AL Rookie Prospecting for Real: By Madalan

Madalan WeisbergContributor IMarch 11, 2010

CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 11: Designated hitter Johnny Damon #18 of the Detroit Tigers bats against the Philadelphia Phillies March 11, 2010 at the Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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March 11, 2010


AL Rookie Prospecting for Real

By Madalan


This is not a complete list of all AL Rookies; this is a list of the most likely candidates to consider who may play MLB during 2010; this information is vital 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’.


American League              Debut 2010 Likely              Comments



Josh Bell 3B                       Yes                                   Bat ready, nothing else

Jake Arrieta SP                  Yes                                     Mid-season

Zach Britton SP                  No                                      Not yet

Brandon Snyder 1B            Yes                                    Average player anyway

Brian Matusz SP                 Yes                                   Only 23 Ready

Kam Mickolio RP                Yes                                    Ready

Chris Tillman SP                 Yes                                    Ready?




Josh Reddick OF               Yes                                   Mid-season Power+

Ryan Kalish OF                 Yes                                   Mid-season

Lars Anderson 1B              Yes                                   Yawn

Luis Exposito C                  No                                     Not ready

Che-Hsuan Lin OF              No                                     Not yet

Michael Bowden SP           Yes                                   Ready expect trade

Junichi Tazawa SP             Yes                                   Ready



Chicago (AL)

Tyler Flowers C                 Yes                                      Starts in 2011

Christian Marrero 1B          Yes                                     Kind of ready, PH?

Brent Morel 3B                   Yes                                     Likely to start 2011

C.J. Retherford 2B             Yes                                     Think Utility

Dayan Viciedo 3B              Yes                                     Sept. call-up

Dan Hudson RP                 Yes                                     Future SP




Carlos Santana C               Yes                                     ASAP star quality bat

Lonnie Chisenhall 3B          Yes                                     Sept. call-up

Nick Hagadone RP             No                                      Possibly late in season

Michael Brantley OF          Yes                                     Ready SB

Jordan Brown 1B              Yes                                     Yawn

Matt LaPorta 1B               Yes                                    2010= 25 HR 80 RBI

Lou Marson C                   Yes                                    Back-up, trade?

Beau Mills 1B                    Yes                                    Trade fodder

Scott Barnes SP               Yes                                     High fly-ball SP, trade?

Connor Graham RP          Yes                                     Bullpen




Austin Jackson OF              Yes                                     Glove ready, bat?

Scott Sizemore 2B              Yes                                     Starter

Alex Avila C                        Yes                                     Ready

Wilkin Ramirez OF              Yes                                     Late

Ryan Strieby OF                 Yes                                    Power, no glove

Casper Wells OF                Yes                                    Ready?



Kansas City

Mike Montgomery SP        Yes                                       Late

Mike Moustakas 3B           Yes                                      Yawn

Kila Ka’aihue DH                Yes                                      Jacobs replacement

David Lough OF                 Yes                                     Yawn

Daniel Duffy SP                  Yes                                     Mid-season



Los Angeles (AL)

Trevor Reckling SP             Yes                                     Age 21, Star soon

Chris Pettit OF                   Yes                                     Solid fundamentals

Mark Trumbo 1B                Yes                                     Power, no glove

Trevor Bell SP                    Yes                                    Not MLB quality

Kevin Jepsen RP                Yes                                    Grounders galore




Aaron Hicks OF                Yes                                      Age 20, ready in 2011

Ben Revere OF                 Yes                                     No yet, bat yes, glove no

Wilson Ramos C                Yes                                     Ready

Danny Valencia 3B             Yes                                    Yawn, may start soon

David Bromberg SP           Yes                                     Not ready

Carlos Gutierrez RP           Yes                                     Worm killer

Anthony Slama RP             Yes                                     Ready



New York (AL)

Jesus Montero C               Yes                                      What a bat




Chris Carter 1B                  Yes                                     Ready

Grant Green SS                  No                                      Maybe in September




Dustin Ackley OF/2B           Yes                                   Ready Age 22

Michael Saunders OF         Yes                                    Likely starter?

Mike Carp 1B                     Yes                                   Power-free, think Garko

Ezequiel Carrera OF           Yes                                   Mid-season starter?

Adam Moore C                   Yes                                   Could become starter

Matt Tuiasosopo 3B            Yes                                   May become 1B.



Tampa Bay

Desmond Jennings OF        Yes                                    Should start

Jeremy Hellickson SP         Yes                                     Ready

Wade Davis SP                 Yes                                     Near to Ace material?

Matt Moore SP                   Yes                                   Ready

Matt Joyce OF                    Yes                                   Likely starter

Mitch Talbot SP                  Yes                                    Ready




Justin Smoak 1B                 Yes                                    Mid-season

Mitchell Moreland OF          Yes                                     DH

Danny Gutierrez SP             No                                     Next season

Derek Holland SP                Yes                                   Rookie of the Year?

Guillermo Moscoso SP        Yes                                   Ready, Trade?




Kyle Drabek SP                Yes                                    Mid-season?

Brett Wallace 1B               Yes                                    Ready

Marc Rzepczynski SP        Yes                                    Ready





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