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    Baseball America: 2012 Top 100 Prospects

    Rk.	Player	Pos., Team	Age	ETA
    1	Bryce  Harper	of, Nationals	Age: 19.	ETA: 2012.
    He should get to the majors as a teenager; settle in and enjoy it.
    2	Matt  Moore	lhp, Rays	Age: 22.	ETA: 2012.
    He makes it look so easy, and he's so good he'll make David Price a No. 2 starter.
    3	Mike  Trout	of, Angels	Age: 20.	ETA: 2012.
    His signing scout, Greg Mohrhardt, has since been promoted to Angels crosschecker.
    4	Yu  Darvish	rhp, Rangers	Age: 25.	ETA: 2012.
    It's hard to moderate expectations for proven Japanese ace, but he should definitely surpass the Dice-K bar.
    5	Julio  Teheran	rhp, Braves	Age: 21.	ETA: 2012.
    There's absolutely no link between his last name and Darvish's Iranian heritage.
    6	Jesus  Montero	c, Mariners	Age: 22.	ETA: 2012.
    He should face less pressure replacing Miguel Olivo rather than Jorge Posada.
    7	Jurickson  Profar	ss, Rangers	Age: 19.	ETA: 2013
    He should beat out golf, cheesy theme parks as Myrtle Beach's top 2012 attraction.
    8	Shelby  Miller	rhp, Cardinals	Age: 21.	ETA: 2013
    He's looking to become the first big leaguer named Shelby, and it should happen soon.
    9	Trevor  Bauer	rhp, Diamondbacks	Age: 21.	ETA: 2012
    The unique ones are the hardest to project, and no one's as unique as Bauer.
    10	Dylan  Bundy	rhp, Orioles	Age: 19.	ETA: 2013.
    First goal: Beat big brother Bobby to Baltimore. Next: Make the Orioles relevant.
    11	Manny  Machado	ss, Orioles	Age: 19.	ETA: 2013
    Power-hitting shortstop can restore honor to the phrase "Manny being Manny."
    12	Gerrit  Cole	rhp, Pirates	Age: 21.	ETA: 2013.
    UCLA's second-best pitcher in 2011 still was good enough to go No. 1 in the draft.
    13	Tyler  Skaggs	lhp, Diamondbacks	Age: 20.	ETA: 2012.
    He didn't get the 200-strikeout memo in 2011 and thought his 198 would be enough.
    14	Yoenis  Cespedes	of, Athletics	Age: 26.	ETA: 2012.
    Athletics hope he works out better than their last blockbuster Cuban, Ariel Prieto.
    15	Jameson  Taillon	rhp, Pirates	Age: 20.	ETA: 2014.
    Ready to throw Pitch 76 as a pro for the first time as Pirates should remove the bubble wrap in 2012.
    16	Devin  Mesoraco	c, Reds	Age: 23.	ETA: 2012.
    The Punxsutawney, Pa., native expects to deliver at least six more years of slugging in Cincinnati.
    17	Travis  d'Arnaud	c, Blue Jays	Age: 23.	ETA: 2013.
    Brother Chase beat him to the big leagues, but Travis' ceiling is higher.
    18	Miguel  Sano	3b/ss, Twins	Age: 18.	ETA: 2014.
    You could see more errors than home runs in his first full season, but over time homers will go up and errors will come down.
    19	Anthony  Rendon	3b, Nationals	Age: 21.	ETA: 2013.
    Even with one good shoulder, he was the top hitter in last year's draft.
    20	Taijuan  Walker	rhp, Mariners	Age: 19.	ETA: 2014.
    Legitimate comparisons to Dwight Gooden (the good, pitching part)? Sign us up.
    21	Danny  Hultzen	lhp, Mariners	Age: 22.	ETA: 2012.
    He's apples to Walker's oranges as a polished college lefty, but he offers plenty of upside himself.
    22	Jacob  Turner	rhp, Tigers	Age: 20.	ETA: 2012.
    Already a graduate of the Rick Porcello school of accelerated Tigers timetables.
    23	Mike  Montgomery	lhp, Royals	Age: 22.	ETA: 2012.
    Bauer's former prep teammate has to beat Bauer to the big leagues, doesn't he?
    24	Bubba  Starling	of, Royals	Age: 19.	ETA: 2015.
    Won't even have to reach his ceiling to be baseball's best-ever Bubba (sorry, Bubba Smith).
    25	Archie  Bradley	rhp, Diamondbacks	Age: 19.	ETA: 2014
    Which Oklahoma prep product will get to the majors Sooner, Bradley or Bundy?
