I have a post on my list of things do to which involves remarking upon the various prospect ranking of high-profile sites. The one i'm yet waiting on is Keith Law. BUT in the mean time, i have a problem.
I need SOMEONE who bought toe Baseball America Handbook to give me the rest of their Top 30 ranking for the Jays. I'd love to be able to afford the book but I CAN'T (frankly, any month in which the electric bill gets paid is a win), I'd love to read their whole scouting report on the system and everyone in it but i don't have that option. but I can't do the post I want to do properly without knowing the rest of their top 30.
Now, with that out of the way, on to business. It is my custom each year (albeit i apparently failed to post one last year) to do a final pre-season revision of my Top Prospect list. This is to reflect any off-season changes to the system, as well as any new information that has come across the wire. It may seem odd to have a fall list and a spring list, but my list is always evolving even when I don't tell you about it!
So, this is the most recent iteration (not in reverse order since the previous list is out there).
1. Travis d'Arnaud /C - seems near unanimous consensus here.
2. Jake Marisnick /CF - I'm not alone in preferring him to Gose (slightly)
3. Anthony Gose /CF - meaning no disrespect.
4. Drew Hutchison /RHP - some of these others have a higher ceiling, but he gets points ofr execution at a high level
5. Daniel Norris /LHP - an awful lot of good things being said about this guy
6. Noah Syndergaard /RHP - apparently still has room to get better
7. Justin Nicolino /LHP - as good as the numbers would imply
8. Aaron Sanchez /RHP - numbers were not as impressive but stuff is there
9. Adeiny Hechavarria /SS - Dropped a bit more because the pitchers are SO good not because I believe in him less.
10. Deck McGuire /RHP - lower ceiling than the kids, really good chance to reach it.
11. Carloe Perez /C - took a lot bigger hit from poor year than was warranted I think
12. Michael Crouse /RF - could be a CF if not on the same level with Jake.
13. Antonio Jimenez /C - I might be the only one who still has him behind Perez.
14. Marcus Knecht /LF - could be a RF but Crouse and Marisnick are better
15. Adonys Cardona /RHP - stats skewed by relief work, as starter he was excellent. May be top 10 next year.
16. Matt Dean /3B - Kevin Goldstien confirmed my hunch about this guy. So does BA.
17. Kevin Comer /RHP - Possibly under-rated in the shadow of Norris, this ranking a testament to the depth.
18. Roberto Osuna /RHP - most don't yet fully appreciate how good he potentially is.
19. Asher Wojciechowski /RHP - Started and finished well around a mid-season stumble.
20. Chad Jenkins /RHP - in another system, might get more noise. but ceiling is limited.
21. Chris Hawkins /LF - defensively a LF, offensively just getting started.
22. Jacob Anderson /RF - another player who could take a big leap in the next year.
23. Dwight Smith, Jr. /OF - Might be better than I think. Being generous to compensate.
24. Moises Sierra /RF - I question his offensive ceiling, but sometimes the toolsy guy blows up.
25. Dicke Thon /SS - giving him a mulligan on the poor health year.
26. John Stilson /RHP - will be a major steal if he can stay healthy.
27. Christian Lopes /SS - may end up a 2B but I have a hunch about this guy.
28. Sean Nolin /LHP - took a big leap last year, now on the radar.
29. Joe Musgrove /RHP - I was initially cool to this guy but he's gotten some love in the off-season.
30. Joel Carreno /RHP - not to downplay him, but he'll be a reliever if he's a Jay, and there's only so much value in relief.
31. Mike McDade /1B -completely assuming the 2nd half was all about the bad knee
32. Wilmer Becarra /CF - based on how well he was regarded before the signing
33. Dawel Lugo /SS - similar to the reasoning above.
34. David Cooper /1B - gets NO love from observers, I can't buck ALL that opinion.
35. Kellen Sweeney /3B - reportedly the jays still love the guy, needs a healthy year.
36. Griffin Murphy /LHP - important for him to step up and maintain his place in a crowded field
37. Mark Biggs /RHP - considered a big "get" at that spot in the draft.
38. Mitchell Taylor /LHP - overshadowed by others, but had a very nice year.
39. Evan Crawford /LHP - Alex loves him, but as with Carreno, being a reliever suppresses value.
40. Jario Labourt /LHP - relatively under-the-radar signing, could pay off nicely.
41. Jeremy Gabryszwski /RHP - the draft choice I know the least about. But a 2nd rounder deserves respect.
42. Jesus Gonzalez /RF - another high profile Latin signing.
43. Tom Robson /RHP - has some developing to do, but there's upside there.
44. Yan Gomes /C - may never realize abilities in our system due to crowding. But he's got talent.
45. Manuel Cordova /RHP - one more in the July Latin haul.
46. Alan Farina /RHP - will spend the year recovering from TJS.
47. Tyler Ybarra /RHP - very dark horse, but don't forget him.
48. Santiago Nessey /C - value somewhat tied to whether he can stay at the position.
49. Anthony DeSclafani /RHP - some reports suggest he's more raw than other 2011 draftees.
50. Gabriel Cenas /3B - still very young, will take some time.
Now. Some of yall hook me up, m'kay?