2011 Reader Top 30, #1

We may as well start this one now, since I don’t envision it even being close. For those of you new to the site, here’s how it works. We start with #1 and work our way to #30. Once a player wins the vote for a spot, you can’t vote for him again. Obviously. Most votes will be open for 2 days before a new one is opened up. In the event that the voting for a spot is within a few votes, a run-off will be done, the winner gets the first spot, the runner up gets the 2nd spot, and we move on down the line. Its easy, you’ll get the hang of it. Also, if you decide to vote “Other”, make sure you include who you are voting for in the comments section of the post.

So, here we go.

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84 thoughts on “2011 Reader Top 30, #1

  1. The easiest number one pick I can recall due primarily to the fact that he is just about ready to contribute in a big way at the major league level.

    But there are a lot of intriguing prospects behind him.

  2. This has to be Brown. The best arguments I believe will be 2-5. I think many people value Cosart and Singleton differently. Then I have seen others value Colvin and May above Cosart at this point. It should be fun to see how close of a vote it actually is between those 4 spots.

    And I think a guy who will really establish himself as a legit prospect this year is John Pettibone. he came on late last year and was touching mid 90’s with his sinking fastball. He has a great frame and has already logged over 100 innings in the minors for a season. That is huge for a young pitcher. Now he feels comfortable. I expect big things.

  3. Definately Brown here…I wouldn’t be so shocked to see him get a few months in AAA before getting regular time in the bigs..he is only 23..We will see how spring training goes.

  4. It’s very clear that Dom Brown is the #1 prospect. However, I’m disturbed that the other candidates have gotten so many votes and Brody Colvin has gotten ZERO. I find that really remarkable – that even Trevor May has gotten two votes, yet Colvin has gotten none. I’m going to assume they were made by friends/family and not worry about it.

  5. Hey I like the potential of May but he is definately #5 of the players mentioned. I might go Singelton next followed by Colvin and Cosart.

  6. I can’t believe so many people are voting for Domonic Brown. Didn’t you see his numbers from the Dominican Republic? 2-29! The kid is done, clearly.

  7. Very funny ACA.
    QUIZ : Who hit higher their first year Mike Schmidt or Mario Mendoza .
    Could we give Brown a chance.

  8. I think the best argument is going to be #7. Most of us are in agreement on the top 5, and everyone thinks Sebastian Valle is in the top 10. 7-10 we have a bunch of different players on our lists.

  9. Hewitt isn’t even a toolshed at this point…he’s like one of those toolshed kits that gets shipped to your house on a pallet with the instructions all shrink-wrapped and stuff and you somehow have to put it all together before you even have a toolshed. His “toolshed” is still on said pallet sitting in the garage gathering dust while he’s sitting on the couch watching the game.

  10. I find it hard to criticize Hewitt anymore. I’m sure he’s trying his hardest, he’s just completely overmatched.

  11. ****I find it hard to criticize Hewitt anymore. I’m sure he’s trying his hardest, he’s just completely overmatched.****

    Pretty much this. I have no doubt that he’s out there every day giving it 100% but its just not happening.

  12. Domonic Brown, by acclamation.

    As it now stands I’d put Hewitt in LF for Lakewood w/ Altherr and D. Santana with 3 most potential guys playing, and lots of DH/OF candidates. We’ll see.

  13. Brown hands down because he’s proven in the minors quickly, but there are some guys moving up the ladder fast if Brown doesn’t make an impact this spring, forget about the DR winter league. He’s most likely tired.

    We need an update on some players recently traded such as Micheal Taylor, Carlos Carassco & Kyle Drabek(no hitter July 4)

  14. I feel so bad for some of these kids who come out overhyped and just cannot do it, no matter how hard they try. Baseball is just a weird and unpredictable game. That’s why they have 60 rounds of draft picks and 7 levels of leagues.

