March 2013

A conglomorate Top 100, part deux

Back in February, I posted a conglomorate Top 100 that averaged out the Top 100 prospects lists from Baseball America, Keith Law at ESPN and yours truly.

Ready for some more? It would be easy to go crazy with including lists, but I don’t want to water it down too much. Besides, the names are more or less the names. But to pad it out a bit, I’ve added in two more Top 100 lists: Baseball Prospectus and FanGraphs.

I’m not going to get into deep analysis here in terms of names on those lists not on others, etc., but simply wanted to post the ranked (by average) list. There are 133 names on it now and Jurickson Profar is still the unanimous No. 1. Here’s the list (remember, any player not on a specific top 100 got a ranking of 101 for the sake of averaging):

1.00 Jurickson Profar SS TEX
2.40 Oscar Taveras OF STL
2.80 Dylan Bundy RHP BAL
4.60 Wil Myers OF TB
6.60 Gerrit Cole RHP PIT
8.40 Jose Fernandez RHP MIA
9.20 Zack Wheeler RHP NYM
10.00 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS
10.80 Taijuan Walker RHP SEA
11.60 Tyler Skaggs LHP ARI
13.40 Christian Yelich OF MIA
13.80 Travis d’Arnaud C NYM
14.00 Miguel Sano 3B MIN
15.00 Byron Buxton OF MIN
15.80 Jameson Taillon RHP PIT
15.80 Francisco Lindor SS CLE
18.60 Shelby Miller RHP STL
20.00 Mike Zunino C SEA
21.00 Javier Baez SS CHI
21.00 Billy Hamilton OF CIN
21.60 Trevor Bauer RHP CLE
23.40 Kevin Gausman RHP BAL
25.40 Carlos Correa SS HOU
27.00 Archie Bradley RHP ARI
27.60 Nick Castellanos OF DET
28.00 Jonathan Singleton 1B HOU
28.80 Kyle Zimmer RHP KC
29.80 Anthony Rendon 3B WAS
34.20 Addison Russell SS OAK
34.80 Julio Teheran RHP ATL
34.80 Aaron Sanchez RHP TOR
34.80 Albert Almora OF CHI
36.80 Jackie Bradley OF BOS
37.60 Carlos Martinez RHP STL
38.20 Chris Archer RHP TB
38.40 Mike Olt 3B TEX
39.00 Mason Williams OF NYY
40.00 Gary Sanchez C NYY
40.80 Jorge Soler OF CHI
41.40 Danny Hultzen LHP SEA
43.40 Austin Hedges C SD
47.20 Matt Barnes RHP BOS
47.80 Bubba Starling OF KC
48.20 Taylor Guerrieri RHP TB
48.80 Trevor Rosenthal RHP STL
49.00 David Dahl OF COL
49.20 George Springer OF HOU
49.60 Alen Hanson SS PIT
50.80 Noah Syndergaard RHP NYM
53.00 Robert Stephenson RHP CIN
53.40 Kaleb Cowart 3B LAA
55.00 Gregory Polanco OF PIT
55.60 Brian Goodwin OF WAS
55.80 Max Fried LHP SD
59.80 Kyle Gibson RHP MIN
61.40 Allen Webster RHP BOS
63.80 Oswaldo Arcia OF MIN
64.00 Nolan Arenado 3B COL
65.20 Alex Meyer RHP MIN
66.00 Aaron Hicks OF MIN
67.20 Hak-Ju Lee SS TB
67.60 Kyle Crick RHP SF
68.00 Michael Wacha RHP STL
68.00 Casey Kelly RHP SD
68.20 Nick Franklin SS SEA
68.40 Jedd Gyorko 2B SD
68.40 Rymer Liriano OF SD
71.60 Lucas Giolito RHP WAS
72.20 Courtney Hawkins OF CWS
72.60 Trevor Story SS COL
74.40 Justin Nicolino LHP MIA
74.80 Jake Odorizzi RHP TB
75.00 Wily Peralta RHP MIL
75.40 Jake Marisnick OF MIA
75.60 Luis Heredia RHP PIT
77.80 Jonathan Schoop 2B BAL
78.00 Matt Davidson 3B ARI
78.20 Yordano Ventura RHP KC
79.60 Andrew Heaney LHP MIA
80.00 Jesse Biddle LHP PHI
80.20 Martin Perez LHP TEX
80.40 Yasiel Puig OF LAD
80.60 Arodys Vizcaino RHP CHI
81.20 Tyler Austin OF NYY
81.20 Tony Cingrani LHP CIN
81.40 Kolten Wong 2B STL
81.80 Slade Heathcott OF NYY
84.80 Zach Lee RHP LAD
86.00 Dorssys Paulino SS CLE
86.20 J.R. Graham RHP ATL
87.20 Delino DeShields 2B HOU
87.60 James Paxton LHP SEA
87.80 Daniel Corcino RHP CIN
88.60 DiDi Gregorius SS ARI
89.20 Corey Seager 3B LAD
90.80 Lance McCullers RHP HOU
92.00 Roberto Osuna RHP TOR
92.40 Adalberto Mondesi SS KC
92.40 Adam Eaton OF ARI
93.40 Jorge Alfaro C TEX
93.40 Luis Sardinas SS TEX
93.60 Carlos Sanchez 2B CWS
93.80 Eddie Rosario 2B MIN
93.80 Alex Colome RHP TB
94.80 A.J. Cole RHP WAS
95.60 Avisail Garcia OF DET
95.60 Jarred Cosart RHP HOU
95.60 Clayton Blackburn RHP SF
95.80 Marcell Ozuna OF MIA
96.00 Cody Buckel RHP TEX
96.80 Ethan Martin RHP PHI
97.00 Chris Owings SS ARI
97.20 Adeiny Hechavarria SS MIA
97.20 Michael Choice OF OAK
97.60 Henry Owens LHP BOS
97.80 Joc Pederson OF LAD
97.80 Dan Straily RHP OAK
98.00 Bruce Rondon RHP DET
98.40 Joe Ross RHP SD
99.20 Adam Morgan RHP PHI
99.40 Christian Bethancourt C ATL
99.40 Tyler Thornburg RHP MIL
99.60 Tyrell Jenkins RHP STL
100.00 Jose Iglesias SS BOS
100.00 Chris Reed LHP LAD
100.20 Sean Nolin LHP TOR
100.40 Marcus Stroman RHP TOR
100.40 Michael Fulmer RHP NYM
100.60 Nathan Karns RHP WAS
100.60 Lewis Brinson OF TEX
100.80 Roman Quinn SS PHI
100.80 Eduardo Rodriguez LHP BAL
100.80 Gary Brown OF SF

