NL East Top 51

I've finished my AL Rankings (culminating in my AL Top 150 link) and my NL West list (link). A 5-star system roughly correlates to a top 4 system, 4-star top 5-10 range, 3-star 11-20, 2-star 21-26, 1-star 27-30. For player grading I basically use John's system rankings (although I may be a bit more generous, particularly with the B- guys). An A is a top 4-8 player, A- Top 20-25, B+ Top 65, B Top 135, B- Top 240. All Ages are of Opening Day. In the sleeper section, I try to tab guys outside of each system's top 15. 


1. Stephen Strasburg, 21.8, RHS (WAS)- Once in a generational talent. An 80 fastball, two legitimate plus/plus-plus off-speed pitches in his curve and change and a solid-average slider. He profiles as a true ace, and a perennial Cy Young candidate. A lot people put Heyward above him, citing the increased injury risks that pitchers face. That is certainly a legitimate concern. However, Strasburg strikes me as a the harder prospect to find. Every couple of years there is an impact bat coming through the minor leagues- Evan Longoria, Matt Wieters, and now Jason Heyward, but guys like Strasburg only come around every decade or so. He's the type of player that when he is on the mound, his team should expect to win. He'll likely start the year in the minor leagues, but as long as he stays healthy he should reach the majors for good at some point during the season. Grade A

2. Jason Heyward, 20.8, RF (ATL)- Potential impact player. The approach, hit tool, and power are all there for him to a become a middle-of-the-order run producer for a long time. He projects as a plus defender in right, and he has the speed to steal 8-12 bases a year. Just needs to stay healthy. Grade A

3. Mike Stanton, 20.5, RF (FLA)- On pure upside, Stanton rates right with Strasburg and Heyward, but his rawness keeps him a tier below those two. He has the raw power to hit 50 homeruns a year. The question is whether he can cut down (or at least keep constant) his strikeouts. He's a better athlete than he's given credit for. Pete Carroll extended a walk-on offer to him as a DB/WR. I think Stanton will be a middle of the order slugger, profiling as a 6 or 7, but the risk keeps me from giving him a straight A. Grade A-

4. Jenrry Mejia, 20.6, RHS (NYM)- True front of the rotation potential- fastball that gets up to 96 with some regularity with great sink, allowing him to rack up a 2.49 GO/AO ratio across two levels last year. His secondary stuff is inconsistent, but he flashes a plus change and a solid-average curve. Plus, at only 20, it's not unusual that his secondary pitches are unrefined. He's very athletic on the mound, and reports are that his conditioning is superb. He strikes me as a 2 starter. Grade A-

5. Logan Morrison*, 22.7, 1B (FLA)- One of the most patient hitters in the minors, Morrison walked in 18.4 percent of his AA plate appearances, while striking out in only 16.5 percent of his ABs. His level swing and opposite-field oriented approach do not lend themselves for big power numbers, but Morrison should hit 20+ homeruns with a lot of gap power. He may not be as good of a prospect as Justin Smoak, but I think it is a lot closer than most realize. Grade B+

6. Domonic Brown*, 22.7, RF (PHI)- Long-limbed athlete, Brown has the potential to be a 5-tool difference maker. However, after seeing him in the AFL, I'm a bit more bearish on him. His has bat speed, but his swing is very unorthodox, and I have some concerns about his ability to hit big league pitching. I think he is a long-term 6, but he might need 2 more years in the minors. Grade B+

7. Julio Teheran, 19.2, RHS (ATL)- Electric fastball, and he has shown enough with his secondary stuff that envisioning him becoming a front-of-the-rotation starter. Furthermore, he's athletic, and there is projection remaining in his frame. He's more advanced than Vizcaino, and his frame is a bit better, so he gets the nod. Grade B+

8. Arodys Vizcaino, 19.5, RHS (ATL)- Acquired in the Javier Vasquez trade, like Teheran, Vizcaino has the raw stuff to profile as a front-of-the-rotation starter. His fastball sits 90-94, and he puts hitter away with a swing-and-miss curve. His change is a work in progress at this stage but no reason to be too concerned. At only 6'0" he's short for a righty, but it's tough to look past the stuff. Grade B+

9. Derek Norris, 21.2, C (WAS)- Great combination of plate-discipline and power. If he can stick behind the plate he could be a real force, but he led the Sally League in both errors and passed balls, so it is far from a sure thing. He broke his hammate bone in instructional league, so depressed power numbers in 2009 wouldn't be a surprise. Grade B+

