.31 ERA in AA?
66. George Springer—OF, Astros
67. Tyler Chatwood—P, Angels
68. Anthony Ranaudo—P, Red Sox (+5)
69. Archie Bradley—P, Diamondbacks (+20)
Hasn’t pitched…but decided to put Bradley ahead of the mid-first round college pitchers.
70. Matt Barnes—P, Red Sox
71. Jonathan Singleton—1B, Phillies
72. Deck McGuire—P, Blue Jays (+6)
73. Taylor Jungmann—P, Brewers (+13)
74. Yasmani Grandal—C, Reds
75. JP Arencibia—C, Blue Jays (+2)
76. Sonny Gray—P, Athletics (-14)
77. Leonys Martin—OF, Rangers (-2)
Went on the DL w/ a back injury, but should return soon.
78. Zach Wheeler—P, Giants
79. Derek Norris—C, Nationals
80. James Darnell—3B, Padres (+9)
81. Hank Conger—C, Angels
82. Travis D’Arnaud—C, Blue Jays
83. Alexander Colome—P, Rays
84. Wilson Ramos— C, Nationals
85. Zach Cox—3B, Cardinals (+3)
86. Paul Goldschmidt—1B, Diamondbacks (+19)
Incredible season continues.  21 HR’s and still drawing more walks than strikeouts.
87. Trey McNutt—P, Cubs
88. Aaron Crow—P, Royals
89. Grant Green—SS, Athletics (-16)
Green only has 2 HR’s and .366 SLG this season.  Ranking should drop until power arrives?
90. Gary Sanchez—C, Yankees (-6)
91. Tony Sanchez—C, Pirates (-8)
Sanchez is in a mild slump, hitting .214 w/ no extra base hits in June.
92. Juan Nicasio—P, Rockies
93. Brandon Beachy—P, Braves
94. Arodys Vizcaino—P, Braves
95. Jaff Decker—OF, Padres
96. Jean Segura—2B, Angels (-2)
Recovery from hamstring injury could take longer than expected.
97. Nick Castellanos—3B, Tigers (+6)
98. Matt Dominguez—3B, Marlins
99. Liam Henriks—P, Twins (+2)
100. Jerry Sands—OF, Dodgers (-24)
Demoted to AAA…could bounce back but debut went worse than expected.
101. Brody Colvin—P, Phillies
102. Alex White—P, Indians
103. Michael Choice—OF, Athletics (-5)
104. Jed Bradley—P, Brewers
105. Gary Brown—OF, Giants (-4)
106. Danny Espinosa—2B, Nationals
107. Neil Ramirez—P, Rangers
108. Trayvon Robinson—OF, Dodgers (+11)
Robinson is heating up, hitting in 11 straight w/ extra base hits arriving recently.  I think LA will call him up soon.
109. Oswaldo Arcia—OF, Twins
110. Nick Weglarz—OF, Indians (+2)
Weglarz finally returned this week from pre-season injury.
111. Josh Sale—OF, Rays
112. Billy Hamilton—2B/SS, Reds (+11)
113. Chris Dwyer—P, Royals (-3)
114. Bryce Brentz—OF, Red Sox
115. Francisco Lindor—SS, Indians
116. Jose Altuve—2B Astros (+24)
Altuve’s .415 BA in AA is answering questions whether his performance was the product of the CAL league.
117. Jose Iglesias—SS, Red Sox (-14)
His strength is defense, but the .241 SLG in AAA needs to improve.
118. Alex Cobb—P, Rays (+9)
119. Jedd Gyorko—3B, Padres (+11)
120. Jake Marisnick—OF, Blue Jays
121. Christian Colon—SS, Royals (-3)
122. Garrett Richards—P, Angels (+10)
123. Brad Peacock—P, Nationals (+4)
124. Chris Archer—P, Rays
125. Carlos Perez—C, Blue Jays
126. Nolan Arenado—3B, Rockies
127. Tim Beckham—SS, Rays (+11)
Having a solid season in AA…has consistently improved since mid-season 2010.
