2013 BPN Top 150 Prospects

It has been a long off-season but Opening Day is finally here and with it comes the release of the BPN Top 150 Prospects for 2013!

As you peruse the rankings you may notice differences between the Top 150 and the individual team Top 15 lists. I did not remain bound by my Top 15 rankings during this process. If I learned new information since the release of a team Top 15, that information was incorporated in the Top 150 rankings. You will see some players higher, lower, etc., in this list than in previous off-season lists. Also, I have linked to all of the scouting reports I have on file for players in the Top 150 (117 of 150 players have full reports). As you click through to the scouting reports, please note the date of publication. Scouting reports are not static; they change over time as players develop, and that is important to remember if you click through to a scouting report from April of last year.

As always, I hope you enjoy the rankings! I’ll try to pop in and answer as many questions as I can in the comments section!

1. Oscar Taveras, OF (60) – St. Louis Cardinals – Scouting Report
2. Jurickson Profar, SS (6) – Texas Rangers – Scouting Report
3. Gerrit Cole, RHP (8) – Pittsburgh Pirates – Scouting Report
4. Will Myers, OF (13) – Tampa Bay Rays – Scouting Report
5. Dylan Bundy, RHP (14) – Baltimore Orioles – Scouting Report
6. Kevin Gausman, RHP (NR) – Baltimore Orioles – Scouting Report
7. Jameson Taillon, RHP (28) – Pittsburgh Pirates – Scouting Report
8. Zack Wheeler, RHP (15) – New York Mets – Scouting Report
9. Jose Fernandez, RHP (95) – Miami Marlins – Scouting Report
10. Xander Bogaerts, SS (86) – Boston Red Sox – Scouting Report
11. Shelby Miller, RHP (7) – St. Louis Cardinals – Scouting Report
12. Christian Yelich, OF (39) – Miami Marlins – Scouting Report
13. Taijuan Walker, RHP (11) – Seattle Mariners – Scouting Report
14. Lucas Giolito, RHP (NR) – Washington Nationals – Scouting Report
15. Anthony Rendon, 3B (12) – Washington Nationals – Scouting Report
16. Archie Bradley, RHP (33) – Arizona Diamondbacks – Scouting Report
17. Carlos Correa, SS (NR) – Houston Astros – Scouting Report
18. Miguel Sano, 3B (19) – Minnesota Twins – Scouting Report
19. Tyler Skaggs, LHP (37) – Arizona Diamondbacks – Scouting Report
20. Byron Buxton, OF (NR) – Minnesota Twins – Scouting Report
21. Francisco Lindor, SS (40) – Cleveland Indians – Scouting Report
22. Javier Baez, SS (91) – Chicago Cubs – Scouting Report
23. Matt Barnes, RHP (84) – Boston Red Sox – Scouting Report
24. Austin Hedges, C (NR) – San Diego Padres – Scouting Report
25. Max Fried, LHP (NR) – San Diego Padres – Scouting Report
26. Trevor Rosenthal, RHP (NR) – St. Louis Cardinals
27. Jorge Soler, OF (NR) – Chicago Cubs – Scouting Report
28. JR Graham, RHP (NR) – Atlanta Braves – Scouting Report
29. Nick Castellanos, OF (49) – Detroit Tigers – Scouting Report
30. Julio Teheran, RHP (4) – Atlanta Braves – Scouting Report
31. Travis d’Arnaud, C (10) – New York Mets – Scouting Report
32. Mike Olt, 3B (51) – Texas Rangers – Scouting Report
33. Albert Almorra, OF (NR) – Chicago Cubs – Scouting Report
34. Carlos Martinez, RHP (70) – St. Louis Cardinals – Scouting Report
35. Yasiel Puig, OF (NR) – Los Angeles Dodgers – Scouting Report
36. Trevor Bauer, RHP (35) – Cleveland Indians – Scouting Report
37. Mike Zunino, C (NR) – Seattle Mariners – Scouting Report
