Top Prospects Weekly Leaders

Greetings all prospect fans. I’ve been using this space to run down top performances by our top prospects. Typically, that’s meant the Top 100.

Today, I’m going to expand it a bit, taking a look at the week that was (April 8-14) and who excelled across not just the Top 100, but the Top 20s for each team as well. Always remember to check out for news/updates on your favorite prospects over on MLBPipeline.com.

First, the hitters (rank by OPS for the week in parentheses). It was a good week in the Rockies system.

Rosell Herrera, SS/3B, No. 12 Rockies prospect (5th): 1.538 OPS
Andrew Susac, C, No. 16 Giants prospect (9th): 1.438 OPS
Charlie Culberson, 2B, No. 14 Rockies prospect (12th): 1.429 OPS
James Ramsey, OF, No. 17 Cardinals prospect (22nd): 1.338 OPS
Corey Dickerson, OF, No. 16 Rockies prospect (26th): 1.318 OPS
Michael Taylor, OF, No. 12 A’s prospect (27th): 1.318 OPS
Jeff Kobernus, 2B/OF, No. 15 Nationals prospect (30th): 1.308

It’s a little tougher with pitching, with no OPS for the week at the ready for them. So I picked out some (definitely not all — I used only guys who gave up no runs of any sort) of the top performers from the week instead.

Archie Bradley, RHP, No. 2 D-backs prospect (No. 24 overall): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K
Aaron Sanchez, RHP, No. 1 Blue Jays prospect (No. 35 overall): 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, No. 2 Rays prospect (No. 44 overall): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
Max Fried, LHP, No. 2 Padres prospect (No. 53 overall): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
Yordano Ventura, RHP, No. 3 Royals prospect (No. 59 overall): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K
Tony Cingrani, LHP, No. 3 Reds prospect (No. 66 overall): 8.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K
Jarred Cosart, RHP, No. 4 Astros prospect (No. 88 overall): 5 IP 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K
Erik Johnson, RHP, No. 3 White Sox prospect: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
Adam Morgan, LHP, No. 7 Phillies prospect: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
John Gast, LHP, No. 10 Cardinals prospect: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
Alex Colome, LHP, No. 12 Rays prospect: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
Sam Selman, LHP, No. 12 Royals prospect: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
Luke Jackson, RHP, No. 13 Rangers prospect: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
Austin Wood, RHP, No. 14 Angels prospect: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
Asher Wojciechowski, RHP, No. 15 Astros prospect: 9 IP, 1 H, o R, 3 BB, 7 K

Jordan Sheffield to undergo Tommy John surgery

Jordan Sheffield (@jordan_sheff), one of the top high school arms in the Draft class of 2013, will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday morning, MLB.com has learned.

Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery on the talented right-hander. Sheffield, the nephew of former big leaguer Gary Sheffield, was ranked No. 47 on MLB.com’s most recent Top 50 Draft prospects rankings, but this turn of events leaves his immediate future up in the air.

“I haven’t gotten to speak with him, but talking to his brother and dad, he was upset obviously at first,” said Brad White, Sheffield’s coach at Tullahoma High School in Tennessee. “Obviously, his high school career is over. I know he’s thinking, ‘I’ve got the best man in the business doing the surgery, that’s the best I can hope for. And I’ll have a new arm when this is over with.”

Sheffield hadn’t pitched since March 12, when he came out of his start after 73 pitches because of forearm tightness. He originally rested and rehabbed his arm, acting as the team’s designated hitter in the interim. He didn’t even return to his normal non-pitching position, shortstop, until Tullahoma’s opening game at the National High School Invitational at the USA Baseball National Training Complex on March 27.

He was slated to pitch the following day, but was shut down again after warming up pre-game. Sheffield had an MRI when he got back to Tennessee the Tuesday after the tournament, then saw Dr. Andrews this Wednesday morning. Surgery was scheduled for the following morning. The right-hander is committed to Vanderbilt University and one scouting director said that he was already considered to be a tough sign because of that commitment. The surgery, the scouting director said, “sealed his fate.”

More to come in a full story on MLB.com.

