2001 Top-100 Prospect Review

Considering how in 2001, I was only 8 years old, I didn't really follow MiLB too much, so I can't recall what exactly people were saying about specific players.  I have put the top-100 BaseballAmerica rankings from 2001 in positional order.  I wanted to see which positions yielding the most positive results.  I plan on doing this for a couple other seasons, let me know if you like them posted, or if I should keep them to myself.  Also, let me know on any suggestions you have for my style or anything else.  Should I keep it like this or should it be position-by-position posts?


RHP - 38: 8 successes, 7 mild success, 11 mild failures, 11 failures, 1 incomplete

SUCCESS                          3. Josh Beckett, rhp, Marlins - asserted himself in 2002, since rookie season topped a 4.00 ERA only twice (2006 5.01 and 2008 4.03) and has established himself as one of the top starting pitchers in MLB


MILD SUCCESS             4. Jon Rauch, rhp, White Sox - bounced around from 2002 to 2005.  Never becomes the top starter people had hoped, but has become a useful relief pitcher and a psuedo closer in 2008 for WAS.


SUCCESS                         5. Ben Sheets, rhp, Brewers - established himself in 2001, arm troubles have held him back, but when he is healthy, he is filthy


SUCCESS                         13. Roy Oswalt, rhp, Astros - For this one I will just quote "Best known for: Astros Ace during 2000s decade"


MILD FAILURE            15. Chin-Hui Tsao, rhp, Rockies - bust, 8 career starts (unimpressive 8 too), and had various callups from COL and LAD, never did much though. Out of professional baseball.


MILD SUCCESS            17. Juan Cruz, rhp, Cubs - rookie in 2001, poor as a starter, starting to emerge as a pretty good reliever, with control being his biggest enemy.


MILD SUCCESS            19. Jerome Williams, rhp, Giants - terrific rookie season with SF in 2003, decent 2004, 2005 and beyond was rough due to mother's death.  he gained weight and is just now starting to work himself back in shape with OAK.  I'm pulling for him


FAILURE                        20. Bobby Bradley, rhp, Pirates - 2000 was easily his best season, missed most of 2001 and all of 2002.  out of baseball by 2005.


FAILURE                        26. Donnie Bridges, rhp, Expos - 2000 was his 1-hit wonder season, injuries slowed him down and never recovered.  out of baseball by 2005


MILD FAILURE            30. Kurt Ainsworth, rhp, Giants - brief glimmers of success, after trade for Sidney Ponson, never became anything at all.  out of baseball by 2004.


MILD FAILURE            28. Matt Belisle, rhp, Braves - missed all of 2001, become more of a big league spot starter and relief pitcher than anything else.


FAILURE                        37. Ben Christensen, rhp, Cubs - bust, never makes it passed AA.  out of baseball by 2003


SUCCESS                        40. Jacob Peavy, rhp, Padres - rookie season 2002, really established himself in 2004 and doesn't look back, one of the best pitchers in the NL.


FAILURE                        41. Adam Johnson, rhp, Twins - the #2 pick from 2000 is strong in 2001 at AA, last of his success.  out of professional baseball in 2006


MILD FAILURE            44. Matt Ginter, rhp, White Sox - became a very good AAA pitcher, and a very bad MLB pitcher. still fighting it out with the Brewers.


FAILURE                        45. Wes Anderson, rhp, Marlins - never makes it past A+, control issues are the biggest problem.


SUCCESS                        47. Brett Myers, rhp, Phillies - a solid starter, innings eater and sometimes a very dominant pitcher.  shortly converted to pen, and back, with mild success on both ends


MILD FAILURE            49. Tim Redding, rhp, Astros - nothing special, became an adequate #5 starter on some teams.


FAILURE                        51. Matt McClendon, rhp, Braves - never again had any success, out of baseball by 2004.


MILD FAILURE            52. Jason Standridge, rhp, Devil Rays - big leagues in 2001, never enjoyed success.  still pitching in FLA AAA


FAILURE                        53. Wascar Serrano, rhp, Padres - very confused why he was a top-prospect.  he was 33, however he never became much, and he is out of baseball by 2005


FAILURE                        61. Dan Wright, rhp, White Sox - a decent 2002, never anything after that, out of baseball by 2006.


MILD FAILURE            63. Pat Strange, rhp, Mets - no major league success, out of baseball by 2004


FAILURE                        65. Jovanny Cedeno, rhp, Rangers - never past A+ ball, out of baseball by 2003


MILD FAILURE            66. Adrian Hernandez, rhp, Yankees - no major league success, out of baseball by 2005


SUCCESS                        68. Carlos Zambrano, rhp, Cubs - since 2001, never a season with a 4.00+ ERA, a terrific pitcher, borderline ace, terrific #2 depending on the situation


MILD FAILURE            69. Jesus Colome, rhp, Devil Rays - converted to the pen, but he has not been very good there either.  still playing as a pretty mediocre reliever.


