Feb
18

2010 Preseason Not Top 30 Prospects

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Every year as I put together my Top 30 Prospects list, I always pay a little extra attention to the players in the last few spots. While elite prospects like Jesus Montero get all the attention, the best way to gauge the depth and strength of a farm system is by looking at the No. 10, or No. 15, or No. 30 prospects. The better those players are, the better the system is overall. Potential superstars are nice, but having waves of young talent coming up bodes much better for future success.

Along those same lines, the players that get shut out of a top prospects list can also tell you about the quality of a system as well. Last year I presented six players that weren’t able to crack the Yanks’ top 30, and sure enough two managed to make the leap into the big boy’s list this year. Two others were among the final cuts as well. That group featured some higher upside kids in the lower levels of the minors, however given the hit the farm system has taken in the last 12 months, the pickin’s were pretty slim this year.

Here’s five players (presented alphabetically) that could work their way into next year’s Top 30 if they continue to improve this season. Ages are as of April 1st of this year.

DeAngelo Mack, OF, 23
The Yanks’ 13th round pick last year, Mack dominated younger competition in the NY-Penn League after signing. He hit .306-.372-.513 with 30 extra base hits in 66 games, good for second in the league. By no means is he a spring chicken, but Mack made major strides with his approach as a redshirt junior at South Carolina in 2009. He’s strong enough to hit balls with authority the other way, and he does a good job of being what they call “aggressively patient” (he waits for his pitch, but he’ll jump all over something he likes early in the count). Mack has good baseball skills and athleticism, though he projects best in a corner outfield spot. He could end up being a classic ‘tweener; not enough defense for center, not enough pop for a corner (despite this). He’ll jump to Low-A Charleston to start the season, but should get a bump at mid-season if he’s performing well.

Photo Credit: Rich Glickstein, AP

Melky Mesa, OF, 23
Despite sharing a name, this Melky has almost nothing in common with the departed Melky Cabrera other than his arm strength. Mesa hit .270-.338-.491 with 17 bombs in the season’s first three months last year, though he slumped so badly in the second half that he finished the year with a .225-.309-.423 batting line and 20 homers. He also struck out 168 times in 564 plate appearances, pushing his career total to 306 K in 1,020 PA. Even at his age, Mesa is raw in terms of baseball skills, though he possesses tremendous physical gifts. His insane bat speed leads to huge raw power, among the best in the system, and his top of the line speed is a weapon both on the bases and in the outfield, where he’s a passable centerfielder but an elite rightfielder defensively. Of course, the biggest question mark is Mesa’s ability to make consistent contact, which is kind of a big problem. If he ever improves his approach and learns how to get the bat on the ball with regularity, he’d vault right up the ladder and become a truly elite prospect. Mesa will patrol the outfield for High-A Tampa next season.

Photo Credit: Mike Ashmore

Jimmy Paredes, 2B, 21
The speedy Paredes has been one of the system’s bigger sleepers since signing a few years back, but it wasn’t until he received regular playing time with Short Season Staten Island in 2009 that he started to live up to some of that promise. His .302-.336-.410 batting line isn’t eye popping, but his batting average, on-base percentage, and OPS improved every month of the season, as did his slugging percentage minus a slight hiccup in August. Paredes’ best tool is his blazing speed, which allowed him to steal 23 bases in just 54 games, and he’s also versatile enough to play the three non-first base infield spots proficiently. He profiles best at second, where he’ll play every day for Low-A Charleston in 2010.

Photo Credit: Hilton Flores, Staten Island Advance

Jon Ortiz, RHRP, 24
By no means is Ortiz young, but he’s steadily climbing the ladder and will begin the 2010 season with Double-A Trenton. Once a guy reaches Double-A, you can start talking about him as a potential big league contributor. Just ask Chase Wright. Ortiz isn’t a huge stuff guy – he works in the low-90’s with a very good changeup – but he makes up for it with outstanding command and control (273-39 K/BB ratio in 201.1 career IP). The Yankees have built a steady pipeline of relievers in recent years, and Ortiz is just another product of that. Remember, you don’t have to turn into a star to be considered a success. There’s plenty of value in getting 80 or so league average innings out of a guy like Ortiz, who was basically an afterthought when he signed.

