Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
I must say, it sure is nice to have so many players IN the debate. Wood, Heisey, Barker, Lehr, Ondrusek, Francisco, etc. We had a bunch of guys really step up this year. And that the list DIDN'T include Frazier or Alonso is also a good sign because we've still got top-notch talent outside of that list.
For my money, it's got to be Wood though.
I don't want to diminish their collective accomplishments but the list of players being mentioned as MVP candidates is a little underwhelming. When you look at the players being mentioned you see a bunch of marginal prospects (Wood, Heisey, Francisco, Ondrusek) and non-prospects (Lehr, Barker). Even after having great seasons, none of the above are locks to be considered top 100 prospects and I'd be surprised if any of them were to crack the top 50.
Outside of Alonso and Leake, there isn't a whole lot of top end talent in the system and it seems like a lot of the young, high ceiling players (Sulbaran, Lotzkar and to a lesser extent Soto) struggled.
I hate to sound like a downer but I'm just a little disappointed.