Top 250 Prospects Update: July 24, 2011

Top 250 Prospects Update: July 24, 2011

Here is this week’s update to the Top 250 Prospect List.  Among other changes, we responded to some feedback from last week and went ahead and promoted Cutberth.  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 (+0)
Sorta interesting Trout is still in the majors after Bourjos is back from the DL.
3. Jeremy Hellickson—P, Rays
4. Matt Moore—P, Rays (+1)
5. Shelby Miller—P, Cardinals
6. Julio Teheran—P, Braves
7. Michael Pineda—P, Mariners (-3)
Another poor start for Pineda; great first half, but a continued second-half decline would not be surprising.
8. Dustin Ackley—2B, Mariners
9. Eric Hosmer—1B, Royals
10. Gerrit Cole—P, Pirates
11. Desmond Jennings—OF, Rays (+1)
Called up in a starting role for the Rays.
12. Manny Machado—SS, Orioles
13. Domonic Brown—OF, Phillies
14. Freddie Freeman—1B, Braves (+5)
15. Jameson Taillon—P, Pirates
16. Yu Darvish—P, Japan
17. Brett Lawrie—3B, Blue Jays
18. Jacob Turner—P, Tigers (-1)
19. Jesus Montero—C, Yankees (-6)
20. Anthony Rendon—3B, Nationals
21. Mike Moustakas— 3B, Royals (-8)
Rough July; hitting .169 and hasn’t walked in three weeks.
22. Martin Perez—P, Rangers
23. Dylan Bundy—P, Orioles
24. Devin Mesoraco—C, Reds (+1)
25. Zach Britton—P, Orioles (-9)
26. Brandon Belt—1B, Giants
27. Manny Banuelos—P, Yankees (-2)
Banuelos is still walking too many batters; 9 BB’s his last two starts.
28. Jurickson Profar—SS, Rangers (+6)
Great week for Profar with 12 hits, six of them for extra bases.
29. Mike Minor—P, Braves
30. Jordan Lyles—P, Astros
31. Danny Hultzen—P, Mariners
32. Jake Odorizzi—P, Royals
33. Carlos Martinez—P, Cardinals (-1)
34. Drew Pomeranz—P, Indians (+2)
AA is starting off well for Pomeranz, who posted impressive numbers his first two starts.
35. Wil Myers—OF, Royals (-4)
36. Robbie Erlin—P, Rangers
37. Bubba Starling—OF, Royals
38. Trevor Bauer—P, Diamondbacks
39. Lonnie Chisenhall—3B, Indians (-3)
40. Tyler Skaggs—P, Diamondbacks
41. Danny Duffy—P, Royals (+3)
42. Miguel Sano—3B, Twins (+2)
43. Brett Jackson—OF, Cubs (-4)
44. Yonder Alonso—1B, Reds
45. Kyle Gibson—P, Twins (-16)
1 K and 5 BB’s in last start; should drop considering ERA is 4.81 in AAA w/ no good reports about his stuff.
46. Casey Kelly—P, Padres
47. Randall Delgado—P, Braves
48. Anthony Rizzo—1B, Padres (-9)
Interesting Buster  Olney tweet this week re: Rizzo’s ability to hit high-velocity.
49. Jason Kipnis—2B, Indians
50. Zach Lee—P, Dodgers
51. Craig Kimbrel—P, Braves
52. Arodys Vizcaino—P, Braves (+9)
53. Dee Gordon—SS, Dodgers (+1)
54. Dellin Betances—P, Yankees (-5)
55. Jarrod Parker—P, Diamondbacks (+2)
56. Aroldis Chapman—P, Reds (+2)
57. Leonys Martin—OF, Rangers (+10)
58. Hak-Ju Lee—SS, Rays
59. Jarred Cosart—P, Phillies (-12)
Cosart has struggled since a great May, but the numbers showed some improvement in last night’s start.
60. Matt Harvey—P, Mets
61. Nick Franklin—SS, Mariners
62. Jordan Walden—P, Angels
63. Aaron Hicks—OF, Twins (-4)
64. Danny Espinosa—2B, Nationals
65. Jonathan Singleton—1B, Phillies (+2)
66. Taijuan Walker—P, Mariners (+7)
67. George Springer—OF, Astros
68. Brandon Beachy—P, Braves (-7)
Beachy had his first bad start since returning from the DL…ranking was getting a little aggressive.