Photo Credit: Screen cap’d from here

Gary Sanchez, C, 17
The comparisons to Montero are inevitable, however they aren’t similar players at all. Sanchez can legitimately remain behind the plate long term, and his bat isn’t nearly as good. That’s not meant as a knock on Sanchez, who projects to be a better than league average hitter with very good power for a backstop. He’s raw, which is not unexpected given his age, and like Montero he struggled in his first taste of instructional league. Once he gets some innings under his belt and makes his way to the States, Sanchez will jump comfortable into the team’s top ten prospects. Until then, he’s on the outside looking in. His 2010 season will start in Extended Spring Training before officially debuting with the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Yankees in June.

Photo Credit: Jorge Arangure, ESPN

Unlike last year, most of these guys are older prospects who project more as role players than starters on a contender, but that’s life. The Yanks’ system isn’t as deep as it was just a year ago, but with a few breakouts from players like the five mentioned above, they’ll be just fine. Remember, the Yanks’ goal isn’t to have a great system, it’s to win at the big league level, and they don’t exactly need any fixes at the moment.

Make sure you check back in tomorrow for the full fledged Top 30.

Categories : Minors
  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    The legend of Jestin Romtero begins in earnest.

    Andy shall be overjoyed.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed” is playing in my head now. Thanks TSJC.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Fun Fact: That was the first dance song at my nuptials.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          Jimmy Paredes: Kid Cudi.

          http://above-thefold.com/blog/.....dcudi3.jpg (safe)

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            DAMN YOUS REPLY FAIL!!!!

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              Where is that mug?

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                You should know how to type it by now; I made the tinyurl shortcut intentionally easy to remember…

                • Andy in Sunny Daytona

                  No bother, it will just come back to me soon enough.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Now, the song’s in my head and I’m at your wedding trying to pick up your cousins.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            FACT: My cousins are all hot. FACT.

            • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

              All your cousins? Or just your female cousins?

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                All of ‘em.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Jestin Romtero doesn’t make your Top 30 List? Wow. I guarantee he’ll be on there next year.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      You know how I roll. I don’t trust these guys until they come to the States.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        What about Yu Darvish? Would he make the top-30? OH HELLS YEAH!

        You just don’t like Dominicans. Admit it, Axisa!

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        Axisa: open border vigilante.

      • Camilo Gerardo

        Pride’s not Power

  • All praise be to Mo

    No Melvin?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Melvin gets his own list.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Damn, Ortiz dominated Low A and High A last year in 60 innings.

    http://www.minorleaguesplits.c.....?pl=467802

    Hopefully we see more of the same in AA.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      And that was with a .374 BABIP.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    DeAngelo Mack looks like Wesley Snipes/Willie Mays Hayes in that pic.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      I hear he’s athletic and flashy.

      • DP

        Something about Melky Mesa screams “lazy” and “doesn’t care about the game”

        • Spaceman.Spiff

          We need more grit in our minors, this is what’s wrong with our organization.

  • DP

    Jeez, what’s Claussen doing up there? He had a 1.42 ERA for us! Maybe if the Yankees organization didn’t suck so much we could get more guys like that????

    /Ram-BO’d

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      irregardless. claussen gets drafted in the nfl this year anyway.

  • radnom

    Speculation on the two from last year that made the top 30 this year?

    I’m going to guess….

    Higashioka and Kelvin DeLeon make the top 30 this year.

    Abe Almonte and Turley are the late cuts.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      My guess:
      Turley and DeLeon made it. Higgy and Almonte are the final cuts.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Turley is out, the other 3 are in.

        • radnom

          Mike said only two of last years six made it, with another two being on the fringe. Make another cut.

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            Knowing Mike? Out goes the Dominican.

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            I’m with you radnom. No brainer. Higgy and DeLeon are in. Not even close, imho.

  • Reggie C.

