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Postby Ballwreckers » Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:17 pm

don't know too much about the minors or upcoming rookies this season and I am sure there are others that don't know either, so I hope this thread can be a tool for others for next season.
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Postby trevisc » Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:22 pm

I'd have to say that my top pick is:

Michael Restovich
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Postby Swinger » Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:26 pm

The "strike zone" articles at Rotoworld are naming the best prospects of each team in each league, and when they're done they will compile a top 100 list. I don't know how good their analysis is, but as I don't know anything about minor leaguers, the list of names will be useful.
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Re: Who are the top Rookies.minor leaguers for this season?

Postby swarmee » Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:41 pm

Ballwreckers wrote:don't know too much about the minors or upcoming rookies this season and I am sure there are others that don't know either, so I hope this thread can be a tool for others for next season.


Here's my suggestion: go to baseballamerica.com and sign-up online for their Minor League daily wrap-up. But here's some of my picks as top minor leagues to look for next year:
MIN C Mauer (already handed the starting job)
AZ 3B Tracy
ATL C Estrada (now has the guy from the Cardinals trade in front of him)
AZ 2B Hairston
MIL 2B Weeks
TOR OF Rios
PIT(?) OF Bay
OAK SS Crosby
SD SS Greene
STL SP Wainwright (may be the Brandon Webb of 2004)
SEA P Soriano

People to grab for the future:
Prince Fielder
Andy Marte
Casey Kotchmann
Justin Huber (will be Piazza's heir at C for NYM)
David Wright
Delmon Young
Jeff Francoeur
BJ Upton
Josh Barfield
Gavin Floyd
Sean Burnett
John VanBenschoten
Zach Grienke
Taylor Buchholz
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Re: Who are the top Rookies.minor leaguers for this season?

Postby trevisc » Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:42 pm

swarmee wrote:Andy Marte


i agree 100% future top 5 3b
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Re: Who are the top Rookies.minor leaguers for this season?

Postby bell » Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:53 pm

swarmee wrote:AZ 3B Tracy

A solid pick, but if Tracy makes a splash in '04 look for it to be in the outfield. The D-backs have made it known they are satisfied with Hillenbrand at third and plan on extending his contract. Therefore, Tracy had been getting time in the outfield this past offseason before he suffered an injury.
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Mon Dec 29, 2003 3:11 pm

Great list swarmee but I don't think Marrerro is in front of Estrada on the depth chart. I do think the Spivey is blocking Weeks in Mil.
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Re: Who are the top Rookies.minor leaguers for this season?

Postby mikcou » Mon Dec 29, 2003 3:12 pm

swarmee wrote:
Ballwreckers wrote:don't know too much about the minors or upcoming rookies this season and I am sure there are others that don't know either, so I hope this thread can be a tool for others for next season.


Here's my suggestion: go to baseballamerica.com and sign-up online for their Minor League daily wrap-up. But here's some of my picks as top minor leagues to look for next year:
MIN C Mauer (already handed the starting job)
AZ 3B Tracy
ATL C Estrada (now has the guy from the Cardinals trade in front of him)
AZ 2B Hairston
MIL 2B Weeks
TOR OF Rios
PIT(?) OF Bay
OAK SS Crosby
SD SS Greene
STL SP Wainwright (may be the Brandon Webb of 2004)
SEA P Soriano

People to grab for the future:
Prince Fielder
Andy Marte
Casey Kotchmann
Justin Huber (will be Piazza's heir at C for NYM)
David Wright
Delmon Young
Jeff Francoeur
BJ Upton
Josh Barfield
Gavin Floyd
Sean Burnett
John VanBenschoten
Zach Grienke
Taylor Buchholz


thanks for the list ;-D
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Postby DK » Mon Dec 29, 2003 3:13 pm

I know I'm tooting my own team's horn here, but how could you forget Scott Kazmir or Lastings Milledge? 8-o

I like your list, however. Marte, Greinke, Kotchman, Huber, Upton, Fielder, Young, Wright, all nice picks. ;-D
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Postby swarmee » Mon Dec 29, 2003 3:19 pm

DK wrote:I know I'm tooting my own team's horn here, but how could you forget Scott Kazmir or Lastings Milledge?


Well, Kazmir is good, but I'm not seeing the top-level starter stats from the guy in the low-minors. So I'm holding off on over-valuing him at this time.
Milledge is too far away from the majors, and probably won't make the Mets until 2007 or so. So keeping him on a keeper roster that long is just taking space away from someone who can contribute immediately.
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