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July 1, 2010

Future Shock

Top 11 Prospects Still in the Minors

by Kevin Goldstein

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With the flurry of June promotions to the big leagues, I went back and reviewed my Top 101 Prospects list coming into the year. As it turns out, it's been completely obliterated, with five of the top six and seven of the top 10 players now in the big leagues. That got me wondering, who are the top 11 prospects still left in the minors? The answer wasn't an easy one, as we've lost so much elite talent to the big leagues. This does not have the same level of behind-the-scenes work as a standard team Top 11 or pre-season Top 101, but these rankings are based on discussions with various scouts and front office officials.

1. Domonic Brown, OF, Philles
Why He's Here: Now that the power is playing, there is nothing he can't do. A .318/.391/.602 line at Double-A Reading had it all, with 15 home runs and 12 stolen bases in 65 games to go with a solid walk rate and no platoon issues. You can't find a player at the upper levels with a better combination of athleticism, performance, and room to get better.
Nitpicking: Brown's speed is just a tick above average, and he'll likely end up more of an athletic slugger than a true power/speed threat.
Future: With Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino, and Jayson Werth, there's just no room for Brown in the big leagues right now. Yes, Ibanez is horrible, but the Phillies aren't going to bench that contract. Brown will likely be up in September, and likely replacing Werth in right field next year when the incumbent departs via free agency.

2. Mike Trout, OF, Angels
Why He's Here:
It's not just the ridiculous .367/.449/.543 line at Low-A Cedar Rapids, as it's hard to find a scout who isn't downright giddy after watching him. He can hit, he's a plus-plus runner, he's going to hit for way more power down the road, his approach is good, and he's a fine center fielder. What more do you want? How about a max-effort player who runs out every ground ball and does it with a smile on his face? One scout gave him the highest compliment one can get from a talent evaluator: "I'd pay to watch him play."
Nitpicking:
One has to wonder how long Trout will remain a 70 runner (on the 20-to-80 scouting scale), because at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, he's physically the most atypical burner around. He's not going to get slow, but it's hard to see him being a plus-plus runner when he's 25.
Future:
Trout should be in High-A right now, and he could be in Double-A next year before his 20th birthday. He has a chance to be ahead of the big-league opening created when Torii Hunter's contract expires after the 2011 season.

3. Julio Teheran, RHP, Braves
Why He's Here:
He's 19 years old and has utterly dominated both A-ball stops with 97 strikeouts and just 18 walks in 83 2/3 innings to go with a 2.04 ERA. To find a teenager with that kind of command is rare enough, but Teheran adds three above-average pitches to the mix with a dominating 92-97 mph fastball, as well as a curve and changeup that both rate as plus.
Nitpicking:
Teheran doesn't have the prettiest or smoothest delivery in the world, but it's repeatable and works for him, so there's no reason to mess with it.
Future:
Teheran could be in Double-A by the end of the season, and that would put him on a timetable with a shot at a 2011 big-league debut, well before his 21stbirthday.

4. Jeremy Hellickson, RHP, Rays
Why He's Here:
There's not a pitcher in the minors with more finesse and pitchability than Hellickson, but he has very good stuff as well, with a fastball than sits at 91-93 mph and touches 95, a good curve, and one of the better changeups you'll find among prospects. With a 2.16 ERA in 16 starts for Triple-A Durham and almost more strikeouts (97) than combined hits and walks allowed (102) in 94 2/3 innings, he has nothing to prove.
Nitpicking:
Hellickson has some detractors amongst those who rate him purely on his size and stuff, but his ability to pitch doesn't just make his offerings play up, it plays them way up.
Future:
I've said it before, but in almost any other organization in baseball, Hellickson would already be in the big leagues. A run of mediocre (or worse) outings by Wade Davis could lead to a call.

