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  1. I’d put Kinsler in LF, Andrus at SS, Profar at 2B, and Olt at 1B…this year.

    They’ll be some growing pains but it will pay off big time in 1-2 years.

    Comment by Yoko Ono — February 5, 2013 @ 9:06 am

  2. I see the writer also thinks the world of Martin Perez. [shaking head]

    Comment by Jeff Ott — February 5, 2013 @ 9:07 am

  3. Just trade Elvis already!!!!! We can get a haul for him and slot Profar into SS. Andrus for Ocar Taveres of the Cardinals

    Comment by Zachattack — February 5, 2013 @ 9:47 am

  4. Mike Olt’s contact rate is DREADFUL. I can’t remember the last prospect who worked out with that particular flaw, which is presumably why Texas doesn’t want to play him (re: Berkman) and other teams don’t want to trade for him. #2 is understandable based on hype and name-recognition, but in terms of likelihood of major league success, he’s probably #5 or #6.

    Comment by jdbolick — February 5, 2013 @ 10:07 am

  5. I really doubt the Cards would be willing to part with Taveras for Andrus. They would, however, be willing to give up a huge package of prospects not named Oscar. That said its hard to see a trade working out between the teams. They both have their sights set on the WS this year and there’s no reason for either to give up major league talent unless it immediately improves their major league team.

    Comment by Jay — February 5, 2013 @ 10:26 am

  6. “but he could still be a solid No. 3 starter at the big-league level” is equal to thinking the world of Perez?

    Also, it just crazy to think a 21 year old who has been among the very youngest players at every level he’s played could right the ship and become a solid MOR pitcher. That could never happen.

    Comment by l1ay — February 5, 2013 @ 11:24 am

  7. “A potential 50-game suspension to right-fielder Nelson Cruz could open up a spot for the rookie on the big league roster.”

    I have seen references to this about Cruz and others mentioned in the recent reports. I am confused why a suspension would occur. The CBA sets out specific requirements for what leads to a suspension…specifically a failed test. Has Cruz (or any of these other players) failed a test? If not, I don’t see how they could be suspended. The MLB does not operate like the NFL. The commissioner doesn’t frequently flaunt unchecked power. The MLB goes through proper, agreed-upon channels for their discipline.

    Comment by RationalSportsFan — February 5, 2013 @ 11:24 am

  8. MLB can suspend without a test result.

    Comment by Cliff — February 5, 2013 @ 11:27 am

  9. You make some very strong counter-arguments to Marc’s assessments and projections.

    Comment by El Vigilante — February 5, 2013 @ 11:29 am

  10. ….15 to 20 home runs might not be out of the questions for Martin in his prime….

    Is there any information in that caveat burrito?

    Comment by Captain Willard — February 5, 2013 @ 11:32 am

  11. I can’t believe we get this level of information for free. Marc you are a modern day Robin Hood. You made my morning.

    Comment by Joby Leahy — February 5, 2013 @ 11:35 am

  12. If I remember correctly Jose Guillen and Jay Gibbons both were suspended because of the Mitchell Report, not a failed drug test.

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — February 5, 2013 @ 11:57 am

  13. I have been following Martin Perez for several years and I find it difficult to see a good pitcher there . I also notice that more and more prospect gurus are jumping ship on him .How does one look at a guy who is under-sized ,has very poor control,is very easy to hit ,and doesn’t strike many guys out and see a future solid major league pitcher ?

    Comment by Dirck — February 5, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

  14. Agreed Texas is loaded. Really thought I’d see Mazara and/or Guzman on this list though.

    Comment by Riflemen — February 5, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

  15. I still think Hanser Alberto is hugely underrated in this system. What have you heard on him? With what he did in the AFL and A ball, it seems like all he’s missing is BBs from being a potenitial impact middle infielder.

