Top-100 Prospect Showdown: NL West

Gary Brown (Photo Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE)

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 West – which had 32 players make a Top-100 – and see how each list stacks up next to the others on a team-by-team basis.

Arizona Diamondbacks [5]

Position Player S2S BI MLB Port Proj SC
LHP Tyler Skaggs 5 17 21 15 21 26
RHP Trevor Bauer 14 7 9 9 10 36
LHP David Holmberg 31 47
RHP Archie Bradley 63 29 20 41 27 38
LHP Pat Corbin 83

In July of 2010 Arizona dealt Edwin Jackson to the White Sox and Dan Haren to the Angels. Those deals brought back Holmberg from Chicago and the combo of Corbin and Skaggs from Los Angeles. They then used the 3rd and 7th overall picks to land Bauer and Bradley. Those five alone have a chance to form a formidable major league rotation and help make Arizona a no-doubt Top-1o farm system.

Most curious ranking(s): Holmberg broke into the top-50 on the S2S and Project Prospect lists but failed to make the cut on the other 4 lists.

Colorado Rockies [6]

Position Player S2S BI MLB Port Proj SC
LHP Drew Pomeranz 29 38 24 22 28 14
OF Tim Wheeler 56
3B Nolan Arenado 87 14 22 20 12 18
RHP Chad Bettis 91 71 66 77 69
C Wilin Rosario 63 70 32
SS Hector Gomez 78

If Nathaniel redid the S2S rankings today, Arenado would rank significantly higher. As it is our ranking is the extreme outlier of the six.

Most curious ranking(s): Tim Wheeler appearing on only one Top-100.

Los Angeles Dodgers [3]

Position Player S2S BI MLB Port Proj SC
RHP Zach Lee 72 45 49 58 59
RHP Nathan Eovaldi 70 95
RHP Allen Webster 77 79 78

No Dodgers cracked the S2S Top-100. For me, Lee is the only one  who is legitimately in the conversation right now but there are a number of guys that I’ll be watching in 2012 including Kansas native RHP Garret Gould and OF Joc Pederson.

Most curious ranking(s): On the three lists that included him Webster ranked 77th, 78th and 79th. File that tidbit in the fun and worthless fact folder.

San Diego Padres [14]

Position Player S2S BI MLB Port Proj SC
LHP Robbie Erlin 11 85 69 38 83
RHP Joe Wieland 24 49
C Yasmani Grandal 36 68 68 61 30 91
OF Rymer Liriano 48 89 60 81 77 100
2B/SS Jonathan Galvez 58
RHP Keyvius Sampson 62 97 65
RHP Matt Lollis 74
1B Yonder Alonso 97 54 39 51 26 98
RHP Casey Kelly 91 50 71 48 88
3B Jedd Gyorko 71 59 99 86
2B Cory Spangenberg 81
OF Jaff Decker 85
RHP Joe Ross 86
3B/OF James Darnell 46 87

Ladies and gentleman the San Diego Padres are your showdown “champion.” With 14 players listed on at least one Top-100 list they surpass the Red Sox, Blue Jays and Rangers who were all tied with 11.

Most curious ranking(s): Yasmani Grandal at #91 and the omission of Erlin on one list.

San Francisco Giants [4]

Position Player S2S BI MLB Port Proj SC
LHP Eric Surkamp 64
OF Gary Brown 76 65 48 42 34 57
OF Francisco Peguero 98
SS Joe Panik 82 94

Gary Brown, the Giants only consensus selection, had a fantastic season in 2011 but it came in the California League. How he handles a different environment and Double-A pitching will definitely be something to watch in the upcoming season.

Most curious ranking(s): The lack of love for Surkamp. I get that his 6 start stint in the majors at the end of the season was pretty rough – the last two starts in particular – but what we saw in San Francisco was a worn down and overwhelmed version of the talented lefty.

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For a truly great resource for all your prospect rankings be sure to check out Fantasy Rundown.

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Topics: Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants

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