Top 25 Prospect List

May 8, 2011
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Rk   Player   Pos   Comments   Age   Org   Lvl   Pre.
1   Bryce Harper (eBay)   RF/CF   Shrugged off slow start by hitting 6 HR in 12-game span; he has huge upside   18.6   WAS   A   1 ↔
2   Mike Trout (eBay)   CF   On pace to hit 20 HR this year, after only hitting 10 last year; steals are down   19.8   LAA   AA   2 ↔
3   Manny Machado (eBay)   SS   Man-handling Low-A with sick power and more BB than K; can he stick at SS?   18.8   BAL   A   27 ↑
4   Eric Hosmer (eBay)   1B   Very well-rounded hitter and excellent glovesman; only 3 HR in 26 AAA games   21.6   KC   AAA   5 ↑
5   Jesus Montero (eBay)   C   Off to a slow power start but still one of the best 21-year-old bats in AAA   21.5   NYY   AAA   3 ↓
6   Shelby Miller (eBay)   RHP   Sick stuff and overall good command -- one 7 BB blimish; true ace potential   20.6   STL   A+   9 ↑
7   Jameson Taillon (eBay)   RHP   I pity the Low-A bats who have to face him; could also surface as a legit ace   19.5   PIT   A   13 ↑
8   Wilin Rosario (eBay)   C   Good defensive catcher w/ 30+ HR pop? Yes please. Free-swinger but mashes   22.2   COL   AA   10 ↑
9   Wil Myers (eBay)   RF   Ks are concerning; didn't impress me with his D; has a very quick bat, though   20.4   KC   AA   6 ↓
10   Brandon Belt (eBay)   1B/LF   Wasn't overmatched in bigs; killing it in AAA; could be back by mid-season   23.1   SF   MLB   7 ↓
11   Zach Britton (eBay)   LHP   GB artist with an above-average changeup and FB velocity…sign me up please   23.4   BAL   MLB   18 ↑
12   Matt Moore (eBay)   LHP   Never has had a K% under 30%, and his command is REALLY coming around   21.9   TB   AA   14 ↑
13   Danny Duffy (eBay)   LHP   Best SP I scouted this spring. Look for him to hit the ground running in bigs   22.4   KC   AAA   NR ↑
14   Martin Perez (eBay)   LHP   Has the makings to be one of baseball's top SP, but still a little ways away   20.1   TEX   AA   31 ↑
15   Alex White (eBay)   RHP   His sinker/slider combo could allow for a lengthy career as a No. 2-3 starter   22.7   CLE   MLB   46 ↑
16   Neil Ramirez (eBay)   RHP   "Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw him (this spring)" - Anonymous scout   22.0   TEX   AAA   NR ↑
17   Julio Teheran (eBay)   RHP   Some see a future ace. I think FB command issues may limit him to a No. 2-3   20.3   ATL   AAA   22 ↑
18   Michael Pineda (eBay)   RHP   I still don't think he holds up long-term, but you gotta enjoy the ride for now   22.3   SEA   MLB   56 ↑
19   Zack Wheeler (eBay)   RHP   Tops my list of guys to go see; two scouts told me a breakout was coming   21.0   SF   A+   45 ↑
20   Jurickson Profar (eBay)   SS   Plus defender and now he's showing pop. Potential to be an above-average SS   18.2   TEX   A   51 ↑
21   Zach Lee (eBay)   RHP   His stuff is filthy. Really not that far behind Taillon for me, as far as '10 arms   19.7   LAD   A   47 ↑
22   Manny Banuelos (eBay)   LHP   "Near MLB-ready arm, just needs more CB consistency" - Anonymous scout   20.2   NYY   AA   34 ↑
23   Anthony Rizzo (eBay)   1B   The question will continue to be: Can he transition from PCL parks to Petco?   21.8   SD   AAA   38 ↑
24   Domonic Brown (eBay)   RF   Great athlete, awkward swing. Going to be a project but could be worth it   23.7   PHI   MLB   8 ↓
25   Rubby De La Rosa (eBay)   RHP   Electric FB with movement, sharp-breaking SL; may be best fit for the bullpen   22.2   LAD   AA   NR ↑
HM: D. Ackley, Y. Alonso, A. Chapman, L. Chisenhall, H. Conger, J. Decker, R. Delgado, K. Gibson, Y. Grandal, M. Harvey, C. Kelly, J. Kipnis    
Hak-Ju Lee, J. Lyles, D. Jennings, J. Lamb, D. Mesorasco, M. Minor, M. Moustakas, J. Parker, T. Skaggs, J. Segura, J. Turner and N. Weglarz.    
Graduated: Freddie Freeman (12) and Jeremy Hellickson (19)                
* Ages are as of 5/9/11; Lvl is the highest the player has reached; Our rankings put a lot of weight into floor as well as ceiling            
** Players with more than 50 innings pitched in the big leagues or 130 at-bats are not eligible for this list                
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