    Contrast that to the NBA. There are two rounds and the second round is almost a complete throw away. After the first 5-10 picks of the first round (sometimes even the first 3 or 4 picks), you are generally done with potential stars. Picks 10-20 are typically guys who will make a roster but will probably only be serviceable and after 20 or 25, it’s very questionable whether the player will even make the roster.

    But in baseball, 50 some-odd round pick Mike Piazza, who was drafted only because Tommy Lasorda was his Godfather and his Dad’s buddy, goes on to become a Hall of Famer. But, yet, that’s the beauty of it. Almost anyone has a chance and a 47 year-old can pitch a shutout. You have to love it.

  15. Hell, I’ll give it a stab….

    1. Brown
    2. Singleton
    3. Colvin
    4. Cosart
    5. May
    6. Valle
    7. Biddle
    8. Pettibone
    9. Worley
    10. James
    11. DeFratus
    12. Santana
    13. Gillies
    14. Ramirez
    15. Rodriguez

    Guys I’m torn on; Zeid, Hyatt, Aumont, Castro, Garcia

  16. LOL @ Brown being our #1 did anyone watch him this season? He has a long loopy swing, if he wasnt his size he’d be Jeff Francoeur part-dos. Singleton im not sold on until he reaches higher levels and Jared Cosart is a walking injury. Colvin and one of May/Way ftw.

  17. ***LOL @ Brown being our #1 did anyone watch him this season? He has a long loopy swing,***

    So does Jayson Werth…your point being?

    Plenty of MLB hitters have long swings…yet they still manage to hit, its so weird.

  18. Yeah, I agree with Senor PoopyPants. From watching this year you can clearly see that Brown only hit .327 across 2 minor league levels with only 20 homers. OPS was way low also. And being that his is in fact the same size as Francouer (once Brown puts on his adult weight) it makes you really wonder if PoopyPants rides the short bus or is back on the pipe.

  19. ***Carlos Carassco & Kyle Drabek(no hitter July 4)****

    Both were Sept callups. Carrasco was actually pretty effective on the Indians (6 QS in 7 GS with a 3.83 ERA) while Drabek showed flashes but got beat up a bit in Toronto (3 GS, 0-3, 4.76 ERA. I’d bet that both have pretty good shots of breaking camp on their respective 25 man rosters.

  20. At what point did Domonic Brown morph from one of the top prospects in baseball to a complete and udder dog with no skills whatsoever? I musta missed something. The guy is still a stud.

    – Jeff

  21. Jeff O, didn’t you hear he went 2-29 in the Dominican league which clearly trumps what he did in 500+ at-bats between AA-AAA last season.

    Besides, he has long, loopy swing unlike guys like Werth, Howard, etc..

  22. I think that vacancy in right is Brown’s to lose. He’s our best prospect and the no.1 prospect in baseball. Manuel said very positively he was a “special talent”. He’s homegrown and young. Right now he’s cheap. No one else- Werth, Diaz, Rowand- has upside comparable to his.

  23. I guess you have to vote for Brown at #1 based on proximity and his body of work, but honestly, I think Colvin will end up being the best of this whole group. He has above average stuff, and his second half of the season was unreal. Throw out the first months statistics and he’s easily our #2. He also put up 138 innings in his first taste of Pro ball.

    And I’m not trying to bash Brown. He’ll be an above average player for years.

  24. You have to admit that Brown did not look very good at the plate last year when he got called up. His swing is nothing like Werth’s. Werth swings with two hands all the way through, and Brown swings with his left only. His swing looks more like that of a slap-hitter than anything else, and that’s what concerned me last year. I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt that he can turn into what people say he can turn into though because really it was his first action at the major league level and it’s just not nearly enough of a sample size of him playing every day. Just don’t compare him to Werth because Werth was a first-round draft pick, and the only reason the Phillies got him so cheap was because he had been plagued by injuries after his best year as a Dodger. True, when he first came here, he wasn’t nearly the player he became within the past couple of years, but he wasn’t some late-rounder who came out of nowhere.