SUCCESS                        71. Francisco Rodriguez, rhp, Angels - converted to the pen, 2003 rookie season, been a top-3 closer since.


MILD FAILURE            76. Brad Baker, rhp, Red Sox - never any big league success, out of baseball by 2007


FAILURE                        78. Brad Baisley, rhp, Phillies - never made it past AA, out of baseball by 2004


MILD SUCCESS            79. Mike MacDougal, rhp, Royals - rookie season 2002, 2005 and 2006 were his best years.  still a decent reliever (pseudo closer for WAS)


MILD SUCCESS            80. Joel Pineiro, rhp, Mariners - very inconsistent starter, great years in 2002 and 2003, off and on every since


FAILURE                        83. Nick Neugebauer, rhp, Brewers - no MLB success, out of baseball by 2004

MILD FAILURE            84. Justin Miller, rhp, Athletics - no success until this season, helps to anchor SF's surprise top-bullpen. has to pitch with sleeves due to dense tattoos


MILD SUCCESS            88. Danys Baez, rhp, Indians - been a solid to good big league reliever.  a much better reliever than starter


MILD SUCCESS            92. Jason Marquis, rhp, Braves - a solid innings eater back end starter, nothing spectacular, got a[n undeserved] all-star appearance this season.


SUCCESS                        97. Adam Wainwright, rhp, Braves - rookie in 2006 as a reliever, turned back to starter in 2007 and is a very good front-rotation pitcher


VERY SAD                        100. Matt White, rhp, Devil Rays - never made it past AAA, out of baseball by 2003.


LHP - 7: 1 success, 1 mild success, 2 mild failures, 3 failures

SUCCESS                        7. C.C. Sabathia, lhp, Indians - instant ace in 2001, never looked back and is now the richest pitcher in MLB history (other than the other Matt White, who found 2 billion dollars worth of stone in his backyard, so I guess that makes him a little richer than C.C.)


FAILURE                        8. Ryan Anderson, lhp, Mariners - never made it past AAA, out of baseball by 2005


MILD FAILURE            25. Chris George, lhp, Royals - very limited MLB success, playing for BOS AAA Pawtucket today


MILD SUCCESS            39. Bud Smith, lhp, Cardinals - terrific rookie season in 2001, threw a no-hitter, never did much else, out of baseball by 2007


FAILURE                        50. Joe Torres, lhp, Angels - never made it past AA, still 26 in AA TEX Frisco, a reliever now.


FAILURE                        57. Wilfredo Rodriguez, lhp, Astros - pitched 3 MLB innings, out of baseball by 2006


MILD FAILURE            58. Mike Bynum, lhp, Padres - limited big league success, out of baseball by 2005


C - 4: 1 success, 3 failures

FAILURE                        21. J.R House, c, Pirates - AAAA player, now struggling with KC AAA Omaha


SUCCESS                        67. Brandon Inge, c, Tigers - a very useful C/3B player with power now. K's a lot, but his power is still around.  Will be at the all-star game this year, as well as the HR Derby.


FAILURE                        74. Dane Sardinha, c, Reds - still playing, poorly for Detroit and Detroit AAA Toledo.


FAILURE                        99. Joe Lawrence, c, Blue Jays - moved to 2B, one bad MLB season in 2002.  2000 was his best year, out of baseball by 2003.



1B - 7: 3 success, 3 mild failures, 1 incomplete

SUCCESS                        10. Nick Johnson, 1b, Yankees - a good 1B, terrific discipline.  not too much 1B power, but overall a good player


SUCCESS                        11. Carlos Pena, 1b, Rangers - decent success 2003-2005.  became a good player in 2007 to present.  he provides incredible power.


MILD FAILURE            22. Hee Seop Choi, 1b, Cubs - bad contact skills, walked a lot, lots of power.  out of baseball by 2006


MILD FAILURE            59. Jason Hart, 1b, Athletics - 15 MLB at-bats, out of baseball by 2006


MILD FAILURE            70. Eric Munson, 1b, Tigers - lots of power, converted to 3B, and converted to C, playing for OAK AAA Sacramento, never much big league success


VERY SAD                        77. Dernell Stenson, 1b/of, Red Sox - R.I.P.


SUCCESS                        89. Adrian Gonzalez, 1b, Marlins - AAAA until 2005, when he was traded to SD, and he has been only one of the best players in the MLB ever since.


