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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

Minor League All-Stars: South Atlantic League

We’re quickly approaching the time of year where the various full-season leagues in the Minors have their respective All-Star breaks. The rosters for those games are often stocked with legitimate prospects, especially at the lower levels. So I thought it would be a  fun exercise to look at the rosters and cross-reference it with the Top 50 prospects list, as well as the team and positional Top 10s, all of which can be found over on the Prospect Watch. Today, we’ll take a look at the South Atlantic League, whose All-Star Game will take place on June 21 in Delmarva.

North Division

Jameson Taillon, Pirates: No. 13 on Top 50; No. 1 on Pirates Top 10; No. 3 on RHP Top 10

Manny Machado, Orioles: No. 18 on Top 50; No. 1 on Orioles Top 10; No. 1 on SS Top 10

Bryce Harper, Nationals: No. 2 on Top 50; No. 1 on Nationals Top 10; No. 2 on OF Top 10

Trayce Thompson, White Sox: No. 6 on White Sox Top 10

Christian Yelich, Marlins: No. 3 on Marlins Top 10

South Division

Jio Mier, Astros: No. 5 on Astros Top 10

Kyle Parker, Rockies: No. 5 on Rockies Top 10

Slade Heathcott, Yankees: No. 8 on Yankees Top 10

Cory Vaughn, Mets: No. 7 on Mets Top 10

Using an oh-so-scientific system of giving 5 points for a Top 50 player; 3 points for a Top 10 position player and 2 points for a Top 10 organizational player, we end up with:

North: 34

South: 8

Hmm, not so close on paper in terms of prospect status. So I’ll guesstimate the South will win, 3-2.

Top 50 update

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming…

Well, first, a quick shout out to Cory Spangenberg, the first first-round pick to sign. The No. 10 overall pick came to terms with the Padres officially on June 10. The next day, No. 29 overall, Joe Panik, signed with the San Francisco Giants. Both first-rounders will begin their pro careers in the short-season Northwest League, which begins its season on Friday, June 17.  Spangenberg’s Eugene Emeralds will travel to Panik’s Salem-Keizer Volcanoes June 22-24.

You can keep up with all the Draft signings with MLB.com’s handy-dandy Draft history section, which contains every pick from every Draft. I’ll try to post updates here when I get them.

Now back to the usual Top 50 updates on Mondays. I know it’s been a few weeks, but we’ll stick with the same Player/Pitcher of the Week formats. First, the hitters… and kudos to Mike Moustakas and Dee Gordon for getting call ups to the bigs!

Hitter of the week: Putting the big league debuts aside, it’s hard to look past what No. 1 prospect Mike Trout is doing, isn’t it? Still a teenager, he’s now sixth in the Texas League in average, fifth in OPS and second in steals. Last week, he went 12-for-26, with three triples, one homer, one RBI and five steals in six attempts.

RANK PLAYER TEAM LEVEL AVG SLG OBP AB HR RBI SB
1 Trout, Mike LAA AA 0.323 0.547 0.427 201 7 19 21
2 Harper, Bryce WAS A 0.338 0.601 0.434 213 14 43 12
3 Brown, Domonic PHI MLB 0.235 0.397 0.312 68 2 9 2
AAA 0.341 0.537 0.431 41 2 10 1
A+ 0.368 0.737 0.429 19 2 4 0
4 Ackley, Dustin SEA AAA 0.291 0.481 0.41 258 9 32 6
5 Moustakas, Mike KC MLB 0.3 0.6 0.462 10 1 1 0
AAA 0.287 0.498 0.347 223 10 44 1
6 Hosmer, Eric KC MLB 0.284 0.446 0.335 148 5 21 2
AAA 0.439 0.582 0.525 98 3 15 3
7 Montero, Jesus NYY AAA 0.289 0.408 0.333 201 4 22 0
9 Jennings, Desmond TB AAA 0.29 0.483 0.384 238 9 29 12
12 Myers, Wil KC AA 0.266 0.358 0.331 109 2 11 2
18 Machado, Manuel BAL A 0.304 0.548 0.404 115 6 23 3
19 Belt, Brandon SF MLB 0.211 0.281 0.328 57 1 4 2
AAA 0.337 0.525 0.47 101 4 21 3
21 Lawrie, Brett TOR AAA 0.354 0.677 0.415 223 15 49 11
23 Singleton, Jonathan PHI A+ 0.257 0.341 0.374 179 3 20 1
25 Sanchez, Gary NYY A 0.231 0.378 0.317 143 4 22 1
29 Chisenhall, Lonnie CLE AAA 0.25 0.392 0.342 232 5 30 0
31 Franklin, Nick SEA A+ 0.277 0.424 0.364 231 5 19 9
32 Hicks, Aaron MIN A+ 0.268 0.389 0.377 190 2 19 7
34 Rosario, Wilin COL AA 0.25 0.451 0.289 184 9 20 0
35 Iglesias, Jose BOS MLB 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
AAA 0.235 0.241 0.275 162 0 12 4
37 Gordon, Dee LAD MLB 0.304 0.304 0.304 23 0 0 2
AAA 0.315 0.37 0.361 200 0 18 22
38 Mesoraco, Devin CIN AAA 0.328 0.562 0.409 201 8 39 1
39 Jackson, Brett CHI AA 0.265 0.465 0.385 155 6 24 13
41 Alonso, Yonder INT AAA 0.315 0.504 0.372 238 8 38 5

