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Reviewing Our 2012 Top-100: #1-10 (Trout-Rendon)


Today we’re back with a look at the final group of ten from Nathaniel’s 2012 S2S Top-100 list. If you’d like to check out the review/recap of prospects from previous installments of this review here are the links to each piece:

Eight of this group reached the majors with three of them spending the majority of the season there. Harper and Trout are near locks to win the NL and AL Rookie of the Year Awards and if they stay in their respective leagues both figure to take home a couple MVPs in their careers. Trout of course, might (and should) take home his first MVP this season as he was the best player in all of baseball whether you use basic stats, advanced stats or the good old eye test with a dose of common sense mixed in.

Aside from that talented duo, Moore will be fronting the Rays rotation for many years to come and Turner and Miller should be in the 2013 Opening Day rotations for their respective major league clubs. Taillon is a bit behind those guys but is well on his way to joining that group in a couple years. Profar looks like he will make good on developing into one of the most dynamic shortstops in the game and Rendon showed flashes that he can be a force if he can stay healthy. Only Skaggs and Teheran saw their stock slip, but both remain premium talents.

#1:  Mike Trout – OF – Los Angeles Angels

Profile Published – 1/6/2012
2012 – Salt Lake (AAA): 0.403/.467/.623, 4 2B, 5 3B, 1 HR, 6 SB, 11 BB and 16 SO in 93 PA
2012 – Los Angeles (MLB): 0.326/.399/.564, 27 2B, 8 3B, 30 HR, 49 SB, 67 BB and 139 SO in 639 PA
Best Month – July: 0.392/.455/.804 in 112 PA with Los Angeles
Worst Month – August: 0.284/.366/500 in 134 PA with Los Angeles

Stock Up/Down – Up. He’s going to easily win the AL Rookie of the Year and is the AL MVP in my book as well. Not only that, his Baseball Reference page lists his nickname as the Millville Meteor. He’s a true five-tool talent, turned in one of the best major league seasons ever and he has an awesomely unique nickname.

#2:  Jurickson Profar – SS – Texas Rangers

Profile Published – 1/5/2012
2012 – Frisco (AA): 0.281/.368/.452, 26 2B, 7 3B, 14 HR, 16 SB, 66 BB and 79 SO in 562 PA
2012 – Texas (MLB): 0.176/.176/.471, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 SO in 17 PA
Best Month – May: 0.322/385/.513 in 127 PA with Frisco
Worst Month – April: 0.253/.323/.483 in 96 PA with Frisco

Stock Up/Down – Up. He was everything I expected him to be and more in 2012. He won’t turn 20 until February and may break camp on the Rangers Opening Day roster. SS like this don’t come around very often.

#3:  Bryce Harper – OF – Washington Nationals

Profile Published – 1/4/2012
2012 – Syracuse (AAA): 0.243/.325/.365, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 SB, 9 BB and 14 SO in 84 PA
2012 – Washington (MLB): 0.270/.340/.477, 26 2B, 9 3B, 22 HR, 18 SB, 56 BB and 120 SO in 597 PA
Best Month – September/October: 0.330/.400/.643 in 126 PA with Washington
Worst Month – July: 0.222/.306/.313 in 111 PA with Washington

Stock Up/Down – Up. He won’t turn 20 until next week and led all NL rookies in WAR 4.9. Expanding beyond just rookies he was 7th among NL outfielders in terms of WAR and will likely run away with the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Harper’s been subject to absurd expectations and hype since high school and amazingly he’s lived up to it all every step of the way.

#4:  Matt Moore – LHP – Tampa Bay Rays

Profile Published – 1/3/2012
2012 – Tampa Bay (MLB): 3.81 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 158 H, 81 BB and 175 SO in 177.1 IP
Best Month – August: 37.0 IP, 32 H, 9 ER, 12 BB and 40 SO
Worst Month – April: 25.0 IP, 25 H, 13 ER, 14 BB and 17 SO

Stock Up/Down – Up. Needs to improve his walk rate, but he stayed in the Rays rotation the entire season and made 31 starts for the team. He finished the year with an ERA+ of 100 and struck out nearly a batter per inning. Moore also showed significant improvement in the second half of the season.

#5:  Tyler Skaggs – LHP – Arizona Diamondbacks

Profile Published – 1/2/2012
2012 – Mobile (AA): 2.84 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 63 H, 21 BB and 71 SO in 69.2 IP
2012 – Reno (AAA): 2.91 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 49 H, 16 BB and 45 SO in 52.2 IP
2012 – Arizona (MLB): 5.83 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 30 H, 13 BB and 21 SO in 29.1 IP
Best Month – May: 23.0 IP, 18 H, 3 ER, 7 BB and 18 SO with Mobile
Worst Month – September: 17.0 IP, 22 H, 15 ER, 6 BB and 12 SO with Arizona

Stock Up/Down – Down. Got knocked around with the D-Backs in September but of greater concern is the sharp drop off in his strikeout rate from 2011 to 2012. Still a fantastic prospect but didn’t do nearly enough to boost his stock.

