Top 250 Prospects Update: June 19, 2011

Top 250 Prospects  Update: June 19, 2011

Here is this week’s version of the Top 250 Prospects.  No huge developments this week, but I went through the list to update the rankings and added several new prospects. Feedback is always appreciated, so definitely let us know what rankings y’all like and don’t like.

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
7. Dustin Ackley—2B, Mariners
8. Desmond Jennings—OF, Rays
9. Domonic Brown—OF, Phillies (-1)
.155 BA in June is a mild concern, but BABIP, increased power, and a decent k rate indicates he’ll improve.
10. Mike Moustakas— 3B, Royals
11. Zach Britton—P, Orioles
12. Shelby Miller—P, Cardinals
13. Manny Machado—SS, Orioles (-2)
No real concern, but Machado has slowed down some in June since returning from the DL. 
14. Gerrit Cole—P, Pirates
15. Matt Moore—P, Rays (+5)
HUGE week for Moore, who threw an 11 strikeout no hitter in AA.
16. Jacob Turner—P, Tigers
17. Jameson Taillon—P, Pirates
18. Brett Lawrie—3B, Blue Jays
19. Jesus Montero—C, Yankees
20. Anthony Rendon—3B, Nationals
21. Wil Myers—OF, Royals
22. Freddie Freeman—1B, Braves (-2)
23. Yu Darvish—P, Japan
24. Lonnie Chisenhall—3B, Indians (-4)
Short trip to the disabled list w/ a concussion will push back Chisenhall’s call-up a few weeks.
25. Dylan Bundy—P, Orioles
26. Mike Minor—P, Braves (-4)
27. Martin Perez—P, Rangers (-6)
Perez has really struggled in June with a 6.35 ERA.  Excellent at times, but taking awhile to find consistency.
28. Kyle Gibson—P, Twins
29. Jordan Lyles—P, Astros (+1)
30. Drew Pomeranz—P, Indians
31. Manny Banuelos—P, Yankees (-3)
32. Anthony Rizzo—1B, Padres (-2)
33. Devin Mesoraco—C, Reds
34. Brandon Belt—1B, Giants
35. Danny Hultzen—P, Mariners
36. Jake Odorizzi—P, Royals (+1)
37. Jurickson Profar—SS, Rangers
38. Miguel Sano—3B, Twins
39. Hak-Ju Lee—SS, Rays (+5)
Lee has caught fire again in June w/ eight multi-hit games this month. 
40. Carlos Martinez—P, Cardinals (+8)
Keeps rising…Martinez has surrendered zero runs in his last two starts.
41. Bubba Starling—OF, Royals
42. Robbie Erlin—P, Rangers (-2)
The promotion to AA has been a challenge for Erlin thus far, but expect improvement as the season continues. 
43. Dee Gordon—SS, Dodgers (+2)
44. Jarred Cosart—P, Phillies
45. Danny Duffy—P, Royals
46. Dellin Betances—P, Yankees (+8)
Betances is having a huge season, maintaining an ERA below 2 w/ a solid k to walk ratio.
47. Brett Jackson—OF, Cubs (-4)
48. Trevor Bauer—P, Diamondbacks
49. Yonder Alonso—1B, Reds
50. Randall Delgado—P, Braves (+2)
51. Casey Kelly—P, Padres (+4)
52. Zach Lee—P, Dodgers (-5)
53. Jason Kipnis—2B, Indians (+4)
54. Tyler Skaggs—P, Diamondbacks (+1)
55. Jarrod Parker—P, Diamondbacks (-2)
56. Matt Harvey—P, Mets (+1)
57. Mike Montgomery—P, Royals
58. Aaron Hicks—OF, Twins (-3)
59. Jordan Walden—P, Angels (+4)
60. Craig Kimbrel—P, Braves (-12)
Great pitcher, but sharing closer duties w/ Venters hurts his value.
61. Aroldis Chapman—P, Reds (+2)
Interesting Chapman pitched much better this week, surrendering zero walks in his last outing. 
