Top 120 Prospect List for 2012: Midseason Revision

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 28: Trevor Bauer #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches in his MLB debut against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 28, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Top 120 Baseball Prospect List Revision, July 2nd, 2012

Here is a revised Top 120 list for mid-season. I have deleted anyone who has exceeded rookie qualifications, or who is expected to do so, so you won't find Mike Trout or Bryce Harper, or Addison Reed or Robbie Ross. One exception is Anthony Rizzo, who was promoted while I was working on the list. He won't be on subsequent lists.

This list does NOT include 2012 draftees, nor does it include recent free agent signees like Jorge Soler who haven't played yet. I want more time to evaluate those guys.

I will do another list in August that will incorporate 2012 draftees and new free agents.

As always with these lists, I could tinker with it forever, but at some point you have to push the "publish" button. The list is based on a blending of long-term upside and present performance. A list focused entirely on upside and raw tools would look different than a list based exclusively on sabermetric principles. This list is something in between.


1) Jurickson Profar, SS, Texas Rangers (previously #5)
2) Wil Myers, OF, Kansas City Royals (previously #14)
3) Trevor Bauer, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks (previously #7)
4) Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore Orioles (previously #19)
5) Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners (previously #15)

6) Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (11)
7) Danny Hultzen, LHP, Seattle Mariners (25)
8) Manny Machado, SS, Baltimore Orioles (8)
9) Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (62)
10) Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (16)

11) Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston Red Sox (30)
12) Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins (31)
13) Zack Wheeler, RHP, New York Mets (36)
14) Andrelton Simmons, SS, Atlanta Braves (76)
15) Billy Hamilton, SS, Cincinnati Reds (57)

16) Nick Franklin, SS, Seattle Mariners (63)
17) Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Colorado Rockies (21)
18) Travis D'Arnaud, C, Toronto Blue Jays (26)
19) Nick Castellanos, 3B, Detroit Tigers (59)
20) Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks (23)

21) Jacob Turner, RHP, Detroit Tigers (18)
22) Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs (37)
23) Yasmani Grandal, C, San Diego Padres (42)
24) Carlos Martinez, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (33)
25) Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians (46)

26) Christian Yelich, OF, Miami Marlins (34)
27) Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Kansas City Royals (60)
28) Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves (10)
29) Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals (56)
30) Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies (13)

31) Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees (61)
32) Matt Harvey, RHP, New York Mets (35)
33) Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks (24)
34) Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington Nationals (20)
35) Shelby Miller, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (6)

36) Jackie Bradley, OF, Boston Red Sox
37) Mason Williams, OF, New York Yankees (92)
38) Mike Olt, 3B, Texas Rangers (65)
39) Jose Fernandez, RHP, Miami Marlins (previously Honorable Mention)
40) Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays (67)

41) Matt Barnes, RHP, Boston Red Sox (74)
42) Zach Lee, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (75)
43) Javier Baez, SS-3B, Chicago Cubs (109)
44) Bubba Starling, OF, Kansas City Royals (38)
45) Justin Nicolino, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays (68)

46) Eddie Rosario, 2B-OF, Minnesota Twins (90)
47) Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros (47)
48) Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays (107)
49) Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
50) Jedd Gyorko, 3B, San Diego Padres (50)

51) Anthony Gose, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (51)
52) Rymer Liriano, OF, San Diego Padres (54)
53) George Springer, OF, Houston Astros (55)
54) Jesse Biddle, LHP, Philadelphia Phillies (71)
55) Brett Jackson, OF, Chicago Cubs (27)

56) Trevor May, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies (40)
57) James Paxton, LHP, Seattle Mariners (29)
58) Garrett Richards, RHP, Los Angeles Angels (96)
59) Ryan Lavarnway, C, Boston Red Sox up (97)
60) Trevor Story, SS, Colorado Rockies up some (99)

61) Daniel Corcino, RHP, Cincinnati Reds (120)
62) Derek Norris, C, Oakland Athletics (88)
63) Robert Stephenson, RHP, Cincinnati Reds (HM)
64) Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Minnesota Twins (91)
65) Brian Goodwin, OF, Washington Nationals (HM)

66) Luis Heredia, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
67) Tyler Austin, OF, New York Yankees
68) Gary Brown, OF, San Francisco Giants (43)
69) Jake Marisnick, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (48)
70) Starling Marte, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (64)

71) Daniel Norris, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays (70)
72) Leonys Martin, OF, Texas Rangers (116)
73) Josh Bell, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (49)
74) Alex Meyer, RHP, Nationals (HM)
75) Rougned Odor, SS, Texas Rangers (HM)

76) Wilmer Flores, 3B, New York Mets (HM)
77) Alen Hanson, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates
78) Jean Segura, INF, Los Angeles Angels (66)
79) Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Tampa Bay Rays (58)
80) Jarred Cosart, RHP, Houston Astros (108)