    26	Jarrod  Parker	rhp, Athletics	Age: 23.	ETA: 2012.
    Could be the next great A's pitcher to be traded away in three years.
    27	Carlos  Martinez	rhp, Cardinals	Age: 20.	ETA: 2014.
    No matter what his name is, his fastball's one of the minors' best.
    28	Wil  Myers	of, Royals	Age: 21.	ETA: 2013.
    Gets a mulligan for his injury-plagued 2011 after posting a 1.156 OPS in the AFL.
    29	Manny  Banuelos	lhp, Yankees	Age: 21.	ETA: 2012.
    Yankees player-development boss Mark Newman compared his poise to Whitey Fordówhen Banuelos was 18.
    30	Drew  Pomeranz	lhp, Rockies	Age: 23.	ETA: 2012.
    Walk rate keeps dropping, from college (4.38 BB/9) to minors (3.74) to majors (2.45).
    31	Martin  Perez	lhp, Rangers	Age: 21.	ETA: 2013.
    His stuff is special enough that he ranks 31st in spite of a career 20-24, 4.22 record, including a 6.43 ERA in Triple-A last year.
    32	Brett  Jackson	of, Cubs	Age: 23.	ETA: 2012.
    Steadily moving up the charts (38th on last year's Top 100) like a Foo Fighters song.
    33	Yonder  Alonso	of/1b, Padres	Age: 24.	ETA: 2012.
    Must be happy to leave left field and backing up Joey Votto behind, even for Petco.
    34	Jonathan  Singleton	1b/of, Astros	Age: 20.	ETA: 2013.
    Will move back to first base now that he's no longer stuck behind Ryan Howard.
    35	Zack  Wheeler	rhp, Mets	Age: 21.	ETA: 2013.
    Will have to pay Paul DePodesta to dress up like Dick Tidrow now that he's a Met.
    36	Brad  Peacock	rhp, Athletics	Age: 24.	ETA: 2012.
    Joined Parker and other trade acquisitions to make over Athletics farm system in days.
    37	Francisco  Lindor	ss, Indians	Age: 18.	ETA: 2014.
    Shockingly, he's the fifth Francisco in Top 100 history, but the first hitter (following Cordero, Liriano, Rodriguez and Rosario).
    38	Gary  Brown	of, Giants	Age: 23.	ETA: 2013.
    He has speed and defense to spare. Now he just has to perform outside the California League.
    39	Anthony  Gose	of, Blue Jays	Age: 21.	ETA: 2013.
    Physical dead-ringer for Nyjer Morgan has bigger tools than T-Plush.
    40	Arodys  Vizcaino	rhp, Braves	Age: 21.	ETA: 2012.
    Third trip to the Top 100 for the first Arodys should be the last.
    41	Christian  Yelich	of, Marlins	Age: 20.	ETA: 2013.
    No one cares how you throw when you can hit and run like Yelich.
    42	Nolan  Arenado	3b, Rockies	Age: 20.	ETA: 2013.
    Should be a better version of former Rockies prospect Ian Stewartóless power but more contact.
    43	Mike  Olt	3b, Rangers	Age: 23.	ETA: 2013.
    See, not all the Rangers' top prospects are international signees.
    44	Hak-Ju  Lee	ss, Rays	Age: 21.	ETA: 2013.
    Rays might reverse policy of moving prospects slowly, considering their big league shortstops posted a .539 OPS in 2011.
    45	Nick  Castellanos	3b, Tigers	Age: 20.	ETA: 2014.
    No one will be more interested in the results of Miguel Cabrera's move back to third.
    46	Randall  Delgado	rhp, Braves	Age: 22.	ETA: 2012.
    It feels like the mid-1990s with Atlanta's young pitching depth.
    47	Anthony  Rizzo	1b, Cubs	Age: 22.	ETA: 2012.
    No prospect made as good a ballpark move as Rizzo's in going from Petco to Wrigley.
    48	Billy  Hamilton	ss, Reds	Age: 21.	ETA: 2014.
    Posted the first 100-steal year in the minors in a decade; can he continue to do it at higher levels?
    49	Rymer  Liriano	of, Padres	Age: 20.	ETA: 2014.
    The best ratio of talent to hype in the minors will put up loud Cal League numbers this season.
    50	Jarred  Cosart	rhp, Astros	Age: 21.	ETA: 2013.
    Another key trade piece helping to make over the Astros farm system, he seeks to marry consistency with one of the minors' most electric arms.