10. Freddie Freeman*, 20.7, 1B (ATL)- Robin to Heyward's Batman, Freeman is a very good prospect in his own right. Poor AA numbers should be discounted due to wrist injury. May never hit many more than 20-25 homeruns, but he should hit for average and play great defense at first. He reminds me a lot of Mark Grace. Grade B+

11. Wilmer Flores, 18.8, 3B/RF (NYM)- Saying that Flores is on the fast track would be an understatement. At only 17, the Mets through him into the full-season-ball fire. And Flores held his own. While he did not hit for any power, scouts are confident that it will come. Furthermore, he showed a great feel for hitting, striking out in under 15 percent of his ABs. He's far away, but he has the potential to become an impact player. Grade B

12. Matt Dominguez, 20.7, 3B (FLA)- Potential gold glove winner at third, I'm not yet sold about the bat. He's young enough to make adjustments, but it would be foolish to expect a replication of his 2008 season line. Should be a solid regular, but it might take him 2-3 years in the minors before he's ready with the bat. Grade B

13. Mike Minor, 22.3, LHS (ATL)- Might not have been the best pick for the Braves at 7th overall, but he's generally underrated. Plus change, average FB, a serviceable breaking ball, and good pitchability make him a safe bet to become a 3rd or 4th starter. He strikes me as Brian Matusz light, and it wouldn't surprise me to see him start 2011 in the major leagues. Grade B

14. Fernando Martinez*, 21.6, RF/LF (NYM)- Hard to believe he is still only 21. I don't think Martinez will ever be a star, but he should be a solid corner outfielder. I think he would benefit from starting the year in AAA, but that seems unlikely. I could see .290/360/500 lines from him at his peak. Grade B

15. Drew Storen, 22.8, RHR (WAS)- Good stuff, great control and command. I think people are getting too caught up in the numbers from his debut. He looks like a future closer, but it's not the lock that the community seems to think it is. He should spend the majority of 2010 in the minors. Grade B

16. Randall Delgado, 20.2, RHS (ATL)- Got off to a rough start but finished strong with a 65-9 K/BB ratio over his final 16 starts. Lacks the top-end stuff of Teheran and Vizcaino, but he should be a solid 3rd starter. Grade B 

17. Danny Espinosa#, 22.11, SS (WAS)- After really impressing in the AFL, it looks like he is set to continue the impressive track-record of Long Beach State short stops. He walks, has some pop, and plays a good short. He's not going to be a star, but he should be a solid shortstop for a longtime. One concern is the high strikeout rate. Grade B

18. Ike Davis*, 23.0, 1B (NYM)- Underrated at this time last year, overrated now. Good raw power and solid approach should make him a regular, but I'm worried about the strikeouts. Some scouts have expressed concerns over his long swing. Probably another year and a half away from big league ready. Grade B

19. Juan Carlos (JC) Ramirez, 21.8, RHS (PHI)- Highest ranked of the three players the Phillies got back for Cliff Lee, Ramirez draws comparisons to Jose Contreras for his sturdy frame and repertoire. On pure stuff, Ramirez profiles as a 3rd starter, but his low 3/4 deliver and fringy change make him a bullpen candidate. If he were to move to the pen, he would be a potential closer. Grade B

20. Jon Niese, 23.5, LHS (NYM)- Not a sexy name, but a valuable pitcher. Gets ground balls, throws strikes, and strikes out enough guys out to profile in the middle of a big league rotation (most likely as a 4). There is very little chance Niese is a star, but he's major league ready (provided he's healthy). Grade B

21. Chad James, 19.2, LHS (FLA)- 2009 first rounder sits 90-92 with an advanced change and a developing breaking ball. There are some issues in his delivery, but nothing too serious. Profiles as a 3rd starter. Grade B-

22. Phillippe Aumont, 21.3, RHR (PHI)- I imagine others are higher on him than I am, but I'm reluctant to rank minor league relievers highly. He has good stuff (although I question the assertion that he has a great sinker- 1.4 GO/AO in 2009). You have to love the velocity and size, but I don't see what has everyone so excited about him. Grade B-

23. Ian Desmond, 24.6, SS (WAS)- Tools to be a good defender, although he will occasionally lose his focus, leading to careless errors. The bat should play at short, although it would be foolish to expect him to repeat his high-BABIP fueled 2009 numbers. I think he's a regular, but not a guy a winning team is likely to have starting at short everyday. Grade B-