Some notes on pitchers. John Lamb needed Tommy John surgery; Tyler Matzek got demoted; Jordan Lyles made his big-league debut and Shelby Miller got bumped up to Double-A, all since the last time I updated.

Pitcher of the Week:  Julio Teheran lowered his Triple-A ERA to 1.91 with a gem on June 9. The young right-hander went eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits while walking none. He struck out 11. He’s got a 0.64 ERA now in two June starts

RANK PLAYER TEAM LEVEL W L ERA IP H R ER BB SO AVG
8 Teheran, Julio ATL MLB 0 1 5.19 8.2 10 5 5 4 2 0.286
AAA 6 1 1.98 63.2 51 18 14 18 57 0.225
10 Montgomery, Mike KC AAA 2 3 5.22 70.2 64 46 41 41 56 0.242
11 Turner, Jacob DET AA 1 1 3.05 73.2 62 26 25 18 61 0.223
13 Taillon, Jameson PIT A 2 1 3.32 38 37 15 14 4 30 0.255
14 Miller, Shelby STL AA 1 0 2.25 12 13 4 3 4 14 0.277
A+ 2 3 2.89 53 40 20 17 20 81 0.204
15 Minor, Mike ATL MLB 0 2 4.5 22 26 11 11 11 15 0.299
AAA 3 2 2.23 60.2 48 17 15 15 63 0.22
16 Kelly, Casey SD AA 4 2 3.98 72.1 79 40 32 20 55 0.276
17 Perez, Martin TEX AA 4 1 3.03 71.1 68 26 24 27 68 0.26
20 Moore, Matthew TB AA 3 3 2.75 68.2 52 26 21 21 92 0.206
22 Parker, Jarrod ARI AA 5 5 4.95 56.1 51 35 31 27 52 0.251
24 Lyles, Jordan HOU MLB 0 1 4.15 17.1 18 8 8 3 12 0.269
AAA 3 3 3.2 59 57 21 21 16 41 0.265
26 Matzek, Tyler COL A+ 0 3 9.82 33 34 37 36 46 37 0.266
A 0 1 7.04 7.2 11 6 6 9 8 0.333
27 Lamb, John KC AA 1 2 3.09 35 33 15 12 13 22 0.246
28 Banuelos, Manny NYY AA 2 0 2.88 56.1 50 21 18 32 53 0.245
30 Odorizzi, Jake KC A+ 5 1 2.97 60.2 53 22 20 18 82 0.237
33 Gibson, Kyle MIN AAA 3 5 3.86 65.1 64 32 28 14 68 0.249
36 Scheppers, Tanner TEX AAA 0 0 13.5 2 4 3 3 0 3 0.4
40 Archer, Christopher TB AA 2 3 5.43 64.2 77 45 39 36 62 0.3
42 Friedrich, Christian COL AA 4 4 4.29 65 68 41 31 18 53 0.263
43 Cosart, Jarred PHI A+ 6 3 2.76 65.1 49 22 20 25 51 0.212
44 Skaggs, Tyler ARI A+ 4 5 3.51 77 63 33 30 29 95 0.221

Top 50 Update No. 7

Just a real quick update today as I’m kind of entrenched in Draft stuff these days. Speaking of which, be sure to join me in my Draft chat at 2 p.m. ET today.

