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Baseball America’s midseason top 50 places Bryce Harper first

Jul 7, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

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Baseball America has kept the same top two from the preseason in re-ranking the game’s best prospects, going with Bryce Harper and Mike Trout at the top.

That was to be expected, of course.  In a mild surprise, BA elevated Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore past Atlanta’s Julio Teheran into the third spot, making him the game’s top pitching prospect.  Teheran was the No. 5 prospect and top pitcher in the preseason rankings, while Moore came in 15th.

Sliding in the rankings were Yankees catcher Jesus Montero (3rd to 8th) Royals outfielder Wil Myers (10th to 17th) and Rays right-hander Chris Archer (27th to out of the top 50).  Royals left-hander John Lamb, who ranked 18th in the preseason, also fell out of the rankings, but since he underwent Tommy John surgery, that was anticipated.

The biggest surprise is that BA threw Paul Goldschmidt into the rankings at No. 50.  Putting him in the final spot suggests that they’re not sold on him, but they also weren’t going to risk being embarrassed by leaving him off.  Goldschmidt, 23, is the leading home run hitter in the minors with 25 this season.  He’s hit .314/.431/.634 for Double-A Mobile.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    3 Royals on the list, 4 if Lamb wouldnt have gotten hurt. Hosmer, Moose, and Crow would be on there to if they were still in the minors. 2013 baby, watch out for the Royals!

    • hotkarlsandwich - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:31 PM

      I’m sure the Royals will find a way to screw it up again by 2013

  2. skerney - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Goldschmidt is for real. He mashed in the Cal league for visalia last season. Everyone is careful of breakout seasons in the Cal because its such a hitters league. Fly balls jump out in Lancaster, High desert, Bako, and Visalia and create great seasons for free swingers. Goldschmidt though is for real.

  3. Ari Collins - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Looks about right to me all around.

    For my Sox, Iglesias moved down, but I never thought he belonged too high myself. But nice to see Ranaudo move up, and the Sox had a great draft if they can sign half of them.

  4. Ari Collins - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Oh, and good read on Goldschmidt. That’s exactly why he’s #50.

  5. randall351 - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Granted I’m a little biased, but how can they not have Royals prospect Clint Robinson in the Top 50? He’s been on a tear the past couple of years, if I’m not “misremembering” he won the Triple Crown in AA last year. He should be playing in the Majors now, except for Billy Butler being entrenched at DH, which is a whole other discussion in itself.
    Here’s what he’s done this year, has to be in the Top 50 for Minor League players.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=&sid=t541&t=p_pbp&pid=519208

    • Ari Collins - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:17 PM

      He’s also already 26 and has no defensive ability. Minor league stats need context.

  6. halladaysbiceps - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    I really can’t wait for this kid to get to the majors. I want to see a series matchup of Harper versus Halladay, Lee and Hamels. That would be fun to see.

  7. ThatGuy - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    I’m surprised Migual Sano didn’t make the midseason top-50. I believe he was rated #60 by BA at the start of the season and has done nothing short of hit the skin off the ball so far. Other rankings I have seen had him anywhere from 29-42 as a 18 year old starting the season(he played last year at 17). He’s the next Migual Cabrerra.

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