Prospect Watch: Top 10 Defensive Players

InsidethePark.com dives into the defensive pool and fishes out the top defensive prospects in the organization. There probably aren't many surprises on the list but you just never know these days with Jason A. Churchill tallying the votes.


10. Chris Colton, OF, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Colton is capable of playing all three outfield spots, and has the arm and range to stick in either LF or CF.

9. T.J. Bohn, OF, San Antonio Missions
Bohn has played the entire outfield this year, showing best in CF, but projecting out as a corner man. His throwing arm is top notch and it consistently makes base runners think twice.

8. Yung-Chi Chen, 2B, Everett Aqua Sox
Chen's range and arm rate out on the plus side, while his instincts and footwork are far advanced for a player of his age range.

7. Shin-Soo Choo, RF, San Antonio Missions
Many believe Choo should be playing center, rather than the corners, to best utilize his cannon throwing arm and plus speed. Choo's skills could allow the 22-year-old to play any of the three positions.

6. Hunter Brown, 3B, San Antonio Missions
Brown has played 1B and 2B as well as the hot corner this season, and has shown the ability to make either transition effectively. Naturally a 3B, Brown's physical skills and bat may push him to second. Either way, the Texas native can pick it.

5. Rene Rivera, C, Inland Empire 66ers
The skills to block balls in the dirt, throw out base runners, and block the plate while making a tag on a play at home, are all talents that Rivera has a grasp on at 21 years of age. Calling a game is next on the agenda.

4. Oswaldo Navarro, 2B/SS, Everett Aqua Sox
As slick as any infielder in the system, Navarro can play 2B or SS and range is never going to be the problem.

3. Jeremy Reed, CF, Tacoma Rainiers
Let's play Jeopardy. The correct response to the answer of yes is... Can Reed be the Mariners center fielder of the future?

2. Greg Dobbs, 3B, Tacoma Rainiers
The best natural 3B the M's have had in many years, Dobbs has no weakness at the hot corner. Solid arm, top instincts, and rarely makes a mistake. Playing 3rd is second nature for the 26-year-old.

1. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B/SS/3B, Everett Aqua Sox
Possibly the most impressive defensive attribute for Cabrera is his versatility. With Gold Glove ability at three positions, the 18-year-old is a can't miss defender.


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