Top 250 Prospects Update: July 4, 2011

Top 250 Prospects Update: July 4, 2011

Here is this week’s version of the Top 250 Prospects. Since we are at mid-season, I thought it would be interesting to show on this list where players ranked to start the season.    As always, feedback is appreciated so let us know if you have any questions or suggestions for making the rankings better.  Happy 4th of July!  For anybody who hasn’t seen this, check out this video telling a great baseball story about a player named Rick Monday that’s good for 4th of July.

1. Bryce Harper—OF, Nationals (+0) (#1)
Big news from Harper today as the Nationals announced his promotion to AA.
2. Mike Trout—OF, Angels (#2)
3. Michael Pineda—P, Mariners (#13)
4. Jeremy Hellickson—P, Rays (#3)
5. Julio Teheran—P, Braves (#6)
6. Shelby Miller—P, Cardinals (#24)
7. Dustin Ackley—2B, Mariners (#10)
8. Eric Hosmer—1B, Royals (#7)
9. Desmond Jennings—OF, Rays (#20)
10. Mike Moustakas— 3B, Royals (#11)
11. Matt Moore—P, Rays (+4) (#18)
After posting a 5.18 ERA in April, Moore’s numbers have been great the past few months.
12. Gerrit Cole—P, Pirates (#8)
13. Manny Machado—SS, Orioles (-1) (#26)
14. Domonic Brown—OF, Phillies (-1) (#12)
15. Zach Britton—P, Orioles (-4) (#16)
Time for a slight drop in Britton’s ranking after three consecutive mediocre starts.
16. Jacob Turner—P, Tigers (#27)
17. Jameson Taillon—P, Pirates (#21)
In limited innings, Taillon has 42 strikeouts and 4 walks.
18. Jesus Montero—C, Yankees (#9)
19. Yu Darvish—P, Japan (#14)
20. Brett Lawrie—3B, Blue Jays (-2) (#39)
21. Anthony Rendon—3B, Nationals (#5)
22. Wil Myers—OF, Royals (#17)
23. Dylan Bundy—P, Orioles (#96)
24. Freddie Freeman—1B, Braves (-1) (#22)
25. Mike Minor—P, Braves (#30)
26. Martin Perez—P, Rangers (-1) (#33)
27. Manny Banuelos—P, Yankees (+2) (#29)
Could have a huge 2nd half b/c the BB’s have dropped and he’s posted three quality starts despite huge BABIP.
28. Jordan Lyles—P, Astros (#37)
29. Kyle Gibson—P, Twins (-5) (#28)
30. Devin Mesoraco—C, Reds (-2) (#46)
31. Brandon Belt—1B, Giants (#19)
32. Danny Hultzen—P, Mariners (#148)
33. Anthony Rizzo—1B, Padres (-6) (#79)
Rizzo should be fine, but the first 80 AB’s could have gone better.
34. Carlos Martinez—P, Cardinals (+1) (#135)
35. Jake Odorizzi—P, Royals (#91)
36. Jurickson Profar—SS, Rangers (#85)
37. Drew Pomeranz—P, Indians (-8) (#58)
38. Lonnie Chisenhall—3B, Indians (+1) (#25)
39. Robbie Erlin—P, Rangers (+3) (#107)
After a few rough starts in AA, Erlin bounced back last week with a 14 strikeout performance.
40. Miguel Sano—3B, Twins (#47)
41. Bubba Starling—OF, Royals (#65)
42. Trevor Bauer—P, Diamondbacks (#113)
43. Brett Jackson—OF, Cubs (+2) (#34)
44. Jarred Cosart—P, Phillies (#48)
45. Danny Duffy—P, Royals (-4) (#69)
46. Tyler Skaggs—P, Diamondbacks (+6) (#108)
47. Randall Delgado—P, Braves (+2) (#56)
48. Yonder Alonso—1B, Reds (#60)
49. Hak-Ju Lee—SS, Rays (-7) (#154)
50. Casey Kelly—P, Padres (#52)
51. Zach Lee—P, Dodgers (#83)
52. Jason Kipnis—2B, Indians (+5) (#55)
53. Dee Gordon—SS, Dodgers (-7) (#49)
Gordon’s numbers are starting to slip…just two extra base hits since the promotion.
54. Dellin Betances—P, Yankees (-1) (#57)
55. Aaron Hicks—OF, Twins (-2) (#43)
56. Craig Kimbrel—P, Braves (+1) (#63)
57. Matt Harvey—P, Mets (#127)
58. Aroldis Chapman—P, Reds (#4)
59. Brandon Beachy—P, Braves (+11) (#97)
Beachy has been excellent in his three starts since returning from the disabled list.
