Midseason MLB Top 100 Prospects

Matt PowersCorrespondent IIJuly 28, 2011

Midseason MLB Top 100 Prospects

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    This article takes a look at an updated list of the top 100 prospects in baseball, as of midseason.

    To be eligible, the player must qualify by Major League Baseball's standards for the Rookie of the Year Award as well as currently be in the minor leagues. For that reason guys like Mike Trout and Eric Hosmer are not included, nor are recent call-ups Jason Kipnis, Brandon Belt and Desmond Jennings.

    It's also worth noting that players in the upper minors get a little extra weight, due to the fact that they are usually more likely to come closer to their potential.

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    51. Brett Jackson, OF, Chicago Cubs: A well-rounded guy that doesn't excel in any one area, but is solid in all areas.

    52. Trevor May, SP, Philadelphia: May has some questions because of his delivery, however he has delivered in High-A ball this year.

    53. Jake Marisnick, OF, Toronto-Marisnick: A legitimate five-tool player with All-Star potential.

    54. Jedd Gyorko, 3B, San Diego: His stocky body type draws some questions about his ceiling, but his gap power may translate well in Petco.

    55. Allen Webster, SP, LA Dodgers: Webster has climbed up prospect lists this year after dominating in the California League and then holding his own after a promotion to Double-A.

    56. Jonathan Schoop, 3B, Baltimore: Schoop is a very high-ceiling prospect, but is still extremely raw.

    57. Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Boston: Middlebrooks has put together some of his potential this year and now looks to have a solid bat in addition to a good glove at the hot corner.

    58. Zach Lee, SP, LA Dodgers: This potential ace started dominating early on before being shut down with soreness, however the strikeout totals haven't been there since his return.

    59. Zack Wheeler, SP, NY Mets: His command still needs refinement, but if it improves he can be an All-Star level pitcher. The Giants gave the Mets quite a bit for a Carlos Beltran rental.

    60. Mike Montgomery, SP, Kansas City: At the start of the year, he was thought to be just a month or two away from the bigs, but he has struggled with command this year, delaying his debut.

    61. Yasmani Grandal, C, Cincinnati: Grandal is likely trade bait due to the Reds' depth at catcher, but he could be an All-Star level bat behind the plate.

    62. Matt Harvey, SP, NY Mets: The seventh pick in last year's draft carved up High-A hitters before a promotion to Double-A Binghamton. He has struggled so far in a small sample size to adjust, but it's still early.

    63. Mike Olt, 3B, Texas: Before getting hurt, Olt was looking like a guy capable of eventually replacing Adrian Beltre.

    64. Edward Salcedo, 3B, Atlanta: Salcedo has put last year's struggles behind him and once again has scouts raving at his potential. His defense is still a big issue.

    65. Matt Szczur, OF, Chicago Cubs: Szczur has a high average, but his secondary skills (on-base and power) haven't really shown up yet. He's just getting adjusted to being a full-time baseball guy after recently giving up a chance at an NFL career.

    66. Kyle Gibson, SP, Minnesota: Gibson is looking like a future No. 4 starter with the ceiling of a No. 3. Although he doesn't have a high ceiling, he's a safe bet to be a decent starter at the major league level.

    67. Anthony Ranaudo, SP, Boston: Ranaudo still has a very high ceiling, although he's a little down since spring because the results aren't special.

    68. Anthony Gose, OF, Toronto: Gose is a five-tool guy who has finally started to see some results this year as a 20-year-old in Double-A.

    69. Bryce Brentz, OF, Boston: Brentz couldn't hit at all last year, but has caught fire this year and has been hitting for power across both Low-A and now High-A.

    70. Jarrod Parker, SP, Arizona: Parker's stuff is fully back from Tommy John surgery, but his command isn't there yet—as expected for a Tommy John survivor.

    71. Kaleb Cowart, 3B, LA Angels: Cowart has a very high ceiling and is producing, however he's only in short-season ball.

    72. AJ Cole, SP, Washington: Cole's been living up to his draft hype and having an easy time of hitters in the Low-A South Atlantic League. He has the ceiling of a front-of-the-rotation starter, but he's a few years away.

    73. Henderson Alvarez, SP, Toronto: Alvarez has big-time stuff, but doesn't miss enough bats. Still, he's performing at a high level in Double-A since a promotion.

    74. Christian Yelich, OF, Florida: Yelich is an all-bat prospect with some speed and good enough instincts on the basepaths to be 26 of 30 in steal attempts.

