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    by Matthew Pouliot:

    Up this week is the Midseason Top 150 Prospects article. With one exception (Taylor Teagarden is expected to be sent down this week), only those prospects currently in the minors and with future rookie eligibility still intact qualify for the list below. Also, I'm not including any 2008 draftees. As a result, this list is a whole lot weaker than the preseason one. Anyone not moving up is definitely moving down.

    Writeups are included for the top 25. Beginning Tuesday, I'll write up five additional prospects per day on the blog.

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    2008 Midseason Top 150 Prospects

    1. David Price - LHP Rays - DOB: 08/26/85 - ETA: Aug. 2008
    Previous rankings: 2008 #7

    4-0, 1.82 ERA, 28 H, 37/7 K/BB in 34 2/3 IP (A+ Vero Beach)
    4-0, 2.03 ERA, 26 H, 25/10 K/BB in 31 IP (AA Montgomery)

    That Price went down with an elbow injury before throwing his first professional pitch was more than a little worrisome, but he's been brilliant since returning in late May, and as long as the Rays were being completely upfront in calling the injury a strained muscle, there's no reason to look at him as more of a health concern going forward than the typical 22-year-old pitcher. Price is on his way to showing above average command to go along with his dominant fastball-slider combination, so he could prove to be better than Scott Kazmir. The Rays might add him to their rotation next month.

    2. Clayton Kershaw - LHP Dodgers - DOB: 03/19/88 - ETA: Aug. 2008
    Previous rankings: 2007 #40, mid-2007 #9, 2008 #6

    2-3, 1.91 ERA, 39 H, 59/19 K/BB in 61 1/3 IP (AA Jacksonville)
    0-2, 4.42 ERA, 39 H, 33/24 K/BB in 38 2/3 IP (NL Los Angeles)

    Kershaw spent most of 2007 in the Midwest League and walked five batters per nine innings, yet there was a lot of sentiment for giving him a rotation spot coming out of spring training. He went on to receive his first chance in late May and demonstrated that he still wasn't quite ready. Subpar command is the only thing holding him back. With a 95-mph fastball and a curve that's about as nasty as any in baseball, Kershaw has even more upside than Price. He just needs to throw more strikes. Right now, he's about where Chad Billinglsey was in 2006. Clearly, the Dodgers should put him in the pen next spring and sign Brett Tomko to become their fifth starter.

    3. Colby Rasmus - OF Cardinals - DOB: 08/11/86 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: 2006 #135, mid-2006 #47, 2007 #27, mid-2007 #11, 2008 #2

    .249/.351/.401, 11 HR, 36 RBI, 69/49 K/BB, 13 SB in 313 AB (AAA Memphis)

    The belief was that Rasmus had a shot at a starting job this spring and he actually had a big March while vying for the opening in center field, but the Cardinals sent him down anyway and a typically slow start followed. Unfortunately, it took him longer than expected to pull out of it, and after he finally did explode with a .333/.441/.535 line in June, he ended up missing the first 2 ½ weeks of July with a strained groin. Rasmus doesn't lose much ground here, though. He was never a very good bet for major league success this season anyway. He still could have a future as an All-Star after erasing doubts regarding his ability to stay in center field. He should possess 30-homer ability by the time he reaches his prime seasons.

    4. Matt Wieters - C Orioles - DOB: 05/21/86 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: 2008 #16

    .345/.448/.576, 15 HR, 40 RBI, 47/44 K/BB, 1 SB in 229 AB (A+ Frederick)
    .361/.439/.569, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 11/10 K/BB, 0 SB in 72 AB (AA Bowie)

    Drafting aggressively for once, the Orioles grabbed Wieters with the fifth overall selection last year and gave him $6 million to sign just before the Aug. 15 deadline. It could go down as the team's best investment of the decade. Wieters has been even better than anticipated offensively, though he really should have been in Double-A all along, and his defensive reputation wasn't inflated at all. While he probably won't hit for average like this in the majors, he has legitimate 20-25 homer potential and he draws walks at a very good clip. He might already be the best catcher in the organization. However, with Ramon Hernandez signed for 2009 and possessing little trade value, there's no guarantee that he'll open next season in the majors.

    5. Matt LaPorta - OF Indians - DOB: 01/08/85 - ETA: Sept. 2008
    Previous rankings: 2008 #14

    .288/.402/.576, 20 HR, 66 RBI, 63/45 K/BB in 302 AB (AA Huntsville)
    .375/.375/.563, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4/0 K/BB in 16 AB (AA Akron)

    Baseball teams still aren't allowed to trade draft picks, but the Brewers certainly had their eyes open to the possibility of dealing LaPorta from the moment they made him the seventh overall selection last season. Price, Wieters and perhaps Rick Porcello have to be the only other 2007 first-rounders Cleveland would have looked at as a fair return for CC Sabathia, and all three of them cost much more than LaPorta in the form of a signing bonus. The Indians have left LaPorta in the outfield since picking him up, but he's likely to overtake Ryan Garko next year and establish himself as the team's long-term first baseman. He gives it his all, but he just doesn't have the range to be of much use in left or right. His bat could make him an All-Star in his best years. Besides the obvious 30- to 35-homer power, he possesses a fine eye at the plate that could lead to OBPs in the .380-.400 range.

    6. Max Scherzer - RHP Diamondbacks - DOB: 07/27/84 - ETA: Aug. 2008
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #12, 2008 #31

    0-0, 2.84 ERA, 16 H, 43/6 K/BB in 25 1/3 IP (AAA Tucson)
    0-2, 2.90 ERA, 25 H, 33/14 K/BB in 31 IP (Arizona)

    Scherzer was unbelievable in April, amassing a 1.17 ERA in four starts for Tucson. He allowed 12 hits, walked three and struck out 38 in 23 innings. A promotion to the majors followed, and Scherzer continued to impress. However, the Diamondbacks decided they didn't want to use him exclusively as a reliever, and after they sent him down, he hurt his shoulder. He's now missed a month with what the team has called fatigue, but he is expected back soon. Scherzer throws 93-95 mph as a starter and harder as a reliever. His slider is an outstanding strikeout pitch, and he's made definite progress with his change, which should guarantee that he's a starter for the long term. If there's nothing structurally wrong with his shoulder -- and the Diamondbacks don't think there is -- then he could play a big role come August and September. He's on his way to becoming a No. 2 starter.

