Top 250 Prospects Update: August 11, 2011

Top 250 Prospects Update: August 11, 2011

Here is this week’s update to the Top 250 Prospect List.  Sorry we are late publishing!  My plan is to publish the next update after the signing deadline, and then start publishing the updates again on Sunday nights.  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. Matt Moore—P, Rays
4. Jeremy Hellickson—P, Rays
5. Michael Pineda—P, Mariners
6. Julio Teheran—P, Braves
7. Shelby Miller—P, Cardinals
8. Eric Hosmer—1B, Royals
9. Freddie Freeman—1B, Braves
10. Desmond Jennings—OF, Rays
11. Dustin Ackley—2B, Mariners
12. Brett Lawrie—3B, Blue Jays (+2)
Lawrie is off to a good start since the call-up. 
13. Gerrit Cole—P, Pirates
14. Manny Machado—SS, Orioles (-1)
15. Jacob Turner—P, Tigers
16. Jesus Montero—C, Yankees (+1)
17. Yu Darvish—P, Japan
18. Anthony Rendon—3B, Nationals
19. Jurickson Profar—SS, Rangers (+4)
Amazing Profar’s excellent plate discipline #’s have continued improving through the season. 
20. Dylan Bundy—P, Orioles 
21. Jameson Taillon—P, Pirates (-6)
Taillon’s ERA is 4.52 but the K:BB ratio is pretty solid. 
22. Devin Mesoraco—C, Reds
23. Martin Perez—P, Rangers (+1)
24. Domonic Brown—OF, Phillies (-2)
25. Manny Banuelos—P, Yankees (+0)
Banuelos has posted back-to-back quality starts since the promotion. 
26. Jordan Lyles—P, Astros (+2)
27. Brandon Belt—1B, Giants (-4)
28. Trevor Bauer—P, Diamondbacks (+4)
Bauer was dominant in last night’s start…could be in the majors by September. 
29. Danny Hultzen—P, Mariners
30. Tyler Skaggs—P, Diamondbacks (+6)
31. Robbie Erlin—P, Padres (+1)
32. Bubba Starling—OF, Royals
33. Carlos Martinez—P, Cardinals (-2)
First drop…a few rough starts and the strikeout totals are down recently. 
34. Yonder Alonso—1B, Reds (+3)
35. Drew Pomeranz—P, Rockies
36. Aroldis Chapman—P, Reds (+11)
37. Jason Kipnis—2B, Indians (+14)
Aggressive jump but Kipnis has an excellent w/ 5 HR’s since the promotion. 
38. Miguel Sano—3B, Twins
39. Mike Minor—P, Braves (-9)
40. Mike Moustakas— 3B, Royals (-10)
41. Craig Kimbrel—P, Braves (+3)
42. Brett Jackson—OF, Cubs (+3)
Jackson is now hitting .444 in August with 4 HR’s. 
43. Arodys Vizcaino—P, Braves (+5)
44. Randall Delgado—P, Braves (+3)
45. Lonnie Chisenhall—3B, Indians (-5)
46. Jake Odorizzi—P, Royals (-12)
47. Wil Myers—OF, Royals (-6)
Still struggling…Myers is now hitting below .200 in the second half. 
48. Anthony Rizzo—1B, Padres (-5)
49. Taijuan Walker—P, Mariners (+4)
50. Jarrod Parker—P, Diamondbacks (-4)
51. Zach Britton—P, Orioles (-13)
Britton has not posted a quality start since June 17. 
52. Jordan Walden—P, Angels (+10)
53. Jarred Cosart—P, Astros (+2)
54. Brandon Beachy—P, Braves (+10)
55. Zach Lee—P, Dodgers (-3)
56. Leonys Martin—OF, Rangers (-1)
57. Dee Gordon—SS, Dodgers
58. Hak-Ju Lee—SS, Rays (-3)
59. Matt Harvey—P, Mets (+1)
60. Travis D’Arnaud—C, Blue Jays (+18)
D’Arnaud is rising quickly…now hitting over .400 since July 1. 
61. Danny Duffy—P, Royals (-7)
62. Casey Kelly—P, Padres (-14)
Adjustment ranking; numbers have not improved and k-rates are not great.
