2011 Oakland Athletics Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Oakland Athletics preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Chris Carter GRADE: B-
Carter batted a combined .278 with 18 Doubles, 2 Triples, 21 Home Runs and 79 RBI’s in six games with the High-A Stockton Ports and the majority of the season with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. He walked 46 times and struck out 93 times in 81 games. In 44 big league at-bats with the A’s, Choice hit .136 with no extra base hits and no RBI’s.

#2 Grant Green GRADE: B+
Green batted .291 with 33 Doubles, 1 Triple, 9 Home Runs and 62 RBI’s for the Double-A Midland Rockhounds. He walked 39 times and struck out 119 times in 127 games.

#3 Michael Choice GRADE: A
Choice batted .285 with 28 Home Runs, 1 Triple, 30 Home Runs and 82 RBI’s for High-A Stockton. He walked 61 times and struck out 134 times in 118 games.

#4 Renato Nunez GRADE: B
Nunez, who is just 17, batted .268 with 12 Doubles, 5 Home Runs and 28 RBI’s for the Dominican Summer League Athletics. He walked 6 times and struck out 42 times in 53 games.

#5 Michael Taylor GRADE: B-
Taylor batted .272 with 16 Doubles, 16 Home Runs, and 64 RBI’s for Triple-A Sacramento. He also stole 14 bases. He walked 46 times and struck out 80 times in 93 games. In 30 big league at-bats for the A’s, Taylor batted .200 with one Home Run and one RBI.

#6 Yordy Cabrera GRADE: C
Cabrera batted .231 with 21 Doubles, 5 Triples, 6 Home Runs and 47 RBI’s for the Low-A Burlington Bees. He walked 31 times and struck out 110 times in 101 games.

#7 Aaron Shipman GRADE: B-
Shipman batted .231 with 8 Doubles, 1 Triple, and 19 RBI’s for the Short-A Vermont Lake Monsters. He walked 42 times and struck out 39 times in 63 games. Shipman also stole 17 bases on the season.

#8 Matt Thomson GRADE: NO GRADE
Thomson threw just four innings on the season for Low-A Burlington and was out the majority of the year with arm issues.

#9 A.J. Griffin GRADE: B+
Griffin went a combined 11-7 with a 3.47ERA between Low-A Burlington, High-A Stockton, Double-A Midland, and Triple-A Sacramento. He walked 32 and struck out 156 in 160 innings. Opposing batters hit .238 off Griffin on the season.

#10 Michael Ynoa DID NOT PLAY
Ynoa missed all of 2011 following Tommy John Surgery.

#11 Ian Krol NO GRADE
Krol pitched just five innings this season between injury and suspension. He had five hitless innings in three appearances for the Rookie AZL Athletics.

#12 Jemile Weeks GRADE: A
Weeks batted .303 with 26 Doubles, 8 Triples, 2 Home Runs and 36 RBI’s for the Athletics. He also stole 22 bases. He walked 21 times and struck out 62 times in 97 big league games. At Triple-A Sacramento, Weeks batted .321 with 6 Doubles, 4 Triples, 3 Home Runs and 22 RBI’s and 10 stolen bases in 45 games.

#13 Stephen Parker GRADE: A-
Parker batted a combined .287 with 30 Dobules, 2 Triples, 10 Home Runs and 74 RBI’s between Double-A Midland and five games at Triple-A Sacramento. He walked 69 times and struck out 107 times in 132 games.

#14 Tony Thompson GRADE: B
Thompson hit .259 with 15 Doubles, 1 Triple, 14 Home Runs and 59 RBI’s for Low-A Burlington. He walked 37 times and struck out 57 times.

#15 Blake Hassebrock GRADE: B
Hassebrock went 7-8 with a 2.64ERA for Low-A Burlington. He walked 46 and struck out 110 in 139.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .249 off Hassebrock on the season.

2011 New York Yankees Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the New York Yankees preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Jesus Montero GRADE: A
Montero batted .288 with 19 Doubles, 1 Triple, 18 Home Runs and 67 RBI’s for the Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees. He walked 36 times and struck out 98 times in 109 games. In 18 big league games with the Yankees in September, Montero batted .328 with 4 Doubles, 4 Home Runs and 12 RBI’s.

#2 Gary Sanchez GRADE: B-
Sanchez batted .256 with 16 Doubles, 1 Triple, 17 Home Runs and 52 RBI’s for the Low-A Charleston River Dogs. He walked 36 times and struck out 93 times in 82 games. Sanchez missed a number of games in June after being sent away from the team, reportedly for attitude issues and had his season ended by injury in early August.

#3 Dellin Betances GRADE: B+
Betances went 4-9 with a 3.70ERA between the Double-A Trenton Thunder and the Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees. He walked 70 and struck out 142 in 126.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .217 off him on the season. In the big leagues Betances went 0-0 with a 6.75ERA in 2.2 innings of work.

#4 Manny Banuelos GRADE: B
Banuelos went a combined 6-7 with a 3.75ERA between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He walked 71 and struck out 125 in 129.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .266 off Banuelos on the season.