    7. Elvis Andrus - SS Rangers - DOB: 08/26/88 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: 2006 #110, mid-2006 #96, 2007 #129, mid-2007 #109, 2008 #30

    .291/.350/.346, 1 HR, 39 RBI, 62/24 K/BB, 37 SB in 309 AB (AA Frisco)

    Andrus is more than merely holding his own lately. The Texas League's youngest player is hitting .327 in 119 at-bats since returning from a fractured finger last month. He's also swiped 10 bases in his last 10 games. Andrus is still figuring out exactly what he can do on a baseball field. He's on his way to becoming an above average defender at shortstop and his swing is starting to result in fewer grounders and more liners. He's never been one to be blown away by fastballs. With 12 homers in more than 1,400 professional at-bats and just 13 extra-base hits total this year, he still isn't showing any real power. However, that's perfectly acceptable at age 19. At worst, he figures to be good for 10-15 homers per year in the majors by the time he's in his mid-20s. The Rangers will have reason to move Michael Young back to second or to third in 2010.

    8. Cameron Maybin - OF Marlins - DOB: 04/04/87 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: 2006 #79, mid-2006 #36, 2007 #18, mid-2007 #6, 2008 #9

    .265/.357/.461, 12 HR, 38 RBI, 99/43 K/BB, 17 SB in 306 AB (AA Carolina)

    Maybin can go head-to-head with any prospect in the minors when it comes to tools, and it's not like he's failed to perform: he had a 932 OPS in 91 minor league games last year, and he's currently at 818 as a 21-year-old in Double-A. However, his strikeout rate is more of a concern than ever. He's at 99 this year even through he's missed the last 2 ½ weeks with a sore back. Maybin offers 30-homer potential and great defense in center field. However, he may not be a top-of-the-order guy. The speed is there and he does walk quite a bit, but he's going to have a very difficult time hitting for average in the majors as often as he swings and misses. Perhaps it's something that will work itself out over time. By showing more patience with him than expected -- there appeared to be a very good chance that Maybin would be in center field on Opening Day -- the Marlins have given him his best chance of success.

    9. Jason Heyward - OF Braves - DOB: 08/09/89 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: 2008 #47

    .324/.388/.464, 8 HR, 43 RBI, 58/38 K/BB, 15 SB in 336 AB (A- Rome)

    The first of four Braves outfield prospects in the top 150, Heyward has displayed legitimate star potential since being selected 14th overall in the 2007 draft. The 18-year-old features an advanced approach at the plate, and he's only going to get stronger. It's reasonable to think he'll have 35-homer seasons in the majors. His speed will probably evaporate with time, but the Braves were already looking at him as a corner outfielder when they drafted him. He handles breaking balls quite well for someone his age, and lefty-lefty matchups have posed him no problems so far. He could start moving quickly next year.

    10. Rick Porcello - RHP Tigers - DOB: 12/27/88 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: 2008 #17

    5-6, 2.97 ERA, 88 H, 53/26 K/BB in 94 IP (A+ Lakeland)

    Had money not been an issue, Porcello likely would have been the second or third pick in the 2007 draft. Since it was, he slipped to the Tigers at No. 27. It took a $7.3 million bonus to land him, but the Tigers don't regret it, especially since he's their one top prospect left after the Miguel Cabrera and Edgar Renteria deals. Porcello, though, hasn't been overpowering as a pro. Billed as a mid-90s guy coming out of high school, he's usually been in the 91-94 mph range with his fastball in the FSL. Fortunately, he does get sinking movement on the heater and he has three complimentary pitches, including a plus curveball. Because of his ability to induce grounders, he still appears to possess No. 2-starter ability.

    11. Fernando Martinez - OF Mets - DOB: 10/10/88 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: mid-2006 #80, 2007 #10, mid-2007 #8, 2008 #12

    .462/.500/.692, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2/0 K/BB, 0 SB in 13 AB (R GCL Mets)
    .292/.333/.421, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 51/13 K/BB, 5 SB in 233 AB (AA Binghamton)

    With a .328 average in 119 at-bats since the beginning of May, it seems like Martinez is starting to get a handle on Double-A pitching. He got off to another slow start in April, and 32 of his 53 strikeouts came in the first month of the season. He's made adjustments versus breaking balls since, and he's collecting a lot of singles as a result. His power stroke isn't there yet at age 19, and it's likely similar adjustment periods are in store when he's promoted to Triple-A and later the majors. However, he remains an elite prospect with All-Star upside. He should possess the power to his 30 homers per year, and he projects as an above average defender in right field.

    12. Travis Snider - OF Blue Jays - DOB: 02/02/88 - ETA: Aug. 2009
    Previous rankings: 2007 #71, mid-2007 #43, 2008 #24

    .279/.333/.557, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 22/5 K/BB, 1 SB in 61 AB (A+ Dunedin)
    .263/.337/.454, 14 HR, 57 RBI, 101/32 K/BB, 1 SB in 304 AB (AA New Hampshire)

    For a 20-year-old in Double-A, Snider has a nice enough line. However, his strikeout total is even more extreme than Maybin's. He's fanned 123 times in 97 games this year, and he's also walked less frequently as the year has gone on. There's still an awful lot to like about his bat. Snider generates big-time power without resorting to a particularly long swing, and he's not guilty of trying to pull everything. He doesn't offer much on defense or on the basepaths, so his bat will have to carry him, and he'll probably struggle against left-handers early on in his major league career. I had thought he might be ready to assume a lineup spot in Toronto on Opening Day 2009, but it looks like he'll need at least an additional half year in the minors next season.

    13. Austin Jackson - OF Yankees - DOB: 02/01/87 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: 2008 #35

    .290/.368/.444, 8 HR, 55 RBI, 73/48 K/BB, 14 SB in 383 AB (AA Trenton)

    Jackson never could master in the Sally League in a year and a half at the level, but in 163 games at Single-A Tampa and Trenton since his promotion last year, he's hit .312 with 41 doubles, 11 triples and 18 homers. He's also displayed a surprisingly strong walk rate this year. On defense, he has the range to play center and a very good arm. He may eventually need to move to right, but he'll probably be an upgrade over Melky Cabrera with the glove when he arrives in New York. The Yankees could deal Cabrera and let Jackson compete for the job next spring. Look at him as a 20-homer guy with the ability to hit for average.