Here are the Top 50 hitters:

For Hitter of the Week, I’ve got to go with Brett Lawrie again. Not only did the Blue jays 3B prospect go 13-for-26 with three homers and 11 RBIs, he hit in every game during the week and had five multi-hit games.  He finished off the week wiht a two-homer game on Sunday. And, to make things interesting, big league manager John Farrell took some by surprise my mentioning Lawrie as someone who could be playing in Toronto sooner rather than later

RANK PLAYER TEAM LEVEL AVG SLG OBP AB HR RBI SB
1 Trout, Mike LAA AA 0.308 0.538 0.415 143 6 17 9
2 Harper, Bryce WAS A 0.349 0.638 0.429 149 10 34 7
3 Brown, Domonic PHI MLB 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
AAA 0.341 0.537 0.431 41 2 10 1
A+ 0.368 0.737 0.429 19 2 4 0
4 Ackley, Dustin SEA AAA 0.264 0.429 0.375 182 7 23 6
6 Moustakas, Mike KC AAA 0.265 0.49 0.347 155 8 34 1
7 Hosmer, Eric KC MLB 0.288 0.525 0.348 59 3 7 1
AAA 0.439 0.582 0.525 98 3 15 3
8 Montero, Jesus NYY AAA 0.315 0.434 0.353 143 3 17 0
10 Jennings, Desmond TB AAA 0.28 0.466 0.391 161 6 19 9
15 Myers, Wil KC AA 0.284 0.392 0.357 74 2 9 2
16 Freeman, Freddie ATL MLB 0.248 0.376 0.333 157 4 14 1
23 Machado, Manuel BAL A 0.333 0.611 0.45 90 5 21 3
24 Belt, Brandon SF MLB 0.192 0.269 0.3 52 1 4 2
AAA 0.352 0.56 0.483 91 4 20 3
26 Lawrie, Brett TOR AAA 0.346 0.633 0.403 188 11 37 9
28 Singleton, Jonathan PHI A+ 0.267 0.336 0.372 116 2 15 1
30 Sanchez, Gary NYY A 0.238 0.402 0.312 122 4 21 1
34 Chisenhall, Lonnie CLE AAA 0.272 0.424 0.363 158 4 24 0
36 Franklin, Nick SEA A+ 0.255 0.412 0.352 153 3 12 7
37 Hicks, Aaron MIN A+ 0.255 0.379 0.354 153 2 17 6
39 Rosario, Wilin COL AA 0.27 0.516 0.31 122 7 15 0
40 Iglesias, Jose BOS MLB 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
AAA 0.222 0.222 0.252 99 0 5 2
42 Gordon, Dee LAD AAA 0.313 0.381 0.36 147 0 13 15
43 Mesoraco, Devin CIN AAA 0.285 0.474 0.373 137 5 21 1
44 Jackson, Brett CHI AA 0.295 0.518 0.42 112 4 17 13
47 Alonso, Yonder CIN AAA 0.329 0.535 0.39 155 5 23 5

And now, for the pitchers…

Pitcher of the Week honors go to Martin Perez of the Rangers. In two starts, the young lefty went 13 2/3 innings, allowed just two earned runs on 10 hits and five walks, while striking out 16. It looks like he’s continuing his progress quite nicely for Double-A Frisco.

RANK PLAYER TEAM LEVEL W L ERA IP H R ER BB SO AVG
5 Chapman, Aroldis CIN MLB 2 0 6.92 13 6 11 10 20 15 0.143
9 Teheran, Julio ATL MLB 0 1 5.19 8.2 10 5 5 4 2 0.286
AAA 3 0 1.91 37.2 28 11 8 12 32 0.211
11 Pineda, Michael SEA MLB 6 2 2.16 58.1 41 15 14 14 61 0.194
12 Montgomery, Mike KC AAA 2 1 4.01 49.1 45 27 22 27 40 0.245
13 Turner, Jacob DET AA 1 1 2.53 53.1 42 16 15 12 44 0.211
16 Taillon, Jameson PIT A 1 1 2.84 19 19 7 6 3 18 0.257
17 Britton, Zach BAL MLB 5 2 2.14 59 43 15 14 19 33 0.210
18 Miller, Shelby STL A+ 2 3 3.13 46 37 19 16 19 69 0.216
19 Minor, Mike ATL MLB 0 1 10.38 4.1 7 5 5 4 2 0.389
AAA 2 2 2.56 52.2 47 17 15 14 54 0.244
20 Kelly, Casey SD AA 4 1 4.29 50.1 53 26 24 16 38 0.268
21 Perez, Martin TEX AA 1 0 2.31 46.2 37 13 12 23 48 0.226
24 Moore, Matthew TB AA 2 3 3.28 46.2 35 18 17 13 65 0.203
26 Parker, Jarrod ARI AA 3 3 6.39 38 38 30 27 21 29 0.273
28 Lyles, Jordan HOU AAA 2 3 3.57 53 53 21 21 15 40 0.273
30 Matzek, Tyler COL A+ 0 3 8.72 32 31 32 31 41 35 0.254
31 Lamb, John KC AA 1 2 3.09 35 33 15 12 13 22 0.246
32 Banuelos, Manny NYY AA 1 0 1.96 36.2 29 10 8 20 34 0.223
34 Odorizzi, Jake KC A+ 4 0 2.28 43.1 35 13 11 9 59 0.223
37 Gibson, Kyle MIN AAA 1 3 4.25 42.1 42 21 20 8 41 0.251
40 Scheppers, Tanner TEX AAA 0 0 13.5 2 4 3 3 0 3 0.4
44 Archer, Christopher TB AA 1 2 5.98 43.2 56 32 29 22 38 0.32
46 Friedrich, Christian COL AA 3 3 4.95 43.2 46 25 24 12 33 0.269
47 Cosart, Jarred PHI A+ 4 3 3.17 54 42 20 19 19 38 0.22
48 Skaggs, Tyler ARI A+ 3 3 3.29 52 42 22 19 22 64 0.219

