Actually I agree with these rankings over Keith Flaw's. It would have been nice to see some explanation or some blurbs about each player, the hyper-link to their minor league stats were nice. The only thing that stands out to me is maybe Cameron Maybin at #3.
Maybin and Kershaw are too high for me. If Kershaw was going to play the whole season in the majors, he'd be higher on my list, but I think he'll be a September call up, making him a top prospect for 09. Rasmus should be up in the top 5 with Bruce, Longoria, Buchholz and Joba. I wouldn't put Miller in the top 10 until I can see him stay healthy.
Maybin near the top surprised me as well... being a Tiger fan we've been keeping a close eye on him for the better part of two years already, knowing that he had all the tools to be a stud long-term, but not knowing when or how that was going to take shape (because of Granderson's presence in CF).
After seeing his callup performance last year, I'd say he's still quite a ways away from reaching the top-arc of his potential. As I said, the tools are there, but he's still just not ready.
Honestly, I think because he and Andrew Miller were the key pieces of the blockbuster MCab/Willis trade, the expectations of these two have sky-rocketed everywhere else besides Detroit, which apparently has increased their "value" in the hype-machine that is prospect-watching.
I didn't see anything during his callup last year that would lead me to believe that he's not going to be a very good CF one day in this league, but I also didn't see anything that led me to believe that it would happen this year either.
MiLB seems to be like a year behind on a lot of their rankings, every time they make a list. They also seem to favor the well known guys a little too much (by that i mean they favor guys that are well known among the general public, not prospects who have emerged in the last year or so, and they favor guys how have somewhat plateaued and may be busts).
For instance IMO (and really this is all about opinion) Johnny Cueto should be much higher Ellsbury is overrated Andrew McCutchen, Homer Bailey, Adam Miller should all be moved down McGee up Wood down There are a few other more minor things i disagree with, for instance i would rank Buchholz, Joba, and Kershaw in that order. not the reverse, but i can easily see how they would rank them the other way.
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AussieDodger wrote:I hate how on these lists Joey Votto is in the 20s 30s and 40s, I am convinced he is the goods.
Maybe they are taking Dusty Baker into effect. I really like Votto but I'm not sold on him being a big HR threat.
I just don't think of Joey Votto as an all-star. I think of Joey Votto as a very good player with a solid career. He plays the easiest position to fill and isn't even a plus defender there. With that being said I like him more than several that are ahead of him that I don't like at all.
And I think he'll be a top 5 rookie in terms of '08 production (if somebody can eliminate Hatteberg from Dusty's lineup)