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My 2012 milb top 100



End of Season list.
Every 4 months or so, (February or march, mid-season, and September this yr.) I like to come out with my list, so here is the 2012 end of season list: Without this community and all the insightful things i read from many of you guys contributing, and things John puts up really goes a long long way. Also thanks to Bullpen Banter as well, as i'm a frequent reader there in recent days.

Enjoy :) You're labor day everybody

1. Jurickson Profar , SS , Rangers (1)

2. Wil Myers , OF , K.C. Royals (1)

3. Dylan Bundy , SP , Orioles (1)

4. Manny Machado* , SS/3B , Orioles (2)

5. Taijuan Walker , SP , Mariners (1)

6. Carlos Correa , SS , Astros (1) (wierd, but i like him a bit more than Machado when he was drafted)

7. Trevor Bauer* , SP , D' Backs (1)

8. Xander Bogaerts , SS/3B , Red Sox (1)

9. Gerrit Cole , SP , Pirates (1)

10. Jose Fernandez , SP , Marlins (1)

11. Zack Wheeler , SP , Mets (1)

12. Oscar Tavares , OF , Cardinals (1)

13. Billy Hamilton , SS , Reds (1)

14. Danny Hultzen , SP , Mariners (2) (I'm not too worried with the lack of control this yr. Matusz haters)

15. Tyler Skaggs , SP , D' backs (2)

16. Mike Zunino , C , Mariners (3)

17. Byron Buxton , OF , Twins (1)

18. Travis d ' Arnaud , C , Blue Jays (1)

19. Anthony Rendon , 3B/2B , Nationals (1)

20. Jameson Taillon , SP , Pirates (2)

21. Archie Bradley , SP , D' Backs (3)

22. Javier Baez , SS/3B ,Cubs (1) (I should probably take some flak for this ranking, though don't think its warranted)

23. Max Fried , SP , Padres (1)

24. Nolen Arenado , 3B , Rockies (1) (I admitdly ranked him too high last year, but still like the glove,bat combo)

25. Julio Teheran* , SP , Braves (1)

26. Delino DeShields Jr. , 2B , Astros (2)

27. Matt Barnes , SP , Red Sox (2)

28. Gary Sanchez, C , Yankees (1)

29. Miguel Sano , 3B , Twins (2) (can prob. only go up from here on out, even with loss of 3B elg.)

30. Nick Castellanos , 3B , Tigers (1)

31. Christian Yelich , OF , Marlins (2)

32. Shelby Miller, SP , Cardinals (2) (the enigma that is sometimes Shelby, is it mechanics or something more?)

33. Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians (1) (feels blatently low, but he really cooled off)

34. Austin Hedges , C , Padres (2)

35. Jackie Bradley Jr. , OF , Red Sox (3)

36. Bubba Starling , OF , K.C. Royals (2) (one of the toughest to rank for me.)

37. Kevin Gausman , SP , Orioles (3)

38. Carlos Martinez, SP , Cardinals (3)

39. Jorge Soler, OF , Cubs (2) (tough to gauge, but after what Cespedes is doing..)

40. Mason Williams, OF , Yankees (2)

41. Johnathon Singleton, 1B/ OF , Astros (3) (may be low here, but K's concern me some.)

42. Kyle Crick, SP , Giants (1)

43. Taylor Guerrieri , SP , Rays (1) (K :BB ratio is sick)

44. Kolten Wong , 2B , Cardinals (4)

45. David Dahl , OF , Rockies (2) (may be high here to some of you, but I'm confident)

46. Cody Buckel , SP , Rangers (2)

47. Nick Franklin , SS, Mariners (4) (finally warming up to him)

48. Jacob Turner* , SP , Marlins (3)

49. Tyler Austin , OF , Yankees (3)

50. Kyle Zimmer , SP , K.C. Royals (3)

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51. Alen Hanson , SS , Pirates (3)

