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mathisrocks5 Top 50 for 2011

I was asked to do a Top 50 for my fantasy league, so I decided to share it with you guys. I didnt origanally have the comments for each prospect, but I decided it would make the list better. The list is totally based on my opinion so please tell me what you think of it, I worked pretty hard on it, and please feel free to critique the list. NOTE: YES I MADE THIS FOR MY LEAGUE BUT IS NOT BASED ON FANTASY

  1. Mike Trout, OF LAA (A) ETA: 2012: The definite top prospect IMO. He has all 5 tools with plus makeup and plus work ethic. He will be a star once he reaches the MLB.
  2. Jeremy Hellickson, SP TB (A) ETA 2011: Some compare him with Greg Maddux, and I don’t think those comparisons are that far off. Love his stuff/command combo, and he could be a #1 if David Price wasn’t in Tampa.
  3. Bryce Harper, OF WAS (A) ETA: 2012: Should be a very, very good hitter with light tower  power and good defense. He should be able to challenge Trout for the #1 prospect spot this time next year.
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B KC (A) ETA: 2011: One of the best pure hitter in the minors, I really think he could be a Joe Mauer type hitter when he establishes himself in KC. He also plays good defense, and has the arm to play a corner OF spot.
  5. Aroldis Chapman, P CIN (A) ETA: 2011: I don’t believe in him as a starter which is why he ranks this low, if he could start he would be #1 or #2 on this list, but I think he will be a great closer. He can really be one of the best closers in baseball once he gets his chance.
  6. Mike Moustakas, 3B KC (A) ETA: 2011: Might need to move off 3rd base, but his power will play well at whatever position he plays.
  7. Shelby Miller, SP STL (A) ETA: 2012: Miller being this high could raise some questions, but I love his power stuff and good command.
  8. Jameson Taillon, SP PIT (A) ETA: 2013: The best high school pitcher from the 2010 draft class has power stuff and command, and should also have great durability because of his size. I think he rises quickly.
  9. Dominic Brown, OF PHI (A) ETA: 2011: I worry Brown will become the next Cameron Maybin, but Brown is a lot more polished that Maybin was at this time in their respective careers. I think the Strawberry comps are right on the spot.
  10. Julio Teheran, SP ATL (A) ETA: 2012: Teheran has a power fastball and nice off-speed pitches, he has all the makings of an ace or a dominate closer.
  11. Wil Myers, OF KC (A) ETA: 2012: If there wasn’t a guy named Mike Trout, Wil Myers would have gotten a lot more attention. He obviously got a lot of it, and fits in perfectly into the Royals plans for the future. The fans in KC should be excited about a 3-4-5 of Hosmer, Moustakas and Myers. NOTE: If Myers had stayed at catcher, his ETA would be 1 year later. I think the move to the OF speeds up his ETA by a year.
  12. Zach Britton, SP BAL (A-) ETA: 2011: Britton wont be an ace, but a very good innings eater and groundball specialist. He is the likely future #2 or 3 behind Matusz.
  13. Matt Moore, SP TB (A-) ETA: 2012: A strike out machine in the minors, Moore definitely gained a lot of attention this year. Just like KC, the Rays fans (HAHA) should be excited about a 1-2-3-4 of Price, Hellickson, Moore and Archer.
  14. Brandon Belt, 1B/OF SF (A) ETA: 2011: A quick riser through the Giants farm, Belt has the potential to be a decent defender at first with an above average bat.  (I’m not so excited about the glove as most people are)
  15. Jarrod Parker, SP ARI (A-) ETA: 2012: If Parker had been healthy this year he could be in the D-Backs starting rotation out of camp this year. Obviously thats not how things happen, but there are a lot of pitchers that have no problem recovering from TJ surgery and I think thats what will happen with Parker. Im really high on Parker, and he is the future ace of the D-Backs.
  16. Dustin Ackley, 2B/OF SEA (A-) ETA: 2011: Ackley did have a somewhat disappointing year, but exploded in the AFL. He has a very good chance of being a high OBP/speed guy with a good average. I think he can stick at 2nd.
