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Posted on: December 14, 2008 9:04 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2008 9:34 pm
 

defiler's baseball 'Top 100 Prospects'

        Name           Pos       Team       Ht    Weight    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    Ramon Hernandez trade cleared a path; I can't wait to watch
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.    Rick Porcello    P    Detroit    6'5    200    12/27/1988    Seton Hall Prep (NJ)    2007 (#27)    R    R    2.48 GO/AO in '08, #1 prospect by midseason '09?
4.    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, discipline
5.    Colby Rasmus    CF    St. Louis    6'2    195    8/11/1986    Russell County HS (AL)    2005 (#28)    L    L    CF prospects with his power are rare
6.    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 call-up
7.    Madison Bumgarner    P    San Francisco    6'4    215    8/1/1989    South Caldwell HS (NC)    2007 (#10)    R    L    2008 MiLB Most Spectacular Pitcher; 1.46 ERA in 141+ innings
8.    Matt LaPorta    LF    Cleveland    6'2    210    1/8/1985    Florida    2007 (#7)    R    R    2008 U.S. Olympian and Futures team selection
9.    Thomas Hanson    P    Atlanta    6'6    210    8/28/1986    Riverside CC    2005 (#677)    R    R    Draft-and-follow completely dominated AFL competition
10.    Trevor Cahill    P    Oakland    6'3    195    3/1/1988    Vista HS (CA)    2006 (#66)    R    R    Also an Olympian, .179 BAA for '08
11.    Cameron Maybin    CF    Florida    6'4    205    4/4/1987    T.C. Robertson HS (NC)    2005 (#10)    R    R    Always seems tough to find a ranking that fits
12.    Neftali Feliz    P    Texas    6'3    180    5/2/1988    Dominican Republic    2005 (INT)    R    R    Watched him pitch here in Frisco; he's the real deal
13.    Timothy Alderson    P    San Francisco    6'6    217    11/3/1988    Horizon HS (AZ)    2007 (#22)    R    R    May someday join Lincecum/Cain/Bumgarner in SF
14.    Fernando Martinez    CF    New York (NL)    6'1    190    10/10/1988    Dominican Republic    2005 (INT)    L    R    Dominated DWL, finished with .927 OPS
15.    Lars Anderson    1B    Boston    6'4    215    9/25/1987    Jesuit HS (CA)    2006 (#553)    L    L    Patient and consistent slugger with great attitude
16.    Yonder Alonso    1B    Cincinnati    6'2    215    4/8/1987    Miami    2008 (#7)    L    R    Powerful lefty with good discipline; who wouldn't want him in their lineup?
17.    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
18.    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 in '09
19.    Dexter Fowler    CF    Colorado    6'4    175    3/22/1986    Milton HS (GA)    2004 (#410)    S    R    Olympian with an impressive season in '08; big things in '09?
20.    Eric Hosmer    1B    Kansas City    6'4    215    10/24/1989    American Heritage HS (FL)    2008 (#3)    L    L    I think Hosmer has more potential than anyone on this list
21.    Andrew McCutchen    CF    Pittsburgh    5'11    175    10/10/1986    Fort Meade HS (FL)    2005 (#11)    R    R    Pirates unlikely to start the clock on him just yet
22.    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 to #11
23.    Brian Matusz    P    Baltimore    6'5    200    2/11/1987    San Diego    2008 (#4)    L    L    Impressive in AFL, everyone will be watching next year
24.    Michael Moustakas    SS    Kansas City    6'0    195    9/11/1988    Chatsworth HS (CA)    2007 (#2)    L    R    Strong second half launched him up the rankings
25.    Buster Posey    C    San Francisco    6'2    195    3/27/1987    Florida State    2008 (#5)    R    R    Tough catcher dominated Hawaii Winter Ball
26.    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
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,  should develop more power
28.    Jhoulys Chacin    P    Colorado    6'1    168    1/7/1988    Venezuela    2004 (INT)    R    R    2004 International signee went 18-3 with a 2.03 ERA in A/A+ in '08
29.    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
30.    Logan Morrison    1B    Florida    6'2    215    8/25/1987    Northshore HS (LA)    2005 (#666)    L    L    1.111 OPS in AFL
31.    Jordan Walden    P    Los Angeles (AL)    6'5    220    11/16/1987    Mansfield HS (TX)    2006 (#372)    R    R    2.11 GO/AO in 2008
32.    Aaron Hicks    CF    Minnesota    6'2    170    10/2/1989    Woodrow Wilson HS (CA)    2008 (#14)    S    R    Very special; expect him to rise quickly
33.    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
34.    Tim Beckham    SS    Tampa Bay    6'0    188    1/27/1990    Griffin HS (GA)    2008 (#1)    R    R    #1 overall in 2008 makes the future even brighter for Rays; pure talent
35.    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
36.    Jesus Montero    C    New York (AL)    6'4    225    11/28/1989    Venezuela    2006 (INT)    R    R    Showed power and discipline; will rise quickly
37.    Carlos Carrasco    P    Philadelphia    6'3    215    3/21/1987    Venezuela    2003 (INT)    R    R    A highly rated prospect for some time now, maybe '09 MLB debut?
