Prospect Roundup: Trade Deadline

 

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Clint Frazier was one of the better prospects on the move during the trade deadline. (Photo courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal)

By: Burke Granger

If you follow baseball prospects with at least a moderate level of enthusiasm, and if you’re reading this article you probably do, there are a few milestones throughout the calendar year about which to get excited. ¬†Along with the First-Year Player Draft, the All-Star Futures Game, and September call-ups, the trade deadline is one of those moments.

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2012 Top 10 Second Base Prospects

1. Jonathan Schoop – Bats: R: Throws: R – 6’1″ 190 – BAL – 10.6.91. Signed: 2008 – Curacao.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

SAL

A-

51

212

45

67

12

3

8

34

6

20

32

.316

.376

.514

2011

CAR

A+

77

229

37

81

12

2

5

37

6

22

44

.271

.329

.375

2011

TOT

2 Lgs

128

511

82

148

24

5

13

71

12

42

76

.290

.349

.432

2. Kolten Wong – Bats: L Throws: R – 5″9″ 190 – STL – 10.10.90. College: Hawaii. Drafted: 2011 – 1st Round (23rd Overall).

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

MID

A-

47

194

39

65

15

2

5

25

9

21

24

.335

.401

.510

3. Cory Spangenberg – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’0″ 185 – SD – 3.16.91. College: Indian River (FL) JC. Drafted – 2011 – 1st Round (10th Overall).

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

NW

Rk

25

86

20

33

10

0

1

20

10

31

15

.384

.545

.535

2011

MID

A-

47

189

35

54

7

1

2

24

15

14

42

.286

.345

.365

2011

TOT

2 Lgs

72

275

55

87

17

1

3

44

25

45

57

.316

.419

.418

4. Scooter Gennett – Bats: L Throws: R. – 5’9″ 165 – MIL – 5.1.90. High School: Sarasota (FL). Drafted: 2009 – 16th Round.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

FLA

A+

134

601

74

167

20

6

9

51

11

27

69

.300

.334

.406

5. Taylor Lindsay – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’0″ 195 – LAA – 12.2.91. High School: Scottsdale (AZ). Drafted: 2010 – 1st Round Supplemental (37th Overall).

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

PIO

RK

63

290

64

105

28

6

9

46

10

13

46

.362

.394

.593

6. Reese Havens – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’1″ 195 – NYM – 10.20.86. College: South Carolina. Drafted: 2008 – 1st Round (22nd Overall).

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

FLA

A+

3

13

11

1

3

2

0

0

2

2

5

.271

.385

.455

2011

EL

AA

58

211

37

61

15

1

6

26

2

27

59

.289

.372

.455

2011

TOT

2 Lgs

61

222

38

64

17

1

6

28

2

29

64

.288

.373

.455

7. Roughned Odor – Bats: L Throws: R. 5’11” 170 – TEX – 2.3.94. Signed: 2011 – Venezuela.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

NW

SS

58

233

33

61

9

3

2

29

10

13

37

.262

.323

.352

8. Steve Lombardozzi – Bats: B Throws: R – 6’0″ 170 – WAS – 9.20.88. High School: Athoton (MD).

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

EL

AA

65

262

40

81

12

7

4

23

16

18

38

.309

.366

.454

2011

IL

AAA

69

294

46

91

13

2

4

29

14

21

40

.310

.354

.408

2011

TOT

2 Lgs

134

556

86

172

25

9

8

52

30

39

78

.309

.360

.430

2011

NL

MLB

13

31

3

6

1

0

0

1

0

1

4

.194

.219

.226

9. Noah Perio – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’0″ 170 – FLA – 11.14.91. High School: Hayward (CA). Drafted: 2009 – 39th Round.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

SAL

A-

119

519

76

144

30

3

6

52

15

19

64

.295

.323

.406

10. Delino DeShields Jr.- Bats: R Throws: R – 5’9″ 190 – HOU – 8.16.92. High School: College Park (GA)Drafted: 2010 – 1st Round (8th Overall).

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

SAL

A-

119

469

73

103

27

2

9

48

30

52

118

.220

.305

.322

2012 Top 10 First Base Prospects

With such a lackluster class of first basemen this year only the top three will make my top 100 prospects list.

