Saturday, September 18, 2010

S17 Minor League System Rankings

TWI(rc)B News has ranked the 32 minor league systems. The best score a franchise could receive is 100, and the worst score is 30. Ratings are based on each franchise's Top 10 prospects at the start of S17.

El Paso -- 80
Wichita -- 75
Rochester -- 74
Portland, Sioux Falls -- 72
Charlotte -- 71
Salt Lake City -- 70
Cheyenne, St. Louis -- 69
Baltimore, Charleston, Jackson, Syracuse -- 68
Arizona -- 67
Omaha, Philadelphia -- 66
New Britain -- 64
Houston, New York, Salem -- 63
Toronto -- 62
Albuquerque, Kansas City, San Antonio -- 60
Honolulu -- 58
Florida, Pawtucket, Tampa Bay -- 57
Scottsdale -- 56
Pittsburgh -- 50
Cincinnati -- 49
Vancouver -- 46

Friday, September 10, 2010

S17 Prospect Report: Wichita yankdawgs

1. Paul Brea, 22 yo, LH SP.

Paul Brea
Wichita
yankdawgs
Age: 22B/T: L/L
Born: Uwajima, JP
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Acquired: IFA (S13). Currently: AAA. Skinny: Flamethrower with excellent control and deceptive motion. One excellent pitch, one very good pitch, one above-average pitch and one average pitch. Projects as 200-IP #2 SP. Has shown leadership skills. Grade: A-

2. Reggie Kingman, 23 yo, LH RP.

Reggie Kingman
Wichita
yankdawgs
Age: 23B/T: L/L
Born: Temecula, CA
Position(s): P (ClA)
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Acquired: Draft (1st round, S16). Currently: Rookie ball. Skinny: Soft tosser with outstanding control and deceptive motion. Groundball machine. Two very good pitches and one above-average pitch. Should be 80-IP late-inning option, with potential to close. Grade: A-

3. Rigo Seanez, 23 yo, RH RP.

Reggie Kingman
Wichita
yankdawgs
Age: 23B/T: L/L
Born: Temecula, CA
Position(s): P (ClA)
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Acquired: Trade (S16). Currently: AA. Skinny: Flamethrower with excellent control. One excellent pitch, one very good pitch, one above-average pitch and one below-average pitch. Motion is very deceptive against righties and very good vs. lefties. Has shown leadership skills. Low stamina leaves ultimatel role in doubt -- either SP with low pitch count, or 100+ IP reliever. Grade: A-

4. Ezdra Ontiveros, 21 yo, LH RP.

Ezdra Ontiveros
Wichita
yankdawgs
Age: 21B/T: L/L
Born: Edo Lara, DO
Position(s): P (SuB)
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Acquired: IFA, S14. Currently: High-A. Skinny: Soft tosser with outstanding control and extremely deceptive motion. One outstanding pitch and one above-average pitch. Projects as 80-IP late-inning option, with potential to close. Grade: A-

5. Vic Sierra, 23 yo, SS.

Vic Sierra
Wichita
yankdawgs
Age: 23B/T: R/R
Born: Yamasa, DO
Position(s): SS/IF/OF/DH
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Acquired: IFA, S12. Currently: AAA. Skinny: Powerful RH slugger. Takes better cuts against LHPs. Above-average batting eye. Very good speed and baserunning skills. Has chops to play SS, but if he doesn't live up to his billing, could win a Gold Glove at 3B or RF. Considered very coachable. Durability an issue for now. Grade: A-

6. Ken McDonald, 22 yo, LH SP.

Ken McDonald
Wichita
yankdawgs
Age: 22B/T: L/L
Born: Hillsboro, KS
Position(s): P (LRA)
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Acquired: Draft (1st round, S15). Currently: Rookie ball. Skinny: Soft-tosser with excellent control. Two excellent pitches, two above-average pitches and one below-average pitch. Will give up his share of HRs. Motion is very deceptive and consistent. Low stamina will limit him to 150-175 IP, but has makings of a front-end SP. Grade: B+

7. Chico Tabaka, 22 yo, RH RP.

Chico Tabaka
Wichita
yankdawgs
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Petrolia, TX
Position(s): P (LRA)
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Acquired: Draft (12th round, S14). Currently: Low-A. Skinny: “Diamond in the Rough” is durable hurler with above-average control. One outstanding pitch, one very good pitch and one below-average pitch. Motion is very tough on righties and above-average vs. lefties. Projects as solid long-relief option. Grade: B

