Top 100 Prospects: June 20, 2012

Another two weeks, another prospect list. Sorry that we are a day late, I was unable to post yesterday (school graduation) but I’m back for today. We’ve got the new draftees on the list, all those that have signed. If they have not signed (Giolito, Almora, Appel) they will not be on the list as they are not “MLB Prospects” yet by the technical term. You will find Carlos Correa (21), Byron Buxton (34) and others on the list though. Without further ado, get reading!

Rank. Name - POS, Team (Change) Comment

1. Jurickson Profar – SS, TEX

2. Dylan Bundy – SP, BAL

3. Trevor Bauer – SP, ARI

4. Wil Myers – OF, KC

5. Gerrit Cole – SP, PIT

6. Taijuan Walker – SP, SEA (-2)

7. Travis d’Arnaud – C, TOR (+2)

-Has been really hot as of late, nearly justifying Keith Law’s #4 ranking

8. Oscar Taveras – OF, STL

9. Francisco Lindor – SS, CLE

10. Shelby Miller – SP, STL (-4)

-Velo is down, and he’s been given a “no shake” rule because he’s throwing the FB too much

11. Jameson Taillon – SP, PIT

12. Danny Hultzen – SP, SEA

-Promoted to AAA with Nick Franklin. Very much earned.

13. Zack Wheeler – SP, NYM

14. Julio Teheran – SP, ATL

15. Manny Machado – SS, BAL

16. Anthony Rizzo – 1B, CHC

17. Jose Fernandez – SP, MIA (+26)

-An adjustment showing just how dominant he’s been in Low-A as a righty this season

18. Billy Hamilton – 2B/SS, CIN

-On pace for 150 SB this season

19. Nick Castellanos – 3B, DET

20. Anthony Rendon – 3B, WAS (+5)

-Recently reported that he should be back in August, so off the INJ listing

21. Carlos Correa – SS, HOU (+80)

-Our first draftee, he’s got the sky as his ceiling, biggest issue is he may move to 3B

22. Nolan Arenado – 3B, COL

23. Tyler Skaggs - SP, ARI

24. Christian Yelich – OF, MIA

25. Carlos Martinez – SP, STL

26. George Springer – OF, HOU

27. Jake Odorizzi – SP, KC

28. Jonathan Singleton – 1B, HOU

29.  Jake Marisnick – OF, TOR (-7)

­-Hitting .258 on the season

30. Xander Bogaerts – SS, BOS

-Been growing on me, showing more skills from his tools including quite a few walks

31. Archie Bradley – SP, ARI (-15)

­-Has come back to earth, this ranking +/- 5 spots seems about right for him. Control is an issue (5.7 BB/9)

32. Miguel Sano – 3B, MIN

33. Nick Franklin – SS, SEA

-Getting a (well deserved) promotion to AAA

34. Byron Buxton – OF, MIN (+67)

­-Second draftee, has the highest ceiling (Matt Kemp style player) but also a low floor

35. Jacob Turner – SP, DET (-11)

-Still young, spot starting for the Tigers tomorrow, but numbers are still just okay

36. Bubba Starling – OF, KC (-8)

-Had a hit and then pulled his hammy in AB #1 of the career. When he starts playing he’ll start moving up

37. Gary Sanchez - C, NYY (+7)

38.  Kolten Wong – 2B, STL

39. Matt Barnes – SP, BOS

40. Noah Syndergaard – SP, TOR (-8)

41. Trevor Story – SS, COL

­-Scary home/road splits, Las Vegas might be inflating his numbers quite a bit

42. Jean Segura – 2B/SS, LAA

43. Yasmani Grandal – C, SD (-10)

-Waiting for the promotion to the bigs, should come after the firesale at the deadline

44. Javier Baez – SS, CHC

45. James Paxton – SP, SEA (-7)

46. Mike Olt – 3B, TEX (+17)

-He strikes out, walks, or hits homers.

47. Matt Harvey – SP, NYM (-10)

48. Robbie Erlin – SP, SD (-12)

-Should be a tad higher but draftees and Short Season players are pushing up the list

49. Trevor May – SP, PHI

50. Manny Banuelos – SP, NYY (-10)

-Still is getting beat up. Will he ever recover?

51. Aaron Sanchez – SP, TOR

52. Anthony Gose – OF, TOR (+21)

-Tools are turning into skills. Could overtake Marisnick if they both keep trending the same as now

53. Eddie Rosario – 2B/3B, MIN

54. Max Fried – SP, SD (+47)

-The best HS arm, could be a #2 starter down the road and has good projection

55. Kyle Zimmer – SP, KC (+46)

-The second college pitcher off the board, could be up in late 2013 to help the Royals in the race

56. Jesse Biddle — SP, PHI

57. Daniel Norris – SP, TOR

-Had a fantastic debut last night, could be a top 35 prospect by the end of the year

58. Rymer Liriano – OF, SD (+8)

-Starting to heat up from a bad start. Has great tools and potential

59. Jorge Soler – OF, CHC (+42)

-Finally he signs, was compared to about the 5-7th pick of the MLB Draft, with likely better upside. Toolsy.

