The Jesus Montero/Michael Pineda trade not only sent promising righthander Jose Campos to the Yankees, but it also meant that he got blocked from appearing on two Top 10 Prospects lists he otherwise would have made.
We already released our Yankees Top 10 in advance of the trade, and our Mariners Top 10 will come out afterward. Campos would have ranked No. 5 on both lists. His scouting report will be with the Seattle Top 30 in the 2012 Prospect Handbook, but he won't appear in the magazine or online. So I present his scouting report, written by Conor Glassey:
Jose Campos, rhp
Born: July 27, 1992. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 200. Signed: Venezuela, 2009. Signed by: Emilio Carrasquel/Patrick Guerrero (Mariners).
Background: Campos originally tried to join the Cardinals, but the signing never became official because his parents refused to sign the contract. When the Mariners offered slightly more money at $115,000, he signed in January 2009. A cousin of big leaguers Alcides and Kelvim Escobar, Campos led the short-season Northwest League in ERA (2.32) and strikeouts (85) in his 2011 U.S. debut. He went to the Yankees along with Michael Pineda in a January 2012 trade that sent Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to Seattle.
Scouting Report: Campos' fastball operates at 92-95 mph and has been clocked as high as 98. For a youngster, he has advanced feel for pitching off his fastball and locating it. His heater has deception, angle and life. Just a thrower when he first got to Everett last summer, he really grew as a pitcher. Campos' hard curveball and his changeup show flashes of becoming plus pitches. They both lack consistency but improved as he cleaned up his delivery midway through the season. Earlier in 2011, he was landing stiff and upright, throwing with just his arm. Now he lands on a softer front leg and gets more extension out front. He shows great poise on the mound and fills the strike zone.
The Future: The Yankees targeted Pineda to upgrade their rotation, and Campos gives them a second potential frontline starter down the road. He'll advance to low Class A this season.
With modified Type A free agent Ryan Madson leaving the Phillies for the Reds, only seven remaining compensation free agents remain on the market. Philadelphia will receive sandwich- and second-round picks for the loss of Madson. The updated draft order is below:
13. White Sox
17. Blue Jays
19. Cardinals (from Angels for Albert Pujols, Type A)
22. Blue Jays (for failure to sign 2011 first-rounder Tyler Beede)
24. Red Sox
31. Red Sox (from Phillies for Jonathan Papelbon, Type A)
Supplemental First Round
32. Twins (for Michael Cuddyer, modified Type A, to Rockies)
33. Padres (for Heath Bell, modified Type A, to Marlins)
34. Athletics (for Josh Willingham, modified Type A, to Twins)
35. Mets (for Jose Reyes, Type A, to Marlins)
36. Cardinals (for Pujols)
37. Red Sox (for Papelbon)
38. Rangers (for C.J. Wilson, Type A, to Angels)
39. Phillies (for Ryan Madson, modified Type A, to Reds)
40. Astros (for Clint Barmes, Type B, to Pirates)
41. Twins (for Jason Kubel, Type B, to Diamondbacks)
42. Cubs (for Aramis Ramirez, Type B, to Brewers)
43. Padres (for Aaron Harang, Type B, to Dodgers)
44. Pirates (for Ryan Doumit, Type B, to Twins)
45. Rockies (for Mark Ellis, Type B, to Dodgers)
46. Athletics (for David DeJesus, Type B, to Cubs)
47. White Sox (for Mark Buehrle, Type B, to Marlins)
48. Reds (for Ramon Hernandez, Type B, to Rockies)
49. Blue Jays (for Frank Francisco, Type B, to Mets)
50. Dodgers (for Rod Barajas, Type B, to Pirates)
51. Cardinals (for Octavio Dotel, Type B, to Tigers)
52. Rangers (for Darren Oliver, Type B, to Blue Jays)
53. Blue Jays (for Jon Rauch, Type B, to Mets)
54. Blue Jays (for Jose Molina, Type B, to Rays)
55. Padres (for failure to sign 2011 sandwich-rounder Brett Austin)
57. Athletics (for Willingham)
65. Padres (for Bell)
66. Mets (from Marlins for Reyes)
67. Twins (for Cuddyer)
72. Phillies (for Madson)
78. Rangers (from Angels for Wilson)
89. Yankees (for failure to sign 2011 second-rounder Sam Stafford)
Supplemental Third Round
121. Mariners (for failure to sign 2011 third-rounder Kevin Cron)
122. Marlins (for failure to sign 2011 third-rounder Connor Barron)
123. Rockies (for failure to sign 2011 third-rounder Peter O'Brien)
Remaining Compensation Free Agents
Brewers: Prince Fielder (A).