38. Billy Hamilton, OF (112) – Cincinnati Reds – Scouting Report
39. Noah Syndergaard, RHP (85) – New York Mets – Scouting Report
40. Jonathan Singleton, 1B (55) – Houston Astros – Scouting Report
41. Gary Sanchez, C (100) – New York Yankees – Scouting Report
42. Gregory Polanco, OF (NR) – Pittsburgh Pirates – Scouting Report
43. Kyle Zimmer, RHP (NR) – Kansas City Royals – Scouting Report
44. Kaleb Cowart, 3B (NR) – Los Angeles Angels – Scouting Report
45. Allen Webster, RHP (66) – Boston Red Sox – Scouting Report
46. Aaron Hicks, OF (121) – Minnesota Twins – Scouting Report
47. Taylor Guerrieri, RHP (94) – Tampa Bay Rays – Scouting Report
48. Casey Kelly, RHP (NR) – San Diego Padres
49. Chris Archer, RHP (118) – Tampa Bay Rays – Scouting Report
50. Jake Marisnick, OF (43) – Miami Marlins – Scouting Report
51. Alex Meyer, RHP (68) – Minnesota Twins – Scouting Report
52. Jackie Bradley, OF (NR) – Boston Red Sox – Scouting Report
53. Adalberto Mondesi, SS (NR) – Kansas City Royals
54. Aaron Sanchez, RHP (110) – Toronto Blue Jays – Scouting Report
55. Jorge Alfaro, C (136) – Texas Rangers – Scouting Report
56. David Dahl, OF (NR) – Colorado Rockies – Scouting Report
57. Martin Perez, LHP (16) – Texas Rangers
58. Robert Stephenson, RHP (NR) – Cincinnati Reds – Scouting Report
59. Danny Hultzen, LHP (20) – Seattle Mariners – Scouting Report
60. Mason Williams, OF (41) – New York Yankees – Scouting Report
61. Leonys Martin, OF (67) – Texas Rangers – Scouting Report
62. Nick Franklin, SS (83) – Seattle Mariners – Scouting Report
63. Yordano Ventura, RHP (NR) – Kansas City Royals
64. Rymer Liriano, OF (47) – San Diego Padres – Scouting Report
65. Courtney Hawkins, OF (NR) – Chicago White Sox – Scouting Report
66. Zach Lee, RHP (58) – Los Angeles Dodgers – Scouting Report
67. Delino DeShields, 2B (NR) – Houston Astros – Scouting Report
68. Kyle Crick, RHP (130) – San Francisco Giants – Scouting Report
69. Addison Russell, SS (NR) – Oakland Athletics – Scouting Report
70. Slade Heathcott, OF (NR) – New York Yankees – Scouting Report
71. Dan Straily, RHP (NR) – Oakland Athletics – Scouting Report
72. Jedd Gyorko, 3B/2B (54) – San Diego Padres – Scouting Report
73. Tyler Thornburg, RHP (NR) – Milwaukee Brewers
74. AJ Cole, RHP (103) – Washington Nationals
75. Daniel Corcino, RHP (93) – Cincinnati Reds – Scouting Report
76. Trevor Story, SS (NR) – Colorado Rockies – Scouting Report
77. Luis Heredia, RHP (128) – Pittsburgh Pirates – Scouting Report
78. Kyle Gibson, RHP (NR) – Minnesota Twins
79. Michael Choice, OF (31) – Oakland Athletics – Scouting Report
80. Wily Peralta, RHP (38) – Milwaukee Brewers – Scouting Report
81. Joe Ross, RHP (NR) – San Diego Padres – Scouting Report
82. Trayce Thompson, OF (NR) – Chicago White Sox – Scouting Report
83. Jon Schoop, SS (106) – Baltimore Orioles – Scouting Report
84. Arodys Vizcaino, RHP (21) – Chicago Cubs – Scouting Report
85. Bruce Rondon, RHP (NR) – Detroit Tigers – Scouting Report
86. Lewis Brinson, OF (NR) – Texas Rangers
87. Zeke Spruill, RHP (NR) – Arizona Diamondbacks
88. Bubba Starling, OF (24) – Kansas City Royals – Scouting Report
89. Tyler Matzek, LHP (NR) – Colorado Rockies
90. Brander Maurer, RHP (NR) – Seattle Mariners
91. Chris Stratton, RHP (NR) – San Francisco Giants
92. Gavin Cecchini, SS (NR) – New York Mets – Scouting Report
93. Tony Cingrani, LHP (NR) – Cincinnati Reds – Scouting Report
94. Jarred Cosart, RHP (50) – Houston Astros – Scouting Report
