Jean Segura (Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE)

Top-100 Showdown Redux: AL West

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. Just about a month ago I did a 7-part series comparing the lists of six sources – Baseball InstinctMLB.comMLB Prospect PortalProject ProspectScout.com, and S2S.

Now that I’m done with my portion of our team prospect lists, I can revisit this comparative series by looking at another grouping of Top-100 lists from seven new sources. Just as I did the first time around I will tackle one division at a time and then cap it off with a conclusion piece with some final thoughts and system rankings. The sources I have selected for the showdown “redux” series are:

The AL West had 26 players make at least one of the seven  Top-100 lists while 13 of the 26 were consensus selections. 

Los Angeles Angels [4]

Position Player BA BP Bant JS Spec MD TPA
OF Mike Trout 3 3 1 3 2 1 3
SS Jean Segura 55 67 34 66 85 60 96
RHP Garrett Richards 83 42 96
3B Kaleb Cowart 89

Here we have the same four players that were listed on the first six lists I looked at. Once again Trout and Segura are consensus selections and once again Cowart slipped onto the back end of one list. Richards made just one list last time around – #67 on the MLB.com’s Top-100 – but three in this grouping.

Most curious ranking(s): Nothing really out of the ordinary but based on the rankings, Bullpen Banter clearly thinks more highly of the Angels group as a whole than any other source.

Oakland Athletics [9]

Position Player BA BP Bant JS Spec MD TPA
OF Yoenis Cespedes* 14 17
RHP Jarrod Parker 26 50 20 22 29 29 25
RHP Brad Peacock 36 64 66 84 79 62 48
RHP A.J. Cole 57 60 33 52 48 48 61
RHP Sonny Gray 65 72 88 85 89 55
OF Michael Choice 80 39 64 53 91 50 57
C Derek Norris 96 73 88 25
OF Grant Green 100 87 91
LHP Tom Milone 84

*Cespedes signed after some lists were published.

Parker, Peacock, Cole and Choice made all seven lists and three of them made 13/13 lists overall. Only Nathaniel’s distaste for Parker kept him from being a consensus selection. Gray also had a strong showing landing on nine lists while Green made six.

Most curious ranking(s): After not making a single one of the first six list I examined, Norris landed on four this time around while peaking at #25.

Seattle Mariners [5]

Position Player BA BP Bant JS Spec MD TPA
C Jesus Montero 6 7 18 9 5 10 5
RHP Taijuan Walker 20 14 16 15 18 15 17
LHP Danny Hultzen 21 35 11 25 8 21 20
LHP James Paxton 52 59 28 29 72 40 65
SS Nick Franklin 77 62 63 34 58

These same five were consensus selections last time and nearly pulled off the same feat here. With this in mind, there is no doubt that the top of the Mariners system is as strong, if not stronger, than anyone else’s.

Most curious ranking(s): Franklin’s omission on two lists here is more than a bit surprising given that he reached Double-A at 20-years old in 2011 and has hit well, especially for a SS, at every stop.

Texas Rangers [8]

Position Player BA BP Bant JS Spec MD TPA
RHP Yu Darvish* 4 4 6
SS Jurickson Profar 7 4 4 5 7 6 8
LHP Martin Perez 31 36 22 83 22 18 24
3B Mike Olt 43 45 40 65 83 63 69
OF Leonys Martin 79 50 28 67 90
3B Christian Villanueva 100
RHP Neil Ramirez 77 91 95
C Jorge Alfaro 83 83

*Darvish signed after some Top-100 lists were published.

The Rangers bring another strong system to the table giving the AL West one of the best collections of prospect talent despite having only four teams to pull from. Profar, Perez and Olt made all seven lists and Darvish would surely join them if he had signed prior to the others being published. Beyond the upper echelon talent, the Rangers also have a great deal of quality depth as evidenced by the fact that 12 of their prospects made at least one of the 13 lists I’ve examined.

Most curious ranking(s): I knew Nathaniel’s ranking of Cody Buckel (#19) on the Seedlings of Stars Top-100 was very aggressive. What surprised me was that he failed to make a single list outside of ours.

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Tags: AL West Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim Oakland Athletics Seattle Mariners Texas Rangers

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