1. Yonder Alonso – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’2″ 210 – SD – 4.8.87. College: Miami (FL). Drafted: 2008 (1st Round – 7th Overall). No longer blocked by Joey Votto after being traded to San Diego, along with Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger in exchange for Mat Latos, Alonso will be the every day 1B this season. Scouting report here.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

IL

AAA

91

358

46

106

24

4

12

56

6

46

60

.296

.374

.486

2011

NL

MLB

47

88

9

29

4

0

5

15

0

10

21

.330

.398

.545

2. Anthony Rizzo – Bats: L Throws: L – 6’3″ 220 – CHC – 8.8.89. High School: Parkland (FL). Drafted: 6th Round (2007) Boston. The Red Sox dealt Rizzo, along with RHP Casey Kelly and OF Raymond Fuentes to San Diego following the 2010 season in exchange Adrian Gonzalez. Despite the change in scenery, Rizzo produced a second straight 25 HR 100 RBI season. His reward – another off season move. This time to Chicago to be reunited with Theo Epstein. Rizzo mashed in AAA but struggled mightily after being called up to the big club. He fell just 2 AB’s short of losing his prospect status.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

PCL

AAA

93

356

64

118

34

1

26

101

7

43

89

.331

.404

.652

2011

NL

MLB

49

128

9

18

8

1

1

9

2

21

46

.141

.281

.242

3. Jonathan Singleton – Bats: L Throws: L – 6’2″ 215 – HOU – 9.18.91. High School: Long Beach (CA). Drafted: 2009 (8th Round) Phillidelphia. Singleton is our third straight prospect on this list to change systems in 2011 after being traded from Philadelphia along with Jarred Cosart, Domingo Santana and Josh Zeid for Hunter Pence. He has a keen eye which has contributed to his .390+ OBP in each of his three professional seasons.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

FSL

A+

93

320

48

91

14

0

9

47

3

56

83

.284

.387

.413

2011

CAL

A+

35

129

20

43

9

1

4

16

0

14

40

.333

.405

.512

2011

TOT

2Tms

128

449

68

134

23

1

13

63

3

70

123

.298

.392

.441

4. C.J. Cron – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’4″ 235 – LAA – 1.5.90. College: Utah. Drafted: 2011 (1st Round – 17th Overall). A Prospect Junkies Preseason All-American in 2011, Cron, a converted catcher, didn’t disappoint, producing a .434/.517/.803 line to go with 15 HR and 59 RBI. Cron possesses some of the best pure power in the 2011 draft class. The perceived success of Marc Trumbo and the acquisition of Albert Pujols could mean that Cron will eventually be traded but the decision doesn’t need to be made any time soon.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

PIO

RK

34

143

30

44

5

1

13

41

0

10

34

.308

.371

.629

5. Matt Adams – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’3″ 230 – STL – 8.31.88. High School: Slippery Rock (PA). Drafted: 2009 – 23rd Round. A converted catcher and after thought, Adams has been a discussion point this offseason with the departure of Albert Pujols. While he’s not a toosly prospect, he has raked everywhere he’s been. Lance Berkman will take over first base for now and Adams is ticketed for AAA.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

TL

AA

115

463

80

139

23

2

32

101

0

40

90

.300

.357

.566

6. Chris Parmelee – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’1″ 230 – MIN – 2.24.88. High School: Chino Hills (CA). Drafted: 2006 – 1st Round (20th Overall). Parmelee has reinvigorated his prospect status with a strong 2011 that included a successful Major League call up. While I don’t think his future is considerably bright, the Twins certainly need offense and have a knack for squeezing production out of moderate ceiling guys.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

EL

AA

142

530

76

152

30

5

13

83

0

68

94

.287

.366

.436

2011

AL

MLB

21

76

8

27

6

0

4

14

0

12

13

.355

.443

.592

7. Chris Carter – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’5″ 245 – OAK – 12.18.86. High School: Las Vegas (NV). Drafted: 2005 – 15th Round – White Sox. Carter’s stock is fading after repeated failures, albeit in short samplings (.480 OPS in 124 PA’s), at the Major League level but I’m not ready to give up on him. At 25 years old, however, he’s running out of time. He has 170 Minor League HR’s under his belt.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

