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MLB.com unveils its Top 100 prospects

Jan 29, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

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The fine folks at MLB.com just finished counting down who they believe to be baseball’s Top 100 prospects over on the MLB Network. The full list of youngsters can be found here, along with expert analysis from prospect maven Jonathan Mayo.

We’ll share with you their Top 25:

1 – Jurickson Profar, SS (TEX)
2 – Dylan Bundy, RHP (BAL)
3 – Oscar Taveras, OF (STL)
4 – Wil Myers, OF (TB)
5 – Taijuan Walker, RHP (SEA)
6 – Travis d’Arnaud, C (NYM)
7 – Jose Fernandez, RHP (MIA)
8 – Zack Wheeler, RHP (NYM)
9 – Gerrit Cole, RHP (PIT)
10 – Tyler Skaggs, LHP (ARI)
11 – Billy Hamilton, OF (CIN)
12 – Miguel Sano, 3B (MIN)
13 – Christian Yelich, OF (MIA)
14 – Francisco Lindor, SS (CLE)
15 – Jameson Taillon, RHP (PIT)
16 – Javier Baez, SS (CHI)
17 – Trevor Bauer, RHP (CLE)
18 – Danny Hultzen, LHP (SEA)
19 – Byron Buxton, OF (MIN)
20 – Xander Bogaerts, SS (BOS)
21 – Nick Castellanos, OF (DET)
22 – Mike Olt, 3B (TEX)
23 – Mike Zunino, C (SEA)
24 – Archie Bradley, RHP (ARI)
25 – Shelby Miller, RHP (STL)

  1. dadeyemi - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Wooowwww, the Mets have the #6 and 8 prospects. Lets not mess this up

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      Syndergaard is #29. Mets fans can get their kicks from Prospect Porn.

      • itsthemelman82 - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        That bright side isn’t so bright when realize there’s no speed in the organization & probably the worst OF in the majors as well as the farm system

  2. rockthered1286 - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    I still praise the Mets for that trade with Toronto. Gaining top prospects and saving cap room will only help them.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:03 AM

      Cap room in baseball? Who knew?

      • rockthered1286 - Jan 30, 2013 at 8:55 AM

        touche PC….I’ve been so wrapped up in football here in Baltimore that I mixed my terms and sports. Let me rephrase- “saving money and in turn, being able to allocate funds elsewhere.” Sufficient.

        Trust me- after 2012 season for the O’s, I can finally shut up about a salary cap in baseball. Instead, we focus on a mandatory floor. I’m thinking of writing TLC to put Uncle Pete on an episode of hoarders…

      • tsi431 - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        Actually John Buck costs $1 million more the R.A. Dickey in 2013, so it costs the Mets in payroll, but the prospects make the deal a win.

  3. wpjohnson - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Profar is the right choice for No. 1. He has unlimited potential. Andrus is one of the two overall best shortstops in baseball- arguably the best. He is still very young. His up side is unlimited. However, in a year or two, the Rangers will replace him with Profar.

    • cosanostra71 - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:50 AM

      Sounds like a bit of hyperbole but he’s definitely got some potential. You have to be a bit jealous of the flexibility they have with both Andrus and Profar.

    • paperlions - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      Profar is probably better than Andrus right now. Andrus is good defensively, but he isn’t exactly an offensive force. No power at all, but decent enough plate discipline and high contact rates lead to an above average (though not great) OBP. Profar’s offense profiles as far superior to that of Andrus (better OBP and a lot more power) and his glove is above average as well.

      • artisan3m - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Andrus has an advantage over Profar ~ maturity and experience. No doubt Profar could acclimate quickly but I see him at 2nd and Kinsler in RF ~ if Cruz gets suspended. There was talk of Ian in the OF last year. Moreland is not a fit due to speed and with Beltre’s hamstring issues, Olt will probably be kept in reserve for 3rd and DH. I think it a bit unfair to both players to compare Andrus’ ML numbers with Profar’s minor league showing. There’s a helluva difference between the two levels. That said, I think Profar has the tools to make the transition and I suspect he will get that chance this season.

  4. hotkarlsandwich - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Hurray for #3 on the list, Minor League Guy!!
    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/26/photo-of-the-day-yeah-spring-training-needs-to-end-now/

  5. hotkarlsandwich - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Minor League Guy — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI9pllCxVNI

  6. thebadguyswon - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Mason Williams at #41 seems a bit high.

    Of all these guys, the one I most want to see destroy the baseball is Oscar Taveras. I hate the Cards, but that kid is going to be a monster.

  7. groundruledoublebourbon - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    The “(TB)” next to Wil Myers almost brought me to tears. At least Frenchy will provide comedy in RF for my squad?

  8. cadillacjosh - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Heyyy The Brewers have a prospect. Nice.

