2012 BPN Top 150 Prospects

After three long months of team-by-team Top 15 lists, scouting reports and a laundry list of other articles, it’s finally time to debut the BPN Top 150! This list represents a snapshot in time that combines my own observations and conversations with numerous industry sources. For a peek at how I compile my lists you can always check out the “BPN Ranking Concept” article from last fall. I will try to answer as many questions as possible in the comment section.

1. Bryce Harper (OF) – Washington Nationals (Scouting Report)
2. Matt Moore (LHP) – Tampa Bay Rays (Scouting Report)
3. Mike Trout (OF) – Los Angeles Angels (Scouting Report)
4. Julio Teheran (RHP) – Atlanta Braves
5. Jesus Montero (C) – Seattle Mariners (Scouting Report)
6. Jurickson Profar (SS) – Texas Rangers (Scouting Report)
7. Shelby Miller (RHP) – St. Louis Cardinals (Scouting Report)
8. Gerrit Cole (RHP) – Pittsburgh Pirates (Scouting Report)
9. Manny Machado (SS) – Baltimore Orioles
10. Travis D’Arnaud (C) – Toronto Blue Jays (Scouting Report)
11. Taijuan Walker (RHP) – Seattle Mariners (Scouting Report)
12. Anthony Rendon (3B) – Washington Nationals
13. Will Myers (OF) – Kansas City Royals (Scouting Report)
14. Dylan Bundy (RHP) – Baltimore Orioles (Scouting Report)
15. Zack Wheeler (RHP) – New York Mets (Scouting Report)
16. Martin Perez (LHP) – Texas Rangers
17. Hak-Ju Lee (SS) – Tampa Bay Rays
18. Devin Mesoraco (C) – Cincinnati Reds (Scouting Report)
19. Miguel Sano (3B) – Minnesota Twins (Scouting Report)
20. Danny Hultzen (LHP) – Seattle Mariners
21. Arodys Vizcaino (RHP) – Atlanta Braves (Scouting Report)
22. Manny Banuelos (LHP) – New York Yankees
23. Mike Montgomery (LHP) – Kansas City Royals
24. Bubba Starling (OF) – Kansas City Royals
25. Matt Harvey (RHP) – New York Mets


