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Postby PedroFan45 » Sun Nov 18, 2007 3:52 pm

I'm trying to put together a ranking of minor league hitters for my upcoming minor league draft (I have the #10, 24, 38 picks). I've never really put together a large list of minor league rankings so your opinions are needed. Below is my rankings, are there any players that are really out of order? I based the list mostly on ceiling but immediate impact was considered for guys coming out of HS.

Jay Bruce
Colby Rasmus
Travis Snider
Mike Moustakas
Matt Wieters
Reid Brignac
Billy Rowell
Jeff Clement

Fernando Martinez
Lars Anderson
Elvis Andrus
Wladimir Balentien
Beau Mills
Mike Antonelli
Matt LaPorta
Jose Tabata

Justin Smoak
Carlos Triunfel
Josh Vitters
Andrew McCutchen
Jason Heyward

Jed Lowrie
Chin Lung Hu
Angel Villalona
Oscar Tejeda
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Re: Hitter Rankings

Postby Seattle Squirrels » Sun Nov 18, 2007 5:43 pm

I did my best to rank them under similar parameters to what you decribed. I personally would modify your list like this: Down Up Omission

Jay Bruce
Colby Rasmus
Travis Snider
Pedro Alvarez
Matt Wieters
Mike Moustakas
Josh Vitters
Cameron Maybin
Beau Mills
Reid Brignac
Jeff Clement

Carlos Gonzalez
Chris Marrero
Fernando Martinez
Lars Anderson
Michael Burgess
Mike Antonelli
Fernando Martinez
Matt LaPorta
Jose Tabata
Wladimir Balentien

Justin Smoak
Austin Jackson
Brandon Wood
Carlos Triunfel
Andrew McCutchen
Jason Heyward

Billy Rowell
Elvis Andrus
Jed Lowrie
Chin Lung Hu
Angel Villalona
Oscar Tejeda

You may have omitted some of the players I put in for a reason, but I couldn't figure out why.
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Re: Hitter Rankings

Postby PedroFan45 » Sun Nov 18, 2007 6:17 pm

Forgot to mention that eligible players must have less than 20IP/30AB at the MLB level so guys like Longoria/Wood/Maybin are ineligible.
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Re: Hitter Rankings

Postby Steve-o » Sun Nov 18, 2007 6:46 pm

PedroFan45 wrote:Forgot to mention that eligible players must have less than 20IP/30AB at the MLB level so guys like Longoria/Wood/Maybin are ineligible.



Ummm.... Longoria has never been called up to the majors and he is probably #2 or #3 on your list.

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Re: Hitter Rankings

Postby PedroFan45 » Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:46 pm

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Re: Hitter Rankings

Postby PedroFan45 » Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:51 pm

He was in Yahoo and was claimed in our league. I also just noticed Clement was claimed as well
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Re: Hitter Rankings

Postby stealthdevil » Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:26 pm

PedroFan45 wrote:He was in Yahoo and was claimed in our league. I also just noticed Clement was claimed as well

Sounds like something to bring up to the commish. If there is a cut off for when a guy is a minor leaguer then there should be a cut off for when a guy is a major leaguer as well.
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Re: Hitter Rankings

Postby stealthdevil » Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:44 pm

He's a list I put together for a draft I'm actually in right now. I had to do some quick editing b/c your eligibility rules are different from mine and I had pitchers ranked, so I probably left some in there that aren't eligible for you. The # to the left is where I rank them as a hitter, given your criteria. The # to the right is where they were drafted in my league.