2B - 3: 2 mild successes, 1 mild failure

MILD FAILURE            34. Jose Ortiz, 2b, Athletics - very limited MLB success, playing in Japan off and on since 2003


MILD SUCCESS            54. Marcus Giles, 2b, Braves - good player 2003-2005, bad player since, out of baseball now


MILD SUCCESS            93. Luis Rivas, 2b, Twins - not a great player, more defense than anything else.  playing for CHC AAA Iowa and is nothing more than a defensive spot-starter.


3B  - 10: 5 successes, 1 mild success, 4 mild failures

MILD SUCCESS            6. Sean Burroughs, 3b, Padres - a solid rookie 2002 season lead to nice 2003 and 2004 seasons.  Afterwards, his production dropped and he was out of baseball by 2007


MILD FAILURE            14. Drew Henson, 3b, Reds - gained 9 MLB at bats, was out of baseball by 2003.  Has had an equally unimpressive NFL career, but did manage to throw 1 TD (isn't that all you really need?).


SUCCESS                        36. Joe Crede, 3b, White Sox - rookie season in 2002.  decent contact and good power skills, bad discipline, injuries have also held him back, but is holding down the hot corner for the Twins after a 9-year career with CWS saw him hit 125 home-runs.


SUCCESS                        42. Albert Pujols, 3b, Cardinals - Flat out, the best player in MLB.  3B, LF, 1B, he'll play it all and he'll hit.  Minimal minuscule holes in his game.  Worst OPS season in his 9-season career, .955, enough said.


SUCCESS                        43. Aubrey Huff, 3b, Devil Rays - a very good corner infielder.  Decent BB rates and Ks under 100 times as a full-time starter.  Good power, good player overall.


SUCCESS                        55. Michael Cuddyer, 3b, Twins - moved to OF and has become a good hitter, 2008 was an off-year, but has OPS .750+ every other year (except rookie 2002 .740 OPS)


MILD FAILURE            60. Tony Torcato, 3b, Giants - never enjoyed MLB success, out of baseball by 2006


SUCCESS                        82. Xavier Nady, 3b, Padres - moved to OF. mediocre until 2006, with NYM and PIT.  Good player 2007 and 2008 with PIT and NYY, hurt in 2009.  Good hitter overall


MILD FAILURE            85. Lance Niekro, 3b, Giants - Awful discipline made him never enjoy MLB success. Trying to make it as a knuckleball pitcher with the GCL Braves.


MILD FAILURE            87. Tony Blanco, 3b, Red Sox - 1 bad MLB season, still playing, had a nice 2008 AA COL Tulsa season as a 26 year old.


SS - 12: 4 successes, 1 mild success, 6 mild failures, 1 failure

MILD FAILURE            16. Antonio Perez, ss, Mariners - never much MLB success, still playing with AAA ATL Gwinett


SUCCESS                        27. Alfonso Soriano, ss, Yankees - converted to 2B and later LF.  A great power/speed combo who Ks a lot.


MILD FAILURE            29. Wilson Betemit, ss, Braves - career backup corner infielder combo, playing with CWS now.


SUCCESS                        31. Jimmy Rollins, ss, Phillies - one of the best leadoff hitters and SS in MLB.  terrific speed and surprising power.


SUCCESS                        32. Felipe Lopez, ss, Blue Jays - an average SS, with 1.5 terrific seasons (2005 with CIN and 2008 with STL)


MILD FAILURE            46. D'Angelo Jimenez, ss, Yankees - career backup infielder, not too much MLB success, with Mexican league now


MILD FAILURE            62. Alex Cintron, ss, Diamondbacks - career backup infielder, not too much MLB success, with WAS now


MILD FAILURE            73. Luis Montanez, ss, Cubs - MiLB starter until 2008, nice 38 game appearance with BAL, 2009 provided 18 bad games with BAL, and back to the minors


FAILURE                        90. David Espinosa, ss/2b, Reds - never did anything outstanding in the minors and no MLB experience, still playing with AA SEA West Tennessee.


SUCCESS                        91. Miguel Cabrera, ss, Marlins - moved to 3B and 1B, one of the best pure hitters in MLB


MILD SUCCESS            94. Juan Uribe, ss, Rockies - powerful infielder, who does not walk.  Rookie season in 2001 and strongest year in 2004 (CWS - 23 HR - .833 OPS).  now a spot-starting UTIL infielder with SF (and destroyer of Jonathan Sanchez' perfect game, but oh well, no-hitters are good, and maybe Sanchez would have given up a hit without that error)


MILD FAILURE            95. Ramon Santiago, ss, Tigers - career backup infielder, not too much MLB success, with DET now


OF - 19: 8 successes, 3 mild success, 7 mild failures, 1 failure

SUCCESS                        1. Josh Hamilton, of, Devil Rays - we all know his story, he's struggling this year, I sure hope his body holds up.


