My philosophy for these rankings revolves around the fact that no more than say, 40-60 of these fellas will have success as major league regulars or starting pitchers. Many will find careers as bench or bullpen guys but, If I rank a guy 75th or so, it means I have my doubts abouit them making it, not that I don't like them. Making the majors is tough, as you know. Also, sorry I didn't write a comment on every player, some I just couldn't come up with sonmething I thought was interesting or new to say ... or couldn't find a quote or comment about them that I could steal :) Enjoy!
1) Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers - 20 years, 1 month -I agree that some folks overrate Profar’s glove and speed - I think he will be rock-solid with the glove at short and, an above average but not great runner. However, I think what he can do with a bat in his hands is being sold short, even by some of his biggest supporters. Just as a matter of statistical/ age-relative-to-league context, a player who can put up a line of .281 .368 .452 in AA ball, at the age of 219, has enormous growth potential. To me, this meens he can be a LOT better than just projecting slight improvement of those numbers. I think he can hit .300 – .330 some years, perhaps reach 30 homers, smack lots of doubles abnd triples as well, and he has the batting eye to maximise all of this. This is backed up by what I see of him visually. I see bat conrol, balance, easy game power (despite his wiry frame) and, an advanced eye. In fact, as most of you know, almost everything about Profar’s game is advanced for his age. I see a monster player who is actually underrated on average, despite being the consensus top prospect in baseball. Everything about Profar spells superstar to me. Everything. He is the kind of player you move someone over to make room for, not the other way around. Last year: 4th
2)Oscar Taveras, St. Louis Cardinals - 21 in June - The aftermath is carnage but, the swing is sweet as candy. What a hitter. My favorite player. "Taveras has got a pretty sound approach," said the second scout. "His bat is in the zone all day, he has strength, he has balance—it's no wonder this guy has hit at every level. That's a really good hitter. I'm not sure what else you're looking for in a hitter." Last year: 8th
3) Zach Wheeler, New York Mets - 23 in late May - See Gerrit Cole comment. "I caught Wheeler during his time with Double-A Binghamton this year and the stuff was exceptional. He toyed with the hitters, using an electric arsenal: a 92-96 mph fastball, a tight mid-to-high 70s curveball with deep break and finish, an 83-86 mph slider, and a low-80s changeup. Wheeler also showed the ability and knowledge to utilize his whole repertoire..." - Chris Mellen Last year: 26th
4) Dylan Bundy, Baltimore Orioles - 20 years, 4 months - I am pretty darned sure that I am the only person who makes prospect lists who doesn't have Bundy moving upward much on his or her roll-call from a year ago. This bulldog could end up an all-time great. The signs are there. If it were just his stuff, his mechanics, and his size, I'd have more doubts but, it seems like it is who he is that seals his real chance at greatness, a super-deluxe Tim Hudson? Last year: 3rd
5) David Dahl, Colorado Rockies - 19 on April 1st - After his sensational debut in the Pioneer League, some who like to dream have gone crazy on David Dahl. Those who are more reasonable have urged restraint. Me, I see the age, and the awesome performance in the Pioneer League and I go look at the video - as much as I can find - and look hard for something NOT to like. I see nothing. He reminds me of Justin Morneau with Joe Mauer's adavanced approach at the plate, with plenty of athletic ability to be a more than solid corner outfielder. Dahl is an absolute prod-ig- ous talent with the bat in his hands though.
6) Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays - 22 years, 4 months - I put Nolan Arenado at 13 on my list pre-2012 and, Will Myers at 15. This, even though if you had asked me who was the better talent I think I would have said "Wil Myers", and fairly quickly I think. If I were drafting somewhere and both were available for my pick I believe I would have taken Myers as well. Strange the way the mind tricks one, becuase it seems like it should have been obvious now. Last year: 15th
7) Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians - 22 years, 2 months - When I saw Bauer in June, I didn’t feel like his command was poor. I felt like he looked like a pitcher who didn’t have a lot of confidence or was thinking too much out there and, could have attacked hiters more. We perhaps forget that he is still a kid who doesn’t know everything, or have complete belief in himself yet. He may be miles ahead of former teamate Gerritt Cole in pitchability, brains, and guts, but Bauer is still growing and learning, himself. Because he has been so advanced some folks treat Trevor like a finished product (and Cole like he has all the room for growth). I think Bauer has just as much room for growth, if not more. Bauer is the younger man too. Last year: 5th
10) Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers - 22 years, 4 months - Man, I knew he was talented but, not THIS good. His bat speed, power, run, and physicality were impressive this spring. What a talent. I would take him over Sano ithout much hesitation. "Puig is an absolute beast. I really don't think he even knows how strong he is. I saw him hit balls without solid swings that carried to the fence. He would watch the balls out of the batters box and not realize how hard he hit it. Needless to say, he's better than some of the early reports on him. His swing is much cleaner and he was in much better physical condition. I'm really intrigued by the guy —- he's one of those players that you just can't look away from when he's on the field. He would have easily been a top ten prospect if he had qualified. More than just a few AZL observers liked him better than Jorge Soler." - Bill Mitchell . I'm intrigued too Bill.
13) Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians - 19 years, four months - "Francisco Lindor is as instinctual on the field as any prospect you will find, existing in his surroundings like he was born and raised in the dirt-filled area between second and third. He moves in this space like I move in a bar." —Jason Parks. Last year: 12th
14) Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals - 23 in June -This winter: I'm not a doctor so, it'll be interesting to see what happens in the AFL . . . to say the least. This spring; I am impressed. Last year: 10th
15) Carlos Correa, Houston Astros - 18 AND 1/2, just a baby - "There weren't any major negatives about him. MAYBE he gets so big that he outgrows shortstop and slides over to third base, but frankly, people liked him at shortstop and they think he's going to stay there. The most positive is that the upside here is of a perennial all-star in the middle of the diamond with potential pluses for the hit and power tools. Potentially special player." - Ben Badler
16) Mike Zunino, Seattle Mariners - Turned 22 on March 25th - I am writing this report a month after I saw the games but, I recall thinking at the time (early August) that he would not struggle with an aggressive promotion to AA ball and, he certainly didn't. I think he has things to learn and refine but, I doubt he is long for the minor leagues. My scouting pal, Rolando Gonzalez, cautions against expectations should he reach the show next year (a la Dustin Ackley) but, should he debut as a .260-.270 hitter with a good eye, good pop, and solid defense across the board, as I believe he can – that is a HELL of a player. My gut tells me that he can grow into something even more than that.
17) Addison Russell, Oakland A's - 19 years, 2 months -
18) Jonathan Singleton, Houston Astros - 21 and 1/2 - Easy 7 raw power that should play at solid-average right out of the gate and has the potential to mature into 30-plus home run utility down the line; advanced secondary skills at the plate; excellent strike zone awareness and solid pitch recognition ability. Last year: 27th
19) Archie Bradley, Arizona Diamondbacks - 20 years, 8 months - Last year: 9th
20)Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox - 23 in a couple weeks - I had a feeling about him last year, and I have a feeling about him again this year. I just have to quit doubting myself about Bradley at all at some point. I think he is going to become a very special major league player... this year. Last year: 49th * I wrote all of this before spring traiing :)
21)Tyler Skaggs, Arizona Diamondbacks - 22 in July - Gutsy, tough, agressive, smart. The sum is better than the parts and, the parts are pretty darned good. Last year: 14th
22) Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates - 22 years, 7 months - I see all the potential everyone else sees, I just don't believe he will reach his ceiling. I don't think he will ever be a better big league pitcher than Trevor Bauer but, I could be wrong. "This was the most difficult call to make with the EL rankings, and I went back and forth with the decision. After polling about a dozen scouts, managers and front-office execs, I settled on Mets RHP Zack Wheeler as top pitching prospect in the EL. The consensus opinion was that while Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole's fastball and slider grade out a tick above Wheeler's, those surveyed felt that Wheeler had a higher probability of reaching his ceiling as a front-line starter. He command his fastball better and can get outs with the pitch even in hitter's counts. They also pointed to the fact that Wheeler has improved dramatically just in the past year — adding a slider and a changeup and improving his control — while Cole is largely the same pitcher he's been since first being drafted out of high school. Some even said they wouldn't be surprised if Cole turned out to be an all-star closer." - Matt Eddy. Last year: 23rd
23) Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals - 22 and 1/2 - Shelby is beautuful to watch pitch. He still reminds me of AJ Nurnett, for better or for worse. Last year: 21st
24) Hak-Ju Lee, Tampa Bay Rays - 22 years, 5 months - i still believe STRONGLY in him as a ballplayer. He can control the bat, runs very well, can take a pitch and will be a plus defender. Last year: 22nd
25) Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers - Just turned 21 - "It's not a great approach," said another AL scout. "He's got that hand thing, there's no stride, but he's just barreling them up. He's driving balls when he wants to, and he goes the other way. He has some kind of hand-eye coordination, barrel awareness, everything. He was driving balls to right-center field—it's not like he's just a singles guy. This guy can flat rake." Last year: 34th
26) Alen Hanson, Pittsburgh Pirates - 20 years, 5 months - Boy do I like this player. I say do not let his listed size - of 5' 11", 152 Lbs - fool you. He has power and the ability tio hit from both sides of the plate. He also has speed and, an idea at the plate. I don't think he ends up at Shortstop but, to me he is an extremely underrated ballplayer right now. Love him.
27) Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles - 22 years, 3 months -
28) Danny Hultzen, Seattle Mariners - 23 years, 4 months - I know, I know, nothing has been decided yet, and I fully like Hultzen as a person and a pitcher and as a Mariner fan. I believe he will become a good major league pitcher. That all said, it is striking how often a team who drafts a player because he is closer, or safer,or has a higher floor, is just simply drafting a player who is not as talented . . . and subsequently, the ideas of closeness, safeness, and floor turnn out to be imaginary ones. I don’t believe that Hultzen has any of those (or had at draft time) advantages over Francisco Lindor, Trevor Buaer, Dylan Bundy, Archie Bradley, etc. I think maybe 75 perent of floor/ceiling talk is make-believe. The ballplayer who is percieved to have the higher upside, usually has the higher floor as well. Last year: 29th
29) Travis d'Arnaud, New York Mets - 24 years, 2 months - Last year: 28th
30) George Springer, Houston Astros - 23 years, 6 months - Here is an example of where I go from being a strictly contextual "PAL" guy, as Mekonsrock would say (that is Performance, Age, and League, by the way) and say that I believe in Springer's talents a lot more than I would from just looking at those three elements, perhaps against my better judgement. I like him. Last year: 47th
31) Christian Yelich, Miami Marlins - 21 years, 4 months - Last year: 42nd
32) Albert Almora, Chicago Cubs - turns 19 on April - Has so much desire and dedication, I have a hard time imagining him not making it.
33) Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves - 21 years, 2 months - Anybode who knows how this kid's story is going top turn out, please let me know. Last year I had questions about his health, now I'm inclined to be more optimistic than the average Joe perhaps. It's called "hedging". I have no idea but, I believe in his abilities a lot ... when his arm is right. Last year: 18th
34) Nick Franklin, Seattle Mareiners - Just turned 22 -BDNF will have a career. Pimp hitter, with juice from the left side, who plays up -the -middle. Those guys hang around a while. Last year: 33rd
35) Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies - 22 on April 16th - It's just my view as an outsider but, this talk about Nolan Arenado's attitude, makeup, etc. is something that happens a lot when a player doesn’t meet lofty expectations. When this happens many people look all sorts of places except to thier own judgement. or thier inflated expectations – similar to bad poker players. Arenado hit .298 .349 .487 in the California League at age 20 - next, a .283 .337 .428 line in AA at the age of 21. Isn't it possible that that "dissapointing" stat line for this year makes perfect sense? It’s easier to put up numbers in the Cal League and the pitchers aren’t as good. I doubt Nolan has any makeup issues except maybe getting a tad discouraged with people expecting him to be the next Scott Rolen or, David Wright, or whatever we thought he was going to be while he is still learning his craft against way more experienced hurlers. He remains a good, young 3b prospect but we may overrated him some. Last year: 13th
36) Taijaun Walker, Seattle Mariners - 21 in August - He's a hell of an arm, by all accounts. He reminds me of Edwin Jackson. Not that that is a bad thing, just maybe not what some have in mind for him. Last year: 16th
37) Miguel "The Beast" Sano, Minnesota Twins - 20 in May - I don't beieve in the hit tool as much as others ...think Chris carter, A's and Astros "He hit two home runs in the early season game I went to and, neither pitch did he really get a hold of it. Sano swings like a MAN, there is a whole lot of torque in that swing" - Kevin Goldstein. Last year: 17th
38) Dan Straily, Oakland Athletics - 24 years, 4 months - I almost want to get a guy like Mr. Straily high on my list just on general principle but, Straily has the skills to back it up. I LOVE pitchers like this, left off of the prospect grid, un-coddled ,to develop their craft in the heat of the California League sun (in 2011). What a year he had in 2012.
39) Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies - 20 years, 5 months - Last year: 85th
40) Matt Barnes, Boston Red Sox - 22 years, 10 months - "I think a #4 starter would be a very acceptable outcome for Barnes, as it comes with great value to the team. A cost-controlled major league starter is a huge piece to have on a roster. I can' stress this enough. I know we all love stars, but they are rare creatures. Teams are built on cheap, controllable talent that can provide value at their position. Barnes has a higher ceiling than a #4 starter, but if that's the outcome, I'd smile and be satisfied at the future value he will provide. I know its not the answer most people want to read. I get it. But developing prospects into major leaguers is the goal. Developing stars is the dream." - Jason Parks. Last year: 40th
41) Oswaldo Arcia, Minnesota Twins - 22 in May -
42) Bubba Starling, Kansas City Royals - Turns 21 in August - Is it just me or is there any one else who actually thought Bubba Starling performed BETTER than they expected in his debut? For everything I heard about him and, his lack of baseball experience, he actually played pretty well overall . . . as long as you don’t just fixate on one number (the K’s) - 4th in the Appy in homers, 11th in steals, 8th in walks, played a fine centerfield. He’s got a ton o' work to do but, he didn’t play badly.,"The comp for Starling that made the most sense to me was Drew Stubbs, a player with impressive raw power, terrific range, a good arm but a swing that will suppress his batting average, probably below the league average."- Matt Eddy. Last year: 48th
43) Aaron Sanchez, Toronto Blue Jays - 21 in July -
44) Jameson Taillon, Pittsburgh Pirates - 20 years, 4 months - "IMO, Taillon is the best minor league pitching prospect..period..I would take him over Bundy and Bauer and Walker and everyone else without hesitation." -majorleagueprospectpulse Last year: 11th
45) Michael Olt, Texas Rangers - 24 years, 7 months - Last year 81st
46) Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets - 20 years, 7 months - Last year: 61st
47) Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays - 23 years old - Last year: 98th
48) Trevor Rosenthal, St. louis Cardinals - 23 in May - If I didn't sus[ect he will be so good in the open that he may stay there, he'd be much much higher. "He made as significant an impression as any pitcher in the league. I love guys getting a chance to break into the big leagues as relievers, but I think you'd be crazy not to give Rosenthal every chance as a starter. You can read the scouting report in the main text, but he's a power arm who's relatively inexperienced as a pitcher, having originally gone to junior college as a shortstop. An interesting description I heard about him this season was that he showed creativity in his pitching, mixing in his offspeed stuff and not just trying to overpower hitters. If he fully develops all of his pitches, he could pitch toward the top of a rotation." He is nasty. - Will Lingo
49) Micheal Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals - 22 in July - "His stuff arrived at the professional level better than it was in college. His domination was a small sample size, but the stuff is what matters, and he looked very good. The ceiling isnt crazy, but he could end up with two plus pitches, a solid third, and solid command, which is a dangerous package." -JP
51) Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers - 19 years, 4 months - "Good body; physical and very strong; can track pitches well and understands the strike zone; swing has exaggerated plane; will always have miss; lefty-lefty, took an 89 mph fastball left over the plate into the parking lot over the right-center field fence; it might not have landed yet; upper-cut swing, but has bat speed and torque to destroy the ball; legit 8 power; best in system and possibly best in minors; has 40-HR potential; hit tool and overall approach will ultimately decide his power utility; it could be very scary." - Jason Parks
52) Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds - 22 years, 7 months - Is it possible to like a player, be as excited about him as anyone, and think he is probably the most overrated prospectb in the minor leagues today? I'm just not sure he will really end up helping a big league club put runs on the scoreboard that much. Last year: 46th
53) Kyle Zimmer, Kansas City Royals - 31 years, 7 months (actually, he's 21 lol) -
