Top 250 Prospects Update: July 17, 2011

Top 250 Prospects Update: July 17, 2011

Here is this week’s update to the Top 250 Prospect List. This week was a little slower because of the All-Star break, but there was still movement as the minor leagues played a full week.  We’ll continue updating throughout the second half of the season, and as always, feedback is appreciated.

1. Bryce Harper—OF, Nationals
2. Mike Trout—OF, Angels
3. Jeremy Hellickson—P, Rays
4. Michael Pineda—P, Mariners
5. Shelby Miller—P, Cardinals (+1)
6. Matt Moore—P, Rays (+1)
7. Julio Teheran—P, Braves
8. Dustin Ackley—2B, Mariners
9. Eric Hosmer—1B, Royals
10. Gerrit Cole—P, Pirates
11. Manny Machado—SS, Orioles
12. Desmond Jennings—OF, Rays (+1)
13. Domonic Brown—OF, Phillies
14. Jesus Montero—C, Yankees
15. Mike Moustakas— 3B, Royals (-4)
.149 BA in July has pushed Moustakas’ season average down to .212.
16. Jameson Taillon—P, Pirates
17. Zach Britton—P, Orioles (-4)
18. Yu Darvish—P, Japan
19. Jacob Turner—P, Tigers
20. Brett Lawrie—3B, Blue Jays
21. Anthony Rendon—3B, Nationals
22. Freddie Freeman—1B, Braves
23. Martin Perez—P, Rangers (+1)
24. Dylan Bundy—P, Orioles
25. Manny Banuelos—P, Yankees
26. Devin Mesoraco—C, Reds
27. Brandon Belt—1B, Giants (+4)
Great week for Belt, who went 11-22 w/ 8 BB’s, 5 2B’s , and a HR.
28. Wil Myers—OF, Royals (-4)
Myers had a nice 4-4 game this weekend, but ranking is too high considering just 3 HR’s in AA.
29. Mike Minor—P, Braves (+1)
30. Kyle Gibson—P, Twins (-3)
31. Jordan Lyles—P, Astros
32. Danny Hultzen—P, Mariners
33. Carlos Martinez—P, Cardinals (+2)
34. Jake Odorizzi—P, Royals (+1)
35. Jurickson Profar—SS, Rangers (+1)
36. Robbie Erlin—P, Rangers (+1)
Pitching well in AA…possible change: swap the players rated #’s 32-36 w/ players rated #’s 28-31?
37. Drew Pomeranz—P, Indians
38. Lonnie Chisenhall—3B, Indians
39. Bubba Starling—OF, Royals
40. Brett Jackson—OF, Cubs (+1)
41. Trevor Bauer—P, Diamondbacks
42. Tyler Skaggs—P, Diamondbacks
43. Anthony Rizzo—1B, Padres (-5)
44. Yonder Alonso—1B, Reds (+3)
45. Jarred Cosart—P, Phillies
46. Miguel Sano—3B, Twins (-4)
47. Danny Duffy—P, Royals
48. Dellin Betances—P, Yankees
49. Casey Kelly—P, Padres
50. Randall Delgado—P, Braves
51. Jason Kipnis—2B, Indians (-0)
Not moving him down, but Kipnis numbers have dropped some recently after great June.
52. Zach Lee—P, Dodgers
53. Craig Kimbrel—P, Braves (+2)
Kimbrel has not surrendered an ER since June 11.
54. Dee Gordon—SS, Dodgers
55. Hak-Ju Lee—SS, Rays (-4)
56. Jarrod Parker—P, Diamondbacks (+2)
57. Aroldis Chapman—P, Reds
58. Brandon Beachy—P, Braves
59. Aaron Hicks—OF, Twins (-4)
Mild July slump concerns me because I was expecting a big second half.
60. Matt Harvey—P, Mets
61. Nick Franklin—SS, Mariners
62. Jordan Walden—P, Angels
63. Arodys Vizcaino—P, Braves (+20)
Adjustment ranking…we have been too slow to promote despite great performance this season.
