Edwin Jackson signing with the Nationals netted the Cardinals a supplemental first-round pick as compensation, currently the No. 58 choice. Only two unsigned compensation free agents remain on the market, but it may be a while before Raul Ibanez or Derrek Lee find a home.
Both Ibanez and Lee are Type B free agents. If Ibanez signs a big league contract with a new club, the Phillies will receive the 54th overall pick. That would push the Cubs’ choice for Carlos Pena down to No. 56, because the Padres are locked in at No. 55 for failing to sign sandwich-rounder Brett Austin last year. If Lee inks a major league deal elsewhere, the Pirates would receive the No. 56 choice (No. 57 if Ibanez yields a compensation pick).
Once the order is finalized, we’ll tally the bonus pools each team will have to work with for the first 10 rounds. Here’s how the order stands after the Jackson signing:
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
27. Brewers (from Tigers for Prince Fielder, Type A)
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. Brewers (for Fielder)
39. Rangers (for C.J. Wilson, Type A, to Angels)
40. Phillies (for Ryan Madson, modified Type A, to Reds)
41. Astros (for Clint Barmes, Type B, to Pirates)
42. Twins (for Jason Kubel, Type B, to Diamondbacks)
43. Cubs (for Aramis Ramirez, Type B, to Brewers)
44. Padres (for Aaron Harang, Type B, to Dodgers)
45. Pirates (for Ryan Doumit, Type B, to Twins)
46. Rockies (for Mark Ellis, Type B, to Dodgers)
47. Athletics (for David DeJesus, Type B, to Cubs)
48. White Sox (for Mark Buehrle, Type B, to Marlins)
49. Reds (for Ramon Hernandez, Type B, to Rockies)
50. Blue Jays (for Frank Francisco, Type B, to Mets)
51. Dodgers (for Rod Barajas, Type B, to Pirates)
52. Cardinals (for Octavio Dotel, Type B, to Tigers)
53. Rangers (for Darren Oliver, Type B, to Blue Jays)
54. Cubs (for Carlos Pena, Type B, to Rays)
55. Padres (for failure to sign 2011 sandwich-rounder Brett Austin)
56. Reds (for Francisco Cordero, Type B, to Blue Jays)
57. Blue Jays (for Jon Rauch, Type B, to Mets)
58. Cardinals (for Edwin Jackson, Type B, to Nationals)
59. Blue Jays (for Jose Molina, Type B, to Rays)
61. Athletics (for Willingham)
69. Padres (for Bell)
70. Mets (from Marlins for Reyes)
71. Twins (for Cuddyer)
76. Phillies (for Madson)
82. Rangers (from Angels for Wilson)
89. Yankees (for failure to sign 2011 second-rounder Sam Stafford)
Supplemental Third Round
125. Mariners (for failure to sign 2011 third-rounder Kevin Cron)
126. Marlins (for failure to sign 2011 third-rounder Connor Barron)
127. Rockies (for failure to sign 2011 third-rounder Peter O’Brien)
Remaining Compensation Free Agents
Phillies: Raul Ibanez (B).
Pirates: Derrek Lee (B).
- What would your best Top 10 Prospects list look like if you took the best player from each slot of the organization Top 10 lists? For added degree of difficulty, limit yourself to one player per team.
This is an interesting way to look at our just-concluded series of Top 10 lists. Using our updated Top 10s, all collected on one page here, I’ll dive right in and explain my reasoning.
1. Mike Trout, of, Angels
Only other possibilities: Matt Moore, Bryce Harper, maybe Yu Darvish.
2. Jurickson Profar, ss, Rangers
Anthony Rendon, Dylan Bundy are other No. 2s who make my overall Top 10.
3. Tyler Skaggs, lhp, Diamondbacks
Danny Hultzen, Wil Myers were the other considerations.
4. James Paxton, lhp, Mariners
Late-breaking Jesus Montero/Michael Pineda trade pushed Paxton to No. 4.
5. Cory Spangenberg, 2b, Padres
Alternative was another first-round 2B from the 2011 draft, Kolten Wong.
6. Trevor Story, ss, Rockies
I’m still trying to figure out how a five-tool SS lasted 45 picks last June.
7. Garin Cecchini, 3b, Red Sox
One of my favorite sleepers, poised for a 2012 breakout if he can stay healthy.
8. Kyle Gibson, rhp, Twins
Another personal favorite, he’s recovering from Tommy John surgery.
9. Drew Hutchison, rhp, Blue Jays
Baseball’s deepest farm system is an obvious place to look at this point.
10. Mikie Mahtook, of, Rays
The second of Tampa Bay’s record 12 selections in top two rounds last year.
- I have a hard time believing Nationals outfield prospect Bryce Harper is a better power prospect than Mike Stanton. If so, Harper will be phenomenal. Who would you say has the better power potential going forward, Stanton or Harper?
Harper will be phenomenal, and he’s going to have even more power than Stanton. That’s saying something, because Stanton has smashed 56 homers in 250 big league games before turning 22. But Harper is that ridiculously good.
I’ve said this repeatedly, and I’ll say it again: Harper is the best power prospect of the draft era. No one has done what he has done at his age.
In 2010, when Harper would have been a high school junior had he not gotten his GED diploma so he could enter the draft, he led national junior college players with 31 homers. Last season, when he should have been a high school senior, he hit .297/.392/.501 in pro ball and reached Double-A at age 18. This year, when most players his age would be making their pro debut or beginning their college careers, he’ll probably make his major league debut. He might even be in Washington’s Opening Day lineup.
Harper and Stanton have similar strength, but Harper has the advantage of being lefthanded and I think he’s going to be a better hitter. I’d love to have Stanton on my team, but I’d prefer to have Harper.
- Based on the Athletics Top 30 Prospects list in the 2012 Prospect Handbook, and your updated Top 10 online, the highest that Baseball America possibly could have ranked outfielder Vicmal de la Cruz in the system is 35th. He's easily a Top 20 guy in that system, isn't he? How could you prospect gurus miss that one?
Jim Shonerd, who wrote our A’s Top 30, considered de la Cruz for the Top 30 but ultimately decided it was a little early to run him up the list. I agree with that decision. De la Cruz has some of the best upside in the Oakland system, as a center fielder with hitting ability and speed, but he’s also an 18-year-old who’s light years away from the majors.
De la Cruz hit .318/.438/.453 last year in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League. That’s a fine pro debut, and at the same time, DSL stats are slightly more meaningful than high school stats. It’s very rare for us to rank a player in a foreign Rookie league on a Top 30, as we prefer to judge prospects against more meaningful competition.
Using the grading system we introduced in the Handbook, I’d give de la Cruz a 50/Extreme, which would put him in contention for one of the final spots on the Top 30. If he has a strong U.S. debut in 2012, I’m sure he’ll fit in the middle of next year’s Top 30.