Yet another close vote. Mitchell Boggs beat out Clayton Mortensen by a total of five votes, and Kozma wasn’t all that behind the two pitchers. Because the voting was close between the three, I’m going to move things along in the Reader Top 20 by giving #12 and #13 to Morty and the Koz-Whiz and we’ll now jump to another tier of prospects, if you will.
Despite their lack of proximity to the big leagues or long track record, Niko Vasquez, Lance Lynn, Francisco Samuel and Adam Reifer all made some prospect guru’s top ten because of their upside. Niko arguably had the best pro debut of any high school hitter in the draft and the best debut of any high school Cardinal hitter since Rasmus. Lynn to many is a sure-fire workhorse. Then you have Reifer and Samuel, two relievers with the stuff to close. And in contrast with the hype, you have a player who is all track record in Allen Craig.
I’m really enjoying running through this exercise so far, more so than I thought I would. The choices you have all the way down at 14 are pretty good, so yeah, I’d say I feel pretty good about the system’s depth.