Top 50 Update No. 4

And we’re back with another update with our Top 50 prospects. There are some changes in store, so stay tuned to MLB.com tomorrow for an exciting new way to look/view/peruse our top prospects lists. I think you’ll find it pretty cool to take a look at. In that, there will be some changes to the initial Top 50 which I’ve been updating, thanks to players on the list surpassing the at-bats or service time levels to maintain rookie status, the benchmark I use when compiling the list.

Let’s start with the hitters, shall we?

Hitter of the Week: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Remember when he was “strugggling?” That lasted a long while. Last week, April 25-May 1, Harper went 9-for-24 (.375) with four doubles, three homers and 6 RBIs. That allowed him to raise his triple-slash line from .306/.414/.551 to .329/.424/.671. And he’s not done. He went 3-for-3 today (Tuesday) with another double. He’s now got a seven-game hitting streak going. Over his last 10 games, last year’s No. 1 pick is hitting .500/.600/1.156 over 32 at-bats. Of his 16 hits, 11 have been for extra-bases.  He’s now hitting .355/.456/.697 for the year.

RANK PLAYER TEAM LEVEL AVG SLG OBP OPS AB HR RBI SB
1 Trout, Mike LAA AA 0.268 0.535 0.342 0.877 71 4 9 3
3 Harper, Bryce WAS A 0.329 0.671 0.424 1.095 73 6 20 4
4 Brown, Domonic PHI A+ 0.368 0.737 0.429 1.165 19 2 4 0
5 Ackley, Dustin SEA AAA 0.212 0.303 0.345 0.648 99 2 7 4
7 Moustakas, Mike KC AAA 0.227 0.398 0.299 0.697 88 4 20 0
8 Hosmer, Eric KC AAA 0.407 0.535 0.490 1.025 86 2 12 3
9 Montero, Jesus NYY AAA 0.359 0.462 0.370 0.832 78 1 5 0
11 Jennings, Desmond TB AAA 0.269 0.419 0.395 0.814 93 2 9 7
16 Myers, Wil KC AA 0.261 0.435 0.300 0.735 46 2 8 2
17 Freeman, Freddie ATL MLB 0.217 0.38 0.314 0.695 92 3 8 0
24 Machado, Manuel BAL A 0.337 0.639 0.451 1.09 83 5 20 3
26 Belt, Brandon SF MLB 0.192 0.269 0.300 0.569 52 1 4 2
26 Belt, Brandon AAA 0.458 0.833 0.594 1.427 24 2 8 2
28 Lawrie, Brett TOR AAA 0.373 0.618 0.413 1.03 102 4 15 5
30 Singleton, Jonathan PHI A+ 0.306 0.408 0.424 0.832 49 1 8 0
32 Sanchez, Gary NYY A 0.211 0.31 0.250 0.56 71 1 7 0
36 Chisenhall, Lonnie CLE AAA 0.256 0.395 0.350 0.745 86 2 13 0
38 Franklin, Nick SEA A+ 0.241 0.405 0.388 0.793 79 1 6 5
39 Hicks, Aaron MIN A+ 0.205 0.282 0.309 0.591 78 0 6 1
41 Rosario, Wilin COL AA 0.263 0.561 0.311 0.873 57 4 9 0
42 Iglesias, Jose BOS AAA 0.232 0.232 0.264 0.496 69 0 4 1
44 Gordon, Dee LAD AAA 0.302 0.36 0.354 0.715 86 0 8 9
45 Mesoraco, Devin CIN AAA 0.314 0.543 0.410 0.952 70 3 12 0
46 Jackson, Brett CHI AA 0.302 0.512 0.408 0.919 86 3 12 8
48 Arencibia, J.P. TOR MLB 0.261 0.536 0.320 0.856 69 4 9 0
49 Alonso, Yonder CIN AAA 0.295 0.474 0.341 0.815 78 3 9 3

Pitcher of the Week: Jake Odorizzi, KC

There were a few candidates for weekly honors with several pitchers pitching well (and kudos to Jameson Taillon for getting his pro career officially started, albeit in a rain-shortened/suspended, two-inning stint). But Odorizzi, who is a step or two behind most of the Royals’ pitching prospects — perhaps in level only — deserves the shout out.  On April 29, the right-hander tossed seven shutout innings for Wilmington in the Carolina League, allowing just three hits, walking none and striking out 10. It was the second straight 10-K performance for the young pitcher the Royals got from the Brewers in the Zack Greinke deal. For the year, Odorizzi’s got 30 K’s in 20 IP, while walking just four. I’m no stats genius, but I think a K/BB ratio of over 7/1 is good, right?