    Also, what Catch 22 said about the NBA Draft was inaccurate. Plenty of players get drafted outside of the lottery and turn out to be solid players at the very least. It all depends on what the emphasis of the draft is. For example, Mario Chalmers was clearly one of the best players in college basketball the year he got drafted but because teams weren’t taking chances on “project players” the way they did before and have since, he was drafted in the second round. Usually, the late 1st and the 2nd round is for either guys who are solid but don’t have a lot of potential or guys who have loads of potential but haven’t put it together like the early-mid first round guys tend to have already. For a lot of these guys, it’s about the opportunity they have more than anything, especially with the logjam of talent in the NBA due to the lack of busts from the HS class of ’06 and continuing.

    I have to say though, I really like the way our farm system has been restocked since Ed Wade pretty much cleaned it out. I really hope we can keep the solid draft choices/building the farm system going. Oh, and yeah, Dom Brown has to be #1 I think until the other players get higher up in the system(AA, AAA) so we can see what they can really do.

  25. @ TruePhan — You are the second person to come on here and describe Brown’s swing as a ‘slap’ hitter. Thanks for providing some laughs Friday at 5:30…you must have started happy hour a bit early today.

  26. So, you’ve never seen Werth swing so wildly that he goes to one knee, takes one hand off the bat etc?

    Do you not watch Phillies games?

  27. So you’re an expert CK? I wasn’t aware of that. Damn you’ve got quite an ego on you.

    Tell me, when a player swings every single time with only his left hand, in a way that resembles that of a typical slap hitter, exactly what would you say he swings like?

    Also, Werth only takes one hand off the bat when he’s trying to poke the ball as opposed to trying to hit it square. He uses his long arms to make any contact he can to stay alive in the count. Furthermore, we’re talking about a person’s swing, not how he occasionally swings.

    Oh, and NEPP, I have watched at least 130+ games every year since 2004. I watched every single game that was televised from 2004 to 2008, and the only reason I haven’t watched every single game that was televised these past couple of years is not having the free time. What about you?

  28. look at this long loopy swing who hit

    .242 .273 .361 in his first 300 career ab’s

  29. ****What about you?****

    Um, pretty much the same. Werth DOES have a long swing as do plenty of other players. Brown’s swing isn’t the huge issue you’re making it out to be. You’re looking way too much into 60-70 PAs.

  30. bob_M: If you read my inital comment, you’d see that I said that I’m giving Brown the benefit of the doubt because it was his first major league action and it really wasn’t even remotely enough of a sample size of him playing every day. I’m not dismissing Brown, just like I wasn’t one of the people who blindly thought he could easily replace Werth with no dropoff this year. I’m a pretty level-headed guy, something I think you’ll agree that Philly fans have to be considering the many disappointments we all see in our lifetimes. Gonzales’s swing does look a lot like Brown’s and if Brown can put in the work to refine his swing to be that good then I’ll be very happy.

    NEPP: I never said Werth doesn’t have a long swing. I said his swing is nothing like Brown’s because it isn’t. Werth has a 2-handed power swing and Brown has a one-handed swing that might turn into Carlos Gonzales’s swing with some work. Read my initial comment for the rest because I’m not repeating myself or playing back and forth games.

  31. One of the hardest things to do with a system is rate pitchers who pitch below AA ball. To me, because of injury issues as their workload increases, they’re all pretty much lottery tickets. When we get to ranking Colvin, Cosart, May, Biddle, etc., we’ve got to discount them at least a bit due to the injury possibilities.

    I think if those guys were equivalently talented position players, we’d be on a lot firmer footing as a system.

  32. “Also, what Catch 22 said about the NBA Draft was inaccurate. Plenty of players get drafted outside of the lottery and turn out to be solid players at the very least. It all depends on what the emphasis of the draft is.”

    Two points.

    First, you are missing my overall point as you focus on the nuances of things like the 2006 NBA draft. The point is that the talent pool for the NBA is so damned thin that, by two rounds, it’s over and, for the most part, only about 20 percent of second round picks ever make it. In the baseball, the science is damned inexact that you need almost 60 rounds. Trying to split hairs on the NBA draft does not overcome that very basic and overwhelming point.