63. Dellin Betances—P, Yankees (-5)
64. Zach Wheeler—P, Mets (+9)
65. Nick Franklin—SS, Mariners
66. Archie Bradley—P, Diamondbacks
67. Danny Espinosa—2B, Nationals (-2)
Espinosa’s SLG% is down to approximately .320 in the second half. 
68. Jonathan Singleton—1B, Astros
69. George Springer—OF, Astros
70. Michael Choice—OF, Athletics (+1)
71. Zach Cox—3B, Cardinals (+5)
BABIP is high, but Cox’s second half numbers are really impressive. 
72. Deck McGuire—P, Blue Jays (+4)
73. Mike Montgomery—P, Royals (+4)
74. Paul Goldschmidt—1B, Diamondbacks
75. Nolan Arenado—3B, Rockies (+9)
Adjustment ranking…love the combo of power and low strikeouts. 
76. Yasmani Grandal—C, Reds (-1)
77. Joe Wieland—P, Padres (+12)
78. James Darnell—3B, Padres
79. Garrett Richards—P, Angels (-2)
80. Kyle Gibson—P, Twins (-37)
Potential Tommy John surgery convinced me he needed to drop. 
81. Taylor Jungmann—P, Brewers
82. Oswaldo Arcia—OF, Twins (+4)
83. Francisco Lindor—SS, Indians (+1)
84. Jose Altuve—2B, Astros (+3)
85. Brad Peacock—P, Nationals (-2)
86. Nick Castellanos—3B, Tigers
87. Aaron Hicks—OF, Twins (-7)
Talented player has struggled in the second half…tough to value Hicks? 
88. Anthony Ranaudo—P, Red Sox (-4)
89. AJ Cole—P, Nationals (-1)
90. Liam Hendriks—P, Twins (-7)
91. Gary Brown—OF, Giants
92. Wilson Ramos— C, Nationals (+5)
93. Sonny Gray—P, Athletics
94. Wilin Rosario—C, Rockies (-9)
95. Alex Cobb—P, Rays (-2)
96. Trayvon Robinson—OF, Mariners
97. Tyler Chatwood—P, Angels
98. Alexander Colome—P, Rays (+3)
Great one-hitter this week, but recent walk totals have been slightly high. 
99. Yoennis Cespedes—OF, Cuba
100. Kyle Drabek—P, Blue Jays
101. Billy Hamilton—2B/SS, Reds (+1)
102. Jake Marisnick—OF, Blue Jays (+10)
103. Zach Stewart—P, White Sox (+7)
104. Matt Barnes—P, Red Sox
105. Jemile Weeks—2B, Athletics
106. Jean Segura—2B, Angels
107. Josh Reddick—OF, Red Sox (+20)
108. Jedd Gyorko—3B, Padres (-2)
Numbers have been down since the promotion to AA. 
109. Allen Webster—P, Dodgers
110. Vance Worley—P, Phillies (+26)
Worley has been one of the best pitchers in the NL in the second half.
111. Johnny Giavotella—2B, Royals (+4)
112. Matt Dominguez—3B, Marlins (+3)
Playing well in AAA…might be a good time to buy low. 
113. Alex White—P, Rockies
114. Gary Sanchez—C, Yankees (+5)
Another possible buy low candidate…now has 5 HR’s this month. 
115. Fernando Salas—P, Cardinals
116. Trevor May—P, Phillies (+15)
117. Eric Thames—OF, Blue Jays (-6)
118. Alexander Torres—P, Rays
119. Keyvious Sampson—P, Padres (+2)
Sampson has not surrendered more than 1 ER in 15/19 starts this season. 
120. Jerry Sands—OF, Dodgers (+1)
121. Mark Trumbo—1B, Angels (+13)
122. Bryce Brentz—OF, Red Sox
123. Jed Bradley—P, Brewers
124. Chris Archer—P, Rays (+11)
Archer’s numbers have slowly improved throughout the season.
125. Christian Yelich—OF, Marlins (+31)
126. Derek Norris—C, Nationals (+5)
Playing better this month…hard to grade b/c of bad stats but great BB rates. 
127. Zach Cozart—SS, Reds
128. Brody Colvin—P, Phillies (-17)
129. Kaleb Cowart—3B, Angels (+6)
130. Drew Hutchison—P, Blue Jays (+35)
Hutchison has surrendered 0 ER’s in his last two starts. 
