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Prospect Rankings Discussion: Fangraphs' Marc Hulet's Top 100 Prospect List

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March 7, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays infielder Hak-Ju Lee (66) prior to the game against the New York Yankees during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
March 7, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays infielder Hak-Ju Lee (66) prior to the game against the New York Yankees during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE


Marc Hulet of Fangraphs released his top 100 prospects list this morning, and not a huge surprise that his top 10 looks as follows:

1. Matt Moore (TAM)

2. Bryce Harper (WAS)

3. Mike Trout (LAA)

4. Shelby Miller (STL)

5. Julio Teheran (ATL)

6. Jurickson Profar (TEX)

7. Dylan Bundy (BAL)

8. Gerrit Cole (PIT)

9. Trevor Bauer (ARI)

10. Jameson Taillon (PIT)

My thoughts on some of his other rankings after the jump...

  • I really liked the aggressive ranking of both Tyler Skaggs (11) and Archie Bradley (12), as well as the Dylan Bundy ranking (7). It sounds like all 3 of them have some unbelievable upside, especially Bundy and Bradley given that they were both drafted out of high school.
  • Hulet was also extremely aggressive with Zach Lee (30) and Nick Castellanos (31). I would have anticipated both of them being this high on a list next year, but both have the upside to potentially pay off at that spot in the rankings with solid performances again this year.
  • I was extremely surprised to see Chris Carter ranked in the top 100 (95) at this point, as he hasn't shown that he can translate his power to the Majors, and especially given that he really doesn't have a position long-term besides DH.
  • I have read a fair amount about both Sean Gilmartin (86) and Austin Hedges (85), but I'm not sure if I have seem either ranked as highly as they were on this list prior. Gilmartin sounds like he will be a quick mover through the Braves' system, even if the ceiling isn't quite as high as some of their other starting pitchers.
  • In general, Hulet's list seemed to favor players who are closer to the bigs more, at the expense of higher ceiling, higher risk prospects who are down in the low minors right now.
  • He also noted that he would have had Darvish at #8 (between Bundy and Cole) if he had ranked him, which seems a bit crazy to me. That could speak more to his thoughts on Bundy than on Darvish though.
  • He also would have had Yoenis Cespedes at #32, which would have made him his #4 outfielder behind Trout, Harper, and Wil Myers. That actually seems about right, given that Cespedes will likely debut this year in Oakland and appears to have elite power potential.

Is there anyone you saw on this list that seems way out of place? Someone left off who shouldn't have been? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.