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Postby MikeeDee » Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:46 am

From Baseball America (Ask BA):

1. David Price, lhp, Rays
What he showed us in the postseason was just the beginning.
2. Matt Wieters, c, Orioles
He could be Mark Teixeira—as a catcher.
3. Brett Anderson, lhp, Athletics
The best player Oakland got in the package for Dan Haren.
4. Trevor Cahill, rhp, Athletics
It will be fun to watch his friendly rivalry with Anderson.
5. Neftali Feliz, rhp, Rangers
Just one reason the Braves wish they could undo their Teixeira trade.
6. Tim Beckham, ss, Rays
Yet another multitalented star-in-the-making for Tampa Bay.
7. Eric Hosmer, 1b, Royals
He could be the best of all the special hitters K.C. has drafted recently.
8. Lars Anderson, 1b, Red Sox
Even if Boston signs Teixeira, it will find room for Anderson in 2010.
9. Travis Snider, of, Blue Jays
Of these 10 guys, he might make the biggest 2009 impact in the majors.
10. Mike Moustakas, 3b, Royals
In a few years, he and Hosmer could combine for 70 homers annually


I'm surprised to see Moustakas make the list since he's obviously much further from the majors at this point and in my mind still has some questions to answer when it comes to playing in the upper minors. Also kind of surprised to see the Anderson prediction. The only way I see that come true is if the Sox trade away Ortiz. Which I guess is possible if Ortiz shows he's definitely slipping.
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Re: BA AL Top 10 Prospects

Postby J35J » Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:27 am

I'm not a fan of the list. Price and Wieters are fine but everyone else but Lars and maybe Moustakas seem a little high to me. :-?
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Re: BA AL Top 10 Prospects

Postby slickterp » Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:08 pm

Anderson seems to be a guy that everyone is really high on right now. I like the list, though I agree on Moustakas b/c he's a ways off, I would say the same for Hosmer.
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Re: BA AL Top 10 Prospects

Postby thomasps3 » Wed Dec 24, 2008 5:58 pm

J35J wrote:I'm not a fan of the list. Price and Wieters are fine but everyone else but Lars and maybe Moustakas seem a little high to me. :-?


How do you see the AL breaking out J if oyu don't like the list? The reason I ask is because I value what you think about prospects.....
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Re: BA AL Top 10 Prospects

Postby J35J » Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:00 pm

thomasps3 wrote:
J35J wrote:I'm not a fan of the list. Price and Wieters are fine but everyone else but Lars and maybe Moustakas seem a little high to me. :-?


How do you see the AL breaking out J if oyu don't like the list? The reason I ask is because I value what you think about prospects.....


I just looked at this again and find that my reading skills is what is lacking. I didn't realize at first that this was AL only. I don't have as much of an issue with it now. :*) Though I wouldn't have Feliz that high and I might put Smoak in there over some of those youngins.

Sorry for about the mix up though.
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Re: BA AL Top 10 Prospects

Postby hybrid » Sat Dec 27, 2008 6:41 am

MikeeDee wrote:I'm surprised to see Moustakas make the list since he's obviously much further from the majors at this point and in my mind still has some questions to answer when it comes to playing in the upper minors.


Why are you surprised just cause he is farther away? You do realize BA is a hugely potential based publication, right? Beckham and Hosmer are even farther away yet are ranked higher, it's just how BA works. Really the only question in my mind regarding Moustakas is, did he just have a slow start or dislike cold weather. Otherwise his first season was pretty good and is generally overlooked because of his slow start/pitchers park.
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Re: BA AL Top 10 Prospects

Postby bigken117 » Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:26 am

pfft...Lars Anderson should be #3 :-°
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Re: BA AL Top 10 Prospects

Postby MikeeDee » Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:46 am

hybrid wrote:
MikeeDee wrote:I'm surprised to see Moustakas make the list since he's obviously much further from the majors at this point and in my mind still has some questions to answer when it comes to playing in the upper minors.


Why are you surprised just cause he is farther away? You do realize BA is a hugely potential based publication, right? Beckham and Hosmer are even farther away yet are ranked higher, it's just how BA works. Really the only question in my mind regarding Moustakas is, did he just have a slow start or dislike cold weather. Otherwise his first season was pretty good and is generally overlooked because of his slow start/pitchers park.


I've been reading BA for about ten years, so yeah, I do realize that they're all about potential. If you do a compare contrast excercise though, it's pretty obvious that all the other guys are projected to hit the majors sometime this season. Moustakas is not. I'm not denying Moustakas' potential. The list is obviously not compiled on ceiling alone, but major league readiness appears to have played a large role. That's why I thought it was somewhat surprising to see Moustakas on the list.
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Re: BA AL Top 10 Prospects

Postby MaudDib » Sun Dec 28, 2008 10:41 am

MikeeDee wrote:
hybrid wrote:
MikeeDee wrote:I'm surprised to see Moustakas make the list since he's obviously much further from the majors at this point and in my mind still has some questions to answer when it comes to playing in the upper minors.


Why are you surprised just cause he is farther away? You do realize BA is a hugely potential based publication, right? Beckham and Hosmer are even farther away yet are ranked higher, it's just how BA works. Really the only question in my mind regarding Moustakas is, did he just have a slow start or dislike cold weather. Otherwise his first season was pretty good and is generally overlooked because of his slow start/pitchers park.


I've been reading BA for about ten years, so yeah, I do realize that they're all about potential. If you do a compare contrast excercise though, it's pretty obvious that all the other guys are projected to hit the majors sometime this season. Moustakas is not. I'm not denying Moustakas' potential. The list is obviously not compiled on ceiling alone, but major league readiness appears to have played a large role. That's why I thought it was somewhat surprising to see Moustakas on the list.

Tim Beckham, Moustakas and Hosmer are three players that are not going to be playing in the majors this year. And I doubt Lars gets called up this year unless it is in Sept.
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Re: BA AL Top 10 Prospects

Postby hybrid » Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:14 am

MaudDib wrote:
MikeeDee wrote:I've been reading BA for about ten years, so yeah, I do realize that they're all about potential. If you do a compare contrast excercise though, it's pretty obvious that all the other guys are projected to hit the majors sometime this season. Moustakas is not. I'm not denying Moustakas' potential. The list is obviously not compiled on ceiling alone, but major league readiness appears to have played a large role. That's why I thought it was somewhat surprising to see Moustakas on the list.

Tim Beckham, Moustakas and Hosmer are three players that are not going to be playing in the majors this year. And I doubt Lars gets called up this year unless it is in Sept.


Not to mention Feliz started in Low A last year, while Cahill and Anderson have limited starts above A ball. Really only 2 have played more than 1 minor league season. Major league readiness has a small role in BA's rankings, always has. If you can't see that by the Beckham/Hosmer ranking over Lars/Snider, I'm not sure what to say.
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