#5 Andrew Brackman GRADE: C-
Brackman went 3-6 with a 6.00ERA for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He walked 75 and struck out 75 in 96 innings. Opposing batters hit .236 off of him on the season. In 2.1 big league innings with the Yankees, Brackman allowed 1 hit and walked three batters.

#6 Hector Noesi GRADE: B
Noesi went 2-2 with a 4.47ERA for the Yankees. He walked 22 and struck out 45 in 56.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .286 off of Noesi. At Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, Noesi went 1-1 with a 3.28ERA in 24.2 innings.

#7 Slade Heathcott GRADE: C
Heathcott batted .271 with 11 Doubles, 4 Triples, 4 Home Runs and 16 RBI’s in 52 games with Low-A Charleston before a season ending injury. Heathcott also made headlines in 2011 for starting this brawl.


#8 Cito Culver GRADE: C+
Culver batted .250 with 14 Doubles, 2 Triples, 2 Home Runs and 33 RBI’s for the Short-A Staten Island Yankees. He walked 30 times and struck out 57 times in 69 games. Culver also stole 10 bases.

#9 Adam Warren GRADE: B
Warren went 6-9 with a 3.60ERA for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He walked 53 and struck out 111 in 152.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .249 on the season off Warren.

#10 Austin Romine GRADE: B
Romine batted .279 with 13 Doubles, 6 Home Runs, and 48 RBI’s between Double-A Trenton and four games with Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He walked 32 times and struck out 63 times in 89 games. In 19 big league at-bats with the Yankees, Romine hit .158.

#11 Brandon Laird GRADE: B-
Laird batted .260 with 27 Doubles, 16 Home Runs and 69 RBI’s for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He walked 17 times and struck out 84 times in 123 games. In 21 big league at-bats with the Yankees, Laird batted .190.

#12 Rob Segedin GRADE: B-
Segedin batted a combined .287 with 19 Doubles, 4 Triples, 7 Home Runs and 55 RBI’s between Low-A Charleston and High-A Tampa. He walked 38 times and struck out 79 times in 113 games.

#13 Ramon Flores GRADE: B-
Flores batted .265 with 26 Doubles, 2 Triples, 11 Home Runs and 59 RBI’s for Low-A Charleston. He also stole 13 bases. He walked 61 times and struck out 93 times in 125 games.

#14 Melky Mesa GRADE: C
Mesa batted a combined .249 with 25 Doubles, 4 Triples, 9 Home Runs and 47 RBI’s between Double-A Trenton and four games at High-A Tampa. He also stole 19 bases on the season. Mesa walked 39 times and struck out 133 times in 109 games.

#15 Kelvin De Leon GRADE: C-
De Leon batted .221 with 23 Doubles, 1 Triple, 14 Home Runs and 60 RBI’s for Low-A Charleston. He walked 32 times and struck out 147 times in 118 games.

2011 New York Mets Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the New York Mets preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Jenrry Mejia NO GRADE
Mejia’s season lasted just five starts before season ending Tommy John Surgery. When he was on the mound, Mejia went 1-2 with a 2.86ERA in 28.1 innings for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.

#2 Wilmer Flores GRADE: B
Flores batted .269 with 26 Doubles, 2 Triples, 9 Home Runs and 81 RBI’s for the High-A St. Lucie Mets. He walked 27 times and struck out 68 times in 133 games.

#3 Matt Harvey GRADE: A
Harvey went a combined 13-5 with a 3.32ERA between High-A St. Lucie and the Double-A Binghamton Mets. He walked 47 and struck out 156 in 135.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .246 off Harvey on the season.

#4 Kirk Nieuwenhuis GRADE: C+
Nieuwenhuis batted .298 with 17 Doubles, 2 Triples, 6 Home Runs and 14 RBI’s in 59 games at Triple-A Buffalo before tearing the labrum in his non throwing shoulder and missing the remainder of the 2011 season. The grade is reflective of his work prior to the injury. UPDATE: I have been asked by a few about the C+ grade for Nieuwenhuis. The biggest reason I gave Nieuwenhuis a C+ and not something higher is due to his lack of production with runners in scoring position. Yes he batted .298 and showed some power but he had 14 RBI’s in 53 games. 6 of those were himself on home runs (all of which were solo shots). He batted .206 with runners in scoring position and .228 with runners on. Any way you cut it, that’s just not getting the job done. Also 18 of his 25 extra base hits were with no one on. While he has improved his walk rate, he still strikes out once every 3.18 at-bats or more than once a game. That equals a C+ year for me.

#5 Fernando Martinez GRADE: C+
Martinez batted .260 with 11 Doubles, 8 Home Runs and 30 RBI’s for Triple-A Buffalo. He walked 18 times and struck out 60 times in 63 games. In 11 big league games with the Mets, Martinez batted .227 with 2 Doubles, 1 Home Run and 2 RBI’s.

#6 Erik Goeddel GRADE: B+
Goeddel went a combined 3-5 with a 3.24ERA between the Rookie League GCL Mets and the Low-A Savannah Sand Gnats. He walked 24 and struck out 69 batters in 77.2 innings. Opposing batters hit just .220 off Goeddel on the year.

