Baseball Instinct 360° | Top MLB Prospects: The Graduates

Fittingly, it’s that time of year where many from all walks of life reflect back on what was, soak in what is, and turn to what will be.  Here at Baseball Instinct we are getting ready to release our updated Baseball Instinct 360° prospect list.  In doing so, we must say goodbye to those players that either have too much major league service or soon will be.  We’re proud of our graduates, they are doing a fine job of representing our list and we wish them the best!

Baseball Instinct 360° Graduates

1. Bryce Harper OF Nationals – Age 19 – It was reported recently that Royals prized OF prospect Bubba Starling will begin his career soon with the Burlington Royals in the Rookie Level Appy League.  An appropriate place for him to start.  Why am I discussing the 19-year-old Starling here?  Because he’s 2 months older than Bryce Harper.  Everyone gets caught up in Harper-mania and tends to forget that he really is as good as advertised.  Harper is hitting .288 with 5 HRs, 14 RBI, 22 Runs, and 2 SB to go with a 23/17 K/BB ratio over 125 at bats.  He had a thrilling walk off base hit in the Nationals win last night.  He ain’t ever going back.

2. Matt Moore SP Rays – Age 22 – Moore is having a bit of a struggle in 2012, but growing pains were to be expected.  He’s 2-5 with a 4.45 ERA and has a 62/31 K/BB ratio over 62.2 innings.  He is making progress with 3 quality starts in his last 2 outings, going 13 innings with 3 ER and 14 Ks.

3. Mike Trout OF Angels – Age 20 – For as good as Bryce Harper has been, Mike Trout has been even better.  He’s hitting .331 with 5 HRs, 22 RBI, 24 Runs, and 9 SB to go with a 30/13 K/BB ratio over 139 at bats.  There’s no question that he’s the front-runner for the AL ROY.

5. Jesus Montero C Mariners – Age 22 – Montero has been splitting time at C and DH.  It’s clear by the drafting of Mike Zunino on Monday that the Mariners view Montero as next Edgar Martinez, a guy who’s bat is a must in the lineup, but would be better if he stayed out of the field for the most part.  He’s hitting .259 with 7 HRs, 10 Doubles, 27 RBI, and 20 Runs to go with a 44/12 K/BB ratio over 193 at bats.  It’s not a bad start at all.

25. Devin Mesoraco C Reds – Age 23 – He’s splitting time with Ryan Hanigan behind the plate and isn’t off to the greatest start with the bat.  He’s hitting .194 with 3 HRs and 8 RBI with a 13/12 K/BB ratio over 72 at bats.  It’s going to take a little time to get the numbers up, but he belongs in the majors.

31. Jarrod Parker SP Athletics – Age 23 – Parker almost had a no-hitter on Monday night against the Rangers.  He finished the game going 8 inning giving up no runs on 1 hit while walking 3 ans striking out 6.  He’s 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA and has a 35/24 K/BB ratio over 48.2 innings.  He’s issuing free passes a bit much, but he’s doing an excellent job for the A’s.

38. Drew Pomeranz SP Rockies – Age 23 – The 2010 5th overall pick was 2-2 with a 1.91 ERA and a 31/8 K/BB ratio over 28.1 innings at AAA.  With the Rockies, he’s 0-2 with a 4.70 ERA and a 20/15 K/BB ratio.  Pomeranz is a talented lefty, but as with last season, he’s going to take his lumps initially until he figures out how to pitch to major league hitters.

52. Randall Delgado SP Braves – Age 22 – Delgado is 3-5 with a 4.58 ERA to go with a 42/29 K/BB ratio over 55 innings on the season.  He’s struggled with his command over the past 3 games, walking 11 batters and giving up 11 earned runs.  He will look to get things back on track tonight vs the Marlins.

54. Yonder Alonso OF Padres – Age 25 – Alonso offered modest power with the potential of playing for the Reds.  Now with the Padres, he offers very little.  He’s hitting .261 with 1 HR, 15 RBI, 15 Runs, and 2 SB over 199 at bats on the season.  He should be able to hit around .300 in the future playing at Petco.

58. Will Middlebrooks 3B Red Sox – Age 23 – It’s still unclear if Middlebrooks is up for good, but he’s doing everything that he can to make sure that he stays.  He’s hitting .314 with 6 HRs, 22 RBI, 14 Runs, and 2 SB to go with a 29/4 K/BB ratio.  Certainly, he needs to make pitchers work more and take a walk, but he’s been better than advertised so far.  He’s still 28 at bats from losing his eligibility for our list, but there’s little doubt that he will cross that hurdle soon.

