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2006 Futures Report: team rankings and top 50 players

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2006 Futures Report: team rankings and top 50 players

Postby Dannomyte » Tue Jul 25, 2006 5:48 pm

I figured some of you minor league junkies might find this as interesting as I do. I don't agree with a lot of things they say but it is a good read none the less..

It's time for the third installment of's annual MLB Future Report. The report compiles the top ten players in each organization that were under the age of 25 on April 1, 2006.

It's important to note that most contenders don't have a lot of good young players; it's not a stretch to say that experience rules, by and large, when it comes to success over the long baseball season.

However, with the trade deadline fast approaching, it's worth noting whether teams have quality young assets to deal or which teams already have enough youngsters on hand.

Tampa Bay's seemingly perpetual rebuilding program leaves them with the best young talent, both in the majors (Carl Crawford, Scott Kazmir, Rocco Baldelli, Jorge Cantu) and on the way (Delmon Young, B.J. Upton).

When the Devil Rays traded Aubrey Huff to Houston for a couple of prospects earlier this month, senior vice-president Gerry Hunsicker told the St. Petersburg Times, "The goal here over the next few years is to put ourselves into a position to be competitive, year in and year out for a long time. To do that you've got to stockpile young talent. That's what we're attempting to do."

So far, so good on that front. Now, it's up to the Devil Rays to turn that young talent into players capable of competing every day at the big league level.

There is a balancing act required in compiling the team lists because a certain amount of projection is required for all minor leaguers, not to mention some of the 18 and 19 year-olds in A-ball. That being the case, the inclination leans towards players that are further along the developmental curve, but some of the most accomplished younger prospects will also be included.

The following is the order of rank for each team's top 10 list of young players (see related info for a team-by-team breakdown):

1. Tampa Bay Devil Rays 40 (Last year's rank: 2)
2. Los Angeles Dodgers 38 (Last year's rank: 11)
3. Anaheim Angels 38 (Last year's rank: 1)
4. Florida Marlins 37 (Last year's rank: 3)
5. Arizona Diamondbacks 36 (Last year's rank: 14)
6. Minnesota Twins 36 (Last year's rank: 4)
7. Detroit Tigers 35 (Last year's rank: 19)
8. Seattle Mariners 34 (Last year's rank: 10)
9. Cleveland Indians 34 (Last year's rank: 13)
10. New York Mets 34 (Last year's rank: 12)
11. San Diego Padres 34 (Last year's rank: 9)
12. Kansas City Royals 34 (Last year's rank: 7)
13. Colorado Rockies 34 (Last year's rank: 27)
14. Milwaukee Brewers 33 (Last year's rank: 24)
15. Chicago Cubs 32 (Last year's rank: 5)
16. Cincinnati Reds 32 (Last year's rank: 17)
17. Oakland Athletics 32 (Last year's rank: 8)
18. Houston Astros 32 (Last year's rank: 16)
19. Chicago White Sox 31 (Last year's rank: 26)
20. Texas Rangers 31 (Last year's rank: 6)
21. Atlanta Braves 31 (Last year's rank: 22)
22. Philadelphia Phillies 31 (Last year's rank: 18)
23. Baltimore Orioles 31 (Last year's rank: 23)
24. New York Yankees 31 (Last year's rank: 29)
25. Boston Red Sox 30 (Last year's rank: 20)
26. Toronto Blue Jays 30 (Last year's rank: 21)
27. St. Louis Cardinals 30 (Last year's rank: 28)
28. Pittsburgh Pirates 28 (Last year's rank: 15)
29. San Francisco Giants 27 (Last year's rank: 25)
30. Washington Nationals 27 (Last year's rank: 30)

1. Francisco Liriano, LHP, Minnesota (Last year's rank: NR)
2. David Wright, 3B, New York Mets (Last year's rank: NR)
3. Carl Crawford, LF, Tampa Bay (Last year's rank: 11)
4. Grady Sizemore, CF, Cleveland (Last year's rank: 15)
5. Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Florida (Last year's rank: 1)
6. Jose Reyes, SS, New York Mets (Last year's rank: 27)
7. Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota (Last year's rank: 13)
8. Dontrelle Willis, LHP, Florida (Last year's rank: 8)
9. Justin Verlander, RHP, Detroit (Last year's rank: NR)
10. Felix Hernandez, RHP, Seattle (Last year's rank: 24)
11. Delmon Young, OF, Tampa Bay (Last year's rank: 7)
12. Scott Kazmir, LHP, Tampa Bay (Last year's rank: 17)
13. Justin Upton, CF, Arizona (Last year's rank: NR)
14. Carlos Zambrano, RHP, Chicago Cubs (Last year's rank: 10)
15. Stephen Drew, SS, Arizona (Last year's rank: NR)
16. Jeremy Bonderman, RHP, Detroit (Last year's rank: 19)
17. Chad Billingsley, RHP, Los Angeles (Last year's rank: 46)
18. Alex Gordon, 3B, Kansas City (Last year's rank: NR)
19. Matthew Kemp, OF, Los Angeles (Last year's rank: NR)
20. Rich Harden, RHP, Oakland (Last year's rank: 3)
21. Francisco Rodriguez, RHP, Anaheim (Last year's rank: 12)
22. Ervin Santana, RHP, Anaheim (Last year's rank: NR)
23. Jered Weaver, RHP, Anaheim (Last year's rank: NR)
24. Jon Lester, LHP, Boston (Last year's rank: NR)
25. B.J. Upton, SS, Tampa Bay (Last year's rank: 14)
26. Matt Cain, RHP, San Francisco (Last year's rank: 41)
27. Justin Morneau, 1B, Minnesota (Last year's rank: 25)
28. Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas (Last year's rank: NR)
29. Huston Street, RHP, Oakland (Last year's rank: 33)
30. Hanley Ramirez, SS, Florida (Last year's rank: 48)
31. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington (Last year's rank: NR)
32. Rickie Weeks, 2B, Milwaukee (Last year's rank: 30)
33. Jake Peavy, RHP, San Diego (Last year's rank: 4)
34. Brandon McCarthy, RHP, Chicago White Sox (Last year's rank: NR)
35. Prince Fielder, 1B, Milwaukee (Last year's rank: 43)
36. Carlos Quentin, OF, Arizona (Last year's rank: NR)
37. Jose Lopez, 2B, Seattle (Last year's rank: NR)
38. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, San Diego (Last year's rank: NR)
39. Jeremy Hermida, RF, Florida (Last year's rank: NR)
40. Jeff Francoeur, RF, Atlanta (Last year's rank: NR)
41. Jhonny Peralta, SS, Cleveland (Last year's rank: 23)
42. Brian McCann, C, Atlanta (Last year's rank: NR)
43. Andre Ethier, LF, Los Angeles (Last year's rank: NR)
44. Joel Zumaya, RHP, Detroit (Last year's rank: NR)
45. Brandon Phillips, 2B, Cincinnati (Last year's rank: NR)
46. Brandon Wood, SS, Anaheim (Last year's rank: NR)
47. Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees (Last year's rank: 47)
48. Josh Johnson, RHP, Florida (Last year's rank: NR)
49. Brett Myers, RHP, Philadelphia (Last year's rank: 28)
50. Josh Barfield, 2B, San Diego (Last year's rank: NR)

Honourable Mentions: Chad Cordero, RHP, Washington; Homer Bailey, RHP, Cincinnati; Chris Ray, RHP, Baltimore; Philip Hughes, RHP, New York Yankees; Lastings Milledge, OF, New York Mets; Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado; Billy Butler, RF, Kansas City

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