CAL

A+

6

24

3

8

0

0

3

7

0

4

8

.333

.429

.708

2011

PCL

AAA

75

296

55

81

18

2

18

72

5

42

85

.274

.366

.530

2011

AL

MLB

15

44

2

6

0

0

0

0

0

2

20

.136

.174

.136

8. Aaron Westlake – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’4″ 235 – 12.27.88. College: Vanderbilt. Drafted: 2011 – 3rd Round. In Aaron Westlake’s final game in Nashville, he hit three home runs to send the Commodores to the College World Series for the first time in school history. A fourth year junior before being drafted, Westlake is older than most 2011 draftees so he’ll need to move quickly so he can be blocked by Miggy and Prince.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

GLF

RK

5

18

2

3

1

0

1

4

0

2

6

.167

.250

.389

2011

NYP

A-

27

106

14

28

4

1

2

15

1

10

23

.264

.328

.377

2011

2 lgs

TOT

32

124

16

31

5

1

3

19

1

12

29

.250

.316

.379

9. Dan Vogelbach – Bats: L Throws: R – 5’11 250 – 12.17.92. High School: North Fort Myers (FL). Drafted: 2011 – 2nd Round. The power is real and so is his waist line.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

ARI

RK

6

24

4

7

3

0

1

6

1

2

2

.292

.370

.542

10. Alex Dickerson – Bats: L Throws: L – 6’3″ 235 – 5.26.90. College Indiana. Drafted: 2011 – 3rd Round. Alex uses his massive forearms to generate a powerful pull heavy swing. Click here for a our scouting report.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

NYP

A-

41

150

25

47

16

1

3

19

0

16

28

.313

.393

.493

2012 Top 10 Catcher Prospects

I kick off my third year of ranking prospects by position by once again starting with the catchers and some of these guys have been on the list each year, while others are new faces. Overall, I’d grade this catching class as average due to a lack in consistency. Two of the more exciting bats in the class, Montero and Sanchez, have little chance to stick at catcher, while some of the more exciting defenders have flawed offensive resumes because they’ve never met a pitch they haven’t swung at.



1. Jesus Montero – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’4″ 225 – SEA – 11.28.89. Signed: Venezuela 2006. Montero topped this list a year ago after being named second (behind Carlos Santana) in 2010. From a top 100 perspective, he landed at #3 in 2011 and #6 in 2010. After repeating AAA in 2011, the Yankees dealt Montero to Seattle in exchange for 2011 All-Star and All-Rookie Team selection RHP Michael Pineda. While I don’t think he’ll be a passable backstop at the next level, Montero’s bat has star potential and will earn him a full time role in 2012.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

IL

AAA

109

420

52

121

19

1

18

67

0

36

98

.288

.348

.467

2011

AL

MLB

18

61

9

20

4

0

4

12

0

7

17

.328

.406

.590

2. Devin Mesoraco – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’1″ 220 – CIN – 6.19.88. High School: Punxsutawney (PA) Drafted: 1st Round (15th Overall) 2007. I was squarely in the doubter camp following Mesoraco’s rebound 2010 season but a solid 2011 that culminated with a September call up has put those doubts to rest. While I still think it was not without risk and premature to deal Yasmani Grandal to San Diego, the path is clear for Mesoraco to get significant AB’s in Cincinnati this season sharing time with personal favorite Ryan Hanigan.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

IL

AAA

120

436

60

126

36

2

15

71

1

52

83

.289

.371

.484

2011

NL

MLB

18

53

5

9

3

0

2

6

0

3

10

.180

.226

.360

3. Yasmani Grandal – Bats: B Throws: R – 6’2″ 205 – SD. 11.8.88. College: Miami. Drafted: 1st Round (12th Overall) 2010 – Cincinnati. Grandal and Devin Mesoraco were two of the top rated prep catchers in the 2007 draft and the Reds spent 1st round picks on both of them. Grandal slid to Boston in the 27th round that year but honored his college commitment to Miami (FL) where he started as a freshman on an Omaha bound 2008 team that included fellow first rounders Yonder Alonso and Jemile Weeks. Grandal and Alonso (along with Brad Boxberger) were dealt to San Diego in exchange for Mat Latos. I’m higher on Grandal than most but I’m partial to switch hitting catchers. While his defense lags behind his offense at this stage, he did throw out 34% of would be basestealers last season.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

