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Monday August 13th, 2012

Codey Harrison:  This is the second installment of the weekly prospect hot/cold sheet. We will feature 3 prospects that are on fire, and 3 prospects that are ice-cold. Our list of players will only include those who are still prospect eligible (less than 130 MLB at bats, less than 50 innings pitched at the MLB level). Featured players are generally players who are highly regarded amongst the minors and are regarded as legit prospects. This week’s hottest player goes to Arizona Diamondbacks LHP Tyler Skaggs who has posted a 1.70 ERA in 8 AAA starts.

HOT PROSPECTS:

Tyler Skaggs LHP Diamondbacks – The prize prospect in the trade that sent Dan Haren to the Angels, Tyler Skaggs has been dominant in his 2 season in the Diamondbacks organization, especially of late with AAA Reno. Skaggs has the kind of stuff scouts drool over, 3 pitches that grade out from above average to plus, to compliment his above average command. In Skaggs’ last 3 starts, he has gone 20 innings, allowing 2 runs on 11 hits, with a very impressive 25 strikeouts to only 7 walks. Tyler Skaggs is considered the best southpaw of the loaded Dbacks pitching prospects entering 2012 (Trevor Bauer, Archie Bradley, Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley).

Billy Hamilton SS Reds – Unless you have been living under a rock the entire 2012 baseball season, you probably know reds prized prospect Billy Hamilton is really good, and really, really fast. Over his last 10 games the speedster Hamilton has been stealing so many stolen bases that it should almost be against the law. All kidding aside, Hamilton has batted .317,.444 OBP, .415 SLG, with 2 triples, and 20 stolen bases over an amazing 10-game stretch. Might not be too much longer before Billy Hamilton is playing at the MLB level, but right now he is busy trying to break the single season record for stolen bases. He currently sits only 6 stolen bases away from the record.

Jameson Taillon RHP Pirates – One of the 2 prized pitching prospects in the Pirates organization, Right Jameson Taillon appears to be putting it all together. Over his last 3 starts, the 20-year-old Taillon has gone 17 innings, while allowing 1 earned run on 9 hits, while posting a very respectable 11/5 K/BB ratio. Jameson Taillon who stands at a towering 6 feet, 6 inches, has the type of body scouts dream about, and it makes it easy to see why the Pirates drafted him 2nd overall out of high school in the 2010 draft. While Taillon is currently down in High-A, it shouldn’t be too much longer before Jameson Taillon, and Gerrit Cole are atop the Pirates MLB rotation.

COLD PROSPECTS:

Brett Jackson Outfielder Cubs – Chicago Cubs fans finally received what they had been asking for, and well so far Brett Jackson hasn’t preformed at the majors the way Cubs fans thought he would have. Although it’s probably to soon to panic, Jackson has gone 3-20, with 12 strikeouts, and 0 extra base hits. The strikeouts are to be expected though as Jackson has holes in his swing, which has led to high strikeout totals throughout his pro career. It is too early to be down on Jackson, as he has 2 plus tools, power, and speed. Cubs fans should still be excited about a line-up that includes Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Brett Jackson.

Hak-Ju Lee SS Rays – The very promising Korean shortstop prospect has been less than stellar in his last 10-games. The former Cubs/ current Rays prospect Hak-Ju Lee has shown his stellar speed with 37 stolen bases on the season. But with a higher than expected strikeout rate and cold 10-game stretch, Lee has found himself on the cold section of our weekly 6-Pack. Lee is batting a lowly .100, with a .206 OBP, and 14 strikeouts in his last 10 games.

Javier Baez SS Cubs – The standout shortstop prospect who raked all year in Low-A Peoria, has yet to find his stroke at the plate in High-A Daytona. The Toolsy shortstop who some project out as a third baseman a .091 batting average, .167 OBP, and .136 SLG so far in Daytona. Baez is a bigger version of current Cubs star shortstop Starlin Castro, and by that I mean he is a free swinger- having walked only 11 times in 63 games this season.