    The Sanchize probably wont be seen much outside the squad games of EST, though I hope to see the kid play in Staten Island later in ’10.

    Charleston shouldnt have much trouble generating offense with Mack and Medchill in the lineups.

  • Omar

    Yeah, Sanchez isn’t Montero in the bat, but there’s guys who think Montero has an 80/80 bat and power. Of course it’s unfair to compare Sanchez to Montero, but he’s still 17 and from what I’ve read has impressive tools. I think you’re a little down on him. Aren’t most of these teenagers that come from Latin America pretty raw? I mean, aren’t most teenage baseball players period raw?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I’m not down on him at all. Did I come off that way?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Axisa says:

        Once he gets some innings under his belt and makes his way to the States, Sanchez will jump comfortable into the team’s top ten prospects. Until then, he’s on the outside looking in.

        Mike’s not down on Sanchez. He’s just placed a pending buy order on 100 shares of Sanchez stock once the price hits “GCL”, which should be sometime next year or so.

      • Omar

        It was probably just me.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      No one’s down on him.

      • W.W.J.M.D

        You never know, someone could be, down, on him.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Just a bunch of Tampa area high school girls. hiyoooooo

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            Just a bunch of Tampa area high school girls 40 year old cougar kidnappers. hiyoooooo

            Sincerely,
            Jose Tabata

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              I hope that he stays away from Ybor City on weekend nights. That place is like Rome during Caligula’s reign.

              • Accent Shallow

                /buys plane ticket

                I’m assuming you mean wine, women, and song here, not cruelty, torture, and capriciousness.

                • Andy in Sunny Daytona

                  More the latter.

            • ColoYank

              At his noewly-revealed, not-so-tender age, does Tabata still qualify as cougar meat?

              • ColoYank

                * newly-revealed

                /trudges back to typing class

            • Angelo

              IETC

          • W.W.J.M.D

            Andy with the assist

          • Thomas
            • Thomas

              Actually I should say the lyrics are pretty inappropriate, but the video I think is just a still image.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    How’s Paredes’ defense? Best case scenario future utility guy who can hit for an empty .280 or so with speed or potential starter?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      It’s fine. Not great, not awful. If he gets a little stronger, he could be an every day guy.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        If Jimmy Paredes gets a little stronger, he could play every “Day and Night”.

        /KidCudiReference’d

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Thanks.

      • W.W.J.M.D

        Is he 2-3 years away(if all goes right in deveolping)? Does he play well enough to replace Derek Jeter at SS?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          More like 3-4 years, and probably not.

          • W.W.J.M.D

            Ok, just means he plays 2B, we moved Cano to 3B and move ARod back to SS. sounds good.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              Or trade Cano for Matt Kemp, move Jeter to left, move A-Rod to short, move Tex back to third, and let Montero play first.

              It’s genius!

              • W.W.J.M.D

                You’re my hero.

              • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

                It’ll make us all forget about 2005.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  What the hell is 2005?

                • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

                  Jason Hirsh? I’ve never even heard of him.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    Make sure you check back in tomorrow for the full fledged Top 30.

    I can’t wait to see this lovely photo in that post, and the shitstorm it will likely cause…
    http://blogs.denverpost.com/ca....._1_2_3.jpg (safe)

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Andrew Bustman

      /Boversimplificated’d

  • Hughesus Christo

    The comparisons to Montero are inevitable, however they aren’t similar players at all. Sanchez can legitimately remain behind the plate long term, and his bat isn’t nearly as good.

    That’s a shot at Montero.

  • pat

    PPlus said Sanchez has Matt Wieters potential with the bat and glove, minus the switch hitting aspect.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Aaaaaaaaand that’s why I unsubscribed from PPlus.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Christian Garcia is their #9 Yankees prospect this year.

        I’m not making that up.

        http://yankees.scout.com/a.z?s.....46741.html

        • pat

          That’s not that atrocious. He has legitimate ace stuff, he just can’t stay healthy. He’s dealing with the same crap Burnett did when he was having his elbow problems.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            He’s dealing with the same crap Burnett did when he was having his elbow problems.

