Project Prospect's 2007 Top 100 Prospect List

by Project Prospect
January 3, 2007
No. Player Pos. Notes Age Org Lvl
1   Delmon Young   OF   MLB's next five-tool stud is in line for a big league job; could be a 30/30 man   21   TB   MLB
2   Alex Gordon   3B   40 HR potential and should get a good chunk of 2007 playing time   23   KC   AA
3   Daisuke Matsuzaka   RHP   Instant ace or No. 2, he's the least risky pitching "prospect" in the game   26   BOS   JPN
4   Phil Hughes   RHP   Needs a tad more polish but could be Yankees' best starter in second half   20   NYY   AA
5   Brandon Wood   SS   56.8% of 2006 hits went for extra bases; can he stick at shortstop?   22   LAA   AAA
6   Homer Bailey   RHP   A great competitor with a ton of potential, could be better ace than Hughes   20   CIN   AA
7   Jay Bruce   OF   Slowed by shoulder injury in August, 1060 OPS in 99 June at-bats   19   CIN   A
8   Billy Butler   OF   Defensive criticism given too much weight, will mash in the big leagues   20   KC   AA
9   Cameron Maybin   OF   One of the game's next five-tool stars; may have 20/20 season in '07 (AA)   19   DET   A
10   Mike Pelfrey   RHP   Will figure things out in big leagues and surface as an ace before long   23   NYM   MLB
11   Troy Tulowitzki   SS   May never be an all-star, will be a solid big league shortstop for a long time   22   COL   MLB
12   Andrew Miller   LHP   Flamethrowing lefty who just needs to stretch his arm as a starter   21   DET   MLB
13   Chris Young   OF   He'll go 15/15 in the bigs next season but he may not hit over .275   23   ARI   MLB
14   Andrew McCutchen   OF   Most impressive full season debut of high school hitters from 2005 draft   20   PIT   AA
15   Evan Longoria   3B   Exceeding expectations since high school; could ascend to stardom   21   TB   AA
16   Scott Elbert   LHP   Power lefty may be the future ace for the Dodgers, not Billingsley   21   LAD   AA
17   Yovani Gallardo   RHP   Led the minors with 188 Ks and gave up just 2 HR in 77.1 AA innings   21   MIL   AA
18   Ryan Braun   3B   Turned it on in the second half; may be ready for big leagues by midseason   23   MIL   AA
19   Justin Upton   OF   Early move to OF didn't show expected results; will get back on track in '07   19   ARI   A
20   Andy LaRoche   3B   Should be healthy and ready for a '07 MLB job, hit .315/.410/.514 in '06   23   LAD   AAA
21   Matt Garza   RHP   Not going to be an ace but he looks like a solid bet to reach No. 2 potential   23   MIN   MLB
22   Carlos Gonzalez   OF   Enough power to be a 30 HR star, just needs to cut down stikeouts first   21   ARI   AA
23   Fernando Martinez   OF   .253/.305/.379 in AFL; still a few years away, could top this list by then   18   NYM   A+
24   Reid Brignac   SS   More potential than Tulowitzki, 24 HR between A+ and AA in '06   21   TB   AA
25   Tim Lincecum   RHP   15.60 K/9 in first pro season; ace potential could surface in bigs by June   22   SF   A+
26   Jose Tabata   OF   Will ascend to stardom as he continues to add muscle to his frame   18   NYY   A
27   Adam Miller   RHP   Recovered from elbow injury; 9.19 K/9 in '06 between AA and AA   22   CLE   AAA
28   Nick Adenhart   RHP   High school TJ patient showing signs of full recovery; could soar in '07   20   LAA   A+
29   Luke Hochevar   RHP   2006 1st overall pick may need less than a year of seasoning before he leads KC   23   KC   A
30   Joey Votto   1B   20/20 1B coming off a career year (.319/.408/.547); regression to mean in '07?   23   CIN   AA
31   James Loney   1B   Minor league batting average leader in '06 is ready for a big league job   22   LAD   MLB
32   Adam Lind   OF   Mashed his way through AA and AAA, will be solid regular starting in '07   23   TOR   MLB
33   Jason Hirsh   RHP   Better than Jason Jennings? Very possible, could start showing it this year   25   COL   MLB
