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  1. This is the first time we’ve seen multiple players at one ranking… and it happened 6 times!

    33 players in 20 rankings, after the first 40 rankings were all singles. Seems like a shift.

    Comment by Mario Mendoza of posters — March 1, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

  2. Really, what’s the point of even ranking them. . .

    Comment by Zozo — March 1, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

  3. The next 40 can’t come quick enough as many of us scoresheet folks are already drafting and looking for the prospects to fill in the back ends of our rosters

    Comment by Bill — March 1, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

  4. Mario/Zozo: When it’s more than one guy, that’s because, in general, it will be one or the other who can make an impact in 2012 at a given time. Plus, there’s the issue of who wins Opening Day roster spots.

    For example, I can’t say for certain whether Welington Castillo or Steve Clevenger is going to be with the Cubs on Day One, so to hedge, I put both. That way, you know which player(s) to watch for at a given spot.

    I’m essentially covering all the bases, if you will.

    Comment by Jason Catania — March 1, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

  5. Bill: Next 20 (40-21) will be up Friday. Final 20 will come early next week.

    Comment by Jason Catania — March 1, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

  6. Agreeed

    Comment by MustBunique — March 1, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

  7. Paxton at 51?

    Stopped reading. That’s absurd. If he makes rotation he’s Top 15 at least.

    Comment by stevo — March 1, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

  8. agreed.

    Comment by d_i — March 1, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

  9. Wouldn’t Cashner be more likely to fill the Padres closer role if Street were to get hurt? San Diego can’t be thinking of having him start this year.

    Comment by Ragoczy — March 1, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

  10. everybody sleeping on tom wilhelmsen in the mariners bullpen. personally i think it’s him if/when league goes, not ruffin.

    last year he was iffy early in the year. went down to AA to work as a starter for a while. when he came back he had a 22/4 K/BB with 18 H+BB in 23 innings the rest of the way. and six of those 18 baserunners were in his first game back. his WHIP in september was 0.47.

    he’s 6’6″ and throws 98 with a monster curve, so, he wasn’t faking it. he was primary setup by the end of the year and probably will be again this year if he comes back throwing the same way.

    you can google all of this if you don’t believe me.

    Comment by wily mo — March 1, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

  11. Stevo: That’s kinda the point — the whole “if” you mentioned. While he has dynamite stuff, Paxton also has only barely 100 pro innings under his belt and not even 50 north of A-ball. There’s a pretty good chance he spends at least half the year in the minors because, really, why would Seattle rush him when the team is better off making sure he’s ready — along the same timeframe as the other top M’s ‘spects? If he makes the team, sure Top 20. But I’m taking tha very much into account here.

    Comment by Jason Catania — March 1, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

  12. Ragoczy: Cash might get first shot but Boxberger is another possibility. I’m not ignoring Cashner as much as I’m mentioning that the Boxman is worth knowing.

    Comment by Jason Catania — March 1, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

  13. This guy obviously doesn’t know what’s going on…

    For one, he thinks Revere is a defensive replacement/pinch-runner kind of player.

    Maybe you should do some research on the players before you write about them…

    Comment by Nick — March 1, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

  14. On most teams, that’s probably the role Revere would be best suited for. You wouldn’t happen to be a Twins fan, would you? Because ’round these parts, a .286 wOBA is “shitty.”

    Maybe you should learn to use declarative sentences and not annoyingly misuse ellipses. And stop going from third-person (“This guy”) to second-person (“Maybe you”) in the span of a rude three-sentence comment.

    Comment by davisnc — March 1, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

  15. well if Denard Span is in CF, Ben Revere is a backup, more of a fielding one for sure. Maybe you should take your BS negativism elsewhere

    Comment by Kyle — March 1, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

  16. Look at the options in front of him:
    2. Jason Vargas
    3. Hisashi Iwakuma
    4. Blake Beavan
    5. Charlie Furbush
    6. Hector Noesi
    7. Kevin Millwood

    Any and all of them are liable to bomb (I’d argue for a higher opportunity ranking). He’s a highly regarded 23 year old lefty in perhaps the hardest ballpark for right handed hitters. Granted he has Hultzen to compete with, but he has the same concerns you mention above. Even if he just pitches half the year as you estimate, her deserves to be much higher than the 50s.

    Comment by d_i — March 1, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

  17. I don’t agree that I agree that Benson has much value this year, but Revere is the definition of a 4th OF/pinch runner.

    Comment by d_i — March 1, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

  18. I AM a Twins fan, and I couldn’t disagree more with Nick. Revere is fun to watch, but there’s no way a competitive team (not that the Twins will be that this year) should be penciling him to start every day.

    But that’s exactly what the Twins are planning to do, and not even in CF, but in LF! He absolutely should be a 4th OF/defensive replacement/pinch-runner.

    Comment by rytwin — March 2, 2012 @ 12:45 am

  19. Wow Nick, you could have picked any other sentence in this whole column to disagree with but you chose the last and most correct one?!?!

    “Im sorry you shoulda ordered the brisket, its real good, but y’ll never know”

    Comment by tvators — March 2, 2012 @ 11:30 am

  20. tvators: So you’re saying I got one right!

    Comment by Jason Catania — March 2, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

  21. Agree totally. I intend on drafting him in my AL only league this year and wait for good things…..

    Comment by illinibob — March 2, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

  22. I believe Andy Oliver is a lefty.

    Comment by Catholiclutheran — March 2, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

  23. Catholiclutheran: Yep, good catch. Fixed.

    Comment by Jason Catania — March 2, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

  24. Where is the rest of the list?????

    Comment by Molitor — March 30, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

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