38.    Angel Villalona    1B    San Francisco    6'3    200    8/13/1990    Dominican Republic    2006 (INT)    R    R    Impressive for his age in SAL
39.    Elvis Andrus    SS    Texas    6'0    185    8/26/1988    Venezuela    2005 (INT)    R    R    All the tools you want in a shortstop
40.    Derek Holland    P    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; good stuff
41.    Carlos Santana    C    Cleveland    5'11    190    4/8/1986    Dominican Republic    2004 (INT)    S    R    Very good season for the Dominican
42.    Gregory Halman    CF    Seattle    6'4    190    8/26/1987    Netherlands    2004 (INT)    R    R    Gifted athlete has rare power and speed combo
43.    Jordan Schafer    CF    Atlanta    6'1    200    9/4/1986    Winter Haven (IN)    2005 (#107)    L    L    Served suspension for hGH use
44.    Alcides Escobar    SS    Milwaukee    6'1    175    12/16/1986    Venezuela    2003 (INT)    R    R    Great instincts at SS; struggled in VWL but otherwise strong '08 stats
45.    Chris Tillman    P    Baltimore    6'5    195    4/15/1988    Fountain Valley HS (CA)    2006 (#49)    R    R    Needs to get BBs down, otherwise great numbers (20 yrs. old in AA)
46.    Carlos Triunfel    SS    Seattle    5'11    175    2/27/1990    Dominican Republic    2006 (INT)    R    R    18 year old more than held his own in CAL, played 3B in AFL
47.    Tyler Flowers    C    Chicago (AL)    6'4    245    1/24/1986    Chipola JC (FL)    2005 (#1007)    R    R    1.433 OPS in 75 AFL AB's; .973 SLG
48.    Wade Davis    P    Tampa Bay    6'5    220    9/7/1985    Lake Wales HS (FL)    2004 (#75)    R    R    Looks like a capable MLB starter; might see him with the Rays in '09
49.    Ben Revere    LF    Minnesota    5'9    166    5/3/1988    Lexington Catholic HS (KY)    2007 (#28)    L    R    Another speedster with great lead-off potential
50.    Neftali Soto    3B    Cincinnati    6'2    180    2/28/1989    Marista HS (Puerto Rico)    2007 (#109)    R    R    One of my favorite prospects, early power with low K's
51.    Brett Wallace    1B    St. Louis    6'1    245    8/26/1986    Arizona State    2008 (#13)    L    R    Name will soon become synonymous with power
52.    Austin Jackson    CF    New York (AL)    6'1    185    2/1/1987    Billy Ryan HS (TX)    2005 (#259)    R    R    Talent would suggest better statistics
53.    Andrew Lambo    OF    Los Angeles (NL)    6'3    190    8/11/1988    Newbury Park HS (CA)    2007 (#146)    L    L    Has done nothing but impress since being drafted in the 4th round of 2007
54.    Dellin Betances    P    New York (AL)    6'8    245    3/23/1988    Grand Street HS (NY)    2006 (#254)    R    R    141 K's in 121.2 innings, needs to improve on BBs
55.    Aaron Poreda    P    Chicago (AL)    6'6    240    10/1/1986    University of San Francisco    2007 (#25)    L    L    Crafty pitcher won't take long to join White Sox
56.    Brett Cecil    P    Toronto    6'3    220    7/2/1986    Maryland    2007 (#38)    R    L    Could break into Toronto rotation at some point in '09
57.    Jeremy Hellickson    P    Tampa Bay    6'1    185    4/8/1987    Herbert Hoover HS (IA)    2005 (#118)    R    R    162 K's, 20 BB's, another good arm working in the Rays system
58.    Adrian Cardenas    SS    Oakland    6'0    185    10/10/1987    Monsignor Pace HS (FL)    2006 (#37)    L    R    HS teammate of Chris Marrero; acquired from Philly in Blanton trade