5. Desmond Jennings, OF, Rays
Why He's Here:
After a slow start, Jennings has returned to form as the most electrifying leadoff prospect in the game, batting .353/.407/.549 in June. He gets on base, knows how to use his wheels in the field and on the basepaths, and he has enough power to be dangerous.
Nitpicking:
The Carl Crawford comparisons might be a bit much, as while Jennings has 16 doubles and four triples in 196 at-bats, he didn't hit his first home run of the year until Tuesday night.
Future:
The assumption coming into the year was that Crawford's impending free agency would create room for Jennings in 2011. However, with B.J. Upton's struggles on the field and with his teammates, things might end up a little differently.

6. Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals
Why He's Here:
Well, unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware that Moustakas is hitting .336/.404/.668 in the Texas League, and that's only because he's in a bit of a slump. He might have the best pure bat speed in the minors, and when more than half of your hits (39 of 76) go for extra bases and you are hitting for average, you are officially an offensive monster. He's improved at third base, and his arm has always been a cannon, earning a few rare perfect 80 scores from scouts.
Nitpicking:
Moustakas has a massive home/road split, and Northwest Arkansas is an offensive park, but it's not enough to wish away this kind of breakout. He'll never be a great, or maybe even a good third baseman, but he can stick there.
Future:
Well, Alex Gordon certainly isn't in the way anymore, not after his big-league struggles and move to the outfield. As a result, the path is clear for a 2011 debut if Moustakas doesn't get a quick September look as a reward for a job well done.

7. Martin Perez, LHP, Rangers
Why He's Here:
While the 19-year-old has had his share of ups and downs at Double-A, keep in mind his age, because the scouting reports remain stellar. If anything, he's figuring out how to harness stuff that has actually taken a step forward, as his fastball has been up to 97 mph of late, while his curveball and changeup remain highly advanced for his age. He's fired 12 shutout innings with 15 whiffs in his last two outings, and could be poised for a big second half.
Nitpicking:
Perez has been losing the strike zone at times, with 34 walks in 59 innings. He'll always be a bit undersized, but with his stuff and arm action, it's a minimal concern at best.
Future:
Perez's timetable may have moved back a bit, but he remains well ahead of the curve. A 2011 big-league debut isn't out of the question.

8. Jesus Montero, C/DH, Yankees
Why He's Here:
Montero has just started to hit this year, batting .287/.330/.511 in June, but for a 20-year-old in Triple-A, he remains one of the more impressive offensive prospects in the game, with barrel control and raw power well beyond his years. Few scouts I've talked to have lowered their scouting scores in any way.
Nitpicking:
Montero continues to improve behind the plate, but it's unlikely he'll be good enough to play there every day in the big leagues, as he leads the International League in passed balls and has thrown out just 22 percent of opposing basestealers while constantly getting run on.
Future:
If he can't fit at catcher, it's unsure what Montero's future is with the Yankees, considering first baseman Mark Teixeira's long-term deal. Is he the best trade chip in baseball, or is he untouchable?

9. Aroldis Chapman, LHP, Reds
Why He's Here:
While his ERA is a mediocre 4.35, Triple-A was a tough assignment for the Cuban émigré, and he's been brilliant at times, with an upper-90s fastball and power slider with two-plane break. He's been moved to relief this week in order to help the big-league team in the second half, and from the bullpen his two-pitch power combo could dominate.
Nitpicking:
Chapman's effort-filled delivery means that command and control could always be an issue, and his changeup needs work. On the season, he's thrown only 61 percent of his pitches for strikes.
Future:
The bullpen role is a temporary one with the Reds in playoff contention, and while he will likely be up at some time around the All-Star break, his long-term future remains as a rotation piece.

10. Tyler Matzek, LHP, Rockies
Why He's Here:
The best high school arm in the 2009 draft was held back in extended spring training, but he's been outstanding in seven starts for Low-A Asheville, limiting the Sally League to a .183 batting average while striking out 39 over 35 innings. With a 92-94 mph fastball that touches 96, he has plus-plus velocity for a lefty, and his curveball flashes true plus at times. He's big, athletic, projectable, and scouts love his mound presence.
Nitpicking:
Matzek can lose the touch and feel on his secondary offerings, leading to control issues. He tends to work up in the zone, which could be an issue down the road.
Future:
Matzek is a potentially special talent, but he's not on the fast track. He'll likely pitch at High-A in 2011.

