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Postby mikebal9 » Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:37 pm

OK, there are 9 owners in an NL-only league and after our major league draft, we can each select 2 minor leaguers. The only requirement is that they have to be in the minors on opening day. I am looking for guys, probably in AAA, who will be able to help me either later this year or next year at the latest. Who are the top 15 or so minor league prospects in the NL who will be in the majors in 08? Where can I find that type of info?
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Re: Minor League Draft Help

Postby stevethumb » Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:15 am

http://www.baseballamerica.com

jbruce and crasmus are your 2 most obvious choices
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Re: Minor League Draft Help

Postby kab21 » Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:45 am

http://www.baseballamerica.com - http://www.projectprospect.com - http://www.moundtalk.com - and there are a few others.

Jay Bruce, Colby Rasmus, and Cameron Maybin would be the top of the list, but all could be on the opening day roster making them ineligible.

Here are some guys that I like and I'm sure I'm missing a couple that deserve mention
not exactly in order
Clayton Kershaw - definitely #1 w/o Bruce/Rasmus/Maybin as options
Johnny Cueto - could make the team out of ST, likely starts at AAA
Andrew McCutchen - more tools than results right now, 2009
Jordan Shafer - ATL CF of the future
Chris Marrero - power hitting 1B/OF
Ross Detwiler
Will Inman - he'll be in pitcher heaven at Petco when he gets called up, late 2008 or 2009
Chase Headley - will be in batter hell in Petco, but put up a 1.000+ OPS last season at AA, small chance he makes team out of ST
Matt Antonelli - also in Petco, probably 2009, could be a 2B with 20+/20+ potential
Ian Stewart - might make the roster out of ST at 2B, but likely opens in AAA
Manny Parra - likely starts in AAA, but has good stuff. Injury risk
Carlos Carrasco
Neil Walker - had a better value when he was a C
Chris Perez - STL closer of the future?
Max Scherzer - a top relieving prospect


These guys are a little farther away, but are premium talent and would be worth it to pick up
Fernando Martinez - maybe 2010, but he's a high ceiling hitter, could still end up with the Twins (not sure if you would lose him in that case)
Josh Vitters - Maybe 2010
Matt Laporta
Angel villalona - extremely talented but only 17 or so
Jason Heyward
Adrian Cardenas - maybe, I'm not as familiar with him, but he looks talented
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Re: Minor League Draft Help

Postby mikebal9 » Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:42 am

Thanks for the help so far guys. I'm not clear on how long we can keep guys in our minor league system. Last year I picked Homer Bailey but I have to promote him as he'll definitely make the Reds, so I will probably not keep him.
Jay Bruce is the only player from last year's minor league draft that will be kept, most likely. Also, the guy with first pick is on Maybin.
I think I pick 3rd in the minor league portion. Any other opinions? Thanks again.
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Re: Minor League Draft Help

Postby Koby Schellenger » Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:56 am

Jay Bruce will almost certainly start on the big league roster.
Colby Rasmus is likely to start in Triple-A but upon the failure of a big league outfielder, he'll get the call. He's #1
Same goes for Cam Maybin.
Kershaw is looking at an 09 debut
Johnny Cueto will probably start in Triple-A but will see some action this year
McCutchen would need a heck of a Spring Training and Triple-A start to get a call before September
Votto probably starts in Triple-A but gets the call when the Reds realize Scott Hatteberg isn't good enough at first
Antonelli sits in Triple-A for the whole year in all likelihood.
Carlos Gomez is an option
Steven Pearce and Chase Headley are solid bets to get ABs but both are likely to start on the big league clubs.
Matt LaPorta is probably looking at an early 09 debut
Chris Perez is a good option as a future closer
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Re: Minor League Draft Help

Postby mikebal9 » Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:16 am

Thanks again. I am amazed by the knowledge on this board. I c onsider myself an expert on all thing MLB, butI know very little beyond the Phillies minor league system. I've heard of Maybin and Bruce and Votto, but some of these names are lost on me. You guys are a real help. I guess I have to hope Rasmus falls to me at #3.
I will also look at Chris Perez. Closers in an NL-only league are finite, and as a keeper I'm only holding Brian Wilson (my other minor league pick from last year.) I'll need to draft at least 1 more, but having one in my minor league system can't hurt.
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Re: Minor League Draft Help

Postby Dodgerbluesc » Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:37 pm

Perez doesn't come close to being a top 18 prospectt in the NL, not close for me... Even if you REALLY need a closer I'd let Perez go - I highly doubt anyone will draft him so if he gets the call (he won't, just saying if) you can just pick him up off your waiver wire.
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Re: Minor League Draft Help

Postby Koby Schellenger » Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:20 pm

Dodgerbluesc wrote:Perez doesn't come close to being a top 18 prospectt in the NL, not close for me... Even if you REALLY need a closer I'd let Perez go - I highly doubt anyone will draft him so if he gets the call (he won't, just saying if) you can just pick him up off your waiver wire.


The original post asked for guys who would be in the majors in 08 but not on opening day. I challenge you to find 18 guys who are better than Perez in the NL and fit that criteria.
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Re: Minor League Draft Help

Postby mikebal9 » Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:25 pm

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Re: Minor League Draft Help

Postby Steve-o » Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:38 am

Koby Schellenger wrote:The original post asked for guys who would be in the majors in 08 but not on opening day. I challenge you to find 18 guys who are better than Perez in the NL and fit that criteria.


That's tough. I don't think I can do it.

1. Maybin, Cameron OF Florida Marlins 2008
2. Bailey, Homer P Cincinati Reds 2008
3. McCutchen, Andrew OF Pittsburgh Pirates 2008
4. Headley, Chase 3B San Diego Padres 2008
5. Cueto, Johnny SP Cincinati Reds 2008
6. Antonelli, Matt 3B San Diego Padres 2008
7. Scherzer, Max P Arizona Diamondbacks 2008
8. Elbert, Scott P Los Angeles Dodgers 2008
9. McDonald, James RHP Los Angeles Dodgers 2008
10. Perez, Chris P St. Louis Cardinals 2008

Geez, even if I am not over-estimating when some of these guys make it to the majors, they certainly will not provide the kind of help the original poster was looking for. And I deleted the obvious ones (like Soto) who I thought were pretty close to locks for the opening day roster.

Here's who I have as a rough top 20 in the NL, regardless of ETA:

1. Bruce, Jay OF Cincinati Reds
2. Kershaw, Clayton P Los Angeles Dodgers
3. Rasmus, Colby OF St. Louis Cardinals
4. Maybin, Cameron OF Florida Marlins
5. Bailey, Homer P Cincinati Reds
6. McCutchen, Andrew OF Pittsburgh Pirates
7. Morales, Franklin P Colorado Rockies
8. LaRoche, Andy 3B Los Angeles Dodgers
9. Votto, Joey 1B Cincinati Reds
10. Schafer, Jordan OF Atlanta Braves
11. Martinez, Fernando OF New York Mets
12. Headley, Chase 3B San Diego Padres
13. Cueto, Johnny SP Cincinati Reds
14. Marrero, Chris OF Washington Nationals
15. Villalona, Angel 3B San Francisco Giants
16. LaPorta, Matt OF Milwaukee Brewers
17. Vitters, Josh 3B Chicago Cubs
18. Heyward, Jason OF Atlanta Braves
19. Parker, Jarrod P Arizona Diamondbacks
20. Detwiler, Ross P Washington Nationals

Koby will probably tell you to take Will Inman. I think he is in love with him. :-D
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