#7 Matt den Dekker GRADE: B+
Den Dekker batted a combined .265 with 32 Doubles, 11 Triples, 17 Home Runs, 68 RBI’s between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. He also added 24 stolen bases on the season. Den Dekker walked 51 times and struck out 156 times in 139 games.

#8 Cory Vaughn GRADE: B-
Vaughn batted a combined .255 with 22 Doubles, 3 Triples, 13 Home Runs and 59 RBI’s between Low-A Savannah and High-A St. Lucie. He walked 59 times and struck out 117 times in 131 games.

#9 Juan Urbina GRADE: C
Urbina went 4-6 with a 5.95ERA for the Rookie League Kingsport Mets. He walked 20 and struck out 49 in 56 innings. Opposing batters hit .300 off Urbina on the year.

#10 Cesar Puello GRADE: B-
Puello batted .259 with 21 Doubles, 5 Triples, 10 Home Runs, and 50 RBI’s for High-A St. Lucie. He also stole 19 bases. He walked 18 times and struck out 103 times in 117 games.

#11 Lucas Duda GRADE: A
Duda batted .292 with 21 Doubles, 3 Triples, 10 Home Runs and 50 RBI’s in 100 big league games with the Mets. He walked 33 times and struck out 57 times in his big league action. At Triple-A Buffalo, Duda batted .302 with 8 Doubles, 10 Home Runs, and 24 RBI’s in 38 games.

#12 Darrell Ceciliani GRADE: B-
Ceciliani batted .259 with 23 Doubles, 4 Triples, 4 Home Runs, and 40 RBI’s. He stole 25 bases. Ceciliani walked 52 times and struck out 96 times in 109 games.

#13 Tillman Pugh GRADE: C+
Pugh batted a combined .271 with 8 Doubles, 2 Triples, 4 Home Runs, and 22 RBI’s between Rookie League Kingsport and the Low-A Brooklyn Cyclones. He also stole 10 bases. Pugh walked 19 times and struck out 51 times in 52 games.

#14 Reese Havens GRADE: B-
Havens batted .289 with 15 Doubles, 1 Triple, 6 Home Runs and 26 RBI’s for Double-A Binghamton. He walked 27 times and struck out 59 times in 58 games.

#15 Aderlin Rodriguez GRADE: C+
Rodriguez batted .221 with 23 Doubles, 2 Triples, 17 Home Runs and 78 RBI’s for Low-A Savannah. He walked 29 times and struck out 106 times in 131 games.

2011 Minnesota Twins Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Minnesota Twins preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Kyle Gibson GRADE: C
Gibson went 3-8 with a 4.81ERA for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings before partially tearing his ulner collateral ligament. He will miss all or most of 2012 following Tommy John surgery. His grade reflects his performance prior to his injury. Gibson walked 27 and struck out 91 in 95.1 innings. Opposing hitters batted .282 against him on the season.

#2 Miguel Sano GRADE: A
Sano hit .292 with 18 Doubles, 7 Triples, 20 Home Runs, and 59 RBI’s for the Rookie League Elizabethton Twins. He walked 23 times and stuck out 77 times in 66 games. While his hitting was awesome, Sano did have 26 errors on the year.

#3 Aaron Hicks GRADE: C
Hicks batted .242 with 31 Doubles, 5 Triples, 5 Home Runs and 38 RBI’s for the High-A Fort Myers Miracle. He also stole 17 bases. Hicks walked 78 times and struck out 110 times in 122 games.

#4 Alex Wimmers GRADE: B
Wimmers went 2-3 with a 4.20ERA for High-A Fort Myers. He walked 22 and struck out 39 in 40.2 innings. Opposing batters hit just .189 off of him. Wimmers threw a seven innings complete game No Hitter in his final start of the season.

#5 Oswaldo Arcia GRADE: A-
Arcia batted a combined .289 with 23 Doubles, 4 Triples, 13 Home Runs and 51 RBI’s between four games with the Rookie League GCL Twins, 20 games for the Low-A Beloit Snappers, and 59 games with High-A Fort Myers. He walked 18 times and struck out 70 times in 81 games.

#6 Ben Revere GRADE: A
Revere batted .267 with 9 Doubles, 5 Triples and 30 RBI’s for the Twins. He also had 34 stolen bases in the big leagues. He walked 26 times and struck out just 41 times in 117 games. At Triple-A Rochester, Revere hit .303 with 3 Doubles, 1 Triple, 1 Home Run and 9 RBI’s.

#7 Liam Hendriks GRADE: B+
Hendriks went a combined 12-6 with a 3.36ERA for the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats and Triple-A Rochester. He walked 21 and struck out 111 in 139.1 innings of work. Opposing hitters batted .258 against him. In four big league starts with the Twins, Hendriks was 0-2 with a 6.17ERA

#8 Adrian Salcedo GRADE: B
Salcedo went 6-6 with a 2.93ERA for Low-A Beloit. He walked 27 times and struck out 92 times in 135 innings. Opposing batters hit .252 off Salcedo on the season.

#9 Joe Benson GRADE: B
Benson batted .285 with 28 Doubles, 4 Triples, 16 Home Runs and 67 RBI’s for Double-A New Britain. He also stole 13 bases. He walked 56 times and struck out 109 times in 111 games. In 21 big league games with the Twins, Benson batted .239 with 6 Doubles, 1 Triple and 2 RBI’s.

