Top 50 update…finally

I know, I know. My last Top 50 update came back on June 13 and I can only offer my humblest apologies. Since that time, the Top 50 list has changed quite a bit, with several players leaving the ranks thanks to their graduation (read: losing rookie status) to the big leagues.

And there are even more changes in store. The Team Top 10s have already been reshuffled in many instances, with players moving up in ranking due to their impressive performances (Example: Brad Peacock now at No. 2 on the Nationals’ Top 10 list). And while there are many new names on the overall Top 50 to check out (the point I’m trying to make is that Prospect Watch is something that should be checked often), there’s a re-ranking of that still to come. So keep an eye out for that.

For now, though, lets work with the 50 we’ve got and give an update on how they’re doing, starting with the pitchers.

Pitcher of the last little while: I figured just looking at a week wouldn’t be fair. A number on this list — Drew Pomeranz, Matt Moore, Tyler Skaggs and Martin Perez (boy, it’s been a good stretch for lefties, hasn’t it?) — have earned promotions recently and pitched well (taking nothing away from Shelby Miller and Jake Odorizzi, who were promoted a little further back). But I’ll give the nod to Tommy John surgery survivor Jarrod Parker. It’s looking the rust has been shaken off at this point. The Diamondbacks prospect has been outstanding lately, looking much  more like his old self while Arizona monitors his innings. In his last five starts — all in July — he’s given up one earned run or less. He’s given up just 18 hits in his 26 innings this month for a .196 batting average against. After walking 33 batters in 61 first-half innings, he’s given up just 11 free passes in 31 IP since the break.

RK PLAYER TM LEVEL W L ERA IP H R ER BB SO AVG
6 Teheran, Julio ATL MLB 0 1 5.19 8.2 10 5 5 4 2 0.286
AAA 10 1 1.68 101.2 76 24 19 28 89 0.209
8 Montgomery, Mike KC AAA 3 6 5.33 101.1 95 66 60 52 84 0.250
9 Turner, Jacob DET AA 3 4 3.49 105.2 95 44 41 31 82 0.239
11 Taillon, Jameson PIT A 2 2 4.09 61.2 64 32 28 10 60 0.267
12 Miller, Shelby STL AA 6 1 2.04 53 46 13 12 16 52 0.238
A+ 2 3 2.89 53 40 20 17 20 81 0.204
13 Kelly, Casey SD AA 10 3 3.99 108.1 121 58 48 32 80 0.285
14 Perez, Martin TEX AAA 1 1 4.32 8.1 17 7 4 2 5 0.425
AA 4 2 3.16 88.1 80 35 31 36 83 0.245
17 Moore, Matt TB AAA 0 0 1.80 5 3 1 1 2 7 0.167
AA 8 3 2.20 102.1 68 31 25 28 131 0.187
19 Parker, Jarrod ARI AA 8 6 3.91 92 79 45 40 44 81 0.239
23 Matzek, Tyler COL A+ 0 3 9.82 33 34 37 36 46 37 0.266
A 0 2 9.69 13 16 14 14 20 16 0.308
24 Lamb, John KC AA 1 2 3.09 35 33 15 12 13 22 0.246
25 Banuelos, Manny NYY AA 3 5 3.74 89 89 45 37 49 89 0.266
27 Odorizzi, Jake KC AA 2 0 4.76 22.2 23 12 12 8 18 0.261
A+ 5 4 2.87 78.1 68 30 25 22 103 0.235
30 Gibson, Kyle MIN AAA 3 8 4.81 95.1 109 57 51 27 91 0.282
33 Scheppers, Tanner TEX AAA 0 0 13.50 2 4 3 3 0 3 0.400
AA 2 0 3.50 18 16 9 7 5 18 0.235
37 Archer, Christopher TB AA 4 6 4.84 100.1 112 62 54 57 92 0.286
39 Friedrich, Christian COL AA 6 6 3.72 109 120 58 45 26 81 0.275
40 Cosart, Jarred PHI A+ 8 8 4.19 101 92 55 47 40 75 0.244
41 Skaggs, Tyler ARI AA 1 1 6.52 9.2 14 8 7 4 12 0.359
A+ 5 5 3.22 100.2 81 39 36 34 125 0.219
42 Betances, Dellin NYY AA 4 4 3.20 84.1 62 38 30 48 95 0.199
48 Pomeranz, Drew CLE AA 0 1 1.86 9.2 6 2 2 3 11 0.182
A+ 3 2 1.87 77 56 22 16 32 95 0.202
50 Wheeler, Zack SF A+ 7 5 3.99 88 74 44 39 47 98 0.224

And now, the hitters:

Again, many promotions throughout the list. But I’ve got to applaud the work of Dee Gordon. Gordon got a call up to Los Angeles and got sent down after 22 games there. Rather than sulk, though, he has flat out raked in Triple-A. In 16 July games, the speedy shortstop has hit .408/.440/.563. That’s 29-for-71 for those of you scoring at home. He’s also gone 8-for-9 in stolen base attempts, making him a nifty 30-for-34 for the year.

