Baseball America wrote: wrote:Several of you asked, so my 2007 list is below. Again, it's a ranking of long-term value, limited to players I think will establish themselves in the majors in 2007:
1. Justin Upton, ss, Diamondbacks
Probably not a shortstop but could be next Ken Griffey Jr.
2. Brandon Wood, ss, Angels
Forcing his way atop Los Angeles' collection of shortstop prospects
3. Ian Stewart, 3b, Rockies
An elite hitter in Coors Field is very enticing
4. Alex Gordon, 3b, Royals
A better hitter than Billy Butler and actually can play third base, too
5. Lastings Milledge, of, Mets
Will New York have traded one of the minors' top five-tool talents by then?
6. Hanley Ramirez, ss, Red Sox
Has yet to put up stats to match his prodigious tools
7. Chad Billingsley, rhp, Dodgers
Has better chance to get 2006 look after Paul DePodesta's firing
8. Joel Guzman, of, Dodgers
Keeps reminding scouts of Juan Gonzalez, could be on trading block
9. Troy Tulowitzki, ss, Rockies
Better than Bobby Crosby and gets his stats enhanced by altitude
10. Howie Kendrick, 2b, Angels
Pitchers still haven't figured out a way to get him out
The article lists the top 20 for 2007.
We'll see some of these guys this year. I actually heard today that Scoica (sp?) says great things about Kendrick and he never compliments rookies. He might actually win the job.