rmande09 wrote:Delmon Young could step onto the field for the Devil Rays right now, hit .300, steal 30 bases, hit for moderate power, and play tremendous defense - at the age of 20! (he isn't because of makeup issues, but that's a different story).
Stephen Drew IS a top prospect, without question, and the D'backs system is top in the Bigs, without question. But Drew's ceiling is .300-30-5. Delmon's is .320-40-40 and Gold Glove defense. Delmon is definitely going to be a good Big Leaguer, as will Drew. Whether they reach their ceiling or not, who knows. But it's really not that close! Delmon and Gordon are, by far, the most elite of the prospects. Gordon is pretty much a lock to be a star. Wood is a better SS prospect than Drew. Ninety-five percent of credible baseball sources will tell you this.
John Manuel listed Howie Kendrick NINTH. How? He will be a batting champ someday. His ceiling of .340+-25-25 at second base is UNREAL for such a weak position, and he's more certain to reach his ceiling than any other player in baseball because he is such a good hitter! He belongs right behind Delmon and Gordon.
These are the best midseason rankings out:
http://baseballanalysts.com/archives/20 ... ason_4.php
Bryan Smith is well known, well respected, and VERY good with his rankings. He has been dead on for years now.
Yet again...Just your opinion!
Just like John Manuels opinion that Stephen Drew should be #1...
You have some VERY lofty expectations for Howie Kendrick, and it's nothing more than an opinion... Many players have great Minor league numbers, but it never translates to the Majors. You may be dead on with Kendricks numbers, but it's only an OPINION!!!
I respect opinions of those, who respect others opinions... It's only our OPINION, yet you seem to think your opinion is more accurate than anyone else's opinion...
John Manuel has been a respected writer for Baseball America for many years, so at least his opinion has some merit...
What are your credentials again?
Mr. Know it all