Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Prospect Lists and Organizational Rankings
For those of you who are prospect geeks, today was a pretty exciting day. MLB.com released their list of Top 50 prospects, and ESPN's Keith Law released his organizational rankings.
Starting out with the mlb.com list, Angels outfield prospect Mike Trout takes the top spot. Trout has tremendous upside, and looks to be a true five tool prospect. With blazing speed, good power to the gaps, and excellent defensive instincts, Trout has all of the makings of a star. At 19, he still has quite a bit of development remaining, but it wold not surprise me in the least two see him in the majors at some point during the 2012 season. Rounding out the top five are SP Jeremy Hellickson (Rays), OF Bryce Harper (Nationals), OF Dominic Brown (Phillies), and 2B/OF Dustin Ackley (Mariners).
In Keith Law's organizational rankings, the Kansas City Royals take the top spot. This is such a non-surprise, that it's almost anti-climactic. As I mentioned in my post on the Royals farm system a couple of weeks ago, the Royals have three top hitting prospects in Mike Moustakis, Eric Hosmer, and Wil Meyers, and a plethora of top pitching prospects including Mike Montgomery, Danny Duffy, and John Lamb (among others). To say that the farm system is stacked is an understatement of mass proportions. Rounding out the top five are the pitching rich Tampa Bay Rays, the Atlanta Braves, the Toronto Blue Jays, and (surprisingly) the Philadelphia Phillies.