#10 Max Kepler GRADE: C+
Kepler batted .262 with 11 Doubles, 3 Triples, 1 Home Run and 24 RBI’s for Rookie League Elizabethton. He walked 23 times and struck out 54 times in 50 games.

#11 Niko Goodrum GRADE: B-
Goodrum batted .275 with 10 Doubles, 3 Triples, 2 Home Runs and 20 RBI’s for Rookie League Elizabethton. He walked 21 times and struck out 56 times in 59 games.

#12 Carlos Gutierrez GRADE: C+
Gutierrez went 2-3 with a 4.62ERA for Triple-A Rochester. He walked 31 and struck out 57 in 62.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .246 off of Gutierrez.

#13 Pat Dean GRADE: C
Dean went a combined 5-7 with a 5.00ERA between Low-A Beloit, High-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain. He walked 25 batters and struck out 76 in 108 innings. Opposing batters hit .299 off Dean on the season.

#14 Manuel Soliman GRADE: B-
Soliman went 7-11 with a 3.97ERA for Low-A Beloit. He walked 50 and struck out 120 in 136 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .250 off Soliman on the year.

#15 Martire Garcia RELEASED BY THE ORGANIZATION
Garcia went 2-1 with a 5.57ERA for Low-A Beloit before being released by the Twins in May. He had walked 25 and struck out 22 in 21 innings before being let go.

2011 Milwaukee Brewers Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Milwaukee Brewers preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Cody Scarpetta GRADE: A-
Scarpetta went 8-5 with a 3.85ERA for the Double-A Huntsville Stars. He walked 61 and struck out 98 in 117 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .234 off Scarpetta on the season.

#2 Wily Peralta GRADE: A
Peralta went a combined 11-7 with a 3.17ERA between Double-A Huntsville and five late season starts for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. He walked 59 and struck out 157 in 150.2 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .233 off Peralta on the season.

#3 Kyle Heckathorn GRADE: C
Heckathorn went a combined 5-10 with a 4.97ERA between the High-A Brevard County Manatees and Double-A Huntsville. He walked 38 and struck out 89 in 116 innings of work. Opposing hitters batted .277 off Heckathorn. He struggled in his seven starts in Double-A posting an ERA of 7.18.

#4 Kentrail Davis GRADE: C+
Davis batted .245 with 19 Doubles, 8 Triples, 8 Home Runs, and 46 RBI’s for High-A Brevard County. He also added 33 stolen bases on the season. He walked 37 times and struck out 97 times in 132 games.

#5 Scooter Gennett GRADE: A-
Gennett batted .300 with 20 Doubles, 6 Triples, 9 Home Runs and 51 RBI’s for High-A Brevard County. He also added 11 stolen bases, though he was also caught stealing 10 times. He walked 27 times and struck out 69 times in 134 games.

#6 Hunter Morris GRADE: A-
Morris batted .274 with 29 Doubles, 6 Triples, 20 Home Runs, and 69 RBI’s between High-A Brevard County and four games at Double-A Huntsville. He walked 18 times and struck out 85 times in 130 games.

#7 Tyler Thornburg GRADE: A
Thornburg went a combined 10-6 with a 2.57ERA between the Low-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and High-A Brevard County. He walked 58 and struck out 160 in 136.2 innings. Opposing batters hit just .195 against Thornburg on the season.

#8 Jimmy Nelson GRADE: C+
Nelson went 8-9 with a 4.38ERA for Low-A Wisconsin. He walked 65 and struck out 120 in 146 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .266 off of Nelson.

#9 Matt Miller GRADE: C+
Miller went 6-8 with a 4.38 for Low-A Wisconsin. He walked 55 and struck out 89 batters in 111 innings. Opposing hitters batted .246 off Miller on the year.

#10 Mark Rogers GRADE: F
Rogers was 0-5 with a 9.34ERA between the Rookie League AZL Brewers, High-A Brevard County, and Triple-A Nashville. He walked 42 and struck out 40 in 44.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .298 against him. Rogers was suspended on August 20th for 25 games after a second positive test for a stimulant.

#11 Eric Arnett GRADE: C
Arnett went 4-6 with a 5.13ERA between the Rookie League Helena Brewers and Low-A Wisconsin. He walked 17 and struck out 74 in 79 innings. Opposing batters hit .292 against Arnett.

#12 Caleb Gindl GRADE: A-
Gindl batted .307 with 23 Doubles, 5 Triples, 15 Home Runs and 60 RBI’s for Triple-A Nashville. He walked 63 times and struck out 93 times in 126 games.

#13 Tyler Roberts GRADE: C-
Roberts batted a combined .235 with 20 Doubles, 6 Home Runs and 41 RBI’s between Rookie League Helena and Low-A Wisconsin. He walked 28 times and struck out 97 times in 88 games.

#14 Cody Hawn GRADE: B+
Hahn batted .294 with 24 Doubles, 6 Home Runs, and 50 RBI’s for Low-A Wisconsin. He walked 51 times and struck out 85 times in 101 games.

