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  1. Where’s Nick Castellanos? Yes, he’s moved to RF but there’s a shot he moves back to 3B later down the road, depending on Miguel Cabrera’s situation.

    Comment by Tak — October 16, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

  2. Lea la introducción

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

  3. What do you think of Anthony Rendon? I know, he only played 43 games due to injury but he has to be one of the most exciting 3B prospects out there, am I wrong?

    Comment by Natsfan — October 16, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

  4. He hasn’t played anything but 3B in the minors, nor has there been an indication to move him off…Rizzo said he was going to play him at 3B in an interview after the draft as well.

    Comment by Natsfan — October 16, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

  5. Do you think the Twins held back Harrison because Sano was playing 3rd in Beloit?

    Comment by masonzippo — October 16, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

  6. I really feel like Olt was rushed, he strikes out a lot, so skipping AAA seemed like a poor decision from a development standpoint. It also seems a shame that Olt will have to be moved across the diamond seeing as his defense at 3b is supposed to be good, is there any chance he could fake it in the OF for a couple of years until Beltre starts needing to DH/ play 1b? Of course this is a great problem for the Rangers to have, we have a great big league SS and 3b and also two really awesome prospects knocking on the door.

    Comment by Preston — October 16, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

  7. Your articles disappoint me because i’m a Jays fan and you weren’t able to watch their players :(

    Comment by Matty Brown — October 16, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  8. Mike, you didn’t get a chance to see Maikel Franco (thought you were a SALLy guy), or he didn’t make your top 15?

    Comment by nik — October 16, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

  9. I’m not just a Sally guy anymore even though Rome is about an hour away. I still plenty of the SAL, but would have had to travel too far to catch Franco. He just isn’t enough of a high profile guy to warrant a special trip.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  10. I’ve written a little about Jays guys from information provided by contacts, but they are a blind spot. Best way to get me to expand coverage and travel a greater distance is to keep supporting my work and spreading the word. More eyes equals more opportunity.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

  11. Yes, Olt has some red flags for me. I would have loved for one guy to be an easy decision for the top spot, but there isn’t a player on this list who doesn’t have a flaw. I’m not sure where Olt will end up, but not having him at 3B definitely hurts his value.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

  12. I read the introduction, so I’m not hating, but it might be helpful to list some of the notable players at each position that you did not see. That way there’s no guessing as to whether or not you omitted a certain player based on a low grade or something.

    Comment by So You Know It's Real — October 16, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

  13. That might be the reason, but they could have split time at 3B/DH. I like Harrison. He was a bit of a poor man’s Arenado to me.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

  14. Mike, I enjoy these lists — it’s a good balance to the volumes of discussion that are based on second-hand reports and too many hours looking at stats pages.

    For next year, I’d highly recommend you check out Tulsa — the Rockies have basically completely given up trying to develop prospects in the altitude of Colorado Springs (which to a lesser extent affects their A+ team in the Cal league), so the key window for a lot of their top guys is AA. This year included Arenado and Rutledge (before his call-up), next year, Kyle Parker, Corey Dickerson, and possibly more advanced players from this year’s Asheville team.

    Comment by rusty — October 16, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

  15. Every 3B prospect I saw who was worth mentioning made the list. Same with every other position so far. I’ve read this request before, but readers must be able to think to themselves, “hmmmm, Castellanos isn’t listed, but Kyle Kubitza is. Mike must not have seen Castellanos.” No?

    I’m not trying to be snarky, but I traveled to see all these guys and write about them from a 1st hand perspective. To ask me to then make a list of top 3rd base prospects who I haven’t seen goes pretty much against what I’ve always done which is to go out and see guys.