24. Tyson Gillies, 21.5, CF (PHI)- Canadian native has legitimate 80 speed, allowing him to cover swaths of ground in the outfield as well as rack up big stolen base totals. He's not going to repeat his high desert line in AA, but he has a the patient approach to profile as a major league leadoff hitter. Just in watching the Futures Game, he struck me as a guy who plays a bit out of control. Grade B-

25. Christian Bethancourt, 18.7, C (ATL)- Very impressive numbers in APP and GCL. He has the defensive tools to shutdown opposing running games, and the bat to hit for both average and power. I'm bullish on Bethancourt, but I want to see how he handles full season ball before going higher. Grade B-

26. Trevor May, 20.6, RHS (PHI)- At 6'5" 215, May has an ideal pitcher's frame. He has picked up some velo as a pro, and the Phillies hope that he has a few more in him. Right now, May sits in the low 90s, while hitting 94-95 a couple of times. The hope is that as he logs more innings he will reach that velocity consistently. His change and curve are potential plus pitches, but like most young hurlers, both are a ways away. I like May's upside, but I'm concerned about his command and lack of ground balls. Grade B-

 27. Sebastian Valle, 19.8, C (PHI)- Struggled in Sally League, but came to life in the New York Penn League. Scouts love his bat speed, and he handles the breaking ball well for a young hitter. Valle is probably a better bet to hit than Bethancourt, but Valle is a fringe-average defender behind the plate, so I give the edge to Bethancourt. Grade B-

28. Craig Kimbrel, 21.10, RHR (ATL)- Stuff to close, but questions about delivery and command prevent a higher ranking. On the positive side, the Braves love his makeup and think he is well-suited for handling late-inning pressure. Kimbrel will likely make his major league debut at some point during the year. Grade B-

29. Ruben Tejada, 20.5, SS (NYM)- After putting up a sub 600 OPS in the FSL in 2008, it was expected that the Mets would let Tejada repeat the league, but surprise surprise! The Mets chose to be aggressive and promote Tejada to AA. As a 19-year-old, Tejada held his own, putting up career highs in several categories. While he doesn't project as a star, Tejada can pick it at short, and his bat should be enough to hold down a starting job (although he is likely going to be more of a second division regular). I can't see him becoming anything less than a utility player. Grade B-

30. Jeff Kobernus, 21.9, 2B (WAS)- The National's second round pick, Kobernus played 3rd his first two years at Cal, but he impressed at 2nd his junior year. He isn't a burner, but he's a good athlete who could steal double digit bases. While his swing is geared more for line drives, 15-20 homeruns wouldn't be out of the questions. Grade B-

31. Zeke Spruill, 20.7, RHS (ATL)- Spruill pounds the zone with 89-91 mph fastballs, a curve, and a fringy change. At 6'4" 185, there is projection remaining in his frame, but he is never likely to be more than a 4th starter (although he is safer than most young starters). Grade B-

32. Jarred Cosart, 19.10, RHS (PHI)- Above-slot 2008 signing, Cosart has the ceiling of 2nd starter. His fastball sits 92-94, and many scouts envision his 12-6 curve becoming a plus pitch in the future. His change and questions about his maturity are reason for concern, but he is a sleeper who could open some eyes in 2010. Grade B-

33. Anthony Gose*, 19.8, CF (PHI)- One of the toolsiest players in the division, Gose hit 97 off the mound in high school, but he wanted to play in the field as a pro. He is an 80 runner, who stole 76 bases in 2009 and has the potential to become a plus-plus defender in center. He doesn't have much power to speak of, and he needs to make strides with his approach and pitch recognition skills to take full advantage of his speed. He reminds me a lot of Michael Bourn and could have a similar career. Grade B-

34. Jiwan James#, 21.0, CF (PHI)- Originally drafted as a pitcher, James turned to hitting in 2009 after a stress fracture in his forearm didn't heal as expected. Considering how impressive he was as a hitter in 2009, it's hard to believe that he wasn't moved sooner. A switch-hitter, James has excellent bat speed, and at 6-foot-4 he is a much better bet to hit for power than Gose or Gillies. He was an all-state football and basketball player in high school, and in a system filled with athletes, James stands out. He is a legitimate center fielder, and a potential 5-tool player. James is one of the biggest sleepers in the minors. I expect him to burst onto the scene in 2010. Grade B-