    75. Guillermo Pimentel, OF, Seattle: Although he's only in short-season ball, he's one of the best power prospects in the game.

    76. Tyrell Jenkins, SP, St. Louis: Jenkins is another guy in short-season ball with a very high ceiling. He's extremely raw, but could be a No. 2 starter once he figures everything out.

    77. Casey Kelly, SP, San Diego: Kelly's been better in this try at Double-A hitters, but he's not been special and doesn't miss many bats.

    78. David Holmberg, SP, Arizona: Holmberg is a middle-of-the-rotation guy that's seen his stock soar with a big start to the year.

    79. Trayvon Robinson, OF, LA Dodgers: Robinson can impact the game with his power or speed, so it's surprising he's still in the minors when the Dodgers have problems scoring runs.

    80. Danny Hultzen, SP, Seattle: Hultzen was the No. 2 pick in this year's draft and could be an excellent No. 3 starter.

    81. Adrian Salcedo, SP, Minnesota: Salcedo has great stuff and has potential to rise up these rankings. Ignore the low strikeout total in this case because I've seen it noted that he's working on a few things instead of just trying to just rely on his stuff.

    82. Robbie Ray, SP, Washington: Ray would have been a first-round pick last year if not for bonus demands, so the fact that he's looked very strong in his full-season debut right out of high school is not too surprising.

    83. Bobby Borchering, 3B/1B, Arizona: Borchering has potential to be a plus-power guy, although a permanent move to first would drop his stock due to the fact that he'd only project with the ceiling of an average player at the position.

    84. Miles Head, 1B, Boston: Head had a monster start to the year in Low-A, although the knock on him is that he's horrible on defense.

    85. Max Kepler, OF, Minnesota: Kepler is the most hyped European prospect ever, and has looked solid in short-season ball.

    86. Neil Ramirez, SP, Texas: A move from High-A ball to Triple-A early in the year didn't faze him; in fact he's found more consistency than he's ever had.

    87. Liam Hendriks, SP, Minnesota: Hendriks is like fellow Twins prospect Kyle Gibson: a good prospect without much chance of being great but a high floor.

    88. Edinson Rincon, 3B, San Diego: Rincon has developed some with the bat this year, although since he's playing in the California League, it will take him repeating the numbers in Double-A before I'd buy in.

    89. Edwar Cabrera, SP, Colorado: He's a bit older (23), but he did get a late start to his career—similar to fellow Rockies started Juan Nicasio. He's been racking up strikeouts across both the Low-A and High-A levels.

    90. Nate Eovaldi, SP, LA Dodgers: Eovaldi is another emerging prospect this year due to his great start to the season. I'm not totally sold, but he could potentially end up as a No. 3 starter.

    91. Eddie Rosario, OF, Minnesota: Rosario is a five-tool prospect that's been having a great start in short-season ball. His power so far this year has been even better than expected.

    92. Starling Marte, OF, Pittsburgh: Marte is a potential impact leadoff hitter for a team that currently lacks one.

    93. Jeurys Familia, SP, NY Mets: Familia rebounded from a disappointing 2010 to earn a promotion to Double-A, where he continued to have success.

    94. Drew Hutchison, SP, Toronto: Hutchison is another breakout prospect that has emerged this year. The kid is someone with a middle-of-the-rotation ceiling, although he projects as more of a fourth starter.

    95. Ariel Ovando, OF, Houston: Houston's big international signee of 2010 was given an aggressive assignment of short-season ball as a 17-year-old, however he has shown some signs that he was worth his big bonus. He projects as a bat with plus-power, although his true ceiling is still unknown due to him being so young.

    96. Anthony Rizzo, 1B, San Diego: Rizzo is a promising bat who has seen his stock drop since failing in his major league trial. He could still be an above-average first baseman.

    97. Andy Oliver, SP, Detroit: Oliver's control issues may be his undoing, but if he figures that out he could end up being very good.

    98. Cody Buckel, SP, Texas: He doesn't have much experience and is on the small side, but he's had little trouble in dominating Low-A hitters. His ultimate potential is still a bit of an unknown, but he could be very good.

    99. Ryan Lavarnway, C, Boston: After putting up big numbers in both 2009 and 2010 with little hype, Lavarnway has finally started to get noticed after hitting for big power numbers in Double-A and Triple-A. His defense isn't ever going to be good, but he has the ability to stick behind the plate. He may get a chance down the stretch, but could be used as trade bait for the Sox to get a proven talent.