Today’s article was prepared by Codey Harrison, MiLB Prospects Analyst. We would like your feedback, so please feel free to comment on the article below, and share in discussion with our readers. You can also follow Codey on Twitter (@ProspectsMLB)

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August 1st, 2012

Standings from 7/31 2012

1.) Cincinati Reds (62-41) – Joey Votto who? The Red have really turned it on since slugger and former MVP Joey Votto landed on the disabled list. With the recent surgance of Mat Latos on the mound the Reds have 2 Aces on their team that have led them to the best record in the MLB. The only Major League team with a win percentage over .600 overall on the season is the Reds, and they have done it with below average production from the leadoff spot.

2.) New York Yankees (60-43) – Yankees continue to expand their lead on the AL East, and have shown no signs of letting up. With Derek Jeter, and Mark Tiexera on hot streaks don’t count on the Yankees slowing down anytime soon.

3.) Washington Nationals (61-41) – With most of the Nationals talk being on whether or not they should shutdown Ace Stephan Strasburg at 170 innings, the Nationals quietly continue to rack up the wins.

4.) Texas Rangers (59-43) – With Josh Hamilton, and Yu Darvish in slumps the Texas Rangers are beginning to drop down the rankings. although with 2 of their key players struggling they are still in very good position to make another world series runs as they bolster one of the deepest line ups in all of baseball. In fact the Rangers are so deep that star rookie prospect Mike Olt has been batting 9th in the line-up.

5.) Atlanta Braves (59-44)- With Jason Heyward having a terrific rebound season the Braves have themselves primed for a decent playoff run.

6.) Pittsburgh Pirates (59-44)- NL MVP candidate Andrew Mccutchen continues to own National League pitching. With the call-up of outfielder Starling Marte, and the addition of LHP Wandy Rodriguez are ready to end their 20 season losing streak.

7.) Los Angeles Angels (57-47)- What else could the Angels ask for? Mike Trout is putting up an all time great rookie season, and Albert Pujols has been white-hot since his horrid start to the season.

8.) San Francisco Giants (56-47)- Will acquiring Hunter Pence put the Giants enough ahead of the NLW to make the playoffs?

9.) Los Angeles Dodgers (56-49)- Hanley Ramierez, Shane Victorino, and Joe Blanton, the Dodgers fans have got to like their teams chances.

10.) Chicago White Sox (56-47)- The pick-up of Kevin Youkilis may be the best pick-up of any MLB team.

11.) Detroit Tigers (54-50)- They have Justin Verlander, and Max Scherzer, can the rest of their rotation contribute?

12.) Oakland Athletics (56-47)- The amazing story of the Oakland A’s continues to fascinate. But can it continue?

13.) St. Louis Cardinals (55-48)- The Cardinals are interested in giving Kyle Loshe a contract extension, he’s a big reason the Cardinal’s are contending this year.

14.) Tampa Bay Rays (54-50)- With Evan Longoria back in the Rays line up at less than 100% the Rays have a chance to catch the Yankees.

15.) Baltimore Orioles (55-49)- Like the A’s the Orioles have continued to prove doubters wrong as they stay strong in the wild card race.

16.) Arizona Diamondbacks (53-51)- What more could the Diamondbacks ask for? Rookie starter Wade Miley, and Patrick Corbin have been nothing short of stellar. But where has Justin Upton been?

17.) Boston Red Sox (53-51)- The sage continues, Should Bobby V stay, or should he go?

18.) Toronto Blue Jays (51-52)- Is there a team with worse luck than the Blue Jays? They continue to get annihilated with starting pitching injuries.

19.) New York Mets (50-54)- Remember when the Mets discussed going on 3 days rest the remainder of the season so they could contend? Well that seems unlikely now with the Mets falling off the grid since the break.

20.) Cleveland Indians (50-53)- How long can the Indians free fall continue? Its brutal right now in C-Town.