59.    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
60.    Chris Carter    1B    Oakland    6'4    210    12/18/1986    Sierra Vista HS (NV)    2005 (#455)    R    R    Lots of power, lots of K's
61.    Nick Barnese    P    Tampa Bay    6'2    170    1/11/1989    Simi Valley HS (CA)    2007 (#95)    R    R    Another great '07 draft pick by the Rays
62.    Mat Gamel    3B    Milwaukee    6'0    195    7/26/1985    Chipola JC (FL)    2005 (#115)    L    R    Made life tough on pitchers playing on the same team as LaPorta
63.    Christopher Marrero    1B    Washington    6'3    210    7/2/1988    Monsignor Pace HS (FL)    2006 (#15)    R    R    Season cut short by bad leg injury; otherwise he would be top 20
64.    Christian Friedrich    P    Colorado    6'3    210    7/8/1987    Eastern Kentucky    2008 (#25)    R    L    Talented lefty K'd 65 in 48 innings in pro debut
65.    Michael Burgess    RF    Washington    5'11    195    10/20/1988    Hillsborough HS (FL)    2007 (#49)    L    L    Powerful bat and strong arm in outfield, but low average & high K's
66.    Jeff Niemann    P    Tampa Bay    6'9    280    2/28/1983    Rice    2004 (#4)    R    R    Should compete for a rotation spot in '09 with contending Rays
67.    David Cooper    1B    Toronto    6'0    175    2/12/1987    UC Berkeley    2008 (#17)    L    L   Very nice, fluid swing; should develop even more power
68.    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%)
69.    Nick Weglarz    LF    Cleveland    6'3    245    12/16/1987    Lakeshore HS (Canada)    2005 (#94)    L    L    Power plus discipline
70.    Brad Mills    P    Toronto    6'0    185    3/5/1985    Arizona    2007 (#145)    L    L    College pitcher has been dominant in the minors so far
71.    Chris Nelson    SS    Colorado    5'11    175    9/3/1985    Redan HS (CA)    2004 (#9)    R    R    .987 OPS in AFL makes up for poor season in AA
72.    Matthew Dominguez    3B    Florida    6'2    180    8/28/1989    Chatsworth HS (CA)    2007 (#12)    R    R    HS teammate of Moustakas, great defense and surprising bat
73.    Michael Inoa    P    Oakland    6'7    205    9/24/1992    Dominican Republic    2008 (INT)    R    R    Projections through the roof; all potential right now
74.    Jose Tabata    CF    Pittsburgh    5'11    160    8/12/1988    Venezuela    2004 (INT)    R    R    Acquired from Yankees in Xavier Nady trade
75.    Wilmer Flores    SS    New York (NL)    6'3    175    8/6/1991    Venezuela    2007 (INT)    R    R    There is some serious power potential here
76.    Todd Frazier    LF    Cincinnati    6'3    215    2/12/1986    Rutgers    2007 (#34)    R    R    Monster bat; Reds still uncertain with his position; my guess is corner OF
77.    Jason Castro    C    Houston    6'3    210    6/18/1987    Stanford    2008 (#10)    L    R    Defensive leader, capable bat silencing critics of draft position
78.    William Rowell    3B    Baltimore    6'5    205    9/10/1988    Bishop Eustace Prep (NJ)    2006 (#9)    L    R    Always young for his level; needs to get comfortable at A+ before promotion
79.    Reid Brignac    SS    Tampa Bay    6'3    180    1/16/1986    St. Amant HS (LA)    2004 (#45)    R    R    Wrist injury ended disappointing season; he'll be back
