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Postby brandnew » Sat Jan 08, 2005 1:02 pm

How would you rank the top Middle Infield Prospects?
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Postby Scott Boras Client » Sat Jan 08, 2005 1:48 pm

1. BJ Upton
2. Hanley Ramirez
3. Eric Aybar
4. Joel Guzman
5. Rickie Weeks
6. Justin Upton, when he signs
7. Stephen Drew, ditto
8. Dustin Pedroia
9. Delwyn Young
10. Josh Barfield

That's off the top of my head, so I'm sure I missed/slighted a bunch of guys.

Like, for example, Jhonny Perralta and Brandon Phillips. I'd put Perralta 6th and Phillips 10th on that list, I guess. Young and Barfield slide in behind them. Ian Kinsler bears mentioning too, since people keep saying Michael Young is a comp.
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Postby warrick95 » Sat Jan 08, 2005 2:12 pm

Scott Boras Client wrote:1. BJ Upton
2. Hanley Ramirez
3. Eric Aybar
4. Joel Guzman
5. Rickie Weeks
6. Justin Upton, when he signs
7. Stephen Drew, ditto
8. Dustin Pedroia
9. Delwyn Young
10. Josh Barfield

That's off the top of my head, so I'm sure I missed/slighted a bunch of guys.

Like, for example, Jhonny Perralta and Brandon Phillips. I'd put Perralta 6th and Phillips 10th on that list, I guess. Young and Barfield slide in behind them. Ian Kinsler bears mentioning too, since people keep saying Michael Young is a comp.


1. B. Upton
2. Weeks
3. J. Upton (yes, I'm high on the Upton pedigree)
4. H. Ramirez (still not sold that he's going to fill out...although everybody thinks he will)
5. S. Drew (can rake)
6. C. Nelson...only have him so low because he's further away from the majors than the others...his potential is almost as high as Upton's.
7. Aybar
8. Barfield
9. Hardy (will be up very soon...might've been in MIL had it not been for his injury)...limited potential compared to the elite, though
10. A bunch...Robinson Cano, Chris Burke, Matt Bush...pick and choose here. Delwyn Young's a tad bit old, but he can hit. Mitch Einertson put up some insane numbers in Rookie Ball.

Oh, I omitted Guzman because he's likely going to be moved out to 3B. He would've come in at 2 or 3.
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Sat Jan 08, 2005 3:21 pm

You've pretty much got them covered, though I'd like to put in a good word for Howard Kendrick. He's the L.A. Angels of Los Angeles 2b of the future. In A-ball he managed to hit .367 with 24 doubles, 10 home runs, and 15 stolen bases. He's a bit of a free swinger (41/12 k/bb ratio) but I'm hoping he'll learn some more discipline as time goes by.

Also, Jeff Keppinger of the NY Mets deserves to make the list. He won't be a star, but he'll be a solid major league second baseman. He hits for average and has good strikezone knowledge. He was moved up to AAA for the last 6 games of the season, so he isn't too far off from the majors, either.
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