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defiler's baseball 'Top 50 Prospects'

Posted on: October 22, 2008 8:22 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2008 6:22 pm
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 Name                   Pos   Team           Ht    Wt       Born         College/HS      Draft Year  Bats Throws    Blurb
1.    Matt Wieters    C    Baltimore    6'5    230    5/21/1986    Georgia Tech    2007 (#5)    S    R    .538 average & 1.493 OPS in his first 4 AFL games
2.    David Price    P    Tampa Bay    6'6    225    8/26/1985    Vanderbilt    2007 (#1)    L    L    1.93 ERA in 14 regular season MLB innings
3.    Matt LaPorta    LF    Cleveland    6'2    210    1/8/1985    Florida    2007 (#7)    R    R    2008 U.S. Olympian and Futures team selection
4.    Travis Snider    LF    Toronto    5'11    245    2/2/1988    Henry M. Jackson HS (WA)    2006 (#14)    L    L    Raked in Triple A and didn't disappoint in Sept
5.    Rick Porcello    P    Detroit    6'5    200    12/27/1988    Seton Hall Prep (NJ)    2007 (#27)    R    R    2.48 GO/AO in '08
6.    Jason Heyward    RF    Atlanta    6'4    220    8/9/1989    Henry County HS (GA)    2007 (#14)    L    L    "Sky is the limit" prospect; speed, power, average
7.    Cameron Maybin    CF    Florida    6'4    205    4/4/1987    T.C. Robertson HS (NC)    2005 (#10)    R    R    4 SB, 6 Runs, .500 avg in 8 MLB games
8.    Madison Bumgarner    P    San Francisco    6'4    215    8/1/1989    South Caldwell HS (NC)    2007 (#10)    R    L    2008 MiLB Most Spectacular Pitcher
9.    Trevor Cahill    P    Oakland    6'3    195    3/1/1988    Vista HS (CA)    2006 (#66)    R    R    Also an Olympian, .179 BAA for '08
10.    Neftali Feliz    P    Texas    6'3    180    5/2/1988    Dominican Republic    INT    R    R    Watched him pitch here in Frisco; he's the real deal
11.    Michael Moustakas    SS    Kansas City    6'0    195    9/11/1988    Chatsworth HS (CA)    2007 (#2)    L    R    Strong second half launched him here
12.    Brett Anderson    P    Oakland    6'4    215    2/1/1988    Stillwater HS (OK)    2006 (#55)    L    L    Another Oakland Olympian and '06 draftee, great stuff
13.    Tim Alderson    P    San Francisco    6'6    217    11/3/1988    Horizon HS (AZ)    2007 (#22)    R    R   Future SF rotation? Lincecum/Cain/Bumgarner/Tim
14.    Logan Morrison    1B    Florida    6'2    215    8/25/1987    Northshore HS (LA)    2005 (#666)    L    L    Burly slugger has a good eye at the plate
15.    Dexter Fowler    CF    Colorado    6'4    175    3/22/1986    Milton HS (GA)    2004 (#410)    S    R    Olympian with an impressive season in '08
16.    Colby Rasmus    CF    St. Louis    6'2    195    8/11/1986    Russell County HS (AL)    2005 (#28)    L    L    Disappointing season, still very talented
17.    Lars Anderson    1B    Boston    6'4    215    9/25/1987    Jesuit HS (CA)    2006 (#553)    L    L    Patient and consistent slugger with great attitude
18.    Andrew McCutchen    CF    Pittsburgh    5'11    175    10/10/1986    Fort Meade HS (FL)    2005 (#11)    R    R    Majors in '09 possible
19.    Michael Stanton    RF    Florida    6'5    205    11/8/1989    Notre Dame HS (CA)    2007 (#76)    R    R    39 HRs in first full pro season
20.    Yonder Alonso    1B    Cincinnati    6'2    215    4/8/1987    Miami    2008 (#7)    L    R    Powerful lefty with discipline; who wouldn't want him?
21.    Justin Smoak    1B    Texas    6'3    200    12/5/1986    South Carolina    2008 (#11)    S    L    Rangers lucky to have such an advanced college bat fall
22.    Frederick Freeman    1B    Atlanta    6'5    220    9/12/1989    El Modena HS (CA)    2007 (#38)    L    R    Look for him to attract even more atttention in '09
23.    Brian Matusz    P    Baltimore    6'5    200    2/11/1987    San Diego    2008 (#4)    L    L    Impressive so far in AFL, everyone will be watching next year
24.    Chris Tillman    P    Baltimore    6'5    195    4/15/1988    Fountain Valley HS (CA)    2006 (#49)    R    R    Needs to get BBs down
25.    Pedro Alvarez    3B    Pittsburgh    6'2    225    2/6/1987    Vanderbilt    2008 (#2)    L    R    Fans soured by contractual issues will fall in love with Alvarez
26.    Tim Beckham    SS    Tampa Bay    6'0    188    1/27/1990    Griffin HS (GA)    2008 (#1)    R    R    #1 overall in 2008 makes future even brighter for Rays
27.    Josh Vitters    3B    Chicago (NL)    6'3    200    8/27/1989    Cypress HS (CA)    2007 (#3)    R    R    Showed a polished bat in '08, good defense
28.    Kila Ka'aihue    1B    Kansas City    6'3    230    3/29/1984    Iolani HS (HA)    2002 (#438)    L    R    Garnered attention with huge season (.628 MiLB slg%)
29.    Jesus Montero    C    New York (AL)    6'4    225    11/28/1989    Venezuela    INT    R    R    Showed power and discipline; will rise quickly
30.    Buster Posey    C    San Francisco    6'2    195    3/27/1987    Florida State    2008 (#5)    R    R    Tough catcher dominating Hawaii Winter Ball
31.    Brett Wallace    1B    St. Louis    6'1    245    8/26/1986    Arizona State    2008 (#13)    L    R    Name will soon become synonymous with power
32.    Aaron Poreda    P    Chicago (AL)    6'6    240    10/1/1986    U. of San Francisco    2007 (#25)    L    L    Crafty pitcher looks like MLB starter
33.    Jarrod Parker    P    Arizona    6'1     180    11/24/1988    Norwell HS (IN)    2007 (#9)    R    R    K'd 117 in 117.2 innings in first pro season
34.    Michael Burgess    RF    Washington    5'11    195    10/20/1988    Hillsborough HS (FL)    2007 (#49)    L    L    Powerful bat and strong arm in outfield
35.    Jhoulys Chacin    P    Colorado    6'1    168    1/7/1988    Venezuela    INT    R    R    2004 International signee went 18-3 with a 2.03 ERA in A/A+
36.    Eric Hosmer    1B    Kansas City    6'4    215    10/24/1989    Am. Heritage HS (FL)    2008 (#3)    L    L    More potential than anyone on this list
37.    Derek Holland    SP    Texas    6'2    185    10/9/1986    Wallace State CC    2006 (#748)    S    L    13-1 with 2.27 ERA and 157K to 40BB in 150.2 innings
38.    Chris Marrero    1B    Washington    6'3    210    7/2/1988    Monsignor Pace HS (FL)    2006 (#15)    R    R    Season cut short by bad leg injury
39.    Jemile Weeks    2B    Oakland    5'10    175    1/26/1987    Miami    2008 (#12)    S    R    Athletic 2B only played in July; showed good eye at the plate
40.    Elvis Andrus    SS    Texas    6'0    185    8/26/1988    Venezuela    INT    R    R    Speedster with great defense and athletic ability; lead-off type
41.    Ben Revere    CF    Minnesota    5'9    166    5/3/1988    Lexington Catholic HS (KY)    2007 (#28)    L    R    Athletic OF with great lead-off potential
42.    Gordon Beckham    SS    Chicago (AL)    6'0    185    9/16/1986    Georgia    2008 (#8)    R    R    Good college player looked the part in pro debut
43.    Aaron Hicks    CF    Minnesota    6'2    170    10/2/1989    W. Wilson HS (CA)    2008 (#14)    S    R    Another very good outfielder in the Twins system
44.    Tommy Hanson    P    Atlanta    6'6    210    8/28/1986    Riverside CC    2005 (#677)    R    R    Draft-and-follow is becoming part of trade rumors
45.    Allan Dykstra    1B    San Diego    6'5    215    5/21/1987    Wake Forest    2008 (#23)    L    R    Big 1B has an advanced bat and should rise quickly
46.    Fernando Martinez    CF    New York (NL)    6'1    190    10/10/1988    Dominican Republic    INT    L    R    Struggling in winter ball
47.    Christian Friedrich    P    Colorado    6'3    210    7/8/1987    Eastern Kentucky    2008 (#25)    R    L    Talented lefty 65 in 48 innings in pro debut
48.    Austin Jackson    CF    New York (AL)    6'1    185    2/1/1987    Billy Ryan HS (TX)    2005 (#259)    R    R   Exciting tools, everyone waiting for more
49.    Michael Bowden    P    Boston    6'3    215    9/9/1986    Waubonsie HS (IL)    2005 (#47)    R    R    Keeps BB's down; not very flashy but a winner
50.    Jacob Odorizzi    P    Milwaukee    6'2    175    3/27/1990    Highland HS (IL)    2008 (#32)    R    R    Prep will rise quickly in these rankings