    100. Oscar Hernandez, C, Tampa Bay: He doesn't have much out on him, but the Venezuelan Babe Ruth is a wild card. The 17-year-old is killing the Venezuelan League with a .405 average, 19 homers, and 57 RBI in 56 games. He has more homers than three of the six teams in the league and the runner-up on the leaderboard has just eight homers.

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    The former star running back prospect turned down a football scholarship to Auburn to play for the Sox. He looks like he made a wise decision, despite missing out on last year's national title because he's becoming a big-time prospect.

    Jacobs is hitting for good average with plus-power and above-average speed, although due to his build there are questions on whether the speed will be there when he hits his prime. I've seen some great scouting reports on this kid, so I'm being very aggressive with his ranking.

49. Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston

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    Bogaerts has been used aggressively this year, being pushed to full season Greenville (Low-A) at just 18 years old. Although his average is low and there are questions on whether he will outgrow shortstop, he showed off potential plus-power by hitting six home runs in his first 100 at-bats this year.

    Even if he gets moved to third base, he projects to have the power to make an impact there.

48. Randall Delgado, SP, Atlanta

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    Delgado has spent most of his career being overshadowed by Julio Teheran, as well as now Mike Minor and Arodys Vizcaino, but he's a fairly safe bet to end up as a No. 3 starter for someone.

    Since his path is blocked, it's likely the Braves use him as trade bait to get a bat they need for their pennant race. His stock is a bit down this year because he hasn't pitched at the same level he has in the past, but the arm is still potentially very good.

47. Nick Franklin, SS, Seattle

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    A 2009 draft pick out of high school, Franklin put up surprisingly good numbers in his debut in the full season Midwest League (Low-A) last year because of the level of competition as well as the cold weather. His stock took a bit of a hit to begin this year because he went into a hitter's paradise in High Desert of the California League, a major launching pad in a well-known hitter;s league.

    He was then promoted to Double-A where he got off to a hot start before getting hit in the face in batting practice and missed the last few weeks. Franklin also has to stay at short defensively to see his stock rise, something that's still in question.

46. Wilin Rosario, C, Colorado

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    Rosario's biggest hole is that he doesn't have good on-base skills, but he had plus-power, a plus-arm and above-average defense. That makes him one of the most well-rounded catching prospects in the game.

    Another thing to take note of is that his plus-power could really take off playing in homer-friendly Coors Field. Rosario could be the Rockies' answer to what's been sort of a revolving door at catcher.

45. Gary Brown, OF, San Francisco

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    Brown is a true leadoff hitter with a plus-bat and plus-speed. He has shown the ability to take a walk this year, something that was a concern heading into last year's draft.

    Brown could be one of the game's few impact leadoff hitters once he's ready for the show, something that could give the Giants' struggling offense a huge boost.

44. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona

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    Goldschmidt has been putting up huge numbers all year in Double-A, showing last year's big numbers weren't just another California League mirage. Still, scouts are split on whether Goldschmidt's swing can lead to him being a middle-of-the-rotation run-producer or a AAAA slugger.

    He doesn't have anything left to prove at the Double-A level, so it makes you wonder if the Arizona front office isn't sold enough to promote him to Triple-A.

43. Aaron Hicks, OF, Minnesota

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    Hicks' career has been way more potential than production, however this kid's tools are far too good to ignore.

    Hicks has finally started to really come on this year in High-A, as he's been putting up solid numbers in the Florida State League—known for being a pitcher's league. After a slow start in April, Hicks had an above .900 OPS for May and June, before struggling a little in July. He's still very young, so he still has the time to put it all together.

42. Dellin Betances, SP, New York Yankees

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    Betances has some mixed reviews throughout his career, partly due to injuries and inconsistency. However, when he's on, he can be very good.

    It's unknown whether he can be a middle-of-the-rotation starter or a late-inning reliever. Either way, Betances has a promising future. If the Yankees get desperate down the stretch, watch for Betances to either be thrown into the bigs or used to bring back a veteran arm.

41. Michael Choice, OF, Oakland

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    Choice is clearly a guy who will normally hit a home run, walk or strikeout when he's up, but last year's first-round pick has been showing some improvement this year. After some tweaks to his swing, Choice is hitting above .290 in High-A ball to go with all the power that was expected when he was drafted.

    He's the A's' best bet of becoming the power bat their lineup lacks due to the failure to date of Chris Carter.

40. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado

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    Arenado's been producing big numbers across Low-A and High-A, and is looking like a plus-hitter with at least decent power even though the power potential draws some questions.