Top 50 Update No. 6

There should be new updates to the Top 50 coming soon, with new graduations meaning new players being added. Since last week, Dellin Betances has been added, so be sure to keep checking in on Prospect Watch for updates.

There were some outstanding performances this past week. I guess that’s why they’re considered top prospects… Let’s take a look, starting with hitters.

Hitter of the Week: Yonder Alonso

I do believe it’s officially time to start a Free the Prospect campaign here. Alonso, the Reds’ top pick in 2008 (No. 7 overall) is just going off. Last week, he hit .433 (13-for-30) with a homer and 7 RBIs. In May, Alonso has hit .404 with a .475 OBP and .692 SLG. He’s got a 10-game hitting streak going and you can see his season stats below. Really a first baseman, he’s not going to see any time there in Cincy, so he’s been playing left field. Sure, Jonny Gomes has struggled, but there’s also Chris Heisey up there, so there doesn’t appear to be an opening for Alonso. For now, at least, he’ll have to just keep on raking in Triple-A.

RANK PLAYER TEAM LEVEL AVG SLG OBP AB HR RBI SB
1 Trout, Mike LAA AA 0.303 0.549 0.386 122 6 17 6
2 Harper, Bryce WAS A 0.381 0.683 0.458 126 9 31 6
3 Brown, Domonic PHI AAA 0.353 0.588 0.425 34 2 7 1
3 Brown, Domonic A+ 0.368 0.737 0.429 19 2 4 0
4 Ackley, Dustin SEA AAA 0.263 0.417 0.383 156 5 19 6
6 Moustakas, Mike KC AAA 0.262 0.477 0.340 130 7 29 1
7 Hosmer, Eric KC MLB 0.241 0.517 0.343 29 2 5 1
7 Hosmer, Eric AAA 0.439 0.582 0.525 98 3 15 3
8 Montero, Jesus NYY AAA 0.336 0.443 0.369 122 2 12 0
10 Jennings, Desmond TB AAA 0.291 0.478 0.404 134 5 17 8
15 Myers, Wil KC AA 0.284 0.392 0.357 74 2 9 2
23 Machado, Manuel BAL A 0.333 0.611 0.450 90 5 21 3
24 Belt, Brandon SF MLB 0.192 0.269 0.300 52 1 4 2
24 Belt, Brandon AAA 0.388 0.567 0.533 67 2 13 3
26 Lawrie, Brett TOR AAA 0.321 0.574 0.375 162 8 26 9
28 Singleton, Jonathan PHI A+ 0.275 0.330 0.389 91 1 10 1
30 Sanchez, Gary NYY A 0.229 0.390 0.284 105 3 18 1
34 Chisenhall, Lonnie CLE AAA 0.280 0.439 0.377 132 3 22 0
36 Franklin, Nick SEA A+ 0.266 0.411 0.381 124 2 10 7
37 Hicks, Aaron MIN A+ 0.228 0.333 0.338 123 1 14 2
39 Rosario, Wilin COL AA 0.270 0.500 0.318 100 5 11 0
40 Iglesias, Jose BOS MLB 0.000 0.000 0.000 4 0 0 0
40 Iglesias, Jose AAA 0.253 0.253 0.278 87 0 4 2
42 Gordon, Dee LAD AAA 0.305 0.367 0.350 128 0 12 14
43 Mesoraco, Devin CIN AAA 0.303 0.532 0.398 109 5 19 1
44 Jackson, Brett CHI AA 0.295 0.518 0.420 112 4 17 13
47 Alonso, Yonder CIN AAA 0.331 0.535 0.386 127 4 18 4