128. Keyvious Sampson—P, Padres
129. Austin Romine— C, Yankees
130. Anthony Gose—OF, Blue Jays (-8)
131. Chris Sale—P, White Sox
132. Kenny Diekroeger—INF, Stanford Univ (2012)
133. Fernando Salas—P, Cardinals (+20)
Salas continues to solidify his role as the Cardinals’ closer.
134. Zach Stewart—P, Blue Jays (+3)
135. Wilmer Flores—SS, Mets (-10)
136. Charlie Blackmon—OF, Rockies (+13)
137. Allen Webster—P, Dodgers
138. Felix Doubront—P, Red Sox
139. Jonathan Schoop—3B, Orioles (+11)
Schoop is handling the transition to A+ well, hitting in all 8 games since the promotion.
140. Guillermo Pimentel—OF, Mariners
141. Reymond Fuentes—OF, Padres (-3)
142. Johnny Giavotella—2B, Royals (+10)
143. Chris Carter—1B/OF, Athletics
144. Starling Marte—OF, Pirates (+4)
145. Zach Cozart—SS, Reds (+30)
In June, Cozart is hitting .490 in AAA …Reds have gotta call him up soon.
146. Tsuyoshi Nishioka—SS, Twins
147. Norichika Aoki—OF, Japan
148. Ben Revere—OF, Twins
149. Alexander Torres—P, Rays (-8)
150. Darwin Barney—2B, Cubs
151. John Lamb—P, Royals
152. Michael Taylor—OF, Athletics
153. Alex Meyer—P, Nationals
154. Alfredo Despaigne—OF, Cuba
155. Stetson Allie—P, Pirates
156. Simon Castro— P, Padres (+9)
157. Jason Knapp—P, Indians
158. Brad Meyers—P, Nationals (-10)
Meyers is maintaining his unbelievable K/BB ratio, but his ERA in June is 6.94.
159. Oscar Taveras—OF, Cardinals
160. Reese Havens—2B, Mets
161. Matthew Purke—P, Nationals
162. Joe Benson—OF, Twins (-9)
163. Chad James—P, Marlins
164. Javier Baez—SS, Cubs (+8)
165. Delino Deshields—2B, Astros (-8)
166. Jackie Bradley, Jr—OF, Red Sox
167. Jake McGee—P, Rays
168. Juan Francisco—3B, Reds
169. Mark Trumbo—1B, Angels
170. Luis Heredia—P, Pirates
171. Kaleb Cowart—3B, Angels
172. Karsten Whitson—P, Univ of Florida (2013)
173. Jose Fernandez—P, Marlins
174. Adrian Salcedo—P, Twins (+12)
Salcedo has been impressive in his last few starts…I think his performance will keep improving.
175. Yamaico Navarro—2B, Red Sox
176. Donavan Tate—OF, Padres
177. Jennry Mejia—P, Mets
178. Tyson Ross—P, Athletics (-11)
179. Thomas Neal—OF, Giants (+3)
180. Daniel Norris—P, Blue Jays
181. Taylor Guerrieri—P, Rays (-3)
Interesting article.  His reaction is a little surprising…my thought was he can thrive in TB’s system.
182. Eric Thames—OF, Blue Jays
183. Hisashi Iwakuma—P, Japan
184. Mikie Mahtook—OF, Rays
185. Matt Lipka—SS, Braves (-11)
A little concerned Lipka’s ISO on the season is just .069.
186. Chris Owings—SS, Diamondbacks
187. Kyle Parker—OF, Rockies
188. Lance McCullers, Jr —P/INF, HS (Fla) (2012)
189. Adeiny Hechavarria—SS, Blue Jays (-20)
I thought Hech’s early-season numbers would improve, but repeating AA, he is now hitting just .119 in June.
