I promise to have some thoughts about this in the next few days but here’s the list (full article requires subscription). The only thing I’ll say in passing is that I feel like Adron Chambers is getting a bit of a bandwagon effect from the internet which can act as an echo chamber at times. Otherwise, I don’t see a lot of reasons to hate on this list. Kevin Goldstein does, on balance, very good work and I love the format he uses in this series.
Updated 2/24/10 – 9:00pm
1. Shelby Miller, RHP
2. Jaime Garcia, LHP
3. David Freese, 3B
4. Eduardo Sanchez, RHP
5. Daryl Jones, OF
6. Lance Lynn, RHP
7. Allen Craig, OF
8. Robert Stock, C
9. Daniel Descalso, 2B
10. Adron Chambers, OF
11. Mark Hamilton, 1B
Now that I’ve had a little more time to digest this, let me hit up some nit-picky bullet points on a largely solid list:
- Freese is such a difficult prospect to rank. He has virtually no “upside” to speak of but he should have limited downside. Obviously, I’m not a fan of the 3rd rank but I can understand it because there’s the perception of less variance in Freese’s projection.
- Good to see Sanchez high on the list but relievers are incredibly volatile. If he doesn’t start the year in Memphis then the Cardinals are likely trying to hoard too many fungible middle relievers in AAA.
- Allen Craig represents one of the real downsides of having players locked in to the two easiest defensive positions with the big league club. I’ve long been a proponent of the NL adopting the DH and he represents part of the reason why.
- Robert Stock is the new Bryan Anderson. The Bryan Anderson bandwagon is now more of a rickshaw cart.
- I don’t see Mark Hamilton ever getting a whiff of the majors.
- Apparently I have to keep beating the Kyle McClellan isn’t a very good reliever drum alone. Ranking him as the #4 under-25 is a gross over-assessment of his skillset in the pen. Unless he pans out as a servicable 5th starter, he’s completely replaceable by a 30-something reliever on the free agent in any given off season.