35. J.J. Hoover, 22.8, RHS (ATL)- There isn't much projection remaining, so what you see is pretty much what you get- a low 90s FB, and two solid off-speed pitches in his curve and change. Hoover is a pretty safe bet to become a number 4 starter, and it wouldn't surprise me to see him reach AA in 2010. Grade B-

36. Reese Havens, 23.5, 2B (NYM)- A short stop all of last year, indications are that the Mets plan to move him over to second for the 2010 season. At second Havens should be fine defensively, as his problems at short were arm and range. Havens has a solid approach, and good pop for a middle infielder. I think his numbers were depressed by injuries and the pitcher-friendly FSL. I look for him to have a strong bounce back year in 2010, and it wouldn't surprise me to see Havens as the Mets 2011 starting second baseman. Grade B-

37. Chris Marrero, 21.9, 1B (WAS)- Put up good numbers in the Carolina league and then built off that with a solid AFL performance, but questions about his swing remain. He's still young enough to make the necessary adjustments, but most talent evaluators seem to view him as a second-division regular. Grade C+

38. Kyle Allen, 20.2, RHS (NYM)- Another guy I think is underrated. Gets ground balls, strikeouts, and has the projection to grow into some more velo. Probably a 4th starter, but a guy to keep an eye on. Grade C+

39. Antonio Bastardo, 24.6, LHP (PHI)- I'm not really sure what to make of Bastardo. He has got a live arm and a good change, but his slider is fringy. Furthermore, he has yet to show he can hold up for a full season, and at only 5-foot-11, his body seems more suited for relief. He could be a valuable reliever starting in 2010, but I can't see him becoming much more than a 7th inning guy. Grade C+

40. Domingo Santana, 17.8, RF (PHI)- 6-foot-5, physical freak. Santana has been timed at 6.7 in the 60 yard dash, clocked at 90 off the mound, and he possesses the raw power to match anyone in the system. He did strikeout in 37 percent of his at-bats in 2009, but he was playing against much older competition. He has the tools to become an impact player, but he is a long ways away. Grade C+

41. Edwar Salcedo, 18.8, SS/3B/RF (ATL)- Tough to know what to make of him without any stats or much of a scouting report to go on. He's a short stop now, but is likely destined for a move to third or right in pro ball, although the reports seem to indicate that the bat will play at either position. It will be interesting to see where the Braves choose to start him. Grade C+

42. Ryan Tucker, 23.4, RHP (FLA)- A top prospect heading into 2009, Tucker seems to have become forgotten after missing most of 2009 with a knee injury. When he's healthy he has a 92-95 mph fastball and an average slider. He struggles with his command and tends to overthrow, but he could profile as a set-up guy. Grade C+

43. Brad Holt, 23.6, RHS (NYM)- After leading the NYP League in strikeouts in 2008, Holt disappointed in 2009. At 6-foot-4 194, Holt has a great starter's frame, and scouts like his mechanics, but his repertoire may be better suited for relief. He runs his fastball 90-94, but the pitch is true, making him susceptible to the long-ball. Furthermore, his change is far away and his curve is merely average. Grade C+

44. Scott Mathieson, 26.1, RHR (PHI)- Underwent 3 surgeries over a two year period, but appears to be healthy now. Fastball sits in the mid 90s, and he a usable slider and change. Provided he can stay healthy, he could profile at the back-end of a bullpen. He should break camp with the big club. Grade C+

45. Robinson Lopez, 19.1, RHS (ATL)- Seems to get lost among the likes of Teheran, Vizcaino, and Delgado, but Lopez is an intriguing prospect in his own right. He sits 90-94 with his fastball, and scouts love his free-and-easy delivery. His change and curve both show promise, with the curve being a potential plus pitch. He should begin 2010 in the Sally League. While he doesn't have the pure stuff to rate with the Braves' other Latin arms, he projects as a 3rd or 4th starter. Grade C+

46. Kirk Nieuwenhuis*, 22.8, RF (NYM)- At 6-foot-3 210 pounds, Nieuwenhuis is a well-built athlete. While he is not a real plus runner, he is a good baserunner, and he plays a passable center (although he will likely have to move over if he slows down any). At the plate, Nieuwenhuis shows a willingness to walk, but some scouts have expressed concern over how many times he swings and misses. Additional questions center on what his ultimate power potential is. He will likely have to move over to right in the big leagues, and most do not project him to hit more than 20 homeruns. Grade C+

