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Bryce Harper No. 1, nine Royals on BA’s Top 100 Prospects

Feb 23, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

Bryce Harper

Baseball America put out its annual top 100 prospects list Wednesday, leading off with 2010 first overall pick Bryce Harper as the top prospect in the land. Here’s the top 10:

1. Bryce Harper (OF Nationals)
2. Mike Trout (OF Angels)
3. Jesus Montero (C Yankees)
4. Domonic Brown (OF Phillies)
5. Jeremy Hellickson (RHP Rays)
6. Julio Teheran (RHP Braves)
7. Aroldis Chapman (LHP Reds)
8. Eric Hosmer (1B Royals)
9. Mike Moustakas (3B Royals)
10. Wil Myers (OF Royals)

Six other Royals made the list, including left-handed pitchers John Lamb and Mike Montgomery back-to-back at Nos. 18 and 19. The Rays placed second with seven prospects, while the Braves and Yankees had six apiece.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Brewers placed no players on the list after trading No. 40 prospect Brett Lawrie for Shaun Marcum and No. 69 prospect Jake Odorizzi for Zack Greinke over the winter. The Marlins’ only representitive was Matt Dominguez at No. 81.

Given BA’s reputation for valuing upside, Hellickson as the top pitcher in the rankings is something of a surprise. While there’s a good case for him, he lacks the flash of Teheran or Chapman. That said, he probably is the best bet of the group to win 200 games as a major leaguer.

And as long as I’m throwing opinions around, I’d say BA was too low on the Giants’ Brandon Belt (No. 23), the Orioles’ Zach Britton (No. 28) and the Athletics’ Grant Green (No. 63). Placing too high were the White Sox’s Chris Sale (No. 20), new Ray Chris Archer (No. 27) and Jays catcher Travis d’Arnaud (No. 36).

  1. The Baseball Idiot - Feb 23, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Won’t matter about the Royals prospects. As long as Moore is the GM, none of them will ever see the Major Leagues.

    • heyblueyoustink - Feb 23, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      Now now, just because the organization generally acts as a 7-11 (or a Wawa if you’d prefer) come trade deadline time doesn’t mean it’s time for despair just yet…..we haven’t even had a spring training game yet

    • JBerardi - Feb 23, 2011 at 2:47 PM

      What great Royals prospects has Moore ever let get away?

    • sportsdrenched - Feb 23, 2011 at 3:05 PM

      I’m trying to think of prospects that got away too.

      The only prospect I can think of that the fans wanted up was Kila Ki’hooey (or however you spell it). And he want out and proved that GMDM knew what he was doing by posting little power and batting .196.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Feb 23, 2011 at 3:09 PM

        Actually, it was .217 with eight homers in 180 at-bats for Ka’aihue, and the Royals were impressed enough that he’s been penciled into the 2011 lineup.

      • royalskingdom - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM

        Wrong.

        Kila actually hit pretty well last year in his last 40 games. And it’s Ka’aihue, but way to go on looking informed.

    • Ari Collins - Feb 23, 2011 at 3:11 PM

      “Won’t matter about the Royals prospects. As long as Moore is the GM, they’ll never be surrounded by quality Major Leaguers, and they’ll get traded when they get close to FA.”

      Fixed.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Feb 23, 2011 at 3:22 PM

        Close. Assuming they ever get tot he major leagues and don’t get buried in the minors, as Moore likes to do for his Braves prospects.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Feb 23, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Phillies with 4 guys in the top 70. Not bad for a team that supposedly empties it’s minor leagues to make the Cliff Lee/Joe Blanton/Roy Halladay trades the last 3 years.

  3. bigtrav425 - Feb 23, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    well that sucks…No Indians in the top 10 and probably not even 20 guess il go check

  4. tjt113 - Feb 23, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    I live in KC, and what the Royals will do is get the kids up here and when they start to get good it will be about time for them to sign a new contract,,,Then they will trade them because their owner is CHEAP, they will get some old baseballs and used jocks. This owner stinks probably one of the worst.

  5. wickethewok - Feb 23, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Looks like BA posted the wrong order earlier, so Teheran (not Hellickson) is their top pitcher.

    Nice to see Taillon ranked so high.

  6. buddygrant - Feb 23, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Woohoo, happy Wilson Ramos is still in the top 100, & hope he wins the backup job in WAS and becomes full time during the season.

  7. bigtrav425 - Feb 23, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    3 or 4 prospects in the top 100 after all these trades the past few yrs (Indians)..Good job Shapiro!…Douche Bag

  8. homelanddefense - Feb 24, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    The Red Sox really raided the farm for Gonzalez. Only 3 in the top 100. Although Westmorland would be there if he didnt have brain surgery last season.

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