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Reviewing Our 2012 Top-100: #81-90 (Ray to Lamb)

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Today we’re back with a look at the next group of ten from Nathaniel’s 2012 S2S Top-100 list. If you’d like to check out the review/recap of prospects #91-100 on last year’s list, as well as a brief introduction to this “mini-series,” click here.

Yesterday’s group included an even 50/50 split between players who saw their stock rise in 2012 and those that saw their stock fall. This portion of the list, which covers the prospects ranked #81-#90, was not so evenly distributed.

Of the ten players below, only three had their stock go up and in two of those cases you could argue for a different assessment. The six players who are indicated below as having lost “value” are very concrete and definitive. Their seasons were very much disappointing across the board.

If you do the quick math here and add six plus three, you are well aware that one player is missing from that count. That’s because one player earned the dreaded “push” due to a return from major surgery and a very small sample size coupled with enormous talent and potential. Pressed to make a definitive decision one way or the other, I’d lean toward stock down while hopping off the fence.

Three of the following ten players pitched in the majors this season, while one of them (Corbin) exhausted his project eligibility.

#81:  Robbie Ray – LHP – Washington Nationals

Profile Published – 10/18/2011
2012 - Potomac (A+): 6.56 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 122 H, 49 BB and 86 SO in 105.2 IP
Best Month – June: 28.2 IP, 23 H, 13 ER, 14 BB and 26 SO
Worst Month – August: 15.2 IP, 25 H, 27 ER, 14 BB and 16 SO

Stock Up/Down – Down

#82:  Jose Campos– RHP – New York Yankees

Profile Published – 10/17/2011
2012 – Charleston (A): 4.01 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 20 H, 8 BB and 26 SO in 24.2 IP
Best Month – Only pitched in April
Worst Month – Only pitched in April

Stock Up/Down – Up. Sure, an elbow injury limited Campos to just five starts on the season but the early returns for the 20-year old hurler were fantastic. If you remove his final start of the year – when his elbow gave out – you’re left with a sparkling 1.23 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 23-5 SO-to-BB in 22.0 IP.

#83:  Patrick Corbin – LHP – Arizona Diamondbacks

Profile Published – 10/16/2011
2012 – Mobile (AA): 1.67 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 22 H, 8 BB and 25 SO in 27.0 IP
2012 – Reno (AAA): 3.44 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 57 H, 15 BB and 55 SO in 52.1 IP
2012 – Arizona (MLB): 4.77 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 111 H, 24 BB and 80 SO in 100.0 IP
Best Month – June: 29.1 IP, 33 H, 7 ER, 4 BB and 29 SO with Reno and Arizona
Worst Month – September: 24.1 IP, 37 H, 20 ER, 3 BB and 16 SO with Arizona

Stock Up/Down – Up. Considering he logged 100.0 innings in the majors with an 88 ERA+ and a strong 3.33 SO/BB while just 23 years old, it’s hard to view Corbin’s season as anything less than a success.

#84:  Mike Montgomery – LHP – Kansas City Royals

Profile Published – 10/15/2011
2012 – Omaha (AAA): 5.69 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 110 H, 43 BB and 67 SO in 91.2 IP
2012 – NW Arkansas (AA): 6.67 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 69 H, 21 BB and 44 SO in 58.0 IP
Best Month – April: 27.2 IP, 32 H, 14 ER, 11 BB and 21 SO with Omaha
Worst Month – August: 27.1 IP, 35 H, 21 ER, 11 BB and 24 SO with NW Arkansas

Stock Up/Down – Down

#85:  Maikel Cleto – RHP – St. Louis Cardinals

Profile Published – 10/14/2011
2012 – Memphis (AAA): 5.37 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 51 H, 22 BB and 66 SO in 53.2 IP
2012 – St. Louis (MLB): 7.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 13 H, 2 BB and 15 SO in 9.0 IP
Best Month – May: 16.2 IP, 12 H, 5 ER, 5 BB and 22 SO with Memphis
Worst Month – July: 10.0 IP, 20 H, 18 ER, 5 BB and 14 SO with Memphis and St. Louis

Stock Up/Down – Down

#86:  Jonathan Schoop – INF – Baltimore Orioles

Profile Published – 10/13/2011
2012 – Bowie (AA): 0.245/.324/.386, 24 2B, 1 3B, 14 HR, 5 SB, 50 BB and 103 SO in 555 PA
Best Month – June: 0.258/.327/.454 in 104 PA
Worst Month – April: 0.210/.261/.309 in 86 PA

Stock Up/Down – Down

#87:  Nolan Arenado – 3B – Colorado Rockies

Profile Published – 10/12/2011
2012 – Tulsa (AA): 0.285/.337/.428, 36 2B, 1 3B, 12 HR, 39 BB and 58 SO in 573 PA
Best Month – August: 0.358/.375/.569 in 113 PA
Worst Month – July: 0.165/.252/.272 in 114 PA

Stock Up/Down – Up, relative to his placement on this list anyway. Some sources had Arenado ranked much higher and he certainly did not have the type of season most were expecting from him.

#88:  Dellin Betances – RHP – New York Yankees

Profile Published – 10/11/2011
2012 – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA): 6.39 ERA, 1.88 WHIP , 71 H, 69 BB and 71 SO in 74.2 IP
2012 – Trenton (AA): 6.51 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, 73 H, 30 BB and 53 BB in 56.2 IP
Best Month – August: 22.0 IP, 34 H, 25 ER, 16 BB and 17 SO with Trenton
Worst Month – May: 30.1 IP, 24 H, 13 ER, 25 BB and 26 SO with Scranton/WB

Stock Up/Down – Down

#89:  Joel Carreno – RHP – Toronto Blue Jays

Profile Published – 10/10/2011
2012 – Las Vegas (AAA): 8.92 ERA, 2.12 WHIP, 50 H, 27 BB and 30 SO in 36.1 IP
2012 – New Hampshire (AA): 3.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 43 H, 19 BB and 58 SO in 53.2 IP
2012 – Toronto (MLB): 6.14 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 22 H, 14 BB and 16 SO in 22.0 IP
Best Month – August: 16.2 IP, 14 H, 3 ER, 5 BB and 21 SO with New Hampshire
Worst Month – June: 25.1 IP, 24 H, 19 ER, 15 BB and 21 SO with New Hampshire, Las Vegas and Toronto

Stock Up/Down – Down

#90:  John Lamb – LHP – Kansas City Royals

Profile Published – 10/9/2011
2012 – AZL Royals (Rk): 6.35 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 6 H, 2 BB and 6 SO in 5.2 IP
2012 – Idaho Falls (Rk): 7.36 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 9 H, 2 BB and 8 SO in 7.1 IP
Best Month – August: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB and 6 SO with the AZL Royals
Worst Month – September: 7.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB and 8 SO with Idaho Falls

Stock Up/Down – Push? Lamb was on a number of Top-100 lists heading into this season despite the fact he had Tommy John surgery last summer and was going to miss most of 2012. Given those circumstances the above results and small sample size don’t really change any assessments of his standing as a prospect. The fact that he was able to get back on the mound and pitch in a half dozen games this summer, is a win in itself.

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Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks Baltimore Orioles Colorado Rockies Dellin Betances Joel Carreno John Lamb Jonathan Schoop Jose Campos Kansas City Royals Maikel Cleto Mike Montgomery New York Yankees Nolan Arenado Patrick Corbin Robbie Ray St. Louis Cardinals Toronto Blue Jays Washington Nationals

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