    He also has some question about his defensive home, but has improved his footwork this year in a bid to stay at third instead of being moved to first—a spot his bat takes him from being a potential impact guy into an average player.

39. Dee Gordon, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Gordon has the ability to hit for a good average and cause havoc on the bases, but he doesn't have great on-base skills and due to his slight frame, has almost zero power potential. Still, at shortstop, he could end up being an impact player.

    He has the potential to be average to above average with the glove, but needs some work before getting there.

38. Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Philadelphia

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    Singleton struggled early this year because of a position move to the outfield as well as the Phillies altering his approach at the plate. Ever since his move back to first base and doing away with his new approach, Singleton has gotten hot and started showing some of that plus-power that's projected.

37. Robbie Erlin, SP, Texas

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    Erlin doesn't have elite stuff, but despite that and his small frame, he is a very promising young arm. Erlin will need to rely on command and grow against more advanced hitters to set himself up to succeed in the bigs.

    His ceiling is a No. 3 starter, but is fairly safe with his floor being a fourth or fifth starter.

36. Jarred Cosart, SP, Philadelphia

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    Cosart is an elite arm with ace potential, but he's also got some issues with consistency and command. He has fairly strong overall numbers on the year, but it does bother some as to why a kid with this stuff doesn't have more strikeouts.

    For those that question his ability, just check out his Futures Game performance.

35. Jean Segura, SS, Los Angeles Angels

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    Segura has battled a hamstring issue for most of the year. However, while he was healthy he hit for average, stole bases and most importantly, proved he can stick at short defensively after an offseason move from second base. That move alone boosts his stock considerably due to the lack of talented options at the position throughout the league.

34. Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Minnesota

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    Arcia put up video-game numbers in short-season ball last year and followed that up by destroying Low-A pitchers in his full-season debut. He's since been moved up to High-A Fort Myers, where he's been putting up solid numbers as a 20-year-old against players two to three years older in the Florida State League, a known pitcher's league.

    With his slightly improved strikeout rate against better competition, he is only looking like a guy more likely to be a middle-of-the-order run-producer.

33. Travis d'Arnaud, C, Toronto

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    D'Arnaud has finally put it together this year as his immense potential has started to turn into production. The Jays catcher of the future is a well-rounded offensive and defensive player who can hit for both average and power.

    He may still be a full year away, but should have a clear path to a starting job when he's ready.

32. Wil Myers, OF, Kansas City

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    Myers has the same ceiling he had this spring, despite his Double-A struggles. Remember, this kid is not only adjusting to tougher competition at a young age (20) and a position change, but he's been doing it while battling through a knee injury.

    I don't have as much belief that he's going to be a special bat, but I still believe in him and realize he has that potential.

31. Brad Peacock, SP, Washington

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    Peacock is just like Skaggs,: a breakout prospect that projects to be a good No. 3 starter after carving up his combination. The Nationals would be excited to slide this kid behind Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman as they try to build towards contending in the NL East.

30. Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees

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    Sanchez has struggled this year, but he's an 18-year-old playing against kids a couple years older than him in full-season ball.

    Even though the average has not been there, the power has and the potential is still there for him to be a star. His defense hasn't been great this year either, so although there is some question as to whether he can stay behind the plate, he still has a chance to remain there.

29. Archie Bradley, SP, Arizona

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    Assuming he doesn't decide to play football at Oklahoma, the Diamondbacks have another big-time young arm. Bradley isn't quite as good as high school rival Dylan Bundy, but he's not too far behind either.

    Bradley has a chance to be a front-of-the-rotation guy, although he may be more of a No. 2 starter in the end.

28. Manny Banuelos, SP, New York Yankees

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    Banuelos hasn't been the guy he looked like in the spring, but he's still been solid for a youngster in Double-A ball. Like Skaggs, don't expect him to lead your rotation, but he's going to make a strong number three guy.

    Banuelos is one of the guys scouts consider a safe bet to either reach or come close to his ceiling, so that also helps his cause.

27. Tyler Skaggs, SP, Arizona

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    Skaggs had been dominant to start the year in High-A before his recent promotion to Double-A Mobile, where he got hit hard in his debut before following up with a little better luck his next start out.

    Skaggs won't be a top-of-the-rotation guy, but the way this recently turned 20-year-old carved up the very hitter-friendly California League shows that he will be a strong No. 3 starter.