Top 100 pitchers throw well second time around

We’re starting to see pitching prospects head out for their second starts of the season and, so far, they’ve thrown very well in outing No. 2. Case in point (Read about all Top 100 on Prospect Watch and/or MLBPipeline.com) are the following… even the so-so outings weren’t too shabby:

No. 8 Zack Wheeler, Mets (AAA): 5 1/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
No. 18 Danny Hultzen, Mariners (AAA): 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
No. 51 Robert Stephenson, Reds (A): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
No. 64 Wily Peralta, Brewers (MLB): 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
No. 66 Tony Cingrani, Reds (AAA): 6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Cingrani gets bolded as the “Pitcher of the second start,” and also because that’s his second straight really good outing. his overall line now:

12 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 21 K, .079 BAA

Pretty good, right?

Pitching today (some underway already)

No. 9 Gerrit Cole, Pirates (AAA)
No. 24 Archie Bradley, D-backs (A+)
No. 46 Chris Archer, Rays (AAA)
No. 49 Kyle Gibson, Twins (AAA)
No. 60 Jesse Biddle, Phillies (AA)
No. 71 Allen Webster, Red Sox (AAA)
No. 72 Justin Nicolino, Marlins (A+)
No. 78 Zach Lee, Dodgers (AA)
No. 89 Jarred Cosart, Astros (AAA)

A Top 100 update

Since the Opening Day post about how the Top 100 in the Minors did seemed to go over so well, I thought I’d do it again, updating all 100 players, at all levels, and how they’ve fared heading into Monday’s action. As always, you can check out all 100 guys, or the top 20 for every team, over on Prospect Watch. And MLBPipeline is an excellent one-stop shopping destination for your Prospect needs.

Just about everybody has played at this point, with some exceptions:

Disabled List:

Dylan Bundy (elbow and forearm stiffness, expected back by end of month)
Christian Yelich (plantar fasciitis, expected back within 2 weeks)
Rymer Liriano (out for season, elbow surgery)
Didi Gregorius (elbow, should start rehab games soon)
Casey Kelly (out for season, elbow surgery)
Jake Marisnick (hand fracture, back end of April/beginning of May)
Lucas Giolito (out for season, elbow surgery)
Andrew Heaney (strained lat, will start throwing program in about a week)
Martin Perez (fractured wrist, out until June)
Adam Eaton (elbow, out at least 6-8 weeks)

Jonathan Singleton is serving his suspension. Albert Almora is in extended Spring Training. A few pitchers are making debuts today: Matt Barnes (Portland, AA), Taylor Guerrieri (Bowling Green, A), Jake Odorizzi (Durham, AAA).

Oscar Taveras was back home attending to a personal matter, but is expected to be in Triple-A Memphis’ lineup today.

Organization-mate Carlos Martinez is on the Temporary Inactive List. He missed nearly all of Spring Training because of visa issues. He’ll catch up in Extended Spring Training and join Double-A Springfield eventually.

A couple of notes:

* Trevor Bauer is listed as with Triple-A Columbus, but his stats are from the big league start he made before being sent back down.

**David Dahl played one game for Class A Asheville in the Rockies system, but was then sent to Extended Spring Training for disciplinary reasons.

