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5 Minor Leaguers To Watch This Year

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:38 pm

Who are your top 5 minor leagues you'll be watching with interest this season?

Mine:

Desmond Jennings
Danny Duffy
Ben Revere
Josh Reddick
Lars Anderson
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Re: 5 Minor Leaguers To Watch This Year

Postby AEMRICH » Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:42 am

Yonder Alonso
Mike Ynoa
Junichi Tazawa
Tim Beckham
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Re: 5 Minor Leaguers To Watch This Year

Postby hybrid » Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:38 am

I can't do just 5, so I'll so 5 pitchers and hitters. Also I'll just do guys I expect in full season ball, cause to include others would just be torture for me to narrow down to 5.

Hitters (in no order):
1. Aaron Hicks - if power comes along could be a complete package
2. Dayan Viciedo - will be interesting to watch his transition
3. Jaff Decker - not my typical guy I watch as he doesn't have much projection or that athleticism, but man the kid can hit, has power, and showed a great eye
4. Wilmer Flores - compared to Villalona, he put up better stats across the board when both were in SS ball
5a. Michael Stanton - I mean really, how is he going to follow up last year
5b. Pedro Alvarez - I think people are underrating him at this point

Bonus - Rays prospect: Desmond Jennings - hopefully he can play a full healthy season and show everyone he's elite talent

Pitchers (in no order):
1. Michael Main - w/ injuries behind him and his stuff back to normal, he could take off
2. Ethan Martin - my fav pitcher in last years draft
3. Martin Perez - got quite a bit of hype lately, looking to see how he transitions to A ball
4. Jake Ordorizzi - my 2nd fav H.S. arm behind Martin
5. Jairo Heredia - surprised he hasn't got more hype, but that will change if he keeps it up in High A

Bonus - Rays prospect: Matt Moore - Rays keep cranking out interesting pitching prospects
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Re: 5 Minor Leaguers To Watch This Year

Postby King Tim » Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:29 am

Jhoulys Chacin - How does he respond to 177.2 IP last year. Top 50 guy, but still underrated imo.
Eric Hosmer - Can he live up to the hype?
Aaron Hicks - see above. 5 tool stud
Jefry Marte - another Mets young latin bat
Jesus Montero - a sure fire top 10 prospect IF he can stay behind the plate
Engel Beltre - if this guy could draw a few walks....
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Re: 5 Minor Leaguers To Watch This Year

Postby bigken117 » Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:07 am

Because these are guys I have on my teams :-)

Michael Almanzar
Rashun Dixon
Michael Taylor
Wilin Rosario
Ryan Kalish
Matthew Moore

Some waiting to break out (Almanzar, Dixon), some broke out last season (Taylor, Moore, Rosario) some two years ago looking to reclaim the mojo (Kalish)
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Re: 5 Minor Leaguers To Watch This Year

Postby J35J » Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:42 pm

I'm with Hybrid in not sure I'm able to narrow it down....I've got a spreadsheet with over 300 guys on it that I will be keeping tabs on. Maybe a third to a half of those guys aren't too special but that still leaves 150+ that I'm interested in. With that said, any Royals prospect would be tops on my list for personal reasons...

Moustakas
Hosmer
Ka'aihue
Giavotella
Melville
Montgomery
Rosa
Cortes

Aside from the KC guys....the hitter I'm higher on than most, Yonder Alonso, and probably my favorite pitcher Madison Bumgarner would be a couple top end guys I'll gladly follow closely.
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Re: 5 Minor Leaguers To Watch This Year

Postby DevilDriver » Sat Mar 28, 2009 5:42 pm

Michael Stanton
Wilin Rosario
Brett Lawrie
Julio Teheran
Kyle Drabek
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Re: 5 Minor Leaguers To Watch This Year

Postby MaudDib » Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:18 pm

Logan Morrison - See if he can continue his torrid pace. There is a lot to like but he is still young and I have seen enough guys fall of the next year.

Pedro Alveraz - I think people are more down on him then they should be. There is a lot to like with him so I want see if he can live up to the hype he had a year ago.

Tim Beckham - He is a long term bet but I would like to see him show the ability that made him the #1 pick.

Jesus Montero - Really showed a lot of talent but doesn't get enough talk. A - See if he can continue his success. B - see him get more love in the prospect community.

Chris Marrero - Has shown a lot of promise but with the injury last year took a big step back. Would like to see him make a move up.
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Re: 5 Minor Leaguers To Watch This Year

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:02 pm

J35J wrote:Hosmer


Hosmer nearly made my short list too. Very interested in following him this year. Does anyone else use firstinning.com to follow your prospects?
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Re: 5 Minor Leaguers To Watch This Year

Postby Kraftwerk » Sat Mar 28, 2009 9:52 pm

hybrid wrote:I can't do just 5, so I'll so 5 pitchers and hitters. Also I'll just do guys I expect in full season ball, cause to include others would just be torture for me to narrow down to 5.

Hitters (in no order):
1. Aaron Hicks - if power comes along could be a complete package
2. Dayan Viciedo - will be interesting to watch his transition
3. Jaff Decker - not my typical guy I watch as he doesn't have much projection or that athleticism, but man the kid can hit, has power, and showed a great eye
4. Wilmer Flores - compared to Villalona, he put up better stats across the board when both were in SS ball
5a. Michael Stanton - I mean really, how is he going to follow up last year
5b. Pedro Alvarez - I think people are underrating him at this point

Bonus - Rays prospect: Desmond Jennings - hopefully he can play a full healthy season and show everyone he's elite talent

Pitchers (in no order):
1. Michael Main - w/ injuries behind him and his stuff back to normal, he could take off
2. Ethan Martin - my fav pitcher in last years draft
3. Martin Perez - got quite a bit of hype lately, looking to see how he transitions to A ball
4. Jake Ordorizzi - my 2nd fav H.S. arm behind Martin
5. Jairo Heredia - surprised he hasn't got more hype, but that will change if he keeps it up in High A

Bonus - Rays prospect: Matt Moore - Rays keep cranking out interesting pitching prospects


Superb call on Main! Im driving the bandwagon, but I'll scoot over a little...jump up and grab a beer, its gonna be a heck of ride ;-D
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