26. Nick Castellanos, 3B, Detroit

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    Castellanos struggled early in the cold weather, but since his awful April he's been abusing Low-A pitchers. He projects to be a well-rounded hitter with a high average and solid-to-plus power at the hot corner.

    The Tigers look like they got a steal in the sandwich round in last year. He could possibly move up the minors quickly and end up in the majors by 2013.

25. Jake Odorizzi, SP, Kansas City

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    After carving up High-A, Odorizzi just got promoted to Double-A where he should be tested a bit more. Odorizzi was the centerpiece to the Zack Grienke deal, and although he isn't an ace, he could still be a very good No. 2 or 3 starter.

24. Gerrit Cole, SP, Pittsburgh

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    Cole was the top pick in the draft and has great stuff, yet his results don't live up to the scouting reports. Cole is a safe bet to reach the majors, but has some things to figure out in the minors that will determine whether he's a No. 1 or No. 3/4 starter.

23. Drew Pomeranz, SP, Cleveland

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    Pomeranz spent the first half of his professional debut making High-A ball hitters look silly, however he hasn't used his full repertoire of pitches. If he doesn't get more well rounded, advanced hitters will figure him out. If he learns how to use all of his pitches, he could be a front-of-the-rotation starter.

22. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, Kansas City

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    Cuthbert is an 18-year-old that's making full-season ball look easy, hitting for both average and power. Cuthbert is the type of guy that scouts are projecting to be a middle-of-the-order run-producer, and he could potentially knock Mike Moustakas off third or make him trade bait.

21. Leonys Martin, OF, Texas

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    Martin is a potential leadoff hitter with a .300 average, gap power, strong defense and the ability to steal bases. The Cuban defector is getting used to life in America and the American game before the Rangers call him up for the stretch run at another World Series.

    Martin could end up pushing Texas back into the World Series.

20. Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington

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    Rendon was the consensus No. 1 draft pick headed into the spring, but a decline in his numbers due to playing with a shoulder injury all year knocked him down to the No. 6 pick. When healthy Rendon is a top-five prospect, but he must prove that the shoulder and past ankle injuries haven't taken their toll on him.

    If he moves to second base due to Washington already having Ryan Zimmerman, his stock only goes up.

19. Jacob Turner, SP, Detroit

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    Turner is another Tigers pitcher that was put on the fast track and pushed to his limit with a tough assignment, however he has done better than expected so far in Double-A. Turner projects as a good No. 2 pitcher with the ability to potentially be a No. 1.

    His major league ETA could potentially be this year, or to open the 2012 season.

18. Trevor Bauer, SP, Arizona

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    Bauer came into the year being overshadowed by teammate and future No. 1 draft pick Gerrit Cole, however it was Bauer that was the UCLA ace this year as he ended up bringing home the Golden Spikes Award for the best college player.

    Bauer's delivery draws some criticism and he comes in with a very heavy workload in terms of both innings and pitch counts, but he has the potential to quickly move up the minors and pitch for the big league club. He has already signed and could potentially see the majors this year.

17. Taijuan Walker, SP, Seattle

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    Walker has put up very strong stats in his professional debut, however the scouting reports are even better than the stats. Walker is being called a potential ace-type, despite the fact that he is very raw and starting in full-season ball right out of high school.

    He's got 90 strikeouts in 71 innings against older competition, a number that can only rise as he learns more how to be a pitcher instead of just getting by on his electric stuff.

16. Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Tampa Bay

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    Lee has a plus-glove and plus-speed with the ability to hit for average and some gap power, which all translates into him being an impact player at a very shallow position. Lee has taken the next step with his bat this year, as it has been catching up to his glove ever since his late start to the year.

15. Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota

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    Sano doesn't have a defensive home yet, splitting time at short and third this year and possibly ending up in a corner outfield position. That isn't too important, because this kid has drawn Miguel Cabrera comparisons and is possibly the best power prospect not named Bryce Harper.

    Sano hasn't disappointed in short-season ball this year, and many are awaiting his full-season debut next year.

14. Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati

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    Mesoraco has spent this year proving that his 2010 numbers weren't a fluke and that he could be an impact bat with both average and power.

    Mesoraco would be in the bigs with almost any other organization, but the Reds' catching situation is almost embarrassingly rich with Ramon Hernandez and Ryan Hanigan sharing the major league job and Mesoraco along with last year's first-rounder Yasmani Grandal in the upper minors.

13. Arodys Vizcaino, SP, Atlanta

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    Vizcaino has yet to answer some of the durability concerns, but his performance has taken a big step forward this year. Vizcaino was seen as a future late-inning reliever heading into the year, but now projects as a front-of-the-rotation pitcher due to his improvement.