#6:  Jacob Turner – RHP – Miami Marlins

Profile Published – 1/1/2012
2012 – Lakeland (A+): 1.66 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 17 H, 7 BB and 17 SO in 21.2 IP
2012 – Toledo (AAA): 3.16 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 52 H, 24 BB and 40 SO in 62.2 IP
2012 – New Orleans (AAA): 1.98 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 27 H, 12 BB and 16 SO in 27.1 IP
2012 – Detroit (MLB): 8.03 ERA, 1.95 WHIP, 17 H, 7 BB, 7 SO in 12.1 IP
2012 – Miami (MLB): 3.38 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 33 H, 9 BB and 29 SO in 42.2 IP
Best Month – June: 30.0 IP, 26 H, 3 ER, 15 BB and 16 SO with Toledo and Detroit
Worst Month – May: 34.2 IP, 27 H, 17 ER, 16 BB and 30 SO with Lakeland and Toledo

Stock Up/Down – Up. Once traded to Miami he made seven starts in the majors and finished with a 118 ERA+. He still has a ton of potential to tap into and at just 21 should be in the Marlins 2013 Opening Day rotation. As a fun side note, he set a record for players in our Top-100 by playing for five different teams in 2012.

#7:  Julio Teheran – RHP – Atlanta Braves

Profile Published – 12/31/2011
2012 – Gwinnett (AAA): 5.08 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 146 H, 43 BB and 97 SO in 131.0 IP
2012 – Atlanta (MLB): 5.68 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 5 H, 1 BB and 5 SO in 6.1 IP
Best Month – May: 28.2 IP, 30 H, 11 ER, 11 BB and 24 SO with Gwinnett
Worst Month – July: 22.2 IP, 27 H, 16 ER, 5 BB and 14 SO with Gwinnett

Stock Up/Down – Down. 2012 was the worst season of Teheran’s career aside from six Appalachian League starts in his first season as a professional (2008).

#8:  Shelby Miller – RHP – St. Louis Cardinals [12/30/2011]

Profile Published -
2012 – Memphis (AAA): 4.74 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 138 H, 50 BB and 160 SO in 136.2 IP
2012 – St. Louis (MLB): 1.32 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 9 H, 4 BB and 16 SO in 13.2 IP
Best Month – June: 18.2 IP, 20 H, 14 ER, 10 BB and 23 SO with Memphis
Worst Month – September/October: 13.2 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 4 BB and 16 SO with St. Louis

Stock Up/Down – Up. For most of the season Miller really scuffled, but he erased several months of lackluster results with a strong August in the PCL and an even better September in St. Louis. His one start in the majors on October 3rd was a 6.0 inning, 1 hit gem.

#9:  Jameson Taillon – RHP – Pittsburgh Pirates

Profile Published – 12/29/2011
2012 – Bradenton (A+): 3.82 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 109 H, 37 BB and 98 SO in 125.0 IP
2012 – Altoona (AA): 1.59 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 11 H, 1 BB and 18 SO in 17.0 IP
Best Month – April: 24.2 IP, 15 H, 4 ER, 4 BB and 28 SO with Bradenton
Worst Month – June: 27.2 IP, 31 H, 18 ER, 7 BB and 23 SO with Bradenton

Stock Up/Down – Up. Was having a decent season in the FSL, but it was his three start stint in Double-A at the end of the year that really boosted his stock.

#10:  Anthony Rendon – 3B – Washington Nationals

Profile Published – 12/28/2011
2012 – GCL Nationals (Rk): 0.364/.500/1.000, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 BB and 3 SO in 14 PA
2012 – Auburn (A-): 0.259/.375/.444, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 BB and 6 SO in 32 PA
2012 – Potomac (A+): 0.333/.438/.630, 2 2B, 3 3B, 5 BB and 4 SO in 32 PA
2012 – Harrisburg (AA): 0.162/.305/.368, 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 11 BB and 16 SO in 82 PA
Best Month – July: 0.292/.433/.708 in 30 PA with Auburn and the GCL Nationals
Worst Month – August/September: 0.218/.342/.426 in 120 PA with Auburn, Harrisburg and Potomac

Stock Up/Down – Push, primarily due to the fact that the injury bug keeps biting him. Despite missing a large chunk of the season he turned in a solid OBP and SLG in his first action as a professional.

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Tags: Anthony Rendon Arizona Diamondbacks Atlanta Braves Bryce Harper Jacob Turner Jameson Taillon Julio Teheran Jurickson Profar Los Angeles Angels Matt Moore Miami Marlins Mike Trout Pittsburgh Pirates Shelby Miller St. Louis Cardinals Tampa Bay Rays Texas Rangers Tyler Skaggs Washington Nationals

  • Milby

    I think you’re being a little generous to Jacob Turner. Even his quoted best month was pretty horrible. You’d be hard pressed to find many who think his stock went up this year. Hopefully he’ll have plenty of chances to prove me wrong in 2013!

    • http://puckettspond.com/ Wally Fish

      You may be right that I’m being a bit generous in Turner’s case but I really liked what I saw out of him in the cumulative total of his 7 starts with the Marlins to close out the year. He also receives positive marks for handling being traded in season without much of a hiccup, and of course he’s a Missouri native and I’m a sucker for local kids.

      • Milby

        Yeah, and I can definitely see what you like about him – the stuff has always been there. I’d love to see him take some incremental steps forward,- a bump up the strikeouts would go a long ways. Still young, and still time to develop.