Top 100 Prospects for 2012

All 30 Top 15 prospects lists are done and I’m wrapping up my off-season prospect coverage with the Top 100 Prospects for 2012, as well as a chat. I’ll let the list speak for itself. I’ll be back at noon eastern to discuss anything and everything prospect related.

Be sure to keep visiting FanGraphs as we approach Opening Day 2012… We’re going to be launching an exciting new prospect feature for 2012 that I think you’re really going to enjoy.

100. Garin Cecchini, 3B, Boston
99. Dillon Howard, RHP, Cleveland
98. Mason Williams, OF, New York AL
97. Alex Meyer, RHP, Washington
96. Sonny Gray, RHP, Oakland
95. Chris Carter, 1B, Oakland
94. Christian Bethancourt, C, Atlanta
93. Andrelton Simmons, SS, Atlanta
92. Tyler Pastornicky, SS, Atlanta
91. Jean Segura, 2B/SS, Los Angeles AL
90. Matt Davidson, 3B/1B, Arizona
89. Jesse Biddle, LHP, Philadelphia
88. Wily Peralta, RHP, Milwaukee
87. Brett Jackson, OF, Chicago NL
86. Sean Gilmartin, LHP, Atlanta
85. Austin Hedges, C, San Diego
84. Sebastian Valle, C, Philadelphia
83. Brody Colvin, RHP, Philadelphia
82. Derek Norris, C, Oakland
81. Neil Ramirez, RHP, Texas
80. Allen Webster, RHP, Los Angeles NL
79. Chris Reed, LHP, Los Angeles NL
78. Enny Romero, LHP, Tampa Bay
77. Chris Archer, RHP, Tampa Bay
76. Brad Peacock, RHP, Oakland
75. Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, Tampa Bay
74. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, Kansas City
73. Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Kansas City
72. Leonys Martin, OF, Texas
71. Carlos Martinez, RHP, St. Louis
70. George Springer, OF, Houston
69. Jedd Gyorko, 3B, San Diego
68. Dellin Betances, RHP, New York AL
67. Jeurys Familia, RHP, New York NL
66. Jake Marisnick, OF, Toronto
65. Jose Campos, RHP, New York AL
64. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Toronto
63. Justin Nicolino, LHP, Toronto
62. Eddie Rosario, 2B/OF, Minnesota
61. Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Milwaukee
60. Tyrell Jenkins, RHP, St. Louis
59. Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis
58. Jonathan Singleton, 1B/OF, Houston
57. Rymer Liriano, OF, San Diego
56. Nate Eovaldi, RHP, Los Angeles NL
55. Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Boston
54. Drew Hutchison, RHP, Toronto
53. Daniel Norris, LHP, Toronto
52. Javier Baez, SS, Chicago NL
51. Dan Corcino, RHP, Cincinnati
50. Josh Bell, OF, Pittsburgh
49. Gary Brown, OF, San Francisco
48. Christian Yelich, 1B/OF, Miami
47. Trevor May, RHP, Philadelphia
46. A.J. Cole, RHP, Oakland
45. James Paxton, LHP, Seattle
44. Michael Choice, OF, Oakland
43. Billy Hamilton, SS, Cincinnati
42. Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Colorado
41. Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago NL
40. Yasmani Grandal, C, San Diego
39. Yonder Alonso, 1B, San Diego
38. Manny Banuelos, LHP, New York AL
37. Travis d’Arnaud, C, Toronto
36. Anthony Gose, OF, Toronto
35. Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland
34. Bubba Starling, OF, Kansas City
33. Mike Montgomery, LHP, Kansas City
32. Randall Delgado, RHP, Atlanta
31. Nick Castellanos, 3B, Detroit
30. Zach Lee, RHP, Los Angeles NL
29. Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston
28. Martin Perez, LHP, Texas
27. Miguel Sano, 3B/SS, Minnesota
26. Matt Harvey, RHP, New York NL
25. Arodys Vizcaino, RHP, Atlanta
24. Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Tampa Bay
23. Jarrod Parker, RHP, Oakland
22. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado
21. Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington
20. Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle
19. Danny Hultzen, LHP, Seattle
18. Jacob Turner, RHP, Detroit
17. Zack Wheeler, RHP, New York NL
16. Wil Myers, OF, Kansas City
15. Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati
14. Manny Machado, SS, Baltimore
13. Jesus Montero, C/DH, Seattle
12. Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona
11. Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Arizona
10. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pittsburgh
9. Trevor Bauer, RHP, Arizona
8. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pittsburgh
7. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore
6. Jurickson Profar, SS, Texas
5. Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta
4. Shelby Miller, RHP, St. Louis
3. Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles AL
2. Bryce Harper, OF, Washington
1. Matt Moore, LHP, Tampa Bay

Recent International Signees:

Yu Darvish, RHP, Texas – Would rank 8th overall
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland – Would rank 32nd ovrall


The Top 3 Teams:
1. Atlanta Braves – 8 prospects
2. Toronto Blue Jays – 7 prospects
3. Oakland Athletics – 7 prospects