    Second, what I am saying about the superstars of the NBA is true. It is extremely rare for a superstar to emerge outside of the top 10 picks. It does happen, but it’s unusual to the extreme. In the major leagues, we see stars emerging from all kinds of unexpected places.

  33. Am I the only who will vote for Vance Worley at #2? It’s pretty easy pick for me. To me, he was the Phillies minor league pitching prospect of the year, certainly ahead of Mathieson and Austin Hyatt, the pitchers who won actual awards. The Lakewood Blue Claws were a great team with lots of good prospects, but none really stood out for me and they all have a long way to go. I can’t see putting low A-ballers, especially fragile pitchers, ahead of a 23-year old starting pitcher who’s already made to the majors and is the Phils 6th starter today. He throws 4 pitches with great control and is still progressing. He’s not much older than the Lakewood crew either. I believe Worley’s presence allowed the Phillies to trade Happ. Happ was another guy I supported who most people overlooked at #2 on this site in before the 2009 season. I said Happ could end up the Phils #2 starter, figuring it would behind Hamels, not Lee as arguably actually happened. I predict Worley will have a better career than Happ, and he could be surpass Blanton and Kendrick this season. I think Worley can have Brett Myers type career.

  34. Ken45
    Bravo!
    I believe Worley might get more support from management than Happ who got almost none. He had to force his way to the show while the team was spending millions on Garcia and Eaton and even Park. In a way Happ changed the way pitchers approached batters. If you didn’t see how many more used the high fastball last year, you weren’t watching.
    Eventually the bottom line is all that counts. KK will struggle AGAIN
    Worley will step in and take over. So I am with you at the next vote.

  35. Didn’t know the phillies really wanted the kid the marlins drafted in the first round last year, over biddle.but the article said they didnt go for renaldo for money reason. boras client. Now with extra picks will money dictate who they draft?

  36. Ken45

    I like Worley too but these lists are based on potential projections for players. I see Worley more of a #5 starter in the bigs or a long relief guy. He had a good year last year but were we speaking so highly of him last December? Not really as he struggled in Reading in ’09 in the second half. Cosart, Colvin, May and Biddle all came to the Phillies system as high profile pitchers and all are at least 3 yrs younger. So I have him #9 in the system as I also have position players (Brown, Singelton, Valle and Gillies ahead of him).

  37. Ken45

    Thank you for clarifying what we are looking at on this site. I’ve been following for a year or so, but still do not understand how to rate players. I want to clarify something with you. You speak of Worley, whom the Phillies have had in their sight for a long time, as #2, and are projecting him for a career like Brett Myers. So Worley will project to have a better noon to 6 curve than he has now and he will add a couple of miles an hour to the fast ball. I have not seen him pitch so I have not seen the electric stuff movement that Myers showed. In that sense I would like to pursue the potential of Julio Rodriguez, who is cruising through AAA, AA, and former major leaguer hitters in Puerto Rico this winter. The article about him says that he is an upper body thrower, which probably puts him lower on projection now than most. Why couldn’t we project him to throw from the legs like all those great pitchers learned in the Mets organization in the early 60s? No arm problems, greater velocity. It would put him in a class above the others on his team we are talking about.
    So, if I understand correctly, Worley and Rodriguez are fairly similar with comparable gifts, but need to learn fundamentals tobetter to get more out of what they have.
    If I used this as a rubric for judging placement on this list, I would think Worley and Rodriguez would be on the back end of the first ten or on the top end of the next ten.
    I am not trying to criticize, but to understand better the way to rank the minor league players. Please correct my misperceptions.
    Thanks for turning on my light bulb.

  38. kphilly:

    I take your point, but a little overstated, IMO. These lists traditionally are not solely “based on potential projections for players.” It’s typically a mix of projection and risk factor. For example, as PC says above, young pitchers are much riskier. A guy like Worley, who has stayed healthy with a progressive increase in IP, gets ticked up somewhat, based on proximity and greater certainty (note that proximity and certainty are not necessarily the same thing and certainty is a relative term here–a comparison of risk factors among prospects).