#15 Eric Farris GRADE: B+
Farris batted .271 with 26 Doubles, 5 Triples, 6 Home Runs and 55 RBI’s for Triple-A Nashville. He added 21 stolen bases on the season. He walked 32 times and struck out 70 times in 134 games. He was 0-1 in one big league at-bat with the Brewers.

2011 Los Angeles Dodgers Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Los Angeles Dodgers preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Dee Gordon GRADE: A
Gordon batted .304 with 9 Doubles, 2 Triples, 11 RBI’s, and added 24 stolen bases in 56 games with the Dodgers. In the minors Gordon batted a combined .331 with 10 Doubles, 6 Triples, 24 RBI’s and had 32 stolen bases between 70 games with the Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes and a three game rehab stint with the High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

#2 Zach Lee GRADE: A-
Lee went 9-6 with a 3.47ERA for the Low-A Great Lakes Loons. He walked 32 and struck out 91 in 109 innings. Opposing batters hit .242 off Lee on the season.

#3 Jerry Sands GRADE: A-
Sands batted .253 with 15 Doubles, 4 Home Runs, and 26 RBI’s in 61 games with the Dodgers. At Triple-A Albuquerque, Sands hit .278 with 21 Doubles, 3 Triples, 29 Home Runs and 88 RBI’s in 94 games.

#4 Allen Webster GRADE: B
Webster went a combined 11-5 with a 4.03ERA for High-A Rancho Cucamonga and the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. He walked 57 and struck out 135 in 145 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .265 against Webster on the season. He struggled a bit following his promotion to Double-A as he had a 5.04ERA in Double-A compared to 2.33ERA in High-A and opposing hitters batted 58 points higher against him.

#5 Rubby de la Rosa GRADE: A-
De La Rosa went 4-5 with a 3.71ERA for the Dodgers before tearing his ulnar collateral ligament and undergoing Tommy John Surgery. He walked 31 and struck out 60 in 60.2 innings of work. Big league hitters batted .244 off De La Rosa. In the minors, De La Rosa went 2-2 with a 2.93ERA in 40 innings at Double-A Chattanooga. His grade reflects his work prior to his injury.

#6 Ethan Martin GRADE: B-
Martin went 9-7 with a 5.95ERA combined between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga. He walked 66 and struck out 104 in 95.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .262 off Martin who pitched significantly better following his promotion to Double-A.

#7 Leon Landry GRADE: B-
Landry batted .250 with 21 Doubles, 11 Triples, 4 Home Runs, and 41 RBI’s for Low-A Great Lakes. He also added 28 stolen bases. Landry walked 37 times and struck out 67 times in 125 at bats.

#8 Trayvon Robinson TRADED TO SEATTLE
Robinson batted .210 with 12 Doubles, 2 Home Runs and 14 RBI’s in 40 games for the Mariners. In the Dodgers minor league system prior to the trade, Robinson batted .293 with 9 Doubles, 6 Triples, 26 Home Runs and 71 RBI’s for Triple-A Albuquerque.

#9 Aaron Miller GRADE: B-
Miller went a combined 4-2 with a 3.75ERA between two innings for the AZL Dodgers and 34 innings at High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He walked 19 and struck out 33 in those 36 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .275 against him.

#10 Kenley Jansen GRADE: A+
Jansen went 2-1 with a 2.85ERA and 5 saves for the Dodgers. He broke the major league baseball strikeout per nine innings record by striking out 16.1 batters per nine innings. He walked 26 and struck out 96 in 53.2 innings of work. Opposing batters hit just .159 against Jansen. In the minors, Jansen was 0-1 with a 3.38ERA over eight innings between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga.

#11 Chris Withrow GRADE: B-
Withrow went 6-6 with a 4.20ERA for Double-A Chattanooga. He walked 75 and struck out 130 in 128.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .239 off Withrow on the season.

#12 Kyle Russell GRADE: C+
Russell batted a combined .255 with 31 Doubles, 5 Triples, 20 Home Runs and 72 RBI’s between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque. He walked 53 times and struck out 154 times in 131 games.

#13 Garrett Gould GRADE: A
Gould went 11-6 with a 2.40ERA for Low-A Great Lakes. He walked 37 and struck out 104 in 123.2 innings of work. Opposing batters hit just .220 against Gould on the season.

#14 Jake Lemmerman GRADE: B
Lemmerman batted a combined .283 with 29 Doubles, 2 Triples, 10 Home Runs and 65 RBI’s between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga. He added 10 stolen bases. He walked 55 times and struck out 112 times in 124 games.

#15 James Baldwin GRADE: B-
Baldwin batted .250 with 9 Doubles, 3 Triples, 10 Home Runs and 39 RBI’s for the Rookie League Ogden Raptors. He also added 22 stolen bases. Baldwin walked 18 times and struck out 74 times in 50 games.

2011 Los Angeles Angels Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Los Angeles Angels preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Mike Trout GRADE: A
Trout batted .326 with 18 Doubles, 13 Triples, 11 Home Runs, 38 RBI’s, and had 33 Stolen Bases for the Double-A Arkansas Travelers. In 40 games at the big league level with the Angels, Trout batted .220 with 6 Doubles, 5 Home Runs, and 16 RBI’s.

