MyWorld’s Top 100 Prospects - 100-91

Every year myworld puts together a Top 100 list by taking some of the other Top 100 lists and assigning points to them.  We usually wait until Baseball America comes out with their Top 100 list before finalizing ours.  This year myworld used Baseball Haven, MLB, Scouting Book, Deep Leagues and Baseball America to put together this Top 100 list.  You can see the other Top 100 lists since 2008 here: http://myworldofbaseball.com/id13.html

100. Jon Schoop 2B (Baltimore Orioles) 1.2 - He will be the next big offensive player called up by Baltimore.  He would have gotten more time at shortstop if he didn’t acompany Manny Machado during all his promotions.  Now that Manny is in the major leagues he may get the repetetion needed to become a shortstop.  He has some pop in his bat and ideally will take over for Brian Roberts after he finishes out his last year in 2013.  He played for the Netherlands in the 2011 World cup in Panama.

99.  Sonny Gray RHP (Oakland Athletics) 1.24 - Sonny was a first round pick in 2011 by the Athletics.  He led Vanderbilt to its first ever College World Series appearance, but his small stature (5′11″) may prevent him from having success in the major leagues.  He has the three pitches requisite of a starting pitcher with a fastball in the low 90s, a hard breaking curveball and a decent change.  Once he finds success in AAA he should find some time with the Athletics if they should need a starter.

98. Micahel Wacha RHP (St. Louis Cardinals) 1.32 - The Cardinals seem to be collecting a number of hard throwing pitchers and this 2012 first round pick is another.  His fastball has good velocity, hitting the mid-90s and looks much better with a good change.  He dominated the opposition in his minor league debut with a 0.86 ERA and a .114 opposition average.  He needs to find a breaking pitch to complement his fastball/change combination.

97. Luis Heredia RHP (Pittsburgh Pirates) 1.34 - The Pirates courted Heredia at an early age and beat out other teams like the Yankees who wanted to sign him.  Luis sign with the Pirates for $2.6 million in 2010.  The Mexican pitcher should pitch in a full season in 2013.  He has good velocity to his fastball and at 6′6″ 205 he has an apportunity to fill out more and add some more heat.  He’s got the stuff to be a number one starter but he will only turn 19 this summer.

96. Trevor May RHP (Minnesota Twins) 1.36 - The Phillies drafted Trevor in the fourth round in 2008.  They gave him away to fill a centerfield hole after he performed poorly last year.  He had trouble throwing strikes last year walking 78 batters in 150 innings pitched to put together a pedestrian like 4.87 ERA.  He has a low 90s fastball complemented by a curve, slider and change that should make him an upper rotation pitcher if he can get better command.

95. Hyun-jin Ryu RHP (Los Angeles Dodgers) 1.38 - He might be rated higher if others had included him in their top 100 prospect list.  Others are also turned off by his tubby physique and the lack of velocity on his fastball.  He does have excellent command and used that to achieve success in the KBO.  Whether he can replicate this in the major leagues is open to debate.

94. Kyle Gibson RHP (Minnesota Twins) 1.44 - He was supposed to pitch in the Twins rotation last year but an elbow injury requiring Tommy John surgery forced him to miss much of last season.  He did get 11 starts in the minor leagues, most on rehab starts in the rookie and low A minor leagues.  His low 90s velocity on his fastball has returned and once he gains confidence in his command he will be with the Twins in 2013.

93. Zach Cox 3B (Miami Marlins) 1.46 - The Cardinals drafted him in the first round in 2010 then traded him for Edward Mujica.  When we first saw him play he looked more like a softball player, but he appears to have gotten himself in better shape.  He has a good bat but finding a position for him could be a challenge.  He needs to develop more power to fit in a corner infield spot, especially if he has to move to first base.

92. Daniel Corcino RHP (Cincinnati Reds) 1.64 - At 5′11″ with a mid-90s fastball that sits at 92-93 he reminds many of Reds ace Johnny Cueto.  He has good strikeout numbers at every level he pitches, last year striking out 126 hitters in 143 innings, but limiting the opposition to a .216 average. He could make an impact for the Reds in 2013 should injuries knock a couple of their current starters from the rotation.

91. Jessie Biddle LHP (Philadelphia Phillies) 1.78 - The Phillies have not traded all their pitchers in their playoff runs starting in 2006 before finally ending last year.  For a lefthander he has a good low 90s fastball and a curveball voted the best in the system.  He should be pitching at Reading next year which should give him an opportunity to be promoted to the major league team should opportunity arise.

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