47. Brad Hand, 20.0, LHS (FLA)- HOne of my personal favorites, Hand held his own pitching in hitter-friendly Greensboro. Even more impressive, coming out of Minnesota, Hand's has had less baseball experience than most pitchers his age. He sits in the low 90s with his fastball, but his secondary stuff is inconsistent. He is one of my breakout candidates for 2010. Grade C+

48. Josh Thole*, 23.5, C (NYM)- Poor defensive catchers without power due not usually become regulars, but Thole is an intriguing prospect. He employes an ultra-contact oriented approach and hardly ever strikes out. This approach allows him to hit for high averages, but the downside is that he hits for very little power, and he rarely works the count deep enough to take advantage of his good plate-discipline. The Rod Barajas signing likely means that Thole will at least start 2010 in AAA, but he should get some major league time before the year is over. I think he is more of a good backup than a regular. Grade C+

49. Scott Cousins*, 25.2, CF/RF (FLA)- He has the tools to become a regular, but he's getting up there in age and it's about time to see the numbers match the tools. Like Nieuwehuis, Cousins can play a passable center but is not a guy you would want playing there everyday. He doesn't walk a lot, so he will need to tap into his raw power to profile in the corners. A potential 20-20 guy, he actually reminds me some of Cody Ross, but I think he's more of a 4th outfielder than a regular. Grade C+

50. Brett DeVall, 20.3, LHS (ATL)- The Braves' first round pick in 2008, DeVall hasn't been able to stay healthy as a pro. Scouts are mystified, because he has very clean mechanics. At 6-foot-4 215, DeVall has a great starter's frame, and solid three pitch mix, including a 89-91 mph fastball and a potential plus curve. Indications are the DeVall will be healthy for spring training, but elbow issues are always concerning. Grade C+

51. Eury Perez, 19.10, CF (WAS)- Perez put up big numbers in the GCL in 2009, but seems to still be under-the-radar. His best tool is his plus-plus speed, which he uses well in the outfield, but he is still learning to take advantage of it one the base-paths. Perez never projects to hit for much power, but he has a good hit tool and should hit near 300 throughout the minor leagues. It will be interesting to see how Perez handles the jump to full season ball in 2010. He has the ceiling of a regular, but he is a long way away. Grade C+

Honorable Mentions (In No Particular Order):

Brody Colvin, 19.8, RHS (PHI)- Over-slot sign from 2009 draft has a projectable frame and low 90s velocity, but his secondary stuff is very raw.

Bryan Petersen*, 24.0, CF (FLA)- Grinder who ripped up the AFL. His tools may be a bit short for playing everyday, but his balanced tool-set should make him a very valuable reserve outfielder. Close to big league ready.

Jake Smolinski, 21.2, 3B/LF (FLA)- Acquired in the Scott Olsen trade, Smolinski is a bat without a position. Probably a left-fielder long-term, he will really need to hit, but he has a great approach and the raw power to hit 20+ homreuns.

Adam Milligan*, 22.1, LF (ATL)- Former football player, Milligan is a better athlete than the average slugger. He has big time raw power, but will need to improve his approach to profile in left.

Juan Urbina, 16.10, LHS (NYM)- Signed for $1.2 million, Urbina has a live arm and projection remaining. It is obviously too early to know what the Mets have in him, but he has the potential to sky-rocket up this list next year.

Jeurys Familia, 20.6, RHS (NYM)- Live arm, some sink on the fastball, and some projection remaining in the frame make him a name worth following, but secondary stuff is a long ways off.


System Rankings: 

1. Atlanta Braves (4*)- Heyward gives them an elite guy at the top of the system, and there is impressive depth throughout, especially on the pitching side. Teheran, Vizcaino are potential front-of-the-rotation arms, while Delgado, Minor, Spruill, Hoover, Lopez, DeVall, and Stovall are all legitimate starting prospects. The position prospects are weak outside of Heyward and Freeman, but guys like Milligan and Mycal Jones have a chance. The Braves had 13 players in the top 51 (1 A, 3 B+, 2 B, 4 B-, and 3 C+). The five players who just missed being written up were (in order): Tyler Stovall, Caleb Brewer, Mike Dunn, Mycal Jones, and Brett Oberholtzer. System Sleeper- Brett Oberholtzer- Funky delivery and great command make this left-hander a potential back-of-the-rotation starter. 