    14. Michael Bowden - RHP Red Sox - DOB: 09/09/86 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: 2007 #97, mid-2007 #35, 2008 #65

    9-4, 2.33 ERA, 72 H, 101/24 K/BB in 104 1/3 IP (AA Portland)

    Bowden also got off to a great start last year, amassing a 1.37 ERA in eight starts at the extreme offensive environment at Single-A Lancaster, but he was mediocre after a subsequent promotion to Double-A. Eastern League hitters gave him no trouble this year, and he was just moved up to Triple-A last week. There was some concern that Bowden's delivery would lead to arm woes, but he's stayed healthy to date. Bowden has shown 91-95 mph velocity with more consistency this year, and his curveball is as much of a strikeout pitch as ever. He is a flyball pitcher, but since he doesn't walk a lot of batters, the homers he allows should be solo shots. He's shaping up as a No. 2 or No. 3 starter.

    15. Mat Gamel - 3B Brewers - DOB: 07/26/85 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    .370/.429/.597, 15 HR, 81 RBI, 74/40 K/BB, 5 SB in 395 AB (AA Huntsville)

    Gamel has the stick of a top-10 prospect, but with anything more than batting gloves on his hands, he scarcely resembles a major leaguer. Especially now that LaPorta is gone, the Brewers have good reason to try him in the outfield. While he's a fair enough athlete, there's simply no way he's making it at third base. Gamel's bat should be ready during the first half of next year, assuming that it isn't already. The left-handed hitter makes an awful lot of hard contact and could settle in as a 25-homer guy. He's hit .398 against lefties this year, so it doesn't appear that he'll need to be platooned. The Brewers probably won't be willing to move Corey Hart to center field to make room for him, but he could be the first player called on in the event of an injury next year.

    16. Jeremy Hellickson - RHP Rays - DOB: 04/08/87 - ETA: Aug. 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #68, 2008 #68

    7-1, 2.00 ERA, 64 H, 83/5 K/BB in 76 2/3 IP (A+ Vero Beach)
    0-3, 4.88 ERA, 35 H, 20/3 K/BB in 27 2/3 IP (AA Montgomery)

    Hellickson's walk rate has gone from good to awesome, and he's emerged as a stellar prospect as a result. 13:1 strikeout-to-walk ratios in the minors aren't unprecedented, but Hellickson isn't just a strike-thrower. He's in the low-90s consistently with his fastball, and his curveball should prove to be a fine major league pitch. His changeup still does need some work. A flyball pitcher, he'll likely always be prone to the home run ball. However, he looks like a particularly good bet to become a No. 3 starter anyway.

    17. Trevor Cahill - RHP Athletics - DOB: 03/01/88 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: 2008 #137

    5-4, 2.78 ERA, 52 H, 103/31 K/BB in 87 1/3 IP (A+ Stockton)
    4-1, 2.67 ERA, 16 H, 23/11 K/BB in 114 1/3 IP (AA Midland)

    The numbers are now impossible to ignore. Cahill, a 2006 second-round pick, is limiting minor leaguers to a .174 average, striking out three for every one he walks and getting 2 ½ outs on the ground for each one through the air. He's still doing it with a fairly underwhelming fastball. He can work at 92-94 mph on some days, but he's just as often at 89-92 mph. Fortunately, he gets plenty of movement on his heater, and his curveball is an excellent secondary pitch. The package shouldn't make him a major league ace, but as well as his stuff has held up in Double-A so far, there's now reason to think he'll be a No. 2. I do worry a bit about his health, so I'm keeping him below Bowden and Hellickson.

    18. Carlos Carrasco - RHP Phillies - DOB: 03/21/87 - ETA: April 2009
    Previous rankings: 2007 #93, mid-2007 #29, 2008 #48

    5-7, 4.02 ERA, 101 H, 95/40 K/BB in 103 IP (AA Reading)

    Carrasco hasn't had the same kind of breakthrough season as some of the pitchers ahead of him, but he is making steady progress. Following a midseason promotion, he had a 49/46 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 IP for Reading last year. However, he's back displaying nice peripherals now. One key has been that he is more comfortable working from the stretch than ever before. Carrasco throws in the low-90s and has a terrific changeup that serves to keep left-handers off balance. His curveball is a third major league pitch. He's on his way to becoming a third starter or maybe a little something more.

    19. Andrew McCutchen - OF Pirates - DOB: 10/10/86 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: 2006 #87, mid-2006 #64, 2007 #25, mid-2007 #18, 2008 #19

    .282/.371/.405, 8 HR, 35 RBI, 62/47 K/BB, 25 SB in 358 AB (AAA Indianapolis)

    McCutchen might look like a better prospect right now if the Pirates didn't have him skip high-A ball in 2007. He's put up perfectly adequate numbers at Double-A last year and in Triple-A this season, but he hasn't excelled at any point. His biggest strength remains his defense in center field. McCutchen has outstanding speed and a decent enough arm. Offensively, most of his production continues to come versus lefties. The right-handed hitter had a 642 OPS versus righties in Double-A last year and he's at 731 right now. He's also failed to establish himself as a premier basestealer, and he doesn't figure to add a lot of power. He makes enough solid contact that he seems practically certain to develop into a long-term regular. However, his upside is in question.

    20. Neftali Feliz - RHP Rangers - DOB: 05/02/88 - ETA: Aug. 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    6-3, 2.52 ERA, 55 H, 106/28 K/BB in 82 IP (A- Clinton)
    2-0, 2.65 ERA, 11 H, 17/6 K/BB in 17 IP (AA Frisco)

    It was well known that the Rangers landed a top-notch talent when they picked up Feliz as part of the Mark Teixeira deal, but no one could have predicted that he'd come this quickly. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Dominican was still in Rookie ball when the deal was struck, and he entered this year having thrown 71 1/3 innings in two seasons in the U.S. Now he's in Double-A after being promoted earlier this month. Feliz has a .193 average against this year, and he's surrendered only two homers in 99 innings. He overpowers hitters with a 94-98 mph fastball, and both his curveball and changeup have really come along since he first debuted. I pegged his ETA as 2011 in the Rangers' preseason top 10, but it now looks like there's a real chance of him contributing next year.

