Thanks for the comments Josh
. You made some good points.
1. I think it's tough to give up on a 21-year-old like Daric Barton's power. He didn't really have a large sample of at bats (147) this season, either. And adjusting to AAA at his age is tough (see Delmon Young).
2. I'm definitely a lot higher on the young group of "toolsy" outfielders in the lower levels of the minors than most people right now. I don't think a group of outfielders who are this talented shows up very often. Next year will be a big test for all of them. I think Upton, Martinez, Maybin, Tabata, and Bruce can all pass it.
Rasmus hasn't slugged as well as the rest of these guys. He is my #47 though.
3. Brignac is my #32. His K/BB ratio isn't good enough to crack my top 20 right now (111K/42BB this season).
Adam Lind almost made my top 30. His contact ratio and K/BB are a little too iffy for a top 30 guy for me right now.
4. You're right about Pedroia over Tulowitzki, that can't work. But I moved Pedroia back, not Tulowitzki forward. You'd think as a Big West baseball fan I'd be higher on him, but he doesn't do a ton for me.
5. Felix Pie is #36 for me. Ian Stewart is a ways from cracking my top 30.
6. Josh Fields does not come even close to making my top 30, and I will stand by that strongly. He made some big leaps forward this season, but he went from a D- to a C+ prospect in my eyes.
7. I don't think Pelfrey was dominant enough in AA, given his age, to make my top 30 just yet. He gave up a lot of hits and walked a lot of batters.
I thought Milledge was going to lose his rookie status prior to 2007 when I was making this list...yep he lost it on 9/6/06. He would have easily been in my top 20, though.
8. Maybe Adenhart is someone who pitches well to contact or someone still developing his stuff. He's in my top 50, but I don't know about top 30 just yet.
9. You're right about Dukes. I was bumping him down too much because of his season-ending suspension. He's just inside of my top 30 now, only bettered by Delmon Young and Evan Longoria in the D-Ray's system.
10. One of the knocks on Humberto Sanchez going into this year was his injury history; he has a reputation for owning poor mechanics. And he's hurt right now. Plus, his K/9 and WHIP weren't that great this season. He's not even close to my top 30 and I'd be anxious to here anyone try to justify him owning that kind of ranking.
11. Generally my pitchers are too high? You said Hughes and Bailey are ok for you, so that leaves six pitchers who you think are high enough to say that generally I have pitchers too high. Does that mean you think all six of those guys are too high? I feel like that's a small sample of data to turn into a generalization.
12. Oh yeah, I'm a big Travis Snider fan. I know that I'm higher on him than most people. He's the only high school bat from 2006 in my top 50.