62. Rubby De La Rosa—P, Dodgers
63. Wilin Rosario—C, Rockies
64. Nick Franklin—SS, Mariners (-3)
65. George Springer—OF, Astros
66. Anthony Ranaudo—P, Red Sox (+2)
67. Tyler Chatwood—P, Angels
68. Yasmani Grandal—C, Reds (+6)
69. Kyle Drabek—P, Blue Jays (-17)
Drabek was just demoted to AAA after struggling in his recent starts. 
70. Archie Bradley—P, Diamondbacks
71. Deck McGuire—P, Blue Jays (+1)
72. James Darnell—3B, Padres (+6)
73. Matt Barnes—P, Red Sox
74. Taylor Jungmann—P, Brewers
75. Zach Wheeler—P, Giants (+3)
76. Jonathan Singleton—1B, Phillies (-3)
77. Sonny Gray—P, Athletics
78. Travis D’Arnaud—C, Blue Jays (+1)
79. Leonys Martin—OF, Rangers
80. Juan Nicasio—P, Rockies (+10)
81. Derek Norris—C, Nationals (-3)
82. Alexander Colome—P, Rays
83. Gary Sanchez—C, Yankees (+7)
Sanchez posted great numbers this week, even though you’d like to see  better k:bb numbers.
84. Arodys Vizcaino—P, Braves (+9)
Vizcaino has been terrific since making the jump to AA. 
85. Wilson Ramos— C, Nationals
86. JP Arencibia—C, Blue Jays (-10)
Arencibia has really struggled in June, hitting just .128 on the month. 
87. Paul Goldschmidt—1B, Diamondbacks
88. Nick Castellanos—3B, Tigers (+8)
Rising…Castellanos has recorded multiple hits in 7 of his last 8 games. 
89. Hank Conger—C, Angels (-7)
90. Trey McNutt—P, Cubs
91. Zach Cox—3B, Cardinals (-4)
92. Brandon Beachy—P, Braves (+2)
93. Grant Green—SS, Athletics
94. Tony Sanchez—C, Pirates (-1)
95. Matt Dominguez—3B, Marlins (+2)
Dominguez’s numbers this weekend were solid.  If he can put together a decent streak, he’ll get promoted soon. 
96. Jaff Decker—OF, Padres
97. Jean Segura—2B, Angels
98. Liam Hendriks—P, Twins
99. Alex White—P, Indians
100. Danny Espinosa—2B, Nationals (+5)
101. Zach Stewart—P, Blue Jays (+30)
Bold jump here…but we ranked him low and he’s doing great after his surprise MLB promotion. 
102. Trayvon Robinson—OF, Dodgers (+6)
103. Jerry Sands—OF, Dodgers (-2)
Sands is posting better numbers in AAA, but it’s a concern the k rates have skyrocketed as the season progressed. 
104. Alex Cobb—P, Rays (+15)
Cobb should stick in the rotation after posting three consecutive quality starts in June.
105. Brody Colvin—P, Phillies (-3)
106. Garrett Richards—P, Angels (+19)
Richards’ stock is rising fast…20 strikeouts and 2 walks in his last three starts.
107. Aaron Crow—P, Royals (-15)
Crow is still pitching well, but being the setup man instead of closer hurts his value. 
108. Charlie Blackmon—OF, Rockies (+27)
109. Jed Bradley—P, Brewers
110. Michael Choice—OF, Athletics (-3)
111. Neil Ramirez—P, Rangers
112. Oswaldo Arcia—OF, Twins
113. Nick Weglarz—OF, Indians
114. Fernando Salas—P, Cardinals (+20)
115. Francisco Lindor—SS, Indians (+8)
116. Gary Brown—OF, Giants (-5)
117. Bryce Brentz—OF, Red Sox (+4)
118. Jose Altuve—2B, Astros (+4)
The 5’4 Altuve has hit in 13 straight games and 27 of his last 30. 
119. Billy Hamilton—2B/SS, Reds (+1)
Hamilton has hit better the past month, but the complete lack of walks is a concern. 
120. Josh Sale—OF, Rays
121. Tim Beckham—SS, Rays (+9)
Beckham has a 16 game hitting streak, but what’s equally encouraging is he only has seven strikeouts this month.