CAL

A+

56

206

47

61

14

0

10

40

0

41

57

.296

.410

.510

2011

SOU

AA

45

156

20

47

15

0

4

26

0

13

39

.301

.360

.474

2011

IL

AAA

4

12

2

6

2

0

0

2

0

5

1

.500

.667

1.33

2011

TOT

3 Lgs

105

374

69

114

31

0

14

68

0

59

97

.305

.401

.500

4. Travis d’Arnaud – Bats: R Throws: R. 6’2 195 – TOR – 2.10.89. High School: Lakewood (CA). Drafted: 1st Round Supplemental (37th Overall) 2007 – Philadelphia. I was a fool to leave him off this list last year. A better all-around skill set than J.P. Arencibia, d’Arnaud should be the Blue Jay’s catcher of the future. The Jays acquired him, along with Kyle Drabek and Michael Taylor (since traded to Oakland for Brett Wallace) from the Phillies in the Roy Halladay 2009 trade. He’ll start the year in AAA Las Vegas but should finish in Toronto if they don’t deal him at the deadline if the Jays find themselves competing this season.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

EL

AA

114

424

72

132

33

1

21

78

4

33

100

.311

.371

.542

5. Gary Sanchez – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’2″ 220 – NYY – 12.2.92. Signed: Dominican Republic 2009. Though not close to contributing, Montero’s exit has seemingly crowned Sanchez as the catcher of the future in the Bronx. Like Montero however, Sanchez’ defense will make him a long shot to remain behind the dish. He has a strong arm but his receiving skills are primitive.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

SAL

A-

82

301

49

77

16

1

17

52

2

36

93

.256

.335

.485

6. Wilin Rosario – Bats: R Throws: R- 5’11” 195 – COL – 2.23.89. Signed: Dominican Republic 2006. There is almost nothing I enjoy more than catchers that love to show off their arms and Rosario does just that and for good reason. Defensive prowess and pop will be his calling cards at the next level but take a walk for crying out loud!

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

AA

TL

102

405

52

101

15

3

21

48

1

19

91

.249

.284

.457

2011

NL

MLB

16

54

6

11

3

1

3

8

0

2

20

.204

.228

.463

7. Blake Swilhart – BOS – Bats: B Throws: R – 6’1″ 175 – BOS – 4.3.92. High School: Rio Rancho (NM). Drafted: 1st Round (26th Overall). I already admitted that I’m a sucker for switch hitting catchers and Swilhart is no exception. He projects as a complete catcher though he has more to prove than anyone on this list. A ranking this high is an admitted leap of faith.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

8. Christian Bethancourt – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’2″ 195 – ATL – 9.2.91. Signed: Panama 2008. Still just 20 years old, Bethancourt is a veteran to this list, coming in at the #9 spot in 2010. His arm and athleticism make him a sure fire bet to stick at catcher but he’ll likely need to develop patience to realize his power potential at the plate.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

SAL

A-

54

221

25

67

10

3

4

33

6

8

27

.303

.323

.430

2011

CAR

A+

45

166

11

45

6

0

1

20

3

3

35

.271

.277

.325

2011

TOT

2 lgs

99

387

36

112

16

3

5

53

9

11

62

.289

.304

.385

9. Sebastian Valle – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’1″ 170 – PHI – 7.24.90. Signed: Mexico 2006. Like Bethancourt, Valle has always been one of the younger players at each level he’s played and therefore hasn’t put up the types of numbers that correlate with his scouting reports just yet. He has the type of quick hand that suggest he’ll hit for above average power while also giving you average to good skills behind the plate.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

FSL

A+

91

348

34

99

19

2

5

40

0

13

84

.284

.312

.394

10. Tommy Joseph – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’1″ 210 – SF – 1.16.91. High School: Scotsdale (AZ). Drafted: 2nd Round (2009). A sub par full season debut in 2010 both offensively and defensively prompted discussions of Joseph moving to 1B. While he did play some there last season, he also caught 91 games and threw out an impressive 37% of basestealers. His 2012 assignment is to take draw more walks. He won’t be in the hitter friendly California league this year so I expect a regression, however his 2011 improvements were more than just league induced. I was tempted to throw fellow Giants farmhand and 2011 Oregon State draftee Andrew Susac on this list instead of Joseph but since Susac has yet to debut, I’ll give Joseph the slight nod based on performance.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

CAL

A+

127

560

80

139

33

2

22

95

1

29

102

.270

.317

.471

Top 100 Baseball Prospects 2011


Rank

Player

Position

Team

1.