21.) Seattle Mariners (49-57)- Could anyone of guessed that all the Mariners needed was to get rid of their former star Ichiro Suzuki?

22.) Philadelphia Phillies (46-57)- Despite their sellout streak ending, and being all but eliminated from the playoffs, the Phillies refuse to trade anyone of their big 3 starting pitchers.

23.) Miami Marlins (47-56)- The Marlins are starting to show their off-season spending spree was short lived as they are now in fire sale mode.

24.) Milwaukee Brewers (47-56)- 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun is having a better season than his MVP season, but the Brewers don’t have the weapons to contend.

25.) Minnesota Twins (44-59)- The Twins are surprising many with how good they are, despite being 15 games under .500.

26.) Kansas City Royals (42-60)- No one could have predicted Eric Hosmer would have fallen of the cliff as much as he has this season.

27.) Chicago Cubs (43-59)- The Cubs have turned it on of late, but it maybe short-lived as they traded away Ryan Dempster.

28.) San Diego Pardres (44-61)- Despite being 17 games under .500 the Padres were reluctant to sell, in fact they even locked up some of their potential free agents.

29.) Colorado Rockies (37-64)- Well the 4-man rotation idea could not go any worse.

30.) Houston Astros (35-70)- The Astros are putting up impressive losing streaks as they virtually sold all of their talented big leaguers.

Today’s article was prepared by Codey Harrison, MiLB Prospects Analyst. We would like your feedback, so please feel free to comment on the article below, and share in discussion with our readers. You can also follow Codey on Twitter (@ProspectsMLB)

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Codey Harrison: In an effort to bring you the excitement of the minor leagues’ best players and how well they are performing on the field, we are introducing a monthly minor league players of the month feature. From the very well-known prospects, to the not so well-known: if they are raking at the plate, or dominating on the mound for an entire month, they have a chance of winning our monthly honor. Now it’s time to find out who we feel dominated the MiLB in the month of July:

MiLB PITCHER OF THE MONTH:  JULY 2012

Dan Straily – RHP Oakland Athletics: Straily was recently promoted to the Major Leagues (6 Innings, 1 run allowed in MLB Debut). But before that, Dan Straily was dominating Pacific Coast League Hitters. A 24th round pick of the 2009 draft out of Marshall University, Straily went from being considered just an organizational fill-out a minor league roster type player, to a legit starting pitcher prospect who projects as a number 2, or 3 starter at the big league level. Most scouts believe that Straily has 3 big league average, to above average pitches right now. His pitching arsenal includes a mid-90′s fastball, with an above average curveball that is complimented with a very solid change-up. Since his promotion to AAA Sacramento, Straily shutdown the Pacific Coast League, which is a notoriously hitters friendly league. In 6 July starts, Straily’s numbers were off the charts: pitching 40 innings, allowing only 6 runs on 19 hits; good for a 1.35 ERA. He also posted an outstanding strikeout to walk ratio, striking out 51 while only walking 9 batters. Those impressive numbers are the reason Dan Straily beat out so many quality prospects to win minor league pitcher of the month for July.

MiLB PLAYER OF THE MONTH:  JULY 2012

Gary Brown – Outfielder San Francisco Giants: Brown who was the Giants first round pick of the 2010 draft out of Cal State Fullerton got off to a horrendous start at the beginning of the 2012 season. Although of late, Brown has been white-hot at the plate. In July alone, Gary Brown had 18 extra base hits, along with 8 stolen bases, and a robust .355 batting average. Brown is easily the top prospect in the Giants farm system, and he was the number 34 prospect in our Top-50-Prospects. Brown who is currently in AA Richmond, is a 6’1″ speedy center fielder, who has shown a very good ability to hit for average and enough power for a center fielder. With current stars Melky Cabrera, and newly acquired Hunter Pence in the Giants outfield, Gary Brown could really solidify that group in future years. Brown will likely bat leadoff and play center field (ETA 2013), while Melky plays left and Hunter Pence in right field. Those impressive accolades helped make the July positional player of the month choice just a little bit easier.

