Consensus Top 100 Prospects: May 1, 2012

Since Bradley has been working very hard to start up his law firm, we (a group of twelve different site regulars) decided to fill in for him in submitting the first Top 100 prospect rankings of 2012. These rankings aren’t just a single person’s thoughts or ideas, but rather a consensus of the entire group’s opinion, they took their own top 100 prospect list and submitted it. What came out was the average of the rankings for each player, as decided by the group.

The rankings are completely unedited, and very largely based upon personal opinion, that way we get any range of votes and you see how the opinions vary. For example, Christian Yelich was ranked between 32 and 40 for every single voter, so his ranking is pretty consistent across the board. On the other hand, Billy Hamilton ranged from 33 to 67 on people’s rankings, showing his inconsistencies and relating to his boom-bust type talent.

The rankings are a combination, so no one person can say “this is why this happened” as it is a collective effort. On the other hand though, it’s been really interesting to hear people add tidbits to players and show why they leaned that way.. We think that having all this information will allow you to make more informed decisions, so long as you make sure you do your research and study up on players. The goal of this was to give you as much information as we possibly could, and allow you to pick and choose what you like and didn’t like.

In the post we give you average ranking position (average of the 12 rankings), Best (Highest Ranking), and Worst (Lowest Ranking) to give you the best picture of the range of the player’s talents. This should help people see how the rankings really ranged.

Feel free to express your concerns, likes, dislikes, and any such critiques or applauses about the list that you have. I know myself, Andy, and the majority of the rankers will be available for comment and to talk about the list.

Thank you and enjoy,

The Rankers

Rank. Name – POS, Team(Avg) [Best,Worst]