    21. Madison Bumgarner - LHP Giants - DOB: 08/01/89 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: none

    9-3, 1.79 ERA, 80 H, 104/16 K/BB in 95 1/3 IP (A- Augusta)

    Bumgarner is another who could be moving quickly, but the Giants have restrained themselves and kept him in the Sally League despite his brilliant showing. In his last 15 starts, he's allowed a total of nine earned runs and posted a 102/14 K/BB ratio. Bumgarner, the 10th overall pick in the 2007 draft, throws 92-95 mph and could add some additional velocity. He's still a rather raw prospect -- he needs to tighten up his curve and continue to work on his changeup -- but that his command is already this good at age 18 is an extremely encouraging sign.

    22. Brandon Wood - SS/3B Angels - DOB: 03/02/85 - ETA: April 2009
    Previous rankings: 2005 #149, mid 2005 #13, 2006 #3, mid-2006 #2, 2007 #6, mid-2007 #10, 2008 #18

    .274/.343/.541, 17 HR, 49 RBI, 66/24 K/BB, 3 SB in 259 AB (AAA Salt Lake)
    .125/.164/.188, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 21/2 K/BB, 0 SB in 64 AB (AL Los Angeles)

    Wood's stock is clearly tumbling, yet the shift back to shortstop this year has helped his cause a bit. He never required the switch to third in the first place, but the Angels moved him because it was assumed he'd be ready while Orlando Cabrera was still the team's shortstop. Wood doesn't have great range, but he's a steady defender with a strong arm. While it's beginning to look like he'll never meet expectations offensively, it should be worth living with mediocre OBPs when he's hitting 25 homers per year in his prime. At worst, he'd seem to be the new Pedro Feliz. He might yet turn out to be an above average major league shortstop, but he will fall out of the top 40 in the 2009 list unless he can put together a strong second half.

    23. Wade Davis - RHP Rays - DOB: 09/07/85 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2006 #79, 2007 #83, mid-2007 #24, 2008 #22

    9-6, 3.85 ERA, 104 H, 81/42 K/BB in 107 2/3 IP (AA Montgomery)

    No longer joined at the hip with Jake McGee after the left-hander underwent Tommy John surgery, Davis was the first of the Rays' new wave of pitching prospects to reach Triple-A, receiving his promotion over the weekend. He actually pitched worse in Double-A this year than he did after his midseason promotion last year (7-3, 3.15 ERA in 80 IP), so he's essentially holding steady on this list. Davis throws 91-94 mph and mixes in a curveball, a slider and a change. The curve is his best secondary pitch and gets him a significant number of his strikeouts. His command still leaves something to be desired in his fifth season as a pro, and that he's regressed a bit this year could cost him a midseason callup. He still has a promising future as a middle-of-the-rotation starter.

    24. Dexter Fowler - OF Rockies - DOB: 03/22/86 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2006 #110, 2007 #79, mid-2007 #80, 2008 #66

    .329/.421/.508, 9 HR, 56 RBI, 76/55 K/BB, 17 SB in 368 AB (AA Tulsa)

    Fowler was set back by injuries, most notably a broken hamate bone, and hit just two homers in 352 at-bats between Single-A Modesto and the Arizona Fall League in 2007. Fully healthy this season, his modest power has returned and he's getting on base more than ever. Fowler is a switch-hitter with excellent range in center field. He strikes out a bit more than one would like from a potential leadoff man, but he makes up for it with a strong walk rate. The belief that he is injury prone knocks him down about five spots here. He'd seem to have more offensive potential than McCutchen if he can stay healthy. Besides improving his basestealing technique, there's not a lot left for him to work on in the minors. He could make Willy Taveras expendable this winter.

    25. Reid Brignac - SS Rays - DOB: 01/16/86 - ETA: July 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2006 #83, 2007 #31, mid-2003 #23, 2008 #38

    .263/.313/.423, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 71/23 K/BB, 4 SB in 293 AB (AAA Durham)
    .000/.091/.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 5/1 K/BB, 0 SB in 10 AB (Tampa Bay)

    Jason Bartlett looked like a one-year stopgap as a starting shortstop when picked up in the Delmon Young deal, but it no longer appears that Brignac will be ready to assume the position at the beginning of 2009. It's not a huge problem, given that Brignac is still only 22 years old. The left-handed hitter has 20- to 25-homer potential, and he should also supply plenty of line-drive doubles. His defense at shortstop won't win him any Gold Gloves, but he has displayed enough range to keep himself at the position. By the time he's 30, he may require a move to second or third. He's due to spend a second season in Triple-A in 2009.

    26. Alcides Escobar - SS Brewers - DOB: 12/16/86 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    27. Taylor Teagarden - C Rangers - DOB: 12/21/83 - ETA: April 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #135, 2008 #34

    28. Nick Adenhart - RHP Angels - DOB: 08/24/86 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2006 #21, 2007 #21, mid-2007 #22, 2008 #28

    29. Gio Gonzalez - LHP Athletics - DOB: 09/19/85 - ETA: Sept. 2008
    Previous rankings: mid-2005 #81, 2006 #84, mid-2006 #62, 2007 #78, mid-2007 #21, 2008 #33

    30. Mike Moustakas - 3B Royals - DOB: 09/11/88 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: none, 2008 #51

    31. Tommy Hanson - RHP Braves - DOB: 08/26/86 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #120, 2008 #105

    32. Adrian Cardenas - 2B Athletics - DOB: 10/10/87 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #93, 2008 #56

    33. Tim Alderson - RHP Giants - DOB: 11/03/88 - ETA: Aug. 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    34. Carlos Triunfel - SS Mariners - DOB: 02/27/90 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #28, 2008 #26

    35. Jarrod Parker - RHP Diamondbacks - DOB: 11/24/88 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: 2008 #63

    36. Sean Doolittle - 1B Athletics - DOB: 09/26/86 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: none

    37. Michael Burgess - OF Nationals - DOB: 10/20/88 - ETA: 2012
    Previous rankings: none

    38. Brett Anderson - LHP Athetics - DOB: 02/01/88 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #72, 2008 #61

    39. Chris Marrero - 1B/OF Nationals - DOB: 07/02/88 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: 2007 #117, mid-2007 #45, 2008 #36

    40. Gorkys Hernandez - OF Braves - DOB: 09/07/87 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #79, 2008 #76

    41. Angel Villalona - 1B Giants - DOB: 08/13/90 - ETA: 2012
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #82, 2008 #64

