The honors keep coming for 22 year-old left-hander Matthew Moore, as he was named MLB.com's top prospect on Thursday.
The list which can be found here, is compiled from the results of a poll given to various scouts within the game. There was consensus on the top three players according to MLB.com's Jonathon Mayo.
The other two players at the top were the Washington Nationals Bryce Harper and the Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout who finished second and third respectively in the rankings.
Moore also took the top spot on Scout.com's 2012 Top-100 MLB Prospects list that was released earlier this month. National Baseball Expert Frankie Piliere, who compiled the list, also had Harper and Trout directly behind Moore, but had them flip-flopped from the MLB.com rankings.
The rest of the Top 10 consists of RHP Julio Tehran (Braves 4th), RHP Shelby Miller (Cardinals 5th), SS Manny Machado (Orioles 6th), SS Jurickson Profar (Rangers 7th), RHP Jameson Taillon (Pirates 8th), RHP Trevor Bauer (Diamondbacks 9th) and RHP Dylan Bundy (Orioles 10th).
In total, six Rays prospects made the list: Moore (1st), SS Hak-Ju Lee (46th), RHP Christopher Archer (74th), SS Tim Beckham (92nd), OF Mikie Mahtook (96th) and RHP Taylor Guerrieri (99th).
Scout's rankings had Lee ranked at No. 20, but had none of the other Rays players from the MLB.com list in the top 100.
The inclusion of Guerrieri and Mahtook doesn't come as much of a surprise as the two 2011 first- rounders, despite having not played any minor league baseball, are ranked (spoiler alert) fourth and fifth respectively in the forthcoming Rays Digest Top 50 list due to be published next week.
The inclusion of Archer and Beckham (another spoiler alert) who are ranked tenth and eleventh in our rankings, comes as a little bit more of a surprise. While both have enormous potential, both have struggled at times to produce results on the field. However, their inclusion on the list speaks volumes to how scouts in the game perceive them and it is worth noting that Beckham especially has shown great strides in the last year.
LHP Alex Torres who is ranked third by this site and No.72 on the Scout list is a surprise omission and his control issues may have kept him out of the rankings.
Some interesting notes from Jonathon Mayo's breakdown of the rankings:
1) While the Rays tied the Oakland Athletics and San Deigo Padres for most prospects on the list with six, they did not finish in the Top 10 of the team competition. The team competition is determined by giving 100 points to the team with the No. 1 prospect, 99 to the team with No. 2 and on down.
2) Exactly half of the list is former first-round picks.
3) Nearly half of the list is comprised of players from the last two June Amateur Drafts. (25 from 2010 and 17 from 2011)
4) Of non-American born players on the list, the Dominican Republic led all countries with 17 players from the country making the cut.
5) The breakdown by position was RHP (36), OF (21), LHP (12), SS (11), C (8), 3B (8), 1B (3), and 2B (1).
John Gregg is Publisher and Senior Editor of Rays Digest. You can follow him on Twitter at @RaysDigest. He can also be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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