Honorable Mentions: position Players –  Billy Hamilton Short Stop (Reds), Adam Eaton Outfielder (Diamondbacks), Joey Gallo First Baseman (Rangers), Javier Baez Short Stop (Cubs), Pitchers – Tyler Skaggs LHP (Diamondbacks), Gerrit Cole RHP (Pirates), Carlos Martinez RHP (Cardinals), Tyler Anderson LHP (Rockies).

Today’s article was prepared by Codey Harrison, MiLB Prospects Analyst. We would like your feedback, so please feel free to comment on the article below, and share in discussion with our readers. You can also follow Codey on Twitter (@ProspectsMLB)

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Codey Harrison:  A Texas Rangers shortstop prospect tops our list of the top-50 MLB prospects. Jurickson Profar is so highly thought of by scouts, that they believe the Rangers may end up trading 23-year-old 2-time All-star shortstop, Elvis Andrus. Profar has all five tools (hit, power, speed, glove, and arm) and he’s proven he knows how to use all five. He’s currently raking in AA Frisco at only 19 years of age, posting monstrous numbers of .297 AVG, .371 OBP, .500 Slug, 22 doubles, 7 triples, 12 home runs, and 44 walks to 59 strikeouts. Most believe he will be a gold glove caliber top, or middle of the order run producing machine that is a perennial All-Star. Time will tell on this prospect. But in a minor leagues full of “can’t miss” prospects, Profar gets out top vote at this stage of the season.

This list of the 2012 mid-season MLB Top-50 prospects does not include 2012 first year player draft players. Only players with less than 130 ABs, or 50 IP at the major league level qualify. All stats are 2012 MiLB stats as of 7/21/12:

