Top 10 Short-Season Position Prospects

October 27, 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   Rougned Odor (eBay) 2B   Minor's youngest hitter didn't K too much and had some XBH   17.4   TEX
2   Eugenio Suarez (eBay)   SS   Up-the-middle defender had his best power season in pro ball   20.0   DET
3   Marcus Littlewood (eBay) SS   Responded to Low-A demotion w/ decent short-season showing 19.3   SEA
4   Jake Lowery (eBay)   DH   BB% climbed as year went on; lacks power for corner IF but not C 20.9   CLE
5   Maikel Franco (eBay) 3B   Good LD hitter lacks speed & power but walks and makes contact 18.8   PHI
6   Angelo Gumbs (eBay)   2B   One of NYP's youngest; struck out a lot but showed good power   18.7   NYY
7   Zeke DeVoss (eBay) 2B   Finished 2nd in the Northwest League with a 19.0% walk rate   21.0   CHC
8   Jorge Alfaro (eBay)   C   Had lowest BB% in the Northwest League, but promising power   18.1   TEX
9   Tony Wolters (eBay) SS   Hit for very little power and K% climbed every month; good LD%   19.1   CLE
10   Reggie Golden (eBay)   RF   Powerful, patient hitter was inconsistent & struck out regularly   19.7   CHC
Best of the Rest
    Aaron Shipman (eBay)   LF   Speedster lacks pop but he's very patient; played some CF, too   19.4   OAK
    Glynn Davis (eBay)   CF   Had a .027 August IsoP; fast but CS a lot; ended the season in A+   19.6   BAL
    Mason Williams (eBay)   CF   Improved as a contact hitter as season went on; has some power 19.9   NYY
    Boss Moanaroa (eBay)   1B   Hot start but slow finish for Austrailian; Ks rose while walks fell   20.0   BOS
    Jobduan Morales (eBay)   1B   Split time between catcher & first; showed power and patience   20.1   FLA
    Jose Garcia (eBay)   SS   Demoted from Low-A after slow start; Kd more in SS than Low-A   20.2   BOS
    Jeff Malm (eBay)   1B   Had a 9 HR July before coming to a screeching halt in August   20.7   TB
    Joseph Panik (eBay)   SS   Made a lot of contact & hit line drives; showed some power, too   20.7   SF
    Donavan Tate (eBay)   CF   One of the older players on this list; walked a lot but hit 0 HR   20.8   SD
    Jordan Smith (eBay)   3B   Played some RF and 3B; walked more than he Kd but hit 0 HR   21.0   CLE
* Ages are as of July 1, 2011            
** Minimum 150 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 Short-Season age in 2011 was approximately 21, with a standard deviation of approximately 1. 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.