Sunday, May 31, 2009

My 2009 Draft Top 100 Prospects

1. Dustin Ackley CF/1B North Carolina
2. Stephen Strasburg RHP San Diego State
3. Alex White RHP North Carolina
4. Grant Green SS USC
5. Kyle Gibson RHP Missouri
6. Jacob Turner RHP Academy (Mo.)
7. Aaron Crow RHP Fort Worth Cats
8. Max Stassi C Yuba City HS (Calif.)
9. Shelby Miller RHP Brownwood HS (Tex.)
10. Matt Davidson 3B Yucaipa HS (Calif.)
11. Everett Williams CF McCallum HS (Tex.)
12. Tanner Scheppers RHP St. Paul Saints
13. Kentrail Davis LF Tennessee
14. Rich Poythress 1B Georgia
15. Tim Wheeler CF Sacramento State
16. Chad Jenkins RHP Kennesaw State
17. Zack Wheeler RHP East Paulding HS (Ga.)
18. James Paxton LHP Kentucky
19. Donovan Tate CF Cartersville HS (Ga.)
20. Tyler Matzek LHP Capistrano HS (Calif.)
21. Matt Purke LHP Klein HS (Tex.)
22. Tony Sanchez C Boston College
23. Mike Minor LHP Vanderbilt
24. LeVon Washington CF Buchholz HS (Fla.)
25. Wil Myers C/3B Wesleyan Christian
26. Mike Trout CF Millville HS (NJ)
27. Bobby Borchering 3B Bishop Verot HS (Fla.)
28. Jiovanni Mier SS Bonita HS (Calif.)
29. Tyler Skaggs LHP Santa Monica HS
30. Austin Maddox C Eagles View Academy
31. DJ LeMahieu SS LSU
32. Chad James LHP Yukon HS (Okla.)
33. Matt Hobgood RHP Norco HS (Calif.)
34. Jared Mitchell RF LSU
35. Rex Brothers LHP Lipscomb
36. Tommy Joseph C Horizon HS (Ariz.)
37. Garrett Gould RHP Maize HS (Kan.)
38. Billy Bullock RHP Florida
39. Jake Marisnick OF Riverside Poly HS
40. Ryan Jackson SS Miami
41. Mychal Givens RHP/SS Plant HS (Fla.)
42. Ben Tootle RHP Jacksonville State
43. Sam Dyson RHP South Carolina
44. Alex Wilson P Texas A&M
45. Jorge Reyes P Oregon State
46. AJ Pollock CF/2B Notre Dame
47. Ben Paulsen 1B Clemson
48. Drew Storen RHP Stanford
49. Andrew Oliver P Oklahoma State
50. Madison Younginer RHP Mauldin HS (SC)
51. Brian Goodwin CF Rocky Mount HS (NC)
52. Jason Kipnis CF Arizona State
53. Marc Krauss OF Ohio
54. Kyle Heckathorn RHP Kennesaw State
55. Brooks Raley LHP/OF Texas A&M
56. Bryan Berglund RHP Royal HS, (Calif.)
57. Kendal Volz RHP Baylor
58. Josh Phegley C Indiana
59. Trent Stevenson P Brophy Prep
60. Steven Matz LHP Ward Melville HS (NY)
61. Brad Boxberger RHP USC
62. Mike Leake RHP Arizona State
63. Jake Eliopoulos LHP Sacred Heart Catholic
64. Michael Heller RHP Cardinal Mooney HS
65. Matt Moynihan OF Cathedral Catholic HS
66. Jonathan Walsh C Coppell HS (TX)
67. Jonathan Singleton 1B Millikan HS
68. Luke Bailey C Troup County HS (Ga.)
69. Jason Stoffel RHP Arizona
70. Eric Arnett RHP Indiana
71. Brody Colvin RHP St. Thomas More (La.)
72. Robbie Erlin lhp Scotts valley hs
73. Scott Griggs RHP San Ramon Valley HS
74. Brett Jackson CF California
75. Keyvius Sampson RHP Ocala HS (Fla.)
76. Drew Steckenrider OF Greater Atlanta Christian
77. Angelo Songco OF Loyola Marymount
78. Robbie Shields SS Florida Southern
79. Brooks Pounders RHP/OF Temecula Valley HS
80. Geno Escalante C Rodriguez HS (Calif.)
81. Blake Smith RHP/OF California
82. Andrew Susac C Jesuit HS (Calif.)
83. David Holmberg LHP Port Charlotte HS (Fla.)
84. AJ Griffin RHP San Diego
85. Victor Black RHP Dallas Baptist
86. James Jones RHP Long Island
87. Deven Marrero SS American Heritage HS
88. Jeff Inman RHP Stanford
89. Chris Dwyer LHP Clemson
90. Slade Heathcott OF/LHP Texas HS, (Tex.)
91. Bryan Morgado RHP Tennessee
92. Todd Glaeseman OF Midway HS (Tex.)
93. Scott Bittle RHP Ole Miss
94. Joe Gardner RHP UC Santa Barbara
95. Chris Owings SS Gilbert HS (SC)
96. Brad Stillings SS Kent State
97. Scooter Gennett 2B Sarasota FL HS
98. Reymond Fuentes CFFernando Callego HS
99. Jake Cowan P San Jacinto JC (TX)
100. Eric Decker OF U of Minnesota

Saturday, May 16, 2009

I am diving head first into draft prep

I will be posting my top 100 sometime in the next two weeks. Still busy on the house, so I can't pin down a date.