TOP50 PLAYER TEAM LEVEL AVG SLG OBP AB HR RBI SB
1 Trout, Mike LAA MLB 0.179 0.308 0.238 39 1 5 1
AA 0.324 0.534 0.415 290 9 27 28
2 Harper, Bryce WAS AA 0.208 0.226 0.263 53 0 2 2
A 0.318 0.554 0.423 258 14 46 19
3 Ackley, Dustin SEA MLB 0.297 0.505 0.347 111 4 15 2
AAA 0.303 0.487 0.421 271 9 35 7
4 Moustakas, Mike KC MLB 0.195 0.250 0.250 128 1 8 0
AAA 0.287 0.498 0.347 223 10 44 1
5 Montero, Jesus NYY AAA 0.282 0.416 0.340 305 8 42 0
7 Jennings, Desmond TB MLB 0.667 1.333 0.800 6 0 1 2
AAA 0.275 0.456 0.374 338 12 39 17
10 Myers, Wil KC AA 0.258 0.361 0.346 233 3 24 5
15 Machado, Manny BAL A+ 0.244 0.378 0.330 82 2 10 1
A 0.276 0.483 0.376 145 6 24 3
16 Belt, Brandon SF MLB 0.232 0.348 0.338 69 2 7 2
AAA 0.324 0.549 0.462 142 7 29 4
A+ 0.462 0.538 0.611 13 0 4 1
18 Lawrie, Brett TOR AAA 0.356 0.668 0.414 253 16 56 12
A+ 0.125 0.125 0.364 8 0 1 0
20 Singleton, Jonathan PHI A+ 0.284 0.406 0.387 303 8 45 2
22 Sanchez, Gary NYY A 0.239 0.404 0.320 255 9 35 2
26 Chisenhall, Lonnie CLE MLB 0.259 0.448 0.295 58 2 4 0
AAA 0.265 0.427 0.352 253 7 44 0
28 Franklin, Nick SEA AA 0.600 0.867 0.600 15 1 2 1
A+ 0.275 0.411 0.356 258 5 20 13
29 Hicks, Aaron MIN A+ 0.256 0.391 0.364 320 4 30 11
31 Rosario, Wilin COL AA 0.260 0.472 0.302 288 16 36 0
32 Iglesias, Jose BOS MLB 0.000 0.000 0.000 4 0 0 0
AAA 0.236 0.253 0.282 237 0 19 6
34 Gordon, Dee LAD MLB 0.232 0.280 0.250 82 0 4 9
AAA 0.339 0.421 0.381 271 0 24 30
35 Mesoraco, Devin CIN AAA 0.303 0.502 0.376 333 10 54 1
36 Jackson, Brett CHI AAA 0.175 0.375 0.298 40 1 2 1
AA 0.256 0.443 0.373 246 10 32 15
38 Alonso, Yonder CIN AAA 0.297 0.490 0.376 353 12 56 6
43 Dominguez, Matt FLA AAA 0.254 0.425 0.312 228 8 40 0
AA 0.133 0.133 0.316 15 0 1 0
A+ 0.167 0.167 0.250 18 0 2 0
44 Pimentel, Guillermo SEA ROK 0.277 0.513 0.321 119 8 26 1
45 Profar, Jurickson TEX A 0.289 0.518 0.390 305 10 50 14
46 Flores, Wilmer NYM A+ 0.271 0.372 0.310 376 6 62 2
47 Rizzo, Anthony SD MLB 0.143 0.265 0.282 98 1 6 2
AAA 0.349 0.684 0.434 212 16 64 6
49 Sano, Miguel MIN ROK 0.275 0.565 0.329 131 6 18 3

7 Comments

Big John,
I hope you see and respond to my reply in the other post. But I have to ask about Lavarnway in Boston minors. Any chance he can play in minors now or soon. If traded could he be ready if the new team has room in majors?
Thanks
mmm

Mmm —

I think his bat is just about ready, yes. If he were to get traded, I could see the team getting him giving him a shot to hit in the big leagues.The big question is where he would play. An AL team could let him DH, though letting a young hitter do that isn’t always ideal. But many think he can’t catch and he’s never played anywhere else defensively, so he’s somewhat limited.

J
KC will take his bat…or at least this kc fan will.
The story was a good read..thank you.
I wonder as a follow up, would be who replaces those traded. I know we discussed a couple who could come up in Oakland. KC probably have Cain, and Dyson.
What about if Quentin is traded in Chicago? League in Seattle?
I don’t want to do a list as you have a better idea who might be traded away…but who might benefit with a call up if their team trades away a everyday player, starter, or closer?
Thanks
M

Good idea for a future blog post. I’ll work on it this week. thanks for the idea. Obviously, start with Yonder Alonso and go from there.

Hi Jonathan, I was visiting my Daughter in Mississippi and we saw the Miss. vs Mobile Double A game. As you know I’m a big Skaggs fan, but i was completely in aw last night. His ball was moving all over the place . all 4 hits were little grounders and two were on broken bats. Not one batter squared up on his ball last night.. He has 18 ks in 15 innings with only 4 walks . My question is , with all the pitching the D-backs have do you see a trade ? Next week i will see Shelby Miller pitch. lovin life..

You, a Skaggs fan? Noooo.

He’s come a long way. And I think you’ll like the changes to the Top 50 in terms of where he is. I know the D-Backs are looking for some help, but I don’t think they’re going to deal any of the big names from their system (Skaggs, Parker, for example).

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