Top 100 Prospects: August 2, 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. Wil Myers – OF, KC (+2)

-On a tear, hit 3 HR in the last two nights

3. Dylan Bundy – SP, BAL

4. Gerrit Cole – SP, PIT (+1)

5. Trevor Bauer – SP, ARI (-2)

-A rocky MLB debut and few starts has sent him back to Reno to refine his stuff

6. Travis d’Arnaud – C, TOR (+1)

7. Oscar Taveras – OF, STL (-1)

8. Taijuan Walker – SP, SEA (-2)

9. Danny Hultzen – SP, SEA

10. Zack Wheeler – SP, NYM

11. Francisco Lindor – SS, CLE (-5)

12. Nick Castellanos – 3B, DET (+8)

-How long until the power comes around?

13. Jameson Taillon – SP, PIT

14. Manny Machado – SS, BAL

15. Billy Hamilton – 2B/SS, CIN

-Billy Hamilton SB Tracker: 116 (12 in AA)

16.  Xander Bogaerts – SS, BOS (+6)

-I was very wrong about him starting the year, has really shown a ton of talent and is a hitter beyond his years

17. Tyler Skaggs - SP, ARI

18. Jose Fernandez – SP, MIA

19. Shelby Miller – SP, STL (-6)

-Never a good sign when you’re “more available than ever” at the trade deadline

20. Anthony Rendon – 3B, WAS

21. Jonathan Singleton – 1B, HOU (+9)

-Reminding everyone why he was such an elite talent in the Pence deal

22. George Springer – OF, HOU

-First 20HR/20SB player in professional baseball this season. Rumor is AA in August

23. Christian Yelich – OF, MIA

24. Julio Teheran – SP, ATL (-9)

-Many mixed reports on his off speed stuff have come back

25. Byron Buxton – OF, MIN

26. Carlos Martinez – SP, STL

-Since returning from injury, he has looked awfully much like a GB pitcher, the K’s are yet to return

27. Nick Franklin – SS, SEA

-Would you rather have Franklin/Hultzen or Bogaerts and Barnes?

28.  Miguel Sano – 3B, MIN

29. Carlos Correa – SS, HOU

30. Archie Bradley – SP, ARI

31. Jake Odorizzi – SP, KC

-Awaiting the Royals FO to make a move to pull him up

32. Gary Sanchez - C, NYY

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

33. Bubba Starling – OF, KC

34. Javier Baez – SS, CHC (+6)

-Aside from the walk rate, he’s clearly ready to move up a level

35. Mike Olt – 3B, TEX (+10)

-Rumors were swirling about him going everywhere, but looks to stay put until the off-season at minimum

36. Matt Barnes – SP, BOS

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

37. Kolten Wong – 2B, STL

38. Noah Syndergaard – SP, TOR

39. Nolan Arenado – 3B, COL (-12)

-Has been very mediocre this year in AA, average has dropped nearly 40 points from last year

40. Jake Marisnick – OF, TOR

41. Jacob Turner – SP, MIA (-6)

-Moved in the Anibal Sanchez trade to Miami, where hopefully he can re-ignite his TOR potential

42.  Jean Segura – 2B/SS, LAA

43. Anthony Gose – OF, TOR

44. Trevor Story – SS, COL

45.  David Dahl – OF, COL (+14)

-Pretty clearly the most impressive player from the 2012 class to date

46. Max Fried – SP, SD

47.  Starling Marte – OF, PIT (+8)

-I don’t remember anybody’s prospect status jumping so high on the first pitch of their MLB career

48. Yasmani Grandal – C, SD

49. Aaron Sanchez – SP, TOR

50. Matt Harvey – SP, NYM

-Had a fantastic debut, recording 11 K’s and setting a Mets record

51. Jedd Gyorko – 2B/3B, SD

-With no Headley deal, when will Gyorko come up?

52. James Paxton – SP, SEA

53. Eddie Rosario – 2B/3B, MIN

54. Mason Williams – OF, NYY (+8)

55. Jackie Bradley Jr. – OF, BOS (+23)

-Looks to be Ellsbury 2.0 in the leadoff spot for the Sox

56. Robert Stephenson – SP, CIN (+38)

-Stuff has been electric, earned a promotion up to Low-A, and has been flat out dominant. For sure has TOR potential