80.    Desmond Jennings    CF    Tampa Bay    6'2    180    10/30/1986    Pinson Valley HS (AL)    2006 (#289)    R    R    Athletic OF still needs plenty of development; talent is there
81.    J.P. Arencibia    C    Toronto    6'1    215    1/5/1986    Tennessee    2007 (#21)    R    R    College catcher seems to answer doubters every time
82.    Jake McGee    P    Tampa Bay    6'3    190    8/6/1986    Reed HS (NV)    2004 (#135)    L    L    Injury status keeping him from top 25
83.    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
84.    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 w/.422 OBP
85.    Matt Moore    P    Tampa Bay    6'2    205    6/18/1989    Moriarty HS (FL)    2007 (#245)    L    L    77 K's in 54 INN, 2.12 GO/AO
86.    Gorkys Hernandez    CF    Atlanta    6'0    175    9/7/1987    Venezuela    2005 (INT)    R    R    Part of Edgar Renteria trade last year
87.    Aaron Cunningham    LF    Oakland    5'11    195    4/24/1986    Everett CC (WA)    2005 (#185)    R    R    Crowded A's OF might lead to a trade
88.    Kyle Blanks    1B    San Diego    6'6    270    9/11/1986    Yavapai CC (AZ)    2004 (#1241)    R    R    He's big and powerful
89.    Daryl Jones    CF    St. Louis    5'11    180    6/25/1987    Spring HS (TX)    2005 (#110)    L    L    Speed and power combo stuck in Rasmus' shadow
90.    Adam Miller    P    Cleveland    6'4    200    11/26/1984    McKinney HS (TX)    2003 (#31)    R    R    Could be much higher if he could stay healthy
91.    Jacob Odorizzi    P    Milwaukee    6'2    175    3/27/1990    Highland HS (IL)    2008 (#32)    R    R    A favorite of mine, can't wait to move him up
92.    Julio Teheran    P    Atlanta    6'2    150    1/27/1991    Columbia    2007 (INT)    R    R    Like Inoa, he's all potential
93.    Ivan DeJesus    SS    Los Angeles (NL)    5'11    182    5/1/1987    Puerto Rico    2005 (#51)    R    R    Will soon be pushing for the starting job in L.A.
94.    Tim Melville    P    Kansas City    6'5    210    10/9/1989    Holt HS (MO)    2008 (#115)    R    R    Fell due to signability concerns, Royals came out with steal
95.    Engel Beltre    CF    Texas    6'1    170    11/1/1989    Dominican Republic    2006 (INT)    L    L    Another Rangers international signee making this list
96.    Michael Saunders    CF    Seattle    6'4    205    11/19/1986    Tallahassee CC    2004 (#333)    L    R    Should push for a starting job in '09
97.    Jake Arrieta    P    Baltimore    6'4    225    3/6/1986    Texas Christian    2007 (#159)    R    R    BB's keeping him from being frontline starter potential
98.    Julio Borbon    CF    Texas    6'1    180    2/20/1986    Tennessee    2007 (#35)    L    L    Lead-off potential steals & OBP
99.    Justin Jackson    SS    Toronto    6'2    185    12/11/1988    T.C. Robertson HS (NC)    2007 (#45)    R    R    Great glove; bat needs to be like April/July OPS = .941/.867 more often
100.    Isaac Galloway    CF    Florida    6'2    190    10/10/1989    Los Osos HS (CA)    2008 (#238)    R    R    Steal for the Marlins in 8th round; good tools


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.
Posted on: October 22, 2008 8:22 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2008 6:22 pm
 

defiler's baseball 'Top 50 Prospects'

 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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