Frankie Piliere has posted his top 25 prospects at the mid-season point and I gotta say, quite a jump for a few players.
Mike Trout has jumped from a mid-top 100 player to the top.
In the comments section, Piliere defends some of his picks. Some of the readers have a few problems, and it’s an interesting read.
I’ve been openly critical on here several times of the Reds’ move to sign Aroldis Chapman–it still seems like he’s set up for failure–but Piliere states pretty clearly that the stuff is there, it’s just up for Chapman to make it happen.
The list is after the jump.
* 1. Mike Trout (CF), ANGELS
* 2. Domonic Brown (RF), PHILLIES
* 3. Aroldis Chapman (LHP), REDS
* 4. Desmond Jennings (CF), RAYS
* 5. Jesus Montero (C), YANKEES
* 6. Julio Teheran (RHP), BRAVES
* 7. Martin Perez (LHP), RANGERS
* 8. Jeremy Hellickson (RHP), RAYS
* 9. Brett Wallace (3B), BLUE JAYS
* 10. Dustin Ackley (IF), MARINERS
* 11. Mike Montgomery (LHP), ROYALS
* 12. Jarred Cosart (RHP), PHILLIES
* 13. ZACH BRITTON (LHP), ORIOLES
* 14. Logan Morrison (1B), MARLINS
* 15. Austin Romine (C), YANKEES
* 16. Jacob Turner (RHP), TIGERS
* 17. Michael Pineda (RHP), MARINERS
* 18. Arodys Vizcaino (RHP), BRAVES
* 19. Kyle Gibson (RHP), TWINS
* 20. Jonathan Singleton (1B), PHILLIES
* 21. Casey Kelly (RHP), RED SOX
* 22. Eric Hosmer (1B), ROYALS
* 23. Hak-Ju Lee (SS), CUBS
* 24. Shelby Miller (RHP), CARDINALS
* 25. Gary Sanchez (C), YANKEES
Sanchez and Lee are both surprising jumps, so are Teheran and Vizcaino, both of whom have split time between a pitcher’s park and a huge pitchers park–Rome and Myrtle Beach respectively.
Desmond Jennings staying so high is a curiosity to me since he’s performing well but with smaller and smaller power in AAA Durham.
Rest of the list looks pretty solid, though–a good mix of who’s hot right now, the top-ceiling prospects and who’s going to be the next big thing.