11. You Tell Me
In the tradition of our own Tommy Bennett, this is the Question of the Day. I went through about 10 names here, and juggled this slot multiple times without really coming up with an answer. Here are my candidates, and why I did (or didn't) like them, but feel free to come up with your own here in the comments or in this afternoon's chat.

  • Dustin Ackley, 2B, Mariners: He’s recovered from a slow start, but what is he? He's a .300 hitter with walks but no power and no position, as second base is not working out well at all.
  • J.P. Arencibia, C, Blue Jays: Producing absolutely massive numbers, including a .400/.448/.842 line in June, but he's playing in a high-octane league and doesn't have a long track record.
  • Chris Carter, 1B, Athletics: Boasts the best real (not projected) power in the minors, but he's been victimized by lots of strikeouts this year as advanced Triple-A pitchers have exposed him at times.
  • Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals: His .351/.425/.528 line could use some more power, and just more of it to get past last year's debacle.
  • Brett Jackson, OF, Cubs: He's performing very well of late, but has a lot of swing and miss in his game, while his tools are good but not mind-blowing.
  • John Lamb, LHP, Royals: Turns 20 on July 10 and is probably ready for Double-A. He's a highly athletic and projectable lefty with a fastball up to 95 mph, plus curve, and solid changeup. One scout said, "If you had any balls, you'd put him on the list."
  • Mike Montgomery, LHP, Royals: Recent elbow problems are the only reason he's not in the Top 10.
  • Logan Morrison, 1B, Marlins: He's going to hit, he's going to walk, but is he going to mash? He might be more like John Olerud in the end than a true monster.
  • Will Myers, C, Royals: Overshadowed by Trout, he's the best hitter in the Midwest League after the Angels star, but his struggles behind the plate leave many wondering about his defensive future.
  • Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins: No joke, as reports out of the Dominican Summer League have been nothing short of stellar.

   

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Richard Bergstrom

Out of curiosity, any idea if this year is a bit of a record for the number of your Top 101 picks that have made the major leagues this early in the season?

Jul 01, 2010 01:33 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Well, I haven't actually counted, but it sure feels like it. I have to be honest, the minor leagues are kind of glutted right now.

Jul 01, 2010 10:26 AM
 
Richard Bergstrom

Any chance you can count it up and write an article?

Jul 04, 2010 00:43 AM
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Benjamin Harris

I don't know who I'd pick for #11, but it looks like there's light at the end of the tunnel for Royals fans.

Jul 01, 2010 04:12 AM
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Gotribe31

Any sentiment for Lonnie Chisenhall? And yes, I realize I sound like a total homer in bringing him up.

Jul 01, 2010 05:08 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I'm going to say this a LOT about a ton of players people are asking about. I LIKE Lonnie Chisenhall, but is he really among the top 11 in all of baseball? .754 OPS at Double-A?

Jul 01, 2010 10:27 AM
 
PhillyFriar

Assuming Bryce Harper winds up signing, where does he slot in with this group?

Jul 01, 2010 05:37 AM
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Dano

I don't see how he can be anything but #1.

Jul 01, 2010 07:45 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He could be. Would you trade Dom Brown for him if you were Philly?

Jul 01, 2010 10:28 AM
 
rogero

No Randall Delgado in the picture?

Jul 01, 2010 06:00 AM
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jpjazzman

or Vizcaino?

Jul 01, 2010 06:11 AM
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dwinning

Vizcaino's suddenly got elbow issues, don't know if that played into kevin's ranking. doesn't look great: http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=MLB&id=6104&line=295462&spln=1

Jul 01, 2010 06:21 AM
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Matthew Avery

I think Vizcaino might be worth a comment like Montgomery's. :-/

Jul 01, 2010 07:39 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Vicaino I considered pre-injury, I think he was JUST short of consideration. Delgado just doesn't have the same ceiling.

Jul 01, 2010 10:29 AM
 
cjrhgarmon

What about Nick Franklin? I thought he, not Myers, was the 2nd best prospect in the Midwest league after Trout.