    42. Chris Tillman - RHP Orioles - DOB: 04/15/88 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: 2008 #132

    43. Lars Anderson - 1B Red Sox - DOB: 09/25/87 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #74, 2008 #46

    44. Josh Vitters - 3B Cubs - DOB: 08/27/89 - ETA: 2012
    Previous rankings: 2008 #43

    45. Todd Frazier - SS/OF Reds - DOB: 02/12/86 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: 2008 #126

    46. Wladimir Balentien - OF Mariners - DOB: 07/02/84 - ETA: April 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #39, 2008 #45

    47. Daryl Thompson - RHP Reds - DOB: 11/02/85 - ETA: Aug. 2008
    Previous rankings: none

    48. Wes Hodges - 3B Indians - DOB: 09/14/84 - ETA: Aug. 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #94, 2008 #91

    49. Desmond Jennings - OF Rays - DOB: 10/30/86 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #88, 2008 #57

    50. Tyler Robertson - LHP Twins - DOB: 12/23/87 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: 2008 #119

    51. Matt Antonelli - 2B Padres - DOB: 04/08/85 - ETA: July 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #63, 2008 #32

    52. Stephen Marek - RHP Angels - DOB: 09/03/83 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    53. James McDonald - RHP Dodgers - DOB: 10/19/84 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: 2008 #73

    54. Daniel Cortes - RHP Royals - DOB: 03/04/87 - ETA: Aug. 2009
    Previous rankings: 2008 #79

    55. Jess Todd - RHP Cardinals - DOB: 04/20/86 - ETA: Sept. 2008
    Previous rankings: none

    56. Phillipe Aumont - RHP Mariners - DOB: 11/18/87 - ETA: 2012
    Previous rankings: 2008 #131

    57. Jordan Schafer - OF Braves - DOB: 09/04/86 - ETA: April 2009
    Previous rankings: 2008 #92

    58. Bryan Anderson - C Cardinals - DOB: 12/16/86 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #85, 2008 #84

    59. Chris Coghlan - 2B Marlins - DOB: 06/18/85 - ETA: Aug. 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #106, 2008 #85

    60. Casey Weathers - RHP Rockies - DOB: 06/10/85 - ETA: April 2009
    Previous rankings: 2008 #111

    61. Jhoulys Chacin - RHP Rockies - DOB: 01/07/88 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: none

    62. Jon Meloan - RHP Dodgers - DOB: 07/11/84 - ETA: Sept. 2008
    Previous rankings: 2007 #112, mid-2007 #60, 2008 #69

    63. Lou Marson - C Phillies - DOB: 06/26/86 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: none

    64. Jordan Zimmermann - RHP Nationals - DOB: 05/23/86 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    65. Nick Weglarz - OF Indians - DOB: 12/16/87 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: 2008 #144

    66. Henry Sosa - RHP Giants - DOB: 07/28/85 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #58, 2008 #88

    67. Jake McGee - LHP Rays - DOB: 08/06/86 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: mid-2006 #114, 2007 #91, mid-2007 #26, 2008 #23

    68. Hank Conger - C Angels - DOB: 01/29/88 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: 2007 #60, mid-2007 #55, 2008 #78

    69. Jake Arrieta - RHP Orioles - DOB: 03/06/86 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    70. Will Inman - RHP Padres - DOB: 02/26/87 - ETA: April 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2006 #113, 2007 #73, mid-2007 #47, 2008 #93

    71. Chris Parmelee - OF Twins - DOB: 02/24/88 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: 2007 #64, mid-2007 #56, 2008 #74

    72. Jose Tabata - OF Yankees - DOB: 08/12/88 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: 2006 #136, mid-2006 #18, 2007 #17, mid-2007 #13, 2008 #27

    73. Adam Miller - RHP Indians - DOB: 11/26/84 - ETA: July 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2004 #101, 2005 #8, mid-2005 #26, 2006 #35, mid-2006 #31, 2007 #22, mid-2007 #14, 2008 #42

    74. Chris Carter - 1B Athletics - DOB: 12/18/86 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: 2008 #123

    75. Brandon Erbe - RHP Orioles - DOB: 12/25/87 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: mid-2006 #82, 2007 #51, mid-2007 #54, 2008 #134

    76. Trevor Crowe - OF Indians - DOB: 11/17/83 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2006 #41, 2007 #43, mid-2007 #59, 2008 #89

    77. Neil Walker - 3B Pirates - DOB: 09/10/85 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2005 #129, 2006 #114, mid-2006 #107, 2007 #105, mid-2007 #30, 2008 #44

    78. Sean Rodriguez - 2B Angels - DOB: 04/26/85 - ETA: Sept. 2008
    Previous rankings: mid-2006 #125, 2007 #96, mid-2007 #69, 2008 #97

    79. Jeff Niemann - RHP Rays - DOB: 02/28/83 - ETA: Sept. 2008
    Previous rankings: 2005 #60, mid-2005 #74, 2006 #83, mid-2006 #49, 2007 #53, mid-2007 #32, 2008 #60

    80. Angel Salome - C Brewers - DOB: 06/08/86 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: 2008 #150

    81. Scott Elbert - LHP Dodgers - DOB: 05/13/85 - ETA: Aug. 2009
    Previous rankings: 2006 #118, mid-2006 #37, 2007 #35, mid-2007 #46, 2008 #58

    82. Kevin Mulvey - RHP Twins - DOB: 05/26/85 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: 2008 #128

    83. Michael Saunders - OF Mariners - DOB: 11/19/86 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    84. Daniel Bard - RHP Red Sox - DOB: 06/25/85 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    85. Jose Ceda - RHP Cubs - DOB: 01/28/87 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: 2008 #146

    86. Steve Pearce - 1B/OF Pirates - DOB: 04/13/83 - ETA: Aug. 2008
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #104, 2008 #52

    87. Kasey Kiker - LHP Rangers - DOB: 11/19/87 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #53, 2008 #90

    88. Ross Detwiler - LHP Nationals - DOB: 03/06/86 - ETA: July 2009
    Previous rankings: 2008 #70

    89. Jordan Walden - RHP Angels - DOB: 11/16/87 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: 2008 #141

    90. Ben Revere - OF Twins - DOB: 05/03/88 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: none

    91. Clayton Mortensen - RHP Cardinals - DOB: 04/10/85 - ETA: Aug. 2009
    Previous rankings: 2008 #139

    92. Jeff Manship - RHP Twins - DOB: 01/16/85 - ETA: July 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #70, 2008 #98

