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  1. How does Manny Machado from this year’s draft compare to Moustakas, or even Tim Beckham?

    Comment by Adam R. — May 27, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

  2. I’ll get into Machado in detail tomorrow, but I think the bat is between the two, and I don’t think he’s a SS.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — May 27, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

  3. No mention of Starlin Castro?

    Comment by Matt R — May 27, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

  4. Never mind – I see that castro was not a first-rounder but a signee.

    Comment by Matt R — May 27, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

  5. Evan Longoria was a SS at Long Beach State wasn’t he?

    Comment by Tom Wilson — May 27, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

  6. He was a SS for a time, but was drafted as a 3B. Bulked up a bit between Soph and Jr years, and most had him pegged for the hot corner.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — May 27, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

  7. Thank god Dan O`Dowd decided at the last minute the Rockies would not take him I mean It isn’t like they could use him or anything

    Comment by Tom Wilson — May 27, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

  8. It’s worthwhile to note that Moustakas only played briefly as a shortstop as a pro; the Royals moved him to third base pretty quickly and that is his position now.

    Comment by geo — May 27, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

  9. Where would Kozma fit in? Not looking great group?

    Comment by cje — May 27, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

  10. Russ Adams?

    Comment by ryan — May 27, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

  11. Where is 2005 number 6 overall SS Troy Tulowitzki in these articles, his play tells you all you need to know about him but if we’re naming first round shortstops draftees he is one of them

    Comment by Dave — May 28, 2010 @ 12:19 am

  12. He is, literally, given the highest praise in the entire article. Come on, people, read the article before you comment. Kozma is mentioned, Adams doesn’t fit the criteria. I mentioned that Moustakas switched positions early.

    I’d love to hear what you guys think about the players listed as prospects, but instead, we have 4 straight people that tried to nit-pick and failed.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — May 28, 2010 @ 12:45 am

  13. Why would you ever even think of closing the book on a 2009 draftee 40 games into his first professional season?

    Comment by Kurt — May 28, 2010 @ 7:51 am

  14. Hey, where’s Derek Jeter?

    /kidding

    Comment by Zack — May 28, 2010 @ 10:08 am

  15. Um, no, Bryan, you do NOT mention anywhere in this article that Moustakas switched positions. Here’s your paragraph on him:

    “Mike Moustakas really took a hit in prospect circles when he hit just .250/.297/.421 last year in the Carolina League. But, yesterday’s article taught us that High-A has historically been the least important level in a first round shortstop’s development, and really, Moustakas’ .272/.337/.468 line at 19 in the Midwest League the year prior was pretty good. I saw him take batting practice that year, and it was one of the most impressive shows I’ve seen a hitter put on at that level. He’s now hitting .377/.463/.770 in 150 plate appearances at Double-A, and I have a lot of faith that he’ll be a star in Kansas City.”

    Where do you say he changed positions? Before YOU jump on people, make sure of what you, you know, actually wrote in the article. I brought it up as a point of interesting commentary about Moustakas as a prospect, something that you claim you were seeking, not because I was trying to nitpick, and you automatically jump on me. Gee, thanks.

    Comment by geo — May 28, 2010 @ 10:30 am

  16. Wow, you all feel so way too entitled to this guys free article. Where is the “thank you for your knowledge!” comments? Instead, we’ve got “geo” here, wasting his days ragging on writers who are asking for nothing in return from their readers for their time and effort. It’s a wonder, then, with geo’s extensive knowledge, why he isn’t the one writing the article, no?

    Comment by Elliott — May 28, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

  17. Thank God Bill Bavasi decided at the last minute the Mariners would not take Tulowitzki. I mean it isn’t like they could use him or anything.

    Comment by rlute — May 28, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

  18. “Bust” seems a little harsh for Plouffe. He’d be a fine MLB bench player now and is currently having the best year of his career, suggesting some upside remaining. That’s not sexy, but is it really a bust for a 20th overall pick?

    Comment by Lucas — May 28, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

  19. Well, no, Cardenas and Green aren’t looking too hot. But neither are any collegiate 1st-round middle infielders drafted, or acquired, by the A’s in the last decade (Quintanilla… Jemile Weeks…) It’s turning into an organizational black hole.

    Comment by Carligula — May 29, 2010 @ 12:16 am

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