Rank PLAYER TEAM LEVEL W L ERA SV IP H R ER BB SO
2 Hellickson, Jeremy TB MLB 2 2 4.31 0 31.1 30 15 15 12 23
6 Chapman, Aroldis CIN MLB 2 0 1.42 0 12.2 5 3 2 11 15
10 Teheran, Julio ATL AAA 3 0 1.8 0 30 25 9 6 8 25
12 Drabek, Kyle TOR MLB 2 1 4.45 0 32.1 31 17 16 21 25
13 Pineda, Michael SEA MLB 4 1 2.01 0 31.1 22 8 7 12 30
14 Montgomery, Mike KC AAA 1 1 2.67 0 27 20 9 8 15 23
15 Turner, Jacob DET AA 0 1 2.7 0 26.2 22 8 8 4 24
18 Taillon, Jameson PIT A 0 0 4.5 0 2 3 1 1 2 0
19 Britton, Zach BAL MLB 5 1 2.63 0 37.2 30 11 11 15 20
20 Miller, Shelby STL A+ 0 2 3.68 0 22 18 12 9 10 32
21 Minor, Mike ATL MLB 0 1 10.38 0 4.1 7 5 5 4 2
21 Minor, Mike AAA 1 1 1.75 0 25.2 19 6 5 6 29
22 Kelly, Casey SD AA 2 0 4.1 0 26.1 30 13 12 9 19
23 Perez, Martin TEX AA 1 0 2.74 0 23 18 7 7 10 24
25 Sale, Chris CWS MLB 2 0 5.91 1 10.2 13 7 7 4 12
27 Moore, Matthew TB AA 1 2 5.18 0 24.1 24 14 14 4 32
29 Parker, Jarrod ARI AA 2 2 9 0 17 21 19 17 12 16
31 Lyles, Jordan HOU AAA 1 2 3.67 0 27 29 11 11 6 19
33 Matzek, Tyler COL A+ 0 2 8.31 0 17.1 16 17 16 20 19
34 Lamb, John KC AA 0 1 3.86 0 16.1 16 9 7 9 12
35 Banuelos, Manny NYY AA 0 0 1.56 0 17.1 14 4 3 7 13
37 Odorizzi, Jake KC A+ 1 0 2.25 0 20 15 7 5 4 30
40 Gibson, Kyle MIN AAA 1 1 3.46 0 26 22 10 10 4 27
43 Scheppers, Tanner TEX AAA 0 0 13.5 0 2 4 3 3 0 3
47 Archer, Christopher TB AA 0 1 5.96 0 22.2 31 17 15 10 23
50 Friedrich, Christian COL AA 1 2 7.65 0 20 26 18 17 8 16

Don’t forget … keep an eye out for exciting new prospect coverage on MLB.com in the very near future.

2 Comments

OK , I just don’t get it . How can a player who’s leading his league and at one point all of the minors in strikeouts not make your list and a player who has more walks than strikeouts and a higher ERA make your list ? I have to wonder what’s wrong with this picture.. It sounds personal to me. I’m 63 and played , coached and umpired many a game. I travel alot and i have seen many Minor league games all over California and the Mid-West. I feel I’m a good judge of talent. So convince me why Skaggs was left off your list. As a Visalia season ticket holder I have to fight for my team. So put up yer dukes and lets battle this out. My son’s think I’m nut’s but I really think this kid ( Skaggs ) is going to be special. I have yet to see anyone hit his curve. His change up had hitters jumping at the ball. His last outting = 11 Ks , 2 BB in 5 2/3 inn. Love the game and the people like you who also love the game. Thank you, Bill

Bill —

Might I suggest a switch to decaf? I think I explained in detail how the list was derived initially last time. And it was completed back in January. These blog posts aren’t updates on the actual rankings, rather just a status update on how those on that initial Top 50 are doing.

That being said, if you check out the new Prospect Watch section: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/prospects/watch/y2011/. There have been some updates to the list made. When a player gets past rookie status, we take him out. As a result, your favorite lefty is now in the Top 50.

As for a full re-ranking, I don’t do that typically during the season, and certainly not after one month of the season. There have been plenty of players who’ve had one great (or one awful) month and to judge them based solely on that would be wrong. I’m sure if Skaggs continues to pitch well, he will move up as he is well-thought of in the scouting industry.

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