    93. David Huff - LHP Indians - DOB: 08/22/84 - ETA: Sept. 2008
    Previous rankings: none

    94. Beau Mills - 1B/3B Indians - DOB: 08/15/86 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: 2008: #86

    95. David Hernandez - RHP Orioles - DOB: 05/13/85 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    96. Donald Veal - LHP Cubs - DOB: 09/18/84 - ETA: Aug. 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2006 #90, 2007 #69, mid-2007 #77, 2008 #122

    97. Billy Rowell - 3B Orioles - DOB: 09/10/88 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: 2007 #57, mid-2007 #41, 2008 #62

    98. Jon Niese - LHP Mets - DOB: 10/27/86 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    99. Aaron Poreda - LHP White Sox - DOB: 10/01/86 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: 2008 #130

    100. Mark Melancon - RHP Yankees - DOB: 03/28/85 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    101. Brandon Jones - OF Braves - DOB: 12/10/83 - ETA: Sept. 2008
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #96, 2008 #82

    102. Jeremy Jeffress - RHP Brewers - DOB: 09/21/87 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: 2007 #120, mid-2007 #77, 2008 #109

    103. Drew Stubbs - OF Reds - DOB: 10/04/84 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: 2007 #111, mid-2007 #84, 2008 #110

    104. Aaron Thompson - LHP Marlins - DOB: 02/28/87 - ETA: Aug. 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2006 #116, 2007 #104, mid-2007 #89, 2008 #80

    105. Ruben Tejada - SS Mets - DOB: 09/01/89 - ETA: 2013
    Previous rankings: 2008 #127

    106. Henry Rodriguez - RHP Athletics - DOB: 02/25/87 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: none

    107. Mike Stanton - OF Marlins - DOB: 11/08/89 - ETA: 2012
    Previous rankings: none

    108. Chorye Spoone - RHP Orioles - DOB: 09/16/85 - ETA: Aug. 2009
    Previous rankings: 2008 #100

    109. Nolan Reimold - OF Orioles - DOB: 10/12/83 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: 2006 #144, mid-2006 #73, 2007 #103, mid-2007 #101, 2008 #112

    110. Brett Cecil - LHP Blue Jays - DOB: 07/02/86 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    111. Jason Donald - SS Phillies - DOB: 09/04/84 - ETA: July 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    112. Anthony Swarzak - RHP Twins - DOB: 09/10/85 - ETA: Aug. 2009
    Previous rankings: 2007 #100, mid-2007 ---, 2008 #124

    113. Ryan Kalish - OF Red Sox - DOB: 03/28/88 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: 2008 #106

    114. Gerardo Parra - OF Diamondbacks - DOB: 05/06/87 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: 2008 #121

    115. Adam Ottavino - RHP Cardinals - DOB: 11/22/85 - ETA: Aug. 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #111, 2008 #94

    116. Andrew Lambo - OF Dodgers - DOB: 08/11/88 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: none

    117. Eulogio De La Cruz - RHP Marlins - DOB: 03/12/84 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #134, 2008 ---

    118. Eric Patterson - 2B/OF Athletics - DOB: 04/08/83 - ETA: Sept. 2008
    Previous rankings: 2007 #148, mid-2007 #121

    119. Deolis Guerra - RHP Twins - DOB: 04/17/89 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: 2007 #87, mid-2007 #44, 2008 #67

    120. Jesus Montero - C Yankees - DOB: 11/28/89 - ETA: 2012
    Previous rankings: none

    121. Justin Jackson - SS Blue Jays - DOB: 12/11/88 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: none

    122. Hector Rondon - RHP Indians - DOB: 02/26/88 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: none

    123. James Simmons - RHP Athletics - DOB: 09/26/86 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: 2008 #145

    124. Freddie Freeman - 1B Braves - DOB: 09/12/89 - ETA: 2012
    Previous rankings: none

    125. Charlie Zink - RHP Red Sox - DOB: 08/26/79 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    126. Nate Schierholtz - OF Giants - DOB: 02/15/84 - ETA: Sept. 2008
    Previous rankings: none

    127. Carlos Rosa - RHP Royals - DOB: 09/21/84 - ETA: Sept. 2008
    Previous rankings: none

    128. Antonio Bastardo - LHP Phillies - DOB: 09/21/85 - ETA: July 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    129. Dan McCutchen - RHP Yankees - DOB: 09/26/82 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    130. Engel Beltre - OF Rangers - DOB: 11/01/89 - ETA: 2012
    Previous rankings: none

    131. Taylor Green - 3B Brewers - DOB: 11/02/86 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: none

    132. Chuck Lofgren - LHP Indians - DOB: 01/29/86 - ETA: May 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2006 #69, 2007 #46, mid-2007 #38, 2008 #83

    133. Josh Bell - 3B Dodgers - DOB: 11/13/86 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: none

    134. Alan Horne - RHP Yankees - DOB: 01/05/83 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #148, 2008 #138

    135. Peter Bourjos - OF Angels - DOB: 03/31/87 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: none

    136. Jeff Larish - 1B Tigers - DOB: 10/11/82 - ETA: April 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    137. Scott Campbell - 2B Blue Jays - DOB: 09/25/84 - ETA: July 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    138. Mike Carp - 1B Mets - DOB: 06/30/86 - ETA: Aug. 2009
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #124, 2008 ---

    139. Blake Wood - RHP Royals - DOB: 08/08/85 - ETA: June 2009
    Previous rankings: none

    140. J.P. Arencibia - C Blue Jays - DOB: 01/05/86 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: none

    141. Tyler Colvin - OF Cubs - DOB: 09/05/85 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #65, 2008 #104

    142. Josh Roenicke - RHP Reds - DOB: 08/04/82 - ETA: Aug. 2008
    Previous rankings: none

    143. Josh Reddick - OF Red Sox - DOB: 02/19/87 - ETA: 2011
    Previous rankings: none

    144. Aaron Cunningham - OF Athletics - DOB: 04/24/86 - ETA: July 2009
    Previous rankings: 2008 #148

    145. Jamie Romak - OF Pirates - DOB: 09/30/85 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: none

    146. Eduardo Morlan - RHP Rays - DOB: 03/01/86 - ETA: Aug. 2008
    Previous rankings: mid-2007 #113, 2008 #117

    147. Greg Halman - OF Mariners - DOB: 08/26/87 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: none

    148. Joe Savery - LHP Phillies - DOB: 11/04/85 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: 2008 #115

    149. Michael Hollimon - 2B/SS Tigers - DOB: 06/14/82 - ETA: April 2008
    Previous rankings: none

    150. Vin Mazzaro - RHP Athletics - DOB: 09/27/86 - ETA: 2010
    Previous rankings: none

    The Wrap-Up

    Top 150 by Position

    RHP - 55
    LHP - 18
    C - 8
    1B - 8
    2B - 6
    3B - 8
    SS - 9
    OF - 38

    Top 150 by League

    AL - 84
    NL - 66

    Top 150 by Team

    10 - Athletics
    9 - Indians
    8 - Orioles, Rays
    7 - Angels, Twins
    6 - Braves, Dodgers, Red Sox. Yankees
    5 - Blue Jays, Brewers, Cardinals, Giants, Mariners, Marlins, Phillies, Rangers
    4 - Cubs, Reds, Mets, Nationals, Pirates, Reds, Royals
    3 - Diamondbacks, Tigers
    2 - Padres
    1 - White Sox
    0 - Astros