Rank Club Player Team Level Performance
1 TEX Jurickson Profar Round Rock AAA 4-12, 1 RBI, 3 SB
2 BAL Dylan Bundy Bowie AA DL
3 STL Oscar Taveras Memphis AAA Personal matter – back today
4 TB Wil Myers Durham AAA 4-12, 2 2B, 3 RBI
5 SEA Taijuan Walker Jackson AA 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 8 K
6 NYM Travis d’Arnaud Las Vegas AAA 3-8, 2 2B, 2 RBI
7 MIA Jose Fernandez Miami MLB 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
8 NYM Zack Wheeler Las Vegas AAA 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
9 PIT Gerrit Cole Indianapolis AAA 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
10 ARI Tyler Skaggs Reno AAA 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W
11 CIN Billy Hamilton Louisville AAA 4-11, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 SB
12 MIN Miguel Sano Fort Myers A+ 7-16, 2 2B
13 MIA Christian Yelich DL
14 CLE Francisco Lindor Carolina A+ 6-11, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 SB
15 PIT Jameson Taillon Altoona AA 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, W
16 CHC Javier Baez Daytona A+ 3-16, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB
17 CLE Trevor Bauer Columbus AAA 5 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 7 BB, 2 K, L*
18 SEA Danny Hultzen Tacoma AAA 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, W
19 MIN Byron Buxton Cedar Rapids A 9-16, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB
20 BOS Xander Bogaerts Portland AA 3-14, 1 RBI
21 DET Nick Castellanos Toledo AAA 5-18, 2 2B, 1 RBI
22 TEX Mike Olt Round Rock AAA 1-16, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 10 K
23 SEA Mike Zunino Tacoma AAA 5-12, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI
24 ARI Archie Bradley Visalia A+ 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
25 STL Shelby Miller St. Louis MLB 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, W
26 KC Bubba Starling Lexington A 1-12, 2 R
27 HOU Jonathan Singleton Suspended
28 WSH Anthony Rendon Harrisburg AA 3-15, 3 R
29 NYM Noah Syndergaard St. Lucie A+ 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
30 HOU Carlos Correa Quad Cities A 6-20, 2 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 1 SB
31 ATL Julio Teheran Atlanta MLB 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
32 BOS Jackie Bradley Boston MLB 3-21, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 5 BB
33 STL Carlos Martinez Springfield AA Temporary Inactive List
34 KC Kyle Zimmer Wilmington A+ 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
35 TOR Aaron Sanchez Dunedin A+ 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
36 NYY Gary Sanchez Tampa A+ 7-17, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SB
37 BAL Kevin Gausman Bowie AA 4 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, L
38 BOS Matt Barnes Portland AA Makes debut today
39 CHC Albert Almora Extended ST TBD
40 MIN Alex Meyer New Britain AA 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 8 K
41 NYY Mason Williams Tampa A+ 6-16, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB
42 CHC Jorge Soler Daytona A+ 7-16, 2 HR, 3 RBI
43 STL Trevor Rosenthal St. Louis MLB 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
44 TB Taylor Guerrieri Bowling Green A Makes debut today
45 TB Jake Odorizzi Durham AAA Makes debut today
46 TB Chris Archer Durham AAA 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, W
47 SEA Nick Franklin Tacoma AAA Flu-like symptoms
48 OAK Addison Russell Stockton A+ 2-8, 2 BB
49 MIN Kyle Gibson Rochester AAA 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K
50 SD Jedd Gyorko San Diego MLB 6-23, 3 2B, 3 RBI
51 CIN Robert Stephenson Dayton A 5 IP,
52 WSH Brian Goodwin Harrisburg AA 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
53 SD Max Fried Fort Wayne A 4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
54 PIT Alen Hanson Bradenton A+ 4-19, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 SB
55 SD Rymer Liriano DL
56 TB Hak-Ju Lee Durham AAA 4-11, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 3 SB
57 HOU George Springer Corpus Christi AA 3-14, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI
58 COL David Dahl Extended ST TBD 0-4**
59 KC Yordano Ventura NW Arkansas AA 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
60 PHI Jesse Biddle Reading AA 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
61 SEA James Paxton Jackson AAA 4 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
62 COL Nolan Arenado Colorado Springs AAA 7-13, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI
63 CIN Didi Gregorius DL
64 MIL Wily Peralta Milwaukee MLB 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, L
65 PIT Gregory Polanco Bradenton A+ 4-15, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB
66 CIN Tony Cingrani Louisville AAA 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 14 K
67 LAA Kaleb Cowart Arkansas AA 1-12, 1 SB
68 CWS Courtney Hawkins Winston-Salem A+ 1-10, 1 SB
69 SD Casey Kelly DL
70 MIA Jake Marisnick DL
71 BOS Allen Webster Pawtucket AAA 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
72 MIA Justin Nicolino Jupiter A+ 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, L
73 SD Austin Hedges Lake Elsinore A+ 1-14, 1 SB
74 WSH Lucas Giolito DL
75 NYY Tyler Austin Trenton AA 4-13, 2 2B, 1 RBI
76 LAD Yasiel Puig Chattanooga AA 5-10, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB
77 ARI Matt Davidson Tucson AAA 7-18, 1 HR, 4 RBI
78 LAD Zach Lee Chattanooga AA 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
79 STL Kolten Wong Memphis AAA 4-16, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SB
80 PHI Ethan Martin Lehigh Valley AAA 4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
81 MIA Andrew Heaney DL
82 MIA Adeiny Hechavarria Miami MLB 6-20, 1 R
83 STL Michael Wacha Memphis AAA 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
84 TEX Luis Sardinas Myrtle Beach A+ 4-12, 1 RBI
85 LAD Joc Pederson Chattanooga AA 3-14, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB
86 SF Kyle Crick San Jose A+ 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
87 TEX Cody Buckel Frisco AA 2.2 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
88 TEX Jorge Alfaro Hickory A 3-10, 1 2B, 1 RBI
89 HOU Jarred Cosart Oklahoma City AAA 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
90 TOR Roberto Osuna Lansing A 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, W
91 WSH A.J. Cole Potomac A+ 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
92 DET Bruce Rondon Toledo AAA 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
93 MIN Oswaldo Arcia Rochester AAA 6-15, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI
94 BOS Henry Owens Salem A+ 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
95 TEX Martin Perez DL
96 BOS Jose Iglesias Boston MLB 9-17, 2 2B, 1 RBI
97 SD Adam Eaton DL
98 MIN Aaron Hicks Minnesota MLB 2-26, 3 RBI
99 COL Trevor Story Modesto A+ 1-15, 1 R
100 SF Gary Brown Fresno AAA 4-18, 1 3B, 1 RBI