Pitcher of the Week: Matthew Moore

It looks like the Rays’ talented lefty is back on track. For the week, the strikeout artist threw 11 1/3 innings, gave up just five hits and one run while walking five and striking out 15. The Minor League leader in strikeouts the last two years running is now on the leaderboard, with his 56 K’s tying him for fourth (As an aside, Tyler Skaggs, who could have easily been this week’s Pitcher of the Week, is just ahead of Moore in a three-way tie for first with 59 K’s.). For those who might worry about Moore’s command and control, it should be noted that he’s walked just 2.4 per nine innings so far this year, far below his career 4.2 ratio. And at 12.4 K/9 so far in 2011, it has impacted his ability to get swings and misses. Moore, in fact, has lowered his walk rate each season, from 5.1 in 2009 to 3.8 a year ago to his current 2.4. That’s the kind of progress you like to see.

Rank PLAYER TEAM LEVEL W L ERA IP H R ER BB SO AVG
5 Chapman, Aroldis CIN MLB 2 0 6.92 13 6 11 10 20 15 0.143
9 Teheran, Julio ATL MLB 0 1 5.79 4.2 4 3 3 2 1 0.222
9 Teheran, Julio AAA 3 0 1.91 37.2 28 11 8 12 32 0.211
12 Pineda, Michael SEA MLB 4 2 2.84 44.1 36 15 14 13 45 0.221
13 Montgomery, Mike KC AAA 2 1 4.25 42.1 38 24 20 25 33 0.242
14 Turner, Jacob DET AA 1 1 2.58 45.1 37 14 13 11 36 0.216
17 Taillon, Jameson PIT A 1 0 1.80 15 12 3 3 3 14 0.222
18 Britton, Zach BAL MLB 5 2 2.42 52 37 14 14 16 29 0.203
19 Miller, Shelby STL A+ 2 2 3.15 40 31 17 14 17 59 0.211
20 Minor, Mike ATL MLB 0 1 10.38 4.1 7 5 5 4 2 0.389
20 Minor, Mike AAA 2 1 2.22 44.2 37 12 11 14 46 0.228
21 Kelly, Casey SD AA 3 1 3.38 45.1 45 19 17 14 33 0.257
22 Perez, Martin TEX AA 1 0 2.73 33 27 10 10 18 32 0.231
25 Moore, Matthew TB AA 2 3 3.54 40.2 31 17 16 11 56 0.207
27 Parker, Jarrod ARI AA 3 3 6.00 33 32 25 22 20 27 0.271
29 Lyles, Jordan HOU AAA 1 3 3.97 45.1 47 20 20 14 35 0.283
31 Matzek, Tyler COL A+ 0 2 8.61 23 22 23 22 31 26 0.250
32 Lamb, John KC AA 1 2 3.15 34.1 33 15 12 13 21 0.250
33 Banuelos, Manny NYY AA 1 0 2.77 26 25 9 8 13 20 0.255
35 Odorizzi, Jake KC A+ 3 0 2.45 36.2 28 12 10 8 55 0.209
38 Gibson, Kyle MIN AAA 1 2 4.14 37 34 17 17 7 37 0.234
41 Scheppers, Tanner TEX AAA 0 0 13.50 2 4 3 3 0 3 0.400
45 Archer, Christopher TB AA 0 2 5.85 32.1 42 24 21 19 29 0.326
48 Friedrich, Christian COL AA 3 2 5.26 37.2 42 23 22 10 31 0.284
49 Cosart, Jarred PHI A+ 4 3 3.52 46 39 19 18 16 35 0.235
50 Skaggs, Tyler ARI A+ 2 3 3.20 45 36 19 16 21 59 0.218

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

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.

Top 50 Update No. 3

Hello all, I hope everyone enjoyed their respective holidays and perhaps some time off.

No rest for the weary at B3 (actually, I’m not weary, it just seemed like the thing to say). Time for another update of the Top 50 prospects. I guess the big news is Brandon Belt being sent down to Triple-A to work on his swing. So far, so good, as you’ll see. Let’s start with a Top 50 Player and Pitcher of the week, shall we?

