Top 50 Prospect List

by Project Prospect
February 6, 2010
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Rk   Player   Pos   Comments   Age   Org   Lvl
1   Jason Heyward   RF   Has the skills to turn into one of baseball's best hitters; back injury is a concern   20.7   ATL   AAA
2   Desmond Jennings   CF   Solid bet to surface as an above-average big leaguer, with his D and contact bat   23.4   TB   AAA
3   Jesus Montero   C/DH   Sick power bat and an elite contact hitter, though he's probably not a catcher   20.4   NYY   AA
4   Stephen Strasburg   RHP   May emerge as No. 1 as soon as '10; painful mechanics will likely lead to injury   21.7   WAS   NCAA
5   Carlos Santana   C   Power-hitting catcher with outstanding patience; could become a plus defender   24.0   CLE   AA
6   Dustin Ackley   CF/LF   In convo for decade's best college hitter; patient LD bat and good defensive OF   22.1   SEA   NCAA
7   Brian Matusz   LHP   Command pitcher with a power arsenal and MLB track record; potential No. 1-2   23.2   BAL   MLB
8   Buster Posey   C   Polished all-around hitter and a solid defender; very high floor as well as ceiling 23.0   SF   MLB
9   Justin Smoak   1B   Elite patience and power to go along with good contact skills; limited to 1B on D   23.3   TEX   AAA
10   Fernando Martinez   LF/RF   Plus power/good contact skills may allow him to ascend to stardom some day   21.5   NYM   MLB
11   Alcides Escobar   SS   One of baseball's best defensive SS; elite contact bat but not much power or BB   23.3   MIL   MLB
12   Pedro Alvarez   3B   Awesome power hitter; probably doesn't have the agility for 3B; will K often   23.2   PIT   AA
13   Michael Taylor   LF/RF   Making unbelievable strides as a pro; scary part is he could continue to improve 24.3   OAK   AAA
14   Neftali Feliz   RHP   Stuff is filthy (FB sat 93-96 in MLB);will he be able to jump up to SP innings?   21.9   TEX   MLB
15   Michael Stanton   RF   No one doubts 80 power -- also patient; contact struggles do give him a low floor 20.4   FLA   AA
16   Josh Bell   3B   Should be solid defender; patient, powerful & works the count well; could K a lot   23.4   BAL   AA
17   Yonder Alonso   1B   Very polished LD hitter; patient + makes lots of contact; how much power is here? 23.0   CIN   AA
18   Jaff Decker   LF   Above-average power hitter and extremely patient; better athlete than most think   20.1   SD   A
19   Logan Morrison   1B   Safe bet for a lengthy career; swing + approach may not lead to very much power   22.6   FLA   AA
20   Mike Leake   RHP   Combines plus plus command and outstanding movement; likely No. 3 - maybe 2   22.4   CIN   NCAA
21   Jhoulys Chacin   RHP   Great sinking FB & plus changeup; curve flashes plus break; chance to be a No. 2   22.2   COL   MLB
22   James Darnell   3B   Good bet to be solid MLBer; swing resembles J. Upton's - not as explosive, though 23.2   SD   A+
23   Madison Bumgarner   LHP   No. 1-2 upside; great command of deceptive FB; SL is erratic; change lacks polish   20.7   SF   MLB
24   Domonic Brown   RF   Quick-twitch athlete has great bat speed; awkward swing mechanics limit ceiling 22.6   PHI   AA
25   Chris Carter   1B   Monster power will come w/ perhaps 200 Ks a year -- patient too; no value on D   23.3   OAK   AAA
26   Martin Perez   LHP   Just needs to prove he can handle a SP's workload; potential for 3 plus pitches   19.0   TEX   AA
27   Ryan Westmoreland   CF/LF   Outstanding athlete w/ speed, power, patience and strong arm; very high upside   19.9   BOS   SS
28   Wade Davis   RHP   Horse of a SP; extended track record in minors, solid FB & 2 good breaking balls   24.6   TB   MLB
29   Brett Wallace   1B/3B   Won't stick at 3B, but could be slightly above-average overall as a first baseman   23.6   TOR   AAA
30   Daniel Hudson   RHP   Reached the bigs in his full-season debut; great FB/CH combo; SL is inconsistent   23.1   CHW   MLB
31   Derek Norris   C/DH   Extemely patient power hitter but he will stike out; not a good bet to stick at C   21.1   WAS   A
32   Aroldis Chapman   LHP   Didn't have great command in Cuban League, but hard to doubt his stuff   22.1   CIN   n/a
33   Todd Frazier   2B/LF   Unorthodox swing has led to sweet LD rates; his defensive home is uncertain   24.1   CIN   AAA
34   Alex Avila   C   Rapid rise from from 5th rounder to MLB; solid bet to stick at C; decent upside   23.2   DET   MLB
35   Casey Kelly   RHP   Doesn't have top-notch FB velo, but knows how to pitch & has a polished arsenal 20.5   BOS   A+
36   Starlin Casto   SS   Good contact bat doesn't walk and power upside is limited; can he stick at SS?   20.0   CHC   AA
37   Thomas Neal   LF/1B   Fresh off outstanding offensive season in the low-minors; may end up as a 1B   22.6   SF   A+
38   Jose Iglesias   SS   Best defensive SS in minors; good contact hitter; questions about power & BB%   20.2   BOS   n/a
39   Chris Heisey   LF/CF   D-III stud turned legit MLB prospect; may not be a star but likely a solid regular   25.3   CIN   AAA
40   Brett Lawrie   2B   Balanced power hitter with above-average speed reached AA in 1st full season   20.2   MIL   AA
41   Lonnie Chisenhal   3B   Established himself as an elite power/contact hitter in A+; solid bet to stick at 3B 21.5   CLE   AA
42   Tony Sanchez   C   Nearly a lock to stick at C; hit for power, walked & didn't K; 4th overall pick ('09)   21.9   PIT   A+
43   Nick Weglarz   LF/DH   Played w/ a broken leg in '09; very patient, plus power, not a bad contact bat   22.3   CLE   AA
44   Hector Rondon   RHP   Composed + has great command; doesn't try to overpower guys; fly-ball pitcher   22.1   CLE   AAA
45   Logan Forsythe   3B   Patient, balanced LD hitter who could be a good defensive 3B; maybe even a 2B   23.2   SD   AA
46   Brandon Snyder   1B   Bat will get him to the bigs - smooth swing + patient; former C is now stuck at 1B   23.4   BAL   AAA
47   Jason Castro   C   Already outstanding defensive C; simple LD swing doesn't generate much power   22.8   HOU   AA
48   Jon Niese   LHP   Commands a sinking FB; CB and SL both get swing-throughs; Likely no. 3 starter   23.4   NYM   MLB
49   Matt Dominguez   3B   Slow but still an elite defender; lots of offensive potential, though swing is long   20.6   FLA   AA
50   Aaron Hicks   CF   Patient hitter with some power; he plays an outstanding CF - great speed/arm   20.5   MIN   A
* Ages are as of 4/1/10; Lvl is the highest the player has reached; Our rankings put a lot of weight into floor as well as ceiling        
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