  1. SS – Jurickson Profar (AA Rangers) .297/.371/.500, 12 HR, 10 SB
  2. RHP –  Dylan Bundy (A+ Orioles) 5-3, 1.74 ERA, 72.1 IP, 88K
  3. OF – Wil Myers (AAA Royals) .317/.396/.654, 28 HR, 5 SB
  4. SS – Manny Machado (AA Orioles) .257/.343/.410, 8 HR, 12 SB
  5. RHP – Gerrit Cole (AA Pirates) 7-4, 3.07 ERA, 88 IP, 90 K
  6. OF – Oscar Taveras (AA Cardinals) .323/.386/.577, 20 HR, 8 SB
  7. RHP – Trevor Bauer (AAA Diamondbacks) 11-1, 2.23 ERA, 93 IP, 116 K
  8. RHP –  Shelby Miller (AAA Cardinals) 5-8, 5.40 ERA, 88.1 IP, 97 K
  9. RHP – Jameson Taillon (A+ Pirates) 5-7, 4.27 ERA, 97 IP, 78 K
  10. RHP – Taijuan Walker (AA Mariners) 6-5, 4.39 ERA, 82 IP, 80 K
  11. RHP – Julio Teheran (AAA Braves) 6-5, 4.93 ERA, 87.2 IP, 63 K
  12. LHP –  Danny Hultzen (AAA Mariners) 9-4, 1.74 ERA, 98.1 IP, 109 K
  13. OF – Bubba Starling (R Royals) .292/.425/.523, 3 HR, 3 SB
  14. LHP – Tyler Skaggs (AAA Diamondbacks) 7-5, 2.75 ERA, 91.2 IP, 84 K
  15. 3B – Miguel Sano (Low A Twins) .249/.370/.511, 20 HR, 6 SB
  16. 3B – Nolan Arenado (AA Rockies) .261/.323/.377, 7 HR, 0 SB
  17. RHP – Zach Wheeler (AA Mets) 9-5, 2.99 ERA, 105.1 IP, 101 K
  18. C – Travis d’Arnaud (AAA Blue Jays) .333/.380/.595, 16 HR, 1 SB
  19. RHP – Jacob Turner (AAA Marlins) 5-4, .277, 84.1 IP, 57 K
  20. LHP – Manny Banuelos (AAA Yankees) 0-2, 4.50 ERA, 24 IP, 22 K
  21. RHP – Carlos Martinez (AA Cardinals) 4-4, 2.71 ERA, 66.1 IP, 57 K
  22. SS – Billy Hamilton (AA Reds) .318/.413/.440, 2 HR, 112 SB
  23. SS – Francisco Lindor (Low A Indians) .270/.364/.390, 5 HR, 19 SB
  24. 3B – Mike Olt (AA Rangers) .291/.404/.586, 25 HR, 4 SB
  25. RHP – Archie Bradley (Diamondbacks) 8-5, 3.88 ERA, 92.2 IP, 90K
  26. LHP – Martin Perez (AAA Rangers) 5-5, 4.59 ERA, 86.1 IP, 50 K
  27. OF – Christian Yelich (A+ Marlins) .307/.385/.531, 10 HR, 15 SB
  28. OF – Brett Jackson (AAA Cubs) .263/.342/.492, 13 HR, 22 SB
  29. RHP – Matt Harvey (AAA Mets) 7-4, 3.34 ERA, 105 IP, 106 K
  30. OF – Starling Marte (AAA Pirates) .281/.345/.493, 11 HR, 19 SB
  31. 1B – Jonathan Singleton (AA  Astros) .276/.394/.483, 13 HR, 3 SB
  32. RHP – Jake Odorizzi (AAA Royals) 10-3, 3.26 ERA, 96.2 IP, 97 K
  33. SS – Hak-Ju Lee (AA Rays)  .275/.341/.354, 2 HR, 34 SB
  34. 3B – Anthony Rendon (A+ Nationals) .300/.417/.700, 0 HR, 0 SB
  35. OF – Gary Brown (AA Giants) .296/.359/.414, 6 HR, 27 SB
  36. RHP – Zach Lee (AA Dodgers) 2-5, 5.53 ERA, 71.2 IP, 65 K
  37. SS – Javier Baez (Low A Cubs) .331/.389/.589, 9 HR, 18 SB
  38. RHP – Casey Kelly (AAA Padres) 0-0, 2.25 ERA, 12 IP, 14 K
  39. C – Yasmani Grandal (MLB Padres) .335/.443/.521, 6HR, 0 SB
  40. OF – Rymer Liriano (AA Padres) .279/.346/.416, 6 HR, 25 SB
  41. C – Gary Sanchez (A+ Yankees) .281/.340/.497, 15 HR, 13 SB
  42. SS – Nick Franklin (AAA Mariners) .292/.369/.481, 7 HR, 12 SB
  43. 3B – Jedd Gyorko (AAA Padres) .322/.384/.561, 22 HR, 3 SB
  44. SS – Andrelton Simmons (MLB Braves) .292/.372/.421, 3 HR, 10 SB
  45. SS – Jean Segura (MLB Brewers) .291/.343/.396, 7HR, 33 SB
  46. OF – Anthony Gose (MLB Blue Jays) .292/.375/.432, 5 HR, 29 SB
  47. 3B – Nick Castellanos (AA Tigers) .360/.403/.524, 9 HR, 5 SB
  48. OF – George Springer (A+ Astros) .335/.413/.567, 18 HR, 24 SB
  49. OF – Michael Choice (AA Athletics) .287/.354/.423, 10 HR, 5 SB
  50. RHP – Chris Archer (AAA Rays) 5-8, 4.68 ERA, 82.2 IP, 98 K

Today’s article was prepared by Codey Harrison, MiLB Prospects Analyst. We would like your feedback, so please feel free to comment on the article below, and share in discussion with our readers. You can also follow Codey on Twitter (@ProspectsMLB)

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