MILD SUCCESS            2. Corey Patterson, of, Cubs - speed, check.  power, check.  walks, where?.  strikeouts, abundant.  A very odd player and very toolsy, now struggling with WAS


SUCCESS                        9. Ichiro Suzuki, of, Mariners - my favorite player growing up (see the 51?) massive contact skills, if he wants, he can hit it out, incredible defensive/arm player, doesn't walk an insane amount, but also doesn't K much.  loads of speed and baserunning ability.  model Japanese player


SUCCESS                        12. Vernon Wells, of, Blue Jays - very strong outfielder through 2006.  production has dropped since but he is still a valuable player, just vastly overpaid.


MILD FAILURE            18. Alex Escobar, of, Mets - in short MLB time, has been a useful backup.  out of baseball in 2008


MILD FAILURE            23. Joe Borchard, of, White Sox - huge power numbers never translated to MLB success, spent 2009 between SF AAA Fresno and ATL AAA Gwinett


MILD SUCCESS            24. Austin Kearns, of, Reds - power didn't translate to MLB, discipline did, and he has been a fringe 3rd outfielder


SUCCESS                        33. Adam Dunn, of, Reds - huge power, huge walks, huge Ks, huge guy.  been a good player with bad defense for some time now.  has mastered the 40 HR 100 RBI 100 BB 150 K season now


SUCCESS                        35. Brad Wilkerson, of, Expos - 2002 rookie season, very useful player through 2004 peak (32 HR) after his career has gone steadily down.  now he is with BOS AAA Pawtucket


SUCCESS                        38. Jack Cust, of/1b, Diamondbacks - adam dunn light after 2007, with fewer home-runs and more Ks.  proof that AAAA players can shed the label


MILD FAILURE            48. Dee Brown, of, Royals - good minor league player, bad MLB player, now with LA AAA Albuquerque


MILD SUCCESS            56. Kevin Mench, of, Rangers - Shrek had good 2004, 2005, and 2006 campaigns with TEX, but after his trade to MIL, his career.  biggest hat size in MLB


FAILURE                        64. Brian Cole, of, Mets - never played after 2000


SUCCESS                        72. Carl Crawford, of, Devil Rays - the face of the Rays for years has been a good speedster for the young team.


MILD FAILURE            75. Abraham Nunez, of, Marlins - not much MLB success in his 136 career games.  out of baseball by 2008


SUCCESS                        81. Ryan Ludwick, of, Athletics - coming out party in 2008 with 37 HR and .966 OPS.  before had bounced around, never fully hitting stride


MILD FAILURE            86. Chin-Feng Chen, of, Dodgers - 19 MLB games, out of baseball by 2005


MILD FAILURE            96. Keith Reed, of, Orioles - 6 MLB games, out of baseball by 2008


MILD FAILURE            98. Chris Snelling, of, Mariners - 93 MLB games, struggling with PIT AAA Indianapolis



Overall - 100: 30 successes, 15 mild successes, 34 mild failures, 19 failures, 2 incomplete

Well, at least for me, this has been a lot of fun, and eye-opening in most regards.  Obviously, high end prospects had a much higher success to failure rate.  The success:mild success:mild failure:failure system I used is extremely basic.  A success entailed a proven big-league player, with some years of stardom or near stardom.  A mild success entailed a proven big-league player, without the stardom, however many players were fringe (example: Marcus Giles). A mild failure was basically if they made it to MLB at all, but had no success (example: Keith Reed).  A failure entailed not making it to MLB at all.  a 30% success rate seems pretty solid for BaseballAmerica, but the 20 full failures and 34 mild failures demonstrates a high level of failure 45:54.   Right-handed pitchers are the most likely to fail (full) at 31.5% while third-base, shortstop, and first-base all did not produce a full-failure.  Third-base had the highest success rate with 50% (full) 60% (full + mild) while outfield produced a 57.8% success (full+mild) rate.  Out of the 19 outfielders, all but one reached MLB, and all 3 2B reached MLB, each with varying results.



There are many reasons why this test provides limited results.

*The success/mild success/mild failure/failure system is the most basic system created and too many fringe players were available

*Outfield was ranked in one category instead of corner and center or left, center, and right

*For statistical purposes, only basic stats were used

*I was 8 at the time of this list and so I do not know what experts were saying about them individually

*Some player values could have varied based not on offensive stats, but defense, but I could not recall each player's defensive worth

*I did not look up injury issues for most prospects, so some of the busts may be due to injuries

*Other things that I did not list.


*All stats courtesy of

*Rankings courtesy of Baseball America

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