    Comment by Dan P — February 5, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

  16. i disagree. im not sure a Taveras-Andrus trade straight up would happen, but not just because the Cards might be hesistant to do so, but because the Rangers might be as well. Andrus has combined for 14.0 WAR over his first 4 seasons, including 8.6 WAR over his last 2 years in the bigs…he plays a premium position, and has an elite glove…while both Taveras and Profar are as close to sure-bets as they come in the minors, they are still risks…in this case, the Rangers would be the ones taking a risk with both Profar and Tavares, while the Cards would get an elite player at his position, which just so happens to be one of the only ones the Cards do not have depth at(in the bigs or the minors)

    Comment by Clifford — February 5, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

  17. No way the Cardinals trade Taveras for Andrus.

    Andrus has Boras as his agent and is a free agent after 2014.

    Also, Taveras slots nicely into the Cardinal OF. Possible call-up this year for an injured player and full time next year after Beltran leaves.

    Comment by Anon — February 5, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

  18. I had heard reports Buckel was showing improved velocity this year. Has anyone heard this?

    Comment by OuchBabe — February 5, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

  19. I’m pretty sure Berkman is just gonna play DH so he can stay healthy and Olt and Moreland are gonna platoon at 1B

    Comment by Nerck93 — February 5, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

  20. Man, this is a ridiculously deep system. There are another handful of guys (Neil Ramirez, Ronald Guaman, Nomar Mazara just to name a few.) Not listed in this top 15 who have good MLB potential as well. That Daniels fellow is pretty good at this whole “minor league ” thing.

    Comment by eric palmer — February 5, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

  21. I’m a bit surprised as well. I figured with the big money they signed for they would at least end up as 14 and 15.

    Comment by Rob — February 5, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

  22. Is Lewis Brinson that much ahead of Nick Williams?

    Comment by Mark — February 5, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

  23. as an outfielder? Yes.

    Comment by Tepid Participation — February 5, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

  24. I watched him pitch 5 times in person in 2012 and my charts from 8/20 read sitting 91-92 touching 94. 94 is the highest number I have in any of the outings I saw, but I didn’t chart every pitch, probably because I was eating skittles or something.

    Comment by Tepid Participation — February 5, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

  25. Yep. It’s that simple. I’m sure the cardinals can’t wait to make that deal. not

    Comment by nilbog44 — February 6, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

  26. Taveras for Profar seems to make more sense to me. I am a Cardinal fan for many years and have moved to Texas and now like the Rangers and the Cards and therefore can somewhat look objectively at this from both teams views. The Rangers are in need of an outfielder and the Cards are in need of a SS. These needs are probably the glaring needs of both organizations. Profar and Taveras are both potential superstars and both start immediately if they were traded for each other. They are both also about the same age and both very exciting young players. Taveras in CF or RF for the Rangers and Profar at SS for the Cards makes perfect sense and is a very fair trade. One could argue which one has more upside and value but they are both great prospects. Taveras is a middle of the the order bat who can play CF or RF and Profar is rare SS with exceptional all around skills. In my mind it is a fair trade, but maybe Cards throw in a pitching prospect which they have plenty of.

    Comment by Bruce — February 17, 2013 @ 11:08 am

  27. You’re then paying Kinsler big money to be a below average LF both offensively and defensively.

    Still….I understand the thought. Daniels biggest error this past year has been his inability to move Mike Olt. Outside of catcher there’s no position with a greater lack of talent than 3B, the Rangers (supposedly) have two of them and haven’t moved one of them to fill a need.

    Olt is 25…he’s not 20…..if he can’t make the Ranger’s lineup now he should have been moved either at the trade deadline last year or this off-season. Considering what Atlanta gave Arizone for Upton it sure seems like the Rangers could have packaged Olt in a deal for him that would have filled a lot of needs.

    Comment by MrMan — February 18, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

  28. #2 is understandable based on hype and name recognition? What about based on scouting and performance, genius? The reason Texas isn’t playing him is the fact that they don’t have a spot to put him that immediately improves the team. I forgot, great fielding 3B that can hit .260/.350/.500 don’t have value…

    Comment by Joseph — February 21, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

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