95. Drew Hutchison SP Blue Jays – Age 21 – Hutchison made easy work of the Red Sox and Orioles over his last 2 starts, going 14 innings while striking out 14 and giving up just 1 run, while picking up 2 wins.  He’s 5-2 with a 4.35 ERA and has a 41/18 K/BB ratio over 51.2 innings.  He’s on a roll and for you fantasy geeks, he should be in your starting rotation each time out.

98. Liam Hendriks SP Twins – Age 23 – Despite being shipped back to AAA about a month ago, Hendriks has 41.1 mlb innings under his belt and service time is just about up for a our list.  He was 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA and a 9/4 K/BB ratio over 18 innings with the Twins.  He’s currently 4-0 with a 2.39 ERA and a 32/11 K/BB ratio over 37.2 innings with Rochester.  He’s clearly a talented pitcher and will be back with the Twins at some point this summer.

105. Willin Rosario C Rockies – Age 23 – Rosario has stepped into the starting role at catcher with Rockies while Ramon Hernandez is hurt.  He’s hitting .248 with 9 HRs, 24 RBI, 18 Runs, and 2 SB to go with a 32/5 K/BB ratio over 109 at bats.  If he can work the count in his favor a little better, he could be an excellent hitter.  He’s on a pace to have over 25 HRs and that’s extremely valuable from a catcher.

115. Drew Smyly SP Tigers – Age 22 – Smyly started off his mlb career on fire.  He’s come back down to earth a bit, but still has good numbers on the season as a rookie.  He’s 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA and has a 55/17 K/BB ratio over 60.2 innings pitched.   He’s a tough competitor and should be able to stick in the Tigers rotation.

123. Addison Reed RP White Sox – Age 23 – A complete melt down against the Royals on May 13th has messed up the ERA of the White Sox closer.  He’s been pretty good otherwise and is 0-1 with a misleading 4.82 ERA  to go with a 21/8 K/BB ratio over 18.2 innings.  He also has 7 saves and 4 holds. He’s going to be a very good closer in majors.

188. Tyler Pastornicky SS Braves – Age 22 – After hitting .248 with 1 HR and 2 SB over 145 at bats, the Atlanta Braves felt he needed more time at AAA.  He’s hitting just .200 over 20 at bats since being sent down and clearly needs a little more time to develop.  His service time is up for our list and he should make it back to Atlanta later this summer.

196. Freddy Galvis 2B Phillies – Age 22 – He’s hitting just .228, but has been very clutch with 3 HRs and 24 RBI over 189 at bats on the season.  He’s doing a great job filling in for Chase Utley.

217. Lance Lynn SP Cardinals – Age 25 – Some times you miss with your rankings of players, and clearly this is one we didn’t see coming.  Dare I say, few if any did.  He’s 8-2 with a 2.63 ERA to go with a 63/24 K/BB ratio over 68.1 innings.  The Cardinals always seem to find away to get the most out of their pitchers and if Bryce Harper doesn’t win the NL ROY, Lynn will be the reason why.

224. Zack Cozart SS Reds – Age 26 – Cozart is hitting .249 with 6 HRs, 14 RBI, 32 Runs, and 2 SB to go with a 49/12 K/BB ratio in 209 at bats.  He’s 7 for his last 5 and is starting to come alive with the bat while playing steady defense at short.

228. Kirk Nieuwenhuis OF Mets – Age 24 – As I recently wrote in the Mets hitting report, Captain Kirk is hitting .294 with 3 HRs, 19 RBI, 31 Runs, and 3 SB to go with a 58/18 K/BB ratio over 180 at bats.  He’s fun to watch and clearly a fan favorite.

245. Brian Dozier SS Twins – Age 25 – Dozier does the small things for the Twins that doesn’t always translate into the stats, such as bunting or hitting a sac fly, which he does very well.  He’s hitting .255 with 2 HRs, 14 RBI, and 10 Runs and has a 24/4 K/BB ratio over 110 at bats.  He’s certainly a breath of fresh air at SS consider the likes that the Twins have paraded out there the past several years.

263. Robbie Ross RP Rangers – Age 22 – Ross has made himself very valuable in the Rangers bullpen in 2012.  He’s 5-0 with a 1.50 ERA and has a 20/6 K/BB ratio over 30 innings.  He hasn’t allowed an earned run in nearly a month.

307. Steve Lombardozzi OF Nationals – Age 23 – He’s been getting more playing time lately and is hitting .301 with 1 HR, 8 RBI, 12 Runs, and 7 Doubles over 113 at bats on the season.  He should have a good career as a reserve.

That’s a look at the players who have graduated from our Baseball Instinct 360° prospect list.  Be sure to check back soon for the roll out of our updated list.

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