60. Nick Franklin—SS, Mariners (-1) (#32)
Tough luck for Franklin, who was doing great in AA before getting injured in accident. Should return soon?
61. Jordan Walden—P, Angels (#118)
62. Danny Espinosa—2B, Nationals (+33) (#86)
Good feedback from last week…Espinosa had too many HR’s/SB’s not to rank higher.
63. Jarrod Parker—P, Diamondbacks (#23)
64. George Springer—OF, Astros (#74)
65. Yasmani Grandal—C, Reds (#82)
66. Jonathan Singleton—1B, Phillies (-1) (#42)
67. Archie Bradley—P, Diamondbacks (#77)
68. Deck McGuire—P, Blue Jays (+3) (#106)
69. Tyler Chatwood—P, Angels (-4) (#102)
70. Taylor Jungmann—P, Brewers (#53)
71. Nick Castellanos—3B, Tigers (+4) (#115)
72. Rubby De La Rosa—P, Dodgers (+6) (#137)
73. James Darnell—3B, Padres (Not ranked)
74. Juan Nicasio—P, Rockies (+12) (Not ranked)
75. Zach Wheeler—P, Giants (-1) (#104)
76. Mike Montgomery—P, Royals (+3) (#31)
77. Paul Goldschmidt—1B, Diamondbacks (+4) (not ranked)
78. Liam Hendriks—P, Twins (+10) (#141)
Another great start this week for Hendricks, who has been consistently solid this season.
79. Anthony Ranaudo—P, Red Sox (-8) (#95)
80. Travis D’Arnaud—C, Blue Jays (+5) (#114)
D’Arnaud is off to a great start in July with seven hits and two HR’s this weekend.
81. Arodys Vizcaino—P, Braves (+4) (#100)
82. Garrett Richards—P, Angels (+2)  (#143)
83. Wilin Rosario—C, Rockies (-3) (#35)
84. Leonys Martin—OF, Rangers (not ranked)
85. Alexander Colome—P, Rays (+1) (#94)
86. Matt Barnes—P, Red Sox (#59)
87. Gary Sanchez—C, Yankees (#71)
88. Kyle Drabek—P, Blue Jays (+2) (#15)
89. Brad Peacock—P, Nationals (+11) (not ranked)
90. Grant Green—SS, Athletics (#36)
91. Sonny Gray—P, Athletics (#38)
92. Jaff Decker—OF, Padres (#130)
93. Matt Dominguez—3B, Marlins (-3) (#101)
94. Jean Segura—2B, Angels (#80)
95. Francisco Lindor—SS, Indians (+4) (#189)
96. Wilson Ramos— C, Nationals (-9) (#98)
97. Oswaldo Arcia—OF, Twins (+6) (#122)
98. Alex White—P, Indians (#54)
99. Trayvon Robinson—OF, Dodgers (+2) (#90)
100. Zach Cox—3B, Cardinals (#61)
101. Jose Altuve—2B, Astros (+9) (not ranked)
Amazing…this guy seems to go 2-4 every single night w/ 4-5 extra base hits per week.
102. Hank Conger—C, Angels (-7) (#66)
103. Alex Cobb—P, Rays (+4) (#248)
104. Derek Norris—C, Nationals (-19) (#64)
105. Zach Stewart—P, Blue Jays (+4) (#112)
106. Aaron Crow—P, Royals (+4) (#129)
Great season for Crow, but surprises he is the only person on this list to make the all-star game.
107. Jerry Sands—OF, Dodgers (+2) (#87)
108. Taijuan Walker—P, Mariners (+4) (“also considered”)
109. Fernando Salas—P, Cardinals (+15) (not ranked)
110. Nolan Arenado—3B, Rockies (+8) (#125)
111. Brody Colvin—P, Phillies (#81)
112. Michael Choice—OF, Athletics (+5) (#76)
113. Tony Sanchez—C, Pirates (-3) (#92)
114. Bryce Brentz—OF, Red Sox (+14) (not ranked)
Brentz is heating up after return from the disabled list w/ 4  HR’s in his last 5 games.
115. Chris Carter—1B/OF, Athletics (+6) (#62)
116. JP Arencibia—C, Blue Jays (-16) (#99)
117. Billy Hamilton—2B/SS, Reds (-2) (#70)
118. Jed Bradley—P, Brewers (#155)
119. Charlie Blackmon—OF, Rockies (-8) (not ranked)
Blackmon has cooled off since the great start…only one extra base hit since 6/17.
