Ranking the Leagues: The California League

Seeing as we're getting close to the midpoint of the season, it's not a bad idea to start reassessing players, and based on the popularity of cwhitman's regrade thread, it's obvious that we're all thinking about how players stack up. That being said, making a top prospects list is hard and it can take a while to double-check that you're not missing any names. So I decided, why not go through the process of creating community league top prospect lists? This way we're breaking things up into much easier-to-digest chunks. Obviously things will change - we have another half of the season to go, and some prospects will receive promotions and become eligible for various lists at later dates. That's not a problem, though, and it should actually make it easier to integrate prospects into the overall league rankings as they become eligible. Note that while a prospect may no longer be in the league, for this exercise we'll consider position players to be eligible if he A) has 100 or more ABs in the league or B) is currently in the league. Starting pitchers are eligible if they have A) 5 or more starts in the league or B) they are currently in the league. All relief pitchers are automatically eligible, no innings count. Rehab appearances obviously do not count. Let me know if this works for everybody.


To facilitate these rankings, I'm going to post a list of "notable" prospects from each team, in an effort to minimize the chances of anybody forgetting about a particular prospect. You may also wonder why I'm not starting with the Midwest or South Atlantic League . . .the reason is that those leagues are very large, and having that many teams to run through might make them a little difficult to start with. So the order will be: High A leagues, Double A leagues, Low A leagues, Triple A leagues. And we'll kick it off with the California League, because I randomly chose that league. If I'm missing anybody in the notables list, let me know so I can add them. Your list need not be restricted to these players, they are purely here for the sake of reminding you that they are in this league.


NOTE: There is no "minimum" number of prospects that you have to rank. If you want to rank 10, rank 10. If you want to rank a full 20, rank 20. No more than 20, but whatever you feel comfortable with otherwise . . .don't rank players if you don't feel comfortable.


A bit of a weak year in the Cal League prospect wise . . .should make it a fun one to work with!


Notable prospects:


Bakersfield Blaze:

Engel Beltre, Michael Main, Carlos Pimental, Wilmer Font


High Desert Mavericks:

Dennis Raben, Kyle Seager, Johermyn Chavez, Denny Almonte, Rich Poythress, Maikel Cleto


Inland Empire 66ers:

Kyle Russell, Austin Gallagher, Tony Delmonico, Aaron Miller, Ethan Martin, Nathan Eovaldi, Kenley Jansen


Lake Elsinore Storm:

Drew Cumberland, Allan Dykstra, Jaff Decker, Blake Tekotte, Nick Schmidt, Anthony Bass


Lancaster JetHawks:

Jay Austin, Dallas Keuchel, Ross Seaton


Modesto Nuts:

Jordan Pacheco, Tim Wheeler, Ethan Hollingsworth, Rex Brothers


Rancho Cucamonga Quakes:

Alexi Amarista, Tyler Chatwood, Will Smith


San Jose Giants:

Brandon Belt, Charlie Culberson, Eric Surkamp, Jason Stoffel, Ehire Adrianza, JC Perez, Edwin Quirarte


Stockton Ports:

Grant Green, Jeremy Barfield, Fautino De Los Santos


Visalia Rawhide:

Ryan Wheeler, Marc Krauss, Wade Miley

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