    Keeping an eye on:
    Chris Nelson    SS    Colorado
    Billy Rowell    3B    Baltimore
    Brian Bogusevic LF Houston
    Isaac Galloway CF Florida
    Tim Melville P Kansas City
    Michael Inoa P Oakland
    Matt Dominguez 3B Florida
    David Cooper    1B    Toronto

In order to be on this list, a player must not have exhausted their rookie eligibility, either this season or in the past, and must have signed with a MLB team.

"A player shall be considered a rookie unless, during a previous season or seasons, he has (a) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues; or (b) accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club."

My rankings combine scouting reports, statistical results (amateur and professional), pedigree, makeup, and personal opinion. Age and level are used only to gauge relative performance, i.e. when a player is significantly younger than most of his competitors. I do not use "closeness to the majors" as a factor in my rankings.
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Comments

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2008 6:11 pm
 

defiler's baseball 'Top 50 Prospects'

Never mind.  Perez didn't pitch 50 innings but was on the 25-man roster more than 45 days.



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2008 6:00 pm
 

defiler's baseball 'Top 50 Prospects'

No Chris Perez?



Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2008 2:25 pm
 

defiler's baseball 'Top 50 Prospects'

Interesting stuff.  Thanks for posting it all in one spot.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2008 8:24 pm
 

defiler's baseball 'Top 50 Prospects'

I'll try to work on the formatting.


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