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My Top 30 Prospects For 2011

It's early in the new year,  the season for top prospect lists as we wait for pitchers and catchers to report. Tony Lastoria has started his top 50, and while I certainly appreciate his going that deep, I'll limit mine to a more manageable top 30. I think this is a FanPost and not a Shot. Here it is:


Top 30

1 - Alex White  (best starting pitcher prospect, great first year)
2 - Lonnie Chisenhall (on track for 2012)
3 - Jason Kipnis ("I'm lovin second base!")
4 - Drew Pomeranz (pretty much where White was last year)
5 - Jason Knapp (highest ceiling starting pitcher, needs innings to prove it)
6 - Nick Weglarz (perennial)
7 - Joe Gardner (Masterson who gets lefties out)
8 - Levon Washington (pure potential, did great in limited AB's)
9 - Chun-Hsiu Chen (breakout year at catcher)
10 - Giovanny Urshela (great glove, carried the MV team at 18)

11 - Nick Hagadone (wanna put him lower, destined for the pen)
12 - Tony Wolters (consensus great pick and surprise sign)
13 - Scott Barnes (best lefty starter)
14 - Giovanni Soto (great numbers, good trade)
15 - Matt Packer (the biggest surprise, 2cnd in era in all minors)
16 - TJ House (still solid and a level ahead of his age)
17 - Hector Rondon (injured/recovering former top tens coming up)
18 - Kelvin de la Cruz (natch)
19 - Alexander Perez (my fave)
20 - Bryce Stowell (highest ceiling reliever)

21 - Felix Sterling (biggest reach on the list, but 17 yrs old)
22 - Rob Bryson (biggest payoff for CC?)
23 - Austin Adams (true sleeper, great arm)
24 - Corey Burns (Doug Jones anyone? chk his #'s)
25 - Josh Judy (pass for last year, getting his nasty back)
26 - Vinnie Pestano (again, #'s. Good MLB short stint)
27 - Zach Putnam (like Judy, nasty when healthy)
28 - Paulo Espino (he keeps performing in every role)
29 - Jared Goedert (yeah, well. AAA home runs count)
30 - Jess Todd (Chris Perez Lite)

 

Back end of the list is heavy on relievers, which is perhaps the biggest mlb depth in the system, but hey, they don't even sit in the dugout. Left off Kyle Blair, #4 pick last year who many scouts rated highly, but I haven't seen or read anything about him after the draft.


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