64. Danny Espinosa—2B, Nationals
65. George Springer—OF, Astros
66. Jonathan Singleton—1B, Phillies (+3)
67. Leonys Martin—OF, Rangers (+12)
Hitting .400 since the promotion to AAA…love the low strikeout rates.
68. Archie Bradley—P, Diamondbacks
69. Rubby De La Rosa—P, Dodgers
70. Mike Montgomery—P, Royals (+3)
71. Michael Choice—OF, Athletics (+17)
72. Yasmani Grandal—C, Reds (-3)
73. Travis D’Arnaud—C, Blue Jays (+10)
D’Arnaud is having an incredible July, hitting .481 on the month.
74. Taijuan Walker—P, Mariners (+20)
75. Deck McGuire—P, Blue Jays
76. Zach Wheeler—P, Giants (+5)
77. Paul Goldschmidt—1B, Diamondbacks (+2)
78. Taylor Jungmann—P, Brewers
79. James Darnell—3B, Padres
80. Zach Cox—3B, Cardinals (+15)
Cox is heating up in AA w/ multiple hits in six of his past 8 games.
81. Nick Castellanos—3B, Tigers (-3)
82. Garrett Richards—P, Angels
83. Liam Hendriks—P, Twins
84. Tyler Chatwood—P, Angels (-4)
85. Anthony Ranaudo—P, Red Sox
86. Oswaldo Arcia—OF, Twins (+4)
87. Francisco Lindor—SS, Indians (+7)
88. Wilin Rosario—C, Rockies (+3)
Encouraging game Saturday…hit two home runs and drew 3 walks.
89. Juan Nicasio—P, Rockies (+2)
90. Alexander Colome—P, Rays
91. Brad Peacock—P, Nationals
92. Gary Sanchez—C, Yankees
93. Kyle Drabek—P, Blue Jays (-3)
94. Wilson Ramos— C, Nationals (+3)
95. Matt Barnes—P, Red Sox
96. Sonny Gray—P, Athletics
97. Nolan Arenado—3B, Rockies
98. Jean Segura—2B, Angels
99. Alex White—P, Indians
100. Jedd Gyorko—3B, Padres
101. Jose Altuve—2B, Astros
102. Dayan Viciedo—OF, White Sox (+10)
Viciedo’s increasing plate discipline is extremely encouraging.
103. Alex Cobb—P, Rays (+6)
104. Brody Colvin—P, Phillies (+2)
105. AJ Cole—P, Nationals (+25)
106. Fernando Salas—P, Cardinals (+8)
107. Trayvon Robinson—OF, Dodgers
108. Matt Dominguez—3B, Marlins
109. Bryce Brentz—OF, Red Sox (+5)
110. Gary Brown—OF, Giants (+6)
111. Grant Green—OF, Athletics (-17)
Move to CF definitely hurts the futures game MVP’s fantasy value.
112. Zach Stewart—P, Blue Jays
113. Billy Hamilton—2B/SS, Reds
114. Eric Thames—OF, Blue Jays (+10)
115. Jemile Weeks—2B, Athletics (+25)
Another aggressive promotion for Weeks…has done a great job as Oakland’s new 2B.
116. Jake Marisnick—OF, Blue Jays (+2)
117. Jerry Sands—OF, Dodgers (-5)
118. Tony Sanchez—C, Pirates
119. Alexander Torres—P, Rays (+10)
120. Jed Bradley—P, Brewers
121. Aaron Crow—P, Royals
122. Joe Wieland—P, Rangers (+6)
123. JP Arencibia—C, Blue Jays (+2)
124. Jaff Decker—OF, Padres (-20)
Still drawing lots of BB’s, but overall numbers have not been good after April.
125. Derek Norris—C, Nationals (-4)
126. Ben Revere—OF, Twins
127. Wilmer Flores—SS, Mets
128. Allen Webster—P, Dodgers (+5)
129. Johnny Giavotella—2B, Royals (+1)
130. Trey McNutt—P, Cubs
131. Jeurys Familia—P, Mets
132. Javier Baez—SS, Cubs
133. Christian Colon—SS, Royals (-4)
134. Zach Cozart—SS, Reds (+10)
135. Christian Friedrich—P, Rockies
136. Chris Archer—P, Rays (-7)
137. Tim Beckham—SS, Rays (-5)
#’s are down in July partially due to BABIP.  Encouraging the k totals keep improving.