57. Daniel Norris – SP, TOR

58. Kyle Zimmer – SP, KC

59. Jorge Soler – OF, CHC

60. Rymer Liriano – OF, SD

61. Brett Jackson – OF, CHC

62. Cory Spangenberg – 3B, SD

63. Tyler Austin – 3B, NYY (-10)

-Has struggled a bit with the injury bug and a concussion

64. Justin Nicolino – SP, TOR

65. Rougned Odor – 2B, TEX (+7)

-Still very excited about him

66. Zach Lee – SP, LAD

67. Cody Buckel – SP, TEX

68. Jesse Biddle – SP, PHI (-10)

69. Alen Hanson – 2B/SS, PIT (+18)

-Still showing great tools, needs to find a defensive home though

70. Gregory Polanco – OF, PIT (+31)

-The second PIT prospect to “explode” onto the scene this season

71. Michael Wacha – SP, STL (+14)

72. Gary Brown – OF, SFG

73. Lucas Giolito – SP, WAS (+28)

-The biggest risk/reward play IMO, I think he ends up a #2 starter

74. Jose Campos – SP, NYY

75. Taylor Lindsey – 2B, LAA

76. Manny Banuelos – SP, NYY

77. Leonys Martin – OF, TEX

78. Kevin Gausman – SP, BAL (+23)

79. Yordano Ventura – SP, KC

-Many describe him as a future RP, could he stick as a starter?

80. Matt Davidson 3B , ARI

81. Wilmer Flores – 3B, NYM

82. Mike Zunino – C, SEA (+19)

-Tearing up rookie ball, but that’s what should happen for a college player, right?

83. Joey Gallo – 3B, TEX (+16)

-Continues to impress with the loaded AZL Rangers club

84.  Tony Cingrani – SP, CIN (+-16)

85. Austin Hedges – C, SD

86. Albert Almora – OF, CHC (+15)

87.  Robbie Erlin – SP, SD (-21)

-On his way back from injury

88. Oswaldo Arcia – OF, MIN (+13)

89. Taylor Guerrieri – SP, TB

90. Hak-Ju Lee – SS, TB (-11)

-Has improved, but still serious doubts linger about his ability to be a fantasy-relevant SS

91. Derek Norris – C, OAK

92. Mikie Mahtook OF, TB

93. Martin Perez – SP, TEX

94. Alex Meyer – SP, WAS (+7)

-Great height at 6’8, but some project him into the bullpen

95. Jorge Alfaro – C, TEX (+6)

96. Ronald Guzman – 1B, TEX (+5)

-Part of the AZL Rangers club with Gallo, Brinson, Williams, and Mazara among others

97. Tommy Joseph – C, PHI (+4)

-Dealt to PHI in the Pence deal, I think he starts as their best prospect

98. Tyler Thornburg – SP, MIL

99. Trevor Rosenthal – SP/RP, STL (+2)

-Received the call but then was sent back down after a few games, should be interesting with him and Shelby in the same rotation, headed opposite directions this year

100. Trevor May – SP, PHI (-23)

HM: Taylor Jungmann, Josh Bell, Luis Heredia, Daniel Corcino, AJ Cole, Miles Head, Garin Cecchini, Jose Vinicio, Tyrell Jenkins, Matt Szczur, Nomar Mazara, Dan Vogelbach, Joe Ross, Jorge Bonafacio, Allen Webster, Aaron Hicks, Brandon Nimmo, Delino DeShields, Brian Goodwin, Blake Swihart

Newcomers on the List

Lucas Giolito (73), Kevin Gausman (78), Mike Zunino (82), Albert Almora (86), Oswaldo Arcia (88), Alex Meyer (94), Jorge Alfaro (95), Ronald Guzman (96), Tommy Joseph (97), Trevor Rosenthal (99)

Fallers off the List

Josh Bell (76), Taylor Jungmann (82), Brad Peacock (83), Tyrell Jenkins (89), Tyler Thornburg (91), Daniel Corcino (95), A.J. Cole (96), Gavin Cecchini (97), Jeimer Candelario (98), Jonathan Schoop (100)

Graduates (Projected Ranking in Parenthesis)

Bryce Harper (2), Mike Trout (1), Matt Moore (4), Jesus Montero (12), Devin Mesoraco (20), Drew Pomeranz (32), Jarrod Parker (29), Yonder Alonso (54), Randall Delgado (60), Will Middlebrooks (37), Joe Wieland (92), Wilin Rosario (51), Zack Cozart (81), Drew Smyly (99), Lance Lynn (100), Drew Hutchinson (UR), Matt Adams (95), Addison Reed (88), Nathan Eovaldi (UR), Andrelton Simmons (71)

Injuries (must be out for season)

Arodys Vizcaino (68), Michael Choice (70)

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