            Chris Garcia, first 6 professional seasons: 290.2 IP, reached AA
            A.J. Burnett, first 6 professional seasons: 525.0 IP, reached MLB

            Chris Garcia makes AJ Burnett look like Nolan Ryan.

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              I already have you and Axisa marked down for when you will eat your words. Garcia is going to have a monster year. Book it.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                I’m not saying Garcia’s not still an intriguing prospect, but… #9? Seriously? Dude is now 23 and hasn’t been healthy since the Clinton administration.

                • Andy in Sunny Daytona

                  I SAID BOOK IT!!! Good day, sir.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  (hands Andy a refreshing Pinstripe Tampa Light Lime™ peace offering)

                • Andy in Sunny Daytona

                  I’ll drink it, but I’m smashing the bottle on the ground when I’m finished.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  Fair enough.

                • Andy in Sunny Daytona

                  (Drinks…….guzzles…finishes)

                  Delicious.

            • pat

              I’m not comparing the first 6 years of their career. I didn’t even come close to saying that. I’m saying both dealt with elbow problems that resulted in Tommy John surgery. They both also dealt with scar tissue and bone chips floating around as a result of their TJ.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                Ah, okay. Still, though, Garcia’s pitched less than 300 innings in 6 full years. AJ’s never had fewer than 500 IP in ANY 6 year period in his entire career, including the year-plus he missed with TJS.

                Garcia’s just a whole different level of injury prone.

          • Accent Shallow

            But how good is that stuff now? I remember hearing it’s better than Hughes’, and that makes me skeptical.

            I can see 2004 Garcia being better than 2004 Hughes. But 2006 Garcia and 2006 Hughes? Or 2010 Garcia and 2010 Hughes? I have trouble believing that.

      • pat

        Haha, I knew that would get a rise from you. I just look at the fact that they didn’t bat an eyelash when they dropped 3 million on the kid from square one. Didn’t let any biddig war develop, didn’t let any other teams negotiate. They wanted this kid badly. I mean hesus was a huuuuuuge signing back in the day and they only gave him a mil and change. I guess less teams were active in the LA market back then.

      • Omar

        Maybe they’re referring to 2009 Matt Wieters.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          But he was the best hitter in baseball.

          /2009 PECOTA’d

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        This is the one time I’m rooting for PPlus to be right. Well…on second thought, I wish Patrick was always right on with his predictions.
        PPlus is like a $10,000 call girl. It’s an illusion.
        RAB is like your wife and bratty kids, it’s the brutal truth.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          LoHud is like your astronaut mistress who steals a car, puts on a diaper, and drives cross country with a BB gun to attempt to abduct your other mistress.

        • Don W

          PPlus is a Mets fan evaluating Yankee farm system talent. That’s about as impartial as it gets. He speaks with virtually every Yankee front office official that deals with the draft and farm system. From GM to position coaches. He only ranks the players he has seen himself unless he has overwhelming evidence from trusted sources. He didn’t rank Sanchez until he saw him in Tampa instructs.

          To me it sounds like Mike and Patrick use similar methods except Patrick has much better access.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

            And that’s the problem. You don’t go to the Yankees and their people for evaluations of their prospects.

            • Don W

              That’s like saying you don’t go to the Yankees for stories on the Yankees. OF COURSE you talk to their people. You also talk to scouts of other organizations, which he does, and use your own eyes, which he does.

              Patrick goes to multiple games of all of the minor league affiliates, goes to instructs, he even goes to the Yankee academy in the Dominican Republic. If he doesn’t have enough info on a player he doesn’t rank him but passes on what he’s heard. It kind of nervy implying that his information is less informed than yours.

          • http://www.madmaxmovies.com/cars/mad-max-interceptor/images/FarmRoad.jpg gxpanos

            C’mon, man. To reach for the stars for a 17-year-old in Tampa is a little reckless–at worst irresponsible. Wieters? Really? The rise in salary in recent years is market-based as more teams get into the international market in earnest–2.5 mil doesnt necessarily mean he’s Piazza or Bench. Let’s see him in a pro league.