The Bottom 3 Teams:
28. San Francisco Giants – 1 prospect
29. Miami Marlins – 1 prospect
30. Chicago White Sox – 0 prospects

Rankings By Position:

1. Jesus Montero
2. Devin Mesoraco
3. Travis d’Arnaud
4. Yasmani Grandal
5. Derek Norris
6. Sebastian Valle
7. Austin Hedges
8. Christian Bethancourt

First Basemen
1. Yonder Alonso
2. Anthony Rizzo
3. Jonathan Singleton
4. Chris Carter

Second Basemen
1. Eddie Rosario

Third Basemen
1. Anthony Rendon
2. Nolan Arenado
3. Miguel Sano
4. Nick Castellanos
5. Will Middlebrooks
6. Jedd Gyorko
7. Cheslor Cuthbert
8. Matt Davidson
9. Garin Cecchini

1. Jurickson Profar
2. Manny Machado
3. Hak-Ju Lee
4. Xander Bogaerts
5. Francisco Lindor
6. Billy Hamilton
7. Javier Baez
8. Jean Segura
9. Tyler Pastornicky
10. Andrelton Simmons

1. Bryce Harper
2. Mike Trout
3. Wil Myers
4. Bubba Starling
5. Anthony Gose
6. Michael Choice
7. Christian Yelich
8. Gary Brown
9. Josh Bell
10. Rymer Liriano
11. Oscar Taveras
12. Jake Marisnick
13. George Springer
14. Leonys Martin
15. Brett Jackson
16. Mason Williams

Right-Handed Starters
1. Shelby Miller
2. Julio Teheran
3. Dylan Bundy
4. Gerrit Cole
5. Trevor Bauer
6. Jameson Taillon
7. Archie Bradley
8. Zack Wheeler
9. Jacob Turner
10. Taijuan Walker
11. Jarrod Parker
12. Arodys Vizcaino
13. Matt Harvey
14. Zach Lee
15. Randall Delgado
16. A.J. Cole
17. Trevor May
18. Daniel Corcino
19. Drew Hutchison
20. Nate Eovaldi
21. Tyrell Jenkins
22. Taylor Jungmann
23. Noah Syndergaard
24. Jose Campos
25. Jeurys Familia
26. Dellin Betances
27. Carlos Martinez
28. Jake Odorizzi
29. Taylor Guerrieri
30. Brad Peacock
31. Chris Archer
32. Allen Webster
33. Neil Ramirez
34. Brody Colvin
35. Wily Peralta
36. Sonny Gray
37. Alex Meyer
38. Dillon Howard

Left-Handed Starters
1. Matt Moore
2. Tyler Skaggs
3. Danny Hultzen
4. Martin Perez
5. Mike Montgomery
6. Manny Banuelos
7. Drew Pomeranz
8. James Paxton
9. Daniel Norris
10. Justin Nicolino
11. Enny Romero
12. Chris Reed
13. Sean Gilmartin
14. Jesse Biddle

Marc Hulet has been writing at FanGraphs since 2008. His work focuses on prospects and fantasy. Follow him on Twitter @marchulet.

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Os Fan
11 years ago

That’s a lot of shortstops ahead of Jonathan Schoop, who played half a season in A+ as a 19 yo. Simmons and Segura, for instance, were both also at A+, are 2 years older, and only .050 or so OPS points better than Schoop (~.700 vs ~.750).

Nitram Odarp
11 years ago
Reply to  Os Fan

Simmons is an elite defensive SS while Schoop is likely going to move off of the position. I’d certainly have him in my top 100, but not ahead of either of the two you just mentioned.

11 years ago
Reply to  Nitram Odarp

These comments are a complete waste of time. If you know anything about prospects, stop here. “I can’t believe Ronny Woo Woo didn’t make it.” “How is Ronny Woo Woo ahead of the Billy Goat” “Yu Darvish blah blah” “Shouldn’t you factor in 2012 impact, closeness to the majors, age, blah blah.” STOP! STOP! STOP! +1

11 years ago
Reply to  Nitram Odarp

You’re so right, Matt.

BTW Where’s Gary Sanchez? No way there’s 100 better prospects in the game than Sanchez. What kind of fools were behind this list?!!! 🙂

11 years ago
Reply to  Nitram Odarp

Well, Matt, at least one comment was a waste of time.

11 years ago
Reply to  Os Fan

+1 to this. Where is Schoop?

11 years ago
Reply to  Os Fan

Can’t vouch for how good of a defender Schoop is, but according to many scouting reports there are few defenders better than Simmons at Short. And also Simmons being the proper age for his level isn’t detrimental to his value, And 11 points of wRC+ is a pretty big difference, In 2011 difference that’s like the difference between Zobrist and Kendrick. 10 batting runs, nothing to stick your nose up at.

11 years ago
Reply to  Os Fan

Jonathan Schoop is no longer a prospect; he is already World Champion 😀