MiLB Opening Day: How the Top 100 fared

The Minor League season is now underway and there’s no one happier than me about it. Now we can see how all those prospects in our Top 100 perform. Feel free to peruse Prospect Watch to see how everyone’s doing on your team’s Top 20 as well.

For now, though, I wanted to give a quick report on how the 44 players in the Top 100 who played on Thursday (leaving the big leaguers out of the report) did in their openers. Rain knocked several out of action. Two stars for Opening Day — one hitter, one pitcher –  are bolded.

Today (Friday), there are some pretty good pitchers taking the hill — 10 Top 100 arms:

Triple-A

No. 9 Gerrit Cole
No. 46 Chris Archer
No. 49 Kyle Gibson
No. 71 Allen Webster

Double-A

No. 60 Jesse Biddle
No. 78 Zach Lee
No. 87 Cody Buckel

Class A Advanced

No. 24 Archie Bradley
No. 34 Kyle Zimmer

Class A

No. 53 Max Fried

Rank Org Player Team Level Performance
1 TEX Jurickson Profar Round Rock AAA 2-3, 1 R, 1 SB
3 STL Oscar Taveras Memphis AAA Postponed
4 TB Wil Myers Durham AAA Postponed
5 SEA Taijuan Walker Jackson AA 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, L
6 NYM Travis d’Arnaud Las Vegas AAA 2-3, 2 2B, 4 R, 1 RBI
8 NYM Zack Wheeler Las Vegas AAA 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
11 CIN Billy Hamilton Louisville AAA 1-4, 1 2B
12 MIN Miguel Sano Fort Myers A+ 1-3, 1 K
16 CHC Javier Baez Daytona A+ 0-3, 1 RBI
18 SEA Danny Hultzen Tacoma AAA 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, W
19 MIN Byron Buxton Cedar Rapids A 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 SB
20 BOS Xander Bogaerts Portland AA 0-4
21 DET Nick Castellanos Toledo AAA 0-3, 1 RBI
22 TEX Mike Olt Round Rock AAA 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
23 SEA Mike Zunino Jackson AA 3-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
26 KC Bubba Starling Lexington A Postponed
28 WSH Anthony Rendon Harrisburg AA 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB
30 HOU Carlos Correa Quad Cities A 2-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI
36 NYY Gary Sanchez Tampa A+ 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB
41 NYY Mason Williams Tampa A+ 1-4, 1 RBI
42 CHC Jorge Soler Daytona A+ 2-4, 1 K
47 SEA Nick Franklin Tacoma AAA DNP — flu
48 OAK Addison Russell Stockton A+ 1-4, 1 BB
51 CIN Robert Stephenson Dayton A 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
52 WSH Brian Goodwin Harrisburg AA 0-4
54 PIT Alen Hanson Bradenton A+ 0-4
56 TB Hak-Ju Lee Durham AAA Postponed
57 HOU George Springer Corpus Christi AA 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
58 COL David Dahl Asheville A 0-4
62 COL Nolan Arenado Col. Springs AAA 1-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
65 PIT Gregory Polanco Bradenton A+ 0-4
66 CIN Tony Cingrani Louisville AAA 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 14 K
67 LAA Kaleb Cowart Arkansas AA Postponed
72 MIA Justin Nicolino Jupiter A+ 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, L
73 SD Austin Hedges Lake Elsinore A+ 0-4
75 NYY Tyler Austin Trenton AA 1-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI
76 LAD Yasiel Puig Chattanooga AA Postponed
77 ARI Matt Davidson Tucson AAA 3-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
79 STL Kolten Wong Memphis AAA Postponed
84 TEX Luis Sardinas Myrtle Beach A+ Postponed
85 LAD Joc Pederson Chattanooga AA Postponed
93 MIN Oswaldo Arcia Rochester AAA 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI
99 COL Trevor Story Modesto A+ 0-5
100 SF Gary Brown Fresno AAA 0-4

