2011 Draft picks were not considered for this list. Players currently in the big leagues were also not eligible for the list.
1. Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals
With the promotion of Mike Trout, Harper is pretty close to the undisputed number one right now. Harper is clearly the best hitter in the minors and appears to be worth every bit of the hype that’s surrounded him.
2. Matt Moore, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays
No player did more to help his stock in the prospect world during the Futures Game than Matt Moore. It didn’t surprise anyone who has watched him this year, however, as he’s been pumping fastballs in the mid to high 90s and plus sliders all season long.
3. Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves
At just 20-years-old, Teheran is already a very well known commodity. He has three above average big league offerings and is simply biding his time and dominating at the Triple-A level until the Braves have room for him.
4. Manny Machado, SS, Baltimore Orioles
The Orioles badly need Machado to live up to expectations, and so far things have looked very promising. He’s not an immediate type player and he needs a lot of seasoning in the minors, but it takes watching him for one day to see the combination of athleticism and power up the middle that he brings to the table.
5. Jesus Montero, C, New York Yankees
For most young players, the numbers would be more than solid, but considering what Montero is capable of his season has been pedestrian in Triple-A thus far. He’s too good of a hitter for the numbers to bounce back in the second half, however, and we should see some big improvement at the plate.
6. Brett Lawrie, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
Before getting hurt, Lawrie was on the verge of his big league debut. And, with his return upcoming that debut should be coming soon. Lawrie has put it all together offensively this year and should provide some immediate pop in the Jays’ lineup.
7. Jarred Cosart, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies
Cosart’s stuff stacks up with just about any pitcher in the minor leagues, and the Futures Game was an impressive showcase of his talent. He sat steadily at 96-97 mph and showed off a swing and miss breaking ball. He has some command issues to iron out, but the upside is tough to match.
8. Carlos Martinez, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
You’d be hard pressed to find better velocity from a starting pitcher in the minor leagues than what Martinez brings to the table. Including his breaking ball, he already has two plus pitches and is improving by the game.
9. Martin Perez, LHP, Texas Rangers
Perez had a difficult 2010 season, but he looks to be back in top prospect form this season. Lefties that pitch around 94-95 mph are rare commodities, and Perez has the good command and secondary pitches to go with that power arm.
10. Jurickson Profar, SS, Texas Rangers
Texas has consistently stockpiled quality prospects in recent years, and right on Perez’ heels is Profar. One of the most inexperienced prospects on this list, Profar swings the bat like a much older player. His hit tool is extremely advanced, and while he’s at least a couple years away, Texas will have trouble slowing him down.
11. Shelby Miller, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
Miller wasn’t at his most electric in the Futures Game, but that doesn’t change how good he’s been in 2011. He’s a true power pitcher that has the type of stuff to pitch at the top of a big league rotation, and in him and Carlos Martinez St. Louis has two elite pitching prospects.
12. Jacob Turner, RHP, Detroit Tigers
Turner doesn’t pitch like someone who was drafted out of high school. He has a smooth, easy delivery, pitches at 92-94 mph and has an advanced feel for pitching considering his age. This is the total package.
13. Wil Myers, OF, Kansas City Royals
The results haven’t been off the charts for Myers, but they are going to come eventually. He has plus raw power that will eventually translate into game action, and he’s currently focusing on making the transition to the outfield.
14. Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Tampa Bay Rays
Lee was an electrifying talent just as a defensive player and on the base paths. But, now he seems to be making huge strides at the plate as well. He’s driving the ball to the gaps and now may profile as an All-Star at shortstop.
15. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
So far Taillon has been everything the Pirates could have hoped for when they took him in the first round in 2010. The stuff is well above average and thus far he seems to have had no issues handling full season ball. He’s a ways off but the Pirates have a front end starter in their future.
16. Manny Banuelos, LHP, New York Yankees
Banuelos hasn’t had a completely smooth ride this season in Double-A, but there’s no denying that his stuff from the left side stacks up with anyone. He’s had some issues adjusting to his new found velocity, but keep in mind he’s still just 20-years-old and he should continue to learn on the job.
17. Desmond Jennings, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
It feels like it’s been a long time we’ve been waiting for Jennings to take over in left field for the Rays. He’s healthy and producing at the Triple-A level and it should only be a matter of time before they decide he’s ready to take the job.
18. Dellin Betances, RHP, New York Yankees
Betances simply seems to get better and better with each inning he puts under his belt. There’s no denying his frontline stuff, but it’s always been his durability and ability to stay on the mound that’s been questioned. That hasn’t been a problem in awhile for Betances now and he may be making a big league impact sometime next season.
19. Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Skaggs has evolved into one of the most prolific strikeout pitchers in the minors this season, and after seeing him at the Futures Game it’s not too surprising. His fastball/curveball combination is downright dominant and he should be able to carry these strikeout numbers into the higher levels of pro ball.
20. Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Cleveland Indians
Pomeranz is one of the better power lefties in the minors and he appears to be on the rise in a hurry. He’s reached Double-A in his first full professional season, and it looks like this fifth overall selection in the 2010 draft and his 93-95 mph are on the fast track to Cleveland.