Top 250 Prospects Update: July 31, 2011

Top 250 Prospects Update: July 31, 2011

Here is this week’s update to the Top 250 Prospect List.  Interesting trade deadline, and hopefully, I changed all the teams appropriately (also put a “*” by the names for this week)  Amazing we’re only about 5-6 weeks from the end of the milb season!  We’ll keep updating the list every week and feedback is always appreciated.

1. Bryce Harper—OF, Nationals
2. Mike Trout—OF, Angels
3. Matt Moore—P, Rays (+1)
Random question: how far behind Trout would y’all value Moore?

4. Jeremy Hellickson—P, Rays
5. Michael Pineda—P, Mariners (+1)
Spoke too soon about Pineda’s second half decline.
6. Julio Teheran—P, Braves (+1)
7. Shelby Miller—P, Cardinals
8. Eric Hosmer—1B, Royals (+1)
9. Freddie Freeman—1B, Braves (+4)
Freeman now has five straight multi-hit games.

10. Desmond Jennings—OF, Rays (+2)
Call-up took longer than expected, but a terrific first week for Jennings.

11. Dustin Ackley—2B, Mariners
12. Gerrit Cole—P, Pirates
13. Manny Machado—SS, Orioles
14. Jameson Taillon—P, Pirates
15. Brett Lawrie—3B, Blue Jays (+1)
16. Jacob Turner—P, Tigers (+1)
17. Yu Darvish—P, Japan
18. Jesus Montero—C, Yankees
19. Anthony Rendon—3B, Nationals
20. Domonic Brown—OF, Phillies (-7)
The Phillies optioned Brown to AAA after the Hunter Pence trade.

21. Dylan Bundy—P, Orioles
22. Devin Mesoraco—C, Reds
23. Brandon Belt—1B, Giants
24. Jurickson Profar—SS, Rangers (+2)
25. Martin Perez—P, Rangers (-4)
Perez is struggling in AAA…being patient because his BABIP is almost .500.

26. Manny Banuelos—P, Yankees
27. Mike Minor—P, Braves
28. Jordan Lyles—P, Astros (+1)
29. Mike Moustakas— 3B, Royals (-8)
30. Danny Hultzen—P, Mariners
31. Robbie Erlin—P, Padres (+2)*
In 234 milb innings, Erlin now has 248 strikeouts and 29 walks.

32. Jake Odorizzi—P, Royals (+0)
Two consecutive great starts in AA…sorta reluctant to move Odorizzi higher at this point.

33. Carlos Martinez—P, Cardinals
34. Bubba Starling—OF, Royals
35. Trevor Bauer—P, Diamondbacks (+1)
Bauer recently signed with the D’Backs and could debut soon.

36. Drew Pomeranz—P, Rockies (-3)*
37. Tyler Skaggs—P, Diamondbacks (+1)
38. Lonnie Chisenhall—3B, Indians
39. Miguel Sano—3B, Twins (+1)
40. Yonder Alonso—1B, Reds (+1)
41. Zach Britton—P, Orioles (-17)
Shelled in his last start…pulled in first after surrendering seven runs.

42. Wil Myers—OF, Royals (-12)
Myers is starting to concern me… only 3 HR’s on the season and it’s been a month since his one.

43. Anthony Rizzo—1B, Padres
44. Brett Jackson—OF, Cubs (-6)
45. Craig Kimbrel—P, Braves (+4)
Kimbrel has not surrendered an ER since June 11th!

46. Randall Delgado—P, Braves (-2)
47. Casey Kelly—P, Padres (-2)
48. Jarrod Parker—P, Diamondbacks (+5)
Numbers are much improved in his last few starts…now might be a good time to buy Parker.

49. Arodys Vizcaino—P, Braves (+3)
50. Kyle Gibson—P, Twins (-5)
51. Zach Lee—P, Dodgers
52. Aroldis Chapman—P, Reds (+3)
53. Danny Duffy—P, Royals (-13)
Rough start against BOS pushes Duffy’s ERA above 5…mlb breakout has not happened.

54. Dee Gordon—SS, Dodgers
55. Jason Kipnis—2B, Indians (-5)
Tough first week for Kipnis, but be patient.  He was in a minor slump when called up and should improve .

56. Hak-Ju Lee—SS, Rays
57. Leonys Martin—OF, Rangers (-1)
Martin hit his first minor slump this week since entering the minor leagues.