I see Brett Wallace just got called up to AAA. He's not far from being the 3B for STL.

Lars Anderson hit 2 HR's off New Britain. I think that the Red Sox need to call him up after the All-star break. They need to get ready to cut ties with Big Papi, as sad as that is for Sox fans and sign Bay to an extension. Lars is struggling a little in Portland, but I think he will be fine. His BABIP is lower than it has been in the past and his GB% is up but I think this is due to small sample size. His BB rate is low also, clear signs he needs to relax and tonight might be a break from this.

One of my personal favorites, Cedric Hunter, OF, SD, seems to be heating up hitting .317 this month after hitting .195 in April. I'm glad to see him getting straightened out in AA and I hope he starts to get noticed by the big name prospect raters.

Tony Delmonico, a 2008 draft pick of the Dodgers, is hitting .320 and catching for the great lakes loons after being drafted as a SS. He has walked 22 times in 122 AB and struck out a crazy 34 times. I'm not confident that he can continue hitting at this clip with that K rate, but if he cuts back on the K's, watch out. He could be a sleeper.

Watch Josh Satin, 2B, NYM. He's old for his league but he has a chance to be a good MLB player as a utility guy with a solid bat.

Justin Smoak will be on the Texas 25 man roster as early as July.

Jason Knapp, 5 IP, 9 K, 1 BB, 3 H.

Why is Mike Mccardell still in HiA?

Erik Cordier could move fast as it looks like this injury-prone Brave seem to be healthy after TJ surgery causing him to miss 2007 and part of 2008.

Jarrod Parker is really looking good in AA with 9 k's in 5 IP allowing 1 run in his start against Montgomery. I really like this guy and even with the all the pub on this guy, I think he's underrated.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Sorry for not posting more recently, been really busy with house remodeling but I'm anxious to post about a few guys I like.

Kyle Drabek is tearing it up this season in Clearwater. He has 46 K's and 9 BB's in 35.2 IP with a 2.27 ERA and has yet to allow a HR. The stats tell me two things. The Phils were right in choosing to have him pitch and his arm is healed from TJ surgery.

Lance Lynn was drafted 39th overall last year by the Cards. He did very well in 2 stops last season and is continuing it this year. He had a 17/3 K/BB ratio this season in HiA and was promoted to AA for his first start May 4 against Tulsa. He struck out 6 in 5 IP. At 6'5, 250 LBS, he's a big dude who could develop into a solid #3 innings eater in the ilk of Jason Jennings, with a few more K's, as early as next season.

Matt Moore is another Rays minor leaguer who will be moving up rankings lists this season. He has K'd 38 in 25.2 IP in LoA this season. His BB's are high, but it is mostly from two starts and he is just a kid. I think command is his biggest weakness and with a so I think he could move fast once his command improves. In all honesty, he is 3-4 years away from the bigs with the Rays depth but he could be used as a chip. I see him in the mold of Kazmir, John Danks, or maybe Cliff Lee. But lets see him in AA before we get too nuts. He should be there late next season.

For as much flack as the Astros got in their 2007 draft(mostly deserved), they may have found one guy who will help them out. Collin Delome is hitting .283 in AA with 9 HR's and 18 RBI's in 106 AB. Like many sluggers he K's too much and walks too little but has a chance to become a Russell Branyan kind of slugger. He has real power and could end up being even better than that.

Jim Negrych just keeps hitting. .370 last season in A ball, .368 in AA this season. This guy can hit. He doesn't profile well, but the guy can rake and he has a .469 OBP.

Jaff Decker, OF, SD, who hit .352 last season in Rookie ball, with a .523 OBP and .541 SLG, is continuing that pace in LoA ball. He's hitting .289 with a .526 OBP and .579 SLG. He even has 3 SB in the 14 games he's played. Think Matt Stairs only better.

Pat Venditte, P, NYY is insane. This guy is old for LoA but how can you argue with a 23-0 K-BB ratio in 14.2 IP and only 1 ER against him. He doesn't have that great of stuff, but knows how to pitch. This guy has no comparisons.

Jake Brigham is coming off TJ surgery and doing well so far this season striking out 19 in 20.1 IP. He's walked 7 but only has a 1.77 ERA and allowed 18 hits. Pretty solid start for him after missing last season.

Oh yeah, Stephen Strasburg threw a no-hitter but you can read about him anywhere.