95. Corey Seager, SS (NR) – Los Angeles Dodgers – Scouting Report
96. Andrew Chafin, LHP (NR) – Arizona Diamondbacks – Scouting Report
97. Jesse Biddle, LHP (150) – Philadelphia Phillies – Scouting Report
98. Christian Bethancourt, C (71) – Atlanta Braves
99. Oswaldo Arcia, OF (NR) – Minnesota Twins – Scouting Report
100. Miguel Almonte, RHP (NR) – Kansas City Royals
101. Avisail Garcia, OF (NR) – Detroit Tigers
102. Lucas Sims, RHP (NR) – Atlanta Braves
103. Alen Hanson, SS (NR) – Pittsburgh Pirates – Scouting Report
104. George Springer, OF (101) – Houston Astros – Scouting Report
105. Nolan Arenado, 3B (29) – Colorado Rockies
106. Michael Fulmer, RHP (NR) – New York Mets – Scouting Report
107. Chris Owings, SS (NR) – Arizona Diamondbacks – Scouting Report
108. Gary Brown, OF (32) – San Francisco Giants – Scouting Report
109. Jeurys Familia, RHP (145) – New York Mets
110. Dorssys Paulino, SS (NR) – Cleveland Indians – Scouting Report
111. Justin Nicolino, LHP (89) – Miami Marlins – Scouting Report
112. Tyrell Jenkins, RHP (53) – St. Louis Cardinals – Scouting Report
113. Michael Wacha, RHP (NR) – St. Louis Cardinals – Scouting Report
114. Wilmer Flores, 3B (NR) – New York Mets – Scouting Report
115. John Hellweg, RHP (147) – Milwaukee Brewers
116. Nick Maronde, LHP (NR) – Los Angeles Angels – Scouting Report
117. Brian Goodwin, OF (97) – Washington Nationals
118. Roberto Osuna, RHP (NR) – Toronto Blue Jays
119. Luis Sardinas, SS (NR) – Texas Rangers – Scouting Report
120. Marcel Ozuna, OF (NR) – Miami Marlins – Scouting Report
121. Maikel Franco, 3B (NR) – Philadelphia Phillies – Scouting Report
122. Josh Bell, OF (90) – Pittsburgh Pirates
123. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (59) – Kansas City Royals – Scouting Report
124. Adam Eaton, OF (NR) – Arizona Diamondbacks – Scouting Report
125. James Paxton, LHP (64) – Seattle Mariners
126. Eddie Rosario, 2B (62) – Minnesota Twins – Scouting Report
127. DJ Davis, OF (NR) – Toronto Blue Jays – Scouting Report
128. Jorge Bonifacio, OF (NR) – Kansas City Royals – Scouting Report
129. Chris Reed, LHP (NR) – Los Angeles Dodgers – Scouting Report
130. Blake Swihart, C (146) – Boston Red Sox – Scouting Report
131. Patrick Wisdom, 3B (NR) – St. Louis Cardinals
132. Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP (NR) – Baltimore Orioles – Scouting Report
133. Hak-Ju Lee, SS (17) – Tampa Bay Rays – Scouting Report
134. Daniel Norris, LHP (113) – Toronto Blue Jays
135. JO Berrios, RHP (NR) – Minnesota Twins – Scouting Report
136. Matt Davidson, 3B (NR) – Arizona Diamondbacks
137. Kolten Wong, 2B (88) – St. Louis Cardinals – Scouting Report
138. Domingo Tapia, RHP (NR) – New York Mets – Scouting Report
139. Richie Shaffer, 3B (NR) – Tampa Bay Rays – Scouting Report
140. Stryker Trahan, C (NR) – Arizona Diamondbacks – Scouting Report
141. Joc Pederson, OF (NR) – Los Angeles Dodgers
142. Nate Karns, RHP (NR) – Washington Nationals – Scouting Report
143. Garin Cecchini, 3B (78) – Boston Red Sox – Scouting Report
144. Andrew Heaney, LHP (NR) – Miami Marlins – Scouting Report
145. Marcus Stroman, RHP (NR) – Toronto Blue Jays – Scouting Report
146. Jose Iglesias, SS (102) – Boston Red Sox
147. Rob Brantly, C (NR) – Miami Marlins
148. Edward Salcedo, 3B (NR) – Atlanta Braves – Scouting Report
149. Roman Quinn, SS (NR) – Philadelphia Phillies
150. Jake Odorizzi, RHP (79) – Tampa Bay Rays

