1. Jedd Gyorko, Padres: When the Padres took Gyorko in the second round of the 2010 Draft out of West Virginia University, he was an advanced hitter who didnít rate as highly as some others because of his size and lack of a natural defensive home. Heís proven that reports about his bat were not grossly exaggerated, reaching the Minorsí highest level while hitting for average and power with a high on-base percentage, too. Heís played both third and second base as a pro and been fine at both positions. Heís a second baseman now and profiles nicely as an offensive-minded player, one who should hit in a big league lineup for a long time to come.
2. Kolten Wong, Cardinals: The No. 22 overall pick in the 2011 Draft out of the University of Hawaii has shown that reports of his advanced hitting abilities were on target. The Cardinals have pushed him aggressively and he responded with a solid first full season in Double-A. He should continue to hit for average, get on base, steal some bases and show more pop than youíd expect for a guy who's 5-foot-9. Heís a solid defender at second to boot and he should look good at the top of a big league lineup.
3. Jonathan Schoop, Orioles: Signed out of Curacao in 2008, Schoop played in the Futures Game in 2011 and the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game in 2012, the latter capping a season in which he was named to the Eastern League All-Star team. Schoop has some offensive upside with a quick bat that should allow him to continue to hit for some power and average. Heís played three infield positions as a pro and can profile well at any of them defensively, though life as an offensively productive second baseman in the same infield as Manny Machado should excite Orioles fans.
4. Cory Spangenberg, Padres: After an impressive summer debut following the 2011 Draft, during which he was taken No. 10 overall, Spangenberg struggled a bit in his first full season, particularly in the second half after being hit in the head by a pitch and spending a month on the disabled list. He has the tools to hit for average and get on base, then use his speed to steal bases. He still profiles as a top-of-the-order catalyst and he is getting more and more comfortable at second base.
5. Carlos Sanchez, White Sox: Sanchez is the kind of player who you canít help but like the more you watch him play. The 2012 Futures Gamer signed with the White Sox out of Venezuela in May 2009 and made it to Triple-A in 2012. Heís a switch-hitter who can hit for average, get on base and steal some bases, perfect for a top-of-the-order type. He can play both middle-infield positions, but after spending a lot of time at second in offseason leagues, the right side of the infield is looking like his home.
6. Eddie Rosario, Twins: When Rosario was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 Draft out of Puerto Rico, he was an outfielder, and thatís where he played in his first two summers. He made the transition to second base in 2012 and made strides there, though he still dabbled in the outfield and played there in winter ball. The Twins are still committed to him on the right side of the infield. He could be a dynamic offensive force from the left side of the plate, one with a good idea and definite extra-base pop.
7. Delino DeShields, Astros: Sometimes repeating a level can be a good thing. Thatís exactly what DeShields, the Astrosí first-round pick in 2010, did last year and he started to show the excellent raw tools that led to him being a No. 8 overall pick. His plus speed allowed him to steal 101 bases and his bat speed allowed him to start tapping into his power a bit. He has a chance to be an impact player at the top of a big league lineup.
8. Derek Dietrich, Marlins: When the Rays drafted Dietrich in the second round of the 2010 Draft out of Georgia Tech, he was a shortstop. By the time they traded him to the Marlins in December 2012, he was an offensive-minded second baseman. The role seems to suit him. He has some pop from the left side of the plate and more could come if he continues to improve his plate discipline.
9. Ryan Wright, Reds: Cincinnati took this Louisville product in the fifth round of the 2011 Draft, and while he played both middle-infield positions in college, heís been exclusively a second baseman as a professional. He's an interesting offensive-minded infielder, one who has shown a knack for making contact. He has some extra-base pop and the ability to swipe a few bases.
10. Scooter Gennett, Brewers: Ever since being drafted out of high school in the 16th round in 2009, Gennett has been proving doubters wrong. The undersized overachiever (5-9, 164 pounds) has hit pretty much everywhere heís been and has a .300 average over his first three seasons. A one-time shortstop, heís settled in at second base and could be the kind of sparkplug championship-caliber teams always seem to have.
Top 10 Prospects by Position
• Right-handed pitchers
• Jan. 22 - Left-handed pitchers
• Jan. 23 - Catchers
• Jan. 24 - Shortstops
• Jan. 25 - Third Basemen
• Jan. 26 - Second basemen
• Jan. 27 - First basemen
• Jan. 28 - Outfielders
• Jan. 29 - Top 100 Prospects
1. Dylan Bundy, Orioles: After being chosen fourth overall in 2011, Bundy may end up being the best player to come from his Draft class. He has moved incredibly fast through the Minors, pitched in the Futures Game and even made it to the Majors in his first full year in pro ball. Bundy has three plus pitches in his fastball, curveball and cutter, and he is able to command each one extremely well with very smooth mechanics. Bundy’s changeup has also improved a great deal since he entered pro ball, and it has the chance to be another plus pitch. Bundy has the upside to top a rotation and he should have many Orioles fans very excited.