Hitter of the Week: Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays

Yes, he’s playing in Triple-A Las Vegas, which is a nice place to hit. But I don’t care where you call home, starting a season .425/.468/.712 is just insane. And he’s just 21. This past week, the third baseman had a two-homer game. After going 0-for-4 in his first game of the week, he proceeded to go 11-for-22 (yes, that’s .500) with a double, three homers, five RBIs and two stolen bases. He also committed his sixth error (though it was his only one for the week) as he continues to learn how to play the hot corner. That might be the only reason he’s not getting the call yet.
And here’s all of the hitters to date:

Rank Name Team level avg ab hr rbi sb slg obp
1 Trout, Mike LAA aa 0.283 53 4 9 3 0.566 0.367
3 Harper, Bryce WAS a 0.306 49 3 14 3 0.551 0.414
5 Ackley, Dustin SEA aaa 0.236 72 2 4 4 0.333 0.345
7 Moustakas, Mike KC aaa 0.239 67 2 12 0 0.373 0.311
8 Hosmer, Eric KC aaa 0.358 67 1 9 1 0.463 0.443
9 Montero, Jesus NYY aaa 0.407 59 1 4 0 0.525 0.400
11 Jennings, Desmond TB aaa 0.266 64 2 6 5 0.391 0.413
16 Myers, Wil KC aa 0.261 46 2 8 2 0.435 0.300
17 Freeman, Freddie ATL mlb 0.250 72 3 8 0 0.431 0.349
24 Machado, Manuel BAL a 0.276 58 0 8 1 0.414 0.386
26 Belt, Brandon SF mlb 0.192 52 1 4 2 0.269 0.300
Belt, Brandon aaa 0.429 7 1 4 0 1.000 0.556
28 Lawrie, Brett TOR aaa 0.425 73 4 12 4 0.712 0.468
30 Singleton, Jonathan PHI a+ 0.306 36 1 7 0 0.444 0.419
32 Sanchez, Gary NYY a 0.231 39 1 6 0 0.359 0.279
36 Chisenhall, Lonnie CLE aaa 0.224 58 1 9 0 0.362 0.324
36 Franklin, Nick SEA a+ 0.291 55 1 5 4 0.473 0.409
39 Hicks, Aaron MIN a+ 0.231 52 0 3 0 0.327 0.317
41 Rosario, Wilin COL aa 0.310 42 4 9 0 0.714 0.370
42 Iglesias, Jose BOS aaa 0.216 51 0 4 1 0.216 0.259
44 Gordon, Dee LAD aaa 0.281 64 0 7 8 0.344 0.314
45 Mesoraco, Devin CIN aaa 0.261 46 3 9 0 0.565 0.352
46 Jackson, Brett CHI aa 0.375 56 3 11 6 0.679 0.486
48 Arencibia, J.P. TOR mlb 0.245 53 3 7 0 0.528 0.310
49 Alonso, Yonder CIN aaa 0.278 54 1 2 2 0.389 0.322

Pitcher of the Week: Martin Perez, LHP, Rangers

Michael Pineda certainly gets a shout out for his six innings of shutout ball in the bigs, but this week, we’ll go with the young Rangers lefty who looks like perhaps he’s starting to figure some things out in Double-A. Still just 20, Perez tossed five spotless innings on April 19 in a weather-shortened perfecto. Over his last two starts, he’s allowed no runs while yielding just four hits and two walks while striking out 12. He’s got 15 K’s in 13 innings and a .191 batting average against. Still a small sample size, but the stuff has always been there. Now some think he’s starting to turn a corner, which could be bad news for the AL West.

Now for all of the pitchers…

Rank Name Team level w l era ip h r er hr bb so
2 Hellickson, Jeremy TB mlb 1 2 4.32 25 23 12 12 3 11 20
6 Chapman, Aroldis CIN mlb 1 0 0.00 9.2 3 1 0 0 8 9
10 Teheran, Julio ATL aaa 1 0 1.69 16 12 5 3 0 6 11
12 Drabek, Kyle TOR mlb 1 0 3.00 24 19 9 8 2 15 19
13 Pineda, Michael SEA mlb 3 1 1.78 25.1 18 6 5 0 9 21
14 Montgomery, Mike KC aaa 1 1 3.00 21 16 8 7 1 12 18
15 Turner, Jacob DET aa 0 0 1.83 19.2 13 4 4 1 3 20
19 Britton, Zach BAL mlb 3 1 3.16 25.2 20 9 9 2 10 17
20 Miller, Shelby STL a+ 0 1 2.55 17.2 16 8 5 1 3 28
21 Minor, Mike ATL mlb 0 1 10.38 4.1 7 5 5 0 4 2
21 Minor, Mike aaa 1 0 1.45 18.2 13 4 3 1 5 22
22 Kelly, Casey SD aa 1 0 4.64 21.1 21 12 11 2 7 15
23 Perez, Martin TEX aa 1 0 1.38 13 9 2 2 0 4 15
25 Sale, Chris CWS mlb 2 0 6.23 8.2 11 6 6 2 2 10
27 Moore, Matthew TB aa 0 2 5.89 18.1 21 12 12 5 3 24
29 Parker, Jarrod ARI aa 1 2 12.00 12 16 18 16 3 9 10
31 Lyles, Jordan HOU aaa 1 2 4.71 21 24 11 11 2 5 11
33 Matzek, Tyler COL a+ 0 1 6.97 10.1 10 8 8 0 10 10
34 Lamb, John KC aa 0 1 5.56 11.1 12 7 7 1 8 8
35 Banuelos, Manny NYY aa 0 0 0.00 8 6 1 0 0 3 5
37 Odorizzi, Jake KC a+ 0 0 3.46 13 12 7 5 1 4 20
40 Gibson, Kyle MIN aaa 0 0 3.86 14 13 6 6 3 2 13
43 Scheppers, Tanner TEX aaa 0 0 13.50 2 4 3 3 0 0 3
47 Archer, Christopher TB aa 0 1 6.39 12.2 21 10 9 1 6 12
50 Friedrich, Christian COL aa 1 1 5.63 16 16 11 10 3 6 12