122. Jedd Gyorko—3B, Padres (+4)
123. Chris Dwyer—P, Royals
124. Brad Peacock—P, Nationals (+4)
125. Chris Archer—P, Rays (+3)
Interesting…there are some signs Archer is starting to put it together over his past few starts. 
126. Christian Colon—SS, Royals (+3)
127. Jake Marisnick—OF, Blue Jays (+1)
128. Jose Iglesias—SS, Red Sox
129. Tsuyoshi Nishioka—SS, Twins (+15)
130. Carlos Perez—C, Blue Jays
131. Chris Carter—1B/OF, Athletics (+11)
It’s been a rough season, but recently, Carter is showing the power and discipline that made him a top prospect. 
132. Ben Revere—OF, Twins (+14)
133. Wilmer Flores—SS, Mets (+3)
134. Nolan Arenado—3B, Rockies
135. Felix Doubront—P, Red Sox (+4)
136. Keyvious Sampson—P, Padres
137. Chris Sale—P, White Sox
138. Austin Romine— C, Yankees (-6)
139. Allen Webster—P, Dodgers
140. Jonathan Schoop—3B, Orioles
141. Reymond Fuentes—OF, Padres (+1)
142. Starling Marte—OF, Pirates (+4)
143. Guillermo Pimentel—OF, Mariners
144. Johnny Giavotella—2B, Royals
145. Zach Cozart—SS, Reds
146. Norichika Aoki—OF, Japan
147. Alexander Torres—P, Rays
148. Anthony Gose—OF, Blue Jays (-20)
Really not going well this month…Gose’s strikeout rate in June is somewhere near 50%.
149. Javier Baez—SS, Cubs (+14)
150. Chad James—P, Marlins (+13)
James is having one of the best seasons I’ve ever seen for a pitcher w/ an 0-10 record. 
151. John Lamb—P, Royals
152. Alex Meyer—P, Nationals
153. Dayan Viciedo—OF, White Sox (+35)
Viciedo is on an absolute tear, hitting .419 in June w/ impressive power.  Time for a call-up, IMO. 
154. Adrian Salcedo—P, Twins (+20)
155. TiJuan Walker—P, Mariners (+40)
11 k’s in his last start; Walker is  proving to be one of the best picks in last year’s draft.
156. Alfredo Despaigne—OF, Cuba
157. Stetson Allie—P, Pirates
158. Simon Castro— P, Padres
159. Reese Havens—2B, Mets (+5)
160. Jason Knapp—P, Indians
161. Darwin Barney—2B, Cubs (-7)
162. Michael Taylor—OF, Athletics (-7)
163. Brad Meyers—P, Nationals
164. Joe Wieland—P, Rangers (+30)
165. Oscar Taveras—OF, Cardinals
166. Matthew Purke—P, Nationals
167. Joe Benson—OF, Twins
168. Delino Deshields—2B, Astros
169. Jackie Bradley, Jr—OF, Red Sox
170. Kenny Diekroeger—INF, Stanford Univ (2012) (-35)
Drop is unrelated to performance…doesn’t make sense to rank him that much above the rest of the 2012 class.
171. AJ Cole—P, Nationals (+29)
172. Mark Trumbo—1B, Angels
173. Luis Heredia—P, Pirates
174. Eric Thames—OF, Blue Jays (+14)
175. Kaleb Cowart—3B, Angels
176. Jeurys Familia—P, Mets (+40)
Familia is starting to improve in AA, posting double-digit strikeouts in back-to-back starts. 
177. Enny Romero—P, Rays (+30)
178. Thomas Neal—OF, Giants (+9)
179. Karsten Whitson—P, Univ of Florida (2013)
180. Juan Francisco—3B, Reds (-4)
181. Jose Fernandez—P, Marlins
182. Adeiny Hechavarria—SS, Blue Jays (+10)
183. Yamaico Navarro—2B, Red Sox
184. Donavan Tate—OF, Padres
185. Jennry Mejia—P, Mets
186. Tyson Ross—P, Athletics
187. Joshua Bell—OF, Pirates (+40)
Gotta have Bell listed higher b/c think the chances of him signing are better than I thought. 
