100 Names You Need To Know

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USA Today released their list of 100 names you need to know for 2010 today, which is essentially a list of minor leaguers with the chance the contribute the most to their big league team this year. It’s also the only list where you’ll see Jamie Hoffmann ranked ahead of Desmond Jennings. Anyway, Mark Melancon comes in at #52, Zach McAllister at #56, Hoffmann at #58, and Jesus Montero at #66. Austin Jackson ranked #19, and there’s even a Tobi Stoner sighting. I have no idea how Marc Rzepczynski can rank so  high (#13), that one’s a head scratcher.

Long working with Nick Johnson
Open Thread: Rethinking the box score (part II)
  • bexarama

    Right below Montero? Junichi Tazawa.

    And on Tabata:
    The 21-year-old Venezuelan came to the Pirates from the Yankees as part of the Xavier Nady trade in 2008 and has played well despite being among the youngest players at every stop.
    o rly? ;)

    • bexarama

      And I forgot that the Phillies had a guy named Bastardo in their system, best name ever.

      • DP

        He admitted he was fatigued in the second half of his first season in the USA, which included a major league debut, and loss, in extra innings at Yankee Stadium in August and 43 hits in his 25.1major league innings.

        Glad he can admit that. For a minute, it sounded like an excuse.

        • bexarama

          Once he got into that game, I was like, IF WE DON’T WIN THIS GAME…. and then even the outs he was getting were pretty much rockets straight at people/Damon’s awful, awful bunt. It was only a matter of time. Bwahaha

  • pete

    wow that list just rubs it in our faces how ridiculously competitive the AL-East figures to be in the next few years.

  • http://dontbringinthelefty.blogspot.com Lucas A.

    Rzepczynski ranking so high is odd, though the strikeout numbers are appealing.

  • Accent Shallow

    I like how the Tigers had a problem with Granderson’s strikeouts, but they plan on hitting Jackson leadoff . . .

    • AndrewYF

      Yup. Once hailed as one of the best-run organizations in baseball, they are now a complete mess. Funny how things can turn on a dime like that.

      • pete

        they’ve still got a lot of potential in a pretty crappy division, though. Verlander, Porcello’s last five starts, and Scherzer could be a dynamite rotation core for years to come. If they turn other parts of their club around, they’ll be pretty scary in a few years

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