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.

 

 

Draft recap: Last weekend’s action

We’re in the process of putting together a weekly feature that recaps the weekend action on the amateur scene. It won’t be just stats, though they’ll be included when possible. The idea is that I’ll talk to scouts at the end of each weekend to see who stood out/who didn’t and report back to you what the Draft landscape is looking like. I got a little bit of a late start for this week as we’re getting the ball rolling on Draft-related coverage, so I wanted to just post some “news and notes” on 2013 Draft prospects and their performances from last weekend to whet your appetite.

Top matchup

May have been Stanford vs. Fresno State. Friday saw a good power vs. power contest with Mark Appel facing Fresno State’s Aaron Judge. The Stanford senior had a much better start than he did against Rice the previous week, tossing a complete game, allowing one run on three hits, walking one and striking out 11. He also got nine ground ball outs.

Judge went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in that game, but he finished off the series with a 5-for-5, 3 RBI performance, including his second home run of the season. People will talk about the swing and miss to Judge’s game, but as one scout put it… there are guys in Cooperstown who had swing and miss to their game. More than one scout projects Judge as a first-rounder.

Stanford will be watched carefully throughout the year because of the depth of talent there. Brian Ragira looked good over the weekend as well, going a combined 5-for-13 with a homer, a double and two RBIs

College Lefties

Sean Manaea is the top lefty in the 2013 Draft class

Indiana State’s Sean Manaea is the top lefty in the 2013 Draft class.

Sean Manaea, the Indiana State lefty was reportedly sharper in his second start of the year than his first. Facing College of Charleston in an Auburn tournament, Manaea gave up one hit and one walk while whiffing 10 over six shutout innings. He showed at least solid average stuff across the board as the top lefty in the class has made a very strong early case to be a top of the draft candidate.

Vanderbilt lefty Kevin Ziomek isn’t quite in that stratosphere, but he threw well on Friday, albeit against Monmouth. Ziomek was sitting at 91 mph with his fastball, touching 93 mph, to go along with a solid average curve, thrown 75-77 mph. His changeup is fringy, but he threw strikes and impressed with his mound presence as he went seven innings and allowed a run on five hits and two walks while striking out 11. Some scouts see him as a back end of the first round type of college lefty selection.

College Righties

Appel wasn’t the only right-hander to throw well for scouts. Florida’s Jonathon Crawford didn’t go deep, going just 3 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out four. He had some command issues, which got him into trouble. But he was aggressive with his fastball, up to 94 mph, sitting 91-92 mph. He showed flashes of a plus slider and a fringe-average changeup.

Texas Tech’s Trey Masek got the ball on Sunday against UConn at the UCF tournament in Orlando and tossed nine shutout innings in a no-decision, allowing just five hits and one walk while striking out seven. He was up to 93 mph with his fastball and worked very quickly, going right after hitters.. He also showed feel for three secondary offerings — an average slider, a fringy, but usable curve and a playable changeup. He’s not overpowering, but he showed how effective he can be.