138. Josh Sale—OF, Rays (-11)
139. Chris Carter—1B/OF, Athletics (-18)
Carter was demoted back to AA after not seizing MLB opportunity.
140. Mark Trumbo—1B, Angels (+14)
141. Keyvious Sampson—P, Padres (+3)
142. Adrian Salcedo—P, Twins (+2)
143. Hank Conger—C, Angels (-12)
144. Guillermo Pimentel—OF, Mariners (-9)
145. Kaleb Cowart—3B, Angels (+12)
146. Carlos Perez—C, Blue Jays (+6)
147. Nick Weglarz—OF, Indians (-12)
148. Anthony Gose—OF, Blue Jays (+3)
Thought about promoting Gose higher…but 10 strikeouts this week.
149. Tim Wheeler—OF, Rockies (+20)
150. Darwin Barney—2B, Cubs
151. Starling Marte—OF, Pirates (-4)
Marte is hitting just .140 in July w/ an extremely low BB rate.
152. Chad James—P, Marlins (+3)
Finally got a win!!! Would jump him more but the rising BB totals are a minor concern.
153. Tyrell Jenkins—P, Cardinals (+30)
Jenkins has great K:BB rate and turning in QS’s despite really high BABIP.
154. Reymond Fuentes—OF, Padres
155. Eric Surkamp—P, Giants (+5)
156. Jonathan Schoop—3B, Orioles (+2)
157. Oscar Taveras—OF, Cardinals (+17)
Tavaras caught fire last week with 15 hits.
158. Neil Ramirez—P, Rangers (-4)
159. Chris Sale—P, White Sox
160. Felix Doubront—P, Red Sox
161. Barrett Loux—P, Rangers (+7)
162. Norichika Aoki—OF, Japan
163. John Lamb—P, Royals
164. Charlie Blackmon—OF, Rockies
165. Chad Bettis—P, Rockies (+5)
166. Jose Iglesias—SS, Red Sox
167. Alex Meyer—P, Nationals
168. Tsuyoshi Nishioka—SS, Twins (-14)
169. Austin Romine— C, Yankees (-5)
170. Josh Reddick—OF, Red Sox (+10)
171. Stetson Allie—P, Pirates
172. Alfredo Despaigne—OF, Cuba
173. Juan Francisco—3B, Reds
174. Jason Knapp—P, Indians
175. Lance McCullers, Jr —P/INF, HS (Fla) (2012)
176. Trevor May—P, Phillies (+35)
177. Michael Taylor—OF, Athletics (-8)
178. Chris Dwyer—P, Royals (-35)
Decided to drop Dwyer …numbers showing no signs of improvement.
179. Nathan Eovaldi—P, Dodgers (+2)
Extremely positive mid-season reports…but six BB’s in his last start.
180. Corey Spangenberg—2B, Padres (-2)
181. Matt Szczur—OF, Cubs (+2)
Like Eovaldi, extremely positive mid-season reports… no extra base hits since June 29.
182. Matthew Purke—P, Nationals
183. Reese Havens—2B, Mets
184. Edward Salcedo—SS, Braves (+9)
185. Will Middlebrooks—3B, Red Sox (+12)
Looked closely at Middlebrooks but had trouble valuing him…where would y’all rank him?
186. Joe Benson—OF, Twins
187. Brad Meyers—P, Nationals (-9)
188. Kenny Diekroeger—INF, Stanford Univ. (2012)
189. Luis Heredia—P, Pirates
190. Robbie Ross—P, Rangers
191. Jose Fernandez—P, Marlins
192. David Holmberg—P, Diamondbacks (+30)
193. Christian Yelich—OF, Marlins (+30)
194. Jackie Bradley, Jr—OF, Red Sox
195. Yamaico Navarro—2B, Red Sox
196. Enny Romero—P, Rays
197. Jennry Mejia—P, Mets
198. Tyson Ross—P, Athletics
199. Kyle Parker—OF, Rockies (+3)
200. Joshua Bell—OF, Pirates
201. Simon Castro— P, Padres (-35)
Castro has totally fallen apart his last two starts after pitching better in June.
