Top 10 Triple-A Position Prospects

October 23, 2011
. . . . . .Rookie / Short-Season / Low-A / High-A / Double-A / Triple-A / Pitchers
@AdamWFoster's 2011 Offseason Prospect Rankings
Rk   Player   Pos   Comments   Age   Org
1   Ryan Lavarnway (eBay)   C   34 HR season on the heels of back-to-back 20+ HR in '09 and '10   23.9   BOS
2   Brett Lawrie (eBay)   3B   Scorching hot Aug. followed by solid Sept. for the Blue Jays   21.4   TOR
3   Dustin Ackley (eBay)   2B   Big power jump from '10 to '11 and solid transition to the bigs   23.3   SEA
4   Anthony Rizzo (eBay)   1B   AAA ownage got him to the bigs, where he struggled in 153 PA   21.9   SD
5   Jesus Montero (eBay)   C   Had 16 HR from July to Sept. after only hitting 6 from Apr. to Jun.   21.6   NYY
6   Marwin Gonzalez (eBay)   SS   Young SS w/o power who puts the bat on the ball; limited upside 22.3   CHC
7   Brandon Belt (eBay)   LF   Proved to be a little K prone in bigs but he's too good for AAA   23.2   SF
8   Welington Castillo (eBay)   C   Impressive power in AAA; missed time with a hamstring injury   24.2   CHC
9   Manuel Pina (eBay)   C   Good contact hitter drew career-high in walks; not much power   24.1   KC
10   Tim Fedroff (eBay)   LF   Patient contact hitter without power who played a bit of CF   24.2   CLE
Best of the Rest
    Matt Dominguez (eBay)   3B   Remains solid but unimpressive hitter who value is tied to his D   21.8   FLA
    Steve Lombardozzi (eBay)   2B   Likely won't hit for enough power to be a regular; could be a U   22.8   WAS
    Johnny Giavotella (eBay)   2B   Standout contact skills earned him a MLB job; has some pop   24.0   KC
    Conor Gillaspie (eBay)   3B   Fresh off best pro season; may be regular if his D is good enough 24.0   SF
    Josh Harrison (eBay)   3B   Makes a lot of contact but doesn't walk or hit for HR power   24.0   PIT
    Taylor Green (eBay)   3B   Monster PCL season earned him a playoff roster spot for MIL   24.7   MIL
    Michael Saunders (eBay)   CF   Learning to hit in PCL after 4 years but still Ks too much in MLB   24.6   SEA
    Jemile Weeks (eBay)   2B   Earned MLB promo in June; power is limited and D inconsistent   24.4   OAK
    Desmond Jennings (eBay)   CF   Coming off 3 HR season in '10, he hit 22 between MLB and AAA   24.7   TB
    Devin Mosoraco (eBay)   C   Solid all-around year, though didn't match amazing '10 numbers   23.0   CIN
    Jerry Sands (eBay)   RF   Huge AAA power year (29 HR); showed signs of promise in bigs   23.8   LAD
    Lars Anderson (eBay)   1B   He's patient but he's averaged just 13 HR a season since 2009   23.8   BOS
    Adrian Cardenas (eBay)   LF   His 3rd AAA season; K% keeps dropping while power is absent   23.7   OAK
    Everth Cabrera (eBay)   SS   GB hitter who makes contact, has speed and walks; no power   24.6   SD
* Ages are as of July 1, 2011            
** Minimum 200 plate appearances        

Warning: These rankings were created without utilizing scouting information. The list was assembled as a conversation starter/watch list by way of a relatively simple, objective prospect finding system. After weighing in scouting information, our rankings of players will change.

Methodology: Only players who were a deviation below level-average age were considered for the list above. The average Triple-A age in 2011 was approximately 27, with a standard deviation of approximately 3. Players were ranked based simply on deviations from level-average age, strikeout percentage, walk percentage and isolated power. The position that the player primarily played for the final two months of the season was also factored into the rankings.