Hunter Brothers of Lipscomb might be a little further out on the radar, but his arm strength might be something scouts will continue to monitor. Pitching Saturday at the tournament his school was hosting, Brothers was up to 95 mph in his start, sitting at 92 mph. He had given up just one run through five, but ran out of gas in the sixth, leaving with one out. He ended up allowing five runs total (two earned), allowing four hits and four walks wile striking out two. His command wasn’t good on all of his pitches. He showed glimpses with his slider and he kept attacking hitters, but delivery inconsistencies hurt him. With his arm strength, but lack of command and a changeup that’s not a factor, you have to wonder if teams will look at him as a future reliever.

High school arms

One of the more intriguing names to watch is that of Jordan Sheffield, and not just because of who his uncle is (Gary).  The Tennessee high school standout showed some excellent arm strength in his last outing. He touched 95 mph with his fastball, sitting around 91 mph, and he showed a solid changeup, especially for a high schooler. What he didn’t have was good command, especially of his breaking ball. He competes well, though he’ll have to work on managing his effort level.

High school hitters

Scouts hoping to see top SoCal high school hitter Dominic Smith in action on Monday were disappointed. Smith, the Serra HS standout walked his first time up. Then he struck out in his second plate appearance. When he hit the catcher on his backswing — inadvertently, according to reports I received — Smith was ejected from the game by the umpire, leaving many frustrated.

Florida high school shortstop Oscar Mercado had a so-so showing over the weekend as well. Reports were good about his batting practice and infielde pre-game, but his at-bats were just fair and didn’t stand out. He did make some good defensive plays, but also threw a couple of balls away.

A conglomorate Top 100

By now many top prospect lists are out there. And while I’m confident in my abilities as a prospect reporter and feel that MLB.com’s Top 100 is pretty darn good, I also don’t pretend to think that it’s the only list worth looking at.

I like to comparison shop, too, and see what other people are doing. Such an exercise could go on endlessly as it seems more and more Top 100 type lists are popping up all over the interwebs. For the purposes of this post, I’m taking MLB.com’s, Keith Law’s at ESPN and, of course, Baseball America’s. (Warning: You’ll need subscriptions to access some of that stuff). Now, before you get all miffed that I didn’t include one list or another — this isn’t meant as a slight towards anyone’s list. These are simply the other two lists that I, personally, look forward to seeing the most each year and I like to see how we compare. I’ve dumped the rankings into a spreadsheet and came up with an average rank for each player that we’ve listed. For any player that wasn’t listed in one of the top 100 lists, I gave him a 101 ranking for that list. Make sense?

Before I get to the averages, a couple of notes:

  • A total of 78 players appeared on all three Top 100s. Shows you we’re all dealing with the same names, more or less.
  • Including the threepeats mentioned above, 95 total players were mentioned on two of the three lists.
  • A grand total of 121 players appeared on at least one list.
  • The highest ranking player on the MLB.com list not to appear on all three is Rymer Liriano of the Padres. The highest player on Keith Law’s list not to appear on all three is Corey Seager of the Dodgers. Andrew Heaney of the Marlins is the first player on the BA list not to appear on all three.
  • The first player to appear only on MLB.com’s list and not the other two is Ethan Martin of the Phillies. On Keith’s list, it’s Seager. And on the BA list, it’s Lance McCullers.

OK, with that context, here’s how the prospects would rank by their averages (Jurickson Profar is the consensus No. 1):