60. Michael Choice – OF, OAK

61. Brett Jackson – OF, CHC (-13)

-K rate is abysmal, and scary bad when you think of him facing MLB Pitching

62. Cory Spangenberg – 3B, SD

63. Starling Marte – OF, PIT (-11)

64. Jedd Gyorko – 2B/3B, SD

­-Could be in the bigs this year. Has a chance to be a solid 2B player in the majors for a long time

65. Brad Peacock – SP, OAK (-10)

66. Gary Brown – OF, SFG (-13)

-Showing zero power in CF this year. Ceiling looking much lower than before

67. Leonys Martin – OF, TEX

-Promotion to MLB, should be a solid regular after hitting .344 in AAA (PCL)

68. Mason Williams – OF, NYY (-10))

69. David Dahl – OF, COL (+32)

-Toolsy player, has very good upside here, especially in Colorado

70. Cody Buckel — SP, TEX (-13)

-Rumor is he should be promoted soon. Biggest knock on him is his height

71. Tyler Austin – 3B, NYY (+19)

­­-Showing power/speed talents, could be a top 40 prospect in 2013 if he continues

72. Justin Nicolino – SP, TOR

73. Zach Lee – SP, LAD (-13)

74. Tony Cingrani – SP, CIN (-9)

75. Josh Bell – OF, PIT (-21)

-Still injured and demoted. Should rise quickly if he produces however.

76. Martin Perez – SP, TEX (-29)

-A 4.90 ERA and only 45 K’s (36 BB) are pretty ugly numbers this year

77. Taylor Lindsey – 2B, LAA (-9)

78. Jose Campos – SP, NYY

79. Tyrell Jenkins – SP, STL

80. Matt Davidson – 3B, ARI

81. Hak-Ju Lee – SS, TB (-10)

-Has a .622 OPS on the season

82. Mikie Mahtook – OF, TB

83. Derek Norris – C, OAK (+18)

-Could be an all-star catcher one day with his combo of power and ability to take a walk

84. Taylor Jungmann – SP, MIL

85. Taylor Guerrieri – SP, TB (-9)

86. Gavin Cecchini – SS, NYM (+15)

87. A.J. Cole – SP, OAK (-15)

-Still needs to improve command, but getting better. Could be back up next list

88. Austin Hedges — C, SD (-8)

89. Yordano Ventura — SP, KC

90. Daniel Corcino – SP, CIN (-20)

-Hype has settled down, probably belongs a tad higher but is back to earth after riding the hype-coaster.

91. Wilmer Flores – 3B, NYM (-12)

-Rumor is promotion to AA coming up soon

92. Jonathan Schoop – 3B, BAL

93. Garin Cecchini – 3B, BOS (+8)

94. Jackie Bradley Jr. – OF, BOS (-11)

95. Tyler Thornburg – SP, MIL

96. Jed Bradley – SP, MIN

97. Nestor Molina – SP, CWS (-9)

98. Rougned Odor – 2B, TEX (-23)

-Hard to rank a guy who’s injured over many other quality performers who are playing. Injury adjustment.

99.  Zack Cox – 3B, STL (-10)

100. Blake Swihart – C, BOS (+1)

HM: Oswaldo Arcia, Marcell Ozuna, Tommy Joseph, Nick Travieso, Mark Appel (unsigned), Lucas GIolito (unsigned), Kevin Gausman (unsigned), Albert Almora (unsigned), Mike Zunino (unsigned)

Newcomers on the List

Anthony Rendon (INJ/20), Carlos Correa (draftee/21), Byron Buxton (draftee/34), Max Fried (draftee/54), Kyle Zimmer (draftee/55), Jorge Soler (signee/59), David Dahl (draftee/69), Derek Norris (83), Gavin Cecchini (draftee/86), Garin Cecchini (93), Tyler Thornburg (95), Blake Swihart (100)

Fallers off the List

Jarred Cosart (64), Cheslor Cuthbert (81), Sonny Gray (84), Tim Wheeler (85), Christian Benthancourt (93), Casey Kelly (94), Dante Bichette Jr. (95), Matt Szczur (97), Chad Bettis (98), Luis Heredia (99), Joe Ross (100)

Graduates (must be at least under consideration for Top 100)

Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Matt Moore, Jesus Montero, Devin Mesoraco, Drew Pomeranz, Jarrod Parker, Yonder Alonso, Randall Delgado, Will Middlebrooks, Joe Wieland, WIlin Rosario, Zack Cozart, Drew Smyly, Lance Lynn, Drew Hutchinson, Matt Adams, Addison Reed, Nathan Eovaldi, Andrelton Simmons

Injuries (must be out for season)

Arodys Vizcaino (projected rank of 54)

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