    Graduates (from 2008 preseason list)

    1. Jay Bruce - OF Reds
    3. Evan Longoria - 3B Rays
    4. Clay Buchholz - RHP Red Sox
    5. Joba Chamberlain - RHP Yankees
    8. Daric Barton - 1B Athletics
    10. Jacoby Ellsbury - OF Red Sox
    11. Johnny Cueto - RHP Reds
    13. Homer Bailey - RHP Reds
    15. Andy LaRoche - 3B Dodgers
    20. Chase Headley - OF/3B Padres
    21. Joey Votto - 1B Reds
    25. Franklin Morales - LHP Rockies
    29. Ian Kennedy - RHP Yankees
    37. Carlos Gonzalez - OF Athletics
    39. Eric Hurley - RHP Rangers
    40. Jeff Clement - C Mariners
    41. Chris Volstad - RHP Marlins
    49. Jed Lowrie - SS Red Sox
    50. J.R. Towles - C Astros
    53. Ian Stewart - 3B Rockies
    54. Luke Hochevar - RHP Royals
    55. Ryan Sweeney - OF Athletics
    59. Geovany Soto - C Cubs
    71. Jaime Garcia - LHP Cardinals
    72. Justin Masterson - RHP Red Sox
    75. Greg Reynolds - RHP Rockies
    77. Chris Perez - RHP Cardinals
    81. Brent Lillibridge - SS Braves
    87. Jair Jurrjens - RHP Braves
    95. Chris Davis - 1B Rangers
    99. Matt Harrison - LHP Rangers
    101. Garrett Olson - LHP Orioles
    103. Aaron Laffey - LHP Indians
    108. Sean Gallagher - RHP Cubs
    113. Collin Balester - RHP Nationals
    114. Chin-Lung Hu - SS Dodgers
    116. Radhames Liz - RHP Orioles
    118. Brandon Moss - OF Red Sox
    120. Brian Barton - OF Cardinals
    136. Justin Huber - 1B/OF Padres

    Dropping off

    96. Philip Humber - RHP Twins
    102. Gaby Hernandez - RHP Marlins
    107. Fautino De Los Santos - RHP Athletics
    129. Joel Guzman - 3B/OF Rays
    133. Felipe Paulino - RHP Astros
    135. Charlie Haeger - RHP White Sox
    140. Jack Egbert - RHP White Sox
    142. Brad Lincoln - RHP Pirates
    143. Chris Nelson - SS Rockies
    147. Brett Sinkbeil - RHP Marlins
    149. Chad Huffman - OF Padres

    Ineligibles

    Below are approximations of where some of the ineligible players would have ranked:

    12. Chris Davis - 1B Rangers
    14. Chris Volstad - RHP Marlins
    15. Andy LaRoche - 3B Dodgers
    16. Chase Headley - OF Padres
    17. Justin Masterson - RHP Red Sox
    18. Carlos Gonzalez - OF Athletics
    20. Pedro Alvarez - 3B Pirates
    25. Eric Hurley - RHP Rangers
    30. Jeff Clement - C Mariners
    30. Jed Lowrie - SS Red Sox
    32. Buster Posey - C Giants
    35. Jaime Garcia - LHP Cardinals
    35. Ian Stewart - 3B Rockies
    45. Ryan Tucker - RHP Marlins
    50. Tim Beckham - SS Rays
    55. Collin Balester - RHP Nationals
    55. Justin Smoak - 1B Rangers
    60. Max Ramirez - C Rangers
    60. Yonder Alonso - 1B Reds
    65. Jose Arrendondo - RHP Angels
    70. Gordon Beckham - SS White Sox
    75. Eric Hosmer - 1B Royals
    85. Brian Matusz - LHP Orioles
    90. Matt Harrison - LHP Rangers
    90. Brett Wallace - 1B/3B Cardinals
    115. Reese Havens - 2B/SS Mets
    120. Charlie Morton - RHP Braves
    125. Aaron Crow - RHP Nationals
    130. Michael Inoa - RHP Athletics
    140. Kyle Skipworth - C Marlins


    by......

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    Re: Rotoworld's Rankings of the Top-150 prospects with comments on the First 25...

    That list is beyond terrible. Seriously.

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    I can't believe Roenicke made it over some guys like Valaika.

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    Re: Rotoworld's Rankings of the Top-150 prospects with comments on the First 25...

    Lets be honest, Elvis Andrus is young for his level but he is the #7 guy on this list with a .698 OPS on the year. Is he a good prospect? Sure he is. He isn't the #7 prospect, fantasy or otherwise, in baseball.

    Logan Morrison is a 20 year old in the FSL (High A) with a .901 OPS and he didn't make the top 150. I would be stunned if he weren't in the top 60 for BA and others.

    Its just a bad list from top to bottom.

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    Re: Rotoworld's Rankings of the Top-150 prospects with comments on the First 25...

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    That list is beyond terrible. Seriously.
    I need to make sure no one thinks it's my list.....

    It's all just food for thought.

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    Re: Rotoworld's Rankings of the Top-150 prospects with comments on the First 25...

    Anyone got any other midseason reports they can post for comparisons?

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    Re: Rotoworld's Rankings of the Top-150 prospects with comments on the First 25...

    Josh Vitters in the top 50?? I know he was drafted high and all (and has been injurred), but they're being pretty generous.

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    Re: Rotoworld's Rankings of the Top-150 prospects with comments on the First 25...