52. Trevor Story , SS , Rockies (3)

53. Hak-Ju Lee , SS , Rays (2)

54. James Paxton , SP , Mariners (5)

55. Didi Gregorious , SS , Reds (2) (I've been a big fan for a loong time, His defense is soo good)

56. Jacob Odorizzi , SP , K.C. Royals (4)

57. Eddie Rosario , 2B/OF , Twins (3)

58. Justin Nicolino , SP , Blue Jays (2) (overall #'s are fantastic, it'll be interesting to see what he does next yr.)

59. Yordano Ventura , SP , K.C. Royals (5)

60. A.J. Cole , SP , Athletics (1)

61. Nick Tropeano , SP , Astros (4)

62. Cheslor Cuthbert , 3B , K.C. Royals (6)

63. Addison Russell , SS , Athletics (2)

64. Jesse Biddle , SP , Phillies (1)

65. Gregory Polanco , OF , Pirates (4) (i'd imagine he'll be in a lot of top 50's, but he's far far away)

66. Aaron Sanchez , SP , Blue Jays (3)

67. Jake Marisnick,OF, Blue Jays(4)(just a speed bump this yr, he'll be back strong in AA next yr. tho repeating level)

68. Rougned Odor , 2B/SS , Rangers (3)

69. Oswaldo Arcia , OF , Twins (4)

70. Jarred Cosart , SP , Astros (5)

71. Rymer Liriano , OF , Padres (3)

72. Luis Heredia , SP , Pirates (5) (I expect him to become a top 25/40 prospect next year)

73. George Springer , OF , Astros (6)

74. Robert Stephenson , SP , Reds (3)

75. Jorge Bonifacio, OF , K.C. Royals (7)

76. Gary Brown , OF , Giants (2)

77. Jedd Gyorko , 3B , Padres (4)

78. Zach Lee , SP , Dodgers (1) (Needs to cutt down the walks, and pitch with some dignity next yr.)

79. Mikie Mahtook, OF , Rays (3)

80. Noah Syndergaard, SP, Blue Jays (5)

81. Joc Pederson , OF , Dodgers (2)

82. Brian Goodwin jr. , OF , Nats (2)

83. Tony Cingrani , SP , Reds (4) ( I have a bit of a fetish for lefties who have 3-5 good pitches at their disposal)

84. Brandon Nimmo , OF , Mets (3)

85. Corey Seager , 3B , Dodgers (3)

86. Joe Panik , SS, Giants (3) (pretty much my favorite middle infield prospect in the NL West, and prob. the best)

87. Martin Perez* , SP , Rangers (4)

88. Wilmer Flores , 3B , Mets (4)

89. Aaron Hicks , OF , Twins (5)

90. Sean Gilmartin, SP , Braves (3)

91. Kaleb Cowart , 2B , Angels (1)

92. Nick Maronde , P , Angels (2)

93. Joey Gallo , 1B/ 3B , Rangers (5)

94. Dorssys Paulino, SS , Indians (2)

95. Brad Miller , SS , Mariners (6)

96. Avisail Garcia, OF , Tigers (2) (getting an mlb tune up right now)

97. Trevor May , SP , Phillies (2)

98. Dan Vogelbach , 1B , Cubs (3) (originally liked Vogy more and had him higher; higher than Gallo)

99. Albert Almora , OF , Cubs (4)

100. Tyrell Jenkins, SP , Cardinals (5)

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101. Josh Bell, OF , Pirates (6)

102. Casey Kelly , SP , Padres (5) (maybe the one big omission)

103. Clayton Blackburn, SP , Giants (4)

104. Michael Wacha, SP , Cards (6)

105. Garrin Cecchini , 3B , Red Sox (5)

106. Josh Sale , OF , Rays (4) (fell below Mahtook b/c of failed drug test) enter Bryce Brentz or Mike Choice here.

107. Matt Szczur , OF , Cubs (5)

108. Manny Banuelos , SP , Yankees (4)

109. Trevor Rosenthal, SP , Cards (7)

110. Robbie Erlin , SP , Padres (6)

111. Alex Meyer, SP , Nationals

112. Dillon Howard , SP , Indians

113. Mike Kickham , SP , Giants

114. Henry Owens , SP , Red Sox (4) (i feel he's deserved it over webster, workman even, originally had him in 100)

115. Scooter Gennett , 2B , Brewers

H.M. : Rafael Montero, P Mets | Domingo Tapia, P Mets | Christian Villenueva, 3B Cubs | Ronald Torreyes, 2B Cubs | Junior Lake, SS Cubs | Max Kepler, OF Twins | J.O. Berrios, SP Twins || Kyle Smith, P Royals || Nick Kingham, P Pirates | Jose Campos, P Yankees | David Holmberg, P D'Backs | Daniel Corcino, P Reds | Robbie Grossman, OF Astros | Lucas Giolito, P Nationals | Tyler Thornburg, P Brewers | Zach Cox 2B, Marlins | Miles Head, 1B Athletics | Adam Conley, SP Marlins | Andrew Chafin, SP D'Backs | Jorge Alfaro, C Rangers | Oscar Hernadez, C Rays | Nestor Molina, SP Chi Sox | Yaisel Puig, OF LAD | SP Sonny Gray, Athletics | SP Justin Grimm/ Neil Ramirez, Rangers. (with Smith, Tapia, Alfaro, Kepler and Holmberg rounding out the 120)

*** Matt Harvey , Andrelton Simmons, MIke Olt, Jean Segura, Brett Jackson, Starling Marte, Anthony Gose, Ryan Lavarnway, Dan Straily I have as graduates. (previously all top 50/60 guys except Straily) Garrett Richards, Brad Peacock, and D. Pomeranz as well.***

Don't sleep on: J.R. Graham, Jesse Hahn, John Lamb, Kyle Gibson, Chris Parmelee, Travis Harrison, Jon Schoop, Evan Gattis, Ronald Guzman, Miguel de los Santos, Roman Mendez, Chris Owings, Courtney Hawkins, Danny Rosenbaum, Chris Archer, Enny Romero, Drew Vettleson, Jace Peterson, Tommy La Stella, Michael Choice, Marcell Ozuna, Arodys Vizcaino (cubbies), Roberto Osuna, Michael Fulmer, Mike Montgomery ?, Allen Webster and the Cecchini Bro's too! :)

--- I *Roughly* (loosely) rank the farm systems as follows:

1. K.C. Royals (Zimmer, Ventura, Odorizzi, Lamb, Adam, Dwyer, Smith, Monty, Melville, Myers, Starling, Bonifacio, Cuthbert, Callixte, Eibner, Hernandez)

2. Texas Rangers (depth, just so strong in latin america)

3. Toronto Blue Jays (pitching depth)

4. San Diego Padres

5. St. Louis Cardinals

6. Tampa Bay Rays

7. Pittsburgh Pirates

8. Houston Astros (could rank higher?)

9. Seattle Mariners (if you go purely by my top 100 list, they'd be top 3 or 5.)

10. Boston Red Sox (quietly, or Loudly accumulating a lot of depth)

(next 5 would probably be Chicago Cubs, Arizona D' Backs, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, and either the Yankees or Athletics)

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