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  1. No Nestor Molina? Was he close?

    Comment by GaryW — January 2, 2013 @ 8:38 am

  2. Was going to say the same thing…

    Comment by Radivel — January 2, 2013 @ 9:13 am

  3. He took a step back in 2012 and now looks like more of a middle reliever or spot starter… With the improved depth in the system, he gets shifted down the line probably into the 20-25 range.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — January 2, 2013 @ 9:15 am

  4. “He laid down a solid sac bunt, which is encouraging since he profiles as a top-of-the-order — possibly No.2 — hitter.”

    Kind of discouraging that this type of sentiment still exists around here.

    Comment by Steve — January 2, 2013 @ 9:21 am

  5. On the rise to what? 25th? This is still a bad system.

    Comment by Pirates Hurdles — January 2, 2013 @ 9:35 am

  6. Well at least there appears a few glimmers of hope…

    Comment by sox2727 — January 2, 2013 @ 9:37 am

  7. No one said it was good, but even 25th is an improvement over 30th. Counting 101.

    Comment by AJP — January 2, 2013 @ 9:40 am

  8. That was not nearly as bad as I expected.

    Not great, just not the horror show that was last years column where anybody worth getting excited about was a relief pitcher.

    Comment by MikeS — January 2, 2013 @ 9:42 am

  9. Gotta love both the athleticism and enthusiasm of Hawkins’ backflip on draft day.

    Comment by DrBGiantsfan — January 2, 2013 @ 9:44 am

  10. Trayce Thompson is an interesting athlete. Given the success that his brother is having in the NBA and his bloodlines, it’s no surprise that he has tools in spades, and probably also no surprise that he has some rough edges.

    Hoping that he gets the K rate under control because he could be fun to watch.

    Comment by JohnQ — January 2, 2013 @ 11:14 am

  11. Where would Simon Castro be?

    Comment by Eminor3rd — January 2, 2013 @ 11:23 am

  12. His low FIP and very high BABIP suggest that he may have had a lot of bad luck. He also walks very few hitters. I see his ceiling being a solid number 3 starter. He could be this year’s Jose Quintana if another injury or trade opens the door for him.

    Comment by Matt — January 2, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

  13. Why? Regardless of the impact on run scoring, managers will still want him to be able to bunt. The ability to bunt cannot be a bad thing.

    Comment by Touche Mr. Toupe — January 2, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

  14. In #2 prospect Carlos Sanchez bio, the Sox 2nd baseman is referred to as Gord Beckham. That’s about right.

    Comment by imacopyouidiot — January 2, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

  15. How’s that Hater-Ade?

    Comment by Matt — January 2, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

  16. I think he’s going to be Chris Young: Volume II. Not saying that good or bad, just how I project his career to turn out.

    Comment by Matt — January 2, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

  17. i feel like that’s the kinda comparison that gives comparisons a bad name amongst some of the so-called “experts”…im not criticizing you in any way, and actually agree with you pretty much 100%, but i also feel that you could make that comparison with about 30-40% of minor leaguers…athletic, fast, high-ceiling, toolsy OF who strike out way too much, and frustrate the heck out of fans. sorry that was just a rant about player comparisons.

    Comment by Clifford — January 2, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

  18. Any thoughts on Eric Grabe, 24th round pick?

    Comment by Jonathan Graabe — January 2, 2013 @ 11:32 pm

  19. Any thoughts on 24th round pick Eric Grabe?

    Comment by brn2hit — January 2, 2013 @ 11:36 pm

  20. Why is everyone hating on my huge white dick? Nothing wrong with a big white schlong.

    Comment by Gordon Beckham — January 3, 2013 @ 6:21 am

  21. I honestly think this is still the worst farm in baseball. The only other that is near or as bad as this system is Detroit.

    Comment by SpicyHamSandwich — January 6, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

  22. The Angels Farm System says, “Hi.”

    Comment by Justin — January 7, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

  23. I agree. It’s still a skill that a team can benefit from. Even if it’s only used a half dozen times a year from your #2 hitter, you want him to be able to execute 100% of the time.

    Comment by baty — January 8, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

  24. Why is Brady Shoemaker left off this list?

    Comment by nlizanich — January 21, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

  25. http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=shoema001bra

    Comment by nlizanich — January 21, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

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