Top 150 Prospect List Graduates

Shelby Miller delivers - Dilip Vishwanat

I am working on revising my top prospect list. The first step is to kick off everyone who has graduated to the majors and will lose rookie eligibility (I use 130 at-bats, 50 innings for starters, 30 for relievers), or who is on the verge of doing so.

Here are the graduates, with the number indicating where they ranked on my pre-season Top 150 Prospect list. I am listing the original ETAs so you can see who ended up in the majors sooner than I expected: Jose Fernandez, Yasiel Puig, Oswaldo Arcia, and Marcell Ozuna were the main ones.

GRADUATED

1) Jurickson Profar, SS, Texas Rangers, ETA 2013: Holding his own considering the circumstances.
6) Shelby Miller, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals, 2013: One of the best pitchers in the National League.
8) Jose Fernandez, RHP, Miami Marlins, 2014
: One of the best pitchers in the National League.
16) Tyler Skaggs , LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks, 2013: Over 50 innings now, should continue to improve.
26) Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers, 2014:
The Most Interesting Man in the World asked Puig for his autograph.

27) Trevor Rosenthal, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals, 2013:
Extremely effective in bullpen.
33) Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington Nationals, 2013: Just needs to stay healthy.
35) Aaron Hicks, OF, Minnesota Twins, 2013
: Was rushed but gradually pulling himself out of hole.
36) Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Minnesota Twins, 2014: Very solid rookie campaign and I think he'll get even better.
38) Jedd Gyorko, 2B-3B San Diego Padres, 2013: Easy to overlook due to other NL rookies but very solid.

40) Nick Franklin, SS, Seattle Mariners, 2013:
Everything the Mariners could have hoped.
41) Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves, 2013:
Jedd Gyorko of pitchers: effective, but overlooked due to others
53) Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies, 2013: I think he'll improve with time. Skipping Triple-A shows in this case.
65) Tony Cingrani, LHP, Cincinnati Reds, 2013:
Who cares about breaking balls?
78) Leonys Martin, OF, Texas Rangers, 2013: Another very solid rookie, stealing ability stands out.

90) Wily Peralta, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers, 2013:
Has made 18 starts with unattractive results. Can he improve?
96) Dan Straily, RHP, Oakland Athletics, 2013:
I still like him.
97) Brandon Maurer, RHP, Seattle Mariners, 2013:
Beat up in 10 starts but will be back.
105) Martin Perez, LHP, Texas Rangers, 2013:
Over 50 innings now. To be honest, I still don't know what to make of him.
116) Marcell Ozuna, OF, Miami Marlins, 2014:
Has held his job but needs better command of the strike zone

119) Avisail Garcia, OF, Detroit Tigers, 2013:
Right at 130 AB. I'm assuming he'll pick up a few more. Profile similar to Ozuna.
134) Matt Adams, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals, 2013:
He was a 23rd round pick, remember.
136) Didi Gregorius, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks, 2013
: Hmm. Maybe the Diamondbacks knew what they were doing?
148) Justin Grimm, RHP, Texas Rangers, 2013: Wily Peralta of the American League.

SPECIAL CASE: Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers:
Unusual case due to Korean professional background, age, and size of contract. The optimistic scouting reports were the correct ones.

There are some borderline cases I haven't decided what to do with yet: Gerrit Cole, Wil Myers, Kevin Gausman, Brad Miller, Zack Wheeler, and Mike Zunino most notably, who haven't exceeded limits yet but should. I might include them on the revised list for one last time but I am undecided. Would you prefer a list with those guys, or one with just guys in the minors?




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