120. Jake Marisnick—OF, Blue Jays (+12) (#194)
121. Trey McNutt—P, Cubs (-9) (#78)
122. Jedd Gyorko—3B, Padres (#219)
123. Josh Sale—OF, Rays (-3) (#117)
124. Ben Revere—OF, Twins (+7) (#124)
125. Gary Brown—OF, Giants (-2) (#163)
126. Dayan Viciedo—OF, White Sox (not ranked)
127. Chris Dwyer—P, Royals (-14) (#89)
128. Wilmer Flores—SS, Mets (#105)
129. Christian Colon—SS, Royals (#93)
130. Nick Weglarz—OF, Indians (-10) (#73)
131. Johnny Giavotella—2B, Royals (+4) (#164)
132. Eric Thames—OF, Blue Jays (+30) (#241)
133. Alexander Torres—P, Rays (+2) (#165)
134. Joe Wieland—P, Rangers (+30) (not ranked)
A solid jump for Wieland, who has been effective in two starts since being promoted to AA.
135. Jemile Weeks—2B, Athletics (+8) (“also considered”)
136. Starling Marte—OF, Pirates (+4) (#191)
137. Javier Baez—SS, Cubs (+8) (not ranked)
138. Tim Beckham—SS, Rays (-3) (#178)
139. Keyvious Sampson—P, Padres (+9) (not ranked)
140. Adrian Salcedo—P, Twins (+7) (#187)
141. Neil Ramirez—P, Rangers (-6) (not ranked)
142. Zach Cozart—SS, Reds (#175)
143. Reymond Fuentes—OF, Padres (#133)
144. Jonathan Schoop—3B, Orioles (+6) (not ranked)
145. Chris Archer—P, Rays (-9) (#50)
146. Carlos Perez—C, Blue Jays (#126)
147. Chad James—P, Marlins (+11) (#166)
Amazing James is yet to record a win despite being reasonably effective all season (0-11, 3.37 ERA).
148. Guillermo Pimentel—OF, Mariners (#131)
149. Christian Friedrich—P, Rockies (+8) (#146)
150. Jeurys Familia—P, Mets (+9) (not ranked)
151. Chris Sale—P, White Sox (+3) (#67)
152. Simon Castro— P, Padres (+8) (#44)
153. Darwin Barney—2B, Cubs (+18) (not ranked)
Encouraging Barney has hit in 12 straight games since returning from the disabled list.
154. Tsuyoshi Nishioka—SS, Twins (-9) (#84)
155. Allen Webster—P, Dodgers (+3) (#183)
156. Jose Iglesias—SS, Red Sox (+1) (#68)
157. Austin Romine— C, Yankees (#120)
158. Norichika Aoki—OF, Japan (#142)
159. John Lamb—P, Royals (#40)
160. AJ Cole—P, Nationals (+15) (#212)
161. Alex Meyer—P, Nationals (#218)
162. Michael Taylor—OF, Athletics (+3) (#170)
163. Felix Doubront—P, Red Sox (-13) (#136)
164. Anthony Gose—OF, Blue Jays (#88)
165. Alfredo Despaigne—OF, Cuba (#162)
166. Juan Francisco—3B, Reds (+12) (#132)
167. Jason Knapp—P, Indians (#159)
168. Mark Trumbo—1B, Angels (+5) (#179)
169. Oscar Taveras—OF, Cardinals (#210)
170. Kaleb Cowart—3B, Angels (#171)
171. Lance McCullers, Jr —P/INF, HS (Fla) (2012) (#193) (+30)
Time to jump McCullers…only player who seems to get mentioned in every discussion of possible #1 picks in 2012.
172. Brad Meyers—P, Nationals (-10) (not ranked)
173. Matthew Purke—P, Nationals (#45)
174. Eric Surkamp—P, Giants (+17) (not ranked)
175. Stetson Allie—P, Pirates (#157)
176. Reese Havens—2B, Mets (-8) (#160)
177. Joe Benson—OF, Twins (#145)
178. Kenny Diekroeger—INF, Stanford Univ (2012) (#128)
179. Luis Heredia—P, Pirates (#169)
180. Barrett Loux—P, Rangers (+25) (not ranked)
181. Matt Szczur—OF, Cubs (+10) (not ranked)
182. Jose Fernandez—P, Marlins (+4) (#201)
183. Tim Wheeler—OF, Rockies (+20) (not ranked)
184. Corey Spangenberg—3B, Padres (+30) (not ranked)
Signed early and off to a terrific start…great combination of speed and plate discipline.
185. Robbie Ross—P, Rangers (+18) (#220)
186. Chad Bettis—P, Rockies (+18) (not ranked)
187. Jackie Bradley, Jr—OF, Red Sox (#75)
188. Edward Salcedo—SS, Braves (+17) (#224)
189. Drew Hutchison—P, Blue Jays (+30) (not ranked)
Another start w/ 0 ER’s extends his scoreless streak to six starts and 36 innings.