#2 Fabio Martinez GRADE: NO GRADE
Martinez missed nearly all of the 2011 season with shoulder issues. He pitched 2.1 innings and did not allow a run in two appearances with the Rookie Leagues AZL Angels.

#3 Jean Segura GRADE: B
Segura batted a combined .293 with 13 Doubles, 4 Triples, 4 Home Runs and 26 RBI’s between the AZL Angels and the High-A Inland Empire 66ers. He added 18 stolen bases. He walked 15 times and struck out 26 times in 52 games.

#4 Garrett Richards GRADE: A-
Richards went 12-2 with a 3.15ERA for Double-A Arkansas. He walked 40 and struck out 103 in 143 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .233 against him on the year. For the Angels, Richards was 0-2 with a 5.79ERA in 14 big league innings.

#5 Hank Conger GRADE: C
Conger batted .209 with 8 Doubles, 6 Home Runs, and 19 RBI’s in 59 games with the Angels. For the Triple-A Salt Lake City Bees, Conger batted .300 with 4 Doubles, 5 Home Runs, and 26 RBI’s in 27 games.

#6 Mark Trumbo GRADE: A+
Trumbo batted .254 with 31 Doubles, 1 Triple, 29 Home Runs and 87 RBI’s for the Angels. He added 9 stolen bases. He was voted the 2011 team MVP by his teammates.

#7 Tyler Chatwood GRADE: B-
Chatwood went 6-11 with a 4.75ERA for the Angels. He walked 71 and struck out 74 in 142 innings. Big league hitters batted .303 off of Chatwood on the season. At Triple-A Salt Lake, Chatwood went 1-2 with a 5.06ERA in 16 innings of work.

#8 Jordan Walden GRADE: A+
Walden went 5-5 with a 2.98ERA and 32 Saves for the Angels. He walked 26 and struck out 67 in 60.1 innings of work. He was a member of the 2011 American League All Star Team.

#9 Kaleb Cowart GRADE: B
Cowart batted .283 with 12 Doubles, 3 Triples, 7 Home Runs, and 40 RBI’s for the Rookie League Orem Owlz. He added 11 stolen bases. He walked 25 times and struck out 81 times in 72 games.

#10 Trevor Reckling GRADE: C+
Reckling went 4-7 with a 3.73ERA for Double-A Arkansas before his season ended in mid July with a sprained elbow. He walked 35 and struck out 63 in 99 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .274 off Reckling on the season.

#11 Randal Grichuk GRADE: B-
Grichuk batted a combined .256 with 12 Doubles, 7 Triples, 3 Home Runs, and 25 RBI’s in 53 games split between the AZL Angels, the Low-A Cedar Rapids Kernels, and High-A Inland Empire.

#12 Chevez Clarke GRADE: C
Clarke batted .226 with 5 Doubles, 10 Triples, 3 Home Runs, and 27 RBI’s for the AZL Angels. He walked 16 times and struck out 66 times in 51 games.

#13 Dan Tillman GRADE: A-
Tillman went a combined 6-3 with a 2.30ERA and 14 saves between Low-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Inland Empire. He walked 34 and struck out 78 in 74.1 innings of work. Opposing batters hit just .214 off Tillman on the season.

#14 Cam Bedrosian GRADE: DID NOT PLAY
Bedrosian missed the entire 2011 season following Tommy John Surgery.

#15 Ryan Bolden GRADE: D
Bolden batted .168 with 4 Doubles, 1 Triple and 13 RBI’s for the AZL Angels. He walked 9 times and struck out 48 times in 29 games.

2011 Kansas City Royals Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Kansas City Royals preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Mike Moustakas GRADE: A-
Moustakas batted .263 with 18 Doubles, 1 Triple, 5 Home Runs, and 30 RBI’s for the Royals. He walked 22 times and struck out 51 times in 89 games. For the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers, Moustakas hit .287 with 15 Doubles, 1 Triple, 10 Home Runs and 44 RBI’s in 55 Games.

#2 Eric Hosmer GRADE: A+
Hosmer batted .293 with 27 Doubles, 3 Triples, 19 Home Runs and 78 RBI’s for the Royals. He walked 34 times and struck out 82 times in 128 games. He also stole 11 bases on the season. At Triple-A Omaha, Hosmer batted .439 with 5 Doubles, 3 Home Runs and 15 RBI’s in 26 Games.

#3 Wil Myers GRADE: C
Myers batted .254 with 23 Doubles, 1 Triple, 8 Home Runs and 49 RBI’s for the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals. He walked 52 times and struck out 88 times in 99 games.

#4 Mike Montgomery GRADE: C-
Montgomery went 5-11 with a 5.32ERA at Triple-A Omaha. He walked 69 and struck out 129 in 150.2 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .271 off of Montgomery on the season.

#5 John Lamb GRADE: B-
Lamb went 1-2 with a 3.09ERA in 8 starts for Double-A Northwest Arkansas before undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing the remainder of the 2011 season. He walked 13 and struck out 22 in 35 innings. Opposing batters hit .246 off of Lamb. The grade reflects what he did while he was healthy.

#6 Jake Odorizzi GRADE: B+
Odorizzi was a combined 10-7 with a 3.73ERA between the High-A Wilmington Blue Rocks and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He walked 44 and struck out 157 in 147 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .244 off of Odorizzi on the season.