69. Archie Bradley—P, Diamondbacks
70. Rubby De La Rosa—P, Dodgers
71. Mike Montgomery—P, Royals
72. Michael Choice—OF, Athletics
73. Travis D’Arnaud—C, Blue Jays
74. Deck McGuire—P, Blue Jays
75. Yasmani Grandal—C, Reds (-3)
76. Zach Wheeler—P, Giants
77. Paul Goldschmidt—1B, Diamondbacks
78. James Darnell—3B, Padres (+1)
79. Zach Cox—3B, Cardinals (+1)
80. Taylor Jungmann—P, Brewers
81. Juan Nicasio—P, Rockies (+8)
Two consecutive quality starts; strange stat: Nicasio’s ERA is 1.58 at Coors but 9.00 on the road.
82. Nick Castellanos—3B, Tigers
83. Garrett Richards—P, Angels
84. Liam Hendriks—P, Twins
85. Wilin Rosario—C, Rockies (+3)
86. Anthony Ranaudo—P, Red Sox
87. Oswaldo Arcia—OF, Twins
88. Francisco Lindor—SS, Indians
89. Brad Peacock—P, Nationals (+2)
90. Nolan Arenado—3B, Rockies (+6)
91. AJ Cole—P, Nationals (+12)
92. Tyler Chatwood—P, Angels (-4)
93. Trayvon Robinson—OF, Dodgers (+13)
Robinson is playing well…5 HR’s in past 8 games and the discipline (while not good) is improving.
94. Alexander Colome—P, Rays
95. Kyle Drabek—P, Blue Jays
96. Jose Altuve—2B, Astros (+6)
Altuve’s arrival in Houston should make the 2nd half of ‘stros baseball more interesting.
97. Wilson Ramos— C, Nationals
98. Matt Barnes—P, Red Sox
99. Jedd Gyorko—3B, Padres (+3)
100. Jemile Weeks—2B, Athletics (+15)
Weeks has recorded multiple hits in 6 of his last 7 games.
101. Sonny Gray—P, Athletics
102. Jean Segura—2B, Angels
103. Gary Brown—OF, Giants (+8)
104. Matt Dominguez—3B, Marlins (+6)
Solid week for Dominguez; gotta think he’ll get a call-up here pretty soon?
105. Alex White—P, Indians
106. Alex Cobb—P, Rays
107. Brody Colvin—P, Phillies
108. Dayan Viciedo—OF, White Sox (-4)
109. Fernando Salas—P, Cardinals
110. Billy Hamilton—2B/SS, Reds (+5)
111. Gary Sanchez—C, Yankees (-13)
112. Zach Stewart—P, Blue Jays (+2)
113. Bryce Brentz—OF, Red Sox
114. Jake Marisnick—OF, Blue Jays (+3)
115. Joe Wieland—P, Rangers (+6)
116. Johnny Giavotella—2B, Royals (+9)
Giavotella is on fire…hitting almost .400 in AAA since June 1st.
117. Grant Green—OF, Athletics
118. Eric Thames—OF, Blue Jays
119. Alexander Torres—P, Rays
120. Jerry Sands—OF, Dodgers (-2)
121. Jed Bradley—P, Brewers
122. Aaron Crow—P, Royals
123. Zach Cozart—SS, Reds (-1)
Was playing great…but just went on the disabled list.
124. JP Arencibia—C, Blue Jays
125. Derek Norris—C, Nationals
126. Allen Webster—P, Dodgers
127. Wilmer Flores—SS, Mets (-2)
128. Keyvious Sampson—P, Padres (+12)
Sampson’s ERA in 1.13 in July is better than his 1.29 ERA in April…#;s would be better but for those starts in June.
129. Ben Revere—OF, Twins (-5)
130. Javier Baez—SS, Cubs
131. Christian Friedrich—P, Rockies (+3)
132. Christian Colon—SS, Royals
133. Josh Sale—OF, Rays
134. Mark Trumbo—1B, Angels (+4)
135. Kaleb Cowart—3B, Angels (+9)
Adjustment ranking…Cowart struggled a little this week but I think it’s partially due to BABIP.
