Top 100 Prospects: May 22, 2012

Here’s the fourth installment of the top 100 rankings for the 2012 season!

This is a mini-consensus ranking between 5 people: Myself, Brad Z., Brian T., Brian B. and Geo007. Each of us had equal say in the prospects. Rather than go about giving the average and high/low of each prospect, we’re going to give you the change from the previous rankings (the Consensus Top 100). Only changes of 5 or more places will be denoted, because many changes of 1 to 3 spots are not notable, but rather focused on other players jumping up above and pushing them down. The majority of players that have changed will have a comment on them, talking about why they rose/fell.

Enjoy!

Rank. Name - POS, Team (Change) Comment

1. Bryce Harper – OF, WAS

2. Mike Trout – OF, LAA

3. Matt Moore – SP, TB

4. Jurickson Profar – SS, TEX

5. Shelby Miller – SP, STL

6. Jesus Montero – C/DH, SEA

7. Dylan Bundy – SP, BAL (+3)

-Three spot jump here due to the ERA being 0.00 through 30 IP!

8. Julio Teheran – SP, ATL

9. Manny Machado – SS, BAL

10. Trevor Bauer – SP, ARI

11. Gerrit Cole – SP, PIT

12. Jameson Taillon – SP, PIT

13. Wil Myers – OF, KC (+10)

-Slash line of .343/.414/.731 so far

14. Taijuan Walker – SP, SEA

15. Devin Mesoraco – C, CIN

16. Travis d’Arnaud – C, TOR

17. Nolan Arenado – 3B, COL

18. Bubba Starling – OF, KC

19. Tyler Skaggs - SP, ARI

20. Danny Hultzen – SP, SEA (+5)

21. Archie Bradley – SP, ARI

22. Oscar Taveras – OF, STL (+14)

-19 year old in AA, hitting .312/.369/.623 with 10 HRs

23. Jacob Turner – SP, DET

24. Francisco Lindor – SS, CLE

25. Drew Pomeranz – SP, COL

26. Miguel Sano – 3B, MIN

27. Anthony Rendon – 3B, WAS (-13)

-Injuries were a concern out of college (out for season)

28. Carlos Martinez – SP, STL

29. Jake Marisnick – OF, TOR

30. Jarrod Parker – SP, OAK

31. George Springer – OF, HOU (+10)

-Complete offensive package, hitting .331 w/ 9 HR, 9 SB in 38 games

32. Christian Yelich – OF, MIA

33. Zack Wheeler – SP, NYM

34. Billy Hamilton – 2B/SS, CIN (+10)

-OBP has improved, is on pace to break 100 SB again

35. Manny Banuelos – SP, NYY

36. Anthony Rizzo – 1B, CHC (+11)

-Has thoroughly dominated PCL pitching (.353/.418/.706) with 14 HR

37. Xander Bogaerts – SS, BOS (-9)

-Plate discipline has improved. Drop in rankings due more to other player’s hot bats

38. James Paxton – SP, SEA (-5)

39. Gary Brown – OF, SFG (-7)

40. Matt Harvey – SP, NYM

41. Yonder Alonso – 1B, SD

42. Martin Perez – SP, TEX (-8)

-5.72 ERA this year, coupled with a 1.41 SO/BB ratio makes him fall

43. Randall Delgado – SP, ATL (-5)

44. Jake Odorizzi – SP, KC (+5)

-Dominant this year and continues to miss bats at a 47:10 SO/BB rate

45. Jean Segura – 2B/SS, LAA

46. Jonathan Singleton – 1B, HOU (+11)

-Expectations of power has not shown up yet but has been good in all areas.