  17. Desmond Jennings OF TB (A-) ETA: 2011: Looks like he will be a good speed/defense guy that has some power potential. If the power comes, he would rocket into the Top 5.
  18. Kyle Drabek, SP TOR (A-) ETA: 2011: He looks like a workhorse to me, with #2 potential. He could prove me wrong and break out to become a #1, but I don’t see it yet.
  19. John Lamb, SP KC (A-) ETA: 2012: Another big breakout from this year, this lefty has surpassed Mike Montgomery as the the Royals top pitching prospect, he looks like a great pitcher with stuff/command package and will help in the MLB soon.
  20. Martin Perez, SP TEX (A-) ETA: 2012: Had a down year, but still looks like a great prospect that could be an ace at the MLB.
  21. Manny Banuelos, SP NYY (A-) ETA: 2012: Similar pitcher to Martin Perez, could be an ace as well.
  22. Freddie Freeman, 1B ATL (A-) ETA: 2011: I like Freeman more than most, and I think he will become a very good 1st baseman with 20-25 hr power and a bunch of doubles.
  23. Jacob Turner, SP DET (A-) ETA: 2012: I really like Turner, he has a big frame and potential lights out stuff. He is on the fastrack and could reach the Tigers this year if he proves he is ready.
  24. Jason Kipnis, 2B CLE (A-) ETA: 2011: Kipnis has the tools to be an impact bat at 2nd base. I really like his level swing, and ability to hit the ball to all fields. As soon as this year, Kipnis and Chisenhall will pair up with Sizemore, Choo and Santana as the dynamic top of the order in Cleveland.
  25. Mike Montgomery, SP KC (A-) ETA: 2011: Came into the season as KC's top arm, but injuries and breakouts of guys like John Lamb have moved him down a bit. All in all, I really like Monty, but the injurys scare me off a little.
  26. Chris Sale, P CHW (A-) ETA: 2011: I believe in Sale as a starter, and i'm also not worried much about his mechanics. He really looks like he could be an ace or a legit closer. Im convinced he moves to the rotation though.
  27. Brett Lawrie, 2B/3B/OF TOR (A-) ETA: 2011: Lawrie has really grown on me in the past couple weeks. I love that he is moving to 3rd and that he gets to play in the bandbox called the Rogers Center. He really could live up to that power poetntial in Toronto.
  28. Kyle Gibson, SP MIN (A-) ETA: 2011: I believe Gibson will be a little better than similar pitchers on the Twins like Baker/Slowey/Blackburn/Pavano. I think he could be a little more dominant than any of them. Not a prototypical ace, but still a very good pitcher.
  29. Manny Machado, SS BAL (A-) ETA: 2014: Comes into 2011 as the top SS prospect 1 year after being drafted, Machado looks like the real deal. I see some growing pains, but I think he stays at SS. The bat looks real, but I dont see a very quick rise to the MLB; still I think he becomes a fine player.
  30. Jenrry, Mejia SP NYM (A-) ETA: 2011: Handled badly by the Mets FO, but with new leadership I see Mejia thriving and possibly becoming an ace.
  31. Michael Pineda, SP SEA (A-) ETA: 2011: Man are the Mariners going to be pitching heavy. With Felix, Pineda and assuming they draft Cole/Purke/Gray in the draft, the M's rotation looks to be very strong. Pineda has ace ability and will compliment Felix very well. I could see problems with his throwing motion in the future, but if he can stay healthy he will be very good. 
  32. Gary Sanchez, C NYY (A-) ETA: 2014: Yes, Gary is the Yankees to catching prospect, not Montero. Gary should have just as good of a bat and a better glove. Im really impressed with this kid, but it will take a while for him to make his mark because he does need to improve his D.
  33. Zach Lee, SP LAD (A-) ETA: 2013: I am really high on this kid, too bad hes a Dodger ;)Anyways I really think he could be the next Jeremy Hellickson, but with a harder fastball. He has a very smooth delivery and has ace written all over him.