    51	Will  Middlebrooks	3b, Red Sox	Age: 23.	ETA: 2013.
    "Middle"brooks was No. 50 before Yoenis Cespedes signed. Pure coincidence.
    52	James  Paxton	lhp, Mariners	Age: 23.	ETA: 2012.
    Long wait for him to begin his professional career was worth it, as fresh Canadian arm was better in 2011 than he had ever been as an amateur.
    53	Yasmani  Grandal	c, Padres	Age: 23.	ETA: 2013.
    Sticks with former Hurricanes teammate Yonder Alonso in moving to San Diego, and likewise avoids a major league roadblock in Mesoraco.
    54	Matt  Harvey	rhp, Mets	Age: 23.	ETA: 2012.
    He has the stuff to outperform recent Tar Heels alumni in a major league rotation, with the bullpen a good fallback option.
    55	Jean  Segura	ss, Angels	Age: 22.	ETA: 2013.
    Premium tools, but just two spots higher than he ranked last year, thanks to hamstring problems.
    56	Wily  Peralta	rhp, Brewers	Age: 22.	ETA: 2012.
    Best Brewers international signing since Juan Nieves? Maybe, though there's not much competition for the honor.
    57	A.J.  Cole	rhp, Athletics	Age: 20.	ETA: 2014.
    Projectable 6-foot-4, 190-pounder came over in trade with the Nationals and now will play the jeans salesman in "Moneyball II."
    58	Xander  Bogaerts	ss, Red Sox	Age: 19.	ETA: 2014.
    An Aruba native, Bogaerts apparently is Papiamento for "jaw-dropping, precocious power."
    59	George  Springer	of, Astros	Age: 22.	ETA: 2013.
    Figures to battle Rangers' Mike Olt for title of best UConn position player in the big leagues.
    60	Josh  Bell	of, Pirates	Age: 19.	ETA: 2014.
    Still waiting for the addendum to his mom's letter to major league clubs that says, " . . . unless you offer us $5 million."
    61	Javier  Baez	ss, Cubs	Age: 19.	ETA: 2014.
    Bat speed, Florida high school shortstop background . . . let the Gary Sheffield comparisons begin.
    62	Zach  Lee	rhp, Dodgers	Age: 20.	ETA: 2014.
    Would he have made the difference as Les Miles' quarterback against Alabama? Unfortunately for Louisiana State, he really knows how to pitch.
    63	Dellin  Betances	rhp, Yankees	Age: 24.	ETA: 2013.
    Last year he became the 10th member of New York's 2006 draft class to reach the majors.
    64	Matt  Szczur	of, Cubs	Age: 22.	ETA: 2013.
    Exciting high-risk, high-reward talent who should take off with football in his rearview mirror.
    65	Sonny  Gray	rhp, Athletics	Age: 22.	ETA: 2013.
    Following David Price and Mike Minor, Gray should be next Commodore to sail on to the majors.
    66	Addison  Reed	rhp, White Sox	Age: 23.	ETA: 2012.
    Making his own way after being known as Stephen Strasburg's closer in college.
    67	Jake  Marisnick	of, Blue Jays	Age: 21.	ETA: 2014.
    Scouts doubted his bat as an amateur, but he's putting those doubts to rest.
    68	Jake  Odorizzi	rhp, Royals	Age: 22.	ETA: 2013.
    Part of the Royals' "next wave," which would be really their first wave of arms.
    69	Trevor  May	rhp, Phillies	Age: 22.	ETA: 2014.
    While he's not a finished product, you just can't ignore 11.88 SO/9 IP over his career. At least we can't.
    70	Taylor  Jungmann	rhp, Brewers	Age: 22.	ETA: 2013.
    His career 1.85 college ERA could double and he'd still be an effective pro.
    71	Jed  Bradley	lhp, Brewers	Age: 21.	ETA: 2013.
    Jungmann's wing man was drafted three spots later and sticks with him in Top 100 as well.
    72	Blake  Swihart	c, Red Sox	Age: 20.	ETA: 2014.
    He'd be on the list even if he couldn't catch thanks to his hitting ability.
    73	Starling  Marte	of, Pirates	Age: 23.	ETA: 2013.
    Good enough defensively to spur talk of pushing Andrew McCutchen to a corner.
    74	Oscar  Taveras	of, Cardinals	Age: 19.	ETA: 2014.
    Granted, it was only the Midwest League, but the highest average (.386) in the loop since 1956 is enough to get your attention.
    75	Zack  Cozart	ss, Reds	Age: 26.	ETA: 2012.
    Big league ready for most of the last two years; just needs to stay healthy.