  9. foolmaker - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Trading Zack Wheeler for a half season of Beltran is brutal in hindsight.

    • kyzslew77 - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Well yes, but also, trading Wheeler for half a season of Beltran was dumb at the time.

  10. proudlycanadian - Jan 30, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    The Jays used to have 7 of the top 100 prospects, but they foolishly traded away 5 of them (#6, #29, #70, #72, and #82). All thy have left is #35, #90, the Cy Young winner, 2 other All Star caliber starting pitchers and one of the top 3 short stops in baseball. Talk about being short sighted!

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:05 AM

      No prospect porn in the Jay’s front office.

      • paperlions - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:38 AM

        Nope, just expensive veteran porn.

      • amartland - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        “expensive veteran porn” sounds really, really gross

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      You sound like you are literally trolling yourself here. Are you happy they made the trades or do you legitimately think they were foolish? Personally, I think the Jays may make a run at the AL East the next couple years and it was worth it to trade the young talent. I’m guessing you feel the same…but your troll was so good that I just can’t tell.

      • paperlions - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:51 AM

        He was being sarcastic. He was ecstatic that the Jays had prospects, but now he just glad they traded them for proven MLB talent.

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:53 AM

        It is great to have highly rated suspects; however, as paperlions has written before, a high percentage of them never pan out. On the other hand many minor leaguers who are not highly rated, turn out to be very productive major leaguers. The Jays see a window of opportunity and have turned several of their suspects into proven major leaguers. Some of their current minor leaguers will appear on top suspect lists a year from now, so the farm system was not completely denuded.

      • paperlions - Jan 30, 2013 at 8:00 AM

        Yep, it was a good use of their minor league talent. The other teams are the one’s assuming the risk, but the risk is also much cheaper than paying the vets they traded. Those deals were great examples of win-win scenarios.

    • kyzslew77 - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Can’t wait for the Jays to go 81-81 and finish in 4th this year…. again.

  11. Old Gator - Jan 30, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Let’s start a lottery: name to ones who will receive 50-game PED suspensions before their callups. I will bake a dozen of my world famous yuzu muffins for the winner.

    • stex52 - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      And we have a winner on a technicality. Singleton (#27) is sitting out 50 days for weed. Penalty is the same as PED’s although I think you could make a case that marijuana is a performance-inhibitor. Ship those muffins to Oklahoma City, and thank you very much from the Astros’ organization.

      • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Calling my bluff, eh? Give me a street address.

      • stex52 - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        Oh hell, just drop ‘em by Houston next time you are in Texas. I love muffins. And my next door neighbor was a prof at Gatorland also.

  12. contraryguy - Jan 30, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    BHam at #11? After setting minor league records for steals? That’s going to annoy some hardcore Reds fans. But he has to show he can make it through AAA first.

  13. allidoiswin55 - Jan 30, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    So my mariners have like 6
    Top prospects. Hmm I expect them to be up just in time to keep the professional farm team in out stadium.

    Really are we just the team others pluck away players from just to turn them into a stud or even a star. It’s becoming ridiculous and hard to go to an M’s game watching AAA guys everyday in the majors.

  14. stex52 - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Astros sit at #27, 30, 57 and 89. And, of course, their top prospect is sitting out 50 days for smoking marijuana. I guess it could be worse, but it doesn’t look like the cavalry is coming over the hill anytime soon.

    • paperlions - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      If the Astros move Singleton to their 40 man roster, the suspension goes away…only non-roster players can be tested or suspended for weed. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Astros make such a move just so they don’t loose the development time, it may piss of MLB, but the Astros can’t be worried about what the league thinks….it isn’t like the league is concerned about specific teams or fan bases.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        Is that true? They can simply move him to 40-man and he isn’t suspended? Wow I must have missed that information. I thought he had to be on the 40-man roster at the time of the test.

      • paperlions - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        That is what was reported. There is no mechanism for testing or suspending players on the 40-man roster, who are covered by the CBA. Other minor leaguers are subjected to rules MLB can impose unilaterally.

      • stex52 - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Wow, sounds ethically challenging. But no problem for Crane, he’s already a war profiteer.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        paper, I know that they can’t test guys on the 40 man roster for weed. But I thought once the test was positive, they couldn’t then put the guy on the 40 man and say “Sorry, he’s on 40 man so suspension is null”

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        @Chris

        Klaw has been trumpeting PL’s approach for months now, even though what you are saying makes perfect sense. Not sure why, if he’s already caught, merely moving him to the 40 man would reduce/eliminate the suspension?

        The CBA doesn’t cover MiLB, so what rules do?

  15. djjackson81 - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    I love that Arizona has two top 25 pitching prospects in the game. Had three with Trevor Bauer but that’s ok

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