1 Evan Longoria 6 Should anchor 3rd in Tampa Bay for years to come.
2 Jay Bruce 1
3 Colby Rasmus 7
4 Andrew McCutchen 25
5 Brandon Wood 12
6 Travis Snider 22
7 Joey Votto 10
8 Reid Brignac 28
9 Andy LaRoche 26
10 Chris Marrero 35
11 Adam Jones 20
12 Carlos Gonzalez 33
13 Angel Villalona 39
14 Carlos Truinfel 48
15 Jeff Clement 30 Minors top catching prospect. Big Bat.
16 Fernando Martinez 13 Young for level, but lost a little hype over '07 season.
17 Wladimir Balentien 19
18 Steven Pearce 44
19 Lars Anderson 37
20 Jose Tabata 57
21 Brandon Jones 92
22 Engel Beltre speedy w/ room to gain some power.
23 Neil Walker 40 Converted from C to 3B hurts value.
24 Matt Antonelli 34 Minors top 2B.
25 Austin Jackson 58
26 Jordan Schafer 46 Grady Sizemore comparisons.
27 Chase Headley 41
28 Carlos Gomez 42 Speed to burn.
29 Ian Stewart 53
30 Elvis Andrus 36 Great D. Scouts are starting to see something special in the bat too. A Ranger's scout recently compared to Hanley Ramirez
31 Oscar Tejeda 54 Gap Power. Has the tools to stay at SS. 17yr.
32 Dexter Fowler 76
33 Desmond Jennings 77
34 Daric Barton 18 Not much power for a major league 1B. Good hitter.
35 Billy Rowell 60 Oblique strain sidelined him to start '07. Big Time Power. 3B, but may move to 1B. Probably won't hit for high avg.
36 Gorkys Hernandez 83 Lots of potential. Tools similar to Maybin.
37 Tyler Colvin 73 Solid prospect. Tools aren't exceptional.
38 Gerardo Parra 99 RF.
39 Geovany Soto 38 PLC MVP in '07
40 Jed Lowrie 67 May not have the range to stick at SS. Could move to 2B. '05 1st rnd pick. Great '07 season.
41 Mat Gamel
42 Chin-Lung Hu 100 Top 5 minor league SS.
43 Hank Conger Maybe the top offensive Catching prospect in minors.
44 Jesus Montero Huge raw power. 17 yr. Already 6'4" 225lb. May grow out of Catcher position.
45 JR Towles 52
46 Christopher Parmalee
47 Kyle Blanks
48 Eric Patterson Cubs top 2B prospect had a solid '07 season.
49 Chris Davis 66
50 Nolan Reimold Has struggled through some injuries. Corner outfielder. Good Power.
51 Jermaine Mitchell
52 Bryan Anderson 88 Catcher in Cards system had breakout '07.
53 Chris Carter ChiSox. 1B. Defense is questionable. Power to all fields. Hits well against righties and lefties.
54 Cody Johnson 72 Big Time power. Questionable athletisism.
55 Alexi Casilla speedy infielder
56 Hector Gomez 95 SS has tons of potential. Easily top 5 SS in minor leagues.
57 Wes Hodges Should hit for Avg and Power in the Bigs. Good D at 3B.
58 Chris Tillman Took some knocks in the Cal league, but most pitchers do.
59 James McDonald Converted OF is climbing the dodger prospect rungs.
60 Andrew Bailey Good K rate. Solid '07 debut saw advancement in the system.
61 John Whittleman
62 Jason Place Lots of potential. Struggled some during '07 season. Looking forward to '08 in the Cal. League.
63 Ryan Royster Huge '07 season.
64 Nick Weglarz BA rated one of top 20 minor leaguers under 20 years old. Patient hitter. Bigtime Power.
65 Yefri Carvajal Highest ceiling hitter in Pads system. 18 years old. Scouts say ball sound different coming off his bat.
66 Adrian Cardenas 65
67 Eric Campbell Questionable desire.
68 Brent Lillibridge Tools to stay at SS for ATL.
69 Juan Miranda Scouts are seeing more power in his bat than before. Age is somewhere between 24 and 26.
70 Cedric Hunter Didn’t put up hugely impressive numbers in '07, but was 19 playing w/ a bunch of 22 year olds. Will hit the Cal. League in '08.