58. Taijuan Walker—P, Mariners (+7)
59. Jarred Cosart—P, Astros*
60. Dellin Betances—P, Yankees (-5)
61. Matt Harvey—P, Mets
62. Nick Franklin—SS, Mariners
63. Jordan Walden—P, Angels
64. Danny Espinosa—2B, Nationals
65. Rubby De La Rosa—P, Dodgers (+4)
66. Brandon Beachy—P, Braves (+2)
67. Archie Bradley—P, Diamondbacks (+3)
68. Jonathan Singleton—1B, Astros (+0)*
Who do y’all like best among the ‘stros top 3: Springer, Singleton, or Cosart?

69. George Springer—OF, Astros
70. Michael Choice—OF, Athletics (+1)
71. Zach Wheeler—P, Mets (+5)*
Great pickup by the Mets…you can make a great case this ranking is too low.
72. Yasmani Grandal—C, Reds (+3)
Grandal breaks out of moderate slump w/ 9 hits this week including a HR and 3 2B’s.

73. Paul Goldschmidt—1B, Diamondbacks (+4)
74. Deck McGuire—P, Blue Jays (+1)
75. Travis D’Arnaud—C, Blue Jays
76. Zach Cox—3B, Cardinals (+3)
77. Mike Montgomery—P, Royals (-4)
Montgomery
’s ERA in AAA is still hovering around 6.00.
78. Garrett Richards—P, Angels (+5)
79. Aaron Hicks—OF, Twins (-12)
Hicks is now 2 for his last 37…needs to start producing.

80. James Darnell—3B, Padres
81. Taylor Jungmann—P, Brewers
82. Nick Castellanos—3B, Tigers (+1)
83. Juan Nicasio—P, Rockies
84. Brad Peacock—P, Nationals (+5)
85. Liam Hendriks—P, Twins
86. Francisco Lindor—SS, Indians (+3)
87. Wilin Rosario—C, Rockies
88. Anthony Ranaudo—P, Red Sox
89. Oswaldo Arcia—OF, Twins
90. Nolan Arenado—3B, Rockies
91. AJ Cole—P, Nationals
92. Joe Wieland—P, Padres (+20)*
No hitter this week!   Wieland has surrendered just 2 ER’s his past 28 IP’s.

93. Jose Altuve—2B, Astros (+4)
94. Gary Brown—OF, Giants (+10)
Brown is starting to heat up again; now hit safely in 19 of his last 20 games.

95. Alex Cobb—P, Rays (+11)
Cobb has posted terrific numbers in each of his past three starts (ERA below 2 in May and June).

96. Sonny Gray—P, Athletics (+8)
Gray signed with Oakland and could move quickly to the major leagues (i.e., next season).

97. Tyler Chatwood—P, Angels (-2)
98. Trayvon Robinson—OF, Mariners (-2)*
99. Alexander Colome—P, Rays (-2)
100. Yoennis Cespedes—OF, Cuba (new)
Yeah, bold ranking… think he could be very valuable but reluctant to go higher w/o better information.

101. Kyle Drabek—P, Blue Jays
102. Wilson Ramos— C, Nationals
103. Matt Barnes—P, Red Sox
104. Billy Hamilton—2B/SS, Reds (+6)
Hamilton
is hitting over .300 in July and now has 74 SB’s.
105. Jedd Gyorko—3B, Padres
106. Eric Thames—OF, Blue Jays (+10)
107. Jemile Weeks—2B, Athletics
108. Jean Segura—2B, Angels
109. Alex White—P, Rockies*
110. Allen Webster—P, Dodgers (+16)
111. Brody Colvin—P, Phillies
112. Fernando Salas—P, Cardinals
113. Zach Stewart—P, White Sox*
114. Jake Marisnick—OF, Blue Jays (+1)
115. Matt Dominguez—3B, Marlins (-8)
116. Johnny Giavotella—2B, Royals
117. Alexander Torres—P, Rays (+2)
118. Bryce Brentz—OF, Red Sox (-5)
119. Jerry Sands—OF, Dodgers
120. Gary Sanchez—C, Yankees (-10)
121. Dayan Viciedo—OF, White Sox (-13)
Viciedo struggled in July, but it’s partially due to bad luck b/c plate discipline totals are much better.

122. Keyvious Sampson—P, Padres (+6)
123. Jed Bradley—P, Brewers
124. Aaron Crow—P, Royals
125. Grant Green—OF, Athletics (-8)
126. Zach Cozart—SS, Reds
127. Wilmer Flores—SS, Mets
128. Christian Colon—SS, Royals (+3)
Good week for Colon…the 3 HR’s are encouraging because the power totals have needed to
improve.