131. Tyrell Jenkins—P, Cardinals (+10)
132. Grant Green—OF, Athletics (-4)
133. JP Arencibia—C, Blue Jays
134. Oscar Taveras—OF, Cardinals (+4)
135. Henderson Alvarez—P, Blue Jays (+20)
136. Dayan Viciedo—OF, White Sox (-9)
Overall stats in July/Aug are not good…but the plate discipline #’s have improved. 
137. Anthony Gose—OF, Blue Jays (+5)
138. Will Middlebrooks—3B, Red Sox (+10)
139. Cheslor Cuthbert—3B, Royals
140. Nathan Eovaldi—P, Dodgers (+36)
Very solid major league debut for Eovaldi. 
141. Christian Colon—SS, Royals (-2)
142. Javier Baez—SS, Cubs
143. Trey McNutt—P, Cubs
144. Starling Marte—OF, Pirates (+12)
145. Eric Surkamp—P, Giants (+6)
146. Ben Revere—OF, Twins (-8)
147. Aaron Crow—P, Royals (-20)
Adjustment ranking…great season but Crow’s ranking was getting too high. 
148. Tim Wheeler—OF, Rockies
149. Rubby De La Rosa—P, Dodgers (-80)
Bummer…De La Rosa’s elbow injury will require Tommy John surgery.
150. Reymond Fuentes—OF, Padres
151. James Paxton—P, Mariners (+55)
Huge jump…but Paxton’s numbers have been great since the promotion to AA. 
152. Chad James—P, Marlins
153. Darwin Barney—2B, Cubs
154. Chris Sale—P, White Sox (+15)
A move to the rotation would really boost Sale’s value.
155. Chad Bettis—P, Rockies (+13)
156. Jonathan Schoop—2B, Orioles (+6)
157. Ivan Nova—P, Yankees (+60)
We underrated him…he’s been very effective in the Yankees rotation. 
158. Tim Beckham—SS, Rays
159. Christian Friedrich—P, Rockies (-8)
Was doing great after rough April…but 16 ER’s in his last two starts. 
160. Kolten Wong—2B, Cardinals (+40)
2011 first rounder continues posting terrific #’s in A-ball.  
161. Matt Szczur—OF, Cubs (+8)
162. Michael Taylor—OF, Athletics (+9)
163. Jeurys Familia—P, Mets
164. Wilmer Flores—SS, Mets (-30)
#’s this season are basically stable but the scouting reports are less optimistic. 
165. Josh Sale—OF, Rays (-7)
166. Barrett Loux—P, Rangers
167. Tony Sanchez—C, Pirates (-10)
168. Guillermo Pimentel—OF, Mariners
169. Juan Nicasio—P, Rockies (-80)
Very scary injury…will hopefully bounce back from neck surgery. 
170. Jaff Decker—OF, Padres
171. Adrian Salcedo—P, Twins
172. Chris Dwyer—P, Royals (+10)
173. Robbie Ross—P, Rangers (+10)
174. Felix Doubront—P, Red Sox (+1)
175. Hank Conger—C, Angels
176. Reese Havens—2B, Mets (+10)
177. Norichika Aoki—OF, Japan
178. Chris Carter—1B/OF, Athletics (-2)
179. Luis Heredia—P, Pirates (+17)
180. Carlos Perez—C, Blue Jays (-14)
181. Alfredo Despaigne—OF, Cuba
182. Simon Castro— P, Padres (+20)
After two terrible starts, now has 28 K’s and 1 BB in his last four starts.
183. John Lamb—P, Royals
184. Lance McCullers, Jr —P/INF, HS (Fla) (2012) (+7)
185. Kyle Parker—OF, Rockies (+18)
Parker has 10 HR’s in the past 30 days. 
186. Neil Ramirez—P, Rangers
187. Austin Romine— C, Yankees (+1)
188. Charlie Blackmon—OF, Rockies
189. Tyler Thornburg—P, Brewers (+8)
190. LJ Hoes—OF, Orioles (+20)
Starting to get some attention…great numbers since the AA promotion. 
