There are lots of good pitchers left including Hector Hernandez, Aiden Lucas, Iden Nazario, Sam Gaviglio, Joe Donofrio, Ronnie Shaban, and Ryan Sherriff (10-3 at PB). Among position players Acevedo, Caldwell, Wiley, Luis Perez, Velazco all had good years, and Jeffries and Matt Young could be sleepers. Then, think about the year Melchionda had advancing to class A QC where he did very well. It gets pretty cloudy here as you kind of have to wait until you see how well some of these guys do upon advancing to the next level of play.
Bruce Caldwell seems like he makes a lot of errors. I'd want to see if that clears up and/or his bat holds up going forward.
Matt Williams reportedly doesn't have a left side of the infield arm. So what have we got really.
Gil is supposed to have the arm and the range. Switch hitter with some speed and gap power. His bat will decide if he makes it and in what capacity. Certainly he has the other tools to be a UT at least. He could go up or down. I have the feeling he won't keep up at the plate if he gets into higher levels.
Jhohan Acevedo had better results at the plate in the U.S. Unusual and encouraging. Center fielders are usually stand out athletes and he reportedly has a good arm and speed. +intangibles/makeup is also positive.
Wyatt, Hald, Kiekhefer, Heyer, Freeman, Wright and some others get some love but despite making the effort I am unable to tell why one or the other might be ranked higher. It seems that different observers favor different guys, which also supports the idea that there are no obvious individual standouts. Any of them would be good picks in the 60s, but the order might be rather random IMO.
HighJump31 wrote: We had Erik Komatsu in our countdown last year without ever playing a game for us, no reason to not include Lemmerman this year.
#60 Jake Lemmerman
Right, and Lemmerman has 2 votes so far, so I withdraw the suggestion.
Make that 3 as I'll tab the young SS as Top Prospect #60. Yep, agree with HighJump in that Lemmerman is a Cardinal now, thus he should be afforded all of the opportunities our other young farmhands command.
And no one has mentioned Yunior Castillo, a strong armed converted infielder who had a pretty good run in his first full year as a pitcher. He is supposed to be a mid-90's guy.
Also I haven't seen much love for Sam Giviglio.
Too bad Castillo didn't work out as a postional player. He does sit in the mid 90s with a wicked slider. Scouts said he showed significant polish in 2012. Lets see how he does with a third season on the mound.
Gaviglio the sinkerballer/ground ball machine has put up solid peripherals in pro ball. But he doesn't have overpowering stuff at all makes his stock drop.
I'll vote for Jhohan Acevedo here, a reasonable choice.
His line has improved significantly each year, from VESL in 2010 to DOSL in 2011 to GCL in 2012. He turns 20 in March and already has 3 pro seasons. Where is he likely to start 2013? Finish 2013? With 2 years before Rule 5 and 3 before FA I take it we want him to git movin.
We have fallen below the number of voters suggested by Carioca to continue.
I second UncleDenny's suggestion that we end it at 60.
Jhohan Acevedo is #60.
Here is the final list in the extended voting:
#51 Ben O'Shea - LHSP, short season #52 IIdemaro Vargas - infielder, short season (26 PA A+, skipped midwest league A- so far) #53 Anthony Ferrara - LHSP, A+ (10.0 IP AA) #54 Jermaine Curtis - 3b, AA (38 PA AAA) #55 Tyler Rahmatulla - 3b/2b, A+ #56 Sam Tuivailala - infielder turned RHRP, short season #57 Jacob Wilson - 2b, short season #58 Tommy Pham - CF, AA #59 Cody Stanley - C, 170 PAs at A+ #60 Jhohan Acevedo - OF, GCL
Great discussion everyone. It was a powerful learning experience, and I especially thank those who took the time to share what they know and think.
I gave some players 0.1 votes so there wasn't any ties. I gave the players rep'd by the birdhouse here the higher vote score. For instance, Gast and Swagerty were both a 16.0, but I gave Gast an 18.1 from our vote, since we had Swagerty higher.
Some players, such as Robert Stock, were highly rated on just, in Stock's case, Mayo's list, which had him at #14. So the #14 is just averaged with the #46 from here for a #30 overall ranking, despite no other service putting him in the rankings.
Conversely, Anthony Garcia was not included in BA's top 30, meaning he is likely somewhere after #30, but since he wasn't listed, I didn't include a post-30 number for him, keeping his overall score in the low-teens. Interestingly, he was ranked in the top 10 on 5 lists and not at all on 4 others.
I included Domeboys pooled ranking and the Birdhouse rankings despite it already including our Birdhouse ranking. That gives our scores a little more weight in the overall scheme. I did that on purpose as these mean more to me.
I included the following 10 rankings:
Birdhouse (top 50 - our vote) CN (top 40 - Domeboys, CC, and our vote combined) Future Redbirds (top 20 - 3 pooled writers from there) Fangraphs (top 15 - Marc Hulet) Minor League Ball (top 20 - John Sickels) Gateway RBs (top 30 - phins) Baseball America (top 31 - Jim Callis) Baseball Instincts (top 21 - Thomas Belmont) Baseball Prospectus (top 10 - Jason Parks) milb.com (top 20 - Jonathan Mayo)