129. JP Arencibia—C, Blue Jays (-1)
130. Derek Norris—C, Nationals (-3)
131. Josh Reddick—OF, Red Sox (+20)
Adjustment ranking…Reddick had an average week but he’s establishing a starting role in Boston.

132. Cheslor Cuthbert—3B, Royals (+40)
Starting to get on the bandwagon.  Great performance in July for a young player.

133. Javier Baez—SS, Cubs
134. Ben Revere—OF, Twins (-4)
135. Trevor May—P, Phillies (+30)
May now has 159 k’s in 119 IP’s…likely the Phillies’ #1 prospect next season over Colvin?

136. Oscar Taveras—OF, Cardinals (+10)
19-year old does not get much attention for a player hitting .387 in A-Ball.

137. Kaleb Cowart—3B, Angels (+2)
138. Mark Trumbo—1B, Angels
139. Chris Archer—P, Rays (+2)
140. Trey McNutt—P, Cubs
141. Vance Worley—P, Phillies (+60)
Ranking was far too low considering Worley is consistently producing QS’s in the majors.

142. Anthony Gose—OF, Blue Jays
143. Tyrell Jenkins—P, Cardinals (+12)
Jenkins’ low walk totals are impressive.

144. Tim Wheeler—OF, Rockies (+2)
145. Christian Friedrich—P, Rockies (-9)
146. Reymond Fuentes—OF, Padres (+1)
147. Will Middlebrooks—3B, Red Sox (+9)
148. Chad James—P, Marlins (+1)
149. Darwin Barney—2B, Cubs (+4)
150. Eric Surkamp—P, Giants (+13)
Surkamp now his 22 strikeouts in his last two starts.

151. Josh Sale—OF, Rays (-8)
To the extent rookie ball numbers matters, Sale is off to a rough start (.216/.295/.376).

152. Tim Beckham—SS, Rays
153. Tony Sanchez—C, Pirates (-9)
154. Jeurys Familia—P, Mets
155. Starling Marte—OF, Pirates (+2)
156. Henderson Alvarez—P, Blue Jays (+25)
Four quality starts for Alvarez in July…35 strikeouts and four walks in that span.

157. Barrett Loux—P, Rangers (-1)
158. Christian Yelich—OF, Marlins (+20)
Rising prospect; Yelich hit .381 in July with good power and speed.

159. Jonathan Schoop—2B, Orioles (+3)
160. Carlos Perez—C, Blue Jays (+4)
Good week, but Perez has not had the breakout season many expected.

161. Guillermo Pimentel—OF, Mariners (-3)
162. Jaff Decker—OF, Padres (-12)
163. Matt Szczur—OF, Cubs (+12)
Four extra base hits last week for Szczur.

164. Adrian Salcedo—P, Twins (-8)
Salcedo’s ERA has been solid…my concern is he is not generating enough strikeouts.

165. Chad Bettis—P, Rockies (+4)
166. Drew Hutchison—P, Blue Jays (+22)
167. Hank Conger—C, Angels
168. Chris Sale—P, White Sox
169. Felix Doubront—P, Red Sox (+1)
170. Chris Carter—1B/OF, Athletics (+2)
Extra base hits in four consecutive games.  As a Carter owner, I’ve followed this rough season closely.

171. Norichika Aoki—OF, Japan
172. Michael Taylor—OF, Athletics
173. Alfredo Despaigne—OF, Cuba
174. John Lamb—P, Royals
175. Neil Ramirez—P, Rangers (-7)
176. Nathan Eovaldi—P, Dodgers (+5)
177. Charlie Blackmon—OF, Rockies
178. Austin Romine— C, Yankees (-3)
179. Chris Dwyer—P, Royals (+6)
Kinda surprising Dwyer was great in his last start.  Hopefully he can build on it.
180. Robbie Ross—P, Rangers (+10)
181. Alex Meyer—P, Nationals (+1)
182. Jose Iglesias—SS, Red Sox
183. Juan Francisco—3B, Reds
184. Reese Havens—2B, Mets
185. Jason Knapp—P, Indians
186. Lance McCullers, Jr —P/INF, HS (Fla) (2012)
187. Corey Spangenberg—3B, Padres
188. Joe Benson—OF, Twins (+5)
189. Edward Salcedo—SS, Braves (+1)
190. Matthew Purke—P, Nationals
191. Josh Collmenter—P, Diamondbacks (-4)
192. Tyler Thornburg—P, Brewers
193. Kenny Diekroeger—INF, Stanford Univ. (2012)
194. Luis Heredia—P, Pirates
195. Tsuyoshi Nishioka—SS, Twins (-20)
Disappointing season w/ Nishioka barely hitting above .200 after returning from injury.

