Friday, July 09, 2010

NL King - "Looking at the NL Prospects in the 2010 Futures Game

On Sunday, July 11th MLB will hold the 2010 Futures Game let's take a look at some of the bigger NL prospects and names you need to start to track going forward. BA Ranking stands for Baseball America ranking before the season on their top 100 prospect list.
US Team:

Hitters:
Domonic Brown - Phil - OF - BA Ranking # 15 - Power & Speed Guy, has 19HR & 14SB in a half season in AA & AAA. Brown will be the Phills starting RF no later than opening day next year.

Dee Gordon - LA - SS - BA Ranking # 46 - Furcal contract ends after next season 2011 and this speedster will be ready to take over then (32SB in 81 games).

Brett Jackson - Chi - OF - BA Ranking # 74 - Just promoted to AA and has shown a lot of good things in terms of being a top of the order hitter. However with all the OF's the Cubs have there will be no rush here unless they are injuries.

Logan Morrison - Fla - 1B - BA Ranking #20 - After missing some time this year in the minors with a shoulder injury Morrison is back and doing well. Morrison is hitting .318 with a .427 OBP. Could be up with the Fish in August depeneding upon what trades they make this month.

Pitchers:
Christian Friedrich - Col - BA Ranking #33 - While his numbers aren't great in AA he could be up with the Rocks next summer and could become a front line starter.

Jordan Lyles - Hou - BA Ranking # 91 - At 19 years of age has a 3.07 ERA in AA and is a strikeout pitcher. Houston sorely needs help & youth in their team. If all goes well could be up early next summer.

Mike Minor - Atl - Just got promted to AAA and while his ERA was 4.03 in AA did have 109 K's in 87 IP.

Others:
Shelby Miller, Stl (BA Ranking # 50) will be up sometime in 2012 has front of the rotation stuff, Bryan Morris, Pitt, will get an opportunity soon with the Pirates (was part of the 3 way Manny Ramirez - Jason Bay trade).





World Team:

Hitters:
Yonder Alonso - Cinn - 1B - BA Ranking #45 - In AAA & blocked by Joey Votto unless he can learn to play the OF he will be trade bait and maybe before the July 31st trade deadline.

Pedro Ciriaco - Arz - 2B - In AAA and if the D-Backs move Kelly Johnson before the end of the month this kid will get a chance to show what he has to offer.

Brett Lawrie - Mil - 2B - BA Ranking # 59 - Doing well in AA (Has Pop & Speed) but the Brewers could be having an over haul and they need so much pitching. Lawrie could be used to get some young pitcher or maybe even Rickie Weeks could be traded for pitching and then Lawrie would get his chance.

Wilin Rosario - Col - C - Power Bat for the Rocks that could be ready next summer. If Ianetta doesn't wake up Rosario will get the chance to be the every day catcher.

Pitchers:
Simon Castro - SD - BA Ranking # 57 - Has a 2.74 ERA in AA, another talented arms for the Friars.

Eduardo Sanchez - Stl - Just promoted to AAA. Had a 3.12 ERA in AA. Could be a good depth starter for the Cards next year.

Phillippe Valiquette - Cinn - In AAA and has shown some promise. Both Arroyo & Harang could be free agents after this season due to high team options for the Reds.

NL King - C.Lizza

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