All grades are EXTREMELY PRELIMINARY and subject to change. Don’t get too worried about exact rankings at this point, especially once you get out of the top 10. Grade C+/C guys are pretty interchangeable depending on what you are looking for.
1) Travis Snider, OF, Grade A-: In the long run I’m not worried about the strikeouts, but might struggle at times in the early going.
2) Brett Cecil, LHP, Grade B+: I like him a lot. Love the strikeout/groundball combination.
3) David Cooper, 1B, Grade B: Almost went with B+ because I think the home runs will come.
4) J.P. Arencibia, C, Grade B-: Improved defense is good news, horrible plate discipline likely to eat into his batting average.
5) Justin Jackson, SS, Grade B-: A high grade you might think. But I buy into the projection and I think he will ultimately hit.
6) Brad Mills, LHP, Grade B-: Impeccable numbers overall, but fly ball ratio is a concern and as a finesse guy he has to be perfect.
7) Kevin Ahrens, 3B, Grade C+: I will give him a break due to youth and the fact that no one hit at
8) Ricky Romero, LHP, Grade C+: Another guy with a higher grade than you might expect given the numbers, but I will cut him slack one more year.
9) Mark Rzepczynski, LHP, Grade C+: I actually like him a lot, love the ratios and the grounders, but want to see at higher levels.
10) Scott Campbell, 2B, Grade C+: Frank Catalonotto Part II Electric Boogaloo
11) Brad Emaus, 2B, Grade C+: Frank Catalonotto Part III In 3-D (hits right-handed)
12) Eric Thames, OF, Grade C+: One of my favorites from the 2008 draft. Just needs to get healthy.
13) Luis Perez, LHP, Grade C+: Interesting lefty with good numbers, strong ground ball rate.
14) Andrew Liebel, RHP, Grade C: Polished strike-throwing college guy, needs to show at higher levels for a higher grade.
15) Tyler Pastornicky, SS, Grade C: Speed, walks, defense, youth. Will power show?
16) Robert Ray, RHP, Grade C: Looks like he could be a good utility pitcher.
17) John Tolisano, 2B, Grade C: Another young guy who couldn’t hit at
18) Markus Brisker, OF, Grade C: Tools guy who looks like a sleeper to me.
19) Chad Beck, RHP, Grade C: Acquired from
20) Tim Collins, LHP, Grade C: Great numbers, great human interest story as a 5-7 lefty signed as a free agent out of high school. Yes I know he’s not really as good a prospect in the classic sense as some of the guys in the “other” category, but I want to point him out. He’s cool.
Others: Bobby Bell, RHP; Fabio Castro, LHP; Yohermyn Chavez, OF; Brian Dopirak, 1B; Eric Eiland, OF; Edgar Estanga, LHP; Alan Farina, RHP; Danny Farquhar, RHP; Balbino Fuenmayor, 3B; Kyle Ginley, RHP; Brian Jeroloman, C; Scott Richmond, RHP; Moises Sierra, OF; Mark Sobolewski, 3B; Nathan Starner, LHP; Kenny Wilson, OF.
If there is someone else that you really think should be included, make your case. I always miss someone. Space is limited and some of the players above will probably get cut if I have to add someone else.
SYSTEM IN BRIEF:
The Jays have been adding more tools guys lately, being more aggressive in
I still really like
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