"Some days, we're ripped and town away. From the shore, and tossed to a watery grave. Set adrift, and the depths in the hands of the gods we curse."
- Chuck Ragan 'The Boat'
In the first of a three part series, I defined what makes a prospect. Part Two will take a look at the top prospect by organization. Part Three will discuss the top ten prospects in all of baseball.I am not reinventing the wheel here, nor am I claiming to know something that a person who studies baseball day and night does. However, I do know how irritating it is going from website to website trying to figure out who the best player in each organization is. I take the majority of the fun out of that in listing off my top prospect by organization.
The ‘Lets Give Hope to Everyone’ List
Diamondbacks – M. Scherzer (RHP) Love the strikeouts hate the control, watch him dominate out of the pen for years to come.
Braves – J. Schafer (OF) Young and no road blocks ahead. How about 74 extra base hits in 2007?
Orioles – M. Wieters (C) Should be the O’s Opening Day catcher in 2010. And immediately a solid one.
Red Sox – C. Buchholz (RHP)
Cubs – J. Ceda (RHP) If he can harness his stuff, watch out!
White Sox – J. Shelby (OF) Displayed some solid power at a low level while being old.
Reds – J. Bruce (OF)
Indians – C. Lofgren (LHP) I will go at length about Lofgren in my Indians top 5. Short answer, lefty with stuff.
Rockies – F. Morales (LHP) Unfortunately he plays for the Rockies and has gotten worse. I think 2007 was an anomaly.
Tigers – R. Porcello (RHP) Rated as having plus stuff all over the place and should have been the second pitcher taken. People who argue for a salary cap should start at the draft.
Marlins – C. Maybin (OF) Toolsy with a nice walk rate. The Tigers will be wishing they did not trade for Cabrera in 2 or 3 years.
Astros – J. Towles (C) The Astros actually have no one worth mentioning. This is a pathetic system and Towles would be a marginal prospect in any other system.
Angels of – N. Adenhart (RHP) I have given up on Angels prospects and so should you. Somehow he rates as a five star by Goldstein.
Dodges – C. Kershaw (LHP)Brewers – Z. Braddock (LHP) Hold me to this one. Braddock is not listed on anyone’s prospect list. If he can manage to be healthy, he will be one of the best in the minors in 2008. LaPorta, sorry colleague, you don’t have a position on this team.
Twins – D. Guerra (RHP) I had Swarzak here pre-trade. I still like Swarzak, but something about Guerra smells like Liriano. The good parts. 2008 should be the season the 19 year old takes serious strides.
Mets – F. Martinez (OF) The Mets are starting to be the Mariners of the National League. Why are they rushing these prospects before they master the appropriate level? I see developing into a Mike Cameron-this is not a bad thing.
Yankees – J. Tabata (OF)
Athletics – D. Barton (1B)
Phillies – C. Carrasco (RHP) Yet another pathetically shallow organization. Carrasco might not even make the Phillies top 10 list entering 2009. Mediocre stuff, nice control, another maybe pick.
Pirates – A. McCutchen (OF) Far and away the most exciting prospect the Pirates have seen in a long time. I thought about using Pearce but went with McCutchen as a poor mans Tabata/Martinez.
Padres – C. Headley (3B) His future is in a pitchers park however his high on base skills creates interest and intrigue. Being more athletic then Kouzmanoff the Padres should just move him to the outfield right now.
Giants – A. Villalona (3B) Everybody loves him. Although he is yet to be a legal adult, has power promise and should be the face of the Giants before he is legal to drink.
Mariners – J. Clement (C)
Cardinals – C. Rasmus (OF)
Rays – E. Longoria (3B)
Rangers – E. Andrus (SS) One of the most promising prospects entering the 2007 season, Andrus is a guy who really turned it on after he was traded to the Rangers. This kid will be something special sometime soon.
Blue Jays – T. Snider (OF)
Nationals - C. Marrero (1B) Despite having a weak minor league resume, I believe his power is legit and he will be a league leader in home runs for Washington before his 25th birthday.
Stay tuned for Part Three which will look at the top 10 prospects in all of baseball.
Brandon Heikoop writes for Baseball Digest Daily as well as for his own blog, The Outsiders Look. Questions? Comments? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.