54) Kyle Crick, San Francisco Giants - 20 years, 4 months - "I like Crick as many as any pitcher in the league this year. I felt after he quit overthrowing early in the season that he was on par with Jose Fernandez. Crick reminds me a lot of a young Matt Cain, which is about as good as it gets." - Bill Ballew
55) Leonys Martin, Texas Rangers - 25 years, 1 month - Last year: 64th
56) Wily Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers - 24 in May - Wily began the season poorly, having struggles with his command, conditioning , and perhaps dissapointment from being sent down to AAA. He finished strong and, he has been durable, eating around 150 innings each of the past three years. I think he is ready for a big step up in 2013. Last year: 51 st
57) Robert Stephenson, Cincinnati Reds - 20 years, 1 month - He has a mid-90s fastball with exceptional life, the makings of a plus curveball and precocious poise on the mound. "But when I was doing research on him last year, I kept thinking "smaller version of Gerrit Cole. If you can, watch some tape on him – he has an unbelievably fast arm. If you’re a fantasy baseball player, he’s a great target as a premium talent who might not come with a premium price tag just yet." - Mr. Kupe
58) Dan Vogelbach, Chicago Cubs - 20 years, 3 months - Maybe its because he hit like 5 bombs in the 3 games I attended but, I believe in this huy a lot. I'm probably going to wish I had ranked him higher ayear from now, or sooner. Hitter.
59) Jorge Bonifacio, Kansas City Royals - 20 in June - Last year: 87th
60) Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres - 24 and 1/2 - Last year: 100th
61) James Paxton, Seattle Mariners - 24 years, 5 months - Last year: 37th
62) Jorge Soler, Chicago Cubs - 21 years, 1 month - The one player i could be missing the boat on the most... possibly
63) Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers - 19 years, 2 months - "Odor is a Gestalt prospect, with his overall grade being more impressive than any individual tool. He is a Placido Polanco type, with good actions/range at 2B, and a quick bat capable of line-drive pop. He's a major league regular for me." - Jason Parks
64) Brian Goodwin, Washington Nationals - 22 years, 5 months - fROM afl THIS FALL: He’s a player that has gone under the radar for some, including me, but he just looks like a player. Nice actions in the OF, quick, powerful swing, looks relaxed and patient at the plate.I had never seen him before tonight, and I like him. Not just because he hit a bomb to lead off the game I saw (The rising stars game in the AFL) either but . . . it doesn’t hurt:)
65) Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals - 22 and 1/2 - A lot of people may ding Wong for a somewhat disappointing 2012 season with the stick but, I like the season he had. It was the most games he has ever played in his life, against the toughest competition of his life, all played through a scalding Texas League summer. I thougt he played stellar defense, and loooked like the future rock-solid Cardinals second-baseman that he will be. "Wong is just steady in every way, and while people sometimes say that as faint praise for a player, in Wong's case I think it indicates a guy who makes all-around contributions every day." - Will Lingo. Last year: 41st
66) Jake Marisnick, Miami Marlins - 22 years old - Last year: 54th
67) Austin Hedges, San Diego Padres - 20 years, 7 months - He is getting major love from a LOT of folks I trust but, I still dou8bt the bat and potential to be a star.
68) Maikel Franco, Philadelphia Phillies - 20 years, 7 months - No major sopurce likes this guy much (that Im awaere of0 but, my eyes tell me he is a sleeper talent "Overall, Franco is far from a perfect prospect. He could become an outstanding offensive player, launching 25-30 bombs per season while batting .285 with modest on-base skills. If his body allows him to stick at third base, he could become an above-average defender there. If his body takes a different direction, he may have to move across the diamond in a couple years, which would seriously diminish his value. The tools are in place, but the mystery of his body leaves his overall value in flux. - Hudson Belinsky
70) Aaron Hicks, Minnesota Twins - 23 and 1/2 - If it possible for a prospect to make me feel old, Hicks is the guy. He's back! I know, I know, he didn't go anywherer but he was off of my radar. Well, he is back on the map after a pretty good AA campaign. The odds are still against him having a big league career of quality, in my opinion. I see Trayvon Robinson with a better glove.
71) Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals - 21 years, 10 months -
72) Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates - 21 years and 1/2 -
73) Mason Williams, New Yok Yankees - 21 years, 7 months - I don't get it. Last year: 100th
74) Trevor May, Minny Twins - 23 and 1/2 - After a nice April, the wheels started falling off of May's 2012, and he struggled. New org this year and, I still like him. Its a long road to the show for most. Last year: 31st
75) Rob Brantly, Maimi Marlins - 24 in July -
77) Matt Davidson, Arizona Diamondbacks - 22 years old - "Offensively, the ball makes a different sound off his bat, but his setup and triggers are to pull everything. I would assume he’ll be in Reno next year, and AAA pitchers will force him to make adjustments, it will be interesting to see if he can. Defensively, on the other hand, Davidson looks a little stiff to me. Not saying he can’t stay at third, but he’s not a GG candidate by any means." -mlbprospectpulse Last year: 56th
78) Tony Cingrani, Cincinnati Reds - 24 in July - Very underrated talent.... by ME as well most likely.
79) Justin Nicolino, Miami Marlins - 21 years, 4 months - Last year: 69th
80) Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees - 20 years, 4 months - Okay, okay I'm jumping off of the bandwagon, finally. Something just doesn't smell right on Gary Sanchez's accent to big league stardom. We will see. How's that for a cop-out? He may not (or may) have what it takes to make it as a big league catcher but, can hit, he's 20, so lot's to like here. Last year: 24th
81) Jesse Biddle, Philadelphia Phillies - 21 years, 5 months -
82) Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals - 24 years, 7 months - Underrated hitter. I see a long career as a bench bat in his future. Last year: 75th
83) Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles - 21 and 1/2 - Yes, Orioles 2B/SS Jonathan Schoop's youth made it easier to overlook a pedestrian batting line of .245/.324/.386, though he did crack 14 homers as a 20-year-old middle infielder in a pitcher's league. More than one observer thought he his offensive ceiling could make him an impact second baseman in the big leagues. Last year: 84th
84) Robbie Erlin, San Diego Padres - 22 and 1/2 -Because Erlin was hurt for a good part of the year--he missed about three months due to a strained elbow ligament--it made sense to get some other people on the prospect list this season. He ranked No. 8 in the league last year and pitched well when he returned, and he's basically the same guy he was last year: a command-oriented lefty who fits in the middle of a rotation. He probably would have gotten a shot in San Diego this year had he stayed healthy, so I expect he'll get that opportunity next year.Last year: 88th
85) Zach Lee, Los Angeles Dodgers - 21 years, 7 months - Last year: 90th
86) Grant Green. Oakland A's - 25 and 1/2 - Last yaer: 83rd
87) Sonny Gray, Oakland A's - 23 years, 5 months - Last year: 82nd
88) Delino DeShields Jr., Houston Astros - 20 years, 7 months- "8 run, with both quickness, a second gear, and field awareness; mature approach at the plate; excellent ball tracking and pitch-recognition skills; hit tool could be plus; has a lot of juice in his bat for his size; physical player, with strength; total gamer with big makeup" - BP Last year: 97th
- 89) Jorge Alfaro, Texas Rangers - 19 years, 10 months - The Legend. His reported skills are legendary as well; I've been told he can run, throw, and hit the ball a long way but, we will see if he can actually hit, and put it all together. I really have no idea.
90) Michael Choice, Oakland A's - 22 years, 5 months - Not sure what has happened to him. i thought he would hit a lot better tan he did last year. He has the talent to bounce back in a big way. Last year: 99th
91) Martin Perez, Texas Rangers - 22 on opening day - Last year: 53rd
92) Eddie Rosario, Minnesota Twins - 21 and 1/2 -
93) Luis Heredia, Pitsburgh Pirates - 18 years, 8 months -
94) Alex Meyer, Minnesota Twins - 23 years, 3 months - I lov3 the arm but, despite improvements, I have doubts that the command will ever grt where it needs to be. Im rooting for him.
