Top 50 Update No. 5

A day late with a Top 50 update… I apologize for the tardiness. I’ve kind of shifted focus to the Draft and that will take up most of my time over the next few weeks. Be sure to c heck out our 2011 Draft section early and often. As always, we’ll have everything you’ll need to know about this year’s Draft class. We’ve also been busy updating Prospect Watch. By now, I hope all of you have perused the new section. We’ve been updating all the lists as guys have “graduated.” When a player loses rookie status via at-bats and service time, we’re going to be as vigilant as possible to find replacements. If you check it out now, you’ll see some new names at the end of the list. Three arms — Jarred Cosart, Tyler Skaggs and Dellin Betances — are now No.s 48-50 on the Top 50, replacing Jeremy Hellickson, Kyle Drabek and J.P. Arencibia. The team and position Top 10s have also been updated accordingly. You’ll see Cosart and Skaggs in this week’s update (stats as of Monday). Hopefully, this will make the prospects list much more dynamic all season. Several other Top 50 guys have made their big-league debuts. Congrats to Eric Hosmer, Julio Teheran and Julio Iglesias for getting “the call.” Now, on to this week’s update, hitters first: Hitter of the Week: Domonic Brown, Phillies Looks like he’s coming off the injury just fine, isn’t he? After five games of rehab with Class A Advanced Clearwater, Brown moved up to Triple-A and looks to be just about big-league ready.  He hit .409 with a pair of homers over his first 22 at-bats with Lehigh Valley. Including yesterday, he’s played seven games at this level and has hit in all of them.

RANK PLAYER TEAM LEVEL AVG SLG OBP OPS AB HR RBI SB
1 Trout, Mike LAA AA 0.304 0.565 0.398 0.963 92 5 15 5
2 Harper, Bryce WAS A 0.371 0.701 0.460 1.161 97 7 24 5
3 Brown, Domonic PHI AAA 0.409 0.727 0.500 1.227 22 2 5 1
Brown, Domonic A+ 0.368 0.737 0.429 1.165 19 2 4 0
4 Ackley, Dustin SEA AAA 0.230 0.389 0.362 0.751 126 5 14 6
6 Moustakas, Mike KC AAA 0.261 0.443 0.344 0.787 115 5 25 1
7 Hosmer, Eric KC MLB 0.333 0.444 0.500 0.944 9 0 1 1
Hosmer, Eric AAA 0.439 0.582 0.525 1.107 98 3 15 3
8 Montero, Jesus NYY AAA 0.354 0.438 0.370 0.808 96 1 7 0
10 Jennings, Desmond TB AAA 0.304 0.461 0.417 0.878 115 3 12 8
15 Myers, Wil KC AA 0.277 0.400 0.360 0.760 65 2 8 2
16 Freeman, Freddie ATL MLB 0.241 0.402 0.338 0.740 112 4 12 0
23 Machado, Manuel BAL A 0.333 0.611 0.450 1.062 90 5 21 3
24 Belt, Brandon SF MLB 0.192 0.269 0.300 0.569 52 1 4 2
Belt, Brandon AAA 0.417 0.646 0.524 1.170 48 2 13 3
26 Lawrie, Brett TOR AAA 0.336 0.582 0.373 0.955 134 6 21 8
28 Singleton, Jonathan PHI A+ 0.308 0.385 0.416 0.800 65 1 10 1
30 Sanchez, Gary NYY A 0.207 0.299 0.245 0.544 87 1 11 0
34 Chisenhall, Lonnie CLE AAA 0.294 0.431 0.386 0.817 109 2 18 0
36 Franklin, Nick SEA A+ 0.237 0.381 0.373 0.754 97 1 6 6
37 Hicks, Aaron MIN A+ 0.206 0.309 0.322 0.631 97 1 10 2
39 Rosario, Wilin COL AA 0.282 0.564 0.325 0.889 78 5 11 0
40 Iglesias, Jose BOS MLB 0 0 0 0
Iglesias, Jose AAA 0.253 0.253 0.278 0.531 87 0 4 2
42 Gordon, Dee LAD AAA 0.294 0.349 0.347 0.696 109 0 10 14
43 Mesoraco, Devin CIN AAA 0.306 0.494 0.412 0.906 85 3 13 1
44 Jackson, Brett CHI AA 0.301 0.524 0.425 0.949 103 4 14 11
47 Alonso, Yonder CIN AAA 0.299 0.464 0.351 0.815 97 3 11 4

And now, the pitchers… Pitcher of the Week: Casey Kelly, Padres I thought about going with Jameson Taillon getting his first professional win, but something tells me there’s time yet to sing his praises. Kelly is in his first season with the Padres, one of prospects they got for Adrian Gonzalez (another, Anthony Rizzo, is flat-our raking). Last year was Kelly’s first full season as a pitcher-only — he split time between the mound and shortstop in his first full season (2009). The reports were always that the stuff was just fine, but the results were not. Well, the results might be catching up a bit now. In his one start last week, he went seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out four. Including his win yesterday, he’s thrown 18 innings over his last three starts, yielding just four runs (2.00 ERA) on 19 hits and four walks while striking out 11. For the year, his ERA is down to 3.43 and don’t be too alarmed about the hit rate (40 in 39 1/3 IP). He’s showing a very good GO/AO ratio of 2.18. Things do look like they’re headed in the right direction. And here’s all the pitchers…