Cardinals: Edwin Jackson (B).
Cubs: Carlos Pena (B).
Phillies: Raul Ibanez (B).
Pirates: Derrek Lee (B).
Red Sox: Dan Wheeler (B).
Reds: Francisco Cordero (B).
A* indicates modified Type A free agent.
- If you had to project an all-rookie team for the upcoming season, who would you pick at each position?
Chris' question reminds me of how quickly the offseason is passing. We're less than a month from having the first pitchers and catchers report to spring training, and 10 weeks away from the start of the regular season. Here's my 2012 all-rookie team:
Devin Mesoraco, c, Reds
Like many Reds prospects, was ready for the majors in mid-2011.
Yonder Alonso, 1b, Padres
Headlined Mat Latos trade, then pushed Anthony Rizzo to Cubs.
Jordany Valdespin, 2b, Mets
I'm not a believer in Valdespin, but he's the best second-base candidate.
Todd Frazier, 3b, Reds
May get more at-bats in left field, deserves to get them somewhere.
Zack Cozart, ss, Reds
Wouldn't be rookie-eligible if not for a left elbow injury in July.
Brett Jackson, of, Cubs
Has no obvious opening, but he'll force his way into Chicago's lineup.
Leonys Martin, of, Rangers
With Martin in center, Josh Hamilton would have less wear and tear in left.
Mike Trout, of, Angels
2011 Minor League Player of the Year reached the majors at age 19.
Jesus Montero, dh, Mariners
May not be able to stay at catcher, but with his bat it won't matter.
Matt Moore, lhsp, Rays
Could eclipse David Price as best lefty in Tampa Bay's rotation.
Julio Teheran, rhsp, Braves
If Yu Darvish signs with Rangers by Wednesday's deadline, he's the choice.
Addison Reed, rp, White Sox
Potential closer is a rare bright spot in a dismal Chicago farm system.
- Two weeks ago, you showed us what a revised Reds Top 10 Prospects list would look after the Mat Latos trade. How about the Nationals Top 10 after the Gio Gonzalez deal?
To get Gonzalez from the Athletics, the Nationals surrendered righthanders Brad Peacock (their No. 3 prospect) and A.J. Cole (No. 4), catcher Derek Norris (No. 9) and lefthander Tom Milone (No. 13 on our Washington Top 30 in the Prospect Handbook). If we updated the list, outfielder Destin Hood, first baseman Chris Marrero and outfielder Michael Taylor would get promoted to the Top 10. Their reports, written by Aaron Fitt, are below.
8. Destin Hood, of
Born: April 3, 1990. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 225. Drafted: HS—Mobile, Ala., 2008 (2nd round). Signed by: Eric Robinson.
The Nationals knew Hood was a long-term project when they signed him away from an Alabama football scholarship for a $1.1 million bonus in 2008. That has proven correct, though he showed signs of harnessing his significant raw talent last year in high Class A. Despite playing in the Carolina League (the lowest-scoring full-season circuit in 2011), he more than doubled his previous career totals for homers and steals while also dramatically improving his plate discipline. Hood excels at maintaining his balance through his swing and has toned down his tendency to chase sliders off the plate. He can drive the ball from line to line, showing very good doubles pop to the right-center gap and emerging home run power to the pull side. Washington expects him to develop into an average or slightly better hitter with solid to plus power. A slightly above-average runner when he signed, Hood had thickened by 2010 and saw his speed drop to below average. He got himself into considerably better shape last offseason and his speed returned in 2011, when he consistently posted solid running times. He also made significant gains with his outfield routes and his throwing, and now projects as an average left fielder with a fringy yet efficient arm. Hood has a chance to be a solid regular, and how he handles the jump to Double-A in 2012 will be telling.