    Vizcaino was recently moved to Triple-A and the bullpen to possibly help the Braves make a playoff run.

12. Jesus Montero, C, New York Yankees

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    Ignore his numbers this year; he has a proven track record and scouts are saying he looks bored in Triple-A in his second go-round. Montero knows that there's no place for him in New York and that he doesn't want to be in Scranton, but when the Yankees finally trade him to get something they can use back, he will start hitting like we all know he can.

    He won't be a legitimate catcher in the end though, as the glove just isn't there.

11. Jameson Taillon, SP, Pittsburgh

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    Taillon isn't getting let loose by the Pirates, so he hasn't gotten to show just what he can do yet. Still, the kid has impressed in Low-A West Virginia, and looks every bit as good as the kid with all that hype before throwing a single professional pitch. He looks like the ace he was projected to be.

10. Martin Perez, SP, Texas

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    Perez turned the corner this year and has been much more consistent than the guy we saw getting knocked around in Double-A ball last year. He's already up in Triple-A, and it wouldn't surprise anyone if he made his debut this year to help get him ready for a spot in the rotation in 2012.

9. Dylan Bundy, SP, Baltimore

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    As much hype as Jameson Taillon had after being a high draft pick last year, Bundy is even better at the same stage and is more polished. Bundy and his brother could be leading the O's rotation for the next decade or so once they finish working their way to the bigs.

8. Carlos Martinez, SP, St. Louis

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    Also known as Carlos Matias.

    As good as Shelby Miller is and could be, Martinez could be much better. Martinez is further away and still very raw as a pitcher, as well as physically, but has the highest ceiling of any pitcher in the minors. Martinez is capable of hitting 100 MPH with his fastball as a starter, and usually sits in the mid-to-upper 90s. His size and stuff draw Pedro Martinez comparisons.

7. Brett Lawrie, 3B, Toronto

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    Lawrie has an impact bat and hasn't been awful defensively at third, although a move to the outfield is a possibility. His bat is special enough to play pretty much anywhere, and if it wasn't for an injury caused by being hit by a pitch, he'd in the bigs now instead of on this list.

6. Jurickson Profar, SS, Texas

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    Profar is another potentially special shortstop with the ability to stay at the position—and even knock Elvis Andrus to another position. He projects to hit for better average and power as well as play good defense. He's got double-digit home runs as an 18-year-old playing Low-A ball and is already closing in on 30 doubles, which important because as he gets stronger, some of those doubles will carry a bit more and become homers.

    He's just a hair behind Manny Machado as the best shortstop prospect in the game.

5. Manny Machado, SS, Baltimore

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    Machado is the best shortstop prospect, and one of the few with the ability to stay at the position. Machado has very few holes in his game as a true five-tool talent, and although the A-Rod comparisons are a bit much, he could still be an A-Rod-lite.

    He could be truly special player who hits .300 with 20 homers and 20 steals.

4. Shelby Miller, SP, St. Louis

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    Miller has emerged this year to show that he's ready to be on the fast track to the bigs as he has had little trouble getting Double-A hitters out. He's still trying to work on his command, the thing that will determine if he's a No. 1 or 2 starter in the long run.

    Miller is ready to join Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and Jaime Garcia in the majors to form possibly the best rotation in the game as soon as next year.

3. Julio Teheran, SP, Atlanta

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    Moore being the top prospect means that Teheran has slipped a little, although not due to his performance. He struggled a little in his two starts in the majors, but at age 20 that is expected.

    Teheran has been picked apart more this year by scouts, but when you're the top pitching prospect in the game that tends to happen. He may not project to be a true No. 1 starter, but only 10 players in the game are.

2. Matt Moore, SP, Tampa Bay

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    Moore has led the minors in strikeouts in both 2009 and 2010, yet has improved upon his performance this year. Although his strikeout rate has dropped slightly in Double-A, so has his walk rate as evidenced of his BB/9 inning rate going from 5.1 in 2009 to 3.8 last year to just 2.4 this season.

    Moore is officially the best pitching prospect in the game at this point.

1. Bryce Harper, OF, Washington

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    The best power hitting prospect ever is an easy choice as the No. 1 prospect in the game now that Mike Trout has moved on, moving up from a 1-A ranking.

    Harper has surpassed every expectation at every level, and Double-A ball should be a nice test for this kid with the potential to produce significantly better power numbers than Mike Stanton, along with a better average.