#7 Christian Colon GRADE: B-
Colon batted .257 with 14 Doubles, 2 Triples, 8 Home Runs and 61 RBI’s for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He also stole 17 bases. Colon walked 46 times and struck out just 51 times in 127 games.

#8 Aaron Crow GRADE: A
Crow went 4-4 with a 2.76ERA out of the Royals bullpen. He made the 2011 American League All Star Team. He walked 31 and struck out 65 in 62 innings. Big league hitters batted .237 off of Crow on the season.

#9 Chris Dwyer GRADE: C+
Dwyer went 8-10 with a 5.60ERA for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He walked 78 and struck out 126 in 141.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .238 against Dwyer on the season.

#10 Danny Duffy GRADE: B-
Duffy went 4-8 with a 5.64ERA for the Royals. He walked 51 and struck out 87 in 105.1 innings. Big league hitters batted .287 off of Duffy. At Triple-A Omaha, Duffy went 3-1 with a 3.43ERA in 8 starts.

#11 Jeremy Jeffress GRADE: C
Jeffress opened the season with the Royals where he went 1-1 with a 4.70ERA and one save in 15.1 big league innings before being optioned. He went 1-3 with a 4.26ERA at Triple-A Omaha before being demoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas where he went 2-3 with a 7.16ERA in 24 innings. Opposing minor league hitters batted .281 off of Jeffress. He walked 40 and struck out 44 in 55.2 innings in the minors.

#12 Jason Adam GRADE: B
Adam went 6-9 with a 4.23ERA for the Low-A Kane County Cougars. He walked 25 and struck out 76 in 104.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .235 off Adam on the season.

#13 Brett Eibner GRADE: D+
Eibner batted .213 with 13 Doubles, 2 Triples, 12 Home Runs and 31 RBI’s for Low-A Kane County. He walked 48 times ans struck out 90 times in 76 games.

#14 Yordano Ventura GRADE: B-
Ventura went 4-6 with a 4.27ERA for Low-A Kane County. He walked 24 and struck out 88 in 84.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .258 off of Ventura on the season.

#15 Cheslor Cuthbert GRADE: B
Cuthbert batted .267 with 13 Doubles, 1 Triple, 8 Home Runs and 51 RBI’s for Low-A Kane County. He walked 36 times and struck out 65 times in 81 games.

2011 Houston Astros Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Houston Astros preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Jordan Lyles GRADE: C+
Lyles went 2-8 with a 5.36ERA for the Astros. He walked 26 and struck out 67 in 94 big leagues inning. Major league hitters batted .285 against him. In the minors Lyles went 3-3 with a 3.61ERA for the Triple-A Oklahoma City Redhawks. He walked 17 and struck out 42 in 62.1 innings of work. Opponents batted .277 against him.

#2 Delino DeShields GRADE: C
Deshields batted .220 with 17 Doubles, 2 Triples, 9 Home Runs and 48 RBI’s for the Low-A Lexington Legends. He also stole 30 bases on the season. Deshields walked 52 times and struck out 118 times in 119 games.

#3 Jonathan Villar GRADE: B-
Villar batted a combined .241 with 23 Doubles, 6 Triples, 14 Home Runs and 52 RBI’s between the High-A Lancaster Jethawks and the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks. He stole 32 bases on the season. Villar walked 54 times and struck out 156 times in 130 games.

#4 J.D. Martinez GRADE: A
Martinez batted .274 with 13 Doubles, 6 Home Runs and 35 RBI’s in 53 big league games with the Astros. At Double-A Corpus Christi, Martinez hit .338 with 25 Doubles, 1 Triple, 13 Home Runs, and 72 RBI’s in 88 games.

#5 Mike Foltynewicz GRADE: C
Foltynewicz went 5-11 with a 4.97ERA for Low-A Lexington. He walked 51 and struck out 88 in 134 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .289 against Foltynewicz on the season.

#6 Jiovanni Mier GRADE: C
Mier batted a combined .239 with 21 Doubles, 1 Triple, 7 Home Runs and 52 RBI’s between Low-A Lexington and High-A Lancaster. He walked 66 times and struck out 112 times in 114 games.

#7 Ben Heath GRADE: C
Heath batted a combined .252 with 22 Doubles, 10 Home Runs and 52 RBI’s between Low-A Lexington and High-A Lancaster. He walked 26 times and struck out 91 times in 91 games.

#8 Tanner Bushue GRADE: C
Bushue went a combined 6-8 with a 4.96ERA between the Rookie League GCL Astros and Low-A Lexington. He walked 17 and struck out 58 in 85.1 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .293 off of Bushue on the season.

#9 Rod Quintero GRADE: C
Quintero was 0-1 with a 5.97ERA for Rookie League Greeneville. He walked 16 and struck out 32 in 28.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .246 off of Quintero on the season.

#10 Austin Wates GRADE: A-
Wates batted .300 with 23 Doubles, 9 Triples, 6 Home Runs and 75 RBI’s at High-A Lancaster. He also stole 26 bases on the season.