202. Drew Hutchison—P, Blue Jays
203. Henderson Alvarez—P, Blue Jays (+20)
204. Daniel Norris—P, Blue Jays
205. Yorman Rodriguez—OF, Reds (+10)
206. Taylor Guerrieri—P, Rays
207. Hisashi Iwakuma—P, Japan
208. Mikie Mahtook—OF, Rays
209. LJ Hoes—2B, Orioles
210. Josh Vitters—3B, Cubs
211. Chris Marrero—1B, Nationals
212. David Perez—P, Rangers
213. Blake Swihart—C, Red Sox
214. Collin Cowgill—OF, Diamondbacks (+3)
215. Mark Appel—P, Stanford Univ. (2012)
216. Brad Boxberger—P, Reds (-5)
217. Karsten Whitson—P, Univ of Florida (2013)
218. CJ Cron—1B, Angels
219. Nomar Mazara—OF, Rangers
220. Justin O’Connor—C, Rays
221. Tyler Thornburg—P, Brewers (new)
Thornburg is having a breakout year in the Brewers’ system.
222. Drew Vettleson—OF, Rays
223. Brandon Nimmo—OF, Mets
224. Matthew Davidson—3B, Diamondbacks
225. Jake McGee—P, Rays
226. Ivan Nova—P, Yankees
227. Nick Williams—OF, HS (Tex) (2012)
228. Delino Deshields—2B, Astros (-10)
229. Josh Collmenter—P, Diamondbacks
230. Blake Tekotte—OF, Padres
231. Adeiny Hechavarria—SS, Blue Jays (-10)
232. Dillon Gee—P, Mets (-20)
233. Kirk Nieuwenhuis—OF, Mets
234. Tyler Anderson—P, Rockies
235. Todd Frazier—OF, Reds
236. Ronald Guzman—OF, Rangers
237. Brian Goodwin—OF, Nationals
238. Francisco Martinez—3B, Tigers (new)
Another F-Mart…20 year old has been consistently solid this year in AA.
239. Drake Britton—P, Red Sox
240. Nestor Molina—P, Blue Jays (+10)
241. Donavan Tate—OF, Padres
242. James Paxton—P, Mariners (new)
Finally in the minor leagues, Paxton has risen quickly to AA…FB look great in the futures game.
243. Tanner Scheppers—P, Rangers (-10)
244. Edinson Rincon—3B, Padres
245. Cheslor Cuthbert—3B, Royals (new)
Ryne has gotta be liking these additions…hitting .380 in July.
246. Kyle Seager—3B, Mariners (-6)
247. Elier Hernandez—OF, Royals
248. Francisco Peguero—OF, Giants (-30)
Might be worth dropping…23 years old in AA and only has 3 HR’s and 3 SB’s.
249. Matt Adams—1B, Cardinals
250. Fernando Martinez—OF, Mets

Removed: Thomas Neal (OF, Giants), Dave Sappeldt (OF, Reds), Chris Owings (SS, Diamondbacks), Andy Oliver (P, Tigers)

Also considered: Adrian Cardenas (3B, Athletics), Adonis Cardona (P, Blue Jays), Pat Corbin (P, Diamondbacks), Brandon Jacobs (OF, Red Sox), Ryan Lavarnway (C, Red Sox), Alex Liddi (3B/SS, Mariners),  JD Martinez (OF, Astros), Tyler Matzek (P, Rockies), Brent Morel (3B, White Sox), Thomas Neal (OF, Giants), Andy Oliver (P, Tigers), Ariel Ovando (OF, Astros), Chris Owings (SS, Diamondbacks), Esteilon Peguero (SS, Mariners), Alfredo Silverio (OF, Dodgers), Jake Thompson (P, Rays), Sebastian Valle (C, Phillies), Jonathan Villar (SS, Astros), Kyle Weiland (P, Red Sox),Vance Worley (P, Phillies).