1. Bryce Harper – OF, WAS(1.67) [1,3]
2. Mike Trout – OF, LAA – (2.25) [1,3]
3. Matt Moore – SP, TB(2.42) [1,4]
4. Jurickson Profar – SS, TEX(4.58) [3,6]
5. Shelby Miller – SP, STL(6.58) [4,9]
6. Jesus Montero – C/DH, SEA - (6.67) [4,14]
7. Manny Machado – SS, BAL(7.33) [2,11]
8. Julio Teheran – SP, ATL(7.42) [4,16]
9. Gerrit Cole – SP, PIT - (9.83) [8,12]
10. Dylan Bundy – SP, BAL(9.92) [7,14]
11. Trevor Bauer – SP, ARI(10.33) [8,15]
12. Jameson Taillon – SP, PIT(13.08) [10,15]
13. Devin Mesoraco –  C, CIN(13.92) [11,17]
14. Anthony Rendon – 2B/3B, WAS(14.50) [11,20]
15. Nolan Arenado – 3B, COL(16.75) [11,25]
16. Travis d’Arnaud –  C, TOR – (17.92) [12,25]
17. Tyler Skaggs – SP, ARI(18.25) [10,23]
18. Taijuan Walker – SP, SEA(19.58) [14,28]
19. Bubba Starling – OF, KC - (19.67) [12,24]
20. Jacob Turner – SP, DET(20.00) [15,23]
21. Drew Pomeranz – SP, COL(20.08) [13,32]
22. Archie Bradley – SP, ARI(20.50) [5,27]
23. Wil Myers – OF, KC(20.92) [18,24]
24. Miguel Sano – 3B, MIN(22.67) [10,31]
25. Danny Hultzen – SP, SEA - (22.67) [16,28]
26. Carlos Martinez – SP, STL(25.83) [22,29]
27. Francisco Lindor – SS, CLE - (28.17) [18,32]
28. Xander Bogaerts – SS, BOS(29.75) [26,39]
29. Jake Marisnick – OF, TOR(30.08) [26,40]
30. Jarrod Parker – SP, OAK(30.08) [25,33]
31. Zack Wheeler – SP, NYM(30.92) [22,37]
32. Gary Brown – OF, SFG(33.08) [26,43]
33. James Paxton – SP, SEA(34.42) [26,58]
34. Martin Perez – SP, TEX(35.33) [30,47]
35. Christian Yelich – OF, MIA(36.92) [32,40]
36. Oscar Taveras – OF, STL - (37.83) [27,64]
37. Manny Banuelos – SP, NYY(40.00) [22,60]
38. Randall Delgado – SP, ATL(41.75) [31,52]
39. Josh Bell – OF, PIT(42.33) [32,72]
40. Matt Harvey – SP, NYM(43.00) [36,54]
41. George Springer – OF, HOU(43.00) [34,62]
42. Yonder Alonso – 1B, SD(43.17) [29,86]
43. Brett Jackson – OF, CHC(44.08) [35,65]
44. Billy Hamilton – 2B/SS, CIN(45.58) [33,67]
45. Yasmani Grandal – C, SD(48.58) [39,60]
46. Jean Segura – 2B/SS, LAA(48.83) [41,67]
47. Anthony Rizzo – 1B, CHC(48.92) [38,85]
48. Arodys Vizcaino – SP, ATL(51.25) [34,94]
49. Jake Odorizzi – SP, KC(51.75) [41,59]
50. Gary Sanchez – C, NYY(52.08) [37,70]
51. Javier Baez – SS, CHC(52.25) [43,69]
52. A.J. Cole – SP, OAK(52.58) [44,65]
53. Noah Syndergaard – SP, TOR(54.42) [42,80]
54. Rymer Liriano – OF, SD(55.00) [49,73]
55. Kolten Wong – 2B, STL(57.08) [46,71]
56. Anthony Gose – OF, TOR - (57.50) [51,69]
57. Jonathan Singleton – 1B, HOU(58.67) [40,78]
58. Brad Peacock – SP, OAK(59.42) [48,76]
59. Hak-Ju Lee – SS, TB(59.67) [33,71]
60. Jared Cosart – SP, HOU(59.75) [51,72]
61. Robbie Erlin – SP, SD(60.00) [47,73]
62. Michael Choice – OF, OAK(60.17) [38,73]
63. Zach Lee SP, LAD(62.92) [38,75]
64. Cheslor Cuthbert – 3B, KC(63.33) [54,77]
65. Nick Castellanos – 3B, DET - (64.83) [45,89]
66. Trevor May – SP, PHI(64.83) [48,78]
67. Nick Franklin – SS, SEA(65.17) [38,80]
68. Starling Marte – OF, PIT - (66.33) [55,81]
69. Daniel Norris – SP, TOR(67.00) [55,83]
70. Leonys Martin – OF, TEX(67.08) [41,92]
71. Will Middlebrooks – 3B, BOS(69.08) [46,88]
72. Tyrell Jenkins – SP, STL(71.67) [58,89]
73. Sonny Gray – SP, OAK(73.58) [55,79]
74. Cory Spangenberg – 3B, SD(74.33) [64,96]
75. Ryan Lavarnaway – C, BOS(74.67) [58,99]
76. Mike Olt – 3B, TEX(75.67) [67,84]
77. Tim Wheeler – OF, COL(78.67) [67,98]
78. Casey Kelly-  SP, SD(80.08) [65,100]
79. Zack Cox – 3B, STL(80.75) [43,UR]
80. Joe Wieland – SP, SD(82.25) [59,UR]
81. Mike Montgomery – SP, KC(82.67) [56,UR]
82. Eddie Rosario – 2B/3B, MIN(83.50) [67,99]
83. Dellin Betances – SP, NYY(87.83) [73,UR]
84. Drew Hutchison – SP, TOR(88.92) [43,UR]
85. Taylor Guerrieri – SP, TB - (89.75) [79,UR]
86. Addison Reed – RP, CWS - (90.00) [66,UR]
87. Zack Cozart – SS, CIN(90.75) [79,UR]
88. Jedd Gyorko – 2B/3B, SD(91.75) [76,UR]
89. Nestor Molina – SP, CWS(92.33) [66,UR]
90. Justin Nicolino – SP, TOR(93.00) [71,UR]
91. Taylor Jungmann – SP, MIL(93.33) [63,UR]
92. Jonathan Schoop – 3B, BAL - (93.67) [77,UR]
93. Wilin Rosario – C, COL - (94.17) [80,UR]
94. Matt Barnes – SP, BOS(94.33) [69,UR]
95. Brandon Jacobs – OF, BOS(96.33) [83,UR]
96. Jose Campos – SP, NYY(98.17) [86,UR]
97. Jed Bradley – SP, MIL(99.42) [64,UR]
98. Mikie Mahtook – OF, TB(99.75) [87,UR]
99. Mason Williams – OF, NYY(100.75) [78,UR]
100. Blake Swihart – C, BOS(102.08) [88,UR]

First 5 Players out:

Luis Heredia (SP, PIT), CJ Cron (1B/DH, LAA), Matt Szczur (OF, CHC), Matt Adams (1B, STL), Oswaldo Arcia (OF, MIN)

I wanted to formally recognize Andy for his great work on the rankings and he was instrumental in the creating of the rankings, the organizing, as well as helping out bring in people, and he deserves the majority of the credit for putting these great rankings together, so thank you Andy (from the whole group of Rankers).

Well, now that you’ve seen the numbers, feel free to comment away!