71 Justin Maxwell Athlete. 5 tool talent. Has struggled w/ injury, but nice '07 season.
72 Javier Herrera Oft injuried. Lots of talent and potential.
73 Jordan Brown Unathletic 1B. Not much pop for a 1B. Solid contact hitter. Lyle Overbay comp.
74 Tony Abreu
75 Esmailyn Gonzalez Excellent D. Patient hitter. Power is yet to show. Top SS in Nats system.
76 Jerry Owens Fast.
77 Troy Patton HOU 97
78 Justin Huber Needs to get out of Kansas City. Has tools, but not much of a defender.
79 Michael Almanzar SS. Boston's prized international signing.
80 Taylor Teagarden Solid '07 has him back in the mix after injuries had held him back.
81 John Maybery Jr.
82 Joel Guzman 87
83 German Duran 2B had a breakout season for the Rangers.
84 Jose Martinez ChiSox. Tons of potential. Darryl Strawberrry comp. Long way away.
85 Brian Barton
86 Edward Salcedo
87 Peter Bourjos LAA
88 Cole Gillespie
89 Kory Casto WSH $1/4
90 Nate Schierholtz Potential injury issue
91 Danny Valencia
92 Aaron Cunningham
93 Stephen King
94 Trevor Plouffe
95 Kelvin DeLeon
96 Zach Bradock
97 Chris Petit Overlooked by scouts, but continues to dominate at every level thus far.
98 Matt Whitney Compared to Manny before severely breaking his leg. Solid '07 season is good sign.
99 Trevor Crowe Leadoff type hitter. Questionable D in centerfield.
100 Brian Bixler
101 Alcides Escobar
102 Gaby Sanchez Marlins 1B. Excellent plate discipline. Good Power
103 Eddy Martinez Sub par defense may hold him back. Nagging injuries throughout career. Didn't do much in '07.
104 Chris Nelson
105 Chris Valaika
106 Blake Dewitt
107 Kala Kaaihue Good Power. Avg may kind of lag. W/ Texiera in ATL now 1B may be locked up for a while.
108 Chris Carter Lefty. 5'10" 220lb. 25yr. Underdog who always overachieves. 1B, but working in LF too. '07 season saw him go from Dbacks to Nats then to Boston in the Wily Mo deal. Power w/ a low K rate and good avg.
109 Bubba Bell
110 Erick Aybar
111 Stephen Englund
112 Sean Rodriguez
113 Anderson Hernandez Plus-speed. Gap hitter. SS. Excellent D.
114 Delwyn Young 98
115 Mike Constanzo Future Phillies 3B. Now future Astros 3B
116 Dominic Brown Very athletic. Comparisons to Daryl Strawberry.
117 Mike Carp Injury riddled '07 didn't help his stock any. 1B w/ good power. Not yet 22 yr old.
118 Josh Rodriguez
119 Nick Evans 85 Pushing Carp for top 1B in Mets system. Solid '07 showed good improvement. Good Power. Good Slugging %. Solid Avg.
120 Joe Koshansky 84
121 Stephen Head Slugger is steadily improving. Avg may never be close to .300
122 Eric Young Jr.
123 Erik Lis Solid '07 season. Power is developing.
124 Eli Iorg
125 Michael Aubrey
126 Logan Morrison 1B Marlins. 20yr. Old
127 Preston Mattingly Terrible defense could hold him back. Athletic.
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Re: Hitter Rankings

Postby PedroFan45 » Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:18 pm

Both lists were very helpful, thank you.

Pitchers are eligible to be drafted but I made my rankings and feel pretty confident with them but just wanted some input on the hitters. As far as players like Wood/Longoria being claimed it was because this was our first season so anyone was up for grabs once they got in Yahoo. Someone like Brandon Moss was in Yahoo but not claimed so he could be drafted as a minor leaguer. Next year there shouldn't be any big name minor leaguers claimed since most will be drafted in the draft. Thanks for the help so far
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