136. Trey McNutt—P, Cubs (-6)
Note: should not have dropped McNutt but published right before I saw last night’s box score.
137. Anthony Gose—OF, Blue Jays (+11)
138. Tony Sanchez—C, Pirates (-17)
139. Chris Archer—P, Rays (-4)
Still struggling; in July, his walk totals and strikeout totals are the exact same.
140. Tim Wheeler—OF, Rockies (+7)
Wheeler’s k totals are high, but the power numbers are also impressive.
141. Jaff Decker—OF, Padres (-12)
142. Reymond Fuentes—OF, Padres (+8)
143. Chad James—P, Marlins (+7)
144. Oscar Taveras—OF, Cardinals (+10)
145. Tim Beckham—SS, Rays (-7)
146. Jeurys Familia—P, Mets (-12)
147. Adrian Salcedo—P, Twins
148. Guillermo Pimentel—OF, Mariners
149. Darwin Barney—2B, Cubs
150. Barrett Loux—P, Rangers (+8)
151. Starling Marte—OF, Pirates
152. Josh Reddick—OF, Red Sox (+18)
153. Tyrell Jenkins—P, Cardinals
154. Will Middlebrooks—3B, Red Sox (+30)
Adjustment …some concerns re: plate discipline but his value has  increased based on his #’s in AA.
155. Jonathan Schoop—3B, Orioles
156. Hank Conger—C, Angels (-12)
MLB performance was disappointing, but Conger has played well since the demotion to AAA.
157. Carlos Perez—C, Blue Jays (-9)
158. Chris Sale—P, White Sox
159. Eric Surkamp—P, Giants (-6)
160. Felix Doubront—P, Red Sox
161. Neil Ramirez—P, Rangers (-5)
162. Norichika Aoki—OF, Japan
163. Chad Bettis—P, Rockies (+3)
164. Trevor May—P, Phillies (+13)
165. Chris Carter—1B/OF, Athletics (-26)
Really rough season…no improvement in plate discipline since the demotion .
166. Michael Taylor—OF, Athletics (+13)
167. Alfredo Despaigne—OF, Cuba (+9)
168. John Lamb—P, Royals
169. Austin Romine— C, Yankees (+7)
170. Charlie Blackmon—OF, Rockies
171. Matt Szczur—OF, Cubs (+11)
172. Cheslor Cuthbert—3B, Royals (+70)
Adjustment ranking; dynasty league value was clearly much higher than our rankings. Probably still too low?
173. Nick Weglarz—OF, Indians (-20)
174. Jose Iglesias—SS, Red Sox
175. Alex Meyer—P, Nationals
176. Tsuyoshi Nishioka—SS, Twins
177. Christian Yelich—OF, Marlins (+16)
178. Juan Francisco—3B, Reds
179. Nathan Eovaldi—P, Dodgers (+3)
Considered moving Eovaldi higher…but control issues w/ 12 BB’s in his last two starts.
180. Reese Havens—2B, Mets (+5)
181. Henderson Alvarez—P, Blue Jays (+21)
182. Jason Knapp—P, Indians
183. Lance McCullers, Jr —P/INF, HS (Fla) (2012)
184. Chris Dwyer—P, Royals
185. Corey Spangenberg—2B, Padres (-0)
Rough numbers since the promotion, but I am pretty sure it is because of small sample sizes.
186. Matthew Purke—P, Nationals
187. Josh Collmenter—P, Diamondbacks (+40)
Collmenter has been great, but if you own, now might be the right time to sell high (for the right value).
188. Edward Salcedo—SS, Braves
189. Drew Hutchison—P, Blue Jays (+14)
190. Stetson Allie—P, Pirates (-14)
191. Robbie Ross—P, Rangers (+4)
192. Tyler Thornburg—P, Brewers (+28)
Breakout prospect has continued pitching extremely well after his promotion.
193. Joe Benson—OF, Twins
194. Kenny Diekroeger—INF, Stanford Univ. (2012)
195. Collin Cowgill—OF, Diamondbacks (+20)
196. Luis Heredia—P, Pirates
197. Jose Fernandez—P, Marlins
198. David Holmberg—P, Diamondbacks
199. Enny Romero—P, Rays (+2)
200. Jackie Bradley, Jr—OF, Red Sox
201. Kyle Parker—OF, Rockies (+2)
202. Vance Worley—P, Phillies (new)
Worley should have made the list sooner…great numbers this season.