2. Washington Nationals (3*)- This ranking is in deference to Strasburg, because any system with him is automatically middle-of-the-pack. Outside of him, Norris, Espinosa, Storen, and Desmond all look like major league contributors, with the latter three likely to help in the near future, but Norris being the only one with much likelihood of being an impact player. The depth of the system is poor, due to the fact that a lot of the Nationals' high upside picks have struggled in pro ball (Burgess, McGeary, Nieto, Ramirez), but it is too early to give up on any quite yet. Scouts seem to like Desmond Hood, but I just don't see it. He's not a great athlete and he didn't show enough with the bat for me to project him as a regular in left. The Nationals had 8 prospects in the top 51 (1 A, 1 B+, 2 B, 2B-, and 2 C+). The five who just missed being written up were (in order): Destin Hood, Aaron Thompson, Justin Maxwell, Michael Burgess, and Bradley Myers). System Sleeper- Adrian Nieto- I liked him a lot coming out of high school in 2008, but he has really struggled as a pro. The plate discipline is there, and still believe that he can become a major league contributor. 

3. New York Mets (3*)- I was surprised with the quality of the Mets' system. I started this list assuming the Mets would have the worst system, but I was surprised with the quality of both their top end guys and the depth of the system. I am very high on Mejia, and while I don't love Flores, Martinez, or Davis, all three are solid prospects. Throw in a guy like Jon Niese and the Mets have a nice group at the top of the system. The 6-10 region of the system is a bit on the low-end, although Tejada and Havens are solid up-the-middle prospects. However, what really struck me about this system was the depth. There are a lot of high ceiling guys in the low minors- guys like- Juan Urbina, Jeurys Familia, Jefry Marte, Steve Mats, and Cesar Puello- and if just a couple pan out the Mets should be in business. The Mets had 11 players in the top 51 (1 A-, 4 B, 2 B-, 4 C+). The five who just missed being written up were (in order): Jefry Marte, Steve Matz, Robert Carson, Robbie Shields, and Cesar Puello. System Sleeper- Robbie Shields- He generated some first round buzz with his performance in Cape Cod League, but a poor senior season dropped him to the third. His pro debut was marred by injury, and a move to second may be in his future, but I think there is something in the bat. I look for him to bounce back with a solid 2010. 

4. Florida Marlins (3*)- Just as I was surprised by the quality of the Mets system, I was disappointed with the Marlins' system. I may not be quite as high on Stanton as some others, but I like him and Morrison a great deal. Dominguez looks like a regular at third, and James is a high-ceiling high school arm, but after those four the system falls off a pretty sharply. There are some upside guys like Smolinski, Skipworth, Jhan Marinez, Jose Ceda, Marcell Ozuna, Edgar Olmos, and Isaac Galloway, but there are some big question marks with each one. Sprinkled in with those guys there are some lower upside guys like Gaby Sanchez, but no one that jumps out at you. The Marlins had a division low 7 players in the top 51: (1 A-, 1 B+, 1 B, 1 B-, 3 C+). The five who just missed being written up were (in order): Kyle Skipworth, Jhan Marinez, Gaby Sanchez, Jose Ceda, and Bryan Berglund. System Sleeper- Bryan Berglund- Swedish citizen, has a projectable frame and a potential out-pitch in his slider.

5. Philladelphia Phillies (2*)- This system is pretty clearly below average right now. Brown gives them a nice prospect at the top of the system, and there is a lot of high-upside depth in the low levels, but there top 10 is pretty weak as a whole. There is enough talent where this time next year the Phillies could be a top 10 system, but right now there is just too much risk. The Phillies obviously love tools, and a quick look up and down there system shows an impressive group of athletes. I love Jiwan James, and I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him as a top 100 guy next year. The Phillies totaled 12 players in the top 51: (1 B+, 1 B, 7 B-, 3 C+). The five who just missed being written up were (in order): Freddy Galvis, Kyrell Hudson, Yohan Flande, Anthony Hewitt (yes, I'm still not giving up on him), and Heitor Correa. System Sleeper- Anthony Hewitt- The results have obviously not been there, but there were signs of improvement in 2009. There is obviously a high bust potential, but if the light ever goes on, watch out. He's not really a sleeper in the sense that he is an unknown quantity, but I feel people are too down on him after just one full year as a pro. 




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