34   Clayton Kershaw   LHP   With virtually no weakness, hard-throwing lefty could rise to top 15 by midseason   19   LAD   Rk
35   Jeff Niemann   RHP   One of the three Rice Owls taken in the first round in '04; one of two regaining stock   24   TB   AA
36   Hunter Pence   OF   Kept hitting and hitting until those skeptic of his stance were forced to believe   23   HOU   AA
37   Will Inman   RHP   Didn't give up a bomb until end of season; if he was bigger, would get rave reviews   20   MIL   A
38   Donald Veal   LHP   Nearly recovered from labrum sugery; dominating even before curveball is back   22   CHC   A+
39   Josh Fields   3B   Proving to be a quick learner after only taking on baseball full-time a few years back   24   CHW   MLB
40   Colby Rasmus   OF   Could soar in '07; 5-tool lefty went 16/28 in '06 and will only get better   20   STL   A+
41   Felix Pie   OF   Still a young buck, Pie could end up with a job before the year is done; potential 5-tool 22   CHC   AAA
42   Chuck Lofgren   LHP   Throws in high-90s; 1.16 WHIP last season to go with 8.05 K/9…potential stud No. 2   21   CLE   A+
43   Brandon Erbe   RHP   He's going to be a starter and he's going to K a ton of big league batters   19   BAL   A
44   Phillip Humber   RHP   Other Owl who is back on track, expect Humber to crack the Mets rotation by July   24   NYM   MLB
45   Elijah Dukes   OF   Will shake off negative publicity by performing well above expectations in the bigs   22   TB   AAA
46   Travis Snider   OF   Looking for the next Billy Butler? Snider is the best HS bat out of the 2007 draft   19   TOR   Rk
47   Clay Buchholz   RHP   Could K 10.00/9+ in AA Portland this year; potential front-of-the-rotation guy   22   BOS   A+
48   Daric Barton   1B   Disciple: 235:197 BB to K; career: .305/.425/.468   21   OAK   AAA
49   Travis Buck   OF   Hernia repaired, Buck will quickly make up for lost development time and rake in AAA   23   OAK   AA
50   Jacoby Ellsbury   OF   Steady start to what should be a steady career: solid .300/.390/.430   23   BOS   AA
51   Adam Jones   OF   Flashy player who appears more valuable than he is, still should be solid big leaguer   21   SEA   MLB
52   Billy Rowell   3B   Plenty of potential to keep rising up this list; 52 career games: .328/.425/.503   18   BAL   A-
53   Ian Stewart   3B   Career: .292/.373/.523; production has declined each season – 2006: .268/.351/.452   21   COL   AA
54   Jeff Clement   C   Struggled in ‘06 (.278/.350/.418), but great in college: .419 OBP .596 SLG   23   SEA   AAA
55   Kevin Slowey   RHP   Very strong, consistent statistics; career: 220.2 IP 235:30 K to BB 0.80 WHIP   22   MIN   AA
56   Jarrod Saltalamacchia C   Career: .273/.370/.448; hit just .230 in AA ('06), but maintained a solid .353 OBP   21   ATL   AA
57   Chris Iannetta   C   Very impressive bat; career: .303/.410/.517 (.447 OBP in AAA)   23   COL   MLB
58   Franklin Morales   LHP   Improved from 2.02 rookie ball WHIP '04; career: 315.1 IP 369:176 K to BB 1.48 WHIP   21   COL   A+
59   Jacob McGee   LHP   Solid numbers in first 2.5 seasons; career: 267.1 IP 313:113 K to BB 1.23 WHIP   20   TB   A
60   Elvis Andrus   SS   Posted a .377 OBP in rookie ball; career: .274/.341/.370   18   ATL   A
61   Brad Lincoln   RHP   Inexperienced but potentially dynamic: just 23.2 IP (19:7 K to BB 1.64 WHIP)   21   PIT   A
62   John Danks   LHP   Career: 426.1 IP 439:157 K to BB 1.37 WHIP   21   CHW   AAA
63   Eric Hurley   RHP   WHIP has improved every season; career: 336.2 IP 325:112 K to BB 1.22 WHIP   21   TEX   AA
64   Erick Aybar   SS   Career: .311/.356/.454; great glove work at short   23   LAA   MLB
65   Neil Walker   C   Tons of talent, but hasn’t produced to his abilities yet; 2006: .284/.345/.409   21   PIT   AA
66   Dexter Fowler   OF   Career: 161 G 41 2B 12 HR .288/.367/.443   21   COL   A