            And dont bring that “Patrick has seen him play” stuff. Your ad hominems carry no weight. To raise expectations for Sanchez to Wieters-level is ridiculous, even without seeing him. What could he possibly have done in Tampa to allow PPlus to make an evaluation like that?

      • Don W

        Yeah, why take someone word who’s actually SEEN him perform? (Tampa instructs) I’d much rather listen to all the evaluators who compile information from all of the information compilers.

        I can’t imagine why anyone would have a problem with Patrick’s comment about Sanchez having Wieter’s potential. The kid is 17 and got a $2.5 million signing bonus, obviously professional scouts saw something drool worthy.

        It’s potential not current performance that’s being discussed. The guy’s a specimen by all accounts, we’ll see how he develops.

        • pete

          yes but at this point saying gary sanchez has “matt weiters potential” is like saying that Melky Mesa has elite rightfielder potential. When you’re referring to nothing other than pure tools at age 17 without any performance to back it up, it’s a very empty and pointlessly outrageous comparison to make. Gary Sanchez doesn’t have a similar body type or swing to matt weiters, so honestly, where are the comparisons coming from?

          • Don W

            Funny you brought up Melky Mesa because I wrote a post to gxpanos stating that, when young, Melky Mesa probably had the potential to be Jesse Barfield. (post lost somewhere in the ethernet) Obviously his potential to be that now is very slight but he definitely has the distinguishable tools physically to be that. Likely it’s the tools that can only be distinguished after hundreds or thousands of AB’s like plate discipline and/or hand eye coordination being used to put bat on ball that will keep him from fulfilling that potential.
            I guess I don’t understand why people don’t understand that when someone thinks a 17 year old kid has the potential to be Matt Wieter they don’t implicitly understand that means if EVERYTHING goes right. Work ethic, genetics, avoidance of injuries, proper instruction…everything. Obviously the younger and further down the ladder that player is the less likely they will reach that potential. Is that really so hard to understand. If someone had said that, at 17, Montero had the potential to be Greg Zahn wouldn’t they look pretty ignorant now? Obviously Montero’s potential was much greater than that of another Zahn and, so far, he’s proved it. Does it really help to get an evaluation of a young player that doesn’t describe his ceiling?

            • pete

              it’s just a ridiculous comparison. there are almost no similarities between the two players other than that they could become excellent catchers, and even that is quite skewed because at this point the chances of Sanchez being an excellent MLB catcher are wayyyy lower than the chances of weiters becoming an excellent MLB catcher.

              The best way to describe sanchez is as he is described above: a catcher with great offensive and defensive tools – he has drool-worthy promise, and is young enough that it is not yet just a pipe dream for him to materialize into an absolute stud prospect. That does not, however, mean that he has already materialized into a stud prospect.

              • Don W

                BTW – I just read what Patrick actually said. He said that he has a chance to compare favorably to Matt Wieters.

                I retract everything I’ve said, let the beating commence immediately.

  • mryankee

    Any hope for Brackman still? I know he is “older” for a prospect. However now that he is fully healthy can he rediscover the stuff that made him a 1st rounder?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
      • mryankee

        Um ok I guess my question still stands from the higher educated baseball minds. I do not think Brackman is a bust just yet, did it not take Randy Johnson who has similar height and had similar mechanical issues a little longerthan most to reach the majors. Did he not also have similar control issues?

        • Mike Pop

          Well my man, you can find out tomorrow!

          • mryankee

            I know but you guys are the brains of the outfit surely you can give me your opinion.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              (unwraps burrito, wipes down microwave)

            • Mike Pop

              I’m far from the brains. I’m here for the Yankees updates and the Anchorman references.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                Mike, where did you get a hand grenade?

                • Mike Pop

                  Hey. Where did you get those clothes? At the… toilet store?

                • Mr.Jigginz

                  “I don’t know what we’re YELLING ABOUT!!!”Ahh…I’m here for those reasons too,Pop.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          … did it not take Randy Johnson who has similar height and had similar mechanical issues a little longer than most to reach the majors. Did he not also have similar control issues?

