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  1. This worries me:

    “When I saw him pitch, Odorizzi was leaving his shoulder open, which caused his pitches to elevate. He was also leaking out over the rubber and dragging his arm behind him.”

    Comment by Ben — November 26, 2012 @ 9:52 am

  2. Not giving mike Montgomery any shot for a comeback?

    Comment by Antonio bananas — November 26, 2012 @ 11:58 am

  3. I wouldn’t say I’m giving him zero chance but the ceiling has to be down around No. 4/5 starter or left-handed reliever

    Comment by Marc Hulet — November 26, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

  4. Wow, talk about a mighty fall back from the hall of hyperbole farm system in 2010-11.

    Comment by Impossibles — November 26, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

  5. Where is the love for Christian Colon? I know he isn’t extremely sexy, but certainly his high floor should put him above guys like Gallagher or Brickhouse, who are nice players but who probably aren’t future major leaguers

    Comment by Yar — November 26, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

  6. Well, that’s what happens when a flood of prospects suddenly advances to the majors and leads a team to the pinnacle of success in the weak AL Central.

    Oh, wait.

    Comment by Bad Bill — November 26, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

  7. Surprised about Colon also. He could easily slip into the starting spot at second base and produce 4-5 seasons of league average play, beating most of the list by WAR. Sometimes position prospects lose some sheen and get underrated. Would you really rather have Bryan Brickhouse at this point?

    Comment by Danny — November 26, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

  8. zimmer isn’t from san francisco, he attended the university of san francisco, but was in la jolla

    Comment by b — November 26, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

  9. Colon was No. 15 for a while but a late vote pushed him to 16. I was conflicted about Cuthbert so when I received the vote of confidence I went with ceiling over polish.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — November 26, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

  10. Dear Kansas City Royals,
    On the rumored Wil Myers-for-Jon Lester trade:

    Comment by KCDaveInLA — November 27, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

  11. NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Don’t do it!!!!!

    Comment by KCDaveInLA — November 27, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

  12. I’m not sure why reactions are negative to this list. The Royals had nowhere to go but down. This is still at top 15 system if not top 10.

    Comment by Gerald — December 2, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

  13. Why does it take 7+ days for these articles to be published? At first it was every 3 days, but now it’s pushing a week. These are by far my favorite pieces on fangraphs and enjoy your articles Mark! Just curious

    Comment by Zachattack — December 3, 2012 @ 11:59 am

  14. I think you’re underselling on Kyle Smith. Last year was his first season of pro ball, and he destroyed hitters to the tune of 12.19 K/9. That’s incredible. He’s got two very good pitches in his fastball and curveball with the curve being a true out pitch. If he polishes that changeup, and all indications are that he’s a hard working kid with a good mind for pitching, he could be a Roy Oswalt type. You don’t strike out that many hitters at that young of an age and not have serious stuff. Forget that he’s only 6′ tall. His numbers were better than Zimmer’s pitching on the same team.

    Comment by Marcus — December 4, 2012 @ 2:39 am

  15. Certain names are missing from this list, like Miguel Almonte, Elier Hernandez, Christian Colon, and Christian Binford. Now that Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi are gone, there should be room for these guys.

    I would move John Lamb out of the Top 15 myself simply because of his lost 2012, his poor performance, and the likelihood that the TJ surgery will cause his velocity drop to become permanent.

    Comment by David Lowe — December 14, 2012 @ 12:28 am

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