26. Drew Pomeranz (LHP) – Colorado Rockies
27. Yoenis Cespedes (OF) – Oakland Athletics (Scouting Report)
28. James Taillon (RHP) – Pittsburgh Pirates
29. Nolan Arenado (3B) – Colorado Rockies
30. Jacob Turner (RHP) – Detroit Tigers
31. Michael Choice (OF) – Oakland Athletics (Scouting Report)
32. Gary Brown (OF) – San Francisco Giants (Scouting Report)
33. Archie Bradley (RHP) – Arizona Diamondbacks
34. Brett Jackson (OF) – Chicago Cubs (Scouting Report)
35. Trevor Bauer (RHP) – Arizona Diamondbacks (Scouting Report)
36. Wilin Rosario (C) – Colorado Rockies (Scouting Report)
37. Tyler Skaggs (LHP) – Arizona Diamondbacks
38. Wily Peralta (RHP) – Milwaukee Brewers (Scouting Report)
39. Christian Yelich (OF) – Miami Marlins
40. Francisco Lindor (SS) – Cleveland Indians (Scouting Report)
41. Mason Williams (OF) – New York Yankees
42. Sonny Gray (RHP) – Oakland Athletics
43. Jake Marisnick (OF) – Toronto Blue Jays
44. Sebastian Valle (C) – Philadelphia Phillies (Scouting Report)
45. Neil Ramirez (RHP) – Texas Rangers
46. Randall Delgado (RHP) – Atlanta Braves
47. Rymer Liriano (OF) – San Diego Padres (Scouting Report)
48. Dellin Betances (RHP) – New York Yankees
49. Nick Castellanos (3B) – Detroit Tigers
50. Jarred Cosart (RHP) – Houston Astros (Scouting Report)
51. Mike Olt (3B) – Texas Rangers
52. Jean Segura (SS) – Los Angeles Angels
53. Tyrell Jenkins (RHP) – St. Louis Cardinals
54. Jedd Gyorko (3B) – San Diego Padres
55. Jonathan Singleton (1B) – Houston Astros
56. Will Middlebrooks (3B) – Boston Red Sox
57. Chad Bettis (RHP) – Colorado Rockies
58. Zach Lee (RHP) – Los Angeles Dodgers
59. Cheslor Cuthbert (3B) – Kansas City Royals
60. Oscar Taveras (OF) – St. Louis Cardinals
61. Grant Green (OF) – Oakland Athletics
62. Eddie Rosario (OF/2B) – Minnesota Twins
63. Jarrod Parker (RHP) – Oakland Athletics
64. James Paxton (LHP) – Seattle Mariners
65. Starling Marte (OF) – Pittsburgh Pirates
66. Allen Webster (RHP) – Los Angeles Dodgers (Scouting Report)
67. Leonys Martin (OF) – Texas Rangers
68. Alex Meyer (RHP) – Washington Nationals
69. Trevor May (RHP) – Philadelphia Phillies
70. Carlos Martinez (RHP) – St. Louis Cardinals
71. Christian Bethancourt (C) – Atlanta Braves
72. Tim Wheeler (OF) – Colorado Rockies
73. Addison Reed (RHP) – Chicago White Sox (Scouting Report)
74. Anthony Gose (OF) – Toronto Blue Jays
75. Joe Wieland (RHP) – San Diego Padres
76. Taylor Jungmann (RHP) – Milwaukee Brewers
77. Yasmani Grandal (C) – San Diego Padres
78. Garin Cecchini (3B) – Boston Red Sox
79. Jake Odorizzi (RHP) – Kansas City Royals
80. Brad Peacock (RHP) – Oakland Athletics
81. Jed Bradley (LHP) – Milwaukee Brewers
82. Derek Norris (C) – Oakland Athletics
83. Nick Franklin (SS) – Seattle Mariners
84. Matt Barnes (RHP) – Boston Red Sox
85. Noah Syndergaard (RHP) – Toronto Blue Jays
86. Xander Bogaerts (SS) – Boston Red Sox
87. Ravel Santana (OF) – New York Yankees
88. Kolten Wong (2B) – St. Louis Cardinals
89. Juan Nicolino (LHP) – Toronto Blue Jays
90. Josh Bell (OF) – Pittsburgh Pirates
91. Javier Baez (SS) – Chicago Cubs
92. Dante Bichette, Jr. (3B) – New York Yankees
93. Daniel Corcino (RHP) – Cincinnati Reds
94. Taylor Guerrieri (RHP) – Tampa Bay Rays
95. Jose Fernandez (RHP) – Miami Marlins
96. Jonathan Villar (SS) – Houston Astros
97. Brian Goodwin (OF) – Washington Nationals
98. Dillon Maples (RHP) – Chicago Cubs
99. Robbie Erlin (LHP) – San Diego Padres
100. Gary Sanchez (C) – New York Yankees
101. George Springer (OF) – Houston Astros
102. Jose Iglesias (SS) – Boston Red Sox
103. AJ Cole (RHP) – Washington Nationals
104. Jon Pettibone (RHP) – Philadelphia Phillies
105. Cory Spangenberg (2B) – San Diego Padres
106. Jon Schoop (2B) – Baltimore Orioles
107. Deck McGuire (RHP) – Toronto Blue Jays
108. Roman Mendez (RHP) – Texas Rangers
109. Yonder Alonso (1B) – San Diego Padres
110. Aaron Sanchez (RHP) – Toronto Blue Jays
111. Matt Dominguez (3B) – Miami Marlins
112. Billy Hamilton (SS/2B) – Cincinnati Reds
113. Daniel Norris (LHP) – Toronto Blue Jays
114. Anthony Rizzo (1B) – Chicago Cubs
115. Ronald Guzman (OF) – Texas Rangers
116. Drew Hutchison (RHP) – Toronto Blue Jays
117. Chad James (LHP) – Miami Marlins (Scouting Report)
118. Chris Archer (RHP) – Tampa Bay Rays
119. Trey McNutt (RHP) – Chicago Cubs
120. Ryan Lavarnway (C) – Boston Red Sox
121. Aaron Hicks (OF) – Minnesota Twins
122. Tanner Scheppers (RHP) – Texas Rangers
123. Andrelton Simmons (SS) – Atlanta Braves
124. Destin Hood (OF) – Washington Nationals
125. Wellington Castillo (C) – Chicago Cubs
126. Matt West (RHP) – Texas Rangers
127. Matt Adams (1B) – St. Louis Cardinals
128. Luis Heredia (RHP) – Pittsburgh Pirates
129. Robbie Grossman (OF) – Pittsburgh Pirates
130. Kyle Crick (RHP) – San Francisco Giants
131. Zach Cox (3B) – St. Louis Cardinals
132. Matt Purke (LHP) – Washington Nationals
133. Tommy Joseph (C) – San Francisco Giants
134. Michael Taylor (OF) – Washington Nationals
135. Domingo Santana (OF) – Houston Astros
136. Jorge Alvaro (C) – Texas Rangers
137. Elvis Araujo (LHP) – Cleveland Indians
138. Joe Benson (OF) – Minnesota Twins
139. John Lamb (LHP) – Kansas City Royals
140. Jake Thompson (RHP) – Tampa Bay Rays
141. Cesar Puello (OF) – New York Mets
142. CJ Cron (1B) – Los Angeles Angels
143. Alex Colome (RHP) – Tampa Bay Rays
144. Freddy Galvis (SS) – Philadelphia Phillies
145. Jeurys Familia (RHP) – New York Mets
146. Blake Swihart (C) – Boston Red Sox
147. John Hellweg (RHP) – Los Angeles Angels
148. Alfredo Silverio (OF) – Los Angeles Dodgers
149. Jason adam (RHP) – Kansas City Royals
150. Jesse Biddle (LHP) – Philadelphia Phillies