Spring Training Prospect Report: Red Sox, Pirates and more

I was at Jet Blue Park yesterday to watch the Pirates-Red Sox — it was a little light on Top 20 prospects, but a pair from the Red Sox’ list did see action. Again, rankings in parentheses.

Jackie Bradley Jr. (2) went 0-for-1 with two walks. Our own Ian Browne did an outstanding job in his feature on JBJR.

Jose Iglesias (6) went 0-for-2 with a walk. But the guy can play a little shortstop.

The Pirates didn’t have any Top 20 guys in action, though I did get to glimpse Gregory Polanco (4), who made the trip. He didn’t play, but he did take BP. The young man is big. When he fills out, watch out. I’ll be talking to Polanco and fellow Pirates prospect Alen Hanson in the next couple of days. I also was impressed by Phillip Irwin (even wrote a note about him). He’s an under-the-radar type who’s been impressive this spring.

You can see all of MLB.com’s coverage of prospects (and there’s plenty this time of year) on MLBPipeline.com.

Recently, I talked to several scouts about who has stood out in big league camp in the early going. Some quick notes, keeping in mind that this is just a smattering and not comprehensive (so don’t get made there isn’t a note about how good Oscar Taveras is):

  • Twins’ prospects Eddie Rosario and Aaron Hicks were playing extremely well. Hicks “looked like a big leaguer” and Rosario was swinging a very good bat for Team Puerto Rico.
  • Phillies lefty Adam Morgan didn’t have good results in his first outing, but did in his second. In both, his stuff was good across the board.
  • The Royals’ Yordano Ventura was creating a lot of early buzz in Arizona.
  • Addison Russell of the A’s looked like he belonged in big league camp
  • The D-backs’ Adam Eaton had his tools on display as he continues to exceed expectations.
  • Javier Baez of the Cubs may have learned a thing or two over the offeason in terms of staying in control. He appears to have calmed down his game a bit, for hte better.
  • Michael Wacha of the Cardinals is impressing with his secondary stuff and his command.
  • The Angels’ Kaleb Cowart has played well in his first big league camp, showing nice poise at the plate and strong defensive skills at third.
  • The Tigers’ Avisail Garcia is a big kid that can run and has man strength.
  • The Pirates’ Gerritt Cole (and this was before his six K’s against Spain) has a gig power arm with life through the zone.
  • The Rays’ Wil Myers keeps you  on the edge of your seat.  Exudes confidence in the box with 80 batspeed.
  • Chris Archer of the Rays has always had dominant frontline type stuff, and continues to show it. He also has good poise on the mound.  Even stronger physically than last year.

Spring Training Prospect Report

Or STPR for short. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?

I’m in Florida now for a two-week stretch and it’s like a gold mine for us prospect fans. Especially this early and especially with the World Baseball Classic, prospects are and will get a lot of playing time in Grapefruit League action.

My goal is to give updates regularly here on B3 about the players I get to see. When I can, I’ll also wrinkle in some opinions from scouts about prospects in big league camps in general. so lets get this thing started, shall we?

Yesterday (Tuesday) was my first game and I took in the Rays-Twins game. There were prospects-aplenty, with both the Rays‘ and the Twins‘ Top 20s well-represented (rank in team top 20 in parentheses):

Rays

Will Myers (1): Started in RF, went 1-for-2 with a walk. He told me he’s really working on turning on the ball so he can tap into his power to the pull side more consistently.

Hak-Ju Lee (5): Came into the game and played shortstop, went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Drove in the tying run with an infield single, stole second and third and scored during the five-run Rays’ 8th.

Mike Montgomery (8): The lefty who came in the James Shields trade tossed a scoreless eighth inning, allowing one hit and one walk (Keep an eye out today for a story I wrote about him).

Twins

Joe Benson (13): Benson started in center and hit lead off as he competes with others for the spot. He went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Much, much more to come. Today, I’m at the Pirates-Red Sox. Jackie Bradley Jr.’s starting in center for the Red Sox and I see that Gregory Polanco is on the travel roster for the Pirates.

 

 

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