John Sickels' 2012 Top 120 Prospect Rankings

John Sickels from Minor League Ball published his Top 120 Prospect Rankings on Friday morning, and our own Jason Hunt published his initial reactions on Friday afternoon here.

Here are the prospects that John listed in the 11-20 range:

11) Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
12) Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds
13) Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies
14) Wil Myers, OF, Kansas City Royals
15) Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners

16) Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
17) Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland Athletics
18) Jacob Turner, RHP, Detroit Tigers
19) Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
20) Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington Nationals

My reactions to John's rankings after the jump:

Here are a few reactions to John's top 120 rankings:

1. John ranked A's prospect Yoenis Cespedes at 17, while Baseball America ranked him at 14, but I think he is ranked too high in both lists. I think by mid-season, he could be ranked lower after we see more of him in spring training and the minors/majors.

2. I wonder if Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is too high in John's list as well. Arenado has many supporters, but I wonder how his power will translate as he moves up to AA Tulsa in 2012.

3. I liked John's rankings of Xander Bogaerts, Cheslor Cuthbert and Jake Marisnick, guys I am targeting in my AL-only league. All are young and could struggle as they move up in 2012, but I am willing to bet they don't.

4. John ranked Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz at 21 in his Top 120, ahead of Jarrod Parker, Tyler Skaggs, and Danny Hultzen, 3 guys I like better than Pomeranz.

Here is a summary, based on John's Top 120, of the number of prospects for each MLB team:

Team # Players
San Diego Padres 9
St. Louis Cardinals 8
Toronto Blue Jays 8
Boston Red Sox 6
Oakland Athletics 6
Colorado Rockies 5
Kansas City Royals 5
Pittsburgh Pirates 5
Seattle Mariners 5
Tampa Bay Rays 5
Texas Rangers 5
Atlanta Braves 4
Milwaukee Brewers 4
New York Mets 4
New York Yankees 4
Arizona Diamondbacks 3
Chicago Cubs 3
Cincinnati Reds 3
Houston Astros 3
Los Angeles Dodgers 3
Minnesota Twins 3
Chicago White Sox 2
Detroit Tigers 2
Los Angeles Angels 2
Philadelphia Phillies 2
San Francisco Giants 2
Washington Nationals 2
Baltimore Orioles 1
Cleveland Indians 1
Miami Marlins 1

Let us know what your thoughts are on John's Top 120 Prospects Rankings. Who is higher than you expected? Who is lower than you expected?

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