Bryce Harper

OF

Nationals

2.

Mike Trout

OF

Angels

3.

Jesus Montero

C

Yankees

4.

Julio Teheran

RHP

Braves

5.

Jeremy Hellickson

RHP

Rays

6.

Mike Moustakas

3B

Royals

7.

Aroldis Chapman

LHP

Reds

8.

Will Myers

OF/C

Royals

9.

Desmond Jennings

OF

Rays

10.

Domonic Brown

OF

Phillies

11.

Dustin Ackley

2B

Mariners

12.

Freddie Freeman

1B

Braves

13.

Eric Hosmer

1B

Royals

14.

Michael Pineda

RHP

Mariners

15.

Jameson Taillon

RHP

Pirates

16.

Matt Moore

LHP

Rays

17.

Zach Britton

LHP

Orioles

18.

Shelby Miller

RHP

Cardinals

19.

Manny Machado

SS

Orioles

20.

Jarrod Parker

RHP

Diamondbacks

21.

Jacob Turner

RHP

Tigers

22.

Martin Perez

LHP

Rangers

23.

Kyle Drabek

RHP

Blue Jays

24.

Aaron Hicks

OF

Twins

25.

Brandon Belt

1B

Giants

26.

Lonnie Chisenhall

3B

Indians

27.

Chris Sale

LHP

White Sox

28.

Randall Delgado

RHP

Braves

29.

Mike Montgomery

LHP

Royals

30.

Tyler Matzek

LHP

Rockies

31.

Kyle Gibson

RHP

Twins

32.

Brett Lawrie

2B

Blue Jays

33.

Jonathan Singleton

1B/OF

Phillies

34.

Simon Castro

RHP

Padres

35.

Zach Wheeler

RHP

Giants

36.

Mike Minor

LHP

Braves

37.

Wilin Rosario

C

Rockies

38.

Brett Jackson

OF

Cubs

39.

Gary Sanchez

C

Yankees

40.

Jordan Lyles

RHP

Astros

41.

Chris Archer

RHP

Rays

42.

Jenrry Mejia

RHP

Mets

43.

Casey Kelly

RHP

Padres

44.

Jake Odorizzi

RHP

Royals

45.

Yonder Alonso

1B

Reds

46.

Chris Carter

1B/OF

Athletics

47.

Jason Kipnis

2B

Indians

48.

Billy Hamilton

2B

Reds

49.

Miguel Sano

3B

Twins

50.

Alex White

RHP

Indians

51.

Jean Segura

2B

Angles

52.

Grant Green

SS

Athletics

53.

Zack Cox

3B

Cardinals

54.

Anthony Rizzo

1B

Padres

55.

Jose Iglesias

SS

Red Sox

56.

Dellin Betances

RHP

Yankees

57.

Nick Franklin

SS

Mariners

58.

Drew Pomeranz

LHP

Indians

59.

John Lamb

LHP

Royals

60.

Jurickson Profar

SS

Rangers

61.

Anthony Ranaudo

RHP

Red Sox

62.

Yasmani Grandal

C

Reds

63.

Tyler Skaggs

LHP

Diamondbacks

64.

Dee Gordon

SS

Dodgers

65.

Manny Banuelos

LHP

Yankees

66.

Devin Mesoraco

C

Reds

67.

Wilmer Flores

SS

Mets

68.

Nolan Arenado

3B

Rockies

69.

Derek Norris

C

Nationals

70.

Tony Sanchez

C

Pirates

71.

Matt Dominguez

3B

Marlins

72.

Nick Weglarz

OF

Indians

73.

Hank Conger

C

Angels

74.

Nick Castellanos

3B

Tigers

75.