203. Yamaico Navarro—2B, Red Sox
204. Jennry Mejia—P, Mets
205. Joshua Bell—OF, Pirates
206. LJ Hoes—2B, Orioles (+6)
207. Daniel Norris—P, Blue Jays
208. Yorman Rodriguez—OF, Reds
209. Taylor Guerrieri—P, Rays
210. Kolten Wong—2B, Cardinals (new)
Great call by Jed …Hawaii product and STL first rounder is off to terrific start.
211. Nestor Molina—P, Blue Jays (+30)
See last week’s discussion…three consecutive starts with 0 ER’s.
212. Dillon Gee—P, Mets (+20)
213. Hisashi Iwakuma—P, Japan
214. Mikie Mahtook—OF, Rays
215. Chris Marrero—1B, Nationals (+3)
216. Simon Castro— P, Padres (-7)
217. Josh Vitters—3B, Cubs
218. Tyson Ross—P, Athletics (-12)
219. Blake Swihart—C, Red Sox
220. Mark Appel—P, Stanford Univ. (2012)
221. Delino Deshields—2B, Astros (+10)
Deshields’ numbers are perhaps starting to turn around?  Too early to tell, IMO (no extra base hits, etc).
222. Karsten Whitson—P, Univ of Florida (2013)
223. CJ Cron—1B, Angels
224. Jake McGee—P, Rays (+5)
McGee has looked great in the Rays’ pen since arriving from AAA.
225. Nomar Mazara—OF, Rangers
226. Drew Vettleson—OF, Rays
227. Brandon Nimmo—OF, Mets
228. Matthew Davidson—3B, Diamondbacks
229. Francisco Martinez—3B, Tigers (+10)
230. Brad Meyers—P, Nationals (-30)
231. Blake Tekotte—OF, Padres (+2)
232. Ivan Nova—P, Yankees
233. Nick Williams—OF, HS (Tex) (2012)
234. David Perez—P, Rangers (-20)
235. Edinson Rincon—3B, Padres (+10)
236. Kirk Nieuwenhuis—OF, Mets
237. Tyler Anderson—P, Rockies
238. Todd Frazier—OF, Reds
239. Ryan Lavarnway—C, Red Sox (new)
Lavarnway’s numbers have been excellent… big question is whether he can remain at catcher.
240. Ronald Guzman—OF, Rangers
241. Brian Goodwin—OF, Nationals
242. Justin O’Conner—C, Rays (-20)
243. Donavan Tate—OF, Padres
244. James Paxton—P, Mariners
245. Tanner Scheppers—P, Rangers
246. Ronald Torreyes—2B, Reds (new)
Wasn’t sure on the last pick?  Let’s go w/ Mehul’s suggestion Torreyes, who is hitting almost .400 in A-ball.
247. Elier Hernandez—OF, Royals
248. Francisco Peguero—OF, Giants
249. Matt Adams—1B, Cardinals
250. Fernando Martinez—OF, Mets

Removed: Brad Boxberger (P, Reds), Adeiny Hechavarria (SS, Blue Jays), Drake Britton (P, Red Sox), Kyle Seager (3B, Mariners)

Also considered: Brad Boxberger (P, Reds), Ryan Brett (2B, Rays), Drake Britton (P, Red Sox), Adrian Cardenas (3B, Athletics), Adonis Cardona (P, Blue Jays), Garin Cecchini (3B, Red Sox), Pat Corbin (P, Diamondbacks), Adeiny Hechavarria (SS, Blue Jays), Brandon Jacobs (OF, Red Sox), Alex Liddi (3B/SS, Mariners), Rymer Liriano (OF, Padres), JD Martinez (OF, Astros), Tyler Matzek (P, Rockies), Brent Morel (3B, White Sox), Thomas Neal (OF, Giants), Ariel Ovando (OF, Astros), Chris Owings (SS, Diamondbacks), Joe Panik (SS, Giants), Esteilon Peguero (SS, Mariners), Wily Peralta (P, Brewers), Alfredo Silverio (OF, Dodgers), Jake Thompson (P, Rays), Sebastian Valle (C, Phillies), Jonathan Villar (SS, Astros), Kyle Weiland (P, Red Sox).