191. Alex Meyer—P, Nationals
192. Juan Francisco—3B, Reds
193. Joshua Bell—OF, Pirates (+12)
Worth noting Bell’s value will jump substantially if he signs. 
194. Lucas Duda—OF, Mets (+20)
195. Jason Knapp—P, Indians
196. Jose Iglesias—SS, Red Sox (-3)
197. Tsuyoshi Nishioka—SS, Twins (+5)
198. Corey Spangenberg—3B, Padres
199. JD Martinez—OF, Astros (+50)
Martinez is off to a great start in the ‘stros OF. 
200. David Holmberg—P, Diamondbacks (+6)
201. Joe Benson—OF, Twins
202. Edward Salcedo—SS, Braves
203. Matthew Purke—P, Nationals
204. Kenny Diekroeger—INF, Stanford Univ. (2012)
205. Josh Vitters—3B, Cubs (+17)
206. Jose Fernandez—P, Marlins
207. Collin Cowgill—OF, Diamondbacks
208. Tyler Matzek—P, Rockies (+30)
Awesome to see Matzek’s great start w/ 9 k’s and 1 BB. 
209. Josh Collmenter—P, Diamondbacks (-10)
210. Daniel Norris—P, Blue Jays (+5)
Like Bell, Norris’  value will jump a lot if he signs.
211. Enny Romero—P, Rays
212. Jackie Bradley, Jr—OF, Red Sox
213. Brandon Nimmo—OF, Mets (+20)
214. Yamaico Navarro—2B, Royals
215. Drew Vettleson—OF, Rays
216. Mason Williams—OF, Yankees (+30)
Rising prospect has posted huge numbers in July and August.
217. Jennry Mejia—P, Mets
218. Dillon Gee—P, Mets
219. Yorman Rodriguez—OF, Reds
220. Taylor Guerrieri—P, Rays
221. Nestor Molina—P, Blue Jays
222. Stetson Allie—P, Pirates
223. Hisashi Iwakuma—P, Japan
224. Mikie Mahtook—OF, Rays
225. Delino Deshields—2B, Astros (-10)
226. Chris Marrero—1B, Nationals
227. Blake Swihart—C, Red Sox
228. Mark Appel—P, Stanford Univ. (2012)
229. CJ Cron—1B, Angels
230. Nomar Mazara—OF, Rangers
231. Ronald Torreyes—2B, Reds (+4)
232. Francisco Martinez—3B, Mariners (+1)
233. Donavan Tate—OF, Padres (+10)
234. Tyson Ross—P, Athletics
235. Blake Tekotte—OF, Padres
236. Matthew Davidson—3B, Diamondbacks
237. Nick Weglarz—OF, Indians (-8)
238. Nick Williams—OF, HS (Tex) (2012)
239. Ryan Lavarnway—C, Red Sox
240. Rymer Liriano—OF, Padres (new)
Average numbers recently, but deserves a spot based on his season performance.
241. Tyler Anderson—P, Rockies
242. Cody Buckel—P, Rangers (new)
2011 draftee is having a great season in A-ball.
243. Todd Frazier—OF, Reds
244. Brandon Jacobs—OF, Red Sox (new)
Former football star offers a great combination of power and speed. 
245. Ronald Guzman—OF, Rangers
246. Noah Syndergaard—P, Blue Jays (new)
One of Geo’s suggestions…has not allowed more than 2 ER’s in any start this season. 
247. Brian Goodwin—OF, Nationals
248. Elier Hernandez—OF, Royals
249. Matt Adams—1B, Cardinals
250. Wily Peralta—P, Brewers (new)
Was not great in his last start…but his 0.66 ERA in 41 IP’s in July is impressive. 

Removed: Jake McGee—P, Rays (#227), Karsten Whitson—P, Univ. of Florida (#228), Brad Meyers—P, Nationals (#235), Kirk Nieuwenhuis—OF, Mets (#237), Francisco Peguero—OF, Giants (#244), Pat Corbin—P, Diamondbacks (#245)

Also considered: 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), Jake McGee (P, Rays), Brent Morel (3B, White Sox), Thomas Neal (OF, Giants), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (OF, Mets), 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), Jake Thompson (P, Rays), Sebastian Valle (C, Phillies), Jonathan Villar (SS, Astros), Kyle Weiland (P, Red Sox).