    Many professional sites disagree on the balance of these factors. So do posters here, so I respect their right to emphasize greater certainty over projection.

    That said, I agree that guys like Cosart, Colvin, and May have standout K rates and are power pitchers with #1 through #3 potential, and I would rank them above Worley. But Worley still has some upside too. I think it’s slightly possible he could develop into more of an impact pitcher (unlike a Kendrick), although he does not project as a pure power pitcher/#1/#2 type. So it might be a little closer for some people than you imply, based on proximity, certainty, and some projection for Worley.

    Just putting a fine point on your statement.

  39. “Worley’s presence allowed the Phillies to trade Happ. Happ was another guy I supported who most people overlooked at #2 on this site in before the 2009 season.”
    A lot of people are influenced by the party line. Instead of believing what they see. After Clearwater the maybes almost disappear. You do or you don’t.
    For all the bluster , compare Happ’s Reading stats with Myers. Add on that one was a wreck emotionally and other calm at all times and the picture was clear.

  40. MLBTR has a blurb that the White Sox are actively trying to trade Carlos Quentin now that they signed Dunn and Konerko.

    They’re looking for bullpen help.

    While I hope that the Phils could trade them Mathieson… What are your guys thoughts on a package centering on DeFratus for Quentin?

  41. Nowheels, I am pretty sure Happ did not change the way pitchers approach batters, heck he didn’t influence anyone on the team to change the way they attack batters. Halladay, Hamels, Lidge all pitch down in the zone. Roy Oswalt and Madsen pitch up in the zone quite a bit and Blanton lives there all day but not with the success that Happ did. How funny would this exchange be. Happ- “hey roy (halladay) how about you throw some more fastballs up in the zone, it might make you more effective” Halladay- “Hey Happ, go get my jacket, i left it in my car” all while laughing his head off.

  42. Sibs It is a copy cat business . If a middle of the road talent (not my view), is getting people out with high heat ….
    Happ does he doesn’t talk.

    Do you deny more pitchers were using high fastballs this year. And screw you Halladay bs.

  43. I think raw stuff and on-the-field success in A ball makes it easy to put Colvin, Cosart, and May ahead of Worley, although they certainly are a far greater injury risk. The bigger question to me is how do you compare an older, farther advanced up the ladder high-K guy like Hyatt to Worley. I give Worley the edge, but a voice in the back of my head says I may be consistently undervaluing Hyatt. The high promise, haven’t done nearly as much or had injury/endurance questions guys, like Shreve and Pettibone are the toughest for me to rank, apart from Aumont, who is quite the enigma.

  44. Dennis H – Hope the Phils would keep DeFratus. I think he has a brighter future then Mathieson or Schwimer. His WHIP was a sub 1 last yr as a closer and even as a starter it was barely above 1.

  45. Catch 22, you’re wrong. I also never mentioned the 2006 Draft. I said the 2006 High School Class. Let me explain a few things to you, because basketball is one thing that I most definitely am an expert about.

    You’re making generalizations based on a string of bad drafts. Basketball is not like baseball. In basketball, you measure a player by how he plays, not by stats or anything else because stats in basketball are dependent on the opportunity for those stats and a whole host of other things. This is why I’ve always felt that an assist or a turnover or a steal should be judged the way an error is in baseball, rather than simply whoever passes the ball last or touches the ball last gets the credit or blame.

    In basketball, any player can become better if he understands the game and has the right attitude, which is a mix of being a student of the game and having a “big player” mentality. That’s where draft busts come from, either not having the right attitude, not being able to understand the game and certain things, or not having that “big player” mentality. Every draft is different, and the talent level in the NBA is anything but thin. That’s the reason why so many potential superstar players keep bouncing around or coming off the bench.

