August 1, 2012
The Midseason Top 50 Prospects
Doing a midseason prospect list is an exercise in managing hype and dealing with insufficient information. Half-seasons mean small sample sizes, and while I'm speaking to scouts on a daily basis, I'm often dealing with two or three looks instead of four or six. And then there is the information we don't have. So many of these players have earned midseason promotions, and that half-season at a new level will provide valuable information that for now we just have to do without. So, with the understanding that several changes between now and the official Top 101 in the offseason will take place, here's a snapshot of the Top 50 prospects in baseball. For eligibility purposes, players needed to still be in the minors as of July 1. Draftees from 2012 are not included.
1. Jurickson Profar, SS, Rangers (Preseason #4)
2. Wil Myers, OF, Royals (Preseason #19)
3. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Orioles (Preseason #6)
4. Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals (Preseason #23)