    Whose list do I use? Where do I find the information? It’s essentially asking me to be Google searcher prospect guy to support a piece built from thousands of miles of travel and countless hours at the ballpark.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

  16. Here’s the thing Rusty, I see Asheville more than I care to now. I’ve seen and written about Parker and Arenado at length previously. I’ve also seen Dickerson as well. I have noticed the plethora of talent in the Texas League and I’d love to make the trip over. However, Tulsa would probably not be a stop given my ability to see plenty of Rockies guys.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

  17. Your Bichette comments are interesting because a big part of the Yankee reasoning for drafting him (as well as another 1st round pick Cito Culver) was a new focus on character and work ethic in their draft. Yet in all of the prospect write ups I see for Yankee prospects these kind of comments pop-up. Mason Williams, Gary Sanchez and now Dante Bichette all have questions of attitude/work ethic/make-up of some kind.

    Comment by Preston — October 16, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

  18. Are you questioning yourself? I’m hoping to see him in person next summer when we make our yearly trip to upstate, NY. 2012 was a wash for him.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

  19. holy cow, Daniel Murphy with speed would actually be a good player!

    Comment by Spike — October 16, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

  20. Every time these lists come out Mike says, explicitly, as he has with everything he has written on the site, that he will only talk about players he has actually seen in person with his two eyes. People, please get this in your heads and do not take it personally if there is a legitimate prospect you like that is omitted from something Mike writes (which again he mentions time and time again) because HE WILL ONLY WRITE ABOUT THOSE WHO HE HAS SCOUTED PERSONALLY.

    Comment by Tyler — October 16, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

  21. Hey Mike, it doesn’t seem like there have been many Blue Jays prospects on these lists? Is that because you haven’t seen their teams as often, or are their position prospects just not very good, in your subjective opinion? .

    Comment by Big Jgke — October 16, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

  22. As a personal rule, I never write about that sort of thing unless something REALLY stands out. For about 45-minutes, I wound up watching his every move because it was so surprising.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

  23. Will Bichette hit for power? It was a bit disconcerting to see his ISO fall off a cliff this year when his calling card was supposed to be huge right handed power.

    And I think you might be being a little harsh about his makeup. He’s 19 years old, God forbid he have fun playing baseball.

    Comment by YanksFanInBeantown — October 16, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

  24. Yes, that is a pretty good outcome for Cecchini. My feeling is that the expectation is higher though.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

  25. I’ll also reference contacts at times when appropriate, but you pretty much summed up 98.72% of my writings.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

  26. Oh, I love guys who have fun playing baseball. This wasn’t that. This was a guy whose body language spoke of a player who wanted to be somewhere else..like taking a nap or something.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

  27. I mentioned this in another comment. I rarely reference Blue Jays prospects because the closes affiliate is 7-8 hours from me. I rely on contacts for information on their prospects, but you won’t find that here since these lists are dedicated to guys I’ve seen.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

  28. well if there were a proper edit function, I would have re-written it as “Daniel Murphy with speed *and defense* would be a pretty darn good player!”

    Comment by Spike — October 16, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

  29. to be clear, as he is now, I don’t consider Murphy very good, so any comp to Murphy I don’t find too flattering. this reminds me of the Nick Franklin-Adam Kennedy comp which I didn’t find very flattering either.

    However, in both cases maybe you were trying not to be flattering, not really sure…

    Comment by Spike — October 16, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

  30. No, but I noticed the “projected position” part in the intro after I posted this so I was just clarifying that he *is* seen to be a 3B, as opposed to moving him to OF or 2B

    Comment by Natsfan — October 16, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

  31. I know that this isn’t the normal thing you talk about or put much stock in, so i take your observation seriously. I was just observing that strong character is probably a flawed reason to draft a player. There is little you can find out about a 17 or 18 yo kid who lives with his parents by sitting down in a living room and talking to him, or from his coaches, that will let you know how he’ll respond to the pressures and grind of a baseball season. So maybe they should just draft on talent and relegate the character analysis to the back burner.

    Comment by Preston — October 16, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

  32. If it was just one day, I’ll wait before reading too much into the Bichette attitude issue. If it’s a meme… Well, folks in every field of endeavor fail to reach their potential. (On an unrelated note, I hear that Ryan Anderson turned out to be an excellent chef.)