Also keep in mind:
-- Gregg Maddox, 23 yo, RH RP. Acquired: Trade (S16). Currently: AA. Skinny: Soft tosser with excellent control. Can be groundball machine. One outstanding pitch, one very good pitch and one above-average pitch. Motion is excellent and consistent. Projects as 50-IP late-inning option. Grade: A-
-- Ron Harper, 23 yo, CF. Acquired: Trade (S16). Currently: AA. Skinny: Speedster with solid defensive skills. Slap hitter takes better cuts against LHPs. Excellent batting eye. Very good bunter. Could be excellent leadoff man against LHPs, but likely would be dropped down in lineup against RHPs. Has shown leadership skills. Can be injury prone. Grade: B+
-- Einar Medrano, 24 yo, CF. Acquired: Trade (S16). Currently: AAA. Skinny: Punch-and-Judy hitter with outstanding speed and potential for excellent baserunning skills. Takes consistent swings and could hit for good BA. Above-average batting eye. Excellent bunter. Durability an issue for now. Average range for CF, but excellent glove and accurate arm. Grade: B+

S17 Prospect Report: Vancouver Stoners

1. Bud Worley, 21 yo, RH SP.

Bud Worley
Vancouver
Stoners
Age: 21B/T: R/R
Born: Barry, IL
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Acquired: Draft (1st round, S14). Currently: AAA. Skinny: Soft-tossing flyball pitcher. Excellent control. One outstanding pitch, one very good pitch, one above-average pitch and one below-average pitch. Motion is above-average and consistent. Projects as durable #4 SP, but should avoid HR-friendly parks. Grade: B

2. Humberto Rojas, 20 yo, CF.

Humberto Rojas
Vancouver
Stoners
Age: 20B/T: S/L
Born: Tucson, AZ
Position(s): CF
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Acquired: Draft: (1st round, S15). Currently: Rookie ball. Skinny: Speedster with outstanding defensive skills. Excellent bunter. Good contact hitter with modest power and below-average batting eye. More likely someone to have at the bottom of the order than at leadoff, but should be solid everyday player. Grade: B

3. Michael Burns, 22 yo, SS.

Michael Burns
Vancouver
Stoners
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Wolsey, SD
Position(s): SS
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Acquired: Draft (1st round, S13). Currently: Low-A. Skinny: Contact hitter with 15-HR potential. Can be fooled by RHPs. Average batting eye. Excellent speed and very good baserunning skills. Lacks skills for SS, but would be solid at 3B or RF. Has shown leadership skills. Durability an issue for now. Grade: B-

4. Clay Kline, 24 yo, 1B.

Clay Kline
Vancouver
Stoners
Age: 24B/T: S/R
Born: Bellville, TX
Position(s): 1B
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Acquired: Draft (3rd round, S13). Currently: Low-A. Skinny: Contact hitter with above-average batting eye. 15-HR potential. Takes consistent cuts. Above-average speed and baserunning skills. Defense is adequate for 1B, with accurate throwing arm. Grade: B-

5. Dan Lowery, 19 yo, 2B.

Dan Lowery
Vancouver
Stoners
Age: 19B/T: R/R
Born: Virginia Beach, VA
Position(s): 2B
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Acquired: Draft (1st round, S16). Currently: Rookie ball. Skinny: Solid hitter who takes consistent swings. Above-average batting eye. 10-HR potential. Outstanding baserunner with above-average speed. Below-average range, but solid glove and arm for 2B. Considered very coachable. Grade: B-

6. Bobby Phillips, 19 yo, SS.

Bobby Philips
Vancouver
Stoners
Age: 19B/T: R/R
Born: Los Angeles, CA
Position(s): SS
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Acquired: Draft (supplemental 1st round, S16). Currently: Rookie ball. Skinny: Solid but unspectacular hitter. 15-HR potential. Takes consistent cuts and has above-average batting eye. Above-average baserunner with average speed. Lacks skills for SS, but would be solid at 3B or RF. Projects as UT capable of playing all four corners. Has shown leadership skills. Grade: C+

7. Rob Jackson, 22 yo, RH SP.

Rob Jackson
Vancouver
Stoners
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Crooksville, OH
Position(s): P (SP2)
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Acquired: Draft (2nd round, S15). Currently: Rookie ball. Skinny: Soft-tosser with above-average control. One excellent pitch, one above-average pitch and two below-average pitches. Will give up his share of HRs. Motion is above average and consistent. Projects as mop-up man or long relief, but could just as easily top out at AAA. Grade: C+

Also keep in mind:
-- Ham Gordon, 22 yo, RH RP. Acquired: Draft (5th round, S15). Currently: Rookie ball. Skinny: Flyball pitcher with outstanding control. One excellent pitch, one above-average pitch and one below-average pitch. Motion is above-average vs. righties but mediocre against lefties. Could have future as RHS. Grade: C+
-- Billy Ellenwood, 26 yo, RH RP. Acquired: Draft (2nd round, S13). Currently: High-A. Skinny: Hard thrower with outstanding control. One excellent pitch, one above-average pitch and one below-average pitch. Motion is very tough against righties, and decent against lefties. Projects as 50-IP MR. Grade: C+
-- Ivan Martin, 21 yo, RH RP. Acquired: Draft (4th round, S14). Currently: Rookie ball. Skinny: Extreme flyball pitcher with average control. Two very good pitches and one below-average pitch. Motion is above-average and consistent. In right home park, could be effective in long relief, but could just as easily top out in high minors. Grade: C