#11 Mike Kvasnicka GRADE: B-
Kvasnicka batted .260 with 32 Doubles, 4 Triples, 4 Home Runs and 59 RBI’s for Low-A Lexington. He walked 46 times and struck out 106 times in 128 games.

#12 Ross Seaton GRADE: C
Seaton went 4-9 with a 5.23ERA for Double-A Corpus Christi. He walked 47 and struck out 97 in 155 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .279 off Seaton on the season.

#13 Thomas Shirley GRADE: C+
Shirley went 0-0 with 2.08ERA combined across three levels topping out at Low-A Lexington. He walked 5 and struck out 15 in 13 innings of work on the season. Opposing batters hit .143 against him.

#14 Vincent Velasquez DID NOT PLAY
Velasquez missed all of 2011 following Tommy John Surgery.

#15 J.B. Shuck GRADE: B+
Shuck batted .272 with 2 Doubles, 1 Triple, and 3 RBI’s in 37 big league games with the Astros. At Triple-A Oklahoma City, Shuck hit .297 with 11 Doubles, 7 Triples, and 30 RBI’s. He also stole 20 bases. He walked 56 times and struck out just 30 times in 108 games.

2011 Florida Marlins Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Florida Marlins preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Chad James GRADE: C
James went 5-15 with a 3.80ERA for the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads. He walked 51 and stuck out 124 in 149.1 innings of work. Opposing hitters batted .294 against him.

#2 Christian Yelich GRADE: A
Yelich batted .312 with 32 Doubles, 1 Triple, 15 Home Runs and 77 RBI’s for the Low-A Greensboro Grasshoppers. He also added 32 stolen bases. Yelich walked 55 times and struck out 102 times in 122 games. He was named by the Marlins organization as their Minor League Player of the Year for 2011.

#3 Matt Dominguez GRADE: C+
Dominguez batted a combined .249 with 18 Doubles, 12 Home Runs, and 58 RBI’s across three levels in the minor leagues with 87 of his 95 games played coming with the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs. Through September 25th, Dominguez was batting .238 with 3 Doubles and 2 RBI’s in 42 big league at-bats with the Marlins.

#4 Brad Hand GRADE: B
Through September 25th, Hand is 1-8 with a 4.20ERA for the Marlins. He’s walked 35 and struck out 38. Opposing big leaguers are hitting .241 against him. In the minors, Hand went 11-5 with a 3.56ERA for the Double-A Jacksonville Suns and a single start for High-A Jupiter. He walked 55 and struck out 75 in 113.2 innings. Opposing hitters batted .233 against him.

#5 Rob Rasmussen GRADE: B
Rasmussen went 12-10 with a 3.64ERA for High-A Jupiter. He walked 71 and struck out 118 in 148.1 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .254 off Rasmussen on the season.

#6 Jhan Marinez GRADE: B
Martinez went 3-8 with 3 Saves and a 3.57ERA for Double-A Jacksonville. He walked 42 times and struck out 74 times in 58 innings. Opposing hitters batted .223 against him.

#7 Kyle Skipworth GRADE: D+
Skipworth batted .207 with 12 Doubles, 2 Triples, 11 Home Runs, and 49 RBI’s for Double-A Jacksonville. He walked 34 times and struck out 143 times in 106 games.

#8 Marcell Ozuna GRADE: A-
Ozuna batted .266 with 28 Doubles, 5 Triples, 23 Home Runs and 71 RBI’s for Low-A Greensboro. He stole 17 bases on the season. He walked 46 times and struck out 121 times in 131 games.

#9 Edgar Olmos GRADE: D
Olmos went 4-17 with a 6.63ERA for High-A Jupiter. He walked 81 and struck out 101 in 127.2 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .318 on the season against Olmos.

#10 Mark Canha GRADE: A-
Canha batted .276 with 22 Doubles, 25 Home Runs, and 85 RBI’s for Low-A Greensboro. He walked 59 times and struck out 85 times in 107 games.

#11 Tom Koehler GRADE: C
Koehler went 12-7 with a 4.97ERA for Triple-A New Orleans. He walked 79 and struck out 116 in 150.1 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .254 off Koehler on the season.

#12 Jacob Realmuto GRADE: A-
Realmuto batted .287 with 16 Doubles, 3 Triples, 12 Home Runs and 49 RBI’s for Low-A Greensboro. He hit a home run off Stephen Strasburg when the Nationals pitcher was on rehab. Realmuto walked 26 times and struck out 78 times in 96 games. He also stole 13 bases on the season.

#13 Ryan Fisher GRADE: B- Fisher batted .258 with 36 Doubles, 4 Triples, 18 Home Runs and 79 RBI’s for Low-A Greensboro. He walked 38 times and struck out 137 times in 129 games.

#14 Osvaldo Martinez GRADE: C
Martinez batted .245 with 15 Doubles, 1 Triple, 3 Home Runs and 26 RBI’s for Triple-A New Orleans. He also stole 11 bases. Through September 25th Martinez was hitting .130 with no extra base hits in 23 big league at-bats.

#15 Zach Neal GRADE: C
Neal went 7-6 with a 4.16ERA for Low-A Greensboro. He walked 41 batters and struck out 84 in 119 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .273 against Neal.