  34. Jared Cosart, SP PHI (B+) ETA: 2013: I really like this young guy as well. He has lights out stuff and pretty good command. I can see a 2012 arrival if he stays healthy and his development stays on track.
  35. Casey Kelly, SP SD (B+) ETA: 2012: Had a down year but I believe in him. The move to Petco really increases his value and I him as a great #2 behind Latos.
  36. Zach Wheeler, SP SF (B+) ETA: 2013: Wheeler could be a lot higher this time next year. He needs to improve his command and stay healthy. I like him, but he needs command.
  37. Nolan Arenado, 3B COL (B+) ETA: 2013: I love Arenado. He has huge raw power and doesnt strike out. He doesnt walk much yet, but if continues to not strike out, the BB rate should increase.
  38. Casey Crosby, SP DET (B+) ETA: 2012: Crosby is a very interesting player. His 2009 season was a great one no doubt, but his 2010 left us with questions. If he stays healthy this year, he can really shoot up the rankings because leftys like him dont come around very much.  Im a believer though.
  39. Jean Segura, 2B/SS LAA (B+) ETA: 2012: Segura is a pretty underrated prospect, he has 4 really good tools an the potential to have 5. Moving to SS really increases his value, and I think he will stick there. I cant wait until the day when the Angels have the dynamic duo of Trout and Segura at the top of their order.
  40. Devin Mesoraco, C CIN (B+) ETA: 2011: Much like Lawrie, Mesoraco has really grown on me. I believe in the breakout and his catching ability. The catching spot in Cincy is wide open, and its Mesoraco's to lose.
  41. Aaron Hicks, OF MIN (B+) ETA: 2013: Hicks has tools galore, but has yet to break out. I dont see him as a 20 hr hitter but I believe he will be a 10-15 hr hitter. The good thing about Hicks is his walk rate. If he can keep that up and improve his bat, he will be a good player.
  42. Jesus Montero, C/DH NYY (B+) ETA: 2011: Yep, here he is. I see him as a 1 dimensional player, and I just dont believe in the bat like everyone else does. The only reason he is on my list at all is the fact that scouts really like him, I dont.
  43. Miguel  Sano, 3B/1B/OF MIN (B+) ETA: 2014: Sano has the tools to become a star, but his strikeouts and lack of experience keep him down on the list. I do like him though.
  44. Grant Green, SS OAK (B+) ETA: 2012: Ive seen mixed reviews on his defense, so I cant say where I think he ends up playing. The bat is pretty enticing though.
  45. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B CLE (B+) ETA: 2011: Chisenhall is going to be a good player no doubt, I just dont think he will be a star. Hes got 20 hr power and a good hit tool, but nothing stands out with Chisenhall. Still will be a good player.
  46. Anthony Rizzo, 1B SD (B+) ETA: 2012: The future at 1st for the Padres after losing A-Gonz. He has 30 hr power and is a really intriguing prospect. Could end up being the best player the Padres got back for A-Gonz.
  47. Chris Archer, SP TB (B+) ETA: 2012: I like Archer, he will be a good pitcher, not an ace, but very good. Should fit in very well behind Price, Hellickson and Moore.
  48. Jordan Lyles, SP HOU (B+) ETA: 2011: Lyles is a pretty advanced pitcher at his age, but lacks ace stuff. Lyles looks to be a solid pitcher, and will help out this year. 
  49. Wilin Rosario, C COL (B+) ETA: 2012: Rosario is a very good catcher and he has 20 hr potential. His glove is good enough where he doesnt have to have a big bat. Could help this year. 
  50. Nick Castellanos, 3B DET (B+) ETA: 2014: Casty has a big bat, but I see some growing pains and struggle with strikeouts early in his career. He has star potential, but needs to show us what he can do in pro ball.

Just missed: Jake Odorizzi SP KC, Tyler Skaggs SP ARI, Tyler Matzek SP COL, Jonathan Singleton 1B/OF PHI, Trevor May SP PHI, Brody Colvin SP PHI, Esteilon Peguero SS SEA, Derek Norris C WAS

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