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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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Sunday August 12th, 2012

Codey Harrison: In Major League Baseball, middle of the field players (catcher,shortstop, centerfield) are a premium position. So much so that most teams are reluctant to trade away elite level prospects from those positions. Shortstop is arguably the most important position in baseball. Every once in a while, shortstops like Troy Tulowitzki, and Derek Jeter come along and can propel a team to great success. The top prospects in baseball this year is fairly deep at shortstop with potential superstars in the making. Lets take a look at some of the best shortstops who are still prospect eligible.

1.) Jurickson Profar (Rangers AA) – Texas Rangers shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar is the best shortstop prospect in all of baseball. Profar is so highly thought of by scouts, that some believe the Rangers may end up trading 23-year-old 2-time All-star shortstop Elvis Andrus or moving him to second base, with Ian Kinsler going to the outfield. 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 .279 AVG, .356 OBP, .458 SLG, 23 doubles, 7 triples, 13 home runs, and 53 walks to 69 strikeouts. Some scouts believe Profar has a chance to be a gold glove caliber top, or middle of the order run producing machine, that is a perennial All-Star. No prospect is a guarantee, but Profar looks to be legit as far as prospects go.

2.) Manny Machado (Orioles MLB) – Baltimore Orioles prospect Manny Machado who was the 3rd overall pick in the 2010 draft, Since being scouted for the draft Machado has drawn comparisons to slugger Alex Rodriguez. It’s easy to see why as Machado set the world on fire in his second MLB game, blasting 2 home runs. Some belive Machado was rushed to the big leagues as he is only 20-years old (playing third base for the first time). At the time of his call, Machado was posting less than great stats for someone summoned to the bigs at such a young age. With the AA Bowie Baysox this season, Machado posted a .266 AVG, .352 OBP, .438 SLG, with 26 doubles, 5 triples, 11 home runs, and 13 stolen bases. Machado showed very good plate discipline for his age, walking 48 times to 70 strikeouts.

3.) Billy Hamilton (Reds AA) – Cincinnati Reds one man show/prospect Billy Hamilton was a second round draft pick of the 2009 draft. Name any major league speedster, and Billy Hamilton is easily faster. While Hamilton is a shortstop currently, many believe his calling card is in center field. Hamilton has a chance to be an excellent leadoff hitter as long as his bat continues to progress. Between A+ Bakersfield and AA Pensacola, Billy Hamilton has been a one man show as he steals more bases by himself than most minor league teams combined. So far, Hamilton has a .311 AVG, .409 OBP, .425 SLG, 20 Doubles, 12 Triples, 2 Home Runs, with a 71/94 walks/strikeouts. However the most impressive stat is Hamilton’s 135 stolen bases. With a month left, Billy Hamilton only needs 15 more stolen bases to break the MiLB record. Watch out baseball world. Hamilton is on the loose!

4.) Francisco Lindor (Indians A) – Cleveland Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor was a part of the great 2011 draft, as Lindor was the 8th overall selection. Lindor is the total package, a switch hitting, fast, very good defensive shortstop. To the conventional baseball fan Lindor’s numbers don’t look very impressive, but when you consider he is only 18 years old in Low-A baseball, make his numbers very impressive. With the Lake County Capitals, Lindor is batting .263, .357 OBP, .371, 20 Doubles, 3 Triples, 6 Home Runs, 25 stolen bases, with a very impressive 52 walks/ 60 strikeouts. With Francisco Lindor, the Indians have a little bit easier decision when it comes to re-signing Asdrubal Cabrera, as Lindor appears to be the Indians shortstop of the future.

5.) Jean Segura (Brewers MLB) – The former Angels, current Milwaukee Brewers shortstop prospect was the main prospect in the Zack Greinke trade. They say “Good things come in small packages”. Well, that’s the case with the 5’10, 165 lbs Segura, as he reached the majors shortly after being traded to the Brewers (after playing in 1 major league game for the Angels). The 22-year-old Segura was very impressive in AA this season, batting .304, with a .358 OBP, .413 SLG, 13 doubles, 5 triples, 7 home runs, and 37 stolen bases. With Jean Segura it makes it easy to see why the Brewers were willing to give up Ace Zack Greinke.

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:  This is the first installment of the weekly prospect hot/cold sheet. We will feature 3 prospects that are on fire, and 3 prospects that are ice-cold. List’s of player’s will only include players 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. Dylan Bundy who ranks 2nd on our mid-season top-50 prospects list gets the nod for the hot prospect after his best outing as a pro.

HOT PROSPECTS:

Dylan Bundy RHP Orioles – The 4th overall pick of the 2011 first year player draft has been dominant all season, but especially dominant of late. Bundy had arguably his best start as a pro his last time on the mound going 6 2/3 Innings, allowing 2 hits, 0 earned runs, while walking 2, and striking out 8. Overall in his last 2 starts, Dylan Bundy has posted very good numbers. 11 innings, 9 hits, 2 runs (1ER), 3 walks, and 14 strikeouts. Bundy signed a big league contract with the Orioles and management hasn’t ruled out calling up Bundy in September if Baltimore is still in the playoff race.

Keon Broxton Outfielder Diamondbacks – A 2009 3rd round draft pick of the Diamondbacks, Broxton is a toolbox when it comes to his baseball abilities. In 2010 Keon Broxton was graded as having the best tools in the Midwest league, behind only AL MVP candidate Mike Trout. Broxton has been on a very impressive power surge of late. In his last 10 games, Broxton has posted very good numbers: 5 home runs, 12 runs scored, while batting .308.

David Dahl Outfielder Rockies – The 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft, David Dahl has been dominating the Pioneer league and that has been the case over the last 10 games as well. Dahl fresh out of high school in Alabama is mostly known for his bat. Over his last 10 games, Dahl has 2 triples, 2 home runs, 12 RBIs, while batting a robust .455 average.

COLD PROSPECTS:

Joey Gallo First Baseman Rangers – After being drafted in the supplemental 1st round of the 2012 draft by the Rangers, Joey Gallo has been a home run hitting machine. Through 34 games in the Arizona League, Gallo has blasted an impressive 15 home runs. Although over his last 10 games Gallo has been very cold at the plate a.222 batting average, 5 walks and 15 strikeouts. Gallo is still hitting for power though with 3 home runs.

Julio Teheran RHP Braves – Going into the season considered a top-5 prospect in all of baseball, the Braves top prospect Julio Teheran has failed to show much progression this season with the AAA Braves affiliate. Over his last 2 starts, Teheran has pitched 8 1/3 innings, while allowing 11 hits, 7 runs, walking 6, and striking out only 3.

Danny Hultzen LHP Mariners – The second overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Mariners, Danny Hultzen has been mediocre since his promotion to AAA Tacoma, after dominating in AA. After 4 straight good starts Hultzen has been roughed up his last two times out on the mound. In a 2 start stretch Hultzen has pitched 9 2/3 innings, allowing 11 runs (10 ER), on 12 hits, walking 7, and striking out 11.

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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