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The bible of prospects

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 26, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The new Baseball America Prospect Handbook arrived today and like a total baseball dweeb, I sat down and started reading it immediately.

Any dope with a web site can make a list of top prospects. But unless they’ve personally viewed these players, such lists are worthless.

But the BA guys are out in the field and what they have to say is credible. The book is loaded with information and if you’re into the minor leagues, it’s a must-have.

Here is how they rank the Yank prospects. Keep in mind that they rank them on potential, not present-day value to the major league team:

1. Phil Hughes
2. Jose Tabata
3. Humberto Sanchez
4. Dellin Betances
5. Joba Chamberlain
6. Ian Kennedy
7. Tyler Clippard
8. J.B. “Rocky” Cox
9. Kevin Whelan
10. Brett Gardner
11. Marcos Vechionacci
12. Jefff Marquez
13. Eric Duncan
14. Chris Garcia
15. Mark Melancon
16-30: Alan Horne, Angel Reyes, Austin Jackson, Chase Wright, George Kontos, Jesus Montero, Steven White, T.J. Beam, Zach McAllister, Colin Curtis, Jeff Karstens, Josue Calzado, Bronson Sardhina, Tim Norton, Dan McCutchen.

UPDATE: These rankings were done before the Randy Johnson trade. Ross Ohlendorf was rated No. 10 in the Arizona organization, Alberto Gonzalez No. 13 and Steven Jackson in their top 40. Ohlendorf and Gonzalez would be top 15 with the Yankees in my estimation.




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