81) Chris Archer, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
82) Manny Banuelos, LHP, New York Yankees (45)
83) Miles Head, 1B, Oakland Athletics
84) Cody Buckel, RHP, Texas Rangers (HM)
85) Martin Perez, LHP, Texas Rangers (83)

86) A.J. Cole, RHP, Oakland Athletics (52)
87) Michael Choice, OF, Oakland Athletics (53)
88) Tyrell Jenkins, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (69)
89) Trevor Rosenthal, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (HM)
90) Blake Swihart, C, Boston Red Sox

91) Brad Miller, SS, Seattle Mariners
92) Jonathan Schoop, SS, Baltimore Orioles (77)
93) Kaleb Cowart, 3B, Los Angeles Angels
94) Tony Cingrani, LHP, Cincinnati Reds
95) Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Kansas City Royals

96) Brandon Nimmo, OF, New York Mets (93)
97) Yordano Ventura, RHP, Kansas City Royals
98) Jeurys Familia, RHP, New York Mets (95)
99) Kyle Crick, RHP, San Francisco Giants
100) Matt Adams, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals (110)

101) Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, Kansas City Royals (39)
102) Robbie Erlin, LHP, San Diego Padres (79)
103) Joe Wieland, RHP, San Diego Padres (81)
104) Mikie Mahtook, OF, Tampa Bay Rays (94)
105) Brandon Jacobs, OF, Boston Red Sox (89)

106) Brad Peacock, RHP, Oakland Athletics (84)
107) Tyler Thornburg, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers (104)
108) Marcell Ozuna, OF, Miami Marlins (HM)
109) David Holmberg, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
110) Austin Hedges, C, San Diego Padres

111) Victor Sanchez, RHP, Seattle Mariners
112) Adam Conley, LHP, Miami Marlins
113) Chris Owings, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
114) Kyle Lotzkar, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
115) Chris Reed, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

116) J.R. Graham, RHP, Atlanta Braves
117) Wil Swanner, C, Colorado Rockies
118) C.J. Cron, 1B, Los Angeles Angels
119) Henry Owens, LHP, Boston Red Sox
120) Elier Hernandez, OF, Kansas City Royals

OTHER PLAYERS CONSIDERED FOR THE LIST:

Jorge Alfaro, C, Rangers; Cody Asche, 3B, Phillies; Dellin Betances, RHP, Yankees; Chad Bettis, RHP, Rockies; Jed Bradley, LHP, Brewers; Bryce Brentz, OF, Red Sox; Edwar Cabrera, LHP, Rockies; Jose Campos, RHP, Yankees; Carter Capps, RHP, Mariners; Garin Cecchini, 3B, Red Sox; Andrew Chafin, LHP, Diamondbacks; Alex Colome, RHP, Rays; Casey Crosby, LHP, Tigers; Zack Cox, 3B, Cardinals.

Matt Davidson, 3B, Diamondbacks; Delino DeShields, 2B, Astros; Mike Fiers, RHP, Brewers; Michael Fulmer, RHP, Mets; Drew Gagnon, RHP, Brewers; Sean Gilmartin, LHP, Braves; Sonny Gray, RHP, Athletics; A.J. Griffin, RHP, Athletics; Justin Grimm, RHP, Rangers; Ronald Guzman, OF, Rangers.

Johnny Hellweg, RHP, Angels; Aaron Hicks, OF, Twins; Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Brewers; Casey Kelly, RHP, Padres; Taylor Lindsay, INF, Angels; Nick Maronde, LHP, Angels; Alfredo Marte, OF, Diamondbacks; Jefry Marte, 3B, Mets; Tyler Matzek, LHP, Rockies; Deck McGuire, RHP, Blue Jays; Anthony Meo, RHP, Diamondbacks; Nestor Molina, RHP, White Sox; Mike Montgomery, LHP, Royals; Adam Morgan, LHP, Phillies; Joe Musgrove, RHP, Blue Jays; Joe Panik, INF, Giants; Wily Peralta, RHP, Brewers; Jace Peterson, SS, Padres.

Felipe Rivero, LHP, Rays; Enny Romero, LHP, Rays; Donn Roach, RHP, Padres; Joe Ross, RHP, Padres; Josh Sale, OF, Rays; Keyvius Sampson, RHP, Padres; Carlos Sanchez, 2B, White Sox; Matt Skole, 3B, Nationals; John Stilson, RHP, Blue Jays; Dan Straily, RHP, Athletics; Matt Szczur, OF, Cubs; Cory Spangenberg, Padres; Nick Tropeano, RHP, Astros; Jose Vinicio, SS, Red Sox; Allen Webster, RHP, Dodgers; Tim Wheeler, OF, Rockies.

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