Based on first-half performance, my vote's for Lamb. Based on upside, I'd vote for Sano.

Jul 01, 2010 06:26 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Franklin is like Vizcaino in a lot of ways. He fell just short for me, but I accept an argument that he belongs in the discussion.

Jul 01, 2010 10:30 AM
 
JD Sussman

KG, was there any consideration given to Jacob Turner? He is on a similar level as Matzek, no?

Jul 01, 2010 06:47 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He's close -- the left-handedness helped Matzek for me.

Jul 01, 2010 10:31 AM
 
omalleycat

I was thinking simon castro deserved to be in slot 11.

Jul 01, 2010 06:48 AM
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Scott44

Does Bryce Harper become a top 5 (or higher) for you once signed?

Jul 01, 2010 06:51 AM
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Jeff Reese

I don't think any of the first basemen belong anywhere near that spot. It's Ackley for me.

Jul 01, 2010 06:53 AM
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omarwhite

Does this mean the Royals are the frontrunners for the top organization in the minors (If the list above is your top 20 they have 5)?

Jul 01, 2010 07:00 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Yes.

Jul 01, 2010 10:31 AM
 
gilgamesh

Does Ackley potentially equal Gregg Jeffries, minus the high snotty+ rating?

Jul 01, 2010 07:09 AM
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Cromulent

Interesting to see Sano listed and not Wilmer Flores. They would seem to have similar profiles with Flores further along. I'm guessing that means scouts see a higher ceiling for Sano?

Jul 01, 2010 07:40 AM
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keithkowalski

Love seeing all the Royals prospects, now I hope they spin DeJesus and Guillen around for some serviceable parts this month.

Jul 01, 2010 07:44 AM
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Randy Brown
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Out of the 20 names mentioned in the article, 5 of them are in the Royals organization. Perhaps it is time to stop making fun of Dayton Moore.

Jul 01, 2010 08:00 AM
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dwinning

Well, I guess he can't trade them for yuniesky betancourt, at least.

Jul 01, 2010 08:10 AM
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greenfrog

What about Brett Wallace? For me, choosing between Arencibia and Wallace in the Jays system is a tough call. As you note, Arencibia is posting massive numbers this year, but Wallace is eight months younger, has hit more consistently in the minors, and is hitting 301/363/507 (to Arencibia's 308/357/615). It's true that Arencibia plays a premium position (and is apparently a plus defender), but Wallace looks like someone who could play a decent 1B and post 850+ seasons on a regular basis in the majors.

Jul 01, 2010 08:44 AM
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Jeff Reese

I'd take the under.

Jul 01, 2010 09:31 AM
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Adam Hobson

To be a top 11 prospect as a first baseman you have to be an offensive monster, basically have the potential for a few 1000+ OBS seasons. A first baseman with the potential for 850 OBS is basically Adam Laroche, or hell, a slightly better Lyle Overbay...

Jul 01, 2010 10:19 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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What he said.

Jul 01, 2010 10:31 AM
 
greenfrog

Point taken, but you know, Ryan Howard has only had one 1000+ OPS season, and Justin Morneau (career OPS: 868) has never had one. A first baseman who regularly posts 850+ OPS seasons is actually pretty valuable. Of course, Wallace has a long way to go before being in Morneau's league.

Jul 01, 2010 11:37 AM
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Al Skorupa

He's playing in Las Vegas. You really shouldn't be this impressed by what he's doing this year.

Jul 01, 2010 10:27 AM
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Fredlaw32

I don't see a Zach Britton mention....

Jul 01, 2010 09:06 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Strongly considered him. I think he's a safe bet to be a good MLB starter, but a star/superstar? Not so sure. And I'm a huge fan.

Jul 01, 2010 10:32 AM
 
dantroy

Could Ackley be average or better defensively in CF? If so, that would make him a pretty darn valuable guy.

Thanks for the update. It's a lot of fun tho think about.

Jul 01, 2010 09:11 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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We don't know. Scouts would like to see him there certainly.