95) Brad Miller, Seattle Mariners - 23 years old, 5 months - I like Brad Miller as a Mariner fan. I hope he turns out great and, he deservers some attention, but consider this: Do you think he has a chance to be next year’s version of Gary Brown? Now, disregard this if any of you STILL feel that Gary Brown is as good of a prospect as he looked at the start of 2012. If not, Brad Miller fits the profile. 1) He was 22 all year in the Cal League, turning 23, 2) Inflated Cal League stats. Not saying he sucks, just saying we all can get sucked in by Cal League numbers, no matter how much we know to be sceptical. Especially when a player is old for the league, old for a prospec anyways.
96) Domingo Santana, Houston Astros - 20 years, 8 months - "Dom Santana has a chance to emerge as a legit first-division power bat, but the hit tool has some holes and the next level will help to expose them. The raw power is very big, and he won’t need to hit a ton to let the dog eat in game action, but his-decision making will need to improve or Double-A pitchers will have a field day getting him to chase." - BP
97) Cody Buckel, Texas Rangers - 21 in June -
98) Tyler Austin, New York Yankees - 21 years, 7 months -
99) Cheslor Cuthbert, Kansas City Ropyals - 20 years, 4 months - Man, I hate admitting I was wrong about a prospect that I liked a lot and, many of us are feeling the same feeling about Cheslor Cuthbert after last season. My gut instinct is that he can play and, that maybe it was a case of "too much, too fast" with this kid. He didn't have a ton of baseball experience before being a pro, and didn't exactly conquer the Midwest League in 2011. He could have used another year there perhaps.Istill believe. Last year: 30th
100) Avisial Garcia, Detroit Tigers - 22 in June - I’m impressed that the Tigers were impressed enough with him to play him down the stretch, and in the playoffs, and he didn’t fall flat on his face. His minor league numbers don’t jump out at you (especially those who are crazy about walks, k’s, that kind of thing) but has improved at putting the ball in play and, has usable pop and speed. He has also played the past 4 season in tough leagues for hitters, while being young for those leagues. I think he has a shot to be a solid regulr as a corner outfielder, and he looks more than decent defensively in right
Need to know more/ intrigued: - Ronald Guzman, Rangers - Max Kepler, Twins - Blake Snell, Rays (I think I have played poker with him. He is from Shoreline, Wa, where I play sometimes) - Jaimer Candelario, Cubs - Marco Hernandez, Cubs - Adelberto Mondesi, Kansas City Royals (signed for $2 million last summer and made his pro debut in the Pioneer League at age 16) - Dorssys Paulino, Cleveland Indians - Micheal Almonte, Kansas Vity Royals - Tyler Glasnow, Pittsburgh Pirates - Dilson Herrera, Pitsburgh Pirates -J.O. Berrios , Twins - Roberto Osuna, Jays - Rays C Oscar Hernandez, Rays - CJ Edwards, Texas Rangers I'm a big, big CJ Edwards fan. - Corey Seager, Dodgersm- Lewis Brinson, Texas Rangers - also, I left off Andrew Heaney, Matrlins... appently he is pretty good but I just didn't know about him enough. My bad.
Graduates from 2012 list and thier rankings: (1)Bryce Harper, (2)Mike Trout, (6)Manny Machado, (7)Matt Moore, (19) Jesus Montero, (20)Anthony Rizzo, (35)Yonder Alonso, (36)Devin Mesoraco, (38)Jacob Turner, (39)Brett Jackson, (43)Randall Delgado, (44)Drew Pomeranz, (50)Yasmani Grandal, (52)Tom Milone, (55)Willin Rosario, (57)Jarrod Parker, (60)Will Middlebrooks, (65)Drew Hutchison,(66)Andrelton Simmons, (73)Matt Dominguez, (74)Jean Segura, (76)Addison Reed, (77)Anthony Gose, (79)Starling Marte, (83)Matt Harvey, (92)Ryan Lavarnway,
**Ammendmens*: It's only April 9th but, I already know should have ranked Jameson Taillon higher. Brain cramp there. Chris Acher was another pretty bog ommission. I need an editor.\