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MLB Trading Challenge Roster

Posted on: February 3, 2011 7:40 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 10:42 pm

Milwaukee Brewers(Buyers)

Starting Pitchers
Yovani Gallardo
Zack Greinke
Shaun Marcum
Chris Narveson
Randy Wolf

John Axford
Tim Dillard
Marco Estrada
LaTroy Hawkins
Kameron Loe
Francisco Rodriguez
Takashi Saito

George Kottaras
Jonathan Lucroy

Yuniesky Betancourt
Craig Counsell
Prince Fielder
Casey McGehee
Rickie Weeks
Josh Wilson

Ryan Braun
Corey Hart
Mark Kotsay
Nyjer Morgan

Brewers top prospects
1) Mark Rogers, RHP, Grade B-: Borderline B. Love the stuff, but command concerns keep me cautious with the grade.
2) Cody Scarpetta, RHP, Grade B-: Borderline B. Personal favorite for a couple of years, like Rogers I worry about his command but like his stuff.
3) Kentrail Davis, OF, Grade B-: Good tools, hits for average, I think he'll get on base. But what about power?
4) Amaury Rivas, RHP, Grade B-: Solid across the board, looks like a fourth starter to me.
5) Kyle Heckathorn, RHP, Grade B-: Huge ground ball specialist, another future fourth starter?
6) Wily Peralta, RHP, Grade B-: Another arm with solid stuff, though I don't like the dropping strikeout rate and deterioration in K/BB in Double-A.
7) Scooter Gennett, 2B, Grade B-: A very good hitter, needs to polish defense but could make a lot of noise in '11. Keep close track of him.
8) Jimmy Nelson, RHP, Grade C+: Starter or reliever? Fits into Brewers profile as a fourth starter type with decent
but not exceptional stuff.
9) Caleb Gindl, OF, Grade C+: I think he's better than he looked in Double-A, but still more of a future role player than heavy duty regular.
10) Eric Komatsu, OF, Grade C+: Like Gindl, can be a good role player but unless he turns the power up he will be stretched to start.
11) Tyler Thornburg, RHP, Grade C+: Very good stuff, could move quickly if used in bullpen.
12) Hunter Morris, 1B, Grade C: Plenty of power potential, but something makes me wonder if he'll fully live up to expectations. I might be underrating him.
13) D'Vontrey Richardson, OF, Grade C: Outstanding tools, extremely raw. Can he refine them?
14) Tyler Roberts, C, Grade C: Strong power potential, needs a lot of defensive polish.
15) Eric Farris, 2B, Grade C: Forgotten man after injury season, but he can steal bases and has a good glove.
16) Khris Davis, OF, Grade C: Good power production in the Midwest League, but a bit old for the level. Grade will rise if he hits in Double-A. . .might be able to pull a Jerry Sands.
17) Logan Schafer, OF, Grade C: Should be a good fourth outfielder if he gets healthy.
18) Dan Merklinger, LHP, Grade C: Doesn't have blazing stuff, but good stats, protected on 40-man roster. Maybe a fifth starter.
19) Mike Fiers, RHP, Grade C: Older prospect at 25, fastball is average, but really knows how to pitch.
20) Robert Hinton, RHP, Grade C: Good fastball/slider combo could help in pen this year.

Houston Astros(Sellers)

Starting Pitchers
J.A. Happ
Brett Myers
Wandy Rodriguez
Jordan Lyles
Bud Norris

David Carpenter
Enerio Del Rosario
Sergio Escalona
Wilton Lopez
Mark Melancon
Aneury Rodriguez
Fernando Rodriguez

Humberto Quintero
Carlos Corporan

Jose Altuve
Clint Barmes
Matt Downs
Chris Johnson
Angel Sanchez
Brett Wallace

Brian Bogusevic
Michael Bourn
Carlos Lee
Jason Michaels
Hunter Pence

Astros top prospects
1) Jordan Lyles, RHP, Grade B+: He won't be a superstar, but he'll soak innings and throw strikes.
2) Delino DeShields, 2B, Grade B-: If he turns out like his dad, the Astros will be happy. Grade can/should rise once he gets more experience.
3) Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Grade B-: One of my favorite high school pitchers from the 2010 draft.
4) Austin Wates, OF, Grade B-: I think this guy is underrated. Should hit for average, get on base, and provide steals.
5) J.D. Martinez, OF, Grade B-: Steal from the 2009 draft, has decent tools, knows how to hit, but was just a 20<sup>th</sup> round pick.
6) Tanner Bushue, RHP, Grade C+: Erratic in the Sally League, but still young and projectable.
7) Aneury Rodriguez, RHP, Grade C+: You know your system is thin when a Rule 5 guy gets into the Top 10. But he has a good arm and should be able to help this year.
8) Mark Melancon, RHP, Grade C+: Like Rodriguez, he's ready to help now. If he throws enough strikes, he could close eventually.
9) Jonathan Villar, SS, Grade C+: Would rank higher on pure tools, but I have significant worries about his bat.
10) Jimmy Paredes, 2B, Grade C+: Like Villar, he came over in a trade, he's got the tools, but I'm not sure he'll hit.
11) Mike Kvasnicka, 3B-C-OF, Grade C+: I don't think the NY-P numbers reflect his bat fairly, but what position does he play?
12) Jiovanni Mier, SS, Grade C+: One of the big disappointments of the 2010 season. Young enough to rebound.
13) Jose Altuve, 2B, Grade C: You have to love the numbers, but can a 5-5 player really succeed at higher levels? We'll find out this year.
14) Dallas Keuchel, LHP, Grade C: Throws strikes, gets ground balls, could surprise as fifth starter type.
15) Jay Austin, OF, Grade C: Great tools, but I doubt the bat.
16) Ariel Ovando, OF, Grade C: Great tools, power, cost a lot of money, but hasn't played in the US yet and I am cautious about such players until we get real data.
17) Douglas Arguello, LHP, Grade C: Older prospect that you won't see on other lists, but he throws strikes, gets grounders, and could sneak into major league role this year.
18) Brian Bogusevic, OF, Grade C: Perfect fit as a reserve outfielder. Won't hit for average, but can do everything else decently.
19) Telvin Nash, 1B-OF, Grade C: Excellent power potential but lacks other skills.
20) Carlos Quevedo, RHP, Grade C: Strike-thrower had good year in the New York-Penn League, though doesn't fan a lot of people.

Category: MLB

Since: Sep 10, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2011 7:45 pm

MLB Trading Challenge Roster

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