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stevethumb wrote:nice list...the only comment i have is that hanley ramirez is no 2nd baseman....you will NOT see him playing that position in the majors
bigken117 wrote:I’m bored at work so I decided to put together a list and a little blurb on my opinion of the top 20 prospects not yet in Yahoo. I’m sure they’ll be plenty of negative feedback, but hopefully there’s some positive as well.
1. Delmon Young
2. Jeremy Hermida
A perennial All Star starting in 2007, and should open up 2006 in Miami.
3. Daric Barton
All he does is rake. Or walk.
4. Francisco Liriano
My top pitching prospect now that Felix is up. Dirty numbers to match his dirty stuff.
5. Stephen Drew
Probably higher than most have him, but I think he’ll prove to be the call up we all save our #1 priority for in 2006.
6. Ian Stewart
Preseason top 5, after a slow start, has put it together. Hasn’t lost anything as much as the players above him have gained.
7. Carlos Quentin
Definitely won’t qualify for this list much longer.
8. Lastings Milledge
Lack of power at AA disappointing, but it should come. Probably has the highest ceiling without being named Delmon.
9. Matt Cain
All those walks scare me. All those K’s enlighten me.
10. Justin Verlander
Didn’t look great in his big league tryout, but not many pitchers do. Didn’t look terrible either. AA hitters wanted him to stay up.
11. Billy Butler
True the league is hitter friendly, but he’s just from high school. Can’t discount that. Woud be higher if I wasn’t afraid he could end up a DH. But it’s not like the Royals have a stacked system either.
12. Cole Hamels
I know, I know…but a healthy Hamels probably wouldn’t even qualify for this list.
13. Felix Pie
Finally having that breakout season and should contend for a job next spring, though I think another year of seasoning is best. The Cubs don’t want another Patterson.
14. Joel Guzman
Not putting up attention grabbing numbers, and K’s way too much. Still only 20, crazy upside though. Will probably have to play the OF.
15. Yusmeiro Petit
Proving you don’t need gas to be effective. Impeccable control.
16. Chad Billingsley
Finally getting it all together at AA. Three potential plus pitches. Will get some spot starts in 2006.
17. Brandon Wood
35 homers is 35 homers, no matter how you slice it.
18. Andy LaRoche
More of a safer pick than Guzman, and should reach The Show first.
19. Hanley Ramirez
What an enigma for the Sox. Will battle with Pedroia for the 2B job next spring. Then he’ll probably have to learn CF.
20. Jered Weaver
Probably won’t become an ace, but could battle for a rotation spot next spring.
Missing the cut (in no order or I would have gone 25/30 deep): Adam Miller, Howie Kendrick, Kendry Morales, Ian Kinsler, Wes Bankston, Thomas Diamond, Joel Zumaya, Gio Gonzalez, Brian Anderson, Jon Lester…
I’d be interested in seeing some other peoples rankings too, especially the frequent contributors in here. We could get some sort of café top prospect list going…
Care to elaborate on this? All signs point to him having the potential to be one of the best left handed starters in all of baseball, so I'm just curious as to why you think a guy that's been so dominating as a starter in the upper minors is going to the bullpen. I do recall that he has had arm problems in the past, but I think he was healthy all last year and so far all of this year.carter wrote:Liriano is too high, and borderline to even make top 20 (he's gonna wind up reliever.. not like johan, more like hawkins)
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