John Sickels 2012 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings – Blue Jays High On List

Prospect guru John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com has released his mid-season adjustment rankings for the top prospects in baseball for 2012 and I thought we would look at how the Toronto Blue Jays are represented.  First, here is an explanation of the list:

Here is a revised Top 120 list for mid-season. I have deleted anyone who has exceeded rookie qualifications, or who is expected to do so, so you won’t find Mike Trout or Bryce Harper, or Addison Reed or Robbie Ross. One exception is Anthony Rizzo, who was promoted while I was working on the list. He won’t be on subsequent lists.

This list does NOT include 2012 draftees, nor does it include recent free agent signees like Jorge Soler who haven’t played yet. I want more time to evaluate those guys.

Here are the top ten prospects:

1) Jurickson Profar, SS, Texas Rangers (previously #5)
2) Wil Myers, OF, Kansas City Royals (previously #14)
3) Trevor Bauer, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks (previously #7)
4) Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore Orioles (previously #19)
5) Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners(previously #15)

6) Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (11)
7) Danny Hultzen, LHP, Seattle Mariners (25)
8) Manny Machado, SS, Baltimore Orioles (8)
9) Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (62)
10) Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (16)

Now the Toronto Blue Jays:

18) Travis D’Arnaud, C, Toronto Blue Jays (26)
40) Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays (67)
45) Justin Nicolino, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays (68)
49) Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays (not ranked)
51) Anthony Gose, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (51)
69) Jake Marisnick, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (48)
71) Daniel Norris, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays (70)

Also considered for the list was Deck McGuire (?), John Stilson and Joe Musgrove.

Nothing unexpected if you have been following the daily prospect reports here at AL Eastbound seeing Travis d’Arnaud (prior to injury) stapled to the daily list.  His stock has shot way up and Blue Jays fans should be very excited to see him debut next season.  The three-headed monster of Syndergaard, Nicolino and Sanchez were all represented with Aaron Sanchez going from an unranked prospect to one of the better arms in the minor leagues over the past three months.

Anthony Gose has been as good as advertised but is also playing in the ultra-offensive environment in Las Vegas in the PCL.  Jake Marisnick hasn’t had as much success this season but has battled injuries and is still a talented kid with a lot of great tools.

What do you guys think?

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  3. 3 westfalen July 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Why isn’t ADEINY HECHAVARRIA on any of the top prospect lists?

    • 4 AL Eastbound (@ALEastbound) July 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      This is the TOP 100 prospects in ALL of baseball, Hechavarria barely cracks the Jays top 10. He is a solid player but let’s not forget he hit under .250 in AA last season after repeating the level. He is good no doubt, but not top 100 in the minor leagues good.

  4. 5 chief00 July 6, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Simply accumulating picks isn’t terribly helpful. Accumulating high quality picks, particularly when the international free agents (Barreto, etc.) are factored into the equation, means: sustainable excellence at the MLB level and trade chips for moves at the MLB level.

    Math isn’t a strong suit, so humour me. If every team’s top seven prospects were listed, we’d be talking about 210 prospects, yes? But the Jays have seven of the top 71, including one of the top C prospects in D’Arnaud? I’d say that the plan’s coming together nicely.

    I’ve been perusing scoutingbook.com lately and thinking that several of the Jays’ prospects are due to climb the ladder in the near future I look forward with eager anticipation to the time when the Jays don’t have to rely on MLB filler (Coco, Rajai).

    As it stands right now, the Jays have sufficient MiLB talent to deal for a pitcher like Greinke. MIL is desperate for a SS, having no organizational depth at that position. TOR has Hechavarria (and Escobar with the big club). TOR also has an abundance of P and OF prospects. The same sort of logic applies to other trade scenarios. Add to that this years’ draft depth and the Int’l FA’s, and TOR is in good shape going forward.


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