    In other words, you don’t have either a basic or an overwhelming point. You’re just speaking ignorantly about a sport that you probably don’t play. Baseball is a completely different sport because you don’t have to delegate shots or decide who fits where and who’s your star and who isn’t because there’s no cap in baseball and everybody gets a chance to hit. Furthermore, on defense baseball is about positions and basketball is about roles. If you statistically measured a baseball player by how many catches he averages or how many throws he makes to get a guy out at another base, and if you could only have so many chances for a home run or a hit to go around then maybe baseball would be like basketball. That’s clearly not the case though.

  46. Mike Cameron may be available from Boston but he is a strikeout machine and coming off an injury at 38 yrs old. But he does hit left hand pitching well and can play CF. Considering his $7M salary, he should either come without having to give up anything of value, or could come with some money in exchange for an ok prospect.

  47. The Sally League K/9 average is 7.9. Colvin’s K/9 is a hair below average, his BB/9 is above average and his HR/9 is above average.

    Cosart’s K/9 isn’t amazing, but good is understating it a bit as well.

  48. Brendan Ryan would add a lot to the defensive bench. He has even played a little OF. A small trade couldn’t hurt.

    Dennis H
    Carlos Quentin. isn’t bad choice if Cholly can work with him. Last year he was terrible on the first pitch very unusual. That points to a correctable mistake. The trouble is he doesn’t hit lefties which on this team is damaging.

  49. DIsagree about one thing in basketball. positon is the key to playing the game right. being in positon is when you have become a good player. knowing where to be, howto postion yourself for rebounds, shot selection, look how the sixers lost to boston. on a switch and the guys didnt switch right. I really believe that the phillies will go young and try to get a righthanded bat if francisco fails, need to get younger in outfield, then work on infield to keep the team good. Two years more of rollins and utley polanco and then turn off will happen I believe. chase plays so hard he just keeps wearing down.

  50. TruePhan – every point you made may be true about how basketball is played and how players develop and fit within the team concept. This still makes not one minor dent in my argument about the depth of talent. Not one. 60 rounds versus 2 rounds. How can you make a serious argument about that? It’s basic math. duh.

  51. Actually, let me clarify my comment. It’s not the depth of talent per se – there’s a ton of talent in baskeball – it’s called the NCAA and the depth of talent is why the NCAA tournament is more entertaining (to most) than the NBA. It’s the level of uncertainty about whether players can make it in the NBA combined with the fact that NCAA players are, for the most part, big league ready when they leave. Sure, there are busts in the NBA draft just as there are in any draft, but there’s a lot less uncertainty about who the good players are going to be. If there was as much uncertainty as there is in baseball, the D-league would be more of a minor league and it would work more like baseball. The uncertainty in baseball of who will make it, combined with the long developmental time, even for established college players, requires the bigger draft.

    But, seriously, if the NBA owners felt that they needed 7, 9 or 12 rounds to get their players, the draft would be that long. They are not stupid. In fact, the draft used to be much longer – 7 rounds. They did not need those extra rounds.

  52. I apologize for the “duh” comment. It wasn’t nice and I hate when things get mean-spirited on this site and I don’t want to contribute to that. I am sure you know 100 times more about basketball than I do – I accept that. But what I am discussing is so obvious on its face that one does not need to be a basketball expert to confirm this. In basketball, they only need to draft about 60 players because it’s very, very clear, with only minor exceptions can make it in the league. In baseball who will make it is incredibly unclear and the developmental time is much longer, hence the need for so many rounds. One need not be an expert in either sport to see what is so blatantly obvious on its face.

  53. I don’t know if basketball is that much more unpredictable. To me, it mostly reflects the different stages of the development cycle. Let’s imagine that all the minor league baseball teams were independent. Instead of drafting players out of high school and college, they were drafted after a season of AAA ball into the majors. How many rounds would the MLB draft need to be then? Probably somewhere around 10, which is comparable to the NBA considering MLB rosters are twice as large.

