Where are Baseball’s Pre-Season Top 10 Prospects Today?

Ranking Major League prospects is an inexact science, much like filling out an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket for your office pool. Sometimes, a sure thing is a sure thing. And other times, the can’t miss choice is a bust.

Baseball America is a well-respected resource for prospect forecasts. To get a varied perspective on predictions and projections, let’s take a look at the top 10 players on Baseball America’s 2012 Top 100 Prospects List before the season and see how they are currently faring.

Last February, Baseball America rated the game’s top 10 prospects as:

Bryce Harper1. Bryce Harper, Nationals – It is hard to argue with this, unless you are in the camp that believes Mike Trout is the better player.

At 19, Harper is having a respectable season, batting .260 with 10 home runs, 30 RBI, 13 stolen bases and a .758 OPS in 339 at-bats.

He has cooled off lately, hitting .184 (7-for-38) over his last 10 games.

Still, the teenage outfielder expects to get better with experience and has the ceiling of a perennial All-Star. In fact, he made his first All-Star appearance last month.

 

Matt Moore Rays News2. Matt Moore, Rays – Baseball America believes that the 23-year-old Moore is so talented that he will eventually make David Price a No. 2 starter.

That won’t happen this season with Price battling with Jered Weaver for American League Cy Young Award recognition, but like Price, Moore is a hard-throwing left-hander with an arsenal of plus pitches.

Moore is 8-7 with a 3.84 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 21 starts and 124.1 innings.

Walks have been a problem as he has issued 60 free passes, but opposing hitters have a .242 average against him, and he is 6-2 with a 3.21 ERA over his last 10 outings for a Rays team that has trouble scoring runs.

 

Mike Trout News3. Mike Trout, Angels – Not only is the soon-to-be 21-year-old Trout the clear-cut American League Rookie of the Year, but the exceptional center fielder is also a candidate for AL Most Valuable Player with a .346 average, 19 home runs, 58 RBI, 33 stolen bases and a 1.004 OPS in 350 at-bats.

Who will be the best player among Trout and Harper when their careers are finished is still a subject for debate, but so far this year, Trout gets the honor.

 

Rangers news4. Yu Darvish, Rangers – The latest high-priced import from Japan has a high ceiling, but his season has been marked by inconsistency.

Nolan Ryan says that the soon-to-be 26-year-old right-hander needs to establish his fast ball.

Entering Monday night’s start at Boston, Darvish was 11-7 with a 4.38 ERA in 20 starts. He had allowed 110 hits in 127.1 innings and owned 145 strikeouts, but he also had 70 walks and a 1.41 WHIP.

When he locates his pitches, Darvish is effective, as his .229 batting average against suggests.Developing consistency is the key to his success.

 

Braves news5. Julio Teheran, Braves – Signed as an international free agent out of Colombia in 2007, the 21-year-old Teheran is now considered the top prospect in baseball by MLB.com.

If he was pitching better at Triple-A Gwinnett, perhaps Atlanta would have called the right-hander up for the stretch run, but he is currently 6-6 with a 5.12 ERA, a 1.49 WHIP and a .292 batting average against in 21 starts.

Still, he is projected to be a top of the rotation arm for the Braves.

 

mariners news6. Jesus Montero, Mariners – Starved for offense, the Mariners acquired Jesus Montero in an off-season trade that sent young Major League right-hander Michael Pineda to the Yankees.

Pineda has missed the season with a shoulder injury while the 22-year-old Montero has hit .262 with 10 home runs and 42 RBI with Seattle.

Like the Yankees, Seattle intends to mostly use Montero as a designated hitter since his defense is suspect.

 

Texas Rangers Prospects News7. Jurickson Profar, Rangers – One of the most sought after prospects at the trade deadline, the 19-year-old Profar continues to climb the prospect rankings.

The switch-hitting shortstop has a .281 average with 13 home runs, 56 RBI, 13 stolen bases and a .821 OPS at Double-A Frisco this season.

Profar was No. 2 on Baseball America’s 2012 Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects List.

 

Cards news8. Shelby Miller, Cardinals – A first round pick (19th overall) out of high school by the Cardinals in 2009, the 21-year-old Miller is taking some lumps in Triple-A, just like Teheran.

In 106.1 innings, he has walked 46 and has permitted 114 hits for a 1.505 WHIP.

He is 7-9 with a 5.35 ERA in 22 starts.

Like Teheran, the hard-throwing Miller has top of the rotation potential as long as he develops command.

 

D Backs News9. Trevor Bauer, Diamondbacks – A first round pick (third overall) in 2011, the 21-year-old Bauer is thriving at Triple-A Reno where the righty is 4-0 with a 2.90 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 49.2 innings.

He has been plagued with walks, issuing 25 and logging a 1.49 WHIP.

Bauer has been compared to San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum because of his unorthodox delivery.

Bauer has ace potential like Lincecum, too.

 

Orioles news10. Dylan Bundy, Orioles – Baseball America is so high on Bundy that he was No. 10 before the 2012 season and was No.1 on the mid-season list.

A first round pick (fourth overall) in 2011, the 19-year-old right-hander earned an in-season promotion to advanced Single-A Frederick where he is 5-3 with a 2.57 ERA in 10 starts.

Unlike the other pitching prospects in the top 10 list, Bundy is not struggling with command, posting a 1.14 WHIP in 49 innings and holding hitters to a .232 average.

 


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