2. Taijuan Walker, Mariners: Walker looks like one of the biggest steals of the 2010 Draft after being picked 43rd overall and signing for $800,000. He has a plus fastball that stays in the mid to upper 90s throughout games to go along with a plus curveball and an improving changeup. The 2012 Futures Gamer faded a bit in the second half of last season, but he still has all the tools to be a top-of-the-rotation type of starter.
3. Jose Fernandez, Marlins: After defecting from Cuba, Fernandez was taken 14th overall in 2011 by the Marlins and signed for $2 million. Fernandez looks like a steal for Miami, as he had a great first full year in pro ball in 2012. Between low Class A and advanced Class A, Fernandez held batters to an average under .200, struck out more than a batter per inning and had an ERA under 2.00 while also attending the Futures Game. Fernandez has good stuff that includes a plus fastball and slider, both of which he commands well. If he keeps developing, Fernandez has the chance to be a top-of-the-rotation starter for the Marlins.
4. Zack Wheeler, Mets: After being picked sixth overall by the Giants in 2009 and signing for $3.3 million, Wheeler was traded to the Mets for Carlos Beltran in ‘11. Wheeler split time between Double-A and Triple-A last season, pitching well at both levels while generating a lot of strikeouts. Wheeler’s fastball and curveball are both considered plus, and he complements them with a slider and changeup. Wheeler has made the trade with the Giants look like a coup for the Mets, as he has all the tools to become a frontline starter.
5. Gerrit Cole, Pirates: After being picked first overall by the Pirates in 2011 and collecting the largest signing bonus in MLB history, Cole moved quickly through the Minors, including a brief stint in Triple-A during the playoffs in 2012. Cole has a plus fastball that reaches triple digits on occasion and also has a plus changeup and slider. The 2012 Futures Gamer does get into trouble when he elevates his fastball but he has the frame and the stuff to be a frontline, workhorse starter for the Pirates.
6. Jameson Taillon, Pirates: After being picked second overall by the Pirates in 2010, Taillon signed for $6.5 million. The Pirates kept a strict innings limit on him in ‘11 but allowed him to pitch over 140 innings last season as he made it to Double-A. Taillon has a plus fastball, an improving changeup and a very good breaking ball that might be his best pitch. Taillon has the chance to form a scary rotation in Pittsburgh, along with Cole, in the near future.
7. Trevor Bauer, Indians: After being picked third overall in 2011, Bauer signed early and sped through the Minors. The UCLA product made his big league debut last season, though he struggled in his brief Major League stint as he had trouble finding the strike zone. Arizona sent him to Cleveland as part of the Shin-Soo Choo-Didi Gregorius, three-team trade. With his pure stuff, a change of scenery might be all Bauer needs to fulfill his potential as a front-of-the-rotation starter.
8. Archie Bradley, D-backs: Bradley signed for $5 million after being taken seventh overall by the D-backs in 2011 as the “other” high school right-hander from Oklahoma after Bundy. Bradley spent his entire first full season in the Midwest League and pitched well, showing off his plus fastball, plus curve and an improving changeup. The only knock on Bradley is a high walk rate, but that is not uncommon for a pitcher of his age. A quarterback in high school, Bradley has the frame and the stuff to be a workhorse, top-of-the-rotation starter in the future.
9. Shelby Miller, Cardinals: Miller was taken in the first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft by the Cardinals and signed for $2.875 million. Miller then moved relatively quickly through the Cardinals’ system, reaching Triple-A in ’12, when he had an up and down season -- starting poorly, but adjusting and finishing strong, which led to his Major League debut. When Miller is right, he has a plus fastball and complements it well with improved breaking and offspeed stuff. He still has the ceiling of a frontline starter at the big league level.
10. Noah Syndergaard, Mets: Syndergaard was taken in the sandwich round in 2010 by the Blue Jays out of the Texas high school ranks. His full-season debut in 2012 was a big success, and he was named to the Midwest League All-Star team. Syndergaard was sent to the Mets in the R.A. Dickey trade and could end up being the best player in the deal, though it may take more time for him to develop. The big right-hander has a ton of arm strength to go along with three pitches that could be at above-average when all is said and done.
pretty exciting to have the top pitching prospect in all of baseball. I'm starting to like Schoop a lot as well. I hope he has a good glove though, because I think defense is key up the middle of the diamond.
I don't think we have any in the top 10 at any other position. Outfielders are announced tomorrow, but I don't think we will have any there. Top 100 prospects are released tomorrow as well. Bundy will be near the top and Schoop I'm guessing will be around 50 or so.
I wish we had some catching depth in the minors because the fact we haven't signed Wieters long term is starting to scare me.
I really like some of the other guys like Nick Delmonico, Parker Bridwell, Eduardo Rodriguez, Adrian Marin and Branden Kline. I could see a few of these guys paying huge dividends in the years to come.
New list out by Jonathan Mayo on the O's top 20 prospects. I have high hopes for Eduardo Rodriguez. We seem to have a lot of lefties in the top 20, so I'm sure we will not have a lefty specialist shortage in the near future.