47. Brett Jackson – OF, CHC

48. Yasmani Grandal – C, SD

49. Will Middlebrooks – 3B, BOS (+22)

-Potential RoY candidate if he keeps this pace up

50. Josh Bell – OF, PIT (-11)

-Injured, and then sent down a level, which is never good for a prospect

51. Robbie Erlin – SP, SD (+10)

-His numbers have been as good as some of the more glamorous names in the minors

52. Nick Castellanos – 3B, DET (+14)

-Flirting with .400 all season and is producing some solid numbers across the board

53. A.J. Cole – SP, OAK

54. Kolten Wong – 2B, STL

55. Noah Syndergaard – SP, TOR

56. Jared Cosart – SP, HOU

57. Nick Franklin – SS, SEA (+10)

-Doubles machine at a premium SS position

58. Gary Sanchez - C, NYY (-8)

-Playing well (.314 avg) but when others go up, someone must drop

59. Arodys Vizcaino – SP, ATL (-11)

-Just another injury faller (TJS this year)

60. Michael Choice – OF, OAK

61. Javier Baez – SS, CHC (-10)

-XST is not helping him up the charts while other prospects are in games

62. Starling Marte – OF, PIT (+6)

63. Trevor May – SP, PHI

64. Anthony Gose – OF, TOR (-8)

-Even in the hitter friendly PCL, still striking out nearly 25% of the time

65. Brad Peacock - SP, OAK (-7)

-Just biding his time waiting for the call, pitching well (FIP of 3.07)

66. Zach Lee – SP, LAD

67. Hak-Ju Lee – SS, TB (-8)

-Hitting below most expected. The speed is still good as advertised

68. Rymer Liriano – OF, SD (-14)

-Very slow start to the season and is not showing the speed and pop in his bat from past seasons.

69. Leonys Martin – OF, TEX

70. Daniel Norris – SP, TOR

71. Cory Spangenberg – 3B, SD

72. Matt Barnes – SP, BOS (+22)

-Much more advanced college arm then anticipated

73. Cheslor Cuthbert – 3B, KC (-9)

74. Tyrell Jenkins – SP, STL

75. Mike Olt – 3B, TEX

76. Ryan Lavarnaway – C, BOS

77. Sonny Gray – SP, OAK

78. Tim Wheeler - OF, COL

79. Justin Nicolino – SP, TOR (+11)

-Minuscule ERA and WHIP with more then a K an inning

80. Zack Cox – 3B, STL

81. Joe Wieland – SP, SD

82. Matt Adams – 1B, STL (+19)

-Dominated PCL pitching to the tune of .340/.375/.603, got called up this week

83. Aaron Sanchez – SP, TOR (+18)

-See Justin Nicolino (#79)

84. Eddie Rosario – 2B/3B, MIN

85. Wilin Rosario – C, COL

86. Addison Reed – RP, CWS

87. Jedd Gyorko – 2B/3B, SD

88. Casey Kelly – SP, SD (-10)

89. Mike Montgomery – SP, KC (-8)

90. Taylor Guerrieri – SP, TB (-5)

-Still in XST, should see live action soon to boost his status back up

91. Jose Fernandez – SP, MIA (+10)

-Has a 10.53 K/9 and a 1.91 ERA so far this year at age 19 in A ball

92. Zack Cozart – SS, CIN (-5)

93. Drew Smyly – SP, DET (+8)

-Proving himself in the majors, projects as a mid-rotation guy

94. Jonathan Schoop – 3B, BAL

95. Jose Campos – SP, NYY

96. Trevor Story – SS, COL (+5)

-Hitting .281/.384/.511, maximizes above-average tools across the board

97. Lance Lynn – SP, STL (+4)

98. Dellin Betances – SP, NYY (-15)

-His 5.24 ERA is better than his FIP (5.89), and his K/BB ratio is almost 1

99. Mason Williams – OF, NYY

100. Dante Bichette Jr. – 3B, NYY (+1)

Fallen Off the List

Drew Hutchinson (84), Nestor Molina (89), Taylor Jungmann (91), Brandon Jacobs (95), Jed Bradley (97), Mikie Mahtook (98), Blake Swihart (100)

Newcomers

Matt Adams (82), Aaron Sanchez (83), Jose Fernandez (91), Drew Smyly (93), Trevor Story (96), Lance Lynn (97), Dante Bichette Jr. (100)