Jul 01, 2010 10:33 AM
 
jgbauer

I was thinking Nick Franklin as well.....

Jul 01, 2010 09:11 AM
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rudyrosen

Wow! Royals 2012 = Rays 2008? That's a massive wave of talent

Jul 01, 2010 09:12 AM
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Richard Bergstrom

Except the Rays system, two years after 2008, hasn't dried up yet. I'm not sure the Royals system is that deep.

Jul 01, 2010 11:15 AM
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gogotabata

I like Chris Dwyer as a sleeper to shoot up into top 30 or 50 consideration by season's end . . . Derrick Robinson, Daniel Duffy, Colon. Pretty deep.

Jul 02, 2010 07:40 AM
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jlewando

Only 6 NL guys out of the 20 listed ...

Jul 01, 2010 09:22 AM
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sports2shop

What about Michael Pineda of Seattle?

Jul 01, 2010 09:26 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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See Vizcaino answer above.

Jul 01, 2010 10:33 AM
 
Dave Holgado

Considering age/level/performance, maybe we should be even more excited about Pineda than Arodys. Heck, you said he was only a maybe for the top 50 just a month ago. So if he's not yet in the top 11 remaining (and it seems reasonable for him still not to be -- that's some stiff competition above), then whatever number he is, he's that number with a *bullet*, no?

Jul 01, 2010 20:21 PM
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DBA

10Ks/9 not enough to get Daniel Hudson a mention? More HRs allowed than Hellickson and slightly more walks, but still a pretty dominant performance thus far in his AAA career. They are almost exactly the same age.

Jul 01, 2010 09:36 AM
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onegameref

Daniel Hudson? Can't get much more ready can he?

Jul 01, 2010 09:37 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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No, he really couldn't be much more ready. But what CAN he be in the big leagues. I think his ceiling ends at a good No. 3, and that's not a guy you put in a top prospects in all of baseball list.

Jul 01, 2010 10:34 AM
 
McLovins

Kevin, could you elaborate a bit on Sano, because it's very hard to find anything written about him. Part of that might be the name issue, (so what is it, Sano? Jean?), but I'd be interested to learn anything you have on him and where they plan to send him next. Thanks.

Jul 01, 2010 09:37 AM
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dcarroll

The big point here, to me, is in the very first paragraph. No offense to Brown, but he is two years older and one level lower than Heyward or Stanton.

Jul 01, 2010 10:06 AM
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uncasf1

Franklin definitely. How about Kyle Gibson? He seems like a perfect fit for the Twins and seemingly has the ability to make adjustments quickly.

Jul 01, 2010 10:10 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Gibson is another guy who is good, but doesn't have 1 or 2 stuff.

Jul 01, 2010 10:35 AM
 
Dave Holgado

Somewhere Jim Callis is weeping softly to himself.

Jul 01, 2010 20:29 PM
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gogotabata

I would pay to see Callis cry. Not that I want the guy to be in physical or emotional pain (seems like a great, great guy), but watching him on TV, he comes across as someone who has never even thought about shedding a tear. Ice Water Callis, they call him, as cool as the underside of Brett Wallace's thigh.

Jul 02, 2010 07:42 AM
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cdkasdin

Jordan Lyles? Dominating AA at 19. I thought he'd get some love.

Jul 01, 2010 10:19 AM
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R.A.Wagman

Of your list of potential #11 guys, I'd go with J.P. Arencibia - a catcher with that power and seemingly solid defensive chops sounds tasty to me.
What's your take on Jose Iglesias? I know he's hurt, but this shouldn't affect his long-term prognosis, right?

Jul 01, 2010 11:06 AM
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markjstachura

What is the record number of replies for a BP article? And what was the article?

Jul 01, 2010 11:12 AM
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Richard Bergstrom

I think there was a Manny Ramirez steroids article that received over 200 replies.

Jul 01, 2010 11:16 AM
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Eric

Tanner Sheppers?

Jul 01, 2010 11:12 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Bullpen guy with weird injury history in Top 11?

