Top 250 Prospects Update: September 6, 2011

Top 250 Prospects Update: September 6, 2011

Here is this week’s update to the Top 250 Prospect List. Amazing the milb regular season is officially over! I think this is our last weekly update w/ the regular season complete, but we will publish one more update following the end of the major league season. In the next few weeks, I will finish our mid-season reports.  Plus, the next few weeks are a good opportunity to discuss adjustments to the rankings going into the off-season rankings. As always, feedback is always appreciated so let us know which players are ranked too high and too low.

I also wanted to send a sincere thanks to all of the people who provided feedback during the season! Talking prospects all season has been a blast, and without the feedback, the updated lists would not have been possible. It is really appreciated and I look forward to more prospect discussion during the off-season!

1. Bryce Harper—OF, Nationals
2. Mike Trout—OF, Angels
3. Matt Moore—P, Rays
4. Jeremy Hellickson—P, Rays
5. Eric Hosmer—1B, Royals (+1)
Hosmer played extremely well the past few weeks; went ahead and ranked him ahead of Freeman.
6. Freddie Freeman—1B, Braves
7. Desmond Jennings—OF, Rays
8. Julio Teheran—P, Braves (-4)
9. Shelby Miller—P, Cardinals (+1)
Miller was terrific Friday, throwing 8 shutout innings w/ 9 k’s and 2 BB’s.
10. Brett Lawrie—3B, Blue Jays (+1)
11. Michael Pineda—P, Mariners (-3)
12. Dustin Ackley—2B, Mariners
13. Gerrit Cole—P, Pirates
14. Jurickson Profar—SS, Rangers
15. Yu Darvish—P, Japan
16. Anthony Rendon—3B, Nationals
17. Jesus Montero—C, Yankees (+1)
18. Tyler Skaggs—P, Diamondbacks (+2)
19. Manny Machado—SS, Orioles
20. Dylan Bundy—P, Orioles
21. Devin Mesoraco—C, Reds
22. Danny Hultzen—P, Mariners
23. Jameson Taillon—P, Pirates
24. Bubba Starling—OF, Royals
25. Robbie Erlin—P, Padres (+3)
26. Craig Kimbrel—P, Braves (+4)
Kimbrel has not allowed an ER in his last 34 appearances.
27. Jacob Turner—P, Tigers (-5)
28. Drew Pomeranz—P, Rockies
29. Trevor Bauer—P, Diamondbacks (-8)
Ouch. After several dominant starts in AA, Bauer surrendered 10 ER’s Tuesday.
30. Miguel Sano—3B, Twins (+2)
31. Aroldis Chapman—P, Reds
32. Yonder Alonso—1B/OF, Reds (+1)
33. Martin Perez—P, Rangers (-3)
34. Manny Banuelos—P, Yankees (-9)
35. Mike Minor—P, Braves (+4)
36. Jason Kipnis—2B, Indians
37. Brett Jackson—OF, Cubs
38. Carlos Martinez—P, Cardinals (-5)
After terrific start, Martinez’s 5.28 ERA since the promotion to A+ makes him difficult to rank.
39. Randall Delgado—P, Braves
40. Brandon Belt—1B/OF, Giants (-6)
41. Taijuan Walker—P, Mariners
42. Brandon Beachy—P, Braves (+4)
43. Travis D’Arnaud—C, Blue Jays (+3)
44. Mike Moustakas— 3B, Royals
45. Domonic Brown—OF, Phillies
46. Zach Britton—P, Orioles (+6)
After a rough stretch, Britton has come on strong lately with four consecutive quality starts.
47. Jarrod Parker—P, Diamondbacks
48. Arodys Vizcaino—P, Braves (-4)
49. Jake Odorizzi—P, Royals (+1)
50. Jordan Lyles—P, Astros (-6)
51. Leonys Martin—OF, Rangers
52. Lonnie Chisenhall—3B, Indians
53. Gary Brown—OF, Giants (+12)
Brown finishes the season hitting .336 w/ 18 HRs and 54 steals.
54. Wil Myers—OF, Royals
55. Zach Wheeler—P, Mets (+3)
56. Dee Gordon—SS, Dodgers
57. Nolan Arenado—3B, Rockies (+10)
Arenado offers one of the best combinations of power and low strikeouts in the minor leagues.