Top 50 Update No. 1

Hello all. Before I finish off the last couple OMGs (One More Guys) — just Braves and Blue Jays left, if I’m not mistaken — I want to introduce what I hope will be a new Monday feature: The Top 50 update.

By now, I hope, you’re familiar with our Top 50 Prospects list and how it breaks down. Now it’s time to see how they’re all doing so far.

Yes, I know the sample size is very small, especially since the Minor League season started just last Thursday. Tha t’s why I hope to make this a weekly post with updated stats, along with a Top 50 Player and Pitcher of the Week. So, without further ado…

Top 50 Player of the Week: No. 46 Brett Jackson

The Cubs outfielder has begun his season with Double-A Tennessee with a bang, going 7-for-17 in his first four games. That’s included a triple, a homer, six RBIs and a pair of stolen bases. He’s hit in all four games, three of them of the multi-hit variety. If he keeps that 1.230 OPS up, a trip to Triple-A Iowa can’t be too far off.

Top 50 Pitcher of the week: No. 19 Zach Britton

The Orioles’ young left-hander certainly doesn’t seem overwhelmed by being in the big leagues, does he? His MajorLeague debut came in Tampa on April 3 was a win, when he gave up one run over six innings. His second start, against the red-hot Rangers, handed Texas its first (and only) loss of the season: 7 2/3  more strong innings, no earned runs allowed. Six walks isn’t like him, but chalk that up to being a little jacked up about being in the Majors.

Here’s how the entire Top 50 has fared statistically so far this season:

