Top 10 prospects for 2010: New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox

2010 top 10 prospects: New York Yankees

1. Jesus Montero: His bat has all the makings of a perennial All-Star. The only question is what position Montero eventually ends up playing.
2. Manuel Banuelos: As an 18-year-old, Banuelos has an attacking approach beyond his years. With some refinement and added velocity he could be an ace in the making.
3. Jairo Heredia: After battling an injury for most of 2009, Heredia posted some respectable numbers in a short period of time. His 2010 Double-A excursion will be the first true test for his mid-90s fastball.
4. Austin Romine: The Yankees are developing Romine with a one-level-at-a-time approach, to fine success. A solid all-around catcher could be in the works.
5. Kelvin De Leon: De Leon’s five-star potential is very real, and the Gulf Coast League got a taste of it in 2009. Patience is the key with this terrific young man.
6. Slade Heathcott: This first-round pick has a full toolbox to work with, and he has the ability to be a .300 hitter with a good power/speed combination. But Heathcott has a long way to go.
7. Arodys Vizcaino: His fastball touches the mid-90s, and his change-up/curveball secondary combination has Yankee fans excited. Keep an eye on Vizcaino.
8. D.J. Mitchell: While there isn’t much upside left in his right arm, Mitchell sports strong command, a good groundball ratio and an eye-popping low home run rate.
9. Austin Jackson: His power and plate discipline may be his downfall, but there is still time for development. Jackson’s speed could be a weapon at the next level.
10. Zach McAllister: His best asset is the consistency that he brings to the mound. McAllister’s low-90s fastball and heavy sinking action have all the makings of a back-of-the-rotation starter at the very least.

2010 top 10 prospects: Boston Red Sox

1. Lars Anderson: His 2009 season was nothing short of forgettable, but Anderson’s power potential is among minor league baseball’s best. I haven’t given up on him.
2. Casey Kelly: Boston won’t be experimenting with Kelly at shortstop for too much longer, as the mound is where his future lies. For a player of his age, his overall arsenal and polish are virtually unrivaled.
3. Ryan Westmoreland: Even though it may be premature, I’m not afraid to say it: The start to Westmoreland’s career has me seeing stars. His true breakout could come in 2010 with Greenville.
4. Michael Bowden: He has middle-of-the-rotation stuff and little left to prove in the minor leagues. But Bowden’s brief major league outings have been unsuccessful so far.
5. Stolmy Pimentel: Added velocity is coming, and his overall repertoire is impressive. I can’t wait to see Pimentel against advanced competition.
6. Ryan Kalish: As a generally unheralded prospect, Kalish has taken his development one step at a time, and his true breakout season could be coming soon.
7. Junichi Tazawa: He doesn’t bring much velocity, but Tazawa has a plethora of secondary offerings at his disposal and a good amount of command over all of them.
8. Josh Reddick: He has the makings of an average major league corner outfielder, but Reddick’s questionable power will hinder his stock in the long run.
9. Reymond Fuentes: The best tool is his plus speed, and while Fuentes has good bat speed and line drive power, ultimately, I don’t think he has All-Star potential.
10. Michael Almanzar: His tools have not suddenly disappeared, but Almanzar has a long way to go and needs to show a better work ethic if he’s going to reach his outrageous potential.


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Ian
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Ian

Wow, nobody else is going to be that high on Lars Anderson.  I’d rank him behind Reddick.

Andrew
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Andrew

I like that you’re willing to take a stand on Anderson.  We’ll find out if you end up being right on him.

Evan Brunell
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Evan Brunell

Just because Anderson had a bit of a rough year doesn’t mean he should slip behind Reddick. I fully agree with Matt’s take on Reddick and think Anderson still boasts more potential.

Jack P
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Jack P

How close did Eduardo Nunez come to making the Yankees top 10?

pat
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pat

Heredia doesn’t throw mid 90’s.

Dan
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Dan

other than the top three sawx, the other seven got very mediocre writeups.  where’s the mandatory theo love?

Dale
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Dale

In future articles can you add the players stats for 2009 and when you exxpect them to hit the majors ?

Syed
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Syed

A-Jax and Z-Mac should be higher on that list, IMO. A-Jax should be #2 behind Montero with his combo of tools and ML-readiness. Z-Mac should be top 5 because of his polish, pitch-ability and again ML-readiness.

One question. In terms of tools/talent where would C Gary Sanchez rank on the list?

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fishercats fan
Lars Anderson is an interesting case for me personally. Let’s just say he and I have had a lot of conversations over the past year while he played in Portland. First let me say I am a die hard Yankees fan. Let me follow that by saying Lars Anderson is my second favorite player in the minor leagues. It wasn’t always that way however. The first time I saw Lars was at a game where John Smoltz was rehabbing. When Smoltz left the game the crowd pretty much left but those of us who stayed could have some great memories.… Read more »
kabal
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kabal

anderson should have been moved last yr

nck
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nck

Hey…GOOD NEWS!  I saw a dog today!!

Steve @ MLBFP
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Steve @ MLBFP

Nice post, Matt. Our new guy gave his own fantasy baseball focused spin on the Red Sox prospects today.

http://www.mlbfantasyprospects.com/2010/01/mlb-fantasy-prospects—-team-scouting-reports-and-analysis—-boston-red-sox.html

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