    Why is Drew Stubbs so low? He didn't even crack the top 100. With how good his defense, speed, and ability to take a walk, I thought he'd surely crack the top 50.
    That hit was plenty fair. Atleast by a quarter of an inch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxilon View Post
    Why is Drew Stubbs so low? He didn't even crack the top 100. With how good his defense, speed, and ability to take a walk, I thought he'd surely crack the top 50.
    First we need to note that this is a fantasy related list. Defense and walks don't count in most leagues. Secondly, he needs to show some power in AA to get real love on these lists.

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    Re: Rotoworld's Rankings of the Top-150 prospects with comments on the First 25...

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    First we need to note that this is a fantasy related list. Defense and walks don't count in most leagues. Secondly, he needs to show some power in AA to get real love on these lists.
    Either I missed Oxilion's seriousness or you missed his sarcasm. I'm not sure which, now.

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    Re: Rotoworld's Rankings of the Top-150 prospects with comments on the First 25...

    Ladies and Gentlemen, planet Rotoworld.
    "Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingspoint View Post
    Anyone got any other midseason reports they can post for comparisons?
    KP, here is a list that one of the contributors over at Projectprospect.com came up with. He came up with it very quickly and thus there may be an oversight here and there, but it was just his way of responding to his criticism of the rotoworld list when someone said where is your list then to be mocked and picked apart.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brett Sullivan from Project Prospect
    1. Matt Wieters
    2. Clayton Kershaw
    3. David Price
    4. Colby Rasmus
    5. Jason Heyward
    6. Matt Laporta
    7. Cameron Maybin
    8. Rick Porcello
    9. Chris Davis
    10. Andew McCutchen
    11. Travis Snider
    12. Trevor Cahill
    13. Dexter Fowler
    14. Brett Anderson
    15. Neftali Feliz
    16. Mat Gamel
    17. Fernando Martinez
    18. Chris Tillman
    19. Madison Bumgarner
    20. Austin Jackson
    21. Elvis Andrus
    22. Mike Moustakas
    23. Chris Volstad
    24. Michael Bowden
    25. Jarrod Parker
    26. Gio Gonzalez
    27. Josh Vitters
    28. Adrian Cardenas
    29. Tim Alderson
    30. Max Scherzer
    31. Jaime Garcia
    32. Jhoulys Chacin
    33. Alcides Escobar
    34. Jesus Montero
    35. Nick Weglarz
    36. Casey Weathers
    37. Jeff Clement
    38. Chris Marrero
    39. Wade Davis
    40. Bryan Anderson
    41. Logan Morrison
    42. Jeremy Hellickson
    43. Brandon Wood
    44. Lars Anderson
    45. Jordan Walden
    46. Angel Villalona
    47. Hank Conger
    48. Freddie Freeman
    49. Michael Saunders
    50. Brett Cecil
    51. Max Ramirez
    52. Carlos Carrasco
    53. Michael Burgess
    54. Engel Beltre
    55. Will Inman
    56. Jake McGee
    57. Phillipe Aumont
    58. Collin Balester
    59. Reid Brignac
    60. Jeremy Jeffress
    61. Wilmer Flores
    62. Gorkys Hernandez
    63. Lou Marson
    64. Pablo Sandoval
    65. Todd Frazier
    66. Desmond Jennings
    67. Michael Brantley
    68. Chris Valaika
    69. Nick Adenhart
    70. Greg Halman
    71. Angel Salome
    72. Jon Niese
    73. Ivan De Jesus
    74. Daryl Thompson
    75. Carlos Santana
    76. Ben Revere
    77. Aaron Cunninham
    78. James Simmons
    79. Tyler Robertson
    80. David Huff
    81. Peter Bourjos
    82. Vince Mazzaro
    83. Matt Antonelli
    84. Zach McCallister
    85. James McDonald
    86. Jordan Schafer
    87. Julio Teheran
    88. Ryan Tucker
    89. Taylor Teagarden
    90. Jordan Zimmerman
    91. Daryl Jones
    92. Kyle Blanks
    93. Josh Reddick
    94. Nick Evans
    95. Mike Stanton
    96. Chris Coghlan
    97. Jess Todd
    98. Michael Almanzar
    99. Eric Young Jr.
    100. Jonathon Lucroy
    He also noted upon my asking, that Neftali Soto is within the next 25, but he wants to see him get more AB's in Dayton before thrusting him into the top 100.

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    Re: Rotoworld's Rankings of the Top-150 prospects with comments on the First 25...

    Just to cherrypick a couple -- hard to understand the fondness for Josh Vitters. I think Carlos Carrasco is really riding on reputation too.
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    Re: Rotoworld's Rankings of the Top-150 prospects with comments on the First 25...

    I hope we can get one of those Top-75 pitchers on that list you gave us DD for Dunn this month.

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    Re: Rotoworld's Rankings of the Top-150 prospects with comments on the First 25...

    Below are approximations of where some of the ineligible players would have ranked:

    12. Chris Davis - 1B Rangers
    14. Chris Volstad - RHP Marlins
    15. Andy LaRoche - 3B Dodgers
    16. Chase Headley - OF Padres
    17. Justin Masterson - RHP Red Sox
    18. Carlos Gonzalez - OF Athletics
    20. Pedro Alvarez - 3B Pirates
    25. Eric Hurley - RHP Rangers
    30. Jeff Clement - C Mariners
    30. Jed Lowrie - SS Red Sox
    32. Buster Posey - C Giants
    35. Jaime Garcia - LHP Cardinals
    35. Ian Stewart - 3B Rockies
    45. Ryan Tucker - RHP Marlins
    50. Tim Beckham - SS Rays
    55. Collin Balester - RHP Nationals
    55. Justin Smoak - 1B Rangers
    60. Max Ramirez - C Rangers
    60. Yonder Alonso - 1B Reds
    65. Jose Arrendondo - RHP Angels
    70. Gordon Beckham - SS White Sox
    75. Eric Hosmer - 1B Royals
    85. Brian Matusz - LHP Orioles
    90. Matt Harrison - LHP Rangers
    90. Brett Wallace - 1B/3B Cardinals
    115. Reese Havens - 2B/SS Mets
    120. Charlie Morton - RHP Braves
    125. Aaron Crow - RHP Nationals
    130. Michael Inoa - RHP Athletics
    140. Kyle Skipworth - C Marlins

    http://www.rotoworld.com/content/fea...eid=30730&pg=4
    I miss Adam Dunn.


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