Travis d’Arnaud

C

Blue Jays

76.

Tanner Scheppers

RHP

Rangers

77.

Jarred Cosart

RHP

Phillies

78.

Cesar Puello

OF

Mets

79.

A.J. Cole

RHP

Nationals

80.

Zach Lee

RHP

Dodgers

81.

Engel Beltre

OF

Rangers

82.

Chris Dwyer

LHP

Royals

83.

Jaff Decker

OF

Padres

84.

Brent Morel

3B

White Sox

85.

Drake Britton

LHP

Red Sox

86.

Christian Colon

SS

Royals

87.

Ben Revere

OF

Twins

88.

Yorman Rodriguez

OF

Reds

89.

Stetson Allie

RHP

Pirates

90.

Christian Friedrich

LHP

Rockies

91.

Trey McNutt

RHP

Cubs

92.

Trayvon Robinson

OF

Dodgers

93.

Jared Mitchell

OF

White Sox

94.

Arodys Vizcaino

RHP

Braves

95.

Matt Harvey

RHP

Mets

96.

Michael Choice

OF

Athletics

97.

Deck McGuire

RHP

Blue Jays

98.

Guillermo Pimentel

OF

Seattle

99.

Kaleb Cowart

3B

Angles

100.

Tyrell Jenkins

RHP

Cardinals

Number of players in each MLB organization in the top 100:

Arizona Diamondbacks – 2

Atlanta Braves – 5

Baltimore Orioles – 2

Boston Red Sox – 3

Chicago Cubs – 2

Chicago White Sox – 3

Cincinnati Reds – 6

Cleveland Indians – 5

Colorado Rockies – 4

Detroit Tigers – 2

Florida Marlins – 1

Houston Astros – 1

Kansas City Royals – 8

Los Angeles Angles – 4

Los Angeles Dodgers – 3

Milwaukee Brewers – 0

Minnesota Twins – 4

New York Mets – 4

New York Yankees – 4

Oakland Athletics – 3

Philadelphia Phillies – 3

Pittsburgh Pirates – 3

St. Louis Cardinals – 3

San Diego Padres – 4

San Francisco Giants – 2

Seattle Mariners – 4

Tampa Bay Rays – 4

Texas Rangers – 4

Toronto Blue Jays – 4

Washington Nationals – 3

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Scouting Report: Aroldis Chapman – LHP – CIN

Aroldis Chapman – LHP – Cincinnati Reds. 6’4″ 185. DOB: 2.28.88. Signed: Cuba 6 Year $30.25MM.

Scouted: Louisville Bats @ Columbus Clippers 6.1.10 (In Person)

I got my first look at Aroldis Chapman on TV during the 2009 World Baseball Classic. While pitching for the Cuban National Team, Chapman elevated his international prospect status with a 4IP 3H 1ER 1BB 7K performance against Australia. The following outing against Japan however, Chapman struggled with his control. He often had trouble with his release point and when things were not going well, he stomped and pouted on the mound. He took the loss against the eventual champions and left with a line of 2.1IP 3H 3ER 3BB 1K. After defecting in 2010, Chapman shocked baseball pundits by signing with the low budget Reds.

Cuban National Series Statistics

Year

LG

W-L

ERA

G

GS

S

IP

H

BB

K

2005-06

CUBA

3-5

4.33

15

15

0

54

48

54

56

2006-07

CUBA

4-3

2.77

23

12

7

81

59

50

100

2007-08

CUBA

6-7

3.89

16

16

0

74

55

37

79

2008-09

CUBA

11-4

4.03

22

20

0

118

109

62

130

TOTAL

24-19

3.74

76

63

7

328

271

203

365

Minor League Statistics

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

SO

WHIP

2010

IL

AAA

9-6

3.57

39

13

1

0

8

95.2

77

52

125

1.348

Major League Statistics

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

SO

WHIP

2010

NL

MLB

2-2

2.03

15

0

0

0

0

13.1

9

5

19

1.050

It’s important to note that getting one live look doesn’t provide nearly enough information to produce a true scouting report, but that’s not going to stop me from giving you my report anyway. On the day Chapman produced a line of 7IP 4H 2ER 3BB 5K in a no decision.