          If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Oh sure, plenty of hope. He’s been a pro for two years. No one expected greatness this early.

      • mryankee

        Is that sarcasm? I hope not because I still hink there is potential there. I alluded to Randy Johnson because of height and mechanical issues.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Where was there any sarcasm in that post?

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          It’s not sarcasm at all. There’s still plenty of hope for Brackman.

        • http://iheartrerun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rerun.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          http://thebigbox.files.wordpre.....tector.jpg (safe)

          No, it wasn’t sarcasm.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          No sarcasm.

        • pete

          your overwhelmingly pessimistic expectations of our opinions leads me to believe that you are lower on Brackman than any of us…

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    Prospect posts three days in a row. I’m in heaven.

  • Mike Pop

    Here’s to hopin’ Melky Mesa finds ‘it’ this season.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
      • ColoYank

        Oh, tommie, that’s not “technical” anything.

        Thank you.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          I give because I love.

    • Accent Shallow

      Well, he’s 23, so the upside is limited. Wait, allow me to rephrase — the ceiling is limited. Or he’s less likely to reach it than he was three years ago.

      Still, gotta root for a guy with insane bat speed, great raw power, and the ability to play elite defense.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      ‘it’ = reckonizing pitches. I hope I’m wrong, but Melky Mesa = Tim Battle.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        OH YOU’RE GOING TO EAT YOUR WORDS THIS YEAR BOOK IT BUDDY

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          It’s booked. It still won’t stop me from getting Melky Mesa’a autograph and sending it to you.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Don’t throw the pen to him, he’ll swing and miss.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Very possible.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      The only thing Melky is going to find this year is his name in ridiculous trade proposals from Yankee fans and homemade movies with Mary Carey.

      Oh, Melky Mesa? He might find himself in a mens softball league alongside Wily Mo Pena in a few years.

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      Alfonso Soriano Part Deux, you’ll all see! I need a Melky back in my life :(

      • Camilo Gerardo

        i am with you spiff. Legit 40-40-40 potential, cabron!

        La Mesa Puestador????

  • Rose

    Dirty Sanchez, C, 17

    The comparisons to the Glass Bottom Boat are inevitable, however they aren’t similar at all. Sanchez can legitimately remain smeared on the face long term, and the finger isn’t nearly as clean. That’s not meant as a knock on Sanchez, who projects to be a better than average act with very good reaction from the backstop. It’s raw, which is not unexpected given the location, and like the Glass Bottom Boat the receiver struggles in their first taste of instructional play. Once the finger gets some more attempts from under the belt and makes its way to the face, Sanchez will jump comfortably into the receiver’s top ten acts to use. Until then, the finger is on the outside looking to get in.

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  • pete

    It’s funny the system is so “depleted” now but it’s got an easy shot at being a top 10 system by this time next year. If Slade, Sanchez, Ramirez, Warren, and Banuelos (and more that I’m forgetting about I’m sure), all have good years (a big if, but not a huge if), then they should all be top 100 prospects next year. The 2011 Yanks minor league system could easily be as strong as the 2010 Sox minor league system.

    • Camilo Gerardo

      Ranking the farm at 25 makes it easier to write stories next year on how Cashmann has revitalized the farm. Cop out? not saying there were alterior motives to rank a farm so much lower after jackson and teh Viz were traded.

  • CJ

    Regarding Sanchez, other sites, such as BP, have had good things to say about him. I remember they said “plus plus power and the chance for four plus tools”. A comparison to Wieters is absurd, but in discussion of his absolute ceiling (which is the context in which PP made the comparison), its not that absurd.

    http://www.baseballprospectus......cleid=8950

    • CJ

      Of course, evaluating Sanchez is a bit tough, because only the Yankees have actually seen him play. Once his agent recieved the offer from the Yanks, he pretty much yanked him from the market, only allowing him to showcase his talent by hitting BP and not allowing him to practice catch with full gear.

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