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27 Responses to 2012 BPN Top 150 Prospects

  1. Denny says:

    No Anthony Rizzo?

  2. Are you not considering Anthony Rizzo a prospect? Why is he not on this list?

  3. Denny says:

    #114 all about his poor showing with the Padres last Sept?

  4. jumpsuit says:

    A little surprised not to see Drew Smyly. He is going to surprise and come onto alot of people’s radars this year.

    • Mark A. says:

      I rated Smyly fifth in his own organization and only two players from the Tigers made this list overall. He wasn’t really close. He’s a guy with an absolute ceiling as a #3 starter and probably more of a 4/5 type. If I were going to consider another Tiger prospect for the back fo the list, it would have been either Vasquez or Crosby.

      • jumpsuit says:

        Smyly is a pitcher that has always maintained solid numbers. He has 4 pitches that many scouts say are at least mlb average. He has good control and uses the entire strike zone effectively.

        I think I can see where you’re coming from since he doesn’t have ace type stuff, but a solid #3 would not surprise me. I am looking forward to see what he does with this season.

        I think Crosby has a little better stuff, but the control isn’t there as much as well as the constant injury concern. I think people are waiting for him to string together a couple of healthy seasons together before getting hopes up. I can’t wait to see what Vasquez does as he ascends the minors. I like it when he is ranked aggressively, everyone knows the Tigers could use more quality position prospects.

  5. ecp says:

    Denny, Rizzo is at 114.

    My question: You include Cespedes, but not Darvish? Why? (Personally, I wouldn’t include either of them, but I’m curious as to your reasoning.)

    • Mark A. says:

      It just boils down to a difference in the perception of their respective leagues. NPB is a very legitimate professional league — the Cuban league, not so much. I basically employed a pretty common industry distinction for lists of this nature, though there certainly are outlets that take a different stance.

  6. Robert says:

    Where would Rendon have ranked if he were 100 percent healthy?

    • Robert says:

      Also how high up on this list do you think “the legend” will shot up next year?

    • Mark A. says:

      Rendon’s ranking wouldn’t have changed much. He was already 12th and a guarantee of his health wouldn’t have altered that much.

      Alfaro has the raw talent and tools to move way up this list at any time. That said, I don’t think he’ll do it right away. I think you’re going to see some setbacks in 2012, though all will be part of the developmental process. If that materializes, he’s not going to fly up the rankings this year.

      • steven says:

        the talent is there.

      • Mark A. says:

        Britton certainly has the talent. At the time this list was released (pre-season), Britton wasn’t really close to this picture for me.

        I’m still not sold on him in the starting rotation because of his struggles commanding the baseball, but he could pitch at the back end of games if starting doesn’t work out.

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  12. steven says:

    where is drake britton?

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