REPERTOIRE:

Fastball: On sheer velocity, Chapman breaks the 80-20 scale. That’s what happens when you can hit 105 MPH on the radar gun. While he doesn’t get much actual movement at that velocity, his 3/4 delivery causes the ball to cross the plane at a boring angle to right handed hitters.

Slider: Chapman can hit 90 MPH with this pitch on a good day, and it has sharp but sizable break.

Changeup: His changeup is a below average offering and it’s simply not needed out of the pen. His eventual success as a starter will depend heavily on the development of this pitch.

DELIVERY

Chapman has improved his delivery as a professional as the lengthy lefty used to have trouble repeating his delivery. On occasion Chapman will depart from his 3/4 delivery and come over the top to throw his sliders. More experienced hitters will exploit this if Chapman doesn’t maintain a consistent release point.

FUTURE

The question on Chapman’s future is whether he’ll start or relieve. Chapman, like any premium pitching prospect, is more valuable as a front line starter than as a reliever. However, Chapman is so filthy out of the pen on a contending team that his immediate future is to resume his 8th inning role in Cincinnati and possibly take over for Francisco Cordero if he falters.

Scouting Report: Yonder Alonso – 1B – CIN

Yonder Alonso – 1B – Cincinnati Reds. Bats: L Throws: R 6’2″ 210. DOB: 1.8.87. College: Miami (FL) Drafted: 1st Round (7th Overall) 2008.


Scouted: Louisville Bats @ Columbus Clippers 6.1.10 (In Person)


The Twins selected Alonso as a catcher in the 16th round of the 2005 draft, but he opted to go to Miami where he had a prolific college career as a first baseman. After leading the Canes to Omaha as a junior, the Reds used the 7th overall pick on Alonso and signed him to big league contract at the deadline.

Stuck behind NL MVP Joey Votto at first base, the Reds experimented with Alonso in left field in both AA and AAA last season to the tune of 30 total games. Alonso made one error and had an impressive 4 assists as an outfielder, but he’s just not fast enough to play out there at the MLB level.


College Stats

Year

Age

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2006

19

FR

66

244

48

72

18

0

10

69

4

1

32

37

.295

.373

.492

2007

20

SO

61

210

57

79

13

1

18

74

13

3

64

31

.376

.519

.705

2008

21

JR

64

211

80

78

12

1

24

72

9

6

76

35

.370

.534

.777


Minor League Stats

Year

Age

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2008

21

A+

6

25

1

6

1

0

0

2

0

0

5

5

.316

.440

.368

2009

22

A+/AA

84

295

33

86

24

0

9

52

1

1

41

46

.292

.374

.464

2010

23

AA/AAA

132

507

69

147

36

2

15

69

13

3

56

92

.290

.362

.458

TOT

222

821

103

239

61

2

24

123

14

4

102

143

.291

.368

.458

Major League Stats

Year

Age

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

23

MLB

22

29

2

6

2

0

0

3

0

0

0

10

.207

.207

.276

It’s important to note that getting one live look doesn’t provide nearly enough information to produce a true scouting report, but that’s not going to stop me from giving you my report anyway.

HITTING: Alonso is a patient hitter who knows the strike zone well. His appeal is his above average BB% and his relatively low K% for a slugger. My big concern with Alonso has always been his ability to hit LHP, as he struggled in that area in college and in his first full year as a professional. Last year, however, Alonso hit a respectable .269 v. LHP in AAA and .273 v. LHP in AA.

POWER: Alonso has plus power to all fields and uses his patience to punish pitches in the zone.

SPEED: Alonso has well below average speed.

ARM: The arm is average and adequate at first base.

DEFENSE: The Reds have tried Alonso at third base and left field and there’s no denying that he’s a first baseman and nothing more. While he’s not fast, he’s athletic enough that he could develop into an above average defender at first base.

FUTURE: Though he received a late season promotion during Cincinnati’s pennate race, Yonder is clearly blocked by one of the National League’s best players. I anticipated that the Reds would have attempted to use an Alonso headlined package to secure a left fielder this off season but that hasn’t happened. Alonso will almost certainly start the season in AAA to garner consistent playing time and baring a Joey Votto injury, he’ll stay in Louisville until the contending Reds want to buy at at the deadline.