9. Chris Marrero, 1b
Born: July 2, 1988. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 210. Drafted: HS—Opa Locka, Fla., 2006 (1st round). Signed by: Tony Arango.
Marrero has advanced steadily through the Nationals system, one level at a time, since signing for $1.625 million as a first-round pick in 2006. Though his numbers never have leapt off the page, he has produced at every level and he had his best year in 2011. He hit .300 for the first time since Rookie ball and posted an .825 OPS, his highest ever over a full minor league season. He spent all of September as Washington's everyday first baseman, struggling to make consistent contact against big league pitching. Marrero always has tended to step in the bucket, but when he stays on line and focuses on driving the ball to the middle of the field, his barrel stays in the hitting zone longer and his pitch recognition improves. Still just 23, he profiles as an average hitter with slightly above-average power. He has plus raw power, but he's still learning to make the most use of it. Marrero made great strides defensively in Triple-A, cutting his error total to five from 18 in 2010. His footwork and ability to pick balls out of the dirt have improved significantly, and he now profiles as a fringy defender with an adequate arm. He's a well below-average runner. With first basemen Michael Morse (who shifted to left field in September) and Adam LaRoche still under contract for 2012, Marrero figures to return to Triple-A to open the season. He profiles as a decent everyday first baseman or a platoon player.
10. Michael Taylor, of
Born: March 26, 1991. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 190. Drafted: HS—Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 2009 (6th round). Signed by: Tony Arango.
A raw athlete who lacked polish at shortstop, Taylor struggled mightily in the infield and at the plate in his 2010 debut. The Nationals moved him to center field in instructional league after the season, and he took to it immediately, flashing premium defensive ability by the end of the fall. The defensive switch also took pressure off him at the plate, and he held his own in low Class A as a 20-year-old last year. He reminds club officials of Devon White and Mike Cameron physically, using his plus speed to glide effortlessly around center field, where his excellent instincts translate to stellar range. Taylor still is fine-tuning his throwing technique but flashes above-average arm strength. He's a work in progress at the plate, but his quick hands generate impressive leverage and bat speed. He had a narrow base and a long stride heading into 2011, causing his front foot to get down late and his back side to collapse. He made progress during the season at getting his foot down earlier and staying in better hitting position. Taylor also showed the ability to shorten up and take the ball the other way with two strikes, though Washington wants him to do a better job attacking pitches when he's ahead in the count. His power is to center and left field, and he has a chance to grow into 20-25 homer pop as he fills out his angular frame. The Nats love Taylor's upside, but he's still a long way from putting everything together. He'll advance to high Class A in 2012.
- I keep reading about the restricted draft budget that teams will have to sign players picked in the first 10 rounds. But what about players picked from round 11 on? Does that remain a free for all, or is there some sort of limit on what teams can spend after the 10th round?
Every pick in the first 10 rounds is assigned a value, which ranges from $7.2 million for the No. 1 overall choice to $125,000 for the final pick in the 10th round. Those values are totaled to determine each team's draft pool. If a club exceeds its draft pool, it will receive penalties ranging from a 75-percent tax on the overage (for a 0-5 percent overage) to the loss of two first-round picks and a 100-percent tax on the overage (for an overage of 15 percent or more).
After the 10th round, teams can sign players for up to $100,000 without it affecting their draft pool. Any bonus money over $100,000 will count against the draft pool.
Under the old rules, the Cubs merely drew the commissioner's office's ire when they gave 14th-rounder Dillon Maples $2.5 million last August. With the new system, that bonus would count as $2.4 million toward Chicago's draft pool for the first 10 rounds. That almost certainly would cost the Cubs a pair of first-round choices, a price they probably wouldn't be willing to pay.