RANK PLAYER TEAM LEVEL W L ERA SV IP H R ER BB SO
5 Chapman, Aroldis CIN MLB 2 0 2.13 0 12.2 6 4 3 13 15
9 Teheran, Julio ATL MLB 0 1 5.79 0 4.2 4 3 3 2 1
9 Teheran, Julio AAA 3 0 1.8 0 30 25 9 6 8 25
12 Pineda, Michael SEA MLB 4 2 2.58 0 38.1 29 12 11 12 39
13 Montgomery, Mike KC AAA 2 1 2.84 0 38 29 13 12 21 30
14 Turner, Jacob DET AA 0 1 3.13 0 31.2 27 11 11 7 26
17 Taillon, Jameson PIT A 1 0 1.64 0 11 8 2 2 2 11
18 Britton, Zach BAL MLB 5 2 2.93 0 43 34 14 14 16 24
19 Miller, Shelby STL A+ 1 2 3.21 0 28 22 13 10 13 42
20 Minor, Mike ATL MLB 0 1 10.38 0 4.1 7 5 5 4 2
20 Minor, Mike AAA 1 1 1.93 0 32.2 25 8 7 10 35
21 Kelly, Casey SD AA 3 0 3.43 0 39.1 40 16 15 11 26
22 Perez, Martin TEX AA 1 0 3.33 0 27 24 10 10 14 28
25 Moore, Matthew TB AA 2 2 4.6 0 29.1 26 15 15 6 41
27 Parker, Jarrod ARI AA 2 2 7.43 0 23 24 21 19 17 20
29 Lyles, Jordan HOU AAA 1 2 4.23 0 38.1 40 18 18 14 31
31 Matzek, Tyler COL A+ 0 2 9.82 0 18.1 19 21 20 24 21
32 Lamb, John KC AA 0 2 3.22 0 22.1 18 10 8 12 15
33 Banuelos, Manny NYY AA 0 0 2.57 0 21 22 7 6 11 15
35 Odorizzi, Jake KC A+ 2 0 2.42 0 26 21 9 7 5 38
38 Gibson, Kyle MIN AAA 1 1 3.66 0 32 28 13 13 5 33
41 Scheppers, Tanner TEX AAA 0 0 13.5 0 2 4 3 3 0 3
45 Archer, Christopher TB AA 0 1 5.93 0 27.1 36 20 18 16 25
48 Friedrich, Christian COL AA 2 2 6.16 0 30.2 37 22 21 10 24
49 Cosart, Jarred PHI A+ 3 3 3.41 0 34.1 30 14 13 12 26
50 Skaggs, Tyler ARI A+ 1 3 3.94 0 32 27 17 14 17 45

10 Comments

Jonathan,

Where are the Draft Reports this year? Usually they are up starting in March. We are now less than a month away from the 2011 Draft and the normal information (reports/videos/rankings) are no where to be seen on MLB.com, MiLB.com or here.

Patience, my friend, patience. We’re doing things a little differently this year. Stay tuned for a Draft Top 50, with reports on all of them… coming soon! I promise.

Sorry … huge draft follower. I usually am able to follow the draft prospects not only on paid sites (PG, BA) but through MLB as well. With the economy and not being able to afford my normal subscriptions, I am getting a little antsy. I usually have my initial top five round possibles finished prior to May. Will have patience … thanks.

Jonathon, in your discussion, you referenced the call up of Julio Iglesias. I’m confused. Is seems like the Bosox need a hitter, and shouldn’t waste a roster spot on someone to sing the national anthem.

Jim —

Man, if I had a dime for every time I did that… I’d have a lot of dimes.

That’s so funny, I’m not even going to correct it.

Mr. Mayo,
Do you think the Royals call up Montgomery or Lamb 1st? I think K Davies is about done.
Thanks

Guess I should have looked at their stats before I asked. With the IP difference I wonder if Lamb is hurt.
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So let me change my question.. What can you tell me about Andy Dirks and Brad Mills? Do you think they may get a call soon or do you think anyone is ahead of them.
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Last question…Does Seattle have a “closer” on the farm if league has more bad games? Or any other AL teams with a pitcher in the minors that may get a chance to close some this year?
Thanks

Howdy , Bill again from beautiful Visalia, Ca. I was lucky enough to see Odoirrzi (hope i spelled it right) pitch while on a business trip . WOW… this kid is good. How old is he and is there any site that list’s the ages of the minor leaguer’s. I would like to know who is the youngest prospects . Thanks

Hey Mike —

Lamb isn’t hurt. He was slowed in Spring and hadn’t gotten fully stretched out, so his first few outings this year were all shorter as he got his pitch count up. He’s just fine and looks like he’s made some adjustments. That being said, I think it’ll be Montgomery, who’s up in AAA and pitching well, who’d get called up ahead of Lamb, who’s in AA.

Dirks is fun to watch, a hard-nosed type, but his ceiling is probably as a backup OF. I could see him getting a call if there’s a need, but he’s not the type who’d force a move with his performance. As for Mills, they’ve brought him up before and I can see them doing it again. He may only be a No. 4 or 5 starter when all is said and done, but if/when they need a starter, I could see the Jays bringing him back up.

Not sure what closing help the M’s have, but they did just bring up a guy who has “closer stuff” in Dan Cortes. If he can command the ball OK, I could see him getting some opportunities down the line.

Bill —

At least it wasn’t another Skaggs-related comment!

Odorizzi is legit and has been pitching very well. He’s just 21, so it’s quite the future he has. I don’t know of a place that has a list of all the ages, but if you go to http://www.milb.com, you can use the player search and look up the page for any player in the Minors. Birthdates are listed, so it will require some math :)

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