    Comment by Bookbook — October 16, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

  33. Thanks for that Mike. I understand the methodology for these posts, I just wasn’t aware of the reason for the lack of Jays prospects. Keep it up, this has been a great series!

    Comment by Big Jgke — October 16, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

  34. He’s 19 at A ball, this was an aggressive promotion for him. After how successful he was in his debut I get wanting to get him into full season ball, but maybe he should have been working on his D in extended spring training and mashing at SI this year instead of struggling in Charleston. The power is there, it will come if and when he starts making better contact. I’m much more concerned about his D, the fact is that league average production for a 1b is just so much higher than 3b, his probability of being a big league player drops dramatically if he can’t handle the hot corner.

    Comment by Preston — October 16, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

  35. Given the fairly low upside of the guys on this list, I doubt that it would change his ranking, but I think you should stick with your own assessment of Olt. When I saw him in the Futures Game it reminded me of LaPorta’s AA season where he was being heavily hyped similar to Olt. I was shocked at how badly he was overpowered by the FB. Yes, those are the best prospects airing it out, but 90% of MLB relief pitchers throw that hard. It’s one thing for a guy to strike out a lot because he works deep counts and sits on the FB. When a guy strikes out as much as Olt because he’s swinging through the FB, that’s big problems.

    Comment by Paul — October 16, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

  36. Where would you rank Kaleb Cowart in the 16 and on list?

    Comment by WillC — October 16, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

  37. So…how bad is Aderlin Rodriguez’s fielding for him not to get a mention?

    Comment by Dugmat — October 16, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  38. I thought Cecchini had no more than 55 speed and he was just using good baseball instincts against inexperienced competition. Remember Jeremy Hermida’s stolen base totals?

    Comment by Ryan — October 16, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

  39. Who do you think has the higher upside as a hitter between Bichette Jr. and Rio Ruiz? They seem to be two of the more interesting guys offensively after you get past Olt and Davidson.

    Comment by Shawn — October 16, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

  40. Yes, but I didn’t see Rendon this season. Rendon would obviously rank very highly.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

  41. To a point it is Preston. However, you want to know the person you are investing in.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

  42. Spike,

    Take a few minutes and look through Baseball America top-100′s over the years. Far fewer prospects – good prospects even – become the kind of players you seem to be expecting. Most fall short of the expectations of prospect followers.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 11:57 pm

  43. You are right Preston. Bichette’s value would crater and he wasn’t a particularly good defender when I saw him. I gave him the benefit of the doubt for now, but you might find him on the 1B list next season.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 16, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

  44. You are right, but the average prospect follower will see 51 SB and think impact speed.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 17, 2012 @ 12:00 am

  45. He wasn’t included because I didn’t see him this season. I saw Aderlin in 2010-2011.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 17, 2012 @ 12:00 am

  46. Mile:
    my problem with this is that we aren’t talking about some generic or average prospect or what happens to the average B- prospect, say. We are talking about specific prospects and therefore, should be projecting them specifically, not what the typical prospect at a similar level turns into.

    Comment by Spike — October 18, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

  47. Liked your comments on Bichette. I live near the Kannapolis Intimidators and go there quite often. Made it a point to watch Bichette several times and was a little disappointed. Maybe I bought into the hype a little too much or just remembered how his dad played, but he never seemed to have solid at bats when I watched him.

    As far as hustle on the field, he seemed to go after the ball with an aggressive attitude. I liked that part of his game.

    As a Braves fan, I feel like we have a black hole at 3rd for prospects. Hard part will be not to judge their performances to Chipper. GREAT ARTICLE!

    Comment by jmount78 — October 23, 2012 @ 9:20 am

  48. Spike,

    That’s not how it works. Sorry to disappoint. Scouts travel to games and players remind them of somebody else. Skill sets are rarely unique. That’s why scouting grades exist in the first place. When a player’s skills (IE Stanton’s power) is perceived as unique, it generates a ton of buzz.

    Comment by Mike Newman — October 25, 2012 @ 9:35 am

  49. great work and read very much appreciated

    Comment by big dog — November 25, 2012 @ 7:03 am

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