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27 Responses to 2013 BPN Top 150 Prospects

  1. AS says:

    Gausman at 6 is pretty crazy high. I love him and have him in both my dynasty leagues, but ranking him higher than guys like Jose Fernandez seems a little off.

    • Mark A. says:

      It’s aggressive, I will grant you that. I don’t see it as crazy though. I’m a huge Gausman fan. I’m not hiding from it or apologizing for it. I think he sits in the top tier of pitching prosepcts with Cole and Bundy; hell, he might be better than Bundy. I think the group behind them, including Fernandez, are half a tick behind that group.

  2. MGallagher says:

    What caused the (seemingly) concensus lowering of Choice and Arenado?

    • Mark A. says:

      I think the flaws in their respective games were highlighted a bit more in 2012. Both are still very, very good prospect, I just think the enthusiasm around them was tempered a bit as the scouting report achieved more balance last year.

  3. Chris says:

    Couple of questions. I like the aggressive ranking of Mondesi and what do you expect from a year of full season ball at his age? Also what did you see in Marisnick that kept him pretty high on the list?

    • Mark A. says:

      I expect Mondesi to hit for some average this year but he won’t be without some warts. He’s going to have trouble generating much power in 2013 but that may come down the line with some gap power. I would anticipate some serious ups and downs, but there’s so much to like there that just a full season of experience/developmental will be a success. Regardless of the bat, I expect the glove to be very good this year.

      With Marisnick, I think he’s a legit center field defender with a strong arm. While he struggled to hit after his promotion last year and his approach is aggressive, I think he can hit enough for some of his power to play. I’m not sure we’re looking at a star-level player here, but I do think he will be very, very good.

  4. Blazing Fastball says:

    Thanks for the list Mark. I value your opinion highly. Your site is one of the best prospecting sites on the web. Keep up the great work!

  5. Steve says:

    Thanks for the great Top 150. Are you going to rate the farm systems as well, Mark?

  6. Tim Kringen says:

    Mark – Thanks for doing this, I can only guess how much work goes into it. One question: noticing the writeup on Addison Russell pre-dates his impressive debut, and the rank kind of lags the consensus. Not saying everyone should think the same, just wondering if you have doubts others haven’t expressed or if this is more caution in advance of him playing a full season.

    • Mark A. says:

      I’m not sure ranking someone like Russell at #69 is much of a lag, but I get where you’re going.

      As I said in my A’s Top 15, I think Russell moves off the position long term, likely to third base. I do believe the bat will play there and he could still be an impact player overall, but that positional uncertainty gives me some pause. In addition, I think the allure of a great half-season debut in his draft year is enticing a lot of people to push him too high, too fast. That is something I have been guilty of on occasion and something I have been focusing on with my Accountability Checks.

  7. MGallagher says:

    Just wondering after the Addison Russell question, does his power still projects at 60 or is it more towards 70 now in your opinion?

  8. Christopher says:

    Thank you answering my prior questions. I appreciate it. I understand the logic and reasoning for not including a player like Vogelbach on the list but for a fantasy geek like me where the hitting stats only matter, between which players would you place his hit tool? Also whsy would you rank his hit future power and hit?

  9. Dave says:

    What is BPN’s reasoning for not including Tyler Austin in this Top 150 list?

    • Mark A. says:

      Simply put, I think the players on the list are better or have better potential than him. More specifically, I don’t see Austin as an impact guy at the big league level. I think he’s more of a solid player than anything special, and that wasn’t enough to get him into the mix.

  10. Dave says:

    I respect your opinion, but almost every other list I have seen has Austin in the top 100.

    • Mark A. says:

      That’s fine. I don’t think its some grand oversight to suggest Austin isn’t in the top 1% of prospects. I think he will have a solid Major League career, buy I’ll take the other guys over him at this time.

  11. Bruce says:

    Love seeing Gausman and Cole higher up than they appear on a standard fantasy writer list. Still think Myers is overrated and he and Fernandez should be switched. Fernandez is a special pitcher that should be at the least one ranking ahead of Gausman. But what do I know? For his age and lack of minors experience, Gausman could end up the best of the bunch.

  12. Noah Baron says:

    Why is Syndergaard above d’arnaud on the Mets prospect list but on this list d’arnaud is in front of him? Also, it seems that the scout qualifications for power have become out of touch with the lack of power in the present game. There just aren’t as many hitters who can hit 30 home runs as there used to be, and 18 home runs from Wilmer Flores as a 21 year old in A+/AA would be plenty for a third baseman. The old qualifications for third basemen are out of date. The only third basemen who can really hit 30+ home runs are Longoria and Beltre, and expecting that from a starting third basemen is just ridiculous.

    • Mark A. says:

      As I said in the lead-in to the Top 150, this ranking represents my most current understanding and opinion of the players. The two players are extremely close in value for me but some of the information I received from scouts on d’Arnaud during spring training pushed him ahead of Syndergaard.

      As for the scouting scale for power (or any other tool for that matter), the scale does not need to be adjusted. The entire purpose is to maintain a scale that allows for the entire industry to speak the same language. Changing the scale because of the differences between eras defeats that purpose. The scale is fine.

  13. Jeff says:

    Switch Wacha and Graham

  14. Duke says:

    I enjoy your reports. Thanks for sharing them.

    I live near Beloit and catch a few games every summer. Cherry picking the schedule has allowed me to see some big time talent… This year appears to be no different. Beloit may not be the same after Buxton and company.

    I know it is early, but it looks like Buxton, Polanco and Odor will be challenging Xander for the top bat heading into 2014.

  15. Randy says:

    This is a great resource for baseball fans who love reading up on the future stars of The Show! One name that I was surprised not to see on the Top 150 is Jesse Hahn. His numbers are very impressive this year (0.68 era) and his recovery from TJ surgery has been a huge success. Guys who throw triple digits with high groundout numbers usually get lots of press.

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