190. Dayan Viciedo—OF, White Sox (+14)
191. Edward Salcedo—SS, Braves
192. Joe Wieland—P, Rangers
193. Tyler Matzek—P, Rockies
194. Robbie Ross—P, Rangers (+40)
Ross is having an excellent season in A+ (2.58 ERA in 70 IP’s)…should be promoted to AA soon.
195. Kirk Nieuwenhuis—OF, Mets
196. TiJuan Walker—P, Mariners (+10)
197. Chris Marrero—1B, Nationals (+4)
198. Blake Tekotte—OF, Padres (-8)
199. Tim Wheeler—OF, Rockies (+19)
200. Tanner Scheppers—P, Rangers (-15)
It’s not encouraging Scheppers is still not pitching.
201. Drake Britton—P, Red Sox (-9)
202. Blake Swihart—C, Red Sox
203. AJ Cole—P, Nationals
204. Andy Oliver—P, Tigers (-5)
205. Christian Friedrich—P, Rockies (+25)
Besides one bad start in late May, Friedrich has been one of the better pitchers in AA recently.
206. Todd Frazier—OF, Reds
207. Brent Morel—3B, White Sox
208. Enny Romero—P, Rays (+10)
209. Robinson Yambati—P, Royals
210. LJ Hoes—2B, Orioles (+3)
211. Chad Bettis—P, Rockies (+7)
212. Jemile Weeks—2B, Athletics (+30)
Recently called up; based on his recent AAA numbers, he could thrive in his first MLB opportunity.
213. Francisco Peguero—OF, Giants
214. Josh Vitters—3B, Cubs
215. Barrett Loux—P, Rangers
216. Fernando Martinez—OF, Mets
217. Drew Vettleson—OF, Rays
218. Jeurys Familia—P, Mets (-3)
The overall numbers are fine…but the increased walk rates in AA concern me.
219. Will Middlebrooks—3B, Red Sox
220. Yulieski Gourriel—3B, Cuba
221. Corey Spangenberg—3B, Padres (-7)
222. Mike Olt—3B, Rangers
223. Jared Mitchell—OF, White Sox
224. Hector Noesi—P, Yankees
225. Justin O’Connor—C, Rays
226. Matt Szczur—OF, Cubs (+20)
227. Brandon Nimmo—OF, Mets
228. Drew Cumberland—SS, Padres (-31)
229. Kolbrin Vitek—3B, Red Sox
230. Joshua Bell—OF, Pirates (+20)
231. Brad Boxberger—P, Reds
232. CJ Cron—1B, Angels (new)
Cron is a power-hitting first baseman from Utah w/ the potential to post huge fantasy numbers if given a spot.
233. Nick Williams—OF, HS (Tex) (2012)
234. Casey Crosby—P, Tigers
235. Charlie Furbush—P, Tigers (-17)
236. Stolmy Pimentel—P, Red Sox
237. Tyrell Jenkins—P, Cardinals
238. Jose Dariel Abreu—1B, Cuba
239. Slade Heathcott—OF, Yankees
240. Yoennis Cespedes—OF, Cuba
241. Marcell Ozuna—OF, Marlins
242. Dave Sappelt—OF, Reds (+4)
243. Brian Goodwin—OF, Nationals
244. Collin Cowgill—OF, Diamondbacks (new)
I’ve been slow ranking him…but Cowgill is now hitting .372 in AAA w/ 11 HR’s.
245. Jeremy Jeffress—P, Royals
246. Matthew Davidson—3B, Diamondbacks
247. Christian Yelich—OF, Marlins
248. Trevor Reckling—P, Angels
249. Cesar Puello—OF, Mets
250. Yorman Rodriguez—OF, Reds

Removed: Alex Wimmers (#246), Tim Collins—P, Royals (#249).

Also considered: Pat Corbin (P, Diamondbacks), Drew Hutchinson (P, Blue Jays), Ariel Ovando (OF, Astros), Mark Appel (P, Stanford), Tyler Anderson (P, Rockies), Adrian Cardenas (3B, Athletics), Matt Adams (1B, Cardinals).