Top 25 Non-Top 100 Prospects

June 6, 2009

The first Top 25 Non-Top 100 of the year kicks off with Lonnie Chisnehall at the top of a list filled with exciting prospects. It's been several months since Project Prospect's top 200 list, and there's been a good bit of change since then. The majority of the prospects on this list were on the bottom half of the top 200, while there are plenty of newcomers as well.


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No.   Player   Pos.   Comments   Age   Org   Lvl
1   Lonnie Chisenhall   3B   First full season; showing very few weaknesses: .210 isoP, 9.5 BB%, 19.1 K%, .382 wOBA 20.6   CLE   A+   141
2   Kris Medlen   RHP   Quietly has been a K machine in his pro career, 2009 in AAA no different: 31.9 K%, 7.2 BB% 23.6   ATL   MLB   142
3   Jaff Decker   LF   AZL BB% (25.6%) seems legit (22.4% in Low-A in 2009), power improved too (.262 isoP)   19.2   SD   A   153
4   Nolan Reimold   LF   Crushed AAA over 130 PA (.349 isoP, 13.8 BB%), brought power to Baltimore (.250 isoP)   25.6   BAL   MLB   120
5   Trevor Reckling   LHP   CAL league was no problem (4.4 BB%, 23.5 K%), AA a little tougher but still good (18.6 K%)   20.0   LAA   AA   159
6   Hector Rondon   RHP   Repeating 2008's High-A success at AA in 2009: 5.6 BB%, 24.4 K%; being used as starter   21.2   CLE   AA   143
7   Brad Lincoln   RHP   Former 4th overall pick is healthy and back on track: 6.2 BB%, 23.1 K%, 2.86 FIP at Double-A   24.0   PIT   AA   186
8   Mike Carp   1B   Making the PCL look like a piece of cake: .244 isoP, 16.5 BB%, 18.4 K%, .414 wOBA (206 PA) 22.9   SEA   AAA   NR
9   Antonio Bastardo   LHP   LHP's command has greatly improved in 2009 (5.4%), nice K-rate (27.7%), great MLB debut   23.7   PHI   MLB   NR
10   Vincent Mazzaro   RHP   Over 230 TBF in the PCL, Mazzaro has been very effective: 7.4 BB%, 19.1 K%, 60 GB%   22.7   OAK   MLB   138
11   David Hernandez   RHP   Huge strides from AA to AAA (11.9 to 7.4 BB%, 27.7 to 24.1 K%), shaky in MLB (52 TBF)   24.0   BAL   MLB   NR
12   Brandon Snyder   1B   Bat has improved each year, really taken off in AA in 2009: 11.0 BB%, 19.8 K%, .253 isoP   22.5   BAL   AA   NR
13   Jordan Lyles   RHP   18-year-old RHP has been exceptional in his full-season debut: 5.3 BB%, 26.3 K%, 2.90 FIP   18.6   HOU   A   NR
14   Derek Norris   C   Elite power (.281 isoP) and discipline (13.1 BB%) combo from C, K% and BABIP are red flags 20.3   WAS   A   NR
15   Jason Knapp   RHP   Began 2009 unhittable (6.7 BB%, 41.1 K% in May) has slowed down but 3/1 K/BB overall   18.7   PHI   A   HM
16   Logan Forsythe   3B   Too advanced for High-A: .192 isoP, 19.7 BB%, 15.7 K%, has gotten better every month   22.3   SD   A+   NR
17   Lance Lynn   RHP   Shredded through  A+ (4.7 BB%, 26.6 K%, 64 TBF), AA hasn't been as easy (7.0, 18.2, 143) 22.0   STL   AA   130
18   Chris Coghlan   2B   Bat was very impressive in AAA (.208 isoP, 10.9 BB%, 9.1 K%), struggling in the big show   23.9   FLA   AA   119
19   Josh Donaldson   C   Power has been solid in AA (.199 isoP), BB% has increased considerably: 7.2% to 15.5%   23.4   OAK   A   145
20   Lorenzo Cain   CF   Sidelined most of 2009 due to torn PCL, plenty of potential remains as evidenced by AA in '08 23.1   MIL   AA   137
21   Michael Pineda   RHP   Has missed a few starts due to injury, but has been great when healthy (4.3 BB%, 22.4 K%) 20.3   SEA   A+   167
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Reese Havens   SS   Don't be fooled: .238 BABIP is masking a very good season (.187 isoP, 14.6 BB%, 14.6 K%)   22.6   NYM   A+   HM
23   Manny Banuelos   LHP   Dominant considering his age in Low-A: 7.4 BB%, 26.1 K%, 3.10 FIP. Could be a fast riser   18.2   NYY   A   NR
24   Blake Beavan   RHP   Numbers similarly mediocre to 2008 (5.0 BB%, 16.1 K%, 53 GB%), holding his own in CAL   20.3   TEX   A+   103
25   Matthew Sweeney 3B   Missed all of 2008 due to ankle surgery, has rebounded nicely in A+: .209 isoP, 10.0 BB%   21.1   LAA   A+   NR
Honorables: Chris Withrow (LAD), Wilfredo Boscan (TEX), Zach McAllister (NYY), Jordan Danks (CHW), Evan Anundsen (MIL), Casey Kelly (BOS)
Our rankings combine a player's ceiling with the odds that he'll reach it and favor recent production                
Level is the current level a prospect plays at                
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Ineligible Players For This List:

Aaron Cunningham Daniel Cortes Jay Jackson Max Ramirez
Aaron Hicks Daniel Schlereth Jeff Locke Michael Bowden
Aaron Poreda Danny Duffy Jeff Samardzija Michael Burgess
Adam Miller Daryl Jones Jeff Samardzija Michael Inoa
Adis Portillo David Cooper Jefry Marte Michael Main
Adrian Cardenas David Huff Jeremy Hellickson Michael Saunders
Alcides Escobar David Price Jeremy Jeffress Michael Taylor
Andrew Brackman Dayan Viciedo Jesus Montero Mike Moustakas
Andrew Lambo Dellin Betances Jhoulys Chacin Mike Stanton
Andrew McCutchen Derek Holland Jon Niese Neftali Feliz
Angel Salome Desmond Jennings Jordan Schafer Nick Adenhart
Angel Villalona Dexter Fowler Jordan Walden Nick Evans
Austin Jackson Dominic Brown Jordan Zimmerman Nick Hagadone
Ben Revere Drew Stubbs Jose Tabata Nick Weglarz
Brad Holt Elvis Andrus Josh Reddick Pedro Alvarez
Brandon Allen Engel Beltre Josh Vitters Phillippe Aumont
Brandon Erbe Eric Hosmer Julio Borbon Reid Brignac
Brett Anderson Eric Young Jr. Junichi Tazawa Rick Porcello
Brett Cecil Ethan Martin Justin Smoak Ross Detwiler
Brett Lawrie Fernando Martinez Kasey Kiker Scott Elbert
Brett Wallace Freddie Freeman Kellen Kulbacki Sean West
Brian Matusz Gerado Parra Kila Ka'aihue Shairon Martis
Buster Posey Gio Gonzalez Kyle Blanks Taylor Teagarden
Cameron Maybin Gordon Beckham Kyle Drabek Tim Alderson
Carlos Carrasco Gorkys Hernandez Kyle Skipworth Tim Beckham
Carlos Gutierrez Greg Halman Lars Anderson Todd Frazier
Carlos Santana Ivan De Jesus Logan Morrison Tommy Hanson
Carlos Triunfel J.P. Arencibia Lou Marson Travis Snider
Chris Carter Jack McGeary Madison Bumgarner Trevor Cahill
Chris Marrero Jake Arrieta Martin Perez Tyler Flowers
Chris Nelson James McDonald Mat Gamel Wade Davis
Chris Perez James Simmons Mat Latos Wilin Rosario
Chris Tillman Jarrod Parker Matt Antonelli Wilmer Flores
Christian Friedrich Jason Castro Matt Dominguez Wilson Ramos
Colby Rasmus Jason Donald Matt Laporta Yonder Alonso
Daniel Bard Jason Heyward Matt Wieters  


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