190. Thomas Neal—OF, Giants (+9) (#184)
191. Yamaico Navarro—2B, Red Sox (+3) (#206)
192. Enny Romero—P, Rays (-2) (#177)
193. Nathan Eovaldi—P, Dodgers (not ranked)
194. Jennry Mejia—P, Mets (#41)
195. Tyrell Jenkins—P, Cardinals (+37) (#222)
It’s encouraging Jenkins has posted 16 strikeouts and 2 BB’s in his first three starts.
196. Tyson Ross—P, Athletics (#236)
197. Joshua Bell—OF, Pirates (“also considered”)
198. Kyle Parker—OF, Rockies (+7) (#185)
199. Daniel Norris—P, Blue Jays (#109)
200. Tanner Scheppers—P, Rangers (-12) (#103)
201. Collin Cowgill—OF, Diamondbacks (+17) (not ranked)
202. Taylor Guerrieri—P, Rays (not ranked)
203. Hisashi Iwakuma—P, Japan (#186)
204. Mikie Mahtook—OF, Rays (#158)
205. Adeiny Hechavarria—SS, Blue Jays (-12) (#123)
206. LJ Hoes—2B, Orioles (+6) (#174)
207. Josh Vitters—3B, Cubs (+1) (#195)
208. Chris Marrero—1B, Nationals (#202)
209. Blake Swihart—C, Red Sox (#205)
210. Mark Appel—P, Stanford Univ. (2012) (not ranked)
211. Karsten Whitson—P, Univ of Florida (2013) (#116)
212. Delino Deshields—2B, Astros (#138)
213. Francisco Peguero—OF, Giants (#182)
214. Brad Boxberger—P, Reds (#217)
215. CJ Cron—1B, Angels (+9) (not ranked)
216. Will Middlebrooks—3B, Red Sox (not ranked)
217. Nomar Mazara—OF, Rangers (new) (not ranked)
Gotta learn more, but it’s telling he just received a record-breaking $5 million bonus from the Rangers.
218. Yulieski Gourriel—3B, Cuba (#208)
219. David Perez—P, Rangers (-9) (not ranked)
220. Justin O’Connor—C, Rays (#215)
221. Dave Sappelt—OF, Reds (#245)
222. Drew Vettleson—OF, Rays (-10) (#207)
223. Yorman Rodriguez—OF, Reds (+11) (#190)
224. Ivan Nova—P, Yankees (+10) (#153)
225. Christian Yelich—OF, Marlins (+20) (#243)
226. Chris Owings—SS, Diamondbacks (-20) (#203)
227. Brandon Nimmo—OF, Mets (not ranked)
228. Matthew Davidson—3B, Diamondbacks (#229)
229. Jake McGee—P, Rays (-30) (#72)
230. Nick Williams—OF, HS (Tex) (2012) (#209)
231. Kirk Nieuwenhuis—OF, Mets (#244)
232. Tyler Anderson—P, Rockies (#216)
233. Todd Frazier—OF, Reds (not ranked)
234. Blake Tekotte—OF, Padres (-25) (not ranked)
235. Fernando Martinez—OF, Mets (#173)
236. Brent Morel—3B, White Sox (#111)
237. Adrian Cardenas—3B, Athletics (-12) (not ranked)
238. Ronald Guzman—OF, Rangers (+4) (not ranked)
The Rangers dominated the International Market by also signing Guzman for $3.3 million.
239. Jose Dariel Abreu—1B, Cuba (#225)
240. Henderson Alvarez—P, Blue Jays (new) (not ranked)
Alvarez has been terrific in AA; reading about his stuff, amazing the #’s should get better when the K totals rise.
241. Yoennis Cespedes—OF, Cuba (#237)
242. Brian Goodwin—OF, Nationals (#149)
243. Drake Britton—P, Red Sox (-10) (#150)
244. Matt Lipka—SS, Braves (-28) (#147)
245. Donavan Tate—OF, Padres (-30) (#144)
Suspended 50 games…considered removing him but he was playing well before the suspension.
246. Mike Olt—3B, Rangers (not ranked)
247. Edinson Rincon—3B, Padres (not ranked)
248. Trevor May—P, Phillies (not ranked)
249. Andy Oliver—P, Tigers (-22) (#211)
250. Matt Adams—1B, Cardinals (not ranked)

Removed: Robinson Yambati—P, Royals (#247), Trevor Reckling—P, Angels (#249)

Also considered: Kyle Seager (INF, Martiners), David Holmberg (P, Diamondbacks), Tyler Matzek (P, Rockies), Ariel Ovando (OF, Astros), Pat Corbin (P, Diamondbacks).