    MLB on the whole drafts far more inexperienced players than does the NBA. The NBA uses NCAA basketball as their own farm system, which tends to weed out the good and bad players before their teams have to take a risk. MLB has the farm system, so they need to do that developmental work themselves.

  54. Okay, turning back to what this site is really about, Brookover published his top 10 list in the Inquirer. It’s not terrible, but it is the kind of list you would expect to be published by a somewhat well informed sportswriter, not a minor league expert, with particular emphasis on guys who are close to the bigs, guys who had statistically notable seasons and well known draft picks. Here is HIS list (I capitalized “HIS” so I wouldn’t get comments from people saying they disagree with “my” list – it’s not my list).

    1. Brown
    2. Singleton
    3. Cosart
    4. Worley
    5. DeFratus
    6. Valle
    7. Biddle
    8. Colvin
    9. Rizzotti
    10. May

    I don’t think Rizzotti or Biddle would be in my top 10, but I think Worley and DeFratus would be. Having seen Worley this fall, I believe he has middle/back of the rotation potential – I could seem him as a very solid #4 for the Phils and he is very far advanced in his development (if you want me to be really honest, however, I think, sooner or later, he ends up in a trade for a top shelf hitter – he’s a classic RAJ bargaining chip type player). That makes him a top 10 prospect in my book. As for DeFratus, yes, he’s a reliever, but he has the possible makings of a closer. Closers are incredibly valuable as, truly, not everyone can do this, so somebody who can do this job is also valuable.

  55. Hey James, maybe you should open up a trade discussion topic so we can keep that crap out of the top 30 discussion? There’s even a basketball discussion in there.

    I’ve been looking at the back end of my top 30 and it’s giving me fits. I got well into the 20s and realized I forgot Galvis, both Hernandez’ and a few other guys, who in past years would have been in the 15 to 20 range. As we move through the list, I’ll be very interested in the discussion of each guy. For example, I have Cosart as #2. There is growing support for Singleton. I certainly can’t fault anyone for chosing Singleton and I debated Cosart’s possible Medical concern but I still like him at #2.

    I have Jiwan James in my top 10… right now. But I keep matching him up against Gillies. Which one is the better prospect? How about Harold Garcia, top 15? Matt Rizzotti’s another. I’m sure some people will put him in their top 10. I have him at #20. But I can be convinced to move him up and others down.

    So the discussion of the guys will be very interesting for me. And I hope the guy above who has Brown at #6 and Martinez at #5 is either joking or talking about something completely different like Golf winnings or most eligible bachelor or anything other than top baseball prospects.

  56. I believe Worley should start. KK has games where the other team wins in the third inning at least one a month. April is particularly bad for KK,
    So Worley is a gimme to start the season.

  57. I just read Brookover’s top 10 and I agree it looks like it is someone’s list with a brief knowledge of the system. Though I like Worley and DeFratus I think I would have them like 8 or 9. Rizzoti I would not have at #9. Maybe 15-20. I actually have Colvin at 3 and May at 5.

  58. I think Worley will slot #11 on my list. DeFratus in the top 15. Harold Garcia might crack the top 20 and I think Rizzotti is somewhere in the bottom third of the list. The hardest guy to rank is probably Freddy Galvis.

    James vs. Gillies is interesting. If you adjust Gillies’ numbers for level, he and James were not dissimilar in terms of production. I’m ranking James higher because I like James’ tools better and because of the injuries Gillies battled last year. I think I’ll have Gillies rated #12 though.

    Jesus Sanchez I’ll continue to pencil in to the back end of the list until I hear he signed with another team.

    I think it’s definitely time to move on to #2.

  59. I had Sanchez in my top 30 as well, but I’ve been trying to find ways to get other guys into the back end of the list. Might move him off due to the low vote of confindence by the brass?

  60. I actually wrote up a list today and I might end up leaving him off by sheer merit. I gotta say, this is an incredibly deep prospect corps we have this offseason. There are guys I have off the top 30 that are still intriguing.

  61. Singleton #2 because the pitchers all have too much risk at this point. It’s a long way from Lakewood to Philly.

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