Kevin Goldstein Releases Top 101 Prospect List – Five Jays Make the Cut

The respected prospect evaluator Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus released the top 101 prospect list today and as expected the Toronto Blue Jays were well represented.  We already reviewed Keith Law’s list where the Jays also had five representatives, although the B.Pro list contains a couple different arms. 

Here is the top 15 overall:

2012 Top 101 Prospects
1. Matt Moore, LHP, Rays
2. Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals
3. Mike Trout, OF, Angels
4. Jurickson Profar, SS, Rangers
5. Julio Teheran, RHP, Braves
6.Dylan Bundy, RHP, Orioles
7. Jesus Montero, C, Mariners
8. Manny Machado, SS, Orioles
9. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pirates
10. Shelby Miller, RHP, Cardinals
11. Trevor Bauer, RHP, Diamondbacks
12. Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins
13. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pirates
14. Taijuan Walker, RHP, Mariners
15. Jacob Turner, RHP, Tigers

I agree with this top five a lot more than Keith Law who slotted Manny Machado ahead of Jurickson Profar, BP feels Profar is the fourth best prospect in the game, just slightly ahead of Machado.  Like most other sites they also didn’t have Travis D’Arnaud in their top ten overall like Law.

The Jays top prospect catcher Travis D’Arnaud ranked #16 on the list, behind only one other ‘catcher’ Jesus Montero.  Again like most sites OF Jake Marisnick (ranked #28) was ahead of Anthony Gose (who ranked #68).  Not surprisingly for me, the Jays top rated arm was lefty Daniel Norris (ranked #54 overall).  Near the end of the list one more Jays hurler made the cut as big right hander Noah Syndergaard ranked #93.

All in all it was another impressive showing for the deep Blue Jays farm system.  It appears the top two Jays prospects in the minds of the experts are C Travis D’Arnaud and OF Jake Marisnick.  Most feel Gose is toolsier but Marisnick is the safer bet to actually reach his potential as a major league regular and possible occasional all-star type season.  There is absolutely zero consensus on the various young and promising arms in the Jays system, whether it is who is number one or who belongs on any of the top lists period.

I think in one year’s time that clouded picture will become a lot more clear and we will have another full season of data to really evaluate who the tops arms truly are. 

Here is the full Baseball Prospectus top 101 list.

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3 Responses to “Kevin Goldstein Releases Top 101 Prospect List – Five Jays Make the Cut”


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  2. 2 Mylegacy February 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I too agree that I like Kevin’s list more than KLaw’s.

    I too agree that Jake appears to get more love (’cause of his actual performance not just his projection) than does Anthony.

    However, deep in my soiled soul I can’t help but be in Gose’s corner more than Marisnick. Gose has a lot of Lawrie in him – he’s a super energy, super athlete, super high end guy. What I really like about the guy is that the team gives him a new task and he accomplishes it. Get your successful steal rate up – no problem. Get your power up – no problem. If he can hit 260(ish) with a near 350(ish) OBP he’ll be a star.

    I also agree that we’ve so many very talented starting pitchers that it is going to be real difficult to predict which (and how many) will emerge as stars. Hopefully, that fog will be less thick following the 2012 season.


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