1. Kevin Ahrens
Ahrens should have been ranked among the third basemen since the organization moved him to third base in the middle of the summer. However, for the sake of this list, since Ahrens has played more shortstop than third, and because the move did not immediately happen after he was drafted – it was decided to keep him among the shortstop. Ahrens had trouble picking up breaking pitches during his stint in the Gulf Coast League, and didn't show much power, although the organization quietly believes the power numbers will grow with experience. The switch hitter performed better from the right-hand side of the plate in his first professional season, than the left-hand side. Defensively he handled his new position well. All scouts agree with the move in the sense that it will not hurt Ahrens or the team. He has a solid arm, good range, and his quickness is improving.
2. Justin Jackson
The one question we constantly kept asking scouts is about his power. All scouts agreed that Justin has good bat speed, but are split about his future power potential. While most scouts concurred he will not be a 20-home run hitter, they agreed he could be a power threat is he gets stronger. Defensively Jackson has a cannon of an arm but his quickness is questioned by some scouts. Jackson lacks the quick first step, both on defense, and when running, which leads scouts to lower his mark on his range and speed. "He runs great once he gets underway, but does not have that quick first step many great runners and shortstops have."
3. Sergio Santos
Santos had a break out year with New Hampshire this season batting .250 with twenty home runs and sixty-two runs. The 24-year-old also showed his gap power by belting thirty-four home runs. Santos was relatively disciplined at the plate as he struck out just below 100 times and accumulated 432 at bats. He was promoted to Triple-A late in the season, but struggled once again, batting just .191 with no home runs. Scouts just don't believe Santos will cut it at the higher levels of professional baseball. A few scouts believed his power in Double-A came from facing pitchers he was clearly better than. Santos has yet to prove himself at Triple-A and until he does so, he will not be looked at seriously.
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