    76	Casey  Kelly	rhp, Padres	Age: 22.	ETA: 2013.
    No longer young for his age, his stuff is fine, but it's time for him to produce.
    77	Nick  Franklin	ss/2b, Mariners	Age: 21.	ETA: 2013.
    Switch-hitting middle infielder with power needs to show 2011 was the fluke, not 2010.
    78	Cory  Spangenberg	2b, Padres	Age: 21.	ETA: 2013.
    Athleticism, speed, hitting ability and a strong pro debut make him the minors' best second-base prospect.
    79	Leonys  Martin	of, Rangers	Age: 24.	ETA: 2012.
    He's likely good enough to beat out Julio Borbon, David Murphy in Texas, but will he be a star or just solid?
    80	Michael  Choice	of, Athletics	Age: 22.	ETA: 2013.
    Presents the classic tradeoff of huge strikeout totals for large home run totals.
    81	Gary  Sanchez	c, Yankees	Age: 19.	ETA: 2014.
    Took hits for his defensive ability and makeup in his first full season, but dished them out with his bat.
    82	Jonathan  Schoop	inf, Orioles	Age: 20.	ETA: 2014.
    His power potential and infield actions are far beyond his brother Sharlon's.
    83	Garrett  Richards	rhp, Angels	Age: 23.	ETA: 2012.
    He has the stuff for the front of a rotation, if not yet the command or polish.
    84	Cheslor  Cuthbert	3b, Royals	Age: 19.	ETA: 2014.
    Hit his way from Nicaragua's Corn Islands to our Top 100; if he stays at third, he'll be special.
    85	Mason  Williams	of, Yankees	Age: 20.	ETA: 2014.
    Heads up a deep, athletic group of Yankees prospects headed to low Class A Charleston.
    86	Chad  Bettis	rhp, Rockies	Age: 22.	ETA: 2013.
    Tyler Matzek and other premium Colorado draft arms need to figure out what Bettis is doing.
    87	Wilin  Rosario	c, Rockies	Age: 23.	ETA: 2013.
    His prospect stock took a tumble when his performance slipped post-knee surgery, but he still offers power and defense.
    88	Zack  Cox	3b, Cardinals	Age: 22.	ETA: 2013.
    Should be a steady performer at third at a minimum, but will need to to show more power to be a premium player.
    89	Chris  Archer	rhp, Rays	Age: 23.	ETA: 2013.
    Still needs to prove his 2010 breakout wasn't a fluke, and might have more impact in the bullpen.
    90	Taylor  Guerrieri	rhp, Rays	Age: 19.	ETA: 2015.
    High risk, but brings substantial upside to an organization known for developing pitchers.
    91	Daniel  Norris	lhp, Blue Jays	Age: 18.	ETA: 2015.
    Toronto has tremendous pitching depth, and even though power lefty Norris hasn't debuted yet he still tops the list.
    92	Andrelton  Simmons	ss, Braves	Age: 22.	ETA: 2014.
    Age-appropriate Carolina League batting champs who can defend are good bets.
    93	Kolten  Wong	2b, Cardinals	Age: 21.	ETA: 2013.
    Similar profile to Cory Spangenberg, with less speed but perhaps more polish.
    94	Tyrell  Jenkins	rhp, Cardinals	Age: 19.	ETA: 2014.
    One of Jeff Luhnow's parting gifts to St. Louis was drafting this premium athlete in 2010.
    95	Allen  Webster	rhp, Dodgers	Age: 22.	ETA: 2013.
    Despite low budgets, the Dodgers have scored in the draft with under-the-radar finds like Webster.
    96	Nate  Eovaldi	rhp, Dodgers	Age: 22.	ETA: 2012.
    Dodgers have intriguing arms to build around, if new ownership gives them the money to do so.
    97	Matt  Davidson	3b/1b, Diamondbacks	Age: 21.	ETA: 2013.
    Pushing his way past Diamondbacks draft peer Bobby Borchering as a power-hitting third baseman.
    98	Jedd  Gyorko	3b, Padres	Age: 23.	ETA: 2013.
    Could be the best hitter from the state of West Virginia since Nick Swisher posted a .909 OPS in the minors.
    99	Joe  Benson	of, Twins	Age: 24.	ETA: 2012.
    Ready for his Target Field closeup . . . so he's probably headed to Rochester.
    100	Christian  Villanueva	3b, Rangers	Age: 20.	ETA: 2014.
    Best Hickory Crawdads third baseman since Jose Bautista in 2002.
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    Taijuan Walker should be higher and i bet Hultzen will be alot better then what they have him ranked.

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