Player, Team Pos Level Stats
1. Mike Trout, LAA OF AA .214/.313/.429, 4 G, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 3-for-14
2. Jeremy Hellickson, TB RHP MLB 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 4.76 ERA, .261 BAA
3. Bryce Harper, WAS OF A .267/.353/.267, 4 G, 3 RBI, 1 SB, 4-for-15
4. Domonic Brown, PHI OF MLB DL
5. Dustin Ackley, SEA 2B AAA .188/.316/.188, 4 G, 1 SB, 3-for-16
6. Aroldis Chapman, CIN LHP MLB 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA, .154 BAA
7. Mike Moustakas, KC 3B AAA .211/.250/.368, 4 G, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4-for-19
8. Eric Hosmer, KC 1B AAA .444/.500.500, 4 G, 2 RBI, 8-for-18
9. Jesus Montero, NYY C AAA .400/.400/.600, 3 G, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 6-for-15
10. Julio Teheran, ATL RHP AAA 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1.59 ERA, .118 BAA
11. Desmond Jennings, TB OF AAA .353/.476/.529, 4 G, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SB, 6-for-17
12. Kyle Drabek, TOR RHP MLB 13 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 12 K, 1.38 ERA, .163 BAA
13. Michael Pineda, SEA RHP MLB 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4.50 ERA, .227 BAA
14. Mike Montgomery, KC LHP AAA 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 9.00 ERA, .316 BAA
15. Jacob Turner, DET RHP AA 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 0.00 ERA, .100 BAA
16. Wil Myers, KC OF AA .333/.400/.389, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 6-for-18
17. Freddie Freeman, ATL 1B MLB .188/.257/.219, 10  G, 2 RBI, 7-for-32
18. Jameson Taillon, PIT RHP Extended Has not pitched
19. Zach Britton, BAL LHP MLB 13.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 8 K, 0.66 ERA, .159 BAA
20. Shelby Miller, STL RHP A Adv 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER 1 BB, 9 K, 0.00 ERA, .211 BAA
21. Mike Minor, ATL LHP MLB 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 10.38 ERA, .389 BAA
22. Casey Kelly, SD RHP AA 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 6.23 ERA, .313 BAA
23. Martin Perez, TEX LHP AA 3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 6.00 ERA, .385 BAA
24. Manny Machado, BAL SS A .364/.588/.636, 4 G, 3 RBI, 1 SB, 4-for-11 (2B, 3B)
25. Chris Sale, CWS LHP MLB 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 5.06 ERA, .304 BAA
26. Brandon Belt, SF 1B MLB .161/.257/.290, 9 G, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB, 5-for-31
27. Matt Moore, TB LHP AA 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1.80 ERA, .118 BAA
28. Brett Lawrie, TOR 3B AAA .375/.474/.625, 4 G, 6-for-16 (2 2B, 1 3B)
29. Jarrod Parker, ARI RHP AA Has not pitched
30. Jonathan Singleton, PHI OF A Adv .333/.474/.333, 4 G, 5-for-15
31. Jordan Lyles, HOU RHP AAA 4 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 6.75 ERA, .438 BAA
32. Gary Sanchez, NYY C A .250/.294/.563, 4 G, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4-for-16
33. Tyler Matzek, COL LHP A Adv 3 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 18.00 ERA, .357 BAA
34. John Lamb, KC LHP AA 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 6.00 ERA, .333 BAA
35. Manny Banuelos, NYY LHP AA Has not pitched
36. Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE 3B AAA .211/.286/.526, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4-for-19
37. Jake Odorizzi, KC RHP A Adv 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2.25 ERA, .250 BAA
38. Nick Franklin, SEA SS A Adv .000/.000/.000, 2 G, 0-for-7
39. Aaron Hicks, MIN OF A Adv .400/.526/.600, 4 G, 6-for-15, 1 2B, 1 3B
40. Kyle Gibson, MIN RHP AAA 3 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 9.00 ERA, .438 BAA
41. Wilin Rosario, COL C AA .300/.364/.700, 4 G, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3-for-10
42. Jose Iglesias, BOS SS AAA .429/.429/.429, 2 G, 3-for-7
43. Tanner Scheppers, TEX RHP AAA Has not pitched
44. Dee Gordon, LAD SS AAA .286/.333/.429, 4 G, 3 RBI, 3 SB, 4-for-14
45. Devin Mesoraco, CIN C AAA .286/.333/.786, 4 G, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 4-for-14
46. Brett Jackson, CHI OF AA .412/.524/.706, 4 G, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB, 7-for-17
47. Chris Archer, TB RHP AA 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2.25 ERA, .353 BAA
48. J.P. Arencibia, TOR C MLB .368/.429/1.000, 5 G, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 7-for-19
49. Yonder Alonso, CIN 1B AAA .188/.235/.188, 4 G, 3-for-16
50. Christian Friedrich, COL LHP AA 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1.80 ERA, .158 BAA

A quick hello

With this year’s Top 50 prospects list coming on Tuesday (be sure to watch on MLB.com and MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET), life has been a little crazy in B3 land, but I wanted to at least send out a quick hello to everyone who may have been wondering why the blog has been so quiet lately.

Hopefully, you’ve been reading my series on Top 10 prospects by position. In case you haven’t, the Top 10 Outfielders is currently live (and you can find links to the others). RHP and LHP close it out tomorrow.

I’ve also got a story on the 2011 Draft order, now that all Type A free agents have signed. Someone on Twitter asked what the sandwich round will look like. There’s still one Type B FA out there (Felipe Lopez) and the Red Sox will get a comp pick for him whenever he signs. But that said, here’s what the supplemental first-round will look like, I think (some teams with multiple picks, it  might not be precisely the right player associted with the compensatin at this point):

34 Nationals (Adam Dunn)
35 Blue Jays (Scott Downs)
36 Red Sox (Victor Martinez)
37 Rangers (Cliff Lee)
38 Rays (Carl Crawford)
39 Phillies (Jayson Werth)
40 Red Sox (Adrian Beltre)
41 Rays (Grant Balfour)
42 Rays (Rafael Soriano)
43 Diamondbacks (Adam LaRoche)
44 Mets (Pedro Feliciano)
45 Rockies (Octavio Dotel)
46 Blue Jays (John Buck)
47 White Sox (JJ Putz)
48 Padres (Jon Garland)
49 Giants (Juan Uribe)
50 Twins (Orlando Hudson)
51 Yankees (Javier Vazquez)
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