S17 Prospect Report: Toronto French Eskimos

1. Marino Cruz, 23 yo, RH SP.

Marino Cruz
Toronto
French Eskimos
Age: 23B/T: R/R
Born: Normal, IL
Position(s): P (SP4)
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Acquired: Draft (1st round, S12). Currently: AAA. Skinny: Flamethrower with outstanding control. One excellent pitch, two above-average pitches and one league-average pitch. Motion is very tough and consistent. Can be groundball machine when he's one. Has shown leadership skills. Grade: A

2. Ralph James, 22 yo, LH RP.

Ralph James
Toronto
French Eskimos
Age: 22B/T: L/L
Born: Fort Worth, TX
Position(s): P (ClA)
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Acquired: Trade (S15). Currently: High-A. Skinny: Hard thrower with excellent control. Two outstanding pitches. Can be groundball machine when he’s on. Motion is very good and consistent. Has durability to pitch 70-80 IP. May be late-inning option. Considered very coachable. Grade: A-

3. Jerry Langford, 20 yo, SS.

Jerry Langford
Toronto
French Eskimos
Age: 20B/T: R/R
Born: Cedar City, UT
Position(s): SS/IF/OF/DH
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Acquired: Draft (1st round, S15). Currently: High-A. Skinny: Power hitter who does not always take great swings. Very good batting eye. Above-average speed but below-average baserunning skills. Very good bunter. Solid defense for SS, but if he doesn't fully develop, strong arm would make him a Gold Glove candidate at 3B. Considered very coachable. Grade: B+

4. Emilio Telemaco, 21 yo, LH SP.

Emilio Telemaco
Toronto
French Eskimos
Age: 21B/T: L/L
Born: Champaign, IL
Position(s): P (P)
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Acquired: Trade (S15). Currently: AA. Skinny: Soft-tosser with outstanding control. One outstanding pitch, one excellent pitch, one above-average pitch and one average pitch. Can be groundball machine. Motion is above-average and consistent. Projects as 200-IP #3 or #4 SP. Grade: B

5. Antonio Murata, 22 yo, LH RP.

Antonio Murata
Toronto
French Eskimos
Age: 22B/T: L/L
Born: Hyogo, JP
Position(s): P (SuA)
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Acquired: IFA, S15. Currently: High-A. Skinny: Soft-tosser with outstanding control. Two very good pitches and one above-average pitch. Can be groundball machine. Motion is tougher on lefties, but solid against righties. Has shown leadership skills. Projects as 80-IP setup man. Grade: B

6. Caleb Nilsson, 20 yo, IF/OF.

Caleb Nilsson
Toronto
French Eskimos
Age: 20B/T: R/R
Born: Orting, WA
Position(s): CF/IF/OF/DH
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Acquired: Draft (1st round, S15). Currently: High-A. Skinny: Raw RH slugger with excellent batting eye. Takes consistent cuts. May not hit for high BA. Average speed and above-average baserunner. Defense projects best for 3B or RF. Grade: B

7. Doug Teagarden, 19 yo, C.

Doug Teagarden
Toronto
French Eskimos
Age: 19B/T: L/R
Born: Hollister, MO
Position(s): C
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Acquired: Draft (2nd round, S16). Currently: Rookie ball. Skinny: Raw talent, but has potential to be excellent hitter. Seldom fooled by RHPs, and holds his own against LHPs. 20-HR potential. Outstanding batting eye. Average speed and below-average baserunner. Below-average defender who will likely wind up at DH. Durability an issue for now. Grade: B

Also keep in mind:
-- Fred Dixon, 20 yo, 2B. Acquired: Draft (2nd round, S15). Currently: Low-A. Skinny: Punch-and-Judy hitter with outstanding speed and excellent baserunning skills. Below-average batting eye. Outstanding bunter. Still raw on defense, but projects to have below-average glove at 2B. Grade: B-
-- Alex Purcell, 19 yo, 2B. Acquired: Draft (3rd round, S16). Currently: Rookie ball. Skinny: Slap hitter with very good speed and baserunning skills. Makes consistent contact, but takes better cuts against LHPs. Doesn't walk much. Excellent bunter. Below-average glove for 2B, and may need to move to 1B or LF. Durability limits him to 140 starts. Grade: B-
-- Desi Delgado, 20 yo, SS. Acquired: Draft (3rd round, S14). Currently: Low-A. Skinny: Defensive specialist. Raw contact hitter struggles against RHPs. Average batting eye. Very good baserunner with average speed. Considered very coachable. May have future as platoon player vs. LHPs and late-inning defender. Grade: C+

