Well, I guess you have made it to the big time when accusations start to fly that your polls are being stuffed. I'm honored, I suppose, but really I just want to make it through to 25 with the controversey limited to who are the best players. After a three way runoff, Cahill and Coghlan were within 1% of each other, so we are calling #16 and #17 a tie. While Blanks also performed credibly in the run-off poll, let's allow the 40% of the community that voted for Cahill or Coghlan in round 16 to weigh in here before deciding who is #18. Anyway, this is where we are so far:
1. Matt Wieters, C Baltimore
2. Tommy Hanson, P Atlanta
3. Andrew McCutchen, of Pittsburgh
4. Brett Anderson P Oakland
5 Gordon Beckham, 3b CHW
6. Rick Porcello, P Detroit.
7.Elvis Andrus, SS Texas
8. Colby Rasmus, of St. Louis
9. David Price, P Tampa Bay
10. Travis Sinder, of Toronto
11. Dexter Fowler, of Colorado
12. Chris Tillman, p Baltimore
13t. Matt Latos, p San Diego
13t Derek Holland, p Texas
15. Cameron Maybin, of Florida
16t Chris Coghlan, of Florida
16t Trevor Cahill, P Oaklan
Jeff Neimann, Luis Valbuena, Drew Stubbs, Gerardo Parra, and Julio Borbon all drew less than 5% last round and are temporarily dropped from the poll. All will return in a later poll, although begining with #20, players who have particularly low support in a round, will not be returned to any subsequent poll, assuming we cut this at #25, which I think is just about right.
With only 4 players returning from last round's poll, Mat Gamel, Randy Wells and Everth Cabrera are returned for another chance, and Tommy Hunter, Brad Bergesen and Casey McGehee all get their first chances this round.
temporarily dropped from the poll (percentage and round in parens) J.A. Happ 1% (12), Daniel Bard 2% (13), Marc Rzepcynski 2% (15), Ricky Romero 3% (15), Jeff Neimann 2% (16), Luis Valbuena 0% (16), Drew Stubbs 4% (16), Gerardo Parra 0% (16), Julio Borbon 1% (16)
Any suggestions about who to add (is it Garret Jones time yet?) please post them below.
Who is the best prospect for future major league performance among the following, who used up their rookie eligibility in 2009?
Andrew Bailey, p Oakland (31 votes)
Kyle Blanks, of San Diego (36 votes)
Matt Laporta of/1b Cleveland (75 votes)
Nolan Reimold, of Baltimore (23 votes)
Mat Gamel, 3b Milwaukee (12 votes)
Tommy Hunter. P Texas (4 votes)
Brad Bergesen, P Baltimore (2 votes)
Everth Cabrera, ss San Deigo (13 votes)
Casey McGehee 3b/2b Milwaukee (2 votes)
Randy Wells P Cubs (1 vote)
other (please specify below) (4 votes)
203 total votes