67   Carlos Carrasco   RHP   Improving; career: 1.31 WHIP; 2006: 159:65 K to BB 1.05 WHIP   20   PHI   A
68   Troy Patton   LHP   Solid; career: 294.1 IP 303:83 K to BB 1.15 WHIP   21   HOU   AA
69   Ryan Sweeney   OF   Career: .295/.352/.402; power developing still – AAA: .296/.350/.452   22   CHW   MLB
70   Kevin Kouzmanoff   3B   Big numbers (.332/.395/.556), but has always been old for his level (25 in AAA)   25   SD   MLB
71   Humberto Sanchez   RHP   Career: 454 IP 446:230 K to BB WHIP 1.43; 2006 WHIP: 1.03 at AA; 1.36 at AAA   23   NYY   AAA
72   Carlos Gomez   OF   Career: .279/.337/.400; best season came in 2006: .281/.350/.423   21   NYM   AA
73   Sean Gallagher   RHP   Struggled some at AA: 1.49 WHIP; career: 350.1 IP 361:142 K to BB 1.26 WHIP   21   CHC   AA
74   Dustin Pedroia   2B   Impressive 125:77 BB to K ratio; career: .306/.392/.454   23   BOS   MLB
75   Joba Chamberlain   RHP   Makes this list on potential alone: no minor league experience...great in HWB though   21   NYY   NCAA
76   Michael Bowden   RHP   Career: 118.2 IP 131:36 K to BB 1.18 WHIP   20   BOS   A+
77   Trevor Crowe   OF   Potential to be a solid big leaguer; career: 160 G 32 2B 7 3B 6 HR .272/.367/.376   23   CLE   AA
78   Matt Walker   RHP   Consistent; career: 143 IP 144:67 K to BB 1.41 WHIP   20   TB   A
79   Gio Gonzalez   LHP   Career: 342.1 IP 392:149 K to BB 1.27 WHIP; struggled at AA (1.43 WHIP)   21   CHW   AA
80   Alberto Callaspo   2B   Consistent hitter; career: .315/.366/.432 (.404 OBP and .478 SLG at AAA)   23   ARI   MLB
81   Daniel Bard   RHP   Talented arm is full of potential; no minor league experience   21   BOS   NCAA
82   Wade Davis   RHP   Old for A-ball (21), but good numbers (career: 289.2 IP 300:106 K to BB 1.30 WHIP)   21   TB   A
83   Jeremy Jeffress   RHP   Inexperienced but lights up radar gun: just 33.2 IP 37:25 K to BB 1.63 WHIP   19   MIL   Rk
84   Chris Volstad   RHP   Career: 217 IP 154:51 K to BB 1.29 WHIP   20   FLA   A
85   Jeremy Hellickson   RHP   Career: 83.2 IP 107:17 K to BB 0.94 WHIP   19   TB   A-
86   Miguel Montero   C   Good offense (career: .291/.360/.468), but even better behind the plate   24   ARI   MLB
87   Deolis Guerra   RHP   Very impressive for his age (17); career: 89 IP 69:43 K to BB 1.25 WHIP   17   NYM   A+
88   Sean Rodriguez   SS   Probably will move off short next season, still a great power prospect (29 HR in '06)   21   LAA   AAA
89   Hank Conger   C   Played in 19 games last season: .319/.382/.522   19   LAA   Rk
90   Dellin Betances   RHP   Just 23.1 IP: 27:7 K to BB 0.91 WHIP   19   NYY   Rk
91   Anthony Swarzak   RHP   Career: 344 IP 329:109 K to BB 1.28 WHIP   21   MIN   A+
92   Joe Koshansky   1B   Big slugger – 35+ HR potential; old for his level: 24 at AA; career: .276/.361/.539   24   COL   AA
93   Micah Owings   RHP   Doesn't K tons batters but keeps them off the base paths (1.12 AA WHIP)   24   ARI   AAA
94   Kurt Suzuki   C   139:137 BB to K ratio; produces same statistics every year (.285/.385/.425)   23   OAK   AA
95   Mitch Talbot   RHP   Career: 514.2 IP 416:153 K to BB 1.28 WHIP   23   TB   AA
96   Brandon Morrow   RHP   Still learning to pitch with vastly improved (since Cape in 2005) stuff; 100 MPH heater   22   SEA   A+
97   Jonathan Sanchez   LHP   Career: 229 IP 301:89 K to BB 1.21 WHIP   24   SF   MLB
98   Chris Carter   1B   One of the most underrated prospects in the minors; lefty hit .301/.395/.483 in AAA   24   ARI   AAA
99   Lars Anderson   1B   Once Papi and Manny are gone Anderson could be Boston's big thumper   19   BOS   HS
100   Johnny Cueto   RHP   Career: 187 IP 187:48 K to BB 1.08 WHIP   21   CIN   A+
* this list combines a players potential and the odds of him reaching it            
** ages are as of 4/1/07                    
*** Lvl is the highest level the player has played in