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Top 25 prospects update

With Harper, Trout and Moore in the majors, we have a new top three

Updated: May 25, 2012, 10:56 AM ET
By Keith Law | ESPN Insider

It's early for any kind of major update to the offseason top 100 prospects ranking, but with all the promotions we've had so far -- not to mention a few unfortunate injuries -- the top 25 names have changed quite a bit since February. I've made a few adjustments to the order, based more on early scouting reports than performances to date, since we're still in small-sample territory.

Any player currently in the majors is ineligible for the list, which removed four of the preseason top 10 as well as two other likely candidates for the new top 25. I've removed three pitchers, Manny Banuelos, Casey Kelly and Carlos Martinez, who are currently on the disabled list with arm injuries, as well as Arodys Vizcaino (out for the year after Tommy John) and Anthony Rendon (also on the shelf with yet another ankle injury). Joe Ross might have appeared on the honorable mention list, but is also on the shelf.

1. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore Orioles (age 19)
Current level: High Class A (Frederick)
Preseason ranking: 11

The Orioles' bizarre, ultraconservative handling of Bundy aside, he didn't just dominate inferior competition in low Class A, he did it with the stuff and polish that could, in another organization, have had him in the big leagues this year or at the start of 2013. (The club finally promoted him to Frederick on Wednesday after he threw 30 scoreless innings for Delmarva to open the year, with 40 strikeouts and just five hits allowed.)

I don't think it's a stretch to say that a redraft of 2011's tremendous class would have Bundy on top, which would have made him the first prep right-hander to go first overall.

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