188. Christian Friedrich—P, Rockies (+17)
189. Daniel Norris—P, Blue Jays
190. Jake McGee—P, Rays (-13)
191. Taylor Guerrieri—P, Rays
192. Hisashi Iwakuma—P, Japan
193. Jemile Weeks—2B, Athletics (+20)
Weeks is doing a solid job thus far in his promotion to Oakland. 
194. Mikie Mahtook—OF, Rays
195. Lance McCullers, Jr —P/INF, HS (Fla) (2012)
196. Matt Lipka—SS, Braves (-5)
197. Chris Owings—SS, Diamondbacks (-5)
198. Kyle Parker—OF, Rockies (-5)
199. Edward Salcedo—SS, Braves
200. Robbie Ross—P, Rangers
201. Kirk Nieuwenhuis—OF, Mets
202. Chad Bettis—P, Rockies (+10)
203. Josh Vitters—3B, Cubs (+11)
204. Chris Marrero—1B, Nationals
205. Tim Wheeler—OF, Rockies
206. Tanner Scheppers—P, Rangers
207. Blake Swihart—C, Red Sox
208. Mark Appel—P, Stanford Univ. (2012) (new)
Many recent reports indicate Appel is a favorite to be the #1 selection in next year’s draft. 
209. Andy Oliver—P, Tigers
210. Brent Morel—3B, White Sox
211. Robinson Yambati—P, Royals
212. Matt Szczur—OF, Cubs (+12)
213. LJ Hoes—2B, Orioles
214. Blake Tekotte—OF, Padres (-12)
215. Hector Noesi—P, Yankees (+8)
216. Drake Britton—P, Red Sox (-13)
217. Nathan Eovaldi—P, Dodgers (new)
Eovaldi is having an awesome season in AA w/ 72 strikeouts in 63 innings.
218. Barrett Loux—P, Rangers
219. Francisco Peguero—OF, Giants (-4)
220. Drew Vettleson—OF, Rays
221. Todd Frazier—OF, Reds (-14)
222. Will Middlebrooks—3B, Red Sox
223. Yulieski Gourriel—3B, Cuba
224. Corey Spangenberg—3B, Padres
225. Justin O’Connor—C, Rays
226. Dave Sappelt—OF, Reds (+14)
227. Brandon Nimmo—OF, Mets
228. Eric Surkamp—P, Giants (new)
We are late listing Surkamp, who is actually on a temporary DL stint right now.  Posting awesome numbers in AA.
229. Matthew Davidson—3B, Diamondbacks (+18)
230. Brad Boxberger—P, Reds
231. CJ Cron—1B, Angels
232. Nick Williams—OF, HS (Tex) (2012)
233. David Perez—P, Rangers (new)
His American debut could have gone better, but Perez is generating huge buzz as a potential fast riser.
234. Casey Crosby—P, Tigers
235. Charlie Furbush—P, Tigers
236. Fernando Martinez—OF, Mets (-20)
237. Stolmy Pimentel—P, Red Sox
238. Kolbrin Vitek—3B, Red Sox (-8)
239. Collin Cowgill—OF, Diamondbacks (+7)
240. Tyrell Jenkins—P, Cardinals
241. Jose Dariel Abreu—1B, Cuba
242. Yoennis Cespedes—OF, Cuba
243. Brian Goodwin—OF, Nationals
244. Slade Heathcott—OF, Yankees (-7)
245. Jeremy Jeffress—P, Royals
246. Mike Olt—3B, Rangers (-25)
Bad luck…Olt broke has collarbone this week.  Going to keep him on the list just near the end.
247. Christian Yelich—OF, Marlins
248. Trevor Reckling—P, Angels
249. Yorman Rodriguez—OF, Reds
250. Tyler Matzek—P, Rockies (-57)
Just keeps getting worse.  Now pitching in A-ball, Matzek gave up 8 runs in 1 1/3 innings.  Time to remove him?

Removed: Jared Mitchell (#220), Drew Cumberland (#226), Marcell Ozuna (#239), Cesar Puello (#248)

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)