1 Jurickson Profar SS TEX
2.33 Dylan Bundy RHP BAL
2.67 Oscar Taveras OF STL
4 Wil Myers OF TB
8 Gerrit Cole RHP PIT
9.33 Jose Fernandez RHP MIA
10.67 Miguel Sano 3B MIN
10.67 Zack Wheeler RHP NYM
10.67 Taijuan Walker RHP SEA
11 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS
11.33 Tyler Skaggs LHP ARI
11.33 Christian Yelich OF MIA
14.33 Travis d’Arnaud C NYM
16.33 Francisco Lindor SS CLE
17 Byron Buxton OF MIN
17.33 Shelby Miller RHP STL
18 Jameson Taillon RHP PIT
18.33 Mike Zunino C SEA
18.67 Trevor Bauer RHP CLE
20.33 Billy Hamilton OF CIN
21 Javier Baez SS CHI
22.33 Carlos Correa SS HOU
25 Anthony Rendon 3B WAS
26 Archie Bradley RHP ARI
26.67 Nick Castellanos OF DET
28.33 Kyle Zimmer RHP KC
28.67 Jonathan Singleton 1B HOU
29.67 Kevin Gausman RHP BAL
34.33 Jackie Bradley OF BOS
34.33 Julio Teheran RHP ATL
35 Albert Almora OF CHI
35.33 Bubba Starling OF KC
35.33 Addison Russell SS OAK
36 Mason Williams OF NYY
36.67 Carlos Martinez RHP STL
37 Gary Sanchez C NYY
37.67 Danny Hultzen LHP SEA
38.33 Mike Olt 3B TEX
39.33 Jorge Soler OF CHI
39.67 Aaron Sanchez RHP TOR
45 Chris Archer RHP TB
46 George Springer OF HOU
46.67 Trevor Rosenthal RHP STL
49.67 David Dahl OF COL
49.67 Alen Hanson SS PIT
50 Max Fried LHP SD
50 Kaleb Cowart 3B LAA
51 Taylor Guerrieri RHP TB
51.67 Robert Stephenson RHP CIN
52.33 Matt Barnes RHP BOS
52.67 Kyle Gibson RHP MIN
53.33 Alex Meyer RHP MIN
55.33 Brian Goodwin OF WAS
55.67 Austin Hedges C SD
57 Gregory Polanco OF PIT
58 Casey Kelly RHP SD
60 Noah Syndergaard RHP NYM
61 Allen Webster RHP BOS
63.67 Jedd Gyorko 2B SD
64.33 Oswaldo Arcia OF MIN
65 Nick Franklin SS SEA
65.67 Courtney Hawkins OF CWS
68 Tyler Austin OF NYY
68.33 Jake Odorizzi RHP TB
68.67 Wily Peralta RHP MIL
70 Rymer Liriano OF SD
71.67 Nolan Arenado 3B COL
72 Jake Marisnick OF MIA
72.67 Lucas Giolito RHP WAS
73 Aaron Hicks OF MIN
73.33 Justin Nicolino LHP MIA
73.67 Slade Heathcott OF NYY
74.67 Yasiel Puig OF LAD
74.67 Hak-Ju Lee SS TB
75 Andrew Heaney LHP MIA
76 Kyle Crick RHP SF
80 Matt Davidson 3B ARI
81.33 DiDi Gregorius SS ARI
81.67 James Paxton LHP SEA
81.67 Jesse Biddle LHP PHI
82 Tony Cingrani LHP CIN
82 Yordano Ventura RHP KC
82 Zach Lee RHP LAD
82.67 Arodys Vizcaino RHP CHI
82.67 Corey Seager 3B LAD
84 Lance McCullers RHP HOU
84 Jonathan Schoop 2B BAL
86 Dorssys Paulino SS CLE
86.33 Kolten Wong 2B STL
86.67 Michael Wacha RHP STL
87 Adam Eaton OF ARI
87.67 Luis Heredia RHP PIT
89 Daniel Corcino RHP CIN
89 Eddie Rosario 2B MIN
89.67 Martin Perez LHP TEX
92 Avisail Garcia OF DET
92 Jarred Cosart RHP HOU
92.33 Marcell Ozuna OF MIA
92.67 Roberto Osuna RHP TOR
92.67 Cody Buckel RHP TEX
93.33 Trevor Story SS COL
93.67 A.J. Cole RHP WAS
94 Clayton Blackburn RHP SF
94 Ethan Martin RHP PHI
94.33 Delino DeShields 2B HOU
94.33 Alex Colome RHP TB
94.67 Adeiny Hechavarria SS MIA
95.33 Henry Owens LHP BOS
95.33 Luis Sardinas SS TEX
95.67 Joc Pederson OF LAD
96 J.R. Graham RHP ATL
96 Bruce Rondon RHP DET
96.67 Joe Ross RHP SD
96.67 Jorge Alfaro C TEX
98 Adam Morgan RHP PHI
99.33 Jose Iglesias SS BOS
100 Marcus Stroman RHP TOR
100.33 Nathan Karns RHP WAS
100.67 Roman Quinn SS PHI
100.67 Eduardo Rodriguez LHP BAL
100.67 Gary Brown OF SF
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