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joshheines wrote:This isn't exactly a response to this thread, but more of a general disdain for the state of minor league talent right now. In the past 2 to 3 years, there has been tons and tons of high-praise prospects. Unfortunately, for the minors right now, most of that talent is now in the MLB (see Hamels, Liriano, Billingsley, King Felix, Hermida, Verlander, Milledge, Cain, Fielder, Zimmerman, Mauer, Kazmir, Weeks, Hanley, Markakis, Lester, Kubel, Francoeur, Swisher, Howard, Scott Olsen, Zumaya, Papelbon, McCann, Josh Barfield, Anthony Reyes, Russ Martin, Jeff Francis). The preceding list are just the kids who have graduated in 2005-06. Go back one more year and you'll see Rios, Sizemore, Wright, and Jason Bay. Today, there are only a small handful of elite type prospects. My list of elite prospects includes: Delmon Young, Brandon Wood (I have serious questions about the K rate), Billy Butler (the best bat:age ratio in all of the minors), Alex Gordon, Stephen Drew, Howie Kendrick, and that's about it. Too many questions surround BJ Upton and Justin Upton, Daric Barton (for fantasy relevance especially) Andy MArte, Ian Stewart, Salty, and the like. Most of the top prospects going into the 2007 season will probably be playing in A+ or they may be stretched to AA, but I hope they stay in A+ because none of the potential top 25 guys are really killing A-. This includes guys like Justin Upton, Jay Bruce, Cam Maybin, Carlos Gonzalez, Tabata, and F-Mart. Then there are some young pitchers that are pretty far away including Nick Adenhart.
Bottom line, I've closely been following hte minors for 3 years and what we have today in the minors is far and away the poorest, in terms of high ceiling players, that I've seen. With the 2006 draft, it's unlikely that things are going to get better.
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