58. Hak-Ju Lee—SS, Rays
59. Matt Harvey—P, Mets (-5)
60. Zach Lee—P, Dodgers (-3)
61. Anthony Rizzo—1B, Padres (-4)
62. Archie Bradley—P, Diamondbacks
63. Jonathan Singleton—1B, Astros (+1)
64. Dellin Betances—P, Yankees (-2)
65. Jordan Walden—P, Angels
66. Paul Goldschmidt—1B, Diamondbacks (+3)
67. Billy Hamilton—2B/SS, Reds (+9)
Impressive…Hamilton reached the 100 stolen base mark.
68. George Springer—OF, Astros
69. Zach Cox—3B, Cardinals (-3)
70. Brad Peacock—P, Nationals (+9)
71. Jarred Cosart—P, Astros (-5)
72. Casey Kelly—P, Padres
73. Deck McGuire—P, Blue Jays
74. Yasmani Grandal—C, Reds
75. Michael Choice—OF, Athletics (+3)
76. Sonny Gray—P, Athletics (+4)
77. Taylor Jungmann—P, Brewers
78. Jean Segura—2B, Angels (+10)
79. Joe Wieland—P, Padres (-2)
80. Nick Franklin—SS, Mariners (-16)
Adjustment ranking…Franklin did not play terrible but ranking was too high.
81. AJ Cole—P, Nationals
82. Christian Yelich—OF, Marlins (+14)
83. Francisco Lindor—SS, Indians
84. Liam Hendriks—P, Twins (+9)
85. Danny Espinosa—2B, Nationals (-5)
86. Jake Marisnick—OF, Blue Jays (+6)
87. Mike Montgomery—P, Royals
88. Oswaldo Arcia—OF, Twins
89. Henderson Alvarez—P, Blue Jays (+37)
Alvarez is showing elite potential surrendering 0 ER’s in consecutive starts.
90. Wilson Ramos— C, Nationals
91. Jose Altuve—2B, Astros (-3)
92. Drew Hutchison—P, Blue Jays (+12)
93. Nathan Eovaldi—P, Dodgers (+5)
94. Ivan Nova—P, Yankees (+39)
We ranked Nova too low all season, as he has been solid in the Yankees rotation.
95. Danny Duffy—P, Royals (-23)
We ranked Duffy too high all season, as his ERA now hovers around 6.
96. Vance Worley—P, Phillies (+3)
97. Wilin Rosario—C, Rockies
98. Garrett Richards—P, Angels (-3)
99. Nick Castellanos—3B, Tigers (-7)
100. Alex Cobb—P, Rays
101. Trevor May—P, Phillies
102. James Paxton—P, Mariners (+8)
103. Alexander Colome—P, Rays (-8)
104. Trayvon Robinson—OF, Mariners
105. Matt Barnes—P, Red Sox
106. Jemile Weeks—2B, Athletics (+3)
107. Jedd Gyorko—3B, Padres (+8)
108. James Darnell—3B, Padres (-20)
109. Dayan Viciedo—OF, White Sox (+9)
110. Mark Trumbo—1B, Angels (+6)
111. Oscar Taveras—OF, Cardinals (+30)
Tavaras finishes the season hitting .386.
112. Yoennis Cespedes—OF, Cuba
113. Chris Sale—P, White Sox
114. Gary Sanchez—C, Yankees (+8)
115. Zach Stewart—P, White Sox (+10)
After two rough performances, Stewart broke out w/ an impressive one hit shutout against MIN.
116. Aaron Hicks—OF, Twins
117. Keyvious Sampson—P, Padres (-2)
118. Tyler Chatwood—P, Angels (-6)
119. Will Middlebrooks—3B, Red Sox
120. Nestor Molina—P, Blue Jays (+20)
Molina posted a 0.41 ERA over 22 innings in AA.
121. Bryce Brentz—OF, Red Sox (+4)
122. Alexander Torres—P, Rays (+6)
123. Chris Archer—P, Rays (+6)
124. Josh Reddick—OF, Red Sox (+6)
125. Alex White—P, Rockies
126. Joshua Bell—OF, Pirates (+7)
127. Eric Thames—OF, Blue Jays (+10)
128. Allen Webster—P, Dodgers (+3)
129. Anthony Gose—OF, Blue Jays (+12)
Hard to rank Gose; great speed and power combination but the 26.2% k rate is too high.
