Top 100 Prospects: July 4, 2012

Another two weeks, another prospect list. This week we have added something new, we are ranking the graduates of the list on their projected rank on this list. Obviously it is not an exact science, but ranking them will help simmer the discussion on the format of the lists and focus more on the content of the lists (risers and fallers). Please note that the list was completed before the recent signings of draftees (a la Zuninio), so they will be included in next listing! Without further ado, enjoy!

Rank. Name - POS, Team (Change) Comment

1. Jurickson Profar – SS, TEX

2. Trevor Bauer – SP, ARI (+1)

-Major league debut this past week gives him the slight edge over the younger Bundy

3. Dylan Bundy – SP, BAL (-1)

4. Wil Myers – OF, KC

5. Gerrit Cole – SP, PIT

6. Oscar Taveras – OF, STL (+2)

7. Travis d’Arnaud – C, TOR

-Recently injured and out 6-8 weeks, if there is a setback he will be removed from the list and onto the INJ section

8. Taijuan Walker – SP, SEA (-2)

9. Jameson Taillon – SP, PIT

10. Danny Hultzen – SP, SEA

11. Zack Wheeler – SP, NYM

12. Billy Hamilton – 2B/SS, CIN (+6)

-Continues to hit, and combined with his 96 SB this season just makes people wonder, where’s the ceiling?

13. Shelby Miller – SP, STL (-3)

-Rumors are that the industry is more worried than originally thought. Cause for serious concern?

14. Francisco Lindor – SS, CLE (-5)

-His hitting has cooled a bit and he’s started falling because of that

15. Julio Teheran – SP, ATL

16. Manny Machado – SS, BAL

17. Anthony Rizzo – 1B, CHC

18. Jose Fernandez – SP, MIA

19. Anthony Rendon – 3B, WAS

20. Nick Castellanos – 3B, DET

21. Tyler Skaggs - SP, ARI

22. Xander Bogaerts – SS, BOS (+8)

-Starting to climb once again. Could begin next season top 5. Tip of the cap to MHz.

23. Carlos Correa – SS, HOU

24. George Springer – OF, HOU

25. Christian Yelich – OF, MIA

26. Jake Odorizzi – SP, KC

-When will he get the call?

27. Nolan Arenado – 3B, COL (-5)

-Will he or Story be the better prospect in Colorado’s system by the end of the year?

28. Carlos Martinez – SP, STL

29.  Miguel Sano – 3B, MIN

30. Jonathan Singleton – 1B, HOU

-His power is his biggest question mark. Will he be a 25 HR guy or a 35 HR guy?

31. Archie Bradley – SP, ARI

32. Byron Buxton – OF, MIN

-Started off pretty bad so far. Will the hit tool and power come around to complete him as a player?

33.  Nick Franklin – SS, SEA

34. Gary Sanchez - C, NYY

35. Jacob Turner – SP, DET

36. Matt Barnes – SP, BOS

-When does the “polish” from college stop mattering and talent/skill kick in?

37. Bubba Starling – OF, KC

38.  Jake Marisnick – OF, TOR (-9)

-Begs the question of Gose’s “tools” vs. Marisnick’s “skills”. Which one is better long term?

39. Kolten Wong – 2B, STL

40. Javier Baez – SS, CHC

41. Noah Syndergaard – SP, TOR

42. Trevor Story – SS, COL

43. Jean Segura – 2B/SS, LAA

44. Yasmani Grandal – C, SD

45. Mike Olt – 3B, TEX

46. James Paxton – SP, SEA

47. Anthony Gose – OF, TOR (+5)

48. Aaron Sanchez – SP, TOR

49. Max Fried – SP, SD

50. Eddie Rosario – 2B/3B, MIN

51. Daniel Norris – SP, TOR

52. Matt Harvey – SP, NYM

53. Tyler Austin – 3B, NYY (+18)

-Promoted to Advanced-A a few days ago

54. Kyle Zimmer – SP, KC

55. Starling Marte – OF, PIT (+8)

56. Jedd Gyorko – 2B/3B, SD (+8)

-Can he play 2B if the Padres decide to keep 3B Chase Headley?

