Saturday, September 7, 2013

Top 10 Prospects Season Wrap-Up

Baseball Prospectus is one of the best sources for player evaluation in both the big leagues and the minor leagues and every year they release a Top 100 Prospect list. But how did they perform this season?

1. Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers
Profar split time between Round Rock and Texas. He hit .240/.316/.338 with 5 homers and 27 Runs Scored in 300 Plate Appearances for the Texas Rangers and hit .278/.370/.438 with 4 homers and 27 Runs Scored in 166 Plate Appearances for Round Rock. He played all over the place in the MLB with time in the outfield, at 3B, SS, and 2B. He has struggled a little bit defensively but that may be because of him moving all around the field.

2. Oscar Taveras, St Louis Cardinals
Taveras struggled with injuries this season but managed to hit .306/.341/.462 in 186 Plate Appearances for AAA Memphis. He made 2 Plate Appearances for the Cardinals Rookie League team as well. He hit 5 homers and scored 25 runs and he played good defense.

3. Gerrit Cole Pittsburgh Pirates
Cole made 12 starts in Indianapolis pitching to a 2.91 ERA and striking out 47 in 68 innings. He gave up only 44 hits and 22 earned runs until he was called up to the Pirates and is currently 6-7 with a 3.76 ERA and 66 strikeouts with 90 hits allowed in 91.1 innings pitched. His K/BB is actually better than it was in AAA.

4 Dylan Bundy, Baltimore Orioles
He missed the entire season due to Tommy John Surgery

5. Zack Wheeler New York Mets
Wheeler made 13 starts in Las Vegas before being called up to the Mets. He pitched 68.2 innings giving up 61 hits and striking out 73 but walking 27. Since being called up he has made 15 starts compiling 88 innings with 75 strikeouts with 39 walks. He has a 7-4 record for the Mets.

6 Jose Fernandez Miami Marlins
What bad things can you say about Fernandez. He has played the entire season with the Marlins and will easily win Rookie of the Year for an awful Miami team. He has a 2.23 ERA in 27 starts with an 11-6 record in 165.2 innings and striking out 182 with a 175 ERA+.

7. Wil Myers Tampa Bay Rays
Another prospect that came up in June and made an impact was Wil Myers who hit .286/.356/.520 in AAA Durham before getting the callup to Tampa Bay where he has hit .286/.348/.468 with 11 homers and 34 runs scored. He has shown a good eye for a 22-year old with 25 walks. He has been great defensively as well.

8. Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins
Buxton has been having a fantastic season in the low minors with a .334/.424/.520 line in 574 between 2 levels of Class-A ball. With 18 triples and 55 Stolen Bases he is easily one of the speediest prospects in the Minor Leagues.

9. Taijuan Walker Seattle Mariners
Walker made 25 starts combined between AA and AAA and pitched to a 2.93 ERA with 160 strikeouts in 141.1 innings. He has since been called up and has made 2 starts for the Mariners with a 3.60 ERA and only 4 strikeouts in 10 innings

10 Francisco Lindor Cleveland Indians
Lindor hit .303/.380/.407 in 403 Plate Appearances between A+ and AA. He hit 7 triples and stole 25 bases while playing poor defense. He walked more times than he struck out which is outstanding for a 19 year old player in the minor leagues.

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