130. Matt Dominguez—3B, Marlins (-10)
131. Starling Marte—OF, Pirates (+7)
132. Anthony Ranaudo—P, Red Sox (-16)
133. Kyle Drabek—P, Blue Jays (-12)
134. Johnny Giavotella—2B, Royals (-8)
135. Jeurys Familia—P, Mets (+12)
136. Eric Surkamp—P, Giants (+1)
137. Chad Bettis—P, Rockies (+12)
138. Jonathan Schoop—2B, Orioles
139. Kolten Wong—2B, Cardinals (+8)
140. Tyrell Jenkins—P, Cardinals
141. Jed Bradley—P, Brewers
142. Javier Baez—SS, Cubs
143. Cheslor Cuthbert—3B, Royals
144. Zach Cozart—SS, Reds
145. Darwin Barney—2B, Cubs
146. Tim Wheeler—OF, Rockies (-2)
147. Corey Spangenberg—2B, Padres (+15)
After hitting just .154 in July after the promotion, Spangenberg hit almost .370 in August/September.
148. Christian Colon—SS, Royals (-4)
149. Cody Buckel—P, Rangers (+10)
150. Matthew Purke—P, Nationals
151. Kaleb Cowart—3B, Angels (-9)
152. Robbie Ross—P, Rangers (+5)
153. Matt Szczur—OF, Cubs (+5)
154. Mark Appel—P, Stanford Univ. (2012) (+30)
155. Tyler Thornburg—P, Brewers (+3)
156. Lucas Duda—OF, Mets (+29)
Adjustment ranking…Duda is performing well in the Mets’ lineup.
157. JP Arencibia—C, Blue Jays
158. Reymond Fuentes—OF, Padres
159. Ben Revere—OF, Twins (-5)
160. Trey McNutt—P, Cubs (-7)
161. Chad James—P, Marlins
162. Wily Peralta—P, Brewers (+25)
163. JD Martinez—OF, Astros (+10)
164. Brandon Nimmo—OF, Mets (+13)
165. Fernando Salas—P, Cardinals (-20)
Salas’ value is heavily dependent upon his ability to acquire saves.
166. Daniel Norris—P, Blue Jays
167. Tim Beckham—SS, Rays (-13)
168. Juan Francisco—3B, Reds (+5)
169. Juan Nicasio—P, Rockies
170. Reese Havens—2B, Mets
171. Alex Meyer—P, Nationals
172. Jaff Decker—OF, Padres (-4)
173. Derek Norris—C, Nationals (-10)
174. Chris Carter—1B/OF, Athletics (+15)
175. Tyler Matzek—P, Rockies (+18)
176. Michael Taylor—OF, Athletics
177. Luis Heredia—P, Pirates
178. Simon Castro— P, Padres (+1)
179. Jose Fernandez—P, Marlins (+15)
180. Guillermo Pimentel—OF, Mariners (+3)
181. Jerry Sands—1B/OF, Dodgers (-30)
Discouraging split: Sands hit .355 in Albuquerque but .185 on the road.
182. Wilmer Flores—SS, Mets (-6)
183. Noah Syndergaard—P, Blue Jays (+9)
184. Kyle Parker—OF, Rockies (+2)
185. Ronald Torreyes—2B, Reds (+15)
186. Taylor Guerrieri—P, Rays (+10)
187. Grant Green—OF, Athletics (-15)
188. Brody Colvin—P, Phillies
189. Christian Friedrich—P, Rockies (-19)
190. Adrian Salcedo—P, Twins (+5)
191. Hank Conger—C, Angels
192. Norichika Aoki—OF, Japan
193. Rubby De La Rosa—P, Dodgers
194. Barrett Loux—P, Rangers
195. Kyle Gibson—P, Twins (-50)
Gibson’s value drops as he officially needs Tommy John surgery.
196. LJ Hoes—OF, Orioles
197. Alfredo Despaigne—OF, Cuba
198. John Lamb—P, Royals
199. Blake Swihart—C, Red Sox
200. Chris Dwyer—P, Royals (-10)
201. Charlie Blackmon—OF, Rockies
202. Eddie Rosario—OF, Twins (+30)
Rising prospect offers a terrific combination of power and plate discipline.
