Julio Teheran (Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE)

Top-100 Prospect List Showdown: NL East

Putting together a Top-100 prospect list is a massive undertaking and any site that takes on the challenge deserves to be recognized for their efforts. Since I had just over a week between S2S Team Prospect Lists, I wanted to do something a little different while I have this small window at my disposal. The team prospect lists are a grind and require a ton of research and writing time to put together and I thought that comparing various Top-100s would be a good way to change gears and provide a (hopefully) useful services to our readers

I’m not looking to be overly insightful with these six articles – one for each division – or draw any groundbreaking conclusions. Just looking for a way to compare the rankings and give some of the sites that took on the task of producing a Top-100 – like Nathaniel did for S2S – a little extra love.

The sources I have selected for this 6-part miniseries are:

So let’s turn to the NL East – which had 23 players make a Top-100 – and see how each list stacks up next to the others on a team-by-team basis.

Atlanta Braves [6]

Position Player S2S BI MLB Port Proj SC
RHP Julio Teheran 7 6 4 6 20 4
RHP Randall Delgado 21 52 42 29 23 55
RHP Arodys Vizcaino 55 59 36 34 68 21
SS Tyler Pastornicky 100 84
C Christian Bethancourt 81 91 100 55 37
SS Andrelton Simmons 65 64

Three consensus picks for the Braves. They’re all right-handed pitchers, they all made their major league debut and they all had some semblance of success. It’s completely unrelated, but I applaud Scout.com’s aggressive ranking of Bethancourt.

Most curious ranking(s): Every source thinks Teheran is easily a top-10 prospect except for one …

Miami Marlins [4]

Position Player S2S BI MLB Port Proj SC
OF Marcell Ozuna 71
OF Christian Yelich 94 35 35 35 42 75
3B Matt Dominguez 87
RHP Jose Fernandez 79

When the rallying cry of your team is “at least we have Yelich” you have a bottom 5 farm system on your hands. Speaking of Yelich, the odds of any player being ranked at exactly the same spot on 3 of the 6 lists is at least 55,000 to 1 (and that makes several assumptions and locks in a number of variables).

Most curious ranking(s): The lack of love for Ozuna who is probably Miami’s 2nd best prospect right now.

New York Mets [3]

Position Player S2S BI MLB Port Proj SC
RHP Matt Harvey 45 26 38 26 25 52
RHP Zack Wheeler 51 36 28 32 31 53
RHP Jeurys Familia 54 66 90 78 71

Almost 3 for 3 in the consensus category for the Mets, but Scout.com didn’t get the memo. Harvey and Familia have both already survived the jump to Double-A and Wheeler will take that step in 2012. All in all it’s an impressive trio of pitching prospects. Unfortunately for Mets fans, things drop off pretty quickly and the major league roster isn’t looking too rosy.

Most curious ranking(s): I thought it would be a given that at least one source would toss Bradon Nimmo onto the back end of of their list.

Philadelphia Phillies [4]

Position Player S2S BI MLB Port Proj SC
RHP Trevor May 34 28 54 31 82 74
RHP Julio Rodriguez 67
LHP Jesse Biddle 67 78 62
RHP Brody Colvin 80

If you’re looking for position players, this is not the list for you. The Phillies have one of the game’s weaker systems these days and a rapidly aging major league roster. No need for panic though as they also have lots of money to play with and are an attractive destination for free agents. Julio Rodriguez is going to have to prove himself at every level, and by extension will never be highly regarded as a prospect but I’m a huge fan.

Most curious ranking(s): May slipping past #60 on not one but two lists.

Washington Nationals [6]

Position Player S2S BI MLB Port Proj SC
OF Bryce Harper 3 1 2 1 2 3
3B Anthony Rendon 10 18 27 12 9 56
2B Steve Lombardozzi 66
LHP Robbie Ray 81
RHP Alex Meyer 83
LHP Sammy Solis 86

The Nationals gave up a lot of prospect quality to get their hands on Gio Gonzalez from the A’s but they still have one of the games’ best position prospects in Harper. Dame fortune also smiled upon them when Anthony Rendon, the best and most advanced bat in the 2011 draft class, was still on the board at #6. Things get dicey after their two consensus players but you have to give up quality to get quality and I applaud them for their willingness to pull the trigger on the Gio trade, and overpay in the process to get their man.

Most curious ranking(s): On the surface, it’s Steve Lombardozzi at #66 on the S2S list, but when you factor in that Nathaniel loves middle infielders that can hit and are close to the majors (see Dozier, Brian) it fits within his rankings.

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Tags: Atlanta Braves Miami Marlins New York Mets NL East Philadelphia Phillies Washington Nationals

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