S17 Prospect Report: Tampa Bay Suns

1. Dan McRae, 23 yo, SS.

Dan McRae
Tampa Bay
Suns
Age: 23B/T: L/R
Born: Granite Bay, CA
Position(s): 3B/IF/OF/DH
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Acquired: Trade (S14). Currently: AA. Skinny: Speedy player with outstanding baserunning skills. Solid hitter who takes better swings against RHPs. Above-average batting eye. Very good bunter. May lack range for SS, but has potential to be Gold Glove 3B or RF, with outstanding glove and arm. Durability an issue for now. Grade: B+

2. Kevin DeShields, 20 yo, RH SP.

Kevin DeShields
Tampa Bay
Suns
Age: 20B/T: R/R
Born: Saint Bernard, LA
Position(s): P (SP4)
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Acquired: Draft (1st round, S15). Currently: Low-A. Skinny: Control specialist with one outstanding pitch, three very good pitches and one above-average pitch. Throws hard. Gives up his share of HRs. Motion is deceptive vs. righties, but average vs. lefties. Low stamina will limit him to 175 IP. Considered very coachable. Grade: B

3. Andres Soto, 23 yo, RH RP.

Andres Soto
Tampa Bay
Suns
Age: 23B/T: R/R
Born: Cumberland, ME
Position(s): P (P)
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Acquired: Draft (3rd round, S12). Currently: AA. Skinny: Groundball pitcher with below-average control. One excellent pitch, one very good pitch and one average pitch. Very good motion is tougher on righties. Considered very coachable. Grade: B

4. Rico Jimenez, 19 yo, LH RP.

Rico Jimenez
Tampa Bay
Suns
Age: 19B/T: L/L
Born: Holguin, CU
Position(s): P (SuB)
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Acquired: IFA, S16. Currently: High-A. Skinny: Soft-tosser with above-average control. Can be groundball machine. Two outstanding pitches and one very good pitch. Motion is deceptive vs. lefties, and above-average against righties. Should be solid 60-IP middle reliever. Considered very coachable. Grade: B

5. Matty Santos, 22 yo, LH RP.

Matty Santos
Tampa Bay
Suns
Age: 22B/T: L/L
Born: Premont, TX
Position(s): P (P)
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Acquired: Draft (3rd round, S13). Currently: AA. Skinny: Groundball specialist with above-average control. One excellent pitch, one above-average pitch and one average pitch. Motion is very tough on lefties and solid against righties. Considered very coachable. Grade: B

6. Alex Pan, 20 yo, RH SP.

Alex Pan
Tampa Bay
Suns
Age: 21B/T: R/R
Born: Bensalem, PA
Position(s): P (SP3)
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Acquired: Draft (1st round, S14). Currently: High-A. Skinny: Soft-tossing flyball pitcher with potential for outstanding control. Three very good pitches and one below-average pitch. Motion is very tough on righties but average vs. lefties. Has shown leadership skills. Projects as durable #4 SP who should avoid HR-friendly parks. Grade: B

7. Harry Richardson, 20 yo, 1B.

Harry Richardson
Tampa Bay
Suns
Age: 21B/T: R/R
Born: Clovis, NM
Position(s): LF/1B/DH
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Acquired: Draft (supplemental 1st round, S14). Currently: High-A. Skinny: Raw RH slugger who takes better cuts vs. RHPs. Above-average batting eye. Average speed and below-average baserunner. Was injury prone as Texas prep star. Projects as platoon 1B vs. RHPs. Some scouts question his makeup. Grade: B

Also keep in mind:
-- Rey Christiansen, 26 yo, RH RP. Acquired: Draft (2nd round, S10). Currently: AAA. Skinny: Soft-tosser with outstanding control. Solid motion. Consistently induces grounders. One excellent pitch and one fringe MLB pitch. Should produce 50-60 solid IP of middle relief. Considered very coachable. Grade: B-
-- Livan Guerrero, 21 yo, RH RP. Acquired: IFA, S15. Currently: Low-A. Skinny: Soft-tosser with excellent control. Will give up his share of HRs. One excellent pitch and one above-average pitch. Motion is above-average against righties but mediocre vs. lefties. May be best suited to RHS. Grade: B-
-- Pepe Guevera, 19 yo, 2B. Acquired: Draft (3rd round, S16). Currently: Rookie ball. Skinny: Speedster with strong defensive skills. Light hitter with little pop. Takes better cuts against LHPs. Very good batting eye, but won't ever hit for high BA. Outstanding bunter. Looks like future back-up 2B/CF. Grade: C+