196. Jose Fernandez—P, Marlins
197. Collin Cowgill—OF, Diamondbacks (-3)
198. David Holmberg—P, Diamondbacks
199. Kolten Wong—2B, Cardinals (+10)
200. Kyle Parker—OF, Rockies (+2)
201. Simon Castro— P, Padres (+15)
202. Joshua Bell—OF, Pirates (+4)
203. Enny Romero—P, Rays
204. Jackie Bradley, Jr—OF, Red Sox
205. Yamaico Navarro—2B, Royals
206. Drew Vettleson—OF, Rays (+20)
Doing great; Vettleson is showing solid plate discipline and starting to hit for power.

207. Jennry Mejia—P, Mets
208. LJ Hoes—OF, Orioles
209. Daniel Norris—P, Blue Jays
210. Delino Deshields—2B, Astros (+12)
Deshields’ numbers are improving, but can’t tell if it’s genuine improvement or BABIP.

211. Dillon Gee—P, Mets (+4)
212. Yorman Rodriguez—OF, Reds
213. Lucas Duda—OF, Mets (new)
214. James Paxton—P, Mariners (+30)
215. Taylor Guerrieri—P, Rays
216. Nestor Molina—P, Blue Jays (+1)
217. Stetson Allie—P, Pirates (-22)
Hopefully he’ll improve, but early numbers for Allie are not encouraging.

218. Hisashi Iwakuma—P, Japan
219. Ivan Nova—P, Yankees (+16)
220. Mikie Mahtook—OF, Rays
221. Josh Vitters—3B, Cubs (+1)
222. Chris Marrero—1B, Nationals
223. Blake Swihart—C, Red Sox
224. Mark Appel—P, Stanford Univ. (2012)
225. Karsten Whitson—P, Univ of Florida (2013)
226. CJ Cron—1B, Angels
227. Nick Weglarz—OF, Indians (-50)
Aggressive drop…but 23 years old in AA and only hitting .168 in AA?

228. Jake McGee—P, Rays
229. Nomar Mazara—OF, Rangers
230. Tyson Ross—P, Athletics (-8)
231. Francisco Martinez—3B, Mariners (+3)*
232. Blake Tekotte—OF, Padres (+4)
233. Brandon Nimmo—OF, Mets
234. Matthew Davidson—3B, Diamondbacks
235. Ronald Torreyes—2B, Reds (+10)
236. Brad Meyers—P, Nationals
237. Nick Williams—OF, HS (Tex) (2012)
238. Kirk Nieuwenhuis—OF, Mets
239. Tyler Matzek—P, Rockies (new)
He’s back.  Velocity is impressive but the walk totals remain high.

240. Ryan Lavarnway—C, Red Sox (+2)
241. Tyler Anderson—P, Rockies
242. Todd Frazier—OF, Reds
243. Ronald Guzman—OF, Rangers
244. Brian Goodwin—OF, Nationals
245. Donavan Tate—OF, Padres
246. Elier Hernandez—OF, Royals
247. Francisco Peguero—OF, Giants
248. Matt Adams—1B, Cardinals
249. Mason Williams—OF, Yankees (new)
Random addition…but was impressed w/ Williams when ranking the Yankees prospects.

250. JD Martinez—OF, Astros (new)
Astros prospect just called up to the major leagues in starting role.

Removed: David Perez (P, Rangers), Edinson Rincon (3B, Padres), Justin O’Conner (C, Rays), Tanner Scheppers (P, Rangers), Fernando Martinez (OF, Mets).

Also considered: Dante Bichette, Jr. (OF, Yankees), Brad Boxberger (P, Reds), Ryan Brett (2B, Rays), Drake Britton (P, Red Sox), Adrian Cardenas (3B, Athletics), Adonis Cardona (P, Blue Jays), Phillips Castillo (SS, Mariners), 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), Brent Morel (3B, White Sox), Thomas Neal (OF, Giants), Justin O’Conner (C, Rays), Ariel Ovando (OF, Astros), Chris Owings (SS, Diamondbacks), Joe Panik (SS, Giants), Esteilon Peguero (SS, Mariners), Wily Peralta (P, Brewers), David Perez (P, Rangers), Edinson Rincon (3B, Padres), Tanner Scheppers (P, Rangers), Alfredo Silverio (OF, Dodgers), Noah Snydergaard (P, Blue Jays), Jake Thompson (P, Rays), Sebastian Valle (C, Phillies), Jonathan Villar (SS, Astros), Kyle Weiland (P, Red Sox).