Jul 01, 2010 12:42 PM
 
dianagram

Jason Heyward or Domonic Brown?

Jul 01, 2010 11:26 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Heyward.

Jul 01, 2010 12:42 PM
 
RoastBeeph

Domonic Brown is 23 years old I believe and in AA. Heyward obliterated AA last year as a 19 year old (even higher OPS I believe than Dominic is putting up this year).

So I think the easy answer is Heyward. Heyward was destroying major league pitching through the first six weeks of the season and then injured his thumb. This has led to a horrible slump the last month and a half because he can't grip the bat like he is used to. I expect that he will be back to his old mashing ways after he gets back from the DL post all star break (assuming the break fixes his thumb problem).

Jul 01, 2010 13:17 PM
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casey

Point taken, but Brown is 22 and now doing his raking in AAA.

Jul 01, 2010 13:24 PM
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jaydoubleu

What about Kyle Gibson?

Jul 01, 2010 13:22 PM
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hyprvypr

I think Nick Franlkin followed closely by Brett Jackson would be my votes. Sounds like Franklin could be a slick-fielding SS with an .800 ops, which basically reads: Star.

Jackson seems to be one of those guys unfazed by anything and overachieving on top of good all-around tools. Sounds like a nice player to have.

Jul 01, 2010 14:15 PM
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gogotabata

For what it's worth, this is what I think as well. Nick Franklin's upside: Michael Young's bat with JJ Hardy's glove?

Brett Jackson just keeps looking better and better.

Interesting to see Arencibia in the discussion. I wonder if the Milkshake Lazarus, our old friend Devin Mesoraco, will be similarly rated any time soon.

Jul 02, 2010 07:46 AM
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hyprvypr

Say Kevin, one more thing and off-topic but you mentioned Olerud: Doesn't Joe Mauer's game offensively look stunningly similar to Joe Mauer's? Smooth lefty stroke, marginal power(mostly to the opposite field), great eye, .300-.330 hitter...

To me they even look similar at the plate.

Not that a great-fielding catcher with Olerud's bat is a bad thing...

Jul 01, 2010 14:20 PM
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Richard Bergstrom

... not a bad thing, unless you drafted him first in your fantasy league expecting him to repeat last year's power outburst :)

Jul 01, 2010 21:24 PM
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jarjets89

Just how good/bad is Mike Minor? Is he arguably worth a consideration at 11?

Jul 01, 2010 14:48 PM
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Jivas
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I have no idea why this comment was rated negatively. Seems like a fair question to me.

Jul 02, 2010 09:42 AM
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Morris Greenberg

Now that Posey and Bumgarner are up, does Brandon Belt become the Giants' top prospect?

Jul 01, 2010 18:30 PM
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cjrhgarmon

Like the Harper question: Would Anthony Rendon (Rice) or anyone from next year's draft class make the list if they were currently a pro?

Jul 01, 2010 18:57 PM
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smallflowers

Matt Moore not on the top 20 possibles?

Jul 02, 2010 19:04 PM
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Ben Solow

Alex Colome has had a hell of a season so far, and as per the Top 11 Rays, I think KG likes him a little bit more...so consider this the same question, but with respect to a different Rays prospect.

Jul 03, 2010 02:00 AM
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Amos

If a prospect were a sure thing to be John Olerud, he'd belong higher than eleven.

Jul 06, 2010 00:01 AM
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axis95

Hosmer would get my vote. I expected to see him in the top 10.

Jul 06, 2010 13:35 PM
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nationst21

This may seem like a ridiculous, but would it be far fetched to think that Dee Gordon could be in consideration for a top 11 spot? Obviously, he isn't tearing up Double-A right now but he just started playing baseball his junior year of high school and is still pretty raw. I think his speed and good contact rate are enough to at least get him some consideration

Jul 06, 2010 16:18 PM
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bozarowski

A little late to the party, I know, but I was curious how come Trout is only listed as having 70 speed. I was under the impression he had pure 80 speed - I believe Keith Law said Trout was the fastest home-to-first by a righty he'd ever seen.

Jul 22, 2010 18:38 PM
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