203. Neil Ramirez—P, Rangers
204. Felix Doubront—P, Red Sox
205. Aaron Crow—P, Royals (-30)
206. Xander Bogaerts—SS, Red Sox
207. Austin Romine— C, Yankees (-11)
208. Enny Romero—P, Rays (+12)
209. Ryan Lavarnway—C, Red Sox
210. Josh Sale—OF, Rays
211. Chris Marrero—1B, Nationals
212. Joe Benson—OF, Twins (-10)
213. Drew Smyly—P, Tigers (new)
Former Arkansas pitcher was terrific following promotion to AA (1.18 ERA over 45 innings).
214. Josh Collmenter—P, Diamondbacks
215. Jackie Bradley, Jr—OF, Red Sox
216. Josh Vitters—3B, Cubs
217. Mason Williams—OF, Yankees (-12)
218. Tony Sanchez—C, Pirates (-15)
219. Mikie Mahtook—OF, Rays
220. Kyle Seager—3B, Mariners (+5)
221. Lance McCullers, Jr —P/INF, HS (Fla) (2012) (-20)
222. Devin Marrero—SS, Arizona State (2012) (+15)
223. Kenny Diekroeger—INF, Stanford Univ. (2012) (-20)
Adjustment ranking…next season’s top prospects seem pretty speculative beyond Appel.
224. Jennry Mejia—P, Mets
225. Rymer Liriano—OF, Padres
226. Hisashi Iwakuma—P, Japan
227. Jose Iglesias—SS, Red Sox (-20)
228. Joe Ross—P, Padres
229. Brian Goodwin—OF, Nationals
230. Dillon Gee—P, Mets
231. Matthew Davidson—3B, Diamondbacks (+5)
232. Nick Williams—OF, HS (Tex) (2012)
233. CJ Cron—1B, Angels
234. Nomar Mazara—OF, Rangers
235. Drew Vettleson—OF, Rays (-5)
236. David Holmberg—P, Diamondbacks
237. Francisco Martinez—3B, Mariners
238. Donavan Tate—OF, Padres
239. Tyler Anderson—P, Rockies
240. Jose Campos—P, Mariners (new)
Solid numbers plus impressive scouting reports make Campos a solid dynasty option.
241. Stetson Allie—P, Pirates
242. Yamaico Navarro—SS, Royals (-7)
243. Blake Tekotte—OF, Padres (-9)
244. Brandon Jacobs—OF, Red Sox
245. Ronald Guzman—OF, Rangers
246. Yorman Rodriguez—OF, Reds
247. Julio Rodriguez—P, Phillies (new)
Considered listing Biddle, but Rodriguez’s impressive A+ #’s (156 IP’s, 168 k’s, and 2.76 ERA) justify his inclusion.
248. Elier Hernandez—OF, Royals
249. Matt Adams—1B, Cardinals
250. Lucas Giolito—P, HS (Cal) (2012)
Rising pitching prospect is widely considered a top pick in next season’s draft.

Removed: Carlos Perez—C, Blue Jays (#238), Todd Frazier—3B, Reds (#241), Edward Salcedo—3B, Braves (#242), Trey Williams—3B, HS (Cal) (2012) (#250)

Also considered: Jesse Biddle (P, Phillies), 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), Colin Cowgill (OF, Diamondbacks), Delino Deshields (2B, Astros), Adeiny Hechavarria (SS, Blue Jays), Tommy Joseph (C, Giants), Alex Liddi (3B/SS, Mariners), Taylor Lindsay (2B, Angels), Jake McGee (P, Rays), Brent Morel (3B, White Sox), Thomas Neal (OF, Giants), Justin Nicolino (P, Blue Jays), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (OF, Mets), Tsuyoshi Nishioka (SS, Twins), Justin O’Conner (C, Rays), Ariel Ovando (OF, Astros), Chris Owings (SS, Diamondbacks), Joe Panik (SS, Giants), Esteilon Peguero (SS, Mariners), David Perez (P, Rangers), Edinson Rincon (3B, Padres), Tanner Scheppers (P, Rangers), Robert Stephenson (P, Reds), Alfredo Silverio (OF, Dodgers), Jake Thompson (P, Rays), Sebastian Valle (C, Phillies), Jonathan Villar (SS, Astros), Kyle Weiland (P, Red Sox).