NL Rookie Prospecting by Madalan

Madalan WeisbergContributor IMarch 4, 2010

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March 03, 2010

This list is not a complete list of all NL Rookies; this is a list of the most likely candidates to consider; especially for Keeper Leagues.  As always in Baseball a player comes around to write “NOW” over “POTENTIAL” (example E. Longoria) therefore this list likely contains this season’s new ‘Star from 2010’.

NL Rookie Prospecting

By Madalan


National League                     Debut 2010                Comments


Brandon Allen 1B                              Yes                      Power, may start,

Wade Miley SP                                 Yes                      Yawn

Bryan Shaw SP                                 No                      Not yet

Clay Zavada RP                                Yes                      Fly-ball RP in small park

Brandon Allen 1B                              Yes                      Power


Jason Heyward OF                           Yes                      Age 20, team’s top OF

Adam Milligan OF                             Yes                      Big man big hitter

Gerardo Rodriquez 1B                      No                      Not yet

Randall Delgado RP                          No                      Not yet

Arodys Vizcaino P                             Yes                      Ready

Freddie Freeman 1B                         Yes                      Mid-Season ready

Chicago NL

Josh Vitters 3B                                 No                        Maybe Mid-Season

Starlin Castro SS                              No                        Not yet

Hak-Ju-Lee SS                                 Yes                      Speed

Brett Jackson OF                             No                        Special player

Ryan Flaherty 2B                              Yes                      Mid-season

Chris Archer RP                               Yes                      Ready

Andrew Cashner SP                        Yes                      Star quality

Chris Carpenter SP                         Yes                      Great potential


Mike Leake SP                                 No                        Next year

Todd Frazier 2B                               No                        Power

Yonder Alonso 1B                            Yes                      Ready

Todd Frazier 2B                               Yes                      Ready


Christian Friedrich SP                      Yes                      Mid-Season

Tyler Matzek SP                               No                        Not yet

Eric Young Jr. 2B                             Yes                      SB star


Mike Stanton OF                               Yes                      HR’s, power

Logan Morrison 1B                           No                        Yawn

Gaby Sanchez 1B                             Yes                      Serious power

Sean West SP                                  No                        Soon


Jason Castro C                                Yes                      Any moment

Chia-Jen Lo RP                                Yes                      Ready

Bud Norris SP                                  Yes                      Ready

Polin Trinidad SP                              Yes                      Mid-season

Los Angeles NL

Chris Withrow SP                             No                        Not yet

Ivan De Jesus SS                            Yes                      Mid-season 2B?

Xavier Paul OF                                 Yes                      Not in LA

Trayvon Robinson OF                      Yes                      Mid-season

Kyle Russell OF                               Yes                      Very late 2010

Scott Van Slyke OF                          Yes                      Not ready?

Charlie Haeger SP                           Yes                      Knuckleballs

Josh Lindblom SP                            Yes                      Ready as are others

James McDonald P                          Yes                      Not in LA

Aaron Miller SP                                 No                        Fast-tracking


Alcides Escobar SS                          Yes                      Starter

Brett Lawrie 2B                                No                        Mid-season?

Matt Gamel 3B                                 Yes                      May start, no glove

New York NL

Fernando Martinez OF                      No                        Ready bat

Ike Davis 1B                                     Yes                      Ready

Josh Thole C                                    Yes                      Big bat

Jon Niese SP                                   Yes                      Rotation spot 4-5

Bobby Parnell SP                             Yes                      Likely RP now


Domonic Brown OF                          No                        Almost ready

Phillippe Aumont RP                         No                        1-2 Years away

Travis d’Arnaud C                             No                        Huge Upside

Sergio Escalona RP                         Yes                      Nothing Special


Pedro Alvarez 3B                              Yes                      Ready

Tony Sanchez C                               No                        Not yet, mid-season

Jose Tabata OF                               Yes                      No starter or power

Ramon Aquero RP                            Yes                      Ready

Brad Lincoln SP                                Yes                      Ready

Daniel McCutchen SP                       Yes                      Probably ready

Evan Meek RP                                 Yes                      Late in season

St. Louis

Shelby Miller SP                               No                        Not yet

Allen Craig 3B                                  Yes                      May be ready

David Freese 3B                             Yes                      Now or gone – see Craig

Jon Jay OF                                      Yes                      Yawn

Joe Mather OF                                 Yes                      Do ignore him

Jaime Garcia SP                              Yes                      The needed Lefty

Lance Lynn SP                                 Yes                      Starter by mid-season

San Diego

James Darnell 3B                             No                        Needs position

Jaff Decker OF                                 No                        DH Future

Kyle Banks 1B-OF                            Yes                      Giant man, giant power

Luis Durango OF                              Yes                      Mid-season, SB+

Logan Forsythe 3B                           No                        Fast tracking

Simon Castro SP                              Yes                      Mid-season – 97mph

Mat Latos SP                                    Yes                      Very ready

Wade Leblanc SP                            Yes                      Not ready

Cory Luebke SP                               Yes                      Mid-season

Ryan Webb RP                                Yes                      Ready

San Francisco

Buster Posey C                                Yes                      Not ready

Madison Bumgarner SP                   Yes                      Ready?

Zach Wheeler SP                             Yes                      Mid-season

Thomas Neal OF                              No                        Limited to LF

Roger Kieschnick OF                       Yes                      Not ready

Waldis Joaquin RP                           Yes                      Ready

Dan Runzler RP                                Yes                      Ready


Stephen Strasburg SP                      Yes                      May be ready

Derek Norris C                                   No                       Soon

Drew Storen RP                                 No                       2-3 Years away

Danny Espinosa SS                          Yes                      Mid-season?

Justin Maxwell OF                             Yes                      Not a starter

Garrett Mock SP                               Yes                      Ready

Drew Storin RP                                 Yes                      Mid-season

Comments are welcomed - Madalan



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