57. Rymer Liriano – OF, SD

58. Jesse Biddle — SP, PHI

59. David Dahl – OF, COL (+10)

-I think people were underestimating how good this guy’s tools were and how close he is to Buxton

60. Cory Spangenberg – 3B, SD

61. Jorge Soler – OF, CHC

62. Mason Williams – OF, NYY

63. Cody Buckel — SP, TEX (+7)

64. Brett Jackson – OF, CHC

65. Justin Nicolino – SP, TOR (+7)

66. Robbie Erlin – SP, SD (-18)

67. Gary Brown – OF, SFG

-Starting to heat up again, could we see him in SF for the playoff push?

68. Tony Cingrani – SP, CIN (+6)

-A two pitch pitcher, the biggest key will be if he can establish an average 3rd pitch

69. Michael Choice – OF, OAK

70. Zach Lee – SP, LAD

71. Leonys Martin – OF, TEX

72. Rougned Odor – 2B, TEX (+26)

-Came back from a separated shoulder incredibly quickly

73. Jose Campos – SP, NYY

74. Manny Banuelos – SP, NYY (-24)

-Has not been a good year for Yankees pitchers Banuelos and Betances. Could it be the curse of the Yankees’ pitching development?

75. Taylor Lindsey – 2B, LAA

76. Josh Bell – OF, PIT

-John Sickels noted that he was worried that Bell was not as polished as he was proclaimed to be out of High School

77. Trevor May – SP, PHI (-28)

-Has a 6.34 ERA over his last 10 starts, with 27 BB in 49.2 IP

78. Jackie Bradley Jr. – OF, BOS (+16)

-A bit of a roller coaster ride on him. Potential future leadoff hitter?

79. Hak-Ju Lee – SS, TB

-Which Hak-Ju Lee is real, the .330 BA one or the .250 one?

80. Yordano Ventura – SP, KC (+9)

81. Matt Davidson – 3B , ARI

82. Taylor Jungmann – SP, MIL

83. Brad Peacock – SP, OAK (-18)

84. Wilmer Flores – 3B, NYM (+7)

85. Michael Wacha – SP, STL (+16)

86. Mikie Mahtook OF, TB

87. Alen Hanson – 2B/SS, PIT (+14)

-Unlikely to stick at SS, but could make a good 2B in the future for the Pirates

88. Derek Norris – C, OAK (+18)

89. Tyrell Jenkins – SP, STL

90. Austin Hedges – C, SD

91. Tyler Thornburg – SP, MIL

92. Taylor Guerrieri – SP, TB (-7)

-Could be a future top 25 player in 2013/2014 on the list

93. Martin Perez – SP, TEX (-17)

94. Robert Stephenson – SP, CIN (+7)

-One of my personal favorites, could be a legit star like the top of the 2011 draft if given the right treatment

95. Daniel Corcino – SP, CIN

96. A.J. Cole – SP, OAK (-9)

-Signs are pointing up for the demoted A.J. Cole, his stats have significantly improved

97. Gavin Cecchini – SS, NYM

98. Jeimer Candelario – 3B, CHC (+3)

99.  Joey Gallo – 3B, TEX (+2)

-At one point he had 13 BB and 12 at bats

100. Jonathan Schoop – 3B, BAL (-9)

HM: Alex Meyer, Oswaldo Arcia, Nomar Mazara, Tim Wheeler, Henry Rodriguez, Jose Vinicio, Matt Szczur, Ryan Lavarnaway, Joe Ross, Jorge Bonafacio, Tommy Joseph, Josh Sale, Miles Head

Newcomers on the List

Michael Wacha (85), Alen Hanson (87), Robert Stephenson (94), Jeimer Candelario (98), Joey Gallo (99)

Fallers off the List

Garin Cecchini (93), Jed Bradley (96), Nestor Molina (97), Zack Cox (99), Blake Swihart (100)

Graduates (Projected Ranking in Parenthesis)

Bryce Harper (2), Mike Trout (1), Matt Moore (3), Jesus Montero (10), Devin Mesoraco (20), Drew Pomeranz (30), Jarrod Parker (29), Yonder Alonso (52), Randall Delgado (60), Will Middlebrooks (37), Joe Wieland (92), Wilin Rosario (51), Zack Cozart (81), Drew Smyly (91), Lance Lynn (100), Drew Hutchinson (99), Matt Adams (90), Addison Reed (88), Nathan Eovaldi (UR), Andrelton Simmons (71)

Injuries (must be out for season)

Arodys Vizcaino (projected rank of 68)

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